Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 129
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 12-17-2008

Brewed to commemorate the brewery's 4th and 9th anniversary.
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Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my man ericwo for this! Sampled tenth in a ten stout tasting and finishing third.

Pours black with a nice creamy tan head. Looks very beautiful and to the style.

Smells like roasted coffee beans with hints of caramel, toffee and chocolate.

Tastes exactly the same but with vanilla as a welcome undertone. This is going down much too easily.

This is medium-bodied and is shockingly drinkable! I was expecting a huge coffee bomb and that's what I got. A perfect selection to end the evening.

Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of Georgiabeer - thanks!

Pours pitch black with a one-finger dark brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing. This is a dark beer.

Smells of deeply roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. As it warms the roasted aromas grow even stronger - the smell is living up to the name.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Charred malt flavors up front are backed by unsweetened chocolate and hints of coffee - both in small quantities. The roasted flavors carry through until the solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is one of those that's easy to drink for a glass or two but then the quality that made the first two so easy to drink make the next two hard to drink. That sentence may or may not have made sense.

Overall this is an IS that went crazy with the roasted flavor and turned out well. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

one of the big 30+oz bottle, split about 5 ways into various glassware

A - every pour leaves a nice thick layer of tight and frothy, very dark khaki colored foam that just doesnt go away - leaves thin layered lacing most of the way down the glass. the beer itself is pitch black. quite impressive.

S - very roasty, charred and burnt malt. some bourbony sweetness, licorice dark chocolate and just a tiny bit of dark stale coffee.

T - following the nose, the taste is insanely roasty joined by more coffee, smoke (almost ashy), earthy hop finish. the sweetness that is there tries to balance but falls a bit short. a bit one sided, and i think people either love it or hate it.

M - medium to thickish body, carbonation is very light and quite nice...makes the beer very smooth and works quite well with the somewhat abrasive flavor profile.

D - a quality RIS for sure, even for not being a fan of overly-roasted flavors. took us a bit to get through the bottle but that was more due to the all day drinking and bellies full of IHOP earlier.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very good IS bottle brought from a rater, from Capones for me, best is sharing it with Wayne and Joe of Cigar City and others. Dark black, with a Caesar white head. Chocolately. Not different than other well brewed RIS about, better 'n' average mouthfeel but nothing xceptional. Suitable carbonation. The legend is it's the last bottle being sold of this batch.

Photo of PretzelCity
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out black as black can be with a nice one finger dark burnt toast head. If you are into stouts, this is one good looking beer. Sweet and smokey in the nose, reminds me a little of teriyaki, in a good way. The first taste has a beef jerky kind of flavor going on that faded as I got deeper into it. Lots of sweet roasted malts as well as notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee. Full bodied and chewy, it mellowed out as it warmed up. Smooth, complex and nicely carbonated, this one drank very well. A little on the expensive side but in the end it was well worth it.

Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1L bottle thanks to bring. I should also thank DavoleBomb, who sent me one in a trade, but I have yet to crack that bottle.

This is a black one - dark as hell with a lasting brown head and some lacing.

Aroma is roast, chocolate, anise, and molasses. Nice.

Flavor is really intense, very roasty and a little hoppy even. Coffee and dark chocolate as well. Complex and very tasty.

Drying roasty char on the palate with very full body and a slick mouthfeel.

A very good RIS overall. Always good to try a new awesome one from my real home state of PA.

Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to FreightTrain for this one...Thanks Jacob! Opens with a huge whoosh!

Pours an effervescent ebony with 2 fingers of cocoa colored head. Average lacing & a bit of head retention, appearance drags down an otherwise solid offfering score-wise

S: Smokeyness, dark fruit & dark choclate, plus some coffee once warm

T: Smokeyness, dark chocolate, singed grain &a touch of booze up front. Charred grain, a touch of coffee & booze as this warms. Finishes with oaky vanilla & mocha

MF: Chewy, fairly noticeable carbonation in fact a bit prickly

Drinks pretty easy for the style, but still has a few rough edges. Not a bad stab at style

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liter, flip-top bottle into an oversized tulip glass.

