Chocolate Love Stout | Yards Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
260 Ratings
Chocolate Love StoutChocolate Love Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Rifugium on 02-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,148
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
260
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 260 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of ArtZan
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MMOSNN
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +3.4%
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 Barnsley
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sanitarium16
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cylinsier
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -26.5%
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 cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrJuengling
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -6.2%
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 IdrinkGas
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wattoclone
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
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 PhineasMcClintock
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cchrink
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Texasfan549
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cook82
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of milesweaver
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BFCarr
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Chocolate Love Stout from Yards Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 260 ratings