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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
Ranking:
#41,732
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
162
pDev:
17.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
37
Trade:
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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of aclockworkchris
4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacStinson
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Benish
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a pitch black color with some added viscosity. The head was bright reddish brown and was somewhat 'active' with all the bubbles popping.

Aroma: instantly smell some mild hop aroma. Not as strong like the Storm King stuff. A blend of sweet milk and white chocolate and subtle dark fruits comes in.

Taste: very sweet with tons of dark fruits. Drinks almost like a quad. Also a layer of milk chocolate that lingers in the aftertaste. At bit more hoppy than other stouts but still well balanced.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slick.

Overall: not too different than many other stouts but still a good one for the style.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single 12oz bottle and drank from a snifter.

Dark brown, nearly black beer with a thin tan head & lacing. First sip was delicious! Perfect balance of chocolate, malt, caramel, hops, and bourbon. For some reason, the rest of the beer tasted incredibly boozy. Still an enjoyable beer, but not incredible like I initially thought.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Muss42
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tmcarter23
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, fudge, raisin, prune, date, licorice, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, fudge, raisin, prune, date, licorice, light smoke/char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, molasses, fudge, raisin, prune, date, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth and creamy/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good Russian imperial stout. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. This is a little too heavy on the English yeast presence, but still does have some nice stout complexity going on as well. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of maltheaded
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking at room temperature, this beer is full flavor and boozy. For $2.19 its a real nice treat, didn't even know this brewery existed, wouldn't mind trying some of their other offerings. First post, so this is a test, lol DG

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BillHodson
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Deep red color, almost black. Good head at the start, but not long lasting. The aroma and taste are good, what I was expecting from an Imperial. The mouthfeel seems to be a bit odd, almost clinging to my tongue. (That could also be due to smoking a pipe while drinking.) Overall a good beer. Not the best Russian Imperial I've had, but if offered one, I would gladly accept it.

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Photo of clager
4.45/5  rDev +30.5%
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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4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
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 MIBeerGeek
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PackenGreen
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first try from this brewery from my neck of the woods.Pours jet black with a deep mocha thinner head atop.Dark fruit,chocolate,and sweet caramel in the nose,smells quite sweet.Slight roast on the palate upfront but the big sweetness takes over from there,dark fruit,caramel,and brown sugar,it actually gets a bit cloying in the back end.Eh it started out decent but just too sweet for my liking really.

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Photo of MichPaul
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cocomojoe81
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigleague
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cards22
2.05/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of durlta
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 162 ratings
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