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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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3,598 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,598
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 122
Gots: 211 | FT: 13
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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ckeegan04

Texas

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with reddish hues. Thin foam head that fades to a very thin layer.

S - Sweet malts and just a touch of booze. Hints of dark sugar comes through as the beer warms. Touch of fruit comes through as well.

T - Sweet caramel malts dominate the taste with just a touch of alcohol warming. Brown sugar is noticeable but not overwhelming. Just a touch of pine hop residue underneath.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and a surprisingly strong carbonation. Very easy drinking given the high ABV, hardly noticeable in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 22:37:32 | More by ckeegan04
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper/brown, with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Sugar cane and alcohol! Lots of brown sugar and toasty malts.

T - Sweet as a M)($%*(^$%($#^%. Wow. Lots of sugar. Lots of alcohol.

M - Oily, medium bodied, and fairly high carbonation.

O - Good, but I can only drink about half of one of these and I am done. Too sweet and strong

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 03:22:16 | More by BeerDawgs
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in as an extra in a trade from GRG1313, thanks man! Poured from a 12oz short bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a wonderful looking burnt orange to brown in color with a huge, very creamy, yet frothy tannish colored head...with excelent head retention. Awesome looking solid and sticky lacing all over the glass.

Aroma consists of a sweet caramel, malts and toasted oats, and a strong hop bite. Small amount of fruit...appricot maybe?

There's a very good flavor in this beer! It's smooth, creamy, medium bodied...full of sweet caramel, toasted oats, Belgian yeasts, roasted malts, oak, and a small amount of hops. The aftertaste has some nice fruit notes...but still can't figure out the fruit. A very good and staple-like beer from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 22:45:25 | More by ShadesOfGray
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Transatlantic

Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass at about 45 degrees

A - A clear caramel like brown with a purplish tint to it. Head is quite creamy and sticks around long enough to leave a pretty good lacing.

S - Oh man, first thing I get is a kick of vanilla and followed by a floral yet citrusy hop character. The ending smell seems to be molasses but it's very light.

T - This is very interesting! The first thing I notice is how syrupy sweet and bitter it is. The next thing I notice is how pronounced the molasses taste is right next to the ever strong citrusy hop note. The taste is quite amazingly blended if I do say so myself. I'm wanting to say it's a lemon/orange like citrus that i'm getting, which is quite unusual considering the beer is named "Brown Shugga"

M - Very syrupy and creamy. Quite a strong medium bodied beer.

D - You can drink one of these down no problem, but one is going to do it for you, unless you're aiming to get drunk.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:11:55 | More by Transatlantic
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wschmit

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a regular pint glass.

A: A nice, caramel-orange hue with two fingers of lingering, sticky head. Very much like an old ale in appearance, methinks. Lots of lovely webs remain as the head slowly settles.

S: I can smell it from two feet away. Sweet, resinous, and hoppy, with some toasty notes. Overall very attractive scent.

T: Lots of residual sugar. There is a distinctly molasses/brown sugar taste to it, which isn't at all bad. I was expecting something slightly sweeter, but really it's a good balance of malt and hops. Hops are pretty floral, with medium bitterness.

M: As with the head, a bit sticky. At ten percent ABV, it's got a bit of viscosity, but really not too much body. I don't get any boozy burn at all.

D: High, for the ABV. I enjoy this a lot, and will be looking around for similar beers as winter rolls in. A very balanced beer, for this season.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 05:14:18 | More by wschmit
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easement

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange. Little head and very little retention.

S - molasses brown sugar. smells sweet. maybe some apples in there, too.

T - Malty and really sweet. As you drink it, it gets more sweet.

M - Light carbonation. Very syurpy. Very Thick.

D - I enjoyed it a lot at first, but then the sweetness got to be too much. It's good for one at a time. I can't imagine this being a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 22:52:47 | More by easement
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a translucent brown reddish color with a 1" froth. Nice thick lacing with a thin cloud of foam remaining. Foam sticks around like an annoying in-law but in this case, it's allowed.

