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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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

201 Reviews
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Reviews: 201
Hads: 611
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 78
Gots: 128 | FT: 11
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 oglmcdgl
1.44/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A 750 bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a steady pour brings a massive billowy tan head that doesn't look quite right to me. Head slowly settles to leave tons of sticky lace and a thick ring on top. Very dark brown in color with an amber cola glow at the edges.

S- unfortunately tart and funky upfront with some roast and nuts in the back. Very not what it should be.

T- tastes like old sour red wine. Very funky and fruity with touches of burnt nut and dark malts.

M- less then medium in body and highly carbed with a gross pucker.

O- well this is one bad beer. Totally infected and barely consumable. I'm fighting my way through the glass but I'm not sure if I can do it.

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Photo of maximum12
1.71/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to moose3285 for sending me a couple bottles of this brew. The first one was infected like an sore pus-filled sore, so I'm going to have to mark this innocent one down a bit. And thanks to moose-man for replacing the bad one, which is greatly appreciated (if unnecessary given all the fine back-and-forth over the years!).

Poured into a pair of pint glasses, this is brown only in the sense that it's not completely black. Smell is - sonofabitch - tart & a mite fruitish, mixed in with the nuts & sweet malts.

Bolita has a problem. Especially as I let it warm, the bear goes from decent to undrinkable. The tartness, & the beginnings of a crescent moon of sour, bludgeon the malts & nuttiness into the background. I can taste a good beer underneath here, but this is my second infected bottle of Bolita. Doesn't display the tell-tale gush or fizzy mouthfeel, so the infection is still in its infancy, but definitely present & taking a wrecking ball to the beer.

I'm a big enough Cigar City fan to be almost counted a homer, but I'm grossly disappointed with back-to-back bad bottles. Good thing there were a hellacious amount of other excellent beers in that box Mike!

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Photo of RossCain
1.8/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from April 2011, Poured from an (undated) 750ml purchased January 2011:

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a swelling, cappuccino colored head... as the head takes up more than 50% of the glass, it's evident that something is amiss for a Brown Ale...

S: Extremely strong scent of bacterial infection, completely masking any other flavors that could possibly be lying underneath.

T: Yeah, it's infected alright. Undrinkable, even from the standpoint of imagining it as just a sour, sour beer. Stale, moldy peanuts wrapped in a vinegar-soaked piece of cardboard is all I can say.

M: My sink did not comment on the 24 ounces of this brew that was forced down it, so I have nothing.

O: Well, I had this beer before on tap at CCB and it was fantastic. A really bold, creamy, chocolatey brown ale is what I was in the mood for and instead I received nothing but disappointment in the form of a bottle filled with half an inch of yeasty sediment.

I can't give 1's across the board because I know this beer's actual potential. Hopefully CCB has done a little better with their quality control since the time I purchased this brew. I had heard stories of random infections in CCB brews but this beer confirmed it.

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Photo of gnemesis
1.92/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I took an 8oz sample from 1 750ml bottle and poured into snifter on 04/25/2011. Dark brown and black topped by a mocha head. Great retention and good lace. My nose immediately picks up an off flavor- not much else going on here. This is bad. I taste a metallic off flavor, slight malty caramel- a bitterness bites the tongue. An inspection of the bottle shows rust on the cap and on the mouth of the bottle which could explain the bad taste. Full body with decent carbonation. Clearly I had a bad bottle and a definite drain pour. I will try again with another bottle in the future and edit my review.

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Photo of billab914
1.92/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep mahogany brown color with a thin, frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The first thing I notice is some sharper tartness to it unfortunately. It's not too bad at this point, but something definitely isn't right. I get a good dose of brown sugar sweetness to it as well mixing with just a bit of roasty, coffee like bitter flavors. Unfortunately the tartness just seems so out of place.

The taste shows even more of a problem. It's a little sharper and tart up front while a little more of a sugary sweet, funkiness comes out in the finish. I get just a little dry, roasty flavors in the finish, but it's overshadowed unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Overall, in it's current state it was a pretty bad beer. This unfortunately seems to be a trend with too many Cigar City beers I've tried. The rest of this one is getting poured out after this review.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.19/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Chilled 25.4 oz bomber into a shaker pint. Bottled on Sept 22, 2012

Look- Deep ruby brown, Capped with two fingers of dense tan head that clings to the sides of the glass and falls slowly. Good lacing.

Smell- Faint cherry-almond, hint of vanilla. Toasty. Appealing, but faint. As it warms, there's a bit of a coppery twang.

