Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 298
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.49%
Wants: 55
Gots: 37 | FT: 8
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Maumee Bay Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: buschbeer on 04-18-2010

Maumee Bay Brewing Company’s Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout is a hearty meal in a glass. As it pours, it devours the light and your glass is filled with darkness. This massive beer brewed with espresso beans (from Flying Rhino in Toledo, OH), oatmeal, and lactose offers a rich and complex taste that begs to be savored. With a smooth carbonation and luscious roasted malt flavor, you will fade to black as you slowly sip this finely crafted brew. We recommend serving at 45-50 degrees in your favorite snifter. It’s nothing but total bliss from Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
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Photo of AricGresko
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is so close to Founders Breakfast Stout. This is an exceptional beer and I wish there was a way to purchase it in PA. Pours a very think dark brown color with a very large head. The aroma of chocolate and coffee fills the room. The taste is very distinct and full of rich flavors.

I highly recommend this beer. (322 characters)

Photo of Christian1
4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: 12 oz bottled Poured into a 16oz snifter, Although I've had it on tap poured into a pint glass as well. It's a black to brown body with a light brown head to it . The head after a moderate pour was about one fingers worth.

S: Chocolate, Mocha Coffee, Roasted nuts Cocoa Powder, slight boozey smell in the back.

T: Just like the smell, you get a big hit of Mocha in there and finish off with a the roasted malt flavor and a light taste from the alcohol warming.

M: Moderately thick and coats the mouth, which is to be expected from this type of beer.

Overall: This is easily my favorite Ohio stouts and arguably my all time favorite of the breakfast stout style (non-bourbon aged). It's right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout for sure, it'd be interesting to have a tasting of both of them back to back. This beer along with Amarillo Brillo and Maumee Bay's IPA just went to 12oz bottles a few weeks ago which was truly thrilling, and long awaited. I hope they bottle some of more of their brewery exclusives here in the near futue. (1,044 characters)

Photo of HeightsEats
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with nice lacing. Dark chocolate dominates the aroma with hints of bitter coffee and some sweetness. The flavor is amazing, lots of complexity. There's an almost milk chocolate sweetness followed by sharp coffee, deeply roasted malt and some hops. The mouthfeel is full not overly heavy, making this dangerously drinkable. The 9.1% ABV does not really come through. This is an extremely tasty beer but may have more coffee than you'd think, so it might be good early in the day or in preparation for a late night. I had it with dinner and couldn't sleep later on. (581 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer more or less comes off as being some kind of coffee milkshake. It is probably the thickest beer I have ever had but it tastes like nothing more than coffee. It smells as if one is walking down the coffee aisle at the store and looks like motor oil. There was about a half an inch caramel head as well. I did not even taste the alcohol and these just kept going down so smoothly. Blown away that Maumee Bay did something so good. (438 characters)

Photo of sleazykeyz
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an incredible beer. Being as a live walking distance from Founders Brewery, I have had my fair share of Breakfast Stout. I was in Toledo on business and stopped in Maumee Bay Brewing and immediately the "breakfast stout" tag on this beer caught my eye. I hate to say it, but it's better than Founders. Incredible flavor. Heavy chocolate, chewy, with an almost caramel after taste. I left with a few four packs and it's just as good in bottles. Don't pass this up if you see it! (485 characters)

Photo of burkat
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours jet black. Finger of head with nice lacing. Medium brown head.

Smell: Coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, and maybe a little vanilla.

Taste: Very nice. Follows the nose. Roasted malts. Lots of coffee and dark fruit. Lactose sweetness. Some chocolate notes.

Feel: Creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied. Very drinkable.

Overall: Excellent. I've had this numerous times on tap at the brew pub and from the bottle. Never disappoints. Definitely Maumee Bay's flagship beer. (482 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours as advertised, a completely opaque, jet black color. Not entirely viscous, but very dark. Small, 1 finger, dark brown head.

S - Incredibly amounts of roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and dark fruits/raisins. Very tasty smell. Almost mouth-watering

T - Again, tons of coffee--almost mocha-like. Follows quickly with very sweet chocolate, fruity in nature almost, finishing with a bitter hop bite and more coffee and dark chocolate.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth.

Overall - Wow. This one is a game. A truly superb imperial stout. Right up there with the best of them. (583 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big. Dark. Big dark, big dark, big. Black coffee, toffee, roasted malts, nuts, dried fruit, vanilla, pumpernickel bread, and everything else an imperial stout should be.

Pours black in the glass with the perfect, thick, fluffy, almost marsmallow-y head foam.

