Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,993
Reviews: 1,512
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 228
Gots: 848 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Ratings: 4,993 | Reviews: 1,512
Photo of BMoney575
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11-23-08

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber, not much head, and thin rings of lacing.

Smell is sweet and sugary, in a good way. A nice smoked malt aroma is hidden in the background.

Taste is sweet and roasty, with a very enjoyable hop flavor and bitterness at the end. Not overly complex, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, right for the malty sweetness.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, considering the abv.

Overall, a good beer, and a smart choice for a good time.

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

Amber orange hued body. Thin light tan head.

Interesting nose...brown sugar, fruit, slight almond scent. Ameretto. Maybe a bit of orange peel. Pine sAp and pine needles. A brighter boldier hop profile than I had anticipated

Medium bodies beer with a moderate ammount of carbonation. Sweet sugary hoppy a little bit of spice.

Photo of KeefD
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with no sediment, a two finger off white head that i had to produce with a hard pour, and some average lacing. Aroma is hoppy, notes of pine and citrus. The nose isn't all too dissimilar from the Imperial Red, maybe slightly more sweetness. Yes, this thing is sweet. Very sweet, but not drain-pouring, outrageously so. There's a nice balance between the dark sugary sweetness and bitter, citric hops. Sugar coated orange slices, hints of caramel and maple syrup. Alcohol is completely well hidden in the flavor, but it can be felt in the throat on the way down. Thick and creamy to say the least, the epitome of full-bodied. Yeah, the high ABV can be felt in the brain as the glass begins to empty. A nice brew, strong, sweet, bitter, balanced in a big way. I'm not sure how many more brews I can have tonight after this one.

Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall
A sweet Two Hearted? That's what I first thought of while drinking. At first the citrus really threw me off, I was expecting something more Nutty. Halfway through the glass I got more of the sugga' (if that's what they call it) and by the finish I could feel the alcohol and less of the citrus that boned me in the beginning.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listening to Pearl Jam..
Poured a copper color with a nice fluffly white head. Nose has a nice sweet malt with a bit of hops and alcohol. Taste is brown sugar dominance with a bit of molasses. Alcohol is very noticeable after finishing only one. There is a definite presentation of malt and has a sweet finish.

Photo of easement
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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

Photo of GeoffM
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours very smoothly with a solid head that retains nicely. Good lacing. A lovely dark amber color.

Smell - Decently malty but also lightly sweet. Must be the brown sugar.

Taste - Gorgeous mouthfeel, nearly sticks to the tongue, but pleasantly so. Bitter with a sweet aftertaste. Hops are more apparent when first tasting, malts noticeable in the finish, which is pretty nice considering the bitterness. Alcohol is hidden pretty nicely.

Overall - Simply solid. A nice little experiment, nothing I'd go crazy over but worth giving a shot.

Photo of rye726
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly supprised by this beer. First off it is a great deal at under $10 a six pack. It pours a reddish copper with a silky tan head. The nose has fruity hops and rich malts. The taste has lots of caramel malts and bitter hops. The body fits the style well. A great beer from Lagunitas that strays away from their usual recipes.

Photo of Douglas88
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade with Ty. Pours a light brown with little to no head. The taste is mostly a sweet smooth malt, some hops, citrus, cinnamon and apples, and some brown sugar. It's a great mix that really blends together nice. No real notice of the alcohol. An easygoing drink with a lot to like.

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

Poured this reddish copper coloration beer into a pint glass. The foam that it gave originally was good and reduced to a good head. Sugary! wow sweet malt with a hoppy aftertaste. It does leave a good warm feeling in your mouth. Great winter beer. The beer has a great carbonation and keeps it up throughout the drink.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, Honey, floral, molases, brown sugar.

Looks: Orange/copper colour. Nice sized, creamy coloured head. Left some rings of lace behind.

Taste: Marmalade, carmalized sugar, burnt sugar, hot alcoholic solventy.

Mouthfeel: Big body, almost chewy. Lightly carbonated.

Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty beer that is good, but a little rough, when fresh, but becomes really good when aged.

