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Total Eclipse Black Ale - Hoppy Brewing Co.

Total Eclipse Black AleTotal Eclipse Black Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.67%


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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BierJager89

California

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a medium brown head.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, plum and other dark fruits in the nose.

T: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, really good.

M: Smoothish, and full bodied.

O: Tasty, if a bit boring. Recommended if you can find it. I think it's their best beer, but don't be fooled by the brewery's name. Their beer's are seldom very hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 01:36:06 | More by BierJager89
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown w/ some clarity; long-lasting tan head with light lace

s: light coffee; light sweet dark chocolate; vanilla

t: sweet chocolate; nuts; burnt toffee; roasted coffee

m: smooth; a little cloying; light carb; solid body

d: interesting; especially the nutty flavors

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2008 06:48:05 | More by hoegaardenhero
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Offa

California

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this on tap and in the bottle and I think it is a little smoother and well-balanced on tap. In the end, it's a decent stout that somewhat resembles a somewhat more bitter, Irish-style dry stout.

Essentially black reddish browm it has a very big dark tan head that slowly shrinks to a thin permanent head and leaves some decent lace in even rings.

The aroma is pretty good, being chocolate, coffee, darkly toasted brown bread, and a hint of prunes. It has no off-putting skunky-funky burnt smell that some stouts can have, restraining this in the nice toasted brown bread element.

The taste and feel are not quite up to the aroma, though. It has a light body that makes it fairly easy to drink and a bit on the more refreshing side for stouts. It has some good flavours of roasty chocolate, dark toast, hints of coffee and at moments light hints of prunes, but overall is rather dry and, particularly in the bottle, has too much of a roasty-bitter quality for the amount of flavour. However, it lacks any off-putting stale, smokey-burnt-weed quality that some stouts have and it is very clean with pleasant qualities. In the end, it just needs to be a little less bitter or, preferably, a little more flavourful to balance out the roasty bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2008 16:28:24 | More by Offa
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2007 05:27:18 | More by supercolter
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leechungsr

California

4.45/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very drinkable bear for me. Mouthfeel is not exactly what I expected; as it is much thinner than it looks. The dark color is deceiving, it's not so stout.
Very malty and chocolatey (sp?), with just a hint of hop bitterness. Goes down easy with great aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2006 05:40:46 | More by leechungsr
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hoppygirl

New York

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this ale dark! Espresso bean and chocolate on the nose, which turns into an almost charcoal/sooty quality as it warms. The taste is smoky and peaty, with almost a wet dog finish on the mouth. It finishes with a bitterness, but not overpoweringly so. The malts are intense, but the hops provide that nice balance. An interesting ale and a nice change of pace.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2003 19:20:56 | More by hoppygirl
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ronniebruner

Arizona

2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Of all the beers I have had in my life, I cannot remember having one that is so foamy! I was afraid to set the bottle down because every time I did, foam right out the top! Take a drink? Foam! Now, there are a few redeeming qualities about this brew...it does have a nice appearance of dark black molasses, but it tastes of burnt wood. The mouth feel is also going to be rated low by me as well for the unacceptable amount of foam I encountered in this beer. I even let it sit for some time thinking maybe I inadvertently shook it up, but I do not believe that to be the case. When I lived in the Sacramento area I used to frequent the Hoppy Brewery and remember it being a bit run down and I made a trip to Sacramento recently and brought back 2 cases of Hoppy brews. Gotta say I was disappointed. Oh well, next up?

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 03:21:17 | More by ronniebruner
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hikanteki

California

4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:35:45 | More by hikanteki
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 02:34:21 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is off dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that special for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 05:16:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheSixthRing

California

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:41:19 | More by TheSixthRing
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black, as expected. Good sized tan head. Good retention but not much lacing.
Smell is malt, vanilla, semisweet chocolate and light peat notes.
Taste is malt, smoke, peat and some baking chocolate. Well balanced.
On the lighter side of medium with a solid effervescence. Drying finish leaves an unsweetened chocolate and peat aftertaste. Pretty good brew but I would like a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 22:26:57 | More by PorterLambic
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild chocolate, cocoa nibs, and slight roasty dark grain notes up front. More milk chocolate sweetness as the beer warms. No hop aroma. No fruity esters.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Moussy thick tan head that retains well.

Flavor: Firm chocolate and roasty malt profile up front. The roasty grains provide a bittering counterpoint to the chocolate sweetness. Background earthy bitterness that is muted by the chocolate and roasty overtones. Balance is firmly roasty and bitter. Finish is crisp and clean with a lingering roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency due to the roasted grains.

