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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
frankenkitty (1981) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Bottle poured a medium/dark brown beer with some suspended particulate and nigh but a filmy head. Aromas held a roasted quality with chocolate maltiness similar to Ovaltine with a little bit of raisin. I had two straight from the bottle before pouring one into a glass. There seemed to be more sourness in the poured beer while the bottled tasting was more like a semi-sweet chocolate milkshake. Moderate roasty bitterness both ways and the texture was thin and milky.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2005
Nice and easy drinking, but like almost every other brown ale I have ever had nothing really jumps out at ya. Sweet malt profile is enjoyable and it is better than many brown’s but it is still missing enough roastiness to be outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Pours a dark brown with a robust cola head. Nice roasted nuts blended with some toffee, and a leather after taste. Definately not italian leather though.overall a smooth bitter texture. must be bitter Sunday with the selection I chose today. Nice dog too. RIP matey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Pours brown and fairly clear. Aroma of toffee, fruits, and brown sugar. Roasted and nutty flavors. Slightly more sweet than some nut brown ales, presumably due to loads of crystal malt, less emphasis on roasted malts. Still very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (12050) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown hue with small off-white head. Small coffee and malty aroma. Flavor same as aroma with sweet tone. Small bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Robe marron aux reflets châtains surmontée d’une mousse blanche légère, mais persistente. Arômes de chocolat, de levure et de noix de grenobles. Saveurs de chocolat, de noisettes, de houblon et de cassonade. Bon corps. Bien bonne bière.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2005
Brown/ruby color with a tan head. Aroma of nuts and roast. Flavor of malt, nuts and roasted coffee. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Pours brown with ruby accents. Slight fizzy head. Caramel and nutty aroma but not much. Flavor is caramel and hazelnut. A touch of chocolate. On the palate it is slightly watery as most nutbrowns are. The finish is clean and there is not much strong aftertaste. A smooth drinking brown ale that I could easily drink again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
Thanks to Kevin for the bottle. Pours a ruby brown with a small fizzy head that dissapates quickly. Caramel and hazelnut aromas mix with a a slight hop grassines. Watery nose, hints of caramel, cocoa and roast malt make up the majority of the flavor. Finish is clean, with a slight residual sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1457) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Bottle. Light brown/ruby pour with HUGE frothy light-tan head that leaves chunks of lace. Chocolate, nuts and malts dominate the aroma with subtle hints of vanilla beans. Solid and rich. A little roasty with nutty and chocolate flavors and average bitter hoppy finish. Smooth drinking despite the above-average carbonation level. This manages to avoid the sour/stale malt taste that most brown ales tend to have. I’m not normally a fan of brown ales but this is very tasty. Good dog.

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