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

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 603
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 7.61%
Wants: 77
Gots: 128 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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 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. (1,110 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes over the weekend.

A- Dark brown with red edges and a nice tan head. Retention is pretty nice and the cap looks creamy. Nice cloud and ring leaves a good coat of lace.

S- Big nutty malt and sweet caramel. Dark fruit and a slight Barleywine feel. Hint of medicinal. Brown sugar/cola as well.

T- Well, like a very big brown ale. Sweetness is pretty big. Lots of raisin, dark fruit, nutty and caramel malt. Some alcohol/medicinal.

MF- Silky oily body with a somewhat creamy feel. Carbonation is low to medium and pretty smooth.

DB- I suppose it does feel like a double nut brown. Huge all around brown ale flavors. A bit sweet for my taste though. (668 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)

Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml shared by cbutova, thanks Cam!

Dark brown, tan head retains at about a half finger leaving good lacing.

Smell is coffee with cream, nuts, cocoa.

Nutty malts are huge and most noticeable. Caramel, dark fruits, toffee. Pretty sweet. Maintains a brown ale feel while being 9%, impressive. Booze well-hidden, good mouthfeel, carbonation a bit on the high side but fine.

Basically a brown ale on steroids. At the time I didn't know this was an English style nut brown, that explains alot, this may be the nuttiest beer I've had. Maybe a little too sweet for my tastes, definitely a beer to split, but good. (611 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always interested in trying new cigar city treats. Like the label on this one.

Appearance- This one looks great, rich brown. The head is a robust mocha that clings and laces nicely. It settles into an almostvhalf inch cap. The beer itself is brown with some chestnut red highlights.

Smell- Rich, nutty, a hint of espresso. Definitely some fruitiness including, chocolate covered for sure. Toastiness.

Taste- Nice and rich. Some chocolate, very rich and nutty. Chocolate covered peanuts. Hazelnut and some bitterness, but only a hint. A little alcohol, but mostly smooth and sweet.

Mouthfeel- nice and rich, coats.

Drinkability- Very nice, but so toasty and malty one will do.

Very good beer, it balances nicely. Very rich. A good buy for sure. (751 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with a three finger brown head. Nice lacing

S- very nutty, getting some hints of maybe...cinnamon? There's a definite alternate aroma coming out of this that I'm enjoying

T- very nutty, that's for sure. Tastes a little sweet, and a little smoky too. Getting a little bit of booziness too. Put it all together, and it's an...interesting combination

M- pretty thick, a little weird for a brown ale

O- eh. The booziness comes off pretty strongly, and I don't like how the combination of flavors really jives all that much. It's not BAD...but I've had better (641 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Viscous pour, the beer was in no hurry to leave the bottle. Tons of carbonation visible along sides of the glass. A 1.5 finger khaki head sets up shop... apparently there for the long haul. Body is very dark, only the slightest hint of a ruby hue allowed to pass through when held to a light. As I drink the beer the lace remains a good .5-1 finger thick, leaving a lace ring around the glass denoting every sip.

Nose: A bit of a sour, fruity nose blended with a dry, yeasty character and some nutty, earthy, English malt type deal and a hint of very dark chocolate. Pleasingly bright, yet somehow hidden & restrained... not billowing out of the glass, not showing off... just there. Humble.

Mouth: Absolutely nothing like how it smelled. I expected a medium bodied, medium flavored brown ale with a hint of wild yeast. What I get is a huge bodied, heavily roasted, over malted big bad boy of a beer. In a blind tasting (or, perhaps, even still) I would classify this beer as a Russian Imperial Stout without hesitation. Ginormo flavor: chocolate, overcooked caramel, unfermented sugars, lingering roast malt flavors. Mouthfeel is full bodied and mouth coating, though a touch over carbonated (IMO).

Chewy, tasty, and sweet - this is a huge dessert of a beer. I will enjoy every one of the 25 ounces in this bottle! (1,353 characters)

Photo of peabody
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nutty brown color with two fingers of the tan suds. There is slight lacing.
Smell is slightly charred malts and caramel sugar. Slight cigar smell? Mabey that is the label talking but it smells like this needs a cigar to smoke with it. You can't tell the alcohol here.
Taste is warm maltyness with a slight boozy flavor to accent the slight bitterness. Really good balanced drink.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the charred malts and bitterness make you want another drink to keep the mouth coated.
Drinkability is really good here despite the high abv. Would love to try this on tap. (599 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into wine-shaped Leffe glass at cellar temperature.

Pours with a short brown head over a deep amber-to-brown body.

