Total Eclipse Black Ale | Hoppy Brewing Co.

Total Eclipse Black AleTotal Eclipse Black Ale
BA SCORE
3.51/5
99 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Brent on 01-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,798
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
99
pDev:
16.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 99 |  Reviews: 61
Photo of jvillefan
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of bonkers
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this as part of the tickers bif, black pour with a 3 inch rock hard, white head that leaves a ton of lacing. The aroma is big on roasted malts. It has big roasted coffee notes, some chocolate, light hoppiness, very dry. The body is medium, average carbonation, the huge head impeded the drinkability a little. I actually thought I was going to be drinking a black IPA from the name of the beer, a decent little stout, need to beef up the body.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
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 prototypic
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of Bung
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. Went into this thinking it was a Schwarzbier, I guess "black ale" just didn't lead me to think stout.

Lighter black pour, layer of off white head. Laces a little bit.

Aroma is pretty roasty, coffee some malt. Dark chocolate and cocoa.

Taste starts with a fairly assertive roast malt and coffee. Finishes dry, cocoa and coffee. Maybe just a bit acrid.

Lighter bodied for a stout. Carbonation more like a schwarz as well. Drinks easy enough, as long as you like a roasty beverage.

Thought this was fine, a fairly standard stout. At the price point I'd think about grabbing it again, though I got this in Chicago so I can't.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.45/5  rDev -30.2%
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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Photo of DmanGTR
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my celebratory beer for *approaching* the end of the 1st year of med school. Last big final was today so I'm opening this because it's really happy (see label) yet, I'm dead tired from not having slept for like 2 days now, hence the darkness. Well, here goes (I'm a little bit out of my reviewing game...)

Poured very dark brown with hazelnut edges in the light. A frothy, beige head topped the darkness for a good while, diminishing to a thin ring with trails of lace all over. A germinal center of bubbles expand to renew the soapy film of a scant cap.

The aroma is inviting with hints of cocoa, burnt toast, biscuity grain, and a light coffee tone. Slightly lighter than I'd like it, but very nicely balanced.

Very much like the aroma. There is a lingering ashy aftertaste almost like coffee that has been sitting on the heating element for too long. However, the flavor is quite balanced and refreshing. I haven't had a good regular stout in a while (or any beer for that matter...) and this is a great everyday drinking beer.

Not the thickest, but not watery like Guinness either. This is exactly how I want a good old stout to drink like: medium body leaning towards the heavy side with an impeccably smooth texture. Not cloying or sticky, yet not thin and substanceless.

Approved.

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Photo of BigBry
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bobmber that I brought back from our bi-annual trip to BevMo in San Jose.
No brewed on / best before date, "Great Food - Awesome Beer - Cool People!!!"
Opaque, black color with reddish brown highlights. Large, chocolate milk colored head, thick sheets of lace. Smells of roasted barley malt, slightly bitter black coffee, and a little chocolate.
The flavor has lots of coffee, like a strong, bitter roast. Some unsweetened chocolate as well. Some hopiness at the end, but not enough to stand up to the coffee, cocoa, chocolate bitterness. Although dark, almost black color, the body is light. Medium mouthfeel, dry and slightly tart finish.
I was expecting more of an 'American Stout': big, heavy, bold, and sweet. Instead got a light, bitter, coffee dominanted ale. I'm not complaining, just not what I expected.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just saw this new arrival at my local beer store earlier today so I thought I'd give it a try. 22 ounce bottle. Served in a Guinness pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and some grassy hops. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the bitter, roasty flavors being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin and is well carbonated. Overall I think it's a good brew, it's smooth, easy and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle 

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with really nice lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts, coffee notes and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty malts up front with some coffee flavors and some bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this Total Eclipse is a solid Black Ale that is worth a try.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.04/5  rDev -13.4%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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 meatyard
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, clear, black/ruby color with a huge, densely foaming, light tan head that has good retention and lacing. Quite a few active carbonation streams are visible when held to a light.
The smell is pretty mild though I can pick out some darker, roasted malt, a little coffee and chocolate.
The taste is also on the mild side but has the same elements as in the aroma.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin and stays actively carbonated.
Drinkability" There isn't anything in particular happening with this beer in a good or bad way. At a moderate 5.6% it won't affect you too much that way anymore than the taste does. Not bad/not good.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a well black color. Light red hues on the sides of the glass when held to the light. Two finger fluffy dirty white head that shows great retention. Ringy lacing left on the glass.

S- Light roasted malts collide with a chocolate bitterness. A real gentle smelling beer with a hint of toasted brown bread as well. Just plain and simple...I like that!

T- Light roasted malts dominate the beer for the most part. Some chocolate notes in this along with some light prune hints as well. The backing of this has a bitter hop bite to it. This almost reminds me of a black IPA with a little less hop bite to it.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Roasted malts left on the palate with some light hops in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate. Flavors were bland overall and distant or faded.

D- This was a drinkable beer that at first I wasn't too sure about but found to love overall. I will be looking for more from this brewery. I think this is a good beer for non-stout drinkers to try to get into the style of stouts or even porters.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my first really dark beers I got into. Its not exactly what I've come to know and drink as stout beers. Its a definite class defying beer. Stout and. . . baltic porter? schwarz?

