Thornless Blackberry Porter | Cannery Brewing Company

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Thornless Blackberry PorterThornless Blackberry Porter

Brewed by:
Cannery Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-21-2003

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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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1.93/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

650ml bottle poured into a pint glass. ABV 6%.

A - Poured a dark brown with hints of purple. 1cm head. Some lacing.

S - Blueberry muffins and a side of coffee. Smells delicious but it doesn't smell like beer.

T - Blackberries and toasted grains. This is way too fruity.

M - Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation, fruit juice finish.

O - There's no way I could drink this. Drain pour.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 650ml into a tulip. Best before February 1, 2013.

Almost wholly black, mocha head with some creamy retention and good lace. Nose of blackberry, currants, blueberries, dark chocolate and light roast. Taste had almost the same with regards to dark berries, and roast is a touch more prominent. Sweet and fruity. Moderate bitterness lingers, medium body and carbonation is a higher medium. Good flavour, better than I recall when I've previously had this.

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am genuinely surprised by how much I like this beer!

Pours a dark and clear burgundy with much colour at the edges of the glass. Minimal head dissipates quickly, but leaves some residual lacing. Mouthfeel is not as creamy as I expected from the oily looking pour and brief density of the head.

Aroma of dark roasted malts combined with real fruit does not strike me as flat or uni-dimensional, unlike what some other drinkers have indicated. The flavour combines an initial roasted malt sweetness, with the expected tones of chocolate and coffee, before transitioning to a tart hop finish. A bitterness that lingers for an impressive length of time! The blackberry is present throughout the tasting, but it tastes like real fruit rather than jam, and I find it complimentary to the dark, roasted malts.

Will now make an effort to track down any Cannery beers that I can find!

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/8" tan coloured head that dissipated quickly over black/cola liquid.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate malt and blackberry.

T: Blackberry, caramel and roasted malt.

M: Thin viscosity with a medium level of foamy carbonation.

O: Sweet and toasted bitter, this beer has decent drinkability but is not well integrated enough for my liking.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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Photo of Jeffo
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend Jill picked this up for me at some point. Gotta love a friend who sees an interesting beer and just grabs it for you. Thanks Jill!

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A very transparent brown pour yields a 1+ finger, medium-thinner looking, light tan head with good retention. Black body with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and clings to the top of the glass. A good wisp and ring remain the whole way leaving some decent lacing.

SMELL: Piles of blackberries. Heaps actually. Lighter notes of dark chocolate and roasted, smoky malt, but this is more about the blackberries. One dimensional, but still bold and interesting enough.

TASTE: Dark malts and blackberries. That’s basically it. Some light caramel and sweet malt at the finish, but very little bitterness as balance here. Pretty one dimensional. A touch of roasted and smoky malt with lots of bold blackberries linger on the palate. Flavorful, but very one dimensional.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Light on the palate but creamy enough as well, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Light, but decently creamy.

OVERALL: An enjoyable beer, especially on a hot summer’s evening, but definitely one dimensional. I wished they’d been able to mesh some other qualities from the base beer into the flavor profile as well. Some will love this the way it is, but I enjoy a little more complexity of flavor. That said, I quite enjoyed this one and would gladly have another. Thanks again for thinking of me Jill!

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Thornless Blackberry Porter from Cannery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 128 ratings