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Total Eclipse Black Ale - Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Total Eclipse Black AleTotal Eclipse Black Ale

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80
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brent on 01-12-2003)
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Reviews by Jredner:
Photo of Jredner
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%

Bomber from Hi-Time Wine Cellars.

Pours dark brown and settles a very deep brown. The body holds a two finger thick mocha head that is lasting, but bubbly and frothy. Aroma is fairly hoppy for the style and features a decent roast profile, mild coffee and hints at cocoa and chocolate.

Thinnish fore has tongue cutting carbonation, mild cola notes, coffee, roast and a fairly bitter profile overall. Has some plusses, but the overalll feel is thinnish and not very satisfying. Admittedly I prefer my Porters closer to stouts in feel and flavor, so considering that this just wasn’t enough beer for me.

Jredner, Jan 24, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance – Well, it’s not quite black but pretty darn near close. The head is explosive so be careful on the pour. It’s light brown in color and very light and fluffy. It’s reminds me of whipped cream.

Smell – The coffee is big at the nose along with a sharp roasted aroma. The coffee is more like coffee beans. The table sugar tries to calm it down but to little affect.

Taste – The coffee bean comes over nicely at the taste, but there is a strange lack of malt to this American Stout. There’s also a tangy kind of sweetness that throws things off, almost like a splash of orange soda or something.

Mouthfeel – This was lighter than medium and just didn’t have the body to support the big huge coffee bean flavor. It was overly carbonated as well and felt cheap and fuzzy in the cheeks.

Drinkability – I can drink this OK but you really have to be selective when choosing a stout for the night and this just didn’t make the grade.

Update – I originally tried this fella in 2006 so thought I’d tackle it again in ’07. It hasn’t changed a bit.

RoyalT, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%

One of my first really dark beers I got into. Its not exactly what I've come to know and drink as stout beers. Its a definite class defying beer. Stout and. . . baltic porter? schwarz?

Looks plenty dark enough, but doesn't have the thickness to match. Great lacing/retention thereof. Taste is coffee, choco, dates, fig, smoke, hay, vanilla. Decent amount of dry, perhaps astringent bitterness to it. Remains lighter on palate than looks and tastes though. Hopping is ample. Cascade. Nugget? This beer is unique, check it out, might not work for you, but its different and not for the sake of being weird.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jbphoto88
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

This brew starts out with an aggressive head that is thick and very much double the size of what pours from the bottle. The coffee colored foam looks like a scoop of lattte whipped cream ontop of a dark ruby colored brew.

The nose is a light malty blast of roasted grains and mild bakers chocolate. I've smelt bolder stouts but considering this one is only a simple 5.6% and NOT imperial then the simple scent is quite impressive.

The flavor ranges from roasted malts to light coffee and chocolate. Mild but flavorful which is again impressive for the size of this beer. This stout is solid in all the right places.

If there are any flaws they appear in the mouthfeel. The beer doesn't have the viscous solid feel that you would expect from a stout. Instead is a lightly carbonated, almost watered down brew. However lack luster the mouthfeel is this is still a fantastic stout. Great nose and flavors more then make up for the feel. This beer is a must try for anyone who enjoys the dark.

jbphoto88, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

acurtis, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of IntriqKen
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours pitch black with a nice tan colored head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is very subdued...I don't catch much of anything in the nose
Taste is a mellow roasted malt...not too sweet....coffee..chocolate...drying hops.
Aftertaste becomes slightly dry but you are left with a mocha coffee flavor that is pleasant.
Nothing really remarkable or special about this stout. Just good clean and balanced....what's wrong with that?

IntriqKen, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance - Pours near jet black with cola brown edging. Head is light tan in color and sits 2 fingers high. Retention is decent. Resulting lace is thin, but consistent and with nice stick.

Smell - Big notes of semi-sweet chocolate and fair hints of alcohol.

