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Left Hand Chainsaw Ale (Double Sawtooth)

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip

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RATINGS: 343   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Many times we’ve 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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (855) - 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, it’s very impressive how balanced this is, ESA’s 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, it’s done very well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (1372) - 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 (1290) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1138) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2014
22 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $8.99 Very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4943) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2014 Sampled on draft at The Headkeeper this beer poured a dark nut brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was somewhat faint with bitter fruity hops, grapefruit and a bit of caramel. The flavor was caramel, wood, bitter fruits, grapefruits, beech and cedar. Long woody and grapefruit finish. Moderately full bodied. Ok.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2046) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 23, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Hazy dark amber, bubbly rim head, dots of lace. Taste is bitter malt that bends a little toward sweet in the palate, before adding alcohol and bittering to finish. Like a Barleywine, but less sweet. Dangerously drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (491) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
On tap @ Blacksburg Taphouse. Served in snifter. Pours a mahogany color with minimal head (glass nearly completely full with beer to rim). Head is khaki colored. Aroma - malty, caramel, citrus and some resin. Taste is initially dominated by malt, then resiny hops come in, leading to a long finish where the hops slowly fade leaving a bit of malt/caramel and a touch of an alcohol burn. Mouth feel is a bit oily.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (232) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2014
From a bomber. Pours a medium amber and makes a white head. Some lacing. Not a strong aroma, but a bit of hops and dark fruit. Tastes like an ESB with a bit of malt and a bit of hops. I like this beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheJester (1892) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2014
750 mL bottle. Different label than the one pictured. I really don’t get a lot from this.Fruit in the nose. Booze in the taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1436) - - AUG 6, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-19-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Pours a brown colored brew with a small off white head. The head that was there faded quickly to leave a wisp on the surface of the beer with very light lacing on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was heaviest o f a sweeter caramel, some chocolate and faint aromas of a dark fruit nature. Mixed with these are a herbal and slightly earthy hop flavor as well. Taste – The taste begins of sweeter dark fruit and caramel with flavors of a nutty and chocolate nature. As the taste advances, hop flavors begin entering the flavor profile. An earthy and floral hop taste begin coming into the taste as some of the caramel sweetness fades. At the end of the taste, the hop flavors, now with a light grapefruit flavor as well, get stronger while the nutty flavor present from the start picks up a tad in intensity to leave a pleasant bittered sweet nut flavor on the tongue. Quite nice. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is above average in terms of creaminess and thickness with the carbonation level rather average. It suits the flavor profile quite nicely and makes for a nice easy drinking brew. Overall – Fairly nicely hopped brown ale. It starts sweet and finishes more hoppy but does so with a nice smooth transition.


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