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

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Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial StoutToaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to commemorate the brewery's 4th and 9th anniversary.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 12-17-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 131
Reviews by stakem:
Photo of stakem
3.15/5  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.

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Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber that has been cellared for over a year poured into tulip glass....

Look: Pours an amazing jet black with one of the darkest amazing brown heads I have seen.

Smell: Roasty, smokey, licorice, chocolate

Taste: Notes of coffee, licorice, chocolate, roast, smoke, some bitterness in there, big and boozy, freaking fantastic imperial stout!

Feel: Thick and rich!

Overall: One of my favorite brews from the guys at East End! Very solid imperial stout. I have had this both fresh and aged and it is great either way. Cellars very well. I wish they would brew this one more than just every 4 or 5 years.

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Photo of Soonami
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this courtesy of Georgiabeer - thanks!

Pours pitch black with a one-finger dark brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing. This is a dark beer.

Smells of deeply roasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee. As it warms the roasted aromas grow even stronger - the smell is living up to the name.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Charred malt flavors up front are backed by unsweetened chocolate and hints of coffee - both in small quantities. The roasted flavors carry through until the solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. This is one of those that's easy to drink for a glass or two but then the quality that made the first two so easy to drink make the next two hard to drink. That sentence may or may not have made sense.

Overall this is an IS that went crazy with the roasted flavor and turned out well. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AndrewNations
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of PretzelCity
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Inky black with burnt caramel edges. Thick hot cocoa-like creamy froth covering.

Sweet and roasty smells of dark malts, barley, cooked grain with bitter chocolate and spicy alcohol undercurrents.

Bitter chocolate met with some instant oatmeal (straight from the cardboard box) flavor. I like the dryness here, not another cloyingly sweet imperial.

Medium heavy mouthfeel, doesn't feel syrupy, maybe due to big underlying hop bitterness.

As far as drinkability on this one, it started out better than it finished. Nice and toasty kinda turned to bitter/bland and so-so.

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Photo of Saxboy10
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woodske1
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Thanks to EGledhill for grabbing this 1 L swingtop for me. This is East End's 4th Anniversary beer.

A: Damn this is black! The stout opens with a pop and pours in one long viscous stream. Black seems to be an understatement, this is black hole quantum singularity black. A two and a half finger head was a deep brown, almost black color before settling down.

S: The nose is intoxicatingly full, heavy on chocolate, coffee, burnt toast (lots of burnt toast) and cocoa powder.

T: The first sip leaves a scorched earth in its wake. Roasted and toasted, the stout doesn't skimp on the burn or the smoke. Everything in the nose, save the cocoa powder, is intensified. The toasted element is especially strong, like drinking charred slices of bread. The confluence of overtoasted flavors leaves a lasting bite in the mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is one harsh landscape, toasted beyond recognition. That being said, it does bring some chocolatey sweetness and chewy smoke to the table as well.

D: Finishing the whole liter may be tough if only because the flavors do scorch the palate. A hell of an anniversary ale. Happy Birthday to East End.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of smuttanator
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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