Taste- Sharper than expected, cherry again, followed by a woody, almost smoky toast and biscuit. Moves on to overripe peach, caramel, and a strongly vegetal, tomato-like beefy flavor makes itself known. Finishes fairly clean, light marshmallow with a lingering beet/meaty/metallic something that's moderately to severely off-putting, some mineral character as well. Off-flavors grow stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Slick, medium-full body, light carbonation. Hefty juice-like feel, a bit sticky. I didn't finish the pint, but it wasn't due to the heft.

Overall- There's definitely loads of malt here, but the all-around package is just... bad. I've never encountered DMS at this level in a bottled production brewery's product, but if I had to guess that's what this one is displaying. Quality control, please. This never should have even made it into the bottles.

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Photo of jsanford
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap, leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Definitely some infection setting in, lots of aromas of tart cherries with a bit of dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Not bad, but definitely not what this was supposed to be.
T - The cherry aroma luckily is much more subdued in the flavor, mostly getting dark chocolate, nearly-burnt roasted nuts, and coffee beans with a bit of the sour cherries in the finish, as well as a metallic "copper penny" sensation. Really wishing CCB bottle dated at this point, this is a nice waste of $10.99.
M - Creamy, with a fairly full mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - I'll definitely re-review this beer, but as for now this was a huge disappointment.

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Photo of alaimoa
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing great about this beer, just ok for a brown with a slightly bland but confusing mix of flavors. Pours a dark brown almost mahogany in the light with a ring of brown lace. Smells a bit of toffee with a similar taste of nuttiness, sweet caramel, burnt brown sugar, coffee and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel medium carbed with a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of garbercury
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerlvngirl for this generous extra...Poured into Goblet.

A--Nice deep dark brown, some lacing.

S--Smells likes dirt.

T--Tastes like dirt.

M--Thin, does not stand out...

D--This beer really falls flat. It really does smells and tastes like dirt. Not recommended.

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Photo of spointon
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= Poured a deep brown color with a lot of haze/cloudiness (despite the fact that the bottle had been undisturbed in the fridge for a couple months). The head rose about 3/4" with an average pour. Lots of sheet lacing and stickage.

S= This is where I began to worry. The aroma was dominated by a lot of dry wood and wet paper bag notes. Also present were some light hints of nuts and chocolate.

T= Better than the aroma, especially as it warmed. Slight roast, toffee, and hints of chocolate up front. There was definitely some wood character coming through, though the species defied my ability to identify. That nagging wet paper flavor is in there too. Some firm hop bitterness midway, leading to a fairly dry finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation level. Creamy mouthfeel.

D= Not a bad beer, but the oxidized/wood/paper notes in the aroma and flavor were disappointing.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. Poured into a snifter 11/9/2014.

A- Deep brown body. One finger offwhite head with little retention. Some lacing. Looks pretty much like a brown ale. [3.5]

S- Brown sugar, molasses, toffee, quite a few notes of oxidization- slight cardboard, dark fruit type oxidation which of course is not particularly overwhelming, but noticeable on the nose. On the sweeter side, there doesn't seem to be much of a chocolate or toasted malt presence. [3.25]

F- Toffee, molasses. That's pretty much about it. Seems subdued. From a double brown ale, I would expect some nuttiness and a more intense caramel flavour. These seem to have been aged out of this beer, unfortunately. Not much in way of earth or bitterness. Fairly malty and oxidized. [3]

M- Medium bodied, low in carbonation. Not much of depth to the finish, a bit watery and boring. [2.5]

O- Lesson of the night- don't age brown ales, not even the big ones. There isn't much left with this one, which I think was bottled in 2011. [2.5]

Final score: 2.92

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Photo of yourefragile
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown with a ruby hue against light; mostly clear. Massive rocky, foamy light tan head that dissipates slowly with soapy lacing. Slightly tart, fruity nose lurks under the robust brown ale notes; molasses, peanut, brown sugar and ash. Syrupy thick body, highly carbonated and fizzy. Much more berry fruit in the flavor and tartness in the finish. I assume there is a nice imperial brown ale hiding here, I get some milk chocolate, brown sugar and peanuts in the flavor, but the infection ruins it.

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Photo of birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending this one my way a while ago!

A - pours a dark brown, almost black, with a taupe head that forms a small rim around the glass

S - smells has a lot of sour notes with some caramel malt notes and a touch of hazelnut

T - taste starts off with some sour notes that move to tones of caramel malt, hazelnut, and a touch of coffee. Pretty decent brown ale, but the weird sour notes dominate.

M - creamy and full, pretty solid

D - pretty decent double brown. I wish the weird flavors weren't present because I could tell what was under them was a really nice brown ale.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle courtesy of NutBrown. Thanks Alan!

