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Knight Slayer - Trout River Brewing Company

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 08-20-2008)
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mechamifune:
Photo of mechamifune
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not quite pitch black into a sifter with pretty much no head. Body looks slightly light for a "big" stout.

Smell is a little muted, but the usual IS notes of sweet malt and chocolate are there. Pleasant enough, but not particularly complex.

Taste is in line with the smell, and a little more enjoyable. Nice sense of sweetness and subtle bitter chocolate/coffee. Finishes with a little bit of tartness, but not offensively so. No real sense of alcohol or hops to me.

Mouthfeel is the best part IMO. Very smooth and creamy, and while the body might be just a touch too light for the style, it is very pleasant and easy to drink.

Overall a very nice example of a straightforward imp. stout. This is more about the (i'm assuming many) dark malts than it is overpowering chocolate or coffee notes and the result is a very pleasant and easy to drink IS. If I remember correctly, this came at a pretty good price point as well, so try to get it if you can.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of KBennall
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Took home a growler from the brewery on September 21, 2013.

It has a deep black color with low carbonation and virtually no head. The carbonation bubbles tend to cling to the side of the glass.

Sweetness is the first reaction on my nose along with dark toasted malts, dark fruit, and yeast. Nothing much in the way of hops.

The body was a bit less than medium although it felt creamy on my lips. I think I might have liked something with more texture.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a moderate sweetness and dark fruit character and a low bitterness at the end. Not a lot of lingering but it does some. The 9.0% ABV alcohol is well-integrated making this a potentially dangerous beer to drink because it is so easy to drink - and one might go a bit overboard.

Photo of theghost3
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Vermont Brewers pint glass. Appearance is a very dark brown with a thin cafe au lait head that quickly disappears. No lacing.

The smell is mainly coffee and a hint of smoke. The taste is strong of roasted coffee malts, booze, and smokiness; not as rich as I would expect. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, carbonated. Lots of acidity at the end; dry.

This is OK for a slow drink. I was not that impressed by the look or feel of this. Too acidic for a double stout. Taste is interesting with the combination of coffee and smoke.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color, nice tan head, no lacing.

,A roma, is nice, coffee, chocolate, lots of roasted notes.

Taste stays on par with the aroma, nearly to a T.

Creamy, medium bodied. gopd carbonation.

DrinkIs great. I don't think think this is a good, impy, but for an american stout, I think it's grand.

Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to SFLpunk for this awesome beer

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings on top and bottom. Pretty hard pour only yields a 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: The nose is amazing with cocoa nibs and roasted barley upfront with coffee and vanilla and some oatmeal on the backend

Taste: While the flavor of the beer is solid I was hoping for more based on the nose. Upfront is a some what muted cocoa nib note and the backend of the beer does have a great coffee character

Mouthfeel: Is a bit thin for a stout but the carbonation is on point leaves the lips a little sticky

Overall: Good beer from a not so well known company

Photo of jgammoniv
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of grahambo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of patrick802
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike3865 for throwing this one into a recent trade!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Buh-lack. No seeing any highlights here. Thin, tan collar, & just the slightest wisp of foam on top.

Nice aroma of coffee, cocoa powder, & just a little fruitiness, like black cherry. A nutty character grows with a little warming.

Sharp, dark fruitiness, somewhat vinous, mixed with roasted malt up front, with some dark chocolate & coffee midway & ending with that nice, round, nutty flavor. Good, long roast character into aftertaste.

Medium-full-bodied, with some sharp acidity at first & then mellowing out a little bit. Not as creamy as I'd like, but good nonetheless.

Good stuff here - can't say there was much outstanding for the style, but still very tasty. If anything I'd up the body a little bit, make it creamier or more active. Criticism aside, very enjoyable, & it hides what I assume to be a big ABV well. Thanks again to Mike3865.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into New Belgium Globe glass.

Dark cocoa, black licorice, coffee, and a hint of smoke hit the nose and palate with a menagerie of flavor. Not bad, but the finish is a little acrid, sticky, and overly dry.
The beer is dark-- reddish brown when backlit, looks black at a glance.
The body is a bit on the light side, bit still pretty enjoyable.

Overall, this isn't bad, but black licorice and smoke aren't my favorite flavors. The is well-made, but not my kind of take on the style... I prefer a little sweeter, this is very dry.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Never heard o' this brew or brewery until I opened my box o' VT goodness. Right on, I'm always up for new stuff. This particular offering pours a straight onyx topped by a half-finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark coffee, light dark chocolate, and a twinge of black smoke in the distance. The taste follows this line of thinking to the letter, with the smoke coming through a bit more, the chocolate a tad darker, and some molasses thrown in for good measure. The body is a string medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thick, smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, somehow both simple and complex at the same time. I kinda wish I had more of this to share...

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share, and for being the super-generous guy that he always is. The brew pours at a visibly thinner weight than the average 2x Stout, but is pretty solid-looking otherwise. Plus it has such a cool-looking label; extra points. The nose is centric to charry and heavily roasted character and is peppered with some smaller sweet notes including somehoney-ish grain notes. Flavor-wise, it has a similar profile, but the grain is definitely more pronounced, and it also offers up faint coffee-ish notes. The feel is pretty good, and it is quite drinkable for the style. Overall - pretty good beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light. Smallish tan head shows decent retention with minimal lace. Smells of coffee and roast with a hint of caramel. Smells nice, but has a dry Irish kind of feel to it. Taste is roasty and coffee with a bit of butterscotch and some mild dark fruits and licorice in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation with a medium body. This is a fairly tasty beer, but its a stretch to call this an Imperial Stout. Foreign Extra or American stout would have scored much higher.

Photo of Gosox8787
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with no ABV or freshness dating. I like the label despite the fact that it clearly isn't the most expensive looking. Served at just below cellar temperature.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a brown, one finger head with decent retention. Very dark and creamy.

Aroma: Coffee beans and milk chocolate dominate. A small hint of alcohol underneath. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness.

Taste: Caramel, coffee and milk chocolate. Very typical of the style, but well done. Nothing about this really stands out as excellent, but it is solid. The alcohol is hidden well and provides a nice warming.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full bodied and creamy. Very nice.

Overall, a nice stout but its not exactly memorable. Everything about this is solid and well done but it's not anything I haven't had before. I would try again though.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SFLpunk for this one. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown to black color. When held to the light, there is some clarity around the edges that shines with some ruby coloration. A dark tan head appears across the top with less than a finger's strength that quickly recedes. A light swirl revives the cap and produces some spots of lacing that stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly roasty with a char aspect that smells of dark chocolate and a light nutty aspect. More sniffs reveal a bit of a coffee that leads into a bit of black licorice, tobacco, leather and earth. There is a faint citrus hop note across the back. Overall not bad, nice depth to this.

The taste is pleasantly roasty and bitter from the level of burnt character to the grain moreso than bitter from the citrus hops that are evident. The grain is dark and kilned to the point of tasting like char. More sips reveal some chocolate and coffee notes along with citrus hoppiness. There is a fairly bold fruity alcohol element that really comes out as the brew warms and brings with it quite a bit of warmth down the back of the throat with a fusel to solvent touch.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. The alcohol is fairly bold even at colder than ideal temperatures regardless of not having any idea what % this offering is. Overall not bad, this is fairly enjoyable but I think I would stop after one glass. This isn't something I could see myself drinking a couple of but it is certainly worth a try.

Photo of KingdomBobcat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Knight Slayer from Trout River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.