Aromas start herbal along with some northwestern-style hops, and quickly shift over to a rich nutty quality. Good toffee sweetness, too.

Flavors are like a roasted cocoa milkshake - if one existed. Slight medicinal vapors thru the middle. But overall, lots of caramel and milk chocolate.

Very thick and smooth for the style... nothing else comes close, but is it style-appropriate? ...I don't care.

Falls a bit short on drinkabilty (for the style), but in general, it's a tasty treat that I could find room for 50oz of. (647 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this in a recent trade with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Cloudy, muddy, brown body shows shades of orange around its edges when held to light. A sudsy, khaki-colored crown sits on top for the entire session and dots the walls of the snifter with lace.

Smell: Brown sugar, brown malt, whole wheat bread, molasses, and leafy greens emerge early on. The nose really picks up with time though. Red berries, caramel, and big time nuttiness all enter the fray once the beer warms to room temperature. Very pleasant.

Taste: Caramel, hazelnut, cocoa powder, pine resin, and mixed nuts (esp. peanuts) make up the bulk of the flavor profile. I also got a mild metallic flavor early on, but it faded with time. Very malty, but with good hop balance that shows through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Robust without being over-the-top; this body is surprisingly bright for such a large beer. Also, the alcohol is masked very well. Gentle carbonation and a semi-dry finish round things out. Loved the feel of this one!

Drinkability: This was a treat! While JustinA1 and I weren't too impressed with Bolita Double Nut Brown early on, it really grew on us as it warmed. Delicious! (1,214 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, deep brown pour with a slight white head, no lacing. The aroma has chocolate, toffee. The flavor is pretty much like the nose, chocolate and toffee, with a lingering nutty/chocolate finish. The beer is medium in body, adequete carbonation, well hidden alcohol. Even though it is not my favorite style, I did like this beer, nice interpretation of the style. (396 characters)

Photo of Schreibeers
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Average. Dark brown as expected. Some lacing down the glass, finger and a half head when poured aggressively and fades very quickly.

S: Not much going on here. I get some dark roasted maltiness and sweetness. Get some oily, mild hops.

T: Sweet roasty malts hit you at first, fading into a smooth rounded nuttiness, some sharp bitterness, finishing in a earthy maltiness.

M: Medium, chewy, rounded

D: Nice drinkability, sweetness keeps you interested, but would like a little more going on for the price.

I would try this again as it is an interesting example of the style. (582 characters)

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. (277 characters)

Photo of mbrady55
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice smoke upon opening. Pours a nice dark brown/red with a decent amount of transparency. Pour left about a 1 1/2-2 finger head. Overall a very nice looking brown ale

S: Good amount of chocolate in the nose along side a bit of coffee and nuts. Caramel malt is also quite prevalent. Alcohol is pretty noticeable.

T: Up front your are greeted with bitterness as well as a pleasant caramel taste, alcohol is noticeable although it is not overwhelming. Aftertaste is a nice bittersweet chocolate and a bit of coffee.

M: Medium mouth feel that coats the pallet fully. Thick and sticky feeling.

D: Good drinkability given the 9% alcohol although it does detract a bit from the overall enjoyment for me at least.

Overall a very nice brew from CCB, this is not my favorite style in the world as is the case for many BA however i found this to be quite enjoyable and will be able to finish the 750mL bottle no problem. (918 characters)

Photo of adam42381
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with a 2 finger creamy tan head with milky bubbles. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, cocoa powder, alcohol and a hint of nuttiness.

Taste: Bready malt up front followed by chocolate milk in the middle before ending with a mix of bitter hops and a light nutty flavor. Aftertaste is bitter. The alcohol is fairly well-masked.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could finish a whole 750ml bottle over the course of an evening if you aren't careful.

Overall: Very good beer overall. This reminded me more of a milk stout than a brown ale, but since Imperial Brown Ale isn't a real style I won't deduct any points for that. This is a beer that is worth trying. Another good offering from Cigar City. (873 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my brewing partner. Pours super dark brownish black, amazing looking creamy head chestnut in color. So dense it leaves lacing reminicent of guiness. Aroma is nutty, with some wafts of alcohol. Taste is chocolate and hazelnut forward with a medium long roasty finish. Highly drinkable and smooth for such a big beer. Creamy and smooth over the palate. I don't like brown ales, I keep telling myself that...but this beer begs the question, do I? (455 characters)

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 25oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Knightly Spirit (Orlando, FL) for $8.99.

