Barrel Aged Total Eclipse | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged Total EclipseBarrel Aged Total Eclipse

Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 77
Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with a film of tan head that leaves no lacing.

The initial smell is roasted malt and alcohol. I don't really get any bourbon notes, and a lot of the aromas that I love in the base beer seem muted or missing.

The coffee seems to have transformed into more of a roasted malt flavor with a little coffee bitterness in the finish. I really have to search for the bourbon. I get hints of caramel from time to time. One again a lot of the element of Total Eclipse seem lost in the aging process.

Full, smooth mouthfeel

I have to say that I am a little disappointed. I absolutely love Total Eclipse. It is right there with Founders Breakfast Stout. I was hoping this would transcend to a KBS-like beer, but it is far from it. The coffee and chocolate flavors that I love so much in Total Eclipse are missing in this version. All that being said, this is not a terrible beer. I like it, but it disappoints given the quality of the base beer. It is still better than a lot of beer out there. I just built this beer up too much in my head. Maybe I sat on it too long, and it is my fault. I will try it again fresh if the opportunity arises.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
1.18/5  rDev -71.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

From the 2015 bottles that were released.

Unfortunately....mine was infected. From the first smell I knew something was off and by the time I tasted it with some tartness and almost no other flavors I knew this was a mess. D: Maybe I'll get to try a good bottle or draft one day!

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a motor oil black with a thin tan head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is coffee, vanilla and light bourbon.

T - The flavor is strong black coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel with dry and sticky finish.

O - This is a really nice Barrel Aged Stout. Definetly worth picking up if you come across it.

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Photo of GregA135
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I think maybe I sat on it too long, but I also read that a few bottles had been "infected"

The look and smell were great! - Poured a nice dark brown color with a tan head and smelled of bourbon, roasted nuts and coffee
The taste and feel weren't so great - Coffee flavor faded fast and the bourbon was subtle. The aftertaste had a metallic taste to it. BUT there were some nice chocolate notes.
A very thin body

I want to give this one another shot whenever I get another one. This beer has potential, but I could of let it sit too long or maybe I just got an "off" bottle.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition, 12oz glass poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a thin head that quickly settles
S: Cocoa, coffee, dark malts, a bit of funk & vanilla
T: Quite tasty, matches the nose with an emphasis on the cocoa, coffee and vanilla
M: Full-bodied, somewhat sweet and a light bitterness
O: Well-made, tasty. Doesn't overtly show bourbon but the barrel-aged qualities are evident. A solid stout on its own, enhanced by the barrel

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Photo of mlockman
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While Total Eclipse is the base for this barrel-aged brew, many of the features that I enjoy about the standard Total Eclipse (i.e., the lactose-sweetness and coffee flavors that make it an excellent breakfast stout) were absent from the palate of this beer. What one is left with instead is a extremely high-quality barrel-aged stout (without overt qualities of breakfast stoutness) that, when fresh, is on-par with an aged Goose Island Bourbon County Stout. There is no residual hotness from the bourbon, leaving only a creamy texture and almost-buttery flavor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, 2015 edition. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. However, there is a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some oaky woodiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked the regular Total Eclipse, and I think the barrel aged version is good too. Definitely worth picking up if you come across some, I know I wouldn't mind picking up another bottle or 2!

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Photo of Ohiovania
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I have heard this is infected. I'm not sure it's true. I believe the coffee probably just had a slight vinous quality to it giving the impression of infection. I don't think the beer benefited from this however and it kept my score low.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour, micro thin toffee lacing ring, no carbonation.

S - Caramel, roasted toffee, sweet roasted chocolate.

T - Dark chocolate, cherries (for a brief second), some oak, a little bit of bourbon, and an astringent off flavor that's hard to peg, but it's definitely there.

M - Nice velvety feel, viscous, sticky.

O - One dimensional and the weird astringent off flavor kinda kills this one for me. :o(

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Photo of toolbrew
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated bottle (2015 vintage) into a snifter. Excellent head retention and lacing. Boozy smell - bourbony. Chocolatety and sweet. Slightly dry finish. Silky smooth and light body. Not thick like an oat stout. Overall really good and happy I took the risk on a four pack! Will have again...even if I didn't have more bottles I will keep an eye out for this.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BA Total Eclipse

Look 9/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Summery: Not Bad, too sweet for the price range. Can't endorse heavily~

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Coffee, bourbon, vanilla and stout? Yes please! The flavors that find ultimate favor with stout fans make their way into the patience, preserverence and passion of Maumee Bay brewers in this epic progression in taste.

