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

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Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
eastendbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of AndrewNations
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of trygelski1
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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 boralyl
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of Aceofblue
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is for the 9th-4th Anniversary edition (the one brewed 5 years after their 4th anniversary edition). I bought it in 2014 after tasting it fresh at the brewery, and have been bottle aging it ever since. I just opened it tonight, 7/17/2016, to celebrate moving to a new apartment in Pittsburgh!

It pours with a beautiful walnut brown head and a rich inky black body. The nose is very sweet yet smokey, with notes of toasted oats, chocolate, and anise.

The body is quite full, and the light carbonation is quickly offset by the thick feel of it, with really nice flavors of coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, toasted oats, smoke, and some licorice. The aftertaste to me is mostly extra dark chocolate and coffee.

This is a really solid imperial stout. It packs a punch, yet the alcohol sweetness isn't overwhelming. Definitely a lip smacker, and exactly what I want in an imperial stout! The only thing I would change is to have a little bit more dry toasty flavor, rather than sweet, but at 11% there's not much you can do about that! However, it's delicious all around.

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Photo of SHerninko
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of victory4me
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of wingman14
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Brewlinson
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gyle41386
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of gcasher
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of jmartinger
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rudylaw
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Desaparecido
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of sideshowe
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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