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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This Russian Imperial stout is just bursting with an abundance of character! Our biggest beer, coming in at 8.5% 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zeilinger70 (3) - Bay CIty, USA - APR 11, 2013 does not count
If you are a stout lover, than you cannot pass this up. The chocolate flavor is top notch!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
wyseman3 (10) - Freeland, USA - APR 8, 2013
Dark, thick and full of Roasted coffee and chocolate. Dark thick head. Very tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (6371) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4493) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Rich, dense dark brown coloured body with a very thick rich brown head with 90% opacity for the body. Aroma of smoked peat, pit fruits, roasted malt, meat and mushrooms, oak and a touch of cherries and milk. Full-bodied; Rich, luscious malty body with a good set of caramel, milk, toffee and nuts - followed by a lot of roasted malt, some smoky notes and a lot of alcohol. Aftertaste shows some good complexity with the malt hitting hard at first then some good sweetness, then followed off by a lactic flavour. Overall, a nice imperial stout - from the ratings, I was getting worried ,but it looks like they changed the recipe or something - my bottle was nice and showed a lot of complexity and nice flavours throughout. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, Michigan on 06-November-2010 for US$1.99 sampled at home in Washington on 11-June-2011.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
u080088 (4) - Bay City, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013 does not count
Solid Russian Imperial Stout. Dark, smooth, with hints of chocolate, roast, coffee and some burnt toast. A real winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bpar73 (347) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Sample at Suds on the Shore festival. Dark pour with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate in the aroma and taste. Enough hops to make it interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 2nd Rating - Same as last but with more piney hops and a little smoke. Much better than before. Bottle. Aroma has notes of sweet chocolate, black coffee, and dark roast malts. Very dark brown hue that sits black in the glass below a nice creamy brown head that diminished and left some lace. Taste is really sweet with a bitter coffee finish. Palate is full bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. Overall the best beer I’ve had from Tri-City. A sweet stout that has plenty of coffee and sweet chocolate. I think if they tried more of an espresso and twice the hops they could have a decent brew. Room for improvement but at least it wasn’t infected. Previous Rating was 7-4-6-3-14

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3346) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Dark beer with only the barest of a slick of brown bubbles for a head. Nose of molasses and chocolate. This has the oily mouthfeel that a good Impy stout should have, if not the thick body. Molasses sweetness with toffee, chocolate, ripe pit fruit, toasted grains and a very present grass hop tone. This is a solid stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4418) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, roasted malt, faint fruit, and a hint of coffee. It pours a dark brown with some red highlights along the edges of the glass. It has a small khaki head that lasts a minute or so before it fades to a thin film. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate. There is a faint fruitiness that starts in the middle and builds into the finish along with some roasted coffee, a hint of vanilla, and a touch of burnt notes. Medium-full bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paintedmaple (331) - Fenton, Michigan, 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.

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