Blackberry Porter | Cannery Brewing Company

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Blackberry PorterBlackberry Porter

Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Thornless Blackberry Porter is the new name for the beer previously known simply as Blackberry Porter. The 6% abv beer inside the bottle remains the same, though, and has the following description:
Five specialty malts and three superior hop varieties have been carefully chosen from the Pacific Northwest, the U.K. and Europe. The malted barleys and hops create a rich, traditional porter. The addition of all natural pure blackberry provides an exciting complexity to this easy sipping wonder.

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 123
Photo of Kubus
5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cannery Blackberry Porter

A: Beautiful obsidian colour, 3 fingers of head that lasted for a good 5-8 minutes. Opaque black normally, a dark, clear violet when held up to the light.

S: Smooth aroma of biscuits, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate.

T: Rich flavour, reverberates around the mouth like a bass note. Pleasant, almost sweet beginning with a light flavour of blackberries. Extremely satisfying.

M: Definitely a very thick beer. Each swig fills one's mouth with a gentle, almost syrupy texture that goes down smooth.

D: An excellent beer, sets a clear goal for what it wants to be and achieves it with extreme ease. One of my favourite porters so far. The only thing is that it is rather filling, so after a few of these one may feel a little bloated, but then again it was a 500mL bottle so use your own discretion

Note: I am partial to porters, but this is still an awesome beer.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.49/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown with red wines notes in the background....almost black and/or cola colored....the head is not the most dense nor does it retain the best, but it still looks half is eggshell in color...perhaps a shade darker. Too hard to tell what the carbonation is like and lacing is really good....lots of small pockets of foam cling to the side of the glass!

S- This smells initially of very heavy dark chocolate and blackberry truffle creme....perhaps cherry....quite jammy in aroma and sweetness....sweet and of fresh berry fruits! Roasted malts and a slightly Earthy finish round out the balance of this beer!

T- This tastes just like I opened up a box of Pot of Gold chocolates and dug into the cremes! This also has quite a resemblance to chocolate covered cordial cherries....scrumptious! There are underlying notes of bittering cocoa dust, coffee, burnt/black malt and/or burnt toast. The finish is dry and Earthy with fruit picked straight out of the orchard and while the initial fruit lingers, it softens and the bitterness shows itself more prominently. Very nice!

M/O- Medium to full bodied and the carbonation is wee and's very easy on the palate and dessert like. This is a highly drinkable brew and the alcohol content is very well hidden. I am very impressed with the overall character of this and feel it could very well pair with a creme brulee or works on its own as a fruit forward dessert beverage! Highly recommended!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, bought at BC Liquors on my vacation to beautiful Vancouver, BC last month. Smuggled back via NW Airlines

appearance: poured into a pint glass...body is a medium-dark mahogany with deep cherry highlights...head is active and foamy, retention is decent and a nice lace is left behind...all things considered, about what you would expect

smell: wow. I will admit that I purchased this beer mostly because I had been snacking on wonderful berries all week in the northwest. The fresh blackberry aromas in this brew are potent, not artificial at all. behind is a roasty malt aroma with hints of cocoa and cappuccino

taste: This is a great fruit-porter. Often times fruit themed beers dont pan out so I give this beer a ton of credit. A wonderful sweet blackberry flavour dances on the palate with great, albeit controlled, porter flavours beneath...roasted malt, sweet cocoa powder, roasted coffee. alcohol is completely concealed leaving a phenomenally drinking porter

mouthfeel: creamy and roasty, a light tartness

drinkability: high

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear but very dark purple with a solid foam.

S - Nose is rich fruity blackberry, bubblegum and cotton candy.

T - Drier than expected, with lots of berry flavour and again bubblegum. Nice balancing hop and roasted bitterness. Molasses and malt flavour in the back is also very nice. Very dark, fruity tasting beer but well balanced at the same time.

M - Chewy, thick mouthfeel.

