Total Eclipse Black Ale | Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Total Eclipse Black AleTotal Eclipse Black Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co.
California, United States
hoppy.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brent on 01-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
61
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
16.33%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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1.5/5  rDev -57%

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1.5/5  rDev -57%

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

Photo of bargerking
2.31/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark black into a snifter from a 22oz bottle. Dark leathery head. Smell is really light and bland. Roasted malt with a faint hint of hops. After taste is funky and not enjoyable. Mouthful is spicey, almost astringent. Thin body. This is a very one deminsional beer with nothing special. A very boring beer for me.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.45/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beers from this brewery have started popping up all over town recently. The labels are quite corny, but the price is low. I've been curious so I picked this one up for $4.99. I thought it was a black IPA, so I was let down when I found out it was a stout.

Appearance
A thin black, the body shows lots of reds. The head rises pretty easily, but doesn't lace the glass. The beer looks a tad on the thin side.

Aroma
Some sharp roast, but it seems weird, almost artificial. No real chocolate, just bitter black cocoa and faint coffee. The aroma has a malty, husky profile to it.

Taste
Similar to the aroma, the taste is weak, lacking a strong roastiness. Its mostly bittered by a plastic taste that stands in place of a real, rich roast.

Mouthfeel
Thin, but not overly so. Carbonation is high, but I can deal with it.

Overall
Well, at least this was only $4.99. I really wanted a black IPA when I bought this. This beer isn't hoppy, so I'm curious to try one of their hop forward styles. Since the price is right I'll probably grab the red ale or something.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.59/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Of all the beers I have had in my life, I cannot remember having one that is so foamy! I was afraid to set the bottle down because every time I did, foam right out the top! Take a drink? Foam! Now, there are a few redeeming qualities about this brew...it does have a nice appearance of dark black molasses, but it tastes of burnt wood. The mouth feel is also going to be rated low by me as well for the unacceptable amount of foam I encountered in this beer. I even let it sit for some time thinking maybe I inadvertently shook it up, but I do not believe that to be the case. When I lived in the Sacramento area I used to frequent the Hoppy Brewery and remember it being a bit run down and I made a trip to Sacramento recently and brought back 2 cases of Hoppy brews. Gotta say I was disappointed. Oh well, next up?

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Photo of Jredner
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber from Hi-Time Wine Cellars.

Pours dark brown and settles a very deep brown. The body holds a two finger thick mocha head that is lasting, but bubbly and frothy. Aroma is fairly hoppy for the style and features a decent roast profile, mild coffee and hints at cocoa and chocolate.

Thinnish fore has tongue cutting carbonation, mild cola notes, coffee, roast and a fairly bitter profile overall. Has some plusses, but the overalll feel is thinnish and not very satisfying. Admittedly I prefer my Porters closer to stouts in feel and flavor, so considering that this just wasn’t enough beer for me.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of BWood
2.97/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Had this on tap at the brewery.

L: dark with great lacing.

S: meh. Not much there.

T: malty with chocolate at the end. Slight hop character. Not bad but nothing to praise either.

F: it reminds me of a porter with its look and taste but doesn't have that smooth feel.

O: average beer. I do not think I would buy it except while I was at the brewery.

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Photo of germaniac
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours as advertised-black enough to block out a smiley sun. Puts out a faint aroma of roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate. Tastes of chocolate and coffee, with a slight hop bitterness that comes close to being sourness. But there's enough initial flavor to compensate. Mouthfeel is thin, and carbonation is mid-range. I don't really see this as a stout, but it makes a pretty decent porter.

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3/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Squid-ink black, just the barest light penetrates at the edge of the glass. Not much head to speak of, even after a hard pour. Great aroma - toasty chocolate malt. Nice roasted malt, but flavor quickly degrades into a rather stale, carboardy malt profile. A strong start, but unfulfilled in the end.

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After passing up several times, I decided to buy and drink. I didn't expect much, just not to completely disapoint. Though it holds some intriguing flavors, I cannot get over the sharp, grainy, charcoal-like astingency that shows up early and often. Aromas, first, surprise with a firm Belgian sourness; quickly followed up with roasted malts. Flavors follow a similar profile, but there is too much competition between the chalky burned grain flavor and the low-bodied sour ale flavors. The graininess cannot blend into the weak body per flavor. Finsihes complex, but muddled. Despite a very dark brown and ideal head retention, the astringency persists. Not horrible, but not a second buy in my future.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a imperial pint glass.

It's a dark brown beer, fairly impenetrable with a light brown bubble head. Good retention and lacing. All the Hoppy Brewing beers I've tried have been lookers, that's for sure.

The smell is faint of chocolate and roasted malts... a little metallic twinge to it.

The taste is a little subdued too... mostly a roasted flavor to it, like charred malts. There is a charred aftertaste and really no hops to speak of. It's alright, but nothing special.

