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%
 
 
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1
Gots:
37
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2
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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

'Giant Slayer' is a cool name for a beer that looks so big and strong; its deep, inky-black tone is sure to be intimidating to most people. It's a natural to play 'David' considering none of the 'Goliath' breweries offer anything remotely so dark or opaque. The most colourful part of the beer is its hazelnut-coloured head... while it lasted.

To be entirely honest, I was expecting the worst after reading the reviews for this beer on the two big rating sites. It's my first offering from this tiny, unknown Michigan brewery. But much to my relief, the aroma shows no noticeable signs of infection and, along with the appearance, is promising. Fudge-y malts, dark fruits, and black licorice are a very decent start.

The flavour has enough chocolate, vanilla, and coffee to keep me happy. It's not the symphony that some Russian Imperial Stouts offer up but it's serviceable. The finish is lightly ashy with an appreciable smokiness and a leafy bitterness that's been entwined with black licorice notes. It's well composed for its strength (though 8.5% is conservative for the style).

The mouthfeel reveals an underlying sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar or molasses. This covers for the faint soy sauce-like impression (and compliments the chocolate brownie and black coffee flavours). It has a hint of oak too, even though it's not barrel-aged (this likely owing to the presence of vanilla bean on the finish). Drink it now. I doubt it'll cellar well.

It looks I was in the lucky minority to get a non-infected bottle of Giant Slayer - take my word, it's not a bad little.. err, big recipe. It doesn't rival Michigan's best Imperial Stouts (Founders' or any of the many Bells) but the people of Bay City can't consider themselves hard-done by; if this were on-tap near me I'd have to hire someone to carry me home.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +48.4%

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3/5  rDev -11%

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of HarrySTruman
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured a dark brown with a small head into a tulip.

Smells like chocolate and malts. A bit of toffee or coffee rings through.

Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. A hint of something sweet, but really just a hint.

Mouthfeel is kind of thin and almost carbonated. Really lacks the smooth and robust profile I prefer in an RIS.

Worth a taste, but a bit below average for the style. Lacks any real complexity and isn't much of a warmer. I think the thin mouthfeel is where it really falls short. I think the lower ABV for an RIS at 8.5% may be a reason why it is so underwhelming. Not a big flavor or a nice, thick RIS.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of gmfessen
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Giant Slayer is black as night and pours like motor oil. The head is one-finger, fluffy and mocha colored. The nose is all malt as you might expect, dark fruits like dates and currants along with roasty malt notes like burnt coffee and dark chocolate. The taste follows suit with the fruity notes coming to the forefront; acrid, bitter notes on the finish. Mouthfeel is light for a RIS, with the carbonation being very inactive and thin. Overall, not an overly impressive RIS... Drinkable but not something to seek out.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

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