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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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Bolita Double Nut Brown AleBolita Double Nut Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

562 Ratings
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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 77
Gots: 107 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

Pours dark brown in color with a tan head with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and toasted bread. Flavors of caramel, toffee and chocolate notes open with interjecting notes of wood and herbal bitterness from English hop varietals then moving back into semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee and is dried out in the finish with toasted malt notes that resemble roast peanuts.

50 IBU
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Ratings: 562 | Reviews: 201
Reviews by BrownNut:
Photo of BrownNut
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nearly black on first view, it's a deep, beautiful ruby when held up to the light. Thick foamy head that endures. Permanent lacing and plenty of it.

S - Malt and yeast. Something else like a dusty savory spice. Just a faint whisper of booze. Something faintly fruity on first pour while the head is full.

T - Nice layers of flavor. Initially toasty malt and chewy caramel and a sweet cocoa in the middle of the tongue, more syrupy lower down in the glass. A slight sweet/sourness then develops at the tip of the tongue that is almost lemon citrusy and almost metallic but not quite either, which is neat. It teases and makes you feel it just a bit back in the spit glands and salivate a little. It leaves you with sweet lips. And then on the exhale, in the aftertaste in the back of the mouth, there is a bit of mocha and dry tobacco leaf. Maybe even just a hint of smoke. I didn't think the brewery name had a literal implication but maybe so.

M - Nicely chewy but with just enough carbonation prickle to notice it.

O - What a treat. It's mild like most browns yet has several subtly interesting and pleasant things going on. Nice gentle buzz. Really a great beer. They say it would pair well with a cigar and they're right. I've never heard of a double brown but I'm so on board with the idea now. Turns out it's exactly what I wanted. This brewery continues to impress.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really familiar with Imperial English Brown Ale, so I'll have to score this by the seat of my pants. Thanks to Mike for trekking all these CC beers back from Tampa for us/me.

Pours dark brown, it's opaque with a light brown head that lingers.

What stood out for me about this brew is the aromas and flavors burst with a variety of nuts including: walnut, almond, pecan, and hazelnut. Hints of earth and alcohol and just an undeniable presence throughout. The finish is dry and not without hops, really a fine beer, as long as you share it.

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

purchased June 2011, no bottle date

A - Pours a deep brown with almost two fingers of dense, creamy tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

S - Initial aroma of brown sugar and toffee. Very malty, with a bit of bread, some lightly roasted malts, hints of wood, and a faint cola aroma.

T - Taste is similar to smell, initially sweet with brown sugar and toffee, but gradually revealing a bit of cocoa, bread, a nice nuttiness and toasted malt.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. Definitely coats the palate, but not overly heavy.

O - A little on the sweet side, but hat seems to work really well for this beer. Still has elements of a traditional brown ale, just amped up a bit

Photo of tazzerboy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Thin toffee color head at pour. It fades rather quickly. Extremely dark in color...almost porter/stout dark.

S-Faint brown sugar and chocolate.

T-Like smell, lots of brown sugar and chocolate the, esp. the chocolate. The chocolate was rich and smooth. Reminded me of S.M. Taddy Porter. There is enough hoppiness to balance out the sweetness as well as a little bit alcohol feeling on the back of the tongue and in the nose. Really smooth considering the bar tender said it had 10% ABV.

M-Medium-thick, smooth and silky

D-I which I had ordered a second instead of the IPA that ordered when my food came. I also can't wait until CCB starts bottling the Bolita Brown so I can take it back home with me.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt, with some hazelnuts and pecans mixed in. There is also a little bit of cocoa but it is somewhat hidden.

The flavor is an equal mix of toffee and chocolate with the same nuttyness that I got in the aroma. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Deep chestnut with a 3” tan fluffy head that produces extensive lace. Smell: Malty chocolate aromas with some grain, alcohol. Taste: Creamy rich malt and chocolate flavors with grain and nuts inthe background. Mouthfeel: Mediuim to medium full body and medium carbonation.

Photo of mondegreen
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Stone Double Bastard Highball.

Pours a deep brown with lovely tan highlights. A frothy light mocha head rests atop the brew, leaving gorgeous lacing on the side of the glass.

Sweet, roasty notes meet an earthy goodness. Take everything good about the brown ale style, double it, and you have an idea.

Taste is more sweet than roasted, but with a perfectly bitter/spicy hop finish. the nuttiness is apparent in the lingering aftertaste. Superb.

Mouth is wonderfully smooth without being too heavy or chewy. While not the most intricate CCB beer, this is a very nice representation of a typically under appreciated style. This would make a great candidate for an addition to CCB's six pack lineup.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a solid brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with a good deal of syrupy cane sugar and hints of toffee.

Tastes very good. Toasted malt flavors with good amounts of toffee and milk chocolate. The ending is mildly bitter and there are hints of tobacco - something I noticed in the Maduro Brown and am a big fan of.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a heavy thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily have more.

Overall this is a very good "imperial brown" that melds a bunch of flavors together very well. Certainly worth a shot.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black with a nice mocha colored head on top. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is a combination of chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. There is a little bit of molasses and brown sugar too.

