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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 31
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.86% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: litheum94 on 03-13-2013

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Reviews by Philousa:
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at RRBC a week ago, but reviewing from the bottle since I didn't take notes in Santa Rosa.

Pours an inky black with a brown tinge. When held to the light, thin parts of the glass make it look like cola. The tanned head looks silky and is uneven across the surface in a thin layer. The head also streaks the glass and laces very well for the style. Aroma is very roasty. Burnt toast, dark chocolate, charred tortilla, overcooked rye bread, you get the idea. This also smells creamy, lactic, even. I can get a very faint hint of the alcohol, but that may just be because I saw the ABV before I popped it open. I don't remember smelling any hotness while at RRBC. Flavor starts with some roastiness, with chocolate following soon after. It's like milky dark chocolate. The creaminess does indeed transfer to the flavor and feel. The burnt bread comes across too, just before the alcohol flavor kicks in. It's short, but it's there. The bitterness lingers, earthy and ashy. The feels is slightly viscous and finish slightly dry.

This is one memorable beer. It's intensely roasty and burnt, which can grate on you a bit. It's a 10% beer, so what do you expect? It's a sipper of a Porter. One of the few non Belgian RRBC beers that doesn't really factor in hops, it's one to try again when it comes up. Better on tap, I think it is also great in a bottle.

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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.

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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.

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4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/31/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
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.

Aroma: (4.25)
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.

Taste (4.5)
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.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Robust and creamy medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Definitely drinks like a great porter.

Overall (4.5)
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.

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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.