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Russian River Shadow of a Doubt?

Discussion in 'Pacific' started by drgarage, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    An imperial porter purported to be coming soon:

    RR has never been known for its dark English-style ales (plenty of good dark Belgians, though), and I've long wondered what they could bring to the imperial stout/porter arena if they put real effort in. Has this ever been brewed before? Anyone had it?

    I'm thinking it's finally time to go back home to Santa Rosa for a few growler fills...
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  2. the regular porter is awesome so i'm sure this will be great. nice to see him do a beer like this
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  3. afrokaze

    afrokaze Advocate (665) Arizona Jun 12, 2009 Verified

    Time for another drive to Santa Rosa.
  4. Arbitrator

    Arbitrator Initiate (0) California Nov 26, 2008

    And to think I was complaining about having a dozen empty Russian River growlers.
  5. flexabull

    flexabull Champion (810) California Mar 9, 2006 Verified

    Just what I was thinking. Their regular porter is top notch.
  6. I love the name. Cool nod to Santa Rosa cinematic history.
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  7. Hitchcock?
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  8. Yep. "Named after the great Hitchcock movie filmed in Santa Rosa in 1943."
  9. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (665) California Dec 29, 2008

    Sweet. It's always nice to see them do a style that's out of the style-umbrella of what you would expect them to do.
  10. sounds lovely
  11. kaseydad

    kaseydad Champion (775) California Nov 23, 2008

    It's here.......

    Shadow Of A Doubt is now on tap at our pub! This is a new Vinnie creation and a nod to film noir in Santa Rosa. The beer is a 9.86% abv Imperial Porter. It is available only at the pub in 10 oz. glasses and in growlers to go! The movie, an Alfred Hitchcock creation, was filmed right here in Santa Rosa in 1943 and one of our favorite Hitchcock thrillers. Sounds like a good night for a growler and an old movie! Cheers!

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  12. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (665) California Dec 29, 2008

    Just had this today. Very nice beer. Has flavors of toasted marshmallow, vanilla, chocolate an coffee. Another good beer from Vinnie and company, and also provides a nice alternative to the usual Russian River beers.
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  13. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    Hmm... Might need to get up there next Saturday.
  14. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    Meet mid. I'm here now. It's still too cold from the leg, but it's already good. I'm expecting the flavor to be even better as it gets into the 50s.
  15. mjl21

    mjl21 Advocate (550) California Apr 3, 2008

    Tried it today. Super dry/roasty. I prefer the regular RR Porter to this one.
  16. I was gonna say, I love the regular RR porter and I really want to try this. I like roasty :)
  17. And clearly you also love Slime!
  18. Its lime :(

    Dammit I tried to use capitalization this time, it still doesn't register with anyone.
  19. It registered, but I just couldn't resist poking fun :)
  20. Had this yesterday and was impressed. It is delicious.
  21. Heh. I wish I would've just chosen emilylime. Palindrome!
  22. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    My growler has been improving in the fridge. Not sure what that means, but the glass last night was much more chocolaty. Maybe oxidation treats it nicely?
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    BARFLYB Advocate (635) Pennsylvania Dec 22, 2007

    I really hope that a keg or two makes it's way to Philly, although I am not holding my breath. I love Baltic Porters!!
  24. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    It's not a baltic porter, it's an English imperial porter. Probably brewery only for now -- it's one batch and not a big one, from what I hear.
  25. I had it the other night. I thought it drank awfully close to the classic Baltic Porter profile.
  26. drgarage

    drgarage Initiate (0) California Aug 19, 2008

    It might have, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't brewed with lager yeast or a cold ale yeast, which is usually considered a key component of the style, at least as defined today. If you want to argue it tasted like a Baltic Porter from the 1700s, there is literally no one alive to confirm or deny it.
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  27. That's right, I forgot about the cold or lager yeast having to be used. Unfortunately RR doesn't list the yeast used on their website. It might not be a Baltic, but don't tell my buds, my twisted tasting buds, I just don't think they'd understand. Cuz if you tell my buds, my twisted tasting buds, they might blow up and kill... my ability to taste.
  28. Kreko7

    Kreko7 Savant (315) California Mar 5, 2013

    The regular porter is awesome but this was a nice change! Definitely worth a try