Over its ominously dark tawny black appearance, a succulent yet emboldened scent of chocolate, bourbon and caramel exude. Onyx-like through its center, the edges bleed with black cherry hues as its head is compromised by the tannins and alcohol deep within. But once those succulent burnt sugars hit the tongue, it's game on...

Getting past the obvious sweet and surly chocolates and bourbon nuances, the acrid edges of roast has been smoothened by the barrels and the beer has taken on a sweeter and melded roast that hinges on creamy espresso and burnt toast slathered with nutella. Its candied walnut finish trends bitter as the premiere flavor of bourbon eventually steals the show.

Full and lightly oily, the beer's viscosity is aided by its relaxed carbonation to create a lush creaminess but also a lumbered weight. But as the malts begin to fade, the spice of bourbon charges in and claims the finish with its wood caramels, wood spice, prickling alcohol and soft vanilla. Light powdery texture claims a cocoa powder character as the stout eventually begins to dry.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed 12/26/2015 from a bottle in a pint glass.

Look - Dark brown. Nice thick medium bubbled head. Good lacing.

Smell - Bourbon. Chocolate. Vanilla.

Taste - Bourbon. Chocolate. Vanilla. Raisin.

Feel - Not as carbonated as head shows. Smooth. Little burn on the finish. Not as thick as I'd hope.

Overall - Not too heavy on the barrel. A lot of chocolate.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into snifter at ~50 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours the usual impenetrable stout black, and forms a full two fingers of dark tan foam with good retention. No bubbles appear on the sides of the glass down in the beer itself. Lacing is a virtual sheet down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Warm dark chocolate, mixed with a medium-blend coffee, and a decent dose of caramel and vanilla.

Taste: Smooth and rich. The flavor opens with coffee and chocolate, shot through with hints of warm bourbon flavors that do not take over the entire beer. Oak, caramel, vanilla, light char and ash swirl through the mix of coffee and chocolate just enough to make one aware of their presence. Even the aftertaste lingers as a smooth blend of the various flavors.

Mouthfeel: Verging towards the thin side for a stout, but still within acceptable medium-body parameters.

Overall: I prefer this version to the regular Total Eclipse stout, for certain - it's smooth, with excellently blended flavors. That being said, for a buck per 12 oz bottle more than BA Siberian Night, I don't know that I'd return to this one very often - it's smoother, but less complex. I can see where others might go the opposite direction, however.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


A: Moderate coffee and roast malt that has a chocolate character, moderately woody, with a faint vanilla character. The beer’s aroma finishes with a light sweetness.

A: Black, totally opaque with a small off-white head that disspates slowly to leave a light ring of head. There is light lacing in the glass.

T: Moderate bourbon flavor, followed by cold-press coffee. The beer has a moderately woody character, with a faint amount of vanilla and light sweetness. The beer finishes semi-dry with a light bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderately light carbonation

O: Pretty Awesome; this beer is quite complex and the bourbon aging really took this base breakfast stout to another level – quite pleasing to drink.

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Photo of jp32
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very black and thick looking with a bronze colored head atop. The beer smells very roasty with notes of coffee included. The flavor is roasted and actually quite smokey. I don't notice the bourbon as much as I hoped I would, I actually find it pretty hard to pull out bourbon notes in the flavor here. Either way, it's an excellent stout.

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Photo of BB1313
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Basically pours black with a khaki head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. Looks great. The aromas aren't overwhelming, but are very nice. Nice balance between bourbon and chocolate. Hints of caramel and vanilla as well. Cocoa malts are there. The coffee seems muted. The flavors are on the sweeter side, most likely due to the sweet bourbon. Lots of milk chocolate. Some wood/oak notes. The coffee really isn't too noticeable. Finishes very bold and rich. It also finishes with a subtle enjoyable warmth, but it's absolutely not boozy at all. Alcohol goes unnoticed and it's actually dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied and very creamy. The carbonation is on the lower side making it very velvety. Very smooth and balanced.

