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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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3,647 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,647
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 132
Gots: 226 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

02-17-2013 04:38:07 | More by YamagamiTravis
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420Rick

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-18-2013 17:12:17 | More by 420Rick
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Atsukan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-12-2012 20:23:15 | More by Atsukan
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

05-31-2013 22:45:13 | More by Ragnarok88
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Coopersbeer

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-03-2013 23:34:51 | More by Coopersbeer
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-26-2014 12:44:27 | More by udubdawg
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-02-2012 07:00:22 | More by schnarr84
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oldmankoch

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-07-2014 23:01:09 | More by oldmankoch
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babaracas

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger thick tan head, settling slowly to a quarter inch and leaving a spray of lace down the glass. Smell: grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, dates, caramelized sugar. Taste: brown sugar, lightly toasted bread, pine cutting through the sweetness, then into sugared grapefruit, dried mango-ish tropical fruit. Body ramps from medium to full, with prickly carbonation into fluffy into a chewy, hops and booze soaked finish. Although pretty big and sweet, it doesn't come off as heavy, at all. It would be interesting to try all of Lagunitas' seasonal 9-ish% ASA/Impy Reds together (how different are they?). In any case, this is a win. Bottled 270/365 2012.

11-18-2012 04:25:35 | More by babaracas
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312HopBomb

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a deep amber color with a slight white cap. This is nice and clear.

The nose is sweet with prominent brown sugar. The hops peak through to mix it up.

The taste is sweet but not too much. A nice malty and brown sugga sweetness with a good dose of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium full with moderate carbonation.

I really liked this one. Had been wanting to try it but hard to find. Thanks to Jose for sharing!

03-12-2014 02:07:00 | More by 312HopBomb
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andrewjraab

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%

A - Orange / cherry glow, slightly hazy produced a towering fluffy head that reduces to a ring around the glass with a bubbly pillow in the center. Heavy lace and stick after each drink. Wonderful looking beer.

S - Citrus notes - Pineapple?, orange zest, resinous, oily, caramel.

T - Citrus and piney hop punch to the mouth - wonderful. This is followed by a sweet malty presence - caramel, brown shugga that balances really well. The mouthfeel is somewhat chewy, but it is amazingly drinkable considering type of brew and ABV.

O - WOW - glad I snagged this one off the shelf, I will definitely be going back for more perhaps to lay a few down. This is a DAMN good brew.

11-07-2013 02:01:45 | More by andrewjraab
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

On tap served into a pint glass

Rereveiwed on 11 27 12 bottled, in weizen glass

A - Clear dark amber with 3 finger khaki head with excellent lacing and fantastic head retention, poured 20 min and still had 1 finger head.

S - No surprises malty and brown sugar. Caramel and a little coriander spicy notes as well. Loads of fresh piney hops.

T - Nice sweet flavors with earthy saltiness but heavy wheat and caramel. Very sweet on the front palate, great malt profile, really showcasing the sweetness here. Sharp strong bitter piney hops finish that fades rapidly. Bit of warming booze on the back end but pretty well balanced considering the 10% ABV, though this does become a bit too prominent as the beer warms.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp

O - Very nice beer, captures the brown sugar sweetness while still maintaining that signature Lagunitas hoppy fresh finish. I really love this beer, a great seasonal and I could drink this anytime, though I like the Sucks a bit more.

11-28-2012 18:55:10 | More by williamjbauer
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Glibber

Idaho

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

Beautiful red amber color with a healthy thick white head that laced and stuck to the glass. A nice citrus hop that i mplies a little sweetness. The taste was malty, without being as hoppy as some of the other Lagunitas seasonals. Since this comes out every other year, I almost forgot how good this beer is. It is smoother than wild, and has more fruit flavors -orange - than any other Lagunitas in my opinion. The alcohol is well hidden, and this is one of the best offerings from this brewery.

11-05-2012 04:19:59 | More by Glibber
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

10-22-2012 04:14:04 | More by SHODriver
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hoschkam

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

a: redish in color with nice lacing that lasts til it's gone
s: Sweet and raisiny, but you can smell the ABV
t: sweet, strong and a bit boozy. it gets better with every sip
m: extremly smooth, with only a minor sting
overall: this is an awesome beer that seems to be a bit different every year, but I look so forward to it's availability. Happy to see it back in 2012.
Peace out!

04-03-2013 07:26:34 | More by hoschkam
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2012. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange color with a very nice 2 finger dense cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big pine, caramel, grapefruit, orange rind, apple, brown sugar, bread, toast, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, pine, apple, brown sugar, toast, bread, citrus rind, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, light fruits, brown sugar, bread, toast, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with a great hop bitterness/malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent "experimental" Barley wine! Great flavor balance and complexity; and dangerously easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

12-17-2012 04:13:02 | More by superspak
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a nice 3-finger frothy, bubbly, cream-colored head. Excellent retention with phenomenal sheets of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. I can’t imagine it looking much better than this.

S – This smells very much like a cross between an American barleywine and DIPA. There’s a ton of malty sweetness with caramel, molasses, and brown sugar notes, and no shortage of American hops with grapefruit and pine aromas mostly. Alcohol is certainly present here, and there may even be a hint of some dark fruits like figs and dates here, too. This smells like it is going to be a real treat.

T – The taste is slightly different than the aroma but not in a bad way – it’s just different. It’s sweet nearly all the way through with lots of brown sugar and some noticeable caramel and molasses. Some grapefruit, orange, and pine hop bitterness creeps in toward the finish and builds in intensity as the finish progresses. Alcohol is really nowhere to be found.

F – Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet finish. Sweet caramel and brown sugar and bittersweet fruity hop flavors linger for a bit. There’s a hint of palate-and-throat warming from the alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting after the aroma.

