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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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86
very good

297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%


Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 05-16-2002)
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish black with a creamy tab head and lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. A bit of caramel. In the taste, coffee, roasted malt and an earthy hop presence. Though well balanced, this is a fairly bitter beer. Drinks smooth and easily. Overall, a quality stout that works well in a nitro format.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-19-2014 05:36:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-06-2014 00:24:22 | More by MadCat
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served from the nitrogen tap in a standard "pint" glass.

appears an opaque black, with thick creamy off-white colored head. As with most nitro-pours, it retains the head all the way down the glass, leaving rings of lacing clung to the glass. Not much aroma, just a mild roast flavor. Taste is milk chocolately, slightly sweet, but certainly not cloying. Easy to drink. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel with the soft carbonation.

Overall - a nice beer that seems appropriate for serving on nitrogen.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-25-2012 15:51:51 | More by jmdrpi
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep black, white top. More head-retention, please. ***Seriously craft beer bars gotta switch from tumblers to English pint glasses!

A - Cocoa, roast, malt.

T - really refined stout. Sweet, but not offensively so. The roasted notes, however, are too restrained for my liking. I'm assuming they used a lot of Pale Chocolate malt and carafa III to manage that color and flavor character. Inoffensive, but it'd be more memorable with some Roasted Barley.

M - So clutch. After drinking a few Hefeweizens and a Pils this beer topped off the night perfectly. What the flavors lacks is compensated for here.

O - As competition for Guinness and local breweries' renditions of that classic this beer does well to be smoother and stronger. However a little roast and maybe some Special B would really knock this beer up to a whole new level!

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-11-2012 20:58:18 | More by MONKandTUCK
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro at Pistolas.

A: The stout is thick and meaty, sitting very still in the glass as though the creamy nitro head had permanently, hermetically sealed it in. Lacing follows with that head.

S: The nose is dry and roasted, a little heavier on the chocolate than an Irish dry stout. Sweet in a semi-sweet kind of way.

T: Dry and roasted, darker without the normal strength. Chocolate is abundant, sweet amongst the rest of the roasted body. Creamy, a lactic feel aids with the chocolate and drives up the drinkability factor. A good beer to nurse through.

M: The creaminess, smooth, with the chocolate is a nice touch. Just solidly good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-17-2011 16:09:52 | More by akorsak
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aorloski

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a quintessential deep dark black with creamy fluffy mocha head. Nitro

Smell - Big roasted qualities, like a guinness but muuuch better. Bitter chocolate

Taste - So well balanced, smooth, creamy, chocolate, light roasted malts. Nothing over the top but an incredibly great middle of the line stout

Mouthfeel - Obviously creamy as all hell, nitro.

Overall - Went to a big concert and this was the best beer they had on tap, hence ordering. I was incredibly impressed.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-04-2011 21:56:28 | More by aorloski
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This had a black body and it was served to me with a firm, medium sized dark tan colored head.

s: Roasty crackers and dark chocolate.

t: Just an incredibly balanced small stout. Lightly sweet malts and biscuits with a long, roasty chocolate finish.

m: Very nice creamy nitro.

o: It had been years since I had one of these. A great stout overall, I look forward to more in the near future.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-02-2011 23:58:03 | More by DIM
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on nitro at Lucky Lab Tavern into a standard pint glass.

A: Deep black, completely opaque with some dark brown hues around the edges. A very creamy, milky and silky slightly off-white head sticks around for the entire drink. Sticky, thick patches of lace coat the glass all the way to the bottom. Nitro just absolutely kills in appearance, this thing is great looking.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, salt, slight nuttiness and some toasted grains. It's not really impressive in it's smell but reading that oysters were added to the kettle, I think that's where this astringent saltiness is coming from. Odd, but not detracting though not really aromatic at all.

T: Faint roast from the malts and grains, touches of bitter dark chocolate, grounded coffee beans, salt and a touch of seaweed. The dark malt profile certainly does overtake the flavor profile (thank goodness) but there's still this very tangent flavor coming through. I don't know, it's good and drinkable but not something that's out of this world.

