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Giant Slayer - Tri-City Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 18.48%
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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3.75/5  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
Photo of gmfessen
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Giant Slayer is black as night and pours like motor oil. The head is one-finger, fluffy and mocha colored. The nose is all malt as you might expect, dark fruits like dates and currants along with roasty malt notes like burnt coffee and dark chocolate. The taste follows suit with the fruity notes coming to the forefront; acrid, bitter notes on the finish. Mouthfeel is light for a RIS, with the carbonation being very inactive and thin. Overall, not an overly impressive RIS... Drinkable but not something to seek out.

gmfessen, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of CMUbeerenthusiast
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

CMUbeerenthusiast, Feb 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Danielr26, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

liamt07, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2013
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
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

boonejag75, Jan 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

BlissJunkie, Jan 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

schmityl, Jan 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

beergorrilla, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

JKIRBY, Nov 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Gatordaddy, Nov 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

zonker17, Nov 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Gtg642, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

n2185, Oct 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

vrbulldog22, Oct 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

DaveHack, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Lynn, Sep 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

CSFerrier, Aug 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

snowbeard, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is a jet black beer with a medium brown head. The head dissipates to a ring around the glass after a minute.

S: The strong malt aroma take on qualities of coffee, a slight chocolate and some burnt notes. There are moderate dark fruit notes of prune. There doen't seem to be any hops aromas but there is some alcohol.

T: True to style the flavor is deep rich and strong with roasted and dark grain flavors dominating. The roasty grain has flavors of coffee and chocolate with a moderately-light plum flavor. There is a bitter sweet chocolate flavor going on with a moderate amount of bitterness. The alcohol is evident but no too strong. There is a bit of sweetness in the middle but it all comes together with a relatively dry finish and lingering bitterness.

M: This beer is velvety and full bodied with a moderately light level of carbonation.

O: Giant slayer has a rich roasty coffee and dark fruit aroma with an outstanding mouthfeel. The first impression from the aroma had me anticipating a beer brewed with coffee the aroma was that strong. It's a good Russian Imperial, but not my favorite

MadScientist, Aug 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

amishbooze, Jul 11, 2012
Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.