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Beer – #853 – Panhead – Black Sabbath (Again)

From the brewery with some of the best label artwork, Panhead – Black Sabbath. Again. when I though it was very good (8) but hard work near the end. But I’ll go again.

tribute to the rock and roll originators of the name.

500ml bottle (16 fl oz), of an 11% ABV beer, so that would be around 330 calories a serve, or 500 ish for the bottle  and making it 4.33 standard drink units.

Brewed by Panhead Custom Ales  in the style that is of  Barley Wine and they are Upper Hutt, New Zealand

Black Hoodie counts, right?

Black Hoodie counts, right?

There’s an elemental darkness at the hear of this massive Black Barley and Rye Wine.

You can feel it wafting rich, dark fruit up from the glass with powerful overtones of tobacco and bourbon.

Like its stable mate The Vandal, Black Sabbath is inspired by a famous John Reid-built kiwi hot rod, but at the same time we think its strength and uncompromising character also pay considerable tribute to the rock and roll originators of the name.

So, what could possibly go wrong? 

Raisin rich aroma, chocolaty too.

Dark black, almost flat pour, not quite the syrup, and a head that is perfect, while it lasts.

Aroma in the glass is that steeped rain thing that you’d expect.

I don’t know how else to say “Full noise and drama” on the first sip. It is very very rich, very very full, sweet, bitter, sugary intense.

panhead-black-sabbathAlso has an unmistakable alcohol tang at the back, this isn’t a lightweight or beer to be then taken lightly.

Perfect to the Blunderbuss!

You can see the alcohol film on the glass, sticky almost as you drink and sit the glass. Mesmerising, but I guess that 11% will do that for you .

It’s a nice beer, but it’s also seems to be missing a bit in action in the body, where it seems not to be full enough, or give you as much of a fullness in the mouth that would really kick this out of the park in terms of roundness and brilliance.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. The double dip review. Which is the same as last time, a long time ago, and I didn’t read that piece of work until I’d got this far, where I said something that  I think was worthy of including as a quote…

This is the most intense beer I’ve had for a long time, which does not mean that it’s a good beer or the best beer I’ve had for a long time

Which is pretty much still true. I’ve had smoother better barley wine beer, but then it’s called Black Sabbath for reason, right?

  1. Where did I get it? The Liquorland of course.
  2. Am I enjoying it? I am in a perverse way of it being Sunday and the Vinyl egged me on.
  3. Would I have another? I will probably explore other barley wines and make a return visit one day. I hadn’t seen this for a while and was quite the excited, perhaps misguided.
  4. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? It’s a boisterous and loud beer that isn’t to be taken lightly, it’s a good beer to share, said the man who drank it all, and worthy of an inclusion in the chit chat of of day, perhaps at the end of a day and not the afternoon though, unless it’s early night night.

jack-white-blunderbussMusic for this :  Vinyl on Sunday.  ” Jack White ” and  ” Blunderbuss” which you can listen to on Spotify if you want to  or if you’re John and want the playlist of selected tracks  which will be a work in progress.

John Anthony “Jack” White is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor.

He is known as the lead singer and guitarist of duo The White Stripes, and has had success in other bands and as a solo artist.



A Barley Wine is a strong, top-fermenting ale, with an alcohol contents of at least 9% and up to 13% (or more) by volume. Hops may be hardly noticeable at all or very noticeable. Sip them out of the special glass, that will concentrate the aroma. They are excellent with cigars or with dessert.


2 comments on “Beer – #853 – Panhead – Black Sabbath (Again)

  1. michaelcolhoun
    October 2, 2016

    Whole lotta love. But it is at the top for its style.


  2. Denise D
    November 4, 2021

    Goood read


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