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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Ratings: 4,703
Reviews: 1,450
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 202
Gots: 695 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SawDog505
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in my Lost Abbey tulip, bottled on the 299th day of the year. Pours a clear orange red, with a one inch off white head, that leaves plenty of lace. Smell is tangerine, pine, hard candy, carmel, and a hint of grapefruit. Taste is pungent hops, sweet candy, and a hit of grapefruit in the finish. Body is medium, nice amount of life, a touch dry, and the most dangerously drinkable beer I have ever had. This is different, easy drinking, and complex beer. Love this so much and did I mention at $10 a six and amazing deal. Lagunitas is a great and very affordable brewery, don't ever change.

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of leroybrown10
2.9/5  rDev -28%

Photo of korguy123
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes

A- Clear brown pour (like rich maple syrup) 1/4" off white cap. Lacing is minimal which is to be expected for the 9.99%

S- Toasted malts, slight strawberries. Brown sugar comes out in full force as it warms further, Rich toffee and caramel tones.

T- Brown sugar heaven. Not overly sweet, just perfect. Caramel notes. toasted malts give a nice smooth roasted tone to this. Hop bitterness is spot on. Slight metallic taste and a faint alcohol warmth.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy and smooth. Sticky on the lips.

O- Very good, something different from the everyday. Definitely couldn't drink more than one per sitting but with something like this you would want to treat yourself on occasion with this.

Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of kkipple
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga' -- great name. Beer with brown sugar. Sign me up. Just the facts here.

A. clear, polished brown, 3cm tan head comprised of various sized bubbles.

S. Sweet, sweet brown sugar! Alcohol heat, molasses, singed grain, sweet malt and a much needed citrus hop note round things off.

T. Sweet, mostly. Sugar really shines through. Medium malt character, mild bitter hops that attempt to even out the aggressive sweetness. Slightly nutty. Warming. Roasty finish and all around very smooth.

M. Dry. Full. Milky-smooth. Finishes sweet (yup.)

D. A fine malty delight, although the sweetness is a little high for me. Sugary from start to finish, this is a good dessert beer -- would probably go stupid well with creme brulee. Recommended.

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

Had a pint of this on tap recently at La Cav Du Vin. Served to me in a tulip glass. This beer is a clear, medium brown color. Decent sized head probably about 1/2 inch when drawn from the tap before settling to a decent surface cover with nice lace. Smells of brown sugar and malt along with some citrus hops are certainly present. Tastewise this beer is certainly sweet upfront with caramel and brown sugar present before the hoppy bitterness also makes its presence known almost immediately. I would not say the balance is not good, but neither primary flavor (the sweetness nor the bitterness) is stronger than the other. Very interesting indeed. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Drinkability could be a bit more easy to drink, due to its overall strangeness. I would certainly drink this again.

Eric

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

Poured from a 12 oz brown twist off bottle. Poured into an oversized snifter. Transparent reddish copper with a nice off white 2 finger head. Leaving assorted bubbles of retention. Drapes of thin lace.

Grapefruity hops at the nose with a wonderful sweet malty aroma. Touch of vanilla, orange peel, and piney hops.

Thick and creamy with a mild dose of carbonation. Sweet up front with modest amounts of grapefruity hops. Citric orange peelish flavors, burnt caramel and toffee pizza crust like doughy flavors.
Fish is sweet and smooth with a great big hop linger. Some warming at the swallow, but not enough to say, hey this is a 10% abv beer.

Delicious!

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of elricorico
2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured reddish brown, like sweetened ice tea that had food colouring in it. There was a thin off white(almost a touch yellow) head that faded but left lacing and a ring around the glass.

The smell has some hop bitterness to it, with a sweet molasses smell and a warning liquor odor as well. The smell isn't a real turn on yet, but I'll be keeping my nose in there as the beer warms.

As the beer warms some of the bitter smell fades and more of the sweetness stands out.

The taste is sweet. Too sweet really. There is a faint bitterness to the finish but nothing near enough to balance out the big sticky sugary front. It is far too candy like and becomes overpowering.

