Laughing Dog CSB | Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog CSBLaughing Dog CSB
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
laughingdogbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,912
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
133
pDev:
12.54%
Bros Score:
3.5
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
9
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 87
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 boartfield1
4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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 TastyAdventure
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great English taste. Rich and full. Mild fruity tastes from yeast. Great

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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 aleslover
4/5  rDev +14%

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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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Bsardin
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +14%

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 jak
4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of OKCNittany
4/5  rDev +14%

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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Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 133 ratings
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