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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88
very good

528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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:
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

(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008)
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Photo of aubuc1
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown with a steady clingy light tan head.

Big smell of woody earthy nut with sweet bready alcohol in the end. One of the best brown ale smells.

First taste is nutty malt that is very full, then some alcohol and some rich bread in the end.

Creamy mouthfeel and really drinkable for the abv. When I first had it on draft you would think it wasn't stronger than other brown ales.

Very excited to find this bottled.

Photo of lovindahops
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first cold, rainy summer I can remember this summer of 2012 calls for a cigar city bolita. I am very excited to try this

A- a completely opaque body with layers of mocha foam enrobing the glass. The layers of foam are almost in 3d as they burst off the glass

S- what a variety of scent that starts with a nutty chocolate and toffee scent. Some wood and even a bit of sour scent is present that really makes for an interesting combination. Not to mention there is no alcohol scent in this at all

T- all the toffee, chocolate, and sour flavors mesh into a dark and tasty treat. The wood theme shows up and literally positions the brew for a toasted nut flavor on the exit. What a combination of flavor

M- so creamy and carbonated at the same time... All the while the flavor is coating the palate with all these unique flavors in unison

O- bolita may be the best brown ale I have ever tasted. The presence of sour flavor compliments all the extensive flavors in this brew. I need cigar city to come to syracuse asap!!!

Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on a slightly hazy, dark amber-brown body. The head exhibits good retention and leaves thick lace on the walls.

S - Sweet malt with lots of toffee and a hint of hops.

T - Thick, rich malty flavor with notes of toffee and caramel. Minor hop flavor in the middle that fades to dark malt. Bittersweet chocolate and char in the finish with moderate hop bitterness that leaves a lingering tobacco smoke flavor on the palate.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow, this is a thick, rich malty beer that has enough hop presence in the finish to balance and keep it drinkable. I don't really get much nuttiness from the malt, but the surprisingly dark chocolate and tobacco notes are better anyway. Not exactly a session beer, but pretty drinkable nonetheless; a complex and thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Photo of bernardus1212
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a large bottle into an Ommegang glass. Cloudy dark brown with a creamy light brown head. THe double nut gives it more body, thickness to the beer. Superb flavors mollases, spice, (the nuttyness of course), and a nice finish. HArd to get but.... I live close to the brewery.

Photo of GbVDave
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to corby112 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark and murky muddied brown color with one finger of creamy khaki head on top. Retention was decent with the head melting down to a fat, lace leaving ring.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, espresso, toffee, and molassas. Very decadent.

T: See above. Great roasty malt and nut flavors. Bitter dark chocolate and dark roast coffee, too.

M: Sweet with a slightly tangy dryness. Peppery, bitter hop finish.

D: Excellent! CCB has taken this style to a whole new level!

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 32 oz growler shared by JDV. Thanks Denis.
Poured a dark brown color. Delayed foaming but eventually 1 finger of head formed.
Good hoppy, roasty aroma.
Taste: hoppy , roasty. Not timid with the flavors, Kind of like an imperial stout / or a porter. The flavor slowly fades well after you swallow.
Mouthfeel: very creamy.
Drinkability: wow really surprised on the ABV of this. It drinks incredibly well.
I have to say this is one of my favorite brown ales I have had.

Photo of Wasatch
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Sebletitje for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of chocolate/toffee going on, slight vanilla. Medium body, very nice slight bitterness/dry finish, you would never know this was a 9% ABV brew. Very drinkable, an awesome brew, highly recommended.

Photo of babaracas
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch really-dark-brown with creamy one finger tan head, half inch retained for quite a while, rings of lace.

Smell: brown sugar, powdery milk chocolate, lightly toasted nuts, pine and citrus peel.

Taste: caramel, fruity - plumish, toasted mixed nuts (for fun, let's say hazelnut, brazil, walnut), chocolate milk, earthy and slightly citric hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and exceptionally creamy, drying and sticky finish, more chocolate in the finish.

A great, (almost) balanced imperial brown ale.

Oct 2010 bottling.

Photo of tazzerboy
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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 nickd717
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Gmann
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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 hoppymeal
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black in color with a decent sized creamy, medium tan head which slowly fades with some nice lacing. Aroma is a deliciously sweet maltiness, strong molasses, sugary caramel, toffee, and some cola as well. A bit of woodiness and dark ripe fruit too. Taste follows and lives up to the aroma, big malty beer, sweet caramel and sugary toffee mixes with some nutty and earthy qualities, molasses in the finish. Big and creamy, medium to heavy mouthfeel, a bit of hoppiness balances with a slight peppery feel on the tongue and a very nice dryness in the finish. Very good brown, the alcohol is well balanced and it drinks way too easy for a 9% beer, delicious and sweet, hope this one gets bottled some day, one of the few browns that I would definitely keep in the cellar. Big thanks to Jay for the sample.

Photo of 442Much
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%

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

a - a nice, deep, dark brown pour with thick, frothy head that quickly leaves a slight lingering after lace...

s - toffee, carmel, vanilla, sugar and molasses...

t - very enjoyable brown ale...a nice blend of brown sugar, nutty characteristics with dashes of vanilla and toffee... quite tasty

m - medium bodied, smooth drinking double brown...easy to pour, easy to enjoy...

o - very pleasurable

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still sipping on the Zhukov.. figured I may as well enter in some back reviews. Douglas88 brought this to a tasting at my house a while back... Thanks Doug!! Can't wait to hook up again.

Very Clear brown with a sandy off white head.. good lacing.

Nose smells "brown" ... rich malt ... lite chocolate .. Nuts??

Flavor mirrors the nose with some caramel thrown in to tie things together.

