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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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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 40
Gots: 15 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Sammy, May 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -21%
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-

kojevergas, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

akorsak, Sep 03, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

superspak, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Gonzoillini, May 05, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Zaphog, Dec 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ShanePB, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

TurdFurgison, Sep 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Jun 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Gobzilla, May 11, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken home three nights ago...notes are fresh.

This one pours out a deep, rich dark brown.Surprisingly, I still get a one finger head with fair retention and light to moderate lacing on the glass.
The smell is what I was hoping for: rich, deep roasted malts with all the bittersweet dark chocolate nuances and, not to seem repetitive, but a very rich dark roast coffee presence as well.
The taste follows suit,and it's no wonder; this one is a collaboration between MBBC and a local gourmet coffee and chocolate producer, and their product is excellent. This is the combination connoisseurs and beer advocates dream of.
The mouthfeel is nearly as big, thick, rich, and robust as off the tap, though it's thinned just a little.
I'd love to sip this at any time of day, all day long. A high ABV lowers drinkability, but I'd be daring enough to hold this up against Founder's Breakfast stout or any of the big boys. It's not better (they are amazing, after all), but I can honestly say I believe it's as good.

Brenden, May 28, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

tectactoe, Jun 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

EgadBananas, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

warnerry, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

AlexFields, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

tommy5, Aug 09, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, served in a snifter, purchased on 5/14/13 at House of Wine in Marietta, Ohio. Shared this with the wife.

Motor oil, no light penetrates, thin half finger ecru head with Moderate retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, dark chocolate, flaked oats,and great earthy roasted coffee. Taste reminds me very much of Founders Breakfast Stout, but this beer has a little more coffee earthiness, is dank, and has a bit of grit in the mouthfeel which I am digging. A touch of tobacco, leather, this beer is complex. Low carbonation is fitting, chewy. Nice touch of warming alcohol.

Fantastic oatmeal stout, this was a very pleasant surprise. I think this beer will do very well and may get taking away on the hype train if people seek this out.

williamjbauer, May 15, 2013
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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Dope, Jul 31, 2013
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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.