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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 470
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 22.49%
Wants: 24
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 05-16-2002

Our brewers have poured their hearts and roasted malted into this rich, slightly sweet stout. Luscious notes of coffee and chocolate accent the smooth, creamy, mouth feel. We will not apologize for any amorous affairs resulting from the consumption of this beverage.
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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.94/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yards Brewing Love Stout, dry Irish style stout, %5.5 ABV. IBU 20.5
Imbibed in a brandy snifter/tulip glass from East End Brewing

Look: 2 inch tan head in the glass. The body is black with red highlights in the bottom of the glass.
Nose: From the bottle I could get a faint smell of roasted malts. From the glass I got nothing.
Flavors: I taste coffee and roasty dark malt grains. From the first sip you get a nice bitter coffee taste on the aftertaste. It sometimes takes a while to get this with other stouts, but not this one.
Moulth: It is certainly smooth as silk and has a creamy feel just as advertised. There is not much carbonation. Just everything you would hope for in a classic style stout with the added creamyness and nice bitter aftertaste.
Overall: The more you drink it the longer that lovely coffee aftertaste lingers on your toungue. It is as lovely as the name implys. If you are looking for a good stout this has gotta be it. I think it is an excellent balance between being drinkable and having good substance and flavor.

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Photo of darthpeepee
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted at Yards Brewery on 12/23/10.

A - Black body with a creamy tan head from the nitro-pour.

S - Smelled of roasted malts.

T - Delicious! The tastes of the chocolate, black, and roasted malts were present.

M - Light to Medium. Easy drinking stout.

D - One of the best stouts I have had in a while. The taste and flavors were comparable of a Guinness but this was much better. Hoping to buy some bottles of this one next time I am at Yards.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.57/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brown almost black color...Very light malt aromas on the nose...On the palate there are nice notes of English dark malts, tiny chocolate tones and not sure what flavor elements the oysters add, but this is nicely sweet, strong and full flavored and has exceptionally smooth mouth feel. Overall a very enjoyable Stout...

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Photo of AricGresko
4.56/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

If you want to drink an alcoholic, cold Starbucks coffee, drink this beer. I was pleasantly surprised with how this tastes like a cold coffee. Definitely a highly recommended stout. It has a very dark appearance. Average head. The smell was very strong coffee.

I strongly recommend this beer to any avid coffee drinkers.

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Photo of Symptomu
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is opaque. Waiting for the copious head to subside you are treated to malty chocolate aromas. At first taste is very clean and smooth like unsweetened whipped cream. A slight stouty bitterness devolopes as you get into it. Drinkability is excellent. An occaisional briny hint with good smooth mouthfeel and little astringency. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great stout. "Smooth" would be the best way to describe this beer. Black as night appearance, but little head. Great stout taste with little astringency. The velvety smoothness of this beer gives it a great drinkability. There is an underlying but subtle complexity in the taste, which I am sorry to say is hard to describe.

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Photo of Nay
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout has really evolved with yards. Tonight it's a great dry Irish stout with a bit more. Touch sour finish and fluffy dry like guiness. Lingering dark head great on nitro I bet. I just hat e how beer advocate makes y XML out the records to a minimum of 250 words sometimes I just don't hac e mush to say drinking and all shiiite man

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Photo of acurtis
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Yards to get my beloved Love Stout. When I arrived at the chalk broad I noticed Love Stout said "Not Available". Getting ready to leave I noticed that they had just tapped a Cask of Love Stout! My friend mentioned that I had wanted some and Kevin was so kind to pour my friends and I five free samples. Large samples at that. It was exceptionally fresh and smooth. Dark with small tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet, Smooth and flavorful. The oysters really add a nice compliment to the roasted malt flavor. I came back the next day and had another pint, it was again exceptional but had lost just a touch of its freshness. Kevin again hooked each of us up with a pint for nothing. What a great guy and group of guys there at Yards.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't hand out these numbers freely. This batch is higher alcohol than before, so I'm told by the brewer.
No complaints here.
Pours black. Aromas of smooth roasted malts, slight chocolate. Very even and mellow. Flavor begins with malts. Mellow. Simple. Some hints of chocolate. Slightly sweet. Molasas in the background. No alcohol presence. End is slightly dry with little to no bitterness. Smooth in the mouth. Medium body brew. Drinkability? I had 4 over 4 hours. Its a wonderful easy drinking stout with a mellow array of flavors that say "Yes, I'll have another" Great cask beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a dark almost opaque cocoa cola brown forms a big tan head leaves behind even streaks of lacing. Aroma has a somewhat mineral character to it I'm guessing this is due to the oyster shell addition to the boil behind that is an herbal hop tone with dark roasted malts bringing about cocoa powder and bready chocolate notes. Taste has a smooth even flavor faint cocoa touch of bitter chocolate the roastiness is great touch of mineral bittering hops English tradition mellow flavorful and smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied evenly carbonated silky smooth I'm sure this would be crack on cask. Drinkability definitely a wonderful offering from Yard's which has been at times hit and miss with me so smooth nice and refreshing with more than ample enough flavor to challenge the senses.

