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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2005 Tastes a lot like Old Jubilation to me with less hops on the front end. A tasty brown for sure. Lots of nutiness. A tad dry on the palate is the only real negative. Having said that, I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2004
On tap at Andy’s. Deep brown in color with a nice tan head. Chocolately and nutty aroma. Full bodied. Roasty. Finish is clean. Vanilla like flavor. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3158) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2004
This looks good. Fairly dark, brown with lots of red to it. Thick head of light tan that peaks and falls ovet the top of the beer. sheets of sticky foam on the glass as it recedes. Sweet and nutty aroma, suggestions of a nice Porter. This has a flavor of dark toast after it has been in the mouth and the enzymes have converted the starches to sugar. More roast flavor than most Brown Ales. Nice fading finish has a bit of hop bitterness to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
For a brown ale, this had an unusually large, soapy head atop a solid medium-brown body. Lots of carbonation. The aroma is chocolatey and nutty. The taste is caramel with allot of chocolate, nuts, and vanilla. Clean finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2004
I’ve passed this over on the shelf many times thinking I had already rated it. I was wrong. Pours a dark brown ruby color with tan medium-sized head that lasts a while. Not a bit of carbonation. Leaves considerable lacing. Aroma is a variety of malts along with some hops. Flavor is roasted and nutty but not as much as a stout. A very decent brown ale, even though I’m generally not a fan of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Dark brown color with a somewhat malty and light nutty aroma. Fizzy mouthfeel with some of them thar malty in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 Bottle. Decentl malt but a bit watery. Chocolate and roasted nut are there, but not as assertive as they need to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2004
How have I not yet rated this beer? Well I hadn’t, so I went to the frig and here I am.
Pours a unwieldy brown body and a nice little creamy tan head. The aroma brings some nice nutty and coco suggestions. The flavor backs those aromas up but also adds a hint of coffee and toffee… this brings a very nice balance between roasted barley and earthy hops. The palate is lush, creamy and perfect for the nightly repeat beer offenders. This brew, and I generally don’t care that much for browns, has quickly become a fixture on the shelf in my refrigerator. Good Stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2004 2004 bottle. Avery in Boston, very cool. Brown, very dark ashen and deep maple brown. Small off white head, lasting. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, dark milk cream mixed with brown sugar and cocoa powder. Flavor is light chocolate, creamy and milky. Very smooth, light brown malts combine with light roasted barley to produce a wonderfully dry and nutty, but ever so balanced creamy stout-like brown. Low carbonation, light yeast, a bit dusty. A very good rendition, not watery at all. Ya Avery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2004
tap. aroma smells like something from grandma’s house... sweet, floral, doughy... caramels and hops in the flavor... slightly bitter aftertast... i’m sure that dog Ellie was very nice, but her brew didn’t turn out so good

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