Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout - Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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3.39/5 rDev -21.2%
"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.
06-30-2013 22:39:22 | More by kojevergas
3.61/5 rDev -16%
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.
08-06-2013 00:01:06 | More by chinchill
3.78/5 rDev -12.1%
I'm a bit surprised at the previous reviews, as this beer is from my home state. Not that I am the expert, but usually when somebody in Ohio brews something right, I hear about it relatively quickly.
There is no bottle date on this beer.
An aggressive pour gets me a finger of rich brown head. It retains well and leaves a big frothy ring and decent lace. The body is that deep brown bordering on black that a good stout ought to be.
I sniff the beer and get a deep roasted malt aroma. This is backed up with a light nuttiness and coffee. Dark fruit is also present, coinciding with the malt and the nuts.
Up front, I get dark fruit and roasted malt with an unidentified sweetness. As I swallow it, roasted nuts, coffee and chocolate open themselves up to be experienced. The aftertaste is that of a rich roasted coffee.
The mouthfeel is almost milky. It seems like it is going for creamy, but doesn't quite get there. It leaves a light residue on the palate.
Overall, I find that this beer is good and certainly worth a try, but falls short of being outstanding. It does have me curious about the other beers the brewer has to offer though.
07-08-2013 16:55:40 | More by CFHMagnet
3.99/5 rDev -7.2%
I live in Toledo. Am a hophead, but tried this one at MBBC today. Very nice. I don't know about "world class," but MBBC definitely knows what they're doing. The Total Eclipse is not over the top. It's not overwhelming with coffee or chocolate. Just a solid, tasty stout that I would have again. It is not in the class of the commonly available (around here, anyway) Founders Breakfast Stout or Founders Imperial Stout.
06-28-2013 00:35:13 | More by paultierney1
Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.