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Homewood Reserve - East End Brewing Company

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Homewood ReserveHomewood Reserve

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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 20%
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:
Beer added by: treyrab on 12-23-2008

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Photo of srandycarter
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black with an almost nitrogen creamy head. Fine bubble thin coating lace.

S - Not much. A little cocoa, a little malt. Something slightly twangy in there.

T - Thin roasty malt, a little sourness at finish. Interesting, but very mild in all respects.

M - Thin. Light carb, medium to full body. Overly bitter finish.

D - I have a whole quart of this to do and 12 oz would have sufficed.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew. We had a trade going on many months ago, but this bottle busted and Ben sent something else in return. Well a month or so back he BMs me and tells me it's on it's way. I forgot about the whole trade, nice to see a BA come forward like this.

33.8oz. Capped/Swing Top
2010 Vintage
Small Batch Beer

Poured into a Squatters True Pint Glass, a nice black color, nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is very malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee/carmel notes. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with lots of dark stuff. Medium Body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. Overall this is a very tasty brew, glad that I did finally get a chance to try it. Thanks Ben!

Photo of KAP1356
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Split several ways at New Year's Eve dinner. 1 liter swingtop bottle from the 2010 batch into red wine glasses...

A - Poured what I assumed was an opaque black (lights were very dim in the restaurant). A nice brown head formed about 1.5 fingers thick.

S - Lots of roasted malts and dark chocolate up front. Not much in the way of bourbon although there is an extremely strong woody note. Not really getting the molasses, but there is some ever so slight vanilla notes. I feel like something sour is in there too.

T - Not wowed here. Dark chocolate with some ashy/charred flavors in there as well. There seems to be a cherry flavor in there as well, but they almost seem sour in a way.

M - A bit chalky on the tongue, and everywhere really. Medium bodied with slight carbonation.

O - Was pretty psyched for this one as I love Blackstrap Stout, but was pretty disappointed. It drank ok, but there seemed to be something off about the taste of this one.

Photo of kzoobrew
1.74/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Review input from notes. Consumed as part of Bourbon Barrel tasting.

Black and opaque body, Very limited brown head. Needless to say with the limited amount of head came limited retention and zero lacing.

While it looked like it may be a stout it does not smell like one. Slight amount of roast and chocolate and blanketed with an unpleasant vinegar aroma.

The flavor mimics the aroma far too well. Astringent and sour. Slight chocolate and roast, very minimal bourbon.

Very thin bodied, carbonation is a bit too high in comparison. The finish is dry but the flavor does not leave the mouth fast enough.

Not an enjoyable experience. Awful representation of what the beer should have been. I know there were not many of these bottles floating around, I fear all to many will have this same experience in the future. I would like to give this another shot but at this point I can not recommend this beer at all.

Photo of alpinebryant
2.44/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well after reading a few relatively harsh reviews on this one I figured I might as well get it out of the way, and or enjoy it depending on whether my bottle tasted the same as the more recent reviews. Turns out I had a similar experience although maybe not quite as disappointed as some of the others since this was an add, Thanks AdamGarcia!

Pours a dark black with a light tan head eerily similar to bottles that have been intentionally infected (Think Barrel Select from Captain Lawrence lacing)

Aroma of tartness, rich cocoa and oak mixed with rich roasted malts.

Flavor of barrel infection. For good or bad? Id say that this was not entirely intended and I have never drank an American stout with quite this flavor so I am going to have to say that this was an accident. While not entirely undrinkable, there are some good points coming out. Namely, I can taste a hint of bourbon, bakers chocolate, and some oak barrel flavors. On the negative side, there is a lot of chalky aftertaste and an astringent bite at the end. Perhaps knowingly infected and then blended with something else? Not sure what happened here, but would be interested in hearing more about it. Time to do some digging.

Overall, not a complete loss, but clearly not something I would seek out with chalk, sourness and ash being the three major components in here. Very light mouthfeel with a medium carbonation.

Photo of decadance
2.06/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Looks a little light for a stout, but the head is nice and tan. This should be hint that this beer is going to be going down hill.

S - Does not even smell like a stout. There are minimal bourbon tones. But it smells sour. This was a sign.

