Love Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
yardsbrewing.com

Style: English 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.

Added by stirgy on 05-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
557
Reviews:
185
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.66%
 
 
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25
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Ratings: 557 |  Reviews: 185
Photo of acurtis
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to Yards to get my beloved Love Stout. When I arrived at the chalk broad I noticed Love Stout said "Not Available". Getting ready to leave I noticed that they had just tapped a Cask of Love Stout! My friend mentioned that I had wanted some and Kevin was so kind to pour my friends and I five free samples. Large samples at that. It was exceptionally fresh and smooth. Dark with small tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet, Smooth and flavorful. The oysters really add a nice compliment to the roasted malt flavor. I came back the next day and had another pint, it was again exceptional but had lost just a touch of its freshness. Kevin again hooked each of us up with a pint for nothing. What a great guy and group of guys there at Yards.

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a decent looking dark brownish black brew. Not very thick looking at all, kind of watery to say the least. The smell of the beer had some nice roasted and chocolaty aromas to it. The taste of the beer was a sweet, and a little bitter in the finish. The mouthfeel was mostly flat from the cask, a little watered down also. Overall I'd rather have this on regular draft or from a bottle I think.

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Photo of nmann08
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to the light the bottom is brownish red in color. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving a few patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of chocolate and coffee are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of cola along with notes of chocolate malts and hints of coffee.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, somewhat smooth, and a little airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The lighter bodied nature of this beer makes it go down very easily, making this quite drinkable. This would be a good stout for the warmer months when you don't want something too heavy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Obsidian body withe a beige head that provides good retention and lacing

Smell: Sweet and slightly smoky aroma

Taste: Smoky roasted opening followed by a biscuity taste after the swallow; on the finish there are hints of bitter chocolate and lingering smokiness

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very pleasant drinking stout which would benefit from a bit bigger mouthfeel

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boone757
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an oyster stout. Oysters are added to the kettle during the boil but don't worry, it doesn't give it any fish flavor! It may be raising the pH, however, due to an addition of calcium. But the aphrodisiac qualities of the oysters did inspire the name. Nice "black" with brown highlights. The aroma is limited, offering roastiness, a little malt, and maybe some alcohol. I guess that's expected for the style. The head is tan but dissipates quickly. Very nice flavor with some sweet malt, a little light chocolate, and a balanced roastiness. Body is a little thinner than anticipated. Finish is long lasting, almost mouth-coating. The roastiness just doesn't want to go away! A nice pint to relax with after work.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Yards Brewing Co., Philly, PA

There was no written indication that this was on nitro-tap, but judging by the appearance, I believe it was. Poured an opaque black, with the milkiest, creamiest head I've ever seen on a beer: foamy white with tan shadowing, and it retained to the last drop, and laced nicely. Nice roasty aroma, with notes of coffee. Roasted malts and coffee in the taste, milk chocolate, with light briny notes in the background, giving an interesting blend of flavors. Not too thick in the body, but still very creamy, which I attributed mostly to the ubiquitous head. Very nice, and very drinkable. This was my first oyster stout, and although I was a bit squeamish about the style at first, I know it won't be my last.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.61/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Timothys. Review from notes.

A: Served in a...plastic cup. Awesome. Has that guinness look to it, very dark with really nice looking head on top with great retention and lacing.

S: Plenty of roasty malt with some chocolate.

S: Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate and a bit of cream which gives it a slightly sweet flavor. Very smooth.

M: Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Another nice beer from Yards, not overly complex, but done well and easy drinking.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

black, with a huge cream colored head, that took a long while to settle down. Lace made the glass opaque, this was definatly fresh! Smell was of rosted malts with a hint of coffee. The taste was great. Roasted coffee and malts, very nice, slight hop is the back, and the taste lingered, deep dark chocolate with, a bit of caramel, very nicely done. The mouthfeel was almost perfect for a stout. Thick, nicely carbonated, smooth delivery

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this bottle in commemoration of Valentine's, picked up at Quick 6 in York.
Decanted cool into my Corsendonk christmas glass.

A - An ebony body is a dark foundation for this rich stout, a full 2 fingers about the shade of honey maple for a head w/ a tight bead. The lace is moderate w/ minimal clinging.

S - A sweet dry aroma, there is a hint of cocoa and mineral note in the yeasty fragrance of this beer. Gentle notes of nutmeg and cinnamon w/ subtle woody odors of the hops.

M - A lilght drying feel w/ a moderately high carbonation and a powdery cocoa note.

T - Dry and nutty spiced notes mix w/ creamy and cocoa flavors that have piney hop tastes nestled in the mineral qualities - crisp and slightly more spice combines w/ a vanilla bean and coffee-like astringency. More herbal taste elements as the yeast gives a sort of english dry stout quality. Toasted and biscuit -like malt flavors are evident underneath the rich creamy flavors.

D - Rich and roasty though I truly loved the version w/ oyters in the boil - it had a better feel I would say. This is a good session strength stout that went well w/ my Ancho honey bourbon glazed chicken.

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured with an explosive, huge dark tan/light brown head. Wow! The color was a dark brown, like a caramel color/cola shade. The nose was roasty and malty. It had a medium mouthfeel with a good roasted/malt flavor in the mouth. I got a slight charcoal taste on the finish, but not enough to be off-putting. As it warmed, I also picked up a nice anise taste in the mouth. Overall, not bad, but not really a summer beer.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ZEB89
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
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