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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,176 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,176
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 177
Gots: 403 | 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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, it appears to be from February 2009. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber, almost brown. Still pours with some head, but not much retention. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell: Candy malt sweetness. Birthday cake. Surprisingly detectable remnants of fruity/citrus hops. Smells like an inviting barleywine.

Taste: Sweet and malty with citrus hops bitterness up front. The middle is thin and has a twangy malt flavor and an alcohol bite. The finish gets great again with cakelike malt flavor and sticky hops.

Mouthfeel: Other than the thin-in-the-middle feel, its pretty full, like a barleywine. Resiny hops finish on the tongue.

Drinkability: I'm liking it, but I'd rather just have their Gnarleywine. Not sure what the point of this one is. Much better than when I stuck it in the cellar a year and a half ago.

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' pours out a reddish brown color topped with a small head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The brown sugar is quite noticeable in the nose. The flavor is sweet, but not syrupy. I taste raisins and brown sugar. Emphasis is on the malt, but hops come in at the finish, and the bitter hoppiness seems to build up as I work my way through this 22 ounce bottle. Alcohol is high, and that combined with the large bottle size makes for a beer to sip over several hours, if you're going at it alone.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.08/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a deep amber almost red color. Very generous 3 finger head with some nice lacing.

S: Nice mix of sweet caramel and hops. A bit of piney resin.

T: Really complex mix of some slight sweetness from the malts with bitterness from the hops. Some roasted grains, caramels, and bold hops.

M: Full bodied and nicely carbonated.

O: Interesting brew. I take one sip and I'm thinking DIPA. The next sip and I'm thinking stronle ale. Nice balance and complexity.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.95/5  rDev -2%
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.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 4,176 ratings.