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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 26 | 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 tomthumbsblues
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!

tomthumbsblues, Jul 27, 2004
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.

ngandhi, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of cbl2
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.

cbl2, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of aracauna
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.

aracauna, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to goindownsouth for this sample.

Aroma was light overall, but what's there is roast malt (that is a bit dull and flat), kind of sweet, with the clean quality of certain yeasts (like 1056).
Pours really a dark black, with one inch head that recedes slowly.
Flavor is fairly simple and straight forward roast malt. Starts mildly sweet then moves to roast in middle and finishes dry with a medium length. Mild fruitiness as warms.
Carbonation is a little too present and disrupts the smoothness. Medium feel to maybe a little thin but bubbles mask it. Smooths out as warms and carbonation decreases.
Nice basic and simple. I liked it.

garymuchow, May 31, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice dark brown with some red in it. A huge creamy bubbly head crowns the pint glass. Eventually this settles to a 1.5" pillow that lasts.
This beer has a smell very typical of a dry stout; roasted barley malt, some alpha bitterness from the hops. Strange sweet tinge also.
The first sip is a multitude of tastes. Smooth rich coffee and black malts are help up by a solid bite of hop bitterness. There seems to be a prescence of some sweet fruit like cherries, but that might just be my imagination. There is definitely a bizarre aftertaste to this. I've went over it time and again. I think it tastes of calcium carbonate--also known as oyster shells. I can't recall if this stout is brewed with them. Whatever it is, it adds a unique flavor that hangs on at the end.
The mouthfeel of this is nice and full. Not a "watery" stout like Guinness; this guy has real depth.
Drinkability is good. I think the strange taste might get to one after a few of these, but I'd put this with oysters before any other stout. Maybe not delicious, but unique for sure.

99bottles, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red with slight light penetration. Small dark white head but spots of lace thrown onto the glassware.
Aroma of oatmeal, chocolate, some French vanilla ice cream and espresso.
Flavor of chocolate, vanilla, bitter coffee beans, oatmeal, wheat and some deep oily, earthy hops.
Mouthfeel starts with a short hit of sweet chocolate that progresses to a drawn out bitter middle and finishes with a charcoal and sharp bitter finish.
Drinkability is deent but very sharp bittering make it hard to have more than one. Good beer but need to pick and choose your spot with this one. Cool label.

Thanks to beerluvr for providing the Yards sampler.

CRJMellor, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of ark57
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is black with ruby highlights. It is not too dark for a stout. The aroma has a lot of roasted malts in the nose. The taste is of burnt malts and espresso comes to mind. There is a grape like tannin feel to the beer as well. It is overcarbonated. It is good and finishes dry, but I would have exopected to be fuller in body and a little creamier as the carbonation was a little harsh.

ark57, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Gavage, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of thefireman
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a small head that hangs around to lace the glass. Smells of toasted grains. Has a kind of bite, but I like it, along with the yeast and dryness. Some hop flavor, but more smokey with the smallest hint of saltiness, maybe from the oysters. Overall a pleasant brew. I drink it regularly, and will continue to do so.

thefireman, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was a very dark brown, with a filmy white head. The smell was a drier malt. The taste was quite dry, with the oysters almost adding a lactose bitterness to it. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have quite a few of these.

A good stout offering from Yards, a brewery which may be the most underrated in PA. A treat for those who like the dry stout character, and certainly one that I would have again!

beergeek279, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of pheurton
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a deep dark black with few brownish ruby highlights observable when held to the light. creamy tan head the lasted the whole glass...superb retention. full aroma of dry dark roasted barley. over-carbonation yields a slightly thinnish mouthfeel, too spritzy for stout. dry roasted flavor, slightly acidic and yeasty. hops are there for balance and not a whole lot more. i found this brew more appetizing to look at and smell than to actually drink. still, not a bad stab at the dry stout style and definitely worth a shot.

pheurton, Feb 11, 2004
Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour this chilled brew into a pint glass. Intensely dark brew! No light coming through at all. Tan frothy, head foams up to about 1 cm and fades quickly.
Aroma has rich chocolate and also mild coffee scents. Closing my eyes and sniffing almost makes me think it is cold hot chocolate. No hop presence on the nose.
Very smooth mouthfeel, mild carbonation and fairly good thickness. The beer is slightly chocolately sweet up front, similar middle, and finishes roasty malt mixed with coffee bitter.
After the swallow I feel like I may have drank weak coffee instead of a tasty beer.
Overall this is a very nice stout. Not very complex but drinkable and a good mix of the nice flavors that are present.

sulldaddy, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very dark brown, with a reddish tint to it. Thick tan head that went down pretty quickly. Fairly decent chocolate and coffe aroma, with some malt sweetness also. Medium bodied, and fairly smooth taste. Chocolate and coffe flavors, with some roastiness. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Maybe the oysters add calcium, but I'm sure glad I didn't taste any in there. Just what we don't need: fishy beer. Good, but nothing special.

Boto, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of Nytemare
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of my BIF 4.0 beers. Storm King and Flying Fish Dubbel being the others. I assume that this is called Love Stout because of the oysters that are used in brewing this. If I'm wrong, will someone please correct me. I'll tell ya, I've been enticed by this brew for a while. Was lookin' for a good day to have it. Winter storm raging outside, ok, not a New England winter storm, but still, seems like a good day for a stout.

