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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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:
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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Photo of Ego

New Jersey

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.

taste etc...
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
Photo of tgbljb


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured a virtually back color with absolutely massive tannish head. Good retention with porfound lacing.
Smell is a nice mixture of roasted malt, cooffee, and dark fruits.
Smell follows through with nice coffee, chocolate, and fruit notes. A bit sweeter that I expected. but very enjoyable.
Easy drinking. Full and creamy in the mouth.
A very nice refreshing beer. Very middle of the road.

12-24-2006 21:05:44 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Phatz


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance: Pours Black with a light brown head and moderate lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a bit on the small side but still suitable for a stout and certainly pleasant. It has suggestions of black licorice molasses, dark malt, cocoa and a hint of berry.

Taste: Rich dark burnt malts, chocolate molasses a surprising nip of raspberry tanginess that I wasn't expecting and a hop presence, especially on the back end. Finishes with a lively but gentle lip smacking pucker inducing bite.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and quite crisp. More carbonated than many stouts but that added to the liveliness of the beer. The tart berry attribute the hint of hops and the carbonation create a very lively feel on the taste buds.

Drinkability: I really enjoyed this beer but is not one I personally would session. One went done nicely.

Hope this is helpful.

11-29-2006 02:32:48 | More by Phatz
Photo of techdiver


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours an opaque black with a modest head that lingers nicely. Sweet nose with choclatey notes. Taste shows the aforementioned chocolate with good body, not too full. Has a clean finish that adds to the drinkability. A good stout, and one of the better offerings from Yards.

11-18-2006 21:12:44 | More by techdiver
Photo of Sephiroth


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Sorry, I forget who sent this to me. Thanks. Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin, lingering tan head. Light aroma of roasted grains.

Tastes dry and roasty. Grainy. Hops are light and grassy. Mouthfeel is great for the style, not too thick. This is a stout I could drink all day, wish I had some raw oysters to pair with this.

08-11-2006 23:54:10 | More by Sephiroth
Photo of Vancer


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

What a coal black pour, topped off by a thin, but very lacey brown head. Good aroma of deep malty chocolates. Standard, but good, charcoal, burnt toast and chocolate laced quaffs. Nice.

Body was a tad thin, still very crisp, clean and dry. And at 5%, I could make a luv session with these lil honeys.

BeerBeing is spoiling me with these PA winner brews.

06-23-2006 12:46:05 | More by Vancer
Photo of aforbes10


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

My parents visited us last month and brought a sampler case of Yards with them. The Love Stout was the first one i tried because it was still cold outside here and i wante a heavy beer. pours dark with small head and smells normal for a stout (roasted malts, sweet chocolate). Mostly what is memorable about it is the vague saltiness that makes it a little most crisp than most stouts. I assume the saltiness is from the oysters that they supposedly put in the brew pot, but others have said that they no longer do this. If not, they must still add something to give it that salt flavor. anyway, i like it enough to want to finish the ones that are left, and it was my second favorite in the case behind their fantastic IPA.

05-11-2006 15:40:43 | More by aforbes10
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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
Photo of edskirk3


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Bought a whole case the other night.

Note: The Yards website currently says that they no longer brew this beer with oysters, but the box I got still mentions them. The freshness code on the bottles is 051010. I'm thinking this is one of the last oyster batches from Yards.

Pours opaque black, a little viscous. Mocha head forms depending on how you pour, but does not last long, does not lace. Looks delicious.

Smells of roasted malts, chocolate undertones. Negligible hop presence.

Taste is the same, with a creamy mouthfeel afterwards. Let it warm up a little, and you pick up some salty notes from the oysters used in this brew (not anymore, apparently). The saltiness stays with you a little while. It's unusual, it's interesting, it's not unpleasant.

Quite smooth. "Passionately" smooth.

Not for everyone, but I like it.

03-17-2006 05:43:15 | More by edskirk3
Photo of whartontallboy

New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

Pours out black with a small brown head that faded pretty quickly and left no lace.

Smell is smoke, roasted malts, a light coffee bitterness, and maybe something faintly salty.

Flavor is sweet and roasty, with a light chocolate/coffee flavor. Hoppiness is light, but there's a slightly bitter/salty ring on the back end. The saltiness really hurt it for me; it tempered the chocolate and gave it a soy-sauce kick. It's still not bad, but not as good as I was hoping for.

