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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%
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 KajII

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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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-22-2012 02:00:39 | More by rolltide8425
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

07-06-2012 09:48:38 | More by schnarr84
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

06-05-2012 23:09:38 | More by Hopmodium
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-29-2012 08:04:26 | More by Mister_Joshy
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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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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

05-13-2012 03:08:31 | More by redraiderme2
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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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-27-2012 14:45:15 | More by Calculat0r
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-27-2012 03:42:17 | More by clb
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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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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

04-21-2012 01:24:21 | More by BigTrubble
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-16-2012 01:04:12 | More by Chitlons
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

04-07-2012 02:35:18 | More by jeffthepony
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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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West Virginia

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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%

02-21-2012 19:34:01 | More by AngusOg
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

02-14-2012 10:25:49 | More by pwsoldier
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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
Photo of jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.6%

12-15-2011 21:54:05 | More by jak
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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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