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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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3,677 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,677
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 142
Gots: 235 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of Cwrw
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.

Cwrw, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
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!

Gaisgeil, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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?

BuckeyeNation, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of IrishRedRock
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.

IrishRedRock, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of OStrungT
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.

OStrungT, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of warriorsoul
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.

warriorsoul, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of mikeys01
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.

mikeys01, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of shippos
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.

shippos, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
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.

fisherman34, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
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.

misterscooter, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tawny colored, with a head retention that I found superior than in most Beers with this ABV.

Smell: Candi sugar, and those barley sugar lolipops I loved as a kid (sucre d'orge).

Taste: Beyond the obvious malt sweetness and alcohol prickliness, this Beer had a woody, green leaf mouthfeel, it left a acidic sensation that reminds me of an arugula and spinach salad. It canceled out most of the cloying sugars.

Goldorak, May 30, 2005
Photo of WetCoaster
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Wow, that's pretty damn amber. Looks like the unholy union of ice tea and maple syrup. Amazingly even tan head with good retention. Collar thoroughout and average carbonation. Big 'ol fat sheets of lace.

Smell: I defy you to peg this one. It's got a huge malt nose, big sugar caramel, but at the same time, there's some beefy west coast hop resin as well. It's sort of floral, piney, syrupy, juicy; it is what it is.

Taste: Not so fast -- you'll immediately swear this is a scotch ale exercise in malt cramming, a glass of carmelized brown sugar ready to top your flan, but like a bubble rising from a tar pit, your palette rises to the light. Lo and behold, some rindy, piney hop not only emerges but comes on strong, and in the end you've got a 10% beer balanced like a mid-engine Lotus. Oh yeah, mouthfeel is basically IHOP syrup with a Perrier spritzer, which isn't a bad thing.

Drinkability: For me, OK; for the townspeople... dunno. This is a wacky brew; it almost like a pre-aged barleywine. It's so big and so sweet, though -- this one will do it for me. Again, all hail the bravest brewery in the US.

WetCoaster, May 05, 2005
Photo of elricorico
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured reddish brown, like sweetened ice tea that had food colouring in it. There was a thin off white(almost a touch yellow) head that faded but left lacing and a ring around the glass.

The smell has some hop bitterness to it, with a sweet molasses smell and a warning liquor odor as well. The smell isn't a real turn on yet, but I'll be keeping my nose in there as the beer warms.

As the beer warms some of the bitter smell fades and more of the sweetness stands out.

The taste is sweet. Too sweet really. There is a faint bitterness to the finish but nothing near enough to balance out the big sticky sugary front. It is far too candy like and becomes overpowering.

On the other hand mouthfeel is good. Has a thickness to it and a light carbonation that makes it comfortable in the mouth.

Drinkability suffers due to the taste. I can't drink this for too long. Though the alcohol doesn't show up much in the flavour, the high percentage also means drinking much of this would be trouble.

I won't be able to finish this big bottle. Doubt I'll even get through the first pint I poured out of it. Not what I'm looking for in a beer.

elricorico, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I loved this beer. It was basically a barleywine with a slight twist. The beer poured a very dark red color with a huge frothy head that lasted till the last sip. The smell was quite sweet with molasses dominating the scent as well as the flavor, but not in a bad way. The flavor was sweet no doubt, but it hd enough bitterness in the finnish to offset the great sweetness. The mouthfeel was quite thick and not balanced out with enough carbonation IMO. But that would be my only complaint. It's a must try.

Dmann, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass ever so slightly chunky deep amber with a golden hue and a frothy, tall and long lasting head which coated the glass with Belgian lace.

The aroma was malty with deep caramel and molasses. The molasses aroma was not overdone and seemed to balance the fruity aspect and the slight grassy tones of the aroma. The nasal passages were tickled with the alcohol being emitted at low levels in the aroma.

The flavor was quite bitter with slight molasses and dark caramel flavor, but more citrusy hop bittering and flavor were noticeable. The flavor also had a grassy note with fruity flavors.

The finish was just dry with lasting citrusy and grassy bittering long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full, but less than expected. The brown sugar probably attenuated fully causing the body to be less and the flavor to have a characteristic of the brown sugar. The alcohol was present mainly in the aroma and the warming sensation felt after consumption. Actually the beer was very nice to drink but had not real complexity to the aroma and flavor.