It's kinda thin, not much body to speak of... I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't hunt it down.

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3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger light brown head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Totally black color. Medium-heavy carbonation and body. Nose is coffee. Starts with a good balance of hops and malt and finishes as a mix of porter and stout. Slight bitter aftertaste. $2.49 for a 22 oz bottle; found at Hoosick Street Disc Beverage, Troy, NY.

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Photo of jvillefan
3.07/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a 22 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass there was a 2 1/2 finger light brown head that was above the very brown/black beer that lives up to its name.

S: The smell was very unimpressive as the dominate smell coming from the beer was ethanol. In the background the only thing I could detect was a slight smell of hops.

T: The taste mirrored that of the smell. The ethanol came through despite the beer only being 5.6%. There were hoppy and malty flavors present but were not that bold compared to other black ales.

M: The mouthfeel was good as there was an element of viscosity probably created from the malted hops.

O: Overall this beer is ok, while it is better than some there is a long list of beers that I would choose over this one.

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3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Total Eclipse Black Ale isn’t quite black. It is a dark chocolate fudge color, although it’s nowhere near opaque. Burgundy highlights are very apparent throughout. Carbonation looks to be active. A semi-careful pour yields a tan head that stands over three fingers tall. It recedes slowly, leaving a sticky coat of lace behind.

The nose is alright. It features a blend of roasted and chocolate malts. The roasted variety is definitely stronger. The chocolate malts smell like bittersweet dark chocolate. It doesn’t smell sweet at all. Coffee or espresso is quite prominent. That’s about it. It’s relatively simple and straight forward, but isn’t bad. Alcohol is masked well and doesn’t come through.

The flavor is mostly consistent with the nose, but is rather average. The malt base is very roasty. Perhaps a little too roasty. Chocolate is definitely in the mix and has a very bittersweet flavor. There isn’t a sweet flavor in the house. Coffee is very strong and seems bolstered a bit by the roasted malts. It has an intense coffee/charred flavor that’s just a little too strong. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Finishes with a strong mix of roasted and charred flavors.

Total Eclipse has a lighter body. Carbonation is quite active and buzzy. It doesn’t feel smooth at all. Actually, it’s a little below average for a stout. Eh. It’s honestly a little tough to finish off a bomber. The flavor’s too intense and isn’t all that satisfying.

Total Eclipse is my first go with Hoppy Brewing Co. For an American Stout, it’s average. The flavor isn’t all that bad, but its intense roasty/charred flavors are too strong and grow very tiresome. If you’re into that sort of stout, then maybe this is worth a try. Otherwise, I’d suggest taking a pass. This one needs a little work.

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3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a nice tan colored head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is very subdued...I don't catch much of anything in the nose
Taste is a mellow roasted malt...not too sweet....coffee..chocolate...drying hops.
Aftertaste becomes slightly dry but you are left with a mocha coffee flavor that is pleasant.
Nothing really remarkable or special about this stout. Just good clean and balanced....what's wrong with that?

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3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber, this beer was overcarbonated, resulting in a very foamy, overexaggerated head. After giving that plenty of time to settle, the beer has a very typical black, opaque appearance. The smell is muted, but very distinctly malty and sweet. Taste reveals coffee flavors with a moderately bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable; likely similar to pounding a couple of pots of coffee. Have had better Black Ales, and would likely seek out one of the others in the future.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very intrigued as this beer won a Bronze Medal at the 2006 GABF in the Robust Porter category (which confuses me that is in the Stout category in AB), Oh well, it was number three in my "Porter" tasting night.
A- Pours a very deep brown hue, the head on this beer (from the bottle mind you) was absolutely amazing: brown/off white color, thick/creamy/frothy texture that absolutely dominated a pilsner glass with a slow pour, almost comical but very cool, i really dig the frothy foam and subsequent thick lacing
S- Nose is subtle and characterized by coffee beans and slight chocolate and roast tones as well
T- Straight forward taste follows the aroma, mostly subtle roast and coffee throughout, some sweet chocolate, not a lot of malt, some bitter hops in the finish, not very deep or complex
M- Light-medium bodied, watery and smooth texture, good carbonation
D- This is an easy drinking beer that I think leans more toward porter than stout, either way it has a fairly simple taste that I wouldn't rush out to re-experience any time soon, I am surprised this won a medal last year (perhaps the judges were simply in awe of the amazing head presentation)

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Figured I'd donate some beer to the most recent Bliss tasting. Why not? This said bottle pours a murky blackish-brown topped by over a finger of dirty sandy foam. The nose comprises coca powder, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, very light roasted malts, and light coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, but with a bit more roast and a slightly richer chocolate flavor. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a pretty meager stout: one that's way too thin and way too laid-back, but one that's generally inoffensive and easy to drink.

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Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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Total Eclipse Black Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
3.49 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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