Popping the cap on this puppy and served near room temp, it pours a very drak brown with hues of red and a huge 3 finger head of foam. It looked like it was going to overflow in my glass but it didn't; 2" of foam *is* sticking up over the top of the glass though. Hehe...that looks impressive.

Having to chew those 2" of foam down to get to the smell without my nose being covered in foam, I get losts of roastiness from the malt along with light chocolate bitterness and some toffee. There's something in the background, yeah I can smell it, that suggests a slight tartness that's probably coming from the hops used. Strange for the style but not off putting. Oh and now I can actually see if there's some lacing to this bad boy and there is. Nice.

The taste...has lots of chocolate, more than the nose suggested, that brings the sweet to the table and a nice roasted malt bitterness to bring it some balance but...there's that tartness that I noted in the smell. It's almost cherry tart like and I don't know if that was intended by Cigar City or not but it is kind of a distracting flavour for a Brown Ale to have. Some alcohol also creeps into the picture and that's also not so good.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the light side.

Drinkability? Too damn strong for what I'd call an English Style Brown Ale, something I should be able to drink in fairly large quantities and not find myself feeling buzzed. Yeah, I've had strong ESBAs before and thought the same thing about them but this particular beer, combined with the strange tartness, brings the drinkability down big time. I'm super happy that I got a chance to try it but it is not my "cup of tea".

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at his' tasting.

Bottled 10/8/13.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toast, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing too memorable in my opinion.

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Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Review from notes taken in march.

750ml bottle poured into a couple glasses appears a dark brown color with a finger of tan creamy head that displays decent retention. When held to the light, it shows clarity around the edges and lighter brownness through the body. Webby lace clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes that of chocolate malt, green yeast character, citrus hops to balance and an overall sweet aspect about it. Yhe nose of this brew is pleasant depending on how much yeastiness you pick up on.

The taste is sweet with residual maltiness and filled with a green taste of yeasty, green to young flavoring. Dark chocolate malt is present with a pleasant bakers chocolate like bitterness. However, no matter how enjoyable the good aspects are, the yeast flavor remains which is a bit distracting.

It is a medium bodied brew boasting a modest level of carbonation. Easy drinking despite the green character surrounding it with a light tingle of alcohol that keeps things in check.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost five finger thick, lightly browned, darkish head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber brown hue that shows a clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. As I was pouring this beer it smelled quite fruity almost as if infected with some off notes. An actual try at smelling the nose directly sees me noticing that the beer smells sweet and quite fruity, but definitely in a clean way. But, after some time spent with the nose I am starting to note some cheesy and lactic acid notes that lightly perfume this beer. The cheesy / fruity notes combine and become more noticeable with time; there also seems to be something that leans towards Dr. Pepper or a Cola like note. Behind this is a rich, toasted, brown bread character and a touch of roast character.

Fairly sweet, with an light herbal note towards the middle that leans towards a bitterness in the finish that is still dominated by the rich maltiness. This isn't nearly as sweet as I was expecting and seems to have a certain lactose like sweetness to it. The body of this is rich, satiating and chewy; there is a textured carbonation that is firm, but that is held well in check by the viscous body, despite being a bit more effervescent than might be typical. The is some roast bitterness in the finish that combines with the light hop bitterness. There is a very light tartness here that is held well in check by the malt richness and the cheesy note is actually quite subdued compared to the nose, though it is noticeable in the finish just a bit in the oral-nasal cavity. The fruitiness seems to be a bit amplified compared to what it should be, but more because there seems to be some higher alcohols and esters that accentuate berry notes and perhaps even some faint citrus hop character (but I might be imagining this last) a bit more beyond where they should be. Some raw, slightly rotting, vegetal note is at times prominent in the finish and seems to hide a toasted maltiness that provides a brown bread crust note to this beer.

There seems to be a really rich, satiating, tasty beer here somewhere, but that is slowly being consumed by something that shouldn't be here. This is still not full blown infected yet, but it is on its way and with all the residual sugars these bottles might get quite explosive.

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Photo of portia99
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This is from an early batch that was known to be infected...took quite a while to be inspired to crack this knowing about the infection ahead of time, but had to give it a try.

A - Yep, definitely infected. A gusher from the bottle that never really calms down completely and steadily streams bubbles out of the bottle throughout the pour. Pours a muddy and murky brown in the glass with two fingers of tan foam with the characteristic infected loose, large bubbles that inevitably leave benind lots of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Tart and definitely infected. Some nuttiness makes it thru, but mostly just getting a tart/sour infected aroma.

T - Touch of infected tartness. Nutty and toasty, earthy and roasty with some light caramel underneath the infection. Actually fairly enjoyable still.

