Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Brown Shugga'Brown Shugga'

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12-ounce bottle into an Otter Creek pint glass.

A: Poured a rich copper color, almost a garnet, with reddish and golden brown highlights around it. A small, sticky white head of foam forms over a very lazy brew with modest carbonation and moderate lacing.

S: Smells sweet, alcoholic and a bit fruity. I was expecting more roasted brown ale aromas or a bit of brown sugar, but this is an off-style expectation, I suppose.

T: Taste is slightly sweet and fruity up front, with citrus fruits and slight berry esters at first, mellowed by a bit of caramelized malt, brown sugar and spice, and light hop bitterness. The finish is slightly alcoholic, but the brew drinks pretty stead and reminds me a lot of Long Trail Double Bag ... on steroids.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-dull and fairly sticky. A lot of big flavors are floating around on this one.

D: A definite sipper at 9.5% ABV, but it doesn't drink as slowly as a sippin' brew. Flavors are good, but the noticeable alcohol will have you cooling your heels and enjoying 2-3 max per session.

Quite the interesting brew and a complex companion with the roasted turkey and various zesty cheese and bean options I had throughout today's session. Goes great with a sap boil, but it'd be a fine pickup anytime between Thanksgiving and St. Patrick's Day.

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This is a dark red/brown beer with a nice tan head of foam. The aromas are very simple and light. They consist of heavy malts, alcohol, light hops, and brown sugar. The taste is sweet, sugary, and malty. The hops are noticeable on the finish, but generally speaking, they are light. The mouthfeel is light for a 10% beer and the drinkability is excellent for a barleywine!

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 5,676 ratings.
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