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RATINGS: 1180   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!

rdixon77's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdixon77 (2148) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2012
The chocolate lab on the can is perfect image for this beer. Transparent brown pour. Aroma is of roasted nuts and malts. Taste follows with nice warm and sweet malts and then a bitter chocolate after. A bit much on carbonation I thought, but still was very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (1442) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - JUN 26, 2016
Hmm, more nutty in flavor than your typical brown. Decent brown pour w/ thin head & good lacing. The aroma has a very nice dark malt & nut scent. The taste is somewhat dry for a brown & slightly uninteresting. There isn’t much chocolate or sweetness to properly balance it. It’s still rather drinkable but not at the top of it’s class!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfontana (567) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Can pour into shaker pint glass from Andover Liquors. Aroma is bready malt with mild roast and vanilla, cocoa. Appearance is clear, dark mahogany with tons of sparkle, finger-width foamy light brown head with fair retention and nice lacing. Taste is as aroma with addition of mild nuts, brown sugar and dark fruit. Palate is light bodied with thin texture, average carbonation and finish as is taste. Overall, a nice brown ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HuskerTan (1521) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - APR 8, 2016
Can. A- Iron, malty, roasty. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, tan head. T- Malty, roasty, leather, cocoa. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, dry roasty finish. O- Didn’t get any vanilla. Wished I had. Otherwise a standard brown ale. BIt of nuttiness to it, but otherwise pretty average by all means.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (5313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2016
Brown beer from can at bad wolf. Tan head. Malty, syrup and brown sugar flavors. Full flavor for a low abv. Gotta like that. Doesn't taste that great overall tho.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (601) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 1, 2016
12 oz. can. Poured cola colored with a thin tan head. Aroma was roasty and sweet malts. Taste was sweet, nutty and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MetalNHopHead (1250) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAR 30, 2016
The bond between brewer and dog has led to some brilliant liquid tributes to fallen canine friends. It’s funny because there are some rather mediocre beers dedicated to deceased people. (Yes, there’s good ones, too, and I won’t name the less stellar ones out of fear for my own life.) Is this proof that dogs are better than humans? Probably, but enough with the soul-searching. Ellie’s pours mahogany-brown with tan suds. Aroma of roasted nuts, toasted sugar, and cocoa. Flavor has some hops to balance things, but the taste leans toward sweet with creamy chocolate. It’s settled. Dogs are better than people.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emeister84 (1984) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 27, 2016
On tap at World of Beer (Charlottesville, VA). Aromas of dark chocolate, subtle purple grape, doughy. Dark brown, mostly clear, with a mostly lasting off-white head. Mostly dry, some fruit, earthy. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
chinchill (4002) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2016
A very dark brown ale with excellent mouthfeel and appearance. but disappointing taste and aroma. Looks and feels like a stout, and tastes more than a little like one too. A - nearly opaque dark brown with low level of head. The head is short-lived but leaves side lacing for a while. T - too earthy; bitter but not hoppy finish. Relatively strong roasted/burnt components. M - medium/medium-heavy; creamy; noticeable carbonation. (from Dec. 2010 notes)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ron (3472) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Can. Pours a clean brown with small, diminishing than head and a bit of foamy lacing. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, nut, vanilla, light fruit. Medium body. Tastes follows aroma. Sweet and malty, easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4262) - BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2016
American style brown ale with a dog on the label which I suppose represents Ellie... Medium sized, pale greyish beige, moussy head gradually thinning, but leaving a greyish veil over the whole surface in the end; dark but translucent burgundy colour with copper red hue, initially clear but misty with deposit. Aroma of toffee, some FFF (manure), unfortunate DMS (cooked cabbage), elderberry, dry earth, hazelnut paste, cherry pits, accents of nutmeg, old brownies, raisins, vague black pepper. Subdued ’dried fruit sweetishness’ in the onset, dried fig, subtle blackberry sourishness underneath, very soft carbo (in fact a bit undercarbonated for the style, near flat but still tingling a little bit here and there); rounded, ’clean’ malt body, slick and a tad oily, caramelly and notably nutty with a bitterish toasted edge towards the end, reinforced with a leafy, lightly peppery hop bitter touch at the back, floral and a bit herbal retronasally, nicely drying and well in balance with the malts, which leave a light caramelly sweetness all the way at the back without anything cloying. Lightly malty and simple with high drinkability, as expected from the style, but a bit too thin in body even for a beer of this ABV; quite alright, too bad for the DMS in the nose, which I absolutely hate. Tastes a lot better than it smells, but even in the mouth, there is nothing to set this apart from the many other American brown ales available on the market. Well intended but not a great success in my opinion, the DMS made it less pleasant than it could have been. Expected more from this well-known Colorado brewery.

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