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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: 14.67%
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:
Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 08-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jgammoniv
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to imagineii for sending along this bottle as an extra: when I tossed it into the cooler for the weekend I had no idea even what style it was.

Well, the Atari graphics on the bottle say "12 oz. Stout" so I guess that clears that up, & I'll wager Trout River paid a kid at least $9 to design this label (which I dig, by the way). I'll bet that's a Black Dragon. Pours black with a gorgeous nose: deep roast, sweet bordering on lactose, slight chocolate.

Knight Slayer I sayeth unto thee: wow. Pure, sweet, quality chocolate flows into my tasting orifice, leavened with a healthy dose of roast that just cuts the sweetness enough. Sweet secondary malts also develop; as it warms there's the tiniest whiff of hop bittering. My lips are kissy-sticky-sweet. Dangerous as Smaug, there's no alcohol apparent in this anywhere, & it's no thicker than a nice porter.

This beer is a poster child for blind tastings. Without knowing anything about it, this busted my chops all the way out. I'd love to try it fresh; simple excellence all the way through.

Photo of KBennall
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of iheartmanatees
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle had a picture of a dragon slaying a knight. No useful information, other than brewery name, was on the bottle.

The beer poured black. No real head, just a dark tan circle around the snifter rim.

Smells of dark chocolate and faint coffee are emitted. As the beer warmed I noticed faint alcohol.

Knight Slayer has a good overall taste, similar to the smell. Dark Chocolate, and a sweet roastiness is there. A toffee and coffee intermingled taste is there too. As the beer warms there is a slight alcohol taste in the end.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy at all.

This was a good Imperial Stout overall. Coming from a state that shies away from bottling Imperial Stouts, I say "Hell's Yeah" to Knight Slayer!

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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 puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +9%
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 Mac19872
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 grahambo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 KingdomBobcat
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Belanger44
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of zgunder
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle is the third of three different bottles presented to me for Christmas from good friend Artied2. Aside from a drawing of a dragon about to munch a knight, the label has no info regarding ingredients, ABV or freshness.

Knight Slayer is a very dark brown color, indeed basically opaque, with minimal head topping things off. The tan bubbles line the rim, and leave a touch of lacing. Aroma is rich, with dark choco and espresso coming forth, plus a touch of dark fruit. The bier is fairly smooth overall, and the body is in the medium range, though I'd love to see it be fuller and chewy.

Flavorwise, there's some more dark choco here, some licorice and a hint of raisin. There's a bit of malty sweetness, a smidge of earthiness, and some dryish, cocoa powder notes as well. Very light on the hopping, suggestions of dark fruit linger on the palate at the finish. Overall, not bad, though not a world beater.

Thnx, Bro!! Zum Wohl!!

3.9
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

1295

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 mechamifune
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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 DIM
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark brown and it poured with a smallish head comprised of medium sized bubbles.

s: Caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, and wet grains.

t: Rich roast chocolate then sweet caramel and brown sugar plus some boozy fruit. Cake batter comes to mind. There was a little vanilla at the end.

m: Chewy and gently carbonated.

o: Not a typical big stout, more fruit notes tran in most. Thanks B-I-L.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big, in-you-face brew sampled at the Burlington Brewfest '08. One finger, true brown head of small bubbles. Great retention and the cap turned rocky as the sampling went on. Laced in chunks. Impressive. Strong aromas of alcohol and sweet malts. Flavors are ripe fruit, figs, alcohol, sugary malts coffee. Long dry finish. Punchy and not a beer I'd have a full pint of but a good after dinner brew in a snifter.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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 bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of soulkeeper1369
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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