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.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.47/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured a dark maple brown into an American pint glass, with a finger of tan head and great lace. Pleasantly surprised by the smell: honeydew melon, honeysuckle, cantaloupe, plum, and grapefruit. The flavor confirmed the mix...grapefruit, plum, and melon, mixed with malt, and finishing on a dry note, with a slightly tart aftertaste. Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and incredibly tasty. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of Albinoh
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 obywan59
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
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

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Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Explosive foam when the bottle is opened--lost at least an ounce. Leaves a rocky head and ample blanketing lace. Amber color and nearly clear.

Strong caramel malt aroma. Very low hop to the nose.

Better balance in the taste. Starts like a traditional English Bitter with lots of creaminess and dry malt flavor. This transitions into a raw bitterness from a solid hop presence. The body is light but appropriate.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber body, excelent clarity, topped by three highly irregular fingers of off-white foam. Good lacing.

Arma is heavy on biscuit and vanilla , with a hint of booze.

Solid semi-sweet malt foundation, plenty of toffee and caramel. Earthy hops balance the malt and dig a foothold for themselves. Vanilla overcast shades the whole beer. Biscuity finish.

Solid emdium mouthfeel. Good drinkability despite all the activity.

Is this barrel aged? Nothing on the label, nor in the other reviews, but I get a huge hit on vanilla throughout this beer, like from a oak barrel, possibly a bourbon one.

At any rate, not a typical ESB, but an enjoyable beer.

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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 therica
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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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 ralree
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of dmamiano
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy dull copper color..nice off white head and sticky lacing. Very surprised by the lack of clarity here.
Floral in nose, slight touches of spiciness and some husky graininess.
Sweet malts rattle the palate...not clean though. Grainy and rough, but in a good way.
This is a very, quaffable beer!

Edit: Poured this one way too cold...had it in the lagering fridge and as it warmed the clarity changed from cloudy to clear....
Bumped from a 2.5 to a 3.0

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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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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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Photo of chocosushi
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Burnt golden orange color with a creamy, medium-sized, smooth, ivory white head. Decent retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Sweet and sour peach and other golden fruit jumps out initially. Then some sweet, caramel and bready malt comes out underneath that. Biscuity and slightly grassy aroma typical of an ESB is faint and in the background.

T - Just as the nose suggested, this is a very fruity beer. The peach is strongest but some apple and nectarine as well. A sweet sugary taste as well as a strong caramel taste. Bready (biscuit) malt is in the back along with a hint of grassiness.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. A little smooth and creaminess.

D - Goes down pretty easy, but a little too sweet. Interesting flavors made me want to drink more and the body isn't bad.

Notes: Definitely not what I was expecting as this does not taste like a typical ESB. Very fruity and sweet with a slight sour flavor with the fruitiness. Interesting beer, and I am not entirely sure what I think of it. Worth trying and fairly tasty, just a little strange.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

This pours a nicely clear, medium shade of amber. Almost two-fingers of light tan colored foam make the head. It looks nicely thick, almost craggy. The retention is very good and the lacing is in thick, sticky, strands.

The first thing that jumps out at me is buttery toffee notes, which is a slight surprise. There are nice hints of citrus and tropical hops. Light touches of orange, lemon and grapefruit are here. They are joined by the more prevelant notes of pineapple and melons. There is a nice touch of caramel and brown sugar biscuits.

Every thing from the nose follows with the taste. It actually has a very nice level of balance and everything works very harmoniously with everything else. There is also a delicate hint of earthiness in the taste. While it becomes an easy drinker, I think that the hops should be just a touch more forward, for the style.

This has a medium body and a medium level of carbonation. The bubbles are slightly on the small side, which is good, because it helps give this brew a smooth creaminess, that benefits it greatly.

This is very drinkable. I'd guess that the abv is probably in the 4% range somewhere, making it a great session beer.
Recommended, if you have the chance.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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