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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,598 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,598
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 122
Gots: 211 | FT: 13
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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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hoschkam

Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 00:46:01 | More by warriorsoul
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WestValleyIPA

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, from the motherland Lagunitas, into my Zatec fluted glass. Nice firm 2 fingers of tan head. Good retention and nice sticky icky lacing. Smells floral, sweet malt, a bit of Duncan Hines brownies. Sweet up front on the palate. Finishes earthy and bitter. Dangerous 10% beer. Johnny Dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 06:18:15 | More by WestValleyIPA
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with tight off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of caramel malt and piny hops.

Tastes of big hops with a solid malt base. Hops are citrus and pine with plenty of bitterness. Malts are sweet and add caramel and toffee notes. Some fruitiness comes through. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:14:27 | More by ocelot2500
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: clear, deep copper

Smell: fresh, grapefruity hops, brown sugar, malt sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol

Taste: fresh hop flavor but dominated by the brown sugar and malty sweetness. moderate bitterness. alcohol is pretty well hidden but noticable. finish is slightly bitter with a hint of fresh hops and malt sweetness

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation. medium body

Notes: sweet copper ale with some great hop flavor

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:00:58 | More by Frosty80
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts off with an eye catching orange/red color. Not the best head retention but it still sticks around and leaves some lacing on the glass.

The hops come in strong on the nose (grapefruit and citrus mostly). Followed by a sweet caramel malt and what seems to be brown sugar (not positive but its something sugary).

Tastes somewhat like Arrogant Bastard but sweeter (IMO of course). Citrus, tropical fruits, caramel, thick sweet malt. I cant really say I noticed the brown sugar but it is sweet.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 23:56:27 | More by irishkyle21
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cubedbee

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, a deep burnished copper two fingers of off-white head, nice retention, nice sheets of lacing left behind. Nose fits the name, lots of sweet brown sugar, slightly caramel, with a slight alcohol soaked fruitiness. Some floral hops start to come through after you've acclimized yourself to the sweetness. Taste mirrors the nose with a strong sugary sweet malt upfront, slightly biscuity, slightly fruity with a decently hoppy finish merging with a not unpleasant bite of alcohol. Full bodied and smooth, this is a nice enjoyable sipping beer. Overall, dangerously so, as I could easily drink several of these high octane beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 22:38:12 | More by cubedbee
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged a little over a year. Pours a hazy amber burned orange with 2 fingers of pearl head that dies slow and leaves sheets of lacing. Smells of dried dark fruit, sweet malt, a hint of spice. Taste is sme as smell with a kick of tasty hop at the end. Reminds me a little of a SN Bigfoot. Medium in the mouth with ample carbonation. High drinkability and the ABV is not existant. Delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 23:22:51 | More by franksnbeans
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Kromes

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very clear brown/amber color with a thick off white colored head. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: There is an alcohol aroma with pine, pepper hops and some caramel malt aromas. Mostly hop and alochol though.

T: There is a nice caramel/brown sugar base to this beer. The hops really stand out. A nice oily pine/citrus flavor and bitterness that has to be strong to balance out the sweetness of the sugar and caramel flavors. There is only a slight alcohol flavor which is surprising given the 9.8%.

M: It has a spicy mouthfeel from the carbonation. The beer is a little thick, but smooth.

D: Quite a kick to this beer. Nice flavor, but it is strong. Kind of limits the drinkability a little. I would definitely recommend the beer but not more than a few in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 22:51:16 | More by Kromes
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Zorro

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick hazy reddish brown ale with barely a hint of a tan head. Looks a LOT like fresh motor oil going in to the glass.

Smell is lots of citrus hops with a hint of wood in the smell. The malt is almost an after thought here very light malt scents mostly honey and flower nectar with a faint scent of molasses. After this warms up the rum scents and flavors come out to be savored.

Taste is very hoppy with a lot of tropical fruit flavor in the first sip. In the first taste I detect pineapple, coconut and mango/pine. Powerful hops here and it really lubes your teeth with the hop oils. After about 3 sips the malts make themselves known, honey and brown sugar and some cookie dough. Very tasty I could see calling this a barley wine.

Mouthfeel is good but not as thick as the pour might have suggested.

