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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
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3,446 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3446
Reviews: 1292
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%


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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is an unusual review for me because I'm not really sure what to say. This is the second bottle that I've had while trying to write a review, and this time, just like last time, it was so good that I was willing to just put the review aside and enjoy the beer. I perservered....

Carefully decanted to leave the yeast behind, it pours a clear reddish-orange-chestnut body (with some visible particulate in suspension) beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the entire glass.

The nose is sweet, lightly nutty, and fruity; with caramel, brown sugar, yeasty fruitiness, a hint of amaretto, and some mild background hops.

The body is full, but not overly dextrinous; and it's creamy smooth with a very fine, restrained, natural carbonation.

The flavor is big and rich and sweet but not really complex. It's a very well-rounded, tight combination of caramelish malt, yeasty fruit, piney/citrusy (tangerine) hops, warming alcohol and solid bitterness. There's alot there, but the flavors don't particularly stand out on their own.

It's unusual, and devilishly enticing. Not to be missed!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 05:54:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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shippos

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy deep reddish orangy color witha skim of a head. syrupy and sugary aroma...mmm....brown sugar?!!? with some alcohol in there as well. hoppy bitterness at first in the taste followed by some alcohol hottness. mouthfeel isn't as thick as expected, sugar seems to have left the beer a bit on the dry side in the taste and body and has a dry warming finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 22:00:45 | More by shippos
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red colour... almost brown. Strong malty aroma, with a faint hint of citrusy hops. This is one sweet beer, but not in a cloying way. Flavors of carmel malts and molasses are dominant, with just enough hop bitterness to keep things from going off the deep end. No alcohol flavors (although there was some present in the aroma as it warmed up), but I could sure feel some warming sensations in my chest as I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 21:02:31 | More by fisherman34
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misterscooter

California

2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love Lagunitas and really respect their beers but this one was a bit more than what I prefer. I think it is probably a great beer for some people but I had a hard time getting my preferences out of the way and just rating this beer.

It pours a cloudy gold and brown with a small head that was gone quickly. Quite a bit of stuff floating around in there (normal or bad pour?) and the carbonation keeps it moving and keeps a bit of foam on top the whole time. The smell is very hoppy and a little sweet.

The taste hits me. I appreciate the complexity but it is just a bit too hoppy and sweet for me. There is a straw/grain taste and the high alcohol content is definitely noticeable as well as some yeasty overtones. Again, very carbonated feel in your mouth and hoppy and dry at the end. As it warmed up, it did mellow out so maybe I had it colder than this beer should be.

With the high alcohol content of this guy and how harsh it seemed to me, I doubt I could drink more than one. But I should try it again in case it was just a bad pour.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 03:46:44 | More by misterscooter
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tawny colored, with a head retention that I found superior than in most Beers with this ABV.

Smell: Candi sugar, and those barley sugar lolipops I loved as a kid (sucre d'orge).

Taste: Beyond the obvious malt sweetness and alcohol prickliness, this Beer had a woody, green leaf mouthfeel, it left a acidic sensation that reminds me of an arugula and spinach salad. It canceled out most of the cloying sugars.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 22:28:18 | More by Goldorak
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WetCoaster

California

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Wow, that's pretty damn amber. Looks like the unholy union of ice tea and maple syrup. Amazingly even tan head with good retention. Collar thoroughout and average carbonation. Big 'ol fat sheets of lace.

Smell: I defy you to peg this one. It's got a huge malt nose, big sugar caramel, but at the same time, there's some beefy west coast hop resin as well. It's sort of floral, piney, syrupy, juicy; it is what it is.

Taste: Not so fast -- you'll immediately swear this is a scotch ale exercise in malt cramming, a glass of carmelized brown sugar ready to top your flan, but like a bubble rising from a tar pit, your palette rises to the light. Lo and behold, some rindy, piney hop not only emerges but comes on strong, and in the end you've got a 10% beer balanced like a mid-engine Lotus. Oh yeah, mouthfeel is basically IHOP syrup with a Perrier spritzer, which isn't a bad thing.

Drinkability: For me, OK; for the townspeople... dunno. This is a wacky brew; it almost like a pre-aged barleywine. It's so big and so sweet, though -- this one will do it for me. Again, all hail the bravest brewery in the US.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 06:30:02 | More by WetCoaster
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured reddish brown, like sweetened ice tea that had food colouring in it. There was a thin off white(almost a touch yellow) head that faded but left lacing and a ring around the glass.

The smell has some hop bitterness to it, with a sweet molasses smell and a warning liquor odor as well. The smell isn't a real turn on yet, but I'll be keeping my nose in there as the beer warms.

As the beer warms some of the bitter smell fades and more of the sweetness stands out.