S - smells hoppy sweet with some caramel and brown shugga. Some nice malt tones in there as well and possible some sort of citrus zest. Just a nice blend. It's like walking into a bakery and getting the aroma of sweet dough.

T - it's like the hops had a fight with brown shugga and it resulted in a draw. The guest referee was of a citrus nature which was very faint.

M - overall not bad. It was just a little thin and flat on the finish.

O - a very nice ale. I'm glad I tried it. Now I will buy more.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:09:48 | More by brstls4drmrs
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

coded but undated 12oz 2012 bottle.
Deep amber color with large and sudsy tan head. The head is moderately durable and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma: rich and surprisingly hoppy; West Coast IPA hoppy, with mainly piney and earthy/herbal tones. The high ABV is partly apparent but in a rather attractive way suggestive of rum barrel aging.

T: Excellent bitter-sweet flavor with well proportioned sweet malts and aromatic hops, leaving a long lasting aftertaste. This brown "shugga" is not really sweet overall, but seems to have a brown sugar component.

M: Medium-full body with near perfect medium carbonation; a bit syrupy.

O: this exceptional ale should appeal to those would like barleywines, IPAs and brown ales and are willing to try a mix of all three. Good as this is, it is not quite up to the level of the replacement Lagunitas Sucks ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:27:58 | More by chinchill
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johnchen1229

California

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown, clear liquid. A thin head gives way to occasional lacing along the sides. Good lace retention.

Smell: I accidentally snorted a small amount of beer trying to write this section. Wheaty, malty, sweet tones dominate the somewhat subdued smell. Very little hoppiness or bitterness.

T: Chemicals and sweet malt, boozy finish. A sweet beer with a hoppy, boozy aftertaste.

M: Creamy, slightly fizzy but not much carbonation. Sweetness and alcoholic flavors wrap around the tongue and cover the mouth, leaving a bitter aftertaste.

O: Not a huge fan of the way the hops showed up at the end, giving a bitter aftertaste. Very pleasant beer that is very nice to drink. Not much weaknesses, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:43:06 | More by johnchen1229
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with some hints of ruby red seen shining through. Upon pouring there is a nice one finger of a thick, off white head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, hanging on for quite some time, but eventually fading to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very sweet with lots of brown sugar and caramel and some big fruit aromas as well. The fruit smells are a mix of light fruit as well as a bit of some darker fruit aromas. The lighter aromas are biggest of a tropical smells with some apple and apricot mixing in, while the darker fruit aromas are mainly a mix of cherry and plum. A hint of a biscuit smell rounds out the aroma, producing an overall sugary and fruity nose to the beer.

Taste – The taste is rather surprising in light of the nose, as it contains a much maltier, slightly less sweet, and more hopped flavor the smells let on. The taste begins with a rather big malty flavor of a bready and doughty nature. There is a good level of sweetness right from the start as well with lots of tropical fruit flavors of tangerine, mango, and papaya as well as tons of caramel flavors. As the taste advances, the tropical fruit flavors lose some potency, being replaced by flavors of brown sugar and a bit of a cherry flavor. As the taste moved on from the middle, some grapefruit and grassy hop tastes come to the tongue. These flavors grow slightly more intense to the end of the taste, where the mix of flavors ends up leaving a moderately hopped, rather fruity and sugary, thick malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. A slightly lower carbonation may have been a little better for the big malt and sweeter flavors of the brew, but the thicker feel is very nice for highlighting the hop flavors mixed with the big malty and sweet flavors, really producing a rather nicely blended flavor.