M: Creamy, silky and smooth, thank you nitro-tap. It does feel a bit watery for such a low (or no) carbonation level, dropping it a bit in my opinion.

This was okay, it wasn't anything special but went down extremely easy and I enjoyed it. I'm not too sure if it's anything I'd really ever order again though. Not bad, not great, pretty standard. Thanks for the pint, Yards.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-19-2011 12:41:25 | More by ShanePB
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9InchNails

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy beige head with a pitch black head. No bubbles are evident. Some lacing sticks to the glass.

Mostly chocalate and caramel -- not much else.

Taste is roasted chocalate, caramel and dark fruits. Apparently, this is a oyster stout, which I had no idea. There was a taste that I couldn't decipher, maybe those were the oysters.

Medium body and very creamy. Doesn't leave the lips sticky at all. Feels good, I hope so since its on Nitro-tap -- taste seems to be muted when it's on nitro. Carbonation is barely noticeable.

It's an okay tasting stout -- reminds me of a better tasting Guinness. Highlight is the feel, that's about it, with the taste being okay. I have had oyster stouts before, this certainly didn't come off as one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-09-2011 07:13:55 | More by 9InchNails
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA

There was no written indication that this was on nitro-tap, but judging by the appearance, I believe it was. Poured an opaque black, with the milkiest, creamiest head I've ever seen on a beer: foamy white with tan shadowing, and it retained to the last drop, and laced nicely. Nice roasty aroma, with notes of coffee. Roasted malts and coffee in the taste, milk chocolate, with light briny notes in the background, giving an interesting blend of flavors. Not too thick in the body, but still very creamy, which I attributed mostly to the ubiquitous head. Very nice, and very drinkable. This was my first oyster stout, and although I was a bit squeamish about the style at first, I know it won't be my last.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-12-2011 20:58:19 | More by Rifugium
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TheSupremeAJ

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at East End Ale House in Harleysville, PA.

A- Beautiful on nitro with a great creamy head and cascades of cream. Leaves a solid lace all the way down!!!

S- Light, simple, roasty, and kind of fishy. I didn;t know the oysters would be so literal in the aroma.

T- Kind of acidic and briney... kind of reminds me of eating a v***. Light cholocate and roasty notes. Very unique and a little bit of an aphrodisiac in a weird kind of way.

M- On Nitro this is perfect. Could use a tad bit more body and feel.

D- The oysters get a tad bit overwhelming... however very palatable and would pair well with greasy apps. Sessionable ABV,

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-11-2011 05:06:14 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint off the nitro line at memphis taproom.

A- great nitro cascade that gives two fingers of super creamy coffee and lots of cream colored head that holds for a bit then settles to leave a cm of dense cream on top. Black as night in color.

S- light nose that brings a bit of roast and dark bread.

T- dark roasted malts and a light milk chocolate sweetness. Its not a roast bomb by any means just well roasted. A bit of sharpness towards the finish with a mild tart briney hit.

M- on the lighter side of body with a super light nitro carb.

D- real easy going on this one. Nothing to write home about thou. A nice and simple stout. I will toss some oysters at it some time soon and see how it pairs.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-23-2011 05:24:33 | More by oglmcdgl
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Symptomu

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-07-2011 16:24:36 | More by Symptomu
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-03-2011 17:42:58 | More by deapokid
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darthpeepee

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-24-2010 18:19:16 | More by darthpeepee
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-23-2010 01:35:16 | More by TheFightfan1
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glid02

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Jose Pistolas in Philadelphia.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of medium roasted malts with slight amounts of mineral aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but more robust. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of semi-sweet chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavors dry out just a bit and carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.

Overall this was a solid beer - I'd like to try it on-tap as opposed to nitro as I bet the smell would be sufficiently enhanced to make this beer better overall. Still, it's worth a shot in whatever serving method you find.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-18-2010 23:20:30 | More by glid02
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro at Local 44.

