Blackberry Porter | Cannery Brewing Company

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Blackberry PorterBlackberry Porter

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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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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 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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Photo of shamus
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a highly carbonated beverage going by appearance however despite it's galaxy of tiny bubbles and thick foamy head it does not taste fizzy. In fact due to it's chocolate/berry flavour pairing it tastes a lot like the old Big Turk chocolate bars we used to get as kids for Christmas.
This is a delightful dessert beer. it might be nice at a Christmas dinner after the main course but as far as a regular beer I would pass. Still it's nicely done for what it is if a bit on the sweet side for my taste.

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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 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 korguy123
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into DFH Signature Glass.

Saw this on here listed for the Fall release at the LCBO and immediately started to drool. Sometimes the anticipation is far greater than the reward. I haven't found a beer with fruit I haven't liked yet. This one unfortunately is the exception.

A- Murky opaque black pour, hints of barney purple; The color is actually like a blackberry. Half finger tan/purple tinged head. Lacing is very sticky good.

S- Blackberries galore! Almost like a jelly (not jam) Vanilla and roasted coffee added in for good measure. Quite overpowering fruit.

T- Blackberry, roasted coffee, vanilla, with a strange bitter aftertaste that I can only assume is the malts and hops mixed with the fruit. The blackberry subsides a bit as it warms further. All these things being said, I was finding my self choking down this about half way down the bottle. Not sure if it's the fruit or what it was but it was nearly impossible to finish.

M- Juicy from the fruits and chewy like a good porter.

D- IMO this should be sold in standard bottle size (12oz) there is so much fruit crammed into this that it really makes this more of a dessert offering than anything else really.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally, another BC beer makes it out to Ontario. By gar, it's been awhile. I loves me some porters - throw some fruit in there and you'll have me bashing down your door to get some. And by bashing down your door, I mean driving to the LCBO and buying a bottle or two.

Extra big bottle for increased drinkability. I love when breweries release their brews in such tall bottles. One pint is rarely enough to gauge the beer sufficiently; bigger bottles mean greater opportunity to compare the brew at different temperatures and air exposure.

Poured an inky black, with only the faintest hint of amber around the edges. Good inch of foamy mocha lacing, producing some great lacing patterns. Looks great.

Nose is most certainly blackberries, but with some notes of caramel, malt and coffee, keeping the fruit character from getting away with things. More like a blackberry syrup or jam scent than of fresh blackberries. Not sure how the tartness would have done with the porter base, so I'll give the brewer the benefit of the doubt.

Surprisingly complex taste here. Although the blackberry-grape flavor has a strong, bold showing (again, sweet rather than tart), pale malts and dark chocolate are permitted to enter into the fore. Hops are leafy and juicy, leaving a tart, somewhat dry finish. Pretty good, I'd say.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are a bit on the low side, even for a porter. Could have been a bit heartier, but for a sipper, it's quite enjoyable. Still creamy from the lingering head.

Fruit porters are a tough style to nail, but the Cannery has done well here. Blackberries are of course the star, but enough of a porter character is allowed to enter to provide a balance. Quite enjoyable, worth the pickup. A big bottle would probably be enough - would be a good dessert beer to share with guests, I'd reckon.

Hope to get more Cannery brews out here!

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Photo of StephenRich
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its now Fall, one of the best beer seasons that there is. I know it may seem counter intuitive; most people consider the summer to be beer season. But when the fall comes breweries begin to produce more richly flavored, robust beers with a wide range of ingredients. Spices, pumpkin, berries and more get added into the brew and the beers become unique and warming. I love it.

It is also when the LCBO brings in the best selection of new beers. In this year's Autumn release came the Cannery Brewing Blackberry Porter, a 6.5% traditional style porter with blackberry flavor added for a hint of sweet complexity. The Cannery has been brewing since 2000 in Penticton BC, and is one of many west coast breweries which I have been excited to try for a long time. The 650ml bottle plainly depicts blackberries front and center on the purple label, so I was expecting at very least a reasonable rush of blackberry in this beer.

This is always an interesting one for me... If the beer says Blackberry right on it, and has a picture of blackberries, it better smell and taste like blackberries. If the beer has hints, or slight traces of blackberry, then whats the point in calling it a blackberry beer? But I am getting ahead of myself, I haven't even poured the beer yet - so lets find out.

