Siberian Black Magic Panther | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,357
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
215
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
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23
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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vixie
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
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 Nograinleftbehind
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Bottle from Bottlescaps NY for around $15

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Photo of mschrei
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
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 lewith
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ColSanders123
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nwhittin
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Damian
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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 IRAhopbomb
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dcmchew
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of paresis
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chefduff2
3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Afeo
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shivtim
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -10%
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 Dougwillhike
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -4.5%
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 CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Samputnam14
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Siberian Black Magic Panther from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 215 ratings