Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
08-23-2013 04:19:21 | More by Philousa
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
08-21-2013 18:16:14 | More by EgadBananas
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
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
08-20-2013 05:22:44 | More by impending
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.
08-19-2013 20:51:06 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.19/5 rDev +2.7%
I just received this in a box earlier this week courtesy of brewerb, thanks Brian!
This Russian River porter pours a lighter bodied cola brown in color with a very soft and creamy light beige head. It looks great in Russian River proper glassware. The nose is rich and roasty with a tough of iced coffee, bitter baking chocolate, and a touch of dark chocolate. The flavors are smooth and chocolaty with moderate bitterness, light roast, and a touch of alcohol. It drinks and medium in body but you'd never know that this beer is approaching 10%. The alcohol content is definitely well hidden. Overall this is a really nice, well balanced imperial porter. I've been hearing that Russian River had great porters on draft for years now so it is nice to finally try one.
08-18-2013 19:02:30 | More by aasher
4.08/5 rDev 0%
pitch black. you are not seeing any light through this bad boy
roasted malts, chocolate, hints of coffee
smooth roasted dark malts, chocolate, a bit smokey and a bit of coffee on the back end. a good amount of bitterness to balance everything out perfectly
it was silky smooth but it was much thinner than I was expecting, not that that is a bad thing if you are looking for an imperial porter that you can drink more than one of in a sitting (I know I could definitely have drank another if I hadn't promised most of them to friends)
This beer is the Pliny the Elder of Imperial Porters. I'm amazed that this is such an easy drinking 10% abv beer. I'm sure it would mellow out even more nicely with a bit of age as well. I think Russian River is going for an imperial porter that you can drink more than one pint of in a sitting and they have nailed it right on the head. This beer is not too extreme in any single direction, not overly chocolatey, vanilla-y, smokey, etc. I'm very glad I picked up as many bottles as I could and hope that they decide to possibly bottle some more in the future. It is a shame that they only bottled 100 cases.
08-18-2013 04:25:51 | More by thedankness
Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.