O – This is a nice beer and one that’s pretty tough to categorize. It smells like a strong ale but tastes almost like an imperial amber ale. I guess I can see it tasting like a strong ale, too, though. Not that any of this matters – I just like categorizing things. Useless rambling aside, this is a tasty and extremely drinkable beer given the ABV and my initial expectations after the aroma. I would have never guessed this clocked in at a tick below 10%. Part of me wishes that it tasted more like the aroma since that was so phenomenal, but the taste that is here is pretty damn good, too.

02-19-2013 04:19:59 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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Giovacchini

California

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

2010 bottle enjoyed at Olde Sonoma.

A- dark copper, with a thin tan head.

S- brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and some spice.

T- toffee, toasted malt, caramel, mild fruitiness, and brown sugar.

M- creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

O- I liked this brew a lot. It has a really nice flavor and is very drinkable. I have another 2010 bottle of this and I'm gonna save it and compare it side by side to the new batch.

04-07-2012 04:09:58 | More by Giovacchini
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

12oz bottle into shaker glass at 45 degrees. #21 of a case I picked up in early December.

Pours w/1F of off-white/cream colored head over fairly clear, yet viciously thick amber body, with just a touch of carbonation flowing up ever so sloooowly.

Aromas are chock full of dull hop goodness. Lots of pineapple, caramel malt, and rich bread.

Quite creamy on the palate. Rich. Flavors are full of West Coast hops, navel orange sweetness, and various other citrus elements. Touch of tobacco leaf. Almost DIPA like overall. Pretty clean on the mouthfeel for being 10%.

Delicious beer overall, and such a good choice for this time of year. Rich and sweet, with great hop presence.

01-02-2013 02:37:34 | More by BeerImmediately
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours clear amber in color with a big red hue. Head is off white, just over one finger and retains nicely.

Smell has some floral aromas forward along with light herbal and perfume like hop aromas before clean smelling yeast and a good earthy malt come in near the back end.

Taste is great. Lots of rich nutty and and subtle sweet caramel malt flavors are forward. More great herbal and floral hop flavors come in on the back end with very mild amounts of bitterness and a semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is great, rich malty body with light hop bitterness. Lots of hoppy oil blend with moderate carbonation to give this a fluffy yet Crisp feel.

Overall this was an awesome beer. Great balance and lots of complexity.

11-16-2013 01:48:32 | More by Fcolle2
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

A- Dark amber body with brown and ruby hues. Huge light tan head is thick and stays around.

S- Getting a ton of juicy hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, sweet malt, brown sugar.

T- Really surprised at the hop presence. The juicy hops are there up front with a malty barley wine flavor in the middle. The finish leaves a sweet aftertaste that really tastes like sweet brown sugar and molasses.

M- Full-bodied, medium carbonation, slight alcohol burn, sticky sweet aftertaste.

O- Very interesting beer. Almost a malty IIPA/ barleywine loaded with sweetness. Certainly worth a try.

10-25-2012 23:11:56 | More by stephenjmoore
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

Served slightly chilled in a Duvel tulip. 2012 vintage!

A - pours a copper red-orange, big white-orange head that sticks around for a good while

S - sweet caramel and piny hops, a bit of citrus, followed by a bready maltiness. A little bit of booze hits the nose as well

T - you really get the sweet caramel from the brown sugar, then quickly hops to the face. Intense bitterness, piny, citrus follows that initial mellow sweetness. A big biscuity backbone finishes up

M - full-bodied, a bit of burn from the 9.99% abv, definitely not overpowering

O - yet another great offering from Lagunitas. I hadn't had this one before, then with all the hype of it not being produced last year got me excited to try it this year. Definitely did not disappoint, happily recommended.

10-14-2012 03:07:08 | More by ncketchum
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%

Served on-tap in a New Belgium globe glass at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. The body is a solid brown color with a red tint. Slightly more than a one-finger head that has good retention and nice lacing along the glass.

Nice aroma that has strong pine and fruity hop notes with a solid caramel malt base.

Very tasty flavor. The hops flavors dominate up front with nice blend that follows the aroma fairly closely featuring both the tasty bitter pine notes and some light tropical fruity notes. The malt flavors are solid and offer a sweet balance to the hops.

Medium mouthfeel in the texture and very little notice of alcohol for the abv. Very drinkable. An execellent beer and I will be seeking this out in bottles soon.

12-13-2012 03:56:47 | More by FanofHefe
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Duster72

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Pours a dark ruby/amber color with very little head. Smell is malts, brown sugar, molasses, piney hops, and alcohol. Taste is primarily sweet matls and brown sugar/carmel. Surprisingly not too sweet or cloying. Perfect balance of sweet flavors and alcohol. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, which is fine for the style. Crazy drinkable at ABV. Another excellent beer from Lagunitas, as I have grown accustomed to.

06-22-2007 18:52:34 | More by Duster72
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5%

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for recommending this brew....
Pours a clear orange/copper color...almost a full finger of bright white head...lacing is thin, but has decent cling.
The aroma is very inviting...sweet rum raisins up front w/ a hefty malt backbone.
Taste is fantastic...so incredibly bitter, yet deliciously sweet w/ just a hint of alcohol in its finish.
Mouthfeel is similar to most American barleywines...carbonation is a touch high for the style.
The drinkability for the ABV % is great...I could enjoy this bomber and maybe another...especially during the colder months. Couldn't resist pulling this one from the cellar tonight...have one more to sit until winter.
Another fine brew (even if by accident) from Lagunitas...my second favorite next to Gnarleywine...go figure.

08-06-2005 00:46:01 | More by warriorsoul
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,647 ratings.