Chocolate Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.
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4.04/5 rDev +5.8%
A: The beer is nearly jet black in color - dark red is visible near the edges of the glass when the beer is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of milk chocolate are present in the nose.
T: Like the taste, the taste has lots of flavors of dark milk chocolate with bits of sweetness and cocoa.
M: It feels medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate
O: I really enjoyed this stout because it had tons of chocolate flavors but was easy to drink because it wasn't that heavily-bodied.
05-05-2013 02:04:07 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
How I miss the glory days of Yard's Love Stout (the first oyster stout) I had ever consumed, it was delicious. Today's standard version is more of a dry Irish, and rather boring stout I'm happy to see a new variation.
Pours a decadent dark black it absolutely absorbs all light, khaki tan head rises above the rim of the chalice. Creamy textured head speckled uneven lacing.
Aroma has milky dark chocolate notes, hints of vanilla beans. Very mellow dark roasted malts the chocolate comes off as powdered chocolate/cocoa.
Surprisingly light in flavor, creamy dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of vanilla. Flavors are fine but for a big bottled 750 ml release from Yard's I would expect a bit more body and texture and full on flavor. This is just a bit thin, in flavor and body.
Mouthfeel I mentioned a big lighter than I was expecting, medium bodied even carbonation for a big stout in a big bottle it just comes off thin.
Overall, not worth 8.99 a bottle, enjoyable drinking stout but nothing more nothing less.
06-09-2014 20:41:38 | More by WVbeergeek
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
I had this on tap at O'reilly's served chilled in a shaker pint.
The color is deep brown with tan cap with good retention and lace sticks well. The smell is malty with a light chocolate malt presence with roasted grain esters and mild yeast fruitiness. The feel is deep and roasted with layers of malt and creamy body with a semi bitter and dry finish.
The taste is great, lots of roasted stout flavor with yeast taste that has a light mineral and dried fruit element with a cocoa taste that is slightly bittersweet with some toasted malt flavor balancing with light spice and astringency of dark grain. The overall flavor is excellent and this is a nice take on the style. I would probably drink this anytime it is avaiable as it is pretty darn drinkable.
04-22-2013 16:28:04 | More by Slatetank
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
First had: on nitro at Yards, Philly, PA
Basically this is Yards' Love Stout aged on cocoa nibs. So all the goodness, plus a little extra chocolate. Poured opaque black with a thick creamy light tan head exhibiting excellent lacing and retention. Aroma was roasty with dark malts and coffee, with notes of cocoa. More of those characteristics in the taste; the regular version of this beer already has a nice chocolate profile, and the added aging augmented that a bit, but it wasn't overdone. The base is an oyster stout, so some hints of brine can be picked up, but the other flavors at work kind of push that into the background. Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, and quite a nice drink overall.
02-15-2012 07:15:12 | More by Rifugium
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1/4" head that lasts a while. Some nice lace develops during the session.
Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of earthiness is detectable by the nose.
Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, some soft prunes flavors, and a hint of vanilla. Bitterness in mild.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start smoother and a bit velvety at the finish.
Overall: an enjoyable chocolate stout. Slow sipping and satisfying.
03-31-2013 17:56:10 | More by Gavage
3.64/5 rDev -4.7%
Pours a dark brown color with a slight off white head. Plenty of lace is left on the glass. Aroma of dark malts, coffee, dark bread, char. In the taste, cocoa and malt, agreeable flavor, but certainly not overly chocolatey. Mild earthy hops that bitter the beer nicely and add a slight acidity that pairs well with the chocolate. Light to medium bodied brew with a solid carbonation and cocoa in the finish. Overall, a nice, well rounded chocolate stout that is not overdone. Not extreme, but extremely drinkable.
06-28-2014 22:01:09 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours a deep, dark brown, moderate cap of tannish tinted froth. Scent brings notes of dark roasted grain and ash, light notes of cocoa and brine. Taste follow suit, dry and ashy on the palate, heavy roast and powdery, dark dry cocoa. Medium to full bodied, dry. Overall, decent flavor profile, but not to heavily chocolate flavored enough to overcome the roast.
03-29-2012 15:44:25 | More by rfgetz
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
750mL bomber poured into a tulip
The body sits a deep, dark brown with just shy of two fingers of khaki colored head. Good retention, as this fell to a thin layer with some dots and lines of lace inside the glass.
Milk chocolate, mild roast, slight coffee, and a bit of an earthy hoppy bitterness.
The flavor profile follows the nose. Heavy dose of milk chocolate with some roast. A touch of earthy bitterness. The roast is a bit on the char side of things. The vanilla advertised on the bottle lends a mild sweetness in the finish, but is otherwise really light.
Medium body with a smooth feel. Not quite rich and luxurious, but on the approach.
This is a simple chocolate stout. A nice integration of flavors. Well made all around.
03-11-2013 21:45:38 | More by ColForbinBC
3.48/5 rDev -8.9%
A: This poured a nearly opaque cola color with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some pumpernickel and chili powder and soy.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate, with some dry roasted coffee and earthy pumpernickel and mild soy. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent chocolate stout. The scent and taste were basic but good. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Not for aging, more likely for chugging. Meh.
07-04-2013 18:50:18 | More by Pencible
3.86/5 rDev +1%
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a fantastic level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heavy of a milk chocolate aroma mixed with a strong roasted malt smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of a vanilla sweetness as well as some aromas of toffeeanda bit of an earthy smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a more roasted malt flavor mixed with some lighter cocoa flavors upfront. As the flavor advances however, the roasted flavors begin fading ever so slightly with the chocolate sweetening up quite a bit and becoming much more intense. Tons of vanilla and some toffee join the flavor, sweetening the chocolate and producing a sweet chocolate bar flavor. With flavors of cream and a moderate amount of bitter earth also coming to the tongue at the end, one is left with a chocolate ice cream like flavor to be left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both were quite nice for the style of the brew and really helped accentuate the sweet chocolate and roasted flavors of the brew.
Overall – A tasty vanilla laden chocolate brew. A rather nice drinker and certainly worth a try if you get a chance.
02-18-2014 01:28:59 | More by Darkmagus82
3.74/5 rDev -2.1%
Utterly black stout...light tan head. The smell is of roasted coffee and ain't licorice. Rotated grains. The taste is moderately sweet...dark fruit, almost wine like at times. Medium-light in body. Dark and rich in flavor. Some spicy hop flavor in the hind-taste. Lightly warming. This is a welcomed, straightforward beer.
04-07-2013 02:09:29 | More by Suds
3.69/5 rDev -3.4%
Dark brown to black ale with little in the form of carbonation. Okay look.
Dark and milk chocolate with lighter toffee notes. English maltiness with a big roast. Cocoa and hints of coffee.
Chocolate, toffee, coffee, roast, and toast. A nice English malt showing with a slight sting of earthy Noble hops. Develops with some musty malt and a light tinniness. Good chocolatey character.
Fairly smooth. Sessionable, but not impressively easy. Has obstacles.
Tasty and nearly fulfilling. I give props.
02-17-2014 23:12:45 | More by thecheapies
Chocolate Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
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