Boris The Spider | Spider Bite Beer Company

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214 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
Ratings:
214
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
10.94%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
41
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 214 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of T-34-85
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +0.3%
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 RUN-4-B33R
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Corson
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sherpahigh
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Idrankthat
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Trosevear
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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 paulytasker
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of L0GlC
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -18.3%
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 +2%
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%
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 jtslpowley
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable stout, held up from pour to finish. Thanks for the recommendation Premier Gourmet.

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Photo of Wheels2532
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of luke12345
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Shadman
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BobMessina
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very milky with a liquorish finish. Slightly salty finish.

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Photo of jborg
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuffMan23
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bcas54
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Boris The Spider from Spider Bite Beer Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 214 ratings.
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