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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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543 Ratings
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 72
Gots: 98 | FT: 5
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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Photo of Bunuelian
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clickpush
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Viscous pour, the beer was in no hurry to leave the bottle. Tons of carbonation visible along sides of the glass. A 1.5 finger khaki head sets up shop... apparently there for the long haul. Body is very dark, only the slightest hint of a ruby hue allowed to pass through when held to a light. As I drink the beer the lace remains a good .5-1 finger thick, leaving a lace ring around the glass denoting every sip.

Nose: A bit of a sour, fruity nose blended with a dry, yeasty character and some nutty, earthy, English malt type deal and a hint of very dark chocolate. Pleasingly bright, yet somehow hidden & restrained... not billowing out of the glass, not showing off... just there. Humble.

Mouth: Absolutely nothing like how it smelled. I expected a medium bodied, medium flavored brown ale with a hint of wild yeast. What I get is a huge bodied, heavily roasted, over malted big bad boy of a beer. In a blind tasting (or, perhaps, even still) I would classify this beer as a Russian Imperial Stout without hesitation. Ginormo flavor: chocolate, overcooked caramel, unfermented sugars, lingering roast malt flavors. Mouthfeel is full bodied and mouth coating, though a touch over carbonated (IMO).

Chewy, tasty, and sweet - this is a huge dessert of a beer. I will enjoy every one of the 25 ounces in this bottle!

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

Excited for my first Cigar City offering. Capped 750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Big bubbly light brown head forms 2 fingers on top of cola looking brew. Very dark brown with carbonation sticking to the sides. Little bits of lacing left on the sides.

S- Great aromas in this. A sweet blend of vanilla and roasted nuts. Brown, medium roasted malt profile is the backbone. Some sticky sweet caramel, nougat and chocolate. Aromas are very strong and easy to pick out.

T- Flavor starts out as the nose does with a sweet vanilla up front with roasted peanuts. Midway through I pick up on marshmellow, which gets taken over by a dominant chocolate flavor which I think is strongest in the taste. Aftertaste is dry roasty malts. No hint of ABV.

M- The mouth is medium bodied and ever so silky smooth. I get a fluffy marshmellow feel in the mouth as was in the flavor. Carbonation felt on the swallow in the back of throat.

O- A delicious English Brown Ale with interesting flavor profiles. The lack of noticeable ABV makes this dangerously drinkable. Though this has got to be a clichè I could really see enjoying this with a cigar. Can't wait to try other Cigar City brews.

Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 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 lovindahops
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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
4.4/5  rDev +12%
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 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 GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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 442Much
4.36/5  rDev +10.9%

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 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 hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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 vande
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Gtreid
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.


Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 hollywood_15063
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.