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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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90
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4,845 Ratings
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90
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Ratings: 4,845
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 771 | FT: 18
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dvmin98
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a deep amber appearance with a head that sticks around for a little bit, then laces along the glass.

Smells nice and hoppy; more than I expected.

Flavor is hops and biscuit, with some citrus notes

Mouthfeel isn't too sharp. Feels good on the tongue and the carbonation sits there for a few.

Overall, I really like this beer. I've been waiting a long time and I think its better than Holiday Sucks, which replaced it last year, although I did enjoy HS.

Photo of alamode
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an American pint...

A- dark amber, thin head with oily bubbles, abundant carbonation, very nice lacing

S- hops first, slight nail polish, biscuit

T- sweet, fruity hops...sugar...almost has a woody taste. Great!

M- sticky, carbonation is great at this abv!

O- love this stuff! I think the wait made it better too! This a great Strong Ale, worth the money, very drinkable...

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a dark amber carmel color. Tons of sticky lacing on the glass.

S. Hops and sticky malt smell

T: Can't tell the booze (9.99) is there. Sticky malty goodness. Maybe its the name, but the sweetness does have a brown sugar taste to it.

M; Malty as hell, full bodied, tons of action.

O: Great beer in the Double Bastard vain (though lets be honest, its not DB). Alcohol is well hidden, malt forward with some hoppiness.

Photo of brbrocc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SMooneyhan
1/5  rDev -75.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Man0Beer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of theHoff77
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pokal glass.

A - A rusty or copper red in color. Foamy white head with great retention and lacing.

S - Surprisingly hoppy in smell with the malt coming through too.

T - It wasn't until after I finished my first bottle that I knew this had 9.9% abv and that blew me away. The booze is almost not existent. Has the tasty sweet malt from the sugar as advertised and the hops really come through. Although not overly complex this is tremendously balanced.

M - Smooth as can be considering the higher abv and the bitterness is right on the money. I like that the sugar in this beer doesn't leave my mouth feeling dry like I had a pop.

O - I loved this simply put. Great flavor and balance. Still can't believe it has almost 10% abv. Going to buy as much of this as I can before it's gone.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Rizalini
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a crystal clear amberish/mahagony color, with a dense 2 finger cream color head. Great lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S - Fruity citrus, followed by a sweet malty molasses aroma.

T/M - Not as hoppy as the aroma leads to, but does have a nice solid malt backbone. The brown sugar/molasses flavor compliments nicely while not being over sweet. Medium-syrupy mouthfeel, slightly under carbonated.

O - A nice strong ale that's very well rounded. Alcohol very well hidden, making this one very easy to drink. Cheers

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of mschind
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with a one inch creamy head that fades to a thin persistent cap. Brilliant clear copper color.

S- Resinous hops with a big malty molasses blast.

T- Follows the nose with the brown sugar/molasses sweetness dominating but nicely rounded out by the hops which take on a citrus note.

M- Rich medium body, well carbonated which helps to balance the sweetness.

O- I look forward to this every year. I think it would cellar well but I'm not that disciplined. The big malty sweetness the aggressive hops is an unusual combination that really works here.

Photo of mscudder
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a globe.

A - Ruby, copper hue with an two-finger ivory head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Booze, dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar and some molasses.

T - An interesting blend of a number of tastes: some hops like a DIPA, alcohol warmth of a barleywine and a touch (I stress, a touch) of sweetness from the sugar and caramel malts. I cannot help but feel this is just a bit overwhelming, with the weight of the alcohol trumping the underlying flavors.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Heat from the alcohol.

O - Lots of things going on here. I would be interested to see how this one aged... It has all the ingredients to become outstanding given the test of time.

Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a Duvel tulip. 2012 vintage!

A - pours a copper red-orange, big white-orange head that sticks around for a good while

S - sweet caramel and piny hops, a bit of citrus, followed by a bready maltiness. A little bit of booze hits the nose as well

T - you really get the sweet caramel from the brown sugar, then quickly hops to the face. Intense bitterness, piny, citrus follows that initial mellow sweetness. A big biscuity backbone finishes up

M - full-bodied, a bit of burn from the 9.99% abv, definitely not overpowering

O - yet another great offering from Lagunitas. I hadn't had this one before, then with all the hype of it not being produced last year got me excited to try it this year. Definitely did not disappoint, happily recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dmatsui
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is for the Sweet Release -

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. half-finger off-white soapy head with surprisingly good retention. Not much visible carbonation, but lots of lacing and alcohol legs.

Sweet, trademark Lagunitas hops up front in the nose with biscuity, roasty malts in the background. A lot hoppier than I thought it was going to be.

If there's one thing Lagunitas does right, it's a huge I, II, IIIPA. Sweet Release is perfectly balanced with hops first and foremost with big citrus, fruity and bitter as hell qualities. The malt base is just as beefy with huge amounts of sticky, thick malt. There is a maple quality in the back of the palate. It's just a huge beer with lots of complexities in the hop and malt bill with a booze presence that'll most likely effect this review. It's spicy, savory, thick, stout, sweet and sturdy as hell.

This was my first taste of Brown Shugga and was happy that it was the special release I busted my cherry on. This is a great beer and perfect on a cold night. I plan to pick up a few more cases of this.

Photo of jtd1969
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange golden,fairly clear, with a tint of red. Slighty cloudy mainly due to abv... Good carbonation. Good lacing

S - Pleasant sweet citrus smell, some slight sugary malt
T - Lots of burnt sugar with caramel... Throw in some clean citrusy/grassy/spicy hops... A treat... Big and Bold at 9.9

M - Big smooth beer that lingers with hops, good carbonation

O - WOW, It is so good! I really enjoyed this beer!

Photo of anewlanguage
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tdm168
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark amber with a very large brownish, off white head that is dense and foamy; great retention

S - sugar, floral, citrus, cake batter, bread

T - caramel, sugar, bread, big citrusy hops, bitter finish, big warm alcohol in the finish

M - medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated, lots of alcohol

This is complex and delicious. The malt is sweet but approachable. The hops are forward but balanced and citrusy. The booze is there and slows down the drinkability. Overall, this is really a great beer. I'm glad they brought it back.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,845 ratings.