Siberian Black Magic Panther - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.51 | pDev: 9.76%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Siberian Black Magic Panther - Apple Brandy Barrel-AgedSiberian Black Magic Panther - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged
Notes: This mythical beast of an imperial stout has been locked up for two years in apple brandy barrels and is ready to mate with your taste buds. Get ready because the Siberian Black Magic Panther is about to get up in you and unleash its notes of apple brandy flavor on your taste buds unconsensually! Are you ready to have a stalker of the night in your mouth?
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Photo of mothman
4.49/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with tan head. Thick.

Big Russian imperial stout. Molasses, raisins, chocolate, caramel. The apple brandy shows nicely and adds a huge layer to this beer. Light roast. Fairly smooth. Full bodied.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.91/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of my most sought after beers and eagerly anticipated. Nose is oozy vanilla and Brandy, very nice. Taste is nearly all apple Brandy sweetness. Not much to round things out. Bit oily, lower carb, lots of barrel.

A fun beer, really excited to try, but largely single barrel note.

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Photo of zac16125
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Westbrook Apple Brandy Siberian Black Magic Panther
8oz pour
On tap at the brewery

A: Jet black, opaque, slight browning on the edges, essentially no head or lacing 4

S: Lots of sweetness, roasted malt, chocolate, luscious fudge, coconut, very subtle barrel notes with oaky characters (although I wouldn't have guessed Apple Brady). Great nose 4.5

T: Apple brandy barrels are the first thing I get in the taste. It's quite sweet, in a good way. I also get roasted malt, less prominent cocoa, coconut, and oak. Wonderful. 4.5

M/D: Full bodied, a bit chewy, carbonation appropriately low, ABV very well masked, great drinkability. 4.5

O: Exceptional beer, one of my favorite Westbrook stouts to date. 4.75

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Photo of MIbeerGeek84
4.99/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was just simply amazing. The smell was just like a sweet apple and its taste followed suit. This quite possibly beats the Ab Mexican cake variant but not by much.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.52/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got both of these Panthers from cparles a while back. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Bottled 4 February 2014

APPEARANCE: : Pours pitch black and sludgy, yielding a 2+ finger, thicker looking, dark mocha colored head with great retention. Dark black body with zero visible carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good full, dense wisp. A good wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass. Very black body and a nice colored head on this one, with less visible carbonation than the bourbon variant. A bit more lacing would have made this the perfect looking stout.

SMELL: Roasted malts, burnt notes, lots of pure dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, coconut, sweet cream, some apple brandy and alcohol on the nose. Touches of caramel and toffee as well. Another massive nose with a wonderful balance between rich base stout and brandy barrels. Pure awesomeness. Both of these Panthers smell like perfection.

TASTE: Lots of oak, brandy, toffee and some notes of vanilla cream up front, with notes of roasted and burnt malts as well. Big aftertaste of sweet apple brandy, sweet wood flavors, toffee, cream, touches of bitter dark chocolate and some burnt malts as well. Lots of sweetness from the wood, with a very obvious apple brandy coating over it all. A little less vanilla flavor than the bourbon version, and the apple brandy barrel definitely does its thing here. 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 bourbon version, the bitterness needs to be pumped up just a touch to provide a bit more balance.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Creamy and smooth on the palate, goes down fine and finishes mouth-coating. A little lighter in weight than the bourbon variant, but still creamy and silky on the palate.

OVERALL: Another great brew that is on par with the bourbon barrel in terms of quality. The appearance is better and resembles Skoon instead, and the feel is a touch lighter and more carbonated, surprisingly enough, than the bourbon variant, but otherwise, this is an impressive brew in an even more impressive pair. The aging in apple brandy barrels certainly adds a quality all of its own, and I enjoyed the sweetness it imparted on the beer in an equal but different way that I enjoyed the bourbon barrel’s stamp on this one. A fun pair that I’m very glad I was able to try. Thanks again for the brews cparles! These were all excellent.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared tonight with Curran.

Pours a motor oil-looking dark black, with a small head, and not really any lacing.

Smells very sweet, but nice, with huge apple brandy notes, and some chocolate. Almost get the feeling of chocolate covered apples.

The taste is where things go wrong. I get no stout character out of this, just apple brandy. Like I'm not even drinking beer. There's no roastiness at all, just cloyingly sweet apple brandy, and maybe the smallest amount of chocolate. It is one-dimensional to a fault. Luckily, I like apple brandy, so I survived, but this has to be one of the most disappointing beers I've had, relative to ratings.

This one is medium bodied, with a syrupy and very sweet mouthfeel. There's very little carbonation.

Apple Brandy BA Mexican Cake was the best beer I've ever had, and I was hoping that would translate here. It didn't, at all. Very one-note, boring, and just hard to drink a lot of.

