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 FightingEntropy
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black beer with ruby highlights pours with a tannish, brown head the disappates quickly. The beer has a very heavy black berry aroma in the nose, kinda like a fresh fruit milk shake, overwhelming any presence of the multiple hops tauted on the label. A good solid malty base, but not much is added to the straight up syrupy fruit taste. The ingredients say fruit flavor, and that's what it tastes like--snocone porter. Not bad really, but the fruity isn't well integrated nor fresh, a personal pet peeve of mine for fruit beers. A light to medium body, a little of the lean and watery side. Still not a bad beer, just not great. Of the Cannery's I've had in tonight's sampling, it was the best. On tap, it might smooth a bit and be more interesting.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blackberries are good fit with this style and a little fine-tuning could elevate this beer into some loftier territory.

It poured from a 650 mL bomber looking like cherry cola. A two-finger head had good retention and left sheets of lace on my glass. Aside from the expected blackberries, the aroma had a nice floral, cherry blossom quality mixed with biscuity malt.

A moderately bitter taste was nicely sweetened by the blackberry, but this beer had a grainy, metallic finish that hurt its drinkability — though it wasn't as extreme as the beer warmed. It's nicely carbonated and medium-bodied. I'll definitely give this one another try.

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Photo of stangelj
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle purchased recently at Willow Park in Calgary. No best before date. Appearance is black with a medium tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly. When held up to the light a deep ruby red color comes through. Smell is dominated by the blackberry fruit. Taste is more complex. The blackberry is there through every sip though not overpowering as in some fruit beers, but not so subtle that you have to search for it. Malt flavor is slightly smokey and nicely balanced with a bitter hop aftertaste and mild tartness that lingers for quite some time. I found the mouthfeel a bit thin, not bad but not normally what you'd expect in a porter. There was little lacing left on the glass. Overall I'd say this is the cherry cola of beers, probably not the most flattering description but that's what comes to mind. Absolutely not your typical porter but I very much enjoyed this beer and will definitely have it again.

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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 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 Derek
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby black, only a little off-white head, little retention/lace.

S: Berries, bready malt.

T: I'm not usually impressed with fruit beer, but I like this. Slightly sweet, blackberry and molases, with a bittersweet, slightly chocolatey aftertaste.

M: Light to moderate body and carbonation.

D: Average. It's approachable, and not overbearing.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Not totally black, it had some definate brown notes, and the froth on top was salt and pepper.

Smell: Blackberry flavored bubblegum with a side of chocolate milk. Sounds worse than it was, but the fruit aroma seemed a little fake, but it was probably the lactic acid that gave it this characteristic.

Taste: A little thin on the malt side, but the fruit came out much better in the taste, and mixed with the cocoa it was like berries dipped in chocolate. A nice, light dessert Beer.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weird beer I must say the least. Pitch black beer with a white foamy head that quickly dissapear. She smells black berries with a great pitch of pepper, sweet malt flavours are present.

Taste is quite similar in experience as smelling it, the black berries takes over, followed by a pepper pinch, end with a shy notes of maltish flavours.

Big props to Cwrw for providing me a bottle.

