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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 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 (962) - 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 (4547) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Deep copper in color with ruby highlights and a large light tan head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is nutty with amild roasted malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Mahogany color with medium off-white head...aroma is of malts, caramels, and nuts; flavor was a nice mixture of malts and hops, with a slight nutty flavor and a bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Very similar to smuttynose old brown dog in almost every way including the theme of the beer, and ratings. Warm toasty aroma with hints of nuts and victory malt. Good smooth flavor of crystal and toasted malts and a hint of bitterness in the end. Smooth finish. I think I like this one a little better than smuttynose in my side-by-side tasting, but I remember that I liked the smuttynose better last summer.

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