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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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53 Reviews
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Reviews: 53
Hads: 304
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 58
Gots: 37 | 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 PsilohsaiBiN
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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 ColdPoncho
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (315 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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 jasonpeckins32
4.88/5  rDev +14%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

OUTSTANDING!

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

Cheers! (776 characters)

Photo of mabermud
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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 :( (596 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.28/5  rDev 0%
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 BeerBuckeye
4.67/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours as advertised, a completely opaque, jet black color. Not entirely viscous, but very dark. Small, 1 finger, dark brown head.

S - Incredibly amounts of roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and dark fruits/raisins. Very tasty smell. Almost mouth-watering

T - Again, tons of coffee--almost mocha-like. Follows quickly with very sweet chocolate, fruity in nature almost, finishing with a bitter hop bite and more coffee and dark chocolate.

M - Incredibly creamy and smooth.

Overall - Wow. This one is a game. A truly superb imperial stout. Right up there with the best of them. (583 characters)

Photo of beerman207
4.52/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Bone53
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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 McNealc31
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Mooslerfitness
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 raznug
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
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! (358 characters)

Photo of AricGresko
5/5  rDev +16.8%
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 RedSpecial1
4.38/5  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. (599 characters)

Photo of HeightsEats
4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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 paultierney1
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of Christian1
4.81/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: 12 oz bottled Poured into a 16oz snifter, Although I've had it on tap poured into a pint glass as well. It's a black to brown body with a light brown head to it . The head after a moderate pour was about one fingers worth.

S: Chocolate, Mocha Coffee, Roasted nuts Cocoa Powder, slight boozey smell in the back.

T: Just like the smell, you get a big hit of Mocha in there and finish off with a the roasted malt flavor and a light taste from the alcohol warming.

M: Moderately thick and coats the mouth, which is to be expected from this type of beer.

Overall: This is easily my favorite Ohio stouts and arguably my all time favorite of the breakfast stout style (non-bourbon aged). It's right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout for sure, it'd be interesting to have a tasting of both of them back to back. This beer along with Amarillo Brillo and Maumee Bay's IPA just went to 12oz bottles a few weeks ago which was truly thrilling, and long awaited. I hope they bottle some of more of their brewery exclusives here in the near futue. (1,044 characters)

Photo of jaksytaw
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I'm a stout lover and very hard to please! With that said, this is one of the best stouts I have ever had. Right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout which is hard to do. I tried this at the Big Beers and Barleywine. I had never heard of Maumee brewery before and I'm sure glad I stopped and tried it because it was awesome. Planning on making a 3 hour trip to their Microbrewery in November to fill a few growlers of this. This is a must try if you have a chance. (477 characters)

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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.