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RATINGS: 1155   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3991) - - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 chocolate and hops aroma. brownish ruby color with no head. mild chocolate and nut in flavor but leaning more toward the hops in the finish. pleasantly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Nutty maltyness in the aroma, some sweetness, very light hoppyness. Dark brown body with a creamy white head. Light malty with some faint roasty notes, light hoppy in the end. Very easy going.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2005
Bottled. Clear brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of fruits and malts with light roasted notes. Light roasted flavour with notes of malts, caramel and nuts. Hoppy finish. Well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2005
Deep brown colour with a dense tan head. Light roasted malty aroma, a faint caramel sweetness and a weak grassy hoppyness. Roasted malty flavor, some chocolate sweetness and a touch of coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a medium baige head. Light roasted malty, hay, chocolate, coffee aroma and taste, light sweet. Medium body and a sweet light dry finish. Very plesent !!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2457) - 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.

   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 doesnít quite live up to the nose. Finish is short and dry. Lively carbonation. Nice session brew.

   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.

   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.

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