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Hopback Entire Stout - Hop Back Brewery plc

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BA SCORE
84
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81 Reviews
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Reviews: 81
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hop Back Brewery plc
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
English Stout | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 06-03-2003

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed by this beer. I can't coin the specific reason. I think I was expecting a heavier bodied stout.

This stout has a nice onyx color and almost like some sort of prism refracts red mahogany hues when the light rays fall just right.

The head is produces a foamy texture tinged with tan-brown color.

The nose seemed thin to me- already a hint of what was to come.
There were wisps of malt, a hop edge.

The flavor seemed to be short of my expectations. The underlying foundation of "Stout" was there. I tasted the bitter hops notes, hints of toasted malt, maybe a pinch of caramel twisting to the subtle vibrations of chocolate, yet I wanted more of everything. After each sip, I couldn't help but hold my glass up to observe if I had just experienced an optical illusion-- and this beer was really something other than a jet black stout. Of course color it's exactly a harbinger of taste sensations to come, but I'm easily influenced...

The flavor body seemed thin as well, along with the mouthfeel. While it was a cordial soft comfortable sensation, it didn't really beckon me to wet my palate again and again.

The finish was clean, but tended to be a short soft ending.

Generally the beer was quite drinkable, but it left me dissatisfied.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a touch of crimson around the edges. Soapy brown head. Not very energetic in the carbonation department. Luscious aromas of scorched butterscotch and chocolate and black patent malts. Caramelly malty flavor finishing thin and enjoyable to the tongue. Lingering malt sweetness. Very drinkable. Some sediment left in the bottle.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine stout that is quite smooth and easy to drink. The black body is held down by a half inch of tan foam; light lacing from the residual layer. The nose is very light but gives a sense of smokiness. The flavor is lightly chocolate with small hints of coffee. A smooth feel that may be a bit too thin for my taste. Quite drinkable due to the smoothness and light ABV.

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Photo of rastaman
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
84 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.