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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

3,555 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,555
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 118
Gots: 206 | 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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salthemonster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-24-2013 17:56:40 | More by salthemonster
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

12-16-2012 05:56:19 | More by lonewolfcry
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hayesjw

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

04-28-2012 16:26:23 | More by hayesjw
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hoppymeal

Michigan

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

Pours a nice dark amber and copper color, clear, with a good size cream-yellow head. Aroma is sweet honey and a little caramel, cereal and a hint of booze. Hops are more evident in the taste but heavier on the malt side with some sweet grapey-ness, and rich caramel malts. A nice spicy alcohol bite in the finish. I have really been enjoying some high alcohol malt bombs recently so this beer is going down quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 21:55:01 | More by hoppymeal
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JMad

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was bright and clear, the color was a dark amber, copper with a thick, off-white bubbly head that left some good lacing. The smell has lots of brown sugar, a good helping of grapefruit and a hint of vinegar. I first tasted alcohol in the back of my mouth, then there was an overwhelmng brown sugar taste. In the background you could barely taste a hint of bitter, citrusy hops, the beer finishes sweet. This is a very thick brew, it has low carbonation and every sip leaves you wanting more. At first the taste is kind of strong but after awhile it smooths out and this became a very enjoyable drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 01:17:25 | More by JMad
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kzoobrew

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange body. Pours darker than an DIPA but lighter than a barleywine. I guess when breweries make "mistakes" they do not fall into a specific category. Creamy off white head with great lacing and retention.

Styles converge in the smell much the same as in the appearance. Aroma is reminiscent of Lagunitas DIPA line up blended with an Olde Gnarlywine. Sweet malt and brown sugar meld spectacularly with a strong hops profile.

Sweet sweet brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Did I mention this was sweet? While very sweet an assertive hop presence balances this one out rather nicely. Light grapefuit and pine hop flavor. Subtle booziness but rather enjoyable.

Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Pleasant sweetness lingers.

I am going to be honest with myself and all of you reading this. If it were not for an inner battle of self control this sixer would have been gone in a night. Far too easy drinking and massively enjoyable. While this may not be on any "best beer" list it is certainly a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 22:31:20 | More by kzoobrew
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yergermeister

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2012 14:21:45 | More by yergermeister
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/2/12 Tasting Notes. Poured fom 12oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking bronze brew with good clarity. There was 2 fingers of creamy looking light tan head. Good retention, as this slowly settled to a dusting. Ample lacing...

S) Graham cracker crust and fresh juicy grapefruit with a sprinkling of sugar.

T) Quite malty and very hoppy... What a nice balance we have here. Sweet caramel and melting brown sugar, in perfect harmony with light pine, grapefruit and champagne mango. The alcohol on this was very well hidden. I picked it up just a little as this warmed up.

M) Full body with moderate carbonation, which kept this easy on the palate. It is slightly syrupy, but really very smooth. Nice aftertaste...

O) Thanks Lagunitas, what an excellent beer. Reminded me a bit of a few barleywines I've had recently. This was a pleasure to drink, and really hard to believe the ABV is nearly 10%. Glad to recommend this beer...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 19:08:52 | More by RoamingGnome
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MNBeer1017

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2013 01:42:48 | More by MNBeer1017
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dsshuck

Delaware

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2013 00:39:34 | More by dsshuck
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dgeebs07

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-20-2013 11:56:01 | More by dgeebs07
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

11-03-2012 17:26:03 | More by Ri0
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Booner818

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-15-2014 01:06:59 | More by Booner818
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TicoCali

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-21-2011 05:02:16 | More by TicoCali
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-27-2013 10:32:16 | More by hellhammermario
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

03-03-2014 13:21:01 | More by Knoxrb12
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

02-03-2014 03:30:32 | More by psoriasaurus
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mattreitz49

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-20-2014 02:39:52 | More by mattreitz49
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

01-19-2013 16:18:42 | More by Segelstrom
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

01-20-2013 05:43:00 | More by KiMiRaiK
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SargeC

Japan

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber with a minimal, light-tan head.

Smell: Sweet quality, fruit juice with underlying hops.

Taste: powerful sweet character dominates. The hops peek through just enough to be interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a syrupy quality. Leaves a sticky film on everything it touches.

Drinkability: Very flavorful and unique. It reminded me of a light Barley Wine.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 22:23:59 | More by SargeC
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sammo

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-22-2012 20:39:58 | More by sammo
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seplo

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-29-2012 20:53:18 | More by seplo
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

10-26-2012 14:44:56 | More by Envelopes
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Petey_the_Quiet

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.5%

01-23-2014 02:50:15 | More by Petey_the_Quiet
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,555 ratings.