I opened the Porter cool around 8C (45F) and poured it into a stemmed tulip glass. The Pour was smooth and creamy producing a richly dark brown beer that faded closer to black as it filled the glass. A fairly dense and creamy light brown, khaki colored head build easily two inches above the beer. The beer's overall appearance was rich and full - held into the light you can see dark amber reds, deep browns, shades of mahogany and bronze also peering though. A touch of ruby and burgundy is also shinning in the beer leaning on the Blackberry name that this beer bears.

The nose is very delightful, and to my enjoyment was filled with soft and lush blackberries. Leaning in for a good smell brings smooth roasted malts, bits of cocoa, fresh earthy hops, and then back to a warm juicy berry aroma. It is pretty lush, but not overpowering - a solid balance. What happens to often is sweet fruit overpowers, or barely noticeable fruit is very medicinal. The Cannery's Blackberry though is very natural and well suited to the beers overall character - a great fit.

Drinking the Porter is a nice treat, because it is actually a porter, not just a dark beer with fruit flavors. Quickly, roasted malts glide over your tongue and crash into your cheeks with big rushes of flavor. Gently pale malts bring some sweet cereal flavors, but cocoa, brown sugar, dark malt and roast are most apparent here showing the blackberry where to follow. And it does.

Right on the back there is a soft trace of blackberry sweetness. It is not quite as prominent as it is in the nose, but it is actually quite fitting. Much stronger and it could have been too much. It is a subtle seasoning that you don't need to search for - but it apparent and obvious when it hits you. The touch of fruity sweetness brings added life to the dark malts and shows complexity to your tongue and palate.

Hops are soft but earthy and lightly balancing - the beer's bitter comes mostly from roast, but herbal and clean hop freshness also picks up this beer. As it warms bits of chocolate become more flavorful touching bittersweet bakers chocolate and dried cocoa. Coffee beans are light, but add considerable roast, as I have mentioned before. The Blackberries really round it out nicely and have been constructed well into this beer.

I would have enjoyed it more if the body was thicker and creamier, as is it was a bit thin, but all the flavors were there. As a Blackberry Porter this was a nice treat, but it didn't blow me away. As a porter, it was still nice, but just nice. I am willing to bet though that it is fantastic with cheesecake!

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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 kwjd
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque brown with thin off-white head. Spotting lacing around the glass. Smells strongly of the blackberry, without much else. Flavour has lots of blackberry sweetness, with perhaps some tart flavour. It has some of the porter characteristics I expect, but a little bit overwhelmed by the blackberry. I hope more of Cannery's beers find their way to the LCBO because I enjoyed the Maple Stout more when I had it last year.

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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 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 Methodd
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650mL bottle poured into a mug.
Appearance: Dark brown. White soapy head. Sparse webbed lacing
Smell: Blackberry pancake syrup. All I could smell was black berry and hops.
Taste: Benylin. That’s the first thing I thought when I took a sip. The blueberry was a bit too much and seemed to overpower everything else.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Hard to tell about the about much else. For me, the blueberry was just way over done.
Drinkability: Some really good ales come out of this brewery like their Anarchist Ale but this one just falls flat. Maybe if they cut back on the blueberries it would be better.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby black in colour with medium carbonation. Aromas of strong blackberry, old-school grape bubblegum, and some subtle chocolate-like roasted malt. More porter qualities come through early in the mouth, with nice chocolate, char, and wet slate notes. A bit of sweet caramel comes through mid-sip before the blackberry returns. The finish is dry and slightly chalky. Fruitier than expected, but I like how the porter and blackberry works together. Seems more like a successful homebrew experiment, rather than a beer that a pro brewer would feature regularly. Still, kudos to Cannery for taking this kind of risk. A very good brew overall.

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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 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 ritzkiss
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I have to preface this review with the note that years ago this beer was my gateway into darker beer and thus ultimately into craft brewing. It opened the door and now to have to go back and see how it stands up is a true test.

22oz pours a dark black with faint brown rims in the light. A finger of tan head that quickly disappears. Light lacing.

On opening the bottle sweet sweet blackberries hit the nose. On pouring it opens up and reveals a nice smokiness with some roasting malts and a touch of slightly stale coffee.

