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Giant Slayer - Tri-City Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
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112 Ratings
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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)
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

tommy5, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

metter98, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of mattvandyk
3/5  rDev -9.1%

mattvandyk, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

biegaman, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Gemini6, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

BarrytheBear, Dec 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

FrankHammer, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

jduprey007, Nov 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Supergenious, Nov 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

murraymj, Oct 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

MaseFace, Oct 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Zuidman, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ohiobeer29, Oct 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +51.5%

BrewtalHonesty, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Rons35, Aug 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Lukafer, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Dr_Bahmbay13, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

linnymtu, Jul 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

fishmich, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ShreddedThumb, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

ygtbsm94, Jun 08, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

drh1382, May 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

themilkman87, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

DruC4, Mar 13, 2013
Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.