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Boris The Spider - Spider Bite Beer Company

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32 Reviews
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Reviews: 32
Hads: 178
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 26.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company visit their website
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

Boris pours black and opaque like a moonless sky over Siberia. Eight different malts bring a complex aroma and flavor of chocolate, coffee and roasty sweetness. Just in case the winter gets too cold, we brewed this giant spider to 10% abv. So grab your snifter and ushanka and enjoy.
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Photo of GPHarris
2.43/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a snifter that left a thin ring. the body was dark black.
s - clean and cool aroma with a hint of chocolate.
t - coffee, roasty, smoky and peaty. the finish was very astringent coffee.
m - thin body.
o - very disappointing RIS. thin, more like a coffee stout than a RIS.

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Photo of Young_John
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of icehawk
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Appearance: Pitch black with short lasting light brown head Aroma: Chocolate, coffee Taste: Slight bitterness, earthy aftertaste Palate: Medium body, fairly lively mouthfeel, warm finish, slightly dry Overall: Good flavor, not too bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, mostly just a sensation on the tongue and warm finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks form all around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight coffee and cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, slight coffee, and some cocoa nib flavors. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that special in my opinion.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with large lacing no legs and coffee in color

S- Too much bland malt, almost smells oak aged, though this bottle is not.

T- More oak aged... not sure why; bottle does not show this. Chocolate and malt backbone

M- Watery, though better than most for sure. I am just spoiled.

O- A good RIS

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Photo of mocktm
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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!

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from beerloserLI. 12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toast, dark bread, herbal, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Russian imperial stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of unclejazz
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this from a batch labeled 12/14/12, so only about 2 months old. Jet black with a 1 finger tan/beige head. No noticeable carbonation rising from the bottom. Lots of heavy roasted malts, bitter with little to no sweetness. A good bit of soy and charred malts. Good body, not too heavy. Overall this looks to be a beer that would mellow out with about a year on it. Good for a first batch.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook. I have to say I enjoyed this one. The flavor and mouthfeel are a little thin, but then again Russian Imperial Stouts aren't as toasty and creamy as other American Imperial Stouts. This is a poor mans Old Rasputin, and there is nothing wrong with that. A tasty choice from a local brewery.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mahak213
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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

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Photo of element223
3.99/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4pk at Growler & Gill in Nanuet NY the other day. Been looking forward to trying this for a while now since I've been lucky enough to hang with Paul and sample some of his fantastic homebrews prior to him getting involved with this commercial venture.

Appearance: Pours black, opaque, lifeless (like doll's eyes), with a 1 finger khaki crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Nice array of dark malts, roasted grains, almost a hint of lightly charred barrel, and a dash of ashy black patent.

Taste: Same as the nose. This is very similar to Breakfast Stout, just without coffee and with a lower level of hops.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium bodied with a nice level of soft moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid stout that lacks a bit of "imperialness" mainly in mouthfeel. Well balanced flavors. I'd buy this again!

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color and has some carbonation visible near the sides of the glass. It poured with a half finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Aromas of chocolate malts and coffee beans are present in the nose along with hints of roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste as flavors of chocolate coated coffee beans along some associated bitterness and contrasting hints of roasted malts and bits of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between an American Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout but is nonetheless rather easy to drink and quite tasty—it would definitely make for a good choice for a breakfast beer. The alcohol is very well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark oil color with a thin mocha head that is soon just lacing around the edges. I immediately think of tar pits upon seeing this poured in a glass.

S: Dark coffee malts, roasted sweet malts and a bit of smoke

T: Dark roast flavors here. Robusto coffee flavors and a rye flavored aftertaste. Appropriately bittered for a Russian imperial. Seems slightly oily after seeing the edges of my glass afterwards. I was impressed with the robusto/ bold flavors coming out of here with little sweetness and an unforgiving coffee presence. I seem to find too many breweries lately trying to go too far or too high abv for the yeast that they are using just to be imperial. A good stout and glad to see this one stood up to my QA testing. Some licorice also present.

M: Medium to thick in body with a light carbonation.

O: Nicely done RIS from a brewery I had never heard of prior to this beer. Well done!

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick black, almost like used motor oil. Dark tan head rises thick at first just above a finger's at first. Settles slowly with even lacing throughout.

Smell: strong scent, with chocolate all over your nostrils. Feels heavy with the malts.

Taste: A real bitter brew, feels sweet at times. The dark chocolate is very evident. What I like the best is the bitterness it reminds me of what quality is supposed to be in beer.

Mouth: A dry dark chocolate after taste. Medium carbonation at best but this brew after feel of just lingers.

Overall: A very full bodied stout and animal of a beer. Is it the best Russian Imperial, maybe not but will it be your usual go to beer...why the f not? Drink up and enjoy, I will be picking up more on my next trip back, Salud!

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Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep back hue with a two finger foamy tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured roasted coffee, dark chocolate and charcoal.

He taste likewise consisted of waves of coffee, chocolate and charcoal.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with absolutely no heat.

Overall a very tasty and user friendly RIS. High drinkability.

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Photo of Jwburns75
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: slowish center-pour into a stout flute glass - pitch black body of beer with just a slight rim of froth

S: dark bittersweet malts and roasted espresso beans

T: goes with the nose: semisweet and bitter, dark and roasted malt flavors, reminiscent of espresso coffee

M: the fullness of the malty body is balanced by a crisp, light bitter hoppiness; smooth; slightest bit of alcohol astringence slips through, reminding you of its presence

O: this is a good example of a RIS - it reminded me of the Courage RIS and Odin's Tipple (not bad company, I'd imagine, for a RIS). Worth a buy if you're curious.

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Photo of dar482
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer offers a smack of licorice up front, milk chocolate, roasted malt, in the middle to balance the beer out, with a medium mouthfeel, and some bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample glass off of a growler station.

L - pitch black with barely any head at all.

S - burnt coffee and black licorice.

T - rich, roasted malt flavor with some licorice like bitterness on the finish.

F - full bodied with a thick, creamy feel.

O - a good example of the style.

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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.