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Photo of deapokid
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Chris' Jazz Cafe.

Dense charcoal color with a finger of clean, milky head. Carbonation is lively, but hard to see through that impenetrable body.

Chocolately aroma, with some Dry Stout bitterness and an instant coffee roasted bite. A mild licorice lingers in the background.

Smooth and creamy liquid. Milk chocolate flavor mingles effortlessly with a certain bitterness provided by the roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Despite its ABV, there's a pleasant hint of booze on the back of the tongue, just to remind you that you're not having a milkshake.

The mouth is extraordinarily silky and I imagine that the oysters involved in the brewing process are responsible for this. A nice bite in the conclusion successfully varies the flavors (sweet to bitter), making for a unique and tasty stout.

The 2010-2011 edition of this Winter seasonal may be the best Yards has ever brewed and having it on nitro is a really nice cold weather treat.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an oyster stout. Oysters are added to the kettle during the boil but don't worry, it doesn't give it any fish flavor! It may be raising the pH, however, due to an addition of calcium. But the aphrodisiac qualities of the oysters did inspire the name. Nice "black" with brown highlights. The aroma is limited, offering roastiness, a little malt, and maybe some alcohol. I guess that's expected for the style. The head is tan but dissipates quickly. Very nice flavor with some sweet malt, a little light chocolate, and a balanced roastiness. Body is a little thinner than anticipated. Finish is long lasting, almost mouth-coating. The roastiness just doesn't want to go away! A nice pint to relax with after work.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a deep, opaque black, unfiltered looking, topped with a thin misting of beige head. The head diminishes quickly, leaving a thick ring that maintains through the rest of the pint.
The aroma is very roasty, with some coffee, and just a hint of chocolate. Some fig and raisin, with a suggestion of cherry. Some yeast, and an odd aroma that I can't place. sweetish and wierd, with a kind of nutty, earthy aroma. Not a hops earthiness, but earthy in a way that evokes an image of the dry, sandy kind of earth, with patchy, rough grass you find near coniferous growths of trees. I can't explain it.
The flavor starts with light roasted barley and some coffee, with a slight chocolatey taste towards the middle. Some chalkiness at first. A bit of raisin and fig in the middle, with a mocha coffee flavor. The finish is dry and somewhat sour, with an odd sandy sort of flavor. The roasted coffee flavor lingers through, with some light piney, herbal hopping way in the back. Some sweet malt, with a hint of caramel at the very end, with a lingering dark roasty coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Some of that strange flavor lingers, as well. It's not a bad flavor, just odd and unfamiliar.
A very pleasant stout, with excellent maltiness. The flavor seems a little weak at first, but gains speed quickly, finishing rich and complex.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Johnny Brenda's on 3/7/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Oily black body with deep garnet highlights and one-finger creamy cap of smooth head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and a good deal of sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt with hints of chocolate, some coffee and subtle vanilla notes. A mild nutty astringency and alcohol waft appears in the back.

T - Sweet lactose with chocolate and vanilla notes up front, followed by dark roast and subtle coffee in the middle. Finishes with a hint of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a nice smooth and creamy cask mouthfeel and soft texture. Bittersweet finish on the palate.

D - Best Yards offering I've had to date. This is an excellent example of how a stout can really come to life with cask conditioning. Very nicely done and one of my stand-outs from Philly Beer Week.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Opaque black with an airy whipped chocolate head that soon falls.

Wonderful aroma of sweet, smoky, chocolate.

Pleasant fizz on the tongue. More chocolate with a hint of smoke that grows richer and sweeter and gives way to resin. Maybe, just maybe I taste the oysters in a high, dark slightly salty taste at the very tail end of the finish.

