Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Lagunitas Brown Shugga

Rated 3.529 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Lagunitas Brewing Company

Petaluma, CA, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

9.9% Alcohol by Volume

51 International Bittering Units

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How Come you Taste So Good?? Boatloads of Pure Brown Sugar in Each Batch, That’s How! The Rich, Roasty and Mysteriously Drinkable Ale might best be described as... Irresponsible. It Leaves a Lot of Stories in it’s Wake.

ID: 9971 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank2705
Overall Percentile94.2
Style Rank76 of 420
Style Percentile81.9
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.560
Weighted Score3.529
Standard Deviation0.526

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.2 1 year ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    I’ve read that this was originally created by being a failed attempt at something else. Makes me wonder what that something else was because this isn’t a top notch barleywine. The beer is a nice murky copper color, capped off by a thin creamy cream colored head. Aroma is sweet malt, brown sugar, vanilla, and molasses. Mouthfeel is average. Flavor is sweet malt, and lots of it. Not much in the way of yeast or hops in the flavor here.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 2 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A copper color with a tan head. Aroma contains citrus, pine, perfume, and dark fruit. The flavor is bitter with a good malt presence. Some citrus and caramel notes. Alcohol is cover up well but comes through in the finish some. Overall a good beer.

  • RICHSBEER 1716 reviews
    rated 3.2 7 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pour a dark orange with a small off-white head with heavy amount of lacing. The aroma is of citrus hops and caramel malts. Aroma is fairly sweet. The taste is sweet with lots of caramel malts and brown sugar. Good amount of citrus and pine in the finish. The mouth feel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouth feel.

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.0 8 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    WHOA! I picked this beer up from the Wine Gourmet in Roanoke, VA. This beer is SCARY. First, you don't know this is a 9+% beer and it is exceptionally easy drinking. This beer might be my new favorite American Barleywine - eclipsing Bigfoot Ale. It smells boozy but it doen't taste it. This is winter warmer hop goodnees. GOLDEN. I love it.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.7 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This is quite a departure from my normal experience with Lagunitas in that this beer isn't all about the hops. The brown sugar, caramel and roasted malt notes take the stage while the ample hop presence stays in the background but keeps the beer from becoming overly sweet.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    New to Knoxville, finally. Translucent amber pour, short light head, not much lacing. Sweet caramel malty aroma, subtle hops, very light booze. Warmingly sweet caramel and toffee flavor, earthy hops to offset. Very warming.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.8 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a clear dark reddish amber with a large off white head and left a good lacing down the glass.Looks good.Sweet malt and hop aroma.Medium body and mouthfeel.Lots of flavor,very sweet with a dry hop finish.Sweet sherry and plums.Warmth of the alcohol noticeable towards the end.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.3 10 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I bought this thinking it was a brown ale......and the pour is brown. The aroma is caramel malt, sugar, and plums. The flavour is sweet malt, butterscotch, and vanilla. In the end, just as good as any brown ale.

  • POPERY 212 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    2004 Vintage, Bottle, City Beer Store. Ok, so, this isn't how the beer normally tastes, but I enjoyed it and I'll go back for a normal review sometime. There was no real hop aroma or flavor at this point. The beer is pretty much a sweet malt bomb. It actually reminded me of a doppelbock to some extent. There's a big sugary caramel flavor that dominates. The beer has taken on some light sherry notes. The body is beginning to thin out but it seems to be holding up against time better than the gnarleywine, oddly. The caramel malt and brown sugar sweetness aren't quite as overpowering or simplistic as you might expect. The flavor is round and full without being cloying. Very nice.

  • CYBERCAT 9898 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a beautiful clear dark reddish amber with a yellowish-tan fine-bubbled head. Aroma is hoppy and has a citrus undertone. Mouth-filling hoppy flavor has a firm hint of citrus, mainly lemon and orange, and is not too bitter. Texture is rough, lively and fizzy.

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