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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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 22, 2005
Very similar to smuttynose old brown dog in almost every way including the theme of the beer, and ratings. Warm toasty aroma with hints of nuts and victory malt. Good smooth flavor of crystal and toasted malts and a hint of bitterness in the end. Smooth finish. I think I like this one a little better than smuttynose in my side-by-side tasting, but I remember that I liked the smuttynose better last summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2005
Clear dark brown mahogany with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and hops. Flavor has the usual notes of roasted malt, nuts, chocolate, caramel, some hops and coffee. Roasty, lightly bitter aftertaste. Medium-full, round and creamy on the palate - good body for a brown ale. Lacing hangs on the glass in sheets, ok head retention. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2391) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Pours a light tan, two-finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Nice clear, deep amber color. Nose is malty. Starts mellow and sweet, finishes with a touch of hops and there is a very slight bitter aftertaste, nice brown. $1.65 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Bottle. Reddish brown color with some off-white lacing. Some hops in the aroma, milk chocolate. Body is a little thin, lots of chocolate and almonds (just like the description says), sweet sticky finish. Iíll admit, brown ales are a tough sell on me. This one isnít bad, but the finish is a big turnoff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Brown with ruby hints. Foamy head and good lacing. Nice blend of malts and hops. Caramel and bitterness. Some metallic hints though. Flavor is odd. It ranges from bitter to sweet. Fruits and malts with some roast. Dry palate that finishes with a burst of roasty malts.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8821) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Poured a medium brown (almost ruby red) color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of caramel, nuts, and grass. Light sweet start with a light bitter/hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Mahogany color. Aroma is full, dry, malty and nutty- simple but quite nice. Very smooth palate. Initial malty taste, followed by a hint of bitterness then nuttiness through the finish. Pretty solid brown ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (2931) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2005
A wonderful brown ale, probaly my favorite Domestic Brown ale!!. Its got the right amount of toasted malty flavor with being too over roasted, slight choclate and rich caramel flavors complement this beer. A must have!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Clear and dark brown with a solid tan head. Rich, malty aroma with some roasted, toffee and vanilla notes. A bit tart in flavor with a decent hop presence. Good body with chocolate and caramel flavors. The finishing bitterness is a little rough with some metallic flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4633) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is light chocolate and a real nice hop aroma. Pours a transparent orangish-brown with a white head. More IPA flavors than brown ale flavors. Lightly malty up front with a lightly sweet and decent grapefruit hop finish.

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