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Laughing Dog CSB - Laughing Dog Brewing

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: RJLarse on 02-25-2007)
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Photo of obywan59


4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

I'd spotted this lonely 22 oz. bottle at my local Kroger store before, but Saturday night, I noticed they'd been marked it down to 4.99, then again to 2.99 trying to get rid of it. Heck Yeah!! I'm not sure what the original price was. It has a cool label too, and I enjoyed the explanation for the name, CSB.

Poured into the bottom of a pint glass gave me a 3 finger head over a reddish-copper brew.

At first, the smell was mostly of hops, with a bit of sweetness as well. A couple of swallows later, I picked up on some grassy notes.

The taste was lightly sweet with a more pronounced and lingering hop bitterness showing off the 127 IBU's. Very smooth; the alcohol was hidden well. I googled to find the ABV, but failed.

Very nice medium-light mouthfeel.

I had to buck the crowd and notch up my taste rating from a 4 to a 4.5. Maybe it's not that exceptional, but for me, it really hit the spot. It left me wanting another, which wasn't possible as I picked the last one. Very satisfying.

12-02-2009 06:42:46 | More by obywan59
Photo of ppoitras


3.7/5  rDev +6%

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head falls slowly, with prevalent lasting lace. Aroma is balanced, sweet yet spicy hops. Taste starts with a fruitiness that heightens in the middle, where it finds some bready notes, and then couples with bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is alright. Fruit/tart character is just a bit too pronounced for me.

11-25-2009 21:53:01 | More by ppoitras
Photo of wnh


3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a copper-tinted amber with a large, frothy, cream colored head.

Malty and lightly fruity nose. Caramel sweetness, toasted grains, and decent leafy hops. Good, and about what I'd expect in an ESB. Big and grainy on the palate, with toasted grains dominating alongside an earthy, leafy hop character. Light caramel sweetness kind of hides in the background. Relatively soft and rounded, and very easy to drink. Earthy, dry finish. Quite quaffable.

11-22-2009 20:50:34 | More by wnh
Photo of zeff80


3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled grassy and of biscuity malt. Some good earthy notes.

T - It was grassy with just enough spicy kick. A good dose of sweet caramel maltiness provides balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice ESB. However, it is a good deal overpriced.

11-17-2009 03:59:30 | More by zeff80
Photo of corby112


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a very dark amber almost chestnut brown color with very dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger light yellowish tan head that slowly settles into a lasting ring that leaves sheets of spotty lacing behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma that is slightly toasty with yeasty bread, biscuit and subtle rye notes. Earthy piny hops with slight citrus presence. The hops aren't as prominent as I would like and the aroma is dominated by toasted malts.

Medium bodied with a prominent caramel malt character and a nice balance of earthy bitter hops. Pretty sweet up front with toasted caramel malt, biscuit and rye flavor with a nice dry earthy pine hop presence that provides a nice bitter balance. Alcohol well masked resulting in a pretty solid easy drinking session beer.

11-15-2009 05:36:33 | More by corby112
Photo of therica


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

A= cloudy medium amber with a frothy head and lots of lacing.

S= aged apple, florals and malts.

T= moderately tart bitter to start, lots of nice malts with the bitters and floral hops, gradually showing some bold caramel after it sits about 5-10 minutes. Some fruity traits. It impresses me more as an APA than a true English-style bitter. But it's definitely more in the bitter tradition than Red Hook's ESB.

M= lightly sweet yet astringent rather than bitter, malty residues

D= very drinkable if you don't mind paying the hefty $4.99 per-bottle price for 22 ounces. This could be a session-beer on tap, I suppose.

11-08-2009 06:54:14 | More by therica
Photo of jwc215


3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

22 oz. bottle:

Pours amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a thin, patchy cover. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel, bread, herbal notes - slightly citric in a lime-ish way and some bruised apple.

The taste is of sweet malt with a touch of apple tartness. It has a mild tea-like bitterish finish.

It is light-to-medium carbonation with medium carbonation.

It has a nice, mild bitterish finish balancing mild maltiness. It does have a certain "English" character. The apple tartness, while not strong, is there throwing it off a bit. A decent stab at the style. Easy enough to drink.

11-01-2009 21:47:31 | More by jwc215
Photo of paco1029384756


3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a murky brown color with a short off white head.

Scent of caramel, earth, bubble gum, sugars and a hint of alcohol. Not a particularly inviting scent.

Taste of caramel, grain, faded hops, and bitter earth. It's alright, but I would not recommend going out of your way to try it.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation.

10-12-2009 22:07:08 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of Albinoh


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%

I really liked this beer, picked it up for the strange label. Very good appearance, white lace. What I loved the most is the malty tones and sweet aroma, with a little sting of bitterness on the back. Balanced. Smooth mouthfeel,sweet tones upfront, followed by a slightly burned flavor.

