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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,703 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,703
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 146
Gots: 243 | 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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Photo of rallison
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Delirium Tremens goblet.

A: Dark red brown with a 2 finger off white head that sticks around nicely and leaves lots of lacing.

S: Caramelized brown sugar. Alcohol. Toffee. Yummy.

T: Not ridiculously complex, but very tasty. More of the brown sugar (surprise, surprise!) with a nice bit of caramel and toffee flavors. A bit of an alcohol bite actually works to nicely counter the sweetness. Maybe some plum or date in there too. Dark fruits at the very least. Also kind of reminds of Belgian Candi sugar.

M: Nice and full with a slight alcohol burn. Overall, a good mouthfeel.

D: Not the most drinkable strong ale, but drinkable enough.

Recommended. Nice after dinner beer.

rallison, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of JSchock7
4/5  rDev -0.5%

JSchock7, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

illini4x4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of nanobrew
3/5  rDev -25.4%

nanobrew, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of PGVG
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

PGVG, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of ncvbc
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an amber/ruby color with little carbonation and a thin off white head. Pretty nice lacing as well. Smell is of sweet malts and decent hop scent. Slight bit of alcohol present in the nose. Taste is of sugary sweet malts but a pretty big hop kick also. It's like a weak DIPA or a BHM after a year. Interesting for sure. Mouthfeel is medium. Little alcohol burn. Hop bite and sugary sweet coating of malts on the tongue. Drinkability is a little lower because I can't drink much of this. Maybe two 12 oz. but one was enough I believe.

I do like the creativity of this brew and thanks goes to czoch75 for this extra.

ncvbc, May 28, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

SaxmanRick, Oct 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

LightnerLiquorKS, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of warriorsoul
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for recommending this brew....
Pours a clear orange/copper color...almost a full finger of bright white head...lacing is thin, but has decent cling.
The aroma is very inviting...sweet rum raisins up front w/ a hefty malt backbone.
Taste is fantastic...so incredibly bitter, yet deliciously sweet w/ just a hint of alcohol in its finish.
Mouthfeel is similar to most American barleywines...carbonation is a touch high for the style.
The drinkability for the ABV % is great...I could enjoy this bomber and maybe another...especially during the colder months. Couldn't resist pulling this one from the cellar tonight...have one more to sit until winter.
Another fine brew (even if by accident) from Lagunitas...my second favorite next to Gnarleywine...go figure.

warriorsoul, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of dstc
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend in California always gives me a box of mixed beers for Christmas and this was one of them.

A: Reddish/brown. Real nice head that faded slowly leaving a nice off-white lace on the tulip glass I poured it into.

S: Rich but a little metallically.

T: Good! I loved Dark Belgium Ales and was interested to see how this would compare and was pleasenlty suprised. Left a bit of a bitter aftertaste that I found somewhat unpleasent but that didn't stop me from enjoying this beer.

M: Warm and tasty. I can feel the 9.9% abv on this beer but like it.

D: Yes indeed. Well done America! A fine dark ale that satisfies my Belguim cravings.

dstc, Jan 09, 2007
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JustinMatthew, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, light red brown amber colored with a huge light tan head that lingers leaving excellent lacing, clear

S: amazing aroma of citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, lemon, caramelized sugar

T: grapefruit, lemon zest, pine, toffee, strawberry, brown sugar,

M: higher carbonation, alcohol amazingly well hidden, slightly viscous

O: The most amazing part of this beer is that the alcohol is so well hidden under a depth of hop and malt flavor.

M_C_Hampton, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

wyatt13, Nov 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

moarmare, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber gold with a light head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring of foam.

Aromas of malt, honey, hops.

The taste follows the nose, with sweet malts up front, then a strong bitter hop taste that is overcome by the sweetness, which is cloyingly tasting of strong honey. Finishes bitter and dry. Some toffee and milk chocolate flavors come through as well.

