Toaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial Stout - East End Brewing Company
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4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-27-2009 14:16:07 | More by rudylaw
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-04-2009 15:11:42 | More by glid02
3.85/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
04-25-2010 21:10:12 | More by Stigs
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
02-21-2010 05:14:36 | More by Sammy
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
01-06-2010 21:19:34 | More by PretzelCity
4.3/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
05-21-2010 06:30:58 | More by nickd717
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
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
09-14-2009 03:33:51 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
06-21-2010 17:13:19 | More by Kegatron
3.55/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
06-04-2009 15:40:06 | More by BeerZack
3.7/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
03-03-2009 00:43:29 | More by woodske1
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-15-2009 19:05:19 | More by akorsak
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
11-07-2009 02:29:10 | More by smuttanator
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
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!
01-02-2009 05:04:42 | More by wingman14
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
08-05-2009 02:10:29 | More by mikesgroove
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
06-08-2010 21:35:39 | More by largadeer
Toaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
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