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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,667 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,667
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 141
Gots: 234 | 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 sandmaker
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%

Brown Shugga pours a gorgeous copper color. It has a strong sweet smell, almost too sweet. To me it has a taste of cherry spice. The mouth feel is thick and paired with the sweet sweet cherry flavor reminds me of syrup, or medicine. Dark woody malty notes also roll over the tongue and bite the back of your throat.
Enjoyable, but nothing I could buy again.

sandmaker, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of sjantiflow
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into a pint glass...

The smell is fabulous. There's hops, caramel and citrus, accented by a malty sweetness. The use of brown sugar is definitely noticed.

This is my first strong ale, so it's probably obvious that it tastes like an IPA but without the hoppy bitterness (assuming it's cut by the sugar). But it's still a powerful, warming brew. The 10% abv. lends itself to the the rich, smooth and thick mouthfeel.

On a final note, the beer pairs very well with butternut squash soup.

Perfect for the fall season!

sjantiflow, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BeerWhale
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

The beer pours thick and caramel colored with a white head, and a strange aroma.

You can tell the increased sugar content by the sweetness on the front end of this creamy beer. The brown sugar adds a thick and smooth quality to the beer as is coats your mouth. It sits well on the tongue and the hops add a cutting, refreshing quality to the beer. After drinking your mouth feels relatively clean, when compared to something like a stout.

Overall a quality offering that has a well rounded taste and mouthfeel. Either as an introduction to craft beers or an evening session beverage, this offering is a very good example of quality craft brewing.

BeerWhale, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of Rafster21
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Rafster21, Feb 07, 2013
5/5  rDev +24.4%

JTEXTREME, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of teefrednyc
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

teefrednyc, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of MEverritt
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

A- Darker Amber/Brown with very little head

S- Smells of sweet brown sugar mixed with a little pine tree.

T- Actually quite good. Plenty of hop flavor mixed with the sweetness of the brown sugar which helps hide the 10% abv.

M- Alot smoother then I expected with the high abv and sugar content. I drank two because the first went down so quickly. It seemed a little heavy at first but smoothes out after a few sips.

D- I thought it was a good ale. I actually want to pair it with some BBQ. "yummm i bet it will be awesome." With the higher abv I wouldnt put it into a session type beer but 2 or 3 would be ok.

MEverritt, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Vitar
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Vitar, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of UHRHAN
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Poured 12-ounce bottle in a Sam Adams Glass.

-Poured a translucent brown/amber with a reddish hue. 3/4 of an inch head, that was pouring out of the bottle the second I popped the cap.
-Not much on the aromatic side, but small hints of flowered aroma. Small touches of alcohol, but not overpowering by any means.
-Taste caramelized fruits with a hint of brown sugar.
-Good mouth feel, and not heavy.
-Very drinkable and didn't really notice the high ABV content.

UHRHAN, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Ack9788
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

WOW, i think i;m still buzzed from last night, I go to school in delaware ohio and i had this powerhouse brew on tap at 1808 american bistro where they have something like 27 beers on tap.

This beer is delicious, its the perfect beer to have when you want a good beer...and nothing else, a burger with this beer and your ready to not move. Not a salad beer either, do your self a favor get a friend go to a bar with this on tap order your friend two bud lights pay for them you have a few of these and let him drive home. DO not let him taste it or you'll loose your driver.

Ack9788, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of mikemcgee
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

mikemcgee, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of mtthorpe21
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

mtthorpe21, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of mwasko78
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

mwasko78, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of Goofyfootsurf
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%

Goofyfootsurf, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Deltafunk
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%

Deltafunk, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of iamjuanvaldez
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

Nose - Mulling spices, citrus peel, cedar, raisin, faint alcohol

Color - clean, deep amber

Faint thickhead forming from a quick pour, disappeared quickly.

Heavy, viscous mouth-feel, slightly oily. Very drinkable for a 10% brew.

Carmel, bright citrus, alcohol and a clean hoppy aftertaste to balance out the sweetness.

Picked up a 6 pack at BevMo for $9. Excellent for the price.

iamjuanvaldez, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of cvanderwerff
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

I first tried this beer last year thanks to an old co-worker from Starbucks. By far his favorite winter beer. And now has become one of mine. I am starting to look forward to seeing it on the shelves every winter now. For those who are not familiar with this beer. It started out as a rushed recipe for their Gnarly Wine ale. But as most rushed things go it took a turn off course, so they added mass amounts of brown sugar to try to speed up the fermentation process. The end result turned out to be this great winter beer. I would not recommend this to anyone who is not use too how a barley wine should taste. But for those who enjoy a good barley wine give this a try at least once.

cvanderwerff, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of trelihan462
3/5  rDev -25.4%

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark-brownish red with a thin, off-white head. Decent amount of lacing sticks around.

Smell - Very hoppy and spicy, but a little sweetness to it as well.

Taste - Super hoppy, but has a really sweet aftertaste. Interesting combo.

Mouthfeel - Pretty spicy right away, burns on the way down.

Drinkability - Overall, it's not a -bad- beer, but I can't say I'm a fan of it. It's a little over-hopped and I don't think brown sugar works very well in an I.P.A., I was expecting a stout or a brown ale for this one.

trelihan462, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of RCStout
4.38/5  rDev +9%

The Appearance is appreciated as every time it appears I want it. Gold to Amber Orange.

Smell- Gloriously Sweet to a Southerners Nose. (NC loves Brown Sugar.)

Feel- Nice body, it could be one of those thick leggy models.

Taste- Sweet right off with a midtaste of citrus. Some say Grapefruit I says Pumelo. Warm in the tummy.

Drinkability- Highly drinkable despite high ABV. I have never had more than 6 in a row, seemed like 2 too many.

RCStout, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Man0Beer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Man0Beer, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of SMooneyhan
1/5  rDev -75.1%

SMooneyhan, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of TheJohnster
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

TheJohnster, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of kjg1104
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

kjg1104, May 18, 2013
Photo of etienne81
4/5  rDev -0.5%

etienne81, Nov 22, 2013
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,667 ratings.