Total Eclipse Rye Porter | Brewmaster Jack

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Total Eclipse Rye PorterTotal Eclipse Rye Porter

Brewed by:
Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 108
Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on May 30, 2016.

The pour is a deep dark brown to near black with a tremendous and foamy tan head. Highly carbonated.

The aroma brings out chocolate and cocoa malts, rye grain, and just general sweetness with a low hop profile.

Light to more medium body.

The flavor has a kind of smokiness that I did not pick up on the nose with the same cocoa and grainy malt presence and mild bitterness to follow.

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Photo of mike22ne
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle. Label says it contains lactose.
Look is dark brown black with a thin dark tan head. Smells of dark roasted malt and a little earthy spice from hops or the rye. Tastes similar, good bitterness and well balanced. Feel is silky smooth and very easy drinking. I would rather prefer a more robust porter with a bit sharper bitterness, but the smooth full body here is a nice unique touch. Very tasty!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours like a dark stout color with dark cola colors and a creamy tan head of about 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer soon after the pour. The aroma is rich with malt mostly roasted notes some black licorice and a bit of dark chocolate. Not really any hops or alcohol on the nose but there are some hints of spicy rye graininess.
First sip is similar to the nose with roasted malt and coffee dominating with some black licorice and a lingering roasted finish. No hops no booze, very easy to drink. Body is average with a silky texture and very fine tingly carbonation.
This is an enjoyable porter and I would get it again if travelling around western MA.

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Photo of rarigney
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had not tried anything from Brewmaster Jack. Purchased this from Tavour in Seattle. Pitch black beer with a light brown head. Has a dark espresso aroma and taste. Overall, a very pleasing porter.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Valley Brew Fest. Served in a sampler size glassware provided by the festival. The beer had a dark black appearance with a brown-colored thick head that eventually dissipated. Aromas were rich in burnt coffee, chocolate, malt, raisins, and a little bit of vanilla. Very sweet drink, almost like a frappe in terms of texture and flavoring; a generally roasted coffee and chocolate mixture in a creamy body. Great balance with the moderate carbonation and creamy body to the drink. Overall, this was a fantastic drink over at this brew fest and a great one from this establishment.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a snifter

Black liquid, brown one finger quickly subsides to a frothy brown ring

Aroma of licorice, tobacco, coffee

Taste of coffe notes, slight bitterness, a little sour

Suds up on the sip, bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue

Nice beer

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Photo of horshack7
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Simply put an abyss of darkness with two fingers worth of dark beige head that leaves behind thick lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee, cocoa, semi sweet chocolate, faint vanilla bean, very dark roasted malts, caraway seeds.

Taste: Heavy dark chocolate, cocoa beans, dark roasted coffee, floral yet roasted hop, vanilla bean with a silky smooth mouthfeel.

Notes: This one is a straight forward American Porter that packs a good punch but it's not over powering. A good one to pick up and will seek it out again. Cheers.

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Photo of Beric
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: From the bottle at a BBQ
Served: 18 April 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle so I can't really comment much about it. Average bottle art though. Nice looking cap.

Smell: Huge toasted malt notes, lots of French roast coffee- the kind that is almost burnt but not quite, and a touch of smoke.

Taste: A lot less chocolatey than some other porter/stouts, as this one is pretty big on the dark roasted coffee, overdone toast, and light smokey flavors. In all, it's a pretty fine mix, and I find the rye added to this beer gives it a pinch of bready graininess, but again, something akin to putting it in the toaster on the second highest setting and seeing whatever comes out. A great beer for lots of grilled meat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high body, but minimal carbonation. I was somewhat taken aback by the body on this one, especially since it's ABV is within an acceptable range. The beer feels much bigger than expected, and I suspect that some of that stems from the low carbonation.

Overall: A good beer and one that made for some nice parings at the BBQ. Would drink again.

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Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle notch says this is a January 2015 packaging. Honestly Brewmaster Jack has been one of my favorite breweries of the last six months since I moved back to Western Mass. I have had great examples of IPA, Quad and Stray Dog has stepped up its game too. Keep it up.