A tasty sipper of a beer here which is quite mild to me but I am sure Hop exposure has thrown of my taste a little bit. Probably not the thing to serve a Budweiser drinker. I like it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 03:02:31 | More by Zorro
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice deep orange copper color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leacing a ring of lace around the edge of the glass as well as on the top of the beer
s: caramely malts a little sweet light piny hop aroma
t: caramel, malts, a brown sugar flavor hints of the alcohol little bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is really good i will buy more

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:34:08 | More by happygnome
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown body with a small, creamy off-white cap that has decent retention. An impressive coat of thick lace is left by what I thought was a dinky cap.

S- Dark fruit with a nice caramel and toasted nutty malt profile. Just a bit of brown sugar below a deep caramel, almost like an old ale.

T- Big, deep caramel of a Barleywine hits me up front with a strong citrus, pine and floral hop profile. A bit of dark fruit as well as, brown sugar. Sweeter than what I am used to, although the name might suggest that.

MF- Creamy body with nice carbonation to suit the flavors at hand. Hops bring a good amount of bitterness with them.

DB- I remember having this before and being a bit confused. I have come to understand what is going here somewhat but it still feels strange. The multiple style mixture feels somewhat abrasive but I cannot stop taking huge gulps of this. A not so common combination of flavors but a must try for craft beer fans. Brown + Barleywine + IPA + brewing skill = this beer...?

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 04:43:12 | More by cbutova
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, bottle

Pours deep reddish copper with a thin, well-retained head.

The smell is of brown sugar with a whiff of citrus.

The taste is of brown sugar. Malty but with a nice citric hop support coming through. At first, it's all about brown sugar and caramel, but the bitter hops emerge, though stay in the background, giving it a nice balance. The brown sugar runs throughout, but never gets too sweet.,Slight peppery alcohol.

The feel is rich and creamy.

The alcohol is well-masked. It's there, but I would have guessed around, or close to, 7%. A unique beer that is rich, well-balanced while remaining appropriately sweet. Nice Job!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 03:45:57 | More by jwc215
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Beautiful rust colored with a slight haze. Massive 4+ fingers of tan colored head almost spill over the edge of the glass. Retention is great and the lacing is abundant; sheets of it on the glass.

S - Brown sugar, as the name implies, certainly jumps out at me but I also get a lot of vanilla with an almost banana-like element. Lots of custard/pie associations. There's also an interesting wave of fruitiness mixed in, tangerines and peaches first come to mind. Some pine pulls through as well. With all the maltiness Lagunitas still lets me know that this brew has it's fair share of hops mixed in.

T - Things start off fairly sweet with lots of caramel and vanilla and just a smidge of butteriness. Apple-like fruitiness provides the segue into hoppy flavors. Pine dominates here with hints of earth and suggestions of citrus peel. Alcohol sweeps the floor leaving a linger bittersweet flavor. While unique and tasty, it feels like there's something missing. I can't put my finger on it, but it seems like the beer is striving for a flavor that never fully manifests. As soon as the malt builds up the hops takeover, and as the hops crescendo the alcohol cleans the slate.

M - Full bodied, but not as sticky and syrupy as I would have thought. Very creamy. Carbonation is extremely low rendering this brew nearly still. Much like a fine barleywine in this respect. Fantastic.

D - A superb offering from Lagunitas. Ultimately I could've used a little more complexity and coherence with the taste (and a little more hidden alcohol) but overall this is a unique and more than worthy brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 09:10:52 | More by PatrickJR
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lots of head, this one. Lace is much and lots of cling, right down to the last sip. Head is about three fingers, color is a dark brown, a 21 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is rich and sweet, with aromas of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, peach, and roasted malt. Taste is bold and sweet, with flavors of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, grapefruit, and sweet roasted malt. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, smooth like heavy cream with just enough zing to make it interesting. Don't let the flavor fool you, the almost 10 percent alcohol by volume creeps up on you and away you go. This brown shugga' is calling for me to get some more. A good desert beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 18:22:03 | More by beerprovedwright
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begforme4484

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice brown coloring. Smells great. The taste was what got me on this beer. Mouthfeel was right on par.

Not much needs to be said for this beer except, if you see it on tap, TRY IT.

I've had it before and knew it was good. But I had a friend with me who liked to dabble a bit in craft beer. So he had me suggest a drink for him, and he loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 15:24:52 | More by begforme4484
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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