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This is a beer I’ve actually been meaning to review here for quite some time now.  I picked it up for the first time a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, but missed out on getting it reviewed.  To make matters worse, the beer that took its place was something from the same brewery I didn’t really like all that much.  Time to make amends!

Beer Name: Total Eclipse

Brewery: Brewmaster Jack (Northampton, MA)

Style: Porter

ABV: 6.0%

Description: An American porter brewed with a blend of barley, rye, and oats to impart coffee and chocolate flavors mixed with a touch of lactose sugar.  Read more about it here.

Appearance: Smooth black body with a thin tan head.

Smell: Creamy and sweet, with hints of rye on the end.

Taste: Started out with creamy, rich dark malts that carried into a smooth blend of rye and grain mid-sip.  Subtle light roast coffee came in for the finish

Mouthfeel: Slick, smooth less than medium body with low carbonation.

Hype: Not much for the rest of the world, but as I said in the intro I was on a personal mission to see this brew reviewed here.

Overall: Smooth and flavorful, this is now one of my favorite porters. The rye added a nice extra dimension to the near perfect balance of roast and cream.  Recommended.