D - I like this a lot. Good mix of dark beeriness and the berries which brighten it up. Strong point of this definitely the balance.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My second foray into what Cannery Brewing has to offer. What can I say, I'm a sucker for both porters and fruit beers, and I figured that B.C. was capable of melding the two. In this case they certainly have.

Poured from a 650 ml brown bottle, this fruit porter is capped by a small but thick creamy beige head. A thin cap remains most of the way with some aggresive lacing. The body is deep dark, and when held up to direct sunlight in my pint mug I get deep cherry oak highlights among the facets. Blackberries don't normally agree with me, but this is a great nose on this porter. The unmistakable sweetness of the blackberries combined with roasted and chocolate malt, and some hints of coffee. It has a jam sweetness to it, but not overwhelmingly sweet (cloying as they say). Roasted malt up front, some chocolate, and the sweet blackberries start to kick in in the middle. A dry baker's chocolate carries the sweet berries to the finish, where the blackberries fade away, leaving a sweet finish that melds into a dry chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Hell, I just bumped my 4 taste rating to a 4.5 based on that balance. The mouthfeel is a bit thin to me for a porter, but the flavour and aroma duly make up for that.

It's a fruit porter people, not a standard porter, and for what it is I like it a great deal. I can envision a trip down to Penticton to stock up on more of this. It's not for those with a sweet tooth, but them exempted, it's definitely worth checking out. It's not a session beer either, but worth stocking up on for special occassions (wink wink). I am really enjoying this.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid well done traditional porter is an excellent beer. Adding fruit to one and still ending up with an excellent beer - is ja hell of a job.

It pours midnight black - a touch dark for a porter perhaps - but with a smooth offwhite head. Sheets of lacing are left behind as it settles to a ring of foam.

The smell is a great mix of blackberry, blueberry and soft chocolate malts. I enjoy.

Tastewise there is more of the same but with a nice volume. The balance of chocolate malts to fruit is really well done in my opinion. It would be easy to lose the fruit or completely dominate with it, but Cannery has done a fabulous job of mating the two. It finishes with a medium bitter semi dry finish. There is no alcohol evident at all.. and while this beer might be missing a touch of complexity - I'm not sure how to improve on it.

The mouthfeel is great. Silky smooth with a touch of carbonation. As a result it goes down in gulps.

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Photo of marty21
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights. Has 2 plus finger tan creamy head. Settles to a thick cap and leaves lots of lacing all down the glass.

S: Very sweet blackberries. Faint hints of chocolate and roasted malt in the background but hardly noticeable.

T: Blackberries upfront with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. Finishes with more blackberries.

M: Light carbonation with a light to medium body. The carbonation and body compliments the flavors perfectly.

D: I had been eyeing this one up in the store for a while and finally decided to buy it. I wasn't disappointed. Some beers advertise a certain flavor or fruit etc but when you drink them expecting that flavor it's hardly noticeable. This beer advertises blackberries and you get a lot of blackberries. It's a really tasty beer.

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Photo of papat444
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kjyost for this one. Split with my wife over our supper, pork with plums, blackberries(!) and cinnamon.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark body which when held to the light is slightly reddish or almost the color of not quite ripe blackberries unless that's the power of suggestion. Lots of head, easily 3 fingers that sits awhile and drapes the side of the glass.

Smell: Blackberries and malt. Sweet smelling a little and kind of reminds me also of black currants. I can honestly say i can't find anything wrong with this wonderful aroma.

Taste: Blackberries are omnipresent but never overbearing. Very malt forward with some spices and maybe a whisper of bitterness. The only knock is i don't find it tastes much like a porter. Maybe more like a light stout. Regardless, it's still a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Maybe a tad unbalanced as i feel the malt takes too much space. Not very robust for the style and ABV but i still like the feel of it.

Drinkability: A good, drinkable brew. I'd have it again but to split only as it might be a bit much for me taste-wise.

