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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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86
very good

321 Ratings
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Ratings: 321
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | 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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Maestro

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting brew. The first impression from the nose leads you to believe that you have stumbled upon a sweet stout. However, the taste is very complex. There are sweet notes, but also very rich and dry tastes that impart a dry or imperial stout. The hops are hard to pinpoint. There is so much dark malt that the hops do not really shine through. This beer is brewed with oysters in the brewkettle to add a mineral component. That seems to be what balances out the sweet, milk stout characteristics. This stout is by far, the most unique stout I have ever had the opportunity to taste. As you move towards the middle of the beer you are almost certain that you are drinking an imperial stout with a very balanced and deep, rich flavor. At 5% alcohol, this is an impressive stout in today's culture of high octane imperials. By the end of the beer the sweetness is all but gone. I will definately check this out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 20:25:58 | More by Maestro
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black color with a toffee colored edging. There is virtually no head. The aroma is caramalized sugar that is just a bit burnt, a bit of bourbonesque alcohol notes, and some roasted malt sweetness. A hint of chocolate slides in as well. The taste is sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a bit of espresso on the finish. Just enough bitterness is present to clean up the sweetness between drinks. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a bit lacking in the carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, as this beer goes down way too easy. I'll definitely pick up some more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 15:25:38 | More by aaronh
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very good stout, Yard's is producing some very fine beers of late. The brew taps out a very deep, rich black. The smell is amazing with hints of roasted malt. The texture is smooth and sumptuous, but not heavy and viscous. This is a stout to try, if you can find it.

Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2003 09:30:21 | More by goindownsouth
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a typical dark black stout color with 2 finger tan head. Head hangs tough for about 3-4 minutes and fades into a thin film. Nose exploded with coffee and cream, roasted barley and chocolate. Very full and nice aroma, probably the beers best quality.

Taste was sharp coffee bitterness at the start with smooth milky sweetness following. Slightly slick bittersweet chocolate flavor backs everything up. The mouthfeel is oily, but rather light. Not very much weight from the mouthfeel perspective, rather thin. Finishes bittersweet and quick. Overall a descent stout. The body could be better. Complexity could be a bit better as well. The aroma of this beer is what really shines, everything else is just above average.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2003 06:30:24 | More by bmills1608
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

She looks good out of the bottle with a black body and a pretty big topping of tan foam. The aroma is interesting, but it is a little toned down for me. It has a burst of cappuccino, kind of like a frappuccino. There is a nice roasty character of malts, and there is also chocolate in the nose.

The body of this is a bit thin. It is nice and smooth, and has a creamy feel to it. Cappuccino leads the way in the flavor category. The chocolate is there, but not in a large amount. The dark roasted malts are great, and they come in really nice as this one slides back, providing a good aftertaste.

Well, I did not love this one. It was a decent stout, but it was thin and didn't have enough flavor for me. I have heard that this will make a person cry on cask, so I will have to pay a few buddies a visit in Philly.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 05:50:18 | More by ElGuapo
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mzwolinski

California

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a thick, dark tan head. Aroma is lightly roasty, somewhat salty with a bitter chocolate undertone. First impression I got was of the beer’s being a bit thin. Malt-dominated, with a fairly nice roasty character and a decently bitter finish, and some prune-like fruit notes developing mid-palate. Aftertaste is quite nice, but still the flavor profile is a bit one-dimensional. Drinkable, but not very memorable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 17:16:31 | More by mzwolinski
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend has become a big fan of this stout since i brought a case back to school. Has a bittersweet chocolate taste. Light carbonation and thinner than expected body. Aroma is that of coffee and chocolates. I liked this brew but for the same style I think sam adams cream stout is a little better.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 12:14:38 | More by allboutbierge
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had no idea what to expect from an oyster stout. Luckily there isn't any noticeable seafood flavour...

Pours out black with brownish edges and a very thin dark tan head. Nose is coffee, a little chocolate. The flavours here are dominated by the coffee characteristics and a quite strong bitterness. What I found curious (and a little offputting) was a slight sour note towards the end of the mouthful. Finishes again with the bitterness. Smooth over the tongue, carbonation is quite low (this is bottle conditioned), and kind of a thin or light feel also shows itself. Good, but that sour note (must be the oysters...?) makes me think that it's not for constant quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 09:13:35 | More by the42ndtourist
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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

Cool label on the Love Stout from this local Philly brewer. Nose of coffee and dark chocolate from this black brew, thin lace atop. Quite malty for a stout, with the sweetness I expected of a milk stout. However, there is a nice crisp bitter hop finish that balances quite nicely with the sweetness. Mouthfeel is nothing but smooth, although it's a tad thin. Some more body would be appreciated, but this is a quality stout. I look forward to more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 13:14:43 | More by IrishRedRock
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inebrius

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa wafer headed and inky, Love Stout emits a subdued aroma of baking chocolate, tomato stems and flour. Like chasing shots of sparkling mineral water and potting soil with a creamy roasted barley tea. An agreeable stout, no doubt.

