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 Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by litheum94 on 03-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
293
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.79%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
24
For Trade:
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Reviews by 4DAloveofSTOUT:
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4.14/5  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!

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Out of a growler filled on 4/6 at the RR Pub, opened today.

Appearance - Pours opaque black with a tan, rocky 3 finger head. Great retention, leaving a fair layer of microbubbles to coat the surface. Nice, sticky lacing that thoroughly coats the glass.

Smell - Strong chocolate character, ranging from bitter baker's to sweet milk. Moderate astringency.

Taste - A lot more bitter than the aroma leads on - strong baker's chocolate from start to finish. A touch of milk chocolate sweetness. Astringency hits mid-taste. Coffee ground bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full body with soft carbonation. Creamy. Goes down easy, despite the astringent bite.

Overall - A strong, commendable porter. Is this a Baltic? This isn't bottled so far as I know, so if you're ever at the pub and like a strong, sharp porter, give this one a go.

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Vinnie knows what he's doing with Porters. I love this one.

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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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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 293 ratings.
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