HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a burnt orange/brown/copper color with small off white head. Good lacing on my Duvel tulip glass. Nice sweet and hoppy aroma. Initial raisin-like fruit sweetness followed by brown sugar and malt. A decent hop bite at the finish coupled with a slight mellow alcohol warming. The alcohol, although being 9.9%, was not at all overwhelming. Another quality brew from Lagunitas.
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Sweet Release" - O.G. 1.100, 9.9% ABV, IBU 51.1...
Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ is a reddish copper color and clear. It has a small yellowish head that quickly disappears. There is a low to mild amount of visible carbonation slowly rising up from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is sweet and sugary with hints of nondescript fruit and fresh, piney hops. The flabor is also quite sweet and malty with hints of caramel and some fruit. A resin-flavored hop bittereness comes out toward the finish and provides a moderate bitterness throughout the lengthy finish. This beer has a medium body and goes down quite smoothly. The alcohol is nearly invisible. This a pretty good barley wine that is well balanced and not over the top, but not quite unique enough.
12 oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply.
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Clean copper color with lots of frothy head. Aroma is more sugary and sweet with hints of malt. Taste is like carmelized sugar with notes of caramel, nuts, and vanilla. There is just a bit of warm alcohol presence in the finish to go with a subtle bitterness.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Weird brew...I couldn’t figure out if this was an American Strong or a Barley Wine at first. The harsh edges everyone talks about are very obvious...so much so that it is what one notices first. It has a harsh alcohol astringency...a sticky cloying mouthfeel...and a peppery burn on the tonsils. But on the plus side is a roasted caramel/toffee profile that I enjoyed very much and a cognac-like finish that intrigued me. Not all bad...in fact, not bad at all!
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle this poured a chestnut body highlighted in shades of orange, bereft of bubbles, with a creamy off-white head, rapidly gone, and a drip-spot lacing. It smells of burnt toffee and singed caramel, sweet sweet sweet, bunches of alcohol, chunked up nuts, vanilla, and light brown sugar. The aroma becomes decidely more brandy-ish as it warms. It’s both hot and peppery on the tongue. The flavor begins and ends with alcohol. In between there’s some burnt caramel coated raw nuts, brown sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract. Sticky, hot, & sweet finish. I like this, but it definitely needs to lay down for a while to smooth out its rough edges.
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glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper with medium creamy head. Sweet malty aroma. Alcohol isn’t very hidden. Very unique beer for sure....a little fruity and piney. Very smooth. Good subtle hops add a nice dimension. Good stuff.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 Bottle. Poured clear deeper orangish-brown with a quickly-receding cap of off-white head. Nose was of lightly-burnt toffee, caramel, vanilla, and nutty sugars.. moderate alcohol, and some spices... more and more booze as it warmed up. Flavor found brown sugar, vanilla, and tacky caramel sweetness with somewhat complimentary alcohol.. mild bitterness around the edges. On the palate this kept going back and forth between being devilishly smooth & creamy and having a sharp & abrasive alcohol presence. Sticky, sweet, and warm finish was quite nice. Solid brew overall.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
120z bottle. Filtered and a clear ruby hue. Spiraling off-white head. Malty caramel nose with a mild but apparent nasal burn. Nice toasty almost burnt tasting malt character. Sharp flavors imparted from the burn. Great mouthfeel, full and sweet and satisfying. Truly warming. Nice whiskey undertones and a nice vanilla note. Sugary sweet initially, then the burn hits. The finish is long and sweet and drying and slightly cloying. Medium effervescence with a tongue tingling tartness. Sour and bitter notes as it rolls over the tongue. And of course, anytime someone throws a Stones reference into the mix, it only makes me smile more!
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a thick, lacy off-white head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Full body with light carbonation. The taste is sugary sweet fruit and nuts with a lightly bitter finish.
Cobra (1100) - - DEC 2, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2007 12 oz. brown, twist off bottle. No freshness date, but 2006 batch for sure. Poured out a clear amber/ dark copper color. Has a thin tan colored head. Left a decent lacing down the sides of the chalice it was served in.
Aromas are of sweet burnt sugars, some toffee & caramel notes as well.
Slight vanilla in the background. Medium mouthfeel, rich & slick. Slightly oily too. Alcohol is well hidden, but warming upon impact. Balanced well with hops, neither too sweet or too hoppy. Finished somewhat sweet.