Hopback Entire Stout | Hop Back Brewery plc

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Brewed by:
Hop Back Brewery plc
England, United Kingdom

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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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of easement
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of GreenCard
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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 RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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 beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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 wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 cswhitehorse
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
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 aerozeppl
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Avryle
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of daledeee
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
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 ElGordo
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 gpcollen1
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as night with a huge head that needs to be poured a few ounces at a time. Aroma is nice and mildly roasty with a hoppy overtone.

Taste is quite nice and roasty as the carbonation rolls alll over the tongue. Body is moderately thin and perfect for the style. Carbonation is a bit over the top but I like it. It is quite nice in ushering the transition from roastiness to the bittering dry hoopiness that finishes this one out.

One of the more interesting and very nice English Stouts I have had. Still prefer them on cask but this is quite good.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the best stout I've had, but certainly not bad. Rich, near black in colour. The head is thick and lively, but under control.

Roasted malt, chocolate and toffee scent. A decent, typicaly stout nose, but it is somewhat faint and subdued.

The taste is a bit more bitter than I expected, but not entirely inconsistent with a stout. The bitterness is what I've seen in other various bottle conditioned beers, but it doesn't work too well with this.

Other than the slightly distracting bitterness, this is not a bad stout. I rather like it. I find the carbonation is just right and this is sessionable in the way the Guinness is.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this stout. It's so easy to drink, no matter how hot it gets outside. I love English session beers, but I only drink it when I know it comes in fresh. Can't wait to go to the UK sometime in the future so I can be that much more assured of freshness, because it seems to go downhill quick around here.

The beer pours to a nice dark brownish black color with a thick tan head. Leaves a decent lacing (which oddly enough appears to form a word... "lice?" This is the oddest thing I've ever seen happen while appreciating the appearance of my beer. I had to give it a .5 bonus).

The smell is quite good. Plenty hoppy. Herbal and spicy bouqet lying over a chocolate and roasted barley malt character. As it warms, a bit of a berry ester begins to show up.

The taste is good as well. Tastes like dark chocolate with an herbal bitter finish. Very smooth and creamy and nutty, but quite thin, almost more like a robust porter. A little bit of a metallic, almost bloody aftertaste, however. It's great to have a light [ABV] beer that's so full of flavor and nuance.

The body is thin, and the carbonation fairly light. Light yet creamy. The 4.5% ABV obviously can't be detected or felt until after quite a few more, making this seem more like a roasted barley and hop tea than an actual beer. I kind of like that, though.

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Photo of stcules
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
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 DogFood11
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip it formed a very loose and bubbly off white head that falls to a thin cover. Coca cola brown body with some ruby edges.

First pull thoughts were that this is a rather bitter english stout. Lightly roasted barley has me thinking of a wood pile type taste. Not at all dry like so many of its counterparts. Astringent type bitterness and a cocoa belly with some bakers chocolate.

Notes: All of the taste components are subtle and uneventfull.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
2.36/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml brown bottle purchased at Oaktree Buy Rite. Poured into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with about an inch of tan head. Smells of over roasted coffee and something I can only describe as the aroma coming from a hair salon when someone is getting a perm. Terrible aroma. Tastes of burnt coffee and overly roasted grains as well as bitter cocoa. Thin in body with medium carbonation. I could not finish the bottle due to the very strong "perm" aromas.

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Photo of Hampton73
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark, as a stout should be, with a nice head that leaves lace.

Smell is dark roasty malts and coffee, with hops barely in the background.

The taste has some hop bitterness, more than most stouts, but still the grains are prominent. Dark roasted barley and coffee flavors are predominent.

Very light mouthfeel, with medium carbonation.

Overrall a very drinkable, but somewhat forgettable beer.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Spirit Haus last night. Poured approproately enough into my Spirit Haus English pint glass a complete black, with no heading. Smell was incredibly smooth, with silky milk chocolate, some roasted husk, and a bit of mild fruit in the background. Taste was also quite nice, with much of the same chocolate smoothness, and a bit of coffee surfacing as well. Mouthfeel was like I said, really smooth, making it all the more drinkable. I will have to pick up more English Stouts in the future, as this is a fantastic beer. Went perfect with lunch today. Cheers

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 NClifestyle
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hop Back Entire Stout pours up almost completely black, only showing deep brown highlights when held up to a light. The large, frothy head is an inch thick. Lace clings to the sides of the glass as the bubbles dissipate. This trend follows all the way to the bottom of the pint.
Chocolate and espresso fight for dominance in the aroma, with roasted malt all over the place, maybe a hint of smoke hiding beneath the surface.
First sips offer coffee flavors up front and on the tongue, a dry chocolate hint is in there as well, along with a bit of black pepper spice, part hops, part English water.
The aftertaste has a decent amount of roasted flavor, just a tinge of bitterness, but after a few moments, a chocolate/cocoa flavor emerges, quite nice. As it warms, the stout gains a touch of sweetness, but not of a sugary kind.
This stout has a gentle, very light carbonation that adds to a smooth and somewhat thin body. Although leaner than many, it is extremely easy to drink, a true English session beer.

As English stouts are quite different than Irish Dry Stouts, and often extremely different than American stouts, I find this one to be a great example of the style.


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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 DrJay
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Hopback Entire Stout from Hop Back Brewery plc
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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