Looks plenty dark enough, but doesn't have the thickness to match. Great lacing/retention thereof. Taste is coffee, choco, dates, fig, smoke, hay, vanilla. Decent amount of dry, perhaps astringent bitterness to it. Remains lighter on palate than looks and tastes though. Hopping is ample. Cascade. Nugget? This beer is unique, check it out, might not work for you, but its different and not for the sake of being weird.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You know, I never hear people raving about Hoppy Brewing Company in these forums, but they are available at whatever BevMo I walk into. I can get this 1½ mile from where I live, but this was bought in Gilroy. So here we go with the bomber, and on to the beer:

Be shocked, but the color is black. A little orange hue at the edge of the glass, and the light tan tinted head is holding good retention and leaves a creamy lace. Lots of good quality lacing, yah! Not a bad nose. There is a little chocolate syrup, some coffee grounds, and some roasted notes. But as time progresses, it becomes less sweet and more astrigent, becoming less interesting.

First sip....it's alright. There's just enough good flavor to keep me interested in this. Ground coffee is the first thing to pop up. Bittersweet chocolate emerges, and it compliments the pleasant astringency well. Medium hoppiness in the back. It's buzzy carbonation buzzes in the mouth....I'd like a little less of that, please. On my second pour from the bomber, I get my wish, and the beer becomes smoother.

This beer won't have me raving about this brewery, but it is another choice on the shelf that I can live with.

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Photo of bargerking
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
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 itsfordoc
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Just as advertised - Tastes like a stout but not as heavy. That's why I gave mouthfeel such a high rating - not that I have a problem with a stout but this was refreshing. A summer stout, maybe? Nice toasty aftertaste with some hoppy notes. Could drink a lot of these and probably will since a picked up a case off the clearance rack at Westy's in Camp Hill, PA, for $30.00!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bomber bottle purchased at Abe's for $7. Poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears an opaque dark chestnut color with about a finger of ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of mild mint, fresh tobacco, dark roasted grains, grassy hops, bittersweet chocolate. Less than medium bodied with light carbonation. Crisp, bitter finish. Worth trying.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle, A sweet trade extra. A clear dark brown/black with a huge rocky off white head that leaves loads of lacing all the way down. Aroma of dark roasty malts,bitter coffee,a bit of chocolate,charcoal,pipe tobacco. Flavor is just roasty enough, some light smoke,roasted coffee, and this light malty sweetness for some great balance, clean refreshing mouthfeel,medium carbonation, and a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable, a very well made craft brew ,and a fun try.

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Photo of flexabull
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black color with a decent off white head.

Aromas are of dark bitter bakers chocolate, some coffee, and cocoa.

Flavors are a bit sweet. Mostly sweet chocolates, grainy malts, cream, and light coffee flavors. Finish is crisp and short with a touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light. Light body, a bit thin, not bad though.

Drinkability is pretty good. Enough flavors to make you go back for your next sip. But not good enough to make me likely to reach for this one again at the liquor store. Not a bad beer, all in all pretty decent, but there are betters out there for the same price if not less.

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Photo of tonistruth
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- black with copper hughes, fluffy float like head with excellent retension

S- roasted malts and nutty

T- dry roasted malt flavors, earthy, nutty, black coffee and tea flavors with astringent malt flavors in the after taste

M- dry and creamt with a medium body

D- sessionable and tasty but only works for me as a sessionable stout, not something I would go out of my way for

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown w/ some clarity; long-lasting tan head with light lace

s: light coffee; light sweet dark chocolate; vanilla

t: sweet chocolate; nuts; burnt toffee; roasted coffee

m: smooth; a little cloying; light carb; solid body

d: interesting; especially the nutty flavors

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Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this on tap and in the bottle and I think it is a little smoother and well-balanced on tap. In the end, it's a decent stout that somewhat resembles a somewhat more bitter, Irish-style dry stout.

Essentially black reddish browm it has a very big dark tan head that slowly shrinks to a thin permanent head and leaves some decent lace in even rings.

The aroma is pretty good, being chocolate, coffee, darkly toasted brown bread, and a hint of prunes. It has no off-putting skunky-funky burnt smell that some stouts can have, restraining this in the nice toasted brown bread element.

The taste and feel are not quite up to the aroma, though. It has a light body that makes it fairly easy to drink and a bit on the more refreshing side for stouts. It has some good flavours of roasty chocolate, dark toast, hints of coffee and at moments light hints of prunes, but overall is rather dry and, particularly in the bottle, has too much of a roasty-bitter quality for the amount of flavour. However, it lacks any off-putting stale, smokey-burnt-weed quality that some stouts have and it is very clean with pleasant qualities. In the end, it just needs to be a little less bitter or, preferably, a little more flavourful to balance out the roasty bitterness.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Park Lane Liquor in Lancaster, CA. Pours black with a thick and foamy beige head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing on the glass. Roasted chocolate malt aroma with hints of coffee. Medium-bodied with a roasty character and flavors of grainy malt, coffee and hops. The flavor is chocolatey at times as well. The finish is mostly burnt malty with a mild coffee and hops aftertaste. Not sure if this is a mild Stout or some kind of hybrid Stout/Schwarzbier but either way it is pretty good.

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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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