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Giant Slayer - Tri-City Brewing Company

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 18.37%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tri-City Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: david131 on 01-27-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great head, thick and very bubbly. Black body. Aroma is chocolate and roasty. Taste is coffee and sweet. Rather sweet for a RIS. Rather fair for a RIS, but quaff able. Thanks Josh for sharing. Middling mouthfeel, though a spot acidic.Mouthfeel is tingling.

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by solidfunk (RB), 12oz into a tulip.

Dark brown, medium brown/crimson head that leaves a ring of retention. Nose is chocolatey, earthy, mild vanilla and tobacco. Tastes of chocolate, banana, roasted malts, sweet dark malts anf roast carries into the finish. Medium full feel, low smooth carbonation. Relatively drinkable, and altogether not that bad from a brewery I've never heard about.

Photo of aasher
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer poured a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a dark khaki lacing around the glass. It looks harmless enough. The nose is full of chocolate with some earthy leather to it. It almost has some salty smoke to it as well. The flavors are light yet effective. There is plenty of bitter chocolate, plenty of dark malt, an ever so slight roast, and that earthy leather again. It's decent. This beer could definitely have more body. It's probably the lightest I've seen yet for the style. It isn't off putting, just below average for the style. It drinks light enough to be an easy drinker, it just doesn't have a lot of flavor. It's definitely not as bold as it could be. It's not bad, just not much better than average.

Photo of jrallen34
2.16/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.34/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of sweemzander
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jale for this one. Jim is THE MAN.

A: Pours very deep dark black with a nice tall foamy mocha head. Excellent retention and nice big sheets of lace.

S: Dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, and a strange lactic aroma.

T: Nice rich roast, hints of dark fruit and acrid coffee. Chocolate peaks through. It has a bit of a strange metallic finish.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Just okay, minus the strange metallic finish it would actually be quite good.

Photo of Bung
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Black enough pour, ring of tan bubbles. Fairly calm looking which is fine.

Aroma, A bit phenolic, some more alcohol than one might like. Roast malt, molasses, chocolates peak out around that.

Taste, Quite roasty. Malt and coffee. Maybe considered near burnt, but it's on the border. Still dark chocolate and cocoa finish. Very dry, maybe more like a foreign stout. I had no overt problems with this.

Medium bodied, maybe a tad on the thinner side. Doesn't coat real well, more from the dry nature I think.

In all honesty I thought this was just fine. Maybe more over roasted roast coffee and cocoa than some would like.

All right, so the coffee becomes a little overbearing after a while.

Photo of homebrew311
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice deep black with dark brown head, decent retention and a bit of lacing

S: notes of molasses, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some herbal hops. Pretty mellow for a RIS on the nose.

T: sharp sweetness up front with bit of a metallic character. Finish is very sweet with a little bit of bitterness. There is some roast, but not enough to stand up to the sweetness.

MF: medium to light body for style, a bit sticky on the finish

D: not the best imperial stout. Some nice flavors in there, but overall its a little lacking.

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Tri-City's Giant Slayer a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. I have about getting this beer before but have always passed it up for more well known RIS's, but I decided to stop procrastinating and give it a try, so let's see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label on this beer looks a pretty good, I like the action shot of the knight, it's fitting for an RIS. It poured a pretty dark black color that didn't let any light through when held to the light and it had a fingers worth of mocha colored head that quickly died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end.

S- The first thing I pick is a pretty noticeable rubbing alcohol like aroma that is followed by some dark fruits and a pretty noticeable chocolate aroma. I didn't get any hops in the aroma. It smells like it's going to be pretty boozy.

T- The flavor starts of with a good amount of medium roasted malts that impart a nice steady chocolate flavor with a little bit of dark fruits thrown in for good measure. Alcohol is noticeable, but not nearly as overpowering as it was in the aroma. It had a slight bitter finish with no hops to be found.

M- Smooth, on the full side of being medium bodied, and it had a light amount of carbonation, that could have had just a little more.

Overall I thought that this was a OK RIS. It had a pretty good flavor that wasn't as complex as I would like it but still pretty true to the style. I thought from the aroma that this was gonna be pretty boozy, but thankfully it was toned down much more in the flavor and that made it pretty drinkable for an RIS. What I liked most about this beer was the flavor, it was pretty on par for the style but not as complex as it could be. What I liked least about this beer was the aroma, the dark malt aromas weren't bad, but the booze really came through and overpowered a lot of the other aromas. I might buy this beer again when wanting and RIS, but there's a good chance I will choose an Old Rasputin instead. This RIS is worth a try but it doesn't compare to some of the best in the style. This beer was good for what it was but it wasn't on par with founders RIS, or Old Rasputin. 2013 I've had this beer a few times since I first reviewed and I think it's a little better then I gave it credit for so I'm adjusting the scores accordingly.

Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of n2185
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with an explosive three fingers of brown head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with creamy chocolate and coffee aromas. The finish is smokey and a bit charred.

T: Roasted malts here as well with bitter cocoa and some slight coffee notes. The finish is slightly bitter and charred with an odd sour cherry character.

M: Thick body with mid-high carbonation, this beer has higher carbonation than most imperial stouts, but it works out well.

O: An alright imperial stout overall. It's a bit lacking in depth and I think it might be a bit infected based on the slightly sour flavor and high carbonation.

Photo of Kerrie
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of david131
2.43/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.14/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

It pours pretty much the qiuntessinial way for a RIs Thick, inky black body with a huge fomay tan head that sticks forever before receding to some nice thick-walled style lacing.

The smell is pretty good. It is roasty, it reminds me of a baltic porter in a way, or rather an imperial baltic porter. Not in the yeast but in the overall cocoa, raoastinees, and caramel levels.

The flavor is pretty good. Just what I am looking for in a RIS, not too much cloying sweetness, waves of roasted malt flavors. Think abyss without all the additives.

edit: somehow i was the top score for this. I think there might have been a bad bath floating around out there.

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Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.