tympanic (168) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ Sweet Release
pours a big phatty head over a (brown sugar) colored fantasy.
i smell hops and fun times.
it be tastin’ good, like brown shugga ought’ta taste!
lawd! MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a snifter. This barley wine poured a clear copper color with a one-finger thick head of beige foam that slowly faded down to a thin, lasting cap. Solid lacing covered the inside of the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of smooth caramel, brown sugar, and mild citrus notes. The flavor included creamy, smooth caramel notes, mild grapefruit, fresh oranges, and a mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic finish. Very fruity. As the beer warmed, the caramel notes and creamy toffee took over and the citrus hoppiness slowly faded. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and chewy with a nice dose of lazy carbonation. A nicely done barley wine with a surprising amount of fresh fruit flavors, but not much depth. Pretty tasty, though. glennmastrange (2901) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around with nutty and roasted for the malt, spruce and faint orange for the hops, earth and broth for the yeast, and date, cherry, wood and of course brown sugar in the background. Head is creamy/frothy, slightly off-white, has excellent lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear red. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily/creamy and has a soft carbonation. It finishes moderately alcoholic. An almost perfect mouthfeel for this type of beer and a nice fruitiness in the aroma makes this a well rounded Barley Wine. ganache (6029) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Huge hoppy nose, C-hops without the resin, strong Sierra Nevada influence with just a bit more must. Lots of fruit and citrus. Premium nose! Beautiful clean amber pour with a fizzy beige head. Taste is sharply bitter with a zinging tang – this one is for the big boys! Again, loads of fruitiness, taste is a bit more tropical/exotic, though. A slight problem with alcohol integration, and the tongue takes the hit here. Excellent grapefruit. Fullish body and smooth after the initial crisp attack. Very young, but has the enthusiasm of youth; should wizen into a nice BW. mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
[968-20071215] Tap @ Cole’s (Buffalo, NY). Hoppy grass and leaves aroma with sweet sugar. Clear, dark orange body with a long-lasting foamy off-white head. Nice hoppy spice evergreen flavour. Medium body. Interesting.
pforei (338) - USA - JAN 11, 2008
Deep bronze with red tinge. Citrus/grapefruit hops and sweet malt. Hops are the more prominent flavor. Somewhat carbonated mouthfeel. Not really what comes to mind when I think of Barley Wine. marcus (10560) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
This dark brown ale poured with a thin tan head, eliciting a strong fruity aroma. The flavor is very malty and slightly sweet, with a bitter finish. Very spicy. blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 9, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 bottle poured into a snifter had a nice layer of tan foam on the pour with a beautiful ruby color and once settled pretty good lacing on the surface. aroma is beautiful with candied brown sugar, hops with a sweet grapefruit, caramel, and citrus peel, and a great balance of sweetness and citrus hits. mouth feel is medium, creamy on the tongue, brown sugar all the way but not overly sweet for my tastes. hops donate a great deal of citrus mix, grapefruit, and spice leaving me torn on which side i like better. carries the 9.9% so well it is unbelievable gotta get me some more of this. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours hazy caramel, off white head. Aroma is molasses, caramel, vanilla, tangerine, slight alcohol. Flavor is caramel, pine, molasses, malt, vanilla, alcohol. No acetone that I can detect. Not bad. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Draught at Chef Paul’s in Lisle. Poured a beautiful clear dark reddish amber. Creamy thin head. Aroma is sweet sugary, caramel, and citrus. Taste is hoppy sweet with aromatic spices. Medium bodied with a lingering bitter dryness.