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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%

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:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-03-2003)
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Photo of neonbrown82


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 06:13:01 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of stcules


3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-23-2007 19:20:53 | More by stcules
Photo of DogFood11


2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 03:09:47 | More by DogFood11
Photo of ClockworkOrange


2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 15:06:25 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of Hampton73


4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 23:12:18 | More by Hampton73
Photo of jamie2dope


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 18:46:14 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of NeroFiddled


4/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 18:37:15 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hop Back Entire Stout pours up almost completely black, only showing deep brown highlights when held up to a light. The large, frothy head is an inch thick. Lace clings to the sides of the glass as the bubbles dissipate. This trend follows all the way to the bottom of the pint.
Chocolate and espresso fight for dominance in the aroma, with roasted malt all over the place, maybe a hint of smoke hiding beneath the surface.
First sips offer coffee flavors up front and on the tongue, a dry chocolate hint is in there as well, along with a bit of black pepper spice, part hops, part English water.
The aftertaste has a decent amount of roasted flavor, just a tinge of bitterness, but after a few moments, a chocolate/cocoa flavor emerges, quite nice. As it warms, the stout gains a touch of sweetness, but not of a sugary kind.
This stout has a gentle, very light carbonation that adds to a smooth and somewhat thin body. Although leaner than many, it is extremely easy to drink, a true English session beer.

As English stouts are quite different than Irish Dry Stouts, and often extremely different than American stouts, I find this one to be a great example of the style.


Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 03:04:47 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 01:10:02 | More by plaid75
Photo of DrJay


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:06:53 | More by DrJay
Photo of Jdiddy

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really fancied this beer. Great head upon pour which vanishes quickly but sticks to the sides of the glass. Smell is just ok...a bit of musty roast coffee was my best guess. The taste is a bit tart/espresso and very smooth. A bit of a complex Guinness?? Very easy drinking beer. Nothing too exceptional but not bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:03:04 | More by Jdiddy
Photo of 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
Photo of Reidrover


3.43/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 05:48:55 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Drew966


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Entire Stout pours an opaque, very dark brown with a decent head from a brown 16.9 ounce bottle. The aroma is of chocolate and coffee. The taste also has chocolate and coffee notes, but also some other things going on. At one point early on there was an almost, but not quite metallic taste, and toward the end possibly some hops. Not bad, I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but definitely worth a try. By the way this is a 100% vegan, bottle conditioned stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 21:19:02 | More by Drew966
Photo of dogfooddog


4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 03:42:52 | More by dogfooddog
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 02:42:08 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of aforbes10


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

Pours black with some head and nice lacing

Odor has malts and hints of vanilla, chocolate...coffee?

Taste is strongly of roasted malts. this is a very prominent flavor. also some cappuchino-like taste too.

Good mouthfeel but not as thick as i expect from a stout, especially one in a big bottle like this.

better than average drinkability, but the heavy roasted malt flavor might get old.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 18:23:48 | More by aforbes10
Photo of HochFliegen


3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a black like color with a thick and creamy head. The smell is like burnt coffee, chocolate and some sourness to it as well. Very malty and sweet. Even a slight hint of fruit.
Taste is nice and bitter with a thick roasted malt flavor quite nice. A bit smokey in the finish as well. Very nice Stout!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 06:12:02 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with a fluffy tan head that declines to about a 1/4 inch but hangs around for quite awhile; some lacing that washes down the side of the glass

Smell: Predominately bitter chocolate with a touch of hops and coffee

Taste: Starts out with a bitter chocolate flavor that is followed up mid palate by some coffee, some smoke and a slightly phenolic edge that throws things off; perhaps the beer has oxidized

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perhaps a bit thin, with low carbonation

Drinkability: The phenols slightly undermined what is a pretty good session stout; still, not bad

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 20:35:01 | More by brentk56
Photo of Erdinger2003


3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 11:22:32 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 22:05:18 | More by fisherman34
Photo of lackenhauser


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 00:51:49 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Naes

New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 01:53:28 | More by Naes
Photo of putnam


3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown color. Milky aromas and flavors bring tangy, watery roasted coffee notes. Creamy mousse, pleasantly bone dry and an adequate expanse of fruit and chocolate flavor make it a good stout. This is a delicious drink. Not cerebral, nothing audacious, but appealing for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 21:10:45 | More by putnam
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

06-03-2005 05:49:28 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
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