Panhead Custom Ales: The Hardtail Henry

From New Zealand’s Panhead Custom Ales comes the Hardtail Henry, a stout delivered with an ABV of 8%. We were very mixed on this, with wildly different scores all around in our review. Your view of this will really depend on your own taste and your interest in moderately high alcohol stouts.

It’s a stout, 8%. It tastes stouty and 8%. I quite like it. For an 8%, it’s reasonably smooth.

– Jeff

It’s one of those deceptive 8 percent beers … Yes, people are finding a lot of different things in this, and they are probably in there, but none of them are dominant in this. To me, I taste more of the alcohol than I taste of other things.

– Chris

Compared to other beers, it would probably be a 4, but compared to other stouts, it’s probably a 3.75.

– Paul

The Hardtail Henry by Panhead Custom Ales was featured in Season Two, Episode One.

Chris is an editor, writer, and occasional novelist who in a former life published online magazines for a living while working out of obscure coffee shops. He has travelled extensively and has eaten and enjoyed exotic delights ranging from instant ‘just add water’ potatoes while on a Russian train to snails and Brie from a tiny Montreal kitchen. Chris is a great lover of the experiences around and associated with food and believes the culture of a venue, as quirky or strange as it might be, is just as important as the food it sells. He is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast dedicated to the lighter side of craft beer.


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