Siberian Black Magic Panther (Apple Brandy) | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Siberian Black Magic Panther (Apple Brandy)Siberian Black Magic Panther (Apple Brandy)

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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?

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 241
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4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
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 GrapesofWrath
4.71/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%

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 WorldWideStout
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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 DanGeo
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.99/5  rDev -9.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Siberian Black Magic Panther (Apple Brandy) from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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