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RATINGS: 1179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 23, 2006
"Poured a dark brown, thin tan head. Smelled of roasted chocolate and coffee. Didn’t taste much like a brown ale little hoppy flavor to it. Mouthfeel was was to carbonated. "

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Solid example for the style I guess. Clear brown body with a moderate head. Aroma is caramel and nuts with a hop presence. Flavor is the same, hints of chocolate and roast, some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Dark mahogany with a reddish hue and a creamy, off-white head. Weak, burned aroma. Lots of roasted malt and a malty sweetness. 160106

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Pours deep red with a large off-white head with a mixture of small and large bubbles. Nutty and chocolatey aroma, with a fairly strong coffee character. Dry, roasty flavor. Chocolatey finish. Gets smokey as it sits. A very thin mouthfeel makes this quite drinkable, but also somewhat boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Dark brown; thick, creamy, slightly off-white head. Aroma is chocolate and tobacco and a little coffee with a hint of vanilla and caramel; very nice. Flavor is more malty than anything else, along with a hint of chocolate and just barely vanilla; the 5.5% abv is surprisingly apparent as it is accompanied by a warmth as it travels down the throat and into the stomach. Full-bodied with medium stickiness. A very surprising offering from Avery; one of the very few beers that I wouldn’t mind buying to drink on a regular basis.

   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 (613) - 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 (3475) - Chagrin Falls, 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.

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