Brown Shugga' | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,571
Ratings:
5,594
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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297
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Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in Delirium snifter

A- Very dark amber in color. When poured aggressively, a couple fingers of off-white head developed atop the brew. The lacing is clinging to every inch of this glass when tilted.

S- Really strong up front with a sweet sugar, hoppy blast. Underneath the hop scent lies the beastly 10% ABV begging for you to sip.

T- Very sweet and hoppy with balance well achieved. Grassy hops mixed with sweet brown sugar bellow throughout each sip. The high potency of this brew is well masked.

M- Full smooth feel that's barely bitter on the end and is rich in flavor. Good carbonation makes for a super smooth flow when sipped. Great balance!

D- Due to it's potency I wouldn't recommend slammin' a sixer in a night's session but it is definitely a great occasion beer that is my favorite from Lagunitas.

Also, I will be cellar-aging a few to look for developments over the next year and a half

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep rust/burnt cardinal body, 1 finger head, fine lacing

S: orange, vanilla, cinnamon, sour apple

T: sweet citrus front, roasted sugary malt, smooth hint of bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, smooth/slightly chewy mouth

O: Fantastic Lagunitas offering. The flavors and aromas
are just amazing, share with worthy friends. Big sipper.

EXCELLENT, MUST TRY!

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Photo of teovaldi
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a big off-white head.

Smells of sweetness, toasty malts a hint of hop and some dark fruit as it warms up.

Lots of hops up front followed by a sweet malty middle where you can really start to taste the brown sugar. Nothing over powers anything in the taste and it all comes together to be wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel is slick creamy and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability is way to easy for this monster. Where is the 9%+?

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with an inch of somewhat loose head. Laces well.

S - Very fruity, some dark sugars and molasses come to mind. Slight metallic touch as well.

T - Raisins, booze, quite bitter as well. Some toasty malt and a touch of sweetness, but not overly so. Some grassiness keeps the flavour from being too heavy. Nonetheless, very thick flavours in this.

M - Moderate in body with a nice low carbonation. Slightly chewy.

D - Not as heavy as I initially feared. For some reason I was expecting something in the brown ale category... dunno why. This however is pushing barleywine territory.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served slightly chilled in a Duvel tulip. 2012 vintage!

A - pours a copper red-orange, big white-orange head that sticks around for a good while

S - sweet caramel and piny hops, a bit of citrus, followed by a bready maltiness. A little bit of booze hits the nose as well

T - you really get the sweet caramel from the brown sugar, then quickly hops to the face. Intense bitterness, piny, citrus follows that initial mellow sweetness. A big biscuity backbone finishes up

M - full-bodied, a bit of burn from the 9.99% abv, definitely not overpowering

O - yet another great offering from Lagunitas. I hadn't had this one before, then with all the hype of it not being produced last year got me excited to try it this year. Definitely did not disappoint, happily recommended.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a New Belgium globe glass at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. The body is a solid brown color with a red tint. Slightly more than a one-finger head that has good retention and nice lacing along the glass.

Nice aroma that has strong pine and fruity hop notes with a solid caramel malt base.

Very tasty flavor. The hops flavors dominate up front with nice blend that follows the aroma fairly closely featuring both the tasty bitter pine notes and some light tropical fruity notes. The malt flavors are solid and offer a sweet balance to the hops.

Medium mouthfeel in the texture and very little notice of alcohol for the abv. Very drinkable. An execellent beer and I will be seeking this out in bottles soon.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very nice reddish brown that has a nice fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. There is a nice transparency to this beer that I didn't really expect. It looks greath in the light though. It smells like brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and some citrus fruit notes like lemon and orange. There is also a very nice hoppy smell to this, mmmm gotta love it. the taste is nice and hoppy up front with a definite alcohol kick. It is also cut by a nice brown sugary sweetness that works very well. There are also notes of Molasses, caramel, butterscotch, and some subtle citrus notes. This has a good mouthfeel, Goes down smooth, and has a good amount of carbonation. Nice medium body on this that gives it almost a creamy texture. I think the drinkability is good on this one. I would love to have a bunch of these around to break out whenever I wanted. The alcohol kick was more than I expected, but I think it was a pleasant surprise. I also thought that it was going to be much sweeter than it was, and I'm glad I was wrong. I think this was perfect the way that they did it. Good job Lagunitas. Cheers.

