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Giant Slayer - Tri-City Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: david131 on 01-27-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

gratefulbeerhead, May 10, 2012
Photo of redfacedshooter
3/5  rDev -9.1%

redfacedshooter, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.38/5  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.

aasher, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jmich24
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

jmich24, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of ghostwalker
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap in a MI Whole Foods.

A: Appropriately dark body with a thin finger of tan head.

S: Not a lot of nose. Roasty, malty, slightly fruity.

T: Dark fruits and roasty, in that order. Low complexity and no real hop character. Thin on flavor for the style. What there is is a well balanced combination.

M: Thin, slightly oily. Decent carb level.

O: Solid, but unexceptional RIS. Love the D&D influenced label.

ghostwalker, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of moserine
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

moserine, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of schultzi22
3/5  rDev -9.1%

schultzi22, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Rostie
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Rostie, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours pitch black with a dark, dark mocha head that reminds me of a Dark Horse stout in appearance, though it quickly dissipates to a thin film leaving behind chunks of lacing.

roasty aroma with dark caramel, molasses, a lot of woody hops, some char and a slight bit of anisette. pretty aromatic and hits all the check-marks for the style.

taste is a bit lack-luster compared to the promise from the appearance and aroma. definitely roasty, but without the complexities I like in the style. a roasty milk stout, it seems, as there is a semblance of lactose sugar in there, although I have no idea if its brewed with it or not. Roasty with some lactose sweetness is all I'm getting. A touch of the woody hops come to play when it warms, but would like a lot more of this.

thinner than an RIS should be. creamy, though, like a milk stout. subtle carbonation works well, but overall it feels like drinking skim milk.

It's not bad. It's not great. pretty nondescript. I wouldn't pass one of these down, but I wouldn't seek it out either. with some pretty stiff competition in the style, this one fails to make a name for itself. Its definitely an above-average beer, but by no means is it legendary or a "giant slayer"

silentjay, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

crossovert, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of RepMichigan
3/5  rDev -9.1%

RepMichigan, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of UnknownMale282
2/5  rDev -39.4%

UnknownMale282, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of klipper
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

klipper, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Bung, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

StoutHunter, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of BBP
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a slight brown head. Decent lacing.

S- Initially it smelled like a porter with more of a dark malt focus but it began to take on more roasty aromas after it warmed up.

T- Roastiness and then more roastiness. A bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. The finish is very light but similar to a dark chocolate bar.

I got hints of the metallic taste like others but only when I was looking for it. It's possible that others may have had

M- Medium body to slightly light for the style. Fairly sticky in the finish and moderately dry.

O- To say this is a bad RIS would be completely wrong, but it didn't impress me all that much. I've still yet to have an imperial stout that I haven't liked.

I thought this one just seemed lacking in complexity and body compared to the others. The alcohol was hidden quite well as a plus, but for that reason I could almost see it fitting into the regular stout category a bit better.

From the reviews at hand, it seems there may be a consistency problem. I will have to try this again to see. For the price, it can easily merit a second go.

BBP, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of JonathanG
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this bottle up in MI back in May and am just now getting around to it. Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Wow, this is black and thickish, like really old, used motor oil. 1.5-finger dark tan/light brown head that quickly fades, with a film of head sticking around for the duration.

S: Molasses, dark chocolate, and french roast coffee grounds, as well as roasted malts. I don't really get too much alcohol off this, but it's pretty cold right now.

T: Mostly about the burnt coffee/french roast, with some dark chocolate coming in and out of play. Sort of like a metallic-hopped finish, along with the bitter coffee notes.

M: Medium-bodied, not too heavy at all for this style. Could maybe use a bit more heft. Needs to be "fleshed out".

O: It's OK, nothing special. Glad I tried it, but I don't know that I'll be buying more of it the next time I'm in MI.

JonathanG, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, jet black with two fingers of tan head that drop rather quickly.

Aromas of dark roasted coffee, licorise, roasted malts, and some dark cocoa.

Flavors of dark cocoa, dark coffee, licorise. Finish is long, darkly sweet, with hints of bitter cocoa.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, malty. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall a good effort. Nothing too aggressive or offensive.

JamnesCameron, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to semibaked. pours a typical jet-black with dark reddish-brown head. a vigorous pour yields half a finger of head that quickly dissipates and leaves no trace behind. not quite on the level of giant slaying.

aroma is heavy on the roast, blackstrap molasses with sea salt, heather, leather and kiwi shoe polish undertones. coffee and some burnt bread. fairly subdued... I feel like I keep waiting for it to brighten up, but it doesn't happen.

taste is heavy on the roast. burnt coffee, wet leather, toffee, cocoa powder. I'm kind of digging it. not as boozy or intense as many a RIS, but certainly enjoyable. again, not quite as flavorful as I want it to be, but for a nice, heavily roasted RIS, I'm liking it.

Moderate body with a hefty viscous finish. decent carbonation for the style helps from being cloyingly thick. Not bad.

All in all, I actually quite enjoyed this one. Not as robust, rich, or boozy as many RISs out there, but I kind of like that. I was pleasantly surprised when i tried it, and even more surprised when i checked the other reviews. Maybe there's something about it that just jives right with my palette, although my other half commented that she wished we had more than the one bottle as well.

djeucalyptus, Apr 15, 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 homebrew311
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

homebrew311, Feb 18, 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 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 adams82
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pitch-oil slick black, no highlights when held to a back light, no head what so ever, no lacing.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, heavily roasted coffee, a hint of alcohol, raisin/dried plums. Almost seems too "standard" for the style; nothing really exciting, nothing really stands out.

T: Starts with the taste of sweetened bakers chocolate, which quickly fades as the roast kicks in which brings the heavy coffee flavor, bittersweet dark chocolate, finishes with a subtle nutty/dried dark fruit flavor with a nice bitter bite at the end. Little to no hop flavor. As it warms, the roasted flavors fade a bit and the sweet dark/dried fruit notes are more noticeable. Overall, I'd say this tastes like a "standard" RIS; it's just missing something that makes it memorable, fairly underwhelming.

M: The mouth feel is dense and robust; defiantly full bodied; silky smooth.

This certainly has the staple flavors of a RIS, but it's not complex and it really didn't "wow" me; nothing really stood out except for the fact that it didn't warm up too well. No head, no lacing, the aroma is lacking, and the flavor profile is rather mediocre.

If you're not too familiar with this style, I would start elsewhere if you want to wowed(perhaps Bell's Expedition), otherwise, its an "OK" beer that's suited for rounding out a mix pack; I wouldn't be apt to pick up more than a single.

adams82, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- 1/2 finger dark brown head and a near jet body with red-brown highlights. Head drops to a thin film and leaves really good stick.

S- A little muted at first. Roasty malts, lighter, dark chocolate qualities. Almost smoky with a little warmth. Even later, alcohol reveals itself a bit too much. Roasty is the main scent. That said, it never seems to open up.

T- Lots of roasted malts. Medium, dark chocolate isn't overly sweet, but not very bitter either. Hints of dark, cooked or dried fruits later on. Alcohol is warm, not sharp, but kind of wears on you throughout the bottle. More flavor than the aroma would let on.

M- Light carbonation and solid viscosity is pleasant. A touch chalky perhaps. Warm alcohol in the finish. Generally good.

D- It's alright, but doesn't set itself apart. Dollar for dollar it's solid. However, I'm willing to pay $.50 more for a bottle of something I enjoy a little more. Glad I tried it. Not going to seek it out. Might buy it to round out a mixed sixer during the colder months.

GRPunk, Jan 31, 2011
Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.