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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,588 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,588
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 121
Gots: 211 | FT: 13
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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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Foxman

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It came to me a crisp, coppery amber, the hue of long-aged Scotch, with the ever so slightest haze. A frothy film of light tan head laid long on the surface. Frills of lacing draped the inside of the glass.

The aroma brought a draft of leathery, toasted malt, fruity with raisins and figs. The duscky sweetness of brown sugar hlped buoy a mild but present pine floral hops note. A peep of alcohol slid forward briefly.

Upon tasting, the maturity of toasty malt accented the maple syrup and molasses sweetness that plunged forth. A snaky current of dark dried fruits slithered among a more citrus driven hops character and accompanying bitterness. A brief cameo of alcohol stepped in toward the close before the sugary sweetness and residual bitterness laid claim to linger ling at the close. Heavily slanted toward malt and sweetness, it had just enough hops presence to keep it from tumbling overboard.

Pretty much heavy of body, the malt and sugar imparted a chewy, lip-smacking sweetness on the palate, and the flashes of hoppy bitterness lent a mild lingering glow.

From the first the malt and sugar flexed their muscles, but never overdid the workout, steering clear of ever cloying and ruining the mood, a well-timed directional shift enabled by the sufficient and tasty hops profile. Granted, you might want to be in the mood for the syrupy sucrose sensation it creates, but combined with the hefty but never obnoxious ABV, it makes for a nice warmer in the colder times. But make note- that ABV is sneaky because of just how masked it seems, so caution is recommended. Still, we're all big kids here, so one or two seems a pleasant way to spend some time in front of the fire. Brown Sugga...how come you taste so good?

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2005 19:49:15 | More by Foxman
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Marty

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber, with a good-sized, foamy head. Initially, its smell was much more prominent, almost floral. You can smell the brown shugga' in there.

Nice and malty tasting, but not unbalanced. This beer's hoppy, but the hops aren't the main attraction. It's the molasses!

This label declares this ale to be an experiment. As far as I can tell, the data shows that this beer rocks.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 23:54:55 | More by Marty
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DunkelFester

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 Release - O.G. 1.100, Alcohol 9.9% 51.1 IBU according to the label.

At cellar temp, pours a dull, hazy copper. Shouldn't be 'chill' hazed at this temp, but seems so. Strange, only because I don't remember the beer looking this way when I bought the case last January.

One finger of beige head that dissipated in a couple minutes (before first sip). A mix of slow- and rapid-rising bubbles - more effervescent than when young.

Strong aroma of sugary dried dates, raisin and fresh tobacco. Still a noticeable alcohol presence in the nose, lending an almost rum-soaked note to the fruitiness...although its subdued somewhat by time.

Wow. Totally different mouthfeel after a year of aging! This beer, for me, was the embodyment of "chewy" when it was young. Now, it's *much* thinner, though still not light. Drier. Hops cut through with an awesome, distinctly grapefruit-like, bitter finish. Gone, almost entirely, is the malty sweetness that I remember being so prominent in this one - despite its lingering presence in the aroma.

I'm really enjoying this beer, though I find myself thinking that the malt is almost too far gone, and the hop bitterness is stealing the show. Makes me wish this wasn't the last bottle I'd set aside. More aging would (hopefully) mellow the hops a bit, restoring balance.

Oh well.

This is a really nice brew. Alcohol is well hidden - aside from the aroma while pouring - and the somewhat thinner mouthfeel makes it more drinkable now than it was a year ago.

Not my favorite, but a solid barleywine (or strong ale, whichever it is now) nonetheless and a nice job by the folks at Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 01:56:02 | More by DunkelFester
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masikon

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass lighter than expected, transparent "whiskeyish" copper and yellow with a nice barely off-white head which leaves some nice lacing after recession. Nose has clear brown sugar hints as well as hoppy fruity aromas, also slight boozy hint which cleans the sinus'. Taste is smooth and thick with sugary sweet flavors suggesting honey or even maple syrup. Mouthfeel is full with very well hidden alcoholic esters, like many have pointed out, at almost 10 percent this is one easy drinking brew....definitely tread lightly with this one. A very high caliber brew from lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 01:11:50 | More by masikon
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a six pack a BevMo! Was a spicy meatball at $8.99

Pours A reddish brown with a little tan head on top. Bright orange highlights. Nice slow carbonation. Nice bubbly lacing.

Sweet malt aroma with hints of grapelike fruits. I can smell the alcohol.

