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

Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial StoutToaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout
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Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial StoutToaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
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 jampics2
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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 KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1L swingtop bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Toaster has a molasses, nearly black, color throughout, with a nice looking coffee color cream cap.

Smell: Malt forward, with lots of roasted malt, smokey notes, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste: Up front the roasted malt works well with dark chocolate and roast coffee. Some smokiness is there too, and I get a whiff up my nose as well while I am sipping this. Some molasses flavor adds a light sweetness. The finish is clean and sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is full bodied, with medium carbonation, which I feel may have declined over time. A strong toasted feel.

Drinkability: This was a treat to try, and I definitely enjoyed it. Unless they brew this again, I will probably not be able to get any more, though.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 maximum12
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I raise a toasty, roasty glass of darkness to the southeast & the demense of beerisheaven, who sent me this beer almost a year ago. Popping this one open in his honor, for today I rec'd my tenth - tenth - box from this uber-trader, filled with more great beers than the average trader sees in a month of Thursdays. Salut, sir!

First, what a beautiful bottle, unique, almost like a small, old-world growler with the sinuous shape & swing-top. After a convincing "pop" the merry pouring starts, & it's a dark, dark pour. Smell comes out in waves of midnight malts touched by char; but not as much as the name led me to believe. But the smell is standard fantastic stout.

Toaster brings the toast in the taste. Dead-on black toast. Luckily, my wife always makes fun of me for putting the toaster - and the waffle maker - on the highest setting. I'm right at home. Roast leans into coffee territory, & there's a taste, either the coffee bitterness or, even after all this time, a slash-and-burn of ghostly hops. Moderate sweetness keeps the blaze in check. Ash sweeps in after the tastes have had their way & covers everything in a dull gray.

Heavily oiled, like David Hasselhoff, only different. Deep and long on the tongue, the roast leaves a lasting impression & lingering taste, like a cup of coffee, coating all available counter space. Frighteningly, given the mystery ABV, I find myself swilling this like a Bud Light on a scorching summer day.

Borders between very good to excellent, but slips over the line to the big E. The roast is as good as advertised, & the smell is nigh orgasmic. East End is two-for-two on the scoreboard in this house. Thanks again, Brian.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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 KAP1356
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally decided to crack open my one and only bottle of this to celebrate my brothers birthday. Poured from a 1L swing-top bottle purchased in 2008 into a Golden Monkey tuliped snifter...

A - Dark, deep, opaque black. A serious black hole of a beer. A dark, burnt 1 finger mocha head forms and sticks around. Great lacing as well. The best head I have ever encountered on a beer.

S - Thick, sweet and heavy notes of chocolate and molasses. Dark fruits come through along with roasted malts, caramel, toffee and burnt brown sugar.

T - Burnt brown sugar, molasses and chocolate. Thick and slightly syrup-y. Some greatr dark fruits and coffee notes come through as well. Very sweet beer. There are also some hints of charred ash and burnt wood like flavors coming through. Very interesting.

M - Light carbonation, but it works great with this style. Heavy body, but for everything that is going on in this one, I expected it to be a bit thicker.

D - Not the most drinkable beer. Very thick and in your face flavors. The burnt tastes seem to pound the palate and it took quite a while to get through this one even when splitting it 3 ways.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was better than the other East end big stout we had. Big bottle shared between a bunch of people at a recent tasting. Beer is black / brown and forms a decent head of small and medium bubbles. Head breaks and falls away.

Aroma is one dimensional, mostly sweetness, maybe some roast.

Beer has a medium body and decent but not overpowering bitterness at the back of the palate. The sweetness is nice up front and it has some coffee like flavors in there and good connectivity. Beer is also quite smooth and easy to drink. Its a was a nice treat.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Liter, flip-top bottle into an oversized tulip glass.

This just has one of the thickest and darkest pours that I've seen in a while, looking like motor oil coming out of the glass, pouring a pitch black with several fingers of burnt and dark mocha colored head. This retains with a near finger of thick and rich froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with a heavy latticework of sticky lacing and heavy brown oils. The aroma just blows up in the nose with notes of chocolate, burnt molasses, even more burnt coffee, some licorice, and a good bit of earthy and citric hop character. I'm really surprised at how fresh smelling this still is after a year and a half in the bottle. This is just equal parts sweet and dark in the nose at times. I'm really digging it.

The taste starts out with warm sweetness that drenches the mouth, full of sticky bitter chocolate, toffee, maple syrup, and some ripe earthy fruit notes. The back of the profile is all darkness however, with black coffee, burnt roast, and hops all giving this a very aggressive sharp bitterness that finishes this dry, charred, and toasted, hanging in the mouth with a good bit of leftover sticky sweetness. I must say, that a LOT of green earthy citrus emerges as this warms, giving the profile an extra layer of gritty fruity bitterness. The mouthfeel is full, thick, and creamy, with a heavy underlying viscous feel that carries all of those heavy flavors. There is some definite warmth associated with the body but the alcohol flavor itself is extremely well hid.

Jeez, Toaster is a GREAT name for this one, with the finish being so burnt and blackened in the taste to the point that I felt like I was eating a piece of liquid charred toast at times. OK, that might be exaggerating a bit but this was VERY intense with the bitterness and it did hold things back a touch for me but overall this was still a VERY solid and well done Anniversary Stout from East End.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
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 largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 liter fliptop bottle from 2008 shared by bring. Thanks, Barry. The beer has a sludgy black appearance, quite viscous with a dark brown head. It smells of molasses and bitter dark chocolate. Roasty, a little ashy, mellow on the whole with no noticeable alcohol. Flavors of molasses and baker's chocolate carry over from the aroma. It's very viscous, but smooth and drinkable. Rich, full-bodied, perhaps a bit simple, but I can't fault it much for that. Silky bittersweet finish, lingering notes of coffee and chocolate. Very good.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes (04/25/2010)...

Big thanks to Stigs for bringing this one to our late night, six people in a small room, tasting!

Split a few ways with Stigs and dtx000 and our gals. Poured from a 32oz bottle into various glass(and plastic)ware. Formed a nice, 2 finger mocha colored head that stuck around for some time...small amounts of fluff coated the side of my glass (yeah...real glass)! The body is thick, solid and black.

The nose is dosed heavily with black coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. You can also detect some hints of molasses and maybe even some cream in the background.

Wow...the taste follows the nose. Starts off with a roasted malt flavor the turns a little sweet toward the middle. This fades into the finish which finds a (almost acidic) black coffee bitterness.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side, creamy and oily with mild carbonation.

This is a great stout that I am thrilled to have tried. It is very drinkable and I really wish that Scott would brew this again!!

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Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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 -6.3%
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 -4.6%
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 +6%
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%
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 -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 alcstradamus
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +3.4%
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 -1.7%
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 +2.2%
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 +1.9%
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 +4.6%
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 +5.1%
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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Toaster - 4th/9th Anniversary Imperial Stout from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88.9% out of 100 with 135 ratings
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