M - A bit foamy with a higher level carbonation consistent with the infection.

O - Definitely infected but actually still pretty decent - just different than intended, a bit of a twang on the tongue...but some smokey and roasty and earthy malt still comes thru. A bit dry overall from the infection.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head almost forms like an Imperial Stout. Clearly does not look like a stout, but it was interested in to see how this responded to a poor into the glass. You can see the thickness that is confirmed later. Dark, dull brown in color and more like a shoe leather..
Good retention.. fairly thick lacing.

Thick also makes it's way into the aroma. I get some black pepper mixed into the aroma along with the big dark malt. Some cocoa as well, which really made it's presence known in the flavor.

Ok, so the key word here is thick. Thick aroma, thick body and even thick flavor.. If this is possible. I get a ton of cocoa powder. Not sweetened cocoa powder.. just straight cocoa powder. As this warms, it slightly moves towards dark chocolate, but a general lack of sweetness remains. The abv is fairly obvious and makes it's level known....

This beer has a really thick and bold body. Very fine carbonation that merely brightens the flavors.

Not sure I really ever fully understood or completely enjoyed this beer. Nothing wrong with it, but I'm just not sure there is anything really right with it either.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Not quite black but more of a really dark brown. Almost like molasses w/ chocolate mixed in. Head can be whipped up easily & isn't overly carbonated. Thanks to HoptualBrew for this one! Has something of a light tan head.

Nose is something like this. Alcohol, coffee, toffee, & some syrup on it. I know it sounds odd but that's what comes to mind.

The taste is a malt mixture starting off w/ chocolate powder giving way to almost a stout like bite & some toffee character to it. Has what seem some like burnt sugars & malt to it. Is quite a sweet thing. Maybe a little more sweet than what I thought it'd be. There is alcohol burn on the back end of this for sure! Nothing too much but it's not going to hide. Hardly any hops to speak of. Very muted in this. Has something of a sticky finish & is mouth coating. I'm not getting the roasted nuttiness that it advertises. I think the alcohol takes away from this.

Overall, it's not too bad. Not too drinkable for me though. It's quite a thick mouth feel & a little much to me. It's my first real rodeo w/ this style. I enjoyed the first glass by itself & then paired this w/ a piece of Riesen chocolate. That really helped get ride of some of the burn. Seemed to play w/ each other really well.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chocolate brown in colr with a nice tan head. Second pouring from a 750 ml was quite muddy actually. Nutty and toasted aroma. Slight lactic or sour tinge to it. Beefy malt upfront with quite a pronounced nuttiness and woody flavor. Lingering cocoa notes. Again has a lactic twang going on. Grainy tasting. Decent enough body. Overall an ok beer. Double brown doesnt strike me as an easy style to pull off. Would rather try some other Cigar City beers going forward.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown beer with a couple thumbnails of foam. Aroma smells suspiciously like a jar of wet pennies, very coppery until it gets warm. Odd aroma and to me not all that pleasant.

I think it tastes like a jacked-up Maduro....lots and lots of roast, coffee, nuts, with more obvious thickness and alcohol. Good, but I'd probably rather have a Maduro, as I find its flavor profile similar, with less alcohol.

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Photo of bierguru
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
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

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Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves a little spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, and tobacco.

T- Sweet molasses and coffee are the dominate notes at first. More coffee with hints of chocolate make up the middle. The finish is very dry and with a few notes of tobacco and a hint of leather. As this one warms it becomes sweeter and sweeter with notes of candied fruit on the palate.

M- Full bodied and a little syrupy, carbonation is low but in line for the style. Finish is dry and becomes a little sticky sweet by the end of the glass.

D- The 9.0% ABV is well hidden but the sweetness got to me before the end of the glass.

My first Cigar City beer fell a little short for me, but that doesn’t mean I will not be trying more of them. The sweetness is just a little too over the top for me.

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Photo of JoshVandy
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Big thanks to Cyrusthepup for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade.

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice light tan colored head. Great lacing that Clings to the glass for a good long while. Decent head retention.

S- A very nice malt profile comes through strong, followed by a nice nutty, slightly hoppy characteristic. Simple and effective.

T- Delicious malts up front, with toffee, chocolate, and a slight hop kick as well. Nutty tones make an appearance in the back end, rounding out the well balanced flavor. Well done.

M- Medium carbonation, with a thicker mouthfeel than most other brown ales I've had. A slightly creamy texture becomes noticeable in the finish.

O- Very happy with this take on a brown ale. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the mouthfeel is thicker than almost any in its category. A fine offering from Cigar City, as they continue to impress me.

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.