Sticky on the palate. Light sweet flavor of caramel, bitter citrus finish that clings to the tongue. The ABV warms my belly.

Very smooth and drinkablr despite giantic ABV, could be trouble.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 23:49:45 | More by SteveO1231
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear amber brown with an eggshell head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of hops, brown sugar, and booze. There's no hiding the ABV in this one.

Nice sweet taste of brown sugar and hops followed by a wave of alcohol. The alcohol taste is not obnoxious, but it is noticable. I suppose that it's hard to avoid with a large quantity of brown sugar. Finishes with a nice sweet hoppiness.

Nice full and creamy body.

This is pretty easy to drink. The only detractions are the alcohol in the flavor and the high ABV. It's a decent brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 01:22:59 | More by MaltyGoodness
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1whiskey

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

v.2005, 22 oz. bomber

Big fluffy 2 1/2 finger head...impressive for such a "big" beer. Dark amber color, slightly hazy, visible syrupy appearance.

Smells like hops and brown sugar...no suprise here.

Taste proves there's truth in advertising....I taste brown sugar. Oh, and hops. 50+ IBU's, just what you would expect from Lagunitas. This tastes like half barlywine, half IIPA, spiked with brown sugar. What more could you want? Alcohol is VERY well hidden.You can't find it....but it will find you if you're not careful.

Syrupy mouthfeel, but still fairly carbonated. Drinkability? So deadly, it should be illegal.

I actually think that the 2004 version is better, but this is still outstanding. I would like to age a few of these, but I don't think I could resist the temptation.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 17:50:45 | More by 1whiskey
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Zorro

California

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick hazy reddish brown ale with barely a hint of a tan head. Looks a LOT like fresh motor oil going in to the glass.

Smell is lots of citrus hops with a hint of wood in the smell. The malt is almost an after thought here very light malt scents mostly honey and flower nectar with a faint scent of molasses. After this warms up the rum scents and flavors come out to be savored.

Taste is very hoppy with a lot of tropical fruit flavor in the first sip. In the first taste I detect pineapple, coconut and mango/pine. Powerful hops here and it really lubes your teeth with the hop oils. After about 3 sips the malts make themselves known, honey and brown sugar and some cookie dough. Very tasty I could see calling this a barley wine.

Mouthfeel is good but not as thick as the pour might have suggested.

A tasty sipper of a beer here which is quite mild to me but I am sure Hop exposure has thrown of my taste a little bit. Probably not the thing to serve a Budweiser drinker. I like it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 03:02:31 | More by Zorro
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RedwoodGeorge

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So is adding brown sugar to your recipe considered cheating?

The beer pours a nice mahogany brown with a thick off-white head... The head dies off in time leaving some clumpy foam at the top of the brew and lots of lacing on the glass.

The nose is entirely malt and alcohol with some fruity esters thrown in to keep things lively. Flavor is like a mega-amber with plenty of sweet grain notes, caramel sugars, apricot and plum fruit notes and a pretty severe alcohol bite. Hopping is pretty bold and balances the mega-malt approach with pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel is good - a bit of an oily note but just enough carbonation and bittering to end each sip well. Final note isn't hop bittering but alcohol burn.

Lagunitas' Imperial Red is one of my favorite brews and this is pretty much a "Double Imperial Red" with all the flavors amp'ed up. While it's quite tasty and very drinkable, the high ABV does detract a bit from the beer - first because you get pretty useless pretty damn fast but also because they didn't really tame the alcohol burn very well - it's a bit too obvious in the flavor mix..

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 04:47:31 | More by RedwoodGeorge
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kgotcher

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a real beer.

The "brown" labeling lead me wrong. This is definately more on the imperial ale style or a mini barley wine. Be warned.

Pours a pretty dense head with tons of lacings clinging everywhere they can. Deep amber color. Nice. . .

Smell is sweet and malty with nice earthy hop tones. A tempting hint of what is to come. Mouthfeel is sweet and slick. Taste is complex and delicious, piney hops and sweet malty alchohol burst into my mouth. Awesome flavor but not overly strong like some Imperial or double styles. Serious kick in the alchohol department but not overly noticable.

Usually I don't rate this style of beer high on drinkability but this one is different. I am very happy with this brew and will happily drink my share. But with almost 10% ABV you have to be careful, this one will do you in quickly.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 06:44:51 | More by kgotcher
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DogFood11

California

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

six pack picked up at beverage warehouse. 6.99 for a sixer, can you belive that? I was dumbfounded. The checkout clerk even commented on how he loves this beer and he couldn't believe the price. I went back and grabbed the whole case.

