Boris The Spider | Spider Bite Beer Company

Boris The SpiderBoris The Spider
BA SCORE
79.4%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 218 ratings
Boris The SpiderBoris The Spider
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:
#7,885
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
218
Liked:
173
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
42
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 47
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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 biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2/5  rDev -48.7%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mdfb79
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
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 RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
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 BeerOps
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 TheSevenDuffs
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
Beer rating: 79.4% out of 100 with 218 ratings
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