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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,677 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,677
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 142
Gots: 235 | 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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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
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

Bosoxfan20, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of matty
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored beer with a slow fading huge head.Aroma is green apple and caramel.Taste is caramel,green apple and sugar cane.You don't feel the alcohol on your tongue and it goes down smoothly.Four of these and goodnight!I would buy again and recommend.

matty, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of JLapadura
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

JLapadura, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of 1Sundown2C
3/5  rDev -25.4%

1Sundown2C, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of NumberNone
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

NumberNone, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of elec
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

elec, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev -0.5%

hinemk76, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of bccrosley
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bccrosley, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of mdwalsh
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into brand new Abbaye du Val-Dieu snifter

A: No real head, some active carbonation. Very clear brownish red coloring.

S: No wafting needed on this beer. I could smell it from a foot away. Malty sweet and some brown sugar notes. A little hops.

T: Strong sugary sweet. Some floral hops (that become more noticeable in a burp). Not bitter, but a soft burnt caramel taste. A good healthy boozy warmth.

M: Warm, a little creamy and some nice fizzyness

D: I could only imagine drinking 1 or 2 of these, but it would be good with a hearty meal.

mdwalsh, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of linnymtu
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

linnymtu, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of bmurray10
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

bmurray10, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of freed
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was supposed to be a Barleywine, but it turned out wrong? I believe the story because I believe some of the greatest things are mistakes. Like Post-it notes.

The amber color is great. A noble dark red. The head retention is great, and the aroma, as you lift the pint to you face, it very inviting. A sweet and suble hop aroma. Tasting it is a wonderful celebration in maltiness. After all, beer hasn't always included hops. The strong malt body is very satisfying. This beer, sold in 22oz bottles, is the perfect beer as for a session. Its sweet and spicy, and seems like it might compliment german food and maybe thai food, though the thai food may wrangle with the beer for spicyness.

If you're lucky enough to find this, or any Lagunita's beer, grab it.

freed, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of jakecattleco
4/5  rDev -0.5%

jakecattleco, May 31, 2013
Photo of DoctorDog
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Deep ruby / amber, and quite clear. Pours with >1 finger of tan head, which fades fairly quickly to a thin island of bubbles.

S- Piney/citrusy hops are quite prominent upon pouring, and then fade out as the head dies...allowing the sugary sweet (brown sugar?) and caramel malty notes take over. Hints of dark fruit.

T- Unsurprisingly, this brew is quite sweet. A blend of fruity, caramel, sugar sweetness, countered by a sturdy citrusy bitterness,

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation with a medium-full feel. Slightly syrupy.

D- Very good. An all around interesting and enjoyable brew that is an incredibly easy drinker for it's 9.99% ABV.

Future outlook: More please. Need to designate a few of these for cellaring as well...

DoctorDog, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of CreightonSM
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

CreightonSM, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light chestnut in color, there are some orange and amber highlights. A thin, yet creamy off-white head that settles a bit. The nose is coupled with freshly squeezed orange juice, nuts and sweet malts; some caramelized brown sugar is also detected during warming. Very creamy and lip smacking sweet; thick and lucious malts, with a near medicinal hops backbone. Becomes a bit dry, but more flavors emerge in the way of brown sugar, and sticky maple syrup. Traces of alcohol, but they add to the flavor and body. One of the best strong ales that you can find; a nice winter sipper and great tasting beverage!

GeoffRizzo, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a slightly hazy, reddish gold with less than a finger of off white head. Fair amount of hops in the aroma and plenty of malt. Smelled like a cookie. Full bodied and rich. Lots of malt sweetness but also plenty of hop bitterness to round it out. Some mouth pucker in the finish from the hops.

From hearing people talk, I thought this would be super sweet, but I think it had a pretty good balance. Like a malty barleywine.

homebrewhawk, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a decent sized head and a respectable lace.

The aroma of sweet sugar,malts and some fruit.

The taste started off sweet,sugar like but heavy on malts, Some hops in the back and subtle amount of alcohol warmth.

The feel was medium carbonation,smooth and creamy with medium body feel and some oils in the finish.

Notes: A very fine beer and something to savor. I really felt this one was very deceiving. At this ABV it really was easy to drink and while I will not ever session this one I will have at least two.

Lexluthor33, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured ½ of the bottle into a snifter. Formed a very thin ½ finger head that didn't stick around long. Some lacing present, but nothing to write home about. The color is awesome...the color of a caramel apple, but crystal clear...

Lots of brown sugar (wasn't expecting that!) molasses, grains and a touch of honey on the nose. Hops and roasted malts in the background.

Sweet malts hit the mouth immediately. This is followed by a grainy transition into the hoppy, bitter finish. Very complex and changes as the brew comes to temperature...worth sipping over time.

Medium mouth feel that can get a little heavy, but never overwhelming.

This is a thinking man's beer. You have to try to appreciate each sip and swirl it around in your mouth and mind...will not turn this down!

mgbickel, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev -0.5%

bluerabbit, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Beestin
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Beestin, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of JEdmund
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red, nice head and thick lacing

Big, juicy, fruity hops! Caramel sweetness but not brown sugar (surprising)

Huge flavor, with gobs of hops at the forefront, held up by a mountain of malt, too. Hops are big American citrus ones, though there is also a long, stinging bitterness in the finish. It’s nearly astringent, and there’s also that scorched sugar flavor adding to it, really drying everything up. Despite its heft, the alcohol is well hidden, as I never get a boozy kickback.

Maybe I’m mistaken, but isn’t this supposed to have brown sugar be a part of the flavor? I didn’t get it all. Aside from that, it’s another big, tasty, hoppy ale from Lagunitas.

JEdmund, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of MarioM
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

MarioM, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of nitter
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

nitter, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep reddish amber color with small, rapidly fading head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smell is quite sweet, with some of the brown sugar coming to play with citrus hops. Pleasant, though. Taste is not overwhelmingly hoppy or malty, but a nice balance of both. Lightly roasted malt kicks things off here followed by a moderate bitter kick from some hops, fading into a lingering piney and somewhat smokey flavor. Very interesting, not nearly as sweet as I would have expected--was thinking this was gonna be like DFH 90 in the sweetness dept. Very interesting flavor, akin in ways to both English and American Barleywines. Thick and coating, the MF on this one is great, very smooth and full-bodied. It says not to sip this one on the bottle, and I damn well could get away with not sipping this one. Nice work from Lagunitas, I have to explore this brewery further.

LordAdmNelson, Dec 29, 2009
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,677 ratings.