Knight Slayer | Trout River Brewing Company

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Trout River Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by thekevlarkid on 08-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Took home a growler from the brewery on September 21, 2013.

It has a deep black color with low carbonation and virtually no head. The carbonation bubbles tend to cling to the side of the glass.

Sweetness is the first reaction on my nose along with dark toasted malts, dark fruit, and yeast. Nothing much in the way of hops.

The body was a bit less than medium although it felt creamy on my lips. I think I might have liked something with more texture.

The taste is similar to the aroma with a moderate sweetness and dark fruit character and a low bitterness at the end. Not a lot of lingering but it does some. The 9.0% ABV alcohol is well-integrated making this a potentially dangerous beer to drink because it is so easy to drink - and one might go a bit overboard.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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2.67/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No bottle date, but I believe I purchased it in the summer of 2011.

A: Black with brown highlights; thin dark tan head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Pretty standard.

S: Slight tartness, with a Oud Bruin-style cherry twang. The fruitiness plays well with some base chocolate maltiness. I'm enjoying it, but I don't think it's what the brewer intended.

T: More purely stout-like here, but sadly nowhere near as interesting as the nose. Baker's chocolate dominates, with profound bitterness throughout. There's a touch of dark fruit, but it distracts more than it adds. The finish is astringent and dull. Not great.

M: Medium body, way too much prickly carbonation.

O: This one appears to have had a mild infection, leading to some acetic tartness and an overabundance of fizz. It really isn't terrible, though - just below average for the style.


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2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The packaging is pretty rough. 12 oz. longneck with a matte label and a drawing of a dragon spearing a knight with his tail in the style of a middle school artist.
Pours black with very little head. Some natural carbonation give it about a half an inch, but then dissipates to nothing.
Smell is similar to what a Russian Imperial Stout should smell like: burnt sugar, molasses, sherry, and of course dark chocolate.
Taste is somewhat sour. Very light sourness...maybe just acrid from heavily roasted grains?? It comes off as sloppy. I think it tastes like they used too much black malt or something in their malt bill and it is way too prominent. Plus, that sourness (I don't think it was from any infection) is just unpleasant.
There is really too little carbonation and a weak medium body.
To me this comes off as a poorly executed RIS.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights when held to light. Smallish tan head shows decent retention with minimal lace. Smells of coffee and roast with a hint of caramel. Smells nice, but has a dry Irish kind of feel to it. Taste is roasty and coffee with a bit of butterscotch and some mild dark fruits and licorice in the finish. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation with a medium body. This is a fairly tasty beer, but its a stretch to call this an Imperial Stout. Foreign Extra or American stout would have scored much higher.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle with no ABV or freshness dating. I like the label despite the fact that it clearly isn't the most expensive looking. Served at just below cellar temperature.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Pours a brown, one finger head with decent retention. Very dark and creamy.

Aroma: Coffee beans and milk chocolate dominate. A small hint of alcohol underneath. Nice balance of bitterness and sweetness.

Taste: Caramel, coffee and milk chocolate. Very typical of the style, but well done. Nothing about this really stands out as excellent, but it is solid. The alcohol is hidden well and provides a nice warming.

Mouthfeel: Relatively full bodied and creamy. Very nice.

Overall, a nice stout but its not exactly memorable. Everything about this is solid and well done but it's not anything I haven't had before. I would try again though.

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Knight Slayer from Trout River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 39 ratings
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