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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - JAN 10, 2015
Look: pours a dark brown. Light brown sugar head. Very clear. Thin lacing. Smell: sweet malts. Caramel. Malt heavy. Grassy. Taste: sweet malt. Caramel. Molasses. Grassy. Feel: nicely balanced beer. Smooth easy start to the sip then a hint of bitterness on the finish at the end. Sweetness is slightly more than the bitterness. Overall: like this beer. Not normally a brown ale fan, but this is good. First drank: home 1/10/15 Vintage: 2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcon25 (230) - Duvall, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Draft pour at NYP Seattle, Dark pour smooth to start with a bit of a bite to finish, soled brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1272) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Not a bad brown, lots of nuts. Smells like macadamia nuts. Taste is very creamy, with more nuts and a bit of vanilla. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1548) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a clear dark garnet/brown with a robust light tan head. Aroma is mocha and spice. Taste is sweet roasted malt, caramel, coffee and crackers. A true brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ordybill (601) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Poured from a can into a pint glass. The beer was a dark red color with a strong malt aroma. Had a mild hop bitterness with a thick palate

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Tap: brown with red tints and a small off white head. British malt aroma with a malty flavor and a small bite at the end. Not bad, average solid brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
JMCtime (73) - Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Overall decent. A lack of stand out flavors keeps it from being really good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltman53 (432) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Pours cola-black with a persistent tan head. Not much on the nose, the palate has chocolate and some roasted malt but not depth of flavor. The high CO2 level overwhelms the flavors. Overall, a good session brown but not a terrific single drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
annunz123 (922) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Malty, nutty aroma. Flavor starts slightly sweet and nutty, with coffee and chocolate. Finish was bitter, smoky, and frankly pretty harsh for what otherwise would have been a very enjoyable brown ale. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
loubar (153) - Los Gatos, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2015 Nose of caramel and yeast. Taste of mild chocolate, caramel and brown sugar with a bit of a nutty finish. The hops provide a low-key bitterness to nicely offset the sugary sweetness. Smooth with good carbonation and balance. Not earth shattering but tasty and drinkable. An exemplary brown ale.

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