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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by treyrab on 12-23-2008

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 113
Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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 schroederm
4.41/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip:

Two fingers of sticky soapy chocolate head form over a deep brown body. Very attractive beer. Aromas include lots of roasty coffee and chocolate. A lot of coffee, with some bitter chocolate and a bunch of bourbon in the taste. It's a bit hot, which is strange considering its modest ABV. A bit of molasses in there as well. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with decent carbonation. This beer is so delicious. Still drinkable regardless of its roasty bitterness.

Overall: My first East End, and I can't wait to try more. This is an excellent Stout.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 1L. bottle of this at Capones a month or so back.

The beer pours an impressive blackish brown color with excellent coffee colored head retention and lots of sticky lacing. The nose on this beer is intriguing, and I gather is at least partly attributable to the bourbon barrel aging. There is an unusual blend of leather, licorise, cola and a touch of smoke, with not a whole lot of sweetness. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with licorise and coffee ground flavors dominating. Some leather and smoke give the beer some added complexity, all wrapped around a light, dry frame. This beer is surprisingly dry, reminding me in some ways of an English Oatmeal stout. However, there is also a touch of hoppy bitterness right at the end of the finish. I don't get the impression the alcohol is all that excessive in this beer; I would guess something in the 6% to 7% range. Mouthfeel is correspondingly pretty light, though there is still a nice, smooth, plushness to it. Drinkability is likewise pretty good, with the abv. well disguised.

Hmmmm. A very intersting beer, though a bit more richness and even more sweetness might be nice. Nevertheless, this is a pretty impressive beer. However, the beer was a bit too spendy for its quality IMHO, so probably won't order this one again.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.01/5  rDev +12%
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 barleywinebrewer
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a tan head that was nice and thick to start. Good deep color- looks substantial. Deep, rich chocolate aromas and some graininess as well as very slightly tart vinous character. The taste loses the vinous character and instead you get a lot of ash. Extremely ashy, but some of the deep chocolate remains. In the direction of Abyss, but with even more char. Smooth but a tad light as far as the mouthfeel goes. Pretty decent, but this doesn'tt nail the style for me although I'm sure it appeals to a certain palate.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dave (d0b) for busting this out for NBS Super Bowl edition. Served in a pint glass.

Disclaimer - I'm not a huge fan of non-infused (i.e. gimmicks like coffee, chocolate, vanilla, etc.) single stouts. I generally dislike the bitter dry taste without strong complementary flavors. With that in mind, here we go!

A - This is the best looking stout I've seen in a long time. Huge red-tinged mocha head with great retention and lacing. Pitch black with only the slightest hint of red at the edges of the glass. I felt guilty disturbing it's photogenic beauty.

S - Dry and creamy to start, but the barrel-aging really comes alive as it warms up. Not a huge smell in the end - somewhat subtle and understated, requiring me to get in close to really get the bourbon, caramel, and oak notes.

T - Imagine a fresh bomber of Cadillac Mtn, but with barrel-aging, and you wouldn't be far off the mark. Bitter coffee, cream, oak, bourbon. Apparently the beer is made with brown sugar & molasses, but I don't get those flavors in huge amounts.

M - Creamy and smooth, medium body that you'd expect from a lower-gravity stout. Mild carbonation is refreshing in this case. Not much residual stickiness at all.

D - This is one incredibly smooth and easy drinking stout, with a nice oak bite to it that isn't overwhelming or distracting. It's also not overly boozy for a barrel-aged beer, which makes the 1L swing-top bottle a manageable serving size.

While I may never find myself dying for a lighter ABV stout, this has gone a long way to showing how good this genre can get. Looking forward to the other East End goodies that are heading my way.

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Photo of DrJay
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1L flip top. Black, no noticeable edges. A hard pour produced a thick, one inch cap of dark brown foam. Excellent head retention with lots of lacing. Looks great. Dark chocolate aroma up front, then malted milk and smoke, nutty and very roasted. Bitterness was solid throughout, from a combination of hops and the dark, bitter malts. Heavy on the roast with a little wood and chocolate smoothing things out, flashes of dark fruits towards the end along with a trace of vanilla. The body was more medium than full, but the fine carbonation gave it a heavier, palate coating texture. Some dry astringency from the wood and dark grains. Smooth and delicious.

