Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout | Maumee Bay Brewing Company

Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout
BA SCORE
4.22/5
392 Ratings
Total Eclipse Breakfast StoutTotal Eclipse Breakfast Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by buschbeer on 04-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,222
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
392
pDev:
9.48%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
60
Trade:
7
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 392 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of maximum12
2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

Thanks to BobSacamano12 for this bottle…yes, it’s clearing out the back of the fridge week! No idea how this one got lost. It sounds good. 12 oz. bottle split with no one.

The pour is as expected: jet black, with enough carbonation to thwart my bubble-averse daughter. Nose is as underwhelming as Atlanta in August, with weak coffee & faintly sweet malts vying with, well, not much else. Meh.

Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout is like that Uncle everyone has: not scary, or offensive, but not an experience you want to repeat. Or perhaps even finish. Grainy roast dominates in a water-driven kind of way, with a light sweetness accompanied by the jarring twang of a hillbillies’ bango. And that aftertaste, that aftertaste is where this beer fails. Finish twists into bonfire ashes with a slice of dark fruit that’s just starting to over ripen. The beer I could stomach. The after effects are too much to handle.

Clearly there is something turning in this beer, & turning the wrong way. I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve never craved stone fruit roasted in hot ashes. My first drain-pour in quite some time.

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of drewone
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I think this bottle might be infected, mild, but something just seems off.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.25/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Raime
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%
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 GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was great to look at and had a very nice nose. Unfortunately , it was bitter and acidic and tart in an unpleasant way - not an appealing way. Mouthfeel was then. Overall a decent beer but nothing that need be tried more than once.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Stout brewed with coffee." 9.1% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with cool label art and standard unbranded pry-off cap acquired in a trade with michaellcoates (thanks again, man!) and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given its current ratings and Michael's recommendation.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger rich dark tan colour head. Brilliantly creamy. Soft smooth complexion. Great frothiness. Ideal thickness for the style. Good even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. A luscious supple attractive head overall. Retention is very good, about 6-8 minutes.

Body colour is a solid opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks great for the style. Consistent with the good stouts I've had before. Can't wait to try it.

Sm: Delightful coffee roast with notes of mocha, cream, and light espresso. Some coffee bitterness. Oatmeal. Dark malts. Touches of lactose. Light roasted barley. Some chocolate malt, though I don't get any actual chocolate from the aroma.

No yeast or hop character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

A balanced aroma and a fairly strong one. The coffee is a highlight; it's very evocative and appealing, with great complexity.

T/Mf: Creamy and smooth on the open, giving way to a dark and chocolate malt body as it reaches the second act. Minimal hopping reflects a desire to keep the hops preservative-only. Coffee is present seemingly throughout, with a developing roastiness that peaks on the climax. It's a bit too sweet for my tastes, though, curbing the otherwise enjoyable roast. Hints of lactose as well. Oats fill out the body nicely. A dash of buried raisin is present. A bit of vanillicin.

It'd be balanced if not for that pesky sweetness. Possesses limited complexity and subtlety.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth and wet. Creaminess is a highlight. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Quite drinkable - especially for the well-concealed high ABV - but its overdone sweetness holds it back from greatness. I do like the coffee and chocolate notes, but I'd like to revisit this with some age on it to see if the sweetness fades. I certainly wouldn't trade for it again, but I might get a half-pour of it on-draught if I'm in the mood for a sweet coffee stout. It's certainly not in the same league as the best beers in the style, but for a value offering you could do far worse. Might be interesting on nitro-draught. I can see why it has a following, and I'd like to try more beers from this brewery.

B-

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout from Maumee Bay Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 392 ratings
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