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
very good

528 Ratings
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Jason, 750ml into some tulips. Thanks bud.

Pours a deep brown, with some mahogany highlights. Creamy tan coloured head, fades to a thin film and fairly thick collar - both retain well. Nose is brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and an assortment of other spices. Some large caramel notes as well. Taste takes on more roast and nut character, caramel and sugary notes with some dark fruits, which take a back seat to the sugar and spice going on in the forefront. Some bitter chocolate notes as well, more spicing finishes off on the palate. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, roast and spices linger on the tongue. Quite nice, although it feel like it lacks something to take it to the next level. Overly spiced perhaps? Maybe. A pleasant and interesting 'double' brown ale nonetheless.

Photo of JohnGalt1
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

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A BIG thanks to siege06nd for supplying this one. Cheers, John!

A: Chestnut brown, with a nice and compact 1.5 finger head. The lacing is ample and sticky.

S: A bit hoppy and nutty, but what I really get is a good amount of malt on the nose. Really digging this.

T: Agressive for a brown - it come off a bit like a porter. It's quite almondy. Traces of sweet alcohol on the finish.

M: Unlike so many within the category, it's not slick and oily. Rather, it's thick and rich and drinks like a champ. Proper carbonation, though it could be a bit creamier.

O: CCB's Bolita Brown is a really killer interpretation of a fairly played out style. Good drinking all around - one of the best brown's on the market.

Photo of johnnnniee
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!

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a solid brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with a good deal of syrupy cane sugar and hints of toffee.

Tastes very good. Toasted malt flavors with good amounts of toffee and milk chocolate. The ending is mildly bitter and there are hints of tobacco - something I noticed in the Maduro Brown and am a big fan of.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a heavy thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily have more.

Overall this is a very good "imperial brown" that melds a bunch of flavors together very well. Certainly worth a shot.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas begin with a mild hazel-nuttiness and a decent amount of sweet toffee. As I take a step back and re-examine the smell becomes dead on for a melted Hersey's milk chocolate bar with almonds. As it warms you get some dark fruits, mainly figs and dates. Wow.
The taste begins with dark caramel maltiness and molasses flavors. I am surprised the tastes aren't similar to the nose, but it is still quite tasty. As it warms you get full dark chocolate flavors but not bitter dark chocolate, more like those Riesen mini candies. Yum.
The body is heavy but not overbearing by any means; mouthfeel is also fairly sticky, maybe from some underlying earthy hops, it is quite pleasant.
Overall this is a delicious beer, but I still prefer the regular Maduro Brown from Cigar City because of availability and sessionable ABV. Definitely a great beer with ZERO indication of the 9% ABV. This is worth trying if available, I don't NEED to revisit it and you don't have to break you back to get it but still recommended.

Photo of Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours brown with a light brown thin head. Visible effervenscene streams. Good head retention and minimal lacing.

S- Smells sweet (think fruit sweet).

T- Sweet, nutty, with a wood-esque aftertaste. Nine percent alcohol is well hidden. "Rich."

M- Good carbonation. Slightly on the syrupy side.

D/O- Started on this without knowing as much as what style it was. It grew on me over 11 ounces to be blunt. Recommended for Brown Ale fans. My first Cigar City.

Photo of aasher
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this beer as an extra in a recent trade with Avagadro. Thanks Aaron!

It poured a dark, dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger, creamy beige colored head. The beer poured full in body and was very viscous. It smells of lightly roasted malts, moderate sweet chocolate, light nuttiness, and some cream. It tastes of sweet chocolate, light roast, and has a nice nutty finish that isn't too much and finishes quite sweet. Like their other beers that come in 750s that I've had so far, it drinks very, very smoothly. Overall I do enjoy this beer but after awhile, it does get to be a little sweet. That's keeping me from rating it higher. It's a solid beer and from what I understand, a steal for the price.

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Cigar City beer that I was curious about that moose3285 sent me. Thanks, Mike!

The pour is quite attractive, a deep reddish brown with a large, dense light brown head. Retention is quite excellent, and lacing is quite outstanding.

The nose must partly explain the retention - there's a slight infection. However, it's fairly early on, and I get a lot of the base beer with a lot of toffee, chocolate and some caramel. Quite intoxicating, really, but the lactic sourness is a little unwelcome. The combination is strangely compelling, bringing to mind burnt milk with burnt sugar.

I genuinely enjoyed the nose, I really did. The palate, OTOH, is a bit of an infected mess right now, with some of the rich chocolate, toffee and nutty sweetness clashing rather poorly with the mild funk that's grassy with wet hay. Despite all the negativity here, I'm really digging the malt complexity in this beer, and would love to try an uninfected version of this beer. Drying on the finish with some nougat and chocolate, this is solid. Carbonation is a little high for such a big brown ale, but that's probably due to the infection. The body is on the fuller side of medium and compliments the flavors quite well. Sourness is low, it's more funk than sour. Not the most drinkable of beers, but I drank about half the bottle, which isn't bad.

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of cjgator3
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is fantastic! The nose is very malty with toffee, chocolate, tobacco and roasted nuts.

T- The taste like the aroma is heavy on the malt with notes of toffee and chocolate with a lot of roasted malt and lingering tobacco and earthy flavors in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Bolita isn't a beer that you are going to drink all night long, but it is a very complex and tasty sipper that seems like it would be the perfect beer pairing with a cigar. Overall, yet another fantastic brew from Cigar City. Keep 'em coming guys!

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-ish to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet nuttiness and a small roast. In the taste, a small roast, nutty, and a small alcohol and boozy flavor in the end. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry nut and alcohol in the aftertaste. A big brown ale, nice hints of alcohol, watch, it sneaks up on you too!

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tbeckett
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured nearly black with a one finger mocha head. Half finger of retention and good lace rings.

S - Odd aroma. Can't pin it down, but it's nice. Chocolate, nutty, toffee notes.

T - Chocolate, very much a double nut brown with lot's of chocolate, nuts, and toffee notes. Just an amped up brown ale.

M - Nice light carbonation. Full body and a dry tobacco-like finish.

O/D - Very much what they tried to put together, I think. A nice beer that was pretty drinkable for the ABV.

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.