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RATINGS: 1110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This beautiful, deep russet brew has the sweet and somewhat nutty character of Adam Avery's late (1992-2002) Chocolate Lab, for which it is named. Crystal and chocolate malts give this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that's second to none, just like Ellie!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2004
Light roasted nose, hints of hop. Kind of astringent at first then sweet toasted malt. Husky finish. Odd - almost seems like some burnt malt is being hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2004
A very nice brown ale. Not too innovative or unique, but everything here works. Deep red-brown body, topped by a thin/medium light cream head. Nutty, toasty, woody aroma with peeks of dark fruit. The dominant flavor is rich baker’s chocolate as well as toast and nuts; there is also a notable hops component. Fairly complex and eminently drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2004
Bottled. Not a bad beer. Hint of roasted malt. Little liight on the chocolate malts. Drinkable beer but nothing to go out of the way for.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 2, 2004
bottle. pours a see through brown with a thin light tan head. aroma of mild chocolate. sweet hint of chocolate and nice nutty hint also. hop balance is barely discernable on the finish. a sweet refreshing brew. this would be a good session beer and i will treat it as such as i pray for am iracle win by badnarik on election night, and i’m an atheist so that should tell you how much i believe in that prayer. but the beer still aint bad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Ruby. Mild nose with a touch of earth and a hint of rhubarb, sweet malts, nuts, caramel and coffee beans. Grainy malt feel throughout. Sweet, dry malts possessing notes of nuts, vanilla and spicy hops. Lingering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Tap at Andy’s. Brown and clear, nice tan head with plenty of lacing. Malty and hoppy aroma. Malty flavor, with chocolate and a fair amount of hops. Some carmel notes. This reminds me of homebrew, and scores on my memory, this extra points. Has the nice dark color and bold flavor that is exactly how a "brown ale" should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 21, 2004
This is a dark brown por, nice tan headthat last alittle. Aroma was pleasant, hints of chocolate and brwon sugar, vanilla and roast. Mouth fell was full and good. Finished dry. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. Tasty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Poured brown with a thick tan head...great aroma, malty, nutty, a twinge of hops...taste is great for a brown...sweet, caramel nuts...nice mild hop finish...great...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2004
Pours a deep brown color that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy and a tan color. The aroma is quite enticing with notes of toast, chocolate, roasted barley husks, and an appealing roasted nuttiness. The taste is quite nutty as well, with a solid malty finish that has notes of toasted biscuits. There is a bit of acidity here from the dark malts and there is a bit of astringency as well. As my palate grows accustomed to the malt I begin to pick up hop flavor notes, perhaps a hint of citrus character, and a definite tangy hop bit in the middle of this beer, that I did not pick out at first, it is quite nice actually.

Overall though this is a very tasty brew. It is quite smooth and creamy with just a bit of astringency in the finish. If the astringency was taken care of this would be a tasty beer, as it is though it is very good, and one which I will be happy to have any time.

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