Overall – A good malty and sweet brew with a decent level of hop and a great drinkability even at 9.9 % abv. A rather nice, and easy drinking big brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:41:18 | More by Darkmagus82
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Amber color with a very small head. Aroma is mostly caramel, with a little bit of citrus. Taste was caramel/brown sugar, with a strong malt presence, and some grapefruit hoppiness. A fairly robust beer, kind of chewy. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will look for it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 13:26:45 | More by lordofthewiens
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass dark amber with a nice one and a half off white head. Great lacing all the way down the glass. The nose on this is very strong of malted barley, almost compareable to a barley wine in scent. There's also a floral hop scent mixed in with it. The taste is very malt intensive. There's just a slight hint of hops at first but it quickly changes to a very brown sugar and carmel wallop. The mouthfeel is good, no noticable alcohol burn for a 9.8'er. The sugary overload of this beer really does make it's drinkability a little hard to take.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:02:57 | More by whoneeds8
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown shugga pours a clear brown amber with good fluffy head. head dissipates but lace remains quite thick. The nose has subtle hop notes and some light malt. The taste is predominantly smooth hop flavors with less bitterness than an IPA but it is still there. A wierd sugar malt taste makes up a decent backbone. Hop flavors on the finish leave a slight bitterness in the mouth. A good brew, but nothing particularly special. Mouthfeel is good, chewy but not terribly thick. Drinkability is the highlight of this strong ale as the 9.9 does not show up at all. A great strong ale for session drinking which makes no sense but it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 08:16:40 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a light chocolate brown with about a finger of tan colored head that recedes relatively fast leaving decent looking lacing.

Smell - "Shugga" sweet smell - it honestly smells like the brown sugar my mother use to use to bake growing up. This is followed by a nice hoppy/piney smell.

Taste - A very interesting taste - the brown sugar is prominently present along with caramel and toffee but then melds immediately with an amazing hop/piney profile followed by grapefruit citrus. It is sweet, but honestly not overly sweet. I am really enjoying letting this warm up and allowing other tastes to present themselves.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Smooth, decently carbonated, and overall a bit oily on the tongue. This mouthfeel is quite nice.

Drinkability - Extremely. I was very surprised this was an almost 10% ABV beer because coming into it I did not look. The taste masks the alcohol extremely well and the only reason I looked was for the fact I felt warming after drinking it but did not taste the actual alcohol. This is a very delicious beer and is not overly sweet and comes together quite nicely. Very balanced. I only bought a single but will for sure be going back and getting a few more.

[edit] Not sure what happened here but after the first beer of this I have not liked the beer since.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 03:49:54 | More by SpdKilz
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper color, with a 1/2 inch white head. Sticky patches of lace left on the glass.
Aroma has definitive brown sugar and caramel notes with some light dark citrus fruit notes.
Flavor starts with caramel and brown sugar. Finishes with herbal hop notes which accentuate the sugary notes.
Mouthfeel is smooth and and little bit oversweet. Finish is light herbal and spciy hops that cut just enough sweetness off this one.
Drinkability is pretty high. Had no idea what to expect with this one and it really was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 22:56:16 | More by CRJMellor
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - Nice amber-copper color, clear, huge 3-finger head.
S - Pretty bold aroma, citrusy, almost dry.
T - Very hoppy, citrusy flavors. Not as sweet as I feared. Yet fairly smooth. Does not burn, but you feel the alocohol as you get maybe halfway through the beer. Reminds me a bit of a mild barleywine.
M - Medium to full bodied. would be better IMO if malts were more forward.
O - A well done beer that just isn't my favorite style. I'll drink the remaining from my six (I might even experiment with mixing, who knows), but I can handle just one at a time. not because of the ABV but because of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 16:13:32 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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fmccormi

New York

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12oz pry-off bottle to a 25cl Duvel Single tulip; bottling date of October 9, 2012 printed in black ink on the neck of the bottle in a Julian variant (“28369508,” the 283rd day of 2012 being October 9th). So, a day over four weeks old at the time of consumption.

Appearance (4.5): Just about three fingers of good, light-tan head comes off the pour here, coming off of a ruby-hued, medium- to dark-amber colored body that’s crystal clear. Excellent retention here, as the beer still has a half-centimeter of solid head left a couple minutes after the pour; broad, even lacing all the way around the glass, with a lot of coverage. Thick collars as it goes down. Excellent, appearance, in every aspect.

