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 jgap
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with lots of very dark head. It's a dark grey really with hints of brown, it fades to a nice lace. Smell is very roasty with a nice 'micro-brew' scent, lots of coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Taste is also very roasty. This fades to a dark chocolate and a hint of light roast coffee. It's gritty like an oatmeal stout but not quite as thick (not to say it's thin by any means). It tastes great but it's pretty rich. The alcohol isn't detectable at all but the drinkability takes a hit with the richness.

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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 ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1-liter bottle into fluted goblet on 5/29/09. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Poured black with a creamy, burnt mocha head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and left some decent lacing around the glass.

S - Big toasty and roasty malt aroma with some bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Some earthy hops also emerge, as does a warm waft of alcohol.

T - Huge roasted malt character with a bold, toasty flavor and plenty of warm alcohol notes. Finishes with an earthy bitterness and lots of astringent notes.

M - Medium body with a warm, roasty alcohol presence and mild carbonation on the palate.

D - Great Imperial Stout with a huge roasted malt character and lots of coffee flavor. One of my favorites from East End.

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Photo of AltBock
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive 1 quart 1.8 oz. swing top bottle. On this massive bottle is a small tan label of a flaming toaster that has the End End symbol on the side. The toasted isn't on fire, just the toasted inside it. Talk about liking your toast that's black around the corners. Above the fiery toaster in huge fire red letters is the name of the beer. Below the toaster is where they mention the style of the beer. Located on the far left of the label is the brewery's address and on the far right of the label is the Government warning. No vintage date anywhere on the bottle, unless 4th Anniversary means something to you.

Appearance: In honor of this beer, I poured this beer directly into my toaster. It seemed odd at the time, but I get it now. That would've been fun, but I instead poured this beer into a Great Lakes Snifter. This Imperial Stout looked like oil that hasn't been changed for more than 10,000 miles. This beer poured exactly like a thick black sludge. Highlights? Yeah right! This beer was so thick that it was immune to light. You could even put a flashlight to the beer and light would bounce right back into the bulb. The initial head of foam wasn't bad. It was 3/4 of an inch in height and dark mocha in color. This head of foam quickly receded into a tiny string of dark mocha rings. The rings were so small in size that they couldn't possibly leave behind any streaks or spots of lace.

Smell: This Imperial Stout had one powerful potent aroma. You usually can't tell what it's going to smell like from the appearance, but you have to figure out with a color this black, you know it has to be roasted as hell! If you guessed that, then you are correct. The majority of the aroma was all about the scent of dark roasted coffee beans. Directly behind the coffee was some bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, a splash of black cherry, a gentle touch of plum, and then this strong dark aroma finishes up with a subtle whiff of some unknown sweet spice. It smelled a little like cinnamon stick, but I know that wasn't it. I sure hope you liked the aroma because next up is that taste. There is where you get to taste what you just smelled.

Taste: In the aroma, it was the the roasted coffee beans that were the supreme ingredient. But in the taste, it was the the bitter dark chocolate that ruled over with an iron fist. The taste of chocolate was so powerful that it tasted like like chocolate cake, "death by chocolate" cake. After the chocolate cake had it's long moment in the sun, in comes in some dry roasted malts. After the dry roasted malts have their turn, in comes the roasted coffee beans. To think, a moment ago they were the ruler over the aroma and now they're stuck behind the dry roasted malts. After of all these roasted flavors leave the tongue, the taste then finishes up with a pinch of black cherry and a touch of plum. I quickly noticed that toward the end of the taste, this beer gets really dry. Just make sure to have a glass of water nearby.

Mouthfeel: This Imperial Stout wasn't about to hide anything. It wanted to show it's full potential of what it can do! This was clearly a full bodied Imperial Stout with a low level of carbonation and a fading aftertaste. Let me explain. The aftertaste started off strong with bitter dark chocolate, but it then quickly faded into a minor taste of roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, and a touch of black cherry. This fading aftertaste stuck around for a short while.

Drinkability: You'd think that a massive 1 quart bottle would be hard to drink by yourself, but it wasn't. I know that for a fact. If you do plan on drinking it by yourself, take your time. It's not going anywhere any time soon. If you like you're Imperial Stouts smelling like coffee, but tasting like chocolate, then this is your beer.

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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 MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to dukedevil0 for bringing a 1L swingtop of this stuff. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Two fingers of dark, dark, mocha foam - this is the darkest foam I've ever seen. Solid retention with some nice spotty lacing as well. Pitch black, with NO tinges of any color at the fringes.

S - Tons of roastiness, smoked, charred bread, baker's chocolate, but also something that is reminiscent of floral hoppiness. Really unusual and distinct smell. No trace of the apparent 11% booze.

