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Homewood Reserve - East End Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 20.62%
Wants: 22
Gots: 17 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: treyrab on 12-23-2008)
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Reviews by barleywinebrewer:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to johntravolta21 for the chance to try this neat brew!

A - pitch black with a billowy dark tan head.
S - roasted grains, smokey woods, hint of astringency
T - roasted grains / espresso / dark chocolate blended with a solid wood and blackstrap influence. There's a hint of hops but I think it is overwhelmed and oddly buoys the roasted aspect of this beer.
M - medium bodied, creamy smooth with a lingering bitter roast note.
D - low enough abv to be sessionable, deep enough in character to carry a high level of roast and make it worthwhile to enjoy a few pints.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 17, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This made a quick draft appearance last week at Bocktown...poured with a moccha tan head and pitch black body, some thin speckled tan head left on the sides of the chalice but carbonation as a whole seems pretty mellow. Aroma has tart fruit think a touch of cherry, dark bitter chocolate, roasted malts add a layer of earthy/tree bark infused coffee. Bourbon barrel effects of aging give it a bit of booze and fusel alcohol that burns the nares. Flavor again I have to report the hint of tart cherry with vanilla charred oak, along with caramel roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate. When I'm detecting as the caramel note I'm sure is coming from the Blackstrap molasses additions to the base beer Blackstrap Stout. It really comes off like an oak chip aged brash fruity coffee beer. However no coffee or cherries were harmed in the making of this beer. Mouthfeel is warming to say the least, with some barrel aged notes going on oak barrel and the vanilla stick around on the palate and do outweigh the base beer. Low rolling carbonation medium bodied with a bit of stickiness/fusel alcohol left on the palate between sips. Overall impression is that they should also do an imperial stout to throw in the oak because Black Strap is excellent on it's on withint this context however I find it to be overshadowed by the effects of oak aging rather that surpassing it to another level.

WVbeergeek, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

mrosenfeld32, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of pwoods
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this rarity.

1L swing top poured into a snifter.

A: Huge booming pop when the swing top is released. Pours pitch black with health viscosity. Huge deep mocha head forms and holds for quite a bit. A bit rocky. Nice lacing.

S: Mild aroma overall. Some earthy and rustic aroma from the barrels, not much sweetness, though. A hint of smokiness. Lightly roasted malts.

T/M: A pretty big stout for only a 'single', and I'd definitely say it's closer to an English Stout. Hops are on the lower side, just making an appearance. Roasted malts, dry and rich. Bitter roast with some bitter chocolate in the back. Spent coffee grinds mix with the roasted malt. Not a ton of barrel flavor. I suppose some earthy and oaky notes but not rich as in other brews. Body is nearly full with decent carbonation. Dry.

D: I'd guess the ABV around 10% but wouldn't be surprised if it was lower. Drinks decent for the style.

pwoods, May 13, 2009
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DarthKostrizer for the bottleshare
Pours black with a thick bubbly Brown head with medium retention and lacing. Pretty viscous and oily.

Deep dark roasted malts, dark fruits, dark earthiness and a little bitterness on the nose.

Flavor has that dark earthiness with notes of dark roasted malt, overly roasted bitter nuts and dark fruit. With an unpleasant chalkiness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a bitter chalkiness that is dry. Low carbonation.

Overall this beer is kind of a mess. It's trying to not be and has potential if they figure it out. But it's not there yet.

MrVonzipper, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bomber from Capone’s. 2012 edition, however when you call something reserve it should reflect more quality. Black with foamy head. cocoa and infused coffee, some sour notes that stand for bourbon.Rather expensive catch for the value, and then again I am not a fanatic for dry stouts.

Sammy, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

What a fantastic looking Stout.A dark brown head that sits a full 2 fingers high rests atop a pitch black liquid.
Roasted characters dominate with some whiskey in the mix.
A roasted beer with some coffee and whiskey. A great tasting beer with an acrid finish and definite hop presence. Alcohol also makes an appearance.
A full bodied beer, with great carbonation.
A great beer that I would love to have again in the future. I do not think I would be able to handle a bottle alone however.

alovesupreme, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1L swingtop bottle vintage 2008 via trade thanks to ericwo. Shared at a tasting with a grip of other mostly BA people.

Pours black with a fairly large tan head that lasts a long time.

Aroma is heavy on the coffee and roast, with some cocoa, bourbon, and sweet toffee poking through.

Flavor is black patent malt city, very roasty and charred tasting - was this a collaboration with Kingsford? Still I like it a lot. Bitter dark chocolate, bourbon, wood, coffee, and toffee are also in there, making it pretty complex.

Palate is very dry and charry with medium body.

Drinkability is not bad. Pretty solid beer overall. Doesn't fit cleanly into a style really in my opinion.

nickd717, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of penguinstout
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

penguinstout, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L swing. Thanks to jdefont a.k.a. Justin for this chance to try this gem.

A- Pours a nice black body with no real light coming through it. One finger dark chocolate head shows medium retention. Nice light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Some hints of darker fruit in the front of the aroma with hints of roasted malts. This blends to more of a coffee infused roast. Hints of oak in the ending with a bourbon flavor and medicinal like alcohol heat that flares in the nose.

