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Knight Slayer - Trout River Brewing Company

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Trout River Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 08-20-2008)
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patrick802

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-04-2014 19:48:51 | More by patrick802
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Noelito76

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-30-2014 11:28:05 | More by Noelito76
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jgammoniv

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

02-26-2014 16:30:36 | More by jgammoniv
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KingdomBobcat

Vermont

4/5  rDev +9%

01-05-2014 03:01:59 | More by KingdomBobcat
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metalgdog

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

10-15-2013 00:45:09 | More by metalgdog
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  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.

Serving type: growler

09-22-2013 16:38:04 | More by puboflyons
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-12-2013 19:48:12 | More by doremite
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morrowd3

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-07-2013 01:46:02 | More by morrowd3
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2beerdogs

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-01-2013 04:53:20 | More by 2beerdogs
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-05-2013 22:33:17 | More by Kegatron
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dunix

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2013 20:17:34 | More by dunix
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-18-2013 23:39:01 | More by bostonryan
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woosterbill

Connecticut

2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No bottle date, but I believe I purchased it in the summer of 2011.

A: Black with brown highlights; thin dark tan head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty standard.

S: Slight tartness, with a Oud Bruin-style cherry twang. The fruitiness plays well with some base chocolate maltiness. I'm enjoying it, but I don't think it's what the brewer intended.

T: More purely stout-like here, but sadly nowhere near as interesting as the nose. Baker's chocolate dominates, with profound bitterness throughout. There's a touch of dark fruit, but it distracts more than it adds. The finish is astringent and dull. Not great.

M: Medium body, way too much prickly carbonation.

O: This one appears to have had a mild infection, leading to some acetic tartness and an overabundance of fizz. It really isn't terrible, though - just below average for the style.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:22:51 | More by woosterbill
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The packaging is pretty rough. 12 oz. longneck with a matte label and a drawing of a dragon spearing a knight with his tail in the style of a middle school artist.
Pours black with very little head. Some natural carbonation give it about a half an inch, but then dissipates to nothing.
Smell is similar to what a Russian Imperial Stout should smell like: burnt sugar, molasses, sherry, and of course dark chocolate.
Taste is somewhat sour. Very light sourness...maybe just acrid from heavily roasted grains?? It comes off as sloppy. I think it tastes like they used too much black malt or something in their malt bill and it is way too prominent. Plus, that sourness (I don't think it was from any infection) is just unpleasant.
There is really too little carbonation and a weak medium body.
To me this comes off as a poorly executed RIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 18:42:23 | More by MusicaleMike
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KBennall

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-23-2012 19:39:41 | More by KBennall
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soulkeeper1369

Maine

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-23-2012 16:41:11 | More by soulkeeper1369
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-13-2012 14:43:52 | More by bigfnjoe
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zgunder

Vermont

4/5  rDev +9%

06-01-2012 15:32:33 | More by zgunder
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grahambo

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

03-05-2012 17:06:57 | More by grahambo
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 22:32:00 | More by johnnnniee
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Ajlvt

Washington

4/5  rDev +9%

02-12-2012 16:52:38 | More by Ajlvt
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 12:29:58 | More by Gosox8787
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -45.5%

12-11-2011 03:56:38 | More by HopStoopid120
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

11-17-2011 02:41:56 | More by Mac19872
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 06:35:34 | More by ktrillionaire
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Knight Slayer from Trout River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.