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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Photo of trygelski1
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass:

Look: An amazing dark black with even an amazing dark brown head of about an inch or so. One of the darkest brown heads I have ever seen.

Smell: Notes of bourbon along with chocolate, coffee, and roast/smokey

Taste: Very roasty and chocolatey with small notes of bourbon

Feel: Medium body

Overall: Another solid offering from the East End crew! Wish this had just a bit more of the bourbon coming through to take the solid Black Strap Stout to the next level. Haven't had many of this style to compare this one to. I will revisit this one every year when the new bombers come out.

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Photo of smanson56
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2014 bottle that said BBA on the label not sure what type of Bourbon barrel they used but well it didn't leave any hints of taste in the stout. All in all not a bad stout but would have expected a better bourbon taste from the label.

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Photo of Morey
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 Bottle: Pours way darker than expected for a beer that clocks in at just over 6%. The head is even a deep dark brown! The aroma and taste are both full of char, roast, oak, and molasses. If you told me this was oak aged, and not bourbon...I'd believe you. Not sure if they used wet barrels here? Still, not a bad offering if you like roasty stouts.

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Photo of Omnium
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pitch black motor oil with two finger of dark brown bubbly head, medium lacing.
S - Some very light bourbon notes, coffee roasts, earthy hop tones, burnt toast.
T - Very bitter roasted flavor, no bourbon flavors coming through, burnt coffee and caramels, not really sweet at all, which leaves the flavor totally unbalanced. Massive bitterness in this brew.
M - Overly dry and bitter, medium in body.
O - I used to think that East End knew what they were doing with dark beers, but the past two have left me wondering. Smokestack and Eye Opener are amazing beers, Toasted and Reserve on the other hand were disappointment. If you're going to make a "reserve" beer, I'd expect a little more alcohol and it needs some sweetness to counter-balance the huge bitterness in this beer.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-10-18 in Columbia, PA

A - Opaque dark-brown/black with a 2.5 finger light brown head and great lace.

S - Milk chocolate, vanilla, light oak, medium roasted grain, touch of alcohol sweetness.

T - Quite different from the aroma. More like a roasty/char porter up front with significant oak tannin. This yields to mild sour milk sugar and moderately dark chocolate. Chalk and some coffee/roast/hop bitterness, which lingers pretty long into the finish.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. A bit sticky. Good feel for this ABV level.

O - Seems like a good candidate for bourbon barrel aging. Regardless; this is a decent combination of a charry/oaked porter and a chocolate mil stout. I'll also liken it to a cross between a black IPA and a milk stout.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 32 oz swing top bottle into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A- pours black with an1 finger beige head. Small blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- sour dark fruits and slight roast.

T- dark chocolate, roast, and sour dark fruits.

M- medium body and low carbonation.

O- this beer just did not do it for me. Not sure if there is some infection or this beer just took a sour mash characteristic from the barrels.

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Photo of billab914
2.69/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 vintage poured from a 1 liter swingtop into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured pitch black in color with a sticky tan head leaving its mark all over the glass. Pretty nice looking beer actually.

The aroma shows a little too much tart fruits to it. Enough to let you know that something isn't right in it. I do get some sugary molasses and a little toasty component to it, but not enough to overcome the signs of infection. It's not a good aroma for the style, but overall it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been.

The taste shows a little more roasted malts with some bitter chocolate to it. Again though I get some tart fruits coming through that point to an infection. The infection wasn't as bad as it could have been, but it still noticeably threw the flavors in a different direction.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the carbonation seems very high and off for the style. Overall It wasn't that bad but something definitely was off in it. Given other reviews of this vintage I was actually surprised the infection wasn't worse. I hope to try a better vintage of this sometime.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of ef88
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 1 liter flip-top growler (2011 vintage) into conical pint glass.

A: Pours like motor oil. Black as night with a nice light brown 2 finger head. Medium lacing that hangs out for a while.

S: Dark malt and leather with a bit of sweetness.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate dominate. Subtle toffee, woodiness, and alcohol at the end.

M: Heavy and it coats the corners of my mouth.

