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Westbrook Siberian Black Magic Panther (Apple Brandy Barrel)

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 4.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The beer so nice they named it twice. The only (known) incarnation of Siberian Black Magic Panther Imperial Stout has been this one, a draft-only version aged in Laird’s Apple Brandy Barrels. Even that has only popped up at a handful of special events. To say folks have raved about it would be an understatement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5338) - Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
22 oz bottle shared by b3shine. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark chocolate with some mild milk chocolate notes, the influence of the apple brandy barrel is noticeable especially since we had it next to the bourbon version, adds sweetness, wood, caramel, mild spicy notes, vanilla. This was very good, better than the bourbon version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
22 oz. bottle shared by b3shine - thanks, Beau! Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a small brown head that leaves spots of lace in the glass. Notes of apple brandy, which brings more sweetness to the base than the Bourbon version did, along with caramel, chocolate, molasses, oak, dark and dried fruits, brown sugar, and fudge - like the other one, decadent. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a rich, sweet, smooth mouthfeel. Another great one. Now I need to see if I have what it takes to get the Cakes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle shared by b3shine. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roast coffee, chocolate, wood and sweet alcohol aroma. Copious body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted dark sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4447) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 16, 2014
4/VII/14 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - bottled: II/4/14 (2014-696) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!

Clear dark brown to black beer, small irregular beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: earthy, mocha, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, bit fruity, sugary, caramel, vanilla, bit dusty. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: fruity start, bit sour, lots of caramel, vanilla, fudge, dark chocolate, some alcohol, brandy I guess, sweet, almost cloying. Aftertaste: sourish, apple skin, lots of alcohol, caramel, lots of vanilla, mocha, coffee, chocolate. In the end quite an alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6020) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle shared by local raters. Bottled 2/4/14. Pretty much pitch black color. Thin bubbly brown head, some decent but kinda loose dots of lace. Good brandy nose -- kinda woody, lightly spicy. Some apple. Good dark chocolate in the flavor, some coffee, mild dark fruit, moderate roast. Moderate to bigger bitter taste. Moderate sweet. Alcohol works well. No burn or bite. Just a mild light warmth, light dry finish. Good chewiness to the texture. Light carbonation. Solid, complex interesting tasty stuff. Really fantastic. A lot brighter than the bourbon version; I enjoyed this variant a bit more. Brandy provides a perfect light spicy edge to this. So interesting and tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5195) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bomber to snifter (shared with the group; thanks Dogbones). Looks good; a mostly opaque dull black with mocha head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells great! Dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and mild pepper notes with a nice apple brandy barrel presence. Tastes like it smells with some apple tartness along with the smoothness from the barrel. Awesome juice!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Black in color with a khaki head. Some smoke and booze on the nose. Roasted malt, a bit of vanilla, and lots of cocoa. A bit of dark fruit, grape, and licorice. Flavor has some dark fruit and vanilla sweetness. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. Nice vinous character. Slightly boozy, some smoke, and wood. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14469) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
2nd July 2014
Hand bottle - thanks to Manny Goldberg, Theydon_Bois and Leighton for making this happen - cheers guys! Opaque dark brown beer, small bubbly tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Modest fine carbonation. Smooth dark malts with lots of dark chocolate. Suprisingly fresh apple from the brandy, warming brandy also. Light smooth finish. Mmmm dark chocolate and apple shouldn’t work should it? But it does here . Rich and tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 29, 2014
65cl, at 12%Vol, as Siberian Black Magic Panther (aged in Apple Brandy Barrels), new exclusive American brew Anno 2014, thx alot to Secret Santa!, very complex sweet Stout, roasted/alcoholic/fruity and slightly woody, yet not too heavy, balanced, cloudy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle split at the Manny G tasting, massive thanks to Manny himself for this winner, 28/06/14. Black with a good sized dirty tan swirl. Nose is nig roast maltings, pepper, rich rich chocolate vibes, subtle brandy snap leanings. Taste comprises rich dark fruits, decadent chocolate, roast malt, molasses, spice, subtle brandy effect, charred wood. Full bodied, viscous, oily mouthfel, smooth on the palate. Great impy.

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