Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout
Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #356
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,420
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 9.43%
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
411
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Maumee Bay Brewing Company
 
Ohio, United States
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Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout
Notes: Maumee Bay Brewing Company’s Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout is a hearty meal in a glass. As it pours, it devours the light and your glass is filled with darkness. This massive beer brewed with espresso beans (from Flying Rhino in Toledo, OH), oatmeal, and lactose offers a rich and complex taste that begs to be savored. With a smooth carbonation and luscious roasted malt flavor, you will fade to black as you slowly sip this finely crafted brew. We recommend serving at 45-50 degrees in your favorite snifter. It’s nothing but total bliss from Maumee Bay Brewing Co.
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 411
Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Rich dark body, tan head, persistent with moderate lacing creeping from the ring.

S - Strong coffee acidity, toasted malt, mild minerality.

T - The open starts like the nose, coffee and chocolate, roasted malts and a sweeter line, and a subtle bitter finish.

M - Brisk, good carbonation, with a sticky feel that dries out in the finish.

O - Superb coffee stout, truly delicious and great feel for a big ABV beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout brewed by Maumee Bay Brewing Company, with an ABV of 9.10% This American Imperial Stout pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep brown color with a nice light brown head. This brew has the look of black coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts, with a slight sweetness. You also pick up in the smell is coffee an mirror hop bitterness. There is a lot going on in Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout. Now for the taste, it is Bold with Roasted goodness. You pick up on coffee notes as well as oatmeal notes. This all mixed with roasted grains, malts, an hops. A well put together Stout. The body of this Imperial Stout is medium to heavy, but not to heavy. This brew goes down nice an smooth. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 9.10 % ABV in this brew, it is just that smooth. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, an Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Maumee Bay Brewing Company, did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of beergoot
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark body like anthracite coal and topped with a dense, creamy, light tan head. Heady aroma of sweet chocolate and cocoa powder; some dark fruit sweetness touches the nose. Incredible sweet and chocolate flavors; some vanilla and perhaps a coffee bitterness; little detectable alcohol presence; roasted grain backbone. Heavy body; thick and chewy; semi-sweet finish.

This is one outstanding breakfast stout, deep and rich with tons of depth and complexities to savor. The alcohol presence is pretty well masked by the lush sweetness and mild bitterness of chocolate and vanilla flavors and the mouthfeel just coats the palate with lingering softness and gentle sweetness. A must try from the Buckeye State...

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Photo of Harrison8
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a finger of khaki, caramel-colored head. Head retention is okay with great lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and nutted malts with additional complexity-adding notes of chocolate, and caramel. There is a light body of medium-roast coffee as well. Roasted and nutted malts are the emphasis of the aroma. Flavor profile is roasted, and toasted malts come out first in the flavor profile and dominate the remainder of the flavor display. Nutted and earthy malts come to light more at the end. Medium-roast coffee kissed with char, chocolate, and light caramel round out the rest of this breakfast stout. Mouth feel is medium-thick in thickness, with a velvety feel that is broken up a touch by some harsh carbonation fizz at the back. Overall, a solid stout focused on being a great simplistic stout with a splash of coffee added.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn what a surprise! I expected just a coffee stout but got this! Into a pint!
I am floored with this beer the smell cocoa nibs, chocolate, ground coffee espresso! Taste is so smooth! Can't believe it's been sitting in my fridge for like 4 months and it STILL drinks so good! Now full of regret knowing I probably can't get any more at lease I now know these guys make a banger breakfast stout!

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Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking in celebration of the 2017 eclipse. Awesome experience and a theme beer to match

A: black in color with a Rocky tan head. Beauty.

S: dark chocolate, rich espresso with brown sugar and some alcohol in the finish.

T: dark chocolate, and espresso coffee out swinging. Brown sugar in the finish as well as licorice.

M: medium thick, with plenty of carbonation. Slick finish.

O: a damn fine beer to end an incredible day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark, robust and deep with ominous appearances and flavors, Maumee Bay brewers want to put a total eclipse over the session with an assertive stout that's laced with espresso, milk sugars and oatmeal.

Total Eclipse snuggles in the glass with a pitch black color and trailing with a creamy tan froth. Coffee, roast and a plethora of burnt sugars burry the nose in all things char; ahead of a taste of roasted nuttiness, coffee, molasses toffee and cream.

And then the stout opens up tremendously over the middle palate, saturating each tastebud with the smoky sweetness of espresso with heavy cream and brown sugar. Its charred grains and bold roast coffee mingle for an earthy soilish taste that hinges on tartness and bitterness. Strong alcohols present a whisky-like taste while a subtle suggestion of aspartame lingers.

