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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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3,587 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,587
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 121
Gots: 211 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

11-08-2012 04:54:29 | More by jeffthepony
Photo of kirkse


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

11-21-2012 21:55:30 | More by kirkse
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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-01-2012 20:27:25 | More by mmilyko
Photo of AmitC

New York

4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

12-01-2013 05:41:31 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
Photo of ali1987


4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-30-2013 19:50:07 | More by ali1987
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep rich red colour, transparent with the smallest of white head.

The smell is sweet with a citrus hop smell.

The taste is sweet, there is brown sugar and a lot of citrus little hops.

The mouth feel is syrupy with medium carbonation.

This is strong, sweet and very tasty. Hides it's abv well.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 01:45:44 | More by Dave1999
Photo of matty


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

Amber colored beer with a slow fading huge head.Aroma is green apple and caramel.Taste is caramel,green apple and sugar cane.You don't feel the alcohol on your tongue and it goes down smoothly.Four of these and goodnight!I would buy again and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 12:39:48 | More by matty
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

12-08-2011 01:08:42 | More by scootercrabb
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-27-2012 05:36:44 | More by kemoarps
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2013 03:23:39 | More by mcdsports
Photo of Roger85


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

03-08-2014 04:23:22 | More by Roger85
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4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting this for about a year now, I like the "Sucks" so hopefully this one is freaking awesome if "sucks" was the substitute.

Bought from Spartan Spirits East Lansing for about 2.50 a bottle. Poured into a snifter

A&S: citrus hops (oranges grapefruits) also some pineyness with a touch of spiciness. Color is a ruby red and translucent. The head is foamy and pretty thick and almost a yellow tan color. Head dies a bit over time but nothing that dramatic.

T&M: Very bitter upfront which is pretty unusually considering that usually falls toward the back. The alcohol is not super present however there is the normal warming presence felt when the beer is very alcoholic (yet another interesting part of this beer). There is much more caramel present in this one then would be expected by the smell. Very smooth and dry finish with piney hops thrown in.

O: Very interesting. many elements about this beer are unusually however they still complement the style so I would say this beer is pretty darn good. Totally met if not exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 03:38:38 | More by minterro
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-10-2014 19:50:50 | More by kmanjohnson
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

01-07-2014 03:21:28 | More by Zonian1
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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into brand new Abbaye du Val-Dieu snifter

A: No real head, some active carbonation. Very clear brownish red coloring.

S: No wafting needed on this beer. I could smell it from a foot away. Malty sweet and some brown sugar notes. A little hops.

T: Strong sugary sweet. Some floral hops (that become more noticeable in a burp). Not bitter, but a soft burnt caramel taste. A good healthy boozy warmth.

M: Warm, a little creamy and some nice fizzyness

D: I could only imagine drinking 1 or 2 of these, but it would be good with a hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 19:00:02 | More by mdwalsh
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4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep ruby / amber, and quite clear. Pours with >1 finger of tan head, which fades fairly quickly to a thin island of bubbles.

S- Piney/citrusy hops are quite prominent upon pouring, and then fade out as the head dies...allowing the sugary sweet (brown sugar?) and caramel malty notes take over. Hints of dark fruit.

T- Unsurprisingly, this brew is quite sweet. A blend of fruity, caramel, sugar sweetness, countered by a sturdy citrusy bitterness,

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation with a medium-full feel. Slightly syrupy.

D- Very good. An all around interesting and enjoyable brew that is an incredibly easy drinker for it's 9.99% ABV.

Future outlook: More please. Need to designate a few of these for cellaring as well...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 05:38:35 | More by DoctorDog
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-15-2013 23:36:51 | More by EB1
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:14:04 | More by SHODriver
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

12-07-2013 16:06:08 | More by csmalley
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light chestnut in color, there are some orange and amber highlights. A thin, yet creamy off-white head that settles a bit. The nose is coupled with freshly squeezed orange juice, nuts and sweet malts; some caramelized brown sugar is also detected during warming. Very creamy and lip smacking sweet; thick and lucious malts, with a near medicinal hops backbone. Becomes a bit dry, but more flavors emerge in the way of brown sugar, and sticky maple syrup. Traces of alcohol, but they add to the flavor and body. One of the best strong ales that you can find; a nice winter sipper and great tasting beverage!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 18:58:23 | More by GeoffRizzo
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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a slightly hazy, reddish gold with less than a finger of off white head. Fair amount of hops in the aroma and plenty of malt. Smelled like a cookie. Full bodied and rich. Lots of malt sweetness but also plenty of hop bitterness to round it out. Some mouth pucker in the finish from the hops.

From hearing people talk, I thought this would be super sweet, but I think it had a pretty good balance. Like a malty barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 15:01:59 | More by homebrewhawk
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a decent sized head and a respectable lace.

The aroma of sweet sugar,malts and some fruit.

The taste started off sweet,sugar like but heavy on malts, Some hops in the back and subtle amount of alcohol warmth.

The feel was medium carbonation,smooth and creamy with medium body feel and some oils in the finish.

Notes: A very fine beer and something to savor. I really felt this one was very deceiving. At this ABV it really was easy to drink and while I will not ever session this one I will have at least two.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 22:44:14 | More by Lexluthor33
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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured ½ of the bottle into a snifter. Formed a very thin ½ finger head that didn't stick around long. Some lacing present, but nothing to write home about. The color is awesome...the color of a caramel apple, but crystal clear...

Lots of brown sugar (wasn't expecting that!) molasses, grains and a touch of honey on the nose. Hops and roasted malts in the background.

Sweet malts hit the mouth immediately. This is followed by a grainy transition into the hoppy, bitter finish. Very complex and changes as the brew comes to temperature...worth sipping over time.

Medium mouth feel that can get a little heavy, but never overwhelming.

This is a thinking man's beer. You have to try to appreciate each sip and swirl it around in your mouth and mind...will not turn this down!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 04:03:00 | More by mgbickel
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3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Beautiful rosy amber with a nice head and a ridiculous amount of lacing.

S: Smell's like a sweet IPA. Candied fruits, alcohol and yeast.

T: Follows the smell: hops, brown sugar, and fermented fruit.

D: Drinkability is great! Its a big beer and there's no attempt to cover the nearly 10% ABV, but the alcohol has a refreshing warming feeling.

Overall: This a tasty beer and although its a bit unbalanced, its a must try. Its original and refreshing and a great autumn beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 04:30:49 | More by JohnnyChicago
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,587 ratings.