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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 metter98
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high dense light beige head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of sweet caramel and toasted malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of bready, caramel and toasted malts and some toffee. There is a light amount of malty sweetness; hints of bitterness are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a bit creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and rather sessionable.

Note: Also had on-tap at Rattle n' Hum, New York, NY on 10/31/12.

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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 brentk56
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt sienna with a rocky head that creates a craggy pattern of foam that leaves glacial deposits of foam around the sides of the glass

Smell: English toffee malt with some buttery diacetyl detected on the nose; an earthy herbal hop presence hides underneath

Taste: Opens with a biscuity malt flavor that first adds toffee and then adds a grainy herbal hop to balance the brown sugar sweetness at the approach of mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness lingers but eventually surrenders to the toffee malt and candied apple flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Although this is a sweeter beer than I would expect for an ESB, it is rather enjoyable

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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 zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left minimal lace.

S - It smelled grassy and of biscuity malt. Some good earthy notes.

T - It was grassy with just enough spicy kick. A good dose of sweet caramel maltiness provides balance.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty nice ESB. However, it is a good deal overpriced.

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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 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a medium-sized, foamy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Toasty, biscuity maltiness with some caramel and even some spiciness slinking around.

Taste: Toasted biscuits with a caramel sweetness and some grainy hints. Sip of clean spring water. Light fruitiness. Spicy, medium bitterness. Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: An overall decent American-made ESB.

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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 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 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 jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours amber with a thin off-white head that becomes a thin, patchy cover. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of caramel, bread, herbal notes - slightly citric in a lime-ish way and some bruised apple.

The taste is of sweet malt with a touch of apple tartness. It has a mild tea-like bitterish finish.

It is light-to-medium carbonation with medium carbonation.

It has a nice, mild bitterish finish balancing mild maltiness. It does have a certain "English" character. The apple tartness, while not strong, is there throwing it off a bit. A decent stab at the style. Easy enough to drink.

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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 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 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 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 corby112
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber almost chestnut brown color with very dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger light yellowish tan head that slowly settles into a lasting ring that leaves sheets of spotty lacing behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma that is slightly toasty with yeasty bread, biscuit and subtle rye notes. Earthy piny hops with slight citrus presence. The hops aren't as prominent as I would like and the aroma is dominated by toasted malts.

Medium bodied with a prominent caramel malt character and a nice balance of earthy bitter hops. Pretty sweet up front with toasted caramel malt, biscuit and rye flavor with a nice dry earthy pine hop presence that provides a nice bitter balance. Alcohol well masked resulting in a pretty solid easy drinking session 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 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 wordemupg
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
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

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased recently somewhere in the MA/NY area.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head falls slowly, with prevalent lasting lace. Aroma is balanced, sweet yet spicy hops. Taste starts with a fruitiness that heightens in the middle, where it finds some bready notes, and then couples with bitterness at the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is alright. Fruit/tart character is just a bit too pronounced for me.

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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 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 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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