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:
292
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
7.79%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
24
For Trade:
3
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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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 -4.9%
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 +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Joeperl47
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of littlebeer
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of SamuelR
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlarren
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at RRBC into a belgian goblet with a dark chocolate color with a thin fluffy head. Toffee, coco nibs and burnt caramel notes are very well balanced and the beer is very amooth for almost 10 ABV......but the alcohol does sneak up on the back of your palette. Excellent well rounded beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a creamy head. Good retention and the surface carbonation is long lasting.

Hoppy and chocolatey aroma. Pine, fudge, coffee.

Flavor is layered. Lots of fudge and bakers chocolate, coffee, pine, anise, and dark berries.

Smooth, moderate carbonation. Full bodied.

Fantastic hoppy porter and is pretty smooth for 10% abv.

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Photo of Redgoatman
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Wendt
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 292 ratings.
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