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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,780 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,780
Reviews: 1,303
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 159
Gots: 266 | FT: 12
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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Photo of rye726
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly supprised by this beer. First off it is a great deal at under $10 a six pack. It pours a reddish copper with a silky tan head. The nose has fruity hops and rich malts. The taste has lots of caramel malts and bitter hops. The body fits the style well. A great beer from Lagunitas that strays away from their usual recipes.

rye726, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Douglas88
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade with Ty. Pours a light brown with little to no head. The taste is mostly a sweet smooth malt, some hops, citrus, cinnamon and apples, and some brown sugar. It's a great mix that really blends together nice. No real notice of the alcohol. An easygoing drink with a lot to like.

Douglas88, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this reddish copper coloration beer into a pint glass. The foam that it gave originally was good and reduced to a good head. Sugary! wow sweet malt with a hoppy aftertaste. It does leave a good warm feeling in your mouth. Great winter beer. The beer has a great carbonation and keeps it up throughout the drink.

Tolnik, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, Honey, floral, molases, brown sugar.

Looks: Orange/copper colour. Nice sized, creamy coloured head. Left some rings of lace behind.

Taste: Marmalade, carmalized sugar, burnt sugar, hot alcoholic solventy.

Mouthfeel: Big body, almost chewy. Lightly carbonated.

BrewSomerville, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty beer that is good, but a little rough, when fresh, but becomes really good when aged.

Hazy red-brown, it has a fiarly big light tan head that shrinks steadily to a thin, lasting top and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is pungent, fruity, darkly toasty with some earthiness, wine, caramel, prunes.

The taste is a bit sweet but also with an earthy-dark toasted bite and bitterness. It has rich, aromatic, caramelly-stewed prune quality. It is fairly drinkable for the strength, the alcohol mostly adding full warmth and a bit of a spicey bite. It has a thick, oily feel.

Offa, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' poured a clear red/amber color with a bubbly tan 1-finger head that dissipated to sticky lace as I consumed it. The nose is of floral hops with a bit of sweet toasted malt. Taste is of sweet caramel malt with toffee, light on the brown sugar and a little more hops than I expected. Body and mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation. Brown Shugga' taste like a sweeter light bodied Barley Wine.

With a name like Brown Shugga' I thought I would detect more brown sugar sweetness than I did. This brew should be sipped, however, it is drinkable for its 9.9% ABV. My first brew from Lagunitas Brewing and I am impressed - have 5 more that I am looking forward to finish!

bushbeer75, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Tolann
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hella big thanks to Nic for granting me this bottle.
Slainte!

A - Cloudy golden orange. white head. Kind of makes me think of a dark apple cider color

S - sweet molasses, and some fruit. A little bit of grassy hops on the end. Definitely brown sugar in there. Kinda maybe like a barley wine.

T - Sweet and malty. it makes me think of something gooey and yummy.

M - Some carbonation. Kind of a sugary slickness to it. Tiny bit of alcohol. Some dryness at the back of my throat.

D - The name had me thinking Quaker Oatmeal sweetness but this is different and much more appropriate for my beer. Maybe some too sweet to have a few in just 1 sitting. Very enjoyable tho!

Tolann, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of TonyT
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass...

Poured brownish gold, one finger head.

I have to agree with other reviews, that this has a prevalent barley wine taste and feel...

Had a barley wine smell with hops coming through.

Hops hit in the front, a barley wine taste comes through in the middle and the alcohol hits in the back. Sweet taste rides throughout. The malt taste is just a bit more than the hops. But it does not allow you to forget the hops...as you start to feel that Hop dryness.

The malts mask the ABV...classic left hook, which makes this a deceivably drinkable beer..."...Don't get cocky Kid"

I recommend anyone to take this for a spin.

TonyT, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of atsprings
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn the Raleigh Flying Saucer has been getting some great stuff in lately! 2006 vintage on draft! Served a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight caramel and brown sugar, but a bit on the weak side. The taste is loads of brown sugar and caramel, loads of mops with the hops pushed way in the background. The beer is medium bodied and the age seems to have toned down the alcohol presence a bit. This one is certainly an enjoyable sipper.

atsprings, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of Onslow
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours from a 12 ounce bottle .. lets go... very silky and mellow beer for having a 9.9% backbone .. tasty and abv very well hidden ... warms u up nicely .. van is the man, sneijder too (2) ... great flavours in this one- brown sugar, rum, figs, plums ... same aroma too ... a very drinkable barleywine!

Onslow, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a goblet. No freshness date.

A: Tangerine-amber hue with respectable off-white head with touches of fine lacing.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, and toffee with a smidge of alcohol and grassy hops in the nose.

