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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,824
Reviews: 1,477
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 208
Gots: 766 | FT: 18
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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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Photo of Jaymanisgod
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hampton73
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pretty clear amber with some head.

Smell is brown sugar with American hops. Kind of nice.

The hops really are at the forefront in the flavor, with the brown sugar coming through. Not a lot of malt flavor in there.

Mouthfeel is thin with carbonation.

Photo of DunkelFester
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of drseamus
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a very nice red color with a pretty decent off white head. It looks like a barleywine to me, but I have no specific reasons why i think that.

S: Heavy malt is the dominant aroma in this. There are some hints of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and dark fruits in there as well. It is a good smelling beer and makes me think it will taste awesome.

T: The amount of hoppy bitterness in there is really surprising. From the smell, I expected it to be sweeter and maltier but it is almost a hop dominated flavor initially. After the bitterness some of that sweetness does poke it's head through. I can't specifically taste any brown sugar in there but I can get some of the alcohol it produced.

M: This is a very smooth beer even with the initial bite from the hops. It is medium bodied which is nice given it's ABV.

D: A bit strong in both the alcohol and bitterness department to get a great drinkability rating, but it is good.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/22/12

Appearance: Light brown from a distance, but really more of a reddish copper - moderate, off-white head - keeps a nice ring, a small cap, and some nice, streaky lacing

Smell: Hoppy, as one would expect from Lagunitas, with an unexpected amount of brown sugar - citrusy, with fleshy, oily grapefruit and orange - some sweet pine - a mild cat urine aroma I've encountered in some other Lagunitas beers - caramel malts and caramelized sugar - brown sugar is quite obvious

Taste: Sugary, sweet, hoppy, yet not disgusting - sweet caramel and crystal malts - caramel sugar, molasses, and most importantly, brown sugar - oily citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit - sweet, resiny pine and mint - lightly bitter, somehow doesn't clash with the sugary sweetness - some hot alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel: Somewhere between medium and full body, low carbonation, a bit sticky and syrupy, with some alcohol heat

Overall: First you get the sugar, then you get the power, then you get the women

I'm honestly curious if they added brown sugar pre and post fermentation. The sheer amount of brown sugar sweetness in this is impressive on a few levels. Honestly, this should be disgusting. Yet, somehow, it works as a sipper. I don't think I would want to drink more than 1 of these, but that's not the point. I like brown sugar, so I guess that's why I like this beer.

Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S - Sweet hop, pineapple

Photo of wingnutter
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SethB2

Nice amber color with a thin head. Smells malty and hoppy?!

Taste is dominated by sweetness at first but theres a hop bite in there, too. I cant tell if its floral or citrusy.... Velvety mouthfeel. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. Tart dry finish at first.

As it warms up the alcohol comes through a bit more, and the finish turns sweeter. This is surprisingly balanced for an ale thats touted as "sweet". The brown sugar makes a statement but leaves enough room for the hops. Im not sure what to make of this one....Its like an IPA/ASA hybrid cooked up by some mad scientists at Lagunitas. This is a crafty craft brew.

For a beer thats pretty much 10% ABV, this one goes down real easy. Worth a try if youre a fan of IPAs or ASAs. This is my 1st Lagunitas beer, but it definately wont be my last.

Photo of RunDWP
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown into a tulip with a light orange, fluffy head. Plenty of sheeting on the glass as I sipped. Sweet, molasses aroma. Flavor is dominated by brown sugar (surprise!) and malt, with a tea-like bitternsess at the finish. Thick and rich mouthfeel. It's rather sweet, not that complex, or balanced, but somehow it's a bit addictive, and I couldn't smell or taste the alcohol. Enjoyable, change of pace brew.

Photo of gcamparone
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a (very fitting) amber-brown clear body with a fluffy off-white head that reduces to some chunky white foam that sticks to the glass.

S- Freshly cut grass, yeast, citrus, caramel, slight booze.

T- This beer starts off with a sweet, brown sugar and caramel flavor and ends bitter and resinous. Some booze on the finish.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium low carbonation.

Overall a decent beer. Good balance, but not as complex as I would have liked. Lacking hop characteristic.

Photo of cougardraven
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheTrevor
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a purple-ish brown with a very small head and some visible carbonation. The smell is sweetness that seems to be half malt and half brown sugar and a bit of hops. The beer has a sweetness from the sugar and malt that is balanced very well by the ops, with everything hitting at once and a little bit of the brown sugar coming out in backend as well. The high ABV is hidden quite well, I would have guessed it was way less than that. The mouthfeel is slightly thick and slick with a tiny bit of warming from the alcohol. This is a surprisingly drinkable beer for what it is, the surprisingly balanced but aggressive hops and the high ABV should have made for a much heavier-sitting beer. Definitely worth a try, I'm glad I grabbed a bottle.

Photo of CTJman
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KRG
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the neighbor come over to borrow some with this one on 12/29/2004. 16-oz. pour at the Sunset in a pint glass.

1/4-inch creamy, tight head at start. Brown hue, but light, verging on a copper tone with a touch of haze to the whole affair. Candy corn, raspberry jelly roll sweetness on nose with a determined alcohol hot tone. Woody, oak on mouth, with a covering of some fruity esters that consisted of orange, kiwi, and some tart lemon. Finishes with just a flavor of alcohol bite and a faint, mossy remainder.

