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Knight Slayer - Trout River Brewing Company

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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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Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +9%

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...

05-28-2011 04:46:45 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Kegatron


3/5  rDev -18.3%

06-05-2013 22:33:17 | More by Kegatron
Photo of stakem


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

08-08-2011 22:01:17 | More by stakem
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

02-26-2012 22:32:00 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9%

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.

09-22-2013 16:38:04 | More by puboflyons
Photo of woosterbill


2.61/5  rDev -28.9%

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.


01-29-2013 02:22:51 | More by woosterbill
Photo of maximum12


4.43/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

08-10-2011 02:06:37 | More by maximum12
Photo of EgadBananas


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

03-26-2011 02:45:08 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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!!

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


12-29-2010 00:26:49 | More by Bierman9
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

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

10-25-2011 04:28:07 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of DIM


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

11-10-2011 21:23:02 | More by DIM
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.8/5  rDev +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.

08-20-2008 18:14:50 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

11-16-2011 06:35:34 | More by ktrillionaire
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-13-2012 14:43:52 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of 2beerdogs


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-01-2013 04:53:20 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of HopStoopid120


2/5  rDev -45.5%

12-11-2011 03:56:38 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of AleWatcher


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

07-23-2011 03:19:01 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of doremite


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-12-2013 19:48:12 | More by doremite
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

03-18-2013 23:39:01 | More by bostonryan
Photo of Noelito76

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

04-30-2014 11:28:05 | More by Noelito76
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2013 20:17:34 | More by dunix
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4/5  rDev +9%

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

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

12-14-2011 12:29:58 | More by Gosox8787
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

02-26-2011 18:34:16 | More by OneDropSoup
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-04-2014 19:48:51 | More by patrick802
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Knight Slayer from Trout River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.