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Laughing Dog CSB - Laughing Dog Brewing

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121 Ratings

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
When Ben the laughing dog was much younger he developed a habit of sticking his nose in people’s crotches to check them out and say Hello. One of his favorite people to do this too, coined the term CSB or Crotch Sniffing Bastard and so the seed was planted for the name of this beer. A British style ESB with an LDB twist it is crisp but malty and at the same time somewhat playful, it is a great beer to have while out sniffing around, or if you are stuck at home on a short leash for maybe sniffing in the wrong places.

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New York

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
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a clear reddish brown with a light orange hue and a large (2-3 finger) light tan creamy head that had great retention and produced excellent sheeting of lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet dark bread malt and a earthy Brett yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (lime), a mild spiciness and a slight fruity ester.

The taste was malty sweet with notes of caramel and citrus from the start, and then progresses with a slight tart yeasty presence, a mild fruitiness and a light bitter peppery ending. The flavor lasted an average time following consumption with a mild tart spicy taste left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and extremely creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this was an exceptionally well made brew that was bold, flavorful and possessed a nice sweet, spicy tart flavor. And you gotta love the name...


Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 19:16:48 | More by KajII
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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
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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 3/23/2012. Pours slightly hazy red-orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some foamy spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, lime, caramel, toast, herbal, floral, biscuit, and light spiciness. Nice aromas with good strength and balance; pretty typical ESB aromas. Taste of orange, lime, caramel, toast, biscuit, floral, and herbal spiciness. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, toast, biscuit, caramel, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance, with no cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice ESB offering. Nice flavor balance, and very smooth to drink. This is quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 05:45:02 | More by superspak
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2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Laughing Dog CSB
Laughing Dog Brewing
Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
ABV: 5.50 %

LOOK: Light brown/amber colored brew with a khaki colored, short livid head and a little lace down the glass. Looks the part of an ESB.

SMELL: Sweet malts, toffee, slightly sour smell, and light floral notes as well.

TASTE: Sugar sweet malt upfront, almost like extract was used. Lemony citrus sour hop character adding a moderate level of tang to the beer and hints of infection. Sweet, tangy, kind of messy ESB.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, slick, chewey, with a low-medium carbonation.

OVERALL: A few steps away from being a serviceable session beer. The odd twang from the hops is a bit out of place, and more bitterness is needed for the near cloying sweetness. This was OK but really does need cleaned up.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 17:25:38 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer, with a cute but crude label, pours a light copper-amber color, with not much of a head. The nose offers some notes of toasted malt, but sharp, with an odd acidic note. I think, from the taste, it's the hops that make for the acidity, but it's still out of place and not appropriate for the style. Bitterness is pretty high relative to the malt, and it's very dry.

I was planning to give it an extra presentation point for the corny, cute label, but this just isn't that good of a beer. I won't be getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 03:57:22 | More by allengarvin
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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a somewhat hazy light copper, with golden highlights. A large tan head quickly dissipates to leave moderate lacing.

Smells of caramel malt, and a bit of nuttiness. Not much else.

Taste is a bit lacking, lightly roasted malt, a hint of caramel, and lightly bitter on the end.

Highly carbonated and light. Very crisp and easy to drink.

Just a bit underwhelming, I was expecting bitter, and only got a hint. Thin and light, bordering on fizzy.


Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 18:20:14 | More by Drinkerofales
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2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a disappointment as the beer lacked any real bite and ended flat. plus it poured an absurd amount of foam. thought i had mistakenly picked up a can of reddi-wip instead of beer. not bad, but i said "average" to be kind and considering all of the crap that's out there this might rise to the mean all beers considered.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 02:53:45 | More by brockdidntslide
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense light beige head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of bready, caramel and toasted malts and some toffee. There is a light amount of malty sweetness; hints of bitterness are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable.

Note: Also had on-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY on 10/31/12.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 01:32:37 | More by metter98
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3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling dates on beers from Idaho purchased in Ohio, should I roll a dice next time? Pours a nice turbid dark amber with a light khaki than head forming fine bubbled head with thin lacing with each sip. Aroma has a nice citrus/earthy hop base with underlying caramelized malts combining nicely, I love the C.S.B. acronym...Crotch Sniffing Bastard aka how dogs say hello. Flavor a bit tart with fruitiness and higher alpha acids than most ESBs out there. Engaging malt depth, hint of solid fruits riped grape, bitter earthy finish thaat actually sits well on the palate between sips. Finishes super dry especially for a beer like this, with even carbonation and a medium body. Overall I like it at it's premise, excecution and the fact that this unlabeled beer probably has some age on it doesn't help. However, I am still enjoying this beer that comes off a bit too dry and tart compared to what's expected from your standard ESB.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 22:34:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - i poured it slowly into a pint glass and got about 1" of beer, the rest was head. way over carbonated. clear light amber in color.