Overall: This beer surprised me as my expectations were average. Better than expected and though it could be a bit more balanced in regards to the malt, i still highly recommend this brew. Best beer i've had in awhile.

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Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black in colour with gorgeous cassis highlights. A generous helping of mocha coloured head forms on the pour, and leaves a patchy lace as it recedes. Intense blackberry aroma also shows cocoa powder and roast. It has a strong blackberry flavour that complements base porters chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and black coffee. Mild sweetness leads into a bitter finish. Delicious. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Velvet mouthfeel. A lovely beer, and a damned shame I didn't pick up more when it was still around.

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Photo of BigBry
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have tried this one previously on tap at Beerfest 2005 - it won the People's Choice Award (and again in 2006), and have been wanting to get more ever since. 650 ml bottle from this 'Small Brewery, Big Flavour.' Pours a deep dark reddish brown, ruby red and purplish highlights. Thick creamy head, good stability and nice thick sheets of lacy bubbles. Just looking at it makes your mouth water, combine that with the aroma of ripe blackberries, a winner for sure. Lots of sweet juicy smells, but not overly sugary or artificial smelling. A nice full bodied porter flavor with lots of dark roasted malts, raisin, and of course blackberry taste. Just a touch of smokiness sneaks through as the beer starts to warm up a bit. Nice bitter balance at the end. The blackberry is definitely in there but still subtle enough that it doesn't overpower the rest of the flavor or aromas. Thick and creamy mouth feel with just enough carbonation to keep it crisp and dry. I am glad this 'easy sipping wonder' is available, and I will be looking for it again. A non-traditional combination, not really just a fruit beer, a solid beer. This big bottle has become a staple to take to friends' places for dinner or a BBQ instead of wine.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours the darkest ruby red, only visible by placing the glass directly into the sun, thin layer of head which dissipates leaving a noticeable amount of lacing.

S - Blackberries, fruit punch, pepper, some sweet chocolate malts, roasted coffee and a bit of a vanilla.

T - Holy blackberries! The after-taste is like of bushel of berries in your mouth. The porter comes through nicely as well with chocolate malts and dark cocoa coming through on a bitter finish. The flavour combination is very reminiscent of berry chewing tobacco, with the porter bringing out a bit of a leafy tobacco flavour.

M - Very light and bubbly and goes down extremely smooth. Was expecting something a little more syropy, but this one was perfectly carbonated making for a wonderful experience on the palette.

D - Overall this offering is absolutely delicious and I would totally get another bomber, or six. Not really a session beer, but one bomber is easily consumed and would be the perfect dessert beer. The higher ABV goes unnoticed, and the flavours are one-of-a-kind. Highly recommended to anyone seeking a new fruity experience.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into tulip jan22 2011

A near black with a large three finger mocha head that has good retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S lots of blackberry with coco powder not overly complex but what it is going on I like a lot

T not far from the smell but with some faint coffee and dark malts that work well with the blackberry that tastes real unlike many fruit beers

M not overly thick and not the bubbles I was expecting after seeing the foam but still neither watery of flat

D I just looked at the bottle and realized its 6.5%, wouldn't have guessed that as there's zero booze and yet I still feel I could session this without getting board

a most worthy brew from a brewery I may need to get acquainted with

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Photo of MattyV
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown pretty much black colour that shows faint ruby highlights and a bubbly light mocha coloured head that laces well enough.

The aroma is straight up blackberry, it reminds me a bit of grape-flavoured candy. Also picking up hints of dark roasted malt in the background.

Right away I'm hit with chocolate and roasted malt, and then the fruity blackberry flavour quickly comes through, but then the roasted malt returns along with hops and coffee beans to provide a dry roasty finish with the blackberry mostly diminished but just lightly lingering on the palate. The blackberry works surprisingly well with this porter, especially given the prominent role it plays in both the nose and taste.

Nice and full body, but a little overcarbonated.

