Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company
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Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
4.11/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to brack for this extra!
510ml bottle sealed with a russian river "logoed" pressure cap; poured into SP wine stem.
bottled on date of 03/03/2014.
Appearance: black bodied beer with 3 finger tall khaki colored head. The head has alot of staying power and leaves behind alot of thick lacing on the side of the glass. Really great looking porter!
Smell: First whiff of this beer immediately reminds me of everett porter! What a pleasant surprise! Milk chocolates and roasty malts with a light smoked malts presence. Hints of earthy hops.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is much different that the aroma. The nose makes you think this will be a smooth balanced porter with that perfect combo of roast and sweetness with a hint of earthiness. This beer is a little sharper than was expected from the nose. It starts off first with slightly sweet milk chocolates. Next an ashen/chared roastiness that is kind of distracting, but nothing that is out of line. In the middle of the beer, I get molasses, hints of black licorice, and even some black olive notes surprisingly enough. There might even be some black pepper and yeastiness that is hiding in background. The molasses, black licorice, a light char note, and a hint of dark fruits all found in the finish. All these flavors provide a mild almost moderate lingering bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Drinks like its a 6% porter even though the label lists the abv at 10%. Slightly creamy and fairly smooth mouthfeel. The mouthfeel makes me think that RR used some oats to brew this porter. The beer feels thinner on the palate once it warms up to room temperature.
Overall: Everything was really nice about this beer, but the taste just didnt fit in with the crowd. I think that dialing down the ashen/char flavor of this beer and the addition of more chocolate malts would make a huge difference in the flavor profile of this beer. That is really my only minor complaint with this beer. If this beer tasted as good as it smelled, this beer would give HF Everett a run for its money... Everett is the undisputed champ when it comes to the best porter out there. Russian River really did brew a nice porter here that is worth a try. Its nice to see Russian River make a nice American Porter. Glad that I got to try it out. Thanks again Paul!
04-19-2014 02:13:56 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Out of a growler filled on 4/6 at the RR Pub, opened today.
Appearance - Pours opaque black with a tan, rocky 3 finger head. Great retention, leaving a fair layer of microbubbles to coat the surface. Nice, sticky lacing that thoroughly coats the glass.
Smell - Strong chocolate character, ranging from bitter baker's to sweet milk. Moderate astringency.
Taste - A lot more bitter than the aroma leads on - strong baker's chocolate from start to finish. A touch of milk chocolate sweetness. Astringency hits mid-taste. Coffee ground bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Full body with soft carbonation. Creamy. Goes down easy, despite the astringent bite.
Overall - A strong, commendable porter. Is this a Baltic? This isn't bottled so far as I know, so if you're ever at the pub and like a strong, sharp porter, give this one a go.
04-10-2013 03:16:24 | More by TheSixthRing
3.81/5 rDev -6.6%
From a growler filled the day before and kept refrigerated.
Poured a half finger of head on a black body. The head was quickly gone but left some nice lacing.
The aroma is burnt and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very nice.
The taste follows the aroma: roasted malt, burnt wood, black coffee and dark chocolate. Really good.
The texture is a little creamy, but too fizzy.
While the fizziness pushed the rating down, it is still an enjoyable drink.
09-19-2013 00:43:41 | More by Fatehunter
4.48/5 rDev +9.8%
Bottled on 7/31/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours an ominous pitch black with a nice, thick, 3 fingers tall khaki head quickly forming. The head has some nice retention and leaves some lacing behind as it slowly recedes. There are some light alcohol legs.
Herbal, lightly floral hops greet your nostrils first with some rich dark chocolate in tow. The chocolate-y malt backbone is bitter sweet with it's powdered cocoa notes being off set by some light espresso astringencies. As the beer warms, the dark chocolates notes seem to soften, taking on a more milk chocolate tone. Definitely smells like a Porter on steroids.
Similar to the nose, you're palate is immediately struck by a charge of lightly citrusy, herbal hops. Behind these hops is a balancing, slightly nutty malt backbone; notes of
bitter sweet baker's chocolate, powdered cocoa, subtle vanilla and a resounding espresso character. The beer finishes dry and bitter with a subtle, creamy coating of malt left on your tongue. Long lingering notes of herbal, citrusy hops, chocolate, a distinct nuttiness as well as some coffee. For 10%, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well, with alone a slight warm sensation as it goes down.
Robust and creamy medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Definitely drinks like a great porter.
Yet again, Russian River impresses. Unlike a lot of imperial porters, this is definitely differentiates itself from being confused with an imperial stout with it's assertive herbal hops in front of the silky, yet bracing chocolate and coffee backbone. The body is very light for it's ABV, just as a porter should be. Not too often you find an imperial porter that clearly is what it says it is. Highly recommended.
03-14-2013 08:25:20 | More by flayedandskinned
Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.