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Hopback Entire Stout - Hop Back Brewery plc

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 93
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Hop Back Brewery plc visit their website
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 ClockworkOrange
2.36/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml brown bottle purchased at Oaktree Buy Rite. Poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with about an inch of tan head. Smells of over roasted coffee and something I can only describe as the aroma coming from a hair salon when someone is getting a perm. Terrible aroma. Tastes of burnt coffee and overly roasted grains as well as bitter cocoa. Thin in body with medium carbonation. I could not finish the bottle due to the very strong "perm" aromas.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On cask

Pours with a pitch black body, slight hint of yeast floating about

Smell, roasted malt, little else, some malt muskiness

Taste, roasted malt, thats it, very unbalanced, no hop bittnerness, no real hop flavour, bit sickening, metallic on the finish

Pretty poor stout, horrible drinkability, i swallowed a massive chunk of yeast which tasted like coal, nasty off flavours and no balance, might have been a bit off, a pretty awful beer, i couldnt even get halfway through a pint, this might have been off

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Photo of DogFood11
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip it formed a very loose and bubbly off white head that falls to a thin cover. Coca cola brown body with some ruby edges.

First pull thoughts were that this is a rather bitter english stout. Lightly roasted barley has me thinking of a wood pile type taste. Not at all dry like so many of its counterparts. Astringent type bitterness and a cocoa belly with some bakers chocolate.

Notes: All of the taste components are subtle and uneventfull.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of fullsweep
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.92/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned stout that pours with tan head that lasts. Black translucent color with reddish hues when held to light. The aroma is of roasted grains and slight chocolate. Metallic flavor in the first sips. Then roasted in the middle with a dry finish that is slightly sour. The metallic flavor is harsh and really detracts from the taste. The body is good, but the drinkability due to the off flavor is not so high.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown and not quite opaque. Aromas of chocolate and espresso would lead one to believe that this beer will taste great. However, the flavors are not quite up to snuff: lots of licorice and a sweet grapey malt mess with just faint notes of the coffee that was present in the aroma. It’s also a bit on the watery side. I had high hopes for this one, and it didn't live up to expectations.

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3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Naes
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not quite black and has reddish hues showing through around the edges. Its head is off white and is quite tall. Due to the super frothiness of the head, it laces well.
There is not much in the aroma department other than a slight hint of malt and chocolate presence.
The flavor is of roasted malt with hints of chocolate/coffee and a slight hop character near the finish.
It is generously carbonated, but it is a little light in body for a stout.

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Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights and a fluffy, light brown head. Chunky lacing stuck to the glass as the head fell. Lots of roast in the aroma, not really coffee though -- sweet malt, chocolate, and caramel rounded it out a bit. Malty and roasted flavour, low bitterness, with a metallic aftertaste. There's also a bit of sourness too. Full bodied, moderate carbonation, it really coated the palate. If it wasn't for the metallic character (which really became distracting), I would have enjoyed this a lot more. As it is, it's still passable.

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Photo of numenor1
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a thick, light brown two-fingered head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Medium carbonation and light bodied. Black color, totally opaque. Nose is coffee. Starts on the sweet side, finishes as burnt coffee and thin. $3.30 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep, ruby colored beer. Had a slight tan head at first. Low roasted aroma. Very mild licorice smell to it. Good roasted malt flavor. Grainy, somewhat coffeeish taste to it. Body is a bit thin for my liking. An enojoyable beer overall and a nice of example of an English stout that is quite reserved compared to its US counterparts.

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Photo of stcules
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black black color. A so and so foam.
Good smell, dry fruits and chocolate over all. Very chocolately. Then even coffee and hazelnuts.
The taste is light, with the same note of the smell, just a bit lighter. Quite chocolately here again. Toasted notes. Very well balanced.
Quite bitter aftertaste, tending toward some artichoke-like note. More roasted, and less chocolately. Light carrob.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of janubio
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Avryle
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark ruby color with visible sediment and some active carbonation. A decent head of tight foam that lasts quite well and laces nicely. The smell is dominated by pleasant, roasted grains with complementary notes of chocolate and especially coffee--neither of which is overwhelming. Those scents dissipate rather quickly, leaving a lighter (and somewhat sour) scent. The first observation upon tasting this stout is that it has a watery mouthfeel and a correspondingly diluted taste. Crisp at the start, then some roasted notes show up before giving way to a vaguely metallic flavor. The finish is the most pleasant aspect of the taste, ending with a creamy and then bitter taste. Goes down smoothly, but neither interesting nor tasty enough to merit another bottle.

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Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
84 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.