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

Toaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial StoutToaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%


Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed to commemorate the brewery's 4th anniversary.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 12-17-2008)
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-25-2012 19:33:35 | More by Rhettroactive
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oline73

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2011 03:24:37 | More by oline73
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mcallister

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark oily black colored with a nice frothy deep mocha head that's fades into a ring around the top.

Roasty thick malt character with layered chocolate aromasn fudge, cake icing, cocoa, black fruits as well very nice.

Before I get to any flavors this beer has an amazingly creamy buttery mouthfeel amazing.

Very bitter chocolate character with big bittering hops on the finish.layers of bitter bakers cocoa, black fruits, just thick cocoa tannins and a forever finish.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2009 22:50:10 | More by mcallister
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woodske1

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-03-2009 00:43:29 | More by woodske1
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been sitting on this one for quite some time. There is a nice smoked tone on this one that lingers. Real thick malts and a real thick body overall. Super smooth feel on it and extremely easy to drink as well. I honestly was expecting something different from this one, but I am still liking it. Too bad it's a one-off.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:36:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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billab914

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 18:03:28 | More by billab914
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Schmittymack

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the one liter swing top bottle at recent Christmas party. Poured jet black with a small tan head that lingered a bit. Aromas of roasted malt, smoke, and charred/burnt grain. Taste was quite good: malt goodness, bitter chocolate, some licorice, and smoke. Mouth feel was nice and thick with very little hop bitterness. Wish I had another bottle of this one and/or they'd brew it again as this was quite delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 08:22:39 | More by Schmittymack
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jampics2

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd been sitting on this huge l liter bottle to open at the "right" time. I think I attempted to drink one by myself a few years ago and that was rough as this is a hugely flavored and burned malt bomb of a beer. So, I had a good chance to open this when a few Ohio BA's got together for a tasting in Fairlawn one February evening. The right time had finally arrived!

The beer looks nice poured in my New Belgium snifter. It's a dark brown color with black streaks and just a touch of lighter colors on the edges. There's a small dark brown head but not a lot of lace or anything, which dings the score a touch.

The smell is Toaster's best quality. It's a vitrual smorgasboard of burned, roasted, smoked and blackened malt. There's some hints of chocolate, dark fruit, coffee and burned toast. I wonder if that's where...hey, I see what you did there East End. Seriously, burned toast is in the house.

The taste is intense and unforgiving. A huge burned molasses note kicks me right in the teeth to start things out. Chocolate, coffee and dark fruit abound but the roast seems to dominate everything until the beer reaches room temperature. Still, this works - Scott, I don't know how you did this but this works. Normally a burned note this strong would have me screaming and flailing, but here I am silent and still. There's a touch of sweet caramel on the end that helps me want more, but, wow - this is one intense beer in a category of its own.

The mouthfeel is a bit of a setback, as, while the beer does have some nice heft to it, the carbonation is too sparkley for a big stout like this. That being said, this was actually much, much more enjoyable shared with BA friends than drank on my own ;) For all the huge flavors, Toaster is a great beer and one I'm happy to have tried several times. I'm even more happy one of those happened to be the right time!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 14:09:51 | More by jampics2
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L swingtop bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Toaster has a molasses, nearly black, color throughout, with a nice looking coffee color cream cap.

Smell: Malt forward, with lots of roasted malt, smokey notes, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste: Up front the roasted malt works well with dark chocolate and roast coffee. Some smokiness is there too, and I get a whiff up my nose as well while I am sipping this. Some molasses flavor adds a light sweetness. The finish is clean and sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is full bodied, with medium carbonation, which I feel may have declined over time. A strong toasted feel.

Drinkability: This was a treat to try, and I definitely enjoyed it. Unless they brew this again, I will probably not be able to get any more, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 21:22:57 | More by KickInTheChalice
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the chance to try this courtesy of jampics2 (thanks Bobby!). This is a LARGE flip-top bottle, might as well be a growler. We had a lot of beer choices on this night, and this bottle didn't get finished. Not because it isn't good, just there was so much of it.