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Photo of blitz134
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from warriorsoul...thanks man...

Been wanting to try this for a while. I've recently taken highly to strong ales and this one was high on the list to try. Fills my standard pint nicely with a caramel, amber liquid goodness. Topped off with a sticky tan half inch head. Not much lacing though.

Lots of hops in the nose, citrus and fruity aromas dominate, oranges and tangerines, with some floral notes. Some good caramel maltiness comes through too. Alcohol is definately noticable, but not overbearing. Aroma started out strong, but subsided a bit when the head dissipated. After the head left I couldn't pick out anything discernable.

A nice strong flavor profile. Hops really come through again. A nice blend of many hop flavors. Overall sweet with floral hops that finish with some resin. A bit of straw and herbal varieties find there way in as well. Definately has its bitter edge. This beer is nearly balanced with some caramel maltiness, probably from the brown sugar added in, but could offer some more. A nicely balanced flavor. There is also a bit of spiciness as well and some sweet alcohol comes in as well. Very nice. Definately for the hop head.

Mouthfeel is solid. A bit of hop oiliness comes in. Coats the mouth well. Also, there is some good crispness to finish it out. I was afraid the sugar addition would thin this out, but it still comes through with a good body.

Drinkability is really good. A bit high in the alcohol to have too many, but I'd definately pick this up fairly often if it was available to me. A good example of a strong ale, but with extra hops. Aging this could prove interesting to let the hops settle down and some of the malt and brown sugar flavors to come through.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brown Shugga'

Just like I knew you would

Poured into pint glass

A: Caramel. Not as dark as other "barley wines" also has a beautiful red glow to it. (advertised as a barleywine but I know it's a strong ale)

S: Yummy, caramel, fruit punch, maple syrup ( Seriously . . . Am I the only one who keeps getting this fruit punch "thing" in beer lately ?

T: Yummy, same as nose. Much, much better as it warms too. Sweet candy in taste . . . I think this is a beer Grandma would bake or brew or whatever

M: Thick. Syrupy but in a good way

O: Maybe not as "big" as other barleywines (strong ale) but very drinkable. Well done Lagunitas

Last thought . . . Rumor has it that Sucks came about because Lagunitas messed up on a batch of Brown Shugga' . . . Is this true ?

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Photo of timontheroad
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice clear reddish Amber color with a great fluffy off-white three finger head. Great head retention and beautiful lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. The smell is fruity and floral, with citrus and piney notes, and just a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is fantastic, with some sweet malty flavors, some wonderful fruity and grassy flavors- just great! The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with just a light touch of prickly carbonation. Overall, this is one great beer- what I've come to expect from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, solid, cream-colored 2 finger head from a turbulent pour. Good retention and awesome lacing. Liquid looks bright and clear, but it's actually extremely cloudy and translucent upon closer inspection. Brown ale with red highlights.

Pine hop notes through the nose, accented by molasses and, yes, brown sugar. Relatively subdued aroma for the big flavor.

Very sweet brew: caramelized sugar and molasses. It's quite hoppy, but that only manifests, flavor-wise, as some vinous pine notes. Develops nicely as it warms, without the sweetness becoming overpowering.

Lovely mouthfeel: silky and smooth. Almost no sting, but the beer is still lively and not at all syrupy. Slightly dry finish, with more alcohol presence as it dries.

You'd have no idea this beer clocked in at 10% ABV if you didn't read the bottle; it's unbelievably smooth. It works wonderfully as a night cap, or as a stronger brew during the day. Pairs well with food. It's a little strong as a lunch brew, but works excellently to relax after work.

