Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.
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2.15/5 rDev -43.7%
I open the beer and the head rushes to the top, I have to sip some to hold it back. It pours a deep brown/light black color but the tan head is huge, so I have to wait a bit. Smell is weak but I get some sweet chocolate and maybe some roasted coffee flavors. The taste begins with a nice semi-sweet chocolate flavor but in the middle I pick up on a saltiness. There's a salty/sour mix that is really throwing me off. I can't even finish this beer b/c of this flavor. It seriously almost reminds me of seaweed or the ocean, but not in a good way. Really weird and really not my thing.
12-01-2004 13:34:14 | More by granger10
2.6/5 rDev -31.9%
Dark brown with generous crimson highlights. I'm always a little leery if a stout isn't opaque. This one is nowhere close when backlit with strong sunlight. The beige cap is large, firm and pitting. It falls slowly and unevenly, leaving a small amount of lace behind.
Love Stout doesn't really smell like a stout. On second thought, it smells like what I imagine a 'Belgian stout' would smell like since it has that phenolic funkiness that I typically associate with Belgian yeast. There's a faint roasted maltiness in there, but none of the other usual stout-like aromas.
The Belgian character is evident on the palate as well. Thanks to the appearance of a weak chocolate maltiness, LS is now more recognizable as an English stout. It tastes like someone took an average quality stout and added a few ounces of Orval to it. Not good. The finish is roasty, funky and sour. The mouthfeel is light-medium and is porter-like.
I hate to beat a dead horse, but Yards Love Stout is not a beer that I found to be enjoyable. Maybe it was the oysters, but something did not agree with my taste buds at all.
04-04-2004 00:01:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.6/5 rDev -31.9%
2 fingers of thick tan head, settles down nicely and is sticky as a movie theater floor, black and quite opaque like obsidian, your pretty standard looking stout.
smoky with a nice roast background, coffee with hints of chocolate, maybe not the most complex thing but it very nice.
way too light, this drinks like water, the roast flavor is there but is also thin. the body on this is awful, this is not much to write about, the flavor is not terrible but the mouthfeel is so distracting.
no love for this one. I love this about as much as I love root canal.
01-07-2007 04:29:43 | More by Ego
2.63/5 rDev -31.2%
Bought this on a whim in a mixed-six. I never knew Yard's made this brew and was immediately reeled in by the labeling and intrigued by the description.
I do consider myself a solid stout fan, but this is a tough beer to drink.
It has a unique aroma that first reminded me of a smoked sausage. Definitely has the roasted coffee-like finish typical to most stouts.
All-in-all, I'd say that this is the Carmen Electra of beers...nice look, questionable taste.
03-12-2008 01:06:49 | More by BeerB4Water
2.7/5 rDev -29.3%
Pitch black w/ huge light tan head.
Difficult to discern, there is almost a void of smell here, and thus it is uninviting.
Completely lacks character. If I were to drink this blindfolded I'd be hard pressed to lable this a stout. Unremarkable and disappointing.
07-01-2004 17:13:05 | More by cbl2
2.9/5 rDev -24.1%
A 12 ounce bottle purchased to-go from the Craft Ale House for around $2. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a dark brown color akin to cola with a fizzy, quickly dissipating head to match. The nose is greeted with notes of sweet molasses, chocolate, and medium roasted grains. Aroma is the best thing this stout has going for it. Tastes of watered down mildly roasted grains, bitter cocoa, maybe some very watery weak coffee. Has a seltzer water aftertaste. A bit thin bodied with medium to moderate carbonation.
05-07-2009 03:15:14 | More by ClockworkOrange
2.93/5 rDev -23.3%
I don't know what the "love" in here is, but I'm not a fan. It's looks nice enough with a pitch black body. And it smells fine with big roasted grains. Then in the flavor something goes wrong. Again, there's the big, black grains along with a distinctly English yeast milk or cream-like flavor. But there's an awful astringency that throws it all off and makes me frown and put my glass down. I didn't finish this one.
01-20-2008 05:03:43 | More by tempest
2.93/5 rDev -23.3%
Got this bottle in a holiday self mixed case. I had a Love Stout years back and remembered that it was brewed with oysters. I checked the website and that is not the case anymore. Wonder what type of impact that has on the flavor and character of a stout? (Ill take that question to the forums.)
Anyway The Love Stout pours a very dark brown color; approaching black. No real head to speak of, just some cloudy tan wisps on the top of the beer, and even that is all gone before Im halfway through the tasting. There is almost no lacing.
Really the first thing to jump out at me about this beer is that it tastes eerily similar to an ESB. It has similar notes in the nose (roasted malts was all I was able to get,) is smooth on the front of the palate, and has a slightly bitter finish. The difference that jumps out is that there is very little carbonation that creates a silky mouthfeel. Nothing striking about the flavor.
I thought the Love Stout was a decent brew, but there are many other stouts that I would choose before getting to this one.
01-04-2008 01:19:51 | More by sjohansen
2.98/5 rDev -22%
Beautiful pour from 12 oz bottle. Deep brown/black color w/two finger brown head.
Smell was sweet and nutty... like a peanut chew candy bar. Hint of roasted coffee, too.
Taste was odd - what's up with the citrus? Did maintain some nuttiness, with an ever-so-slight hint of black licorice and coffee.
Did not enjoy the watery and tangy mouthfeel - did not feel this represented a stout too well... but maybe I'm just too used to American and RIS styles.
Wasn't bad, but relative to other stouts, this one ranked low on the drinkability meter for me. I had this one on draught the other week, and it seemed much different - richer, more stout-like... was not in a position to review though.
05-01-2008 01:38:18 | More by BeerImmediately
3/5 rDev -21.5%
A very dark brown stout. Actually pretty much black , because the only time brown is visable is when held up to the light. Has a big brown head. The aroma is coffee and chocolate with a slight hint of vanilla back in there somewhere. The flavor starts out with a nice bittersweet chocolate character but is washed away by the watery mouthfeel. Then as some sort of delayed reaction there is a strange bitterness that appears at the back of your throat.
12-08-2004 00:04:49 | More by ybnorml
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
Got this on cast at Standard Tap in Philly a little while ago.
A: Pours a black body with a frothy, tan head with ok retention and lacing until the finish.
S: Kind of a sweet, malt smell with some roasted notes. Decent smelling beer overall.
T: A roasted, malt taste with a slightly roasted barley taste. Nice roasted notes was pretty nice.
M: A fairly smooth and light mouthfeel that was pretty typical of an American stout. Ok overall, but nothing overly impressive.
D: An ok mouthfeel and taste combination overall, but nothing overly impressive. Pretty good beer overall, but did not really blow me out of the water.
07-21-2009 20:59:58 | More by maddogruss
Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.