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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

3,550 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 3,550
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 117
Gots: 205 | FT: 14
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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GeoffRizzo

Texas

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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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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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Lexluthor33

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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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

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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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper/brown, with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Sugar cane and alcohol! Lots of brown sugar and toasty malts.

T - Sweet as a M)($%*(^$%($#^%. Wow. Lots of sugar. Lots of alcohol.

M - Oily, medium bodied, and fairly high carbonation.

O - Good, but I can only drink about half of one of these and I am done. Too sweet and strong

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:22:16 | More by BeerDawgs
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-27-2012 23:45:05 | More by bluerabbit
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EB1

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-15-2013 23:36:51 | More by EB1
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red, nice head and thick lacing

Big, juicy, fruity hops! Caramel sweetness but not brown sugar (surprising)

Huge flavor, with gobs of hops at the forefront, held up by a mountain of malt, too. Hops are big American citrus ones, though there is also a long, stinging bitterness in the finish. It’s nearly astringent, and there’s also that scorched sugar flavor adding to it, really drying everything up. Despite its heft, the alcohol is well hidden, as I never get a boozy kickback.

Maybe I’m mistaken, but isn’t this supposed to have brown sugar be a part of the flavor? I didn’t get it all. Aside from that, it’s another big, tasty, hoppy ale from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 19:46:00 | More by JEdmund
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep reddish amber color with small, rapidly fading head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smell is quite sweet, with some of the brown sugar coming to play with citrus hops. Pleasant, though. Taste is not overwhelmingly hoppy or malty, but a nice balance of both. Lightly roasted malt kicks things off here followed by a moderate bitter kick from some hops, fading into a lingering piney and somewhat smokey flavor. Very interesting, not nearly as sweet as I would have expected--was thinking this was gonna be like DFH 90 in the sweetness dept. Very interesting flavor, akin in ways to both English and American Barleywines. Thick and coating, the MF on this one is great, very smooth and full-bodied. It says not to sip this one on the bottle, and I damn well could get away with not sipping this one. Nice work from Lagunitas, I have to explore this brewery further.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 19:17:20 | More by LordAdmNelson
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minterro

Colorado

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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mcdsports

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.5%

12-05-2013 03:23:39 | More by mcdsports
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climax

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep copper/red with real good clarity aside from the tiny bubbles suspended in the rich mass. The head is somewhat modest and fades leaving a bit of a residue, but not full-blown lace wallpaper.

The nose is awesome. Citrus notes of sweet oranges and grapefruit highlight an impressive hop bill. The malt has no problem matching wits. Toasty sweet caramel, clove, and ripened black cherries all make for an interesting situation for my nostrils. The alcohol is hidden pretty well.

The flavor is a bit more on the sweet side of things, however the hops still contribute an herbal dryness. Alcohol comes through a bit more here, rounding out an overall sweet and slightly tart/sour taste.

The carbonation is mild for the most part but still has a light sharpness to it. The body is not quite full, but it is on the heavier side. The feel is somewhat cottony with a dry finish. Bottom line.... interesting.

This is an awesome beer, no question. But, as far as MY tastes go, I would tone down the sweetness in favor of the hops. The Arrogant Bastard trio is pretty hard to compete against. Unfortunately for this beer, that's what I've drank the previous 2 nights.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:34:09 | More by climax
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12-05-2012 20:38:48 | More by irishgreensoda
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happygnome

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice deep orange copper color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fast leacing a ring of lace around the edge of the glass as well as on the top of the beer
s: caramely malts a little sweet light piny hop aroma
t: caramel, malts, a brown sugar flavor hints of the alcohol little bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, this is really good i will buy more

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:34:08 | More by happygnome
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iemailjack

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

01-08-2013 03:46:50 | More by iemailjack
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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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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.5%

11-18-2012 06:39:00 | More by hinemk76
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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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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a beautiful ruddy copper/amber tone with a good degree of clarity to it, maybe a finger of beige head lacking much retention, lapsing into a thin collar; nice lacing.

aromatic nose replete with hops (citrus, some pine) and a notable caramel malt presence, subtle brown sugar notes.

the hop characters lead the way in the flavor, with the malt and brown sugar sweetness opening up more mid-palate and then hops and some alcohol present in the finish. pretty damn tasty. sort of a crossbreed between a DIPA and a barleywine.

full/medium bodied with moderate carbonation. for a beer approaching 10% ABV this drinks pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 02:57:10 | More by perrymarcus
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

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

Notes from 12/09/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 45* into a snifter.

