Toaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial Stout - East End Brewing Company
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Reviews by stakem:
3.13/5 rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
So this is the re-brew of toaster. The 5th anniversary of their originally released 4th anniversary brew = the 9th anniversary. Bomber format in lieu of the original 1-liter swingtop presentation. Poured into a matching east end snifter, the brew appears black with a mean dark brown head. The brew looks gorgeous with 2 fingers fading down to a thin film leaving patchy lace all over.
The smell includes plenty of roasted elements, slighly charred with earth and minerals. Some citrus hops and a carbonic aspect that is mildly distracting. Instead of a roasty, smoked brew I am left smelling minerals and carbonic character. The aroma is quite disappointing.
The taste is sadly carbonic and mineral filled to the point of not only being distracting but also the main flavor component. It is mildly burnt, ashy and roasted with an earthen feel overtop citrus hops. There is a lingering char aftertaste that brings the only thought of what i believe this brew was suppose to be like.
This is medium to light bodied with lots of carbonation that really lightens up the already mild body even more. Collectively this brew was a let down. I would not seek this out again. I am a big fan of East End but this was a flop.
Serving type: bottle
04-07-2014 15:34:52 | More by stakem
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4.59/5 rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
What omnium said!
Great stout. One additional note, this is a bomber, so I had to take a break after my first glass and when I came back, I drank the last bit of warm backwash. It had a really nice anise flavor I didn' pick up in the original pour. I'll be picking up more of these.
Overall - fantastic imperial stout, a real treat for us locals.
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 00:32:11 | More by gcasher
4/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber > Tulip Glass
A - Blackest of the black with two fingers of fizzy dark dark brown head, this is the darkest beer I've had to date. Thick lacing, unreal stuff. I had to give this a 5.
S - Aroma is really toned down, and I dont understand how or why. You get burnt toffee, dark chocolate roasts, a little earthiness, and some decent smoke, but its all together kinda subtle.
T - Massive smoke flavor for a non-smoked specific beer. Big roasted and burnt maltiness, dark fruit, fig, dark cherry, very woody, charcoal. Its extremely burnt in flavor. Toaster is an apt name.
M - Bitter, and big, a little metallic, but still good.
O - Really unique beer, I'm glad to have had it, but his is really a niche kinda beer. It seems to be a confused offering, sure its got a big roasted flavor, but I say why not go all out and make it a smoked be....because they already have smokestack.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 01:20:44 | More by Omnium
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Stakem for sharing this, enjoyed chilled in a tulip.
The color is like used motor oil -black and viscous with very thin medium tan head which has more legs than lace. the smell is rich and malty with a dark roasty and earthy nose, mild coffee and a slight smoky accent with dark cocoa. The feel is rich and sweet up front not quite syrupy or cloying, moderate carbonation to a bit on the low side with mild alcohol in the feel and intense roasted texture.
The taste is good with strong bitter malt and almost smoked flavor coming through with dark roasted coffee flavor and slight hint of caramel and a subtle woody character with mild alcohol in the taste and a pretty dry finish. Overall I like this even though I would probably not want a full bottle in one sitting I found it to be high in drinkability and good for the style considering the 11% abv, a quaffable stout.
Serving type: growler
04-14-2014 14:01:52 | More by Slatetank
Toaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
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