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Siberian Black Magic Panther (Bourbon) - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Siberian Black Magic Panther (Bourbon)Siberian Black Magic Panther (Bourbon)

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142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 161
Gots: 24 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 03-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer is as hairy as a Siberian.. or as a panther. And you better believe it because it gets the black magic from sitting for two years in bourbon barrels. During those years it gathered its rage.. a rage this mythical beast of an imperial stout wants to unleash on your taste buds.
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Ratings: 142 | Reviews: 13
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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cocoa, vanilla, oak, milk chocolate and an umami savory quality. Decently thick. Some sweetness, not too dry and a long finish.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Nice mocha head. Thin collar.

Smell - Not a ton of bourbon, but it's got a bright whiskey aroma. Vanilla. Sharp whiskey. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Dark chocolate and fudge. Sweet. Caramel. Sharp whiskey. Astringent oak. Nutty odd oaky finish.

Mouthfeel - Heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - I expected to like this better, but it's not any better than the Apple Brandy. I don't love the barrel again, but it's a good base stout.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by me at Bob's tasting.

Pours a dark, ink-like black, with a half inch mocha head, and only a small amount of lacing down the glass.

Smells like vanilla, coconut, chocolate fudge, and bourbon.

The taste is similar. Very sweet, with sweet smooth bourbon, some vanilla, a little bit of coconut, and decadent chocolate flavors- tastes like fudge and brownie batter. Some roasted malt flavors are there, but the bitterness from that is washed away by how sweet it is. Stops just short of being cloying, though.

Medium bodied, could be a little thicker, I think. Almost no carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Westbrook continues to wow me, I can't wait to try the apple brandy version.

Photo of Anonymous1
3.26/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared with a friend

A: Dark Chocolate brown, thin off white head,

S: Smoky, molasses, cedar

T: Campfire ash especially as it warms, smoked malts, leather, raisins, fig, bourbon heat that is stronger cold but mellows as it warms

M: Thin to medium body

O: It's an okay BA smoked stout. Not in the same stratosphere as any of the BAMC variants, and more reminiscent of Bo and Luke than Mexican Cake.

Photo of GrapesofWrath
4.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burnt black with brown highlights and a tan head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is notes of chocolate, oak, roast, and bourbon. A bit muted compared to the apple brandy.

Flavor is huge roasted malt with notes of chocolate and oak. Lots of bourbon, but not so much as to detract from the base.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous with medium carb.

Very well done, and while it doesn't have the nuances of the apple brandy, it stands up on its own as a stellar example of the style. Westbrook continues to amaze.

Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to DocJ007 for sharing this one with us last night.

A - Pours mostly black with a nice one and a half finger tall tan head, quickly dissipating down to a light film, leaving small webs of lace on the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of vanilla, oak, cocoa, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, bit of coffee, oak, smokey dark roasted malt and the warm bourbon. A bit rough around the edges but still quite nice.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweetness; mainly the caramel, toffee, vanilla, cocoa and dark fruits; quickly being joined by the smokey dark malt, coffee, oak and the warming bourbon heat. Finish is smokey with some light sweetness, combining with the bourbon booze burn to linger long after the finish.

M - Big body with moderate carbonation. Smooth feel, could use a little more carbonation tho. Much like the other version the 11% is hidden quite well.

O - I enjoyed this one. It has most of the flavors I love in a stout and the bourbon isn't over the top. It has some rough edges that should round out with a bit more time in the bottle. Not as good as the AB version but still quite good.

Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a matching Westbrook snifter. The brew appears black in color with 2 fingers dark brown that fades to a finger of mocha froth. Some spotty patchy lace rests atop and a swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The aroma contains notes of raw oak. Very woody with whiskey, coffee, earth, vanilla sweetness and caramel that impart almost a feeling like freshly baked brownies. There is a hint of oaked spice almost like cinnamon also present as the beer breathes.

The flavor has a lot of raw oak bordering on cinnamon spice. Plenty of neutral woodiness and a light cardboard-like touch of oxidation. Some earth, coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, caramel are present mid-palate. A bunch of earthen feel before a tangy bourbon finish that is boozy yet sweet and somewhat reminescent of that previously mentioned brownie batter aspect.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is rich, full and creamy smooth. The feel of this brew is pretty fantastic but it boasts seemingly too much neutral barrel character. Dare I say, its over-done with raw wood and oxidation.

