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Shadow Of A Doubt - Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 7.6%
Wants: 31
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

iatethecloudsfor, Apr 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TBarJr, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

raulazzer, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Adkins1203, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

dwoolley1, Apr 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MikeDre, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

BGsWo22, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

jkball01, Apr 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Zaximus, Apr 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

tinterlande, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

mattmarka1, Apr 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

jschott75, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Schulte30, Mar 28, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle courtesy of drunkensloth, thanks a lot man. Appearance is dark black, standard porter, healthy head. Aroma is sort of yeasty and roasted malts, definitely won't be mistaken for an imperial stout. Flavor is again yeaty, roasted malts tastes very much like a porter and not an imperial stout, slight touch of chocolate. This was a very solid beer and the alcohol was well hidden. Nice to have a non-Belgian, non-IPA from Russian River.

ArrogantB, Mar 27, 2014
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4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have never been a fan of porter style beers. They typically remind me of the beers you'd have a the pub after work in England... no frills just something to get a buzz from. This one is exceptional It has a very good smooth flavor to it. It didn't have the typical aftertaste that darks usually have. If you like Porters you'll love this one.

Goalcam, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Melman, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cdean801, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

james582, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

cbgoods, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Rubalaca, Mar 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SavvyStudent, Mar 17, 2014
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4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel globe.

A- Black, with a mocha color head that holds nicely. Strong lacing.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and slight vanilla.

T- Lots of roast and chocolate. Slightly bitter crisp finish. Dark chocolate up front followed milk chocolate and roasted malts. Semisweet bakers coco finish. Wow this is good.

M- Perfect. Medium carbonation, thick body, viscus, no sign of ABV, dry finish and refreshing.

O- What a great porter. This might be the first dark non-Belgian style beer that I've tried from Russian River and it's spot on. But what do you suspect from a world class brewery.

NCalement, Mar 08, 2014
Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.