Photo of Telix
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hey, it's my 50th review!

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: Super clean reddish brown, with good levels of carbonation and a fluffy head that quickly fades into a film.

S: Real sugary smell, like candy.... almost like root beer barrels, actually,

T: ROOT BEER BARRELS. Sweet, deep caramel malts, with nice bitterness after the sweetness drops off. A bit syrupy-sweet but not quite cloying.

M: Good. Thick, dense, good levels of carbonation.

D: It's a solid beer, but experimental. Quite sweet, with lots of root beer flavor and a nice thick mouthfeel.

Photo of IceEyes
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden brown with a light rim of head. Carbonation seemed appropriate. The smell was a nice mix of resinous hops and sweet malty goodness which I would have enjoyed more if not for the whiff of alcohol that came along with it. Taste was of strong American hops, more citrusy that I would have expected, with gentle brown sugar flavor and a warm flush of alcohol you could feel in the belly. Very nice drinker.

Photo of Furlinator
3.83/5  rDev -5%

Pours translucent copper. The one inch eggshell head fades to a thick cap and ring on top and leaves heavy curtains of lace.

The smell is of pine and faint citrus up front with burnt sugar and biscuit bread on the finish.

The taste follows the smell, with hop bitterness up front. Faint grapefruit, molasses and sweet malt are on the back end.

The texture is approaching heavy bodied with high carbonation.

A solid strong ale that is begins hoppy and finishes malty and sweet.

Photo of crbnfbr
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWhale
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours thick and caramel colored with a white head, and a strange aroma.

You can tell the increased sugar content by the sweetness on the front end of this creamy beer. The brown sugar adds a thick and smooth quality to the beer as is coats your mouth. It sits well on the tongue and the hops add a cutting, refreshing quality to the beer. After drinking your mouth feels relatively clean, when compared to something like a stout.

Overall a quality offering that has a well rounded taste and mouthfeel. Either as an introduction to craft beers or an evening session beverage, this offering is a very good example of quality craft brewing.

Photo of eatdrinknbmerry
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 12-oz bottle.

Fell in love with this beer when i saw the name of it. Very cool. Of all the x'mas ale labels, this is one of the more appealing ones. Nothing is more ugly than Pizza Port's Santa's Little Helper label. Anyway, to the beer.

Head: About 3/4" thick. Nice, stayed up for quite a long time.

A: caramel color.

S: A nice subtle tone of apricots, which I think smell great in beer. Gets the tongue ready for a deep-tasting ale.

T: A deliberate taste of brown sugar and slight undertone of honey or molasses. Maybe more on the molasses side since it's dark/bitter.

M: Very nice and smooth.

D: This one is much easier to drink than strong-flavored beers like Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice (2007). But I think the heavy molasses taste will make this less appealing to drink through the night.

Good beer overall, would definitely buy another 6er.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a tall pint glass.

A- This beer poured a dark amber color, clean and clear. It had a huge 3f head which was the color of light brown sugar, no less. It stayed fluffy and left a big lump in the center along with some lacing on the glass.

S- Floral, citrus, and pine hop aromas. The malty alcohol shows as it warms, replacing the sweetness.

T- Here come the sugary sweet caramel malts. The malt flavor is prominent, the hops dominated the smell.

M- Thick. Sugary malts keep the alcohol from coming on too strong. Smooth dry finish. Lingering malt flavor. All the carbonation must've been in the head.

O- Drinkable 10% abv strong ale. Truth in advertising, it's a sugar bomb like the name suggests.

Photo of Duhast500
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown sugar

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada Celebration pint glass.

The color is a clear amber/gold with a finger of foamy head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell has a slight Christmas cookie aroma that us a little sugar and a little but dough in the nose. There is a slight ginger aroma here as well.

The taste has a sweet sugar flavor that has a hint of bread and a nice cookie flavor that is slightly mixed with ginger and brown sugar.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a nice drinkable feel to it. There is a nice smoothness that has a great silky feel

Photo of MisterClean
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Vino's Wine & Cheese in Roseville, CA.

A - Deep tan, heavy/foamy white head.

S - Raisin, cinnamon, w/ light, florar hops.

T - Cardamom, allspice, curry. Yes curry, can't describe the other pungent spice, so it's a curry. Very spicy tasting beer, very unique.

M - Very spicy tasting beer, very unique. No alcohol in taste. Are we sure this is a 9.9% ABV?

D - This is a slow-sipper and would balance best with a bland meal or appetizers.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atron67
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a poured a rubyish tinged light brown that looked pretty damn hazy, I had a medium head build, and left even more on the second pour, up but it did fade pretty quickly down to a thin film with light lacing where the thick head had been. at the end of the 750 ml it left a huge amount of white flaky particulate.

S- pretty damn malty smelling, actually reminds me of Stones old guardian in its first scents, pretty complex, the brown sugar notes are pretty low compared to what i was expecting, and there are slight fruit notes.

T- very smooth for a 10 % 'er, a solid malt body which is smoothened by the brown sugar without making it cidery or light in flavor. the brown sugar gives it some dark fruit notes and gives a solid ale flavor throughout, some nice hoppy backing but not overpowering, more balanced than anything else from the hop role

M- a medium/full body, light for a 10% er but it I would guess there is a lot of brown sugar present

D- a pretty solid ale, better than i was expecting from the reviews, but hey thats the name of the game.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,824 ratings.