Hopback Entire Stout | Hop Back Brewery plc

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Hopback Entire StoutHopback Entire Stout

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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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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 krberg
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 twilight
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a dark amber color liquid flowing into the glass with nary a head to speak of. Aromas of chocolate and sour fruit reminiscent of most standard stouts. Flavor leaves a little bit lacking. It's roasty and sour and fuller than your average stout, but mouthfeel just isn't altogether there. There's hardly any body to speak of. Drinkability is high, even though it's an okay beer. One could stick to this all night and never look back.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm somewhat surprised at the less than 4 average this beer is currently averaging. It's pretty darned good! Pours a dark black color, ruby when held to the light. Smell is malty and stout-like. Taste is very good, malty with subtle hops on the aftertaste. What really surprised me about this beer, however, is it's drinkability. It really reminds me of an English Brown in that it goes down so smooth! It could easily be a session beer, and I think that is somewhat unusual for a stout. Recommended!

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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 CRJMellor
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with red highlights. Thin ring of tan head kicks off spotty lace.
Aromas of darker citrus fruits,some cassis and a little bit of chocolate.
Flavor of chocolate with some prune notes and a hint of roasted nuttiness with a hard water mineral hit and some pine and resin hop hints.
Mouthfeel lacks carbonation and clarity of flavors or progression. Semi-sweet that then dissolves into a sort of mish-mash of odd barley, malt and hop notes.
Drinkability is average at best. Probably a good beer close to home but this bottled version tht made a trip to the US just doesn't make it.

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Photo of shapudding
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderfully dark, can barely see through this. Just some ruby seen at the edges when held to the light. Nice, thick, creamy beige head that managed to stay as a good heavy ring. Amazing scents of darkly rich hops, espresso, and chocolate. Maybe a it of oaky whiskeyness, and even a bit of terriyaki came out towards the end. Very good mouthfeel, just flows over your tongue. The carbination is just barely there, so that is nice for me. Taste is nice, not too intense. Expected it to be very powerful, but is so nicely drinkable. Dark roasted malt taste, chocolate, and black coffee, house red wine. Very tastey.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with glints of purple light topped of with a foamy khaki tan head that settles to a wafer thin hold.

Baker's chocolate and roasted maltiness. Some red grape and cocoa.

Tastes match the nose. Roasted malts and sugary notes.

Soft stable carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

Last swigs. A basic English Stout. Not my favorite style but decent. Thanks to Shapudding for the brew.

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Photo of cypressbob
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On cask

Pours with a pitch black body, slight hint of yeast floating about

Smell, roasted malt, little else, some malt muskiness

Taste, roasted malt, thats it, very unbalanced, no hop bittnerness, no real hop flavour, bit sickening, metallic on the finish

Pretty poor stout, horrible drinkability, i swallowed a massive chunk of yeast which tasted like coal, nasty off flavours and no balance, might have been a bit off, a pretty awful beer, i couldnt even get halfway through a pint, this might have been off

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Photo of drewbage
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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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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 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 Doiv
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have only sampled this delightful beer in bottled form, but would happily lynch any philistine of a stout drinker who walked straight past this tap and made for the Guiness instead. This is a much more fluid ale, with a sharp, dry flavour and a much more satisfying aftertaste. This would be my favourite stout, were it not for the existence of Orkney’s equally impressive Dark Island.

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Photo of TheJudge
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed with this English Stout. It poured a very deep black, with a nice head that lasted through the entire glass. Had a delicious chocolate like smell, and a very nice chocolate malt flavor. I thought it had just the right amount of carbonation for a stout. I find some to be too flat, by design i think. Too heavy to be a session beer, if you are having 2 or 3, this will work well. While I didn't have it with food, I got the feeling that it would complement a beef or lamb stew perfectly.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 gentlebubbles
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Dark brown, with a glint of ruby at the base. Low head of soapy bubbles. Faint caramel scent, followed by roasty smoky caramel. Thin body, sticky finish.

on cask at Redbone's

Tan head of openwork lace that stands perhaps a pencilwidth above opaque blackness. The body is thinner than I expected, with almost a crispness to it. For a stout this is an excellent porter, tasting of french roast. Has a stealth sweetness that sneaks up on the tongue after each swallow.

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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 Realale
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Chaz
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 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 ADR
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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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