mreeves (275) - 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 (4603) - 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 (3393) - 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 (1499) - 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.
Nate (3778) - 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 don’t 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.