T - Yep. Either this is infected or East End released a failed experiment. Its unpleasantly astringent. There is some bourbon, but its dominated by vinegar. This is horrid.

M - It feels gritty, like chalk got ground into the beer. It finishes extremely dry too. Just entirely unpleasant.

D - Nope. Could not even finish my 5oz pour. No one at the tasting could.

Photo of stakem
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes taken 2/12/11. A 1 liter 2010 swingtop bottle poured into several snifters.

This brew appears black in color with slight indications of clarity shining through the faintest edges of the brew. It displays a lighter color of dark brown along with a dark brown head that carefully swells up to more than a finger's strength. The cap retains quite well leaving a considerable amount of patchy lace clinging to the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty with indications of coffee and subtle chocolate notes. Some citrus hop character is present along with a lactic quality that boosts the perceived booziness of this brew with a harsh bite of acidity. As it warms, there is a faint oak note that emerges but the primary factor in this brews aroma is the lactic note that clashes with the other scents.

The taste of this brew is roasted malt tasting like chocolate and coffee. Some citrus hops and a lactic twang. A little boozy and too acidic which contrasts the roasted quality of this brew. There is an aftertaste of bittersweet chocolate however the acidic component of this brew really takes over in an unpleasant way that is somewhat reminiscent of sour cherries.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A little chalky in the feel that is lightly gritty at times. I am a bit disappointed in this brew. I wish I could have tried it fresh before the sourness took over and hid all the other potential enjoyable traits of this brew.

Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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...

Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
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

Photo of GregSVT
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 liter swingtop bottle into a snifter - courtesy of Stigs

A: Pours a dark black with a nice dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is big on chocolate/cocoa, molasses, and vanilla. Starts off great with lots of rich aromas. As it warms the vanilla and molasses fade and a sour notes comes through.

T: The taste is bit of a let down based on the nose. There's dark chocolate along with a bit of molasses and a bit of an ashy/char flavor on the finish. There's also a bit of a sourish flavor in the background but it's not too bad right now...this could get ugly in a few months.

M: The feel is medium bodied and a bit chalky.

D: While this was far from bad I wouldn't say it's the best barrel aged stout I've ever had. Still worth a try if you're so inclined.

Photo of oglmcdgl
1.35/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap at capones.

A- comes to me filled to the brim so no head. Super dark brown almost completely black in color.

S- ashy and tart with a lot of burnt shit going on.

T- well I'm going to say it. This taste infected. Ashy that rolls instantly into a sour tart infected mess of cherries and lemons. Nothing more to say. Totally off. If this is what they intended this to be what a fucking mistake. No bourbon flavor at all.

M- feels full for a second then you realize its actually kinda thin and flat. Significant pucker for the infection.

D- I can't believe I paid for this. Total waste of money. I'm really not sure if I can finish the glass.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at "Steel City Big Pour"

A-pours a pitch black liquid with a dark brown dense colored head.

S-the nose brings a fair bit of bourbon with notes of chocolate, bitter coffee and hints of toffee.

T-the flavor is much more roasted, lots of roasted coffee and malt. a fair bit of molasses in the middle as the bourbon takes hold with a good bit of wood. hints of malt sweetness in the back.

M-chewy medium to full body and creamy on the palate. the back falls off a bit from the barrel aging and very low carbonation.

D-pretty well balanced, slightly lacking complexity, strong barrel and bourbon notes and very strong roasty flavors. solid stuff, not quite enough body to hold true through the barrel aging.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle after a nice sample at the festival of darkness. 2010 Release

A: Pours a dark black color with no light coming through. Provides a thick brown head with good retention. Some spotty lacing.

S: There are strong bourbon and roasted espresso scents hitting the nose first and foremost. Some dark chocolate and toffee come through as it warms.

T: The bourbon flavor hits the palate and lasts throughout the whole tasting. There is some burnt wood flavors, roasted espresso and even some dark chocolate that are recognizable as it warms.

M: A nice medium to full bodied beer that leaves a slighy alcohol taste on the palate.

D: I love bourbon and for me now that I am 'mature', I sip my bourbon. The same is true for this brew. It goes down smooth but this is certainly a sipper.