T: A surprising amount of chocolate up front, transitioning to some roasted nuts, caramel, molasses, and toffee.

M: Medium to full bodied for a brown ale, especially an English brown ale. Low carbonation gives it a smooth mouthfeel.

O: Liked this quite a bit. Loved the heavy chocolate aroma and flavors. On the heavier side for style, but makes up for it in terms of taste.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Beerlando for this one.

Pours a deeply murky brown/ruby color with a light tan head that rises well and retains ok. Reduces to a 1/4 inch film over the surface and leaves good lacing.

Nose is full of a fruity malt profile with some clear nuttiness towards the end of each sniff. Alcohol is apparent on the nose and almost a star anise like aroma is hinted at minimally.

Taste is very nice. A great roasty toasty malt profile with a very nice sugar sweet backbone. There is a good caramely and creamy spike in there as well. The fruitiness in the nose is barely pronounced at all, but there is a hoppiness in the flavor that i did not get in the nose as well. Not a huge hoppiness or anything, but there. The finish is not very bitter, but the aftertaste does have some belated lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is solid. A very nice viscous creaminess. Carbonation is ideal. Fairly slick on the palate actually, almost oatmeal slick, but there is a dryness that arises in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is quite nice for the abv. The creamy mouthfeel really mingles well with the flavor and makes this one easy to drink. Alcohol heat is there, but minimal by 9% standards.

Overall this is a very nice brown ale. Certainly one of the better ones ive had in a long time. The Barrel Aged version of this beer is an excellent beer, but this one is no slouch either. I got a bottle of the BA bolita to age, and actually i should have got another one of these too. A very complex and interesting brown ale. Very tasty.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jason's bottle. Another big CC beer, vold taste, rich, earthy, yeasty. The aroma was industrial level funky sour. Dark with a great soapy head. Ginger, chocolate, vanilla,lots of roast. Imperial brown. Carbonation right there. Decent drinkability, but another CC I would have only once.Full mouthfeel.

Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for "Bolita Double Brown Ale" with ping pong lottery balls all over the front of the label. I need to research whether this is a different beer than the one I'm reviewing. Poured normally into a tulip glass.

A: Dark reddish brown color, much darker than you'd expect from a double brown ale. INCREDIBLE foamy beige (almost brownish) head that slowly dissipates into a beautiful even coating. Great looking beer.

S: Loads of caramel, peanut butter, nuts. Some chocolate toffee and maybe brown sugar or maple.

T: Tastes like you're eating a caramel candy. Very sweet and malty, with all of the flavors described in the smell. Nice alcohol warming effect, but the alcohol bite is mellowed nicely by the smooth, creamy sweetness of the beer.

M: Incredibly thick and sticky. More so than a lot of stouts! It not only tastes like you're eating caramel candy, but it feels like that too. "Sticks to the ribs"

O: This beer is almost creating a new genre. I'd call it a nut brown stout. It was a really enjoyable experience even though I was drinking it on my balcony on a nice summer night. This is more of a winter sipper.

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.

Pours a dark brown with a half an inch of thick, dense brown head that has great retention. The nose is faint caramel, but heavily musty. It's a little funky and reminds me a little of wet dog. The flavor is far better than the nose would lead you to believe. It's sweet caramel up front with a little bit of nuttiness followed by a rich, chocolaty finish. There are some faint coffee notes and a mild astringency in the finish as well. The medium, smooth body and mild carbonation make this very easy to drink.

This is a really solid beer. The flavor is excellent and complex. It loses some points because the nose wasn't particularly appetizing, but overall I really enjoyed it.

Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Chocolate brown pour with a tan foam. Noticeable carbonation is active, and slight lacing.

S - Smells of toffee, peanut butter, and, and English malt. Reminded me of Nutella.

T - Has a crisp malt flavor, some caramel, toffee, roasted cashews, and a bit of coffee. Fairly complex for a brown ale.

M - Certainly a big brown ale that feels thick and has a richer, bolder flavor profile. Easy to enjoy a pint but I would not session this; the complexity of the beer adds layers as it warmed and was enjoyed best drinking slowly.

O - Glad to try this, and a very different beer from the core Maduro Brown. This bottle had a good year of age on it so a fresher bottle might be a bit different.

Photo of cjgator3
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is fantastic! The nose is very malty with toffee, chocolate, tobacco and roasted nuts.

T- The taste like the aroma is heavy on the malt with notes of toffee and chocolate with a lot of roasted malt and lingering tobacco and earthy flavors in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Bolita isn't a beer that you are going to drink all night long, but it is a very complex and tasty sipper that seems like it would be the perfect beer pairing with a cigar. Overall, yet another fantastic brew from Cigar City. Keep 'em coming guys!

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a large bottle at Abe's for $9.50 and split ti with a friend. I generally love Cigar City beers, but this one fell flat for me. There was a big fruity, wine-like character with a little roast and chocolate. But it was disappointingly simple. The body was heavy and smooth for the most part, with just balancing bitterness. For the weight of this brown ale, I'd expect more varied notes. Maybe it just needs time is a cellar, or has had too much. Either way I like this brewery enough to give this another shot eventually. To be continued.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had two different treatments of this beer, but held off on the original until now.