T- Like the aroma there is a darker cherry in the front with a hint of vanilla that comes through a little more toward the end. The middle of the beer is leaning toward a charred oak flavor with some caramel malts leaning to a deep roasted coffee ending middle. There is a deep roast that follows through with a touch of blackstrap molasses. The bourbon alcohol does show up in the ending and gives off a huge alcohol heat.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malt and coffee, dark cherry, and oak left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly bourbon alcohol, oak, molasses, and roasted malt. Flavors I thought were balanced very well for the style. I didn't detect any off flavors that many seemed to get. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- I thought this beer was fantastic. I don't think the bourbon alcohol helped the beer overall as it was just to hot. The ABV was well hidden for the most part minus the ending. I thought the flavors were rich and bursting at times but blended into one another for a smooth tasting.

alleykatking, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -15.3%

dtx00, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of kbuzz
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a one liter flip top bottle into a club-footed goblet glass. Not bottle date, but this was just released at the brewery a couple weeks ago, so it's pretty fresh.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown/black. A half finger of dark tan/mocha bead quickly rises. Retention is average. Nice lacing.

S: Bourbon. Some sort of funky vinegar. reminds me of like a weird magic marker smell...like a sharpie. As it warmed, this faded a bit and the bourbon really took over. I have to dig around, but I do get a little chocolate...not much roastiness to speak of.

T/M: Oakiness and bourbon. Now I get the roastiness and chocolate malts in the taste. Baker's chocolate. Molasses. Interesting beer. I think what came off as a magic marker in the smell is actually just oak tannin combining with whatever molasses didn't ferment out...gives it a very striking, almost sour/bitter sweetness that molasses gives you on the tongue. It's very unique, that's for sure. Mouthfeel is a little thin for being oak-aged, I'd say medium or so. Definitely coats the mouth, not dry at all. ABV isn't noticable...very easy to put back.

O: Solid, solid beer and super interesting. I just don't think I'm used to lower ABV beers being oak-aged, but the malt backbone held up to it. Nice oak and bourbon qualities. I can appreciate how the bourbon taste isn't over the top. Some beers over do it with whiskey/bourbon qualities - this strikes a good balance...sort of just gives it a thin layer of bourbon aging. If there was such a thing as sessionable oak-aged stouts...this would be it. I dig.

kbuzz, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2010 vintage is still Blackstrap but there is just enough bourbon to make a difference. The flavor is sweet and full enough to move the taste up to a 4.0. There is no indication of any of the off-flavors that other reviewers are mentioning.

***

Thanks to egledhill for picking this 1L swingtop up for me last fall.

A: The stout is a beautiful sight in my snifter. A pitch black, oily body is a singularity, absorbing anything and everything that comes near it. Atop the stout is a tan colored, foamy head that slowly receded to a thin band.

S: The blackstrap hasn't disappeared behind the bourbon. Syrupy, burnt molasses aromas are strong, mixing with dark chocolate. The bourbon hasn't added anything to the nose.

T: Not much bourbon to be found here. The blackstrap remains as intense as ever, dark and intense. Charred bread and burnt sugars are atrong, dominating the taste. A touch of smoke comes out near the end. There is a light metallic flavor but it is generally hidden by the full stout flavors. Sorry though, no bourbon in this one's taste and that's gonna cost it.

M: The ale has all of the qualities of blackstrap without the promised barrel aging. A little disappoinring.

D: Blackstrap is an excellent stout, I just would have liked some bourbon with it.

akorsak, May 02, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generously shared by Jay23 in the company of a couple Homewood, IL natives.
Review from notes.

Black with a finger of tan mocha foam, a squiggled line of lace is left inside the glass, with little random flecks here and there. Foam lasts, and is visually attractive. Cocoa, unsweetened chocolate in the nose with a woody undercurrent. More charred baker's chocolate in the taste, blended with the oak gives it a savory pipe tobacco impression. Feel is dry with the oak figuring big in the aftertaste. Easy to drink, fairly medium bodied and thankfully not a giant stout monster of RIS proportions.

emerge077, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - One fingers worth of ultra rich and creamy medium to dark brown colored froth... Minimal retention gives way to full rich inviting lace... An opaque flat black color...

S - Loaded with dark chocolate and roasted malts... This is followed by more dark chocolate and roasted malts... Some brownie mix... A touch of coffee... Fudge... A bit of molasses...

T - Burnt and bitter... Overpowering woody notes... Weak coffee... A touch of bourbon worked in... Some tart cherry... Can't find any of the molasses sweetness that boot strap typically offers... Continues to open more as it warms...

M - Medium bodied... Almost not carbonation... A bit on the thin side of the equation... Slightly sleek... Vinous finish...

D - Something is a bit off with this one... Not quite sure this is what the fine folks at East End intended... It's not a complete miss, but definitely falls quite short of my normal lofty expectations for an otherwise exceptional brewery... 33.9 ounces is an awful lot to work through...

philbe311, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of Griggsy
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Griggsy, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very, very pleased to recieve this one in a recent BIF. I had been wanting to cross off a couple of the East End beers for a while now, and this 1 liter swing top was the next notch in the belt. Served at cellar temp and pour into a snifter, I nursed this bottle all night on 05/23/2009.

