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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

478 Ratings
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 63
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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JonathanL7890

Texas

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.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2009 13:59:16 | More by JonathanL7890
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Wasatch

Utah

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 00:33:16 | More by Wasatch
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babaracas

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 06:31:50 | More by babaracas
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tazzerboy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2009 22:52:50 | More by tazzerboy
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nickd717

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:18:52 | More by nickd717
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Gmann

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 23:55:46 | More by Gmann
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hoppymeal

Michigan

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.

Serving type: growler

06-02-2009 02:26:27 | More by hoppymeal
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GoldenVIKE

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 12:01:00 | More by GoldenVIKE
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vande

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 04:51:49 | More by vande
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 08:00:49 | More by JohnGalt1
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bonbright7

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 16:12:25 | More by bonbright7
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ktrillionaire

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 04:59:21 | More by ktrillionaire
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Nickls

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:23:58 | More by Nickls
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Gtreid

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 00:13:55 | More by Gtreid
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dstc

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 13:38:34 | More by dstc
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raffy313

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 02:32:15 | More by raffy313
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 21:40:10 | More by Dreadnaught33
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 00:54:36 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:30:00 | More by johnnnniee
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schlimenhaumer

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4oz bottle (different from the picture on this page, the one with a few big lottery balls on it) into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours an opaque brown color with a one-finger yellowish head.

S: Very sweet. Chocolate and coffee notes accompany a prominent toffee smell. There are also some nutty notes in the background here.

T: More of the same from the smell -- sweet toffee notes with some dark chocolate to follow. The chocolate and coffee flavors give this once a nice level of bitterness despite the low level of hops. There are some pleasant nut notes in the finish on this one. It's everything I would want for dessert in a beer.

M: Sticky most of the way down with a bit of dryness to keep you coming back.

D: This is a perfect after-dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 18:01:42 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Kiefdog

Florida

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

Growler courtesy of JRedner. Pours a dark milk chocolate color with a thin tannish head. Aroma is malt, toffee, spice, some chocolate. Flavor is much of the same with some rip fruit and cinnamon notes. Medium to full body with a lingering malty finish. Nice ale.

Serving type: growler

01-18-2009 22:52:26 | More by Kiefdog
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gford217

Georgia

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

Growler courtesy of Gillard shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep, clear chestnut brown with a small tan head that stays on as a collar for the duration and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma was a balancing act between the dark roasted malts and the sweetness of molasses and sugar. The aroma had hints of tobacco, chocolate and toffee as well.

The taste also remained on the sweeter side of things as the molasses and caramel malts come through with chocolate complimenting. The finish is more earthy though and brought back the tobacco that I thought I was getting in the nose.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of things for a brown ale and I've probably describe this one more as an imperial brown than a traditional English brown. Either way, it's tasty and I've enjoyed both the brown ales I've had from CCB.

Serving type: growler

05-14-2009 18:03:48 | More by gford217
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Florida9

Illinois

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

A: Very dark brown in color. Almost black, but not quite there. Forms a large foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces down to a thick ring around the edges and some blobby islands. Some very light lacing.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, figs. Cocoa and baking chocolate. Maybe a little raisin to round it out.

T: Starts off with a viscous sweetness. Chocolate, prunes, and dark fruits. Baking chocolate with a mild cocoa bitterness. Medium finish is mostly a light cocoa bitterness.

M: Very full and viscous body. I've had imperial stouts with less body than this. Carbonation is present on the pour, but seems to burn off quite quickly.

O: I had a hard time reviewing this one. I bought this bottle last December and just decided to finally open it up (this one was not infected in any way), but I just wasn't in the mood for such a deep heavy beer on a summer day. Also, if you were to rate this beer to the style, it doesn't fit it in the least, but it really doesn't claim to either. Overall, I found this beer to be rather enjoyable. Complex, but not overly so. Very well balanced and quite flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 02:37:33 | More by Florida9
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photomike

California

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

A: Pours a hazy brown with a medium tan head and creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate, nuts, cedar, alcohol.

T: Taste is really woody. Lots of cedar (we had to check that this wasn't actually the Humidor bottle, but it was not), chocolate, black coffee and brazil nuts.

MF: Highly carbed, but creamy, oily, and interesting.

D: This was really cedary, but it worked better in this beer than it did for the cedar-aged Zhukov. Everything was well harmonized and delicious. A great offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 04:20:59 | More by photomike
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-26-2014 18:42:44 | More by megamass
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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