The beer pours a beautiful dark brown color with an inch thick light brown head. This head, thankfully, sticks around for quite some time.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, and other dark malty goodness.

The taste is pretty much as advertised in the nose with a little extra bitterness at the end. Nice and sweet with a good balance. This is one of the better beers of the style, but I can't give it a higher grade because of the other two treatments I've had. I know it can get better and with this beer that's saying a lot.

The beer is nice and thick with delicate carbonation. It feels very nice in the mouth. Couldn't ask for more.

This beer is very drinkable, not quite as drinkable as the other treatments, but still a great beer.

Photo of nickd717
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mfielden at a BA tasting - thanks, Mark!

A - This beer has an incredible appearance, murky dark brown with an awesome lasting tan head that leaves some foam and great lacing.

S - Aroma is nuts, smoke, chocolate, and maybe even a hint of bretty tartness.

T - Awesome flavor and keeps going for awhile after you drink it. Chocolate malt, toffee, nuts, and smoke.

M/D - Palate is fairly light for the ABV, adding to the drinkability. You really don't notice the 9% at all. This is a great beer.

Photo of sjones5045
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with nice head. The smell doesn't really smell like a nut brown. Kind of doesn't smell much like anything I've had actually. Luckily the taste came through and was very good. Kind if heavy and thick with some chocolate notes coming through. Very smooth on the tough. Overall, I enjoyed it. Might not be world class but its definitely one that I enjoyed.

Photo of mbmiche
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A little sweet, but a lot more body than i anticipated and pretty smooth.

Photo of wspscott
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in New Belgium tulip
no date

A: Very dark brown/black with a cappuccino colored head. Almost stout like in appearance.
S: Lots of fruits, some chocolate and a hint of roasted malt, seems to be a combination of malt and yeast driven smells.
T: A hint of sweetness with some bitter chocolate in the background, the fruitiness is much more masked vs. the nose. Even as it warms up, there is no hint of alcohol at all.
M: Very creamy with a low level of carbonation, finishes slightly dry, not cloying at all, somewhat surprising given the initial impression of sweetness.
O: A very good beer, hard to say that it is a good example of a "style" since they call it a double nut brown, but it has some of the nut brown character. This reminds me of a dryer/ less sweet version of Young's Double Chocolate Stout without the massive chocolate, by that I mean there is a lot of richness that I don't associate with an english brown or porter, but the flavors match pretty well with a brown. I would not mind a sixer of this on occasion, but a 750ml is too pricy/hard to drink. Highly recommended, definitely worth trying.

Photo of Gmann
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a a deep brown color with a tight tan colored head that settled into a chunky ring. The aroma is of mocha and milk chocolate, wet wood and pepper. The taste is big on the milk chocolate and mocha, light roasted malt, some smoke and nut flavors. Has to be one of the tastiest brown ales that I have had. Nice moderate body with semi-soft carbonation give the brew a silky feel, sweet yet with a bitter edge, perhaps a touch sticky in the end. ABV well hidden. This is a mighty fine brew, big and bold for a brown but very drinkable.

Photo of Janderson91
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from the only place in Alabama that sells bottles over 16oz. With the infection issues CCB has been having recently, I'm really hoping I got a clean bottle. No bottled on date. Enjoyed on 06/21/11.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. Upon popping the bottle, a head forms inside the bottle, not a good sign. Pours a very dark brown with red around the edges and a large tan colored head. A small head remains throughout and leaves great lacing. Looks good.

S - I'm not sure if the aroma is supposed to smell like this but I actually like it. Some sour cherries and a nutty chocolatey malty sweetness. Also a light hoppiness.

T - If this is infected, it's barely noticeable in the taste. Nutty malts and some dark chocolate up front. Recedes to a nice hop and roasted malt bitterness toward the back. Left on the tongue is a milk chocolatey sweetness and just a touch of tart cherry.

M - The mouthfeel is where this beer struggles. It's ok through the middle and pretty creamy but toward the back it is way over carbonated. Almost like swallowing foam.

O - I may have gotten this at the beginning of an infection or maybe it's just overcarbonated and the tartness is supposed to be there. Either way, I enjoyed the bottled I had. Will have to grab another bottle in the future and compare.

Photo of bierguru
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A -
poured a very dark brown mild carbonation and a thick off white head that hung around very well

S -
very sweet with slight hints of a nutty malty booziness

T -
fairly nutty malty right up front then finishes with an overpowering flavor of molasses the beer does also have some undertones of dark fruits and booze

M -
its has a nice and heavy body. the beer is also gives a very sticky feeling in the mouth but nothing unpleasant

O -
the beer was very nice some very nice well put flavors my only problem was the molasses flavor towards the end of the bottle of a little annoying

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan a Maduro but found it to be a bit thin. Bolita solves that by delivering a huge dry chocolate malt and then giving a satisfying heft to the feel. The chocolate is fudgey, with a touch of caramel, toffee, creamy espresso and light marshmallow. Very well done!

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.