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Giant Slayer - Tri-City Brewing Company

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tri-City Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: david131 on 01-27-2009)
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Reviews by HarrySTruman:
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HarrySTruman

Michigan

2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a dark brown with a small head into a tulip.

Smells like chocolate and malts. A bit of toffee or coffee rings through.

Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. A hint of something sweet, but really just a hint.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin and almost carbonated. Really lacks the smooth and robust profile I prefer in an RIS.

Worth a taste, but a bit below average for the style. Lacks any real complexity and isn't much of a warmer. I think the thin mouthfeel is where it really falls short. I think the lower ABV for an RIS at 8.5% may be a reason why it is so underwhelming. Not a big flavor or a nice, thick RIS.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 07:19:30 | More by HarrySTruman
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DanGeo

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.6%

07-27-2014 16:37:41 | More by DanGeo
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detroitpat

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-03-2014 20:30:44 | More by detroitpat
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JMasserang

Michigan

4/5  rDev +20.5%

06-29-2014 15:02:15 | More by JMasserang
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 1.89/12 oz bottle at Lager Mill
Bottle at 40 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of malt and chocolate
Head – basically none – a small head forms but disappears almost immediately after the pour, leaving a 2 mm ring which is light brown
Lacing none
Body very dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor of dark malt and chocolate, moderately sweet; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. There is some bitterness at the end.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation.

Overall, a decent RIS with a good price point. The flavor could have more depth and longevity, but overall this is an acceptable gateway RIS.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2014 01:34:01 | More by Ozzylizard
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Zone_Fighter

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +13%

06-08-2014 14:13:11 | More by Zone_Fighter
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Markus98

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

05-26-2014 03:10:53 | More by Markus98
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.6%

05-22-2014 13:48:25 | More by MichiganderHB
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jamison_sheppard

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +28%

05-08-2014 00:47:45 | More by jamison_sheppard
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Kerrie

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-29-2014 01:41:05 | More by Kerrie
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msquared36

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid black - opaque. Little head retention or lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and smoke.

Taste of leather and tobacco with a finishing ripe dark fruit sweetness.

Very smooth with a fine carbonation.

Well balanced beer. The roasted, tobacco taste is strong, but not overpowering due to the sweetness. Hides the alcohol well. This is my first beer from Tri City and am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 02:14:05 | More by msquared36
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle
no visable date, purchased 12/13

A- Wow, insane amount of head, with only about half the bottle in the glass before I had to stop head was about 2inchs high lol. Dark mocha colored head, after 2-3 minutes the head fell to less than a finger high, but left crazy amounts of lacing all the way to the top and stays stuck. Beer is near black in color.

S- Was hoping for more after the crazy head. You can smell the roasted malts, some cocoas, small amounts of dark fruits, slight amount of coffee, some vanillas in the finish. Its all there I suppose, but nothing stands out and goes BAM.

T- Real close to the nose, with nothing jumping out to make you want to run out and grab more.

M- Medium body that is more watery than slick. Was expecting more creamy with the head, but no. Carbonations is light and fizzels over your tongue as it coats it.

O- The head is the most impressive part of this one and everything else is rather average, nothing bad, but nothing that makes me want to stock it. It was a good price at under $2 for the bottle, and worth trying just because its affordable. Average beer probably worth trying if you see it on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:51:24 | More by Gryphon69
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Boverhof3

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +28%

03-12-2014 03:53:56 | More by Boverhof3
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

4/5  rDev +20.5%

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KISSFR33K

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -62.3%

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MWilt

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.6%

01-27-2014 22:31:53 | More by MWilt
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprisingly cheap $2 single. Poured it into a shaker pint. Had their Giant Vanilla Slayer at last year's World Expo of Beer in Frankenmuth and thought it was a fantastic beer. How's this one?

Appearance: A half-aggressive pour had to be stopped after three ounces due to an insane amount of foaming. What? I haven't seen that for an Imperial Stout in my LIFE. Huge cinnamon colored head that eventually went down to about half a finger and stayed. A lot of lacing. Pitch black hued brew.

