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Hopback Entire Stout - Hop Back Brewery plc

Hopback Entire StoutHopback Entire Stout

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%

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Hop Back Brewery plc visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-03-2003)
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Photo of janubio


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml. bottle. Black colour with a big beige head that lingers for a while and leaves a great beige lace. Smell of hocolate, cofee, roasty, dark fruits, caramel, not much liquorice. Medium to light body, creamy palate. Taste is roasty, chocolate and caramel, coffee and dark frutis and liquorice is more noticeable. Good.500 ml. bottle. Black colour with a big beige head that lingers for a while and leaves a great beige lace. Smell of hocolate, cofee, roasty, dark fruits, caramel, not much liquorice. Medium to light body, creamy palate. Taste is roasty, chocolate and caramel, coffee and dark frutis and liquorice is more noticeable. Good.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 17:00:19 | More by janubio
Photo of Jetulio


4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass

App..black colour, 2 fingers beige head

Aroma...caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty,

TASTE....balanced between sweet malty flavours and hops

PALATE...medium boby, soft carbonation

OVERALL.... a good stout, nuff said!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 19:45:28 | More by Jetulio
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate black with garnet highlights with a pitted carpet of sepia froth that sheets.
Lots of cocoa nibs with ashy roast and a hint of black currant jam.
More charcoal roast with coffee grounds, maybe figs and mild tea and branch hops
Kola nut finish and drying linger. Medium heading to light, some cling, crisp.

Fairly one dimensional - that being roast - and a bit thin. Very much a session stout. Expected more by reputation.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 15:21:24 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of ArrogantB


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought this back from England and I got a small glass of it. Black color, standard looking stout. Aroma is roasted malts, not bad, nothing special. The flavor was good, a little dry and chalky but some good malts. Mouthfeel was a bit watery. Overall, not bad but not great. I wouldn't buy a bottle of this if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 01:06:09 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vintage, Antrim..

Poured a deep dark brown... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy then faded to thin layer... very little lacing..

Aroma - Strong coffee notes, roasted malts, slight smokiness, dark chocolate, light hop bitterness, leathery, woody, slight dustiness, peppery, aniseed hints...

Taste - Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, slight aniseed notes, coffee, dark fruits (light blackcurrents, prunes), faint nuttiness, earthy, some creaminess / milkiness, biscuity hints...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... Full body. Very drinkable...

Overall - An excellent example of good, straightforward, drinkable stout... highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 13:46:18 | More by mdagnew


3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on dec´11. Pitch black with beige, large bubbled, froth. Close, quickly dissipated, crown. Yeast & toffee note aromas. Bitter upfront, slightly fizzy, followed by sweet malts & hints of coffee. Velvet palate. Light body, medium carbonation. Dry bitter finish & dark fruits on the aftertaste. A little more viscosity will be appreciated for a Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 18:11:09 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark pitch black pint was presented to me throwing up aromas of chocolate malt and bonfire toffee.

The taste was superb a buttery expresso kick and well rounded aftertaste that slowly mellow with charcoal hints.

Most of all the real treat of a cask stout is something truly else.
To have the drink with all the complex elements of the rich malts
of course it takes a good brew to do this and entire stout is that.

Serving type: cask

11-18-2011 22:45:26 | More by EmperorBevis
Photo of jhtipton


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to see a Stout with the word hop in the name because that is just the way I roll. Not so much in the hop department but a decent stout nonetheless. Pours a rich black with a lacing one finger head into my Tusker pilsner glass. Head diss spayed quickly leaving me a nice coke float with hints of chocolate and coffee subjected by the malty dark cookoff. Body of this stout is medium not too filling. Great to go along with my not quite the black keys. Will probably pick up a few more in the future as winter rolls around.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 20:20:15 | More by jhtipton
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: pure black/cola beer with no head--only a few bubbles from the pour.

S: roasted barely malt with a hint of cinnamon.

T: roasted barely malt with a very slight hint of strawberry fruit.

M: disappointing--like a flat cola

D: moderate drinkability. I had higher hopes for this but I'm currently unimpressed--would try again to give it another go.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 19:55:32 | More by fullsweep
Photo of katan


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500 ml

A - Pours a very dark amber color - not quite black and not quite totally opaque. Head formation is strong, mocha colored. Well retained. Carbonation appearance is light.