This just has one of the thickest and darkest pours that I've seen in a while, looking like motor oil coming out of the glass, pouring a pitch black with several fingers of burnt and dark mocha colored head. This retains with a near finger of thick and rich froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with a heavy latticework of sticky lacing and heavy brown oils. The aroma just blows up in the nose with notes of chocolate, burnt molasses, even more burnt coffee, some licorice, and a good bit of earthy and citric hop character. I'm really surprised at how fresh smelling this still is after a year and a half in the bottle. This is just equal parts sweet and dark in the nose at times. I'm really digging it.

The taste starts out with warm sweetness that drenches the mouth, full of sticky bitter chocolate, toffee, maple syrup, and some ripe earthy fruit notes. The back of the profile is all darkness however, with black coffee, burnt roast, and hops all giving this a very aggressive sharp bitterness that finishes this dry, charred, and toasted, hanging in the mouth with a good bit of leftover sticky sweetness. I must say, that a LOT of green earthy citrus emerges as this warms, giving the profile an extra layer of gritty fruity bitterness. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and creamy, with a heavy underlying viscous feel that carries all of those heavy flavors. There is some definite warmth associated with the body but the alcohol flavor itself is extremely well hid.

Jeez, Toaster is a GREAT name for this one, with the finish being so burnt and blackened in the taste to the point that I felt like I was eating a piece of liquid charred toast at times. OK, that might be exaggerating a bit but this was VERY intense with the bitterness and it did hold things back a touch for me but overall this was still a VERY solid and well done Anniversary Stout from East End.

Photo of BeerZack
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Inky black with burnt caramel edges. Thick hot cocoa-like creamy froth covering.

Sweet and roasty smells of dark malts, barley, cooked grain with bitter chocolate and spicy alcohol undercurrents.

Bitter chocolate met with some instant oatmeal (straight from the cardboard box) flavor. I like the dryness here, not another cloyingly sweet imperial.

Medium heavy mouthfeel, doesn't feel syrupy, maybe due to big underlying hop bitterness.

As far as drinkability on this one, it started out better than it finished. Nice and toasty kinda turned to bitter/bland and so-so.

Photo of woodske1
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice smell, I'd say that is the highlight of this beer. It also lives up to the name...this barely has been seriously toasted.

I really didn't find it that drinkable though. One was good, but after that it was just too toasty. If you see it on tap, try one, but that's it.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EGledhill for grabbing this 1 L swingtop for me. This is East End's 4th Anniversary beer.

A: Damn this is black! The stout opens with a pop and pours in one long viscous stream. Black seems to be an understatement, this is black hole quantum singularity black. A two and a half finger head was a deep brown, almost black color before settling down.

S: The nose is intoxicatingly full, heavy on chocolate, coffee, burnt toast (lots of burnt toast) and cocoa powder.

T: The first sip leaves a scorched earth in its wake. Roasted and toasted, the stout doesn't skimp on the burn or the smoke. Everything in the nose, save the cocoa powder, is intensified. The toasted element is especially strong, like drinking charred slices of bread. The confluence of overtoasted flavors leaves a lasting bite in the mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is one harsh landscape, toasted beyond recognition. That being said, it does bring some chocolatey sweetness and chewy smoke to the table as well.

D: Finishing the whole liter may be tough if only because the flavors do scorch the palate. A hell of an anniversary ale. Happy Birthday to East End.

Photo of smuttanator
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I rarely care about the appearance of a beer, but this one looks perfect. It's ink black color caught my eye as I was pouring it. The taste is great, featuring a lot of smoked and burnt notes. I wish the mouthful was thicker to match the appearance. All in all a very solid RIS.

Photo of wingman14
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

4th Anniversary labeled on the Bottle.

Pours like motor oil, thick and black, with the darkest brown head I've ever seen. The smell is sweet with nice chocolate and burnt notes. The smell leads into the great taste, starting sweet with some fruit notes, that are very different for a heavy stout, but are very well done and complement the beer very nicely. The flavor moves to a malty taste, then finishes with a nice burnt/smokey flavor. The smoky flavor lingers in the aftertaste inviting another sip. The mouthfeel is as heavy as they get with a smooth liquid velvet feel. This is a great beer, with nice drinkability, an amazing stout that everyone should check out!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ohh yeah. I was beyond happy to land a bottle of this. Easily one of my most sought after big stouts, this one just had to accompany me this past Friday. Served chilled, but not too chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was split with my brother in law and consumed on 07/31/200p.