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Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev -7.1%

Review from notes taken 3+ months ago. Bomber into a matching westbrook snifter. The brew appears black in color with a rich brown head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is tangy with booze. Some oak, chocolate and raison character. The taste has more of raw oak feel mixed with chocolate/raison. A brandy tang is there reminescent of the barrel aging and oxidation is quite prevalent.

This is a medium bodied brew with a slick and creamy rich feel contrasted by a moderate level of carbonation. The oxidation and barrel "tang" hindered this offering a little. I think 2 years barrel aging was too much to the point where the beer suffered. A fine brew but not a good as it could have been if they pulled it from the barrels sooner. A fine example of longer resting time in a barrel does not equal better.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.42/5  rDev -2%

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by Dan - thanks. Bottled 2/14/14.

A: Pours black with a half-inch thick mocha head which lingers and leaves spotty lace.

N: Sweet brandy, wood, boozy, dark fruits.

T: Cocoa powder, vanilla, dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, toffee, roasted malts.

M: Full body and medium carbonation. Finishes mellow and smooth, rich and boozy.

O: Wow, blown away with the barrel treatment on this. Really good.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -7.3%

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled on 2/4/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, apple brandy, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, vanilla, and apple brandy 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 very good beer with a slightly better apple brandy barrel aged presence in the aroma to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

The beer is only black, minimal head, no sediment, definitely ominous looking, slightly oily residue, no lacing. The nose is slightly syrupy sweet, subtle apple, a little wood, minimal alcohol. The taste is apple laden, slightly tart and acidic, like a crisp apple skin, which cuts through the malty sweetness and brandy caramel. This beer has a very pleasant mouthfeel, smooth, velvety sweetness with apple brandy on point. Highly drinkable and recommended now if you're cellaring.

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, viscous, with a very small head and decent lacing.

S: Honeyed apple, butterscotch (not butter diacetyl goddamnit), vanilla, chocolate,

T: Starts off with some fruit, maybe Granny Smith apples and raspberries, lending sweet and tart notes. Milk chocolate and vanilla take center stage in the middle, with the fruit and coconut in the background. The fruit and coconut increase towards the end, with a little heat from the booze.

M: Slightly less heavy than I expected, which is probably a good thing. Subtle carbonation at the start, and then a creamy but not too weighty feel.

O: Definitely rich, sweet, and delicious. Reminds me of Bramble Rye. Thanks to Kyle for hooking me up!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a thick pour of oil like blackness but upon deeper inspection it's a deep brown color that gives up light around the edge. The head was a substantive foam that laced well.

The nose has a lot of the Apple Brandy but creamy chocolate and roasted coffee sit nestled underneath.

The flavors are intense and the Apple Liqueur weaves its way throughout but never overpowers. First I get a huge chocolate flavor that is coupled with a creamy coconut. Then there's a natural Apple sweetness followed by white wine. It finishes with a caramel, toffee malt but the Apple Brandy is never forgotten.

The feel is very full, almost thick on the palate with a substantial alcohol heat and brandy liquor feel.

This is not my first Apple Brandy barrel beer but this is the first to truly take the flavor of the brandy and run with it. The flavors are intense and diverse and make this truly special.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.54/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle shared with my best beer buddy Abbbp into a snifter.

Appearance: Jet black motor oil with a small coffee milk head. Leaves just the thinnest of crowns after it dissipates, but does leave considerable lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark fruits and molasses, it smells thick, and almost like a barleywine. Alcohol is evident too.

Taste: The brandy is strong in this one. Sweet, dark chocolate, with the brandy coming through heavily on the tail end. Molasses, lots of dark fruits. Vanilla too. I can definitely taste the calvados too, it’s sweet and vaguely fruity in a way distinct from the dark fruit malts. The calvados gets stronger as it warms up. This is fantastic.

Mouthfeel: This may be the thickest beer I’ve ever drank. It’s as close to motor oil as I could imagine. Low carb, very very sticky. Long linger.

Overall: My first apple brandy aged beer and I’m loving it. A truly delicious stout base just made that much better by the fantastic barrel characteristics. Westbrook knows what they’re doing.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Poured into a Hunahpu's taster on 4/25/2014.

A- Dark black body, half finger dark mocha head, good retention, good lacing. Pretty much par for the course for these big barrel aged imperial stouts.

S- Lots of green apple brandy character mixed in with a strong chocolate fudginess, some dark chocolate and a bit of earthy coffee. The apple brandy barrel really does seem to be taking over the base beer in my opinion.

F- As in the nose, the apple brandy character is very strong. Sweet green apple, wet woody oak overpower the base imperial stout's dark chocolate, dark fruit and coffee flavours. I think the 2 years in the barrels were about a year too long in aging, but this is still a very good flavour profile.

