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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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88
very good

486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 64
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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 Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jason's bottle. Another big CC beer, vold taste, rich, earthy, yeasty. The aroma was industrial level funky sour. Dark with a great soapy head. Ginger, chocolate, vanilla,lots of roast. Imperial brown. Carbonation right there. Decent drinkability, but another CC I would have only once.Full mouthfeel.

Sammy, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +2%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium to dark brown color with a full, creamy head that swaths lace all over the chalice

Smell: Brown bread, chocolate powder, hazelnuts and a bit of tart fruit

Taste: Opens with a brown bread and tart fruit flavor that moves in a cedar and nut skin direction by mid-palate, where it is also joined by the chocolate powder; after the swallow, the fruit and chocolate flavors blend together but are joined by a lactic sourness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I don't think that this was the Brett infected batch, but it has some elements to it that I wasn't crazy about; the cedar and nut skin elements were negatives to my palate

brentk56, May 03, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of caramelized nutty malt with light dry hops is very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between caramelized malt with balanced level of sweetens and a light dry hoppy finish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very easily drinkable brew with nice level of complexity.

Phyl21ca, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

having had this several times over the last couple years i had the chance to try a bottle from the recent batch on my trip through Florida. Served into a snifter.

Rich dark brown pour, just menacing looking with a huge tan head that just towered over the top of the glass. Fading slowly it left behind tons of side glass lacing and a huge amount of spider like webs. Aroma was sweet and spicy at the same time. Notes of rye, brown sugar, molasses like touches and hints of coffee are all coming through very clearly. Each sip now seem to get a bit more complex then the one before it, really very well done here. Rich chocolate notes blending well now with huge malts and a touch of rye that are just fantastic. Light suagry finish with a touch of hops in the back, just enough to push it over the edge for me. ABV is very well hidden and had no issues at all with polishing this one off.

mikesgroove, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +27.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2%

GRG1313, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by mfielden recently. Thanks, Mark. Dark hazy brown appearance with two fingers of tan head that retains well. An attractive brown ale. Nutty, malty, toasty aroma; nice but honestly a bit muted for a 9% beast of a brown ale. The taste is inexplicably mellow - if I didn't know any better, I would guess that this was a standard 5% brown ale. Whether that's a good or bad thing I'm not sure, but I'm impressed with how deceptive it is. How does it actually taste, then? Nice but very basic. Toasted grain and nuts, light roastiness and a touch of chocolate in the finish. Smooth from the oats but perhaps a touch overcarbonated for the style. The finish is dry and yeasty with a mild lingering roastiness. Pretty good stuff, one of the better Cigar City beers I've tried so far.

largadeer, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

nickfl, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sebletitje for this one.

Pours clear, but quite dark brown. Thinner tanish head. After letting it sit out for a short while I get toffee on the nose. Flavor is slightly sweet. Minor roasted and coffee tones, but the sweet character stays dominant here. Feel has a pretty vibrant carbonation on there and the liquid is thicker on the body. This is a pretty thick beer. Brown Ale? Sure I guess. Seems like an Imperial Brown Ale if you ask me. Thick and hearty. Not a traditional interpretation.

RblWthACoz, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +2%

Kegatron, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard lots of rumors that this is contaminated and soured, but that just makes it all the better... and I have to thank msulinski for the shot at it.

A: As I crack it, the beer quickly rises up the head, giving more fuel to the rumors of contamination. The beer pours a huge 2 finger head in my super oversized snifter so it's really a huge honkin head, and it fades semi slowly, also leaving a nice lacing as it fades. The beer is a really dark brown color that doesn't really let any light through so I can't see the true color, in this glass at least.

N: Oh yeah, sour wild yeast contamination up the wazoo. It has a definite wild funk to it, sour fruit, little sour cherry, tart, vinegar, touch of barnyard, etc. Behind all that is a nice porter like aroma, with some chocolate, malt, little roast and coffee, touch of caramel, creamy porter aroma, etc. A dry wild Brett like funk starts to come through again behind that, like it's layered ready to continue it's barrage.

T: Starts like it should uncontaminated, with a really nice porter flavor. Dark roasty malts, caramel, little coffee, touch of black patent malt, chewy malts, etc. A nice porter like flavor that would be terrific on its own. Pretty sweet though, adding quite a bit of sugar, brown, candi, syrupy, etc. A little too sweet overall for me. It even adds a little minerality to the roasty malts. Then come the contamination, but it's much lighter on the taste. A little dry funky Brett tastes, touch of barnyard, slight touch of sour fruit with some tart flavors, but no real vinegar. A slight bitterness too, probably mostly from roasty malts and wild yeast, but perhaps a hint of earthy hops too. It's also slightly creamy and perhaps a hint of oatmeal.

M: Medium body, slight touch of spicy booze, and tons of carbonation (thanks to the wild yeast).

F: Finishes pretty dry despite the initial sweetness, but leaves some hints of brown sugar and molasses, as well as syrupy slight stickiness. Then more porter like dark roast, coffee, with a little chewy malt lingering, more creamy oatmeal, and very porter like tasty finish. The wild contamination is practically gone at this point, it started out on the finish but quickly fades, except for the spicy dry finish that most likely came from the wild yeast. A slight bitterness comes through as well. Despite the wild yeast contamination, it's delicious. I can see what it was supposed to be, and what it is now, and both are delicious either way. I actually love it the way it is and if they said they did it on purpose I would believe them.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at a local beer store, fun. Beer is brown and hazy with an off white head of small bubbles, bubbles are nearly tan, the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is a little smoky / tobacco with a nice backbone of sweetness and some ethanol.

Beer is thinner than i expected and boozier than I expected, the flavors are dominantly sweet malt followed by ethanol followed by a mild bitterness on the finish. It almost tastes like it was aged in a barrel but not quite. I enjoyed it but the booziness got to be after a bit. I'd have (a small amount) again.

drabmuh, May 03, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with just a little bit of light coming through at the edges. It has a layer of off white head that fades completely.

Smell: Definitely picking up the malt first, hints of caramel, molasses, and perhaps a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet malt dominates. Again, picking up caramel, molasses, a hint of vanilla, and dark fruit. I'm also picking up some nuttiness in the malt as well. The finish has some bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium body. The carbonation is on the high side for this style, but pretty good. Dry finish.

Overall: I thought I remembered enjoying this beer more the first time I had it. I thought it was good and I would have it again. The flavors I'm picking up with the malt are nice together.

oline73, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich , roasted and crystal malt scent along with a light English yeast fruitiness. The taste is good as well. It has a very rich crystal malt flavor along with some mild hops and a bit of esters in the finish. The alcohol is well integrated and provides a bit of heat in the finish as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I can't say that I've had too many Imperial brown ales. That said, I feel this would be a fine example of the style.

WesWes, Dec 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt, with some hazelnuts and pecans mixed in. There is also a little bit of cocoa but it is somewhat hidden.

The flavor is an equal mix of toffee and chocolate with the same nuttyness that I got in the aroma. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/27/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of off white head

s - Smells of spices, apple, cinnamon, and nuts. Also some sour apple smell to it.

t - Taste follows the nose closely. Apples, spices, and nuts. Some roasted malts as well. Very interesting.

m - Full body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very interesting ale. I thought it was an odd combination of smells and tastes, but it was still pleasant. Would try again.

mdfb79, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +2%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 09, 2013
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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.