Poured into a snifter it produces a huge fluffy slightly off white head, great retention and eventually falls to a thin covering. Deep copper with some Orange on the outskirts. Perfect clarity, shiney body, nice to look at...very appetizing.

Smells really sweet. Lots of caramel and alcohol. Some toasted characteristics as well.

this is decisively malty although there is an oily quality combined with the alcohol that makes it enjoyable and drinkable. The sweet smells are gone and never to be found again after the first drink. I don't know if it's because of the name or not but for the first time in my drinking career I detect vanilla? and some brown sugar. They compliment eachother nicely.

This is a meaty beer. Not for the faint at heart. I almost had to pull out a fork to get through the chewy body. All of this was welcomed though and although I couldn't see drinking more than a couple at any given time due to its sweetness it dissapeared at a rapid rate.

Lagunitas once again impresses.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 17:26:10 | More by DogFood11
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle, with an always entertaining if somewhat maniacal "story" behind Brown Shugga on the label's side. On the front it says this is a "messed up" Gnarlywine. Tasted at room temperature. Popping the green cap gives a whiff of strong and very sweet maltiness. This beer poured nicely, with low carbonation, producing a creamy light brown head which was moccha like in that it seemed to have streaks of lighter whites swirling. Rings of lacing which stuck instantly and seemed very viscous. The beer is a light, dusty ruby red. Dark nectarine, or light strawberry in certain light. An attractive beer without question. The aroma is very similar to a good barleywine. The phenols are always there, and the aroma tickles the nose with its strength. Heavy malts, but a definite kick of strong hopping is also present, adding an earthiness and a dryness I have not smelt in too many barleywines, or, like Brown Shugga, barleywine hybrids. Thick burnt caramel, red wine, the inevitable licorice and and creamy root beer. The northwest hops always add a nice balance to the heavy malting. The aroma is quite sweet, yes, but not as much as I thought it might be with the addition of brown sugar. The sugar can definitely be smelt, however. Smelling very closely, a very refreshing note of citrus, mixed with red grapes. Other aromas include rice pudding, mollasses, and fresh cinnamon buns. The taste is delectably full and satisfying in its maltiness, but the hops play their part perfectly here too. The syrupy malts come first, sugary and bursting with brown sugar and licorice flavours. In the middle the citrus hops come again and combined with the malts give a chocolate-orange combination which is incredible. I paired this beer with St Paulin cheese from France, and the light nutiness of the cheese made the chocolate and especially the orange come through in the beer magnificently. I would recommend the pairing. The alcohol is masked quite well up until the finish, when the bitterness, almost vodka-like in its bite, creeps up on you. The taste too is barleywine with perhaps an added sweetness. Burnt toast and cinnamon, maple syrup and a load of mollasses. The mouthfeel is definitely full, with extremely low carbonation, making it quite syrupy. Despite its near-10% abv, this is very drinkable, but with caution. It warms the stomach rather rapidly. A beer I wish was more widely available in Alberta(for now, only one store in Calgary has the exclusive rights to sell it). It also paired well with 3-year aged cheddar. A definite re-drinker, and cellaring a few for a year or two sounds mighty prudent.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 09:42:40 | More by Cwrw
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very powerful brew, lots of basic complexity, a solid malt backbone and a strong, strong hop presence. This brew is magnificently huge, but somehow it manages to be incredibly well balanced out despite it.

Pours a dark apricot in color, hazy and mysterious. Head is creamy and tan in color and had excellent retention leaving tons of lace clinging to the sides of my glass. Nose is intensely hoppy, lots of pine and herbal tones dominating. Taste, while hppy and bitter has a very strong malt sweetness, I've rarely had a beer that goes from bitter to intensely sweet all in one moutfull, but somehow this one manages. The sweetness is a very thick and dense sort of tone. Mouthfeel is medium, but suits the beer perfectly. Drinkability is very good, but this is definatly a strong brew and as such I don't think I could drink an inordinate amount of it.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 08:24:11 | More by Gaisgeil
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark orange-copper with a faint roseate glow. Brown Shugga' looks like a brighter, sunnier barleywine. The magnificent head is the color of golden brown sugar, is the consistency of whipped butter and leaves a wonderful lace display. There's nothing about the appearance that I don't love.

A sweet, malty sipper would have been fantastic. However, if the nose is any indication, the brewery has seen fit to chuck in a generous load of American hops as well. Brown Shugga' smells like a DIPA that flavors its brown sugary malt side a fraction more than its citric hop side. If it tastes like it smells, I'll be in beer heaven.

