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Chocolate Love Stout - Yards Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Love StoutChocolate Love Stout

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 192
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 18
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
English Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Rifugium on 02-15-2012

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 192
Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

The chocolate really ends a nice element to this beer. Also, I aged this for just over a year, and I think that smoothed thing out a bit. Certainly wouldn't call this a blockbuster, but the chocolate works well with the vanilla and light espresso. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and long, and drinkability is terrific. The beer is just a bit thin on the palate, but I thought that was OK, for style and for a non BA stout. Really a very enjoyable, easy drinking stout.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is a three finger khaki shade with layered foam thickness. Layered foam thickness, folks! That's worth bonus points by itself.

S: The aroma is straightforward; dry, powdery chocolate is backed by a touch of vanilla. Maybe hints of cream pop up here and there.

T: Chocolate makes itself known immediately, before transitioning to caramel and vanilla in the middle. Some chocolate flavors return in the finish, backed by a subtle mineral note. This one does a great job of striking a balance between being easy drinking and being dessert-like.

M: I think the body could be a little thicker, and a little creamier as well. The finish is mostly dry, however a touch of chocolate sweetness continues to linger. Despite my complaints about the lack of decadence, this is unbelievably quaffable.

O: It's not the most complex stout by any stretch. However, the way it delicately balances drinkability with a rich chocolate flavor just impresses the hell out of me. I could easily crush a 750 of this and not grow tired of it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

Black with 3 fingers of fluffy, tan head. There's a tiny bit of light penetration. Excellent head retention leaves behind some nice lacing.

Roasted barley, caramel, milk chocolate, brine and vanilla.

Caramel and roasted barley. A good amount of smooth vanilla with a touch of brine and black licorice. Milk chocolate and powdered cocoa come in towards the back with a dash of light roast coffee.

Light-medium bodied, silky, smooth and, yes, irresistible.

Very refined and delicate. Insanely drinkable. I like this a lot!

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Photo of philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Two finger's worth of lopsided and slightly rocky froth that is tightly packed yet fluffy and dark khaki in terms of color... Modest retention... What's left is a full layer of rich creamy frothy goodness... The color is a sleek glossy ink black that lets no light penetrate... A slight bit of sticky lacing clings to the glass...

S - Dark chocolate right off the bat... Hints of coffee... Caramel... Some lightly roasted malts... Rich and warming... Fairly straight forward, but there is a surprising bit of depth and complexity to this one...

T - Slightly sweet to start... Sweat cream... Vanilla... Caramel... Nougat... Next comes a wave of roasted malts... The dark chocolate doesn't appear for a finish and it only lingers for a bit... A very light kiss of licorice on the finish as well...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Sleek and smooth... Limited carbonation... Somewhat dense... The finish has a slightly chalky texture...

D - An exceptionally drinkable English Stout... I'm a big fan of Yards and this offing only furthers my adoration... Solidly above average in all facets and teetering on exceptional in terms of aroma and flavor... The 6.9% ABV makes this one an easier drinker by stout standards and is something I would indulge in regularly if it came in 12oz bottles instead of bombers... Regardless, do yourself a favor and pick a bottle up next time you see it, you won't regret it...

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Photo of 57md
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown with ruby edges. The two big fingers of fluffy head dissipate rather quickly except for a thin layer of forth that hangs around for quite some time. The nose was reminiscent of wet cardboard. The body is light even for an English Stout. The chocolate is definitely present along with a touch of sweetness, but the standard stout qualities are simply not present in sufficient amount.

This offering ends with an odd sour note. This is really not that good of an effort.

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Photo of garuda
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black, tan head has good retention and lace.

S/T - Very similar to the standard Love Stout with a wee bit more powdered/dark chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, but stays mostly smooth. Would like a bit more of a full body.

O - Chocolate flavors nicely integrated into the standard Love Stout without being dominant.

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Photo of larryi86
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a big four finger beige head.

S- Roasted (almost burnt) malts, some chocolate, some coffee.

T- Creamy chocolate, just enough vanilla, some caramel malts, touch of roasted malts and coffee, great balance of flavors.

M- Silky smooth, creamy, light to medium body.

