Love Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 591
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Unknown vintage; drank 12/26/14 @ Wharf Rat.

Brown hue.

Khaki nitro head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Salt water & milk chocolate nose.

Medium thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, cream, sea salt & milk chocolate flavors; all quite mild.

Easy to drink but not very memorable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: Thin head over a clear but very dark brown body. A little spotty lacing.

Coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma along with faint dark bread.

Flavor: mildly bitter. Coffee and brown bread are dominant.

Medium-full body with light carbonation.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color, mostly black, with a hint of ruby. A modest head soon dissipates.
Aromas are mostly subdued. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, cream, and nutty malt.
The flavors contain hints of dark chocolate, roasted and nutty malts and a bright and light acidity from the black malts. Overall there is a moderate coffee bean like bitterness along with a hint of hops bitterness.
Medium bodied, gently carbonated and very smooth. The finish is dry.
Not complex but balanced and well crafted. A nice session stout.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled in March 2018 from 12oz bottle in pint glass. Bottled on date listed on the bottle was 12/22/2017.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a thin dark tan head. The head lasted a moderate time, and left a little lacing on the glass, but not a lot.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some chocolate and some spice and hops bitterness aromas. There was not as much chocolate as their Chocolate Love Stout.

Taste: Full-bodied with nice balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness and caramel flavors that may be due to the malts, but it is balanced nicely with pronounced coffee flavor, and a little bitterness from hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and smooth. Very creamy. Moderate alcohol which matches with the 5.5% on the label.

Overall: Overall, this is an interesting stout. I like it better than the Yard's Chocolate Love Stout, which had too much sweetness from chocolate flavors.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Black with a nice tan head that dissipated quickly into a rocky film. Left some nice lacing.

S---Roasted malts. Coffee with a little bit of chocolate.

T---Coffee & chocolate, but not really as flavorful as I was hoping; certainly not luscious like the bottle said.

F---Smooth & creamy just like the bottle said. Their marketing department is batting .500, which is probably pretty good as far as salesmen telling the truth goes. Lots of carbonation gives it a light, almost bubbly feel.

O---I haven't been very much of a Yards fan. This is their best beer that I've had.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black color. Thin white head that sticks to the glass. Coffee and chocolate aromas. Taste matches, with these notes accentuating a solid roasted malt backbone. Lingering milk chocolate finish. All around a pretty good stout.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a strong aroma of coffee,malt,chocolate. Taste is similar to aroma with a bit of grain and roasted malt and coffee was dominant. It felt just a bit thin but was still a great stout that I've had on several occasions and would try again

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Photo of wattoclone
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Stouts and porters are my favorite style and this one does not disappoint. More of an English style stout than an Irish Dry Stout, there is plenty of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in this enjoyable brew. Although a substantial head and dark, near black body, the mouthfeel is on the thin side. Nevertheless, it is a smooth sessionable stout.

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Photo of flgimp
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very smooth stout. Nose is faint roasted coffee. Taste is well balanced coffee, malt and mild chocolate. Feel is medium with carbonation on the light side.

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Photo of Act25
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gotta love a session ready oyster stout. This one fills the bill and close to the top of the oyster heap.

A) Suitably black-brown body with 1 finger beige head offering good retention and lacing.

S) Sweet, coffee, prune, charred wood, basement, and slightly smoky.

T) Smoky roasted upfront transforming into oysters on bready biscuity, sweet malt, and a finish full of smoke.

F) Not as full bodied as I'd like with low-to-moderate carbonation, and a dry finish. Good mouth feel, good food beer.

O) Good session stout, would never tire of it, would blend well.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark color with a coffee and chocolate aroma. Taste translates from the nose. A bit more watery than I was expecting with little carbonation. This isn't my style but it's fairly decent.

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Photo of IronLover
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color. Poured with a moderate dark beige, slightly soapy foam with medium low retention. Lightly roasted malt and rich chocolate aromas. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with an incredible creamy smooth feel and medium light carbonation. Light warmth from the middle to the finish. Roasted malt up front followed by dark chocolate. Medium hop bitterness through the middle followed by dark roasted malt to the end. Finished dryly with light roasted malt notes. Well balanced with light roasted malts being offset by medium bitterness. Pleasant, subtle, simple, delicate aroma and flavor characteristics. Easy drinking.

