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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): 9.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named after the great Hitchcock movie filmed in Santa Rosa in 1943. This This imperial porter packs a rich chocolate and light smoked malt character with a very soft, dry finish.

Original Gravity: 1.082
Alcohol by Volume: 9.86%
Color: Black
Bitterness: Mild

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,583
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
333
pDev:
7.54%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
27
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 333 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Rammed96
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stevenwoo
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Dec-5-2018


A:
It pours a clear-but-opaque pitch black with an ample, rocky tan head. Very good retention; concentric rings of lacing. (4.5)

S:
Molasses, dark fruits, caramel, black bread. (4.25)

T:
Smooth sweet and rich, following the nose. Big dried fig, molasses, maple, cherry sweetness with light chocolate roast. (4.5)

M:
Smooth, silky with light carbonation and a lingering finish, alcohol well-hidden, easy drinking. (4.25)

O:
Lordy. It pours looking just about as pretty as could be. Big head you can eat like an apple, nice lacing. The aroma immediately gives me an old-school American RIS vibe, Big molasses, dark fruit, maple-espresso sweetness. The flavor follows suit but is exquisitely melded together into one smooth, rich, layered whole. Caramelized sugar, fatty nuts, figs, raisins, chocolate.
There is barely any alcohol presence and a velvety feel that makes it drink itself. This is a delight. Why in God's name did I only buy one bottle?!?! (4.5)

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Photo of Kdouble
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TryThemAllOnce
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Dec 5, 2018 (17.25oz)
Poured into a snifter glass, and at half fill went for a paper towel, because you just KNOW this one's going to rise over the rim. That fluffy espresso looking head sits proudly at 3 fingers for a good while, and leaves plenty of lingering lace. Liquid is black coffee in color.

Aroma is rich with coffee, chocolate and slight bubble gum notes. Hint of booze.

Taste follows smell mostly but detecting that dark fruit (raisin/prune) which resembles a classic doppel ...love it! ABV is hiding well, but don't kid yourself, it's there!

Carbonation is subtle and appropriate, taking nothing away from other impressive features this brew offers.

This one is really enjoyable, a reminder to not forget this great style amidst the rising tide of IPA choices that seem to be taking much of the space in stores.
Feel is

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Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrojanRB
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep midnight black with two fingers of khaki head that has awesome retention....5 minutes after pouring, it’s still just sitting there large and in charge

Smells of cocoa and bitter coffee

Taste has bitter chocolate, coffee, smokey

Decadent and full bodied, but drinks surprisingly easy for a 9.6% ABV

Awesome beer.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a hair of ruby tinge when held to the light. Topped with 3 fingers of deep beige head.

Smells of chocolate, Coke, tannins, and hints of tobacco.

Tastes of chocolate, tobacco, and leather.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I got this at the new Russian River brewery a couple weeks ago, and am drinking it in Redding, Feb 28th, 2019. Well done Imperial Porter.

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Photo of fehrminator
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Delightful porter. Big, robust flavors without turning into anything heavy-handed.

Coal black with shades of brown at the edges. Khaki had that lasts and lasts.

Aroma of dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, smoked malt, char. Taste is right there. Coffee is roasty without being acidic, chocolate is slightly sweet without being cloying.

Moderate thickness feels almost light for the ABV. Dry finish.

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Photo of BEERdedCharmer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBrewsky
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/5/18
L: Pours coffee black in color. 3 fingers of espresso foam-colored head formed from a straight-centered pour. Heaps of residual soapy lacing clings to the glass.
S: Tons of coffee up front, with nice amounts of roasted malts and bitter chocolate and caramel.
T: Follows the nose. Coffee flavor throughout. Chocolate malt flavor is underlying the entire flavor profile. Finish is bready malt, dark fruits, molasses and chocolate with a slight bitterness.
F: Medium in body and light in weight. Creamy texture, just wish a tad thicker on the feel.
O: An enjoyable porter. Makes me want to revisit more in the style, or more so, realize the lack of porters on the market. I am very grateful to have tried. Cheers!

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Photo of beergoot
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jet black body with a long lasting, thin yet dense and creamy khaki colored head. A fine and subtle roasted grain scent. The taste has a heavy and dark grained sweetness to it; a bit of chocolate, a bit of char; some subtle bitterness towards the finish. Heavy body; smooth and velvety on the palate; semi-sweet throughout.

A well-rounded and very approachable imperial porter, emphasizing the semi-sweet and dark grain maltiness more than anything else. It's ABV is well-hidden. Fine and tasty.

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Photo of Buck89
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown color with a fluffy tan head that lingered throughout the drink - impressive. The aroma was fruitier than expected, with grapefruit and pine in addition to roasted grain - almost like a black IPA. The taste had more chocolate but also the citrus/pine bitterness. As billed, a very soft and dry finish with a lingering bitterness. No detectable booziness. Overall this was outstanding - in my mind more of a hybrid CDA/porter

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Photo of MTKATL
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpenske
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdown
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hrocket
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of iebforever
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer blows me away! The roast is perfect. The balance between roast and residual sweetness is extremely well done. It hides the alcohol well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of edsanchezz28
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Vicktory
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

O - YUM. Best example of the style I've had in recent memory. Exactly what I would expect from the masters at Russian River.
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L - This is a pretty beer! The head is so darn fluffy, looks like a pillow. I wish I could pour it forever. Head dissipates appropriately quickly (per style) to leave a nice amount of lacing on my glass.
S - CLASSIC. PORTER. Well done!
T - A little cloying for my taste, but that's so tough to avoid with a beer this big and malty.
F - Related to the slightly cloying flavor, I found it a touch syrupy. I prefer my porters (even Imperials) to have a nice light body. Given the gravity of the beer, RR did a great job of keeping the carbonation high to offset this as much as possible though.

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Photo of sjrider
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark like molasses with bubbly chocolate milk head leaving sporadic lacing. Nose is mildly sweet and slightly smoky. Taste follows with more baked flavors -cocoa,dried stone fruit ,coffee. Well hidden abv , smooth and almost creamy.

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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 333 ratings