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RATINGS: 1226   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!

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Dark brown, yellow tinge and red. Pours with a slight head (1-2cm), which fades quickly. Quite indiscernable scent, somewhat "alcohol", some roast. Taste of light roast and malt, but was expecting buttery, ended up being hoppier as the glass went on. A little bitter on the tongue but overall, pretty smooth, but nothing spectacular (except the hops in a brown ale). (Bottle pour 3/31/2006)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Shiny walnut brown with a big cap of fine tan head. Smooth buttered toffee aroma with just a little hop crispness. Soft carmel toastiness, warming and sweet. Oatmeal cookies in a glass. Palate is soft and full, with just a tiny metalic hint in the finish. A nicer than average brown.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Nice brown colored body with a minimum tan head. Light nuts and some mollasses in the aroma. Chocolate malts and some yeast in the taste. Subtle hop ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Clear mohogany color with a thin light brown head. Aroma of molassas and sweet malt. Chocolate flavor with some hints of molassas.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDubya71 (1) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2006 does not count
aorma is sweet, smooth with a lingering bitter bite. Slight alcoholic aroma with smooth finish. Tasty!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2006
Poured from a 12oz bottle a deep mahogany color with a tan head. Aroma was chocolate malt, brown sugar and a touch of hops. Initial flavor was great, sweet chocolate malt and a touch of hop bitter. All of that faded as it went down the throat. It was as if it got watered down as it was going down the throat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SunSkates (47) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Dark Red-brown. Molasses, crackers, and no hops in aroma. Toasted grain and caramel and although it had a sticky-sweet finish, there was also a noticeable dryness from some toasted grains, like after youve munched on some dry crystal malt. I really enjoyed this and wish there were more brown ales available like this one (at least where I live)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2006
12oz. bottle. Definitely one of the best for the style. Browns have such potential for being so very plain though this one distinguishes itself from the rest of the bunch. There is a light touch of hops to offset the malt which is itself more intriguing than most in this usually flat style. I get soft notes of milk chocolate and molasses. A pretty nice brown.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2006
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with red highlights on the side of the glass. Small tan head that did produce some lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some hops. The flavor had coffee, roast, wheat, and a light hoppy bitter background. Medium to full body with a coffee aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2006
6 pack. Pours a nice chocolate brown with a nice tan head. Aroma is light. Rather standard brown ale, nothing to distinguish itself among the other brown ales available. Clean finish. A nice beer.

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