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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 12-13-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,685
Reviews:
1,591
Avg:
4
pDev:
11.25%
 
 
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299
Gots:
1,335
For Trade:
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Photo of kawilliams81
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a light amber with a 2 finger light beige head. Huge clumps and trails of lacing litter that glass.

S- caramel, dark fruits, biscuit, citrus, and pine.

T- sweet caramel, citrus rind, toasted malts, and bitter pine and citrus at the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice and creamy with slightly dry finish from the bitterness.

O- First time trying this beer and a very tasty strong ale. Almost a hoppy imperial red ale that has some dark fruit notes along more sweetness. Glad I picked up a 6 pack.

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Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of lochef81
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This ale pours a deep mahogany amber hue with a small cream colored head that is short lived and gives way to a gentle off white lacing and thick alcohol legs. The mouthfeel is somewhat thick and sticky definitely coats every inch of your palate for a long time. The nose is very sweet with some nice hop notes and a definite alcohol vibe. This is not subtle, which is one of my favorite things about Lagunitas beers. The flavor is almost reminiscent of a barley wine. It is deep and malty with a hearty dose of west coast hops and a very strong alcohol bite on the finish. Im a huge fan if lagunitas but this beer is not quite my taste. It is very good just not my style.

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Photo of Spreetaper
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12-17-09
Cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Cloudy reddish/brown sugar color, 1 finger of foam, 1 finger of a lacing ring around the glass. Great carbonation is present and shown through entire review

S - Citrus notes with pine mixed in, hop heavy at first

T - A big hop hello when first tried but mellows pretty quick, brown sugar taste and smooth but a little dry aftertaste due to the hops

M/D - I enjoyed this brew quite a bit, a brew I can drink throughout the night. I medium bodied brew that is sweet and smooth, but dry at the end, a good well rounded brew in my opinion. I will for sure have again. Another seasonal so stock up if you can find it.

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

A: pours a nice looking reddish brown with a finger of off white head and good retention into a dogfish head snifter. nice lacing throughout the drink as well
S: smells of piney hops and citrus. not a lot of sweetness but a little bit of herbal hops as well
T: nice caramel and brown sugar sweetness up front with some slightly piney hops swallow brings a nice oily pine hop with some equally tasty residual sweetness
M: medium carb and a slightly heavy mouthfeel but not excessively viscous
O: pretty tasty beer. good flavors and some nice complexity. I like sucks a little more but this beer is pretty tasty. The hoppiness surprised me but it keeps the sweetness in check.

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz stubby with my Sierra Nevada Balloon glass.
Notes from 11/10/13

A: Dark coppery caramel amber body with some ruddy orange hues and a slight haze effect. Thick finger of egg white suds adorn the glass top never full subsiding. Generous swaths of lace and sticky dots paint the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Gooey caramels and brown sugar over lightly toasted bread. Similar to a light molasses character. Somewhat akin to an American style barley-wine with a firm hop presence of pine resins, earth, spice and dank herbals. Alcohol is slightly evident in the nose. Nice overall with the brown sugar really coming through in the nose.

T: The brown sugar is apparent providing an overall sweetness to the beer add some bready malts and touch of caramelized fig fruitiness to the base. There is a nice punch of moderate hop bitterness to the beer that brings pine, spice, and herbals with some lesser notes of citrus fruit. The alcohol is warming and very present. Almost harsh in a way that too many of these bad boys will leave your head a poundin’. Not entirely balanced but the flavors are great. One bad ass little brew with some big barley-wine tendencies.

M: The mouth feel is moderate leaning towards heavy with a bit of light syrupy thickness. Has a nice frothy texture form the carb with a modest bittering and light drying efforts on the finish. Warming alcohol on exhalation with a slight resinous linger.

D: Brown Shugga is one beer that don’t fuck around. It packs a wallop in both flavor and alcohol. It is a little unbalanced but in a good way like one would expect from a Strong Ale. The malts dominate over a modest hop kick and the brown sugar comes through nicely in both flavor and aroma. Both tasty and robust. I would say one could cellar this but why wait. A great seasonal classic.

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Photo of Honeybourne
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jdense
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage cellared bottle, poured during Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting 12/22/09.

