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RATINGS: 1111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 21, 2005
12 oz bottle: generous tan froth. Hazed, but mostly transparent dark brown with orange hues. Malted nut aroma with some rye biscuit, chocolate and toasted grain. Sweet malts and nuts cover the tongue. Gritty texture up front, becomes creamy & chocolaty…well carbonated and nicely rounded. Metallicy twang is slightly evident in the finish, but overall pretty tasty. Worked extremely well for the fish and chips I made recently.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2005
Orange and pine hops figure prominently in the sweet, caramel/chocolate, round, brown, malty aroma with some suggestion of vanilla. Very clear chestnut brown with small but dense, fine-bubbled tan head that lasts nicely and sticks to the sides of the glass. Thick sweet malts and brown sugar flavours are laden with perfume-like orange, floral hop flavours with a fair balancing bitterness in the finish. Medium body with a smooth texture and gentle effervescent carbonation. Shaker glass at cellar temp. Bottle (trade - Mar. 2005). Thanks, DocLock.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2005
Chestnut brown, HUGE rocky off-white head (not sure why the carbonation was outta control on the two bottles I have sampled - bad batch?) Anyway, the nose was toasty, nutty, with hints of brown sugar, milk chocolate, and light molasses. Flavor seemed similar with additional light coffee notes and grains sprinkled throughout. A nice hop bitterness seemed to kick in at the end to help bring the balance to life. Light to medium bodied, super fizzy carbonation, light nutty, chocolaty finish. Not bad, not great....just ehhhh.....

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2005
Somewhat amber brown. Malty coffee aroma. Flavor is malty, nutty, coffee.... a rather full flavored brown ale. A hint of hops. A quite enjoyable brown.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2005
Deep copper in color with ruby highlights and a large light tan head. Aroma is malty. Flavor is nutty with amild roasted malt character.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Mahogany color with medium off-white head...aroma is of malts, caramels, and nuts; flavor was a nice mixture of malts and hops, with a slight nutty flavor and a bitter aftertaste

4.1
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2403) - 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.

3.3
   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. I’ll admit, brown ales are a tough sell on me. This one isn’t bad, but the finish is a big turnoff.


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