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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Photo of wedgie9
2/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tasted from 22oz bomber. Pours clear amber with a decently sized, but short-lived white head. Nose is sweet malt with a distinctive cola aroma. Flavor is slightly sour with roasted malt and some cola. The body and carbonation are both medium with a long and unpleasant finish. I have had other bitters that I have really enjoyed, but this one is a miss for me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. The body was deep leather brown/gold. An off-white cap of fine foam remained.

Smell was grape juice. Malty syrup. Wheat bread crust, but primarily grapes.

Taste reflected the aromas perfectly. Malty syrup and grape juice. Bread crust and fruit. Kool-Aid. Faint hops bitterness. I do love a good ESB but this one is too heavy in the grape department, I wont look for this one again.

Mouthfeel is silky and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of evilkalla
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Serving: Bomber into a tall ale glass.

A: Aggressive pour yielded a one-inch, solid head. Lots of visible carbonation. Color is dark copper/brown/amber.

S: I have a stuffy nose at the moment but I smell a pale ale of some sort.

T: There is a hint of ESB flavor and then practically nothing. It's like the taste just hits a wall and stops. Hardly any malt flavor to it, with a watery, almost tasteless finish. Disappointing.

M: The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with gobs of carbonation.

D: A pretty light ale with not a lot of flavor. Considering some of the other offerings from this brewery, I am very disappointed.

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Photo of drpimento
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of Ego
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2 full fingers of active foamy off white head, settles down quickly, light caramel tone with active carbonation, good lacing, thin layer of head retains throughout, pretty good

light caramel with malt, a touch of mild honey, pretty straight forward, the style doesn't really demand much more, this is on par in that sense

taste etc...
like the other laughing pooch beer I tried tonight the carbonation is incredibly distracting, it is way too fizzy and prickly, for me ESB is fullers and I go from there... this is not your mom's fullers, light body wise, some mild bitterness, but awkward, not smooth like english hops, assertive in a strange way (more like and IPA sans the great juiciness of alpha hops), man... this is just not enjoyable.

thumbs down

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Photo of Florida9
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown or a thin mahogany in color. Pours with a very large, stable, light tan head. Good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, floral hops, and a slightly skunky off-note.

T: Rather sweet caramel malt with a mild earthy bitterness. And, again, that skunky-fruity, slightly sour flavor, accept much more pronounced than in the aroma. Personally, I don't think this beer is skunked (however, there is no freshness dating), I just think it's part of the beer. Not overly pleasant.

M: Medium body with appropriate carbonation.

D: Simply just not a very good beer. Something is off with it, it seems to be approaching the style, but then misses it by a mile. Not quite a drain pour, but far from enjoyable.

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Photo of facundoCNB
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for this extra bomber from a recent blockbuster trade. Needed a mild warm-up for the main event this evening (2007 Abyss) to the call went out for an ESB & Laughing Dog answered.

Pours a truly lovely shade of polished, bronzed breastplate, if that armor were made of translucent glass. Nose is bread that's been butter-bombed. Oh-oh. Diacetyl?

CSB is extremely malty, high on the crusty bread with that Parkay taste creeping over the fence. Nicely blended hop bitterness comes through, & takes over in the aftertaste. Holds on, too. Fairly motionless for what I deem to be a low-ABV beer, & that lack of carbonation might be holding it down for me a bit. The odd buttery smell is making mincemeat of the drinkability too, very distracting, about what I recall from a couple French Broad bottles that were not fully operational.

Well, I can say that this is decent enough. Glancing over the other reviews now, the tastes are all over the board. I wonder if the bottle I have, especially the smell, is typical. Doesn't seem like it.

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Photo of brockdidntslide
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a nearly clear copper with ample tan head.
S: It smelled strange, like lemon zest and copper hops, with sour yeast and tangy persimmon and a bit of wheat.
T: It tasted ok at first, like citrus and copper hops with bready malt and barley, but then got strange with strong tangy flavors and sour yeast. It had a strong sour aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a weird one, more like a wild ale than an ESB. The malt was very muted and the hops were overshadowed by the tang. Not easy to drink and not really that enjoyable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy copper with a quick bone colored head of three fingers. This disappears completely after a few sips.

The aroma is a bitter melon and orange zest with some old grass thrown in. This beer has a very astringent smell, definetly isn't English, and is too astringent for an American ESB as well.

The tastes starts with a quick shot of toasted biscuit grains, then quickly gets rushed out with the astringent potency of the hops. Bittersweet honeydew melon and line and grapefruit zest interplay with one another in interesting ways. But still a pretty astringent palate throughout the profile and lingering finish.

This would not be a session beer for me. I am not interested in trying this beer on tap, and only need to have one 22 oz. bomber period.

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Photo of ABOWMan
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a beautiful golden/orange color with slight turbidity. Nice two fingers of tight cream colored head which was relatively long lasting. No lacing to speak of.

