Total Eclipse Rye Porter
Brewmaster Jack

Total Eclipse Rye PorterTotal Eclipse Rye Porter
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Porter - American
Ranked #378
Ranked #20,934
3.88 | pDev: 11.86%
Brewmaster Jack
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by sulldaddy:
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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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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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LiquorsInc from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Sep 18, 2013
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MattXT from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sep 23, 2013
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PEIhop from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Jan 12, 2013
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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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BigOldOaf from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Sep 10, 2013
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DonFrap from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Jul 16, 2013
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jkeefe1800 from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Aug 06, 2013
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prisdefer from New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Mar 22, 2014
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joeroma5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 26, 2015
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PatGreer from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Jul 04, 2013
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paresis from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 01, 2015
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Dools9 from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 23, 2015
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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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Rekrule from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 01, 2015
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rderedin from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Jul 26, 2014
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Beericjb from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Jan 09, 2013
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DelicateDelirium from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Jan 13, 2013
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Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 03, 2017
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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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WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

May 23, 2014
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bluerabbit from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.7%

Jun 02, 2013
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emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 10, 2015
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FroggieG from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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