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RATINGS: 1180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Pours a deep dark golden brown color. Aromas of vanilla, brown sugar, and touches of nuts, and coffee. Flavor has a nice blend of sweetness and coffee bitter.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pours a deep dark brown with tan head. Chocolate/nutty/roasted malt aroma, similar flavor. Very strong coffee notes as well. A bit too easy to quaff, one of my favorite beers ever.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unibaren (157) - 8000 Århus C, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2006
I think the aroma of this one is rather roasted which is a little surprising for a brown ale. Dark mahogany colour with matching light brown head. Head has average longevity and carbonation is restrained. Flavour is malted, nutty and on the dry side. Hints of caramel with a nice dry, hoppy aftertaste. A very nice brown ale which maybe is a little too powerful flavour-wise.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2006
Bottle. Brown reddish in colour with a small head. Roasted malts and nuts. And also a slight hint of caramel. Nice sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (2068) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Dark dark red with a thin white head and plenty of attractive lacing. The aroma is nutty chocolate and almost peanut buttery. The flavor presents more roast and again a pleasent nutty character. This is a tastey brown all.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Strong roasty and peanuty aroma. Very smooth and creamy and delicious. Flavor is a bit more thin, roasty, creamy, chestnut though lacking the nice peanut-butter of the aroma.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Perfect chestnut brown with a glimmer of orange highlighting the edges and bottom. Keeps a compact medium stacked foam of dark sandy brown. Fades out to a slim collaring and broken skim. Lacing is stringy and sporatically placed as so. Aroma is soft and delicate with cocoa powder and some hazelnut notes. Taste is profoundly steeped in a cocoa powder presense thats fairly well rounded in a milky chocolateyness with small notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and hazelnut. There’s a light berry-like backing underneath mixing with some caramel and the finish is fluffy, lasting, and rich and whisped with a unbittered leafy hopping. A very nice tasting brown. Lots of character and length. Feel is a bit over medium in body with a smooth, full carbonation holding chocolate malt on the palate for a good while and keeping delicate soft characteristics the whole ride through. A very solid and sessionable/drinkable brown ale. Another Avery keeper. On a style choice note: this seemed much more like an American Brown then an English Brown. But what the hell do I care, its damn good either way you put it.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimrockford (63) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Appearance12 oz bottle pours medium brown, almost cola like, clear with a ¾ inch off white fluffy head, quickly fades downs to nothing, lacing that is produced is very sparse Aroma very faint caramel and nuts, semi-sweet chocolate chips come out as well, overall fragrance is very mild Flavor: nutty more than anything, mocha, toffee, bready/yeasty, the taste is not very strong for the style Palate a little watery and thin, light bodied, good carbonation Overall: a decent brown ale, but not one that I would seek out, it’s a bit mild so it might be a good crossover beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PGA324 (86) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - APR 30, 2006
Very sweet tasting, aromas of malt. Poured brownish red with below average head and average lacing. Felt smooth in the mouth and went down nicely. Will drink again.

2.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2009 12 oz. Bottle: Aroma is awful. Maybe a bad bottle? Smells acrid and a little sweet and skunky. Dark rust color. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Medium, rocky, light brown head. Decent lacing. Flavor is malty with notes of brown sugar, nuts, and pizza box. Slightly sweet but slightly bitter finish. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Astringent finish. Overall, this beer was a bit off in aroma and flavor, despite how it looked. Not likely to drink this one again.


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