Smell: B-L-A-H. Worst Imperial Stout I've whiffed, that I can remember. I've never smelled one quite so bland. Mild roast, but I actually get a lot of hop character in there. So much so that it almost smells like a black IPA, but not quite. Well, I don't think it's so much that the hops are potent as the other characteristics are just subdued. A shame.

Taste/feel: A medium sort of feel with a moderate carbonation. Not quite what I'd expect for the style, but not bad. That hop character comes through on the start with a weird, surprising wave of... saltiness? This is an incredibly salty tasting beer. On the back there's a very pleasant roasty character with some chocolate and alcohol warmth, but it's not there enough through the sip, or even on the finish.

A decent beer. Considering a single bottle was $2, this is about what I expected. The biggest drawback for this beer, aside from the fact that it doesn't have a huge roasty boldness I affiliate with an Imperial Stout, and the feel is a bit off, is definitely that unusual amount of, for the lack of a better description, SALTINESS that I get on this one. Not a soy sauce sort of flavor or anything, just... salt. So much in fact that for a moment after each sip I take, I swear I feel a slight bit of acid reflux -- and I very, very rarely get acid reflux. In case you're wondering, no, I didn't eat anything recently that'd cause it.

It's a fair value for $2 for the ABV alone... and hey, it tastes alright as well. just don't drink too much of this, because you may end up dehydrated. Not from the alcohol, but from the salt.

(I swear to God, there must be a tablespoon per bottle. Why doesn't it ruin the beer for me?)

Give Giant Salter -- I mean Slayer -- a run for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 04:06:57 | More by Alextricity
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MallyOMight

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-18-2014 03:44:48 | More by MallyOMight
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

01-14-2014 15:56:05 | More by tommy5
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metter98

New York

3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a short mocha colored head that died down a bit but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of licorice, dark malts and molasses are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has additional hints of roasted malts in the flavors, most particularly towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with hints of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer feels a little lighter in body compared to other Russian Imperial Stouts, but isn't too difficult to drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 02:27:17 | More by metter98
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mattvandyk

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-15-2013 21:27:36 | More by mattvandyk
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'Giant Slayer' is a cool name for a beer that looks so big and strong; its deep, inky-black tone is sure to be intimidating to most people. It's a natural to play 'David' considering none of the 'Goliath' breweries offer anything remotely so dark or opaque. The most colourful part of the beer is its hazelnut-coloured head... while it lasted.

To be entirely honest, I was expecting the worst after reading the reviews for this beer on the two big rating sites. It's my first offering from this tiny, unknown Michigan brewery. But much to my relief, the aroma shows no noticeable signs of infection and, along with the appearance, is promising. Fudge-y malts, dark fruits, and black licorice are a very decent start.

The flavour has enough chocolate, vanilla, and coffee to keep me happy. It's not the symphony that some Russian Imperial Stouts offer up but it's serviceable. The finish is lightly ashy with an appreciable smokiness and a leafy bitterness that's been entwined with black licorice notes. It's well composed for its strength (though 8.5% is conservative for the style).

The mouthfeel reveals an underlying sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar or molasses. This covers for the faint soy sauce-like impression (and compliments the chocolate brownie and black coffee flavours). It has a hint of oak too, even though it's not barrel-aged (this likely owing to the presence of vanilla bean on the finish). Drink it now. I doubt it'll cellar well.

It looks I was in the lucky minority to get a non-infected bottle of Giant Slayer - take my word, it's not a bad little.. err, big recipe. It doesn't rival Michigan's best Imperial Stouts (Founders' or any of the many Bells) but the people of Bay City can't consider themselves hard-done by; if this were on-tap near me I'd have to hire someone to carry me home.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 02:21:58 | More by biegaman
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Gemini6

Michigan

4/5  rDev +20.5%

12-05-2013 07:36:45 | More by Gemini6
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-03-2013 00:21:41 | More by BarrytheBear
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FrankHammer

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-25-2013 19:11:27 | More by FrankHammer
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Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.