The taste is sweet. Too sweet really. There is a faint bitterness to the finish but nothing near enough to balance out the big sticky sugary front. It is far too candy like and becomes overpowering.

On the other hand mouthfeel is good. Has a thickness to it and a light carbonation that makes it comfortable in the mouth.

Drinkability suffers due to the taste. I can't drink this for too long. Though the alcohol doesn't show up much in the flavour, the high percentage also means drinking much of this would be trouble.

I won't be able to finish this big bottle. Doubt I'll even get through the first pint I poured out of it. Not what I'm looking for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 03:11:04 | More by elricorico
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Dmann

California

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved this beer. It was basically a barleywine with a slight twist. The beer poured a very dark red color with a huge frothy head that lasted till the last sip. The smell was quite sweet with molasses dominating the scent as well as the flavor, but not in a bad way. The flavor was sweet no doubt, but it hd enough bitterness in the finnish to offset the great sweetness. The mouthfeel was quite thick and not balanced out with enough carbonation IMO. But that would be my only complaint. It's a must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 09:50:14 | More by Dmann
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass ever so slightly chunky deep amber with a golden hue and a frothy, tall and long lasting head which coated the glass with Belgian lace.

The aroma was malty with deep caramel and molasses. The molasses aroma was not overdone and seemed to balance the fruity aspect and the slight grassy tones of the aroma. The nasal passages were tickled with the alcohol being emitted at low levels in the aroma.

The flavor was quite bitter with slight molasses and dark caramel flavor, but more citrusy hop bittering and flavor were noticeable. The flavor also had a grassy note with fruity flavors.

The finish was just dry with lasting citrusy and grassy bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full, but less than expected. The brown sugar probably attenuated fully causing the body to be less and the flavor to have a characteristic of the brown sugar. The alcohol was present mainly in the aroma and the warming sensation felt after consumption. Actually the beer was very nice to drink but had not real complexity to the aroma and flavor.

22 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Purchased at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA for $4.49.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 20:44:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnce: Poured a medium copper with a huge creamy foamy near white head.

Smell: The smell has an odd fruity, spicy flavor to it, mixed with sweet and wood notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not as alive as the smell, but much more well rounded. The malts are incredibly sticky sweet, balance the alcohol well, and the hops are smooth and not out of control at all. Some wood and caramel notes are present but not focused. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The only thing that hurts the drinkability on this one is the alcohol presence in the belly. It's a suprise. Other than that, this is a pretty killer beer. One of the best from Lagunitas I've had. Thanks to GClarkage for the bottle!!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2005 04:03:45 | More by santoslhalper
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rowew

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short necked bottle. Label is an interesting read. "We believe this Special Ale is something unique. Feeding brown cane sugar to otherwise cultured brewery yeast is a'kin to feeindg raw shark to your gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without human intervention. And it looks weird besides. But it has happened and now it's too late. Also has IBU's (51.1) and O.G. (1.100), as well as ABV.

Appearance: Pours dark orange and very cloudy (actually chunky!). Head is medium sized, but very nice retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is nice and malty with caramel, and brown sugar. Also has just a hint of hops and alcohol. There are also some toffee smells that open up more as the beer warms.

Taste: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Taste starts out sweet - but it is a nice brown sugar sweetness, almost like a creme brulee flavor in there as well. Finish has just the right level of hops to leave a nice bitter finish.

Overall impression: This is a very interesting twist on a standard barley wine. I definitely enjoyed it, and it is very drinkable considering the ABV. Might be too sweet to drink more than a couple, but at almost 10 % ABV that probably isn't the best idea anyways!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 23:47:01 | More by rowew
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shapudding

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Ok, so maybe I really was interested in getting this ‘cause I like saying the name! Well, I also have always loooved anything with brown sugar in it too! Poured out amber an semi-unclear with a nice huge froth of milkshakey, creamy colored head with a huge froth and a few bubbles showing and moon crater layer. Tons of lacing that started immediately and went all they way down. Nice malty scents with hoppy bites but not too much going on. Smooth and thick, creamy, but not too heavy. Feel silky with the carbonation coming out and just gliding over your tongue. I was really wondering if this would be too sweet, but nope. You get a taste of dark brown sugar -not as deep as molasses, just caramelly dark, with peppery hops. Twinges of orange rind in the background. This one may be a bit heavy to sit down with as a sesssion, but it is damn nice as a sipper, and for a few in the evening.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 04:04:16 | More by shapudding
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting idea with messing up a batch of barley wine and brewing it with a crap load of brown sugar. Deep reddish body with a decent sized white foamy head. Think sticky rings of lace around the glass as the head held fast. Sweet toasty malt with strong sugary notes, from all the brown sugar I am guessing. Some alcohol it noticeable and it also smells of a slight cinnamon. A touch of earthy hops round it out. An odd but pleasant smelling brew. The flavor is similar to the nose with a big sweet component from the sugars and the malts. Light fruitiness is there and a bit of alcohol and some bitter bops. Quite an interesting mix and the brown sugar is obvious. Ends on a slight alcohol bite with a touch of fruit sweetness. About a full bodies brew with a sticky feel. Pretty good stuff but I don’t think I could have another one afterwards, it would become cloying. I would have it again in the future though, good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 14:48:52 | More by meathookjones
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I naievely bought Brown Sugga thinking it's a brown ale only to discover it's a barleywine upon opening the bottle and taking the first sip. What a pleasant surprise!

