Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Slightly hazy coppery red-orange body, medium buff head. Aroma of tart brown sugar, light caramel, grape, toast, and citrusy hops. Bready, caramely body with a strong citrusy, piney hops kick. Lingering bitter finish with hot alcohol notes. Sweet and prickly. Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours a surprisingly light but rich looking copper, amber. Hardly any head. Sweet, spicy aroma, like a malty barleywine w/ alcohol aromas. Flavor is full, heavy malt with alcohol and some citrusy hops. Bordering on harsh. Med to full bodied. Manages to be fairly dry. robforbes (2241) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2008
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.
pour is a clear amber-orange with a thin dirty yellow head.
smell of nuts, some dark fruit, hops, touch of caramel.
taste is grapefruit, caramel, malt, nicely bitter, dark fruit. malrubius (2895) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2008
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Clear amber with ring head. Mild aroma of hops sugar port alcohol and wood. Brown sugar sweet, very cherry/raisin fruity, medium bitter finish, faint alcohol. Full body medium-low carbo. To me, this has a disagreeable funky combination of fruity sweetness and alcohol. Fruity sweetness lingers like cough medicine. Might be ok for other people; obviously it is because people go crazy for this stuff. I don’t want to finish it. oakbluff (448) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
Pours a ruby chestnutt. Excellent clariy with a foamy white head. Smell- fruity sweetness. Taste- initial flavours are hops and fruit. Sweet malts come through in the middle and finish is bitter and dry. The extra sugar has fermented down nicely. Not cloying but you definitely know its there. Like liquid caramel. Good sipper on a winter night.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
Draft. Caramel brown color. Soapy, thick 1" head. Malty. Hoppy. Tart, tangy with milky smooth delivery. Like a cross between a milk stout and an IPA. No harshness on finish and leaves warm fuzzies in tummy. Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2008
Pours a robust copper color with a thin, sudsy, swiftly subsiding head. Bright aroma that includes an unexpected herbal hoppiness, metal, and also stewed fruits. Richly, and perhaps overly, carbonated. Mouthfeel is bursty but goes down gentle. Slightly smooth and slightly harsh too: the alcohol is not as well-integrated as it could be and yet the Shug remains a strongly appealing sipper. jbuzz (830) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 11, 2008
Had at a tasting at Three Cellars. The arouma of brown "sugga" is slightly over powering. Rich Amber color, not to sweet and a strong sence of the beer. wetherel (1883) - Cupertino, California, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Tasted from bottle at PP bottle shop. Amber color. microbubbles fighting to the surface. Maybe a hint of sour or oxidation. Somethings off. The brown sugar/molasses can be noticed. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2008
This was actually much better than what I had anticipated, given the mediocrity that has traditionally come along with Lagunitas for me. Quite a hoppy brew with plenty of sweet caramel notes. Certainly covers the alcohol quite well with a luscious body and sweetness. nice.