The American strong ale, American barleywine and DIPA styles overlap to some extent. This Lagunitas offering could fit comfortably into any of them; maybe not so much the third. For my money, it tastes like a barleywine that's sweeter than it is bitter; like it has been sitting in my cellar for two years and has been smoothed and mellowed to perfection. Actually, that's exactly where it has been and that's exactly what has happened.

The flavor profile consists of wall-to-wall caramel malt coated with brown sugar and toffee pudding, studded with sticky dates and drizzled with caramel syrup. The 'boozy cherries' nature of some barleywines is present as well and comparisons to holiday fruitcake would not be out of line. Even though hops take a backseat to the malt juggernaught, a spicy, Chinook-like pungency is undeniable.

The beer is significantly sweet without crossing the line into cloying. There's enough bitterness present to take what could have been a sticky mess and turn it into pure, liquid poetry. The mouthfeel is everything I'd hoped for and more. Words like viscous, velvety and luxurious come to mind.

I've contemplated cracking this bottle open on many occasions over the past year. I'm glad I waited though. I have no doubt that time has been more than kind and has turned the beer into the glorious exilir that I'm enjoying so much today. I would love to have a case or two sleeping in my cellar right this very moment. Brown Shugga', how come you taste so good?

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 21:45:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle: "Feeding Brown Cane Sugar to otherwise Cultured Brewery Yeast is a'kin to feeding Raw Shark to your gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without Human Intervention." I thought that was pretty funny.

Pours a hazy glowing crimson with an ivory froth that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing in its wake. Aroma is candy sweet, with notes of mint, brown sugar, and the alcohol, as Ron Burgundy would say, "stings the nostrils." Texture is extremely chewy with mild hints of carbonation on the back on the tongue. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms, but slightly cold is hardly noticeable in the flavor. Starts off peppermint sweet, with some hop bitterness, but not enough to balance the sweetness from the sugar. Still, for some reason this is exactly what hits the spot right now, and I think it's delicious. Drinkability is good despite the booze because it's just so damn tasty. This is one of those beers that you just know would be mighty interesting from the tap, or better yet, hand pumped from the cask. Mmmmm.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 22:47:43 | More by IrishRedRock
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OStrungT

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange brown with a lot of sediment. The off white head fades a little fast, leaving a good lacing. It smells slightly of alcohol. It has a sweet aroma. I can smell a good toasted malt scent. It has a slight raisin like aroma. This beer has a malty taste. Quite malty. I can only detect the alcohol a bit. It warms my throat slightly as it goes down. It has a sweet caramel taste. Not too much for hop flavor though. I can also taste some brown sugar, hence the name Brown Shugga'. This beer is full bodied. It goes down smooth leaving a malty sweet aftertaste. I dont think this beer would make the greatest session beer. It is higher in alcohol, and the flavor is sort of aggressive, and might wear thin after a little while. As for just one, this beer is pretty good. I am glad that I tried it. If you see it, it is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 23:07:58 | More by OStrungT
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for recommending this brew....
Pours a clear orange/copper color...almost a full finger of bright white head...lacing is thin, but has decent cling.
The aroma is very inviting...sweet rum raisins up front w/ a hefty malt backbone.
Taste is fantastic...so incredibly bitter, yet deliciously sweet w/ just a hint of alcohol in its finish.
Mouthfeel is similar to most American barleywines...carbonation is a touch high for the style.
The drinkability for the ABV % is great...I could enjoy this bomber and maybe another...especially during the colder months. Couldn't resist pulling this one from the cellar tonight...have one more to sit until winter.
Another fine brew (even if by accident) from Lagunitas...my second favorite next to Gnarleywine...go figure.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 00:46:01 | More by warriorsoul
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a two-fingered light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Brown sugar nose. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Starts sweet but complex flavor, hops are here balancing the brown sugar and malts, the high ABV is not noticeable. Good beer to savor. $5.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 22:33:30 | More by jdhilt
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mikeys01

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber. Appearance is a very clear amber, with a slight tint of red sunset. Topped with a slightly viscous off white head, and very clingy lacing.

Aroma is super candy sweet, filling my nostrills with scents of burnt sugar and cotton candy. Slight citrus and alcohol notes also discernable.

