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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,894
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 214
Gots: 803 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 4,894 | Reviews: 1,494
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: center-pour into tulip glass didn't kick up more than a modest off-white head froth; the beer itself was a beautiful deep amber with strong ruby highlighting

S: smell was straightforward brown sugar; some suggestion of dates and candied fruit

T: much crisper on the palate than the nose - has a heartier malt character that gets away from the "possibly barleywine"-like aroma. Some of the alcohol slips into the taste (this is a 45-ish degree beer I'm drinking). The brown sugar is more subdued and you're left with an almost (whiskey/bourbon) barrel-aged flavor.

M: the woodsiness of this beer also creates a thinning feel on the tongue; some bitter astringence from the alcohol, some from the hops - chewier/maltier feeling up front, a drying finish... modest carbonation.

O: I was really expecting to be sugar-slammed here, or maybe a suggestion of a barleywine-like beer, but all that was mostly on the nose; the beer itself reminded me a little of the Innis & Gunn Rum Cask Oak Aged beer I'd sampled once. I would say this is a good but not exceptional beer for my tastes.

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Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger thick tan head, settling slowly to a quarter inch and leaving a spray of lace down the glass. Smell: grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, dates, caramelized sugar. Taste: brown sugar, lightly toasted bread, pine cutting through the sweetness, then into sugared grapefruit, dried mango-ish tropical fruit. Body ramps from medium to full, with prickly carbonation into fluffy into a chewy, hops and booze soaked finish. Although pretty big and sweet, it doesn't come off as heavy, at all. It would be interesting to try all of Lagunitas' seasonal 9-ish% ASA/Impy Reds together (how different are they?). In any case, this is a win. Bottled 270/365 2012.

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A-orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-caramel, malt, citrus, pine, floral notes

T-citrus, caramel and brown sugar, pine, hints of vanilla, nice hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy almost viscous

O-a different beer that has some attributes of a DIPA, but with its own unique flavor profile

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This brew was poured from the tap at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It arrived in a stemless, flared pilsner glass. The beer glowed a dark, reddish honey coloring. It held a one and a half finger head of tight, tan bubbles. This retained nicely, leaving a single sheet of lacing down the glass, and a film across the top of the liquid for the entire tasting. Carbonation appeared light, with no haze or sediment noted. The aroma showed caramel and pale malt sweetness, with a bit of muddy grit. Hops were floral and soapy, adding bitterness. There was an industrial plastic sourness with warmth, along with tart yeast, and souring of apple vinegar. Fusel heat wafted off the top. Our first impression was that there was a nice malty back, with a powerful initial sweetness. The flavoring opened with maple sweetness, citric and soapy hops, orange juice sweetness and acidity, with cutting deep sugary malts, and a light roast. The peak came with Styrofoam plastics, unsweetened iced tea dryness, drying toasty caramel malts to cut, and melted caramel sugar to the finish. The latter blended with an equal sweetness and richness of heavy creamer, to help the malts cut the continuous piney hop bitterness. The aftertaste breathed of surprising bitterness of hops and soap, souring yeast, black pepper and booze, warming winter spice, and light caramel sweetness. The body was full, and the carbonation was medium. There was a nice syrupy coating to the mouth, with a final pucker from lemon in the aftertaste. There was soft slurp, sip, cream, and froth, while the lips and fingers are left sticky. The mouth was ultimately cooled and happy, with warmth rumbling up from the tummy. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, the best thing about this brew was the warming, seasonal feel, with hearty flavoring the whole way through. There was such a nice blend of warming spice, with sweetness of malts and a biting lick of soapy, citric, and piney hop bitterness. This made for a uniform sip throughout. The nose was also certainly stark, and with such fusel booze it can be seen to overwhelm the light of heart with fiery booze. The tea-like lemon flavoring, at times, does tip the flavor’s balance, but this is a very tasty, season-appropriate beverage.

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A: Copper with a bit of haze. A finger of khaki head springs up and sticks around for a bit finally leaving behind generous lacing on the glass

S: Sugary sweet, caramel, fresh, slightly toasted bread come together and are joined with pine and citrus. Quite aromatic, fresh, and stimulating.

T: Brown sugary sweetness up front wrapped with puffed pastry. Some caramel syrup which builds to earthy pine bitterness in the middle with squirts of citrus finally peaking with a stong but warm, balanced alcohol finish.

M: Smooth and even somewhat chewy with resilient linger and ample carbonation.

O: An interesting brew with loads of brown sugary sweetness and also warming alcohol which is well hidden in the aromatic and fresh hoppiness of this brew. Big yet balanced. The penicillin of the Lagunitas line: greatness birthed by happenstance, which speaks for their ingenuity and adaptability.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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