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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 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 (11933) - 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 (3759) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2004
This is an ok Brown Ale. Roasty, malt, and coffee flavors. Finishes clean, s,ooth, and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 If you like a nut brown ale, this one has a lot going for it. Rich brown color, translucent, moderated tan head. Aroma is sweet, nuttty(like brazilian nuts mixed with walnuts). Flavor is everything the aroma is. Finish starts out sweet, but there is a slight tartness that grabs you at the very end. Well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Bottle. Nice brown pour with a small off white head. Pleasant aroma nutty, light mocha. Flavor is bitter sweet chocolate nicely sweetened, roast nuts, and nice mild hop balance in the finish. The finish also seemed a little over carbonated which left the beer a little less refreshing on the palate to me. The medium body of this brew was an excellent match for this beer IMHO. Nice Brown Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2004
First, I am not an avid brown ale drinker beyond the occasional Newcastle and local Saint Arnold Brown. But compared to the forementioned, Ellies holds it own. Hopped-up strong like several other Avery offerings, this brew has a nutty-like quality and finishes smooth. I am a huge fan of Avery’s Jubilation seasonal brew and New World Porter, and this ale maintains the high opinion I have of the folks over at the brewery. I am still looking to sample the Out of Bounds Stout, as I have not yet seen it available on the store shelves down here in Houston, TX. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
I have been needing a new brown ale and now that Avery has come to Fl I found it. Well balanced and not to sweet and has some body just like a Brown should have.

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