Giant Slayer | Tri-City Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tri-City Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
tricitybrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by gordavidson on 01-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
160
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
18.1%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
37
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2
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of BrewtalHonesty
5/5  rDev +48.4%

Photo of Burgle1978
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic roasted coffee and Carmel flavor

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Photo of Raime
4.95/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tri-City Giant Slayer.

Randomly grabbed this bottle at a convenience store I had never previously been to. Hell, never even heard of the brewer and they are apparently from a few dozen miles North of me. Let us see what we get.

Look - Well it is certainly black. As black as your ex girlfriends heart as a matter of fact. One finger of the darkest head I've ever seen on any beer in the history of ever. Retains okay, eventually breaking down into cloud formations meaning this one will be all straight flavor and no fairy tale gobbledegook. No lacing remains after a slain giant. 4.5.

Smell - These are the things true RIS are made. The alcoholic heat is immediately detectable in the nose, almost like this guy sat in bourbon barrels for a decade. This pretty much smells like a dark coffee on a cold Michigan late December-early January morning with a shot of your favorite whiskey tossed into it to ensure all those thoughts of your ex girlfriend I mentioned earlier fades away into the black abyss you may be about to enter. 5

Taste - Upon touching the tongue the booze delivers swift and immediate justice. Dark, DARK coffees and a touch of creamy espresso are the main flavorful factors in this guy. There is some sure roasted, almost burnt meats going on as well as the beer warms. This is truly a winter beer that I'm drinking on a cool July night, buttfukkithailsatan. 5

Feel - Oil. Oil. Oil more. Light carbonation tickles the tongue and it goes number and number as it sits due to the alcohol. 4.75

Overall - Well, it may not score a PERFECT 5..But this is one hell of a stout and I cannot believe there is only one review for it on here..Things like that make me want to just ship every member of BA a bottle. Too bad I'm not rich. BUT..if it ever gains the popularity the big names have, it will be a whale. You heard it here folks, grab 'em while they are still cheap and readily available!. This is officially the RIS that all other RIS' shall be judged by to me. And at 10 and some change percentage wise, and $2.19 a bottle, you'd be a fucking fool not to pick this up. 5.

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Photo of Bottleguy
4.62/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This stout is on POINT. Definately in my top three beers. What got me was the label, reminiscent of tabletop games. This beer would fit right in to that image. Light carbonation, definate stout feel, not a session, but great to have around with a few beer geeks. Love it.

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Photo of clager
4.45/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a generous tan head. Strong smell of chocolate, oak, and vanilla. Very flavorful with upfront bitter chocolate followed by oak and a bit of coffee and vanilla. Wouldn't say it's particularly creamy but the mouthfeel is outstanding, lightly carbonated appropriately so. More full that I would expect from this beer, likely owing to the extra IBUs. Overall a surprisingly good beer, one of my favorite stouts of all time.

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Photo of MichPaul
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamison_sheppard
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Boverhof3
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of msquared36
4.24/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid black - opaque. Little head retention or lacing.

Aroma is chocolate and smoke.

Taste of leather and tobacco with a finishing ripe dark fruit sweetness.

Very smooth with a fine carbonation.

Well balanced beer. The roasted, tobacco taste is strong, but not overpowering due to the sweetness. Hides the alcohol well. This is my first beer from Tri City and am impressed.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of carlborch
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured densely black, producing a 3-inch, creamy, light brown head. The immediate nose suggests roasted coffee, chocolate, chicory, and vanilla. The head persists, but settles in at 1.5 inches. Medium-full body, with modest carbonation, and distinct bitter chocolate notes. A little chalky. Rich. Bitter notes carry through into the lingering. The ABV is not noticeable on the palate, but shows up overall! Cautious hints of sour, but that may be the bitter chocolate notes. Strong roasted notes. Creamy, rich, delicious stout! I taste wood and bourbon!? Did it spend time in a barrel? I like it, and while it is quenching rather than moreish, I will seek it again.

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Photo of crossovert
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

It pours pretty much the qiuntessinial way for a RIs Thick, inky black body with a huge fomay tan head that sticks forever before receding to some nice thick-walled style lacing.

The smell is pretty good. It is roasty, it reminds me of a baltic porter in a way, or rather an imperial baltic porter. Not in the yeast but in the overall cocoa, raoastinees, and caramel levels.

The flavor is pretty good. Just what I am looking for in a RIS, not too much cloying sweetness, waves of roasted malt flavors. Think abyss without all the additives.

edit: somehow i was the top score for this. I think there might have been a bad bath floating around out there.

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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MIBeerGeek
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BierFan
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent sized cappuccino colored brown head and a very black body. Real good head retention for the style. Doesn't leave that great of lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted black coffee, char, dark chocolate. Kinda smokey.

Taste: Smoke and coffee with an appropriate bitterness. Bitter dark chocolate sweetness comes mostly in the aftertaste.

Amazing RIS for the price I payed for the 12 ounce bottle. I really wasn't expecting much from this beer but it was a very pleasant surprise for me.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours a deep, jet black with two fingers of tan head that drop rather quickly.

Aromas of dark roasted coffee, licorise, roasted malts, and some dark cocoa.

Flavors of dark cocoa, dark coffee, licorise. Finish is long, darkly sweet, with hints of bitter cocoa.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy, malty. Some alcohol warmth.

Overall a good effort. Nothing too aggressive or offensive.

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Photo of Cocomojoe81
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black color pour with a big long lasting brown head , leaving lots of sticky lacing , medium carbonation , A very nice looking beer . Aroma is of charred sweet malt , caramel ,nuts , toffee and chocolate . Flavor is sweet up front lots of roast , coffee and chocolate , alcohol is well hidden , some earthy hops (could use a bit more) yet a pretty good level of bitterness seemingly from the malt . full body , big chewy mouthfeel with a long roasty finish . Very drinkable . Not a tun of complexity but still a very good stout , I gave an extra point over all for a kick ass name and label . . This brewery is serious about beer and Im stoked to be able to get this at my local beer store. I have bought this as single several times now and is becoming one of my favorite MI stouts . NIce work Tri City

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Photo of Lynn
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of JMasserang
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of JKIRBY
4/5  rDev +18.7%

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Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 160 ratings.
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