S - light hints of sweet malt, bittering hops, caramel

T - very citric (orange, lime), light hints of sweetness from the malt, slight bittering from the hops

M - very foamy, very watery feeling

O - maybe i got a bad batch. the foam made this almost impossible to enjoy. the very little amount of beer i did taste, was OK, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 23:58:54 | More by facundoCNB
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3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bombe om Half Time poured a clear amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of carmel, butterscotch, light earthiness and light toffee. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, butterscotch, light earthiness and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering butterscotch finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 23:34:51 | More by Ratman197
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3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear, light mahogany color with a very slight white head. The aroma is what stands out on this beer. It's a seriously malt-forward smell, with little roast, but lots of toasted, gristy, pale malt aroma. English-style. There is a bit of alcohol in the aroma, despite the moderate abv. The hop character is muted. There's a lot of flavor here. Malt, nice balance, and a lingering bitterness. The mouth-feel is medium in heft, and the beer is quite clean. I could easily have several of these.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 22:50:00 | More by Suds
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2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Think I got one that's just starting to turn. I let it warm a bit out of the fridge. Poured with a small to medium sized head that soon settled down to a light cover with a few thicker islands, a ring, and a bit of lace. Color is a clear red orange amber with scattered tiny bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, fruit, malt. Flavor is like nose, but a sour edge that doesn't seem to belong. Body is ok and carbonation is on the flat side, but with this being a Brit style ESB, I'm giving benefit of doubt. Finish is like flavor, but sour stands out. Don't think I'll finish this.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 21:34:17 | More by drpimento
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slow pour produced a clear cherrywood color with a off-white head that left spots of lacing.

S - sweet toffe-like aroma.

T - sweet toffee takes a bitter turn but not too bitter.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - a good ESB.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:42:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CSB? show me a Lab who isn't into sticking his/her big nose in someone's privates.

Looks great. Big off-white head that looks exactly like sponge toffee. Nice clear, bright copper colur. Great retention and lacing.

Butter toffee malts mixed with a nice dose of herbal, yet slightly spicy hop.

Butter toffee and roasted nuttiness(hazelnut) that soon gets braodsided by a dry herbal maltiness. Finishes with that dry, hoppiness with just a hint of spiciness.

Mouthfeel seems close to bang on for the style.

I liked it...a very nice ESB

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 00:54:05 | More by Shadman
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - almost clear deep brown orange, respectable tan head dissipated slowly leaving random lacing
S - toasted grain, plumb and sour apple, toffee and light spice
T - toasted bread and sunflower seed, herbal and piney hops, but the fruitiness of grapes and apples give it a slight Belgian quality making this a unique ESB
M - fairly light body, tart and sweet moving to a pleasant bitter and somewhat bready finish
O - my first experience with Laughing Dog is a win, this is a solid ESB with a unique fruity twist, a definite stand out that I will purchase again if I can find it

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 02:07:54 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #52 (May 2011):

Tawny, ruddy but clear-looking brew with a head sizable enough to be mentioned. Toasted bread crust nose, almost husky with hints of ripe fruit and yeast deep within. Smoothness gets right to the point in this creamy medium body. Big toasty malt character, a bit husky and biscuity with some vague fruit behind it. Nutty flavor throughout. Balancing hops; herbal and mint tone in the drying finish. Raw, rustic and full flavored, and that toasted biscuit flavor certainly makes sure it gets noticed. An interesting twist on the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 14:29:35 | More by BeerAdvocate
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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. Somewhat murky orange with gold accent pour. White head, though not a ton of it.

A whole bunch of caramel, malt. Maybe some raisin, touch of herbal hops.

Taste, more citrus here to go with the strong malty caramel. Biscuity. Faintest herbal pine hops later. Little leather, tea. Maybe just a tad too sweet.

Heavier side of light, carbonation could be just a tad more which would probably help with the sweetness as well. Drinks pretty easy, if you want to. 22 oz was too much for me of this, a 12 oz bottle I could do again.

Overall just needs a little bit "more".

Laughing dog needs to bottle more of these lower abv beers in smaller quantities, I only see them in 22s.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:34:41 | More by Bung
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cheers to my fellow BA for picking up this bottle when he was in Edmonton.

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour, finger of soapy head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Almost spicy on the nose, with caramel and some leafy hops.