M- Thick bodied, low carbonated. Drinking smoothly, some ABV heat does show up presumably from the apple brandy. Sweet but neither dry or resinous.

O- Solid apple brandy imperial stout; the apple brandy seems to be taking over too much here in my opinion. For the most part, I prefer my barrel-aged stouts to have a complementary presence from the barrels used; rather than it to be completely dominant. Still, this is a very good and very large beer that's enjoyable to sip on.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

bomber 2/11/14 into a snifter

dark dark black pour with a dark brown creamy head. aroma of slight apple brandy but much more in the way of chocolate. taste is damn smooth. slight apple brandy flavor again like the nose, nothing at all like how forward the apple brandy mexican cake was, chocolate, vanilla, oak. mouthfeel is thick and delicious and where this beer hits a home run. westbrook always impresses.

overall amazing, not quite on the ABMC level, but still terrific!

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Photo of orangesol
4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

S - Smells of cocoa powder, dark fruits, vanilla, oak, toffee, day old coffee grounds, dark roasted malt and the smooth apple brandy fruitiness. Not as complex as the AB Mexican Cake but still quite nice.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweetness; mainly the vanilla, cocoa, toffee and dark fruits; quickly being joined by the dark roasted malt, stale coffee and the smooth apple brandy. Finish is smokey with some mild sweetness, combining with some light booze burn from the AB to linger on the palate long after the finish.

M - Heavy body with moderate to low carbonation. Big, smooth feel makes it very easy to consume. The 11% is hidden quite well, only really fully coming to the forefront as it warms up.

O - I liked the bourbon version but this one is just better. The apple brandy smoothed the rough edges left over in the bourbon version and it still remained easily drinkable. Not as good as the AB Mexican Cake but I wasn't expecting it to be. I would love to have this one again in the future.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

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

Smell - Apple brandy. Dark chocolate. Chalky oak. Sweet caramel.

Taste - Sweet apple brandy. Very oak. Chalky bitter woodiness. Dark chocolate. Pretty sweet and a little fudgy.

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Intense oak. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - As always, apple brandy fails to truly impress. It is a well made stout, though.

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Photo of Anonymous1
3.54/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared with a buddy

A: Same as bourbon variant, dark chocolate with off white head, carb and legs when swirled

S: Candied apple, but also pear, pipe smoke

T: Lovely apple brandy sweetness, smoked malt, leather, campfire ash, raisin

M: Thin to medium body

O: This is marginally better than the Bourbon variant. The AB barrel imparts more flavor and serves as something as a barrier between the smokiness of the base. Admittedly, I am not a fan of BA smoked stouts. Just too much ash and tobacco to my liking, and the mouthfeel left a lot to be desired. This reminds me of an AB version of Bo & Luke more than Mexican Cake. I would never have guessed this was the base beer.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.64/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black non-transparent, gums up the glass. Thinnest of lacing coffee in color, barely any legs

S- Apple brandy is there, it is not as much as I would want spending 2 years in the barrels. Nice RIS malt background with charred toffee, caramel and dark fruits.

T- Apple brandy kills the bad aftertaste from the bourbon variant. Apple brandy is not as present as I would want it, but my tummy is warm after drinking it. Charred toffee and caramel is present, but not as much as bourbon.

M- I feel like this one is a bit thicker than bourbon. Little carb.

O- AB is much better IMO because it kills off the weird aftertaste. Some may not be turned off by the aftertaste, but the AB gets rid of that. It also seems a bit thicker, but not crazy noticeable

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Photo of MacQ32
4.72/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours very near black with almost 2 fingers of dark rich chocolate colored head. Retention is decent, initially dwindling rather quickly but the final half finger hangs on strong for several minutes. Lacing is strong.

S - So so rich. Tons of cocoa, raisin, cinnamon, oatmeal, vanilla, light roasty bitterness. Very reminiscent of AB Mex Cake.

T - Cinnamon, almost a bit of heat, very cocoa heavy, vanilla, lots of raisin type sweetness. All apple brandy at the finish through the aftertaste.

M - Thick thick thick, smooth, way too tasty, I'm treating it like a session brew. Extremely minimal carbonation.

O - Just like AB Mex Cake, really totally reminds me of cinniman, raisin & oatmeal cookies.

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Photo of GrapesofWrath
4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to be in Charleston for this. Sampled 3/13 into a tulip.

Pours a deep burnt black with brown highlights. Medium tan head that recedes to nice ring. Medium lacing.

The smell is very reminiscent of Apple Brandy Mexican Cake with huge sticky cider notes intermingled with roast and cocoa.

Taste follows the smell with big malt, roast, toffee, chocolate, coffee, and a huge apple brandy finish.

Mouthfeel is viscous and thick, medium carbonation.

Excellent beer and did not disappoint.

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Siberian Black Magic Panther - Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 246 ratings