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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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88
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199 Reviews
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Reviews: 199
Hads: 607
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 77
Gots: 130 | FT: 10
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 Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (301 characters)

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. (613 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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 (693 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  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. (889 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (832 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (2,571 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/22/2012. Pours almost black dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, prune, light nuttiness, and earth; a bit of estery alcohol that reduces a bit as it warms. Pretty nice aromas with good malt complexity and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, nuttiness, roasted malt, dark bread, molasses, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, dark bread, light dark fruitiness, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; some slight estery off flavors, but not too bad; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Huge robustness of flavor with good balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,216 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gtreid for this one! Really excited to try it!

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Pours a nice thick 2 finger creamy brown head. Wow, the head retention is amazing and there is a nice layer the entire time. Lace walls all the way down the glass. Color is a dark chocolate brown. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Very fresh earthy hops hit right away. Then I get toffee, caramel, chocolate, and some dark fruits mixed in the background. An amazing English Brown. Wow.

Taste: The taste is very malty, maybe almost to malty. The earthy hops don't stick out here as much, but they are there. I get a lot of milk chocolate and roasted/burnt malts. Sweet caramel and sugar. This is a very rich beer. A ton of toffee. I also get a marshmallow flavor. This has to be one of the better tasting English Brown Ales I have had.

Mouthfeel: a little bitter, creamy, smooth, and then a touch of heat peaks out. Medium to full bodied, this thing is big. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a big burnt malt flavor aftertaste that is pretty dry.

Overall, a pretty respectable beer. I think this 750 should be doable, but it is rather big. I am happy that I got to try this one and would really like to get my hands on some of the other versions of this beer.

Thanks Grant!

Edit: upon examining this beer a little more, I get some vinegar and wild funky notes. I really didn't expect this, but in reality it is quite obvious. Not something I like very much coming from the style. I gotta take the drinkilibilty down a bit, because I just don't feel it. (1,547 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black with a nice mocha colored head on top. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is a combination of chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. There is a little bit of molasses and brown sugar too.

T: A surprising amount of chocolate up front, transitioning to some roasted nuts, caramel, molasses, and toffee.

M: Medium to full bodied for a brown ale, especially an English brown ale. Low carbonation gives it a smooth mouthfeel.

O: Liked this quite a bit. Loved the heavy chocolate aroma and flavors. On the heavier side for style, but makes up for it in terms of taste. (624 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (647 characters)

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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.

Pours a dark brown with a half an inch of thick, dense brown head that has great retention. The nose is faint caramel, but heavily musty. It's a little funky and reminds me a little of wet dog. The flavor is far better than the nose would lead you to believe. It's sweet caramel up front with a little bit of nuttiness followed by a rich, chocolaty finish. There are some faint coffee notes and a mild astringency in the finish as well. The medium, smooth body and mild carbonation make this very easy to drink.

This is a really solid beer. The flavor is excellent and complex. It loses some points because the nose wasn't particularly appetizing, but overall I really enjoyed it. (737 characters)

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. (2,405 characters)

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3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Bolita casts a brownish dark copper color with a 1/2 inch vanilla beige head. Small amounts of coating lace that drips over time. Smells consist of malt, chocolate, toffee, a bunch of nuts. Taste is the same with some added roast and some barley. Somewhere in the medium area. Carb is nice and the alcohol is out of the way. I had no idea this was 9% till I looked. I thought it was in the 6 area. A nice strong brown that does not stray far at all from the style. (472 characters)

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. (969 characters)

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. (531 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a large bottle at Abe's for $9.50 and split ti with a friend. I generally love Cigar City beers, but this one fell flat for me. There was a big fruity, wine-like character with a little roast and chocolate. But it was disappointingly simple. The body was heavy and smooth for the most part, with just balancing bitterness. For the weight of this brown ale, I'd expect more varied notes. Maybe it just needs time is a cellar, or has had too much. Either way I like this brewery enough to give this another shot eventually. To be continued. (548 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grant for bringing a growler of this to one of our gatherings. Pours dark brown with only a slight head. Smells of tobacco, cocoa, cherry, hoppy citrus. There are notes of leather and tobacco on the finish, as well as a light roastiness. I love the fact that these guys have a house style and that it comes through so often in their beers, yet everything is still so fresh and interesting. The taste is a nice combo of cherry, tobacco and vanilla, progressing to notes of cocoa, roastiness, and wet earth. A tad sweet in the mouth, but the earthy notes help balance things. Another nice beer from this quite interesting brewery. (638 characters)

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.