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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,636 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,636
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 130
Gots: 224 | 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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lochef81

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%

This ale pours a deep mahogany amber hue with a small cream colored head that is short lived and gives way to a gentle off white lacing and thick alcohol legs. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and sticky definitely coats every inch of your palate for a long time. The nose is very sweet with some nice hop notes and a definite alcohol vibe. This is not subtle, which is one of my favorite things about Lagunitas beers. The flavor is almost reminiscent of a barley wine. It is deep and malty with a hearty dose of west coast hops and a very strong alcohol bite on the finish. Im a huge fan if lagunitas but this beer is not quite my taste. It is very good just not my style.

02-05-2014 04:58:56 | More by lochef81
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davemarc87

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-28-2014 18:20:25 | More by davemarc87
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #36 (Jan 2010):

Lagunitas is not scared of using sugar. A copious amount of brown sugar is used in this brew, hence the name.

Towering off-white head with a sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Orange amber glow is inviting. Aromatic layers of caramelized sugar, hop oil and apricot/pineapple fruiti- ness peel away as the beer warms. Think slightly chewy body. Heavy malt, not too sweet with a very blended, toasty caramel duo of malt flavors ... caramel is stronger though. The brown sugar builds on the maltiness to carry on the sweetness. Hops and alcohol keep an even keel with a sharpness and spicy citric flavor. Fruity esters, malt sweetness and some strong hop oil leave a long trail for the aftertaste to walk down.

The alcohol is there, no denying that, but it does not show its true strength. Dangerously drinkable comes to mind; Lagunitas--making sweet beer taste excellent.

01-11-2011 01:40:39 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Aaron420

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

This beer has a deep rust orange color with a almost no existing off white head.

Smell was more hoppy than I expected but still had the sweet smell of caramel and brown sugar which you would expect with the name.

The overall taste of the beer was very smooth. It was very drinkable, could easily sit there and before I know need another one. Which is impressive for a 9 plus ABV. It was hoppy but also sweet, the sweetness is probably why this 9 plus beer is so easy to drink.

02-14-2010 23:07:08 | More by Aaron420
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-02-2014 23:29:30 | More by danthehopslamman
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2012 23:11:23 | More by warnerry
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Dbrulet

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-10-2013 18:44:41 | More by Dbrulet
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Purchased at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street in Boston after one of Beer Panther's tastings. Todd bought a bottle so I followed suit (ok I'm admitingly a beer lemming).

In very small print around the bottle is written "We were making Gnarlywine in 1998, messed up the recipe, and this is what we got. This ale is accidental and we have no idea what kind of style it conforms to."

Huge, thick robust head. Smells very much like a Stone product, AB or the like. Sweet, pine nose. Pine taste up front with sweet caramel pulling in the rear. Mouthfeel is smooth but leaves an oily coat on the tongue.

Very tasty product, and quite enjoyable after shoveling out from a blizzard.

01-23-2005 23:09:21 | More by fdrich29
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aquazr1

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-24-2013 21:33:37 | More by aquazr1
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LCS46208

Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-30-2014 01:26:50 | More by LCS46208
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sm0key

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-15-2011 19:13:01 | More by sm0key
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Mattco

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-14-2013 16:39:42 | More by Mattco
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MNMike

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-20-2014 02:26:22 | More by MNMike
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ccurrid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-12-2014 04:39:14 | More by ccurrid
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zdauber

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-27-2014 18:55:13 | More by zdauber
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Moo5152

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-15-2013 17:21:31 | More by Moo5152
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dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

filled a growler of this at clinton road consumers and split with a friend. a little above fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass.

pours out a clear deep amber color with a big fluffy, retentive off white head. lots of sticky lace on the glass.

it smells like a DIPA with a very nice balance. first you get piney and a little bit of citrus hops balanced by a sweet candied caramel, sugary malt.

again, definatly like a big DIPA. resinous pine and citrus hops are met nicely by a sticky candied caramel, brown sugary malt.

heavy mouthfeel, but not nearly as thick and heavy as i might have expected. some lingering bitternes is there.

alcohol was just an after thought, i could not taste it at all which made this pretty drinkable.

02-06-2011 18:41:49 | More by dogfishandi
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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-16-2011 00:56:08 | More by RyanPS
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%

09-09-2013 18:10:47 | More by Mantooth
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-28-2012 02:58:33 | More by jminch
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amstokesdb9

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-21-2013 02:03:50 | More by amstokesdb9
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Beldark

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-18-2013 01:37:35 | More by Beldark
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dmk91

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-29-2014 20:11:05 | More by dmk91
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Amber brown approach with a nice bulbous tan head leaves awesome sparatic lacing with each sip. Aroma: Vinous hops with caramel sugar slightly burn nose this beer is awesome, full malty approach to this old ale. Taste: Great amount of hops sugary with hops piney, earthy, citric tones this is a great old ale very nice brew can't be beat in my opinion. I want some of that Brown Sugga' baby, gives me sweet loving sweet sugary malt ridden flavor makes me want to have more of this brew. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied old ale from this brew I know what's coming my way complex flavors galore. Drinkability: Wow, how can you do this to common folk alot of flavor that most people aren't ready for however hallelejuah for this example of a kick ass old ale.

01-18-2004 00:13:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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timontheroad

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-02-2013 01:18:31 | More by timontheroad
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,636 ratings.