Siberian Black Magic Panther
Westbrook Brewing Co.

Siberian Black Magic PantherSiberian Black Magic Panther
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From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #171
ABV:
12%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,977
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.41%
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
243
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 28, 2023
Added:
Jan 27, 2016
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  57
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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Rated: 4.34 by krl2112 from Illinois

Jul 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I had this quite a while ago but remember it was just OK. I have heard recently that the original was not as good as the latest. I hope to try the latest when they come out with it again. So so.
May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by PapaGoom

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
02/20/17 stamped on side of label. Poured into a small snifter.

A: Black with brown short-lived head with a few dots of lacing.

S: Fudgy with milk and dark chocolate, light roast, light cola aroma

T: Flavor is heavy chocolate, espresso, and light roast with medium caramel and toffee. Very smooth well-integrated flavor. Mild alcohol but doesn't detract.

M: Smooth and silky with low carbonation and full body.

O: Pretty standard but very delicious, well-crafted IS.
Dec 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance is jet black, thick and viscous like motor oil. Half a finger of dark mocha colored head that left the party shortly after arriving. Aroma is quite sweet, with malt and fig like notes. Taste is nowhere near as sweet as I expected based on the nose. It's very, very roasty. Nice full feel. Overall, a good beer, but a little too much roast for my tastes.
Oct 18, 2020
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jul 23, 2020
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16 oz can, canned 10/8/19, into Carpe Brew Em snifter.

Really thick inky black pour yields a similar body and a tall almond head of 2 fingers, receding gradually to a finger. Thick lace skirts the glass.

Thick aromas of chewy chocolate and tobacco, with dark chocolate, dark candi syrup, ash, and torched figs.

Flavor is incredibly balanced yet brings full throttle intensity. A robust mix of dark chocolate, almond, heavy roasted malt, ash, and foot-to-the-floor earthy/piney hop, it rests straight on the fulcrum of balance. It doesn't once skew too sweet or too bitter. This is fantastic brewing.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with no repentance for its thick and sticky body. It's nearly not carbonated because of its thickness, but has enough pricklies in there to give you the feeling you're not drinking syrup. Alcohol heat is amazingly restrained at 12% but still has enough residual heat to let you know what's up.

Overall, an incredible beer. Westbrook is proving itself to be a wonderful brewery to me, and this is proof they know what they're doing. An outstanding Russian Imperial Stout with a belgian candi twist. 16 oz is almost too much!

Price paid : $4.99 / can
Would buy again : Yes
Jul 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Jun 11, 2020
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

5/23/20
Bomber dated 2/2/17
4.25 rating
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.
May 13, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by RMW66 from Australia

Mar 28, 2020
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Reviewed by dandandan79 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.
Mar 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.12 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Jan 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.59 by lebriarjr from North Carolina

Jan 14, 2020
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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.
Jan 12, 2020
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Reviewed by maxarvo from England

4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.
Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Nov 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by hopkrid from Florida

Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by Samnem from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Nov 14, 2019
Siberian Black Magic Panther from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 243 ratings