Knight Slayer | Trout River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 19
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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%

Photo of woosterbill
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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Photo of MusicaleMike
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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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
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%

Photo of Gosox8787
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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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Bobby8405 for the share, and for being the super-generous guy that he always is. The brew pours at a visibly thinner weight than the average 2x Stout, but is pretty solid-looking otherwise. Plus it has such a cool-looking label; extra points. The nose is centric to charry and heavily roasted character and is peppered with some smaller sweet notes including somehoney-ish grain notes. Flavor-wise, it has a similar profile, but the grain is definitely more pronounced, and it also offers up faint coffee-ish notes. The feel is pretty good, and it is quite drinkable for the style. Overall - pretty good beer.

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3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark brown and it poured with a smallish head comprised of medium sized bubbles.

s: Caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, and wet grains.

t: Rich roast chocolate then sweet caramel and brown sugar plus some boozy fruit. Cake batter comes to mind. There was a little vanilla at the end.

m: Chewy and gently carbonated.

o: Not a typical big stout, more fruit notes tran in most. Thanks B-I-L.

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3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to SFLpunk for this awesome beer

Look: Black and totally opaque with brown rings on top and bottom. Pretty hard pour only yields a 1/8 inch head and no retention

Smell: The nose is amazing with cocoa nibs and roasted barley upfront with coffee and vanilla and some oatmeal on the backend

Taste: While the flavor of the beer is solid I was hoping for more based on the nose. Upfront is a some what muted cocoa nib note and the backend of the beer does have a great coffee character

Mouthfeel: Is a bit thin for a stout but the carbonation is on point leaves the lips a little sticky

Overall: Good beer from a not so well known company

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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to imagineii for sending along this bottle as an extra: when I tossed it into the cooler for the weekend I had no idea even what style it was.

Well, the Atari graphics on the bottle say "12 oz. Stout" so I guess that clears that up, & I'll wager Trout River paid a kid at least $9 to design this label (which I dig, by the way). I'll bet that's a Black Dragon. Pours black with a gorgeous nose: deep roast, sweet bordering on lactose, slight chocolate.

Knight Slayer I sayeth unto thee: wow. Pure, sweet, quality chocolate flows into my tasting orifice, leavened with a healthy dose of roast that just cuts the sweetness enough. Sweet secondary malts also develop; as it warms there's the tiniest whiff of hop bittering. My lips are kissy-sticky-sweet. Dangerous as Smaug, there's no alcohol apparent in this anywhere, & it's no thicker than a nice porter.

This beer is a poster child for blind tastings. Without knowing anything about it, this busted my chops all the way out. I'd love to try it fresh; simple excellence all the way through.

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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to SFLpunk for this one. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a very dark brown to black color. When held to the light, there is some clarity around the edges that shines with some ruby coloration. A dark tan head appears across the top with less than a finger's strength that quickly recedes. A light swirl revives the cap and produces some spots of lacing that stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is pleasantly roasty with a char aspect that smells of dark chocolate and a light nutty aspect. More sniffs reveal a bit of a coffee that leads into a bit of black licorice, tobacco, leather and earth. There is a faint citrus hop note across the back. Overall not bad, nice depth to this.

The taste is pleasantly roasty and bitter from the level of burnt character to the grain moreso than bitter from the citrus hops that are evident. The grain is dark and kilned to the point of tasting like char. More sips reveal some chocolate and coffee notes along with citrus hoppiness. There is a fairly bold fruity alcohol element that really comes out as the brew warms and brings with it quite a bit of warmth down the back of the throat with a fusel to solvent touch.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. The alcohol is fairly bold even at colder than ideal temperatures regardless of not having any idea what % this offering is. Overall not bad, this is fairly enjoyable but I think I would stop after one glass. This isn't something I could see myself drinking a couple of but it is certainly worth a try.

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into New Belgium Globe glass.

Dark cocoa, black licorice, coffee, and a hint of smoke hit the nose and palate with a menagerie of flavor. Not bad, but the finish is a little acrid, sticky, and overly dry.
The beer is dark-- reddish brown when backlit, looks black at a glance.
The body is a bit on the light side, bit still pretty enjoyable.

Overall, this isn't bad, but black licorice and smoke aren't my favorite flavors. The is well-made, but not my kind of take on the style... I prefer a little sweeter, this is very dry.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to baconsausage for this bottle!

Never heard o' this brew or brewery until I opened my box o' VT goodness. Right on, I'm always up for new stuff. This particular offering pours a straight onyx topped by a half-finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, dark coffee, light dark chocolate, and a twinge of black smoke in the distance. The taste follows this line of thinking to the letter, with the smoke coming through a bit more, the chocolate a tad darker, and some molasses thrown in for good measure. The body is a string medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a thick, smooth feel. Overall, a very nice stout, somehow both simple and complex at the same time. I kinda wish I had more of this to share...

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Photo of iheartmanatees
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle had a picture of a dragon slaying a knight. No useful information, other than brewery name, was on the bottle.

The beer poured black. No real head, just a dark tan circle around the snifter rim.

Smells of dark chocolate and faint coffee are emitted. As the beer warmed I noticed faint alcohol.

Knight Slayer has a good overall taste, similar to the smell. Dark Chocolate, and a sweet roastiness is there. A toffee and coffee intermingled taste is there too. As the beer warms there is a slight alcohol taste in the end.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not syrupy at all.

This was a good Imperial Stout overall. Coming from a state that shies away from bottling Imperial Stouts, I say "Hell's Yeah" to Knight Slayer!

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Photo of mechamifune
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a not quite pitch black into a sifter with pretty much no head. Body looks slightly light for a "big" stout.

Smell is a little muted, but the usual IS notes of sweet malt and chocolate are there. Pleasant enough, but not particularly complex.

Taste is in line with the smell, and a little more enjoyable. Nice sense of sweetness and subtle bitter chocolate/coffee. Finishes with a little bit of tartness, but not offensively so. No real sense of alcohol or hops to me.

Mouthfeel is the best part IMO. Very smooth and creamy, and while the body might be just a touch too light for the style, it is very pleasant and easy to drink.

Overall a very nice example of a straightforward imp. stout. This is more about the (i'm assuming many) dark malts than it is overpowering chocolate or coffee notes and the result is a very pleasant and easy to drink IS. If I remember correctly, this came at a pretty good price point as well, so try to get it if you can.

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3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Vermont Brewers pint glass. Appearance is a very dark brown with a thin cafe au lait head that quickly disappears. No lacing.

The smell is mainly coffee and a hint of smoke. The taste is strong of roasted coffee malts, booze, and smokiness; not as rich as I would expect. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, carbonated. Lots of acidity at the end; dry.

This is OK for a slow drink. I was not that impressed by the look or feel of this. Too acidic for a double stout. Taste is interesting with the combination of coffee and smoke.

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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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