Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.
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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
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
Appearance: Obsidian body withe a beige head that provides good retention and lacing
Smell: Sweet and slightly smoky aroma
Taste: Smoky roasted opening followed by a biscuity taste after the swallow; on the finish there are hints of bitter chocolate and lingering smokiness
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: A very pleasant drinking stout which would benefit from a bit bigger mouthfeel
03-31-2006 01:53:42 | More by brentk56
4.45/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
12-01-2010 23:13:38 | More by acurtis
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
black, with a huge cream colored head, that took a long while to settle down. Lace made the glass opaque, this was definatly fresh! Smell was of rosted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste was great. Roasted coffee and malts, very nice, slight hop is the back, and the taste lingered, deep dark chocolate with, a bit of caramel, very nicely done. The mouthfeel was almost perfect for a stout. Thick, nicely carbonated, smooth delivery
11-14-2011 23:40:35 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
This poured out as a decent looking dark brownish black brew. Not very thick looking at all, kind of watery to say the least. The smell of the beer had some nice roasted and chocolaty aromas to it. The taste of the beer was a sweet, and a little bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel was mostly flat from the cask, a little watered down also. Overall I'd rather have this on regular draft or from a bottle I think.
10-03-2011 02:18:34 | More by Knapp85
3.7/5 rDev -3.1%
Real nice pour,a ink black color with nice big,sticky,rocky head.The aroma is slightly medicinal and chocolaty.Taste is like milk chocolate and creamy,with some slight burnt notes.A real nice brew Iam glad I got it.I wanna try this on tap sometime,will look for it next winter.
06-30-2003 21:10:12 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
07-23-2002 11:39:12 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
Pours very dark with a small amount of light coming through. Very minimal tan head. Nose is very mild roasted beans. Flavor is not very interesting. A bitter hit comes at you first and there is a decent thick malty tone that gives very minor hints of molasses and roasted beans. Feels kind of thickly syrup like on the tongue. Seems odd to me. This is an easy to drink stout. Fairly smooth, but doesnt bring any wild or interesting character to the table.
01-01-2008 06:35:58 | More by RblWthACoz
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
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.
02-08-2006 21:50:52 | More by WVbeergeek
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
I had this bottle in commemoration of Valentine's, picked up at Quick 6 in York.
Decanted cool into my Corsendonk christmas glass.
A - An ebony body is a dark foundation for this rich stout, a full 2 fingers about the shade of honey maple for a head w/ a tight bead. The lace is moderate w/ minimal clinging.
S - A sweet dry aroma, there is a hint of cocoa and mineral note in the yeasty fragrance of this beer. Gentle notes of nutmeg and cinnamon w/ subtle woody odors of the hops.
M - A lilght drying feel w/ a moderately high carbonation and a powdery cocoa note.
T - Dry and nutty spiced notes mix w/ creamy and cocoa flavors that have piney hop tastes nestled in the mineral qualities - crisp and slightly more spice combines w/ a vanilla bean and coffee-like astringency. More herbal taste elements as the yeast gives a sort of english dry stout quality. Toasted and biscuit -like malt flavors are evident underneath the rich creamy flavors.
D - Rich and roasty though I truly loved the version w/ oyters in the boil - it had a better feel I would say. This is a good session strength stout that went well w/ my Ancho honey bourbon glazed chicken.
02-19-2008 20:07:57 | More by Slatetank
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
06-12-2011 20:58:19 | More by Rifugium
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours a black color with a very thin tan colored head. The head did not last long at all. The aroma is of roasted malt and some mild chocolate tones. The flavor follows the aroma as roasted malt, light chocolate, and some coffee tones are easily detectable. Very little bitterness with this.
The mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a stout and is dry on the tongue. The roasted tones and dryness last on the tongue after swallowing. Drinkable, but there are some more flavorful and thicker stouts out there.
03-10-2004 12:57:54 | More by Gavage
3.73/5 rDev -2.4%
Unsure of the age of this bottle. I'm guessing it's from '05...
Appears black with a 1 finger, dark tan head that slowly fades into a film and collar. Streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasty oats, cream, cocoa, dark fruit, and mineral water with a touch of florally hops.
Taste is of cocoa with light coffee notes, cream, and gentle hopping, along with a touch of roasted coffee grounds.
Mouthfeel is sweet, bitter, sugary, & creamed coffee dosed with cocoa. Medium-full bodied with a bitter, slightly dry finish, along with vanilla and cocoa powder standing out, especially in the finish.
Enjoyable treat for sipping after dinner or with a cigar.
02-02-2007 15:22:41 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -3.7%
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Deep brown, almost black, with reddish tinges around the edges, not quite opaque. Two finger tan head with decent retention and thick lacing.
S: Roasted coffee and malt aroma that finishes with a slightly sweeter smell and a little spiciness.
T: Interesting for a stout. Immediately reminds me of an esb or english brown. Same flavors detected in smell of roasted coffee and malt, slight dark chocolate. Finish is dry and slightly bitter, can taste a little hops. Nothing overwhelming, an easy drinking stout with some traits from other styles.
M: Thicker side of medium, light carbonation, a little creamy, a little bitterness on the palate.
D: Not really comparable to other bigger stouts, but a very enjoyable, sessionable darker, stout like beer. I've had some issues with consistency in these recently, but still recommended for something easier drinking.
02-08-2008 01:29:53 | More by yourefragile
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
This poured with an explosive, huge dark tan/light brown head. Wow! The color was a dark brown, like a caramel color/cola shade. The nose was roasty and malty. It had a medium mouthfeel with a good roasted/malt flavor in the mouth. I got a slight charcoal taste on the finish, but not enough to be off-putting. As it warmed, I also picked up a nice anise taste in the mouth. Overall, not bad, but not really a summer beer.
07-19-2005 23:44:08 | More by woodychandler
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
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
12-17-2011 16:09:52 | More by akorsak
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
On cask at The Grey Lodge in Northeast Philadelphia. I had this on cask 10 years ago at The old Yards Brewery and kinda liked it, revisited a bottle about a year ago and hated it, and trying it again, this time with the Oysters included again.
Love stout is black, black and dismal with a nice dark tan head thats bubbly and milkshakey. A nice smear of bubbles on the glass remain. Smell is English in that the ingredients are not bold. There is some chocolate, cocco, roast, smoke and salt from da Oysters. I don't like Oysters in general, to slimy for me feel wise, but they do impart a distinct salty vibe with some other taste I cant quite describe. Besides that this taste is a light mix of everything I just said above in the smell category. The chocolates are not very rich and/or potent. A bit of char/smoke as well. Body is thin and 'kinda' watery but it holds it's own, a nice light feel that makes for a smooth ride. Carb is low. I still kinda like this stout, it's not mindblowing and I don't have the urge to have a whole pint. But on occasion, the oysters included love stout is good for a small gander.
09-26-2010 05:19:37 | More by BARFLYB
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with Pisskynights. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed big ol' 2" of latte-shaded head, which laced and laced everywhere over the opaque dark, dark brown/black brew. Head lasts and lasts, with a little mountain of foam stacked int he middle of the glass. Aroma is lightly of deep dark malts, with some hops in the mix. Taste is dark malts, coffee primarily, and the bitterness associated with those malts. Sweetness does offset the bitterness somewhat. Mouthfeel a bit thin for the taste and appearance, kind of odd in that way. Nothing detrimental though, and the drinkability is quashed somewhat by the lack of a smooth character. But you gotta "love" the lacing, wow.
06-04-2004 00:34:50 | More by ppoitras
Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
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