Appearance 4.5 - Poured deep and dark black. Rich looking with no light peaking through at all. A huge tan head of foam comes up and over the top, only barely settling down as time passes. Lots of foam on top with rich side glass lacing. Really nice look here.

Smell 4.5 - Roasted malts, hints of molasses and caramel and an abundance of coffee undertones light the way for me here. Really nicely done. As it warms some touches of vanilla peak their head out and really start to show off quite nicely.

Taste 4.5 - Smooth, even from the first sip I relished in the smooth flavor that was exhibited on this one. Rich roasted malts covered notes of cocoa and coffee. A burn molasses like taste and a hint of delicate hops as it faded. Very sweet with undertones of vanilla and brown sugar all over it.

Feel 4.5 - Full bodied with a nice rich feel to it. Carbonation was near spot on and even after 30 minutes or more it was still going very strong. No complaints at all, in fact it was very, very solid.

Drinkability 5 - I could have drank this one all day, and I am not kidding. It was just that smooth and enjoyable. Rich notes of vanilla coming through at the end were the icing for me. ABV all but hidden.

Overall 4.55- Very well done here. I was not sure what to expect going in but I was more then pleased with the end result. This was a very nicely done RIS and something I would like to see come back one day.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 liter fliptop bottle from 2008 shared by bring. Thanks, Barry. The beer has a sludgy black appearance, quite viscous with a dark brown head. It smells of molasses and bitter dark chocolate. Roasty, a little ashy, mellow on the whole with no noticeable alcohol. Flavors of molasses and baker's chocolate carry over from the aroma. It's very viscous, but smooth and drinkable. Rich, full-bodied, perhaps a bit simple, but I can't fault it much for that. Silky bittersweet finish, lingering notes of coffee and chocolate. Very good.

Photo of oline73
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another beer that was opened during the epic tasting at finewinemike's. So many generous BA's. Poured from a 1 Liter growler into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours black as night with a layer of tan head that fades to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This one is really smokey and roasty. There seems to be a hint of charred wood and a nice sweet malt background.

Taste: Really roasty with some smoke too. I guess that is what I should expect from a beer named toaster. The bitterness level is higher than the sweetness level. There is a hint of coffee in this one as well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: They chose a really appropriate name and label for this beer. Really roasty and smokey with not a whole lot of sweetness. Good and I would have it again given the chance. Really happy that I got to try this.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. 4th Anniversary.

4.5 A: Dark as night color. One finger of thick creamy rusty/copper colored head with good retention and tons of lacing.

4.5 S: Big aroma. Lots of toasted malts and lots of burnt notes. Semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Very nice.

5.0 T: Again it lives up to its name. Tons of roasty toasty flavors, but this time no burntness. It's easily the most toasty stout I've ever had. Sweet maltiness that is not quite matched by hop bitterness. Sweet chocolate and toffee.

5.0 M: Lighter heavy body. Incredibly smooth for a high ABV brew. Can't even tell there's any alcohol other than a subtle warming. Creamy as hell. Well done.

5.0 D: There's a reason this is sold in 1L bottles (other than the sustainability thing). Full in flavor, but there aren't any dominating aspects.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL swingtop growler to Portsmouth glass on 3/24/12
*From notes

-- I owe you one, Bill. Longtime want! --

A: This looks pretty damn good. Dark from edge to edge. A good pour yields a .75 finger mocha head. As it fades, a thick tan collar rims the glass.

S: Smokey as all get-out. This is three years old? Really? Damn, it doesn't seem as such, as the smoked malt invades my nostrils like I'm Kurt Russell in "Backdraft".

T: Char and rich dark roast. It really is unreal how well this has held up. Rich, deep and complex. The smoke here tastes authentic, not like someone doused the beer with liquid smoke.

M: The carbonation is alive and well. This is dense and thick, as any top notch ADIS should be.

