Hopback Entire Stout
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English Stout
Ranked #50
Ranked #27,996
3.78 | pDev: 11.64%
Hop Back Brewery plc
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews by ElGordo:
Photo of ElGordo
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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 RonfromJersey
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Chaz
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though the Hopback line hasn't been available for a while, I rather liked their previous offerings and held high hopes for this one. Pours a very dark red/amber in color -nearly black- with a dark tan head of good duration and thick, clingy lacing. Aromas are of rich, roasted and caramelized malts, and a hint of bittering hops. Smooth and silky mouthfeel, and the aromas were a good indication of the bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavors herein. I served this at room temperature in a tall half-liter glass and it left me with the impression that it was a more full-bodied brew than it actually is. Very tasty and inviting, something to warm you on a cold winter’s night. And while the legend on the bottle notes that it qualifies as a VEGAN product, I’m an omnivore, and I’m sitting here with an empty fridge with this stout making me hunger for steak and kidney pie . . .

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ADR
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 rastaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Jdiddy
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer’s a solid black color with a very thin, dissipating head. The aroma is dominated by a roast barley character. Coffee, smoky, and nutty aromas are very pleasing. Roast barley sensations are lasting, and continue through the finish. Hops are restrained, and the balance seems tilted toward malt. An acid tinge stands out in the mid-taste…it’s a little distracting and misplaced. Also, the beer seems extraordinarily oily. Still, overall it’s a solidly enjoyable and drinkable brew.

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Photo of stcules
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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 BitteBier
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good session type brew. Dark brown, almost black in color with a beautiful head and excellent lacing. Smell was a nice malty, coffee aroma. Taste, surprisingly didn't have that much coffee flavor. However, it was an initial sweet taste with a nice slightly dry and tart finish. Mouthfeel was light and pleasant. Very drinkable due to lightness of character..a definite session brew.

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Photo of Realale
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear black with dark ruby highlights. Very fine beige head settles to a thin cap, leaving nice lacing.

Nose is licorice and brown bread over dark chocolate and a touch of medium roast coffee. Becomes a touch fruity as it warms. Excellent stout nose.

Medium in the mouth. Roast barley is the primary flavor component. Some bready malt, but it thins out as it progresses across the palate. Finish is long and lingering licorice and a touch of chalk. A nice sharpness keeps it lively. Not as impressive as the nose would lead one to expect.

Nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel, and low carbonation make it very easy to drink. Would make a great session stout.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Unusually this beer is without any animal or fish-based ingredients such as isinglass and therefore qualifies as a VEGAN beer."
So, it's got that going for it...

Pours out a thorough, impenetrable, inescapable black (well, save the reddis tints at the edges), and the head is large, though slowly simmering down, and a rich, roasrty brown color.
Aroma: mocha and minor espresso at first, and most of all smooth and creamy. The chocolatey essence is pervasive, and I hope it will follow throughout the drink.
Taste: Graceful, yet gripping arrival on the palate, finely textured, yet still smooth. The flavor is milder than I'd hoped, but the essential parts are still there, providing satisfaction with every sip. Body is not quite full, and the finish is tidy and sweet, contains nice cocoa traces that are nothing short of pleasant.
An above average stout, especially in drinkability, solid and sure, and just the thing for all you vegan stout-o-philes out there.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Reidrover
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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 crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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 krberg
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of GreenCard
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

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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 DrewBeechum
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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