The beer pours a cloudy dark copper color with a thin off white head that dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface. A few spots of lace cling to the glass but overall the glass is clean. The faint aroma of citrus hops, alcohol and cherry greets you before each sip.

This medium to full bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue. The flavor begins with a citrus hop bite. Some caramel malt, brown sugar, cherry and alcohol combine in the middle and it finishes with a malty sweetness leaving a hint of alcohol behind.

Overall, I found this to be a rather easy drinking barleywine, but not strongly flavored as other beers of it's style.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 20:02:50 | More by WanderingFool
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at the BTAH in NYC, Poured copper, nose of dried fruit and some caramel. More caramel and sweet notes of brown sugar and cookie dough. Yes, this is a fairly sweet barley wine. Some drying elements come in late and as it warms, Smooth, medium bodied brew. Some warming alcohol also present. Too sweet for me. When I ordered this one somebody asked if I had diabitis

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2005 13:18:20 | More by Billolick
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droomyster

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a short copper colored head that recedes quickly. Body is slightly hazy deep brownish red. Strong aroma of cherries and molasses, grassy/citrus hops, lots of alcohol and red grapes. Big blast of sweetness, brown sugar? Heck yeah, and well supported by a strong bitterness. Light doughy yeastiness. Full body, light carbonation. I consider this the chewiest of the chewy. Goes down slow and sticky, lingering medicinal taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 04:33:48 | More by droomyster
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy light amber color with orange highlights. It is topped by a thin, wispy light amber tan head that is generated by a quick swirling to actuate this beer's medium carbonation. The aroma is lightly sweet smelling with notes of candied orange peel, pine needles, toffee, alcohol, a hint of molasses and sherry.

The taste is only lightly sweet up front, at least for a beer of 1.100 starting gravity. The beer is quite malty with notes of caramel, a bit of toasty malt notes in the finish. The finish is lightly astringent with notes of fresh hop character as well as a solid bitterness that allows the malt and Brown Shugga to shine through. This beer is certainly on the malty side of the spectrum, but the hops certainly add a discernible character, that though supporting is a nice respite/ counterpoint to what would otherwise be lopsidedly oriented towards the malt. The brown sugar is evident but not overwhelmingly so, its most obvious contribution being a lightening of the body and palate. There is also a sort of twang in the finish of this beer which has a hint of molasses to it.

This beer is pretty enjoyable, and I like that it is not too sticky sweet. It reminds me a lot of the first sample of their IPA that I had, because the IPA tasted like it had lots of unfermented wort in it, and I almost wonder if I had a bottle of the Brown Shugga' that had been mislabeled. Regardless, I do like this beer and I certainly recommend it if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 06:00:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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travolta

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: A great, light, tan head. Some nice retention with a foamy lacing. A bright red, shiny penny in color.

Nose: barley wine nose, a little citrus and orange. Thats about it.

Taste: Very smooth in mouthfeel. The carbonation is perfect. Taste is a bit earthy, orange rind, tropical fruits, dried tropical fruits.

Notes: When I mess things up, I can only pray that they will turn out this good.. Maybe not a barleywine, but a good beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 02:47:39 | More by travolta
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF XMas from wezil. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/8" tan head over the cloudy dark amber brew. Head fades to an uneven layer of bubbles pretty quickly, but exhibits average lacing. Aroma is whoa, all about sweetness and powerful alcohol. Taste actually throws me for a loop, showing sweet malts as expected, but then fruitiness, and nary a taste of the distracting ethanol-laden nose. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice for the style. For a slow start this one came on as the experience went on. Worth a try, almost too drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 00:15:00 | More by ppoitras
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to BA absolutesites for the chance to sample another goodie from Lagunitas!

Presentation: States on the label that it is a "Sweet Release". The label also says that it's accidental and they have no idea what style it fits in to.

Appearance: Pours thick and is firebrick red with a pillowy ivory foam.

Smell: Sadly, not much going on here. Light carmel and dried fruit comes to mind but that's stretching it.