Photo of woosterbill
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Big (1L?) swingtop of the 2008 vintage into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Black body with a finger of frothy brown foam. Looks absolutely huge. Huge.

S: Rich, sweet, and hugely roasty. Lots of coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, and some straight char. Again, big and intense.

T: The char and roast just completely overwhelm things here. One-dimensional, but still enjoyable.

M: Fairly full body with moderate, fine carbonation. Ok.

D: Way too ashy to be remotely drinkable.

Notes: Big thanks to Chris for busting out this obscure stout. While I really enjoyed it, its unbalanced emphasis on straight roasted barley kept it from standing up to the other beers being poured at a truly epic tasting.


Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, bourbon, molasses, and oak. In the taste, chocolate, dry coffee, and bourbon notes. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, bourbon and coffee aftertaste. Big nose and flavor, but kind of thin.

Photo of craytonic
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance looks great, deep black pour with an enormous coffee-mocha head, took some time to subside.
Smell & taste: Roasted malts, blackstrap molasses, burnt coffee. I didn't smell or taste any bourbon. A bit ashy.
Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but good for the style.
Drinability: A decent stout, not one of my favorites.

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer opened by someone at a recent tasting, sorry I don't remember who. Beer poured into a snifter. It wouldn't be a tasting without a bunch of barrel aged beers. Beer is black / brown at the corners and forms a thin head of small / medium brown bubbles.

The aroma of this beer is only mildly liquory with mostly malt sweetness on it.

The liquor component is more in the mouth than the nose. Unfortunately for this beer it finishes too ashy for my tastes. Its really all I can think about the more I drink. Not the best barrel aged beer I've had recently, its pretty mediocre.

Photo of jampics2
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage, sampled with gloves on after Scott gave us the heads up that these had become bottle bombs.

Black with an explosive head. Six fingers at least. It took 3 pours to get a decent amount of liquid in the glass. It was worth fighting for - the tan head atop the black beer in front of me looks great!

Smell is complex. Leather, roasted malt, burned toast. Molasses and maybe a touch of brett from the additional unintended fermenting agent the barrel gave this batch. Complex and not too infected. This will be interesting.

Nice roast taste with hints of dark chocolate. Wood but no bourbon at all. Coffee and tar. Not sweet like the sugar bombs that seem to prevail. Not under-attenuated like a Dark Lord or Night Stalker.

This was a touch too carbed for my liking due to that fermenting bug. But it was a good feel in terms of viscosity.

Nice beer, but a big one, and something very interesting. I finished the whole liter myself over a few hours and had no problem. This was good, but I'd love to have a homewood with some bourbon and w/o the funky bug making all the extra bubbles.

Photo of tpd975
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at pre-sex

A: Pours a dark black with a tall foamy head. Pretty good retention with some lace.

S: Very charred aroma to the point of almost being acrid. Burnt coffee, smoke, and booze.

T: Overly roasted flavors as well. Bitter chocolate, very deep roasted malt, coffee that has been on the burner all day. Sort of earthy with a slight sourness that I assume is a result of all the roast this one had. Boozy bourbon and light oak.

M: On the fuller side of body, bold, a bit too much to be honest.

D: Not drinkable at all, though I don't think drinkability is what they were after with this one.

Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from JohnTravolta21, gracias!

1 Quart 1.8 Fluid Ounce flip top bottle poured into a nonic. Small Batch 2009.

Pours an absolute black with no light coming through what-so-ever. A two finger brownish colored head slowly falls leaving a good amount of stick on the sides of the glass. First whiff I get some toasted oats, milk chocolate, and a touch of bourbon. Metallic notes with some smokey malts and caramel tickle the nose as well. Taste starts with strong roasted grains, gritty oak, and cocoa nibs. Midway the metallic notes emerge again but this time on the tongue with a touch of burnt coffee. Aftertaste is where the very mild bourbon appears and lingers for a bit on the tongue. Medium body with a soft and creamy feel. A tame carbonation which fits very well with the overall mouthfeel of this beer, nicey. Very drinkable which is good seeing I have a massive bottle to polish off myself, shouldn't be a problem though! Thanks again Sara :)

Homewood Reserve from East End Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.