A- Out of the 12oz tall bottle pours a Porter that is almost pitch black into my snifter. A head builds to one finger with a light brown hue. Decent retention and lacing is composed of a large web and drizzle beneath that.

S- Strays to the dark side of the style but the roast does not totally overshadow the toasty browned malt notes. Bouquet of dark bitter cocoa, charred barley, slight coffee, toasted nuttiness, mashed caramelized grains and slight earthy hops.

T- Roasted and black up front with the toasty, hoppy and spicy notes following. Dark bitter cocoa, espresso grounds and burnt grains prime the palate for a cascade of toasted nuts, cherry dark fruit, caramelized sugars, spicy-sweet rye and earthy, spicy hops.

MF- Overall thickness is right about at the medium bodied level but the texture gained from the moderate carbonation is creamy, silky and a bit chewy. Something ever so slightly tart but not infected by any means and it all finishes bitterly roasty.

Seems like the crowd is somewhat divided on this one but for my money this is a rather good Porter. Brings a boatload of dark flavors atop a mostly clean yeast profile and drops on the palate with a very smooth texture.

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Photo of mynie
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark, opaque ruby with minimal carbonation and no head.

Smells a bit fruity, a bit zippy, and a bit like porter grain. Pretty much what you'd expect from a rye porter, and an appropriate strength for the style and ABV.

I'm like a lot of people in that I associate rye with heavy hops. That wouldn't work in a porter, obviously, but I was still a bit let down by the first taste, as I was bracing myself for something I should not have reasonably expected. A few sips in, my expectations adjust and I begin to appreciate the straight-forwardness of the beer. Starts out creamy and sweet. The middle roughens up a bit, starts tasting like an mildly sweet English porter, and by the end the rye asserts itself more strongly and ties everything together.

Pretty tame for the style, a tad thin, and the fruity nodes are a bit off. But not bad. Complex enough to keep me interested throughout the bomber.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Old ale, smokey, caramel, roasted, milk chocolate, yoasted, and spicy.

Taste: Have to say you pick up a lot of ashy characteristics that balance out with the caramel and other malts a bit. Some bitterness and chewy notes in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Ashy bitterness, light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little chewy.

Overall: Got to say this grew on me as time went on. A bit ashy, buy still drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of scotorum
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Opaque black with the barest hint of clear ruby/copper at the bottom. Inch thick light brown head receded to thick surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s: Mostly mild black coffee with other roasty malt notes including dark chocolate.

t: Dark roasty espresso malt up front followed by a considerable hop bite which lingered at the back sides of the tongue on an otherwise dry finish. Some spiciness emerges later.

m: Medium, good body, yet also hints of wateriness, good carbonation tingle.

o: A good rye porter with the right flavors and heft. It's not clear what the added lactose did to it since it is not particularly smooth in the mouth.

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Photo of SABERG
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with label notched date code 12-14 into a modified tulip glass.
A - Pours like a total eclipse, deep dark in color, finely structured mocha carbonation tops out into a rich Crème Brule colored, densely packed, rich froth. Lacing clings lovingly to the glass.
S - Dark cocoa, husky grains, hints of black pepper, blackberry, light roast coffee and a big presence of roasted malts, flanked by molasses and dark fruits.
T - Dark cocoa and molasses lead the way, A nicely balance grain bill chase that out, dark roast malts, oats and the rye all play well together, the black pepper visit's and leaves quickly, no hop bitterness but plenty of spice to offset that. The lactose does indeed leave a slight sweetness to round out the flavors.
F - Slick to start, full in body. Round on the palate, leaves a long coating of cocoa (hot chocolate anyone!). With some time passed the rye spiciness cleans up leaving a semi sweet, semi chocolate calling card.
O - A very nice, approachable porter, intriguing flavors and fine mouth feel. There is potential for greatness here. A fine offering from Brewmaster Jack.
Worth seeking out.


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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a dark brown color, approaching black, decent sized light brown head but no lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is a mix of roasted malt and a heavy hand of molasses, touches of cocoa.

