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Total Eclipse Rye Porter - Brewmaster Jack

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Total Eclipse Rye PorterTotal Eclipse Rye Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

21 Reviews
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Reviews: 21
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 4.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: PeterIngemi on 12-21-2012

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Reviews: 21 | Hads: 88
Reviews by jacksback:
Photo of jacksback
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Random find at a local shop from a local brewer I've never heard of. Go figure.

Looks good enough. Thick, heavy looking opaque black with a nice persistent tan head.

Nice aroma too, though on the mild side. Roasty burnt grains, toasted pumpernickle bread, and some notes of mild cocoa.

This is entirely working out to be a pleasant surprise. Solid, enjoyable flavor. Toasty, big grain flavor. Rye is noticeable in a bit of peppery sharpness mostly on the back end. Mild bittersweet chocolate notes. No significant sweetness, all the flavors are well balanced.

Light on the mouth feel, almost bordering on thin. Works though- the flavors come through really well without a big heavy mouthfeel getting in the way. Noticeable carbonation helps that too. Pretty clean finish.

Overall, this beer is a really nice surprise. Having never seen this beer on the shelf before, I didn't really expect much. But this is a solid, enjoyable beer that entirely delivers. (960 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (452 characters)

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of LiquorsInc
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Beericjb
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (578 characters)

Photo of Kevincredible
2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of Celtics334
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of apasternak
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average rye porter. Good roast (35 characters)

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Peter1977
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fitzy84
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Valley Brew Fest. Served in a sampler size glassware provided by the festival. The beer had a dark black appearance with a brown-colored thick head that eventually dissipated. Aromas were rich in burnt coffee, chocolate, malt, raisins, and a little bit of vanilla. Very sweet drink, almost like a frappe in terms of texture and flavoring; a generally roasted coffee and chocolate mixture in a creamy body. Great balance with the moderate carbonation and creamy body to the drink. Overall, this was a fantastic drink over at this brew fest and a great one from this establishment. (596 characters)

Photo of The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of dental
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mlefebvre7
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (751 characters)

Photo of obninsk23
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (368 characters)

Photo of civicm87
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of db12
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a dark brown color, approaching black, decent sized light brown head but no lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is a mix of roasted malt and a heavy hand of molasses, touches of cocoa.

Taste starts out with the roasted malt front, cocoa has a much larger flavor presence, light toasted aspect, rye isn't too strong or spicy like it can be, carbonation is soft but ample, body is medium neither too thick or thin.

Nothing stands out to make this porter break from the pack but it is well crafted and satisfying. (518 characters)

Photo of garyloveman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle notch says this is a January 2015 packaging. Honestly Brewmaster Jack has been one of my favorite breweries of the last six months since I moved back to Western Mass. I have had great examples of IPA, Quad and Stray Dog has stepped up its game too. Keep it up.

A- Out of the 12oz tall bottle pours a Porter that is almost pitch black into my snifter. A head builds to one finger with a light brown hue. Decent retention and lacing is composed of a large web and drizzle beneath that.

S- Strays to the dark side of the style but the roast does not totally overshadow the toasty browned malt notes. Bouquet of dark bitter cocoa, charred barley, slight coffee, toasted nuttiness, mashed caramelized grains and slight earthy hops.

T- Roasted and black up front with the toasty, hoppy and spicy notes following. Dark bitter cocoa, espresso grounds and burnt grains prime the palate for a cascade of toasted nuts, cherry dark fruit, caramelized sugars, spicy-sweet rye and earthy, spicy hops.

MF- Overall thickness is right about at the medium bodied level but the texture gained from the moderate carbonation is creamy, silky and a bit chewy. Something ever so slightly tart but not infected by any means and it all finishes bitterly roasty.

Seems like the crowd is somewhat divided on this one but for my money this is a rather good Porter. Brings a boatload of dark flavors atop a mostly clean yeast profile and drops on the palate with a very smooth texture. (1,468 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (554 characters)

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Total Eclipse Rye Porter from Brewmaster Jack
87 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.