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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,684
Reviews: 1,446
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 200
Gots: 683 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Photo of kbuzz
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a copperish amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains quite well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and soft, sporadic layers of surface foam. Sudsy, thin streaks of lacing.

S- Bright, citrusy hop aroma with an apparent alcohol fume. Sweet-smelling and somewhat toasty malt in the back. Raunchy, strong.

T- Sharp, citric hop flavor sinks its teeth in immediately and is accompanied by fervent alcohol. Brown sugary sweetness is found throughout and doesn't seem to fully mesh with the rest of the tastes. After a few sips, the palate becomes less confused but there's still that lingering alcohol and hop bite that drives the drink but has no real direction amid the near-cloying caramel sweetness.

M- Stinging and hot with medium carbonation and a full-ish body. Somewhat syrupy.

O- I'm so conflicted with this beer. It tastes good but it's so extremely sweet and intensely hoppy that I can only have one and then I want something else. Not bad for what it is...but what is it?

Photo of Fenris244
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with an off white 1 finger head, decent retention, carbonation looks thin.

really fruity, grapes and raisins come through well, which is weird because the first time i had this beer it smelled totally different. Some brown sugar notes as well as almost a short bread like aroma tucked away behind everything else.

Way different from the first one i had in flavors as well... Fruity in flavor grapes and cherry coming through well, hops are surprisingly strong and balance out the sweetness from the fruit flavors well. Shortbread like malty finish and the bitterness last for a while after the sip. The alcohol tries to hide but after the 4th or 5th sip the warming lets you know it there.

Heavier in body but keeps from being syrupy, the light carbonation is just enough to give it a lighter feel on the palate.

Tasty, different and pretty drinkable, i couldnt finish a six pack in a night or anything but i could definitely have a few.

Photo of JMUbrewz
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of HumanParaquat
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being called Brown Shugga this surprised me with the hoppiness.

A- Deep bronze mahogany with a creamy 2 finger head and leaves nice thick rings.

S- Fresh hops and pine up front followed with a toasted malt. Hints of vanilla and grapefruit.

T- Pine and hops up front with a tart grapefruit followed with a sweet malt taste of toffee and caramel. Brown sugar is detected but not dominate as would be expected from the name. The sweetness is all in the aftertaste, though the hops lingers as well. Hints of ginger.

M- Clean....creamy but with a hops and alcohol bite in the moderate level. Nice filmy, sugary feel after. Semi-dry finish. Complex aftertaste.

D- High on alcohol interrupts the complexity a bit. The hops cuts through the flavor profile, however the hops is a nice flavor. Very sweet in the aftertaste. A sipper for sure.

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery chestnut color, creamy off-white head, good retention and lacing. Smell is sweet carmel, brown sugar, lightly roasted nuts with a touch of dark fruit and yeast on the nose. Bold sweet carmel and brown sugar flavors with a more pronounced and bitter hop presence then the smell let on. Touches of fruit and yeast on the finish. Full bodied, heavy on the tounge, like melted carmel itself, fairly pronounced sweet and bitter aftertastes. Good beer, stops short of being cloying, but would be hard to have more than one.

Photo of Danny1217
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice red brown color with some thick tan foam at the top. Lots of nice lacing.
Strong hop aroma balanced by the sweet scents of caramel and yes, brown sugar.
Very thick and creamy, almost overpowering. Very bitter, but sweet at the same time. Caramel sweetness and citric bitterness. Some slight alcohol warmth. Dry finish. Powerful brew.

Brown Shugga' is an over the top beer with lots of hop bitterness as well as malty sweetness and about 10% alcohol. It manages to be balanced with all its extremities and the result is delicious.

Photo of IrishColonial
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of msinger1002
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beergod1
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown-amber pour with a thin and foamy off-white head. Thin spotty lacing as well. The aroma is hoppy with sweet dark fruit and molasses coming through more as it warms. The labeling on this one really threw me off as I was expecting more of a sweet brown ale. Once my taste buds told me it was actually a Barley Wine I was able to accept the flavor. Very hoppy on the front end, along with some alcohol burn. The flavor mellows a bit as sweet malt start to seep in. The finish is round and fruity with an alcohol burn leftover. Above average, and kind of unique.

Photo of fosterific
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a great pour...perhaps it is part the beer too! It has a rosy color with a full head, citrus hop smell is the first thing you catch a whiff of. I was expecting this to smell like booze, but that is well balanced or well hidden. The beer is sticky and think in the mouth but the bitter citrus of the hops makes it a seem fresh.
I was very impressed, even delighted at how drinkable this strong ale was, I would probably drink more than I should if the ABV was not on the side of the bottle.

I also heard that this was a failed barley wine...not positive, but plausible.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker coppery color with burnt sienna hues. Cream colored head holds fast at a quarter inch. A thin broken ring and spotty dots comprise the lacing.

S: Melon and mandarin orange, hints of dank bud, light pine, and sugary ruby red grapefruit. Sweet and substantial malt base of brown bread, caramel, crust, brown cocoa, and brown sugar.

T: Mandarin orange and melon start things off. Some more aggressive hop flavors of pine, resin, and dank weed follow quickly. Heavily toasted crust and brown bread. Dark caramel. Nutty cocoa and brown sugar. Spike of alcohol and hints of tropical ester. Bready and crusty finish with a lingering boozy taste.

