Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 19
Gots: 30 | 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 gentlebubbles
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.

Photo of santoslhalper
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.

Photo of AlexJ
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!

Photo of ybnorml
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.

Photo of granger10
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.

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.

Photo of Dithyramb
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.

Photo of donnebaby
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.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.