22 ounce bottle, no freshness dating. Purchased at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA for $4.49.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnce: Poured a medium copper with a huge creamy foamy near white head.

Smell: The smell has an odd fruity, spicy flavor to it, mixed with sweet and wood notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not as alive as the smell, but much more well rounded. The malts are incredibly sticky sweet, balance the alcohol well, and the hops are smooth and not out of control at all. Some wood and caramel notes are present but not focused. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The only thing that hurts the drinkability on this one is the alcohol presence in the belly. It's a suprise. Other than that, this is a pretty killer beer. One of the best from Lagunitas I've had. Thanks to GClarkage for the bottle!!

santoslhalper, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short necked bottle. Label is an interesting read. "We believe this Special Ale is something unique. Feeding brown cane sugar to otherwise cultured brewery yeast is a'kin to feeindg raw shark to your gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without human intervention. And it looks weird besides. But it has happened and now it's too late. Also has IBU's (51.1) and O.G. (1.100), as well as ABV.

Appearance: Pours dark orange and very cloudy (actually chunky!). Head is medium sized, but very nice retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: Aroma is nice and malty with caramel, and brown sugar. Also has just a hint of hops and alcohol. There are also some toffee smells that open up more as the beer warms.

Taste: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth. Taste starts out sweet - but it is a nice brown sugar sweetness, almost like a creme brulee flavor in there as well. Finish has just the right level of hops to leave a nice bitter finish.

Overall impression: This is a very interesting twist on a standard barley wine. I definitely enjoyed it, and it is very drinkable considering the ABV. Might be too sweet to drink more than a couple, but at almost 10 % ABV that probably isn't the best idea anyways!

rowew, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of shapudding
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Ok, so maybe I really was interested in getting this ‘cause I like saying the name! Well, I also have always loooved anything with brown sugar in it too! Poured out amber an semi-unclear with a nice huge froth of milkshakey, creamy colored head with a huge froth and a few bubbles showing and moon crater layer. Tons of lacing that started immediately and went all they way down. Nice malty scents with hoppy bites but not too much going on. Smooth and thick, creamy, but not too heavy. Feel silky with the carbonation coming out and just gliding over your tongue. I was really wondering if this would be too sweet, but nope. You get a taste of dark brown sugar -not as deep as molasses, just caramelly dark, with peppery hops. Twinges of orange rind in the background. This one may be a bit heavy to sit down with as a sesssion, but it is damn nice as a sipper, and for a few in the evening.

shapudding, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting idea with messing up a batch of barley wine and brewing it with a crap load of brown sugar. Deep reddish body with a decent sized white foamy head. Think sticky rings of lace around the glass as the head held fast. Sweet toasty malt with strong sugary notes, from all the brown sugar I am guessing. Some alcohol it noticeable and it also smells of a slight cinnamon. A touch of earthy hops round it out. An odd but pleasant smelling brew. The flavor is similar to the nose with a big sweet component from the sugars and the malts. Light fruitiness is there and a bit of alcohol and some bitter bops. Quite an interesting mix and the brown sugar is obvious. Ends on a slight alcohol bite with a touch of fruit sweetness. About a full bodies brew with a sticky feel. Pretty good stuff but I don’t think I could have another one afterwards, it would become cloying. I would have it again in the future though, good stuff.

meathookjones, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of WanderingFool
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I naievely bought Brown Sugga thinking it's a brown ale only to discover it's a barleywine upon opening the bottle and taking the first sip. What a pleasant surprise!

The beer pours a cloudy dark copper color with a thin off white head that dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface. A few spots of lace cling to the glass but overall the glass is clean. The faint aroma of citrus hops, alcohol and cherry greets you before each sip.

This medium to full bodied beer is smooth on the palate with a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue. The flavor begins with a citrus hop bite. Some caramel malt, brown sugar, cherry and alcohol combine in the middle and it finishes with a malty sweetness leaving a hint of alcohol behind.

Overall, I found this to be a rather easy drinking barleywine, but not strongly flavored as other beers of it's style.

WanderingFool, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at the BTAH in NYC, Poured copper, nose of dried fruit and some caramel. More caramel and sweet notes of brown sugar and cookie dough. Yes, this is a fairly sweet barley wine. Some drying elements come in late and as it warms, Smooth, medium bodied brew. Some warming alcohol also present. Too sweet for me. When I ordered this one somebody asked if I had diabitis

Billolick, Mar 13, 2005
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,677 ratings.