Hopback Entire Stout - Hop Back Brewery plc

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 93
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-03-2003

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Photo of shapudding
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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. (612 characters)

Photo of dogfooddog
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i enjoy hopback beers in good cask condition and as bottle-conditioned products; I have had this stout last a year or so ago. Lets see how today's mail arrival fared,....fwiw i have never seen or had this in cask, so few pubs want to carry cask stouts...i greatly appreciate hopback bottle-conditioning their beers and wish they were locally available in FL.

pours huge head room temperature in a pint glass. color is very opaque ruby. Odor is notably burnt, and a nice change from a damaged stout i was going to review prior to this.

complex taste immediate hits, warm roasted notes with chocostouty tasrtes and lots of mouthfeel. Nothing to stop the presses about but this is a very drinkable stout and I am glad I bought a dozen - it hands-down beats all of the american stouts I reveiewed over the last week. (818 characters)

Photo of Doiv
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have only sampled this delightful beer in bottled form, but would happily lynch any philistine of a stout drinker who walked straight past this tap and made for the Guiness instead. This is a much more fluid ale, with a sharp, dry flavour and a much more satisfying aftertaste. This would be my favourite stout, were it not for the existence of Orkney’s equally impressive Dark Island. (388 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (482 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm somewhat surprised at the less than 4 average this beer is currently averaging. It's pretty darned good! Pours a dark black color, ruby when held to the light. Smell is malty and stout-like. Taste is very good, malty with subtle hops on the aftertaste. What really surprised me about this beer, however, is it's drinkability. It really reminds me of an English Brown in that it goes down so smooth! It could easily be a session beer, and I think that is somewhat unusual for a stout. Recommended! (500 characters)

Photo of Hampton73
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, as a stout should be, with a nice head that leaves lace.

Smell is dark roasty malts and coffee, with hops barely in the background.

The taste has some hop bitterness, more than most stouts, but still the grains are prominent. Dark roasted barley and coffee flavors are predominent.

Very light mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

Overrall a very drinkable, but somewhat forgettable beer. (413 characters)

Photo of TheJudge
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (507 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 (672 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (641 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Sampled from HandPump #3 of #4 at the Baroque in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England during my Easter Tour. Classic Hop Back Pumpclip, the hoppy head sits inside the words Hopback Brewery, listed at 4,5%.


Appearance: Lovely dark brown turbid looking mahogany body which sits black when not lit on the bar. Topped with a light tan creamy head that sits and lasts forever. Supportive conditioning.

Nose: Hmmm, freshly tapped and pulled, the nose was exceptional for a Cask Ale. Milk chocolate, light instant coffee granules, nutty odors, malts and a little roasted barley. Quite something.

Taste: The malts are sweet; the malts are roasted, both at the same time. Milk chocolate middle with a mixed nut feel. Tingles of black pepper & spicy feel from the hops, low key but they add terrific balance. Dry and creamy with a light milk chocolate bitterness in the ending. Brilliant!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very creamy, this one slides down oh so easily. Only 4.5% yet fulfilling and enjoyable.

Drinkability: If you like big Stouts, imagine all the best characters of your favorite without the heavy feel of alcohol, meddled together in a mélange of a light yet solid 4.5% body, served fresh from the Cask with a level of quaffability that means you can sink several pints of this one in an afternoon easily. Well, don’t imagine – this is it. A seriously drinkable libation.

Overall: Sadly, the last of my Cask Reviews from my UK Easter Trip, and I have to say a “Bloody Reet Good ‘Un”, it was tortuous to drag myself away from the Baroque after only the one Pint….. Scrumptious lovely dark tasty Stout. One of the better Stouts on Cask in the UK for my money, and it is certainly one which I will always invest in when I get chance. An Entire-ly Superb Stout. (1,789 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Spirit Haus last night. Poured approproately enough into my Spirit Haus English pint glass a complete black, with no heading. Smell was incredibly smooth, with silky milk chocolate, some roasted husk, and a bit of mild fruit in the background. Taste was also quite nice, with much of the same chocolate smoothness, and a bit of coffee surfacing as well. Mouthfeel was like I said, really smooth, making it all the more drinkable. I will have to pick up more English Stouts in the future, as this is a fantastic beer. Went perfect with lunch today. Cheers (578 characters)

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NERAX 04

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. (484 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (378 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body, ruby highlights only at the very bottom. Bubbly beige one-and-a-half finger head. Excellent lacing. A very roasty nose with a lot of coffee and a hint of chocolate. Similar attributes in the taste, roasty coffee, and some chocolate. Some light floral hoppiness also in the taste. And here's the rub: it's a lot thinner than your eyes and nose and its very name would make you think. But does make it go down very easy.

Overall, I'd like it a bit thicker, but it's a good stout. (492 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,338 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is almost black with an average-sized, light brown head. Decent lacings are left behind. The aroma has a rich, roasted smell. Chocolate and coffee are noted, with just a bit of something that smells peat-like. The taste is strong on roasted flavors and has an overall earthy essence. Again with coffee and chocolate flavors. Great stuff here, a great choice to kick back with. (386 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (450 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (389 characters)

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (585 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
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!!! (262 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (1,883 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice dry black malt scent that boasts of patent and chocolate malts. It has a roasted quality that is very pleasant to the nose. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth dark malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and slightly bitter. It is not too thick and has a fine malt palate. The hops add a nice zing and balance to an already good taste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine English stout. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent sessions ale. (644 characters)

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