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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | FT: 5
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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3.54/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Texasfan549, Feb 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

GRG1313, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Feb 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

largadeer, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

JAHMUR, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SocalKicks, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

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.

MasterSki, Nov 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Slatetank, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

orangesol, Feb 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

drewone, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Gonzoillini, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

John_M, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Zaphog, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

iL0VEbeer, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

drummermattie02, Apr 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

xnicknj, Jan 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Rhettroactive, Sep 19, 2013
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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.