Boris The Spider | Spider Bite Beer Company

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Boris The SpiderBoris The Spider

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Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kaelingirl on 01-17-2012

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Photo of kaelingirl
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a growler at A&R beverage
Pours black as black can be with a thin brown head. Smell is a little liquorice and roasted malt. Taste is all malt at first with a bit of hops and a subtle hint of alcohol at the end. Mouthfeel is excellent, oily, viscous, super smooth. An excellent representation of the style

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a small growler fill of this earlier today with the Oaked Boris the Spider for a side-by-side introduction to this beer. both brews poured into oversized SH snifters.

a - poured as black as the soulless lump of coal that i get every year for christmas. thin tan head that was gone quick. for those into the brevity thing, the beer is black.

s - surprising fruity roasted malts. there is a strong licorice sweetness that is very pronounced giving it a dark fruit vibe. some burnt freshness and nutiness. quite nice.

t - really big and bold roasted chocolate. decadent. aftertaste is bready and a bit bitter. very impressive and tasty. bold and fresh. ROASTY.

m - mouth is cooling. body is medium to full. nice carbonation.

o - overall...paint me impressed. a very drinkable and solid RIS from the locals! i'm very excited to see more from this brewery and am psyched to have discovered the oaked version as well. homer factor aside, this is an excellent beer and possibly one of, if not the best beer i've tried from the various new breweries popping up locally on LI. kudos and nice job.

*** ** * ** *** edit 3/12/2013 Bottle - every word rings true on the is as good if not better than on draft. fantastic beer!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a dark black color with a touch of brown mixed in with a very thin layer of chocolate colored head. The head faded pretty quickly leaving behind some light lace.

S - Aroma is full of roasted and slightly burnt chocolate malts, a bit of coffee, and some booze in the background.

T - Starts off with some big roasted and burnt chocolate malts flavor with a bit of earthy hop and some coffee. Through the middle, a touch more hops come through with some richer chocolate flavor and a touch of milk sweetness. The finish is a mix of sweet chocolate malts and some booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big and bold, but still smooth and balanced. I really like the strength of the chocolate flavor.

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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 RonfromJersey
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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 r0nyn
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

Big, dark and opaque, with a deep brown head that rises about a quarter inch before dissolving. Lacing is streaky and clingy. Nose is full of rich, decadent baker's chocolate and quite a bit of toasted maltiness. A slight wafting of booziness is detectable as the beer warms, but not by much. There's also a little bit of lactose in there as well.

Taste follows up on the nose in spades. A ton of rich, roasted malts and bittersweet dark chocolate permeate the palate and override the senses. A big coffee component comes into play, with a lot of straightforward roasty bitterness. I like my coffee on the darker side, so this is definitely a welcome development. Not a ton of complexity here, just a very well done RIS flavor. The weighty 10% comes into play as the brew's temperature rises, but even so, it's a comfortable, non-intrusive heat. Mouthfeel is slick and viscous, with a drying finish that will leave your palate thirsting for more, which is a heady proposition, considering the heft of this beer.

It's a great thing to know that there are breweries in the New York area capable of producing such excellent brews. Spider Bite may be relatively new, but they've definitely made an impression on me with this delectable stout. Consider me bitten!

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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 RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
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 mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 02/28/13 notes. I picked this up the day before at Citu Swiggers for $2.49/bottle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with two inches of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks thick and like a fantastic big RIS.

s - Smells of cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, vanilla, cream, burnt malts, bitter chocolate, bready malts. Really nice nose with a lot of sweet cocoa and coffee up front. Loving the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of cocoa, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, espresso, light dark fruits, light vanilla, and light alcohol. A little more bitter chocolate here and alittle less sweet than the nose, but still really nice.

m - Medium to full bodied stout and moderate to high carbonation. Body is pretty thick and smooth and no real heat form the high ABV. Only thin keeping this from being great in the mouthfeel is that it is a little bit overcarbonated, otherwise great.

o - Overall I had heard good things about this one and it lived up to the hype; I thought it was a great RIS. The nose is awesome with lots of cocoa, coffee, and vanilla, and the taste is great too. Glad I bought another bottle of this one and would definitely pick it up again.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Photo of Jwburns75
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 +4.1%
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 +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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Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 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 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 tempest
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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 mahak213
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +1.3%
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 Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +0.8%
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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