Beer: Ellie’s Brown Ale
Brewery: Avery Brewing Co.
Style: Brown Ale
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Near black, opaque body with a ruby tinge. It looks exactly like cola. One inch tan head settles to a thin layer of bubbles and leaves a thick lacing.
Smell: Sweet roasted malts dominate all. Other food-like aromas include sweet condensed milk, mocha, and burnt marshmallows. So…in other words, this smells like a gooey cake.
Flavor: The sweetness carries over to the flavor. It tastes like a carbonated mocha espresso milkshake. With a side of gooey chocolate walnut cake.
Feel: Thin-medium body with moderate carbonation.
Concluding Remark: This is no Northern Brown Ale: Avery’s Ellie’s Brown Ale is darker, sweeter, and more flavorful than its drier–dare I say boring–Northern brother. Other than in name, there is little resemblance between Ellie and our other favorite canine, Smuttynose’s Old Brown Dog. Unlike Old Brown Dog, this dog doesn’t bite. Ellie is balanced and delivers an impossibly sweet and delicious beer that doesn’t cross into “ick, this tastes like drinking a pint of sugar” territory. Although it’s available year-round (score!), it’s a perfect beer for winter.