Taste - Roasted malts with bitter chocolate character and finishes with quite a bit of metallic astringency. Aftertaste rings with same sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

Overall - A bit "light in the pants" and a fairly simplistic flavor, but it's a decent brew nonetheless. Probably wouldn't buy again though.

TheSixthRing, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev 0%

BamfBacon, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Bottle just in from Lueken Liquors. Is this how the brewer intended it? Maybe something more hoppy. As a dry stout, pretty decent, more of a light shwartzbier, with a muted hop. Very good drinkability. Light black coloured body, almost no head. Medium mouthfeel. Mollasses and light roast smell.

Sammy, May 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

whatname, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%

An opaque brown-black body reveals glimmering highlights of clear ruby when held to direct light; and it's full head of creamy dark tan froth holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice lacing around the glass. Intensely dark roasted malt (almost like an ashtray) and yeast greet you in the nose (it's better than it sounds), livened by a cusp of fruitiness and some leafy hops in the background. It's mildly zesty on the tongue with a fine-bubbled median carbonation and medium body. The flavor is bold, but fairly one-sided (even more so than the aroma), with a charred wood and burnt coffee character that dominates. It's roastiness appears right upfront, awash in yeasty fruitiness; followed by a nice display of some caramelish malt; and finally some leafy and mildly minty and spicy hops amidst a rising, brittle bitterness and dark malt acidity. The finish is overtly dry and astringent, and detracts from its overall drinkability. It's interesting, but it seems that "intensity" was more important in the formulation of this recipe than balance.

NeroFiddled, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with really nice lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee notes and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty malts up front with some coffee flavors and some bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this Total Eclipse is a solid Black Ale that is worth a try.

cjgator3, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.08/5  rDev -12%

Total Eclipse Black Ale isn’t quite black. It is a dark chocolate fudge color, although it’s nowhere near opaque. Burgundy highlights are very apparent throughout. Carbonation looks to be active. A semi-careful pour yields a tan head that stands over three fingers tall. It recedes slowly, leaving a sticky coat of lace behind.

The nose is alright. It features a blend of roasted and chocolate malts. The roasted variety is definitely stronger. The chocolate malts smell like bittersweet dark chocolate. It doesn’t smell sweet at all. Coffee or espresso is quite prominent. That’s about it. It’s relatively simple and straight forward, but isn’t bad. Alcohol is masked well and doesn’t come through.

The flavor is mostly consistent with the nose, but is rather average. The malt base is very roasty. Perhaps a little too roasty. Chocolate is definitely in the mix and has a very bittersweet flavor. There isn’t a sweet flavor in the house. Coffee is very strong and seems bolstered a bit by the roasted malts. It has an intense coffee/charred flavor that’s just a little too strong. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes with a strong mix of roasted and charred flavors.

Total Eclipse has a lighter body. Carbonation is quite active and buzzy. It doesn’t feel smooth at all. Actually, it’s a little below average for a stout. Eh. It’s honestly a little tough to finish off a bomber. The flavor’s too intense and isn’t all that satisfying.

Total Eclipse is my first go with Hoppy Brewing Co. For an American Stout, it’s average. The flavor isn’t all that bad, but its intense roasty/charred flavors are too strong and grow very tiresome. If you’re into that sort of stout, then maybe this is worth a try. Otherwise, I’d suggest taking a pass. This one needs a little work.

prototypic, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

Nage37, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev +10%

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a well black color. Light red hues on the sides of the glass when held to the light. Two finger fluffy dirty white head that shows great retention. Ringy lacing left on the glass.

S- Light roasted malts collide with a chocolate bitterness. A real gentle smelling beer with a hint of toasted brown bread as well. Just plain and simple...I like that!

T- Light roasted malts dominate the beer for the most part. Some chocolate notes in this along with some light prune hints as well. The backing of this has a bitter hop bite to it. This almost reminds me of a black IPA with a little less hop bite to it.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Roasted malts left on the palate with some light hops in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate. Flavors were bland overall and distant or faded.