Full and heavy, the beer's body is generously weighted, much to the delight of the sweet tooth. But its aggressive char highlights both a grain derived and coffee derived astringency that provides a harsh tannic bite in finish. A long and roasty aftertaste comes with the broad bitterness from hops for a session that gains complexity from its own immensity instead of variety of tastes.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - not dated

Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout filled my snifter with an opaque black hue that formed a 1 1/2 finger tan head. The head reduced to a collar of foam and spotty lacing was formed on the walls of my glass. The nose was of coffee beans followed by chocolate and roasted malts. The taste matches the smell with coffee and chocolate upfront. The sweet flavor of malt is next with just a little bitterness from the hops at the finish. Mouth feel is a little smooth and somewhat chewy. Medium body for its style with a light carbonation.

Total Eclipse is a 'lighter weight' American Double/ Imperial Stout making it an easy drinker. My first brew from Maumee Bay and I like it.

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Photo of Raime
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a pretty new brewery and my first beer out of them.

Jet black with a pretty nice mocha head that retains fairly well.

Smell is pure chocolate with a small amount of vanilla and oak but is oddly watery.

Taste follows suit. There's a lot that wants to go on here but the brew is noticeable watery and the flavors are rather muted.

Feel is decently creamy but again, watery

Overall, I'm really disappointed. This beer wanted to break out and be great but it simply couldn't pull it off with the muted flavors.

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Photo of strohme2
3.57/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent pour, hoping for more of a fluffy, longer lasting head. Sweet milk chocolate, rich coffee on the nose. Something tastes not quite right for a coffee stout. Bitter, fruity berries finish the taste. It's not exactly off putting but not my favorite profile from the coffee. Good mouthfeel, silky. Glad I just bought one bottle.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is okay, but anyone claiming it is as good or better than Founders Breakfast Stout is out of their damn mind. Aroma is decent...kinda like an espresso & cream, but it's a bit overcarbed with a metallic, slightly sour berry-like finish that detracts from the coffee and chocolate notes. I also wish there were more agressive roast flavors and the sweetness was toned down a bit. I recommend having this on the cold side rather than cellar temp. Again, this is no Founders Breakfast Stout, but more like a poor man's Moloko.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice and balanced breakfast stout. Pours jet black, nice head that fades a bit quickly but spot on color, carb, and lacing. Lactose and coffee definitely dominate the nose but the flavor here is really well balanced. Really nice breakfast stout I think I prefer to Founders which I generally feel is a bit too heavy on the coffee.

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Photo of do_ob
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 tulip. Pours a dark brown and settles black in th glass. About 1 finger of fizzy, khaki-colored foam initially, which bubbled down to a lacing after a minute or two. No head whatsoever after 5 minutes. Lots of carbonation bubbles clinging to the bottom and sides of the glass. Big nose on this guy - I could smell it as I was pouring. Strong notes of milk chocolate, lactose, and coffee with hints of caramel and vanilla. On the taste, bittersweet baker's chocolate, bold coffee, bitter oats, and a touch of lactose and vanilla on the back end. On the sweeter side, and very tasty. I am getting a bit of a metallic taste on the finish, but I may be drinking it a little too warm so I'll let that slide. In terms of feel, it's good albeit a tad thin & oily. Definitely thick enough the carry the flavor and alcohol. Overall, not bad at all but not my favorite.

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Photo of Chef74
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

look...jet black, miniscule head that quickly dissipated. Smell...cocoa puffs with coffee. Taste...cocoa puffs with coffee. Feel...creamy and delightful. Overall... Delicious if you like cocoa puffs and coffee....And I do!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Flavor is coffee, chocolate and a creamy oatmeal. The flavor is nice but the mouthfeel is a little thick. Kind of hard to describe like a rich thick liquid that turns carbonated on your tongue. Not the biggest fan of this but overall this is a tasty brew.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty drink that opens all black and brown, as it should, with nice little bubbles. The aroma is very roasty, malty and coffee.

The taste of a thick, rich, coffee experience. The booze comes a little in the after taste. This is a very good beer from a brewer I normally do not care for enough to give blind faith to. Good one, people.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Upfront big coffee aroma, followed by deep roasted malts that have lots of chocolate/coffee character, faint vanilla aroma, with a light sweet finish.

A: Black, totally opaque with moderate beige head that dissipates pretty quickly. Moderate lacing evident.

T: Moderate coffee flavor, followed by lots of semi-sweet bakers chocolate from the malts. The beer has a semi-dry finish with a light bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty solid; the beer has a nice upfront coffee aroma, followed by lots of chocolate malts. Since the coffee flavor is solid, but not overly complex – the beer could use another layer to make it better and even more tasty.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.1/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Appearance: Your usual stout black, letting no light through, with some patches of brown bubbles along the bulge of the snifter. Forms a thin, fizzy, short-lived head of brown bubbles, which rapidly becomes just a ring of brown bubbles around the edge of the surface.

