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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,646
Reviews: 1,441
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 197
Gots: 663 | FT: 16
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 chilidog
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas, Wow, not what I expected, this is a very good, well enjoyed beer!

It poured a nice dark copper, rich clear color. Nice full head, slight tan with a good lace path left glass-side. (I was expecting, well something brown)

The aroma was sweet toasted malts, an aroma of good crusty bread.

The taste says it all. Toasted malts with a good sweet layer of well carmalized brown sugar. Kinda like brown-sugar cinnamon toast.
This full bodied beer is thick but a great blended hop does'nt allow it to get to sweet. The 9.9% stay's in check as well. Only a slight alcohol hint is noticed in the taste. This allows this beer to be very drinkable. Caution; that also allows that 9.9% to sneak up on ya.

Overall; very drinkable with a good, clean mouthfeel. The mouth is left with a slight oil feel but with a sugar sweet finish.

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. Large red letters on the label.
Translucent copper mahogany body with low carbonation. Creamy tan head with small bubbles.
Scent of caramel, grassy hops, flower, hay and of course, brown sugar.
Rough hops swirling in caramel and brown sugar with nutskin and vegetable, well balanced. The aftertaste is a hoppy long lived malty rush, quite strong and very tasty.
Medium-full body, some coating and a rough feel.
Highly drinkable, delicious and warming.


Photo of martyl1000
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: 12.12.2014
The aroma, my god. Summer fruit -- strawberry!

Having this again two years later. From a 12 oz. bottle, this time. Makes me certain about my 2012 experience, that the Monks Kettle bartender gave me the wrong beer.

This is superb. It's taking me outside my comfort zone . . .
On tap at Monks Kettle. Nice looking pour into a goblet, a clear reddish brown, with a thin white head and delicate lacing that slides down the glass

Surprising hop-forward aroma. Perhaps its just too cold, but I'm not getting any of the sugar sweetness in the nose or in the mouth. I'm even wondering if the bartender has given me the wrong beer.

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a clean amber with a solid off white head of about 1.5 fingers. Very sticky lacing

S- Huge aroma. A carmelized, sugary sweet smell. Candy apple. Fuity hops on the backside. Some pine. Delicious smelling beer

T- Very, very sweet. Taste does a solid job of following nose. Some of the flavor reminds me kind of a sherry taste. Also detect maple, syrupy molasis, vanilla, honey, cider, and brown sugar. Alcohol is present with the warmth. Pretty mellow though without a lot of bitterness, but some level of bitterness shows to battle the sweetness. Not real balanced though, IMO. A level of cloying.

M- Full body. Moderate carbonation and drinkability. As mentioned, alcohol is present. Dry finish

O- Quite different than anything i can remember. I am not a huge barley wine guy, but this was enjoyable. I wouldn't have 2 in a row or drink it often simply because the sweetness level of this beer was just too much for me to take. I don't have a ton of barleywine experience at this point, but this one seems to match the profile. Maybe even a cross between a barleywine and a DIPA. The flavor profile doesn't fit my palate all that well, but i respect the effort here by Lagunitas. Good job

Photo of Nordbier
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of jondeelee
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga' has an aroma that lives up the name, being full of caramelized brown sugar aromas. But these are joined by a surprisingly strong series of hop notes, which bring in grapefruit and pine scents. The malts contribute a few hints of peach and orange, rounding out the nose.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately sweet and sugary, and again lives up to its name. The sugars fly hot and heavy, being a fight between brown and cane sugar flavors to see which can first overwhelm the tastebuds, or at least bring about a case of diabetes. Luckily, the hops play a nice refereeing role, bringing in a healthy dose (51.1 IBUs) of grapefruity hops to balance things out. Just at the end, when the sugars fade away, a strong toasted grain and light nut base appears. The aftertaste is mainly hops, with fading sugars and grains, and lasts for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-heavy.

Overall, this is good beer, though I did find the sugars became rather strong after a few sips, and due to the high alcohol content (9.99% ABV), a tinge of vodka-like alcohol hung around the edges. Still, I suspect anyone who already likes Lagunitas--a company deliciously geared towards over-indulgence--will find this a nice addition to their line.

Photo of meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of vcoggins
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of RyanAU
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mrmanning
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Irishboy. A deep tan pour with some haze. Head is beige and leaves spotty lace. Nose of pit fruits, lots of caramel malts, demerera, citrus, dark bread. Tastes of woody brown sugar, citric hops and rye bread crust, butterscotch, caramel, plum, sweet candy. Sticky and sweet finish with a slight hop bite towards the end. Has mellowed out nicely with some time on it. Thanks Richard!

Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beersdmf17
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a nice effervescent amber with a thick creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves big lacing

S- big citrus hops fronts the aroma with some subtle bready sweetness mingling in here and there.

T- the same hops forward flavor with some pine flavors thrown in to the mix. The malt background is not huge, but it does hold its own and support the hops well.

M- full with a slight oily feeling to it from the big hops.

O- a great big flavor IPA-style beer. Not sure the brown sugar/cane sugar made a huge difference flavor-wise when compared to the regular Lagunitas IPA, but it is a good beer all the same. Would be interested to try the two head-to-head for a comparison.

Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of mcdsports
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of xJMFCx
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Robyn
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of AJ01923
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A perfect balance of sweet toasty caramel and ruby red's for the hop character. wonderful. Alcohol is hard to detect but is slightly there but not almost 10%. The taste lingers and finally rolls off your pallet and tongue. Thank goodness for strong ales!

Let this one sit too for at least a couple of years.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,646 ratings.