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Boris The Spider - Spider Bite Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kaelingirl on 01-17-2012

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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 30
Photo of Jwburns75
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last night a friend and I shared 4 bottles of 4 different Russian Imperial stouts, Founders, Bells Expedition, Ten Fidy, and this one. After those three classics I was expecting a significant drop off with this one, but I gotta say Boris held its own. Picked up a fair amount of chocolate in the nose, strong roastyness throughout. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste was what I expect from the style. We both agreed that Ten Fidy was the best of the four, followed by Bells, then Founders, then this one, but Boris was in the same league for sure.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of petesapetes
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BadgerBalm
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mportnoy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Young_John
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appropriately dark for an imperial stout. 1 cm dark tan head. Smell is somewhat sweet and malty but not very aromatic. Taste is very roasty and surprisingly bitter and hoppy for the style. Alcohol is apparent. Mouthfeel is nice an chewy, which is what I expect from an RIS but the finish leaves a coating that lingers long after you swallow. Enjoyable, but a bit too bitter to be a regular for me.

Photo of Cheld
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GeneF
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Environmentaljd
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of scott_maciejewski
4.19/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Souless7388
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of SteveD082791
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of Joestradamus91
3.84/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of beoirific
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pour in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark black, with a little bit of visible carbonation, and a 1.5 inch dark mocha-colored head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like chocolare, and a bit of roasted malt, could be a bit stronger, there's something missing.

This tastes alright, but I feel like something's missing. It's just too watery. There's a good amount of chocolate, a little bit of espresso bitterness, but not enough roasted malt. It's a bit too sweet, it needs more bitterness.

It's also a bit too carbonated, keeping the mouthfeel a bit too prickly. It has a medium thick body.

This misses the mark, it needs a few tweaks to reach the next level.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Fusebuddy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of DebraMehlman
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of pretext
2.25/5  rDev -42%

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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.