Laughing Dog CSB - Laughing Dog Brewing

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | 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 AngusOg
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of pwsoldier
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ratman197
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.

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Suds
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.

Photo of drpimento
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

Photo of Shadman
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

Photo of joemcgrath27
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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

Photo of Bung
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.

Photo of andrenaline
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
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.

Photo of biboergosum
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'...

Photo of chocosushi
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.

Photo of wordemupg
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

Photo of 9InchNails
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.

Photo of ralree
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark gold, nice head, lots of lacing.

S: Very nice hops, lots of sweet malt. A bit bready.

T: Really hoppy and quite sour, but not enough to screw up the great malt flavor underneath. Just enough sweetness to keep you interested. A good ESB/Bitter.

M: Very carbonated - almost too much. Middle of the road mouthfeel - not too oily or too dry. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down great! Time to drink this to my homework!

Photo of harrymel
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes verbatim on 9/23/10

A: Low head, but persistent bubbles creates a small foam cup. Brilliant clarity. Copper color.

S: Sweet, hints of caramel, floral: tulip. Good ESB smell.

T: The beer is an ESB for sure and has a sweet tone to it. I really like this ESB.

M: Well balanced medium body with moderate carb.

D: I really enjoy the sessionability of this beer. Laughing Dog usually spends their time making high intensity beers. This one is subtle and nice. Strong work.

Photo of stephens101
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wins the prize for the almost best name ever. I love it, and yes, I have a warped sense of humor.

Out of a 22oz. bomber. Amber brew with orange hues at the edges. Off a light pour we get a little over one finger of light tan head that fades like a small town in the rear-view mirror (poured the second glass harder and got a bigger, fluffier head with some craggy lace residuals).

Some resinous hops are surrounded by some slightly sweet malts at the nose. Light fruits such as pears and apples float around the perimeter; guarding against total banality. Tastes malty and tangy up front with a larger than expected somewhat off-putting chalkiness in the mouth-feel. Also has a little fruitiness and notes of hop resin which could be emboldened some to add flavor and balance. Medium mouth-feel and dry.

Unfortunately coolness of moniker doesn't always equal greatness of beer, but I'm not giving up on LD, because they make some great beers in their own right.

Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Three fingers worth of rich creamy light khaki colored head with a slightly rocky top comprised of a good bit of big chunky bubbles... Decent retention... A very light copper color with a faint orange hue... Filled with sluggish small bodied carbonation... Good chunks of lacing cling to the glass...

S - Surprising sour notes hit the nose first... Tart green reen apples... Some toasted malts... A sublte nuttiness... Excellent aroma, but not quite what I expect from a stylistic stand point...

T - Granny smith apple... Some touches of wood... Some minor hop notes mix in with the overall tartness... Undertones of caramel, toasted malts, and nuts...

M - Medium bodied... Sharp carbonation... A bit of dry finish... Simple and straight forward...

D - Not quite a textbook ESB... The surprising sour / tart qualities are both interesting and surprising, but really don't add much to the beer and detract from the overall style... Not terrible, but not memorable either...

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another brewery new to the area,I have had a few of this breweries wares in the past with mixed results for me.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear rich bronze with a very nice formed one finger white head that settled into a nice froth leaving a broken ring of lace behind.Rich caramel malty aromas with a hint herbal hop in the back,just like it shoutld,so far so good.A little thin in the feel,seems in body and aroma to be English in nature.Caramel malt stands out most with a bit of crisp pizza dough,a healthy shot of herbal,citric hop comes in the finish.I like the flavors but the light feel takes away some of the ooph it could have.This is a nice ESB,Iam a little surprised by the lower ratings it has,I would buy again,its on the cheap.

Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear copper orange with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smells like apple cider?

taste is a watery apple cider - i cant pick up anymore than that - not very bitter for and ESB

mouthfeel is light crisp and creamy

drinkability is ok - would be an easy drinking summer lawn mowing beer but i doubt i ever buy this again

Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be the first bottled beer I'll be trying from the new to Oklahoma brewery Laughing Dog. I quite enjoyed their Black IPA I had at the pub a week ago.

The CSB pours a bright penny copper with an inch of loose off-white head from the mild carbonation. I went for the nonic glass to give this English-inspired ale a fair shake.

Bread malts lay a firm foundation for some caramel malt and a soft jab of fruity, earthy hops. It leans up on the finish giving it a quenching quality that makes it go down quickly.

A solid, flavorful ale that's interesting, but not over the top. Something I can appreciate for at least a pint, if not two. A more expressive yeast would add the full measure of depth that this one is lacking.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden, amber, reddish

smell: loaded hops and citrus aroma, carmamel bread aromas

taste: balanced and very hoppy for a esb. nice toasty caramel malts

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: fantastic brew. great food beer. nice american take on a esb

Laughing Dog CSB from Laughing Dog Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.