This pours a dark brown, almost black, with a tan head. Decent lacing. Almost opaque. It was rather difficult getting any light through it to see the actual shade. Smells wonderful. Nice roasted aroma. Some seem to peek out. Definately some chocolate. I think I'm gonna love this. Oh man, I'm not even sure how to describe this. Odd flavors going on here. Not bad, just a wierd mix. A light hops bite right at the front, mixing with what I assume are the oysters. Not quite what I was expecting, but they make a bold statement. Fading from that into a bitter chocolate and espresso roasted malt. Interesting aftertaste. Not as good as it smells, but not bad either. Full bodied but dry. Cloying even. Viscous. Clings to everything, leaving you wanting another drink. I don't think I'll be seeking this out with fervor, like I'm going to be doing with one particular BIF brew I got, but if this is ever available in my area, I would probably pick up a sixer every now and then. Not a bad brew, just not an every day brew. It smells so good, I could just sit here and smell the rest of it.

Nytemare, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of theozag
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love Stout pours jet black, but not entirely opaque. It has a thin whitish head that remains over the beer over time. Smell is a bit like chestnut or other roasted smell, and rather faint. Start is smooth, clean, heavy. The brew is full-bodied with slight caramel, and heavy chocolate and coffee flavors. Finish is also very smooth and rich, almost like a creme.Overall this stout feels very dry, smooth, and heavy on the tongue, throat, and stomach. Love Stout leaves the mouth parched and seeking more liquid (not a bad way to sell more beer, I must admit). A good stout, to be sure, and definately one I'll be looking for in the future.

theozag, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I mentioned in a previous review that I feel that Seirra Nevada's Pale Ale is the standard to measure other PA's by. Not amazing, not wrestched, just something that I feel is good irregardsless, and I use for a measuring stick. Well Yards love is my stout version of that.

Pours that thick brown almost black color, some head for a good bit of show, and it lasts a while. Nice lacings after the head retention.

Smells like a mix of chocolate and hints of coffee

When you 1st taste it the roasted barley shines through, and stays the way throught the drink. it has a nice mocca undertones that complements the roasted flavor. When I have it in my mouth, it feels like a stout should, but light enough to keep going the distance.

I know some peaople have issues with conscistency of this brew, but to me it is always a delight

PSUDREW, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of rdrummer
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I cheated a bit before trying this one in that it was talked about in our local paper. Yard's is in the process of brewing this year's batch. The beer is almost black so much so that light doesn't go through it. The head is a rich brown with really lasting lacing as with most stouts.

There is an off aroma to the beer. The predominant smell is coffee but the off aroma is strong. I discovered that this beer is brewed with some whole raw oysters added to the kettle. I think that is the smell I'm getting but it could be that the knowledge planted the smell.

The taste is less than some Imperial Stouts or Oatmeal Stouts. It is really heavy coffee with some caramel and that off-taste that I think is the oysters. By the way, I love raw oysters.

It feels great in the mouth. Very thick, very strong, almost a meal. The overall experience is less than I had wished because I was really pumped to try it after reading about it. It is a good beer but not a great one.

rdrummer, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a deep, opaque black, unfiltered looking, topped with a thin misting of beige head. The head diminishes quickly, leaving a thick ring that maintains through the rest of the pint.
The aroma is very roasty, with some coffee, and just a hint of chocolate. Some fig and raisin, with a suggestion of cherry. Some yeast, and an odd aroma that I can't place. sweetish and wierd, with a kind of nutty, earthy aroma. Not a hops earthiness, but earthy in a way that evokes an image of the dry, sandy kind of earth, with patchy, rough grass you find near coniferous growths of trees. I can't explain it.
The flavor starts with light roasted barley and some coffee, with a slight chocolatey taste towards the middle. Some chalkiness at first. A bit of raisin and fig in the middle, with a mocha coffee flavor. The finish is dry and somewhat sour, with an odd sandy sort of flavor. The roasted coffee flavor lingers through, with some light piney, herbal hopping way in the back. Some sweet malt, with a hint of caramel at the very end, with a lingering dark roasty coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Some of that strange flavor lingers, as well. It's not a bad flavor, just odd and unfamiliar.
A very pleasant stout, with excellent maltiness. The flavor seems a little weak at first, but gains speed quickly, finishing rich and complex.

UnionMade, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thick syrupy pour wiht an extremely creamy beige head. The aroma is heavily smoky with hints of chocolate malt. The flavors build on the aroma with a predominant smoked malty flavor paired with a bit of chocolate and toffee notes. A heavier bitterness flows throughout the brew. A harsh carbonation takes away from the whole of the experience, but overall a boldly flavorful ale.

beernut7, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark color with chestnut edges. It had quite a mocha colored head, with big pocky foam falling to a slender but attractive sheen. Also had little quick lacing and some random staining. Nose was very roasty, of dark wood, chestnuts, but with a strange turn to it. Not that appealing.

Taste was black malt bitter, a dark earthy bitter, held up by some deeply dark malt behind it all. Had moderate but present roast flavors, strong fruity notes as well, with a surprising brightness and assertiveness to it; but they were only quick notes. Long finish was lightly dry but with quiet espresso-like bitter fruits, but of course less powerful than actual espresso. Good complexity to it for a regular not imperial stout. A bit watery mouthfeel this beer was good but uneven, and though complex it was not inviting. Regardless, if its on tap this fall I'll order it.

nomad, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks exactly what I whought it would look like, black in color with a tan head. Everything else was a complete surprise to me. The aroma is roasted chocolate with a hint of cardimom seed. I sensed some alcohol in the aroma as well which seems a bit odd since this wasn't really a big beer. The taste is roasty and chocolately with some coffee taste. Not very sweet at all. I was expecting a beer called love stout as being sweet and it's listed under milk stout on this site. Not a bad thing, just not what I expected. This seems to have the characteristics of an imperial stout, but with a lower alchohol content.

dmarch, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Jun 30, 2003
Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.