outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Right off the bat, this is a strange one. A lovely pour and a nice rich amber colour offer a pleasant introduction. Nose of grapefruit and bread with a hint of glycerin. The flavor profile is all over the place, ranging from the obvious brown sugar and caramel to yeasty bread, saffron and grape juice. Not bad at all. Just different.
mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doesn’t really seem like a barleywine to me. Sweet, molasses type of flavor. Could use more hops in my opinion. Dark red to brown color, minimal carbonation (I’d like more). A decent beer, and as usual for Lagunitas, well worth the price.
redave (165) - squaw valley, California, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting beer, not what i expected. Big, nice hoppy residual taste, sweet up front, not really barley wine, but not really anything else. Not for the faint at heart, or for those unwilling to try something different.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big and sweet. A nice dark copper colour with a yeasty brown sugar aroma. Dry slightly sweet finish witha light bitterness and some alcohol.
JK (4244) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Darkelf for this great barleywine. It has a pleasant combination of sweet malt, candy, and both bitter and fruity hops. Flavor reminds me of Old Boardhead, but not quite as good, and the dark brown, cloudy appearance makes it one of the best looking barleywines around. Crisp and a little sour; full flavored and full-bodied, a slow sipper. The sweet sugar is almost too much until the sourness shows itself and cuts down on the sugar.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer rocks. This is something I want to be able to drink all year round. The brown shugga element is quite present, extremely smooth and tasty, well balanced from beginning to end.
Crit (3228) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
I agree this beer is loaded with hops.
But it has to be, otherwise you couldn’t taste them through the unpleasant overwhelming harsh alcohol heat.
A poor effort from a good brewery.
bigrond (1435) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
wow - this is good. looks good tastes good!!! Sweet and smooth - easy drinking. high alc. But Didn’t relize this was a barley wine. Thought it might have been an amber ale or even a brown ale. nonetheless - very impressive.
biergoddess (1) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really nice holiday beer. A little on the sweet side, but I won’t hold that against a beer called shugga!
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice shirly temple colored red tint to this one. Copper and shades of brilliant gold. Creamy head. Perfect hops on this one. I dont taste the brown suggah too much but its sweet. good brewski.