This beer reminds me a lot - lot - of DFH Burton Baton (minus the oak). That's a very high compliment.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a six-pack at my local Trig's grocer. The fact that I pulled it out of an unopened box on the display floor is probably a good sign that it's relatively fresh. Poured at cellar temperature into a snifter.

L: Pours a burnt sienna with about an inch-and-a-half of billowy tan head that sticks around for a good while and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Just a bit hazy, with plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Caramel malt and molasses notes are quite prominent, with added scents of raisins and dried stone fruit. Some subtle black pepper and clove in the mix, as well. Nice bouquet.

T: Sweet caramel malts at the front, accompanied by notes of molasses and rum raisin. Just a bit of a buttery quality in the middle, along with touches of the aforementioned spices, black pepper and clove. The hop flavor builds in the middle, providing a bit of tart into bitter at the sides and back of the tongue--some grassy and herbal notes. The clear alcohol starts to kick in just before the end and into the aftertaste, but it really is covered up quite well by the molasses/brown sugar sweetness of this brew.

F: Medium-bodied, creamy, and very nicely carbonated. This one has a bit of stick, but I wouldn't classify it as outright syrupy. Leaves a good bit of bitter on the palate at the close.

O: This one certainly packs a punch, and it does so with very little in the way of clear alcohol coming through. The richness of the flavors and the overall sweetness are befitting a holiday brew. Lagunitas has yet to disappoint me--this is another one I highly recommend.

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Photo of LouZ
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This went down way too easy for a strong ale! Poured dark brown, copper, with two fingers and great lacing out of a bottle. Aroma was not strong, but hinted at the sweetness to come. Taste was sweet malt with a nice brown sugar finish. Feel was smooth and easy, and you have no idea this is a 10% ABV. Dangerously good.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, dark amber with a nice aroma of caramel/brown sugar, with notes of citrus and pine as well.

As far as taste goes, the west coast hops are evident, but far from overpowering and the brew goes down smooth. A bit of alcohol in the aftertaste but nothing too strong despite the 10% abv. Definitely not overly bitter or too much alcohol present in the taste.

Has a thick body, and is a nice beer that I could sip on for quite some time. Overall is amazingly drinkable and I would go back for again.

A good interpretation of the style for sure.

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Photo of atsprings
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Damn the Raleigh Flying Saucer has been getting some great stuff in lately! 2006 vintage on draft! Served a crisp dark orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight caramel and brown sugar, but a bit on the weak side. The taste is loads of brown sugar and caramel, loads of mops with the hops pushed way in the background. The beer is medium bodied and the age seems to have toned down the alcohol presence a bit. This one is certainly an enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bone colored head, small streams of minor carbonation rising to the top. icy hop aroma with some sweetness mixed in. a little metallic aroma in the smell. metallic in the taste. kind of tin-ny. sweet. some underlying hops but bitter nonetheless. getting sweeter. caramel-ly. overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a GREAT beer. It tasted great, and it made me feel totally fabulous. I have very few, if any, critiques.

A: One finger of cream-colored of foam that is bubbly and inviting. Beer is a beautiful melding of brown, copper and deep reddish hues. Sticky lace lines my glass and keeps me company throughout the experience.
S: Smells of loud hops, reminiscent of the famous IPA, with some sweet aromas hiding in the background.
T: Taste is a hoppy bite at the beginning of the sip that is instantly followed (and balanced out) by a subtly sweet, burnt sugar flavor. Some fruit, maybe apples, is also apparent. Only slight hints of alcohol, despite the aggressive ABV.
M: Medium carbonation, medium to heavy-bodied with a slickness left in the mouth.
D: A unique and exciting beer. I haven't had consistent Lagunitas experiences, so I'm especially glad to have picked up this brew. Definitely a favorite. It also doesn't hurt that there's a a puppy on every label.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey-brown color with a huge off-white head that leaves all kinds of thick lacing down the glass. Boozy aroma with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Mouth-feel is sticky-sweet and thick, coats the palate well. Tastes are caramel, brown sugar, with hints of fruits such as plums, vanilla and toffee. As it warms, the true flavors come out. More of an earthy hop bite adds to the sweet finish and really aids the balance nicely. Overall, this is a unique ale that I enjoyed. This is recommendable and I usually buy at least one bottle every fall upon release.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Nick at Bauer for recommending this brew....
Pours a clear orange/copper color...almost a full finger of bright white head...lacing is thin, but has decent cling.
The aroma is very inviting...sweet rum raisins up front w/ a hefty malt backbone.
Taste is fantastic...so incredibly bitter, yet deliciously sweet w/ just a hint of alcohol in its finish.
Mouthfeel is similar to most American barleywines...carbonation is a touch high for the style.
The drinkability for the ABV % is great...I could enjoy this bomber and maybe another...especially during the colder months. Couldn't resist pulling this one from the cellar tonight...have one more to sit until winter.
Another fine brew (even if by accident) from Lagunitas...my second favorite next to Gnarleywine...go figure.

