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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

3,650 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,650
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 133
Gots: 230 | 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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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-01-2013 05:41:31 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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Prospero

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

05-24-2014 04:21:14 | More by Prospero
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-27-2013 20:53:51 | More by Kevincredible
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

07-21-2013 15:22:17 | More by mwbrady12
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neckbeered

Montana

4/5  rDev -0.5%

05-12-2014 16:11:55 | More by neckbeered
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jeffjeff1

California

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

This was pretty good.

Appearance- dark reddish color, transparent

Smell- brown sugar, molasses

Taste- brown sugar, molasses

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- It was a pretty good beer. Definitely a winter beer , will drink it again most likely in winter

08-29-2009 00:28:27 | More by jeffjeff1
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watermelonman

California

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

This poured to a nice deep copper and orange with a fairly large head that quickly faded to a small ring. There's no real lace.

The flavors here are fairly straightforward for the style, but then again, this doesn't really fit into a standard style. Brown sugar and light malts dominate the smell. The same can be found in the front of the taste, while substantial hops linger through the finish. The mouthfeel is assertive and interesting.

Drinkability is outright dangerous for the alcohol content.

12-29-2005 08:59:22 | More by watermelonman
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droomyster

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -6%

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.

03-13-2005 04:33:48 | More by droomyster
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-17-2013 01:45:44 | More by Bdel34
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brentblack1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

09-07-2012 00:28:16 | More by brentblack1
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AmitC

New York

4.51/5  rDev +12.2%

An excellent product overall.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. A very deep amber color. Otherwise very clear except for some suspended very very fine particles. Excellent light tan colored almost two fingers thick head with good retention. The receding head leaves an excellent tracing behind. A few small bubbles seen rising up.

Aroma is strong and punching. A mix of super strong malt and very bitter subtle hops. Use of brown cane sugar as suggested by the bottle suggests some sweetness along with strong maltiness. However, bitter hops are equally strong and rise up to give an excellent aroma. Some alcohol but overall dominated by rich and strong bitter malt. I love the aroma as such and it is very inviting.

Flavor is excellent. A very strong bitterness for something not an IPA or barleywine. Very upfront hops that dominate leaving the strong malt base as a sidekick. Malts are huge and in abundance but for me hops just overpower everything not to the point of extreme bitterness, but just enough bitterness that is worth savoring. A little bit of alcohol and kick is felt. Very warming. Boozy - no. Aftertaste is also full of bitterness.

Mouth feel is medium to slightly full. Moderate to low carbonation. No astringency of any kind for me. Some may find it bitter or boozy or way too malty, but this is just a perfect blend.

This drinks so easy, you realize this when you finish it in 15 minutes. Damn, it is 10%. Can't drink a lot in a single session. Got to care for liver.

01-26-2013 00:15:51 | More by AmitC
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-23-2013 00:19:03 | More by tpauer
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ant880

New York

4/5  rDev -0.5%

02-03-2013 03:31:38 | More by ant880
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-23-2013 01:01:35 | More by srw
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.68/5  rDev +16.4%

Appearance - Pour was light brown color, pretty clear. Nice foamy head, and some lacing.

Smell - Malts, brown sugar, hops and alcohol.

Taste - Brown sugar, malts, alcohol taste to it

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and malt taste.

Drinkability - Alcohol is high at 9.9, bery nice beer. i enjoyed this one, slow drinking beer.

02-04-2007 22:31:23 | More by auxiliary
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-27-2013 23:14:29 | More by Brushkanna
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mecmd

Georgia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

10-09-2012 04:44:55 | More by mecmd
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

06-24-2013 19:39:22 | More by BostonPhilly
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

02-26-2011 01:17:25 | More by JMad
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ale207

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-18-2012 02:50:09 | More by ale207
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

01-23-2013 15:30:49 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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csmalley

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-07-2013 16:06:08 | More by csmalley
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kornkid8600

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-08-2011 08:16:12 | More by kornkid8600
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SaxmanRick

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

10-19-2012 01:31:32 | More by SaxmanRick
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,650 ratings.