Hazy red-brown, it has a fiarly big light tan head that shrinks steadily to a thin, lasting top and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is pungent, fruity, darkly toasty with some earthiness, wine, caramel, prunes.

The taste is a bit sweet but also with an earthy-dark toasted bite and bitterness. It has rich, aromatic, caramelly-stewed prune quality. It is fairly drinkable for the strength, the alcohol mostly adding full warmth and a bit of a spicey bite. It has a thick, oily feel.

Photo of bushbeer75
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' poured a clear red/amber color with a bubbly tan 1-finger head that dissipated to sticky lace as I consumed it. The nose is of floral hops with a bit of sweet toasted malt. Taste is of sweet caramel malt with toffee, light on the brown sugar and a little more hops than I expected. Body and mouth feel is medium with moderate carbonation. Brown Shugga' taste like a sweeter light bodied Barley Wine.

With a name like Brown Shugga' I thought I would detect more brown sugar sweetness than I did. This brew should be sipped, however, it is drinkable for its 9.9% ABV. My first brew from Lagunitas Brewing and I am impressed - have 5 more that I am looking forward to finish!

Photo of Tolann
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hella big thanks to Nic for granting me this bottle.
Slainte!

A - Cloudy golden orange. white head. Kind of makes me think of a dark apple cider color

S - sweet molasses, and some fruit. A little bit of grassy hops on the end. Definitely brown sugar in there. Kinda maybe like a barley wine.

T - Sweet and malty. it makes me think of something gooey and yummy.

M - Some carbonation. Kind of a sugary slickness to it. Tiny bit of alcohol. Some dryness at the back of my throat.

D - The name had me thinking Quaker Oatmeal sweetness but this is different and much more appropriate for my beer. Maybe some too sweet to have a few in just 1 sitting. Very enjoyable tho!

Photo of TonyT
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass...

Poured brownish gold, one finger head.

I have to agree with other reviews, that this has a prevalent barley wine taste and feel...

Had a barley wine smell with hops coming through.

Hops hit in the front, a barley wine taste comes through in the middle and the alcohol hits in the back. Sweet taste rides throughout. The malt taste is just a bit more than the hops. But it does not allow you to forget the hops...as you start to feel that Hop dryness.

The malts mask the ABV...classic left hook, which makes this a deceivably drinkable beer..."...Don't get cocky Kid"

I recommend anyone to take this for a spin.

Photo of atsprings
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn the Raleigh Flying Saucer has been getting some great stuff in lately! 2006 vintage on draft! Served a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight caramel and brown sugar, but a bit on the weak side. The taste is loads of brown sugar and caramel, loads of mops with the hops pushed way in the background. The beer is medium bodied and the age seems to have toned down the alcohol presence a bit. This one is certainly an enjoyable sipper.

Photo of Onslow
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours from a 12 ounce bottle .. lets go... very silky and mellow beer for having a 9.9% backbone .. tasty and abv very well hidden ... warms u up nicely .. van is the man, sneijder too (2) ... great flavours in this one- brown sugar, rum, figs, plums ... same aroma too ... a very drinkable barleywine!

Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a goblet. No freshness date.

A: Tangerine-amber hue with respectable off-white head with touches of fine lacing.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, and toffee with a smidge of alcohol and grassy hops in the nose.

T: Sweet but not to an extreme because there are a lot more hops than meets the nose. The malty sweetness takes on a fruity, toffee character with a goodly portion of grassy and light citrus hops to even out the maltiness. While this beer could have easily qualified as a malt-bomb, the good folks at Lagunitas knew just what we wanted and pitched in more hops when it seemed like there were already enough. What they produced was a unique beer with both malt and hops covered.

M: Luscious with a sweet toffee aftertaste. It feels like a mellowed barleywine.

D: An excellent Lagunitas effort (not surprisingly) but the 9.9% might slow you down a little. Definitely worth a try or two, and it probably cellars very well.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle picked up from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional Blue Mountain Brewery-logoed pint glass.

