Love StoutJanuary 1, 2003 Philadelphia, PA
Yards Brewing Co.
Available: PA, NJ, MD
All Yards beers are either bottle or keg-conditioned. Love Stout was first brewed in 1996 as “Oyster Stout.” In each batch, 150 whole oysters are introduced to the kettle boil (then eaten by the staff for lunch!). Rumors of its aphrodisiac qualities spread, and the beer was renamed “Love Stout.”
Alcohol by weight: 4
The pale love-head here purrs like a kitten, but not quite so loud, as it piles up in the glass, with a friendly, clicking sound. The nose presents itself carefully with hints of smooth roast malt, inviting without being aggressive. It begins on the palate with an earthy intensity that warms, first with a touch of bitterness, then fading to mellow roastiness, finally smoothing itself out to a loving finish. This stout does indeed grow on you.
- Fred Eckhardt
The beer pours thick, black and opaque. The head is thick, but dissipates quickly. Dark chocolate and French roast coffee mingle in the aroma. The beer has a full, silky palate, but remains surprisingly light, with brisk hoppiness supporting plenty of roast, which is enlivened by a quick burst of fruit. The finish is clean and dry, with a nice roasty bite. I’d consider it an Irish stout, but bolder and more flavorful than modern Guinness. Got oysters?
- Garrett Oliver
Subtle chocolate and dried fruit aroma. Ebony color. Dense, creamy, rocky head. Body light and soft, but not thin. Definitely dry, but not astringent. Not much complexity, but very drinkable, soothing and sociable.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Styleand Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.