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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:
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 291
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 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 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 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 maximum12
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hefman for sending me this bottle, I’ve been wanting something malty from RR for a long time. 500 ML bottle dated 7/31/13, so I guess this one’s been waiting around for a while. Split with my wife as an opening Saturday night salvo.

The pour is dark black with a hearty helping of carbonation that dissipates quickly. The nose is smooth, if that makes sense. No roast, no hard assedness, just sweetness & chocolate & a gentle peck on the cheek. Silky. And I haven’t even tasted it yet.

Shadow of a Doubt is smoother a baby’s fresh-born ass. Rich chocolate & sweet malts dominate, & only after does a bit of roast creep in, but it too is acting every inch the gentleman, all smiles & tipped hats. Finishes with a surprising bit of light bittering & flecks of molasses soaked black licorice. Honestly, the more I sip, the more levels I unlock (hey, there’s the Sword of Eternal Reckoning!). Just a velvety on the throat as in the nose; this is a deceptive beer at almost double-digit ABV, it drinks like a porter half its size.

I was looking for a good black beer out in Cali & mostly came up dry: but I never found this on tap. The rare straight-up porter that can give the Midwest examples of the style a good run. Very good, right on the tip of excellent.

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Photo of aleigator
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

@ Quintessence - pours brown black, with a decent head.

Toffee, sweet malts, along with hints of smoke and salt, preventing the beer from becoming too sweet. Fantastic smell of burned malts, toffee, chocolate, wood, brownies and leather.

Tastes grainy and roasty, bitter chocolate, sweet malts, bread and fluffy marshmellows. Salt adds an unexpected, pleasant punch to the beer, staying in contrast to raisins and sugary sweetness. Convincing finish, sweetness vanishes in favour of a smooth earthiness.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a one finger light brown head. Nice streaks of lace down the glass with each sip.

S: Very soft aroma of toasted malt, light roasted coffee and a little bit of oatmeal. Inviting, but not overwhelming.

T: Roasted malt with a hint of smoke, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of espresso. Maybe just a hint of tobacco hidden in there as well. Finish has some fudge and lingering dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with just a prickle of carbonation. Not mindblowing, but a really solid porter.

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Photo of charlzm
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Consumed May 21st, 2014. Poured into a tulip.

Beer is a deep, deep mahogany brown. Two finger tan head provides lacing and sticks around for quite a while.

Aroma is charcoal and unsweetened chocolate.

Flavor is slightly ashy with rich milk chocolate notes. A touch of oatmeal, maybe? Bitter and a little boozy on the finish. Nothing too special here.

Mouthfeel is velvety thick and smooth, almost like a milkshake. By far the best thing about this beer. Also some alcohol heat.

I still don't get the love for Russian River, but this beer is certainly not an embarrassment.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
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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Photo of ArrogantB
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle courtesy of drunkensloth, thanks a lot man. Appearance is dark black, standard porter, healthy head. Aroma is sort of yeasty and roasted malts, definitely won't be mistaken for an imperial stout. Flavor is again yeaty, roasted malts tastes very much like a porter and not an imperial stout, slight touch of chocolate. This was a very solid beer and the alcohol was well hidden. Nice to have a non-Belgian, non-IPA from Russian River.

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Photo of Goalcam
4.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I have never been a fan of porter style beers. They typically remind me of the beers you'd have a the pub after work in England... no frills just something to get a buzz from. This one is exceptional It has a very good smooth flavor to it. It didn't have the typical aftertaste that darks usually have. If you like Porters you'll love this one.

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Photo of NCalement
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Duvel globe.

A- Black, with a mocha color head that holds nicely. Strong lacing.

S- Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and slight vanilla.

T- Lots of roast and chocolate. Slightly bitter crisp finish. Dark chocolate up front followed milk chocolate and roasted malts. Semisweet bakers coco finish. Wow this is good.

M- Perfect. Medium carbonation, thick body, viscus, no sign of ABV, dry finish and refreshing.

O- What a great porter. This might be the first dark non-Belgian style beer that I've tried from Russian River and it's spot on. But what do you suspect from a world class brewery.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As a sampler from the source, pours dark brown, opaque, with a half finger super creamy looking khaki head. Roasty with a big part chocolate covered raisins on the aroma. The flavor is full of big chocolate notes, has some dark fruit finish, and just a hint of roast or smoke on the palate. Medium creamy mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation that drinks easy for the ABV. Not bad at all, but probably not worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub last night.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is impressive, showcasing considerable licorice, vanilla and dark chocolate. As the beer warmed, I picked up a considerable roasty quality as well, along with some noticeable dry citrus and light tobacco. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely, but the sweet licorice and vanilla seemed to dominate, with less of the roasty qualities I picked up on the nose. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile. The finish was long and sweet, with the vanilla and licorice dominating, but with some hoppy goodness/bitterness there as well. Drinkability is pretty good, though the licorice and vanilla flavor, coupled with the high abv., wore on me after a while. Still a pretty impressive, very solid beer.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass with a one finger almost tan head. That lingers and leaves great lacing.

