Siberian Black Magic Panther
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #113
Ranked #1,981
4.22 | pDev: 6.4%
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Siberian Black Magic PantherSiberian Black Magic Panther
Notes: This beer is as hairy as a Siberian... or as a panther. And you better believe it because it gets the black magic from mountains of roasted malts and dark candi syrup. During the long weeks in the fermentor it gathers its rage... a rage this mythical beast of imperial stout wants to unleash on your taste buds.
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Photo of Tony210
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark and thick, good mocha head. Roasty aroma. Flavor is chocolate, dark roasted malt, dark molasses syrup. Carbonation adds to a thick and creamy texture. Overall this is a very impressive Imperial Stout. Aged incredibly well.

Bomber dated 2/2/17
4.25 rating

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Photo of VoodooBear
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The thick, frothy, dark tan, one finger head stays around for a long time and leaves behind a dense foam layer and a lot of lacing that covers the entire glass. It's a deep, pure black color. Some dark brown, cola-like hues show up on the edges when held up to light.

Smell: It's an earthy, raw cocoa aroma with some caramel, milk chocolate and roasted malt notes in there as well.

Taste: There's a lot of rich, dark, bitter flavors of very dark chocolate, fresh, black coffee and roasted malt. There's some brown sugar sweetness to balance things out a little bit.

Mouthfeel: It's thick, creamy and silky smooth with just the right amount of soft carbonation.

Overall: It's very bitter, with just a touch of sweetness to add some variety in the taste. So while not exactly approachable or suited to less seasoned palates, this is still a rich, complex, home run of a beer from Westbrook. Anyone who appreciates big, bold, dark stouts will love this.

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Photo of dandandan79
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

imperial stout indeed. This is a great example of a super good stout. A bit of a bitter burn taste, strong body with a bit of complexity. Rich and pretty bold. This, is a wonderful stout. strong. 12% but well hidden. i wish all stouts were this good.

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Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Motor oil black with a finger of dark tan head that forms a crown and leaves decent lacing.

Umami, chocolate and prune in the nose.

The taste follows closely with a strong roasty quality, and some bakers chocolate bitterness and a touch of char in the finish.

Full-bodied, creamy feel with zippy carbonation.

This is a great RIS with plenty of depth and that hits all the appropriate notes.

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Photo of maxarvo
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can. A really good Russian imperial stout- beautiful pitch black color, no wild adjuncts - a really well done, classic RIS. Lovely creamy feel and no burn from the 12% abv. A great stout for the winter.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan colored head that died down a bit but consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of black licorice and dark roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a lot of flavors of dark and roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is dryness in the finish.
O: This Russian Imperial Stout is quite dry and roasty but does a relatively good job at masking a lot of the alcohol as it is not that prevalent in the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Clemsongoat
3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Didn't realize this was a Russian Imperial when I picked it up. I generally don't like them that much, but this one was pretty solid.

2 words: Sweet maltyness

This thing also packs a punch. I'm lit fam.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark, black beer with a finger of brown head. The aroma is a little boozy but also has some sweetness and char present. There is also some roasty malt, coffee notes and some chocolate. Sweet at first with a lot of roasted malt sweetness. There is dark chocolate and molasses in there as well. Finishes roasty with a char bitterness.

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Photo of beerloserLI
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pure black color on the pour with a fast head of brown bubbles. The nose is very RIS with lots of chocolate malts. Those notes carry right over from the nose and onto the initial sips. Big chocolate malts upfront, with a smooth flow and finish. Have I mentioned chocolate malt yet? Seriously, this is about as non-adjunct and straight forward as an imperial stout gets. Additional notes of coffee, cocoa powder, smoke, charred oak, vanilla, molasses, and brown sugar. Full bodied with a touch of decadent chocolate cake flavor going on. Getting a touch note of soy/coloa flavor going on but nothing too off-putting-which may be equated to its age. The abv hides nicely and I'm really starting to feel it.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I really like the straight forward approach and it reminds me a lot of the Stone RIS of yesteryears.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/20/17. Pours a deep, thick black with no head and no lacing.

The smell is loaded with dark malts, liquorice, vanilla, and dark fruits.

The taste is bitter dark fruit then moves to tons of char and leather. A very long, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly thick with medium carbonation and lingering bitterness.

Overall a good, complex stout with lots of flavors.

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Photo of Vixie
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thickly pours a dark black with almost no head, just a small amount of tan lacing. One of the darkest beers I have ever had.

Nice sweet smell, chocolate and coffee notes, and a bit smokey.

