Chocolate Love Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#20,311
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
270
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 270
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yards Brewing Co. "Chocolate Love Stout"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 11/28/18" and sampled on 02/22/19
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Look: Black body beneath a short lived head of tan. Limited lacing, perhaps due to the oils of the cocoa powder.

Smell: Milk chocolate over both dark and grainy malts.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma with the milk chocolate as the main note over what seems a little like Ovaltine. A median bitterness balances it and it finishes mainly dry with some chocolate lingering.

Feel: Medium bodied with a lightly bristling carbonation.

Overall: There's enough chocolate here that it could easily work as a dessert beer, either on its own or used as an ingredient in something more, but it can also stand on its own.

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Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If you let this warm in becomes a 4 in aroma and taste.
a) It's flattish compared to others,and a deeper brown than black, low carbination, not much last or lace.
s) But if you warm to cask it's delightful aroma of coffee, cocoa, fruit, malt. *(but no char)
t) Ditto all the above on smooth taste
f) Smooth, creamy feel but light.
o) Worthy of a blind taste with other blacks.

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Photo of Wattie83
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look is black with a bit of red hue as the light hits it. Nice brown head when poured, but disappeared into a bit of lacing around edge. Smell is cocoa and a bit of coffee. Also getting a bit of fruit too. Taste is chocolate and malt. The chocolate picks up at the end and leaves a cocoa/coffee aftertaste. Sweet in the front, nice bittering in the back. Feel is light...almost too light. Would expect a bit more body. Overall, I tend to like sweeter stouts, and this delivers, but it also balances out nicely with the bitterness in the end. I'm going to go enjoy another!

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Photo of BishopJ
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer delivers. It is all it promises to be. The aroma and look are all Stout. Yet, the taste of dark chocolate is present as well. The balance is right for Stout fans as well as chocolate lovers. A Valentine’s Day gift, anyone?

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer radiated a pleasant black coffee color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose was dry chocolate with little sweetness noted.

Taste - The initial taste was syrupy, but not overly sweet chocolate. Toward the back, the chocolate becomes powdery, leaning toward baker’s chocolate. The dry presence carries into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation seemed to steal away the sweetness too quickly.

Overall - Though it is not sweet enough to be a dessert beer, it has a solid chocolate presence.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hey black color,just above average carbonation but with a medium creamy feel. Aroma is roasted coffee and malt with milk chocolate. Taste is identical,a little more complex than the aroma. A very good stout that I would get again

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled the new 2017 version from a bottle at the brand new 5th & Spring Garden location. A little bit of sprice is noticeable in this awesome sweet stout. Way better than the regular ol’ Love Stout, yall, The new place is pretty dope too!

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Yards Love Stout, 6.9% brewed with dark chocolate and sensual malts
S: from the bottle sweet chocolate, from the glass a bit skunky
L: Pitch black with a tan head
T: Chocolate and then this skunky taste, the chocolate is not sweet, just like pure cocoa, or cacao nibs. I think this
beer doesn't stand the test of time because it went very bad. I think the place where I bought it had it sitting for a long time. I got it on special and that is the reason why it tastes bad.
F: medium
Overall: I am guessing that maybe this beer doesn't taste skunked if it wasn't left out too long. Although, I have had some stouts that had been sitting around for 8 months and they were still very good. All I know is this just doesn't taste right.

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Photo of BJB13
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

Pours nice and black showing a little light around the root beer edges. I ended up with almost two fingers of light brown, foamy head that yields good lacing and slowly settles to a quarter finger.

The nose is robust and full of chocolate and coffee aromas along with notes of vanilla and caramel malts. It tastes in line with the nose but unfortunately not nearly as robust. The flavors are there but taste a bit watered down. Not to say the taste is bad, it's just a little disappointing after the rich aroma. Medium to full in body it is creamy and very smooth.

Definitely an easy drinking stout. The kind you can enjoy several of in one session.

Recommended!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bonds Tavern in West Orange. Pours a jet-black, ebony hue with moderate frothing. Strong aroma replete with hints of mocha, espresso, and chocolate. Good stuff.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - pitch black with a one-finger khaki head that disappears and leaves little retention or lacing.
Smell - I'm really digging the aroma on this. It smells like rich chocolate cake along with notes of coffee, roasted malts, and brown sugar.
Taste - not as rich as in the nose. That chocolate cake element isn't present, and the roasted malts and coffee bitterness are strongest, even though there is some semisweet chocolate that kinda lingers.
Feel - not as full-bodied as expected, kinda thin actually, good carbonation, it has that slick finish that I'm not a fan of in stouts.
Overall, I was most blown away by the aroma since that chocolate cake note is not very common, but I was disappointed that I didn't taste it as well. The body is sub-par for the style. Regardless, it's a worthy chocolate stout, especially considering it isn't an imperial.

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Photo of tone77
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong of chocolate, light coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, light bitterness, smooth and easy drinking. /Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth trying.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Pours jet black, light tan lacing for a head.

Smells of rich chocolate syrup, brown sugar, vanilla, and toasted bready malts.

Tastes of toasty malts, light cocoa, vanilla, and toffee.

Medium to thin body with stinging carbonation.

Decent English stout with a very rich chocolate aroma, but a mild flavor. Somewhat watery body. Acceptable and drinks easy, but just good, not great.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Dark; about 1 finger of beige foam.

Smell: Roasty; Dark chocolate

Taste: Straight up coffee for me; Maybe a touch of bitter chocolate
at the close.

