Boris The Spider
Spider Bite Beer Company

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #769
Ranked #12,610
3.94 | pDev: 11.42%
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States
Very Good
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Notes: 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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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Popped open a pint can and poured its contents into a clear Imperial pint glass. It's the color of black coffee with a short lived brown head. Sweet evidence of roasted malt reaches the nose. There's no lacing in the glass, even as the liquid drains. The taste is very consistent from front to finish. Malty, but not overly sweet and slightly bitter at the same time. The finish is rather clean. There's no notice of the ABV being as high as it is. This is one nice RIS.

Feb 12, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with a finger of tan head. The nose has roasted malt but it's not particularly pungent. The roasted bitterness on the flavor profile is solid but not remarkable.

Dec 23, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

canned 1/7/2020. this is a worthy entry in a strong class...
L: drinking from the can. the can is amusing.
S: nose is sweet, coffee, chocolate, roasted. very nice
T: builds on the nose. toffee. coffee, chocolate. toasted malts
F: smooth, rich light carbonation...
O: this is one excellent beer. check it out.

Jul 16, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Beer Heaven. Black pour , collar of beige head. Sweet roasty aroma, dark chocolate. Taste stays focused on the roast, chocolaty flavors, semi-sweet. Smooth, tasty, mildly bitter.

Feb 18, 2020
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Msp004 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with one finger light brown head and some lacing.
Nose is chocolate layer cake, toasted malts and dark roast coffee.
Mouth is rich but not thick. Minor carbonation and ABV well hidden. Bitter sweet chocolate and toasted malts, black licorice.
To be fair this bottle has a few years on it so a fresher batch may be even better.

Jan 03, 2020
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beerloserLI from New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pure black pour with a thin brown head of bubbles. The nose is all malt. Big time chocolate malt on the initial sips. Lots of nice roasted, and robust notes. Additional notes of charred oak, smoke, and burnt toast. Pretty full bodied on the mouth feel with a rather dry feel to the overall drinking. The abv is there but still rather drinkable.

Overall, this is a pretty straight forward good RIS.

Jun 17, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jet with tan film; prune, licorice, Baker’s chocolate + booze; Fig Newtons, chocolate truffles, some Manischewitz, black forest cake finish; round, medium-heavy, no burn.

4 4 4.5 4.25 4.5

A couple of good moves but without any heat and without the usual coffee/roasty bite. Finishes like a feather with a light grape soda. Classic, different enough, delicate + well-executed.

Feb 04, 2019
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Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- motor oil black. minimal tan head that dissipates quickly.

S- chocolate and roasted malt.

F- metallic malt with hints of chocolate. quite sour

M- chewy and sour and not as smooth as i had hoped

O- ok but have had better. the chocolate is too faint but a decent brew

May 23, 2018
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DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark oily black with moderate head resolving to a thin, tan lacing.
Smell is roasted malt and dark chocolate.
Taste is more chocolate than roasted malt.
Hides the ABV pretty well.

Apr 22, 2018
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boris the Spider pours a black color, with a dark tan head, that quickly dissipates. Pretty neutral aroma,hints of black licorice and malts. Flavor, is full, nice creamy, licorice flavors. Good body and feel. Overall, nice full flavor, easy to drink, the 10% will sneak up on you.

Feb 19, 2018
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tiny tan head but it leaves a plethora of small spots. The liquid is dark brown but very bright light can penetrate the center of the glass.

The smell is surprisingly mild. I get the traditional burnt malt, dark chocolate and, oddly, an aroma that reminds me of green olives.

The taste turns this beer around. Most notably, the body is rich but not oily. This is enhanced by the low carbonation. Also notable is the lack of alcohol warmth given the 10% abv. The flavors are full of dark chocolate and café au lait. Interestingly, I do not get any berry or brandy elements. The aftertaste lingers a long time but in a soft way.

Feb 03, 2018
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sharemybeer from New York

4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this is a nice example of a RIS. I used to think that cans were better suited for New England IPA'S BUT being my first experience with a Imperial Stout in a can, I'm a believer. Anyone who rated this less than a 3.9 didn't let it warm up to room temperature. That's where the Chocolate and Coffee flavors really shine. Happy with this purchase and would definitely buy again. 10% ABV makes it wonderful for a night of football. Thanks Spider Bite. Going to look into their IPA next

Jan 08, 2018
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keithmurray from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a snifter

Appearance - dark mahogany body with thin tan head

Smell - roasted malts, roasted coffee, chocolate

Taste - roasted malts, dark chocolate, black licorice, roasted coffee bean

Mouthfeel - medium plus bodied, medium carbonation, roasted feel upfront, chocolate sweetness on the back end, not boozy at all

Overall - very nice iteration of a RIS here, solid roasted flavors. Recommended.

