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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 41
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: buschbeer on 04-18-2010)
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2.25/5  rDev -47.3%

Thanks to BobSacamano12 for this bottle…yes, it’s clearing out the back of the fridge week! No idea how this one got lost. It sounds good. 12 oz. bottle split with no one.

The pour is as expected: jet black, with enough carbonation to thwart my bubble-averse daughter. Nose is as underwhelming as Atlanta in August, with weak coffee & faintly sweet malts vying with, well, not much else. Meh.

Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout is like that Uncle everyone has: not scary, or offensive, but not an experience you want to repeat. Or perhaps even finish. Grainy roast dominates in a water-driven kind of way, with a light sweetness accompanied by the jarring twang of a hillbillies’ bango. And that aftertaste, that aftertaste is where this beer fails. Finish twists into bonfire ashes with a slice of dark fruit that’s just starting to over ripen. The beer I could stomach. The after effects are too much to handle.

Clearly there is something turning in this beer, & turning the wrong way. I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve never craved stone fruit roasted in hot ashes. My first drain-pour in quite some time.

maximum12, Oct 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -35.6%

thedifferencemaker, Sep 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

J2t645, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

Gonzoillini, May 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

meanmutt, Nov 02, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

ajzy, Jul 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

ThirstyHrothgar, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

bishocr, Apr 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

cfh64, Sep 30, 2013
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3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Stout brewed with coffee." 9.1% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates (thanks again, man!) and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings and Michael's recommendation.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger rich dark tan colour head. Brilliantly creamy. Soft smooth complexion. Great frothiness. Ideal thickness for the style. Good even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. A luscious supple attractive head overall. Retention is very good, about 6-8 minutes.

Body colour is a solid opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks great for the style. Consistent with the good stouts I've had before. Can't wait to try it.

Sm: Delightful coffee roast with notes of mocha, cream, and light espresso. Some coffee bitterness. Oatmeal. Dark malts. Touches of lactose. Light roasted barley. Some chocolate malt, though I don't get any actual chocolate from the aroma.

No yeast or hop character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

A balanced aroma and a fairly strong one. The coffee is a highlight; it's very evocative and appealing, with great complexity.

T/Mf: Creamy and smooth on the open, giving way to a dark and chocolate malt body as it reaches the second act. Minimal hopping reflects a desire to keep the hops preservative-only. Coffee is present seemingly throughout, with a developing roastiness that peaks on the climax. It's a bit too sweet for my tastes, though, curbing the otherwise enjoyable roast. Hints of lactose as well. Oats fill out the body nicely. A dash of buried raisin is present. A bit of vanillicin.

It'd be balanced if not for that pesky sweetness. Possesses limited complexity and subtlety.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth and wet. Creaminess is a highlight. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable - especially for the well-concealed high ABV - but its overdone sweetness holds it back from greatness. I do like the coffee and chocolate notes, but I'd like to revisit this with some age on it to see if the sweetness fades. I certainly wouldn't trade for it again, but I might get a half-pour of it on-draught if I'm in the mood for a sweet coffee stout. It's certainly not in the same league as the best beers in the style, but for a value offering you could do far worse. Might be interesting on nitro-draught. I can see why it has a following, and I'd like to try more beers from this brewery.


kojevergas, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

ohiobeer29, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

kjkinsey, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Texasfan549, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

outsider, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18%

RebornStussy, Jun 24, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

served on tap at the brewpub in Toledo.
Black and opaque with a hint of dark brown at the edges. Head is dark tan, has somewhat weak retention and leaves spotty lacing.

Smells and tastes rather sweet, a tad too sweet in tasting, with a pronounced toffee component. Less dark roast malt flavor than expected, and less coffee flavor than expected for a beer "infused with expresso".

Medium-light body and carbonation. Smooth.

chinchill, Aug 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Zonian1, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Sammy, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

kristougher, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Bonis, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

nlmartin, Jul 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

AlexFields, Jul 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

AGust82, Mar 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

pest, Oct 26, 2014
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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.