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RATINGS: 1500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
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An aborted batch of their Old Gnarleywine ended up tasting nearly as good as that they were hoping for, so they bottled it. God bless capitalism. OG 1.100 IBU 51.1


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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (1579) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Malt sweetness and alcohol trump hop aroma and flavor. Clear amber color, solid body and good head. Not up to the hype!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (809) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 19, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours clear, brown, nice off white head. Aroma of caramel , grain some hops and some malts. Taste is bitter, hoppy, a bit of booze, some caramel and some malts. Very interesting, very enjoyable, but definitely a sipper. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (797) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Draft at Logans Alley - pours copper with very thin white head . Soft floral aroma . Sweet brown sugar and mild citrus hops . Nice offering . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bagalagalaga (122) - Indiana, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Sweetness is there but this one is still a blast of hoppiness. If you like Sumpin’ Extra you’ll like this one too, I still prefer Sumpin’ Wild.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (680) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle. Bright red with tight tan head. Burnt floral aroma. Sweet brown sugar in the taste with the signature lagunitas hop bitterness. Also notes of caramel, and warm booze. Medium body, average carb. A great winter seasonal brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (142) - Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz. Aroma is slightly floral. Flavor is somewhat sweet and hoppy. It has a resinous, biscuit flavor...but not overwhelming with brown sugar. Definitely has a sweet aftertaste. Not bad!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firemarshal (178) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle. Almost clear. Dark amber. Nose of resin, caramel, cheese, alcohol. Taste is cough syrup, caramel, licorice, scorched sugar. Mouthfeel has a bite up front, spritzy in the middle, smooth-ish warm finish. Overall this is a pretty nice tasting f-up.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (669) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle 12/15/14. Pours a translucent amber with a fluffy, white-beige head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, grass, cereal, spicy, floral, caramel. Taste is rich, bittersweet, floral, herbal, brown sugar, burnt caramel, cereal, grass, alcohol; finish is long burnt caramel, roast malt, and fruit rind. Dense lacing throughout. Full-bodied, chewy. Medium-low carbonation. Fairly intense but pretty darn good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NMMcCune (1) - - DEC 15, 2014 does not count
Fantastic Beer. Finishes a bit sticky for my liking, although hardly a fault, as the name suggests it's sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drdisque (569) - Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On tap at Lagunitas Chicago taproom. Pours plum brown. Flavor is malty molasses, but with a moderately crisp and medium mouthfeel and with a crisp, slightly bitter finish. ABV can be felt. Slightly oily.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbuskirk (479) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 14, 2014
How come you taste so good? For me, Brown Shugga reinforced a lesson I’ve been too stubborn to learn: I’m past the point where I can treat these types of beers like session ales. After sipping this ale, I was ready to settle down for some quality hibernation. Fortunately, I was conscious enough to make some mental notes. This brew has a sexy copper-brown color and tends to create a LOT of lacing on the glass. The smells were pretty damn enticing - toffee, barley, booze, and woodsy hops. Honest to goodness, the brew tastes like brown sugar. Resinous hops cut through the candy sweetness and help to rinse some of the syrupy stickiness from the palate. The alcohol heat is splendid. It’s safe to say that this ale would be an excellent "before-bed beer" on a chilly evening.


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