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Left Hand Chainsaw Ale (Double Sawtooth)

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Many times weíve heard, more is not always better. Chainsaw is a connoisseur version of our award-winning Sawtooth Ale, designed to befuddle silly generalizations about life. This Double ESB pours a brilliant deep ruby amber with a rocky near white head. The nose opens with bright spicy and herbal hops, with hints of dried fruit and port. The flavor starts with a chewy, bready malt and hints of brulee and kola nut that are suddenly swept away by thyme-like and hoppy bitterness. The strong herbal flavors then give way to a dry finish of licorice, gentian, and Italian bitters. We hope you enjoy!


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2336) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Left Handís Chainsaw Ale is their ramped up version of their award-winning English Special Bitter(ESB) Sawtooth Ale. Sawtooth is somewhat underappreciated in my opinion due to it being a less than trendy style but Chainsaw boosts the ABV from 5.3% to 9% while also supercharging the malts & hops so letís see how it tastes! A beautifully glowing amber-red pour. Served in a tulip it has a great herbal citrusy bouquet with soft cocoa while in a snifter it was much boozier. The flavor is citrus & pine up front then malty cocoa and a powdery nuttiness. Flavor-wise it is similar to an American style barleywine itís nice stuff with a bit of heat going down.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1guywith_aboat (252) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2014
I donít really remember it all that well as I had it a while back. It was very very good amd will re rate when I find it again.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2014
22. Pours a rich opaque dark brown with a dense and creamy pale tan head. Huge sweet nose, lots of sweet brown bread, molasses, cookie dough, and chocolate. Rich malt symphony. Creamy thick body with soft palate. Brown bread, chocolate, toffee, and molasses mid palate. Long sweet finish. Better with some funky, yeasty, or hoppy stuff thrown in.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewcrew2002 (86) - USA - OCT 24, 2014
Overall a pretty good beer. I had this one at a new local restaurant. I will definitely get this one again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2069) - Silver Spring, USA - OCT 24, 2014
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD. Hazy, dark chestnut with a khaki head and very good lacing. Aroma of toffee, nuts, pine and dark fruit. Taste of chocolate, pine, dark fruit, caramel, tangerine, nuts, toffee and currants. Medium body and medium carbonation. Does not remind me of an ESB, but there is plenty of malt flavor their coupled with far more bittering hops than a typical ESB (which are only bitter in comparison to an English mild.). Still, I'm enjoying this beer and would order it again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3471) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle from at Cotteridge Wines; dark chestnut pour with a big creamy beige head, light pine aroma, taste has caramel, wood, dark fruit, resinous, bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2297) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2014
On tap at Tap and Mallet. Met expectations, in that it had a bit more bite than a barley. nose dominated by dark fruit. Palate is full of fruity, brandy and caramel. Appearance is amber with a reddish hue. Neutral finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (970) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2014
650ml bottle, pours clear amber with a small head. Aroma is rich with caramel, bready malt, dried fruit, almond, currants. This is a double ESB and English hop flavours and malt textures are wel in evidence, itís very impressive how balanced this is, ESAís at similar stength can be sweet and sticky and, for me, hard to digest, this is sweet but well balanced. Not the kind of beer I go crazy for but for what it is, itís done very well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1710) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle. Archer Road Beer Stop, Sheffield. Lightly hazy amber. Thin, off white head. Jammy and bready. Light toffee. Some dried fruit. Taste is toffee sweet, with fruity dryness. Soft chew on the palate. Soft carbonation, too. The booze is well hidden. Light, lingering, orange zest bitter finish. Very decent.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MacBoost (1399) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Another dipass CoLOLorado rew. Tevs. Bomber. Pours a light brown with a light tan head. Aromas of cardboard and sweaty neckbeards. Taste is sweet and lightly bitter. Flavors of wet paper, toffee, bread. Finishes on a note of garbage. No wonder people leave this state and go searching all over Germany for rare lagers. FFS.


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