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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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 135
Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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 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 brentk56
4.39/5  rDev +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

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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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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 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 John_M
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 PretzelCity
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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 jjayjaye
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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'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.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 smuttanator
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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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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 Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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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 kirok1999
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark oily black colored with a nice frothy deep mocha head that's fades into a ring around the top.

Roasty thick malt character with layered chocolate aromasn fudge, cake icing, cocoa, black fruits as well very nice.

Before I get to any flavors this beer has an amazingly creamy buttery mouthfeel amazing.

Very bitter chocolate character with big bittering hops on the finish.layers of bitter bakers cocoa, black fruits, just thick cocoa tannins and a forever finish.

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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 koopa
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown, PA

Appearance: Classic murky black with small dirty khaki crown that rapidly dissipates and leaves little lace.

Smell: A world of good things going on in this glass....vanilla, oak, roast malt, a tinge of alcohol, etc.

Taste: Lots of oak and vanilla sweetness up front which then pass the torch to the deep roasted malt goodness. Not very coffee like, which is nice.

Mouthfeel: Lite side of heavy bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Goes down surprisingly well for this type of beer.

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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 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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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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