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Total Eclipse Black Ale | Hoppy Brewing Co.

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Total Eclipse Black AleTotal Eclipse Black Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppy Brewing Co.
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of Lynn
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle just in from Lueken Liquors. Is this how the brewer intended it? Maybe something more hoppy. As a dry stout, pretty decent, more of a light shwartzbier, with a muted hop. Very good drinkability. Light black coloured body, almost no head. Medium mouthfeel. Mollasses and light roast smell.

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Photo of jp312
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of EFR94
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kuongming
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Nage37
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MarioM
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is off dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that special for the style.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours near jet black with cola brown edging. Head is light tan in color and sits 2 fingers high. Retention is decent. Resulting lace is thin, but consistent and with nice stick.

Smell - Big notes of semi-sweet chocolate and fair hints of alcohol.

Taste - Roasted malts with bitter chocolate character and finishes with quite a bit of metallic astringency. Aftertaste rings with same sharp bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Decent carbonation.

Overall - A bit "light in the pants" and a fairly simplistic flavor, but it's a decent brew nonetheless. Probably wouldn't buy again though.

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Photo of Calculat0r
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly black, as expected. Good sized tan head. Good retention but not much lacing.
Smell is malt, vanilla, semisweet chocolate and light peat notes.
Taste is malt, smoke, peat and some baking chocolate. Well balanced.
On the lighter side of medium with a solid effervescence. Drying finish leaves an unsweetened chocolate and peat aftertaste. Pretty good brew but I would like a bit more body.

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Photo of durwood64
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of creez
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of RandyBoBandy
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of MuscleConfusion
2/5  rDev -43%

Photo of mattcrill
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild chocolate, cocoa nibs, and slight roasty dark grain notes up front. More milk chocolate sweetness as the beer warms. No hop aroma. No fruity esters.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights. Moussy thick tan head that retains well.

Flavor: Firm chocolate and roasty malt profile up front. The roasty grains provide a bittering counterpoint to the chocolate sweetness. Background earthy bitterness that is muted by the chocolate and roasty overtones. Balance is firmly roasty and bitter. Finish is crisp and clean with a lingering roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency due to the roasted grains.

Overall impression: A roasty chocolate highlighted black ale. I'm missing the hop presence (aroma and/or flavor) that would designate this as an "American Stout" but overall an enjoyable beer. Worth a try once but there are so many other examples out there that I'm not sure I'll re-visit.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew starts out with an aggressive head that is thick and very much double the size of what pours from the bottle. The coffee colored foam looks like a scoop of lattte whipped cream ontop of a dark ruby colored brew.

The nose is a light malty blast of roasted grains and mild bakers chocolate. I've smelt bolder stouts but considering this one is only a simple 5.6% and NOT imperial then the simple scent is quite impressive.

The flavor ranges from roasted malts to light coffee and chocolate. Mild but flavorful which is again impressive for the size of this beer. This stout is solid in all the right places.

If there are any flaws they appear in the mouthfeel. The beer doesn't have the viscous solid feel that you would expect from a stout. Instead is a lightly carbonated, almost watered down brew. However lack luster the mouthfeel is this is still a fantastic stout. Great nose and flavors more then make up for the feel. This beer is a must try for anyone who enjoys the dark.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, some chocolate. Taste is big on coffee, this would have been great in the morning. Some roasted malts are present in the flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Total Eclipse Black Ale from Hoppy Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 99 ratings
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