Bourbon Barrel Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout - Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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4.71/5 rDev -0.4%
I was lucky enough to stop by the brewery in time to try a few pints of the new bourbon barrel aged version of Total Eclipse, which according to the brewer, is quickly running out. As the standard Total Eclipse is one of my favorite brews, I came in with fairly high expectations...
A - Pours a beautiful oily, jet black color with nice caramel head. Minimal head, maybe only half a finger or so and so-so retention, but looks gorgeous simply on the strength of the color.
S - A nice strong bourbon/alcohol smell with sweat chocolaty notes and a very very light hint of coffee. Very inviting.
T - The alcohol taste is nowhere near as strong as the smell suggests. The chocolate hits immediately with the coffee flavor breaking in a bit with the boozieness kicking in late. The finish has the familiar warming/lingering bourbon flavor, muted somewhat by the persisting chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste is also pretty faint after a few seconds...nice flavor, but not overpowering. First reaction was BCBS with some of the boozieness replaced with chocolate. Very tasty as long as you don't mind a very sweet, almost dessert-y taste in your beer. Also, as far as I know, this is Maumee Bay's first attempt at a bourbon barrel aged beer and I have to say they did quite well balancing the flavor of the barrels with the original beer.
M - Unlike BCBS, this is not the consistency of motor oil. In fact, it is quite a bit lighter than I expected. Somehow it seems even thinner and smoother than the regular Total Eclipse. Very easy to drink.
O - This is a very well done version of an already excellent beer. It is extremely drinkable and would be particularly great as a breakfast wake-me-up drink or even as a dessert beer with a side of vanilla ice cream. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone and very much hope they decide to start making this a rotating or even permanent release.
02-18-2014 01:38:08 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Bourbon Barrel Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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