Starts out pretty sweet, then hits you with a lot of chocolate. There is a smokiness under it and a lingering bitterness. It really comes across to me as liquid chocolate cake made with a dark chocolate.

Feel is good, nice and thick, no doubt this is a big beer.

A really nice beer overall. Not quite up to the very best of the style, which is hardly a criticism, as the best are world class. Still, this is a very solid example of the style, one I'd easily have again.

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Photo of mschrei
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/20/17, over a year old. Dark, very brownish hues, lasting foamy head and lacing. Smell is roasty, sweet, notes if chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke. Taste is sweet, malty, chocolatey. Full bodied, smooth, minimal burn for a high alcohol beer. Real winner.

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Photo of Damian
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Bread & Honey, New York, NY
Bottled on: 2/2/17
Served in a snifter

Dark caramel brown and fuller bodied on the pour but super viscous and pitch black in the glass. The shimmery, oily liquid was topped by a small, tightly beaded film of mocha colored froth that quickly transformed into a thick, lasting collar. A few streaks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was rich, smooth and fairly sweet. Big malt presence. Roasted and caramel malts were apparent. Loads of chocolate fudge as well. Nice melding of both dark and milk chocolate notes. Bit of vanilla. Brown sugar was also noticeable. Moderately sweet overall but very well balanced. Touch of booziness. The vanilla really intensified as the beer warmed.

The flavor profile was solid but definitely more roasty and one dimensional than the nose. Roasted malts dominated. Bakers chocolate came through in the center. Big molasses presence too. Some espresso as well. Touch of brown sugar sweetness. More roast and bitterness on the back end. Hint of fruitiness. The beer finished somewhat acrid and ashy with a moderate, boozy kick. Subtle earthy hop notes lingered after the swallow.

Terrific, fuller bodied mouthfeel. The liquid contained a super fine, frothy effervescence that fluffed up beautifully as it sat on the palate. Super creamy and smooth. Uber plush and tongue blanketing.

This is the first time in a very long while I drank an imperial stout that was not barrel aged or coffee/vanilla/chocolate/cinnamon/spice/etc. infused, and it was still pretty awesome. While pastry stouts seem to be all the rage these days, it is nice to know that some breweries are still making terrific imperial stouts in their purest forms.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle. Pours inky black with a big mocha head. It has that meaty aroma that smoked beers have, without having the smoke. Some licorice and heavy malt sugar aroma. Tastes of sweet fudge, licorice, roasted malt. Back end is a little fruitier, again with the meaty flavor without the smoke. It's a little boozy, but not oppressive. Heavy and slow to drink, but never too difficult. Not my style, but I like it nonetheless.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received in a ninja box from @Dragginballs76 – thanks Michael!
Bottle dated 2/2/17. Cellared and served at 55 degrees (per bottle instructions) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Roasted malt, chocolate, just a hint of coffee. Weakens but lasts.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.5 cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense with rocks, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a four mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete layer, both of extremely tiny bubbles.
Lacing – Excellent. Wide partial ring of tiny bubbles.
Body – dark brown/black, opaque, effervescent.
Flavor – Begins with roasted malt, chocolately and not at all bitter, actually slightly sweet. There is no trace of the alcohol (12% ABV) until gastric burns hits several minutes after swallowing. The sweetness is probably from the dark candi syrup but is not sweet enough to be cloying – it balances the (expected) roasted malt bitterness well. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – Full, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression: Very good from all aspects. This brew is very difficult to savor because it demands you swallow immediately and drink more. I haven’t had this fresh, but 10 months in, it’s fantastic! Michael, I owe you big time for this gem!
Appearance 4.25, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.5.

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Photo of rudzud
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Received this in an extra almost a year ago. Bottled 2/20/17.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark black hue with a one finger mocha head that faded slowly to leave a thin thin head and a creamy halo. Very light lacing.

S - Aromas of chocolate, anise, caramel, nice roast. Little bit of dark fruit as well, little bit of nuttiness as well. Smells almost like an Abyss.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of roast malts, big anise notes as well. Nice caramel, bigger dark fruits and raisins. Tastes far more like a RIS than an imperial stout. Lots of molasses as well. Some burnt caramel as well along with a bit of nuttiness. Finish is just a bit of booze with some light coffee as well.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, creamy, alcohol hidden nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid stout, though I think it's more Russian Imperial than anything. Still, quite the solid stout.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of cbutova
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Torst, NYC.

A- Pitch black oil pour from draft to Torst wine glass. Deep mocha cap ascends to one inch high and dies out to a wide belt at the edges. Frothy creamy consistency to the foam and drizzled lace on the glass.