T: Sweet but not to an extreme because there are a lot more hops than meets the nose. The malty sweetness takes on a fruity, toffee character with a goodly portion of grassy and light citrus hops to even out the maltiness. While this beer could have easily qualified as a malt-bomb, the good folks at Lagunitas knew just what we wanted and pitched in more hops when it seemed like there were already enough. What they produced was a unique beer with both malt and hops covered.

M: Luscious with a sweet toffee aftertaste. It feels like a mellowed barleywine.

D: An excellent Lagunitas effort (not surprisingly) but the 9.9% might slow you down a little. Definitely worth a try or two, and it probably cellars very well.

argock, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle picked up from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional Blue Mountain Brewery-logoed pint glass.

Appearance: Swiss cheese-esque lacing, big foamy, slightly off-white, uneven head, hazy, ruby body, average retention. Great lacing!

Aroma: Sweet tropical fruits, tons of thick brown sugar and molasses, as well as some other caramelized malts, both darker and lighter. Runs the gamut.

Taste: Tons of malts. Brown sugar is (obviously) prominent, some heavier roasts (coffee) are faintly present, grainy toast. Some fruity esters - cherry - and some sweet citrus - grapefruit, orange - round things off. Verrry sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, even, fine-bubbled, big-headed and -bodied.

Drinkability: Very sweet, and very high in abv%, but I surprisingly liked this way more than I expected I would. Alcohol is very well-hidden, malts are surprisingly complex (even if they are intense). A pleasant surprise and a very good beer.

CrellMoset, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a medium light tan head, Head holds on and then reduces to a thin cap leaving behind nice lace.

S-Caramelized brown sugar, toasted malt and a nice hop kick,

T-Toasty malt on the palate with present but subduded brown sugar sweetness. Nice hop kick to keep the malt/brown sugar sweetness in check. A tickle of fruitiness in the background.

M-Medium to Medium-heavy body with a wonderful smoothness and pleasant creaminess.

D-Very drinkable. Sweet but not too sweet and just enough hop kick to keep hop heads happy. I struggle to believe that this is 9.9%...a stealthy beer for sure! Brown Shugga....I love you! Thanks Mick!

Deuane, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear ruby-orange with a thin, cinnamon tan foamy layering that didn't stick around long. There was a slight rim lacing at best as it receded.

S: The nose was big and sweet with burnt molasses, maple syrup and sweet toffee which was followed by a lingering dried grapefruit hopping.

T: sweet up front with caramelized malt and dark molasses. There is a noticeable alcohol presence that sneaks in the middle of the palate as well some dried fruit (prunes), sugar plums, and raisins. The beer finishes out bitter with some dried grapefruit compliments of the Chinook hops.

M: sticky, dry, with a nice medium thick viscosity. Sweet, syrupy with a nice feel to it.

D: Very nicely done with a sweet start and bitter finish that compliment each other for a great overall experience. Alcohol was very well hidden for 9.0% and makes for a good drinkable beer, though comes off a tad sweet at times which may limit multiples.

beerthulhu, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of oelergud
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a medium white head, medium lacing.

S: Light, but I get some molasses and malt.

T: Brown sugar and molasses is clearly evident, very malt, light hop burst at the end.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, nice full carbonation character.

D: A good beer by Lagunitas, I wasn't wowed by it, but pretty solid.

Halcyondays, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of demitriustown
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle: Nice sweet malt aroma, definite big hop characteristic as well, maybe some brown sugar scent but subtle. Appearance is amber/red with a thin tan head. Taste has definitely got some caramel malt in this, citrus hops, sweet, and alcohol is present on the back end. Palate is somewhat sweet on the lips, very tongue coating, and aftertaste has a lingering caramel maltiness and a bit of alcohol. Overall, it's good but not great kind of like most of the Lugunitas that I've had. Maybe it's too young. Will check back on this one in a year.

demitriustown, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of somewhat loose head. Laces well.

S - Very fruity, some dark sugars and molasses come to mind. Slight metallic touch as well.

T - Raisins, booze, quite bitter as well. Some toasty malt and a touch of sweetness, but not overly so. Some grassiness keeps the flavour from being too heavy. Nonetheless, very thick flavours in this.

M - Moderate in body with a nice low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D - Not as heavy as I initially feared. For some reason I was expecting something in the brown ale category... dunno why. This however is pushing barleywine territory.

allergictomacros, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Damian
4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 FLUID OZ bottle purchased at Crazy Bruce's Liquors, West Hartford, CT

Poured a gorgeous, crystal clear, dark crimson-orange with a tight, creamy, two-finger, light saddle head that slowly faded to a thick ring of froth. Lots of spotty lacing stuck all along the glass.