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Photo of udfan07
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smelled chocolate notes upon opening the beer. The chocolate dominates the beer but as the beer warms up the coffee notes really shine through. Very smooth for a stout and probably one of the smoothest stouts that I have ever had.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had the nitro version of this stout on draught in a bar. It was served in a tulip glass. It poured a dark mahogany - nearly opaque - with one finger of creamy, mocha-colored head. and lacing that did not dissipate throughout the pour. It smelled of burnt coffee, chocolate, and licorice. The taste largely follows the nose but it finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is rather thin, not unexpected with the moderate ABV of 5.5%, but it is very creamy on nitro. Overall, it is a good representation of its style.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into a pint glass from 12oz bottle. bottled 2/26/16.

looks pretty decent, black body with large fluffy tan head. leaves very good lacing.

not too much on the nose, a little roastiness and faint coffee.

taste same as the nose. smooth tasting, not overly roasted malts.

mouth is a little on the thin side.

overall and ok session stout. Chocolate Love Stout is much better.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at the Memphis Taproom, Philadelphia, PA. Pint glass.
LOOK: Full thick Dark Stout
Aroma: Weak, a little lacking.
Taste: Roasted Malt, Chocolate, Coffee; standard stout.
Went well with my Deep fried pickles. Mmm.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
2.54/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1

Smelled like wet dog. It was fine otherwise, a nice enough low-alcohol stout, but I couldn't get past the smell enough to ever justify a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very nice look and Oh so smooth! Maybe a little too sweet for some, but it went very well with the pizza! Nitrogen pour. I Bella Notte, Pittsburgh Strip after dropping Alea of to go back to VOH.

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Photo of Spindelphia
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good stout here. Poured out of a bottle into a gravity glass. Not much of a head, but the taste is very good, with a heavy hint of coffee to it, slight chocolate taste but not overpoweringly sweet. Feels good, very smooth, creamy texture. Pretty carbonated. It's even better on tap, and they should totally get a nitro bottle of this produced.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with no penetration to light. There's a fingernail of beiger around the rim and the vast majority of the top. The aroma is chock full of dark malt and creamy lactose. The flavor is primarily that of sweet dark malt. The mouth is silky smooth and creamy.

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Photo of delta490
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head. Doesn't last but still manages some spots of lacing. The aroma is dark roasted malt with a with some sweet dark fruit and earthy notes. The taste is much the same. The body is a little lighter but pretty smooth.

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Photo of KMachHops
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pour into a tulip.
Look: Creamy fluffy head and pitch black.
Smell: Some coffee.
Taste: Some coffee here but it doesn't scream coffee.
Feel: Starts high on carbonation but finishes watery.
Overall: It's a decent stout. If this was on nitro, I can see this being better than Guinness. The mouthful could have been better.

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Photo of marcfromphilly
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After my stank ass done drank 14 of these fuckers in a session at some LAME ASS engagement party, with certainty and drink appeal, I can say this was a great stout. Nothing yall ain't had before, but after a 12 pack + 2, this mother user held strong and true like a concrete bridge support on the Ben Franklin Bridge. Drink this beer pussies.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Amber color. Has a light aroma roasted malts. Flavor is malty. A bit of a toasted flavor but not much else. Has a light aftertaste. Overall this is a stout 'light'. Nothing special here.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured in to a tulip.

a: A brillant black. No light getting through this one. Supper sleek and sexy. 2 finger khaki head that dissipates quickly.

s: Modest Roasted malts. A bit of chocolate, but almost like Hersey's syrup. Very faint coffee presence.

t: Taste follows the aroma. A bit sweet for me, as if chocolate syrup was added. Light finish with a touch of hop spice.

mf: Creamy, light to medium body, light carbonation.

o: A very drinkable Stout. It just needs a touch more...of everything.

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