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Photo of AdamAlway
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color with a large white head that sticks around for quite a long time. Great hops and grapefruit smell. Wow, what a great combination of grapefruit, citrus and hops. The hops and grapefruit hit upfront with a nice citrus finish. Nice full, smooth body. Great IPA all the way around. Great trade from Pieper34.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I easily get 2 fingers of crackling light tan foam with a easy pour. Retention is solid and leaves a considerable wall of lace with consistent holes throughout. Body is a deep red amber in tone. Nose is an interesting balance of both sweet and hoppy. You get both grassy hops and sassafras candy in the smell. Taste is of resin based hops and chewy sassafras candy resembling the nose considerably. Well balanced between the malt and the hops this is scary easy to drink for nearly 10% alcohol. I am really in love with Lagunitas this year, they have been so consistent. I am putting extras of these away in the cellar to see what magic works in a brew that I believe will age spectacularly well.

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Photo of happilysurly
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber brown. Cloudy and many a floater. Very little head. Smells sweet and fruity. Grapefruit and pineapple. The taste is sweet and slightly bitter. This is goood. A delicious mistake by the Lagunitas crew. I'm tasting enough fruit (grapefruit and pineapple) top remind me of Sunday brunch. There is a little bit of toffee or butterscotch taste too. Slightly salty. You really don't catch how much alcohol is in this brew until you get towards the end or you look at the bottle. In other words, it is not at all obvious to me that I am getting drunk right now. THIS STUFF IS GOOOOD!

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Photo of hoschkam
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: redish in color with nice lacing that lasts til it's gone
s: Sweet and raisiny, but you can smell the ABV
t: sweet, strong and a bit boozy. it gets better with every sip
m: extremly smooth, with only a minor sting
overall: this is an awesome beer that seems to be a bit different every year, but I look so forward to it's availability. Happy to see it back in 2012.
Peace out!

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Photo of Nick3
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a great beer. Not what I expected based on the beer name and color. Color is a rich brown. A lot more hops than I expected. I can barely taste the alcohol which was shocking based on the strength. The beer is really well balanced and keeps you guessing, you look at it and think Newcastle, you smell it and the molasses and sugar are there but there is a hop aroma that you don't expect. . . you taste it and, at first, it reconfirms the smell as the hops and flowers pervade, but then the finish is rounded off with some nice malts and sweetness .. .then the hops reappear again a few seconds later. Beer is well carbonated and could use a bit more body. A bit of a schizophrenic beer but one that I would buy again.

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Photo of currysage1
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky burnt red, lots of yeast in suspension. light head that goes down to a skim and a ring.

Smell is of smoky carmel, dark sweet and complex, black pepper, alcohol twinge, vanilla extract, candied citrus peel.

Taste is brandy with carmel, almost a too burnt creme brulee, good hop bite that mixes well with the alcohol presence. Burnt/charred sugar are evident, dark grape, again with the black pepper.

Feel is heavy but not slick, very enjoyable before bed but could not have many more, this is a have one and move on type. Not to say I won't buy again.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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