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

Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial StoutToaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.14/5
135 Ratings
Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial StoutToaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#2,766
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
135
pDev:
8.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
129
Gots:
20
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of HollyHops
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of stakem
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
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 OnWisconsin
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kayaker
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of KJ2013
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BeerZack
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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 -10.6%
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 -10.4%
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 -9.7%
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 mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BGsWo22
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ConnorSimpson41
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of baybum
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of woodske1
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -8.5%
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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Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 135 ratings
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