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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 268
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 2.2%
Wants: 31
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.86% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: litheum94 on 03-13-2013

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Photo of scottfrie
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler purchased at the brewpub, poured into snifter.

A: Pours a black coffee brown with a thick, dense, soft looking, light brown head that faded into a lasting film leaving a soft clinging network of lace down the glass.
S: Scents of coffee, pine hops, roast, and a touch of chocolate.
T: More coffee alongside bitter bakers chocolate, pine hops, leafy bitterness, creamy roast, slight dark fruit, and slight caramel (but not sugary or sweet). Dry flavors, roasted and clean. Hint of vanilla in the finish with a solid bitter aftertaste containing a touch of mint hoppiness.
M: Medium body, lighter and more drinkable that I anticipated, with a drying mouthfeel,well hidden alcohol content and velvet carbonation.
O: An amazing porter. I was blown away how drinkable this was despite being nearly 10%. Reminds me of their other porter only stronger. Here's hoping for some bottles. Cheers. (894 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a Russian River pint glass.

The beer pours a nice dark cola brown color with a thick, billowy, caramel colored head, about 2 fingers high that leaves a small amount of spotted lace behind. The aroma is fairly innocuous, dark chocolate, slight roast and toasted dark grain with some astringent alcohol that lingers. The flavors are right in line with the nose, soft yet bitter dark chocolate, light roast character with some underlying smokiness and an almost salinous character that finishes with a nice richness from the grain bill and just a touch of sweet alcohol. The body is awesome, rich, thick, full bodied that has just enough lively carbonation to dance around the tongue and has a silky smooth finish.

Verdict: A pleasant Porter from Russian River but nothing mind blowing. It's well made, simplistic and very quaffable. I do prefer their regular porter to this beer, but both are still enjoyable. (934 characters)

Photo of brotherloco
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler picked up at the brewpub. Served in my Eclipse snifter.

Pours mostly opaque very dark brown with about a finger of creamy mocha foam. Settles fairly quickly to a ring of loose bubbles. Moderate amounts of webby lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of caramel and dark toffee, some burnt sugar. Hops are there, more than your average porter. A hint of alcohol. Light overall.

Flavor starts with a rather dry roasty malt. Sweetens up slightly in the middle with caramel notes emerging. Bitterness from the roast, but a significant hop bitterness is present as well, especially in the finish. A little more alcohol slips through the finish than the average high ABV RR beer, but it's pleasantly warming. Aftertaste of roasted coffee.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A biggish feel in the middle but the dry finish makes it quite drinkable.

This beer seemed kind of mild on the first few sips, partially from the light aroma, but by the bottom of the snifter I'm enjoying the flavor more and more, and feeling the heat. Going for my second glass. Cheers Vinnie! (1,072 characters)

Photo of flayedandskinned
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/31/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an ominous pitch black with a nice, thick, 3 fingers tall khaki head quickly forming. The head has some nice retention and leaves some lacing behind as it slowly recedes. There are some light alcohol legs.

Aroma: (4.25)
Herbal, lightly floral hops greet your nostrils first with some rich dark chocolate in tow. The chocolate-y malt backbone is bitter sweet with it's powdered cocoa notes being off set by some light espresso astringencies. As the beer warms, the dark chocolates notes seem to soften, taking on a more milk chocolate tone. Definitely smells like a Porter on steroids.

Taste (4.5)
Similar to the nose, you're palate is immediately struck by a charge of lightly citrusy, herbal hops. Behind these hops is a balancing, slightly nutty malt backbone; notes of
bitter sweet baker's chocolate, powdered cocoa, subtle vanilla and a resounding espresso character. The beer finishes dry and bitter with a subtle, creamy coating of malt left on your tongue. Long lingering notes of herbal, citrusy hops, chocolate, a distinct nuttiness as well as some coffee. For 10%, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well, with alone a slight warm sensation as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Robust and creamy medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Definitely drinks like a great porter.

Overall (4.5)
Yet again, Russian River impresses. Unlike a lot of imperial porters, this is definitely differentiates itself from being confused with an imperial stout with it's assertive herbal hops in front of the silky, yet bracing chocolate and coffee backbone. The body is very light for it's ABV, just as a porter should be. Not too often you find an imperial porter that clearly is what it says it is. Highly recommended. (1,811 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coal black body, presented with very little head except for a khaki ring around the glass. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is very, very muted. I don't really get much. There is some marshmallows, char and lightly roasted coffee.

The flavors are definitely not muted. Lots of toasted marshmallow flavors with some vanilla. Smoke and some woody tones. Dry, black malts with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Very dry on the finish, with a little bit of alcohol burn.

A very good imperial porter, though I think their standard porter is better. A nice change from the normal Russian River beer. (616 characters)

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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.