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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 Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by litheum94 on 03-13-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
291
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
21.65%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
22
For Trade:
3
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 7/31/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.5)
Pours an ominous pitch black with a nice, thick, 3 fingers tall khaki head quickly forming. The head has some nice retention and leaves some lacing behind as it slowly recedes. There are some light alcohol legs.

Aroma: (4.25)
Herbal, lightly floral hops greet your nostrils first with some rich dark chocolate in tow. The chocolate-y malt backbone is bitter sweet with it's powdered cocoa notes being off set by some light espresso astringencies. As the beer warms, the dark chocolates notes seem to soften, taking on a more milk chocolate tone. Definitely smells like a Porter on steroids.

Taste (4.5)
Similar to the nose, you're palate is immediately struck by a charge of lightly citrusy, herbal hops. Behind these hops is a balancing, slightly nutty malt backbone; notes of
bitter sweet baker's chocolate, powdered cocoa, subtle vanilla and a resounding espresso character. The beer finishes dry and bitter with a subtle, creamy coating of malt left on your tongue. Long lingering notes of herbal, citrusy hops, chocolate, a distinct nuttiness as well as some coffee. For 10%, the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well, with alone a slight warm sensation as it goes down.

Mouthfeel: (4.75)
Robust and creamy medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Definitely drinks like a great porter.

Overall (4.5)
Yet again, Russian River impresses. Unlike a lot of imperial porters, this is definitely differentiates itself from being confused with an imperial stout with it's assertive herbal hops in front of the silky, yet bracing chocolate and coffee backbone. The body is very light for it's ABV, just as a porter should be. Not too often you find an imperial porter that clearly is what it says it is. Highly recommended.

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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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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 291 ratings.
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