Smell: Coffee. Coffee not unlike the standard breakfast diner Arabica blend. There isn't much else to the aroma, beyond a thin sort of burnt-bitter grain smell, and perhaps a vague tinge of blackstrap.

Taste: Coffee. Coffee not unlike the standard breakfast diner Arabica blend. That's how the flavor profile opens, proceeds, and closes. A handful of other flavors pop their heads through the flavor profile door while it's open, making little cameos - blackened wheat, faint molasses, very mild chocolate, something vaguely resembling a tinge of berry - but for the most part, this is like drinking chilled Arabica coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick and full bodied, with carbonation just this side of flat. Oddly enough, has a somewhat watery breakdown at the very end of the swallow, despite the fullness throughout the rest of the process.

Overall: While not bad, in fact rather solid, this is not a spectacular example of a breakfast stout. Coffee lovers may find it wonderful. I find it to be right around par for a stout, particularly of the double/imperial ilk.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a frothy khaki head. The head is soft with great retention.

Lots of coffee in the aroma. Anise, chocolate, and char.

The espresso really bursts in the flavor. Fresh cold pressed coffee. Black licorice, dark chocolate, tobacco. Slightly bitter and dry in the finish.

Very smooth and full body. Moderate carbonation. Creamy.

A fantastic no thrills imperial coffee stout. The coffee is the center of attention and mouthfeel is wonderful.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On point, solid roasted coffee and bakers chocolate note, little to no astringency. Great mouth feel, heavy body with light but creamy carbonation.

Cheers!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Beer pours dark brown, looking black in a thick goblet. Head grows and recedes quickly. Definitely some froth comes with just a little agitation, but it too runs back into the glass and near the edge.

Nose is a wonderful lightly sweet coffee once the beer comes to temperature. Initial notes also showed some bitter tartness and more sweetness. I like the mellowed out scents from the warmer beer.

The taste hits first with a little sweetness, but it is quickly replaced with coffee and dark chocolate roasted malt notes. Then that fruit, berry-like taste comes in and reminds me of a berry-filled dark chocolate candy bar (but not as sweet). However, as the beer warms, the strength of this fades and even morphs into a coffee-with-cream, lightly sweetened. Some sips I still get some tart-bitter notes but they seem like maybe they come from the play of the lactose and the bitter malts.

Feel is a tad oily, but it makes the beer easy to drink. Medium body, warmth makes this feel a bit thinner. There is a certain depth of flavor that sustains throughout, however. A very nice, easy drinking higher ABV beer. Definitely hides the alcohol well.

Definitely a worthy beer. With the lactose, it fits into milk stout territory, with coffee added. The type of sweetness of the "base style" is obvious, and the coffee notes are well balanced in there. I definitely appreciate this beer for the balance, and would let it warm a little more before my first sip next time I have it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! From the bottle in a snifter. This delicious stout pours a decadent black with a thick head of brown foam that dissipates to a thick ring, pooling layer, and features spotty lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, vanilla, espresso, toffee, and sweet cream. Flavors follow and surpass the nose with rich creamy chocolate on all sides, strong cold pressed coffee in the middle, a touch of vanilla and toffee on the sides and back, followed by a chocolate coated malted milk ball flavor that is roasted enough to keep from being cloying. Creamy and coating mouth feel is chewy and rich with a solid malt backbone that is roasted without being overly burnt.

OUTSTANDING!

One of the best stouts I have had this year.....a top 10 in the stout world. A new favorite.

Cheers!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on draft at the brewpub

black in color, tan head. good head retention and lacing. big coffee aroma. good balanced taste, not too acidic or bitter. thick, full bodied. overall, my favorite beer from them

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Photo of Hootie159
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a dark brown head that didn't last. Smells like breakfast in a glass. Some coffee, chocolate, and a hint of syrup. Coffee is the dominant taste but it has a nice malt character. Feel is the only weakness. Carbonation is a bit lacking and is a bit watery.

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Photo of mabermud
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark body with a dark mocha head that rings the glass shortly after leaving the bottle.
Smell: Bitterness, roast, black coffee, some milk chocolate, and lactose sweetness.
Taste: The taste is similar to the smell, however, a sour twang is leftover in the finish.
Feel: The body could use a little bit more BODY. The lather in the mouth is decent, but it could use a bump up.

Overall - I don't know if I received a bad bottle, but this was unusual. The sour finish was not desirable. If I set aside the sour finish, things look better. However, I cannot, because it is there :(

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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 411 ratings