Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Love StoutLove Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

447 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 447
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 21
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  5.00% 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 447 | Reviews: 169
Photo of AricGresko
4.56/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of Bikeboy1
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of MadCat
4.13/5  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

Photo of NiceTaps
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Timothys. Review from notes.

A: Served in a...plastic cup. Awesome. Has that guinness look to it, very dark with really nice looking head on top with great retention and lacing.

S: Plenty of roasty malt with some chocolate.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate and a bit of cream which gives it a slightly sweet flavor. Very smooth.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Another nice beer from Yards, not overly complex, but done well and easy drinking.

Photo of Nay
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
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

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A rich black bodied beer with a small brown head that dissipates almost immediately; lacing is spotty. Aroma is fairly standard; roast, a little chocolate, plus a faint mineral note I’d attribute to the oyster/shell inclusion. Taste is the same; simple, straightforward, uncomplicated. Nice dark malt, gentle roast and bit of hoppy bitterness; bittersweet chocolate, again the mineral note. Smooth mouthfeel, medium-light body, moderately carbonated. One of the better tap offerings from Yards, in my opinion. Easy to drink and sessionable.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.81/5  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!

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of aorloski
3.94/5  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.

Photo of DIM
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ShanePB
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of garuda
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, with a thin tan head that recedes a little quick, but leaves good lacing.

The aroma's a little weak, but this stout has a nice roasted malt character that even has hints of chocolate, and some earthy hops in the finish. After reading the description of this beer, I was thinking it would be almost an "oyster bomb" of a beer, but I can only detect them slightly in the finish. Medium to full body, nice low carbonation level, velvety smooth across the palate, finishes dry. I'd get this again.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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,

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.54/5  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.

Photo of Symptomu
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.