Feel: Somewhat thin.

Overall: Meh...a coffee-stout for me, that lacks sufficient malt/sweetness
to offset the bitterness. Wouldn't recommend or revisit.

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Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a dark brown, almost black color with a 1 1/2" dark tan head that soon recedes to leave a nice layer of foam on the surface and so legs and patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches and legs of lacing, some of which slide back down to the liquid. Mid-way through the beer there is still a ring of foam, legs of foam clinging to the sides of the glass, and an irregular island of thin covering over part of the liquid.

The aromas include chocolate or cocoa, some coffee and some dark malt.

The flavors are much as predicted from the nose and include the dark milk chocolate, a bit of coffee and just a hint of dark roasted malts. A slight sweetness ties them all together into a well balanced package.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with light, gentle, persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness gradually fades followed by the coffee and dark roast leaving the chocolate in the background to gradually disappear into a light dryness that invites another sip.

I'm enjoying this beer and expect I'll be having more in the future. One of the things I like about Yards is that their beers are always well made, enjoyable, and just challenging enough to be interesting. As I mentioned in reviewing the basic Love Stout, its nice to relax and enjoy a fairly low ABV stout that still manages to be fairly full flavored and invite having a second bottle. The one caveat with this beer is that the chocolate/cocoa is forward enough for most of the beer you have to be in the mood for chocolate to have more than one.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled in March 2016 from 12oz bottle in pint glass. No bottled on date was on the bottle.

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 strong chocolate and some spice and hops bitterness aromas.

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. There is some funkiness in the taste which was not expected. Not as much chocolate flavor as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, and smooth. Very creamy. Moderate alcohol which matches with the 6.9% on the label.

Overall: Overall, this is an interesting stout.

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Photo of wattoclone
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much chocolate compared to other versions of this style. Priced on the higher end as well. Has a funky, fruity dunkelweisse character which is not what I like in a stout. A stout should have roasted malt upfront and whatever other flavors second, IMHO.

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Photo of stevoj
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bottle Bar East. Dark, lots of chocolate, body a bit thin, not much head for a stout, plenty sweet. Good dessert beer, should be a hit with the chocolate fans

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Photo of Urk1127
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown. Tan head.
Smell is chocolate. Cream. Molasses taste is Roasty malts subtle coffee. Chocolate. Creamy feel. Semi heavy. Low carbonation.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinkable and smooth with some light coffee tones in there. A really quality chocolate stout that tastes real, not overly processed fake crap and chemically. Fairly moderate ABV places it in a good zone

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle poured into a teku glass)

L: very dark brown liquid, just about opaque... puts up dark tan foam about a finger-width or more high, falls to thin collar... wants to lace, but no

S: smells like a damn dark chocolate bar (or cherry cordial), and it's quite lovely... hops buried... mild roast from the dark grain... delicate overtone of dry cereal grass

T: the roasty, dry stout flavor certainly comes out around the edges, but that barely-sweet and not actually all that bitter dark chocolate bunches and holds in the middle, finishing out drier than expected... getting a touch of nuttiness and perhaps a mild stone fruit (and/or cranberry?) ester past the finish, left behind in the aftertaste... mellow alcohol essence is present in background during a long pause between sips... definite coffee flavor develops halfway through, and the hops are light but do show later on... overall, perhaps a clash or cancelling out between elements - lacking some depth

F: it's approaching medium-bodied, but isn't quite round... faintly gritty residual outflow... doesn't excite the palate, but at least it's not syrupy

O: love how dry it is, so I could have 1 or 2 more ... the type of chocolate is a good choice and adds additional pleasant subtle facets to the dark, roasty grain flavors

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours jet black with a solid head.

smell is sweet, obviously a lot of chocolate notes.

taste is sweet and thin. very thin and watery for a 6.9% beer. not bad but not a complex and full bodied stout. the taste of chocolate and milk is at the forefront for me. not bad but not idea, i like some roastedness to my stouts.

overall not a bad beer but not a great beer. there are many stouts better than this one.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice-- pours a dark brown almost black chocolate color.
Created a nice long lived head with a tight knit light brown head that eventually combined into the surface of the beer. Laced the walls of the glass.
A mild nose-- with a hops note.
Flavor-- Yards labeled this libation as a Stout-- I'd call it more of a porter than a stout. Has chocolate notes at first but quickly melds into a benign flavor-- has some hops bitterness, toasted malt balancing the hops... but there's nothing particularly notable about the general flavor.
Mouthfeel is mild and smooth finish.
Overall this is a mild flavored and mild mouthfeel stanced beer.
This is a nice stout-- but I'd call it a porter rather than a stout.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought from the brewery right before Xmas, opened on St. Patty's Day 2015. Needed my stout fix so what the heck. Already had my corned beef and cabbage. Pours dark with nice soapy, large off white head. Smells of chocolate, some coffee espresso, and a touch of vanilla. Smells almost like opening up a packet of dried hot cocoa powder. A bit of burnt roast malt character. Tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Nice & lushy, foamy full mouthfeel. A tad sweet but okay given the chocolate character. No hops in nose or aroma, and that's fine. I don't want any hops in this kind of beer. Just enough bitterness though so it's not cloying. Overall, a fantastic beer that was fresh from the brewery and kept cold in the fridge since then. A very well made beer.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass a dark almost black color. Nice lacing and a head that lasted a little then fades to a thin film. Nice malt and chocolate flavors. Having on a cold snowy day and it hit the spot.

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Chocolate Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 270 ratings