Thank you frank4sail!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 19:32:53 | More by inebrius
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HopheadEd

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Stout. Pours a dark brown, almost black with sparkling highlights. Big, creamy head that lasts. Creamy sweet mouthfeel, and taste, toffee and lightly toasty taste. Big creamy finish, lightly hopped and crisp. Real good Stout, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 05:03:12 | More by HopheadEd
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours into the glass a dark, dark brown color that when held up to the glass showed some light of ruby red. The head was thick and beige/tan in color. The lace, like a good stout, lasted to the bottom of the glass. The aroma was of coffee, milky/cream, roasted malt, some fruit and hops. The taste first showed up hops, a little bitter, then the milky coffee took over the dominance of the taste with hints of the fruit coming in and out very easy. Sweet and roast malt. It ends nice and slightly dry. Good beer, enjoyed it, and went back for seconds.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2002 09:42:09 | More by Jarod
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade. I tried it after Victory Storm King, and while not on the same level it was still a decent brew. Pours a deep dark brown with a medium dark beige head. Earthy coffee/chocolate aroma. Not sure what oysters brought to the table but I am always for something different. Had a bottle-conditioned texture, with coffee, chocolate and prunes (?) in the flavor. Rather sharp finish. Not too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 12:37:05 | More by Dogbrick
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh hop/cocoa/roast nose. Rich tan head with a lasting lace. Deep dark plum color which is opeque. The initial taste hits you with hop bitterness in the boil along with some fruityness... this then mellows into a roast malt smooth base. Notes of bitter chocolate and expresso also touch the tongue. The roast is earthy and leaves a slightly dry tongued finish. The mouth is smooth a solid the entire way. This beer shows impressive complexity and balance. I "love" this stout. It is a stand out selection for Yards.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 08:27:29 | More by frank4sail
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jmatthew

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A solid black pour, with traces of color at the edges, with a thin beige head that quickly disappears. Seemingly sweet on the nose, with distinctive roasty chocolate notes, inticing. The taste reveals an upfront roastiness, balanced by a faint lingering sweetness that finishes very smoothly. Weaker on the mouthfeel than I would expect from a stout, although it aids in the drinkability. The addition of oysters by no means imparts a fishy flavor, but there is a slight trace of the sea in the finish, perhaps from the saltiness of the oysters. Were it not for my knowledge of the oysters, I may have never noticed. Overall, a good easy drink with agreeable flavor.

55 degree gravity pour.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2002 06:59:13 | More by jmatthew
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle conditioned. Classic stout appearance: black body. a few ruby highlights, and a frothy tan head clingly to the sides as it subsides. Heavy roasted coffee and chocolate nose. A tingle of hops accompanies the coffee and chocolate flavors on the tongue. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Brewed with oysters, but I don't detect any seafood in the glass. Would go well with a plateful though. A solid but not spectacular stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 19:52:23 | More by RonfromJersey
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jreitman

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roasted coffee and chocolate assault the nose. The beer is dark brown and opaque with a nice brown head that slides down the glass. Coffee and cholcate flavors are the most prominent with only a hint of sweetness... think bitter chocolate. Overall a very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2002 20:56:38 | More by jreitman
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the glass with the usual (for a stout/porter) tan/mocha head with a good Belgian lace going on. This beer is opaque, even when held directly in front of a bare lightbulb..."None more black", as Derek from Spinal Tap might say. The nose is nice and chocolatey, a nicely balanced bittersweet aroma, with slight hints of smoke. Taste is somewhat light on the palate...not alot of sweetness from the malts here, more of that great bittersweet chocolate & a brief flash of hop bitterness. Smooth-drinking is the key word here! Finishes with a light mouthfeel, a very tasty "session" beer...dumb name though! And I am glad to report not a trace of the purported 150 lbs. of whole oysters that is added to the boil is present. :o)

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2002 20:14:09 | More by beerluvr
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an oyster stout. Oysters are added to the kettle during the boil but don't worry, it doesn't give it any fish flavor! It may be raising the pH, however, due to an addition of calcium. But the aphrodisiac qualities of the oysters did inspire the name. Nice "black" with brown highlights. The aroma is limited, offering roastiness, a little malt, and maybe some alcohol. I guess that's expected for the style. The head is tan but dissipates quickly. Very nice flavor with some sweet malt, a little light chocolate, and a balanced roastiness. Body is a little thinner than anticipated. Finish is long lasting, almost mouth-coating. The roastiness just doesn't want to go away! A nice pint to relax with after work.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2002 11:39:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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marble

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent stoudt, little on the sweet side. I won't pretend that I can distinguish the oysters, but I'll trust they are in it. Nothing really sets this stoudt above the others.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 18:04:24 | More by marble
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice dark brown almost black color...Very light malt aromas on the nose...On the palate there are nice notes of English dark malts, tiny chocolate tones and not sure what flavor elements the oysters add, but this is nicely sweet, strong and full flavored and has exceptionally smooth mouth feel. Overall a very enjoyable Stout...

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2002 12:37:31 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
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