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Hopback Entire Stout | Hop Back Brewery plc

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Brewed by:
Hop Back Brewery plc
United Kingdom (England)

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-03-2003

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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 94
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of oberon
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Gagnonsux
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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 wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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~~

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Suds
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ArrogantB
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Reidrover
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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 EmperorBevis
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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

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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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Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
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