This one is relatively hot off the presses… or at least it was last week when I picked it up at Malt & Vine. Too bad Lagunitas doesn’t send us samples so we could get people excited *before* the general public gets it… 🙂 Either way, Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ is a fine, fine beer. A fun little ditty that surprises the hell out of you when you look very closely on the label and see it is 9.5% ABV. My mind immediately raced to think of what would happen to my body and mind if I quickly consumed the entire 6 pack and then I had to stop myself as visions of sugar plums began dancing in my head.
Er… anyhow… This is a big brew in a tiny bottle and I am very happy to have bought it. It is dark with a high head that matches its high ABV. The most notable is the hops… but there is a definite muted quality to them as the malt and sweet take over and mellow it out. I liked it better as it warmed up a bit, but this brew can be consumed at any temperature. About half way through my second bottle, I paired it with some smoked mozzarella and I have to say that it was perfect! The cheese smooths the brew out a bit and the smokiness compliments the darker undertones of the brew.
A super solid offering from our friends at Lagunitas.
JBB6 Rating: For the Win