This was a pleasant surprise and a nice change from the usual stout/porter crowd. I didn't think the blackberry would work as well as it did -- very refreshing and an easy drinker.

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Photo of Voonder
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours charcoal in colour with thick nice tan head which stayed there for a while. Smell is very good and complex. Roasted malts and coffee, and you can smell berries as well. Really interesting. Tastes like rosated malts with really nice berries flavor with coffe and caramel on the back. It's a nice tasting beer but I'd like it a little bit thicker and smoother. I think it's a bit overcarbonated too. But it is still delicious and definately worth a try. It's different.

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Photo of Shadman
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark with some slight cherry red undertone to head and lot's of lacing.

Smooth rich dark chocolate with sweet blackberry underneath.

Smooth and easy to drink. Sweet blackberry on takes the front of the stage for a brief instant before becoming a bit player to the roasted chocolate malts. Slifght hint of sourness, but then again I failed to look @ the BFD.

Mouthfeel could have been a bit fuller given the higher ABV, but certainly wasn't thin or watery.

A very drinkable porter...I for one was pleased the blackberry didn't dominate, but rather suplimented the whole experience.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black. Two finger off white head. Opaque. Great lacing.

S - Really roasty. Some blackberry and blueberry and perhaps coffee come out.

T - Coffee, roastiness, and fruits come out again.

M - Medium body with lingering fruits in the finish. Slight bitterness.

D - Good stuff. A nice fruit porter. The blackberry is well balanced with the rest of the classical elements of the porter.

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Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber courtesy of BigBry, and split with my lovely wife. Very dark pour with a good-lasting tan coloured head. When held up to the light, the body has a dark ruby, almost purple, tinge. Strong, fresh blackberry aroma mixed in with lightly roasted grains and cocoa. Enticing and intriguing. Excellent balance in the taste between the fruit and the porter elements. I've found that in many of these hybrids the fruit is given too much of the spotlight, but here the robust porter flavours are complimented perfectly, with the fruit coming more to the fore in the finish. Milky coffee, bittersweet chocolate and dry malts. The blackberry lurks at the edges, punching this one up before becoming more apparent in the dry finish. The wife observed more sweetness than I did, and said that it was almost dessert like. Medium body and carbonation. I could definitely do this one again.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. I've had this numerous times before, and it always makes for a general crowd pleaser.

This beer pours a clear, deep, dark chestnut brown hue, with small red cola edges when presented to the light, and two fingers of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a low wall of grassy knoll lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of sweet, fruity, mildly acidic blackberries, biscuity caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a soft oily nuttiness, and earthy, leafy noble hops. The taste is more sweet 'n sassy blackberry fruitiness, aided and abetted by some of its blueberry cousins, a decently middling bready caramel malt, edgy baker's chocolate, a touch of bitter dry coffee, and a plain enough hoppiness, that one could rightly mistake this for dessert quality compote, if duly treated.

The carbonation is fairly laid back, even inert at times, the body a decent medium-heavy weight, and rather smooth, what with all that heady fruitiness. It finishes fairly sweet, the blackberries and cocoa-heavy caramel malt still providing a definite dessert potential, and the elevated alcohol hardly apparent.

As a fan of blackberries, I am rather impressed by their involvement in this particular brew - they're pungent, but not really overpowering, and well aided by the cocoa/nuttiness esters, which render this a very enjoyable quaff all on its very own. Or maybe have it with chocolate cake - whatever, it's your beer.

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Photo of pootz
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Pours a clear deep black with ruby highlights when candled. Smallish cap but fair lacing. Modest carbonation.

Pungent but tasteful natural berry aroma mingles with and compliments roasty malt tones, some grassy and earthy hop notes...nice nose to this.

Front side is a great 3-way amalgam of hops roast and berry frutiness..mid palate more complex malting is detected with caramel-toasty-roasty body challenging hop astringency...bittering/malting comes through late leading to a increasingly london porter-like finish.

