Laughing Dog CSB - Laughing Dog Brewing
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Laughing Dog CSB Extra Special Bitter is a copper/burnt orange colored brew with a medium body and a nice nose that is caramel- like with added toffee, spice, and yeast. The body of the beer is medium with a slight haze and a good pour produces a rockey head of foam that leaves behind plenty of lace as you drink.
Laughing Dog CSB Extra Special Bitter has a taste that meets expectations, based on the nose, but then surprises the consumer with a few twists. The taste you notice first is the caramel malt flavor, followed by the spice, but there are other flavors present as well, like citrus fruit, earthy notes, herbs, and toasted malt.
Tasting this beer, the flavor I didn’t expect was the fruit. Extra special bitters often have flavor characteristics such as caramel, toffee, and toasted malt, but the citrus flavor took me by surprised, and in a pleasant way. The fruitiness is a little noticeable in the nose, but it is most pronounced in the flavor. This is one of the beer’s many pleasant surprises. You don’t really notice the fruit so much at first, in the aroma, but you certainly notice it once you take a sip.
Laughing Dog CSB Extra Special Bitter is a less bitter beer than other ESB and its hop flavor is rather subdued. It does manage one final bitter sensation in the finish, but the taste remains sweeter overall with an aftertaste that is one of toffee/caramel malt and herbs. It has many interesting things to offer and while it may not rate as a classic, it still has enough good taste to earn a recommendation.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2012 02:31:09 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Served in a pint glass.
Appearance:A slightly hazy amber body with medium bubbles to it. Off-white head with a very light orange tint to it rose to about a finger's length with a vigorous pour.
Smell: A very bland hop scent. Comes and goes to quick with not much to show for it.
Taste: For a to actually be called bitter considering the name...I expecting more bitterness to it. More malty with a corn infusion that blends pretty well.
Mouth: Has a nice toasty feel to it makes you feel like your drinking a super version of bavarian lager. Crisp and smooth, light stickiness to it.
Overall: Good beer with very strong flavors, love the sweet floral bitter feel and wouldn't mind having it again. Not going to blow your mind away but definitely won't disappoint. Perfect for the BBQ...Salud!
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2013 21:14:20 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Laughing Dog CSB from Laughing Dog Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.