Hopback Entire Stout - Hop Back Brewery plc
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Reviews by numenor1:
3.25/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
09-12-2006 23:24:28 | More by numenor1
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4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours a deep brown,not quite black with some reddish highlights with a slight off white head,arom is nutty and of bitter chocolate.Taste is very earthy and almost lactic with some unsweetened chocolate notes,alot of different flavors are packed into this one.A stout low in alcohol I could more than one pint of these I would get again as a nice night cap or session-type stout.
03-17-2004 00:44:49 | More by oberon
4.55/5 rDev +22%
Wonderfully dark, can barely see through this. Just some ruby seen at the edges when held to the light. Nice, thick, creamy beige head that managed to stay as a good heavy ring. Amazing scents of darkly rich hops, espresso, and chocolate. Maybe a it of oaky whiskeyness, and even a bit of terriyaki came out towards the end. Very good mouthfeel, just flows over your tongue. The carbination is just barely there, so that is nice for me. Taste is nice, not too intense. Expected it to be very powerful, but is so nicely drinkable. Dark roasted malt taste, chocolate, and black coffee, house red wine. Very tastey.
12-18-2004 05:21:12 | More by shapudding
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Dark brown, almost opaque, a little light comes through at the bottom. Nice yellowish head, laces in complicated thin sheets. Aroma is mild, light coffee with cream. Java really dominates the flavor, oily and bitter roastiness attack the tastebuds up front. More than medium carbonation adds some interest but the mouthfeel could be a little creamier. Finish has maybe a bit of smoke. Not a bad beer, bottle conditioned, lacks isinglass for organic folk, but a little light, spritzy, and maybe monotone for a Stout overall, though its resembles an Irish style most closely.
12-14-2003 20:26:48 | More by ADR
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev +0.5%
Pretty nice little stout. Smoky nose and flavour, with a little roast and then some chocolate, quite subtle, with a crisp, slight fizzy mouthfeel, with perhaps a touch of acidity. The palate is a touch short, but theres some nice flavours in this, quite bitter-roasty aswell. Dry, lightly chalky finish.
09-08-2003 03:04:13 | More by rastaman
2.8/5 rDev -24.9%
(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.
04-16-2009 16:48:40 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +7.2%
First a little history... prior to the industrial revolution, brewers would dough-in their mash, let it rest, and then roll a barrel underneath the mash tun. They'd knock-out the bung (leading to brewer's current use of the term "knock-out" to mean sending beer to fermentation) and fill the barrel (or barrels). They'd then re-bung the mash tun and add hot water. This second mash would make a weaker beer. And so on. There were roughly five different strengths of beer available. When pumps and metal vessels came into use, brewers started to recirculate and sparge their mashes, utilizing the "entire" mash. Hence the name "Entire" here.
It pours a clear, almost black body with deep mahogany highlights beneath a short head of creamy tan foam. Some yeast sediment settles to the bottom of the glass, and occassional, very-fine bubbles can be seen rising steadily towards the surface. The combination of it's fine, bottle-conditioned moderate carbonation and medium-light body leave it silky-smooth across the palate. The nose expresses a dark, slightly acrid bittersweet chocolate maltiness, and some yeasty fruitiness that encompasses both dark and light skinned fruits (plum, red berries). The flavor follows pretty much exactly, with its dark maltiness expressing a bit of roastiness, and some caramel, and reigning over the gentle fruitiness. A subtle touch of grassy and leafy hops lend it some depth. The bitterness is restrained, but solid, allowing the malt some room to play, but anchoring it completely in the dry, roasty, and slightly acrid finish. It's quite drinkable in that it's lighter in body and maltiness, and doesn't overwhelm the palate. And, it still has enough flavor and depth to keep it interesting for more than or two. It's not a pint that I'd go for if I was having only one, but for a night out with the lads I'd more than care for a few of these!
02-04-2007 18:37:15 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
02-15-2008 07:18:46 | More by ElGordo
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
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
03-17-2008 05:14:11 | More by russpowell
4.03/5 rDev +8%
A very good session type brew. Dark brown, almost black in color with a beautiful head and excellent lacing. Smell was a nice malty, coffee aroma. Taste, surprisingly didn't have that much coffee flavor. However, it was an initial sweet taste with a nice slightly dry and tart finish. Mouthfeel was light and pleasant. Very drinkable due to lightness of character..a definite session brew.
02-20-2004 00:11:42 | More by edchicma
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
I was very impressed with this English Stout. It poured a very deep black, with a nice head that lasted through the entire glass. Had a delicious chocolate like smell, and a very nice chocolate malt flavor. I thought it had just the right amount of carbonation for a stout. I find some to be too flat, by design i think. Too heavy to be a session beer, if you are having 2 or 3, this will work well. While I didn't have it with food, I got the feeling that it would complement a beef or lamb stew perfectly.
03-05-2004 14:13:32 | More by TheJudge
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
07-14-2008 23:24:54 | More by beerthulhu
3.35/5 rDev -10.2%
Pours dark brown with red highlights. Thin ring of tan head kicks off spotty lace.
Aromas of darker citrus fruits,some cassis and a little bit of chocolate.
Flavor of chocolate with some prune notes and a hint of roasted nuttiness with a hard water mineral hit and some pine and resin hop hints.
