Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout - Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 299
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 10.26%
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 Bone53
4.29/5  rDev 0%
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 (930 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 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 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 kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (213 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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 (362 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
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! (358 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 GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (243 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 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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (1,401 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 maximum12
2.25/5  rDev -47.6%

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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 (344 characters)

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 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 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 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 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 chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (427 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 raznug
4.04/5  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. (772 characters)

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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.