Body is light with little carbonation. Tastes flatter as time presses on.

A drinkable brew but it is a bit too sweet for anything except a dessert beer or nightcap. The alcohol is not noticeable but at 9.84 percent it will become apparent.

Beerenauslese, Apr 28, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

aorloski, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 11/2/12 Tasting Notes. Poured fom 12oz bottle into pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking bronze brew with good clarity. There was 2 fingers of creamy looking light tan head. Good retention, as this slowly settled to a dusting. Ample lacing...

S) Graham cracker crust and fresh juicy grapefruit with a sprinkling of sugar.

T) Quite malty and very hoppy... What a nice balance we have here. Sweet caramel and melting brown sugar, in perfect harmony with light pine, grapefruit and champagne mango. The alcohol on this was very well hidden. I picked it up just a little as this warmed up.

M) Full body with moderate carbonation, which kept this easy on the palate. It is slightly syrupy, but really very smooth. Nice aftertaste...

O) Thanks Lagunitas, what an excellent beer. Reminded me a bit of a few barleywines I've had recently. This was a pleasure to drink, and really hard to believe the ABV is nearly 10%. Glad to recommend this beer...

RoamingGnome, Nov 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Birdlegs, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JohnnyMc, Nov 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Oidmoe, May 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MarkJBurch, Nov 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Cubatobaco, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich dark red, slowly fading off-white head that leaves a moderate amount of lace, and completely filtered.

S - Lots of malts in the beginning and then the brown sugar aroma kicks in. I also smell a little spiced peach, molasses, and candi sugar.

T - The brown sugar and molasses flavors are most prevalent in this brew with a nice caramelized malt backbone. The hops are spicy with flavors of citrus and fruits, almost an apple cinnamon type flavor, that blend well with the sweetness of all the sugary flavors.

M/D - Medium-heavy body with below-average volumes of carbonation, but works well in this brew. Not harsh on the palate at all and hides it's alcohol quite well. Finishes a little on the dry side due to all the hops.

For the price of this beer (less than $2 for a 12oz bottle locally) it's hard to find another beer this big and full of flavor.

VaTechHopHead, Feb 24, 2010
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4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L – Deep amber color with a nice 3-finger frothy, bubbly, cream-colored head. Excellent retention with phenomenal sheets of lacing. Clear with lots of bubbles. I can’t imagine it looking much better than this.

S – This smells very much like a cross between an American barleywine and DIPA. There’s a ton of malty sweetness with caramel, molasses, and brown sugar notes, and no shortage of American hops with grapefruit and pine aromas mostly. Alcohol is certainly present here, and there may even be a hint of some dark fruits like figs and dates here, too. This smells like it is going to be a real treat.

T – The taste is slightly different than the aroma but not in a bad way – it’s just different. It’s sweet nearly all the way through with lots of brown sugar and some noticeable caramel and molasses. Some grapefruit, orange, and pine hop bitterness creeps in toward the finish and builds in intensity as the finish progresses. Alcohol is really nowhere to be found.

F – Medium-bodied with pretty good carbonation, a sticky, chewy, and creamy mouthfeel, and a bittersweet finish. Sweet caramel and brown sugar and bittersweet fruity hop flavors linger for a bit. There’s a hint of palate-and-throat warming from the alcohol, but not as much as I was expecting after the aroma.

O – This is a nice beer and one that’s pretty tough to categorize. It smells like a strong ale but tastes almost like an imperial amber ale. I guess I can see it tasting like a strong ale, too, though. Not that any of this matters – I just like categorizing things. Useless rambling aside, this is a tasty and extremely drinkable beer given the ABV and my initial expectations after the aroma. I would have never guessed this clocked in at a tick below 10%. Part of me wishes that it tasted more like the aroma since that was so phenomenal, but the taste that is here is pretty damn good, too.

BlackBelt5112203, Feb 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Segelstrom, Jan 19, 2013
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,703 ratings.