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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   IBU: 66   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This Russian Imperial stout is just bursting with an abundance of character! Our biggest beer, coming in at 9.5% abv, is sure to be the new favorite of stout fans. Giant Slayer is an intense stout that presents itself with huge roasted, chocolate, and coffee malt flavors. Although well hopped, this beer is still very balanced. Giant Slayer provides a rich, full bodied drinking experience with dark hints of old world style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at my dadís house in Whitehall, Mi. Pours a dark creamy color, with just the faintest hint of brown sugar colored foam. Aromas are of leather, anise, earth, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is a very nice match to the nose, with a oily-creamy mouthfeel and middling thickness. Only complaint about this brew is that it gets a little muddled at the finish, but overall is a very solid offering. Also, it is not the most "Russian" of RISs Iíve ever had. All told, though, a really nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Pours pitch black with a thin brown head. Sweet chocolatey aroma with dark fruits, bread, and a hint of alcohol. Dark fruits really take center stage in the flavor with chocolate, toast, and vanilla. It seems a bit thin for an imperial stout. The finish is clean. Itís not my favorite imperial stout, it was worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (1276) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
bottle. Pours dark with little to no head. Aroma is strong with coffee and chocolate, and probably rivals some of the best stouts out there. After such a great aroma I was expecting more in the flavor. Got a lot of malt in the taste, a little coffee and chocolate. It actually tastes fairly light for a RIS, and surprised it is that high of a ABV. It is a fairly easy RIS to drink, finishes clean.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wmubronco1992 (692) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very opaque black. Darker tan head. Aroma of licorice. Flavor is black coffee. Maybe even burnt coffee. Lots of roast. Big bodied. Bitterness makes this a sipper. To me this pushed the edge of bitterness in a stout, but it didnít quite cross the line. Enjoyable, but not easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11032) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, cocoa, and coffee. Tastes of roast, caramel, coffee, some dark fruits, and chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hollywoodt (240) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma was of roasted malts, with a little chocolate. Flavor was more of the same. Iíd have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
sliqjonz (32) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Real big taste upfront, but fades quickly, good nose, nice weight to it, real clean finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (666) - Peopleís Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2012
12 oz.... Really good...a Starbucks Red Eye with a double shot of espresso is the flavor. Black, oily, roasty goodness. Another reason to love Michigan in January.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3601) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2012
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with mikem409. Pours black with a moderate, slightly fizzy light brown head that is gone before the first quarter of the glass and leaves light lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with notes of chocolate and just a bit of dark fruit. The flavor is similar with lots of roasted malt along with some chocolate and just a bit of dark fruit. Full bodied. No problems.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (10906) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2012
12 oz bottle. It pours pretty much the qiuntessinial way for a RIs Thick, inky black body with a huge fomay tan head that sticks forever before receding to some nice thick-walled style lacing. The smell is pretty good. It is roasty, it reminds me of a baltic porter in a way, or rather an imperial baltic porter. Not in the yeast but in the overall cocoa, raoastinees, and caramel levels. The flavor is pretty good. Just what I am looking for in a RIS, not too much cloying sweetness, waves of roasted malt flavors. Think abyss without all the additives.

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