Taste is light - the blackberries fade to the back and provide much more of a light backdrop than I remember. Definite roastiness, touches of coffee (again, slightly stale), a faint sweetness in the finish. The main complaint though is the body. It's far too light for the style and over carbonated. Mix this with the lighter flavors and you have the recipe for a weak tasting beer. The notes are there but just not full enough.

I love blackberries and I love porters so this is definitely a mix I can get behind. I think they go together great and would love to see someone attempt a bigger, more defined brew with the two flavors. All in all, still a highly drinkable beer but too light for me to consider a favorite.

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Voonder for this great extra, and helping me to complete my first trade.

A. Black in the middle, brown on the edges, off-white to tan head.

S. Smells like a freshly picked and ripe blackberry, with some good chocolate and slight oat scent

T very airy, over the top on the blackberry which comes as my only complaints and slight bitter chocolates, catching a minimal amount of roasts and a very good smokey finish to it. Very interesting complex especial for a porter.

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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 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 msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 650ml sneaked into the US (w/o passport), a souvenir of our August trip to Victoria. Purchased at BC Liquors, it's been hiding in a dark corner of the cellar, waiting for this moment to shine...poured to a pint.

A: Deep and rich brown, held to the light above our kitchen table shows a nice clarity with modest fast-rising carbonation. Do my eyes deceive me, or is there really a slight purple-ish/ruby tint to this one? A frothy tan caps builds to about a finger-high, ebbing away to a denser, creamier fraction of that.

S: 'Natural Blackberry Flavour' (or 'Flaveur de mûres Naturelle') is a listed ingredient. Obviously! Very nice berry aroma - juicy, earthy, lightly sweet. It's like a dollop of preserves dropped in a porter, with just a little cocoa powder and cereal sweetness. This may not be to everyone's liking, but I love blackberries and I love the way this smells as it boldly wafts from the glass.

T: Hard to live up to the aroma's promise, but this does pretty well...the blackberries are definitely a big part of this flavor, but becoming more of a sidenote as the 'porter' features develop. What starts sweeter and fruity evolves to a dustier bitterness of semisweet bakers chocolate and coffee grounds. Balance of fruity and bitter plays pretty well, and with each sip the process begins again, thus never too tiresome.

M: A fairly thin porter, slick down the throat. Carbonation is gentle, but there is a bittering dry finish (chalky?) that coats the back of the tongue and lingers.

D: This is a fun and interesting porter. Maybe not a 'must have' (it was more novelty than anything), but I'd drink it again. 6.5% ABV is reasonable for finishing the bottle at a sitting.

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Photo of ablaze
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bomber with an inviting purple label.

Absolute black with dark brown fringes. Mocha, creamy head that settles to a frothy ring. Sticky lacing.

Quite pungent with blackberries and a crisp roasted edge. Simple and fruity, I can't complain.

More blackberries, like a pie filling, jam or cough syrup, but not overpowering. Nicely roasted, which cuts into the general sweetness. Some chocolate notes and light caramel maltiness. Quite tasty.

Smooth with low carbonation, light body, and a dry finish.

Nice and juicy porter that I wouldn't mind seeing again. Plenty of fruit notes, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of CBA: Poured a dark black color porter with a nice foamy head with some good retention. Aroma of sweet berry is somewhat dominating with some light roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a nice balance between semi-sweet berries and some light dry roasted malt notes. Body is a bit light with some better then average carbonation. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised by that one since I usually don’t like fruit and porter to be mixed together.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown, red edges, thick tan head, nice lacing, decent retention, looks like a porter. Smell is weird, blackberry jam, some chocolate, bit of anise and toffee, blackberry character does not really smell artificial which is good. Taste is malty, chocolate, lots of blackberry sweetness through the middle, toffee, more berries, some roast in the finish. Strong berry presence but I think it works in the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. I kind of liked this.

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Photo of DrJay
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, very dark brown with ruby (nearly purple) highlights. A short cap of fine, tan foam emerged from the pour and left behind generous lacing as it fell. Strong berry aroma, very sweet smelling, with notes of malt and dark grains in the background. Definitely on the thin side, both malt and body. Berry dominates the flavour, but there's a dry harshness that appears part way through that's not very pleasant. I wasn't very impressed, but my wife didn't mind it. Thanks wintermute!

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Blackberry Porter from Cannery Brewing Company
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