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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:
#2,388
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
216
pDev:
6.41%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of gcasher
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

We are so lucky that there are a lot of great stouts on the market right now. If you find yourself in South Carolina like I did, and you are lucky enough to find this beer, either at the bar or the market, definitely get it. It is amazing. It pours dark black and is thick and viscous. It smells of dark roasted malts and cocoa nibs and the flavor follows. It is an easy drinking stout for the ABV and such a pleasure to savor.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been to a lot of bottle shares in my time, and I have to say that Westbrook's brews always stand out. Depending on the beer, they're usually the best of the night, or at least in the top three. This one was no different - and while the adjunct explosion might not punch you in the mouth like Mexican Cake, the rich stout flavors do run deep. Another winner for the SC brewery...please start distroing to Florida asap!

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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 Greywulfken
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best base imperial stouts I've had - big body carries the dark roasted malt and chocolate flavors with ease - impressions of chocolate syrup and cacoa nib suffused with a richness suggestive of vanilla; I got a lot of dark berry character in this beer, very round and full and ripe - the sweetness was there, but never overdone or cloying; big, full body was smooth and soft - very inviting; 12% abv made for a real nice trip...

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Photo of Immortale25
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku pint. Label says Bottled On: 1/28/16.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with nearly no head, just a thin medium-brown ring around the edge of the glass and some faint wisps of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Sweet and heavy roasted aroma gives off notes of dark chocolate, molasses and caramel while also being so alcohol-laden that one might think this was barrel aged.

T- Big dark roast flavor with a slight complementary sweetness. So incredibly smooth for the ABV. Notes of milk chocolate, bitter cocoa and more molasses. My only ciriticism is it has a slightly metallic finish, but it's easily overlooked.

M- Thick and creamy with low carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- If you're looking for a powerhouse non-barrel-aged stout, look no further. Very pleasing with its alcohol warmth yet so drinkable and tasty. Complex but focused. Kickass.

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Photo of BourbonJersey
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours incredibly dark, espresso colored head.

Smells strongly of alcohol (almost, but not quite overwhelmingly so)- apple brandy? Whiskey? I don't know. I would have thought it was barrel aged if I hadn't seen the bottle. Chocolate malt too.

Tastes strongly of chocolate, caramel, dark malts, dark fruits, and a bit of apple. Really complex but balanced. Everything working in harmony here.

Really thick. One of the thicker stouts I've had.

Overall a really phenomenal beer. One of my favorite non-BA stouts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +5%
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 cbutova
4/5  rDev -5%
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 jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brauseboof
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of krome
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rjknyy
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of AlexFields
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of parris
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Siberian Black Magic Panther from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 216 ratings