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Boris The Spider - Spider Bite Beer Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kaelingirl on 01-17-2012)
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap and in fine shape at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY

Pours the expected black, arrived with just a slight darker tan head, minor collar and decent fine strands of lace.

Dark Chocolate, roast grains and a hint of vanilla in the nose.

Enjoyable, smooth in the mouth and flavorful Imperial stout. 10% not causing any problems. More chocolate, again a moderate roast note, vanila.

Well done, 2nd impressive and well crafted beer I've recently tried from SBBC.

Billolick, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Black, without any light around the edges of the glass. Thin tan head that dissipated quickly into a thin ring around the edges of the glass

Smell- Deep, roasty chocolate with a dark fruit note as well, a touch of coffee and licorice. The coffee comes out a bit more as it warms up

Taste- Much more licorice than the nose suggests with lots of roasted chocolate, finishes with a very dark, bitter cocoa. A little bit of a fruitiness as well. After taste is bitter and roasty

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation. Finishes pretty dry

Overall- Good stuff, an enjoyable RIS from a nice local brewery

mahak213, May 13, 2013
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Circle M Beverage Barn in West Hampton Beach. The new brewery in Holbrook from what I'm told by the owner, I figured this is worth a taste during the AFC Championship game.

As black as an uncharted whole in space; this is dark as hell with a deep mocha colored head. Lacing is minimal however, as is any retention.

Nose is appropriate for the style: dark roasted malt scents of chocolate, licorice and some booze from the 10%. Nothing too exciting but nothing to hate on either.

Tastes as the nose would have you believe. Dark chocolate dominates the flavor profile with some heat on the back end.

The strength of this brew lies within its consistency. Thick, viscous and chewy, yet supremely smooth. A nice drinking RIS.

Not particularly memorable, but still rather enjoyable. Always love to try new beers from up and coming local breweries. Cheers!

mocktm, Jan 22, 2012
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acurtis, Nov 16, 2013
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grumbler pour into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown appearing black in the glass. Not much head on this, just a bit of light tan around the edges of the glass. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Strong roastiness on this one, milk chocolate permeates the aroma as well. Hints of coffee and a bit like a milk stout.

T: Balanced flavor that surprises you at the fact its a RIS. At first there is a heavy dose of roasted malts with some hops trying to balance it out. Notes of coffee and hints of licorice as well.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Mostly clean finish with just a touch of stickiness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Overall this is a prime example of a Russian Imperial Stout. Really focuses on the roastiness and malt flavors. Velvetly smooth mouthfeel makes this easy drinking.

CloudStrife, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Big, dark and opaque, with a deep brown head that rises about a quarter inch before dissolving. Lacing is streaky and clingy. Nose is full of rich, decadent baker's chocolate and quite a bit of toasted maltiness. A slight wafting of booziness is detectable as the beer warms, but not by much. There's also a little bit of lactose in there as well.

Taste follows up on the nose in spades. A ton of rich, roasted malts and bittersweet dark chocolate permeate the palate and override the senses. A big coffee component comes into play, with a lot of straightforward roasty bitterness. I like my coffee on the darker side, so this is definitely a welcome development. Not a ton of complexity here, just a very well done RIS flavor. The weighty 10% comes into play as the brew's temperature rises, but even so, it's a comfortable, non-intrusive heat. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, with a drying finish that will leave your palate thirsting for more, which is a heady proposition, considering the heft of this beer.

It's a great thing to know that there are breweries in the New York area capable of producing such excellent brews. Spider Bite may be relatively new, but they've definitely made an impression on me with this delectable stout. Consider me bitten!

r0nyn, Feb 29, 2012
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socon67, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Alewife in Queens. Overall, it's a solid imperial stout that's extra heavy on the roasted barley. It reminded me of dark French roast coffee beans—though not the brewed coffee—for the sharp, earthy burnt flavor. Under the black malt was milder cocoa and sweet-tasting caramel malt and a thick, bold, and bitter body. This is a fine sipper for a cold February night. Give it a try.

tempest, Feb 10, 2013
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Comparison_Ford, Jul 29, 2014
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a tight chocolate brown head that settles into a light ring with some spotty lacing. Nice looking RIS.

The aroma has a wonderful coffee aroma with mild cocoa and milk chocolate. Similar to FBS, wondering if there are some oak flakes added. Good wet bark, woody notes.

The taste is of a mild roast, with a moderate coffee note. Milk chocolate and caramel waves bring some needed sweetness. A bit of a chalky cocoa flavor. Overall could be a bit more robust but the flavors are nice.

Light to moderate feel; definitely light for the style. Sweet on the palate but finishes with plenty of roasted bitterness. Its powdery and dry on the finish; could be smoother.

A flavorful brew. It could use some rounding out but a well made brew.

Gmann, Jan 20, 2013
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Dylanjf, Apr 19, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Ommegang chalice

Very little head to speak of, and lightly carbonated. What did come together was a pleasing cordoroy. The body itself is just next to pitch black.

The aroma let off roasted malts, chocolate, and just a hint of booze. Other reviews have remarked on coffee, but I can't seem to find any. It does, however, smell delicious.

The taste almost perfectly imitates the nose, although the chocolate is a bit more present at the end.

Mouthfeel is a lot like a thin chocolate milk, perhaps the kind made with powder instead of syrup. There is some definite viscosity, but far from being considered “chewy." A little thin to my liking, but not disappointing, either.

This is one of my favorite RISs for what can be had by me. It remains very true to the style from what I can tell, and is finely satisfying in doing so. I was actually surprised when I realized I was able to stretch out drinking it over the course of an hour, but I would have to admit that it was not from a lack of desire to sip it on down. A very good beer that I would recommend a drinker a fan of the style try once.

element223, Jan 23, 2014
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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.