Black Sabbath | Panhead Custom Ales

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Brewed by:
Panhead Custom Ales
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by nztayls on 05-23-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by Kroehny_Loves_Hops:
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark coffee colour all the way to the edge. Tan head, creamy and beautiful. Looks like a good stout. Does it look like a good black barleywine? No idea.

Smells sweet. Chocolatey characters with a good caramel sweetness. Some licorice and a touch of oak late. A few US hop notes coming through as well. Nice stouty aroma. Does it have a nice black barleywine aroma? Hmmm...

Tastes sweet again. Chocolate abundant with some vanilla edge, lots of caramel sweetness and a touch of oak. Nice piquant licorice towards the back giving a touch of spice. Decent flavours, yeah. Stouty.

Alcohol is noticeable on the texture, fairly warming but maybe a touch edgy. Body is full though so it's not offensive.

What is a black barleywine? I mean seriously. This is an imperial stout. Call it what it is, because the fact is it's really a very decent one.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried on-tap at GABS 2014 in Melbourne.

Pours a very deep brown colour, almost black, but not quite, with a slight clouding to the body. Weight is very solid, as you'd expect. Head is pale brown, but a little filmy and flimy, leaving streaky, inconsistent lace. Looks fairly decent.

Nose is quite nice. Weak-brewed coffee with sweeter tones of figs and toffee. Some darkness comes through as well with a tough of light astringency. Overall, I quite like it—there's stuff going on.

Slightly spicy entry to the palate with a bit of boozy heat from the start. Robust and bold through the centre with more coffee and a burnt toffee aroma. Bitter towards the back and very boozy—it almost tastes chemical with the bitterness working with it as well. Long burnt sweetness on the finish.

Feel is very smooth and decent.

Overall, I liked this just fine. It was a big beer that mostly managed to keep itself in check. There was stacks to enjoy at least while it was pummeling me.

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Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I decided to finish the night on this one with all the hype lately I'm intrigued and pours just like black used motor oil with a half finger head and a touch of lacing around the sides,the smell is bourbon,oak,port,plums and booze,the feel is full bodied with slight carbonation and on taste there's a lot going on with hints of dark chocolate,sweet bourbon,dark plums,coffee and finished with a tobacco woodiness mixed with spicy rye and overall it's definately a sipper and well worth a taste cheers.

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Black Sabbath from Panhead Custom Ales
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 5 ratings