S: Malty nose with some orange notes, some floral hops.

T: There is definitely a malty backbone to this ale, followed by a floral bitter note from hops. Afterward there is an overwhelming sour note that isn't characteristic of and ESB. This sourness grew as I finished the balance of my beer. I did not find this sour note to be either in character or desirable.

M: Thin, but clean as you would expect of an ESB.

D: I downgraded drinkability because of the sourness of this beer. Would have been better if the sour note wasn't so prevalent.

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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 RJLarse
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was on tap at the Elk Public House in Spokane. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark copper color and is clear, with a foamy off white head. The beer leaves nice beer rings on the glass.

The smell has a little roasted grain aroma, but is faint.

The taste is every bit an ESB. It's bitter but one dimensional, and lacks the malt presence I was looking for.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, nothing special.

This is a drinkable ESB but really pretty average.

I'm not sure what "CSB" stands for, and neither were the wait staff.

The tap handle has a picture of a happy (laughing) dog next to the legs of a lady in a red mini skirt. Not sure what that's all about. I'd love to see a label on a bottle some day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A quite authentic tasting Bitter that exhibits great fruity character balanced with earthy/spicy hops, and high level of drinkability.

This Crotch Sniffing Bastard pours a deep copper- rusty color with a mild haze. A firm but short egg shell colored head forms on the beer and shows good staying power and subtle lacing. Small proteins and yeast are present in suspension.

Bold fruity notes of plumbs, apples, dates, and figs lead the way in surprisingly strong fashion. Reminds me a bit of Strong or Old Ales. Light apple notes persist along with subtle earthy hops.

Flavors are similar but not quite as bold as the nose suggests. Instead a fruit-forward taste is all the work of the yeast. Light caramel malt sweetness shows some grain flavors and deeper toffee notes. Herbal in the hop's bill, but bittered to balance the sweetness and fruitiness. Apple notes begin to taste more like the bruised red apple notes of old beer.

The fruit notes take even a further backseat in the mouthfeel. The beer's attenuation seems high, maybe too high- leading to a mild astringent and grainy texture. Despite the high drinkability, the late flavors/textures seem a little distracting.

Not sure if the beer is old, but there are some aged characteristics that make the beer taste dulled instead of bright and fresh. But enjoyable nevertheless.

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Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. CSB stands for Crotch Sniffing Bastard - the label features a cartoon golden lab gazing lustily at a woman in a skirt. There's no freshness date on the bottle, so it's kind of hard to tell how long it's been waiting around for a buyer - I know that this has been out for a number of months.

This poured a clear, russet color with a small white head that didn't hang around too long. No lace to speak of.

The smell was initially of vaguely roasty grain, but as it warmed up, it came to have more of a bready maltiness, though it remained fairly one-dimensional.

The taste was mildly sweet, with an odd tea-like flavor. Like the nose, this was fairly bland and one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel was slightly prickly. The body was a little thin for the style.

Not a terribly great take on the ESB style. Who knows, this could be better on tap (like the Devil Dog), but otherwise I think I'll stick to Crystal Bitter for a local ESB.

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Photo of Gavage
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy amber color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart immediately.

Smell: malt and fruit sweetness is up front.

Taste: caramel, plums, red apples, mild bitterness, and a yeast flavor sporting some buttery properties.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Light dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: overall this had a bit too much sweetness and buttery flavor to it. Not as refreshing as I would like either in the style.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly nice ESB, but nothing to get all worked up over.

Pours a nice copper color with dense fluffy head, giving off a faint malty aroma. The flavor is sharp amber malt with a slight hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is think and refreshing. A good pub session beer.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a medium-light brown, with very nice off white head. Nice lookin for esb, but a little on the pale side
smelled of malty malty bready goodness. not much hop to it, but smells of esb to me
tastes is light hops up front, kinda citrus and lemon with some grassy to it, but finishes with strong roasty bread malts. pretty high amount of hops, but not a really tasty hopness. It's actually a little bit sour. not digging it too much
mouth is ok for an esb, not really too english in style, the malts just are a bit off and dont have that smooth mouthfeel i'd like

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Photo of andrenaline
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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.


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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance:A slightly hazy amber body with medium bubbles to it. Off-white head with a very light orange tint to it rose to about a finger's length with a vigorous pour.

Smell: A very bland hop scent. Comes and goes to quick with not much to show for it.

Taste: For a to actually be called bitter considering the name...I expecting more bitterness to it. More malty with a corn infusion that blends pretty well.

Mouth: Has a nice toasty feel to it makes you feel like your drinking a super version of bavarian lager. Crisp and smooth, light stickiness to it.

Overall: Good beer with very strong flavors, love the sweet floral bitter feel and wouldn't mind having it again. Not going to blow your mind away but definitely won't disappoint. Perfect for the BBQ...Salud!

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