Giant Slayer | Tri-City Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
28.8%
Liked This Beer
3.4 w/ 160 ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by gordavidson on 01-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,992
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
160
Liked:
46
Avg:
3.4/5
pDev:
17.94%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
37
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 160 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of Bf_89
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brad_Ford
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass 8/18/2015. Pours dark espresso with a bubbly tan, creamy head that dissipates to a wispy layer on top. As it warms, the head dissipated completely.

Aroma: Cream, smoke, oak, coffee, alcohol - appealing

Taste: roasted malt, coffee dominate upfront with an astringent alcohol finish that drops off quickly. complexity is a little lacking

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin throughout, looks like it would be more viscous than it is

Overall: Above average but barely. The look and smell lull you into thinking the taste will be better than it is. It comes with an overpowering punch of roasted malt and coffee flavor that falls off quickly to a thin wateriness.

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Photo of Bottleguy
4.62/5  rDev +35.9%
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 aussiebeer
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Raime
4.95/5  rDev +45.6%
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 Pearlstreetbrewingco
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Drank from the bottle, so I can't comment on looks, but I assume it pours dark. It tastes dark.
It smelled chocolaty, and even thick. And it felt even thicker to drink.
Tasted heavily of chocolate, like drinking melted chocolate, but not quite as thick.
If you like bitter, and bold chocolate tastes, this is for you.

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Photo of psmith161
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BoyDrinksWorld
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of breakingbland
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bottle.

The beer pours a deep opaque brown. The head is a persistent whipped cream medium brown. There is an aroma of malt, as well as some fresh fruit and alcohol. The taste is typical of a stout along with some alcoholic heat but nice. The beer has a rich body and good carbonation with a luscious feel upon warming.

Overall, this is a good beer and I would get it again. It was pleasant but not harsh.

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of profholt82
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chaz
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pitch black in color, topped with a dark tan head. An aggressive pour allows for a nice-sized, dark tan head, and just a little in the way of lacing. Head falls at an average rate.

Nose is very good, roasted malts. Smells sweet, with notes of chocolate and espresso. Slightly acidic and tangy.

Rather sweet on the first sip, but with all of the aspects from the nose being otherwise present. Rich, a bit tangier than usual (and in a good way), reminding me a bit of Le Coq -- a benchmark of the style at some level.

Lighter in body than many examples out there today, but not by too much.

Seems to have been well-filtered, or at least there is not much in the way of sediment at the end of the pour.


The bar on this style of beer has been set fairly high for years, now, and Giant Slayer just squeaks-by as being slightly above average. Worth a try.

Poured from a bottle: No production codes / best-by dates that I can see.

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Photo of Burgle1978
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic roasted coffee and Carmel flavor

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Photo of ejmw
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of odement
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of km02600
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of alex_hart
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of MDM
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of twkirkby
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Raleigh95
1.2/5  rDev -64.7%

Photo of Loudog1411
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%

Giant Slayer from Tri-City Brewing Company
Beer rating: 28.8% out of 100 with 160 ratings
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