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

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 125
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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 nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, this is the re-brew of toaster 4th anniversary 5 years after they released it so they also call it their 9th anniversary.

The nose is pretty smokey, lots of roasted oats, toffee, a little burnt chocolate, and a little licorice.
The flavor is mostly smoke, burnt malts, oats, bitter dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is fine, but it leaves an anise-like aftertaste that is off-putting.

Overall, pretty good, but not outstanding.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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

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 womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 RblWthACoz
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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 MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dukedevil0 for bringing a 1L swingtop of this stuff. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Two fingers of dark, dark, mocha foam - this is the darkest foam I've ever seen. Solid retention with some nice spotty lacing as well. Pitch black, with NO tinges of any color at the fringes.

S - Tons of roastiness, smoked, charred bread, baker's chocolate, but also something that is reminiscent of floral hoppiness. Really unusual and distinct smell. No trace of the apparent 11% booze.

T - More bitter charred roastiness, with less of the hoppy notes. Lots of maltiness and some chocolate and coffee. Not quite as complex as the smell, but still pretty nice.

M - There's kind of a gritty, roasty character that complements the toastiness, but otherwise it's incredibly thick and creamy with lower carbonation.

D - The alcohol is well hidden and the carbonation is low, but the char and roastiness is a little too extreme for this to be other than an occasional treat.

Not quite as great as Homewood Reserve, but still quite delicious.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of stakem
3.13/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.