Mouthfeel lacks carbonation and clarity of flavors or progression. Semi-sweet that then dissolves into a sort of mish-mash of odd barley, malt and hop notes.
Drinkability is average at best. Probably a good beer close to home but this bottled version tht made a trip to the US just doesn't make it.
01-08-2005 00:02:01 | More by CRJMellor
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
No freshness date just a little descriptive drunk label that ends with the proclamation: 100% VEGAN.
Almost black with brown highlights and a very big, unavoidable tan head. The head is so dense you could probably rest a quarter on it. I can almost see through it the body though and that bothers me.
Chocolate, roasty sweet malt with a hint of freshly scrubbed metal. Once the metallic smell fades Entire Stout reminds me of a chocolate cake with ganache.
Sweet, smooth, roasty, chocolate-like and slightly metallic. Light english hop character hiding behind the rich malt. There is a weird mineral water quality to this beer. Its not bad just strange.
Very little carbonation (thankfully) and very slick oatmeal stout type of mouthfeel. I would say this is medium-bodied.
A solid, low alcohol, low IBU session beer if I've ever come across one.
Overall this is a nice beer. Not the best stout I ever had. In fact, this may be a stout by English standards, but here it would be considered a porter. Hmmmm, not sweet, roasty, not totally black... sounds like a porter to me. Glad I like porters. Give it a shot for S & G.
05-04-2005 19:38:20 | More by krberg
3.78/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours a beautiful head with a strong lacing, it's jet black and crisp looking. Smell dark malt with a sweet hint of hints. Tastes like hops with a malty coffee taste in the end. Feels watery, but smooth in my mouth. It's fairly drinkable, a sipping beer. Also great when complimented with food.
12-15-2005 11:22:32 | More by Erdinger2003
3.23/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
04-29-2012 18:11:09 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.03/5 rDev +8%
Almost pitch black. Hold it right over a light and some dark reddish colors peek through. Good tan head, plenty of tracings. There is a strong roasted aroma on the nose, which sticks around on the palate, along with definite chocolate flavors as well as a crisp but mostly mild hop bitterness. There is a somewhat unsettling metallic taste that migrates around the palate from the fore- to the aftertaste, then seems to fade away. At this point the aftertaste becomes predominently roast malt-centric. For a stout this is a pretty easy drinker, not palate-coating, and quite enjoyable.
02-10-2006 02:42:08 | More by VoodooBrew
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured a deep brown, almost black hue with a half finger off white creamy head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a solid burnt grain with hints of coffee, dark chocolate and charcoal.
The taste consisted of an excellent burnt malt, coffee bitterness, mild smokiness and floral hop. A very balanced and full flavor.
The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.
Overall an excellent stout. Very dry and very drinkable. Simply an excellent session beer.
11-02-2006 01:10:02 | More by plaid75
4/5 rDev +7.2%
I really enjoy this stout. It's so easy to drink, no matter how hot it gets outside. I love English session beers, but I only drink it when I know it comes in fresh. Can't wait to go to the UK sometime in the future so I can be that much more assured of freshness, because it seems to go downhill quick around here.
The beer pours to a nice dark brownish black color with a thick tan head. Leaves a decent lacing (which oddly enough appears to form a word... "lice?" This is the oddest thing I've ever seen happen while appreciating the appearance of my beer. I had to give it a .5 bonus).
The smell is quite good. Plenty hoppy. Herbal and spicy bouqet lying over a chocolate and roasted barley malt character. As it warms, a bit of a berry ester begins to show up.
The taste is good as well. Tastes like dark chocolate with an herbal bitter finish. Very smooth and creamy and nutty, but quite thin, almost more like a robust porter. A little bit of a metallic, almost bloody aftertaste, however. It's great to have a light [ABV] beer that's so full of flavor and nuance.
The body is thin, and the carbonation fairly light. Light yet creamy. The 4.5% ABV obviously can't be detected or felt until after quite a few more, making this seem more like a roasted barley and hop tea than an actual beer. I kind of like that, though.
06-11-2007 06:13:01 | More by neonbrown82
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
Dark brown, with a glint of ruby at the base. Low head of soapy bubbles. Faint caramel scent, followed by roasty smoky caramel. Thin body, sticky finish.
on cask at Redbone's
Tan head of openwork lace that stands perhaps a pencilwidth above opaque blackness. The body is thinner than I expected, with almost a crispness to it. For a stout this is an excellent porter, tasting of french roast. Has a stealth sweetness that sneaks up on the tongue after each swallow.
02-11-2004 00:51:28 | More by gentlebubbles
United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
11-18-2011 22:45:26 | More by EmperorBevis
3.43/5 rDev -8%
LOve this bottle, the traditional long ,thin neck makes the pour just perfect.
In appearance.its gorgeous black ,black,black with a lovelly tan creamy head.
However the aroma is rather pedestrian , mostly faint roasty maltiness.
Maty sweetness in taste covered by a burnt roasted barley, hints of dark chocolate and dark roasted coffees. Nice taste
Pretty average mouthfeel..quite carbonated and thin compared to many stouts.
Its a drinkable enough stout. But I dare say I would not pay $5 again, when I can get much better and much cheaper American stouts here.
07-03-2006 05:48:55 | More by Reidrover
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.15/5 rDev +11.3%
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
08-06-2012 13:46:18 | More by mdagnew
Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
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