Taste: Carmel malts, some dried dark fruits, maple, maybe brown sugar (could be influenced by what I'm drinking). Very clean finish with a slight touch of alcohol on the tongue

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick with a long aftertaste. Coats the throat like cough syrup...but not in a bad way.

Drinkability: This one should be savored and enjoyed. A very drinkable barleywine. The alcohol blends very well and is no way over the top. A finely crafted beer.

Notes: I've had my fair share of barleywines lately and they are not my favorite style. But I've had the privelege of sampling some damn fine examples of this style. A style that should be savored, sipped, and enjoyed. This one is no different.

Big thanks to absolutesites for this one!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2005 01:26:26 | More by mattcrill
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another treat from Watermelonman! I am sampling a 22 oz bottle in a tulip glass at room temp. The beer pours a clear copper and mahogany color with a large off white head foaming up easily. Aroma is grassy hops mixing with caramel and brown sugar. Some lite alcohol hits as well. First sip reveals an average carbonationand average body. Flavor starts malty sweet with caramel and brown sugar some raisins too. I find the finish to be very hoppy with pine and grass mixing leaving a dry bitter flavor on my tongue. Very easy drinking for 9.9 %. Quite a tasty brew and one I would track down again.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2005 03:01:37 | More by sulldaddy
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. brown "Sweet Release" bottle, I actually like the little blurb on the side of the bottle this time. This pseudo barleywhine pours out a very appetizing ruddy copper hue, hazed with suspended particles when held up to the light. Thick and creamy off-white head with good retention, and some massive sticky lacing. The nose is sweet with light malt and fruit, with some nut and dried fruit notes in it. And mango. Weird, I smell mango. Nice touch! This is also one very tasty mistake Lagunitas has on their hands. Boozy from the start, but mild, the malt blends very nicely with the hops, dancing cheek to cheek the whole way through. Sweet caramel malt coils itself around a refreshing fruity hop character, and they are both hepped up on a good dose of brown sugar, which helps them tango the whole night long. The sugar makes itself more apparent on the finish where it takes on a nutty flavour, and then recedes into a mild citrusy sunset of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and very drinkable, but not watery, it holds its own over the palate. This Brown Shugga is deceptively drinkable, you have to know where you're going to stop before even going in, or suffer a high abv% brown sugar hangover catastrophe the next day. Not that I know anything about that, some guys told me about it once, no fooling. This Brown Shugga should definitely be chalked up to being what we call in the hot shop one of those "happy accidents", that should henceforth be repeated time and again. A shame that it's only a seasonal, but happy to have it available even as far north as Calgary.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 19:06:09 | More by IronDjinn
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carln26

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a bright copper to amber color, very clear with a nice cream colored head. Very dense for a barley wine. The aroma has the distinctive doughy character I find in all the offerings from Lagunitas (it must be the yeast). The nose also has some malt candy and figs from the malt and a light citrus/grapefruit character from the hops. The head settles nicely to a thick lace. The taste has a wonderful malty sweetness. More of the figs and hard candy character along with the doughy hints I detected on the nose. Mild hop bite, and just a hint of alcohol warming. Denser mouth feel than I anticipated. Nicely drinkable. Unusual, yet pleasing version of the barley wine style.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 23:28:11 | More by carln26
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Brown Shugga Barley Wine
Sweet Release
22 oz brown bomber
Purchased for $5.75 while in NYC at a corner store. Nice to see this brewery represented in the city.

Pours a warm chestnut brown color. Light to mid brown in appearance with a tan colored head.

Whiffs of malt, plum, pecan pie, and esters.

Syrupy malt mouthfeel. Ripe plum juices covered in melted brown sugar sweetness. Fresh fruit soaked in alcohol presence, but the malty chew takes over.

I like. Very tasty and drinkable at 9.9% ABV. Pick this up if you see it on the shelves. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this, but its a good beer and a solid effort at the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 01:07:51 | More by Hibernator
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CVC

California

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came in a 22 oz. "Sweet Release" bomber; served in a pint glass.

Pours a brownish copper color with a two-finger, off-white head. Leaves a lotta lace. Smells sweet--malts and brown shugga'. Tastes of plums, brown sugar, and rum. Has a very thick and full-bodied mouthfeel, and ist so drinkable for a barley wine.

"This ale is accidental and we have no idea what kind of style it conforms to. We were making Gnarlywine in 1998, messed up the recipe, an [sic] this is what we got." What a great mistake!

I've been drinking a lot of this lately. Awesome in many ways: taste, ABV, and price ($2.79 per bomber). Like everything Lagunitas does, this beer is extremely drinkable. The appearance, smell, and mouthfeel are all superb, too. I think I'm gonna keep buying this stuff regularly before it goes off the shelves.

Oh, Brown Shugga', how come you taste so good?

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 02:40:41 | More by CVC
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,446 ratings.