Appearance: Swiss cheese-esque lacing, big foamy, slightly off-white, uneven head, hazy, ruby body, average retention. Great lacing!

Aroma: Sweet tropical fruits, tons of thick brown sugar and molasses, as well as some other caramelized malts, both darker and lighter. Runs the gamut.

Taste: Tons of malts. Brown sugar is (obviously) prominent, some heavier roasts (coffee) are faintly present, grainy toast. Some fruity esters - cherry - and some sweet citrus - grapefruit, orange - round things off. Verrry sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, even, fine-bubbled, big-headed and -bodied.

Drinkability: Very sweet, and very high in abv%, but I surprisingly liked this way more than I expected I would. Alcohol is very well-hidden, malts are surprisingly complex (even if they are intense). A pleasant surprise and a very good beer.

Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a medium light tan head, Head holds on and then reduces to a thin cap leaving behind nice lace.

S-Caramelized brown sugar, toasted malt and a nice hop kick,

T-Toasty malt on the palate with present but subduded brown sugar sweetness. Nice hop kick to keep the malt/brown sugar sweetness in check. A tickle of fruitiness in the background.

M-Medium to Medium-heavy body with a wonderful smoothness and pleasant creaminess.

D-Very drinkable. Sweet but not too sweet and just enough hop kick to keep hop heads happy. I struggle to believe that this is 9.9%...a stealthy beer for sure! Brown Shugga....I love you! Thanks Mick!

Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear ruby-orange with a thin, cinnamon tan foamy layering that didn't stick around long. There was a slight rim lacing at best as it receded.

S: The nose was big and sweet with burnt molasses, maple syrup and sweet toffee which was followed by a lingering dried grapefruit hopping.

T: sweet up front with caramelized malt and dark molasses. There is a noticeable alcohol presence that sneaks in the middle of the palate as well some dried fruit (prunes), sugar plums, and raisins. The beer finishes out bitter with some dried grapefruit compliments of the Chinook hops.

M: sticky, dry, with a nice medium thick viscosity. Sweet, syrupy with a nice feel to it.

D: Very nicely done with a sweet start and bitter finish that compliment each other for a great overall experience. Alcohol was very well hidden for 9.0% and makes for a good drinkable beer, though comes off a tad sweet at times which may limit multiples.

Photo of oelergud
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. Large red letters on the label.
Translucent copper mahogany body with low carbonation. Creamy tan head with small bubbles.
Scent of caramel, grassy hops, flower, hay and of course, brown sugar.
Rough hops swirling in caramel and brown sugar with nutskin and vegetable, well balanced. The aftertaste is a hoppy long lived malty rush, quite strong and very tasty.
Medium-full body, some coating and a rough feel.
Highly drinkable, delicious and warming.

-Oelergud

Photo of Halcyondays
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a medium white head, medium lacing.

S: Light, but I get some molasses and malt.

T: Brown sugar and molasses is clearly evident, very malt, light hop burst at the end.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied, nice full carbonation character.

D: A good beer by Lagunitas, I wasn't wowed by it, but pretty solid.

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

12 oz bottle: Nice sweet malt aroma, definite big hop characteristic as well, maybe some brown sugar scent but subtle. Appearance is amber/red with a thin tan head. Taste has definitely got some caramel malt in this, citrus hops, sweet, and alcohol is present on the back end. Palate is somewhat sweet on the lips, very tongue coating, and aftertaste has a lingering caramel maltiness and a bit of alcohol. Overall, it's good but not great kind of like most of the Lugunitas that I've had. Maybe it's too young. Will check back on this one in a year.

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

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of somewhat loose head. Laces well.

S - Very fruity, some dark sugars and molasses come to mind. Slight metallic touch as well.

T - Raisins, booze, quite bitter as well. Some toasty malt and a touch of sweetness, but not overly so. Some grassiness keeps the flavour from being too heavy. Nonetheless, very thick flavours in this.

M - Moderate in body with a nice low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D - Not as heavy as I initially feared. For some reason I was expecting something in the brown ale category... dunno why. This however is pushing barleywine territory.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,993 ratings.