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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Added by UncleJimbo on 06-03-2003

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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 81
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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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was disappointed by this beer. I can't coin the specific reason. I think I was expecting a heavier bodied stout.

This stout has a nice onyx color and almost like some sort of prism refracts red mahogany hues when the light rays fall just right.

The head is produces a foamy texture tinged with tan-brown color.

The nose seemed thin to me- already a hint of what was to come.
There were wisps of malt, a hop edge.

The flavor seemed to be short of my expectations. The underlying foundation of "Stout" was there. I tasted the bitter hops notes, hints of toasted malt, maybe a pinch of caramel twisting to the subtle vibrations of chocolate, yet I wanted more of everything. After each sip, I couldn't help but hold my glass up to observe if I had just experienced an optical illusion-- and this beer was really something other than a jet black stout. Of course color it's exactly a harbinger of taste sensations to come, but I'm easily influenced...

The flavor body seemed thin as well, along with the mouthfeel. While it was a cordial soft comfortable sensation, it didn't really beckon me to wet my palate again and again.

The finish was clean, but tended to be a short soft ending.

Generally the beer was quite drinkable, but it left me dissatisfied.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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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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 rastaman
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 RonfromJersey
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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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