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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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Reviews: 55
Hads: 322
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 23.4%
Wants: 65
Gots: 41 | FT: 7
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:
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 unclejazz
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On point, solid roasted coffee and bakers chocolate note, little to no astringency. Great mouth feel, heavy body with light but creamy carbonation.


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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours dark brown, looking black in a thick goblet. Head grows and recedes quickly. Definitely some froth comes with just a little agitation, but it too runs back into the glass and near the edge.

Nose is a wonderful lightly sweet coffee once the beer comes to temperature. Initial notes also showed some bitter tartness and more sweetness. I like the mellowed out scents from the warmer beer.

The taste hits first with a little sweetness, but it is quickly replaced with coffee and dark chocolate roasted malt notes. Then that fruit, berry-like taste comes in and reminds me of a berry-filled dark chocolate candy bar (but not as sweet). However, as the beer warms, the strength of this fades and even morphs into a coffee-with-cream, lightly sweetened. Some sips I still get some tart-bitter notes but they seem like maybe they come from the play of the lactose and the bitter malts.

Feel is a tad oily, but it makes the beer easy to drink. Medium body, warmth makes this feel a bit thinner. There is a certain depth of flavor that sustains throughout, however. A very nice, easy drinking higher ABV beer. Definitely hides the alcohol well.

Definitely a worthy beer. With the lactose, it fits into milk stout territory, with coffee added. The type of sweetness of the "base style" is obvious, and the coffee notes are well balanced in there. I definitely appreciate this beer for the balance, and would let it warm a little more before my first sip next time I have it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! From the bottle in a snifter. This delicious stout pours a decadent black with a thick head of brown foam that dissipates to a thick ring, pooling layer, and features spotty lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, toffee, and sweet cream. Flavors follow and surpass the nose with rich creamy chocolate on all sides, strong cold pressed coffee in the middle, a touch of vanilla and toffee on the sides and back, followed by a chocolate coated malted milk ball flavor that is roasted enough to keep from being cloying. Creamy and coating mouth feel is chewy and rich with a solid malt backbone that is roasted without being overly burnt.


One of the best stouts I have had this year.....a top 10 in the stout world. A new favorite.


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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft at the brewpub

black in color, tan head. good head retention and lacing. big coffee aroma. good balanced taste, not too acidic or bitter. thick, full bodied. overall, my favorite beer from them

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Photo of Hootie159
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dark brown head that didn't last. Smells like breakfast in a glass. Some coffee, chocolate, and a hint of syrup. Coffee is the dominant taste but it has a nice malt character. Feel is the only weakness. Carbonation is a bit lacking and is a bit watery.

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Photo of mabermud
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark body with a dark mocha head that rings the glass shortly after leaving the bottle.
Smell: Bitterness, roast, black coffee, some milk chocolate, and lactose sweetness.
Taste: The taste is similar to the smell, however, a sour twang is leftover in the finish.
Feel: The body could use a little bit more BODY. The lather in the mouth is decent, but it could use a bump up.

Overall - I don't know if I received a bad bottle, but this was unusual. The sour finish was not desirable. If I set aside the sour finish, things look better. However, I cannot, because it is there :(

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Photo of Bone53
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Shout out to The Brew Review Crew for the trade!

Appearance: Thick black pour with absolutely no light coming through, and a two finger dark brown head. One of the better looking stouts iv seen

Smell: My nose picks up a nice balance between fresh ground coffee, milk chocolate, and caramel sweetness

Taste: Coffee and slight cocoa notes upfront with a roasted malt and caramel sweetness finish

Mouthfeel: medium body, and very light for the style. Smooth followed by prickly carbonation and slight bitter finish

Overall: This is good, but not Founders good as others have claimed. Its not as rich, the coffee flavor doesnt linger as long, and the mouthfeel isnt chewy; rather light actually. Id put a few coffee stouts iv had above this, all of which are available to me. i.e. Founders, Wake n Bake, Victory at Sea, etc. If this is available in your area, then it is a pleasant offering, but i wouldnt go crazy seeking it out

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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 coffee 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 homerism was taking place. While I dont think it is quite as good, it is close, and holds it's own for sure. If you are looking for a coffee bomb, you may be disappointed a bit. The coffee is a more subtle/balanced/integrated. This one drinks like a milk stout with coffee. It is also sweeter, perhaps a tad too much at times. I bounced back and forth between 4.25 and 4.5 on taste. An outstanding, well rounded beer in the end.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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!


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Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pleasantly Surprised. Never heard of this brewery before. Dark body. Dark chocolate taste with a good helping of coffee. Like a nice espresso. I like Founders more, but this Breakfast Stout is pretty good as well.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a 1/2-finger brown head that quickly settles
S: Tons of coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, dark malts, vanilla
T: Matches the nose. Lots of coffee but also some creamy chocolate. A nice balance of sweet and bitter
M: Full-bodied, again somewhat sweet/somewhat bitter
O: This is a well-made, enjoyable beer

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Photo of glass_house
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic stout. Well balanced chocolate and coffee. Starts off a bit on the sweet side, but a balancing dark chocolate bitterness comes through on the finish. Mouthfeel is superb for the style. Thick and silky smooth throughout with low soft carbonation. Carries the flavors well. Espresso and creamy oats come through more as it warms. I'll definitely be buying more of this.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is brown-black with a tan head that fades and some nice lacing.

Nose is sweet lactose, with peanut brittle, black coffee, and fresh hops.

Taste is more bitter than sweet, with dark coffee and sweet milk, clove and buttered croissant.

Mouthfeel is easy, with mild carbonation and balanced alcohol. Warm finish.

Overall, this is not bad at all!

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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~

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Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was great to look at and had a very nice nose. Unfortunately , it was bitter and acidic and tart in an unpleasant way - not an appealing way. Mouthfeel was then. Overall a decent beer but nothing that need be tried more than once.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | 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, but finishes smooth and satisfying. Tried more than my share of samples at the Columbus beer fest, and going to look for this in a bottle somewhere soon.

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Photo of speedvagen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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,

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, light vanilla, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light dark fruit, light vanilla, light char, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial coffee stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of burkat
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.25/5  rDev -46.8%

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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a light brown head and a little lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, molasses,dark fruit, dark malt

T-dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, coffee

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth

O-decent stout, but flavors just a little awkward together and a little on the sweet side, not in a class with FBS

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Photo of AricGresko
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of sleazykeyz
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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