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

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92
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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 125
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
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:
Brewed to commemorate the brewery's 4th and 9th anniversary.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 12-17-2008)
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

AndrewNations, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of boralyl
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a massive dark mocha head. The head sticks around for a long time and leaves a very thick ring of lacing after it finally settles. This beer is dark as they come, with no light coming through at all.

S - A nice big aroma. Lots of brown sugar, some dark chocolate and some faint hops.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation. Very creamy, almost silk like. Goes down ridiculously smooth.

T - Dark roasted malts, with plenty of toastiness in the mouth. A bit of cocoa and coffee. Brown sugar is present throughout in varying degrees. Finishes with some hops and a nice warming feeling from the alcohol. Speaking of alcohol it's hidden very well.

A superb imperial stout. Extremely drinkable with a vibrant nose and lots of flavor. A must try.

boralyl, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

DavoleBomb, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of victory4me
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

victory4me, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer from a great brewery. Pours viscous and ultra-black with a very dark head, similar to Ten Fidy, but perhaps not quite as tall, dark brown and tight, like coffee crema. Smells rich with licorice, molasses, roasty notes, and bitter chocolate. Excellent flavors. Tastes like Scharffenberger Chocolate to start- vinous, bitter, and complex over a nice roasty stout base, and a touch of rounded molasses sweetness to tie it all together. Balanced and delicious. Firm and rich in the mouth with some slight tannins to give it some backbone. Really nice!

Georgiabeer, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 quart flip top. Pours a thick black engine oil with a thick dark mocha head. The smell is strong burnt malts with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste has a quick bite which mellows out to a creamy thick milkshake mouthfeel. Drinkability is low with this one but then again, it is the amped up version of East End's amazing Blackstrap Stout.

CrazyMacHarris99, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of wingman14
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

wingman14, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of gcasher
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

gcasher, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Gyle41386
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Huge thanks to khiasmus for sharing.

Pours pitch black. This pour is the definition of a motor oil pour. Three fingers of creamy chocolate head. This beer looks perfect.

Aroma is of milk chocolate and roasted malts. The name Toaster is appropriate, as there is a toasted grain quality in the nose and flavor, like a slice of bread left in the toaster for a little too long.

This is a pretty hoppy stout. The roastiness is very nice. I'm not much of a roast fanatic, but I enjoyed it here. Again, this is literally toasty.

The mouthfeel is the highlight here. Thick, viscous feel. Super rich and creamy. Tremendous coating. Just awesome feel.

Very drinkable Imperial Stout. Unbelievably good.

Gyle41386, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's another nightmare. The fourth in as many nights. The black oozes into my brain yet again, the jagged edges of my sight slowly being overtaken by the dense darkness. I look up and see the head, as dark as coffee beans, capping this bloody darkness. It lingers, it lasts, moussy, and I drop into the black abyss, out of sight. There is no escape, there never is, from the claws digging into my spine, into my heart.
Burnt grain, burnt grain, burnt grain, burnt grain, and then a hop, the earth, the hops of the earth, earthy ones. Dark roasted barley, and the earthy, earthlike, the chasm, hops. And the black. Patent, absurd, complete. Black Patent. yes. The dark. And milk. Black milk. Imagine. No, not milk, but milk stout. The Peculiar sweetness. And then the embracing silence, and bitter darkness of earth herself.
And thick, the darkness, this chewy-thick, the dark thick-chewy, milky black, heavy-resistant... The mud, the black closing in, and dry. A thick bitterness, one that can be felt, the flavor of blackness, of dark, an ancient evil inviting me to taste and savor, to give myself over to her, to the dark, the lonesome, thick, sweaty black mud, the embrace of nothingness, of a sledgehammer to my head... I want another. I want more. These tastes of hell, of the inseparable feeling of oneness with nothing, the density of jagged edges lurking, stealing their way into my brain, my vision, all I can remember...
I want more.

khiasmus, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of jmartinger
4.52/5  rDev +9.2%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

rudylaw, Sep 27, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

RocPorterFanatic, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Desaparecido, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

sideshowe, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

kjkinsey, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge bottle split with oglmcdgl. Thank you so much for breaking this gem out.

A- Toaster is a flip top bottle and once it opened a faint sound followed. This toast was burnt to oblivion with a deep dark black tar like presense. It oozed out of the bottle filling a large snifter. A very sturdy almost whip cream like brown head stayed on top FOREVER. This left sheets of thick film on the glass. This stuff looks great.

S- Toaster is for sure toasted with deep roast like scents and some smoke as well although the smoke is not in the forefront. It took a while for toaster to open up but once it did it left traces of burnt, charred wood, roasted malts, deep chocolate and some faint coffee.

T- Lucious malts just pouring out roast and bittersweet chocolate. I had a few sips and just waited 20 minutes so it would really shine. More roast and just a bit of char and smoke. In the middle comes some coffee and vanilla beans. While I dont know the ABV on this I am sure it is high but it is hidden so well. Also if I look for it hard enough some bacon comes to mind. Toaster is a good candidate for breakfast, on your day off.

M- Thick, and even more thick when I come to think on it longer. This stout is full bodied and lightly carbonated but full flavored. The alcohol is not a problem at all. This one needs to be sipped for maximum pleasure.

D- Not so sure of the ABV but the way im feeling afterwards tells me it's high. Either way this is highly drinkable and goes great with some worthy chocolate pieces. This was a great addition for east end's 4th anniversary beer and here's hoping to many more. Still need to try homewood reserve and other's but it's going to be hard to top this. I guess some aging would not hurt this beer but it's pretty much perfect at the present moment.

BARFLYB, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Swing-Top Bottle

Poured into a chalice a thick black color, very nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy tan head, with some nice islands and sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, toasty/roasty, with some chocolate/toffee/coffee notes, also a good dose of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with a nice roasty/toasty note, vanilla, with lots of chocolate/toffee/coffee/caramel. Medium body, this is a tasty, smooth, creamy brew, slight bitterness on the finish. Very drinkable, not sure of the ABV, but it can't be much, or it's hidden very very well. Thanks Ben!

Wasatch, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of finewinemike
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

finewinemike, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of koopa
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA

Appearance: Classic murky black with small dirty khaki crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace.

Smell: A world of good things going on in this glass....vanilla, oak, roast malt, a tinge of alcohol, etc.

Taste: Lots of oak and vanilla sweetness up front which then pass the torch to the deep roasted malt goodness. Not very coffee like, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Lite side of heavy bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly well for this type of beer.

koopa, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 liter swingtop into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured pitch black with a dark chocolate colored, bubbly head covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows a lot of roasty and smoky flavors to it that I'm really enjoying. Some sweeter molasses and milk chocolate come out in it as well. Really nice aroma to it, I loved the smokiness.

The taste also has a very robust smokiness to it. Dark chocolate mixes with some sweeter caramel and molasses flavors. Everything blends together very well. I really loved the flavors in it, especially the burnt smokiness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being moderate. It's a little slick feeling as well. Overall I thought it was a great beer that has really held up well. I absolutely loved the smoky and burnt flavors it had. It still managed to be pretty smooth and drinkable as well.

billab914, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black color but not much in the way of foam or lace

Smell: Roasted malt with dark fruit and chocolate

Taste: Chocolate and dark fruit up front with a growing roast and coffee edge by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is plenty of coffee and roast in the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another fine beer from East End with lots of dark fruit subtleties to accompany the chocolate and coffee

Thanks, northyorksammy, for the sample

brentk56, Mar 04, 2010
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Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.