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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.39%
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 soupyman10
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into a pint glass. Appearance is dark, DARK brown, nearly black, with every-so-subtle lighter hints. A nice light brownish head - looks pretty good. Nice is fairly mild, mostly coffee, nothing too much else of not. Taste is pretty standard stout flavor. Lots of roasted malt, overall. Some mild chocolately hints that show up on the tip of your tongue. A little bit of lemon that catches you as the beer fades out, in the very mild hops. Fairly bitter overall. Overall, a solid, if not particularly noteworthy taste. Feel is surprisingly thin for a stout. Good carbonation. I liked, but didn't love this beer. It was a fairly good stout, but nothing to write home about. I'm not the biggest stout fan, and this one isn't one I'd necessarily go running back to, but it's got a standard flavor that won't underwhelm.

soupyman10, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of maek228
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black with a tan head. Left some nice tan webbing down the glass as I drank it. Very pleasing to the eye

Smell: The scent isn't particularly strong. It smells roasted, slightly malty, and some hints of dark chocolate.

Taste: A bit watery, but otherwise an excellent stout. Roasted malts make up the bulk of the flavor, with some expresso/cooking lingering in there somewhere. Great lingering aftertaste

Mouthfeel: smooth but thin

Drinkability: This is a highly sessionable stout. Lately, as far as stouts are concerned, ive been drinking stronger imperials. this is a great change of pace

maek228, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of scottbrew4u
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured hard gave a thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted and burnt malt with slight coffee essence start off and stay a good bit into the finish. Not much hop bouquet coming through but the roasted grains smell gets the saliva flowing. Appearance is opaque black but not too thick seeming. Burnt malt flavor is quickly turned into a bitter coffee taste that is pleasing and desirable for this style. A hint of bakers chocolate rounds out the flavor. This beer is medium to full bodied and has moderate to low carbonation. Enjoyable beer with my salted cashews and dark chocolate. Could see how this combination could get the love flowing. Excited to try this on tap next!

scottbrew4u, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with crimped-on cap into a nonic glass.Saved this one to review on Valentines Day with the name of the beer,thought I seen at one time on the label that this beer was brewed with oysters. Not on this label.

Opaque,coal black with a 1" tan head,decent retention,not much lacing.

Very roasty aroma,burnt smell,carmelly. Woody and earthy with subtle fruit notes.

Very roasty taste,burnt tastes,woody/earthy with some dark fruit tastes, a bit of tartness to the finish.

Light mouthfeel,smooth,slightly watery. Good drinkability with the lighter body.
Nothing exciting a good, tasty, stout could drink a few of these.

jcdiflorio, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

weeare138, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Ego
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

Ego, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tgbljb, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Phatz, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of techdiver
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

techdiver, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sephiroth, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Vancer, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

aforbes10, May 11, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

brentk56, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

edskirk3, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of whartontallboy
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

whartontallboy, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of dawg
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dawg, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Kreuger
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Kreuger, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

DarkerTheBetter, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

woodychandler, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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

bruachan, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of OldSock
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

OldSock, May 17, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

TongoRad, May 13, 2005
Photo of far333
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

far333, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of LuckySevens82
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

LuckySevens82, Apr 11, 2005
Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.