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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,192 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,192
Reviews: 1,349
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 178
Gots: 412 | 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  rDev -0.7%

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Photo of Murchmac
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As sunset approaches this beer blends in with the environment. Pours like the sun going down over the ocean.

Alcohol smell, sweet malts, west coast hops.

Big alcohol taste, dark sugar, molasses, some hops. Delicioso! It slowly coats your tongue and rocks you to sleep.

Aftertaste finishes big, sticky, and long.

Buy this one when you can.

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Ashley's in Westland, MI.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful copper color, with a good 3/4 inch head that goes nowhere before drinking. Big creamy lace on the glass as it goes, and leaves a residual 1/4 inch the whole glass. I will be giving this one a swirl to get the leftovers. A ton if bubbles moving in this one makes it an almost picture-perfect beer.

Smell- Big, full, sweet, earthy hop bite on the nose, followed by a big carmelized sugar and marshmallowy sweetness. Smells great.

Taste- Big bitter draw followed by a myriad of flavors. Cane sugar, faint white pineapple, sour creamy persimmon, gingerbread maltiness, grassy funk, balanced earthy hops, hop bitterness that sticks around on the teeth and palate. Complex and sweet the whole time-even with the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel- Milkshake creamy head that hangs up in the mustache, followed by a dense smooth, thick feeling draw. Minimal carbonation in the mouth with a sweet coating afterwards. A bit heavy feeling but nice. No doubt a strong one.

Overall- A great brew. Thrilled that I got a draft offering. One of Lagunitas' strongest brews. Very tasty and complex. I will definitely get this again

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jackndan
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga': And here I was all ready to assert that this was a barley wine, it absolutely has that same creamy, melted butterscotch flavor, with a sharp snap of sweet and hops toward the end that I've tasted in other BW's. I peeked at their description on the site though, and I'll be damned if two hundred pounds of brown sugar does not make for one fine brew. Pours a barely hazy golden amber, with a nice initial head that leaves a thin skin on the top throughout, and a bit of lacing. Definite sweetness and sugars in the aroma. As already suggested, smooth and buttery mouthfeel, very nice. I'm half way through and the beer gets a wee bit cloying, this is not a beer that you'd have several of in an evening. I'd have another one tomorrow, and more than one any night between October 15 and April 15, so I'll not be too harsh on the drinkability.

Nice taste, but I'm not convinced that this is an Strong/Old Ale.

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

A: A medium copper with excellent clarity. A persistent, light-tan head made of small, creamy bubbles. Leaves some lacing on the galss.

S: A strong hops aroma with lot citrus, pineapple, some pine and a some tropical fruit. Blindfolded, think I was about to get into a very nice Double IPA. There is a light malt sweetness and a moderately-strong, flowery alcohol aroma.

T: Tastes like hops candy with an aggressive hops bitterness countered by a moderate malt sweetness and a strong citrus hops flavor. The hops have the same citrus, pineapple and resinous pine flavor noted in the aroma. The malt has a little caramel flavor. All of this is blended with a moderate alcohol that is somewhat sweet. The balance is bitter with a big malt support. The finish is somewhat dry and the aftertaste is of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderately-strong level of carbonation.

O: Lagunitas has always been a true and constant friend of the hophead and this is a good example of their generosity. An assertively bitter American Barelywine with a huge hops bill in the nose, flavor and bittering. bit more sweetness than the average American Imperial IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a hazy deep orange nearing red amber color, with maybe some sediment as well. Has a thick, fluffy off white head. Head settles to a nice patch island and lace coats the glass nicely. Good looking brew.

Brew smells sweet and hoppy; brown sugar, caramel, sweet malted yeasts. Has some barley and hop resin in the nose as well. Good smelling brew.

Brew is smooth and full bodied; creamy and sweet. Brew has a nice malty presence and some resiny hops. Dark fruit hops maybe. Almost has some chewiness to the mouthfeel. A complex flavorful brew. The sweetness thins it out enough to keep wanting more an more. Brew has a bit of a kick to it as well, finishing slightly dry and ends a bit boozy. This is a great tasting brew.

Bring on the cool weather with this; somewhere between a heavy IPA, winter warmer and a barleywine, complex indeed. A very good tasting brew that will warm you up for sure.... any time of year. Very good stuff here.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.96/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kbnooshay
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange amber color with a very thin off white head. Smells like a hopped cough syrup. Weird. Well this tastes like a barelywine with brown sugar in it! A LOT of brown sugar. This is citric and super sweet. The hop flavor is definitely grapefuity. Hints of molasses and dark fruit really make this interesting. Feel is super slick and oil with slight tingling from the carbonation. I could drink a few of these but the result would be drunkedness.


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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a redish amber color with a two finger beige head that settled to a half inch tight bubbled head to the finish with lots of lacing. smell of brown shugga, slight citrus and floral aromas and alcohol. taste is very sweet sugar and toffee and some citrus maybe oranges on the back of the palate. mouthfeel is thick, syrupy and weak on carbonation. the 9.90 abv limits the drinkability but i would buy it again for a high test pick me up.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,192 ratings.