Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
08-30-2011 16:57:24 | More by liamt07
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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!
09-10-2011 00:30:00 | More by johnnnniee
District of Columbia
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
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.
05-13-2011 17:33:25 | More by Rhettroactive
3.18/5 rDev -18.9%
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".
02-18-2010 00:29:43 | More by Bitterbill
4/5 rDev +2%
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!
07-06-2011 20:46:26 | More by OWSLEY069
3.65/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
11-23-2009 04:33:29 | More by DefenCorps
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
04-07-2011 22:19:56 | More by claspada
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
04-22-2011 01:45:52 | More by Duff27
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
05-14-2009 18:03:48 | More by gford217
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
Pours a dark espresso colour with thin beige head, little bit whispy but delicate trails of lace indicate a decent body. Looks good.
Smell is dark: smokey and chocolatey largely. Big boozey hit giving scotch and chocolate liqueur notes, with an ethanol, characterless edge. Some cocoa and woody notes round it out nicely, but not seamlessly. Pleasant enough but seems empty.
Taste is actually quite savoury. Roasty but without a lot of sweetness so kind of burnt flavour to it, all pretty subdued. Late-mid is quite boozey with a slight bourbony edge to it, but it all ends really quite early without much of a finish. Almost seems creamy on the back, where the roastiness drops off. Mouthfeel is velvety and creamy, really, with a thick body that belies the oddly empty palate.
There are all the flavours there of a thick, big flavour bomb, but it just falls short on the wham factor that I otherwise expected.
08-30-2011 04:30:00 | More by laituegonflable
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-20-2013 20:32:45 | More by tbeckett
4.18/5 rDev +6.6%
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!
08-29-2009 03:20:49 | More by cjgator3
3.91/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured at a good temperature with a modest, thick, light tan head that soon settled and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear cherry brown with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is cocoa, malt, leather, mild tobacco. Flavor's not as good as nose as there are notes of raisins and molasses which I don't find appealing in this kind of beer. Body is hurt by those Flavor's too which clashes and leaves high points. Finish like taste, is longish, and a tad boozy.
12-22-2013 22:09:12 | More by drpimento
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-16-2011 03:54:06 | More by aasher
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
750ml bottle with the old style label into a La Chouffe tulip. Big thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.
A: Opaque, nearly black body with reddish highlights under a solid finger-depth cap of fine light-brown head. Good retention and delicate lace. Attractive.
S: Quite intense, malt-dominated aroma: chocolate, toffee, maple (!?), nuttiness, and a bit of spice. Excellent.
T: Sweet, nutty, chocolatey, coffee-tinged, and finished with a bit of bitterness + booze. Not quite as complex as the nose, but still quite enjoyable.
M: Lively medium body; soft carbonation, and lots of it.
O: Great beer. Definitely more like a sweet stout than a traditional brown ale, and I'm not complaining.
10-23-2011 21:16:55 | More by woosterbill
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.