Knight Slayer - Trout River Brewing Company

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 39
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 39
Photo of AleWatcher
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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... (781 characters)

Photo of iheartmanatees
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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! (726 characters)

Photo of mechamifune
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of theghost3
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (943 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (410 characters)

Knight Slayer from Trout River Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.