A: This pours a reddish-brown color with a finger and a half of off-white head that laces very well.

S: It's tough to categorize this from the nose; it features notes of maple syrup, caramel apples, and some bourbon-y vanilla notes.

T: The taste is of hazelnut, cinammon, sweet dark fruit notes, apples, and maple syrupy bourbon.

M: It has a thick body with some creaminess and leaves the lips very sticky.

D: This is tasty but a bit conflicting and out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 06:31:15 | More by bucklemyshoe
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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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SHODriver

Louisiana

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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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a dream last night. I was trapped, held hostage in a monstrous gold and porcelain castle. The front steps were like the steps of the state house, overlooking the long slope of a grassy hill upon which the mansion was set. I'm not sure why I was trapped there or what the obese, burly owner wanted... His face was emblazoned with a deep red scar in the shape of a supernova over his right eye, and the stain seemed to drip down his barrel-chest and form another explosion, almost as if he was being slowly consumed by some burning evil, despite his cordiality and joviality. My friends and I ate meats and cheeses at the banquet table and drank a wonderful nectar, I even took precise notes (which I will recall here in order to satisfy the estimable reader's curiosity):

"Dark amber with two fingers of light tan head that laces a little. Perfectly clear, quite pretty.
Tons of brown sugar, molasses, alcohol. Sweet malts and sticky pine resin hops meld to form the aroma...
The flavour opens up with more caramel-molasses sweetness, but the hops certainly come in to balance with a big piney-grapefruit-bitter wallop.
Chewy, warming, medium carbonation and a good, slick, mouth-filling presence."

He's throwing a party tonight, and I thought it may afford me a chance to escape, but the party was so huge that he had to have security stationed at every doorway, whether in the grand ballroom that had woods as a back wall, or at the top of the front steps where one stepped into the next layer, as it were, of the house... set up almost like an onion, I recall it to have been... and the last thing I remember is searching down a hallway that seemed to be constantly shrinking, with strange artwork on the walls and guards at the ends... Many, many colours here, not just the porcelain and gold, and the desperation was setting in as I remembered the ghastly scars that covered his grotesque upper body and he smiled and acted as though he were a benevolent father, but I knew that though I could have all the fun I wanted within those walls, there would never be any escape... and I had yet to discover a good reason why he wanted to keep me...

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 02:46:27 | More by khiasmus
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BigCheese

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear rusty red. Small but sticky looking off white head, head dies quick, does leave some webbing.

S: Grapefruit Hops, maple sugar, molasses, roasted malts. Strong and pungent.

T: Some tropical hops interwoven with a rich sweet malt bill. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar, powdered sugar all come to mind, some piney/herbal hop bitterness in finish. some booziniess too. Initial sweetness also has an english feel to it, maybe the yeast.

M: Syrupy, rich mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable.

O: pretty tasty and interesting, quite sweet/rich but its not cloying. Not mind blowing but quite enjoyable, 6 months aging might smooth it out. I'd definitely reccomend trying it once, great value.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:09:52 | More by BigCheese
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, solid, cream-colored 2 finger head from a turbulent pour. Good retention and awesome lacing. Liquid looks bright and clear, but it's actually extremely cloudy and translucent upon closer inspection. Brown ale with red highlights.

Pine hop notes through the nose, accented by molasses and, yes, brown sugar. Relatively subdued aroma for the big flavor.

Very sweet brew: caramelized sugar and molasses. It's quite hoppy, but that only manifests, flavor-wise, as some vinous pine notes. Develops nicely as it warms, without the sweetness becoming overpowering.

Lovely mouthfeel: silky and smooth. Almost no sting, but the beer is still lively and not at all syrupy. Slightly dry finish, with more alcohol presence as it dries.

You'd have no idea this beer clocked in at 10% ABV if you didn't read the bottle; it's unbelievably smooth. It works wonderfully as a night cap, or as a stronger brew during the day. Pairs well with food. It's a little strong as a lunch brew, but works excellently to relax after work.

This beer reminds me a lot - lot - of DFH Burton Baton (minus the oak). That's a very high compliment.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:44:31 | More by Roguer
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,550 ratings.