Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
BA SCORE
84.8%
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4.03 w/ 5,690 ratings
Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,929
Reviews:
1,592
Ratings:
5,690
Liked:
4,823
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
11.17%
Alströms:
4.04
 
 
Wants:
302
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1,336
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,690 |  Reviews: 1,592
Photo of MjamesL
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dawkfan
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark amber with just about a fingers width of tan head. Quickly subsides, there's some lacing here.

S- I was suprised by how much of a hop presence was in the nose, caught me off guard. Citrus hops most notable, with some floral as well. There's some tartness in here, perhaps sour apples? It smells sweet, but I'm not picking up the "brown shugga" at all. Interesting, definitely not what I was expecting, but very pleasant.

T- Picking up the brown sugar now. Sweet up front, really sweet actually. Apples, darkfruits, sweet malts, burnt sugar and caramel mix well with a good amount of hops that linger for awhile.

M- Thick and chewy, this one clings to the mouth and tongue for awhile.

D- Insanely drinkable at 9.84%, I can see the conparison to an American Barleywine. Highly recommended, I'm glad this is available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Bonesaw1127
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mohl
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craftaholic
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a stout lil' 12 oz into a shaped pint. The body is that of a steeped black tea and the head is a light yet clinging 2 inch head that leaves behind a nice dusting for a lacing.

Smell: A treat for the proboscis and then some its a melody of floral notes, malty nuances, subtle pumpernickle, obvious mounds of brown sugar and alcoholic undertones.

Taste: This one is quite delectable to say the least. They hit the nail on the head because its packed to the brim with shugga' but not sickeningly so. There is a nice balance of thick caramelized malt and almost spiced complexity that is counterbalanced with a citric resinous hop. Thankfully the backbone of this one never gets overwhelming but rather stands back to mediate the malt and hop combination. The finish is astringent with a discernible bitter character and a slight pinch of molasses.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonated just right, an aftertaste but doesn't overstay its welcome and although somewhat sweet it isn't sticky.

Drinkability: Surprisingly the abv is not a good indicator because it drinks to me like a 6% session; but in the strong ale category it ranks high.

Overall: I will say its a strong offering from what i've seen as of now to be a pretty legit brewery in their offerings. I almost put off the review because I was savoring the beer outright with this one because its a familiar yet distinct flavor of its own.

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Photo of Lahoi
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow. An amazing beer. Way too easy to drink for a 10% ABV beer. In fact, it was so smooth I drank it much faster than I should have, and, along with the other beers I had, I felt it the next day. But it was worth it!

It's hard to compare this beer to others in the category because I've never had anything quite like it. It's so complex. Just when I thought I'd pinned down a flavor or note, I would detect something else. This is a slow, sipping beer like that of a barleywine or some stouts, especially those aged in bourbon barrels. Yet don't get me wrong: this beer isn't anything like a barleywine or a barrel ag d stout. Again, it's like nothing else I've enjoyed.

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Photo of Slynger
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown Shugga: a deep, clear, reddish orange with some small, dirty white bubbles that leave lasting lace.

The nose is sweet malty caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with fruity cherries and citrus, and earthy-spicy hops. Deliciously intriguing.

Full bodied with a lightly sharp, soft, and creamy-curvy carbonation. Flavors of sweet brown sugar and burnt toffee; fruity cherries and apricot citrusy hops. Grassy, spicy, earthy hops linger in the finish.

Wow! A really tasty and unique brew that I enjoyed way too quickly. Awesome.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in tulip glass.
A- This deep caramel colored ale is gorgeous to look at. Part of me just wanted to let it sit and bubble for a while...part of me, but the drunk in me overtook that.
S- Here is where it is the big winner. This is obviously a sweet smelling, tasting, looking, etc beer. But the aroma given off by this brew makes me think of carnival food for some reason. It is simply a very warm happy swell. Not a lot of hops aroma, but there is plenty there.
T- Love this part! This beer is really smooth for 9.9%apv The sweetness isn't sickening or overpowering like many sweet beers can be, and there is a great little spice on the end.
M- Medium to large, not too much, but it certainly makes it's presence known.
D- This is one fine beer. I mean, I wouldn't expect to down a full 6er while watching a football game, but it certain makes for a nice after dinner beverage...or a before dinner beverage...or an after breakfast beverage...you get the point. It ain't bad, folks.

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Photo of korguy123
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes

A- Clear brown pour (like rich maple syrup) 1/4" off white cap. Lacing is minimal which is to be expected for the 9.99%

S- Toasted malts, slight strawberries. Brown sugar comes out in full force as it warms further, Rich toffee and caramel tones.

T- Brown sugar heaven. Not overly sweet, just perfect. Caramel notes. toasted malts give a nice smooth roasted tone to this. Hop bitterness is spot on. Slight metallic taste and a faint alcohol warmth.

M- Medium to full bodied, slightly creamy and smooth. Sticky on the lips.

O- Very good, something different from the everyday. Definitely couldn't drink more than one per sitting but with something like this you would want to treat yourself on occasion with this.

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Photo of gford217
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep, clear reddish amber with a small rocky off-white head. There is very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is heavier on the citrus hops than I was expecting and that's a good thing. There is a caramel malt and molasses sweetness in the nose that balances the hops very well.

The taste follows the aroma but seems to be a bit better integrated as the early citrus hop kick seems to be perfectly balanced with the big caramel malt and toffee backbone. The finish is actually a bit piny with a resinous bitterness through the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and just sticks on the palate with both hops and sugary sweetness.

This one has the typical Lagunitas hop profile but the additional sweetness of the malts and sugar seem to do wonders for this one. Very good stuff.