Medium light body. Definitely looking forward to more of these.

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Photo of Lookingloo2
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rocked this from bottle to pint glass. Darker 'un sin. Limited lacing. Light tingle on first sip. Flavor rounds out with solid toasty finish. Stout "notes" (you beer hippies) of coffee, tobacco, and chocolate in the finish and aftertaste. Not high-test or heavy so right up my alley. Sessionable in winter when baseball season seems an eternity away and you figure just settle in with a dark beer and hibernate.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on nitro at Yards.Served in a lovely Love Stout glass in which I had to buy. Opague black with super smooth light brown colored head. Left lacing globs all around the glass.

Smell was heavy with roasted malt. A coffee aroma is how I'd say it settled out as that is all that I was getting out of the nose.

Taste again very roasted malty feel hits the tastebuds. A subtle chocolate taste takes over into a coffee bean finish.

Mouth was fuller bodied with a slight charred character in the mouth. It was velvety smooth and went down very easily.

I have been waiting a while to try this one and I must say one of the very best stouts from PA I've had. Very sessionable brew.

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Photo of Bikeboy1
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great job with this beer. Perfect taste for me for a stout. Went down very smoothly. This could easily be my goto stout. Chocolate taste was nice maybe just a tad too much but beats the normal coffee flavor which isn't my thing. Will be buying this to keep on hand.

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Photo of jreitman
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee and chocolate assault the nose. The beer is dark brown and opaque with a nice brown head that slides down the glass. Coffee and cholcate flavors are the most prominent with only a hint of sweetness... think bitter chocolate. Overall a very nice stout.

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Photo of jmatthew
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A solid black pour, with traces of color at the edges, with a thin beige head that quickly disappears. Seemingly sweet on the nose, with distinctive roasty chocolate notes, inticing. The taste reveals an upfront roastiness, balanced by a faint lingering sweetness that finishes very smoothly. Weaker on the mouthfeel than I would expect from a stout, although it aids in the drinkability. The addition of oysters by no means imparts a fishy flavor, but there is a slight trace of the sea in the finish, perhaps from the saltiness of the oysters. Were it not for my knowledge of the oysters, I may have never noticed. Overall, a good easy drink with agreeable flavor.

55 degree gravity pour.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a dark black with a brown glow to it with no head at all. Smelled of dry roasted malts with an underlying sweet and sour caramel. The taste starts out like your average stout with a mild roasted coffee and chocolate, but then fades into what I can only call “hamburger on the grill”. I’m getting salted and seasoned barbecued beef and smoke here with a thin underlying nutty sweetness. Holly crap! I wish I was eating a big old cheese burger with this beer. This is a really neat and well done flavor. The mouth feel was light bodied with a light carbonation that helped distribute some of the delicate salty flavors of the beer. Very weird, but surprisingly delicious!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned. Classic stout appearance: black body. a few ruby highlights, and a frothy tan head clingly to the sides as it subsides. Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate nose. A tingle of hops accompanies the coffee and chocolate flavors on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Brewed with oysters, but I don't detect any seafood in the glass. Would go well with a plateful though. A solid but not spectacular stout.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark near black with only faint highlights of brown around the edges... firm cap of brown head from the hand pump and good retention and lacing. Scent is earthy with notes of dark roasted grains, bitter chocolate char, smoke and a touch of coffee. Taste is a nice combination of the above notes from scent along with some creamy sweetness, nothing too bold or overpowering but solid. Fuller side of medium bodied, wonderfull on cask with the appropriate carbonation. The newly revisted cask/nitro version with the oysters blows the prior bottle and tap version from 2-3 years ago out of the water. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gingerbread amply backed by fudge, almost like chocolate-dipped pistachio biscotti. Earthiness similar to the Tavern Porter, but not as funky. Passionately rich, so much so I'm not surprised to find out from the Yards website that this beer is made with oysters. There's no sense of the sea, but there is a controlled viscosity to this beer that becomes a little gummy on the dry finish, but still quite good. Bitter grain at the end makes this a true stout, never astringent and dry enough to bring the gingery cocoa to the forefront. Elegant English spice from the hops or yeast.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of MadCat
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice black color with a good tan nitro head that left good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, some chocolate

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, some caramel sweetness. Soke earthy hops

Mouthfeel: Full body with the nitro creaminess

Overall: Very good, and I feel it is a good representation of the style. Very happy with it, won't hesitate to order again

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Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.