Perfect for a perfect afterwork beer.

09-26-2009 03:33:22 | More by Albinoh
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Great to see this fairly obscure brewery hit the Blacksburg, VA area. With a tacky label/great concept ("crotch sniffing bastard"!), I had to pick it up...

A super-fluffy head, off-white and looking like vanilla ice cream, lays broad slashes and dashes of lace along the glass. The color is is caramel-like with hues of rusty red.

Super-ultra-uber-malty nose. Makes me think of Fiddle-Faddle, that awesome/gross boxed popcorn confection. There's caramel, butter, nuts, and lots of all that. Once that connection is made, it's hard to draw any other similarity. Maybe Waffle-os cereal. So here we have a wonderful if not completely high-brow nose.

The flavor is about as unsubtle and candy-like as the nose. Big ol' malt bomb here, and again, I'm mostly tasting butter, peanuts and caramel. There's a green-ish hops bitterness coming in as I sit with this, which rides along into the finish. Some maple syrup creeps in too. Pretty dry, although the bitterness rides through even so. Light alcohol flash, but not much. As the ABV isn't given, I'd guess it's in the 6-6.5% range...?

Mouth is slick and round, lightly tingly from carbonation, but considering everything going on in the flavor, I'd say it's just about right.

I can't help but really like this, as it asserts itself as its own brew, really nothing else like it out there that I can recall. It's probably not one I'd ever want more than a bomber of, but I sure am glad to have made its acquaintance. Malt-lovers who dig it a little unorthodox, check this out.

08-11-2009 22:39:57 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +16.9%

CROTCH SNIFFING BASTARD on tap at the Irish Pol

A- Clear, copper, thin white head w/ decent lacing

S-Roasted malts, roasted nuts, slight sweet ceral note, slight piney hop note.

T- Roasted malts and nuts (maybe a little too dark roasted for some), faint bready sweetness and floral hop note. Not much else going on, which is how i like my ESBs (and doppelbocks).

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation. Somewhat dry finnish.

D- It takes the roasting of the malts to a higher level for an ESB. I like it, but some people may not like the lack of complexity and somewhat dryness.

07-27-2009 14:32:31 | More by rfgetz
Photo of timtim

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +14.6%

burnt orange, off white head, decent retention and lace. nice nose and taste - both of which express a very well balanced melange of caramel, a touch of roastiness, and some earthy english like hoppiness that shows just a touch of bitter in the finish. medium body. actually a little full for the style, but very pleasant none the less, and a fine drink. nothing really bad to say about this beer, and the style isn't intended to "blow your mind". a very good session beer and rather food friendly. well made. who knew? idaho? keep 'em coming.

06-24-2009 01:36:46 | More by timtim
Photo of BeerSox


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

22oz bottle into pint glass.

A tall two finger tan head slowly settles to a razor thin even cap, leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The beer is a deep and intense copper hue. As the beer descends, rings of lacing are left behind.

Toasty malts with a little bit of citrus hops in the background. There is a curious vanilla yogurt aroma up front, which is a little distracting. It smells like some weird yeast ester, not sure if it's intentional.

There's some burnt caramel, along with a little more of the vanilla-ish ester. The hops add a biting bitterness, with flavor that's more tea-like than citrus. A bit of butter in the background. Full bodied.

A decent ESB with a curious yeast used, or maybe a unique brewing process. The vanilla doesn't take too much away from the beer, but takes away from the drinkability.

06-20-2009 23:32:09 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Seanibus


3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

A perfectly nice ESB, but nothing to get all worked up over.

Pours a nice copper color with dense fluffy head, giving off a faint malty aroma. The flavor is sharp amber malt with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is think and refreshing. A good pub session beer.

04-21-2009 17:26:35 | More by Seanibus
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Laughing Dog- Crotch Sniffing Bastard

A- Deep golden amber red with a thick tight bubbly head. Thin lacing.
S- Molasses, brown sugar, and grapes.
T- Thick malt, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate caramel, and a light touch of sweet fruit (grapes) and oak chips.
M- Thick and malty with a slight vinagery sourness. Pine hop bitterness in the end.

Overall- Malty and slightly bitter. Not Laughing Dog's best but worthy of a pint.

03-28-2009 22:38:07 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Deuane


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

On tap at Quotations, Media, PA

A-Clear, copper with a medium bright white head that lwft decent lace.

S-Toasted biscuit maltiness with a bit of sweet caramel and a hint of spice.

T-Bold toasted biscuit with a nice caramel sweetness. Hot spicy hops compliment the malt complex.

M-Medium bodied and very astringent. Almost scotch like at times...nice.

D-Not sure what this beer is really, other than interesting and very pleasant. Overwhelming dryness does hurt the drinkibility rating a tad.

