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RATINGS: 1129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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!


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2391) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Large light brown head. Light carbonation. Foamy and dense and reduces to a stickly sheet of lacing. Roasty and malty aroma with a bit of maple. Color is a dark reddish brown. Smooth roasty flavor with a little bit of hops and some light coffee. Bit dry and chalky. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. Roastyness is a little harsh. A decent brown ale but then again there are very few bad brown ales.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Pours dark brown with red tint. Large off-white head is long lasting with nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, chocolate nad maple syrup. Flavor is chocolate, molases and some nuts, but doesn’t quite live up to the nose. Finish is short and dry. Lively carbonation. Nice session brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Bottle. Pours on the red side of mahogany with a thin head. The aroma is general malt with a bit of hops and a hint of fruit. The flavor is largely pleasant, fresh hops with raisiny full malt. The mouthfeel is superbly round with good carbonation. This is an excellent leisure beer.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Warm and smooth goes well with food, not overpowering but also very flavorful. Has become my everyday beer b/c the porters has caused, DDD.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2005
Has a nie sweetness to it and goes down smooth. it also has a very nice dark color to it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Heavily nutty nose also displays hints of firewood, earth and charred caramel. Great, smooth mouthfeel lends itself to being a nice session beer. More sweet nuttiness in the body, which is cradled by a smokey, burnt graininess that lasts into the finish. Well done throughout.

3.4
   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.

2.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grat (433) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7182) - 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!


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