Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice sweet aroma, heavy on the sugar-brown sugar, light toffee-caramel, fruity esters, malty sweetness. Alcohol vapors, vanilla and a bit of oak. Golden dark amber clear, brilliant, with thin off-white creamy lacing head. Medium heavy body, not quite syrupy, with medium carbonation. Light alcohol warming and mild carbonic burn, but otherwise smooth. Starts sweet and vapory, fruity esters, cherry wood and vanilla. Light toffee and caramel maltiness. Alcohol is definitely present, and ends up being a little harsh, I think. The sweetness and alcoholic punch comes from some extra sugar, I think, and that gives it a rough edge. Also, there is quite a high level of bitterness in the hops, here. Almost balances well with the sweetness, but they donít synchronize completely. Finish is sweet but not overly cloying, and the bitterness and mild acidity of the hops helps clean up the sugary residue on the tongue, leaving a mild sweet dry-bitter coating with cherry wood notes. Alcohol keeps warming. A nice barley wine, but might be even better if I let it age for a year or so.
pinkzambia (1389) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Tap atBitter Creek Ale House: Usually the servers at Bitter Creek know what they are talking about -- when I asked the lady "What style of beer it was?" She replied by telling me "Itís kind of an amber." So, she only knows her beers by colors . . . whatever it was, I knew it would be a safe bet with Lagunitas. This was correct. I enjoyed it and as I was wondering what it was, I knew it had a higher alcohol % because I could smell and taste it, especially as it warmed up. It is a clear, dark amber with an initial bitter, hoppy aftertaste but different. Then itís followed by a prolonged sweet one (I guess that it why itís called brown shugga). The carbonation seemed high alonf with the high alcohol flavor that I didnít think was disguised to well. Overall, a nice BW.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is sweet with strong hints of caramel. The color is copperish with a small white head. The taste is strongly of hops with a very slight hint of brown sugar.
haddon90 (1374) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought this 22oz bottle at Normís in Vienna, VA. Pours a clear copper color with hardly any head. Burnt sugar aroma, with a hint of caramel, and some sweetness on top of that. Brown Sugar taste, with some hops and malt as well. But the brown sugar taste is there. Some caramel as well. A pretty enjoyable beer, since Iíve been longing to try it!
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
out of the bottle pours 3/4 of the glass amber and the bottom third is a murky orange. well carbonated. minimal, bubbly, white head. one thick ring of lacing around the circumference of the top part of the glass. smells grassy. tastes of brown sugar and grassy hops. the bitterness is really biting. too bitter for my taste really.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barleyís #1 in the Short North of Columbus, Ohio. Nice copper color with lingering head and mild lacing. Sugar sweet aroma. Way more malt than hops (though they play a supporting role Ė citrus). Alcohol hints in the line of fortified wine or sherry. The flavor has an English style barley wine feel. Sweet with minimal hops. Caramel and hard candies. Warming alcohol and hints of wood. Very nice. Syrupy slick body that really leaves the after taste around your mouth.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I like it. I might not know there was brown sugar in it if you didnít tell me. It does come through in the aroma as it warms. Nice hop balance, with enough hops to stand up to the alcohol. A well crafted brew. Aroma of honey, toffee or burnt butterscotch. Flavors of apple, pine, citrus peel, caramel, cream, beer. Just really good. A sleeper.
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark amber color, with a two finger off white creamy head that had some staying power. Aromas of hops, sweet malts, and some more hops. Flavor isnít as sweet as I was led to believe. You can taste the alcohol from the get go, what follows is a nice mellow brown sugar (I Guess) sweetness that finishes with a nice bitter hop.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours copper with a fair offwhite head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the snifter.. Aroma is of floral and grapefruit hops over light caramel malts. A touch of brown sugar actaully makes it into the nose as well. Flavor is quite sweet but not overly so. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses and some grapefruit hops finish it off.. Silky smooth on the palate. Full bodied. Alcohol is completely covered. Pretty tasty for a mistake as the description says.. I liked it..
Tmoney99 (9980) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belmont in Dayton. Poured dark brown with a medium off-white head that diminished slowly. Moderate sweet hoppy aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Moderate bitter sweet malt flavor with a small bitter finish.