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RATINGS: 1183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Dark brown beer with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate and hops. Flavor is decent, with chocolate, hops, and a mild bitterness at the end. Malts are a bit thin and overcome by the hops. Hop character is more like a stout than a brown ale, but the mild flavors and light mouthfeel are right on style. Its good, and drinkable, just short of excellent. $9.99 for a six pack at Broudys, Orange Park FL.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Beautiful dark brown color, but that is where my positive rating ends. Malts are overly toasted, and chocolate, vanilla, citrus flavors compete too much. All in all, I am not a brown ale fan, so don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Deep brown beer. White head. Dry malted nose. Acidic citrus sweetness behind the dry malts. Chocolate, dry earth, citrus yeast punch (or is it the hops?!). Pleasing nose. Flavors are pleasing as well. Primary citrus pumch in the mouth. (is this the yeast or the hops or what!?) Malt is very mocha. A flat and slightly chalky flavor predominates after the citrus. Citrus returns and hops shine. Slight bitterness, quickly muffled by the sweet malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is appropriate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle. Clear deep ruby/brown pour with a healthy layer of creamy tan head. Some nice lacing on this one. Nose picked up lots of sweet caramel and chocolate malts, as well as some citrus hoppiness. Very smooth on the palate, with lots of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and an underlying nuttiness the flavor. Sweet all the way through, and extremely drinkable. I could take down several of these... and really enjoy it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2005
aaaaahhhhhhh! American IPA. On draught at the Federal in Durham, NC. Pours the typical dark brown color with a decent white head. The aroma is all malt and nuts. The flavor is extremely nutty with just a hint of the hops that make American brown ales...American brown ales. It’s a good example of the style but nothing spectacular. Extremely drinkable and this beer gets inflated overrall ratings as a result. Drink it with friends at a party and try not to think too much about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12112) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2005
on tap-pours a tan head. Color is a dark amber. Aroma is chocolate and caramel. Nice taste but thick, syrupy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Clear deep chestnut, small off-white head. The nutty, leafy bitterness develops a bit too much citric C-hops character for my liking. Brown ales are not particularly enjoyable to me, but more malt roundness could have been promising. Here, we’re left with the usual hop injected soured roasted malts that kill the bittersweet balance. The palate is medium in size, with a moderately high carbonation as bite. To its defense, it was admirably fruity with a sorbet like berry characted mingling around the chocolate oriented dark malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Draught. Clear brown with a tan head. Roasty nose, but otherwise not a very strong aroma. Caramel, nuts, and chocolate come out in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Mine poured with a big, rocky cocoa-colored head. Choco-nutty malts on the nose and tongue. Not as sweet as some other browns and with a well-placed hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured brown with a tan head. Malty, and a bit nutty with hops creeping through. Finishes slightly malt sweet.

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