Dark brown body, 3/4 finger tan head, nice lacing. Huge sweetness in the nose which masks the hops. Taste is sweet, with some roasted malts present, a bit too syrupy for me. Not the most drinkable of beers at this ABV and sweetness, though I must note two years of cellaring mellowed out the alcohol quite a bit. A definite late night sipper. Not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of chossboss
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leftoverburrito
2/5  rDev -50%

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 LooseMoose1978
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Big_Dave
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of colts9016
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from jyounger30, thank you for this bottle.

Poured into a nonic at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A deep dark copper color with a reddish hue. There was a nice one finger tan head with bubbles and foam. The head lasted for a few minutes and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear. There is a little bit of effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A dark brown cane sugar, similar to raw sugar in boiling water. There is nice malt aroma with some alcohol and caramel. There is a biscuit/toast aroma with some yeast.

Taste: A rich heavy malt complex with brown sugar, caramel and the alcohol. I can taste a bready/toast and yeast flavors.

Overall: The mouth feel is heavy and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is thick and the finish lingers for a few moments. This beer will sneak up on you and kick you in the butt. The alcohol flavor is there but not dominating. The beer has a great flavor and is easy to drink . When I drink strong ale beers, I expect the beer to have a well rounded flavor and is not overly alcoholy. Good job, this the first beer from Lagunitas and I like was I am tasting.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MisledTitan
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brocktune
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010. Pours a clear, reddish amber color with almost no head. Smells of brown sugar and hops. I also pick up a lot of dark fruits and cinnamon. I also get slight bread notes and cherry. Taste is in your face with sweet malts and hoppiness. The brown sugar definitely makes itself noticeable, unlike the high ABV, which is untraceable. It finishes with nice dark fruit flavors and sugary sweetness. This beer could easily bee classified as an American Baleywine. Mouthfeel is well balanced and a bit syrupy. Drinkability is scary high for such a big beer. Another amazing offering from Lagunitas.

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Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of TWStandley
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AltBock
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got the 12 oz stubby bottle because I never seen the 22 oz. bottle version of this beer before. It just has a simple yet nice whitish label. The label has to made with some kind of special recycled paper because the label paper feels rough. It's not your regular Average Joe beer paper label. On the label is a red/green square and inside the square is the name of the beer of in big red letters, "Lagunitas" is green letters, the Lagunitas dog that looks oddly familiar like the dog from the Little Rascals in the top right corner, 2 hop plants in the lower right and left hand corner, and the O.G., ABV%, and I.B.U. number at the bottom. If you can see it, outside of the small square is a long sentence about the making of this beer. Don't bother to look for a date or even a batch number on the label because it doesn't exist. If you can find out when they last released their "Sweet Release," then you might be able to determine what month/year it was released. Don't use a bottle opener like I did because it has a twist off cap.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter, the beer's color almost looked like the color of the big red letters on the label. Except that the color of the beer had a little more orange/amber coloring in it. It had nice white 1 finger head of foam on it. It had good retention that left behind a minimum amount of white rings and white lace around the glass. It was nice that the appearance wasn't like the paper the label was made out of, Rough.

Smell: The beginning of the aroma started off with candy sugar, brown sugar, and even maple sugar. They don't call it a "Sweet Release" for nothing. Behind the different varieties of sugar was some pine, piney hops, sweet citrus fruits, and maybe a flutter of sweet roasted malt and caramel at the end. If I describe the smell in one word, I would have to use the word "Sweet." That's what it is.

Taste: Was the taste the complete opposite of the smell? Hell No! It was almost identical to the aroma, give or take a few items from the aroma. Like the aroma, it stared off with the candy sugar, brown sugar (or should I say Brown Shugga) and maple sugar. I didn't taste much pine, but what did happen was that the hops mixed into the sweet citrus fruits making a nice size taste of super citrus hops! Then when you think you're done with the taste of sugar, it comes back again. But this time it brought it's friend with them, the caramel. I don't think I got any taste of malts, but then again the sweet varieties of sugar could have beat the malt up and dumped it in Lagunitas's sewer. Believe them when they say it's a sweet release!

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied with nice size amount of carbonation to it. I thought that after the taste of sweet sugars that there would be a strong aftertaste of sweetness. Not this time sugar! This is where the bitter citrus hops shined through the blanket of sugar.

Drinkability: Brown Shugga', how come you taste so sweet? Do that line in the tune of the Rolling Stones classic. This is another one of those beers that would only be good once in a while. It is good, but it's a bit too sweet for my taste buds. It you adore sweet beers, then by all means pick this one up immediately.

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Brown Shugga' from Lagunitas Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 5,685 ratings.
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