T - More bitter charred roastiness, with less of the hoppy notes. Lots of maltiness and some chocolate and coffee. Not quite as complex as the smell, but still pretty nice.

M - There's kind of a gritty, roasty character that complements the toastiness, but otherwise it's incredibly thick and creamy with lower carbonation.

D - The alcohol is well hidden and the carbonation is low, but the char and roastiness is a little too extreme for this to be other than an occasional treat.

Not quite as great as Homewood Reserve, but still quite delicious.

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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 glid02
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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 gford217
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

1L swingtop shared by Georgiabeer at the Brick Store.

Pours a viscous black with a ridiculously dark mocha head that recedes very slowly and settles in as a solid cap with some good lacing.

The aroma is of massive sweet malts, chocolate malts, before it warmed up. When it warmed up, the thing turned into a toasted beast with plenty of smoke, toasted malts and espresso.

The taste mirrors the aroma and has a massive toasted malt backbone with plenty of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. There are hints of hops as well and plenty of smoke in the finish.

The mouthfeel is close to full bodied and coats the mouth with the toasty malted body.

This is a great impy stout and one that lives up to its name as it's toasty, smoky, malty and very tasty. I wouldn't call it crazy drinkable by any means, but it's a very good sipper.

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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 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 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 ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1L swing-top bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from CrazyMacHarris99. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" orangey dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes at the expected pace, with very leggy lasting lace.
Aroma is intense, with dark grains, coffee, and alcohol.

Taste finds rich dark maltiness dominant, with hops bitterness coming out near the end, before the alcohol warming takes over. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is better than most of this abv.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Toaster has a deep, dark, black body that light seems to find absolutely inpenetrable. A dark brown head foamy head with very large bubbles sits on top. The head shows above average retention but only leaves spotty lacing.

A noticeable bitter chocolate aroma that reminds comes with lots of roasted notes.

This one is tasty. Chocolately up front, with chocolate flavors ranging from bitter dark chocolate to flavors. A touch of toffee comes through from behind the chocolate. Finishes with a rather intense roasted flavor and some very slight hop astringency in the background. Maybe a touch of warming here from the alcohol, but not much.

Thick, creamy, full bodied. A great mouthfeel.

For a stout that is 11+% ABV, the alcohol was prettty damn enigmatic in here. Another winner from East End.

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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 hopdog
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1-liter flip top bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, roasty, and toasty (or was that a suggestion placed in my mind by the name!). Tastes of chocolate, dark fruits, roasty, coffee, and some smokiness. Alcohol content well hidden. Oily body.

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Photo of DrewOSU
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Consumed at BA Cincinnati RIS tasting on 3/5/2009, hosted by Yetiman420

A: Pours thick and looks like used motor oil. Black and chunky with a big gritty sediment in the lacing on the side of the glass.

S: There is everything on this nose. Smoke, coffee, molasses all at once.

M/T: Medium, gritty body. Huge alcohol taste, bitter shock with a smokey middle and a dry but malty aftertaste. Complex.

D: This beer is amazing, but in small amounts. Pallet killer with the smoke and bitterness. A huge treat though.

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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 tpd975
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge Thanks goes out to the LEGENDARY ibrew2or3 for this one.

A: Pours a beautiful dark jet black hue. Nice tall creamy mocha head that seems to last and last. Lace, yeah there is enough here to weave a doiley or two.

S: More like toasted than toaster, but this baby is shiny and new. To say the malt is roasted is an understatement, that is unless it were to be roasted in hell. Burt malt up front with hints of smoke, dark chocolate, and over roasted coffee.

T: It is very much roasty in flavor as well, but not to the level of the nose, which is a good thing. Wonderfuly roasted malt with just a touch of smoke. Decadant chocolate and dark roast coffee. Very tasty and complex.

M: Full bodied. This one clings to the glass and your jowls.

D: It's a bold brew, but one that is a real joy to sip.

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Photo of DrJay
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looked thick and dark during the pour with low carbonation. A fine, dark brown cap appeared slowly, then formed a thick ring after settling a bit. Sheets of bubbles coated the glass. Great head retention. No edges that I could detect - this stuff is black. Roast and burnt aroma, cocoa and toffee, faint leafy hops, slight sour cherry and alcohol. A bit fruity as it warmed. Malty and sweet with moderate hop bitterness that lingered in the finish. Dark malts contributed additional bitterness and a bit of astringency. Dry roast and burnt notes melded with the sweeter chocolate and toffee flavours. Alcohol was present throughout, but stayed mellow. A bit fruity up front, but that became more noticeable as it warmed. Great balance. Full bodied with low carbonation, fine bubbles, quite smooth, mild warmth. Quite an easy drinking big stout.

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