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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

203 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 203
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 7.58%
Wants: 27
Gots: 17 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.86% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: litheum94 on 03-13-2013)
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Philousa

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 04:19:21 | More by Philousa
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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.