Taste is initially sweet and rather hot with alcoholic burn, with some piney and sharp citrus hops kicking in the background as well. The middle brings on thick dark brown sugar, sticky sweet and lightly caramelized. Not quite as complex as a barleywine but very tasty in its own right as something a little different. Finish is nicely bitter, warming, with lingering hints of biscuit and vanilla.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 23:05:37 | More by mikeys01
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, no freshness date but I think the 9.9% abv give it an extended shelf life with out a doubt.

A- Big fluffy off white head, good stickage. Semi-hazy orange amber.

S- Thick layer of caramelized sugar, toasted malt and a mild oily hop. Fruity esters in the back

T- Lots of malt on the palate, nothing too sweet but a very blended toasted and caramel character. This is intensified by the residual brown sugar though there is enough hops to keep the sweetness in check. Faint vanilla and fruity ester, touch of oily hop on the palate as well.

M- Thick semi-chewy body, very smooth and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

D- Quite drinkable, where is the 9.9%?

Yet an other great example of what American craft beer is about ... sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 01:16:04 | More by Jason
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark reddish brown with a solid one finger beige head that sticks around. Very little lacing in this one.
Smell is of caramel malts, brown sugar, molasses, and warming alcohol.
Taste is a bit hard to figure out as this beer wants to be sweet but the balance is a bit wacky. It's a little less than good because there is an odd cough syrup like taste that is standing out in this concoction. Caramel and lots of sugar with an off balance of bitter hops thrown into the mix makes it kind of odd as if it were candied plantains served atop broccoli rabe that is really odd but slightly intriguing.
Mouthfeel, again, is odd. A bit of a rollercoster from sweetness to odd bitterness.
I really took my time with this but I don't know if it was because of the strangeness, the alcohol, or just the way it tasted.

It's ok, dog.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2005 02:59:42 | More by weeare138
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is an unusual review for me because I'm not really sure what to say. This is the second bottle that I've had while trying to write a review, and this time, just like last time, it was so good that I was willing to just put the review aside and enjoy the beer. I perservered....

Carefully decanted to leave the yeast behind, it pours a clear reddish-orange-chestnut body (with some visible particulate in suspension) beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds well and leaves some very nice lace throughout the entire glass.

The nose is sweet, lightly nutty, and fruity; with caramel, brown sugar, yeasty fruitiness, a hint of amaretto, and some mild background hops.

The body is full, but not overly dextrinous; and it's creamy smooth with a very fine, restrained, natural carbonation.

The flavor is big and rich and sweet but not really complex. It's a very well-rounded, tight combination of caramelish malt, yeasty fruit, piney/citrusy (tangerine) hops, warming alcohol and solid bitterness. There's alot there, but the flavors don't particularly stand out on their own.

It's unusual, and devilishly enticing. Not to be missed!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 05:54:56 | More by NeroFiddled
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shippos

New York

3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy deep reddish orangy color witha skim of a head. syrupy and sugary aroma...mmm....brown sugar?!!? with some alcohol in there as well. hoppy bitterness at first in the taste followed by some alcohol hottness. mouthfeel isn't as thick as expected, sugar seems to have left the beer a bit on the dry side in the taste and body and has a dry warming finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 22:00:45 | More by shippos
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep red colour... almost brown. Strong malty aroma, with a faint hint of citrusy hops. This is one sweet beer, but not in a cloying way. Flavors of carmel malts and molasses are dominant, with just enough hop bitterness to keep things from going off the deep end. No alcohol flavors (although there was some present in the aroma as it warmed up), but I could sure feel some warming sensations in my chest as I drank it.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 21:02:31 | More by fisherman34
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misterscooter

California

2.98/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I love Lagunitas and really respect their beers but this one was a bit more than what I prefer. I think it is probably a great beer for some people but I had a hard time getting my preferences out of the way and just rating this beer.

It pours a cloudy gold and brown with a small head that was gone quickly. Quite a bit of stuff floating around in there (normal or bad pour?) and the carbonation keeps it moving and keeps a bit of foam on top the whole time. The smell is very hoppy and a little sweet.

The taste hits me. I appreciate the complexity but it is just a bit too hoppy and sweet for me. There is a straw/grain taste and the high alcohol content is definitely noticeable as well as some yeasty overtones. Again, very carbonated feel in your mouth and hoppy and dry at the end. As it warmed up, it did mellow out so maybe I had it colder than this beer should be.

With the high alcohol content of this guy and how harsh it seemed to me, I doubt I could drink more than one. But I should try it again in case it was just a bad pour.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 03:46:44 | More by misterscooter
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