S- Black chocolate all the way. Spicy candied raisin. Toasted nuts. Caramelized burnt sugars. Not dessert milky. Roasty goodness.

T- Deep black strap molasses and burnt caramelized sugars. Huge dark cocoa and 80%+ dark chocolate bars. Spiced nutty raisins. Cherry truffle. Deep cocoa and roast. Drier side. Candi sugar Belgian feel.

MF- Thick and oily body. Medium carbonation. Slick with a slight bitter roast end. Fluffy.

Reminds me a bit of Allagash black without super intense Belgian properties. Dark cocoa and nuts prevail.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

now this is some awesome shit! Pours pure black, with an one inch caramel foam head. Aromas of chocolate, molasses and BOOZE hit your nose. Upon tasting you get the chocolate, molasses and coffee ...then the vanilla comes thru with the glorious booze on the backend. Another winner for the Westbrook Brewing Co. Try it, you won't be sorry.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date of 02/20/17

Appearance - Pours black with cola brown edging. Tan, finger width head displays fair retention before giving way to a mostly barren surface and athin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Sweet, boozy aroma. Chocolate, molasses and alcohol. Hints of roast emerge as it warms.

Taste - Flavor hits on notes of fudgy chocolate, molasses and a touch of roast upfront. One could argue a hint of vanilla can be found as well. Mid-taste brings a bit of red wine character. On the sweeter side, but it doesn't get cloying. There's also a bit of heat from the alcohol in the finish. Notes of coffee and berry, which become more noticeable as the brew reaches room temp, can be found in the finish and lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low-to-moderate carbonation. Slick, silky and creamy texture. Despite the sweetness and use of dark candi syrup there is a lack of stickiness which is quite nice. Dry, warming finish.

Overall - A delicious impy stout. While the flavor profile is decidedly sweet, there's just enough roasty character to keep this brew in check. Is it a brew worth trading for? Maybe, but don't overvalue on your end.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Picked up a 32oz growler from Charleston Beer Exchange, before they decided to ruin everyone's life and move out of their Exchange St location. What's wrong with you CBX?!?!

This motherfucker is black as all get out. Pours a pitch black, as black as ole Beelzebul's soul. The froth atop this one is also the blackest, darkest vile substance I have seen on top of a beer. Similar to Founders Imperial Stout, but that looks like a ALL head compared to this beast.

Aroma is pure Imperial stout goodness. Loads of dark fruits like dog and raisins, some coffee, some tobacco, some coal, and some devils blood to be sure. Beautiful.

Flavor mimics the aroma and is filled with raisins, Cuban coffee, and brown sugar. Astounding!

One of the better beers I have had in a while. For Imperial Stout's, this ranks in my top five for sure. I can't get over the nearly black foam on top of this one. For 12% this one drinks so good. Combine Old Rasputin, Founders Imperial Stout, Brooklyn Chocolate, and that Jesus beer from whoever, and you will get Black Magic Panther.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was jet black in appearance with mocha colored bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - Dark bitter malts radiated from the glass.

Taste - At the front, I detected deep dark chocolate. Notes of black licorice, light tobacco, and a mild spiciness were also noted. Despite the high abv, little burn was noted. The alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation tried to fight its way through the syrupy thickness, but was largely unsuccessful.

Overall - This is a bold beer.

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Photo of dspadaro
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark as midnight, very dark tan head that dissipates quickly
S - Chocolate.
T - All the chocolate from the nose, plus licorice.
F - Not the motor oil you really want, but the thin crude you need
O - A good representation of the style. Not a ton of depth for me, but a solid offering. Would drink again, would not seek out.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black color with mocha head. Aroma has sweet malt with cacao and dark chocolate notes. Year starts sweet and malty, continues with some nice toffee and finishes with roasted malt and even some hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Really well made, classic imperial stout.

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Photo of flaskman
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a 12 ounce tulip glass after a hard days work. Poured like motor oil. Dark head. Darker than most in category. Smells like roasted malt and sweet molasses. Thick lacing and some head stayed throughout. Mouth feel is thick and sticky on the lips. Taste is roasted malt, sweet molasses and a steady 12 percent abv in the background. Great mouth retention. In between sips it feels like I could be at a Starbucks. Very well balanced. I like it !

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Photo of q33jeff
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


22oz bomber to goblet. Chilling watching freaks and geeks after a long hot Easter.

LOOK: dark black, medium tan head,
AROMA: roasted malt, mild coffee,
TASTE: tar, malt,
FEEL: thick syrupy,minimal carbonation.

Not all that tasty, but a nice thick Chewy stout.


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Siberian Black Magic Panther from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 235 ratings