Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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4,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,319
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 180
Gots: 477 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.99% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-13-2001)
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Photo of Brushkanna
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ncvbc
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.

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of meehandennis
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.45/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours a clean amber with a solid off white head of about 1.5 fingers. Very sticky lacing

S- Huge aroma. A carmelized, sugary sweet smell. Candy apple. Fuity hops on the backside. Some pine. Delicious smelling beer

T- Very, very sweet. Taste does a solid job of following nose. Some of the flavor reminds me kind of a sherry taste. Also detect maple, syrupy molasis, vanilla, honey, cider, and brown sugar. Alcohol is present with the warmth. Pretty mellow though without a lot of bitterness, but some level of bitterness shows to battle the sweetness. Not real balanced though, IMO. A level of cloying.

M- Full body. Moderate carbonation and drinkability. As mentioned, alcohol is present. Dry finish

O- Quite different than anything i can remember. I am not a huge barley wine guy, but this was enjoyable. I wouldn't have 2 in a row or drink it often simply because the sweetness level of this beer was just too much for me to take. I don't have a ton of barleywine experience at this point, but this one seems to match the profile. Maybe even a cross between a barleywine and a DIPA. The flavor profile doesn't fit my palate all that well, but i respect the effort here by Lagunitas. Good job

Photo of warriorsoul
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from Bulkman (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/27/10).

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with a moderate off-white head that quickly dissipates leaving some patchy lacying

S: Brown sugar is certainly apparent along with a sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some faint citrus hops. Smells very sweet and sugary.

T: Brown sugar and caramel malt make up the bulk of the flavor profile with some citrus hops taking the back seat. A pleasant taste, but not terribly complex.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and slight creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. A little gritty as well.

D: The sweetness holds this one back for me, but the abv. is well hidden.

Overall this certainly and interesting offering from Lagunitas and one that should be tried by fans of the style with a sweet-tooth. Thanks again Chuck for throwing this one in the box! Recommended.

Photo of dstc
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of JustinMatthew
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of wyatt13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hootie159
4.15/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SHODriver
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

Photo of AnalogErik
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

A - Deep copper/brown, with 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass

S - Sugar cane and alcohol! Lots of brown sugar and toasty malts.

T - Sweet as a M)($%*(^$%($#^%. Wow. Lots of sugar. Lots of alcohol.

M - Oily, medium bodied, and fairly high carbonation.

O - Good, but I can only drink about half of one of these and I am done. Too sweet and strong

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of MrDave
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dataylor21
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of delta490
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a nice effervescent amber with a thick creamy off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves big lacing

S- big citrus hops fronts the aroma with some subtle bready sweetness mingling in here and there.

T- the same hops forward flavor with some pine flavors thrown in to the mix. The malt background is not huge, but it does hold its own and support the hops well.

M- full with a slight oily feeling to it from the big hops.

O- a great big flavor IPA-style beer. Not sure the brown sugar/cane sugar made a huge difference flavor-wise when compared to the regular Lagunitas IPA, but it is a good beer all the same. Would be interested to try the two head-to-head for a comparison.

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Dodo2step
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Pittsburgh Bottle Shop

A- dark caramel amber color with a 2 finer head that has some stayng power. 5 minutes later and it is still there. Nice spiderweb lacing.

S- pine hops with caramel hints. i also get some wafts of alcohol coming through.

F- strong pine on the mouth with hints of citrus. I also get some of the brown sugar coming through when the alcohol hits.

M- A chewy feel and the alcohol comes out as it goes down the throat. Smooth though with a punch.

O- Not a bad beer but after a while the alcohol overtakes the flavors and it becomes more of a grain beer. Very good though for the most part.

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 4,319 ratings.