Taste starts out with the roasted malt front, cocoa has a much larger flavor presence, light toasted aspect, rye isn't too strong or spicy like it can be, carbonation is soft but ample, body is medium neither too thick or thin.

Nothing stands out to make this porter break from the pack but it is well crafted and satisfying.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It was a hot humid day today, but now I'm sitting in the cool AC, and have some work to do, so this should sit nicely. Bottled 2/17/14, a few months old but not one that needed to be fresh so hopefully still nice.

Pours a super dark thick mocha colored creamy frothy 1/2 finger head that retains nicely, leaves some nice lacing as well, adn long legs on the sides even, pretty much no light getting through that murky black mess.

Nose brings chocolate right off, cocoa dust, mocha, a little roasted malt darkness and touch of roasted coffee, a mild fluffy marshmallowy nougat carafa like note, with some caramel and nutty aromas, a mild toasty biscuit note in the middle, and just a touch of a spicy rye in the background.

Taste starts creamy like there is lactose in there, but a bit thin at the same time surprsingly, then into mocha and cocoa again, some creamy mild chocolate and cocoa dust, with some mild roasted malt notes and roasted coffee, into more of that biscuit and toasted malt characters. As it warms a little fluffy nougat note but not much, touch of caramel, faint nutty note as well. A bit of a mild earthy hop bitterness in the middle, a touch of grassy and spicy notes, and very faint spicy rye that I really have to search for. Finish is creamy but dry, touch sticky, bit more bitterness as earthy hops and a touch of spicy rye come through, more cocoa, roasted malt, and caramel like malt notes lingering.

MOuth is med bod, a bit thick and creamy feeling but at the same time feels thin for what is actually there, strange, with decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice big porter flavors, very stouty actually, with nice cocoa, roast, caramel, dark malts, toasty, etc, and a nice hop character that backs it up doesn't take the forefront. Wish the rye came through a bit more, but I think it sits nicely subdued a bit in this beer. Only real issue is that despite feeling creamy and fluffy it feels a bit thin on the base like it's missing something. Otherwise nice solid tasty beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours opaque black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of toasted malt, light chocolate and coffee and slight lactose. Flavor is toasted malt, milk chocolate, lightly charred coffee a light spicy fruitiness from the rye and mild milky lactose, nicely balanced. Medium bodied with some light creaminess, good for this moderate ABV. A nice porter with a pretty tasty variety of flavors. The rye presence is not that noticeable as a component, but seem to add an interesting light spicy flavor the otherwise toasty, lightly charred malt background. I'm pleased with this much flavor from a standard strength porter. A gift from my sister, but if I ever saw it again, I'd grab it.

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Photo of obninsk23
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got $5.00 1PT 6OZ bottle in a local store.
In the glass looks and smells nice, not as dense as Guiness. Color is pitch black, as we say in Russia - "lights out". It's rye - definitely can tell after first sip. Bottle says "contains lactose" - I do feel milk taste in a very nice way. I like the foam on top stays for long pronouncing creaminess of this delicious beer.

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Photo of tigg924
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: 1 inch head, opaque, black colored, with high carbonation

Smell: BOSCO, char, and light cream

Taste: cream and rye seed throughout with char, milk chocolate, and light white bread

Mouthfeel: medium body, sweet with char bitterness, moderate carbonation

Overall: Interesting super smooth brew that tastes a lot better than it smells. The beer gets a lot better as it warms as the rye seed becomes more pronounced. I would get this again.

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Photo of DIM
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: Deep, dark brown; poured with a large, long lasting tan head.

s: Roasty coffee, a little lactic tartness, and a hint of sweet fruit.

t: Roastier than the average porter, which I like. Plenty of semi seeet chocolate plus some caramel sweetness and tart lactose keep this from crossing into stout territory. A little tingle at the end could be rye.

m: I think this is where the rye really comes into play. Soft and full bodied; much more than a 6% porter should be.

o: I just wanted to buy a random bottle of something local and I lucked into a stellar porter. Loved this one.

