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Chocolate Love Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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Chocolate Love StoutChocolate Love Stout

Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Rifugium on 02-15-2012

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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 234
Photo of wac9
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

wow big dissappiont here hardley can taste the vanilla yes the beer goes down smooth but i cant even taste chocolate in it maybe its a bad bottle but this is a waste of time , yes a very dark in the glass but thats it nothing more more on and keep looking because this one is just flat

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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 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 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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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 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 Pencible
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque cola color with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with some pumpernickel and chili powder and soy.
T: It tasted like rich dark chocolate, with some dry roasted coffee and earthy pumpernickel and mild soy. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation. Light body.
D: This was a decent chocolate stout. The scent and taste were basic but good. The body was weak, but the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Not for aging, more likely for chugging. Meh.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Suds
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Utterly black stout...light tan head. The smell is of roasted coffee and ain't licorice. Rotated grains. The taste is moderately sweet...dark fruit, almost wine like at times. Medium-light in body. Dark and rich in flavor. Some spicy hop flavor in the hind-taste. Lightly warming. This is a welcomed, straightforward beer.

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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 GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

AP: Deep dark brown, almost black colour with a fluffy 1" tan head that dissipates down to 1/4" made up of tiny bubbles visible along the side of the glass.
AR: Cocoa powder and chocolate cake batter are the initial and strong aromas with black bread, a bit of roast and vanilla.
T: Mirrors the nose with the cocoa powder being the dominant flavour. Black bread and roasted grains are more prevalent in the taste, especially in the finish and aftertaste. A bit of bitterness in the finish like baker's cocoa. Taste is decent and enough to keep me drinking and enjoying, but I can't help think that a bit of coffee or espresso would make this even better. It's the one taste that seems to be missing from this brew.
M: Seemed thin for a Stout. Pretty well carbonated for a Stout as well with an oily kind of finish.
OV: A decent Stout, but not as good as I was expecting. It needs a fuller richer body and a note of coffee/espresso in the flavour to add some complexity and depth and round it out more. I know it's a chocolate Stout and there's loads of chocolate flavour in this, but for me it just needed another dimension to earn a high rating.

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Photo of SeanGC
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 750 into a tulip glass.

a - pours black and opaque. 2 finger tan head that quickly diminishes. some lacing.

s - vanilla is very present. dark chocolate notes, roasty character. adjuncts really come out, with some toffee malty sweetness complimenting the end.

t - dark chocolate and malt sweetness. vanilla takes a back seat. Enjoyable roasty notes that accent bitterness. However, not acrid bitterness.

m - the body is surprisingly lighter than I had anticipated. Medium body with medium carbonation. slightly astringent.

o - delicious, easy drinking stout with some complexity and depth. I expected more body from this beer, however. Additionally, the flavors weren't very rounded. Sweet on the front, roastiness in the back. Nonetheless, a very enjoyable beer.

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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 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 Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 1/4" head that lasts a while. Some nice lace develops during the session.

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and a bit of earthiness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolate, some soft prunes flavors, and a hint of vanilla. Bitterness in mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start smoother and a bit velvety at the finish.

Overall: an enjoyable chocolate stout. Slow sipping and satisfying.

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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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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 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 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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