S - Slight hints of roasted barley - most chocolate in nature. No hops or yeast are noticeable.

T - Starts off rather flavorless, with only a light roasted note coming through. Mid-way gets more edgy with some coffee like balance - acidic tasting. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, very smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

M - Moderate to thin body - the backbone appears to be driven by its hefty carbonation. Does not leave a film on the tongue/mouth.

D - Fairly easy drinking beer - abv is in the sessionable range. For an english stout, I would find this beer very drinkable due to its smooth texture and not being very filling.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 03:37:19 | More by katan
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an imperial Nonic)

A- During a gentle pour this is a full glass of big bubbly light brown foam. The foam fades quickly to a black body with a faint brown glow and a high carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The very clean aroma of carbonic acid has a faint dark roasted barley aroma that grows a bit as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a thin dark roasted cola note with a faint black roasted bitter note in the finish. As the beer warms the finish turns a bit sour with some soft roasted notes lingering. There is more of a watery taste replacing the cola flavor as it warms with a carbonic acid taste coming through as well.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a big scrubbing fizz in the finish.

D- This is a very bland tasteless beer with a dark color. The only real flavor was the sour note and even that was soft with a softer black malt note. It was hard to get through a full imp. pint of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 16:48:40 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of easement


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black in color. Think and foamy (almost spongey) head with nice retention.

Aroma- Burnt wood.

Mouthfeel - very thin.

Flavor- Caramel. Fire cinders. notes of coffee. slight metallic taste.

Overall- Very good.

Additional Notes: One of the better stouts I've had recently

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 03:03:41 | More by easement
Photo of GreenCard


3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light mahogany, good clarity, thick layer of tan spongey foam with great head retention

Aroma: malt, used coffee grinds, grain husks, oats

Flavor: dry malt backbone, slight acidity; hint of coffee, baker's chocolate, and roasted prunes; finishes dryish with lingering, roasty acidity

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, gentler carbonation, soft texture

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 16:54:54 | More by GreenCard
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is cocoa. Flavor is roasted a bit. Malty, but the overall profile seems to thin out a bit. Feel has a decent body and the carbonation is about what you'd expect. This is a nice English stout. I feel like it's a good opportunity for someone to really taste and feel what the differences are between American and English stouts.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:42:03 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful blackish brown with ruby highlights and a thick, creamy tan head with some nice lacing. Smells creamy, but slightly acrid and sour from the roasted grain and this unpleasantness lowers the score here. The taste is much better. There is still a tad of that grainy sourness up front, but this quickly gives way to a smooth, slightly roasty creaminess with a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side. Enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 21:48:07 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark opaque ruby red color with a huge creamy 2 finger tan head.

S: A deep dark roasted aroma fills the nose.

T: For flavor there is dark chocolate and roasted malt along with a dry coffee presence. The bitterness and coffee flavoring is very dry and lingering. The body is typical English style, light and smooth. The hopping is bitter complimenting the rich coffee character the beer has to offer. A nice dry bitter English finish.

M: light, perhaps a little thin with a moderate carbonation but overall had a smooth texture to it.

D: Decent drinkability and flavor, a nice finish and easy to handle stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 23:24:54 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having tried the draught version on various occasions, this is my first bottle of the bottle-conditioned version of this nice black ale fm. Salisbury. BB 16/10/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a deep dark brown hue, with some mahogany shades when seen against the light; a dark beige frothy head seems to last well, on top of unknow level of carbonation.
S: the nose is burned-malty and chocolatey, with nuttiness and deep sweet maltiness like caramel at the back, while hops play a relatively smaller role overall. Fullsome and pleasant.
T: roasty bitter upfront, with a very healthy amount of fizziness at play... then roast walnuts, dried dates, strong filtered coffee, and deeply herbal bitter-sweetness all come into play to result in a long finish, featuring bitterness from both roasted malts and earthy hops. Rather chewy and dry in the end, with a lasting bitter palate that is neither demanding nor harsh, but rather soothing...
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, this bottled version goes beyond my expectation with all the healthy fizziness to lift up the weight. Besides, a balance is obtained b/w roated malts and hops, hence overall a product that cannot be disliked in any respect IMO. Best of all, it's extremely quaffable~~

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 19:53:53 | More by wl0307
Photo of cswhitehorse


3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The HOpback Entire Stout looked pretty nice with a wicked 3 finger head due the high carbonation of the stout. Left the occasional lacing and had some solid retention.

