Saturday, January 31, 2015

Lagunitas 2014 Brown Shugga'

It's a Strong Ale on a Saturday, not a Red Wine on a Sunday this week.  Tomorrow is the "Super Bowl" - not so super to me, but i'll be watching and I'll not be posting.  Luckily, I'll be in charge of the beverages at the neighborhood event, so I'll be bringing some of the Brown Sugga' and some of the new Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA - haven't tried that one.  Some wine will be brought as well, leaning to the Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel varietals.

This Brown Shugga' is categorized as an American Strong Ale.  Strong it is, coming in at almost 10 %. Nice head, but a little thin, as the fermentable material is primarily Brown Sugar, not malt.   So the protein structure of the head is weak and does not leave much lacing on the glass.  Not a big deal, but it tells you that this in not your ordinary beer.  According to the Lagunitas legend, this one was a mistake that everyone loved, as they used too much brown sugar in the first batch.  

The taste is amazing - molasses goodness, nice balance of bitter and sweet.  Biscuit is the predominate flavor with just a bit of cinnamon and apple in there too.  Perfect for a cold winter night.

Review at the Concourse ----- > tastes like weed and cookies

Lagunitas Brown Sugga website ----- > dangerously slammable


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