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Stout - English
Ranked #55
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3.78 | pDev: 11.64%
Hop Back Brewery plc
England, United Kingdom
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vinicole from England

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Thin beige head.
Sweet chocolate malt aroma.
Taste follows the smell. Lightly caramelised brown sugar.
Medium body which reflects the taste. Very smooth.
My kind of easy drinking stout.

Oct 09, 2015
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Samp01 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark almost black with a small quickly fading head. some light lacing. Aroma is of dark roasted malt, yeast and caramel malt, some mild notes of burnt toffee and caramel as it warms up. Taste similar to aroma with some mild espresso like bitterness from the roasted malt. A medium body with mild carbonation, smooth. Finishes with sweet roasted malt, caramel, moderately dry and some mild bitterness and light toffee caramel ending. Aroma and taste become more prevelant as it warms up. Overall a good, smooth and flavorful brew.

Sep 26, 2014
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janubio from Spain

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Feb 12, 2014
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Jetulio from Spain

4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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!!!

May 23, 2013
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StJamesGate from New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate black with garnet highlights with a pitted carpet of sepia froth that sheets.
Lots of cocoa nibs with ashy roast and a hint of black currant jam.
More charcoal roast with coffee grounds, maybe figs and mild tea and branch hops
Kola nut finish and drying linger. Medium heading to light, some cling, crisp.

Fairly one dimensional - that being roast - and a bit thin. Very much a session stout. Expected more by reputation.

Nov 08, 2012
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Oct 08, 2012
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mdagnew from Northern Ireland

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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

Aug 06, 2012

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Pint glass. Enjoyed on decĀ“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.

Apr 29, 2012
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EmperorBevis from England

4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Nov 18, 2011
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jhtipton from Spain

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Oct 29, 2011
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fullsweep from England

2.87/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

Apr 13, 2010
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katan from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500 ml

A - Pours a very dark amber color - not quite black and not quite totally opaque. Head formation is strong, mocha colored. Well retained. Carbonation appearance is light.

S - Slight hints of roasted barley - most chocolate in nature. No hops or yeast are noticeable.

T - Starts off rather flavorless, with only a light roasted note coming through. Mid-way gets more edgy with some coffee like balance - acidic tasting. Finishes with a bittersweet chocolate flavor, very smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

M - Moderate to thin body - the backbone appears to be driven by its hefty carbonation. Does not leave a film on the tongue/mouth.

D - Fairly easy drinking beer - abv is in the sessionable range. For an english stout, I would find this beer very drinkable due to its smooth texture and not being very filling.

May 25, 2009
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Apr 16, 2009
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easement from Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours black in color. Think and foamy (almost spongey) head with nice retention.

Aroma- Burnt wood.

Mouthfeel - very thin.

Flavor- Caramel. Fire cinders. notes of coffee. slight metallic taste.

Overall- Very good.

Additional Notes: One of the better stouts I've had recently

Nov 06, 2008
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GreenCard from Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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

Oct 17, 2008
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is cocoa. Flavor is roasted a bit. Malty, but the overall profile seems to thin out a bit. Feel has a decent body and the carbonation is about what you'd expect. This is a nice English stout. I feel like it's a good opportunity for someone to really taste and feel what the differences are between American and English stouts.

Sep 12, 2008
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful blackish brown with ruby highlights and a thick, creamy tan head with some nice lacing. Smells creamy, but slightly acrid and sour from the roasted grain and this unpleasantness lowers the score here. The taste is much better. There is still a tad of that grainy sourness up front, but this quickly gives way to a smooth, slightly roasty creaminess with a hint of chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and on the lighter side. Enjoyable overall.

Sep 08, 2008
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Jul 15, 2008
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wl0307 from England

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having tried the draught version on various occasions, this is my first bottle of the bottle-conditioned version of this nice black ale fm. Salisbury. BB 16/10/09, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a deep dark brown hue, with some mahogany shades when seen against the light; a dark beige frothy head seems to last well, on top of unknow level of carbonation.
S: the nose is burned-malty and chocolatey, with nuttiness and deep sweet maltiness like caramel at the back, while hops play a relatively smaller role overall. Fullsome and pleasant.
T: roasty bitter upfront, with a very healthy amount of fizziness at play... then roast walnuts, dried dates, strong filtered coffee, and deeply herbal bitter-sweetness all come into play to result in a long finish, featuring bitterness from both roasted malts and earthy hops. Rather chewy and dry in the end, with a lasting bitter palate that is neither demanding nor harsh, but rather soothing...
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, this bottled version goes beyond my expectation with all the healthy fizziness to lift up the weight. Besides, a balance is obtained b/w roated malts and hops, hence overall a product that cannot be disliked in any respect IMO. Best of all, it's extremely quaffable~~

Jun 19, 2008
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cswhitehorse from California

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Apr 10, 2008
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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

Mar 17, 2008
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aerozeppl from New York

3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Mar 02, 2008
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Avryle from Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Mar 02, 2008
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daledeee from Iowa

3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a nice black beer with a very acceptable light tan head which contrasts beautifully with the absolutely black beer.

Not much of a nose. Slightly malty and fresh smelling.

Taste is a tad sweet with smoky malt and chocolate. Roasted malt finish and a little dry. Very easy to drink. A fine example; I could stand a little higher ABV.

Feb 16, 2008
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ElGordo from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Feb 15, 2008
Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 94 ratings