This is a fierce brew. Tried more than my share of samples at the Columbus beer fest, and going to look for this in a bottle somewhere soon. (405 characters)

Photo of jaksytaw
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I'm a stout lover and very hard to please! With that said, this is one of the best stouts I have ever had. Right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout which is hard to do. I tried this at the Big Beers and Barleywine. I had never heard of Maumee brewery before and I'm sure glad I stopped and tried it because it was awesome. Planning on making a 3 hour trip to their Microbrewery in November to fill a few growlers of this. This is a must try if you have a chance. (477 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, served in a snifter, purchased on 5/14/13 at House of Wine in Marietta, Ohio. Shared this with the wife.

Motor oil, no light penetrates, thin half finger ecru head with Moderate retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, dark chocolate, flaked oats,and great earthy roasted coffee. Taste reminds me very much of Founders Breakfast Stout, but this beer has a little more coffee earthiness, is dank, and has a bit of grit in the mouthfeel which I am digging. A touch of tobacco, leather, this beer is complex. Low carbonation is fitting, chewy. Nice touch of warming alcohol.

Fantastic oatmeal stout, this was a very pleasant surprise. I think this beer will do very well and may get taking away on the hype train if people seek this out. (755 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

It's brew week in Athens so there were bottles of Maumee Bay around town. Reviews prior were great so I figured it was time to try one

A- dark, dark, no light at all. Great two finger dark coffee colored head. Wow. This thing looks great

S- nose is coffee and malt and some smoke. Some toffee in there as well

T- wow. Surge of malt and lactose and then some bitter coffee as well as some oatmeal. Very impressive offering. I dare say one of the best breakfast stouts I've tried

M- almost perfect. Really easy to drink with good carbonation.

O- this beer. Is excellent and well worth a try. I highly recommend it. (618 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from my growler into my glass. I got one finger of brown head. It is black. The aroma is dark roasted malt and coffee. The taste is delicious. It has a nice coffee presence, but not a bitter, black coffee taste. It's like coffee with cream in it. It has a nice viscous mouthfeel. This is one of the best coffee stouts that I have encountered. (351 characters)

Photo of speedvagen
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With FBS as, likely my #1 beer of all time, this one honestly ties it. i'd wager if you had them both back-to-back, you'd not differences, but it'd be a wash...seriously outstanding...

now if only they'd distribute to Dayton,
vagen. (234 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I pulled this out of my cellar of 6 months could not find a date on bottle. wow oak, coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla hit the nose right off the jet black motor oil pour mine hade a faint head that became a tiny ring taste same as smell with lingering cocoa at the end. This is a must try for the stout fans (309 characters)

Photo of McNealc31
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a creamy beige head. As it should, coffee dominates the aroma. Quite a bit of chocolate, as well. Whoa...one sip in and I am hooked. Texture as smooth as silk with just the right amount of coffee. It's there, but the chocolate, oats, and even vanilla come through. Hops add a pungent, welcome bitterness at the end. The 9.1% ABV is both surprising and sneaky. Only noticable as a pleasing warmth. (416 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Nice black pour with a good sized and dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with top notch retention. Huge solid walls of lacing left behind.

S: Rich roasted coffee beans. Wonderful aroma. Some chocolate to back it up.

T: Yup, delicious coffee beans up front. Sweet chocolate mingles nicely, giving it a great mocha flavor. Chocolate balances out the coffee bitterness perfectly, leading to almost no coffee bitterness, just the wonderful flavor. It's actually a little sweet overall in fact. Almost pure chocolate in the finish.

M: Medium-heavy body. Silky and smooth.

O: A little simple, pretty much pure coffee and chocolate. A little on the sweet side, but not overpoweringly so. Having said that, I'm biased, these are three of my favorite elements in a beer and they work together well. Delicious brew. Dare I say amazing. Just hits the spot. (864 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottle

Appearance: Opaque, black thickness with a small tan head.

Smell: Coffee, rich chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark fruit. Wow.

Taste: Matches up nicely with the smell. Coffee and chocolate at the front of the tongue, give way to the carmel/dark fruit middle. The end is nice bitter coffee and chocolate. This is definitely a little sweet, and it's a sweetness that's not cloying, which is great.

Mouthfeel: On the medium side with good carbonation, very drinkable.

Overall: Every so often I get an extra that pleasantly surprises me, and this is one of those beers. It's a nice blend of a lot of good elements that come together nicely. Not overly complex but very drinkable. (690 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maumee Bay Total Eclipse

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 19/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 92/100

Nice coffee style stout... Has nice body and a nice robust flavor without being too bitter or off balance. I think the 9% ABV is pretty well hidden. Although some booze is presence. Lacks the all world creaminess and coffee profile of founders. Still def worth a grab of you see it~ (482 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The 12 oz bottle pours a viscous, jet black into the snifter. The dark tan/mocha head is on the smaller side even wih a solid pour, but about an 1/8" ring stays around the whole time. A little bit of lacing.

