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 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 BeerdedEric
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off white -- light khaki head that's very creamy. Redish orange body with golden edges. A lot of sediment flowing around in this hazy brew but looks beautiful!

Maltiness up front, caramel, some nuttiness pineapple and sweet apple. Very appetizing aromas, can't wait for the first sip.

Sour apple, pineapple, dry grapes and caramel. Some bitterness but more of a sour and tart fruit taste. Good but the aroma was better.

Light carbonation. Light to medium body. Feels okay going down.

Beautiful looking beer, nice smell but the aromas were more appetizing than the actual taste. The taste is good but falls a little short. Definitely a beer to try at least once.

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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 harrymel
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes verbatim on 9/23/10

A: Low head, but persistent bubbles creates a small foam cup. Brilliant clarity. Copper color.

S: Sweet, hints of caramel, floral: tulip. Good ESB smell.

T: The beer is an ESB for sure and has a sweet tone to it. I really like this ESB.

M: Well balanced medium body with moderate carb.

D: I really enjoy the sessionability of this beer. Laughing Dog usually spends their time making high intensity beers. This one is subtle and nice. Strong work.

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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 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 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 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 bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will be the first bottled beer I'll be trying from the new to Oklahoma brewery Laughing Dog. I quite enjoyed their Black IPA I had at the pub a week ago.

The CSB pours a bright penny copper with an inch of loose off-white head from the mild carbonation. I went for the nonic glass to give this English-inspired ale a fair shake.

Bread malts lay a firm foundation for some caramel malt and a soft jab of fruity, earthy hops. It leans up on the finish giving it a quenching quality that makes it go down quickly.

A solid, flavorful ale that's interesting, but not over the top. Something I can appreciate for at least a pint, if not two. A more expressive yeast would add the full measure of depth that this one is lacking.

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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 cpolking
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crotch Sniffing Bastard "How Dogs Say Hello" This beer pours a dark copper and slightly cloudy with a half inch of thick foamy head that is not quick to disperse, in fact it lasts and lasts. The aroma is very fruity and yeasty with a hint of Christmas spice. The taste is very yeasty, fruity, biscuity and very bitter on the finish with a long lingering aftertaste of fruit and long lasting dry bitter sensation.

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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 Cyberkedi
3.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruity with a hint of yeast and a suggestion of brandy. It pours a dark, slightly hazy coppery amber, almost mahogany, with a pale buttery head that is quite frothy and hangs around for a bit. Flavor is fruity, a little malty and a little bitter - not particularly mouth-filling, but still acceptable. Texture is fairly smooth, a teensy watery, just a little fizzy. Not great, but worthy of at least a try.

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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 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 arizcards
3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine at the end of July for $6.99.

Beer poured a clear amber with a nice white head that is leaving a huge amount of lacing behind. Nose is somewhat subdued, some hop flower when first poured, mainly light bready malts and some toffee as it warms. Taste is a bit uneven, toasted bready malts, some grass, decent hop finish. But it does not mesh quite as nice as hoped. Mouthfeel is fairly lively, light to medium bodied. Drinkability is pretty good, this is not a bad beer, not sure if it hits the style perfectly. At $6.99 for a bomber it was worthy of one try.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange amber with a bit of haze and a nice foamy white head. No lace, but a nice thin white ring of foam for retention.

Loved the smell of this one. Sweet toffee, butterscotch, toasted malt, light metalic edge. Wonderful and inviting.

WTF? What happened to all of those great scents translating into flavors? Sour up front (not lemon, but more like sour cream). Some good toasted malt flavors, some fruit, and clean bitterness. This beer gets better as it warms.

Medium body with a ton of carbonation, so much so that you get that odd carbonation flavor as well.

Overall, this beer this The Crying Game of beverages. Not what you think you are getting. I worked thru the bomber, and found drinkability to be ok, but not really glad I had 22 oz to finish. Worth a try if the price is right.

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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 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 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 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 BigBry
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another selection we tried at the brewery.
Poured clear, light copper color, thin white head with nice lacing. Smell of roasted malts, slightly sweet, with piney hops. Taste has enough roasted malt sweetness, bready and a bit nutty. Some floral hoppiness to balance. Medium body, good carbonation kept it quite smooth. Somewhat dry finish (but not as dry/tart as the cream ale).
Nice and easy to drink, not too bitter.

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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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Laughing Dog CSB from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.51 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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