Laughing Dog CSB | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog CSB

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Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

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.

Added by RJLarse on 02-25-2007

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Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of Tilly
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy blood orange colour. Beige, single finger head that dissipates quickly.
Apple aroma. Some hops.
Apple taste also. Almost like an apple that is about to turn bad in a good way.
I'm partial to bitterness and this hits the mark.
Mouth feel is pleasant thickness but not overly so..
I read a lot of negative things about this beer but drink it with an unbiased thought and you may enjoy.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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'...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aleslover
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of cjgator3
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper color with an off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet and malty with a lot of caramel.

T- The taste like the aroma is malty with caramel and some bitterness from the hops in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, CSB is a decent ESB but not something I would purchase again. Worth a try.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with 3 fingers of fluffy tan head. Super head retention & lacing

S: Some breadyness, apricot & a touch of sulphur

T: Flinty dryness, grainyness, caramel, apricots & herbal hops up front. Fruittyness picks up as this warms, along with a little bit more sulphur (not helping the cause) & grape- fruit , plus woody hops, jammyness picks as this warms way up. Finishes fruitty with herbal * citric hops

MF: Medium bodied, crisp with fairly vigirous carbonation. Alright balance, but not really that English on the hops profile

Drinks so easy, not spot on style-wise, but tasty & refreshing enough...

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +14%
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

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a ruddy burnt orange almost copper color with a finger’s worth of light foamy white head. Some lace, but sliding and messy. The aroma had some biscuits, toast, sweet grain, butterscotch, caramel/toffee malts, earthy to grassy hops and a touch of dried leaves. The flavor was malty sweet like many ESB’s I have tried. Expected earthy hop to smooth malty crispness in the aftertaste. Finish was crisp and malty. The palate was roughly medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good as best as a bottled ESB can be. ABV felt as projected. Overall, I’d say this was a pretty good ESB worthy of having again if I could get it. Pass the fish n’ chips.

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Photo of Bung
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cranberry-amber with light accents of orange hues interweaved throughout. The head was foamy and frumpy, beach sand in color while displaying a respectable retention rate. The lacing was good leaving a spongey, film coating on a good portion of the glass was visible carbonation was composed of broken, sporadic micro bubble streams. The head maintained throughout the course of the drink never lapsing below a respectable ½ finger skim coating.

S: The nose was especially nice with dried brown sugar and a chocolate chip cookie dough scent that was sweet upfront, which was followed by a dry semi-sweet chocolate finish. The overall strength was light to medium in delivery and enough to give you a good appreciation of what's to come.

T: The flavor opens with caramelized malt, dried honey, and brown sugar adding in initial creamy sweetness while a dry hazelnut flavor adds balance and a good sense of bittering. The hopping is medium-strong with earthy tones and soft coffee grounds of hazelnut while the finish rounds out with a crisp dryness of munich toasted malting. A sweet start, followed by a extra special bitterness blends beautifully together delivering a perfect balance between the malts and hops very well suited per style.

M: a medium-full creamy maltiness. A nice sense of carbonation adds livelihood while a dry toasted fade and coates the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Very drinkable example without going light on the bitterness. Very nicely balanced with a sweet and bitter side. Haven't been to impressed lately with this brewery's offerings but this one certainly makes up for it. Worth of a recommend and repeat offering.

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Photo of jsh420
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
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

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Photo of philbe311
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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...

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Photo of BeerSox
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Hopmodium
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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