robgibbens (415) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint is golden in color with a silky smooth foam. Instant hop aroma, almost like smelling fresh hops! Flavor is same, but not overly bitter. This is a mellow quaff with all the hop aroma and flavor!
Nehpets (23) - - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice brown ale with a little something extra flavor and there is a sweetness that permeates the finish. I think it needs some oak or wood to give it some bite and character
Jasond612 (280) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
11/30/13 pint at TGL with Dan and Nancy.
Poured a copper brown with a light foamy head that left light lacing throughout the drink.
Aroma was sweetness I smelled it as it was placed in front of me. Also some nuttiness and a slight hop smell also. The taste was also dominated by sweetness with slight boozyness. I'd like to try this again at home so I can get a better feel for it.
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commonshawn (399) - - NOV 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Amber. Very hoppy and piney aroma. Malty taste at the beginning, then alcohol sweet with hops. Interesting sweet to bitter flavor, fresh and powerful.
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color. Caramel sweet nose. Slight citrus and hops on the nose. Malty start with some raisin notes. A nice little twang in the flavor. Some hop bitterness and alcohol burn.
johnluvsbeer (120) - Arizona, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light copper color with a light head and seemingly endless bubbles. The smell is malty, with a hint of nut and some fruit as well (although nothing distinct). The taste is big and warm. Mostly the best parts of a brown ale with lots of candied sugars, and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. You can tell this beer is made with care.
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Lagunitas tasting room. Same basics as the normal brown shugga. less clarity, a little darker, and less head than the original. Nose is sweeter, oaky, and loses the hops note. Taste mimics the smell - it’s sweeter through and through, and the bourbon sweetness and oak takes away the nice bitterness of the original. The moderately bitter finish in the original is muted by the bourbon and additional alcohol. I did not like this as much as the original - i think it’s lost some balance.
nickd717 (3560) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bistro -Bal Fest. Ruddy brown pour with a small off-white head. The aroma is excellent, with big sweet brown sugar notes, oak, and bourbon. The flavor is good if somewhat of a sweet mess. Big caramel and brown sugar malt notes, oak, and bourbon barrel. Smooth and fairly full on the palate with soft carbonation. Solid stuff.
driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very appealing aroma, but the first taste is overpowering. The bitter hops and extremely sweet malts clash rather than compliment. Bitter aftertaste left on the back of the tongue. Has potential, but needs to be pulled back a bit for better balance. A few years aging maybe?
marcus (6588) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Bistro BA festival. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sour malt aroma. There is a sweet malt flavor with lots of oak and a bourbon trail.