O- Another solid beer from Yards and I can't wait to pick up more. Great balance and mouthfeel. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from The Bottle Shop on Passyunk ave. Poured into a small chalice, color is black, solid, head presents 1/2 inch thick, nice presence, some bubble froth on the glass, and a lingering ring with bubbles.

Smell is sweeter malt, some lactose, some chocolate, some light caramel and roast, moderate hop bitterness but no strong aroma, maybe some earthy malt/hop interplay lingering.

Taste is definitely chocolatey, sweeter malt, kind of hybrid english stout and sweet stout; malt flavors are mostly roast and chocolate, chocolate sweetness is pleasant, strength of brew compenstates well adding a lighter drying note to the brew; hops are present in bittering only, no distinguishable flavor.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, great flavor lingering on the tongue with some presence on the cheeks, solid carbonation level.

Overall, a very nice dryer sweet stout - starts sweet then dries out with the attenuation and bittering hops.

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Photo of delta490
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- deep black with a creamy cappuccino head. Decent head retention and lacing and the nitro makes the head quite creamy
S- subtle bordering on non existent. Just some slight roast notes
T- the taste is a little more substantial than the aroma would indicate, but it's mostly a subtle roast malt with a hint of an interesting chocolate flavor
M-silky smooth from the nitro head
O- an above average chocolate stout but lacking in any of the depth you'd expect from a stout

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I've seen this one in beer stores for quite some time now. Love the artwork, love the idea of a chocolate stout brewed with vanilla. Hope it's tasty!

Glass: Jolly Pumpkin Snifter.

Appearance: An aggressive straight-down pour produced a finger and a half of khaki colored head. The bubbles are super fine, almost like a nitro stout. Color is completely black, even when held up to the light. Head dissipates within about five minutes to a thin foam on top of the beer with a thicker ring around the edge. Lacing sticks relatively easily to the sides of the glass.

Smell: A dark cocoa nib bitterness lies at the forefront, with an almost equally balanced milk chocolate smell following shortly behind. Vanilla, as the name suggests, is found in the background. Kind of straight forward, but I like it!

Taste: This almost reminds me of an easier drinking Stone Espresso IRS. Or a slightly more bitter Sam Smith's. I am digging it. Dark chocolate bitterness is at the forefront, and remains all throughout the sip and well into the aftertaste. While the bitterness is always present, milk chocolate and vanilla intermingle in the background as well. The bitterness is perhaps just a little much within such a sweet and mellow beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body, with light carbonation. Probably my least favorite aspect of this beer. Definitely could be a tiny bit thicker.

Overall: I am very happy I finally decided to buy this one! A great beer that is hurt a little bit by a weak mouthfeel and perhaps a bit too much bitterness, but overall one that I would easily enjoy again in the future.

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Photo of IronLover
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brow-black in color. Poured with a thick, dense, beige foam with
good staying power that left sticky lacings on the glass. Powdery dark chocolate aroma is dominant with sweet roasted malt and vanilla notes in the background. Medium bodied with a thin start that quickly comes alive with dense, rich carbonation. Similar to the aroma, dry dark cocolate flavor up front with roasted malt beneath. Light hop bitterness through the middle that rides a smooth vanilla wave. Finishes semi-dry with a semi-sweet chocolately finish.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg

A- dark black opaque color. NIce 3 finger head that is tan and caramel colored. Very simple.

S- chocolate, toffee and caramel notes. They all complement each other well and it is strong in the toffee.

F- A sweet chocolate toffee type of flavor. I get the hints of vanilla which makes this very nice and smooth.

M- smooth and creamy stout that is a medium light bodied stout. I would expect it to be thicker but this is good.

O- great stout....well done.

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Photo of bleedsblu
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Let me first say being from a burb of Pittsburgh I have no love for Philly.
The appearance is dark as night, very nice. The head is about half finger length that dissipated rather quickly with some lacing.

Smell: This beer finally has a strong smell of chocolate. I like stouts and this beer doesn't disappoint.

Taste: Right on this stout tastes of chocolate, one of the best, actually the best Ive tasted so far.

Mouth feel: Its thick but not extremely thick. The chocolate and vanilla linger on the tongue.

Overall: This is an outstanding beer. It is not a big ABV at 6.9% but the overall outstanding qualities make up for it.

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Chocolate Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.