RATINGS: 1744   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 295   ABV: 9.84%
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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marv3mania (195) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
!2 oz. bottle in a snifter. Pours a clear amber with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is mango, grapefruit, orange, pine, and a bit of sugary sweetness. I don’t think any brewery creates such beautiful smelling beers as Lagunitas. Taste mostly follows the nose, with a slight malty taste at the back of the throat. That aftertaste is about the only thing reminding me that this is a barley wine. As usual, Lagunitas has created a superb brew.

Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 22, 2017
From Jun 2008 I got this bottle from russpowell. Thanks Russ! It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy amber colour with a slight tinge of orange and a 1 finger head of off-white foam. Lots of lacing and the head retention is quite good. It's a fine looking brew in the glass. Taking a few whiffs, I get a lot of sweet caramel and sugar with an almost equal amount of citrus hops. Nice. I'm also getting a touch of fruitiness. The taste is just as impressive. Super sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar that seem to be heading to beyond what I like but....there's that citrus doing a fine balancing act and bringing the tastes back in order. Very tasty. The finish has just the slightest bitterness to it and that works fine for me. The body is on the light side and the carbonation is medium light. The alcohol is *very* well hidden and because of that, the contents of my glass are disappearing at an alarming rate. Oh well. That's a problem I'll deal with and I give a salute to Lagunitas for brewing a fine American Strong Ale. I'd drink this again, no problem.

pappabear (19) - Granbury, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2017 Pours clear Golden/Amber (more amber) with 1 1/2 finger white head that has good lacing. Smell of light hops and caramelized brown sugar. Taste is slightly sweet, very smooth, with a slightly bitter finish. Another good beer from Lagunitas.

meccahh69lol (355) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2017
OK, here's another Lagunitas offering and it is fine but not one of their very best. It pours an amber brown ruby thing with a thin head and has a brisk pungent head of tootsie pop and malty malts. It tastes of sugar syrup, heavy doses of malt, some strident hops, and the odd whiff of the supernatural. It goes down surprisingly easy for a 10% abv b-wine all things considered. Good for a night of female Bloodsport remakes and couch cuddles with boo boo on the eve of her bday.

xSASQUATCHx (1) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2017 does not count
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Pours clear copper with a nice foamy head. Not too bubbly, not to velvety smooth in appearance, it's just right. Smell is very floral, with the perfect amount of alcohol vapors to let you know you are in for a good time. Taste is that of burnt sugar and hops, with a nice mild alcohol burn at the end. Not too bitter, not too sweet, and a nice alcohol burn makes this beer one of my favorites. When I see Brown Shugga in stores, I know the holidays are near, and this beer helps bring the cheer.

teamsale (309) - Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2017
Bottle pours a clear copper with a two finger tan head and abundant lacing. Aroma is a nasal clearing burnt sugar, toffee, and Christmas tree. Taste is a bit heavy and sweet, bitterness is fairly tame, alcohol is noticeable on the back end. Leaves a pleasant, bitter, lasting aftertaste.

Itzjerm (3126) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2017 Really a triple IPA with a malty sweet back bone. Nice incredible head. Nice hoppy head. Very enjoyable. Balanced sweet malty. More malt than many beers. more hop than a barley wine.

jsnicholas (682) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2017
Bottle (12oz). From the bottle. Try again. Tasted like a brown ale. Not as sweet as most barley wines. Lost of chocolate. Nice. I think I need to add. Little more.

ghostbeer (248) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Well balanced with malty sweetness with some hop bitterness. Warm, rich and satisfying. Not one that I would drink often, but very good for something a little different.

kingaugusta (286) - Georgia, USA - MAY 17, 2017
Pours clear light amber with an off white head.Nose is very typical of an american barley wine, with floral hops, a big sweet malt, and booze fighting for dominance. The malts win that battle on the palate with a lot of ripe fruits and breads on the flavor menu, though there’s still.plenty of hop bitterness to balance it out. Alcohol is heavily present but does not detract.Nice mistake, lagunitas.

BeerRenter76 (1037) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 1/2/2009. Brown shugga poured burnt copper body, not much carbonation or head to speak of. Aroma of hops with citrus and some floral notes. Flavors of carmel malts,nuts, brown sugar and a slightly bitter finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

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