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Boris The Spider | Spider Bite Beer Company

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BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
218 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States
spiderbitebeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,058
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
218
pDev:
11.03%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
42
Trade:
1
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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Trentt2
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
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.

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Photo of CHickman
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.

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Photo of KarlHvK
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of admonster00
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FriedSlug
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -3.3%
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 DaveCash
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fiveiron
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rammed96
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MVotter
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Junior
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dudd
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rdoggg
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sagres10
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warpig372
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +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 AD17
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Snoopy488
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of butters_mcgee
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 218 ratings
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