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Hopback Entire Stout - Hop Back Brewery plc

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Back Brewery plc visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-03-2003)
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numenor1

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very dark brown with a substantial tan head. Smell is of deep roast and mild fruity esters. Initial entry onto the palate is sweet, with substantial toffee and chocolate notes coupled with some light fruit(cherry) esters. Slight chocolate feel to it. Earthy hops emerge amidst this and dry through the finish along with the bitterness of the roasted malt. Unfortunately I found this a bit too acrid and biting (roasted barley), burnt bitter char through the finish and while otherwise decent, a major annoyance. Makes the beer come across as disjointed, a large gap in the malt profile. Body was medium light with medium, yet assertive carbonation, creating a slightly aggressvie mouthfeel, which when coupled with acridity is not so good. Drinkability is hurt due to what i perceive as being too much black roast.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 23:24:28 | More by numenor1
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-25-2014 13:13:07 | More by Latarnik
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JavierGC

Spain

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

02-21-2014 05:49:22 | More by JavierGC
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janubio

Spain

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
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

12-07-2013 20:44:41 | More by BillRoth
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

09-16-2013 21:00:21 | More by harpus
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Misterefe

Spain

2.5/5  rDev -33%

09-06-2013 18:41:44 | More by Misterefe
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Jetulio

Spain

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
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-23-2013 16:53:49 | More by Slatetank
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

03-07-2013 01:54:35 | More by Peyton5410
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GreggBarton


4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

12-30-2012 15:23:07 | More by GreggBarton
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Arborescence

Finland

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-20-2012 14:01:00 | More by Arborescence
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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
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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
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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
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

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
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HamJam

Spain

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

04-28-2012 18:39:21 | More by HamJam
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.2%

11-28-2011 17:13:20 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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
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jhtipton

Spain

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
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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
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katan

Colorado

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
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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
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easement

Georgia

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
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GreenCard

Oregon

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
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Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.