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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

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4,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,897
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 214
Gots: 805 | FT: 14
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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Ratings: 4,897 | Reviews: 1,494
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft Pint @ Ashley's Westland 11-7-2012

In the pint glass, this beer holds a deep burnt auburn hue, with impeccable transparency. Even with a broken surface of microscopic bubbles instead of any sort of head, this looks like a serious brew.

Smells mildly sweet at the top of the glass, a bit grapey even. A good hop presence is notable with a nose in the glass.

Tastes surprisingly mild for a sugared up barley wine or whatever this claims to be. You'd never know it was 10 percent based on the malt to hop flavors. An apricot flavor drifts faintly in after swallowing, and a burnt prune flavor unexpectedly follows on the finish.

On the sip, its got a mild bite to it, not unlike a strong Canadian beer. A bit boozy, but nothing outrageous. For a strong beer it's silky and easy to gulp or sip despite being a bit syrupy.

Overall, this beer is great. Halfway through drinking a nice wine texture comes out in it, that some might find unpleasant, but I find it very enjoyable. For a malt and hop lover it may disappoint, but for the whole package, it's pretty solid. In all honesty I wasn't expecting this beer to be as mellow as it is compared to other Lagunitas offerings, but for a strong beer it stands out. I could easily be overserved with this one.

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From notes taken at brewery yesterday, where it was listed at 9.9% ABV:

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate colour with impressive head and lacing. Thick but not oily mouthfeel, remarkably "normal" given the high ABV. Aroma of sweet, roasted malts with caramel tones and some plum or other fruitcake spices. These aromas translate into the finish, where I did not expect the almost overwhelming sweetness in the finish.

Overall struck me more as a sweet and malty barley wine rather than a strong ale. Glad to have tried it, but did not order a second.

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A: Pours a clear rusty red. Small but sticky looking off white head, head dies quick, does leave some webbing.

S: Grapefruit Hops, maple sugar, molasses, roasted malts. Strong and pungent.

T: Some tropical hops interwoven with a rich sweet malt bill. Caramel, rasins, brown sugar, powdered sugar all come to mind, some piney/herbal hop bitterness in finish. some booziniess too. Initial sweetness also has an english feel to it, maybe the yeast.

M: Syrupy, rich mouthfeel, dangerously drinkable.

O: pretty tasty and interesting, quite sweet/rich but its not cloying. Not mind blowing but quite enjoyable, 6 months aging might smooth it out. I'd definitely reccomend trying it once, great value.

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The smell is sweet with a citrus hop smell.

The taste is sweet, there is brown sugar and a lot of citrus little hops.

The mouth feel is syrupy with medium carbonation.

This is strong, sweet and very tasty. Hides it's abv well.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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