3xB: Laughing Dog CSB

This Week’s Big Bottle: Laughing Dog CSB

I love beer that does more than just get me drunk.  Keep me entertained, even for 10 seconds, and you’ve done well.  Laughing Dog’s CSB comes with a story to explain the CSB name on the label, and the short version is that CSB stands for “Crotch Sniffing Bastard.”  Awesome.  Now, if a beer can get me drunk, entertain me, and taste incredible, you’ll get an incredible review.

Coming in a 22 ounce bottle, the CSB is a mild 5.5% Extra Special Bitter.  It poured a very dark copper colour with a thick, delicious looking white head.  The second pour came out much cloudier than the first, suggesting a reasonable yeast content. It smells almost as good as it tastes: rich notes of caramel and berries.

The taste starts nice a sweet with a combination of dry malts and sweet caramel.  The sweetness of the caramel continues, and is joined by a great mixture of dried cherries.  At the tail end, the sweetness mixes with some medium malts and mild bittering taste, that helps ensure the sweetness doesn’t linger too much on the tongue.  It’s actually quite brilliant how all these flavours are mixed together to produce both a delicious and exceptionally drinkable beer.  I really regretted finishing the bottle, and will definitely put this on the top of my “must buy” list for the future.


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