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Chocolate Love Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Rifugium on 02-15-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
232
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.05%
 
 
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58
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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 232
Photo of Cylinsier
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
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 -26.1%
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 +5%
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 -5.7%
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 -9.4%
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 -7.6%
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 Antc2382
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +2.6%
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 +10.4%
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 -9.7%
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 +18.8%
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 +3.4%
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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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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 Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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 bleedsblu
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of bigdeuce
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent three finger head. Opaque dark color. Chocolate malts and vanilla bean on the palate. Creamy and smooth. The body is a bit thin, but consistent. Nutty, malty, finish. Caramel and slight hoppieness. Great lacing down the beer. Easy to drink and satifying with a bit of late cherry tartness. Great for cool weather sipping. Yard's is a good brewery and they stack up well with the many, great Pennsylvania brewing companies.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark black with a light tan head that leaves moderate lacing.

S- Dark chocolate, cherry, and chalky notes. There is no roasted or vanilla aromas.

T- It tastes like a chocolate covered cherry. Dark chocolate is very prevalent. There is a hint of smoke and burnt wood.

M- Medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

O- It's OK, I was expecting more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 thecheapies
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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 BradC
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark black with thick head and heavy lacing.

Smells of roasted grain, chocolate, nuts

Tastes of lactose, chocolate, peanut butter and a slight sour finish, not too much chocolate and not too sweet

Moderately carbonated, not too heavy

Overall, good sweet chocolate stout, enough chocolate to be noticed but not take center stage. Roasted grains balance out the chocolate

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 57md
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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 Dodo2step
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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 delta490
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
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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Chocolate Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
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