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

1 liter flip top bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of wood, vanilla, earthy, and some coffee. Tastes of wood, roast, lighter chocolate, dark fruits, earthy, and vanilla. I was getting the woody and vanilla, but the bourbon was almost non-existent. Lightly thin body but nice and smooth. Light lacing left on the glass.

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Photo of CoalCellar
3.76/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours jet black, no light passes through. Builds an impressive black/brownish head.

S: Trace of oak, smokey/chocolate nose.
T: Extremely bitter, heavy notes of cocoa and roasted grains. Light oak flavor, no bourbon flavors to be found.
M: Thick and viscous, sits on your tongue like used motor oil.
D: Extremely rich, not a very quaffable brew....but then again, not many stouts are.

I had high expectations for this one. It was good, but not as great as I had hoped. Yet another solid offering though from East End Brewing.

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Photo of sonicdescent
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours..good god this is a thick one. Looks like motor oil with a caramel colored head that lasts a while, leaving a thick coating as it goes away. If there's carbon bubbles in there, I can't tell as it is something that eats light for breakfast.

Smells damn good as well, big hints of chocolate, caramel, and a robust coffee scent with a light cream. It's not terribly complex but it is strong, and gave me a difficult time writing notes because it made me want to drink right away.

Taste is good, at first you get the wood, then the flavors of the black strap (caramel malt), and a nice chocolate aftertaste. This is excellent stuff.

Mouthfeel is superb. Thick as hell and very light on the carbonation. This is the mouth coating feeling I want from a stout.

Drinkability is high. Yet another big bottle from East End that I will likely finish in one setting. If they still have any left next time I am down there, I will get more.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown to black body with a large brown head. Pretty good retention, the brown hue of the beer will basically stain the bottom of your glass. Leaves great lacing. Thick and very regular, sticky.

Oak is pretty noticeable in the smell with just a touch of whiskey. Some roasted and chocolatey aromas come through as well.

Up front there is a good roasted flavor that couples with some fainter chocolate malts. The most noticeable flavor in this one is definitely oak. A great woody flavor with notes of vanilla. Only a touch of Bourbon or whiskey comes through at first, but the warmer this gets the more noticeable the liquor flavors become. At about room temperature, the Oak and Whiskey become about even in power and the roasted, sweet malts die down a little bit. In the tail end of the drink I swear there is a touch of hops, but it doesn't last long if it's there at all. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty light for a stout. Low carbonation and a very dry finish.

Great drinkability. Not heavy or overly sweet, a good balance of malt, whiskey and oak.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review moved from its original location. Batch #1 from Halloween 2008 Reviewed 10/31/08. No bottles from this release.

A- This is a great cask conditioned ale so naturally it had the perfect appearance for its style. Body is an opaque jet black with a billowing frothy dark brown head. Head eventually settles to 1 finger, has perfect retention, and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- Mild smell of dark chocolate malt, oak, and a bit of roasted bitterness. Decent-but not the strength of this brew.

T- Very malty. Roasted chocolate malt and some coffee tones come through first with a big accent of oak flavors. The flavors intensify for the finish with a hint of bourbon sweetness. Hints of roasted malt linger on the palate.

M-Mouthfeel is wonderful on this one. Low carbonation and heavy, yet eversmooth body.

D- This is a great beer-especially considering that its just a test run. I would have liked a bit more bourbon presence, but the oak is definitely there and that's great. No hop presence this one (as compared to the regular,while fresh) but definitely much smoother. Looking forward to a new batch of this in the future (and the growler I bought to split with my dad-blackstrap is his favorite beer on earth...so I had to get one for him).

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

Went to the release today and got this poured into a pint glass. I've been waiting on this for a while, so here goes...

A: Pours a deep black as night body with a deep brown mocha head that lasts quite a while. Some solid lacing and when I was finished, the bottom of the glass was still filled with the deep brown mocha that was once the head. Great look.

S: Smell is up front very bitter roast with some chocolate and cocoa. The oak is prevalent in this one when compared to the original and the bourbon smell sneaks up from nowhere and is faint, but noticeable.

T: Very, very smooth and it starts with a nice bitter roast. The oak comes in and plays well with the bitter chocolate and slight bourbon notes. The bourbon is there, but only slightly, with the oak being most noticeable.

Overall, I was very pleased with this one. The bourbon is very light, might have wanted a little bit more, but the oak is great.

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Homewood Reserve from East End Brewing Company
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