11-20-2008 09:25:32 | More by Deuane
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +14.6%

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber 2007 Vintage

Pours a nice hazy dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice two finger foamy off-white head, which leaves a ton of sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some hops, bready. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, nice touch of hops. Medium body, the finish is bitter and slightly dry. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, Thanks Toby.

08-28-2008 21:51:46 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a medium-sized, foamy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasty, biscuity maltiness with some caramel and even some spiciness slinking around.

Taste: Toasted biscuits with a caramel sweetness and some grainy hints. Sip of clean spring water. Light fruitiness. Spicy, medium bitterness. Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: An overall decent American-made ESB.

06-02-2008 23:34:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

22oz picked up by my brother at Bottleworks in Seattle.. I think he paid around $5.50... shared with a coworker.. my share from a shaker pint.

Big 1.5" chunky slightly tan head... looong lasting with very nice sticky lacing. Brown side of amber brew... clear... pretty.

Aroma is fantastic.. toasty toffee malts and earthy hops.. fairly clean with only a touch of yeast esters.

Flavor is bigboned for the style... full maltiness and bracing bitterness... fairly big spicy and grassy hops.... I would guess English style malts are used, but could easily be wrong. Lite very lite brown malt presence.. intricate... above average complexity.. Body is lite medium.. but somehow it and the carbonation pulls everything together very well with a lingering full tongue finish.

I've been sitting on this brew since the start of football season and finally decided to pull another tonight for this ESB flight... I have 1 more and am torn what to do with it... I had been saving it for a Laughing Dog trade to a lucky trader, but now... I am thinking I may just save it for me.

I've had CSB a few times on tap at the Front Door (no bottles in Boise) .. while the draft is better hands down, this is a very respectable take on a PNW ESB... big without being overbearing... drinkable without being watery.

12-17-2007 08:38:50 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Burnt orange with a generous infusion of brick red. A gentle pour resulted in a modest cap the color of a caramel milkshake. The foam has a creamy solidity about it and beginning to deposit an attractive, serrated collar of lace.

The nose has more toasted malt and more English toffee than most ESBs, and not as many hops. Even though it isn't classic for the style, it's enjoyable. This just might be my favorite Laughing Dog beer yet.

Crotch Sniffing Bastard is pretty good stuff. The flavor follows the aroma almost exactly. The malt backbone isn't huge, but it delivers plenty of caramel-coated white toast and just enough sweetness to keep the hops somewhat in check. Bitter orange, an almost rye-like spiciness and a black tea leaf-like bitterness all become better defined and more aggressive as the beer warms.

Although CSB fits squarely into the ESB camp, English IPA would work as well. I thought my initial flavor score would hold, but I'm enjoying this Bastard more and more as I plunge into the bottom half of the bottle. No choice but to reward it with a much deserved increase. I think the fact that this bomber is on the fresh side (I'm guessing) has a lot to do with how vibrant and how drinkable it is. Not to mention how hoppy

The mouthfeel is no more than light-medium... and probably favors the former. My first impression was 'strictly average', but it's close to perfectly carbonated and allows one to drink quickly with impressive ease.

CSB is the best Laughing Dog beer that I've had to date. It's an ale that doesn't skimp on malt flavor, yet takes the 'B' of ESB seriously. What more could a hophead want? I'm now starting to think that Devil Dog might be a hop demon. Thanks JohnGalt1.

11-13-2007 14:10:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of woemad


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. CSB stands for Crotch Sniffing Bastard - the label features a cartoon golden lab gazing lustily at a woman in a skirt. There's no freshness date on the bottle, so it's kind of hard to tell how long it's been waiting around for a buyer - I know that this has been out for a number of months.

This poured a clear, russet color with a small white head that didn't hang around too long. No lace to speak of.

The smell was initially of vaguely roasty grain, but as it warmed up, it came to have more of a bready maltiness, though it remained fairly one-dimensional.

The taste was mildly sweet, with an odd tea-like flavor. Like the nose, this was fairly bland and one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel was slightly prickly. The body was a little thin for the style.

Not a terribly great take on the ESB style. Who knows, this could be better on tap (like the Devil Dog), but otherwise I think I'll stick to Crystal Bitter for a local ESB.

08-05-2007 07:45:25 | More by woemad
Photo of RJLarse


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color and is clear, with a foamy off white head. The beer leaves nice beer rings on the glass.

The smell has a little roasted grain aroma, but is faint.

The taste is every bit an ESB. It's bitter but one dimensional, and lacks the malt presence I was looking for.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, nothing special.

This is a drinkable ESB but really pretty average.

I'm not sure what "CSB" stands for, and neither were the wait staff.

The tap handle has a picture of a happy (laughing) dog next to the legs of a lady in a red mini skirt. Not sure what that's all about. I'd love to see a label on a bottle some day.

02-25-2007 01:38:09 | More by RJLarse
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