S-Coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, some chocolate, some burnt notes.

T-Starts with a mix of coffee, vanilla, roasted malt. Rather sweet. Some burnt notes. Maybe some dark fruits as well. But it is a tad too sweet.

M-Lighter for the style, nice carbonation, it is almost creamy but not quite.

O-A good beer, no where near RR's sours or IPA. but a good porter. And the fact it is named after a movie, makes it even better.

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

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-dark malt, bitter chocolate, coffee,hint of brown sugar

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, hint of dark fruit, light char, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy,alcohol well-integrated

O-enjoyed sipping this one, especially as it warmed, smooth and tasty

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Blind pour courtesy of Kyle. Blind is the tits.

Looks the part of a nice porter.

Smells of big fudge. Happy kid, summer Michigan vacationing, cavity inducing, wide eyed stupidy, eat-that-shit-all-in-one sitting fudge. A nice roast and hops combo rounds things out.

When on the slightly colder side, the taste pretty much follows the nose. Double digit abv is mostly well masked, with only a knowing bite on the finish to indicate her true colors. Upon warming, however, the flavors become a bit harsh and very drying baker's chocolate and ashy finish shows itself.

A pretty good Imperial Porter that surprisingly became less enjoyable the deeper I dove and the warmer it became. Never-the-less, thanks Kyle for the opportunity to try this beer that seemingly made no noise upon release.

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

Bottle shared by Sean. Thanks bro! Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind wisps on top and specks of lacing on the sides of the glass. Dark brown body with some transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Char, molasses, roasted malts, with fainter notes of caramel, dark chocolate, and toasted grain. Sweetness increases over time, as does a corresponding note of alcohol.

T - The taste is a similar mix of roast and char flavors with lighter touches of dark chocolate, molasses, and perhaps a hint of black cherry and other dark fruits.

M - Medium-full body, with a roasted grain texture to it. Pleasant, medium-low carbonation, with some definite alcohol warming going on. Light stickiness lingers through the finish.

D - I always find these 'Imperial Porters' amusing, as I'm not sure what differentiates them from Imperial Stouts; perhaps it's Russian River's cheeky way of defusing the hype train for their own beers. In any case, a solid high-ABV beer that verges a bit too much towards the roasty side for my tastes; would probably heavily appeal to the Danes.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a half-pint glass at the brewery.

A: Dark; light head fizzles fast. Opaque cola.

S: Strong vanilla, chocolate, hint of iced coffee. Just a hint of meh I associate with nitro tap.

T/M: Concentrated Guinness. Bittersweet chocolate; roasted malt; bitter clean finish.

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Photo of Offa
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a phenomenal baltic porter/imperial stout -type beer, rich, balanced, characterful and in my opinion is definitely Russian River's best foray into the stout/porter world.

Very dark brown, essentially black, it has a medium-small tan head steadily shrinking to lasting rich foamy ring, lots of wisps, nice lace.

Aroma is dried figs, prunes, charcoal.

Taste is more complex, luscious dried frigs, dark toast, hints of dark rum, prunes, molasses, charcoal, with more dark toastiness in the finish. It is just slightly on the sweet side, with silky rummy-dried fig sweetness balanced with spicy-roasty-peppery bitterness that just barely lets the sweetness dominate, as I think is right in this type of beer. Feel is silky, full yet lively, luscious yet not oily.

This is one that they should have all the time here, both because of the the beer itself and for the name - Shadow of a Doubt being the classic Hitchcock film (his own stated favourite) set and filmed in Santa Rosa in 1943.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

From a growler filled the day before and kept refrigerated.
Poured a half finger of head on a black body. The head was quickly gone but left some nice lacing.
The aroma is burnt and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very nice.
The taste follows the aroma: roasted malt, burnt wood, black coffee and dark chocolate. Really good.
The texture is a little creamy, but too fizzy.
While the fizziness pushed the rating down, it is still an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of Philousa
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at RRBC a week ago, but reviewing from the bottle since I didn't take notes in Santa Rosa.

Pours an inky black with a brown tinge. When held to the light, thin parts of the glass make it look like cola. The tanned head looks silky and is uneven across the surface in a thin layer. The head also streaks the glass and laces very well for the style. Aroma is very roasty. Burnt toast, dark chocolate, charred tortilla, overcooked rye bread, you get the idea. This also smells creamy, lactic, even. I can get a very faint hint of the alcohol, but that may just be because I saw the ABV before I popped it open. I don't remember smelling any hotness while at RRBC. Flavor starts with some roastiness, with chocolate following soon after. It's like milky dark chocolate. The creaminess does indeed transfer to the flavor and feel. The burnt bread comes across too, just before the alcohol flavor kicks in. It's short, but it's there. The bitterness lingers, earthy and ashy. The feels is slightly viscous and finish slightly dry.

This is one memorable beer. It's intensely roasty and burnt, which can grate on you a bit. It's a 10% beer, so what do you expect? It's a sipper of a Porter. One of the few non Belgian RRBC beers that doesn't really factor in hops, it's one to try again when it comes up. Better on tap, I think it is also great in a bottle.

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Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
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