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Boris The Spider - Spider Bite Beer Company

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States | website

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 nyyfanatic213
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Beef and Brew. Blacker than used motor oil, but basically no head or lacing to speak of. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes with hints of dark fruits and a touch of booziness. Medium-thick bodied, so a little thin for a RIS, but worse things have happened.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 21/12/15

A black liquid, thin edge, a finger of dark foams gone in seconds leaving no lace

S chocolate syrup, licorice, coffee, earthy hops, charred wood and molasses

T heavy char, dark roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, not far from the nose just a little burnt but that suits me just fine

M very thick and rich, bubbles soften it up, a little slick, sticky on the lips, molasses and char just keep going

O simple but solid, thick liquid and all the important aspects are well taken care of and the booze is well hidden

If you like burnt malt this ones right up your alley, well suited for this cold evening

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Photo of T-34-85
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to tulip glass.

A pretty solid beer that was enjoyable overall, but a little out of balance for me. It seemed to have some form of off flavors, but I cannot put my finger on exactly what.

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Photo of MAB
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and silky, thick and chocolatey with coffee notes on the nose and palate, plus a slight licorice taste. The head disappears quickly.

Easy drinking and delicious. Best beer I've had in a long while.

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Photo of Trosevear
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Day 8 of the beer advent calender.

L: Black and pours thick has a nice brown head that disappeared quickly.

S: Chocolate and licorice with some nice coffee notes in there.has a strong smell of malts.

T: Chocolate right of the first sip but when held in mouth has a nice bitterness and finishes off with a coffee taste.

F: Full body mouth feel but still a light feeling for a 10% beer, this one could sneak up on you fast.

O: Super impressed by this beer, defiantly a good choice to but in the Craft Beer Advent Calender

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Photo of L0GlC
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

An obsidian coloured stout with a small brown head. Smells of coffee and fruit, mainly apples. The initial taste is bitter like cacao mixed with a sweet fruitiness which mellows out into a coffee finish. The mouth feel is surprisingly smooth and thick. Overall a very robust stout, probably one to stay away from if you're not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, velvety black body, with trimmings of a chocolate brown head. The aroma is largely chocolatey, with a slight fruitiness and anise notes kicking in, but no real malt coming in. The taste is super chocolatey and semi-sweet, I can't quite get a grasp on whether this is beer or alcoholic chocolate milk. The feel is fairly smooth, with a tingle of alcohol warmth keeping you company on the way down. Altogether, an okay beverage, but I can't help but feel that it misses the mark on true imperial stouts.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer does not eff around. It is deep, dark, and packs a huge punch. I am a big fan of Imperial Stout, so I prefer to see a bit more head that Boris could offer. The complex range of flavours - coffee, licorice, roasted malt and hops all tie together in multiple, aggressive layers. Any song named after a song by The Who is good with me!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, day 8 of the Craft Beer Advent Calendar - now this is a more seasonally (and by that, I mean plain ol' winter) appropriate-sounding brew.

This bear pours a solid black, with the barest of mahogany basal edges, and one rather thin finger of not-so-puffy, yet finely foamy, and mildly creamy dark brown head, which leaves some volcanic island profile lace around the glass as things slowly abate.

It smells of grainy caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, candied black licorice, a hint of toffee/treacle, cafe-au-lait, dark fleshy orchard fruit, faint wet ash, and a very understated earthy and leafy hop bitterness. The taste is lightly roasted caramel, a further bit of indistinct graininess, prominent dark licorice strands, day-old coffee, a lessened lactic sourness, muddled black stone fruit, reduced brown sugar, and some moderately perfumed floral and leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and sometimes tingling frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and generally smooth, with a slightly booze-tinged creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, sure, but countered just enough by the roast, hops, and lingering alcohol measure.

Boris the Spider is a wily one, is my overall impression here - lots going on, as detailed, but not too heavy as to squelch yer palate. That's not to say that it's eminently drinkable, because, hey - 20-proof, ladies and germs, but it is rather worthy of sipping on by that imaginary fireplace while I stare outside at the snowy streets.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dar482
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Jwburns75
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Young_John
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -6.4%
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 GPHarris
2.43/5  rDev -38.2%
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 CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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 element223
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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 RonfromJersey
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black body, ruby highlights along the bottom, and four fingers of dark tan foam that features an island floating on top.

Huge coffee aroma with a dollop of chocolate. Very inviting and enticing.

Taste begins with a huge slather of chocolate down the center of the tongue. Coffee bursts out along the edges of the tongue. Hop nip at the swallow.

Thick rich extra smooth mouthfeel.

Real good imperial stout I'd be happy to have another.

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Photo of icehawk
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
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 mahak213
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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 ironchefmiyagi13
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks great. It has an excellent nose. The flavor profile is excellent. Nice robust tones with a slight sweet tone that seems like sweet berries. (You know what I mean, I'm sure.) Mild roasted thing going on here. I like this. And for the price point, you can't beat it! I wish I had gotten more of these to share while I was in NYC. Would have been a nice sleeper to send on my next trade.

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Photo of koopa
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +2.5%
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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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.