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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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Love StoutLove Stout

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318 Ratings
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 9 | 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 WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 21:50:52 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 23:44:08 | More by woodychandler
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 05:59:37 | More by bruachan
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District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 21:24:05 | More by OldSock
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New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2005 01:13:05 | More by LuckySevens82
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 04:36:45 | More by Bighuge
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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2004 01:44:18 | More by gentlebubbles
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 16:12:00 | More by AlexJ
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 00:04:49 | More by ybnorml
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2.15/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2004 13:34:14 | More by granger10
Photo of Higravity


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good stout. Pours carbonated and with a tan head that has a little staying power. Smells of burnt malt and a little fruityness. Has a decent body a little thin and over carbonated for a stout methinks. Tastes like it smells and has a lasting after taste that blooms of chocolate maltiness and some fruitness. Not a must have but it will be add to my usual rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 16:18:13 | More by Higravity
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a sixer from the Barnyard in the Burnie. No freshness date to speak of. Nice tattoo-like art on the label.

Whoa! Poured like a lambic. Only half the bottle was poured as the deep tan head rose up to the edge of the imperial pint’s top. Very meringue-like and fluffy. It did not pour tar like, as my last few imperial stouts have been. It was a deep dark black opaqueness. The hefty head took quite some time to die down. But when it did, it just about disappeared.

A lot of great roast toasty bitterness, with a little caramel in the background.

I love the taste of the love stout. Smooth and creamy roast bitters hit your tongue first and coat your mouth. A sugary maltiness evens out the flavors on the middle and back end. A very nice tasting beer.

Went well with a hefty steak and with veggies and roasted pork. I did seem a little thinner than expected. However, this is the quality that made it seem well rounded and more useful. Even though it coats well, it also finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 16:48:18 | More by Dithyramb
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snap-crackle-pop tight bubble head, of brown color. Body is black brown and very much still. The nose has a salty peanut butter roasted nut flavor, with notes of vanilla and fruity dark cherry. I liked the sweet and salty combination.

Taste, too, is distinctly salty, blending with the sharp carbonation for an almost vinegar-like feel in the mouth. Slightly sour black cherry juice. Aftertaste holds roasted flavors on the bitter carbon side. Flavor is brief and body is very smooth and a bit shallow--which brought down the taste somewhat.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 03:27:54 | More by donnebaby
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured black with ruby highlights and a brown head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Also some fruitiness and a slight winey character.

The flavor was chocolate and coffee and dark fruits. Slightly winey in the flavor, and a black patent flavor as well.

The finish was dry with coffee, chocolate and fruits lingering into the aftertaste. The body was medium full to full.

12 ounce bottle. According to the label, an oyster beer. The best beer with oysters I have tasted to date.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 22:31:32 | More by GCBrewingCo
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New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A great stout. "Smooth" would be the best way to describe this beer. Black as night appearance, but little head. Great stout taste with little astringency. The velvety smoothness of this beer gives it a great drinkability. There is an underlying but subtle complexity in the taste, which I am sorry to say is hard to describe.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 17:17:56 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark and rich brown resulting in a big foamy head. Many bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma is that of a stout, but not as strong as you may find with a Guiness. Taste is a bit chocolately and sweet at first, but finishes off with a pleasant bitter sensation on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel isn't as heavy as I expected from a stout, but it coats the mouth nicely. Aftertaste is definitely smooth and enjoyable.

Overall, I really liked this local brew and would love to have another!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 01:34:24 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of ngandhi


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gingerbread amply backed by fudge, almost like chocolate-dipped pistachio biscotti. Earthiness similar to the Tavern Porter, but not as funky. Passionately rich, so much so I'm not surprised to find out from the Yards website that this beer is made with oysters. There's no sense of the sea, but there is a controlled viscosity to this beer that becomes a little gummy on the dry finish, but still quite good. Bitter grain at the end makes this a true stout, never astringent and dry enough to bring the gingery cocoa to the forefront. Elegant English spice from the hops or yeast.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 19:27:52 | More by ngandhi
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New York

2.7/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2004 17:13:05 | More by cbl2
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black, but light comes in easily at the edges. The light tan head is slightly sandy and fades to a thin, lacey film. The aroma is charcoal and walnuts. The acidic roastiness comes across a little harsh. The flavor explodes with the acidic burnt malt almost covering up a bit of dark chocolate. A not-quite nuttiness follows up with a light, lingering bitterness finishing it off. The body is a bit too thin. Beef up the body of this stout and you’d have an excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 04:44:14 | More by aracauna
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 00:34:50 | More by ppoitras
Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.