On the other hand mouthfeel is good. Has a thickness to it and a light carbonation that makes it comfortable in the mouth.

Drinkability suffers due to the taste. I can't drink this for too long. Though the alcohol doesn't show up much in the flavour, the high percentage also means drinking much of this would be trouble.

I won't be able to finish this big bottle. Doubt I'll even get through the first pint I poured out of it. Not what I'm looking for in a beer.

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown with a thin tan head.Decent retention,and nice lacing. This beer looks thick.Aroma is sweet,and bready. Body is thick,with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of malty brown sugar,and spice.Nice bit of hops,and a good burn in the finish.

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

When i poured this beer into a glass, it has a dark amber color body with a 2' tan head to it. The smell has a sweet raisin aroma to it. The taste is hop and malt up front, very boozy, but as it warms up, i can taste a little brown sugar sweetness. The mouth feel is real good and overall this is a good sipping beer.

Photo of geexploitation
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear ruby-brown with gorgeous, jewel-like highlights. Thick but small head that fades to a dusting and collar. Aromas of pears and yeast, along with a bit of zesty sweetness. On the palate, bitterness and brisk carbonation start things off, followed by thick, sugary sweetness and a touch of bitterness at the back of the tongue. Some chocolatey sweetness at the very end. Not very complex, however -- it's mostly just varying levels and characteristics of sweetness. Mouthfeel is marked by slick malts, alcholic heat, and prickly carbonation, with the alcoholic detracting signficiantly. Overall, this beer is nothing to shout about. It's curious to see what this much brown sugar does to a beer, but it's not necessarily pleasing. It needs more balance and a bit more complexity to be truly compelling.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a light copper with good off-white head, lacing in pots down the glass. Aroma is full of brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, caramels, toffees, sweet malty goodness, and don't even pick up any hop qualities. The taste has some bittering, slight citrus and oils from the hops, but again its the brown sugar that floats this boat, a smooth but subtly carbonated mouth giving it a great feel as it soothes you with oils, and sweetness, and delight. I can't say its my favorite strong, but a damn good one.

Photo of craftbeerasian
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stubby bottle: "Feeding Brown Cane Sugar to otherwise Cultured Brewery Yeast is a'kin to feeding Raw Shark to your gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without Human Intervention." I thought that was pretty funny.

Pours a hazy glowing crimson with an ivory froth that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing in its wake. Aroma is candy sweet, with notes of mint, brown sugar, and the alcohol, as Ron Burgundy would say, "stings the nostrils." Texture is extremely chewy with mild hints of carbonation on the back on the tongue. Alcohol becomes more present as it warms, but slightly cold is hardly noticeable in the flavor. Starts off peppermint sweet, with some hop bitterness, but not enough to balance the sweetness from the sugar. Still, for some reason this is exactly what hits the spot right now, and I think it's delicious. Drinkability is good despite the booze because it's just so damn tasty. This is one of those beers that you just know would be mighty interesting from the tap, or better yet, hand pumped from the cask. Mmmmm.

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 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 BedetheVenerable
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown screw top, nice label; no date to be seen, though there is some kind of cryptic code which might be a freshness date; oh well, at the abv, I'm not too worried...

Appearance: Nice dark burnt orange beer with good clarity and a nice dense ivory cap with good retention.

Smell: Awesome aromas! This is like liquid creme brulee; there is TONS of sweet, burnt caramelized sugar and vanilla custard here, backed with some citrus hops. This is truly remarkable. Way more 'creme brulee-y' than ST's Creme Brulee Stout, it must be said.

Taste: LOTS of dark, boozy, vinous fruit across the palate. Medium to high levels of citrusy hop bitterness, with bittersweet burnt sugar and dark caramel as well. This is big, boozy, and sweet, but ends pretty bitter. This is less sweet and more complex than the aromas suggest.

Mouthfeel: Big, silky, alcoholic

Drinkability: Warming, big, and a bit too much to have more than one or two; still, one of these to cap off the night in front of a roaring fire would be splendid

Conclusion: Here finally is a Lagunitas brew that really, really impresses me.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,703 ratings.