1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Giant Slayer - Tri-City Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Giant SlayerGiant Slayer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
76
okay

112 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 112
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.79%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 112 | Reviews: 41 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Raleigh95
1.2/5  rDev -63.6%

Raleigh95, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of KISSFR33K
1.25/5  rDev -62.1%

KISSFR33K, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Someonex37
1.68/5  rDev -49.1%

Someonex37, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of SAxDRC5
1.83/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: pours a black with a mocha head that doesn't stick around for long. leaves an ok lacing.

S: the first thing i smell is coffee then a bit of chocolate, oak, and alcohol.

T: coffee is also the first thing I taste. it ends with a really strong alcohol burn and a strange and disgusting sour taste.

M: very carbonated, alcohol doesn't disguise itself at all, in fact it pretty much punches you in the face. 8.5%abv seems low for a RIS, but it is way to prevalent in the feel of this beer.

D: I don't want to finish this one.

In my quest for trying every Russian Imperial Stout I can get my hands on this is by far the worst I have tried.

SAxDRC5, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of UnknownMale282
2/5  rDev -39.4%

UnknownMale282, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
2.08/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into my De Struise glass.... Terrible pour for a stout, only about half a finger of light tan head that is gone immediately to only a ring, light lacing. The body is dark brown, not much to see here... The aroma is tons of light bitter cocoa and chocolate, sweet but not half bad. A hint of roast... The taste is borderline terrible. The front for a millisecond is fine as there is some chocolate, but then you all there is terrible ash, charred coffee, bitter wood, and alcohol. Just horrendous, not one good thing about this...The feel is warm, ok carbonation.... This is not drinkable.

Big time pass.

jrallen34, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to VinnieVanGogh for this bottle.

A- Pours a deep black color. One finger mocha colored head shows horrible retention and seems to die before all the beer is poured out of the glass. Hints of speckled lace on the sides of the glass.

S- A little muted on the nose. Roasted malts come through with the help of my nose in the glass. Hints of darker chocolate come next then darker fruits. Light coffee in the backing with a distinct alcohol aroma in the end mixing with some overwhelming metallic tones in the finish.

T- Roasted upfront on this beer mixes with a touch of baker's chocolate in the inital front. The roast follows through as the baker's chocolate dies out. Hints of darker fruit and the first light alcohol note comes through. There is a coffee flavor that picks up from this point (middle of the beer) that welcomes the second coming of bitter chocolate. Darker fruits are on the ending along with a strong metallic flavor that makes me feel like I'm licking a can at first but by the end it is a only a minor annoyance. Alcohol is a little hot on the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light bitter chocolate, roasted malts, metal, and hints of coffee are left on the palate. Aftertaste is metal, light alcohol, light roasted malts, and chocolate. This beer is a little underbalanced I thought and needed a little more hop presence. A big metallic flavor was the key off flavor and killed a lot of the aroma and flavor profile to this beer. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer started off with some thing going for it. That is just about all it had though. A nice try but far from the mark in my book. If I could try this on tap it might be different. The ABV wasn't there which was nice but I'm thinking if the metallic overtones were missing then it might be a different story.

alleykatking, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Christov
2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

Christov, May 26, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.3/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. No bottle date or info.

A - Clear amber brown while it quietly pours, Giant Slayer ended up being as black as night in the glass with a dense two-finger, deep tan head. Good retention with a nice thick collar of lace left on the glass.

S - Soft English toffee blends with the light coffee nose and rich dark roasted malts momentarily before it turned into a rotting, moldy molasses funk as I can best describe it. I love molasses but this is off. Rank with damp cardboard.

T - Oxidized-like stale cardboard notes overwhelm the heavily roasted chocolate malts in here. Bitter chocolate and day-old cold coffee don't compliment well. Molasses finishes out and seems to be the only redeeming quality of this brew.

M - Thick and rich, Giant Slayer is full-bodied but extremely bitter-finishing, dry, and heavily carbonated.

D - Drain pour. This is overly off-putting and gross. It needs a lot of work to be quite honest. It's far too bitter and hard to choke down. This was a bad brew to end my sickness-induced ticking hiatus with.

BeerFMAndy, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of uno99
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served at 58 degrees into my Lucifer goblet. I like the sort of cliche' name and artwork, and the fact that there is no ABV anywhere on the bottle.

A: I've never seen a head dissapear faster and leave as little trace. The foamy 2 finger head was almost gone by the time I put the glass down. Looks kind of like squid ink or something sitting there in the glass.

S: Very boozy. I honestly cant detect much else but booze... what a shame. Might be better if there was some head.