Yards' Love Stout was charcoal black with a very fine, firm, mocha head. Served on nitrogen, it looked very much like Guinness Drraught with the cascading waterfall of tiny bubbles. The smell was faintly chalky with dusty roasted grain. The taste was chocolately and had acidic roast at first that progressed to a pronounced milk caramel candy and flowery finish. The beer was silky smooth, with tiny soft bubbles.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-24-2010 06:01:38 | More by Soonami
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A special one to polish off a nice sampling session at Yards Brewing's Taproom, a 10-12 oz. pour from the nitro-tap (branded stemware of uncertain size).

5% ABV; $5/pour.

A more-or-less traditional Oyster Stout brewed with shells only rather than with meat included.

A: Jet black with a solid delineation of dusty cream, about a finger high. Good lace sticks in broken strata, fades to smaller tidbits.

S: Surprisingly potent aroma (I've had several English stouts, especial on nitro, that have been nearly devoid): dry minerals and intermingled smoke, ash, soot. Dark chocolate and a subtle but marked brininess. Alluring.

T: Much of what was in the aroma is here: chocolate, smoke and spice. Again, the additives appear as a secluded hint, exuding an underlying mineral saltiness, before yielding a sweeter maltiness. Lasting finish is some char and a lurking dryness.

M: Creamy and smooth (as it should be), thanks to the nitrogen; on the thinner side body-wise, a little viscous/slick. Bittering hangs for several minutes on the tongue.

D: Tasty version of a good style, one that can be a little bit of a turn-off for the bivalve-averse...or a turn-ON for the amorous wishing to experience the oysters supposed aphrodisiac traits (I just got the 'Love' Stout double entendre as I typed this review). Glad to have had a chance at this one, certainly it's worth a try.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-16-2010 05:40:42 | More by msubulldog25
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AricGresko

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2014 04:09:32 | More by AricGresko
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Bikeboy1

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 04:00:22 | More by Bikeboy1
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap in a nonic pint glass.

A- It looks like a Giunness Draught, Love Stout may be a bit darker. That's the end of the Guinness similarities.

S-Roasted barley, some chocolate and coffee.

T- Creamy malt, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee.

M- Good creamy body, not much carbonation. The chocolate and the roasting give it some bite.

O- This beer is right on for the style, and the abv gives it enough body without compromising drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2013 00:09:41 | More by NiceTaps
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a 10 oz pint glass

Appearance – The brew is served a deep black color with a one finger tan colored head. The head fades rather fast to leave only moderate level of lacing.
Smell-The aroma is heaviest of chocolate and roasted malt mixed with notes of espresso and a small amount of sea smell.

Taste – The taste begins quite heavy of a roasted malt, some lighter flavors of coffee, and a sweetness of caramel. The coffee grows stronger as the taste advances with some notes of a chocolate sweetness also coming to the tongue. Some lighter earthy hop flavors come to the tongue more at the end of the taste along with a light touch of a mineral and salt sea like taste. With the increase in the chocolate flavors at the end of the taste a rather pleasant bitter sweet, roasted and dark flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the creamier and thicker side, especially for a bee of only 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that was rather average. Both were nice for the drinkability as well as the darker flavors of the brew and made for a nice feel overall.

Overall- A rather tasty, easy drinking, and fairly balanced stout. Well worth a try if you get the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 01:07:17 | More by Darkmagus82
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep black color with a very nice, foamy tan head that remained throughout the beer.

The scent was of roasted chocolate malt.

The taste was of roasted malt, chocolate, and notes of burnt coffee.

Medium body, very creamy and smooth, low carbonation.

This was a decent beer, though I thought there could have been a bit more flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 19:27:08 | More by BeerCon5
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MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dark. Thick white head.

S - chocolates, saltwater?

T - chocolate bitters. Is my brain telling me I taste a slight undertone of oyster or ocean Ot have I been duped? Not sure. there is something unique and nice in the middle of the experience.

Mf - standard for a stout.

O - good. I think the oysters really do add something nice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2012 21:09:24 | More by MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
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Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.