Dec 02, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin, short-lived, dark auburn/brown, fine head. Slight lacing and thin film are left on a Blue Point tulip glass.

The aroma begins with strong roasted chocolate and coffee and quickly proceeds toward raisins. While the aroma is clear, it lacks richness.

Sweet roasted malt balances the bitter roasted malt that quickly follows. Dark chocolate and black coffee give way to a sharp finish that spikes upon swallowing before quickly diminishing to mild cocoa nibs.

A velvety texture accentuates the medium to full body. Alcohol is surprisingly well contained, and carbonation is fine. A faint astringency is only noticeable late in the finish.

While Boris the Spider is an approachable RIS, it lacks the hop profile anticipated from the label. It is enjoyable and a nice addition to a vacation day lunch.

Jul 16, 2017
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CHickman from New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a solid 2 finger brown foamy head that was full of tiny bubbles and dissipated very slowly with the bubbles popping as in dropped, leaving impressive foamy lacing rings as it went down.

I let this sit and warm up and got a nose full of chocolate to start, followed by burnt coffee grinds, char, brown sugar, roasted malt, cocoa powder and light metallic notes. The smoked malts and chocolate are simple yet quite complex.

Tastes of dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, charred wood, roasted grains, sheet metal, faint piney hops, coffee grinds, bold black coffee, molasses, black licorice, mild dark fruits and earthy notes. The chocolate leads the aftertaste, but then it almost tastes like tannin's or oaky notes with peat moss and more char trailing. This covers the 10% ABV quite well with all the malty complexities, and the smooth, creamy feel helps it slide down easy. Overall real enjoyable.

Jul 13, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color with a minimal tan head that disappears quickly. Aroma is chocolate and fruity with a touch of coffee. Taste is chocolate and a bit bitter. Good mouth feel.

May 30, 2017
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a nice dark, thick beer with a nice brown head. It smells pretty good with notes of chocolate, licorice, caramel and coffee. It is sweet and tastes like black licorice, caramel and dark chocolate with a coffee finish. The beer is decently bitter.

Apr 27, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Premier Gourmet from a couple years back. Thick malt and roast, more sweet than bitter but still bitter. Nothing outstanding in aroma, would have liked a good roast and coffee nose. A solid beer though more middle of the pack in this great category.

Apr 07, 2017
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MVotter from New York

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours into a chalice the color of coffee with thin tan head.

S - Butterscotch-sweet aroma, caramel, black licorice, toffee.

T - Black licorice, slight maple, rich mocha coffee, roasted malts, some hop-tang and tartness in the back, alcohol/slight "bleachy" taste, late. Medium to heavy body/texture.

F - Dryish, slightly sticky, playful effervescence...not overdone, medium to med/heavy

O - The taste was less sweet than I had expected (based on the aroma). I do prefer my RIS to be dryer, less sweet, more coffee than sweet malts, etc. And this brew delivers in that regard. I generally steer clear of 10% and over abv...b/c I'm leery of the alcohol component destroying beer character/flavor...but this offering didn't suffer any of those effects. On the contrary, the abv was extremely well hidden by some pretty rich flavors.

Jan 08, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/21/15.Pours into a goblet jet black with no light getting thru it even when held to the light a thinner but well sustained mocha colored head atop.Big mocha coffee aromas really jump out at ya along with underlying char and earth,great stuff so far.Very smooth and creamy in the mouth with a fuller feel...again great stuff here.Mixed flavors of dark roast coffee,char,bitter chocolate,then some caramel and vanilla sweetness to round out the palate.Damn this is a fine RIS,my first try of Spider Bite and I'am very impressed,great stuff!

May 14, 2016
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Stignacious from New York

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jan 23, 2016
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Dec 22, 2015
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T-34-85 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Dec 21, 2015
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MAB from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Dec 20, 2015
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Trosevear from Canada (AB)

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Dec 10, 2015
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