Smell (4.0): Some very nice, moderately rich (but not overly sweet), bready malt character is most evident here, smells kind of like sweet potato dinner rolls. Which is awesome, because those are delicious. That said, there’s a very bright, aromatic citrus character here, like fresh orange juice with some some fresh-cut flowers. Little bit of toasted grain in the back, à la whole-wheat toast.

Taste (4.0): This is rich and moderately complex, but it’s quite a bit softer than I was expecting—as in, not so aggressive. And that’s okay! Rich, grainy malt with a moderate toast (again, like a toasted multigrain bread with a little spicy rye in it), that really isn’t so sweet as you might think (given the name of the beer). That said, it does have a light brown sugar sweetness built into it, which helps smooth over the toasty and spicy aspects of the malt body. The hops, meanwhile, offer a moderate orange juice sweetness that finishes with a solid red grapefruit zest bitterness that helps dry out the beer toward the finish. No yeast character detected, but some moderate, boozy vapor is definitely in the mix. The finish is very nice, kind of a tangy citrus quality that’s not quite bitter or sweet.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The body is fuller than medium-weight but not heavy-, moderately oily, and has very subdued carbonation. A light tingle as it goes down, a little burn on the back end. In spite of the rich malt body, it doesn’t exactly finish dry but it’s far from syrupy. Good, not great, certainly not excellent mouthfeel—solid but unremarkable.

Overall (4.0): This is a nicely crafted beer, and the fact that Lagunitas will happily put out something of this size and character for $10-12/ sixer is fantastic. This beer’s category is so broad that you grade them as much on overall satisfaction as anything else, and as far as that goes this is a very nice beer and an excellent value. Say what you will, but that counts. And beyond that, it’s just tasty and satisfying for a broad range of (admittedly American-biased) palates. Yummo.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 20:15:52 | More by fmccormi
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Pegasus

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium amber color with an abundance of suspended sediment and small slow-rising bubbles. The off-white head pours fairly small and soon fades to a paper-thin layer. The lace coats the glass well in broken sheets.

Aroma: Prominent citrus hops, biscuit malts, and molasses yield a strong and pleasantly lingering aroma.

Taste: Opens with strong citrus and pine hops, beneath which is a strong undercurrent of caramel malt. Towards the middle of the taste, the sweet caramel malts and brown sugar notes assert themselves strongly. Sweet alcohol notes are also present. The finish is dominated by bitter and lingering citrus and pine hops. The alcohol is quite warming.

Mouth feel: Rich, full, and very smooth, more like cognac than a beer.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, rich, full, and flavorful; a spectacular beer. Would be most pleasant on a cold and rainy day. Cellared for approximately nine months.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 01:05:16 | More by Pegasus
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear, rich copper color with a ¼" light tan color. The head looks like it could be much fuller and richer with a pour designed to enhance the head as well as fill the glass.

Smell: The hop aromas are primarily citric and floral and they are nicely mingled in with the caramel malt (that does indeed seem to have a definite brown sugar character).

Taste: The flavors include a nice caramel malt backbone with some nice hints of brown sugar and toffee. However, the purpose of the flavors from the malt and added sugar is clearly to support the hops and to compliment them. The hops are predominantly citric and piney in character but also seem to have a nice floral component as well.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied with light, creamy smooth carbonation. The finish is reasonably long and has a nice hop character showing as the sweetness fades away to leave behind a nice lingering dry bitterness.

Drinkability: This is one of those beers that falls into the "dangerously drinkable" category. It sips so easily that it would quite possible to forget the high ABV until it sneaks up on you. So I put it in the category of a one a night beer. That said, I did enjoy this beer and have added it to my shopping list for the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 11:38:53 | More by drtth
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of the Lagunitas bottles I was able to buy while down in Dayton. Pours a semi murky burgundy color, sort of brown in the middle and red along the sides. Smaller but compact off white head sits atop. Good lacing.