Very nice barrel aged stout. It's balanced and enjoyable, but very sweet. The coffee seems to be lost, but it's still a great brew nonetheless.

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Photo of ryansako
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10oz pour into a snifter

A - They don't call it Total Eclipse for nothing! Pours jet black with little to no head. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

S - Bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee and vanilla wrapped up into one punch. This is definitely not a booze bomb, but nice and smooth. Very well balanced nose.

T - As mentioned above, there's a lot going on (bourbon, chocolate, roasted coffee and vanilla), but damn...this is one fantastic stout. May be a little sweet for some, but I think the bourbon just compliments this one so well. The flavors really shine once this beer starts to warm.

F - Nice thick stout, but wish it has just a tad more carbonation/head going on.

O - Hands down to Maumee Bay for not only improving on their well known Breakfast Stout, but also getting more involved with the barrel aged program. After 20 years in the game they know what they're doing and things will only continue to get better.


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Photo of unclejazz
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Rozi's Wine Bar in Lakewood, OH

Pours jet black, tan head. Very even blend of Coffee, Bourbon, and Vanilla. Solid roasted malt base. Great chewy mouthfeel and very little heat. The base is excellent and the BA version is equally impressive. Very well done.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rich black color. Has a cocoa, vanilla, boozy aroma but it's all in balance. Flavor is great. Notes of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a boozy mouthfeel. Overall this is really delicious.

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Photo of paultierney1
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful, rich stout! Only drawback is the price. Widely available all over Toledo at $6.99 per 12 ounce bottle. Maumee Bay's best product yet -- thanks, Clint!

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Photo of 81PBNJ
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I’ve had this and its mole cousin a few times over the years at special events. This is the first time I’ve been able get an entire glass of this amazing stout. Bought locally and poured into a large tulip glass.
L: A beautiful looking beer that looks exactly like what a stout should look like. Completely black, with a uniform, caramel head that that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: Chocolate and bourbon blend with an undercurrent of coffee.

T: Chocolate and bourbon comes through at first and then the bitter coffee comes at the end. It follows the noes but with a bit of vanilla from the bourbon and a little burn (in a good way) on the finish.

F: Thick bodied, a little alcohol bite. Coats the mouth in a nice velvety texture.

O: Wow, this is a winner. t's a very well developed stout that hits all the notes I want from a BA stout.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was lucky enough to stop by the brewery in time to try a few pints of the new bourbon barrel aged version of Total Eclipse, which according to the brewer, is quickly running out. As the standard Total Eclipse is one of my favorite brews, I came in with fairly high expectations...

A - Pours a beautiful oily, jet black color with nice caramel head. Minimal head, maybe only half a finger or so and so-so retention, but looks gorgeous simply on the strength of the color.

S - A nice strong bourbon/alcohol smell with sweat chocolaty notes and a very very light hint of coffee. Very inviting.

T - The alcohol taste is nowhere near as strong as the smell suggests. The chocolate hits immediately with the coffee flavor breaking in a bit with the boozieness kicking in late. The finish has the familiar warming/lingering bourbon flavor, muted somewhat by the persisting chocolate sweetness. The aftertaste is also pretty faint after a few seconds...nice flavor, but not overpowering. First reaction was BCBS with some of the boozieness replaced with chocolate. Very tasty as long as you don't mind a very sweet, almost dessert-y taste in your beer. Also, as far as I know, this is Maumee Bay's first attempt at a bourbon barrel aged beer and I have to say they did quite well balancing the flavor of the barrels with the original beer.

M - Unlike BCBS, this is not the consistency of motor oil. In fact, it is quite a bit lighter than I expected. Somehow it seems even thinner and smoother than the regular Total Eclipse. Very easy to drink.

O - This is a very well done version of an already excellent beer. It is extremely drinkable and would be particularly great as a breakfast wake-me-up drink or even as a dessert beer with a side of vanilla ice cream. Would absolutely recommend this to anyone and very much hope they decide to start making this a rotating or even permanent release.

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Barrel Aged Total Eclipse from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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