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

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 125
Gots: 14 | FT: 2
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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Photo of KAP1356


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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
Photo of drabmuh


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Photo of Kegatron


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
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
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
Photo of largadeer


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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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4.38/5  rDev +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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4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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
Photo of Stigs


3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Photo of womencantsail


4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 19:13:30 | More by womencantsail
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 05:14:36 | More by Sammy
Photo of alcstradamus


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black with one of the darkest 3 fingers of head I've ever seem. Nice lacing left behind as it subsides.

Nose is actually not what I was expecting....a bit of sourness is present, almost likes cherries. Some wood and marshmallow are there along with chocolate and an unfortunate bit of metal. Almost smells like the beginnings of an infection taking over.

The sourness doesn't really carry over to the taste which is a positive. There is a tiny bit in the background, but it becomes barely noticeable after a few good swallows. This is one complex mother of a stout. Huge roasted malt profile, they don't call this Toaster for nothing. The finish is almost strictly burnt popcorn, but it is not as brash and invasive as that may sound. A bit of dark fruit sweetness. The slight metallic notes carry over to the taste which is the only thing preventing this from a 4.5 or higher.

The mouthfeel on this is full and creamy, absolutely perfect. Very soft carbonation. Exactly how an imperial stout should be.

I would love to have this one again. If it wasn't for the metal, it would probably be one of the best stouts I ever drank. So complex and rich and creamy, just beautiful. The flaws are just a bit too noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:33:11 | More by alcstradamus
Photo of John_M


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this at Capones a year or so back. Don't feel as if the extra time did this beer any harm whatsoever.

The beer pours a very dark, blackish brown color with impressive coffee colored head with very good retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is also impressive, with a considerable amount of coffee, dark chocolate and leather. As good as this beer smells, it really tastes that much better. Flavors replicate the nose on this moderately sweet stout, but I appreciate the hoppy, bitter finish, and the notes of licorice at the end. The hoppy bitterness counters the moderate sweetness very nicely, making for a pretty well balanced RIS. Mouthfeel is very full and rich, with a mouthcoating presence on the palate. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol very nicely integrated into the flavor profile. You can still tell it's up there a bit, but this beer is not at all heavy or tiring.

Very nice beer from East End. Maybe the best thing I've had from them yet.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 21:12:21 | More by John_M
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz fliptop bottle shared by mymrnngjckt. Poured pitch black, very thick looking, with a nice dark tan head. Good retention and lacing.

Lots of roasted malt in the nose, as well as a good amount of sweetness - lots of chocolate for instance. Very robust nose.

Taste also consisted primarily of roasted malt and some chocolate sweetness. Ton of roastiness in this one; very powerful. There is a smokiness with the roasted flavor as well. As flavorful as it is, though, there's not much more to it than that - roast and sweet.

Mouthfeel was full bodied and very rich. This was one chewy beer, so thick and creamy it was like a meal. Not sure what the ABV is here but there was no noticeable alcohol heat.

This is about as intensely roasty as you will ever find in a stout. Lots of flavor but the huge roastiness makes it a sipper. Good thing we shared this bottle 3 ways because it would be a tough one to consume solo. Check this out if you can.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 15:29:11 | More by number1bum
Photo of PretzelCity


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 21:19:34 | More by PretzelCity
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Most unique packaging thing going on in the craft community IMO. Pours an opaque darkness with a big dark foamy head the resists fading and leave a reasonable amount of lacing. The smell is aggressive and unique. I'm really turned off by overly roasted malt character, but this one is really unique...it's more of a burnt bread/bagel/burnt toast than malt. The burnt bread flavor and ester's come through well in the intense flavor as well. A little bit of chocolate in the back. The mouth feel is adequately carbonated, and creamy smooth...finishing with a bitter note that lingers some. Quite drinkable...can't wait for the next opportunity to try this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 22:34:20 | More by jjayjaye
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks to thebouch01.

Pours a deep black color with a short dark brown head and a sharp, smooth ring of very sticky lacing.

Scent of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, earth, smoke, dark fruit, and a hint of oxidation. Finds a nice balance among the variety of characters.

Taste of smoke, charred oak, fresh oak, tobacco, earth, chocolate, spice, roasted malts, sugars, ash, and some dark fruit. One of the most complex Imperial Stouts I have come across, and remarkably balanced for the complexity.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied and biting, nice, but the bit of carbonation is a bit too much for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 22:20:29 | More by paco1029384756
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been saving this bottle for a while now. Split three ways. Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a dark, chocolate brown. Zero clarity. Produced a tan, mocha colored head that reduced to a ring. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Toasted and chocolate malts are noticeable. Also picking up some layers of caramel and dark fruits as well.

T- Chocolate malts and some raisins / figs are the first to hit the palate. From there toasted malts takeover...very unique because while prominent, there was no hint of burnt malts. Finish is slightly robust with the toasted malts, but has an additional sweetness from caramel malts and dark fruits.

M- Looked super viscous. However, it wasn't quite as thick as it looked. Medium to heavy bodied, with a hint of silkiness.

D- Very drinkable. My sample disappeared rather quickly.

Overall, this was a very good beer. I usually don't take to overly roasted RIS that well, but this was one managed to get those flavors without the burnt qualities. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 20:07:47 | More by rhinos00
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4.88/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:44:41 | More by DavoleBomb
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 02:29:10 | More by smuttanator
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4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 01:31:25 | More by boralyl
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 17:13:47 | More by Thorpe429
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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 14:16:07 | More by rudylaw
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle popped like crazy when opened. Poured a deep black with just a hint of light brown head. Smells of rich dark chocolate and a hint of coffee and caramel.
Taste is lush and sweet, Tons of sweeet caramel balance the cocoa bitterness very well. Dark, sweet fruit add a nice juiciness.
Dense and thick mouthfeel. One of the best mouthfeels I've ever sampled.
A delight to drink. Thanks Mike.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 15:19:28 | More by kirok1999
Toaster - 4th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.