XXX Total Eclipse Stout - The Blue Ridge Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 26 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
A: Black with a decent head. Looking good.
S: The usual stout notes only more so. The chocolaty malty notes are very smooth and precise.
T: Very nice taste. The malt really hits first bringing a good sweetness to the beer. It then fades to to a bit of hop bitterness.
M: This beer sits very very light. Some flavors develop.
Overall a pretty good beer. The taste of this beer is what really sets it apart. It isn't really anything new or unique but the execution is just superb. The super light mouthfeel was quite offputting but otherwise a rather nice beer.
06-10-2012 12:24:44 | More by Jamesthebrit
4/5 rDev +7.5%
Served from tap by the brewer himself into a snifter. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark chocolate, big leather, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and leather. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. I was really surprised by the leather aspect that came across in this one as it was the first time I had experienced it in an American Stout where it wasn't intentional. This added a nice level of complexity to the brew on-top of the other flavors and aromas already present. Mouthfeel was a little better than most I have had in the style as most feel watered down. Worth trying if you go to the brewpub as it was quite enjoyable.
10-26-2011 15:34:01 | More by thagr81us
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
Pitch black, creamy tan head that retains well. The nose is oat-riddled, caramel, sweet, and not too complex. Flavor is the same way...not necessarily complex- but delicious. Amazing for the price. Smooth and creamy feel to it-oaty finish. Highly enjoyable as well ad their IPA
06-06-2010 23:31:19 | More by scottyshades
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
On tap in a shaker pint.
Looks pretty much like a stout should look. Body's close to black with a bit of reddish highlights at the very edges. A finger's worth of dark tan foam seems to float on top like an innertube on a lake, reducing at only a very slow rate and leaving nice lacing in its wake.
Pleasant dark roasted malt and chocolate aromas. The flavors are also pleasant, if a bit subdued- mild roastiness and chocolate with a small touch of hops in there. Perhaps a little touch of diacetyl as well. Not enough to be distracting, but enough to notice. Medium-thick bodied with lightish carbonation and a kind of slippery mouthfeel.
Overall impression: A serviceable stout that goes down just fine on a cool winter evening. My overall rating here is somewhat inflated by the appearance, but there's no denying it's a great-looking brew.
12-16-2009 16:26:46 | More by PDXHops
3.45/5 rDev -7.3%
I believe the Brewpub's menu stated this one at 7% ABV.
Pours out an opaque black color, nice tan head that holds it's form for a little while. Looks really good, but sometimes looks are deceiving.
Smells a bit like burnt malts. More char than cocoa, some coffee notes, bitter cocoa, a touch of hops, thats abot it.
Flavor is more less "scorched" coffee(black), some cocoa, malts, a touch of a milky sweetness, carbonation could be a bit more lively to make it more interesting, falls a bit flat.
Mouthfeel is a much more watery than expected, the rough edges really need some work. However it is drinkable and would offset a very sweet creamy dessert quite nicely.
05-26-2009 16:38:53 | More by czfreeman
3.3/5 rDev -11.3%
On draft at the brewery. Opaque pour, almost no aroma with this. Light roasted malt. Some coffee, roasted/burnt malts, very little if any chocolate. Needed just a little more of pretty much everything you expect from a stout. It was very drinkable however. Of the 3 I sampled, this was probably the best at BRBC.
05-26-2009 00:23:40 | More by Bung
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
On tap at the Blue Ridge Brewing Company, Greenville, SC, 12/26/2008.
Appearance: A deep, dark brown bodied beer with an initial half-finger of tan, cocoa head. It fades fairly fast, however, leaving little lace - a few splotches and a ring of tan fluff.
Aroma: Smoke, medium-to-dark roast coffee, various and sundry other toasted malt notes, most very heavily roasted. A few faint dextrins emerge as it warms.
Taste: Predominantly coffee, again medium-to-dark roast, again other bready, heavily toasted malts, a few faint grassy hop notes. It's lightly milky and faintly sweet. Pretty solid, actually.
Mouthfeel: Pretty thin - almost that thin "coffee coffee" feel, more than a beer feel - though there is a little bit of a thicker, milky feel. Decent.
Drinkability: Enjoyed this one decently - it wasn't anything groundbreaking or amazing, but it's a solid, drinkable, reasonably-abv%ed stout with a good array of flavors and aromas and nothing particularly wrong with it.
