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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 30
Gots: 16 | FT: 4
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Paccamacca, Sep 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Rhettroactive, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Fatehunter, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

MagicJeff, Sep 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

allstar255, Sep 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ChicagoNick, Sep 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

juhl31, Sep 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

HopsintheSack, Sep 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

buffcityx, Sep 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Reappropriated, Sep 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

hpthebull, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Renegrenade, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

spark3148857, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Gonzoillini, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

spoony, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

peetza1210, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Spaz7, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Philousa
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Philousa, Aug 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

JorSince88, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: nearly black, light brown head, very light lacing.

Aroma: roast, slight coffee, cocoa powder, slight minerals.

Taste: quite strong on the chocolate, sweet, roasted, mild coffee roast, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: near full bodied, creamy, filling.

Overall: good drinkability, alcohol quite hidden, great chocolaty taste, but other flavors and aromas beyond that are quite mild, so its not wildly complex. Doesn't mean its not quite enjoyable.

EgadBananas, Aug 21, 2013
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drewone, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

akang, Aug 20, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


510ml into a tumbler. Pours deep dark walnut, opaque in the glass with cola highlights.

The flavor is exactly as advertised, "Rich, dark, and chocolatey with a
smooth dry finish. . . " < exactly this
Incredibly smooth rich mouthfeel
coats without the cloy
wonderful with warmth
the abv is not in question but not hot in any way, smooth. Minimal but long echoing bitter

impending, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

funkel81, Aug 20, 2013
Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.