T - A bit disappointing on the palette as it comes across a bit mild and one dimensional. Some leafy hops and a touch of caramel and bread on the finish. A nice bitterness does linger on the tongue.

M - Comes across a tad thin, though finishes nice and dry.

O - A tasty ale and glad I got to try it out, but it was admittedly a little disappointing. I was hoping for more flavours to shine through and found that it was a bit weak.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 23:41:36 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For some reason I like the fact that C.S.B. stands for "crotch sniffing bastard". I'm also happy to see this brewery's stuff available in Alberta, as I always visit it in Ponderay whenever I'm in northern Idaho.

Comes in a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a slightly hazed rustic copper, with a massive spongy beige head with great retention, which leaves long trails of lacing.

Dry musty character in the aroma, dry tangerine and citrus rind, dry grains with a spike of biscuity malt.

The flavour is equally as dry and musty. Dry toasty grains up front that are soon joined by spicy, leafy herbal hops the run the show from then on. There's some traces of dry spicy Belgian yeast in the background.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, smooth and dry texture, with low carbonation until a quick tingly kick on the finish.

If this were a blind tasting I would have this more pegged as a Biere de Garde. Not a bad beer, but it's still too dry for my liking, like a Continental version of an E.S.B rather than an American version.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 06:45:03 | More by IronDjinn
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz bomber, into my long-serving, and heretofore Laughing Dog-free Laughing Dog American souvenir pint glass. Love the name - Crotch Sniffing Bastard.

This beer pours a clear, slightly cloudy dark amber hue, with a multitude of tight rocky beige head, which leaves a barely-broken wall of sandstone lace around the glass as it duly settles. It smells of mild biscuit malt, somewhat musty orchard fruit, and earthy, lea-esque hops. The taste is dry Scandinavian crackers, some tart aged orange essence, and some graveolent, weedy hops. The carbonation is average, and unobtrusive, the body slightly on the light side, approaching smoothness. It finishes with a surge in bitterness, the noble hops doing their thing, the now afflicted malt playing second fiddle.

I feel that there was some New World intent in this offering, but it got lost along the way, and fucked up everything else just a tad. Bitter, yes, like a good little ESB, but the backyard taint is just too hard to ignore. Funny enough - I was presented with this upon walking through the LDB doors a number of years ago, in my pre-BA days, and had an equally just less than thrilled reaction to it. Times, they aren't a' changin'...

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 23:20:10 | More by biboergosum
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3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bought at Byron's Liquor
They started with just the Alpha Dog, and now they're carrying almost the whole pack!

22oz->Saison Dupont Glass

A ~ Opened so easily with a 1" crown of carbonation coming out of the lip of the bomber, sustained for about 60 secs. Wow!
When poured (handled very carefully) yields a translucent Reddish-brown/Stained Oak color. Very soft head with spider web lacing that isn't sticky in the least. A great looking beer, but jeez, that carbonation.

S ~ Orange peels, Apricots, Jam, buttered biscuits, and spicy English hops

T ~ BITTER HOPS! Caramel malts, Good yeast, More Apricot (preserves). Hints of OJ, Sour Hay & vanilla.

M ~ Bitter as hell going in the mouth, through the cheeks, and down the throat, with carbonation like a can of coke. Laughing dog seems to have a problem with this, as most of their brews are pretty damn fizzy. Luckily in this case, It works with the bitterness contributing an overall pleasant drinking experience

D ~ Will drink again, of course, the question is when.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 19:33:06 | More by chocosushi
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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip 3/6/11

A cloudy dark amber with just enough clarity to see a couple bubbles that float up to a tan head that retains quite well and leaves a few partial rings of lace

S musk and chocolate with a little fruity hops

T not far from the smell but a little nutty and some very faint coffee

M thick enough for the color and a creamy feel from the bubbles

O other then the dank musk on the smell I have few complaints, not a bad price either at 5$ a bomber

worth a shot but I wouldn't go searching for it, I will admit I'm looking forward to some of these guys other stuff perhaps some hop bombs coming our way

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 05:30:30 | More by wordemupg
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off white -- light khaki head that's very creamy. Redish orange body with golden edges. A lot of sediment flowing around in this hazy brew but looks beautiful!

Maltiness up front, caramel, some nuttiness pineapple and sweet apple. Very appetizing aromas, can't wait for the first sip.

Sour apple, pineapple, dry grapes and caramel. Some bitterness but more of a sour and tart fruit taste. Good but the aroma was better.

Light carbonation. Light to medium body. Feels okay going down.

Beautiful looking beer, nice smell but the aromas were more appetizing than the actual taste. The taste is good but falls a little short. Definitely a beer to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 05:48:50 | More by 9InchNails
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