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RATINGS: 1232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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!

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3.7
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown color with a smokey aroma. Sweet malt flavor with a cigar note. Sweet finish.

3.3
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - OCT 1, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours a light brown body with a large, mocha colored head that lasts and leaves decent lacing. Average carbonation levels. The aroma is of pine, earth and sweet malt. The taste is very nutty and earthy with a slight hop taste towards the very end finish. The mouthfeel is slightly more bubbly than most brown ales I’ve tried, but there is no astringent setbacks. A good brown ale and seems clean enough to be a good session beer.

3.4
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
Deep Brown/amber with thin offwhite head.Coffee, chocolate and some kind of burnt rye.Nice balanced ale.

3.3
vyvvy (6573) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2006
Pours dark brown with a rich tan head. Farily toasty malt aroma with light caramel traces and some brown sugar. Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Taste has lots of roasted malt with some char. Finish has a bark / wood type of taste with some spicy hops. An okay brown ale.

3.4
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Nice roast beans aroma, coffee and baked beans, grills, shoes, summer’s dark side. Nice semitranslucent brown with short beige head. Roast flavors with vanilla and caramel. Very light hops finish. On the thin side in the palate, not quite enough there to support the roast flavor, but still, a fine beer.

3.4
IrishBoy (4224) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle 12 oz, Nose of roasty malts with a little caramel and tartness; transparent brown with a small tan head; Flavor has a little roasty coffee, and some caramel, which trails into a little hop bitterness on the finish.

3.7
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2006
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a blurb along the right side of label, no freshness date. Poured a dark chocolate with a fluffy, rocky off-white head that slowly settled into a thin sudsy lacing, fair amount of laced sticking. Aromas of toasted and roasted malts, grainy with a swirl of caramel and chocolate, a big nuttiness, lightly floral with a subtle vanilla. Smooth, even carbonation and malty crisp and chewy, creamy medium bodied mouthfeel. A nice malty taste, roasted caramel and toasted grain and nuts, sugary sweet from the crystal malts, touches of vanilla, a soft hop bitterness, a light fruitiness and a dry grainy and malty finish, good drinkability. Another tasty brew from Avery, a good brown ale, worth trying.

3.7
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
The beer is very dark brown with a tan head. Its aroma isn’t very strong (or perhaps it was the glass that it was served in) - toasted bread, nuts, sweet malts. The flavor is very drinkable - not particularly strong, a little sweetness, mild hop bitterness, some chocolate. The beer is light to medium in thickness of mouthfeel/body. It finishes a little sweet with hints of roasted malts.

3.5
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2006
Nose: toasty, nutty, fruity, american hop, licorice Appearance: Thick tan head, deep nut brown colour with red/orange tint Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy, chewy malt character Flavour: Sweet, nutty, roasty, some american hop flavour but definitely leans towards a mostly caramel flavour balanced with roast flavours. Has a mineral character to it but not out of place - it counters the malt sweetness and leaves it with a drier finish than I would have expected.

3.3
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Wish I could give points for the artwork..looks just like my lab Phoebe. Pours a medium brown with a tiny head with small bubbles. Slight nutty aroma, with the flavor being a bit of caramel malt, mexican chocolate, and roasted nuts. Very drinkable, not tremendously exciting, but one I wish I could easily get on tap.


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