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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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203 Ratings
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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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but there is an acrid char presence that takes away from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 20:51:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

10-14-2013 18:25:07 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-15-2013 16:44:35 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

10-14-2013 19:21:00 | More by acurtis
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-11-2014 23:57:56 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-14-2014 06:14:59 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-02-2014 06:18:40 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

10-20-2013 21:17:04 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-06-2013 20:22:10 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

03-28-2013 05:07:00 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sean. Thanks bro! Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind wisps on top and specks of lacing on the sides of the glass. Dark brown body with some transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Char, molasses, roasted malts, with fainter notes of caramel, dark chocolate, and toasted grain. Sweetness increases over time, as does a corresponding note of alcohol.

T - The taste is a similar mix of roast and char flavors with lighter touches of dark chocolate, molasses, and perhaps a hint of black cherry and other dark fruits.

M - Medium-full body, with a roasted grain texture to it. Pleasant, medium-low carbonation, with some definite alcohol warming going on. Light stickiness lingers through the finish.

D - I always find these 'Imperial Porters' amusing, as I'm not sure what differentiates them from Imperial Stouts; perhaps it's Russian River's cheeky way of defusing the hype train for their own beers. In any case, a solid high-ABV beer that verges a bit too much towards the roasty side for my tastes; would probably heavily appeal to the Danes.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 12:56:52 | More by MasterSki
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10%

02-09-2014 18:40:01 | More by Slatetank
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-20-2013 02:14:17 | More by SocalKicks
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-08-2014 15:28:41 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-11-2013 03:37:37 | More by XmnwildX12
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-14-2014 05:20:36 | More by orangesol
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John_M

Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub last night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is impressive, showcasing considerable licorice, vanilla and dark chocolate. As the beer warmed, I picked up a considerable roasty quality as well, along with some noticeable dry citrus and light tobacco. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, but the sweet licorice and vanilla seemed to dominate, with less of the roasty qualities I picked up on the nose. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. The finish was long and sweet, with the vanilla and licorice dominating, but with some hoppy goodness/bitterness there as well. Drinkability is pretty good, though the licorice and vanilla flavor, coupled with the high abv., wore on me after a while. Still a pretty impressive, very solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 18:15:04 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

08-21-2013 05:28:25 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

09-02-2013 21:34:17 | More by Gonzoillini
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-28-2014 16:28:19 | More by xnicknj
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-29-2013 13:57:32 | More by drummermattie02
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GraduatedCashew

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

02-24-2014 18:14:22 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Zaphog

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-06-2014 13:48:40 | More by Zaphog
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

09-19-2013 01:55:32 | More by Rhettroactive
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-10-2014 17:24:03 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.