The pour was the thing dreams are made of. Huge pop on the bottle led to a thick black pour. A large three inch head of chocolate just exploded across the top of the glass throughout the session, really just showing off how good a stout can look. I could not imagine this beer looking any better right off the bat. Lots of roasted malts, coffee notes and hints of resionous hops in the aroma. Even as it warmed the hop notes were still very easy to pick up and really gave it some nice life and balance against the back drop of the coffee. It took awhile for me to find any evidence that this one had barrel aging in it, but after about ten minutes or so it really started to display some nice touches of whiskey flavor that came out especially in the finish. Very well balanced with a deep coffee flavor and smooth, roasted malts. Very drinkable as the ABV was not too high and it was not too heavy that it kept me from polishing off the bottle.

Overall for a regular stout I thought this was outstanding. It was a nice change from the big ABV RIS that we are all used to. Very subtle, very soft, very well done. I could drink this one all day/

mikesgroove, May 24, 2009
Photo of ColdOneKev
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Jet black, dark tan head, fades and leaves little lacing.

S - Very powerful chocolate, coffee, oak, bourbon.

T - Follows the nose, alcohol is very present up front with a nice burn. It is not overpowering but leads me to believe there is more than 6.2% ABV in this one.

M - Very heavy, coats the palate, low carbonation, lingers and doesn't leave. One of the nicer aspects if this brew. Definitely a sipper.

O - I'm satisfied with this brew. If you're going to try it make sure you give yourself plenty of time to fully enjoy. I was given this bottle as a gift from my friend visiting from PGH. I very happy with it. Too bad I can't try other offerings from this brewery.

ColdOneKev, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of BGsWo22
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

BGsWo22, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pitch black and totally opaque with a solid 1 inch head and ok retention with some nice lace

Smell: Roasted malts infused with chocolate and my nose hairs

Taste: Upfront carries some dark fruits figs and dates come to mind and in the middle it has a dark sour cherry taste to it and it finishes with a ashtry like note that reminds me of a dry stout

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation with a sticky finish

Overall: A nice little beer could be alot better but they cant all be great

DarthKostrizer, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. 1L swingtop shared with a buddy. 2010 vintage.

4.0 A: Pours a viscous black color. I had trouble coaxing a good head formation. I ended up with a finger of fairly dense, creamy light brown head with decent retention and a good ring of lacing.

4.5 S: Blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, dark roast coffee, and a touch of chocolate. Bourbon plays a complementary role offering light leather and vanilla contributions. There's more oakiness than bourbon. Pretty good here and definitely an improvement on the base beer.

4.0 T: Bourbon is a bit more evident in the taste, but again plays a complementary role. Blackstrap molasses, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley, and a touch of ash. Leather, vanilla, and melon from the bourbon and again a strong oakiness. Very light lactose-like sweetness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a bit more carbonation and a higher mash temp. Reasonably creamy for how light the body is and smooth.

4.0 D: An improvement on the base beer, but maybe not by enough to justify the price tag. Still, definitely worth a try and I'll probably pick up a few more to age. Goes down really easily due to it not being a massive imperial.

As an aside, I had the 09 version earlier this year and it was abominable. Full of tannic astrigency and overly ashy. I'm pleased to see that this year's vintage is very much improved.

DavoleBomb, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another guy here posting his review of this bad beer

A - For the benefit of the east end guy this beer is capable of foam. Mocha colored at that but I didn't get none. Just a still glass of black colored beer.

S - Smells kind of funky. I pretty much nailed it down to a chocolate covered cherry, minus chocolate, rolled in cocoa powder with a side of licorice.

T - Pretty much described in the smell bu

DrDemento456, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.28/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From 750mL capped swingtop growler to Portsmouth glass on 3/24/12
*From notes

-- Yet another want ticked thanks to billab914 --

Vintage 2010

A: Not too shabby. Healthy bark-like brown. A big pour yields an average .75 finger head.

S: A bit like muted chocolate chip cookies that have sat out in the open air a bit too long.

T: Bland cardboard and wet paper. As you'd expect, this isn't really doing it for me.

M: Overly carbonated and ultimately too thin.

O: Yay for infection! This ain't a shitshow like a lot of infected beers turn out to be, but it's certainly a dissapointment. It never really comes together, and ultimately dissapoints.

I can't recommend this vintage.

Rhettroactive, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle shared by bmanning. Served in a snifter.

Boom. Loosening the latch on this one really let out a large gust of carbonation, which was then evidenced in the appearance, which was black with a huge tan head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is really big with lots of coffee and roast as well as a bit of dark chocolate. The taste falls way off as there's really nothing there other than roast. Lots of charcoal. As mday said, it tasted like a fireplace. Even more roasty. Body is medium without any real barrel character at all. In the end, this is just super one-dimensional and I couldn't handle more than a few ounces of it.

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2011
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Homewood Reserve from East End Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.