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Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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Love StoutLove Stout

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330 Ratings
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
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 PSUDREW


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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

11-15-2003 03:35:03 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-17-2003 23:45:18 | More by rdrummer
Photo of UnionMade

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

10-08-2003 08:22:54 | More by UnionMade
Photo of beernut7


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

09-28-2003 16:33:04 | More by beernut7
Photo of nomad


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

08-21-2003 15:02:17 | More by nomad
Photo of dmarch


4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

07-03-2003 04:23:20 | More by dmarch
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

06-30-2003 21:10:12 | More by oberon
Photo of pezoids


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

This beer poured a very dark brown, almost black color. The large head was a creamy tan. There is faint hints of roasted malt, chocolate/cocoa and fermented fruits. The flavor is similar with an added pumpernickel breadiness to it. Flavors enhance as the beer warms up. Finishes very dry and peppery. There's a detectable alcohol presence. Also - there is something unique to this stout – maybe it’s the fact that oysters are added directly to the boil. I don't know what it is, but this beer has a distinct and unique flavor.

06-09-2003 08:37:14 | More by pezoids
Photo of ZAP


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

Right away this beer pissed me off by giving me too much head.....pouring 2/3 head and 1/3 beer...it took me 2-or-3 minutes to get her to just back off on the head and just lay there nicely.......Once I got her into the tasting vessel she sat nicely with a perfect light brown mane of about a 1/4 inch resting atop a magnificent black beer....not a real strong smell....some cocoa and that's about it.....

A nice body on this one....not a real petite little thing by any means (which is usually my type)...This one is a full figured dynamo I'm not sure I can handle....As I taste her I am slightly let down....but only for an instance....I realize this isn't that airbrushed beauty on the Guiness poster...instead this is a real, live stout....no airbrushing to hide the imperfections....Yes it has a nice burnt malt flavor and is very creamy but wasn't this supposed to be a Sweet Stout....Doesn't seem to match up to that Mackesons I saw in the centerfold...But maybe I am holding this one up to too high of standards...maybe I should except her for who she is ....a very nice looking and tasting stout that would be a nice stout to take out again(drinkability) and even bring home to mom....Still, she is not one of the hottest Stout's I've seen.....Not a bad first date though....we almost made a "Love" connection....

05-27-2003 22:15:40 | More by ZAP
Photo of Maestro


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

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.


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


3.23/5  rDev -15.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5%

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.

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


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

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


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

10-06-2002 19:52:23 | More by RonfromJersey
Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.