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Brown Shugga' - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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3,806 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,806
Reviews: 1,307
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 160
Gots: 273 | FT: 12
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 -0.5%

Ajlolli707, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Bombers4Benedict
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. I first tried it from a tap about a year ago. This time, a bottle, and still the same magic. I do realize my tastes have changed/matured a little in the last year but it still amazes me that they are able to hide 10% ABV so well, lets get to it....

A - Dark Gold/Amber with a tan head. Head is not too thick but still provides a nice lacing.

S - Has characteristics of an IPA including a sweet and sour with tart fruit aspect that I love. Took me by suprise though as I was not expected a sour/fermented fruit smell from something with brown sugar in the title.

T - Dates and figs are immediately present at first taste. Toward the end of the first sip you start to realize the caramel, brown sugar/creme brulee aspect. Great finish. This is a very sweet beer however as the beer gets warmer the alcohol shows its face a little more.

M - Thick coating comes with this as is to be expected. Leaves a film ala DIPA style beers often do in the mouth.

D - Very heavy, and high in alcohol so you might want to stop at 2. I do enjoy this beer so much i think i can drink it all night though.

Bombers4Benedict, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of rebertx3
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

rebertx3, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Fanhitter
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft Pint @ Ashley's Westland 11-7-2012

In the pint glass, this beer holds a deep burnt auburn hue, with impeccable transparency. Even with a broken surface of microscopic bubbles instead of any sort of head, this looks like a serious brew.

Smells mildly sweet at the top of the glass, a bit grapey even. A good hop presence is notable with a nose in the glass.

Tastes surprisingly mild for a sugared up barley wine or whatever this claims to be. You'd never know it was 10 percent based on the malt to hop flavors. An apricot flavor drifts faintly in after swallowing, and a burnt prune flavor unexpectedly follows on the finish.

On the sip, its got a mild bite to it, not unlike a strong Canadian beer. A bit boozy, but nothing outrageous. For a strong beer it's silky and easy to gulp or sip despite being a bit syrupy.

Overall, this beer is great. Halfway through drinking a nice wine texture comes out in it, that some might find unpleasant, but I find it very enjoyable. For a malt and hop lover it may disappoint, but for the whole package, it's pretty solid. In all honesty I wasn't expecting this beer to be as mellow as it is compared to other Lagunitas offerings, but for a strong beer it stands out. I could easily be overserved with this one.

Fanhitter, Nov 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

embarrwesment, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of D-No
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- deep amber with some light sediment
Smell- very strong hop aroma with Caramel and sugar
Taste- sweet brown sugar flavor leads to a strong boozy and slightly bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel - For such a high ABV this beer has a surprising mouthfeel. Strong carbonation, and a medium body, contribute to a clean finish.
Overall - This beer will defiantly be a regular for me every year, whenever I can find it.

D-No, Jan 08, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2007 12-oz bottle.

Fell in love with this beer when i saw the name of it. Very cool. Of all the x'mas ale labels, this is one of the more appealing ones. Nothing is more ugly than Pizza Port's Santa's Little Helper label. Anyway, to the beer.

Head: About 3/4" thick. Nice, stayed up for quite a long time.

A: caramel color.

S: A nice subtle tone of apricots, which I think smell great in beer. Gets the tongue ready for a deep-tasting ale.

T: A deliberate taste of brown sugar and slight undertone of honey or molasses. Maybe more on the molasses side since it's dark/bitter.

M: Very nice and smooth.

D: This one is much easier to drink than strong-flavored beers like Anderson Valley's Winter Solstice (2007). But I think the heavy molasses taste will make this less appealing to drink through the night.

Good beer overall, would definitely buy another 6er.

eatdrinknbmerry, Nov 10, 2007
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5/5  rDev +24.4%

rob9802, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

chickeni3reast, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of TheMexicanPope
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

TheMexicanPope, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Craft_Hiking
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Craft_Hiking, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DonRayJax, Nov 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

welleshadow, Jun 17, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Good sipping beer on an 85 degree sunny day"

12 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Orlando. No freshness date, but at 9.5% ABV, I'm not too concerned

Minimal head while poured into a wine glass. You can tell this is thick as the last couple drops from the bottle sat on top of the beer as little spheres dancing around.

Smell of sweet sugar and raisins.

Big taste of carmelized sugar that stays on the tongue for a while until giving some piney hops a tiny window to shine through.

Overall, this beer is a solid example of a big American strong ale/barleywine. One every once in a while when I need a break from IPA's in fine for me.

jrjohnso, Apr 03, 2009
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4.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a surprisingly drinkable beer considering the high IBU and ABV. The balance between the bitterness and the sweetness is very unique for me. Poured into a Pilsner Glass left it with a nice frothy head with a strong lace. I can find absolutely nothing wrong with this beer.

dmk139, Jan 30, 2009
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4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2013 so about 18 months on it. This has to be the sweet spot cause I had it after a year and it was messy. Now
that typical Lagunitas sweetness has really mellowed and the balance is perfect. Still getting some of the hops with a perfect mouthfeel and heavenly smoothness. This has given me faith in ageing there beers as the other shugga's and undercovers I aged were not that great.

Boomblaze, Nov 09, 2014
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4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Hanna56, Nov 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

SterlingRed, Dec 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Bpichon, Dec 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

ChicagoShoop, Nov 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

whitehawk330, Feb 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

JRossoni, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

WarBuckeyes17, Jul 10, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Bryanweppner-123, Nov 16, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

You can read this beer by it's cover. Pours deep brown, caramel color with a lot of 'stuff' going on inside. Disappointingly thin head, not a whole lot of lacing going on. Aroma let's you know what you're in for, a whole lot of sweetness. Once you adjust, this one is really delicious if you have a sweet tooth. Feels good in the mouth, but not a beer I'd buy for a length session.

ndillon45, Sep 05, 2009
Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 3,806 ratings.