Overall: A decent brew, but not a killer one. The saltiness was its undoing for me, but I couldn't tell if it was intentional or not.

02-24-2006 16:49:07 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of dawg


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

From the 12oz bottle into a mug. Poured with a relatively thin head. Head is tan and reduced to a skim fast. Pitch black.

Nose is dark roasted malt. A bit dry and of alochol. Tastes like a formidable stout. Rich, sweet, cocoa, coffee, malty, lightly hopped.

Body and feel is meduim to solid with nice big bubbles. Can't see inside but I know what's going on in there. I can taste some very fine sediment like java that had been ground too fine, sort of like bottom of the cup expresso. I like the unrefined, bottle conditioned feel.

Very nice and drinkable. Good fireplace beer. Light and cool enough for all seasons except maybe late summer.

02-18-2006 23:01:05 | More by dawg
Photo of Kreuger


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Served from a brown bottle. There was no noticeable date on the bottle or the variety case from which it came.

A - Poured an almost opaque brown/black with about 2 fingers of head that stuck around admirably and produced a moderate lacing down the glass. There's little carbonation to be seen.

S - This has a remarkably soft smell for a stout. It consists of a sweet roasted malt smell with very little hop character. There are hints of some dark fruit and maybe a touch of chocolate.

T - This is a very clean stout. It has a very restrained character overall. The roasted flavors aren't as aggressive as those of some other I've tasted. And there is very little aftertaste. Yard's Love Stout goes down very easily. I'm not sure if this is a calculated quality and a good thing or just a poor showing. I enjoy it though.

M - This is a surprisingly light bodied stout. It has all the right characteristics they just aren't very forceful. The carbonation is remarkably strong though, more kick than I'd expect from a stout.

D - With the laid back character of this stout, and the moderate abv, this is a very drinkable stout. A sessionable stout.

this goes down so easily I think if there were a "light" stout, this would be it. I'd drink it again.

02-08-2006 23:32:43 | More by Kreuger
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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!

02-02-2006 17:26:12 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of woodychandler


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
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

this stuff was just waiting for me to release it from its glass, and as soon as the cap was off i had a sixth-grade science project on my hands. i picked up my glass quickly and poured very slowly. when the crown of brown foam reached the top of my glass only two-fingers of beer sat underneath (funny, usually the head measures two-fingers)

for a moment it was graceful, but this will be my first beer that loses points for its massive head; love stout was just frustrating to pour and thus cuts into its drinkability factor. it's a pain in the ass. yards took the time to print on the label that the beer should be stored upright because of sediment, yet have presented me with a beer that cannot be poured all at once (unless you have a massive liter mug) and therefore cannot be poured without inviting yeast and sediment into the glass

once the head settles appreciably love stout is a very nice-looking beer. opaque black with a caramel foam

this is also a beer that tastes nothing like it appears. it looks like an imperial stout and has a bitter roastiness to the aroma (also bitter when i bit into the brown cumulonimbus that erupted from my glass after i poured—it looked like rootbeer float foam). yet it tastes of tart cranberries

alright beer once it's poured, but perhaps not worth the effort

06-28-2005 05:59:37 | More by bruachan
Photo of OldSock

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

Appearance – Opaque brown/black with faint crimson edges when held up to the light. A small creamy tan head tops the beer for most of my drinking, slowly sinking to a hazy covering. Lacing is a solid coating around most of the glass, impressive.

Smell – Strong roast barley smell along with some coffee. There is also some sweetness in the aroma, a departure from the typical Irish dry stout. No evidence of hops at this point.

Taste – Roast barley all the way through. There is some bitterness from the malts on the back of the tongue. Definitely chocolate and coffee flavors, but they are pretty mild compared to most current American Stouts, but it is close to the English stout profile. It’s a decent stout flavor, but nothing outstanding that makes me crave the next sip. This was my first oyster stout, and I didn’t even realize it until I was about half-way through. I cannot really taste the oysters or notice any effect they have on the beer.

Mouthfeel – Certainly light for a stout, even a little watery. There is only a small amount of carbonation.

Drinkability – It goes down pretty quick for a stout because of the light mouthfeel, but nothing makes Love Stout stand out for me to get more.

05-17-2005 21:24:05 | More by OldSock
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Freshness stamp is difficult to read- could be 060202

A decanted pour reveals a dark brown/black which appears translucent at the bottom of the pint glass. The head is a solid two fingers, tan and long lasting.