The aroma was intense and enticing. As the name suggests, brown sugar was immediately noticeable. Rich, caramel malts also came through strong along with hints of Christmas cookies and a touch of alcohol. A nice mix of sweet and spicy.

The flavor was full, rich and incredibly well balanced. So smooth and creamy. Tons of bready, rich, sweet malts came through up front. Brown sugar and gingerbread were noticeable in the center. Juicy, ripe fruits (peaches and apricots) came through as well. Sweet, citrusy hops (some orange peel) appeared in the finish along with indications of orange liquor. A sweet, sticky coating of this orange liquor-like flavor lingered in my mouth (as well as on my lips) long after the beer was finished.

Mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and medium-full bodied with a fine, mild carbonation. Silky smooth on the palate. Syrupy and sticky.

Drinkability was simply off the charts. The alcohol in this beer is hitting me hard but where did the liquid go? I simply cannot believe I am almost finished. I have labeled other beers as being "dangerously drinkable" but this one puts them to shame. 9.9% ABV? This certainly must be a typo.

Simply put, this is an exceptionally well-rounded beer. Its sweet, sugary aspect is apparent, yet it never becomes cloying or messy. (This beer borders on being a sweeter version of a barleywine, and a damn fine one at that.) Brown Shugga' actually reminds me a great deal of Lagunitas's own Sneak Release Undercover Investigation Shut-Down Ale, but slightly better. I advise you to seek out this magical beer at any cost.

Damian, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this bottle from russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy amber colour with a slight tinge of orange and a 1 finger head of off-white foam. Lots of lacing and the head retention is quite good. It's a fine looking brew in the glass.

Taking a few whiffs, I get a lot of sweet caramel and sugar with an almost equal amount of citrus hops. Nice. I'm also getting a touch of fruitiness.

The taste is just as impressive. Super sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar that seem to be heading to beyond what I like but....there's that citrus doing a fine balancing act and bringing the tastes back in order. Very tasty. The finish has just the slightest bitterness to it and that works fine for me.

The body is on the light side and the carbonation is medium light. The alcohol is *very* well hidden and because of that, the contents of my glass are disappearing at an alarming rate. Oh well. That's a problem I'll deal with and I give a salute to Lagunitas for brewing a fine American Strong Ale. I'd drink this again, no problem.

Bitterbill, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in to imp pint glass. Pours tea-brown with an offwhite head (my overly aggessive pour). Can definitely smell brown sugar, some sort of fruit that I can't peg, and raisins. Taste is sweet, apricot, with bitterness in the back. The alcohol lingers a little, but doesn't overpower initially. Not overwhelmingly drinkable because of the alcohol, but smoothe nonetheless.

aubuc1, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, clean red amber color with a foamy off-white head.

Beautiful malty aroma with hints of brown sugar and honey.

Big, sweet malty taste with brown sugar, honey, caramel, and citrus hops mixed in. The alcohol is well hidden, even at almost 10%.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly dry, with moderate carbonation.

The taste is sweet but not near as much as I expected. That's good, I don't like really sweet beers. I really enjoyed this one but I guess I am partial to the stuff from Lagunitas. ;)

Monkeyknife, May 27, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
2.88/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear brown with almost no head. Some lacing.

Very sweet malty smell.

Very sweet taste - mostly like brown sugar with a hint of alcohol.

The sweetness lingers on my tongue and the roof of my mouth. Medium body.

Too sweet for me. It was nice to try but won't seek out again.

toolbrew, May 25, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ol' Brownie pours a crispy clear amber with copper edges, capped with a frothy dollop of ivory, sticky laces stuck to the side of the Corendonk tuplip.

Sugar cane malty sweetness in the aroma, with caramel mixing in with the quaff. This brew is borderline Barleywine in taste, and I'm impressed how well the alcohol is hidden. Bit thin in the body for such a big beer.

The sixer of this not enough, glad I decided to check if I had reviewed it or not, as I was down to the last bottle. Another fine brew from Lagunitas.

Vancer, May 11, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very pretty, deep amber color with a nice off-white head that leaves excellent lacing. Nose is lots of sweet fruit and malt, and a good bit of alcohol too. Flavor's lots of toffee and caramel malt, very mild hop flavor. Alcohol comes through strong, overwhelming some of the other possible flavors. Some light dried fruit. Mouthfeel is solid, medium to light with good carbonation. Overall, a drinkable beer, although the alcohol flavor and general ABV is just a little too high for more than one or two.

soupyman10, May 04, 2008
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,780 ratings.