Spider Bite Boris the Spider

Beer:  Boris the Spider
Brewery: Spider Bite Beer Company
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.0%


Serving Style: Draft
Glassware: Snifter
Drinking Establishment: The Blind Tiger, NYC
Primary Consumer(s): Ally & Kerensa



Sight: Opaque black, with a thin mocha head that recedes to an even thinner layer of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Scent: Sweet, like a Boston cream pie–mostly cream, with a hint of chocolate.  In a blind taste–er, smell test, we’d call this a Milk Stout.

Flavor: Overly sweet, with some roasted malts.  Like its aroma alluded to, it tastes like a Milk Stout, with a hint of licorice, and even ethyl alcohol.

Feel:  Creamy, with a low carbonation that gets overpowered by its creaminess.  As it rests, it loses some of its viscosity.

Boris the Spider is not representative of his Russian Imperial heritage; he’s not robust, or malty, or bitter, but simply offers a generic sweetness more indicative of–can we reiterate it enough?–a Milk Stout.  Where are the eight different malts used to brew this guy?  Where are the complex aroma and flavor he boasts?  Maybe he left them on his Aeroflot flight over from Sheremetyevo International.

Concluding remarks: This is all spider and no bite. While Spider Bite Beer Company is a local brewery located in Holbrook, Long Island, we would rather take a quick jaunt over to St. Petersburg than drink Boris again.

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