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RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2006
A sweet beer, mostly caramel, nuts, bitter, malty and hoppy, spice, carrots, some noticeable alcohol. I enjoyed it- it tastes like something between a barleywine and an IPA, and theres a lot going on, but its smooth and everything fits together nicely. Plus it looks nice- reddish brown with a lasting offwhite head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1420) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - AUG 2, 2006
Some beers have divergent elements that just get muddied and despite having bits that are appealing, the whole doesn’t come together. This is a bit muddied as well, but for me at least it does come together if only as one might find things in a snadwhich where the crusty bread and strong mustard, leafy lettuce, carrots .. okay - maybe you get the picture, maybe you don’t. This is no exquisite representation of brewing, but it is a good one or one I like and I thank dewbrewer for saying something like that aloud and helping me remember it as I was able to sip some more and reflect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2006
750ml. Bottle. Deep hazy amber with a bubbly head. Metallic, caramel and nut aroma. The flavor has minerals, caramel with nuts and a lightly earthy pine that I found enjoyable. The body was full and round (somewhat "grainy" as noted previously) with a semi-dry finish. A good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Pour is murky ruddy amber with a dense sticky tan head...smell is grapefruit and pine with hints of soap...taste is sweet throughout with some light citric hop notes, but more sweet than anything...I agree with Lumpy, the first thing I thought was I ws drinking the shittiest Arrogant Bastard ever, but it really is fairly tasty...a little thin bodied, but definately good...I was thinknig about picking another one up for the cellar, but for $11 a pop, I’m not sure yet...we’ll see what I think after I finish this one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle corked and caged. Big aggressive malt and hop nose that reminds me of Arrogant Bastard. Pretty hazy orange body with a one finger lasting foam head. Taste-malty, nutty, dusty, straw, bitter hops (perfect amount), not over the top sweetness, grapefruit, pear, light caramel, grainy. Bitterness lingers in the mouth like medicine, but it is not entirely off putting. A very well done ASA in the spirit of Arrogant Bastard. Only downfall is the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Poured dark brown with a decent amount of head. Tastes of some spice and definitely tasted the malt. Had a bit of hop, but it was not real outrageous either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12100) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of light fruit, bit vegetable, citrus, spruce, and spices (most notably cinnamon). Flavor of malt, hops, fruit, and spices with well hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2006
75cL bottle. Darkish brown color with wonderful, large head. Malty, resiny and piney aroma that is very inviting. The flavor rounds out halfway through the glass as it warms to the best temperature and the bitterness counteracts the maltiness. There is some caramel flavor along with some fruitiness. Simply delicious. It’s not too hot for 9% but it was more noticeable early on in the glass. While it is pretty bitter, there is a good amount of flavor hops to balance it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Bottle. Clear reddish-orange color with bubbly tan head. Smells of grape candy, molasses, and sprucy hops. Strong alcohol flavor with plenty of bittering units. Not much flavor beyond that, unfortunately. Tangy, bitter hop finish. Eh, so so.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3446) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2006
Bottle purchased from Julio’s in Westboro, MA. Initially, this beer has a very candy sugar-like nose. This becomes a bit mustier with some small ethanolic tones present as well. I also detect some boiled cabbage as well. This aroma is unique, and less than spectacular. Mildly hazy ruddy-amber body with a small off-yellowish head and minor lacing. Attractive. Sweet, quickly dissipating sugary start, which turns very grainy in the middle. I detect some chocolate malts, along with some toasted malts. Almost burnt. Kind of dry chewiness. Hops are extremely faint, with a very warming finish. Somewhat thin-bodied for such a malt bomb. Ethanol is apparent late. I thought that the original Sawtooth Ale was an IPA, but maybe I was wrong. Needless to say, this is not an IIPA. I’d like more hops or something in the nose and a little more chewiness in the body.

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