Boris The Spider
Spider Bite Beer Company

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From:
Spider Bite Beer Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #482
ABV:
10%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,276
Avg:
3.9 | pDev: 11.54%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
193
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 26, 2022
Added:
Jan 17, 2012
Wants:
  8
Gots:
  47
SCORE
87
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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Rated: 3.94 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Mar 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by Sinister from New York

Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.55 by nyrblue2 from New York

Jun 16, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Reviewed by Msp004 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.03 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Wesmaze from New York

Aug 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by srw from Virginia

Jun 20, 2019
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Reviewed by beerloserLI from New York

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.59 by rab53 from Washington

Apr 06, 2019
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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
 
Rated: 3.79 by mholdefer from Alabama

Jan 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Jan 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Dec 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.89 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Oct 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Aug 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Jul 16, 2018
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Reviewed by Dodo2step from Pennsylvania

3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
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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Reviewed by DrMullet from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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
 
Rated: 4 by durwood64 from Ohio

Apr 03, 2018
 
Rated: 1.22 by kimlhurst from Ohio

Mar 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Mar 04, 2018
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.75 by Marvicsin from California

Feb 03, 2018
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
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
 
Rated: 3.88 by -steve- from Canada (ON)

Feb 02, 2018
 
Rated: 2.95 by Dface from Texas

Feb 01, 2018
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Reviewed by sharemybeer from New York

4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.86 by CanadianGinge from Texas

Jan 06, 2018
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Reviewed by keithmurray from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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
 
Rated: 4 by luvbier from Vermont

Nov 13, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Aug 04, 2017
 
Rated: 4.05 by Trentt2 from Alaska

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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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