Shadow Of A Doubt | Russian River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.1/5
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301 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#2,828
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
301
pDev:
7.56%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
23
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 301 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Mlarren
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
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 +2.9%
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 +6.1%
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 -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +22%
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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Photo of Kegatron
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fitze
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KnowYourCraft
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdaschaf
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 metsfan1
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of M_chav
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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 mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMani
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdlb44
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shadow Of A Doubt from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 301 ratings