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a wispy mocha head; while the retention is not great, it showers lacing after every sip

Smell: For a Bourbon barrel beer, this smells oddly like a red wine barrel with strong vinous and dark fruit tones complementing the chocolate, roast and smoke

Taste: The vinous tones dominate, bringing dark fruit along with the undertones of chocolate, smoke, caramel and Whiskey tones; after the swallow, the vinous elements build, almost port-like, though there is plenty of chocolate and a hint of smoke in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: Perhaps I got a bad bottle as nobody else seems to have had the same experience; I like the vinous tones but I am not sure that was intended

Thanks, Jlang2012, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled on 2/6/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the bourbon seems a bit subdued in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of anteater
4.57/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Black with a really nice finger thick dark brown head

S: No explosion of aroma here, but whats there is good - lots of bourbon and chocolate

T: The lack of explosion in aroma is made by an explosion in taste. You get a lot of flavor the instant it touches your mouth. Huge dark chocolate, bourbon and oak.

M: Ultra mega thick. The mouthfeel of a 15% stout without the extra booze. I love it!

O: I drank this one first expecting the Apple Brandy version to beat it out. I was surprised to find that the bourbon is at least as good if not better.

Photo of Jeffo
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this and the apple brandy from cparles a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 6 February 2014
Aged 2yrs in bourbon barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours out sludgy and oily black yielding a 2+ finger, medium-thinner looking, slightly fizzy, dark mocha head with very good retention. Pitch black body and higher levels of carbonation for the style. Much higher than the apple brandy variant. Head slowly fades to a full creamy cap and leaves some nice lacing down the glass. A slight wisp remains and leaves tracing of lacing as the glass empties. Awesome colors here, but the head is a bit loose and it’s somewhat overcarbed for the style.

SMELL: Monster nose on this one, and very similar to Skoon. Lots of bourbon, oak, roasted and burnt malts, pure chocolate, coconut, vanilla, toffee, as well as a good dose of sweet cream. Piles of bold aromas here. A good dose of bourbon and alcohol, as well as more vanilla and sweet cream than Skoon had. Both these Panthers smell just wonderful. Can’t think of anything more I’d want in a nose of this style. Perfection.

TASTE: Oak, bourbon, toffee and vanilla cream up front, with notes of roasted and burnt malts as well. Big aftertaste of bourbon, sweet wood flavors, toffee, cream, touches of bitter dark chocolate and some burnt malts as well. Lots of sweetness from the wood, with very prevalent vanilla and sweet cream flavors here. More so than the apple brandy variant. There is a touch of bitter dark chocolate and roasted grain that fight for balance, but it’s not quite up to the task, unfortunately. This is definitely decadent and wonderfully flavorful, but like the apple brandy, the bitterness needs to be pumped up just a touch to provide a bit more balance.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Enough weight for sure and some heat lingers. Full and creamy, but comes close to being cloyingly sweet.

OVERALL: This was really nice, with lots of decadent sweet malts and barrel flavors to ponder and enjoy. Compared to Skoon, it’s a bit boozier with more sweet wood, toffee and vanilla. This is enjoyable on its own, but for my palate, I’d prefer just a little more bitterness and roast, which would provide the touch needed to put this one into the next stratosphere. A beauty of a brew as it is, but not quite worthy of the Gods.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

The beer pours an oily looking black with a golden/tan, tight knit head that laces. The nose is predominantly bourbon caramel forward, subtle yet distinctly woody, minimal alcohol. The taste is even smoother with chocolaty malt sweetness, some fruit/herbal flavors, and a slightly astringent, semi-sweet finish. It's lowly carbonated with a smooth bourbony sweetness, some gram cracker grain, and a woody, slightly astringent finish. Great beer, worth trying now.

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pitch black, non-transparent with thin coffee lacing and barely any legs.

S- Barrel, burnt toffee, burnt caramel and charred dark fruits.

T- This tastes like a much thinner version of Assassin/UJS. The barrel is forefront, some bourbon soaked graham cracker, burnt toffee and caramel. Has a mild burnt aftertaste.

M- Really thin for me, almost CW Bourbon barrel stout thin. Smooth with little to no carb. Edit: Deeper into the bottle is was a bit thicker

O- I can see how some people would like this a lot; but that mild burnt aftertaste and the mouthfeel turn me off just a bit. Next up the Apple Brandy version; hoping for a better outcome with that one.

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Siberian Black Magic Panther (Bourbon) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.