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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

3,675 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,675
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

acurtis, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ltdantheman, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DerekQXQX, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite pint glass

A - Beer pours a dark down color which produces a thin off white head that dissolves very quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

S - Plenty of brown sugar in the aroma hence the name. There are also hints of caramel, toffee and even an citrus like hop aroma on board in this sugary beer.

T - Tastes like a caramel chocolate candy bar with some finishing hops on the back end. Typically beers like this can be too sweet but I find this beer very well balanced and not too sweet which is a positive.

M - Moderate carbonation that is even a bit creamy. There is a bubbly slightly hopped finish to the beer on the back end.

D - A very drinkable beer but beware of the high 9.84% ABV on board which is very well hidden but will certainly catch up if you are not careful. Nice beer I like it!

racer2k, May 20, 2010
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great ale. Strong, complex, interesting, balanced, and overall tasty.

I did the right thing and drank the beer immediately after driving about 20 minutes home from my favorite beer store. This one seemed like a beer that needed to be enjoyed slightly warm. I poured this into a pint glass, getting slightly less than one finger of fairly bubbly tan head that managed to linger quite a while, and which left a moderate to small amount of lacing on the glass as I drank it down. It was a gorgeous beer to behold against the early evening sun. Clear, light copper. Like art, really.

The aroma was fruity, with a strong malt and maybe molasses character, with a somewhat surprising and subtle hint of hops. The flavor matched the aroma almost perfectly. Despite the (fantastically) high alcohol content, the flavor of alcohol on the beer was minimal, and what was there added a nice dimension to the flavor. The flavors were quite strong, but were so well put together that the beer was not overwhelming. It was moderately carbonated and balanced, resulting in a rich, almost sharp mouthfeel. But again, it was so well balanced that it was smooth drinking. And despite the (most wonderfully) high alcohol content, it was very easy to drink.

This is a great ale.

WonderfulSam, Sep 01, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

prdstmnky, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

hansenme, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an Imperial pint glass at 52° from a 12 ounce bottle with some sort of coding but I am unsure if it is date related. There were approximately three fingers of head from the pour down the middle of the glass with slight lacing. The beer was reddish orange in color

There was a definite aroma of hops. Label says 51.1 IBU's.

The beer was surprisingly smooth with some bitterness from the hops followed by a nice sweet finish.

There was fullness in the mouth while holding this brew before swallowing.

This beer seemed to get sweeter as it warmed. It was very easy to drink and tremendously dangerous at 9.9% alcohol.

SMark, Mar 31, 2008
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seavercm, Dec 13, 2013
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Griffith, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Aficionado_Shawn, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

twowheelssoar, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

ipc2000, Nov 03, 2013
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Sinisterale, Jun 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

whatname, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

dertyd, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Oboogie, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

fthegiants, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

fishkab, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle that was sitting in the cellar for about 6 months. I was actually surprised by how much I liked this beer. I reminded me more of an old ale or barleywine for the rich malt and biting hops, but it's all good. This beer was tasty. The flavor has a mix of tart cherry, caramel, toffee, and raisins, all with a hint of molasses. The medium body was a little more drinkable than your average 10% American beer, and I wouldn't mind having another. Certainly one of my favorite Lagunitas beers.

tempest, May 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

AnPiobaire, Jan 09, 2012
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cliff1066, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bconsidine, Aug 20, 2012
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DenverBigRed, May 31, 2013
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,675 ratings.