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RATINGS: 1186   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (690) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 1, 2016
12 oz. can. Poured cola colored with a thin tan head. Aroma was roasty and sweet malts. Taste was sweet, nutty and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1332) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 30, 2016
The bond between brewer and dog has led to some brilliant liquid tributes to fallen canine friends. It’s funny because there are some rather mediocre beers dedicated to deceased people. (Yes, there’s good ones, too, and I won’t name the less stellar ones out of fear for my own life.) Is this proof that dogs are better than humans? Probably, but enough with the soul-searching. Ellie’s pours mahogany-brown with tan suds. Aroma of roasted nuts, toasted sugar, and cocoa. Flavor has some hops to balance things, but the taste leans toward sweet with creamy chocolate. It’s settled. Dogs are better than people.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (2029) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
On tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of dark chocolate, subtle purple grape, doughy. Dark brown, mostly clear, with a mostly lasting off-white head. Mostly dry, some fruit, earthy. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (4204) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2016
A very dark brown ale with excellent mouthfeel and appearance. but disappointing taste and aroma. Looks and feels like a stout, and tastes more than a little like one too. A - nearly opaque dark brown with low level of head. The head is short-lived but leaves side lacing for a while. T - too earthy; bitter but not hoppy finish. Relatively strong roasted/burnt components. M - medium/medium-heavy; creamy; noticeable carbonation. (from Dec. 2010 notes)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3550) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Can. Pours a clean brown with small, diminishing than head and a bit of foamy lacing. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, nut, vanilla, light fruit. Medium body. Tastes follows aroma. Sweet and malty, easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4451) - BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2016
American style brown ale with a dog on the label which I suppose represents Ellie... Medium sized, pale greyish beige, moussy head gradually thinning, but leaving a greyish veil over the whole surface in the end; dark but translucent burgundy colour with copper red hue, initially clear but misty with deposit. Aroma of toffee, some FFF (manure), unfortunate DMS (cooked cabbage), elderberry, dry earth, hazelnut paste, cherry pits, accents of nutmeg, old brownies, raisins, vague black pepper. Subdued ’dried fruit sweetishness’ in the onset, dried fig, subtle blackberry sourishness underneath, very soft carbo (in fact a bit undercarbonated for the style, near flat but still tingling a little bit here and there); rounded, ’clean’ malt body, slick and a tad oily, caramelly and notably nutty with a bitterish toasted edge towards the end, reinforced with a leafy, lightly peppery hop bitter touch at the back, floral and a bit herbal retronasally, nicely drying and well in balance with the malts, which leave a light caramelly sweetness all the way at the back without anything cloying. Lightly malty and simple with high drinkability, as expected from the style, but a bit too thin in body even for a beer of this ABV; quite alright, too bad for the DMS in the nose, which I absolutely hate. Tastes a lot better than it smells, but even in the mouth, there is nothing to set this apart from the many other American brown ales available on the market. Well intended but not a great success in my opinion, the DMS made it less pleasant than it could have been. Expected more from this well-known Colorado brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4572) - Michigan, USA - FEB 29, 2016
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/16/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down that glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light vanilla/dark fruit, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great bitter/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/silky, and slightly chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.5%. Overall this is an outstanding English brown ale! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gripweed57 (1346) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2016
12 ounce can. Mahogany brown with a small beige head. Roasted malt nose has nutty notes. Flavor is toasted malt, light cocoa, toasted pecans and brown sugar. Thin body and flavor. A bit like Newcastle Brown, but not as buttery. Overall, a decent brown ale, but could have used a little more body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quick3Beers (883) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2016
Pours a brown from a bottle. Big coffee notes in the nose and mouth, but rather watery mouthfeel. Okay beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2016
Can. Pours clear dark amber with thin off white head. Nose and taste are caramel and toffee. Standard brown ale. Refreshing.

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