D- This was a drinkable beer that at first I wasn't too sure about but found to love overall. I will be looking for more from this brewery. I think this is a good beer for non-stout drinkers to try to get into the style of stouts or even porters.

alleykatking, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Bung
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%

22 oz. Went into this thinking it was a Schwarzbier, I guess "black ale" just didn't lead me to think stout.

Lighter black pour, layer of off white head. Laces a little bit.

Aroma is pretty roasty, coffee some malt. Dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste starts with a fairly assertive roast malt and coffee. Finishes dry, cocoa and coffee. Maybe just a bit acrid.

Lighter bodied for a stout. Carbonation more like a schwarz as well. Drinks easy enough, as long as you like a roasty beverage.

Thought this was fine, a fairly standard stout. At the price point I'd think about grabbing it again, though I got this in Chicago so I can't.

Bung, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some chocolate. Taste is big on coffee, this would have been great in the morning. Some roasted malts are present in the flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

tone77, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%

Just saw this new arrival at my local beer store earlier today so I thought I'd give it a try. 22 ounce bottle. Served in a Guinness pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some grassy hops. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the bitter, roasty flavors being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin and is well carbonated. Overall I think it's a good brew, it's smooth, easy and enjoyable to drink.

bluejacket74, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

IdrinkGas, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of Brent
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

Squid-ink black, just the barest light penetrates at the edge of the glass. Not much head to speak of, even after a hard pour. Great aroma - toasty chocolate malt. Nice roasted malt, but flavor quickly degrades into a rather stale, carboardy malt profile. A strong start, but unfulfilled in the end.

Brent, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev 0%

The beer after its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a pitch-black color with a moderate in size head and frothy light brown head, as it erodes the lace forms a decent covering upon the glass. Nose is caramel with hints of toasted grain; sweet and pleasant, start is sweet with a nice malt presence, and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a light acidity with the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry and a drinkable beer.

Gusler, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of supercolter
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%

Ok so the high points of this brew are as follows: Love the appearance- pretty black with a tan head, doesn't look intimidating but looks delicious. Smell is pretty decent as well, with roasted nuts and bitter chocolate for smells. Taste isn;t the greatest, a bit weaker than expected and the hops don't seem to mix too well with the flavor, difficult to describe.

supercolter, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Appears a dark brownish black with a rocky 2 finger tan head. Leaves some nice, chunky lacing sticking all over my deep tulip glass.
Smell is of crystal malt, caramel malt, and molasses.
Taste is of light molasses with a watery mix of malts.
Mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated and lingering on the front to middle of the tongue with the molasses sweetness resonating. A slight bit of bitter chocolate seems to come through as the beer warms but it lacks a solid balance of sweetness, malt, and bitterness.
This is an interesting brew, so the drinkability is above average but not quite good for a stout.

It's ok, dog.

weeare138, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of hikanteki
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%

Poured from a 22 oz bomber ($4.49 at BevMo) into a pint glass.

Appearance: The head rushes up. The initial pour was about 20% beer and 80% head, although it settled down pretty quickly and I was able to top it off to a reasonable amount.

Smell: Heavy citrus, with some bitter cocoa coming through.

Taste: Like it smells, and that's a good thing. Citrus and hops first, then cocoa and hops, followed by toffee and hops, and then just hops. But it's interesting how the hops come back strong with each layer. Consequently a bitter aftertaste with some citrus.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant. Not too thin, not too thick, but it coats your mouth and stayed with me. Satisfied.

Overall: I'm not sure whether this is supposed to be a Black IPA or a Stout. It simply says "Black Ale." But whatever it is, it's a darn good beer. It pushes the bitterness level for a stout, and pushes the mouthfeel for an IPA. Well done, Hoppy.

hikanteki, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Kuongming
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Kuongming, Feb 09, 2013
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Total Eclipse Black Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.