Smells like coffee beans first, then some milk chocolate, roasted caramel malts, and some sweetness. As it warms, the malt really starts to shine. It's a nice combination of oatmeal and a fresh mash.

Taste is pretty sweet up front. A Twix like chocolate and milk sugar. Deep roasted malts follow, and the most coffee flavor is actually at the back end. Aftertaste is where I notice the coffe the most and is pretty bitter considering the subtle flavors overall and the 30 IBU label. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

The body is where this one really shines. Even though there is a slight tingling feel to it, overall it is very silky smooth, creamy, and slightly chewy, yet very easy drinking. I am tempted to go 5 in this category.

I have heard talk of this Ohio brew being as good as FBS for a few years, so I was glad to finally find bottles if it closer to home than Toledo. I kind of wondered how much homerisk was taking place. While I dont think it is quite as good, it is close, and holds it's own for sure. The coffee is a more subtle/balanced/integrated. Kind of like an FBS with after 12-18 months. It is also sweeter, perhaps a tad too much. It drinks like a milk stout on steroids. I bounced back and forth between 4.25 and 4.5 here. However, it lets you know it's there in the end. Another world class beer from Ohio. (1,545 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, roasted malt and some vanilla. Taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some cream and oats noticeable. It's a mostly sweet tasting stout, but still with a decent amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and very easy to drink. I was impressed with this brew, I think it's definitely worth trying if you come across it. $12.99 a 4-pack. (639 characters)

Photo of MBoydL
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review so here we go...

Served on tap at the brewpub in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Just plain black with a carmel colored one finger head that held up well.

Smell: smells of coffee, bits of chocolate and some malty notes.

Taste: Coffee, malty, coffee, chocolate, and more coffee...in a good way. The finishing flavors are nice.

Mouth: Thick, coats the mouth like it should.

Obviously I liked it if it was worth making my first review. Need to go back and get a growler to take back to NW Indiana with me before I leave town.

Well done Maumee Bay. (572 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter; pure black with a thin dark brown head that fades into a thin ring of foam after a few seconds. Smell is sweet fermented fruit, raisins and bananas, booze, and dark roasted coffee. Taste starts with sweet chocolate and moves into dark espresso immediately. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all, which is surprising for 9%+. The aftertaste can be a bit iffy; it seems on some sips the fermented fruit flavors combine with the bitter espresso and end up tasting like an old pb&j sandwich, but only slightly and this doesn't happen every sip.
Overall this is a great coffee stout with a huge creamy mouthfeel, awesome. (632 characters)

Photo of RedSpecial1
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served with a very small amount of dark tan head. Pours a dark back.

S: Strong roasted coffee note with hints of cocoa and a slight alcohol astringency.

T: A very well blended flavor profile. It starts off with a sweet and roasty blend that fades slowly with a hint of alcoholic heat.

M: A very thick, full bodied beer. It just coats the whole mouth leaving a residual amount of flavor long after you've swallowed your sip of beer.

O: This is an excellent stout: thick, rich, and flavorful. Not too complex, but it does a.few flavors very well. Definitely worth trying if you have the chance. (599 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to Toledo with my wife for the day to visit the city's excellent art museum and stopped in to the brewery for dinner. First time back at this establishment in a little over 5 years, as my now wife used to live here for about 9 months before we got married. On to the review. Served to me on-tap in a standard pint glass, this beer is a very dark brown, almost black color that has no interest in letting in any light at all. Had a tan head that is about an in h thick when first poured that eventually settles to a somewhat thin ring surrounding the inside of the glass. Not much lacing. Aromas of roasted caramel malt sweetness that is followed by oatmeal and coffee notes. The taste is pretty much the same, with strongly roasted malts with caramel sweetness that gives way to oatmeal and black coffee bitterness and is rounded out with a slight hop presence. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, smooth and slightly creamy, slightly syrupy and chewy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. One of the most drinkable stouts of this type I have ever had, and a very excellent beer here!

Eric (1,122 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(A big thank you to alelover for sending this one!)

A - Pours oil black in color with a minimal caramel colored ring of lacing and is very sticky when the glass is swirled.

S - Expresso, coffee beans, dark roasted chocolate, and light char and vanilla bean.

T - This is a glass of dark roasty bold flavor. From start to finish coffee beans, expresso, and dark roasted chocolate with no heat on the finish, any bitterness at the end comes from dark roasty chocolate and is not big or long lingering. Somewhere in the middle some vanilla and cream comes to the surface and just about completely fades before the roasted malt finish.

M - Thick, full bodied, chewy, creamy, and very light carbonation.

O - This is a very well brewed beer...seek this one out. (759 characters)

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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.