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Photo of 2Cents
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of specksnreds
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass which revealed the beer's dark amber color. Not much head, and a velvety carbonation. Malt, malt, malt. Surprisingly little hoppiness, but I don't care. This malt bomb's ABV adds the right counter point. The booze isn't hidden, and it's upfront to say the least. A little sweet and heavy on the mouthfeel, and it lends this beer to sipping. Warms up nicely on the tongue. The malt wallop is quite heavy, but this one may benefit from some shelf time.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryanonline
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice browish red, verrrry clear though, not something i always like in a strong ale. thin whitish head that quickly dissipates.

smells like slightly aged hops with some citrus, and bran like malt with a big brown sugar presence.

SSSWEEETTt! Brown sugar and nice and crisp citrus hoppy profile. A little bit of roast in the background.

Bubbly and lightly sticky, medium bodied and kind of prickly. dry finish yet the sweet sugar lasts beyond that.

Sweet and delicious and not overly filling, and at nearly 10% this is quite a beer, and i could have a lot of them and have a good evening.

Sweeetttt! Someone talked in a forum post about pumpkin ales about a bartender rimming the glass with brown sugar....i think this one more qualifies. great beer.

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Photo of lstokes
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had at the U of C pub, it came to me reddish-orange with an off-white head that left acceptable lacing.

I loved the brown sugary smell with some spicy hops and the equivalent taste--caramel coats your mouth, brown sugar leaps out at you, there's just enough citrus hop to keep things bitterly interesting. Alcohol is very well masked, although it does creep in at the end of the swallow. I thought the mouthfeel was not really full-bodied enough to hold up the taste, which is why I've marked it down, but it was still a delicious beer, sweet and boozy like the most deliciously alcoholic coffee cake you've ever had.

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Photo of jayhammed
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful amber color, deliciously sweet and hoppy...different, but good balance. Slightly boozy nose, sweet on the tongue and finishes with just a hint of bitterness.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber body with brown and ruby hues. Huge light tan head is thick and stays around.

S- Getting a ton of juicy hops. Citrus, grapefruit, pine, sweet malt, brown sugar.

T- Really surprised at the hop presence. The juicy hops are there up front with a malty barley wine flavor in the middle. The finish leaves a sweet aftertaste that really tastes like sweet brown sugar and molasses.

M- Full-bodied, medium carbonation, slight alcohol burn, sticky sweet aftertaste.

O- Very interesting beer. Almost a malty IIPA/ barleywine loaded with sweetness. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of DeepBrew
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear caramel color with big off-white foam and long retention, leaving behind a great looking foam.

S: Hoppy , fruity and floral smell

T: Starts with nice maltiness, followed by the fruit taste, the bitterness comes toward the end. Piny stickiness in the aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel, belies the almost 10 ABV

O: Very nice balance between tastes and aromatics.

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Photo of Mikey440
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CMundt4994
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of babaracas
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear reddish orange with one finger thick tan head, settling slowly to a quarter inch and leaving a spray of lace down the glass. Smell: grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit, dates, caramelized sugar. Taste: brown sugar, lightly toasted bread, pine cutting through the sweetness, then into sugared grapefruit, dried mango-ish tropical fruit. Body ramps from medium to full, with prickly carbonation into fluffy into a chewy, hops and booze soaked finish. Although pretty big and sweet, it doesn't come off as heavy, at all. It would be interesting to try all of Lagunitas' seasonal 9-ish% ASA/Impy Reds together (how different are they?). In any case, this is a win. Bottled 270/365 2012.

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Photo of BraftBeer619
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on the 357th day of 2016. Consumed on 1/14/2017. Pretty fresh! Around 3 weeks old. I give this beer a B+/A- :)

L: The beer is a golden/amber color combo. I didn't pour the beer aggressive enough so I had a one finger head that dissipated, but leaves a trail on your glass as it's consumed.

S: As its name suggests, this beer has a sweet and very unique smell to it. Sweet malts with some citrussy pine mixed in there upon pouring,, but as the beer warms the sweet malts become the dominant aroma. Very unique and hard to describe at first.

T: Just like the aroma, this beer has a very unique taste. It tastes and smells kind of like a "prettier" Arrogant Bastard. Fairly sweet, caramel malts, with some citrus/pine notes that come through at the end. As the beer warms, the caramel malt becomes the much more dominant flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden, you would not be able to tell it's a 9.7% beer, very impressive and dangerous ;).

F:I think this beer is easy drinking. Lighter side of medium carbonation. Balanced

Overall to me this is a great, nicely executed, and very unique beer. The most similar beer I've tried to this is the Arrogant Bastard, but that doesn't say much because they are still very different. The 6 pack was $12 and which is such a great value. Lagunitas is becoming my favorite brewery, because they make great beers and their value is almost unparalleled.

Would I buy this gain? Yeah probably next year. Not really an everyday beer to me, but probably something I would not want to miss out on when its released. Cheers! :)

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprise!
Light golden amber with a thick white head that melts to very thick sticky lacing.
Aroma is amber malt and brown sugar...yeah, it really is brown sugar.
Hmmm...flavor is sweet amber malt with the candied sugars but a finish of citrus malts that keeps everything in check and nothing becomes sticky or cloying. A little alcohol on the end.
Aftertaste stays clean due to the finish of citrus hops.
The ABV stays totally hidden so this one will not only sneak up on you...it will probably run up your ass.
I like it.

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Photo of Slim_720
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnPaulJone5
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84.8% out of 100 with 5,690 ratings
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