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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,847
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 773 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz stubby with my Sierra Nevada Balloon glass.
Notes from 11/10/13

A: Dark coppery caramel amber body with some ruddy orange hues and a slight haze effect. Thick finger of egg white suds adorn the glass top never full subsiding. Generous swaths of lace and sticky dots paint the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Gooey caramels and brown sugar over lightly toasted bread. Similar to a light molasses character. Somewhat akin to an American style barley-wine with a firm hop presence of pine resins, earth, spice and dank herbals. Alcohol is slightly evident in the nose. Nice overall with the brown sugar really coming through in the nose.

T: The brown sugar is apparent providing an overall sweetness to the beer add some bready malts and touch of caramelized fig fruitiness to the base. There is a nice punch of moderate hop bitterness to the beer that brings pine, spice, and herbals with some lesser notes of citrus fruit. The alcohol is warming and very present. Almost harsh in a way that too many of these bad boys will leave your head a poundin’. Not entirely balanced but the flavors are great. One bad ass little brew with some big barley-wine tendencies.

M: The mouth feel is moderate leaning towards heavy with a bit of light syrupy thickness. Has a nice frothy texture form the carb with a modest bittering and light drying efforts on the finish. Warming alcohol on exhalation with a slight resinous linger.

D: Brown Shugga is one beer that don’t fuck around. It packs a wallop in both flavor and alcohol. It is a little unbalanced but in a good way like one would expect from a Strong Ale. The malts dominate over a modest hop kick and the brown sugar comes through nicely in both flavor and aroma. Both tasty and robust. I would say one could cellar this but why wait. A great seasonal classic.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Darker coppery color with burnt sienna hues. Cream colored head holds fast at a quarter inch. A thin broken ring and spotty dots comprise the lacing.

S: Melon and mandarin orange, hints of dank bud, light pine, and sugary ruby red grapefruit. Sweet and substantial malt base of brown bread, caramel, crust, brown cocoa, and brown sugar.

T: Mandarin orange and melon start things off. Some more aggressive hop flavors of pine, resin, and dank weed follow quickly. Heavily toasted crust and brown bread. Dark caramel. Nutty cocoa and brown sugar. Spike of alcohol and hints of tropical ester. Bready and crusty finish with a lingering boozy taste.

M: Medium-thick body. Round, creamy, and chewy. Low scrubbing carbonation. Numbing alcohol.

O: Not bad stuff. Some more aggressive flavors at work in this beer than are found in any other Lagunitas offering. At 9.9% abv this beer means business, and it tastes like it means business too. It's the brawler of the Lagunitas portfolio. Still fun and fairly easy to drink despite its size.

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4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip , redish brown color with a one finger head and nice sticky lacing

Smells very malty and sweet with some burnt raisin smell to it , very nice

Taste is very malt forward with the sugary sweetness coming on second and a nice bite form the alcohol at the end

Overall a very tasty brew , just wish I could land a few more bottles

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Nice looking orangish amber appearance with an off white head.

S. Notes of sweet cherry, baking spice and caramel malt. Not the most forward smelling beer but nice nonetheless.

T. Nice mix of sweet malt and hop bitterness. Some cherry, spice and bready malt followed with a perfect shot of lingering citrus hop bitterness.

M. Creamy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation.

O. Another great beer from Lagunitas. At almost 10% ABV and priced around $9 per 6-pack this has to be one of the better beer values out there.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,847 ratings.