Cannery Brewing Company Thornless Blackberry Porter – American Porter at 6.0% ABV | 45 IBU

Cannery Brewing Company Thornless Blackberry Porter American Porter at 6.0% ABV | 45 IBU (C$7.99 at Liquor Depot McKenzie Town, 650 ml, bottle date 6-Sep-2016, acquired 19-Sep-2016, reviewed 27-Sep-2016)

Appearance: clear ruby to deep brown with two fingers of rocky beige head, excellent retention and well-defined lacing. (5/5) Aroma: blackberry, roasty malts, chocolate and coffee, light booziness. (7/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, mild tart. (6/10) Medium-full body, soft carbonation, sweet and lightly boozy mild tart and bitter finish. (3/5)

Might be thornless, but it sure as hell ain’t sugarless. Think chocolates filled with blackberry liqueur and you’re getting pretty close. But, other than being way too sweet, it’s not terrible. It doesn’t actually taste artificial, and the berry flavours work well with the chocolate, for pretty much the same reason people make berry-filled chocolates. It all ends up being a bit of a mess in the finish, though, with sweet, bitter, tart, and alcohol all fighting it out for dominance. I’m not sure what to suggest to fix that, actually, but I wouldn’t say no to another while I thought about it, so there you go. (14/20)

7/10 #ryansbooze