Good body and carbonation, very drinkable... Great Brown Ale.

11 days and counting Doug... we're going to the Dark Side this time around.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

Photo of bonbright7
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark brown ale had an enticing aroma with very little head as we poured it for a small group tasting in Bellport last night. The big bodied ale appeared to be very dense in the glassware and the first taste further explained the commotion around its arrival in my area. It had a very enjoyable taste that one could pick out a variety of stronger ale notes, such as elements of coffee, smoke, bourbon, and caramel. The dry chalky aftertaste also reminded me of cocoa bars and I thought a little Partagas cigar might go well with this ale.

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

From backlog-o-tron

A - Jeez. This is the murkiest pour I've seen the since last time I poured a glass of natural apple cider, which is incidently exactly what it looks like (plus head...) It is quite impressive in a rustic sense, capped with a persistent caramel-mocha head, it looks like an unfiltered cask ale.

S - Again, I am perceiving an apple cider similarity. Sweet, tart, mulled-spicy and quite juice-like. There is a bit of roast and malt, but it is far in the back. An unusual brew, judging by the nose; I might even say unique.

T - The mystery, intrigue and sensory adventure continues... This brew strikes me as significantly different than any I've had. There is a golden fruitiness that reminds me of Belgian Tripels and Quads. There is also a huge creaminess and slight buttery-toastiness combined with a distinctly mild manner that brings to mind some of the better brown ales from Britain. More than anything else, it is a CCB brew, through and through; the flavor is so distinct as to be style-breaking. It is superbly smooth, sharply flavorful without sacrificing subtlety and outright delicious. And there is no hint of the abv.

M - Great, real smooth.

D - Count me as a big fan.

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

A - Poured with a thinner lightly tan/dark khaki head; opaque muddy brown color; head didn't last too long but left a layer of spots of presence on top of the brew

S - Caramel; toffee; richer maltiness; hints of chocolate

T - Coffee and chocolate at first; then caramel and toffee notes; bit of a nutty savory finish; bit roasty as well.

M - Medium to thicker; nice layer of tight bubbles

D - Really nice sipper, and actually falls under the deceivingly drinkable.

Overall, a nice 'double' brown, and very enjoyable. Wasn't disappointed with this brew, really nice.

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

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. This one has a special place in my heart, since I helped bottle it last Tuesday. Only one week to reach carbonation after bottling.

A: Pours a deep, rich, mahagony with one finger of fluffy, tan head that receeds to a thin rim and leaves some nice lace.

A: Smells of rich coffee and chocolate malt. I get a litte caramel and toffee, and maybe a touch of smoke. Some grassy hops are present, but the sweet and roasty malts stand out in the nose.

T: Big chocolate and roased malt flavor. I am really enjoying this as it warms to room temp. The flavors are mashing very nicely here. I get some grassy hops, not much but they are present. Beer finishes sweet and dry with just a touch of heat at the back of the throat.

M: Medium to full bodied beer. Very creamy and smooth. Again, this has only had one week to reach proper carbonation levels, and it has done the trick.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is huge here. It dosen't at all feel like a 9% brew. Overall, yet another top notch offering from CCB. Kudos again to Joey and Wayne. Skal.

Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with red highlights when held to the light. Has a big, foamy, brown head that falls very slow. Nice sticky lace.

Smells of roasted nuts and bitter chocolate.

Has a sweet malt taste with a roasted character. Mild, bitter coffee-like finish. Alcohol flavor is present.

Full and chewy in the mouth.

Another nice, big, bold Cigar City brew. Much enjoyed.

Photo of raffy313
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a SA perfect pint. This bottle label says "Bolita Double Brown Ale", and aquired through trade from alalvarez75, thanks AL.

A cloudy dark brown color, with 2 fingers worth of mocha/tan head. Good retension that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

Very strong nutty aromas. Some brown surgar, molasses sweetness, with hints of woody secondary aromas. Alcohol kicks in as it warms. Quite alot going on in the nose, actually.

Flavors are very similar to the aromas. They actually follow to a tee, so... *see above for taste descriptions.

Medium to full(somewhat creamy) body, with an appropriate amount of carbonation, making this a very drinkable beer.

Not a ton of experience with this style, especially the double/imperial version, but I'm really digging this one. Sam Smith was my fave English Brown... until some crazy brewery from FL decided to make a double version. YUM!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug for this one!

A: Dark Brown with reddish tints to it. Awesome lacing with an off brown thick head. Very nice look!

S: Porter like smell with toasted malt, chocolate, some bitter hops, marshmallow, and molasses. Nice aroma, but could be bigger IMO.

T: I can definitely taste the same malt character of Hunahpus and Marshal Zhukov in this, which is a good thing! Nice porter like taste overall with charred chocolate malt, molasses cookie like taste, coffee roast, nutty hazelnut character, and a great overall malt taste. Nearly a perfect taste for what I'd hope for in a big Brown ale.

M: Creamy thick feel thats coasting and very nice.

D: Not the easiest drinker in the world, but quite tasty and worth a try for sure. Another great offering from Cigar City!

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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 johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly solid dark brown/black with no highlights when held to light. Creamy tan head slowly dissipates to a cap with moderate lace. Smells like a brown ale. Brown Sugar, caramel, hints of chocolate, dark fruits all play a role in the nose here. Taste is fruity, sugary, earthy, caramely, mineraly. Taste starts off with a bit of brown sugar, milk chocolate and sweet dark fruits, then a bit of ethanol hits, quickly more of the fruit comes back in, then an earthy flavor mixes with a bit of caramel that lingers long after every sip. Medium to thick body, light carbonation with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Great big brown ale, I loved it!

Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.