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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 31
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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3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed May 21st, 2014. Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a deep, deep mahogany brown. Two finger tan head provides lacing and sticks around for quite a while.

Aroma is charcoal and unsweetened chocolate.

Flavor is slightly ashy with rich milk chocolate notes. A touch of oatmeal, maybe? Bitter and a little boozy on the finish. Nothing too special here.

Mouthfeel is velvety thick and smooth, almost like a milkshake. By far the best thing about this beer. Also some alcohol heat.

I still don't get the love for Russian River, but this beer is certainly not an embarrassment.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brack for this extra!

510ml bottle sealed with a russian river "logoed" pressure cap; poured into SP wine stem.

bottled on date of 03/03/2014.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 3 finger tall khaki colored head. The head has alot of staying power and leaves behind alot of thick lacing on the side of the glass. Really great looking porter!

Smell: First whiff of this beer immediately reminds me of everett porter! What a pleasant surprise! Milk chocolates and roasty malts with a light smoked malts presence. Hints of earthy hops.

Taste: The flavor of this beer is much different that the aroma. The nose makes you think this will be a smooth balanced porter with that perfect combo of roast and sweetness with a hint of earthiness. This beer is a little sharper than was expected from the nose. It starts off first with slightly sweet milk chocolates. Next an ashen/chared roastiness that is kind of distracting, but nothing that is out of line. In the middle of the beer, I get molasses, hints of black licorice, and even some black olive notes surprisingly enough. There might even be some black pepper and yeastiness that is hiding in background. The molasses, black licorice, a light char note, and a hint of dark fruits all found in the finish. All these flavors provide a mild almost moderate lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Drinks like its a 6% porter even though the label lists the abv at 10%. Slightly creamy and fairly smooth mouthfeel. The mouthfeel makes me think that RR used some oats to brew this porter. The beer feels thinner on the palate once it warms up to room temperature.

Overall: Everything was really nice about this beer, but the taste just didnt fit in with the crowd. I think that dialing down the ashen/char flavor of this beer and the addition of more chocolate malts would make a huge difference in the flavor profile of this beer. That is really my only minor complaint with this beer. If this beer tasted as good as it smelled, this beer would give HF Everett a run for its money... Everett is the undisputed champ when it comes to the best porter out there. Russian River really did brew a nice porter here that is worth a try. Its nice to see Russian River make a nice American Porter. Glad that I got to try it out. Thanks again Paul!

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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.