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

I remember being unimpressed with this beer when it first came out but I now quite like this brew. Dark brown with ruby highlights this beer gives off a great fruity coffee nose. The taste is full yet not in your face. The berry notes are nicely placed in the background and the burnt malt is not too pronounced. Well balanced and very drinkable this is their best beer.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I tried Black Berry Porter was at the Calgary Beerfest 2005, on tap. It was definitely one of the standouts of the show, and it won the award for Best Beer at the festival. The Amber and the Brown ale were immediately available in Alberta following that, but we have had to wait a few more months for this little gem. Not surprisingly, my local Airdrie beerstop decided to bring it in as soon as it was available(and I was set to go into Calgary to get some!) A 650ml bottle, with a nice purple and red label showing a blackberry bush, and telling on the side about the 5 malts and three hops used. The ingredients' listing says rather ambiguously "blackberry flavour," which I presume to mean extract. Oh well. Off with the silver cap and a lovely hit of sweet blackberries wafts out from the neck. Delicious. It was easy to pour a nice thick head, one that slowly churned and was a mocha colour, and cola-like dark at the edges. The beer from a glance is ruby or dark black, and held to light the beer is a magnificent ebony rosewood colour. Hints of ruby and of polished dark maple. Small bubbles created nice sheets of lacing that were quite intent on sticking to the sides. The head settled at about 1 cm and became more creamy and seemed stable. The appearance definitely adds to the anticipation of drinking this. Sniffing quite far above the glass is where you will get the most blackberry aroma, with little else masking it. Sweet, candy-like fruitcake, or sugary juice. Blackberries and cream, with a little white sugar. Actually the aroma from up there is quite similar to some breakfast cereals as well. In closer the smoky malts gradually swallow the blackberry, and the hops do as well. Strong leafy-smelling hops are very pronounced, adding a great deal of bitterness, or dry earthiness to the aroma. The beer is quite nose-tingling at first--very spicy and meaty. Raisins and blueberry as well. The blackberry is always adding a great sweet balance to the dryness of both the malt and hops, making this so much better than an average porter. I am not sure that the chosen hops mix too well with the malts and blackberry, as at times it gives a strange aroma that does not seem to balance. Sugarcane, prunes, jellies and jams. A nice, subtle aroma that impels sipping, whilst perhaps not being overly complex. The blackberry definitely takes a back seat in the taste, with more of the roasted and lactose-like malts coming in. The malts taste a little sour, much like some Big Rock products, which was a little disappointing. The taste is definitely not complex, but still full of flavour. The malt dominates, not surprisingly, but the blackberry and the hops play their role, giving a nice dry finish with remnants of the berries lingering. Tastes like berry jam, mostly; which is not a bad thing. It just fails to deliver on being exceptional. The malting is a little weak, and the body of the beer is oily and creamy, but not as thick as I should have liked. Carbonation is medium. A beer I would drink only one of at a sitting. Still, I am glad this is on the shelves in Alberta, and I will be cradling it in my hands often enough, especially since winter is peeping its white head through the falling leaves.

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Photo of elricorico
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, not as black as some porters out there, as some light gets through. A thick, creamy tan head tops it off.

The smell isn't much to speak of. Roasted malt and sweet berry, with the berry dominating. Smells nice, but I was hoping for more.

The taste is an interesting mix of sweet, bitter and roasted flavours. Up front is the berry taste, sweet but mild. Next comes a touch of bitterness from the hops, and the lingering finish is like a non fruit porter with roasted coffee. While I'd say it is a better than average taste, it doesn't floor me.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with a light carbonation. Could perhaps use a bit more body to it, but otherwise it is what I'd expect for the style.

With the touch of fruit and mild flavours, this is a very drinkable beer. If the porter flavours were fuller, I think this could've been a great one. As it stands right now, it is a pleasing beer but not a world changer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tart, watery, not so enjoyable porter. Hey, just notvery drinkable. Too blackberry in aroma, and therefore I suspect artifical. Below average porter. May get through with a large multi-course meal.Bomber at Rudy's in Buffalo on trade with Tim Freely provided by Mustang3.

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Photo of Neuronix
2.82/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While visiting Vancouver, I decided to sample some of the local beers. This beer had a nice look and smell of blackberry and porter, but I was very disappointed by the burnt taste. Some of the other reviews mentioned this, but I felt that the burnt flavor overpowered the rest of the beer and as such the beer lost all balance. Perhaps it was simply this batch? Still, I'm a fairly regular porter drinker and I was disappointed.

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

A fairly decent brew. I picked this up after trying Mt. Begbie's Selkirk Stout.

I love blackberries a generally pick a batch of fresh wild berries every summer. I can definitely taste the blackberries in this beer, and it compliments the traditional porter taste well. However, I find this to be a bit dry and almost bitter. There is a trace of sweetness -the smell, akin to rotting blackberries, is somewhat sweeter than the taste.

Pours a dark red-black with a thick foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Nice drinking; despite its unique but rather enjoyable taste, I feel myself wanting a second one. A good brew, but knowing people who use blackberries in brewing and winemaking, I understand the difficulties in getting a great taste. However, I rather like this.

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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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