Boris The Spider
Spider Bite Beer Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #736
Ranked #10,660
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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Photo of beerloserLI
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
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

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Photo of DrMullet
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of sharemybeer
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

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Photo of keithmurray
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
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.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of FriedSlug
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.

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of MVotter
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.

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Photo of oberon
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!

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Photo of Stignacious
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
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

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Photo of T-34-85
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.

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Photo of MAB
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.

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Photo of Trosevear
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

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Photo of L0GlC
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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 -18.5%
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 +1.8%
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 -2.3%
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 beer 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.

That 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 at the snowy streets outside.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +4.1%
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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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
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