A very well constructed fruit ale ...complex malting and hopping retains a rich porter character with a complimentary natural blackberry flourish. Very drinkable and flight micro beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured part of a 650-ml bottle into a small cognac glass.

Appearance - dark black coloured beverage with a beige fuzzy head. Head gives way to lacy surface bubbles quickly enough.

Smell - berry aromas over a malty base. Fruity scents on subsequent nosings impacting the malts to a lighter, floaty smell.

Taste - balanced malt flavours with a decent hop flavour with the fullness of a natural blackberry fruit. Very interesting and tasty beer.

Mouthfeel - not silky smooth but deftly balanced to ensure a nice even flavour.

Drinkability - I will probably finish the bottle tonight, easy to stay engaged with this delicious beer.

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Photo of Long813
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From: LCBO

A: Dark purple body, almost black, pour with a few fingers of head then dissipates rather quickly. Leaves some lacing.

S: Whoa nice scent of black berries, some roasted malts. Very good.

T: Ah, doesn't let down. Loads of black berries, maybe some coffee is the reason for the bitterness. Pleasing, not one dimensional like many of these types are.

M: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Water like texture, but full bodied. Dry bitter after taste. No alcohol scent.

D: Pleasing brew and I'm glad I've tried it. Not to overpowering in flavour or alcohol, but there is enough there.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: frothy, tan head, great length and leaves lace; very dark brown colour, almost black

Aroma: sweet blackberry and cassis; maraschino cherry and hint of chocolate is giving sense of blackforest cake

Taste & Mouthfeel: fresh fruit flavour, not sugary sweet, more like squeezed juice; definitely sings of blackberry, get some concord grape too; finishes with a dry bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the juicy flavours; there's a hint of roasted malt is a nice pair to the fruit; light body and super easy-drinking; could maybe use a bit more hop or malt character, as the fruit flavour gets a bit tiring by the end

Overall: lacks the cloying sweetness typical of many fruit beers; love the natural flavour of the beer and fairly balanced composition, but would be interested to see this with a fuller body

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Photo of ludachris
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown that turns black as the beer fills the glass. Its true colour is only revealed when held up to the light, highlighting the chestnut edges. About a fingers worth of frothy tan coloured head tops the beer, displaying a good amount of retention.

Sweet and raw blackberries blend exceptionally well with notes of bakers chocolate and roasted malts. Straightforward and very inviting.

The sweetness of fresh blackberries hits the tongie immediately but soon gives way to a hardy dose of roasted malts and dry chocolate. As the beer nears its end, the roasted malts become dry and bitter, accentuating the more raw and almost tart characteristics of what the blackberry character has transformed into in the finish. A mild earthy hop character also in the finish adds to this.

Great balance in the mouth. Good amount of carbonation with a light enough feel to make it easy to drink without wanning on the watery side. The rich and pronounced flavours of this beer disguise the ABV well.

I'm not a huge fan of American porters, but this one left me more than satisfied. I think they nailed the blackberry twist to this porter, with the blackberries complimenting everything from start to finish. Another great seasonal offering from the LCBO in a solid fall release. Worth a try and maybe another one after that.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Espresso head with medium lacing. Dark but not a heavy body.
Blackberry aroma without the cloying sweetness I had imagined, malt and toffee.
Taste following the aroma with an un-sweet blackberry upfront with a mild to slight hoppy following.
Its a thin porter, but tasty and not overpowering. A nice change I will enjoy again.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brownish red with a nice off white head, some decent lacing.

Smells of raspberry chocolate cake, coffee, dark roasted malts, blueberries, caramel, basically everything good.

Tastes of sweet berries, but not overboard which is good. Balanced perfectly by the dark malty character and surprisingly nice and hoppy. A typical porter with a nice mixture of blackberries.

Nice smooth, somewhat carbonated mouthfeel. One of the best fruit beers I've ever had, only because they didn't go all out with the blackberries. Nicely done!

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