Total Eclipse Rye Porter
Brewmaster Jack

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Porter - American
Ranked #379
Ranked #20,639
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into Goose Island Nonic Pint.

Deep shiny black color with a frothy beige-brown head of 1/2 finger. Leaves nice hilly lace as it recedes.

Spicy dark rye, tobacco, and melted dark chocolates invade the nose.

Flavor is ever so slightly ashy, but pleasantly - with hints of red pepper, spicy rye, tobacco, Yoo-Hoo, slight bubble gum, lactose, cola, and bitter melted dark chocolate.

Feel is semi-creamy and it stays, but the overall body is medium, with a mild to moderate spiky carbonation.

Overall, a very solid sipper and the rye was a great choice for this recipe. Very well done.

Nov 29, 2018
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Kendo from New York

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body is black, and there's a very thin tannish head on top.

S: Nice nose of chocolate milk, cocoa, and roasted barley and coffee beans.

T: First impression: a little weak, flavor-wise - particularly after the nose was so encouraging. Lactose is definitely noted, imparts a bit of a chocolate milk or Yoo-Hoo-type flavor. Also roasty stuff is there, however: some roasted barley malt and a bit of stale coffee. Finishes with a modest earthiness, presumably from the rye.

M: Appropriate for a porter - a little thin and watery, and low on carbonation.

O: This is a decent Porter, with a balance of roastiness and sweetness. In some ways I think it drinks more like a Milk Stout than a Porter.

Apr 21, 2018
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connecticutpoet from Connecticut

3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Head was mostly a thin ring around the glass. Clear dark brown body.

Aroma – Aroma was mainly coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. No rye apparent.

Taste – Roasted malts, a little coffee, some chocolate, a little bit of rye bite at the end but masked.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth and creamy.

Overall – A pretty good porter even if the rye did not stand out much.

Jan 30, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

May 30, 2016
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

May 23, 2016
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Feb 07, 2016
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rarigney from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Dec 11, 2015
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Aug 31, 2015
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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

Aug 14, 2015
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Beergeeknut from Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

May 25, 2015
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Beric from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Apr 25, 2015
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Apr 05, 2015
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mynie from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Mar 20, 2015
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Mar 18, 2015
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Mar 11, 2015
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.


Jan 25, 2015
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

Oct 05, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jul 08, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

Apr 17, 2014
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obninsk23 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Jan 03, 2014
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Dec 09, 2013
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Oct 16, 2013
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nootch23 from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

May 29, 2013
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jacksback from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Feb 25, 2013
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 24, 2013
Total Eclipse Rye Porter from Brewmaster Jack
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 116 ratings