Siberian Black Magic Panther
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #116
Ranked #1,947
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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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 219
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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Photo of Smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled February 2nd 2017.

Deep dark mocha rich colored one finger head, fine bubbles with a bubbly puck and whispy top. Very dark bodied stout, with a nearly black but still with dark walnut brown hues and edges. Real dark, and beautiful, aggressive slightly too, making for a beautiful appearance.

Rich berry like esters on the nose, coupled with an aroma that's full of dark molasses. Thick and full, sticky as if the molasses just came pouring down. Slight fruit berry tones of raspberry and blackberry come off nicely as well. Very impressive aroma.

Wonderful palate. A rich and silky body gives such large amplitude to the flavors that transpire. First sip is a rich black licorice and molasses twang that just rolls and coats all over the palate. Sticky but not syrupy, rich but not sugary either. Full on licorice, roast, and molasses char assault, with excellent aftertaste that gives to faint hints of sweet dark malts. There's even the tannic sticky aftertaste of black licorice on this that just lingers so nicely.

Like a total licorice stick this thing delivers along with some great character. If that's not your thing you might want to steer clear, but otherwise this is a real winner. Barrel aged versions? Apparently so… Sign me up!

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from Mink's (Marietta, GA). 9.99. Bottled 2/20/17. Served in a Wicked Weed snifter.

Pours jet black with a gorgeous two and a half finger cap of full mocha head. That initial froth is quite attractive but once it fades there is nothing left to call retention.

Aromas of roasty malts, chocolate, molasses and burnt sugar. Dark and enticing.

Bittersweet flavors explode on the palette. Dark fruit skins, bakers cocoa, cooked sugar, berry seeds, roots and a definite booze bite.

Rich, full creamy body with lush, smooth carbonation. Roasty, bitter finish with dark cocoa, fruit skins and burnt caramel.

Siberian Black Magic Panther is another in a long line of successful stouts from Westbrook. There are no frills here, just a well made imperial stout. Now that I've finally tried this I'm considerably more interested in putting forth the effort to try it's barrelled variants.

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Photo of Roguer
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black brew with a strong dark brown head, with very good retention and nice lacing.

Big roasty notes, balanced by sweeter notes of caramel, cream, chocolate, and toffee. A touch of red grape on the nose, as well. No significant roast or char.

Big, thick brew! Smooth and creamy and damn near chewy. Sweet, with tons of roast but no char. Nuts, red grapes, chocolate, cream, coffee, brown sugar, toffee, and caramel. Not overly sweet, but still firmly in dessert stout territory.

There's a faint metallic tinge and just the barest hint of alcohol, as well as a small amount of foaming up front; really, really impressive presentation of a 12% brew.

Calling this an American vice Russian Imperial Stout is spot on. It's reminiscent of many of Evil Twin's big stouts. This would make a wonderful night cap.

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Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/2/17, it pours pitch black color with a solid 2 finger brown foamy head that was full of bubbles of all sizes, not moving for a minute and then dissipating very, very slowly, in fact ridiculously slowly, then leaving a foamy layer on top and great spotty lacing which leaves rings as it goes down.

Smells of roasted malt, yeast, dark chocolate, burnt grains, charred wood, piney hops, light peppery spices, metallic notes, wet cardboard, brown sugar, Hershey's chocolate syrup and dark fruits like raisins. There's a basic beer or lager aspect but the sweetness dominates and even takes over the roasty stout aromas.

Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruit, burnt coffee grinds, yeast, espresso or vanilla beans up front. Heavy metallic notes follow afterwards with the additions of syrup, brown sugar, mild peppery spices, bittersweet chocolate and fruits again including raisin, dates and plums. A lot of chocolate notes, trailing red wine-like tannin's, and a berry sweetness. It's good but too sweet for me and not worth the price-point of $20/bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little to no carbonation, a roasty, chocolate malt-centric flavor that trails off slightly bitter and full of malty complexities. A nice enjoyable stout, but nothing that stands out. This brew does hide the ABV completely and for those who like sweet stouts then this would be dangerously easy to drink.

Overall it was a very good beer, but not worth the price tag. I like Westbrook and they make solid beers, but this was just not as good as advertised, too cloyingly sweet for me. I'll stick to Mexican Cake.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Stealing the best attributes between imperial stout and Belgian-style darker, stronger ale, the brewers at Westbrook use greater proportions of the stout and lesser that of the quadrupel ale for a complex tandem in taste that's worthy of both Siberians and panthers.

Deeply roasty and black as tar, Siberian Black Magic Panther lives up to its namesake in appearance alone. A firm tan cap of foam carries a plethora of charred sweetness, grilled fruit and earthy coffee aromas onto the senses. Rich malt flavors are candied and cake-like with hints of chocolate fudge, hard candy and buckwheat honey glazing the tongue.

With roasty sweet flavors holding firm, the beer is malt dominant from head to tail with the taste of blackstrap molasses at the helm. Dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, roasting walnut, burnt toast and a modest element of campfire stir on the middle palate and saturate the tastebuds with toasty, roasty sweetness. A glimmer of roasted currant, grape and aniseed decorate the finish and await the brunt of alcohol and bitterness.

Full bodied and playfully cloying, the beer's bittersweet finish is of woodsy hops and delicately seared pine needles. Spicy with rummy alcohol, the simmering booze and charred edges of roasted malt ensure a slight acrid bite to balance a small portion of sweetness and allow for a savory sipping session.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, viscous opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint very dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy very dark mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of thick film surrounded by a large patch of medium thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of charred malts. Moderate aromas of dark chocolate, molasses, and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts, moderate flavors of chocolate + caramel malts, and just a light amount of charred malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, and cacao nibs. Light hints of vanilla and a touch of earthy hops. Just shy of moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Really enjoyable with a nice complexity of flavors and aromas that keeps me wanting to keep refilling my glass. Drinks much easier than the 12% ABV. Really good!

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Below average lacing.

S: A solid aroma of malt, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruit, and molasses.

T: Tasted of some light molasses notes, a lot of roasted malt, several types of dark fruit (plums, raisins, especially), a little bit of brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate. Not as aggressive as some beers of this style, but it has a subtle charm to it. Dark, rich and interesting.

F: A solid amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Full-bodied.

O: While this isn't my favorite stout that Westbrook has produced, it is invariably drinkable. Pretty tasty.

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Siberian Black Magic Panther from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 219 ratings