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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout

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150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%


Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: buschbeer on 04-18-2010)
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sleazykeyz

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 21:48:45 | More by sleazykeyz
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 00:01:06 | More by chinchill
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paultierney1

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2013 00:35:13 | More by paultierney1
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
ABV: 8.60 %

LOOK: Pitch black, off white tan head. Plenty of lacing, brown lacing at that.

SMELL: Chocolate, oats, coffee, and roasted/peat smoked malts.

TASTE: Decadent chocolate, bitter coffee rounds, rich roasted malt flavors all upfront. There is a good balance between the cocoa sweetness and coffee bitterness. Oats lend to the smoothness of feel and richness in taste.

FEEL: Silky smooth, creamy, low carbonated, robust finish.

OVERALL: A high quality coffee stout from Maumee Bay. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 21:32:25 | More by Stinkypuss
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 00:20:49 | More by RedSpecial1
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barczar

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown with little deep brown highlights and a tiny toffee colored head that lingers as a pool of foam atop the tulip.

Aroma is sweet toffee, buttery caramel, a bit of alcohol, burnt sugar and slightly toasted malts. Smells nothing like a stout. Then again it's hard to smell anything other than fried in this place.

Flavor is a bit thinner than I had hoped, but given the lack of traditional roast malt and coffee aroma, I guess I should have expected that. Still, the roast malt makes itself known in the flavor throughout. Tends toward the sweet side, burnt sugar, a slight bit of coffee finish. Dark fruits creep in as it warms.

Body is tending toward the heavy side with minimal carbonation. No astringency, bit a slight slickness is evident.

Overall a pretty good deviation from the traditional roast malt dominated stout. Alcohol is evident but somewhat balanced. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 18:01:59 | More by barczar
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at catskeller.... Since when does maumee bay distribute?!

Pours a dark dark brown. Almost black. Some nice tan head.
Smells roasty and chocolately. Lots of coffee as well. Really nice aroma! Tastes a bit bitter. Lots of roast and coffee. Nice rich chocolatey undertones. Strong. A bit boozy. Thick, very nice body. Overall a great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 20:33:07 | More by Urbancaver
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black and no question. No head here. Maybe a weird pour

S - coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruits and spen grains. Vanilla?

T - big toasty coffee. Chocolate. Dak fruits. Really nice but a touch astringent

M - thick and smooth. Just about right.

O - a really nice coffee stout Wih a bit too much of an edge

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 18:57:08 | More by ColdPoncho
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the cafe in the Oliver House complex.

A: The stout is black, an ebon-hued brew. The opacity is a given and a tan colored head, more brown than white, looks stately. In fact it almost looks like a nitro pour (it is, in fact, not).

S: The nose has a strong coffee aroma, dark, roasted and sweet. Oatmeal and lactic aromas add fullness and a breakfast feel.

T: Chocolate and coffee, the stout and the Flying Rhino coffee really mixing it up. Oatmeal lends a creamy smooth aspect to the ale, a lactic sweetness that the coffee takes a liking to. The milk stout aspect is very strong, a great pairing with the coffee. The stout body isn't a distraction, just a firm base for the coffee and the milk. A big shocker and maybe my favorite of the day.

M: Creamy smooth, the oatmeal and lactose really keep the ale going. The coffee is expertly added, a fuller and sweeter flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 00:26:52 | More by akorsak
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MBoydL

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 01:59:07 | More by MBoydL
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beerhan

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2010 02:59:33 | More by beerhan
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HeightsEats

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 23:39:59 | More by HeightsEats
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McNealc31

Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:20:31 | More by McNealc31
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 15:25:35 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.49/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 03:14:49 | More by Dope
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PsilohsaiBiN

New York

4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:29:58 | More by PsilohsaiBiN
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raznug

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It pours black in color with no light able to come through the darkness. It is topped with ½” of brown head that dissipates to a small puddle right in the middle of the glass.
Smell: Roasted aromas dominate the nose of this Ohio beer it has a bit of coffee aroma that comes in haphazardly every now and then.
Taste: The flavor of this beer follows right along side of the aroma with total domination by roasted flavors which I rather enjoy because the roasted tastes are not bitter in anyway so it makes for a tasty beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a easy drinking stout that is dominated by roasted and coffee notes but since it is not bitter is makes it easier drinking than a person would think out of most stouts and at 9.1% ABV it hides the alcohol very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 14:34:03 | More by raznug
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wingman14

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thick mocha head that sticks around. Smell is not super strong but still nice, some roasted malt, coffee, faint chocolate and sweetness. Taste starts with the rich roasted malt, slightly sweet with a nice coffee backbone. The high ABV is noticeable mid sip, and it comes on strong. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a malty finish. A medium mouthfeel, smooth, slightly acidic. A lower ABV and a thicker mouthfeel would put this over the top. Still a nice beer, good flavor, easy to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:25:20 | More by wingman14
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 16:55:40 | More by CFHMagnet
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kojevergas

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

B-

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:39:22 | More by kojevergas
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beerman207

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:49:35 | More by beerman207
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 23:00:04 | More by bluejacket74
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 01:36:25 | More by jzeilinger
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks alelover!

Dark coffee brown - near black, thin khaki head settles to form a thin but stubborn cap, laces nicely.

Rich chocolate, oily coffee bean, a bit of vanilla, toffee bark, more coffee... smells like a good breakfast candidate.

Sweet roasted malt, dirty coffee flavors, chocolate and cream... delicious. This is definitely on par with Founders' take on the concept. Thanks Joel!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:56:37 | More by yamar68
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BB1313

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this on-tap a year or two ago, so it's nice to see how this is bottled. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a mocha head; head fades quickly but leaves nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Lots of vanilla and expresso. There's some smoke and tobacco in the mix as well. Flavors are rich and bittersweet. The black coffee really does shine. The milk chocolate gives this one its sweetness. There's no heat going on. There's tons of chocolate malts as well. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It's still creamy, fluffy, and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a really well done coffee stout. It's up there with the best coffee stouts out there. Recommended.

Grade: A-

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 17:57:45 | More by BB1313
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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
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