Shadow Of A Doubt
Russian River Brewing Company

Shadow Of A DoubtShadow Of A Doubt
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Style:
Porter - Imperial
Ranked #71
ABV:
9.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,273
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.51%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
370
From:
Russian River Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  33
Gots
  37
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 370 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by ManapuaMan:
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Feb 19, 2019
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black and opaque with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Very good retention, lingering for the duration with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Smokey dark malt aroma with subtle charcoal and smoked meat followed by roasted, almost burnt, dark malt notes. Hints of toast espresso bean and bitter dark cocoa along with campfire and butane. Subtle lactic cream and sweeter dark chocolate malts.

The body is surprisingly full and chewy with a decent amount of roast yet it doesn't taste burnt or acrid. Lots of chocolate dessert-like sweetness balancing things out on the back end. Subtle smoke with charcoal and barbecued meat followed by faint hop bitterness, bittersweet dark chocolate, gourmet espresso bean and toast. Slight lactic cream and silky chocolate sweetness along with caramel, flourless cake and bakers chocolate. Very well balanced and easy to drink especially at 10%. Nice bitterness and roast but not overpowering. Drinks alike a slightly smokey stout.

Nov 21, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to BA AnotherJoe for gifting me with this among several other brews nearly 2 years ago when my son was born. From a 500ml bottle into a snifter, the brew appears black with a tan cap that fades leaving patchy lace.

This smells roasty with chocolate, coffee and a contrasting sweetness that almost seems fudgy. The taste is roasty with some citrus, earthy char, tobacco and a hint that comes across almost smoked.

This is medium to fuller bodied with modest carbonation. Somewhat hoppy and bitter but mostly from the char of the roast. Solid brew, would definitely revisit.

Oct 09, 2015
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

May 09, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Feb 20, 2018
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metsfan1 from California

3.89/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 20, 2015
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 10, 2015
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mverity from Florida

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Oct 02, 2013
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rare_bird from Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2019
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SavvyStudent from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Mar 17, 2014
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xacidx from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Aug 09, 2013
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pinnser from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Mar 06, 2014
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sunnovgoat from California

4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Jun 28, 2019
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1424IpA from California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jun 29, 2014
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Aug 03, 2014
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nollie77 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Jun 10, 2014
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ChicagoNick from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

Sep 17, 2013
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Sep 30, 2013
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oso from Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

May 19, 2014
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Madskill from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Feb 08, 2014
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beepill from Hawaii

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Jan 29, 2014
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Spaz7 from California

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Aug 23, 2013
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mrcraft from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 11, 2019
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wakefest 2019; Full MF - rich roasted malts with hint of smokiness

Oct 17, 2019
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DIPAFAN from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.1%

Mar 21, 2013
Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 370 ratings