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

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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

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Photo of stakem
3.15/5  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.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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 corby112
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of woodske1
3.76/5  rDev -10%
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 srandycarter
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, almost black, not much head... Not much lace.

S - Burnt toast. Duh. Seriously, severely charred malt, smoky, carmalized sweetness underneath.

T - Sweeter in taste than smell. Toasty node is at the end.

M - Medium body, very coating, not much carb.

D - This is an interesting beer. I wouldn't want too much of it, though.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
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 wagenvolks
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.0L swingtop into a tasting glass (4th anniversary edition). Thanks to JDV for the share!

A gentle pour creates a dark brown head that's slow to build and quick to recede, but revives itself easily with a swirl of the glass. Jet-black body looks thick and viscous. Nice aroma of milk chocolate, espresso, a mint note from the hops, which are somewhat earthy.

Big notes of roasted, almost charred chocolate and caramel malts, with a kiss of booze and bitterness from the hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is uber-thick, which wouldn't be a problem, although the uppity carbonation level gets in the way of the more subtle malt complexities. Overall, though, Toaster is a solid, tasty Dbl. Stout; I'm glad I got to try it, but I don't think I'll be hunting this one down anytime soon.

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Photo of hayesez
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of Omnium
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Blackest of the black with two fingers of fizzy dark dark brown head, this is the darkest beer I've had to date. Thick lacing, unreal stuff. I had to give this a 5.
S - Aroma is really toned down, and I dont understand how or why. You get burnt toffee, dark chocolate roasts, a little earthiness, and some decent smoke, but its all together kinda subtle.
T - Massive smoke flavor for a non-smoked specific beer. Big roasted and burnt maltiness, dark fruit, fig, dark cherry, very woody, charcoal. Its extremely burnt in flavor. Toaster is an apt name.
M - Bitter, and big, a little metallic, but still good.
O - Really unique beer, I'm glad to have had it, but his is really a niche kinda beer. It seems to be a confused offering, sure its got a big roasted flavor, but I say why not go all out and make it a smoked be....because they already have smokestack.

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Photo of alcstradamus
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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 oline73
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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 number1bum
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of sonicdescent
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is black oil, thick as hell pouring with little carbonation and only a crown of mocha head.

Smell is strong with chocolate, toffee, and cream. You can tell how strong this brew is from the nose.

Taste is similar to smell with a hint of smoke and a definite warming sensation to compliment it's thick body and low carbonation.

Drinkability takes a slight hit because it is rich and high in alcohol. I would absolutely get it again, but I'd struggle to drink more than a pint at a time. Another winner from East End.

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Photo of jampics2
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

picked up a 1L swingtop from Bocktown outside of Pittsburgh, brought to my first new beer Sunday at MasterSki's crib.

A: pours a dark dark black with copperish color head and like no lacing

S: smells like roasted malts, slight alcohol, some sweet molasses but not much

T: tastes like a majority of roasted malts, some slight dark bitter chocolate

M: thick yet not very much carbonation

D: alcohol isn't really tasted, the roastiness hurts the score a little

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taken from notes dated 6-27-10. This is the original 4th anniversary version.

I have been sitting on this beer for about a year, lets see how it has held up. Pours absolutely perfect for an imperial stout with three fingers of dark chocolate brown head that sits on top of a thick ink black body. Head turns rocky as it slowly fades looking like a fresh baked biscuit. Nose is bold, rich and toasty with big coco and coffee notes along with some soft smokiness. The coffee comes through big time with the first sip, black and bold. This is super impressive considering this one has a year of age on it. There are anise notes and bitter burnt molasses tones very noticeable as well. This is a very thick and dry imperial stout that shows almost no sweetness in the flavor profile. This has held up very well since bottling. This would make a great cold weather all night sipper. Mouthfeel is dry and slightly bitter much like black coffee. This is nicely drinkable but it demands to be sipped over a long period of time. It would make a great barrel aged brew. Note to East End: Make this beer on the regular.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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