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Boris The Spider | Spider Bite Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spider Bite Beer Company
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
199
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
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8
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 199
Photo of GPHarris
2.43/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2012 vintage

a - poured a one finger thick dark brown head into a snifter that left a thin ring. the body was dark black.
s - clean and cool aroma with a hint of chocolate.
t - coffee, roasty, smoky and peaty. the finish was very astringent coffee.
m - thin body.
o - very disappointing RIS. thin, more like a coffee stout than a RIS.

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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 Young_John
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appropriately dark for an imperial stout. 1 cm dark tan head. Smell is somewhat sweet and malty but not very aromatic. Taste is very roasty and surprisingly bitter and hoppy for the style. Alcohol is apparent. Mouthfeel is nice an chewy, which is what I expect from an RIS but the finish leaves a coating that lingers long after you swallow. Enjoyable, but a bit too bitter to be a regular for me.

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Photo of icehawk
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle 

 Appearance: Pitch black with short lasting light brown head 

 Aroma: Chocolate, coffee 

 Taste: Slight bitterness, earthy aftertaste 

 Palate: Medium body, fairly lively mouthfeel, warm finish, slightly dry 

 Overall: Good flavor, not too bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, mostly just a sensation on the tongue and warm finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks form all around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight coffee and cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, slight coffee, and some cocoa nib flavors. There is a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing all that special in my opinion.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pour in Rochester, NY.

Pours a very dark black, with a little bit of visible carbonation, and a 1.5 inch dark mocha-colored head, and a lot of lacing.

Smells like chocolare, and a bit of roasted malt, could be a bit stronger, there's something missing.

This tastes alright, but I feel like something's missing. It's just too watery. There's a good amount of chocolate, a little bit of espresso bitterness, but not enough roasted malt. It's a bit too sweet, it needs more bitterness.

It's also a bit too carbonated, keeping the mouthfeel a bit too prickly. It has a medium thick body.

This misses the mark, it needs a few tweaks to reach the next level.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pitch black with large lacing no legs and coffee in color

S- Too much bland malt, almost smells oak aged, though this bottle is not.

T- More oak aged... not sure why; bottle does not show this. Chocolate and malt backbone

M- Watery, though better than most for sure. I am just spoiled.

O- A good RIS

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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 mocktm
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Circle M Beverage Barn in West Hampton Beach. The new brewery in Holbrook from what I'm told by the owner, I figured this is worth a taste during the AFC Championship game.

As black as an uncharted whole in space; this is dark as hell with a deep mocha colored head. Lacing is minimal however, as is any retention.

Nose is appropriate for the style: dark roasted malt scents of chocolate, licorice and some booze from the 10%. Nothing too exciting but nothing to hate on either.

Tastes as the nose would have you believe. Dark chocolate dominates the flavor profile with some heat on the back end.

The strength of this brew lies within its consistency. Thick, viscous and chewy, yet supremely smooth. A nice drinking RIS.

Not particularly memorable, but still rather enjoyable. Always love to try new beers from up and coming local breweries. Cheers!

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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 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 nyyfanatic213
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 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 unclejazz
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this from a batch labeled 12/14/12, so only about 2 months old. Jet black with a 1 finger tan/beige head. No noticeable carbonation rising from the bottom. Lots of heavy roasted malts, bitter with little to no sweetness. A good bit of soy and charred malts. Good body, not too heavy. Overall this looks to be a beer that would mellow out with about a year on it. Good for a first batch.

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Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook. I have to say I enjoyed this one. The flavor and mouthfeel are a little thin, but then again Russian Imperial Stouts aren't as toasty and creamy as other American Imperial Stouts. This is a poor mans Old Rasputin, and there is nothing wrong with that. A tasty choice from a local brewery.

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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 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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Photo of Gmann
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a tight chocolate brown head that settles into a light ring with some spotty lacing. Nice looking RIS.

The aroma has a wonderful coffee aroma with mild cocoa and milk chocolate. Similar to FBS, wondering if there are some oak flakes added. Good wet bark, woody notes.

The taste is of a mild roast, with a moderate coffee note. Milk chocolate and caramel waves bring some needed sweetness. A bit of a chalky cocoa flavor. Overall could be a bit more robust but the flavors are nice.

Light to moderate feel; definitely light for the style. Sweet on the palate but finishes with plenty of roasted bitterness. Its powdery and dry on the finish; could be smoother.

A flavorful brew. It could use some rounding out but a well made brew.

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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 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 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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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.
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