Overall impression: A roasty chocolate highlighted black ale. I'm missing the hop presence (aroma and/or flavor) that would designate this as an "American Stout" but overall an enjoyable beer. Worth a try once but there are so many other examples out there that I'm not sure I'll re-visit.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 20:07:02 | More by mattcrill
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 05:04:03 | More by jbphoto88
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 15:51:30 | More by tone77
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jvillefan

California

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a 22 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass there was a 2 1/2 finger light brown head that was above the very brown/black beer that lives up to its name.

S: The smell was very unimpressive as the dominate smell coming from the beer was ethanol. In the background the only thing I could detect was a slight smell of hops.

T: The taste mirrored that of the smell. The ethanol came through despite the beer only being 5.6%. There were hoppy and malty flavors present but were not that bold compared to other black ales.

M: The mouthfeel was good as there was an element of viscosity probably created from the malted hops.

O: Overall this beer is ok, while it is better than some there is a long list of beers that I would choose over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:11:10 | More by jvillefan
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of the tickers bif, black pour with a 3 inch rock hard, white head that leaves a ton of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malts. It has big roasted coffee notes, some chocolate, light hoppiness, very dry. The body is medium, average carbonation, the huge head impeded the drinkability a little. I actually thought I was going to be drinking a black IPA from the name of the beer, a decent little stout, need to beef up the body.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 03:19:59 | More by bonkers
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Figured I'd donate some beer to the most recent Bliss tasting. Why not? This said bottle pours a murky blackish-brown topped by over a finger of dirty sandy foam. The nose comprises coca powder, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, very light roasted malts, and light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a bit more roast and a slightly richer chocolate flavor. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a pretty meager stout: one that's way too thin and way too laid-back, but one that's generally inoffensive and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 13:32:10 | More by TMoney2591
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prototypic

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:29:33 | More by prototypic
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Bung

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 01:56:09 | More by Bung
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beers from this brewery have started popping up all over town recently. The labels are quite corny, but the price is low. I've been curious so I picked this one up for $4.99. I thought it was a black IPA, so I was let down when I found out it was a stout.

Appearance
A thin black, the body shows lots of reds. The head rises pretty easily, but doesn't lace the glass. The beer looks a tad on the thin side.

Aroma
Some sharp roast, but it seems weird, almost artificial. No real chocolate, just bitter black cocoa and faint coffee. The aroma has a malty, husky profile to it.

Taste
Similar to the aroma, the taste is weak, lacking a strong roastiness. Its mostly bittered by a plastic taste that stands in place of a real, rich roast.

Mouthfeel
Thin, but not overly so. Carbonation is high, but I can deal with it.

Overall
Well, at least this was only $4.99. I really wanted a black IPA when I bought this. This beer isn't hoppy, so I'm curious to try one of their hop forward styles. Since the price is right I'll probably grab the red ale or something.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 21:01:28 | More by MbpBugeye
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DmanGTR

New York

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my celebratory beer for *approaching* the end of the 1st year of med school. Last big final was today so I'm opening this because it's really happy (see label) yet, I'm dead tired from not having slept for like 2 days now, hence the darkness. Well, here goes (I'm a little bit out of my reviewing game...)

Poured very dark brown with hazelnut edges in the light. A frothy, beige head topped the darkness for a good while, diminishing to a thin ring with trails of lace all over. A germinal center of bubbles expand to renew the soapy film of a scant cap.

The aroma is inviting with hints of cocoa, burnt toast, biscuity grain, and a light coffee tone. Slightly lighter than I'd like it, but very nicely balanced.

Very much like the aroma. There is a lingering ashy aftertaste almost like coffee that has been sitting on the heating element for too long. However, the flavor is quite balanced and refreshing. I haven't had a good regular stout in a while (or any beer for that matter...) and this is a great everyday drinking beer.

Not the thickest, but not watery like Guinness either. This is exactly how I want a good old stout to drink like: medium body leaning towards the heavy side with an impeccably smooth texture. Not cloying or sticky, yet not thin and substanceless.

Approved.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 19:42:15 | More by DmanGTR
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bobmber that I brought back from our bi-annual trip to BevMo in San Jose.
No brewed on / best before date, "Great Food - Awesome Beer - Cool People!!!"
Opaque, black color with reddish brown highlights. Large, chocolate milk colored head, thick sheets of lace. Smells of roasted barley malt, slightly bitter black coffee, and a little chocolate.
The flavor has lots of coffee, like a strong, bitter roast. Some unsweetened chocolate as well. Some hopiness at the end, but not enough to stand up to the coffee, cocoa, chocolate bitterness. Although dark, almost black color, the body is light. Medium mouthfeel, dry and slightly tart finish.
I was expecting more of an 'American Stout': big, heavy, bold, and sweet. Instead got a light, bitter, coffee dominanted ale. I'm not complaining, just not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 04:00:05 | More by BigBry
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 21:33:40 | More by bluejacket74
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cjgator3

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 05:22:30 | More by cjgator3
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Total Eclipse Black Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.