Chocolate Love Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Love StoutChocolate Love Stout
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:
46
Ratings:
234
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
29.24%
 
 
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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 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 ChrisKayler
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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 larryi86
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
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 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 deg
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured dark into a pint glass. Almost completely opaque. A good bit of foam, which was a lighter color than I expected. I couldn't smell anything. There was something there, but it was too faint for me to smell. The taste was good. Strong chocolate. Maybe too strong for some palates, but great for mine. Some cherry notes, a little roasted malt. No alcohol warmth, which for a 6.9% beer is good. I would have preferred a little more malt and roastiness to go with the strong chocolate taste, but since I like chocolate I happily drank the beer. It also had a creamy consistency which was pleasant.

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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 IronLover
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 philbe311
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 MMOSNN
4.06/5  rDev +6%
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 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 metter98
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 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 ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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 rfgetz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 justintcoons
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

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

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

Taste
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.

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

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

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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 tone77
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 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 garuda
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Chocolate Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 234 ratings.
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