Homewood Reserve | East End Brewing Company

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Homewood ReserveHomewood Reserve

Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by treyrab on 12-23-2008

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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 64
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Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
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 :)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Zonian1
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pwoods
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of McMatt7
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickd717
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of dtx00
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of kbuzz
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a barrel aged version of their backstrap stout, however it was not as good. Not as full bodied or as flavorful.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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...

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3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Griggsy
4.75/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.53/5  rDev +26.9%
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/

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Homewood Reserve from East End Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 117 ratings