O: East End celebrated their 4th Anniversary with style, as their Toaster is pretty damn good. For a non-BA ADIS, this is great stuff. Holding up incredibly well, and could easily take another couple of years in the cellar - maybe more.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with one of the darkest 3 fingers of head I've ever seem. Nice lacing left behind as it subsides.

Nose is actually not what I was expecting....a bit of sourness is present, almost likes cherries. Some wood and marshmallow are there along with chocolate and an unfortunate bit of metal. Almost smells like the beginnings of an infection taking over.

The sourness doesn't really carry over to the taste which is a positive. There is a tiny bit in the background, but it becomes barely noticeable after a few good swallows. This is one complex mother of a stout. Huge roasted malt profile, they don't call this Toaster for nothing. The finish is almost strictly burnt popcorn, but it is not as brash and invasive as that may sound. A bit of dark fruit sweetness. The slight metallic notes carry over to the taste which is the only thing preventing this from a 4.5 or higher.

The mouthfeel on this is full and creamy, absolutely perfect. Very soft carbonation. Exactly how an imperial stout should be.

I would love to have this one again. If it wasn't for the metal, it would probably be one of the best stouts I ever drank. So complex and rich and creamy, just beautiful. The flaws are just a bit too noticeable.

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swing-top bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from CrazyMacHarris99. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" orangey dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes at the expected pace, with very leggy lasting lace.
Aroma is intense, with dark grains, coffee, and alcohol.

Taste finds rich dark maltiness dominant, with hops bitterness coming out near the end, before the alcohol warming takes over. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is better than most of this abv.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bmanning for sharing this one in a tasting.

A: First off, I still cannot believe how massive this bottle is--33.8 ounces. Wow. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head.

ST: Lots of roasted malt coming through here with the overall impression being--you guessed it--slightly burnt toast. A little bit of chocolate, toffee, and caramel come through as well. Much better as it warms.

M: Quite thick with a good amount of booze.

D: This one is a slow sipper, and it's all the better for it, with the beer getting much, much better as it warms to near room temperature.

Photo of jgap
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with lots of very dark head. It's a dark grey really with hints of brown, it fades to a nice lace. Smell is very roasty with a nice 'micro-brew' scent, lots of coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is also very roasty. This fades to a dark chocolate and a hint of light roast coffee. It's gritty like an oatmeal stout but not quite as thick (not to say it's thin by any means). It tastes great but it's pretty rich. The alcohol isn't detectable at all but the drinkability takes a hit with the richness.

Photo of hopdog
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1-liter flip top bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, roasty, and toasty (or was that a suggestion placed in my mind by the name!). Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, roasty, coffee, and some smokiness. Alcohol content well hidden. Oily body.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joe for sharing this one.

A: A fantastic looking pour on this one! The beer is thick and black with a mild tan head.

S: The nose is incredibly roasty and smokey. There's a lot of roasted malt, char, and a slight vanilla and chocolate sweetness to it.

T: The smoke character is even more intense in the flavor. The char is big and bold with some peat notes and a generally smokey flavor. The chocolate is not anywhere near as noticeable here.

M: This is most definitely a full bodied beer with a low carbonation, which is great for big stouts like this one.

D: The intense flavor makes this beer a bit tough to drink too much of, but the lack of alcohol presence in the nose or flavor does help out a bit.

Photo of John_M
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Capones a year or so back. Don't feel as if the extra time did this beer any harm whatsoever.

The beer pours a very dark, blackish brown color with impressive coffee colored head with very good retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is also impressive, with a considerable amount of coffee, dark chocolate and leather. As good as this beer smells, it really tastes that much better. Flavors replicate the nose on this moderately sweet stout, but I appreciate the hoppy, bitter finish, and the notes of licorice at the end. The hoppy bitterness counters the moderate sweetness very nicely, making for a pretty well balanced RIS. Mouthfeel is very full and rich, with a mouthcoating presence on the palate. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol very nicely integrated into the flavor profile. You can still tell it's up there a bit, but this beer is not at all heavy or tiring.

Very nice beer from East End. Maybe the best thing I've had from them yet.

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Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.