The aroma was a bit odd. It was lactose and chocolate and chestnut.

The taste gave a slight off flavor when drinking it. Maybe it was the malt sticking to the tongue. This has to be one of the more carbonated brews I have drank to date. This is a five minute pour type of guy. The best way to enjoy the hops of this brew is to sip the huge head. Overall it was okay but the back of the label really talked it up. Damn Marketing. I would try it again. Maybe I had it too warm.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:37:57 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of russpowell


4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from bottletrek, BBD of 06 08

Pours chestnut/ebony with 1 finger of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Chocolate & roasty malts

T: Chocolate, a bit of iron, slight herbal hops up front. Coffee, some fruittyness, & licorice once warm. Finishes roasty with mocha & some more iron

MF: Smooth, medium body & low carbonation

Drinks very easy, this was better on cask, but then again most English offerings are. Solid session stout

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 05:14:11 | More by russpowell
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Super deep red on color. Impressive 2 fingers of off white head. Limited lacing.

S: Weird nose. Very subdued. Almost a sour smell. Sweet malt hidden in the back.

T: Sweet malt! After that a little bitter then goes into a slight coffee taste for the finish.

M: Thin for the style but it is English so it works.

D: Very drinkable. Low ABV thin body. Would like to try on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 19:14:27 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Avryle

New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I purchased a bottle a few months ago and forgot that it was in the cellar until I was down there reorganizing this morning. Let's see how it goes...

A- Pour dark brown with ruby light coming through. Not as dark as I like to see a stout. Crazy head on this thing. Took a few pours to empty out the bottle & more time to let it settle before being drinkable. Pretty head though- nice tan color with an incredible fluffiness.

S- Sour toast? Slight bitter hop aroma. Some malt. Not much else going on here.

T- After waiting for the head to dissipate so as not to end up with a foam mustache... There is a roasted coffee flavor that dominates the initial taste with a roasted barley undertone and nutty finish. There's a bitterness that's not wholly unpleasant and almost expected of a British beer.

M- A bit on the thin side, more like a porter. Good carbonation.

D- Its a nice session beer. Low ABV. I could have a couple without needing a nap, but then again, its kinda unremarkable so I'll probably never have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 18:29:33 | More by Avryle
Photo of daledeee


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a nice black beer with a very acceptable light tan head which contrasts beautifully with the absolutely black beer.

Not much of a nose. Slightly malty and fresh smelling.

Taste is a tad sweet with smoky malt and chocolate. Roasted malt finish and a little dry. Very easy to drink. A fine example; I could stand a little higher ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 02:22:46 | More by daledeee
Photo of ElGordo


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Valentine's gift from my lovely wife, I decided to crack this one right away while it's still fresh. Poured from the 500ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a deep dark black topped by a half-inch of tan head. Aroma is full of roasted dark malt and a touch of oats, with a hint of piney hops and licorice to balance things out.
Palate is rich and roasty up front, with a mellow bitterness from the hops emerging before the swallow. Notes of licorice, dark chocolate, and chicory linger in the background. Body is stout, yet not thick, which is to be expected in a low-alcohol stout. An approachable, easy-drinking, sessionable stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 07:18:46 | More by ElGordo
Photo of gpcollen1


4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night with a huge head that needs to be poured a few ounces at a time. Aroma is nice and mildly roasty with a hoppy overtone.

Taste is quite nice and roasty as the carbonation rolls alll over the tongue. Body is moderately thin and perfect for the style. Carbonation is a bit over the top but I like it. It is quite nice in ushering the transition from roastiness to the bittering dry hoopiness that finishes this one out.

One of the more interesting and very nice English Stouts I have had. Still prefer them on cask but this is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 00:32:50 | More by gpcollen1
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the best stout I've had, but certainly not bad. Rich, near black in colour. The head is thick and lively, but under control.

Roasted malt, chocolate and toffee scent. A decent, typicaly stout nose, but it is somewhat faint and subdued.

The taste is a bit more bitter than I expected, but not entirely inconsistent with a stout. The bitterness is what I've seen in other various bottle conditioned beers, but it doesn't work too well with this.

Other than the slightly distracting bitterness, this is not a bad stout. I rather like it. I find the carbonation is just right and this is sessionable in the way the Guinness is.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 08:01:01 | More by BDTyre
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Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
84 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.