Aroma is roasted malt- coffee, cocoa and slightly ashy. There is some malt and caramel as well. It is hard to say if hops play a role or not, though threre is something faintly floral also.

Flavor is dominated by a roasted grain acidity which takes it down a peg. There's also malt, caramel and coffee-like flavors. It would work a whole lot better with more residual malt. Bitterness is at a good level, and a lingering dry finish is quite nice.

Good for an everyday stout, but it could also benefit from some tweaking.

05-13-2005 01:37:06 | More by TongoRad
Photo of far333


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Oyster stout...hence the name? Deep mahogany colored with a HUGE light brown chunky head of meringue that sloooowly sinks, leaving loops of lace all around the glass as I drink.

Aroma is rich and inviting, lots of stuff going on here - chalky cocoa, caramel, roasted malt, molasses, some raisins and toffee, some spruce and hop undertones, but no oyster.

Mouthfeel starts off watery but then turns carb-tingly, and a slightly tannic pucker leads to a thin flavor of light cocoa, caramel, and some malt, but the malt is a little sweeter than the aroma might suggest. A bitter chocolate/coffee finish followed by some lingering hops.

Body is a little thin, and flavor leaves me wanting for something more.

04-13-2005 01:18:53 | More by far333
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.78/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle courtesy of higravity and Secret Bunny 05

Pours a deep mahagony with a 2 finger tan head. Lacing is nice as is retention.
Smell is chocolate, burnt sugar, charred malts, slight hops and just a little biscuity.
Taste is sort of disappointing as I really enjoy the way this one smells. Chocolate is still present as is the burnt sugar and charred malts. Hops are present as well. It seems that this is just a little bit watered down. Not in a bad way, but not all that impressive either.
Mouthfeel is okay as carbonation is good and this one isn't too slick. I was expecting something a little thicker though.
Overall, a good stout, but nothing really to go wild over.

04-11-2005 01:13:05 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of francisweizen


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

On-Tap @ Yards. This is surely a nice stout. A VERY dark ruby red brew that nears black in shade. The lacing is nice and the head is thick and consists of pure white froth. The aromas are all roasted malts, heavy chocolate notes, a bit of caramel and coffee, and some other less distinct flavor notes are in the mix as well. The taste is very roasty and malty up front with a nice chocolate-like flavor dominating the middle palate of this brew. The finish is roasty yet again, and coffee hints take hold in the finish as well. The mouthfeel is slick, smooth, and not too heavy and the drinkability is very good as well. Another solid yards brew.

02-28-2005 19:12:48 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Bighuge


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

The beer is nearly black. Some deep scarlet red streaks can be seen against light. The head is light brown and creamy. Decent size and retention as well. Dusty grain, cocoa powder and a little vanilla mix in on the nose. Lacing is more than adequate. The taste leaves something to be desired. Sour, light vinegar notes are a bit off putting. Behind that, there's some decent roasted barley and chocolate, but it's hard to get at. The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for a stout, but not overly so. Pretty average stuff here.

01-28-2005 04:36:45 | More by Bighuge
Photo of gentlebubbles


4.28/5  rDev +12%


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.

12-26-2004 01:44:18 | More by gentlebubbles
Photo of santoslhalper


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearence: Pours a normal stout color with a creamy beige head. Loads of yeast are noticable at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smells rich and almost fruity. A nice chocolate cover cherry smell comes out. Really interesting smelling.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A subtly fruity coffee flavor kicks into a chocolate end with a very bitter aftertaste. That taste is not bad but not appearent enough. Nothing really stands out or makes you think. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth but horribly fizzy.

Drinkability and Overall: The best I've had from Yards yet, but nothing special. This is the only one of theirs I could make into a session brew well. A well-balanced but average stout.

12-21-2004 05:12:57 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Hmm, so this is an oyster stout. Pours dark, (but I can see light through it), nice thich brown head, appears light in body. Has all the normal stout aromas with the addition of a slightly salty, sea-air smell. Tastes of chocolate, dark toasted malts, has a slight sweetness to it. Has a distinct sea-salt flavor from the whole oysters, but not fishy or over-powering. Very light mouthfeel, finishes malty and nutty. This is good, don't let the oyster thing turn you off, it works!

12-08-2004 16:12:00 | More by AlexJ
Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
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