Total Eclipse - Brewmaster Jack
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Reviews by DIM:
4.23/5 rDev +14%
a: Deep, dark brown; poured with a large, long lasting tan head.
s: Roasty coffee, a little lactic tartness, and a hint of sweet fruit.
t: Roastier than the average porter, which I like. Plenty of semi seeet chocolate plus some caramel sweetness and tart lactose keep this from crossing into stout territory. A little tingle at the end could be rye.
m: I think this is where the rye really comes into play. Soft and full bodied; much more than a 6% porter should be.
o: I just wanted to buy a random bottle of something local and I lucked into a stellar porter. Loved this one.
10-16-2013 00:47:56 | More by DIM
More User Reviews:
4.01/5 rDev +8.1%
Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, black colored, with high carbonation
Smell: BOSCO, char, and light cream
Taste: cream and rye seed throughout with char, milk chocolate, and light white bread
Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with char bitterness, moderate carbonation
Overall: Interesting super smooth brew that tastes a lot better than it smells. The beer gets a lot better as it warms as the rye seed becomes more pronounced. I would get this again.
12-09-2013 19:04:11 | More by tigg924
4.09/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured into a snifter.
A: 1-finger of creamy brown head which recedes to a thin film. Beer is extremely dark brown/black and opaque.
S: First smell I get is the chocolate, followed by the spicy notes from the rye and some smoke.
T: Similar to the smell. I get chocolate, spicy rye, and some smokiness. A little bitter from the hops. Leaves a nice smoky aftertaste.
M: Smooth, creamy, with a dry finish.
O: A really interesting and delicious beer. I really liked Ambrewsia, so I figured I would give it a try, and am not disappointed. For $4.95 a bomber, it was a great buy.
01-09-2013 04:51:05 | More by Beericjb
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours opaque black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of toasted malt, light chocolate and coffee and slight lactose. Flavor is toasted malt, milk chocolate, lightly charred coffee a light spicy fruitiness from the rye and mild milky lactose, nicely balanced. Medium bodied with some light creaminess, good for this moderate ABV. A nice porter with a pretty tasty variety of flavors. The rye presence is not that noticeable as a component, but seem to add an interesting light spicy flavor the otherwise toasty, lightly charred malt background. I'm pleased with this much flavor from a standard strength porter. A gift from my sister, but if I ever saw it again, I'd grab it.
04-17-2014 03:05:38 | More by LiquidAmber
3.96/5 rDev +6.7%
Got $5.00 1PT 6OZ bottle in a local store.
In the glass looks and smells nice, not as dense as Guiness. Color is pitch black, as we say in Russia - "lights out". It's rye - definitely can tell after first sip. Bottle says "contains lactose" - I do feel milk taste in a very nice way. I like the foam on top stays for long pronouncing creaminess of this delicious beer.
01-03-2014 00:04:46 | More by obninsk23
3.89/5 rDev +4.9%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Bottled on Dec 11, 2012.
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades pretty quickly, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is dark malts and anise.
Taste is dark sweetness upfront, chocolate with a touch of tart in the middle, and then coasts through to the close with some moderate citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice. Maybe not the big scary porter the name might indicate, but a good brew.
02-24-2013 00:37:46 | More by ppoitras
3.96/5 rDev +6.7%
It was a hot humid day today, but now I'm sitting in the cool AC, and have some work to do, so this should sit nicely. Bottled 2/17/14, a few months old but not one that needed to be fresh so hopefully still nice.
Pours a super dark thick mocha colored creamy frothy 1/2 finger head that retains nicely, leaves some nice lacing as well, adn long legs on the sides even, pretty much no light getting through that murky black mess.
Nose brings chocolate right off, cocoa dust, mocha, a little roasted malt darkness and touch of roasted coffee, a mild fluffy marshmallowy nougat carafa like note, with some caramel and nutty aromas, a mild toasty biscuit note in the middle, and just a touch of a spicy rye in the background.
Taste starts creamy like there is lactose in there, but a bit thin at the same time surprsingly, then into mocha and cocoa again, some creamy mild chocolate and cocoa dust, with some mild roasted malt notes and roasted coffee, into more of that biscuit and toasted malt characters. As it warms a little fluffy nougat note but not much, touch of caramel, faint nutty note as well. A bit of a mild earthy hop bitterness in the middle, a touch of grassy and spicy notes, and very faint spicy rye that I really have to search for. Finish is creamy but dry, touch sticky, bit more bitterness as earthy hops and a touch of spicy rye come through, more cocoa, roasted malt, and caramel like malt notes lingering.
MOuth is med bod, a bit thick and creamy feeling but at the same time feels thin for what is actually there, strange, with decent carb.
Overall not bad, nice big porter flavors, very stouty actually, with nice cocoa, roast, caramel, dark malts, toasty, etc, and a nice hop character that backs it up doesn't take the forefront. Wish the rye came through a bit more, but I think it sits nicely subdued a bit in this beer. Only real issue is that despite feeling creamy and fluffy it feels a bit thin on the base like it's missing something. Otherwise nice solid tasty beer.
07-08-2014 00:30:47 | More by jlindros
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Two finger, frothy head. The liquid is nearly black. No light shines through on the edge. A cross between blanket and ring lace comes from each sip.
Smooth dark chocolate with cream for the nose. Some coffee notes (comes across as mocha). Not bitter.
The taste has more of a burnt flavor than the smell indicates. This makes the beer more bitter even though I don't detect any hop presence. The beer is dry as the rye monicker would lead one to envision. The body is on the thin side and the elevated carbonation enhances this impression.
01-21-2013 00:06:06 | More by smcolw
3.64/5 rDev -1.9%
22oz. bottle dated December 11 2012. Poured into a an Ommegang tulip glass.
A - roasty, chocolate notes with a coffee aroma. very deep smelling with traces of dark fruits like raisins or dates
T - tastes primarily of coffee with a very tiny amount of chocolate coming through. Not as much chocolate as expected. Blend of oak, deep malty flavors and various fruits coming through on the back of the tongue. Kind of a sweetness to it.
M - the mouthfeel is really good. Does not leave my mouth dry at all. Leaves a fruity aftertaste to it.
O- this is a very solid yet modest porter that strikes a very good balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and fruity notes and the bitterness of the coffee taste. Although I feel this porter is lacking in its body, its very easy to drink and a nice choice to have on a cool night. I would definitely purchase this again.
05-29-2013 01:28:58 | More by nootch23
Total Eclipse from Brewmaster Jack
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