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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

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.

Added by buschbeer on 04-18-2010

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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 362
Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -20%
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
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | 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 +7.4%
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,
vagen.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +12.4%
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 -46.3%

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 -4.5%
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 +19.3%
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 +13.4%
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 +14.6%
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.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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Photo of Dope
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of raznug
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of wingman14
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
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-

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Photo of beerman207
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of paultierney1
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of BB1313
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.