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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 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 (1433) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2005
Malty sweet aroma. Brown body but if held to light it has a ruby red color to it. Off white head and plenty of lacing left on glass. Flavor was sweet enough otherwise this would of been watery. Cool and crisp on the palte and enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (985) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2005
Pretty good - nice dog on the label. Good color, coould be a little sweeter and not quite as bitter, but overall, slightly above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2005
Good brown ale. Sufficiently roasty but also very sweet. Impressive brown ale. Avery has never let me down. I just wish I hadn’t cut my big beer teeth on their Beast when it was brand new.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2005
12 oz bottle: generous tan froth. Hazed, but mostly transparent dark brown with orange hues. Malted nut aroma with some rye biscuit, chocolate and toasted grain. Sweet malts and nuts cover the tongue. Gritty texture up front, becomes creamy & chocolaty…well carbonated and nicely rounded. Metallicy twang is slightly evident in the finish, but overall pretty tasty. Worked extremely well for the fish and chips I made recently.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
Orange and pine hops figure prominently in the sweet, caramel/chocolate, round, brown, malty aroma with some suggestion of vanilla. Very clear chestnut brown with small but dense, fine-bubbled tan head that lasts nicely and sticks to the sides of the glass. Thick sweet malts and brown sugar flavours are laden with perfume-like orange, floral hop flavours with a fair balancing bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a smooth texture and gentle effervescent carbonation. Shaker glass at cellar temp. Bottle (trade - Mar. 2005). Thanks, DocLock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
Chestnut brown, HUGE rocky off-white head (not sure why the carbonation was outta control on the two bottles I have sampled - bad batch?) Anyway, the nose was toasty, nutty, with hints of brown sugar, milk chocolate, and light molasses. Flavor seemed similar with additional light coffee notes and grains sprinkled throughout. A nice hop bitterness seemed to kick in at the end to help bring the balance to life. Light to medium bodied, super fizzy carbonation, light nutty, chocolaty finish. Not bad, not great....just ehhhh.....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2005
Somewhat amber brown. Malty coffee aroma. Flavor is malty, nutty, coffee.... a rather full flavored brown ale. A hint of hops. A quite enjoyable brown.

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