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Giant Slayer - Tri-City Brewing Company

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of Alextricity
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Alextricity, Jan 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

odement, Sunday at 12:13 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

km02600, Nov 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

alex_hart, Sep 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MDM, Sep 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

twkirkby, Sep 23, 2014
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1.2/5  rDev -63.6%

Raleigh95, Sep 15, 2014
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2.76/5  rDev -16.4%

Loudog1411, Sep 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

lochef81, Sep 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

PatGreer, Aug 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

krustster, Aug 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

blindpiggie, Aug 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

MarkyMOD, Aug 18, 2014
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1.68/5  rDev -49.1%

Someonex37, Aug 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

DanGeo, Jul 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

detroitpat, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

JMasserang, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Ozzylizard, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Zone_Fighter, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Markus98, May 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

MichiganderHB, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

jamison_sheppard, May 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Kerrie, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of msquared36
4.28/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

msquared36, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Gryphon69
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Gryphon69, Mar 30, 2014
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Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.