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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours reddish brown with a creamy tan head. Nose is nutty, malt and very light chocolate character. Flavor is a caramel, cocoa blend with good balanced mouthfeel. Somewhat dry in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Malty, roasted flavor that starts strong, but fades fast. Slight chocolate finish that coats the throat, but diminishes into a watery saliva lacing on the back of the tongue. Like the aftertaste of a hershey kiss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Caramel, molasses, brown sugar, a bit of "raw" yeasty feal to it with hints of alcohol. Ruby brown with an inch tall off-white head. Roasted, almost burnt caramel with a hint of coffee and an abrupt, nutty finish. After half the glass, I start picking up a roasty, smoky flavor that makes it a bit more interesting. Watery palate, nice session ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Pours a coppery red with a medium sized head that is slightly off white. The taste is brief before fading. All I could catch was burnt coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Clear red/brown, with a good sized, nicely lacing off-white head. Thin nose with just a touch of grassy hops. Rather bitter, thin flavor. A bit musty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Caramely-butterscotchy aroma. Pretty reddish color, lasting head. Sweet vanilla flavor, finishes dry like espresso, but not as bitter. Creamy, good mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2005
Bottled. Raisin aroma. Sweet malty flavour with the typical brown ale character of nuts. Finish is pretty sweet as well. An ordinary brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
Really yummy, malt character similar to that of a stout. Mild cocoa bitterness, dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of cocoa. Nice bubbles on the palate. A little on the dry side. Very close to a stout in my opinion. Very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Very deep redish colow with a medium creamy head. Good balance of malt and hop flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 30, 2005
(12 oz bottle) Why is it that dogs always make the label, but not cats. Ellie looks like he/she was a good doggie, which fits because this is a dog-gone good brown ale. I havenít noticed a wide variance in brown ales, many taste about the same, and this one doesnít taste especially different either, it just has more flavor and tastes better. The usual cast of characters is here: sweetness, mild roast, nuttiness, caramel, light bitterness. Actually, on second thought, I think itís the very pleasant and tasty chocolate maltiness that distinguishes this brown ale. Chocolate, roast, sweetness in the nose is very pleasant and aromatic. Medium body might be a touch heavier than average, but itís not significantly so. Dark, mahogany brown with the gorgeous ruddy tint. Ellie pours a rather tall, tan head, but it settles faster than Iíd like, fading to a wide ring and leaving only a bit of scattered lace. One of the better brown ales Iíve tasted, but I have many more to go before I elect this to the brown ale hall of fame.

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