T: Well, its boozy... but at least I can taste some malt in there. Pretty bad though to be honest.

M: Medium bodied, pretty sticky on the lips and teeth. a bit harshly carbonated. Could be the boozy nature of this beer making it feel harsher however.

D: This is a beer to avoid.

uno99, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of david131
2.4/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Absolutely pitch black with only the slightest bit of light getting through at the edges. The head is very thick, creamy, and brown. Looks like serious business.

S- Cocoa powder, alcohol, malted milk powder, earthy, and just the slightest hint of cinnamon and a distinct nuttiness. This is just not appealing at all...

T- More appealing than the aroma, but still a distinct flavor that I do not like and have a bit of trouble placing- it's almost like melted plastic... Some chocolate, alcohol, nuttiness. Not a lot of depth.

M- A nice amount of carbonation and it is pretty smooth, but the aftertaste is just not nice. Pretty dry.

D- Well, this was just a disappointment. This is just not very good. I wish I knew what the ABV was so I knew what to do with this.

david131, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Rostie
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Rostie, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of ThickNStout
2.56/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle from Beer Barron (Detroit, MI). 2.69. No bottling info but I brought it back from MI last June so it's at least 7 months old. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours deep brown, near-black with a quarter finger mocha head that laces a decent amount.

Smells are muted but include cocoa, cream and a little caramel.

Taste follows the nose, including the 'muted' aspect. Cocoa, mocha latte, caramel, toffee and bitter/sour dark fruit skins.

Medium feel with an over sharp carbonation. Long bitter, almost sour cocoa/cherry pit finish.

Not really bad but far from great. As another reviewer suggested, I'm not sure if I'm dealing with an infected batch or just something that just plain isn't brewed to my preferences. At any rate I plan to pass on this in the future.

ThickNStout, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Magpie14
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a murky brown and black with soft orange amber colors. Collectively a great mass of darkness. A quick and fleeting mocha colored cap did appear. Lacing is minimal. Body is large and in charge, looks like a good heavy stout

S: earthy, bitter cocoa, malts, and some illusive dark fruitiness. Coffee can be detected in the nose as well. Not sure if I have smelled anything like this before...whether good or bad I am not sure

T: hmm. Mostly full of heavy malts, cocoa and coffee beans with a hint of smokiness. These strong flavors bring out a snappy bitterness pulling in creamy nut-like notes and some dark fruit characters. In addition to this is wet cardboard. Warming does not enhance flavors but makes them overbearing, not to balanced this one. Alcohol peeks in as well

M: lush and pretty thick. Mouthfeel has some nice features but these are hampered by the clammy flavors

D: I pass on this one

Magpie14, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of in780
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - Black as night. A little bit of fizzy head, but fades quickly, and zero lacing.

S - Really muted, even ad it warms. I get some chocolate, but really more alcohol than anything.

T - Some highlights, creamy chocolate, sweet roasted malts. But oh boy, the coffee is overdone. I like coffee stouts, but this is way too overpowering and not that pleasant. Aftertaste is all bitter burnt coffee.

M - Pretty good, creamy and just a little carbonation

D - Not hard to drink, except for the aftertaste. Not reaching for another one.

in780, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of snowbeard
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

snowbeard, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Loudog1411
2.76/5  rDev -16.4%

Loudog1411, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of HarrySTruman
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

HarrySTruman, May 31, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours thick & pitch black that produced an admirable frothy light brown head that initially cascaded for a second or two. Good retention behind the creamy looking head.

(S)- Lots of roasted coffee with even more raisin & molasses with tons of brown sugar & vanilla

(T)- Rather creamy with a big nutty sweetness with brown sugar. Behind that is a fitting roasted background with a light spice. Bits of cocoa & cola.

(M)- A slight higher carbonation than I would like in an RIS, but i guess its not too bothersome. A good balance of flavors. Very sweet & rich.

(D)- An alright RIS that fits the style to a point. The cola flavor is a bit weird. Gets better as it warms up. My biggest problem though is the more I drink of it, the more it strongly begins to taste of peanuts; not a big fan of that, particularly in an RIS.

sweemzander, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of DanGeo
3/5  rDev -9.1%

DanGeo, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -9.1%

beergorrilla, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of boonejag75
3/5  rDev -9.1%

boonejag75, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of vrbulldog22
3/5  rDev -9.1%

vrbulldog22, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of RepMichigan
3/5  rDev -9.1%

RepMichigan, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Supergenious
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Supergenious, Nov 13, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.