O: Glad I grabbed two of these from the brewery in--guess where?--Homewood. One for now and one for much later. Taste and appearance are the strengths of this beer and that's a great thing.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 poured from the flip-top growler

A-pours like black motor oil but with decent bubbly dark tan head

S-bourbon, dark roasted grains, and oreos. medium strength

T-comes in with a sweet and syrupy taste of dark roasted grains aaand bourbon. it is a good and clear taste. its also fairly creamy with a hint of dark fruits. the after-taste is matching with some more definition to it

M-medium carbonation with a creamy finish

O-the lowest alcohol bourbon aged stout i've had. i like it a lot, though not as much as the blackstrap stout. the whole growler will make for a good night though a bomber might make more sense. its easy drinking and seems to improve as the night goes on and it tastes better as it warms up.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle, barrel-aged blackstrap stout

Serving Type - Flip top bottle

Appearance - Dark black, nice 2 inch thick foamy head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, oak, chocolate, dark fruits like plum and rasin. Some smoke and nut also. Smells amazing.

Taste - Oaked whiskey flavor hits you first. Its mild mixed with some roasted malts. Mollasses and a honey flavor in each drink. Not alot of hops at first, they come out at the finish. Coffee and a hint of choclate is present.

Mouthfeel - Its not overally strong, nor is the alcohol. TOunge and palette get the malts and oaked flavors. Tounge is left slighty bittered and a little dry.

Overall - Pretty good but honesty, the oaked flavor overpowers and masked the excellent blackstrap stout flavor that i love. The beer is easy to drink but it left me wishing i had blackstrap other then this. Its a nice change of flavor but blackstrap is a mild beer to begin with, so this really took away the flavor of that beer. Worth a drink but not better then blackstrap.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

East End Brewing : Homewood Reserve

Pours a dark brown bordering on total blackness. Brownish head forms and eventually dies down. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malts, vinious qualities and some smoke. In the taste, lots of bourbon, alittle bit of barrel, vanilla, roasted malts and dark fruits. Almost has a whiskey flavor, and alcohol gains momentum as the beer approaches room temperature. Distant chocolate and oaky tannins are on the tongue. Mouthfeel is full bodied, carbonation is medium/low and the beer is smooth. Overall, Homewood Reserve is an interesting beer, and the barrel really comes through in a big way.

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Photo of kbuzz
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
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 maximum12
2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to a top-notch trader for this bottle, received in a great BIF a while back & tenderly cellared ever since. I have no idea why this one's lasted so long. No longer. Big 1 liter swingtop, 2008 vintage, initial pours into the biggest snifters we own.

Pops with a satisfying gunshot; plenty of carbonation, then plenty of tan head on even a soft pour. Nose is solid, big roast covers most everything but a fleeting glimpse of cocoa. Mmmm. Char.

Homewood Reserve pulls an odd bait & switch on the gustatory senses. Roast crashes into harsh bitterness, sprinkled with ashes. There's a displeasing tartness in the middle that fruits up as it warms; not bad when cold, it goes south, fast. Ends with must.

Well, based on the smell, I was hoping that the poor reviews of this beer had bypassed my bottle. Alas. That's a lot of beer to pour, but I'm game.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage received in trade from DavoleBomb, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a solid black color with a frothy tan head that displays moderate retention and lace. Smells of roasted grains, chocolate, coffee, tart fruit, hints of bourbon and vanilla. Taste is more tart than stout, seems something has gotten into the barrel on this one. Sharp tart fruit up front, bitter roasted coffee and chocolate next, and then a mellow oak, vanilla, roasted finish. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a bitter tart mouthfeel. Having known nothing about this beer, my first surprise was the oak aging and my second surprise was the slightly lactic fruity tartness. This is a decent beer as is, but I'd like to think this was fantastic before the lacto got around to souring it.

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Photo of meatyard
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2008 vintage.

Pours out black with a big, 3-finger, light brown head. It has good retention but leaves little lacing.

The smell is quite nice with chocolate, a small bit of smoke and some sour tanginess.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma with the tangy/sour taste and smoke leading the way. There is a bitter, charred taste that lingers as well as does the sourness.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall: I really wanted and hoped for more than was delivered. The sourness was unexpected for this stout and it just didn't satisfy. I like this brewery and expected more from this beer.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
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

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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 corby112
2.22/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

2008 vintage.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger dark mocha head.  Good retention, slowly fading to lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Deep roasted malt aroma with lots of nutty pecan, slightly smokey coffee bean, cream, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit and earthy oak.  

Heavily carbonated with a mix of vinous vinegar character and very roasted malt flavor.  Very acrid with tons of burnt wood, charred oak and used coffee filter.  Very weird with a vinous/vinegar flavor countering the overly burnt malt profile.  Faint booze but no bourbon at all.  Tasted mostly of stale oak.  

Overall this beer was a big disappointment. I like this brewery a lot but this beer was a let down. It looks and smells really good but tasted awful.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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 srandycarter
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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