Shadow Of A Doubt | Russian River Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
rrbeer.com

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by litheum94 on 03-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,305
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
301
pDev:
7.56%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
23
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of RyanK252
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a snifter

A: Pours nearly black with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little nice lacing.

S: Roasty, faintly smokey, coffee, dark chocolate, big dark fruit, with burnt sugar and toffee sweetness.

T: Roasted malt, dark dried fruit, plum, dark cherry, rich dark chocolate, a little coffee, earthy, a little molasses, and toffee boarder line burnt sugar sweetness.

M: Full body, somewhat mild carbonation, silky smooth, holds it's% like a champ with only the slightest hint of warmth as it goes down.

O: I'm not usually big on the heavy dark fruit notes, but this beer just ties everything together so well. Outstanding brew.

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Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at brewery. Dark brown with small skin of head, tons of lacing. Roasty aroma, kind of mellow. Taste is much fuller, chocolate, roasty, bitter. 9.8%? Hard to believe. Smooth AF. Really nice.

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Photo of RMW66
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nunya
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of WRXSTV
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BSW
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frasergrove
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spoda1983
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very enticing appearance. The head is a creamy cocoa tan color that is really nice and appealing. The beer itself is a nice milk chocolate black that borders on a very dark chocolate brown.

Smell is very good. Light hop bitterness covered by a strong sweet milk chocolate with a light roasted bitterness to it. There is also a good cream and vanilla note.

The taste contains the same notes as the smell. It has a strong milk chocolate note with light hop bitterness and light roast that lasts into the aftertaste.

The feel is pretty good. Heavy body but smooth and a little creamy. Tiny carbonation but enough to give it some texture.

Overall, very good for desert.

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Very nice dark brew, topped with a dark tan head of good size. Great retention, and nice spidery lines of lacing.

Fairly straightforward robust porter aroma: licorice and molasses, roasted barley and char, slightly sour dark fruit and red grapes. Chocolate coming through. Reminiscent of Guinness on the nose.

Still thinking Guinness on the palate, albeit with a much smaller sour note, a stronger char note on the finish, and a ton more body. Cream and cocoa, red grapes, caramelized sugar, and a little bit of ash.

Superb thick body, creamy and very drinkable. Despite clocking in at 10%, this could pass for a brew roughly half the ABV.

This is a good beer, and a nice porter overall. Dangerously drinkable for such a high ABV!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jvillefan
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of northbay47
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow Russian River dropped another amazing looking beer here, somewhere that they hadn't really jumped into genre wise. Deep black like an imperial stout, this one is black all the way through until it hits a 4/7" tan head on the top. Aroma was roasty, charred, black patent malt.

Taste exceptionally smooth, chewy, mild chocolate malt notes. Not overly hopped. Hits roasted, charred and smoke notes without being heavy or rauchbier territory. Hid the alcohol quite nicely, didn't come off hot at all.

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Photo of Docrock
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of littlebeer
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SamuelR
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 301 ratings