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Photo of nootch23
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle dated December 11 2012. Poured into a an Ommegang tulip glass.

A - roasty, chocolate notes with a coffee aroma. very deep smelling with traces of dark fruits like raisins or dates

T - tastes primarily of coffee with a very tiny amount of chocolate coming through. Not as much chocolate as expected. Blend of oak, deep malty flavors and various fruits coming through on the back of the tongue. Kind of a sweetness to it.

M - the mouthfeel is really good. Does not leave my mouth dry at all. Leaves a fruity aftertaste to it.

O- this is a very solid yet modest porter that strikes a very good balance between the sweetness of the chocolate and fruity notes and the bitterness of the coffee taste. Although I feel this porter is lacking in its body, its very easy to drink and a nice choice to have on a cool night. I would definitely purchase this again.

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Photo of jacksback
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Random find at a local shop from a local brewer I've never heard of. Go figure.

Looks good enough. Thick, heavy looking opaque black with a nice persistent tan head.

Nice aroma too, though on the mild side. Roasty burnt grains, toasted pumpernickle bread, and some notes of mild cocoa.

This is entirely working out to be a pleasant surprise. Solid, enjoyable flavor. Toasty, big grain flavor. Rye is noticeable in a bit of peppery sharpness mostly on the back end. Mild bittersweet chocolate notes. No significant sweetness, all the flavors are well balanced.

Light on the mouth feel, almost bordering on thin. Works though- the flavors come through really well without a big heavy mouthfeel getting in the way. Noticeable carbonation helps that too. Pretty clean finish.

Overall, this beer is a really nice surprise. Having never seen this beer on the shelf before, I didn't really expect much. But this is a solid, enjoyable beer that entirely delivers.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Bottled on Dec 11, 2012.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades pretty quickly, with sticky lasting lace. Aroma is dark malts and anise.

Taste is dark sweetness upfront, chocolate with a touch of tart in the middle, and then coasts through to the close with some moderate citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is nice. Maybe not the big scary porter the name might indicate, but a good brew.

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Photo of smcolw
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Two finger, frothy head. The liquid is nearly black. No light shines through on the edge. A cross between blanket and ring lace comes from each sip.

Smooth dark chocolate with cream for the nose. Some coffee notes (comes across as mocha). Not bitter.

The taste has more of a burnt flavor than the smell indicates. This makes the beer more bitter even though I don't detect any hop presence. The beer is dry as the rye monicker would lead one to envision. The body is on the thin side and the elevated carbonation enhances this impression.

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Photo of Beericjb
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: 1-finger of creamy brown head which recedes to a thin film. Beer is extremely dark brown/black and opaque.

S: First smell I get is the chocolate, followed by the spicy notes from the rye and some smoke.

T: Similar to the smell. I get chocolate, spicy rye, and some smokiness. A little bitter from the hops. Leaves a nice smoky aftertaste.

M: Smooth, creamy, with a dry finish.

O: A really interesting and delicious beer. I really liked Ambrewsia, so I figured I would give it a try, and am not disappointed. For $4.95 a bomber, it was a great buy.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottled on dec 1 2001. Described as a chocolate rye porter w/lactos.

A: pours a true to its name black w/ a nice two fingers of coffe colored head. Nice retention and very nice lacing... Looks delicious.

S: a nice milky coco with a slightly roasty hint, along with a touch of grainy rye.

T: the rye grain really steps out a bit in the taste, some roasty coffe notes with chocolate and rye. Really like the way all the ingredients work together here. Touch of hops towards the end. Nice!

M: on the slightly heavy side of medium bodied w/ a very nice dryness, the lactose gives it a nice creamyness at the same time. Dry chewy finish. Medium crisp carbonation.

O: I like this brew, I've never had a lactose porter before, and I really like the way it all and together here with the chocolate and the rye and dry body... Very tasty, give this one a chance if you get the opportunity.

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Total Eclipse Rye Porter from Brewmaster Jack
3.92 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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