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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,224
Reviews: 1,351
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 178
Gots: 424 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber color. Nice two finger white head. Decent head retention.

S - Subtle hop notes, slight citrus. Very pronounced molasses and brown sugar aromas.

T - Big spice with slight booze on the front end. Very nice brown sugar and molasses with malt compliments in the middle. Fades into a sweet malt finish with slight hop bitterness.

M - The most perfect part about this beer. You might need a paddle to wade through the unbelievable thickness of this beer. Perfect compliment to the brown sugar that highlights this beer.

O - My favorite beer from Lagunitas at the moment. This is a perfect way to escape the endless porters and stouts during the winter. I had to do a double take when I read the ABV at 9.9%. Dangerously drinkable and great for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Favorite brew from Lagunitas so far. 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - coppery orange/amber color. Fluffy three finger white head.
of spicy yeast notes backed up by molasses/brown sugat sweetness and some subtle citrusy hops.

T - Strong spicy yeast and alcohol flavors up front. Brown sugar and molasses in the middle. Finishes with lot of malty sweetness. Hops are present but hidden well behind the alcohol and matlyness

M - What makes this brew for me. Warming alcohol, smooth sweetness that is just crisp enough to remain highly drinkable but still malty and warming true to style.

O - An excellect strong ale. Another excellent brew from Lagunitas. Extremely drinkable for such high ABV at 9.9%. My new template for what an american strong ale should be. Well balanced, strong, smooth and drinkable.

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4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In the glass this was a very nice looking brew. A dark amber color with a nice full head the color of dirty straw. The lacing on the glass was very solid. A very strong smell of Carmel and malt hints of pine and herbs. The mouth feel was very creamy and sweet with a nice bitter on the back. The flavors are of carmel pine and dark fruits, the brown sugar is by far the most noticeable of the flavors but very well balanced. Even with an ABV of 9 this is a very easy drinkable brew. Went well with my lamb stew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an dark amber color, complete with a lovely cascade of about 2 fingers of an off-white head. Tons of lacing stick to the glass as with all of this brewery's beers, but the high ABV on this makes this all the more eye-popping. The head lasts around a good long while, but it eventually dissipates fully. Looks viscous and intense.

Contains vivid sweetened, caramelized flavors from the main adjunct (obviously), but there's far more going on here than a one note scoop of brown sugar. Underneath the well expressed flavors of toffee, caramel, and honey, fruit flavors consisting of raisins, dates, over-ripe peaches, and pears are very vivid, including a brief spiciness and herbal backbone that peppers it up. Pine, cinnamon, cardamom, and light hemp make up the finish, which fully rotates to the sweetened caramel brown sugar flavor at the end - which, is fully enhanced by the relatively hidden alcohol. While there's a brief stinging sensation at the end, it's extremely well restrained in terms of hiding both any excessive malty sweetness, as well as any booziness. Well done once again, Lagunitas.

Yeah, it's clear right at the flavor that this lives up properly to its name. Brown sugar is, without a doubt, the most predominant initial flavor, and the notes of burnt toffee, as well as a nectar-like honey flavor, go down extremely well alongside the adjunct. Raisins, dates, and peaches, as well as yellow apples and pears, are the main fruit flavors, followed by a brief stint of orange peel, pine, and a dried leafy sensation. When I had this super fresh, it ended with extreme notes of cannabis, but at this point the malty profile has taken over a little bit more predominantly. In a sense, however, it's still enormously restrained in the flavor, as the alcohol is so well hidden that this drinks like a beer that's half as strong as this. Silky and creamy, with no cloying sweetness, graininess, or booze, which makes this a conundrum - you want to down it quickly, but it demands to be sipped as any barleywine should. Wholly enjoyable stuff - the way these kinds of beers should be made.

I can't believe I missed out on this last year, but my year of waiting has paid off well. This is fantastic stuff - it is destined to fail in so many respects, but the malt profile, as well as the herbal backbone, meld so well with the addition of brown sugar that it really reveals that the gents over at Lagunitas seem to pretty much know what they're doing when they approach any beer recipe. I feel this would get too sweet if aged, as the hops provide a much needed bitterness to round things out. Recommended for sure.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along with Anchor's yearly Christmas offering, I look forward to sipping this during the holidays. As the name suggests, brown sugar is the predominant note... along with alcohol. The copper brown color, coupled with the almost gritty-like aftertaste accentuates the brown-sugar sweetness. Probably best that its offered only as seasonal selection; since it screams of yule tide bliss, would seem awkward (i.e. depressing) enjoying this in January.

I tried to session this last year; bad idea. However, something to be slow-sipped and enjoyed during the frigid San Diego winter weather.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,224 ratings.