M: Medium-thick body. Round, creamy, and chewy. Low scrubbing carbonation. Numbing alcohol.

O: Not bad stuff. Some more aggressive flavors at work in this beer than are found in any other Lagunitas offering. At 9.9% abv this beer means business, and it tastes like it means business too. It's the brawler of the Lagunitas portfolio. Still fun and fairly easy to drink despite its size.

Photo of TheMistler
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly clear brown, dark amber in color. Displays some effervescence. Off-white, millet-y, pufft head that displays good retention and leaves a very nice, nearly-solid wall of lace.

The nose was hoppier than expected, with some pine and earthy notes intermingling with some sweet, slightly bready maple and brown sugar.

Malty taste up front, nothing overwhelming, then hops. Caramel, sweet bread, undercurrent of grapefruit and a hint of pine. The taste tends more towards malt than the nose (to me) indicated, but very well balanced.

Slight alcohol warming, and an even slighter alcohol spice and antiseptic quality. I simply cannot believe this beer is 9.9% ABV. Exceptionally well hidden.

A medium to slightly thick brew with some resiny slipperiness. Creamy, but the alcohol and solid carbonation give it a crisp bite. Dangerously drinkable, although it can - probably thankfully, given the ABV - settle heavily enough to curtail any over-indulgence.

Photo of bwarren82
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this ale courtesy of shertz, poured chilled into my Great lakes christmas glass.

A - Garnet w/ a good deal of clarity. A thick rocky beige head. The lace is quick to collect and has a fine bead.

S - Like a pine cone with a very sap filled odor-lots of resinous hops. The scent has subtle golden delicious notes w/ a hint of tropical fruits, potent nectar.

The texture is smooth w/ an intense sweetness and full but balanced carbonation w/ the hops acidity trailing.the feel is like candy with a hop filled center. The sweetness lingers long after the ale has been swallowed.

T - almost like a sugar cookie w/ a subtle molasses and brisk balanced hoppy pine flavor which is angular jutting out of the crystal malt and a relatively strong alcohol note parallels this taste. The brown sugar gives the taste an intense caramel flavor like candy corn with a hop bitterness, it is both flavorful and balanced for a strong ale which not an ordinary trait.

D - A great ale- I enjoy it immensely, it was a pleasant nightcap for me. I could possibly handle a couple or a bomber but on this night one was plenty which is my reasoning for only above average here. This is not a boring beer - Brown Shugga: "how come you taste so good?"

Photo of ndillon45
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

You can read this beer by it's cover. Pours deep brown, caramel color with a lot of 'stuff' going on inside. Disappointingly thin head, not a whole lot of lacing going on. Aroma let's you know what you're in for, a whole lot of sweetness. Once you adjust, this one is really delicious if you have a sweet tooth. Feels good in the mouth, but not a beer I'd buy for a length session.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with me by clvand0. Thanks to him for that.

The beer poured a golden amber color with one finger of head that sticks around well after the pour. The nose was sweet caramel, not quite as deep as I want. Fairly one dimensional. The flavor had more hop than the nose would tell. The flavor was too sugary for me. The feel was too thin for a barleywine. I want at least a heafty moderate feel on this style. Overall, not a bad beer, but too sugary and not thick enough for me.

Photo of Jekyll
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unique beer. Wasn't expecting the amount of hops that came with it. Poured dark copper with a couple inches of head that stayed with me pretty much the entire time. Can't quite pinpoint the smell... Not please to but not repugnant either. Don't taste brown sugar though maybe cause of the amount if hops in it though it does have a sweetness mixed with the hops that makes it quite enjoyable. Alcohol will sneak up on you as it is barely noticeable. Gonna age a few of these and see how they develop.

Photo of quang_dam
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seanbhudson
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE:
Pours a hazy amber/copper color with a large off-white head that dissipates at an average rate. Some lacing.
SMELL:
Molasses, brown sugar and alcohol.
TASTE:
Sweet malt with a molasses flavor and hint of vanilla. There is a nice earthy bitter finish to balance it.
MOUTHFEEL:
Full bodied with a syrupy texture. Soft carbonation. Slight alcohol burn to finish.
DRINKABILITY:
At first I thought this would be too sweet but it is surprisingly smooth and the bitter finish balances it out.
NOTES: BBCSD-0812

Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage cellared bottle, poured during Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting 12/22/09.

Dark brown body, 3/4 finger tan head, nice lacing. Huge sweetness in the nose which masks the hops. Taste is sweet, with some roasted malts present, a bit too syrupy for me. Not the most drinkable of beers at this ABV and sweetness, though I must note two years of cellaring mellowed out the alcohol quite a bit. A definite late night sipper. Not for the faint of heart.

Photo of jonziefle
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Appearance: Poured a dark red amber, with a khaki colored head. Minimal head rentention. Very clear.

Smell: Smells of damp sticky hope, very sweet and of grapes or raisins. Almost syrupy in fragrance. You can almost smell the alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and dark. Malty and a little hoppy, but not overwhelming. Taste sticks around for a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied beer and minimally carbonated. Feels "slick".

Drinkability: A medium bodied beer, with a sweet and heavy feel. It's a little syrupy and the booze may be limiting to drinking a lot. A good one to try though.

Photo of shadwow13
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Birmz
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,684 ratings.