01-02-2009 03:35:38 | More by CrellMoset
3.35/5 rDev -9.9%
Appearance: Opaque black body with a small, thin khaki-colored head.
Smell: Aroma of unsweetened chocolate and anise with just a dash of black coffee.
Taste: Dark chocolate and spicy anise start the taste. Just when a mild sweetness begins to emerge the earthy, roasty bitterness kicks in and last into the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Solid for one of those less-than-sweet stouts.
12-14-2007 05:14:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +7.5%
A This beer was black with a thick, brown, persistent head.
S The beers aroma was sweet with roasted and caramel odors present.
T Roasted, malty, sweet and smooth.
M Creamy and full.
D This beer works well with the flavors and the mouthfeel makes is easy to drink.
06-06-2007 21:06:54 | More by barefootbrewer
2.7/5 rDev -27.4%
Pours dark dark brown, pretty mulch black, no light getting though. No head at all, nothing. Smell is coffee, toasted, very subtle chocolate even, nice. Taste is very watery, oiley taste. coffee is there again, but its hard to get paste the almost slippery feel as this goes down. Does have a very nice hoppy finish though, was not expecting that. Have to try it again next time I go down there to see if that oiley taste is still there.
11-17-2006 01:46:06 | More by mikesgroove
3.48/5 rDev -6.5%
The beer arrived on the table black with a ruby highlight and a persistent tan head.
The aroma was roasty coffee with a strong chocolate presence and an almost too fruity and estery nose.
The flavor was coffee with a high level of roast and a grassy hop presence. A slight apple flavor was notable in the fruit characteristics of the flavor.
The finish was dry with a lasting estery fruit coupled with roasted coffee too long into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and a bit watery. This beer is the kind that will grow on you. Not great by itself, but does go well with food although still a bit too fruity.
5.6% ABV, 43 IBU.
08-04-2006 18:14:00 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.85/5 rDev +3.5%
Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a black color that has a nice head that leaves some lacing
Smell: Some roasted malt notes, but nothing very distinctive
Taste: Roasted flavors up front but then, wow, an unexpected bitterness washes over the tongue
Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation; could be thicker
Drinkability: Not bad at all; a nice dry stout with an earthy finish
07-19-2006 00:52:33 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev +7%
This beer was tasted in a nonic glass from a growler purchased at Blue Ridge Brewery two nights ago.
My previous growler from Blue Ridge produced little to no head however this one produced a nice head that laces well and leaves a little film down the glass. It is above average on appearance but could be better. The smell is full of chocolate and some other that is smooth and creamy, possibly oatmeal. The smell could be stronger though to be considered great. The taste is also nice. It is up front with its dark roasted and chocolate flavors but follows closely with some bitterness. The mouthfeel is nicely thick. There is a good body for a stout. Overall this is a nice Americal Stout. One you should give a try if at the Blue Ridge Brewery.
06-24-2006 00:10:34 | More by MSchae1017
3.33/5 rDev -10.5%
Poured from a growler I brought home last Friday afternoon. Black beer with a rather small tan head that leaves very little lacing down the side of the glass. Foam turns in to a ring around the glass with wisps of lace on top.
Not a whole lot in the aroma. Mostly coffee and chocolate but pretty faint at that.
Nice chocolate and coffee flavors here. Mostly coffee. A little bit of hop bitterness as well. Could use a little more depth but it is pretty good. I enjoy the bitterness the hops bring to the party.
Dry finish like a dry stout. Bitterness as well. Nice body to go along with the flavor. Carbonation seems spot on as it isnt too much or too little. Enjoyable beer. I would like to have it a little more fresh, like at the brewery, but it is pretty good.
The growler I brought home was the first samples of beer from the batch so lots of little yeasties are on the bottom of the grolwer. I dont think it effected the taste but I thought I would throw that in if anyone took offense to my review. Cheers!!!
04-17-2006 21:30:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
2.42/5 rDev -34.9%
Dark brown with thin looking body that allows some significant light to penetrate. Hmm this is a stout? Light aroma, minimal roasted malt and coffee. Hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Light flavor, low bitterness...but not sweet either. Strange. Light, thin, watery body. What a waste of a cool name.
12-18-2002 12:26:18 | More by John
XXX Total Eclipse Stout from The Blue Ridge Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.