Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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Reviews by GoldenVIKE:
4.35/5 rDev +11%
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.
06-25-2011 12:01:00 | More by GoldenVIKE
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
03-23-2010 04:02:31 | More by brownbeer
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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
04-06-2012 01:46:34 | More by warnerry
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
04-07-2009 22:52:50 | More by tazzerboy
4/5 rDev +2%
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.
10-15-2011 22:08:02 | More by Mora2000
4.43/5 rDev +13%
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.
01-15-2011 20:56:36 | More by mondegreen
4.47/5 rDev +14%
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.
05-10-2009 21:53:32 | More by glid02
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
01-12-2012 04:28:26 | More by mdaschaf
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
09-15-2009 00:54:36 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.