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Hopback Entire Stout - Hop Back Brewery plc

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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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Photo of dogfooddog
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

dogfooddog, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
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.

VoodooBrew, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

aforbes10, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of HochFliegen
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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!

HochFliegen, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

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

brentk56, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Erdinger2003
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.

Erdinger2003, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

fisherman34, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

lackenhauser, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

Naes, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of putnam
3.73/5  rDev 0%

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.

putnam, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

TheLongBeachBum, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of krberg
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%

No freshness date just a little descriptive drunk label that ends with the proclamation: 100% VEGAN.

Damn vegans.

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.

krberg, May 04, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

Gagnonsux, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of twilight
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

The pour is a dark amber color liquid flowing into the glass with nary a head to speak of. Aromas of chocolate and sour fruit reminiscent of most standard stouts. Flavor leaves a little bit lacking. It's roasty and sour and fuller than your average stout, but mouthfeel just isn't altogether there. There's hardly any body to speak of. Drinkability is high, even though it's an okay beer. One could stick to this all night and never look back.

twilight, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

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!

RocketWidget, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

WesWes, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of CRJMellor
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.

CRJMellor, Jan 08, 2005
Photo of shapudding
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.

shapudding, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

Dark brown with glints of purple light topped of with a foamy khaki tan head that settles to a wafer thin hold.

Baker's chocolate and roasted maltiness. Some red grape and cocoa.

Tastes match the nose. Roasted malts and sugary notes.

Soft stable carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

Last swigs. A basic English Stout. Not my favorite style but decent. Thanks to Shapudding for the brew.

blitheringidiot, Dec 15, 2004
Photo of cypressbob
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%

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

cypressbob, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Sampled at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA during their Barleywine and Strong Ale Festival.

Served in a tulip pint.

Muddy black brown with a tall soft white head.

Aroma is soft nutty with a soft coffee tone.

Flavor is soft and roasted with a strong acidic and bretty character to the finish. Good for tossing back.

This is an admirable session beer with a pleasant chocolate flavor and a sweetness just balanced out by the hops.

drewbage, May 07, 2004
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dark mahogany brown with lighter brown highlights. Looks a little thin for a stout. I can see quite a bit of light in it, but can't see anywhere close to all the way through. The crown is wheat toast brown and soft. It falls to a thick film and leaves chunky rings and sheets of lace.

The aroma is of dark, roasted malt and smells more of chocolate than coffee. The flavor is initially sweet and malty (soft of malted milk ball-like), with quite a bit of chocolate and just a small splash of black coffee. The medium length finish leans toward dry and is a little bitter.

The mouthfeel is thinnish for a stout, though it works out well enough. Remarkably, it still manages to be smooth and almost creamy. The lack of heaviness and the low ABV make this one quite drinkable. A session stout perhaps?

Hopback Entire Stout is better than anticipated. It leaves a copious amount of lace, it's tasty and it's eminently drinkable. Bottom line: this is a very nice version of the style.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Doiv
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

Doiv, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
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.

TheJudge, Mar 05, 2004
Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
84 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.