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RATINGS: 1147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Clear deep chestnut, small off-white head. The nutty, leafy bitterness develops a bit too much citric C-hops character for my liking. Brown ales are not particularly enjoyable to me, but more malt roundness could have been promising. Here, we’re left with the usual hop injected soured roasted malts that kill the bittersweet balance. The palate is medium in size, with a moderately high carbonation as bite. To its defense, it was admirably fruity with a sorbet like berry characted mingling around the chocolate oriented dark malts.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Draught. Clear brown with a tan head. Roasty nose, but otherwise not a very strong aroma. Caramel, nuts, and chocolate come out in the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2005
Mine poured with a big, rocky cocoa-colored head. Choco-nutty malts on the nose and tongue. Not as sweet as some other browns and with a well-placed hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 3, 2005
Poured brown with a tan head. Malty, and a bit nutty with hops creeping through. Finishes slightly malt sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4863) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Very near the top for the style. Powerful roasted flavor and aromas, with a significant nutty flavor. Medium body. An enjoyable brown.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Dark red with brown undertone, sticky head. Light caramel nose. Woody bitter flavors in the classic American nut brown style. Slight smoky edge. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - AUG 19, 2005
dark brown w/ beige head. aroma of caramel w/ hint of plum. medium bodied, nutty and roasty flavor w/ note of chocolate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10896) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, tootsie roll and some nuttiness. Palate is smooth and rich. Flavors of cocoa, carmel and hints of vanilla and nuts.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2005
08.17.05 12oz bottle. Brown; little head fades to ring of tan foam. Aroma is tanning oil, roasted nuts, instant hot chocolate powder. Flavor is similar. An odd oily lingering mouthfeel with a sort of chemical something or other makes it seem artificial. Lots of roasted nut flavors and milk chocolate make it drinkable. This is my second try at this, and I’m not loving it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MpPierce (3) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2005 does not count
Bottle. A very nice brown ale. Color was a good, deep brown. Very malty flavor with some bitterness in the end.


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