It pours a dark brown, nearly black, opaque, with a thin dark foam. The aroma is very roasty, with a large supporting palette in descending order: cocoa, nuts, coffee. But mostly I get the roasted malts.

This tastes more charred than any beer I've every tried before. Nearly acrid charred flavors, taken to the edge of enjoyment. Just a little more char and this would be undrinkable, but at this level it adds an interesting component to this beer. Nice cocoa flavors in the aftertaste.

The body is on the thick side, coats the mouth and keeps the flavors present after each sip. I liked it, and I think naming it Toaster was appropriate with all the char.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 11:24:26 | More by TurdFurgison
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours pitch black and comletely opaque without even the slightest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a massive three finger frothy, pillowy dark mocha head. This is the darkest head I've seen on any beer not named Dark Lord. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with rings, streaks and splotches of soapy chocolate colored lacing. Onenof the best looking beers I've encountered.

Deep roasty aroma with lots of smokey almost burnt malt notes. Slightly acrid smelling with lots of charcoal and burnt toast in the nose as well as hints of sweet chocolate, oatmeal, coffee bean and nut.

Medium bodied and a bit more acrid tasting than the aroma suggests. Lots of oddly roasted/smokey/burnt malt notes that kind if overwhelm the other flavors. As it warms up the beer opens and the silky chocolate notes appear as well as some caramel, more roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, hazelnut and toffee. Overall this is tasty but a bit one-dimensional for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:12:25 | More by corby112
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I raise a toasty, roasty glass of darkness to the southeast & the demense of beerisheaven, who sent me this beer almost a year ago. Popping this one open in his honor, for today I rec'd my tenth - tenth - box from this uber-trader, filled with more great beers than the average trader sees in a month of Thursdays. Salut, sir!

First, what a beautiful bottle, unique, almost like a small, old-world growler with the sinuous shape & swing-top. After a convincing "pop" the merry pouring starts, & it's a dark, dark pour. Smell comes out in waves of midnight malts touched by char; but not as much as the name led me to believe. But the smell is standard fantastic stout.

Toaster brings the toast in the taste. Dead-on black toast. Luckily, my wife always makes fun of me for putting the toaster - and the waffle maker - on the highest setting. I'm right at home. Roast leans into coffee territory, & there's a taste, either the coffee bitterness or, even after all this time, a slash-and-burn of ghostly hops. Moderate sweetness keeps the blaze in check. Ash sweeps in after the tastes have had their way & covers everything in a dull gray.

Heavily oiled, like David Hasselhoff, only different. Deep and long on the tongue, the roast leaves a lasting impression & lingering taste, like a cup of coffee, coating all available counter space. Frighteningly, given the mystery ABV, I find myself swilling this like a Bud Light on a scorching summer day.

Borders between very good to excellent, but slips over the line to the big E. The roast is as good as advertised, & the smell is nigh orgasmic. East End is two-for-two on the scoreboard in this house. Thanks again, Brian.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:16:56 | More by maximum12
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drfabulous who had this sitting in his cellar for about a year.

A - Poured out an opaque jet black color. Very viscous. It had a very small brown head of foam. It left some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toasted molasses and some smoke.

T - Smoky with some burnt molasses flavor. Rich chocolate flavors with some rich roasted maltiness.

M - It was smooth and somewhat soft. A medium to full bodied beer.

D - This is a really tasty and really unique beer. I'm glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 02:07:37 | More by zeff80
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to crack open my one and only bottle of this to celebrate my brothers birthday. Poured from a 1L swing-top bottle purchased in 2008 into a Golden Monkey tuliped snifter...

A - Dark, deep, opaque black. A serious black hole of a beer. A dark, burnt 1 finger mocha head forms and sticks around. Great lacing as well. The best head I have ever encountered on a beer.

