Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 12oz bottle
Look – A beautiful translucent blood red copper with nearly tan, two finger head and some serious sugar lacing/legs.
Smell – lots of sugars (brown mostly), sweet hops, fresh baked bread (yeast), oaky, musky funk, slight peach/pineapple, citrus orange, nice booze note, green/brown earth, huge sweet malts and pungent in the best of ways.
Taste – Rich sugar, nice huge sweet and toasted/roasted malts, nice booze, chewy grains, fruity and earthy hops, terroir, bread yeast, floral, pine, some pineapple and peach, fall/winter spices, dried sweet fruits and more sugar.
Body – Full bodied, well balanced, nice complexity, medium acidity, medium carbonation and a huge boozey sweetness from start to finish
Overall (Drinkability) – This is one of our favorites. The fact that this ale happened by accident adds to the awesomeness of this ale. Hearty, balanced, refreshing and perfect for this time of year when the weather can’t decide if it is season appropriate or not. If you aren’t a fan of huge sugar, malt and hops, this one is not for you. However, if you enjoy hops, malts, grains, sugar and booze — this one is for you in every sense of the phrase. Brown Shugga’ can be cracked open or cellared to vertical with others of old. Don’t miss out on this once a year delight or you’ll have to wait until 2016.
Final thoughts – At nearly 10% abv and less than $10 a six pack, what more could you ask for from a brewery that has mastered the seasonal ale? Answer; nothing, both literally and figuratively.
A note from the Brewer:
We believe this Special Ale is Something Unique. Feeding Brown Cane Sugar to otherwise Cultured Brewery Yeast is a’kin to feeding Raw Shark to your Gerbil. It is unlikely to ever occur in nature without Human Intervention. And it looks weird besides. But it’s happened and now it’s too Late.
Brewed by: Lagunitas Brewing Company
When available: Limited (Fall)
ABV (Alcohol by Volume): 9.9%
Style: Strong Ale (Irresponsible Ale)