Siberian Black Magic Panther
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #181
Ranked #2,966
4.21 | pDev: 6.41%
May 26, 2022
Jan 27, 2016
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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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.

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 Georgia

Nov 16, 2019
Rated: 4 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Nov 14, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Oct 27, 2019
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Reviewed by Clemsongoat from South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
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.
Oct 19, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by JDizzle from Indiana

Oct 17, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by fehrminator from North Carolina

Oct 14, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by socon67 from New York

Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.
Jul 07, 2019
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Reviewed by beerloserLI from New York

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
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.
May 14, 2019
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Reviewed by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -5%
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.
Mar 18, 2019
Rated: 3.55 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Vixie from Florida

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.
Oct 19, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Nograinleftbehind from South Carolina

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by boothbeer from Illinois

Jul 16, 2018
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Bottlescaps NY for around $15
Jun 01, 2018
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

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.
Mar 05, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by lewith from South Carolina

Feb 27, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by ColSanders123 from Georgia

Feb 11, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by nwhittin from Indiana

Feb 05, 2018
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Reviewed by Damian from Massachusetts

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.
Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 4.22 by IRAhopbomb from Georgia

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 4.27 by dcmchew from Romania

Jan 07, 2018
Siberian Black Magic Panther from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 242 ratings