S - Thick, sweet and heavy notes of chocolate and molasses. Dark fruits come through along with roasted malts, caramel, toffee and burnt brown sugar.

T - Burnt brown sugar, molasses and chocolate. Thick and slightly syrup-y. Some greatr dark fruits and coffee notes come through as well. Very sweet beer. There are also some hints of charred ash and burnt wood like flavors coming through. Very interesting.

M - Light carbonation, but it works great with this style. Heavy body, but for everything that is going on in this one, I expected it to be a bit thicker.

D - Not the most drinkable beer. Very thick and in your face flavors. The burnt tastes seem to pound the palate and it took quite a while to get through this one even when splitting it 3 ways.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 15:58:54 | More by KAP1356
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was better than the other East end big stout we had. Big bottle shared between a bunch of people at a recent tasting. Beer is black / brown and forms a decent head of small and medium bubbles. Head breaks and falls away.

Aroma is one dimensional, mostly sweetness, maybe some roast.

Beer has a medium body and decent but not overpowering bitterness at the back of the palate. The sweetness is nice up front and it has some coffee like flavors in there and good connectivity. Beer is also quite smooth and easy to drink. Its a was a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 19:29:09 | More by drabmuh
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 17:13:19 | More by Kegatron
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 14:28:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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largadeer

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 21:35:39 | More by largadeer
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes (04/25/2010)...

Big thanks to Stigs for bringing this one to our late night, six people in a small room, tasting!

Split a few ways with Stigs and dtx000 and our gals. Poured from a 32oz bottle into various glass(and plastic)ware. Formed a nice, 2 finger mocha colored head that stuck around for some time...small amounts of fluff coated the side of my glass (yeah...real glass)! The body is thick, solid and black.

The nose is dosed heavily with black coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. You can also detect some hints of molasses and maybe even some cream in the background.

Wow...the taste follows the nose. Starts off with a roasted malt flavor the turns a little sweet toward the middle. This fades into the finish which finds a (almost acidic) black coffee bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side, creamy and oily with mild carbonation.

This is a great stout that I am thrilled to have tried. It is very drinkable and I really wish that Scott would brew this again!!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 14:12:42 | More by mgbickel
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nickd717

California

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 06:30:58 | More by nickd717
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 21:10:12 | More by Stigs
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hayesez

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from cpetrone84, this is the second beer to kick off our St. Patrick's Day celebration. Cracked open in my office at 4:15 a.m. (as we are waiting for Dark Lord Golden Tickets), we split this 32 ouncer between three glasses - a Bruery Tulip, a Dogfish Head globe, and a Kentucky Bourbon Ale snifter...there is a lot of beer in this thing!

Pours a jet black thickness that produces a very impressive dark brown two finger head. This lingers throughout the majority of the beer leaving some good sporadic lace on the glass. Nearly zero light is let in around the edges...

Nose is heavy on coffee and chocolate. Some dark fruits too...grainy...impressive. There is a hint of sourness as well. Also, a tiny bit of alcohol - does anyone know what the alcohol content of this guy is?

Taste also presents a decent chocolate maltiness in the lead...not nearly as much coffee as I expected. This definitely comes in at the end, however, and makes for a strong finish. Smokey and semi-bitter. A bit of tobacco at the end as well. I didn't get the bit of sourness that I was expecting from the nose - and don't get me wrong, I dug-deep for it. Good carbonation and a good mouthfeel - this is a quality beverage.

Overall, I must admit that I was slightly disappointed by the taste of this guy. Everything else was right on par, but the taste fell a bit short. Either way, I would regard this is a quality brew, and I'd certainly recommend giving it a shot.

Consumed: 3/17/2010 - 5:15 a.m. - second beer of St. Patrick's Day

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 09:26:38 | More by hayesez
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 02:30:28 | More by brentk56
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Toaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.