Aroma is definitely sugary along with molasses and caramel but there's also a fruitiness I wasn't expecting. Reminiscent of red delicious apples and also maybe tangerines. A bit of alcohol warmth accompanies the fruits.

Taste is similar. Begins really sweet. I knew it had brown sugar in it, obviously, but I think I could tell fairly easily even if I didn't know. Caramel goes away but there's more of a sweet cinnamon roll flavor. Lots of yeasty esters seem to take hand towards the middle but they soon give way to the hops and alcohol. I think these go hand in hand here. Alcohol warmth is noticeable to me even through the thicker body. Finish is residually sweet yet also bitter and I feel this one go all the way down my belly.

As said before, the body is really thick and vicious. The flavors come out but are sometimes dominated by the shear weight of this liquid. This is definitely a sipper. Take time, relax, and enjoy this during the colder times of the year.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 21:19:21 | More by granger10
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a cloudy auburn-brown coloring that is almost opaque, with a slight haze to it. No head on the pour at all. The beer has a bold, round aroma, which is a smooth blend of supersweet sugar and caramel, with a decent balance of hoppiness. Flavors are sharp and heavy, with a good foundation of wet, deep hops riding strong under a boozey highlight and malty sweetness reminiscent of molasses and caramel. There is a sweet theme to this brew. The aftertaste is a slick, rich, almost syrupy sweetness, but refrains from being cloying, with a good hops presence once again. Impressive. The finish is slightly bitter, which keeps it light, and the crispness from the carbonation makes it quick.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 23:42:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Bert's
Pours a crystal clear medium copper color with a huge yellow white head that slowly dissipates to a cap and lots of leggy lace. Earthy and piney hop aromas mixed with a fair amount of caramel light fruit and candy and darker sugar. There's a solid shot of ethanol in the aroma that reminds you this is a big beer, but it never seems harsh. The flavor is big and sweet up front with lots of candied and darker sugars. Solid earth and resinous hop flavors with barely any harsh edges. A bit of warming alcohol lingers long after each sip. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This is a really nice big beer, I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 23:43:12 | More by johnnnniee
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, one finger of head, lacing all over the glass

S- Caramel, citrus hops, can smell the alcohol

T- Nutty flavors, little bit of sweetness, fair amount of hops

M- Full bodied, moderate carbonation, you can notice the alcohol, dry finish and very bitter

O- Very good American strong, Very hoppy and bitter, good amount of malts

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 04:51:21 | More by Kmat10
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange-copper color, looks really nice. The head is a slightly darker than tan color, the lacing is impeccable.

Aromas of brown sugar and a decent amount of American citric hops jump out of the glass. I don't get a huge amount of complexity but plenty of power.

I found the flavor to be similar to the nose but a little surprising nonetheless. This is a sweet beer, a little different kind of sweet than a big-ass English Barley Wine malt blast though. Very smooth caramel malts, a sprinkle of a toffee flavor, and some dark fruit-cake spicing, like dates. The hops are still present and pungent; leaving a pleasant bitterness at the finish.

Not sure what to say editorially. I thought it came out a little thinner and lighter than an American barleywine; that Old ale might be a good handle for it. I could see age being a factor here, but I will definitely look to try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 03:48:48 | More by BretSikkink
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no date. Poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 12/08/13. Review written from notes.

A - Brownish red with a finger of dense small bubble, off-white head. Mostly transparent with moderate carbonation. Head lasts. Distinct bands of carbonation.

S - Not very fragrant. Citrus hops and caramel malts.

T - Clearly a strong ale, but sweet... brown sugar does come through. Almost completely masks ABV. Malt flavors are forward. Some hoppy critrus flavors.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry and sticky, likely from the sugars.

O - Despite a lower scoring, very enjoyable and very easy to drink, in fact too easy to drink considering the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 14:06:58 | More by Duane_Opfer
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,598 ratings.