A: Opaque hearty brown with 1-finger french vanilla colored head with good retention and lattice-like lace at the top of the glass.

S: Nutty aroma overall with hazelnut being prominent with mid-to-dark maltiness with brown sugar and caramel and light herbal hopping. Alcohol is there but mild.

T: The alcohol is a bit more heavy in the flavor and seems to mute the profile somewhat with some paper bag and cherry notes. Nutty aromas don't carry through to the flavor as much but it is still an enjoyable brown ale with some sour woody notes layered on sticky sweet brown sugar, nougat, and caramel malt base. The hops are light and herbal and mostly provide some bitter counterpoint.

M: Carbonation is low and the body is medium-to-full for sure. Aftertaste is a bit alcoholic but nutty and herbal and leaves a sticky, slightly tacky sweetness.

D: A pretty good imperial brown ale with light bitter hopping and a lot of attention to the nut side of the flavor equation. I liked CCB's standrad brown ale about as much, but I am glad I could try this one. (1,201 characters)

Photo of afksports
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to buy this bottle, as I've developed a thing for Cigar City brews. Bolita Brown is an English Brown Ale, and should be labeled imperial as it clocks in at 9%. I guess that's the "Double Nut Brown" part.

Anyway, appearance wise it's solid, sustaining a great lacing and bit of head throughout after the initial foamy head that invites you to enjoy every good brew. The smell is a tad underwhelming, consisting mostly of malts - nuts and chocolate - and booze. The heat comes through in the taste, and this one might be a candidate for aging for that reason. The nuttiness comes to the forefront with a hazelnut coffee type of feel, and the typical sweet malts are present as well. A small hops bite in the back helps it finish clean, but doesn't do enough to keep it interesting. Solid, but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel is good - carbonation throughout and a nice feel on the tongue. Drinkable despite its boozy characteristic, this is a tasty one that does NOT warrant the beerface from my woman. That's a talent to have in a beer.

Ultimately it's one I'd revisit upon aging, because the malt character seems to be pretty interesting and could develop some nice roasty notes. Plus the guy on the bottle is old. (1,233 characters)

Photo of nerdrocker101
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, muddy brown with a solid finger of tan head that lingers like two day old snow. The ground is starting to show and it doesn't look as pure as it did when it first fell.

The nose is pleasant, almost spicy. I actually pick up the aroma of the alcohol, yet it is less noticeable on the palate.

Flavors of light brown sugar, nuts with some cinnamon on the back end. A slight tinge of alcohol in the finish and a little dryer than I would have expected, but not unpleasant.

Medium body which is unusual given the abv. Moderate carbonation.

I find this beer to be very enjoyable and even more so as it warms up. (624 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown with a so-so head and spotty lacing

Smells earthy and heavily caramel malted, with sweet brown sugar.

Tastes of a highly complex maltiness, with sweet dark fruits, spices, and brown sugar.

Rich and smooth mouthfeel, lightly lingering dark fruity bitterness.

Average drink. Good for a tasting but not for everyday use (333 characters)

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. (406 characters)

Photo of mondegreen
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Stone Double Bastard Highball.

Pours a deep brown with lovely tan highlights. A frothy light mocha head rests atop the brew, leaving gorgeous lacing on the side of the glass.

Sweet, roasty notes meet an earthy goodness. Take everything good about the brown ale style, double it, and you have an idea.

Taste is more sweet than roasted, but with a perfectly bitter/spicy hop finish. the nuttiness is apparent in the lingering aftertaste. Superb.

Mouth is wonderfully smooth without being too heavy or chewy. While not the most intricate CCB beer, this is a very nice representation of a typically under appreciated style. This would make a great candidate for an addition to CCB's six pack lineup. (716 characters)

Photo of birderbeerer
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours auburn with a white head and lace that covers the glass.

Aroma is subtle, malty.

Taste is a light roast flavor with toast and caramel malt. Mellow, overriding nut flavor with some hops to spice it subtly. Creamy body--creamier than I expected from the appearance.

Very interesting and good beer. Subtle flavors that blend well together. (346 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 750ml bottle of this beer at the tasting room at CCB in Tampa.

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours viscous into the glass and pours a dark mahogany brown like the darker streaks in a polished, splintery plank of African wenge, with just the faintest ruby highlights and a faint head the color of faded khakis.

S - Little hint of chocolate and coffee with some nice dark roasted malty aromas. Earthy, nutty essence. Rounded out by piny hops.

T - Roasted malt, nutty, earthy flavor. Slight hops leading into the aftertaste. A little bitter, but not tannic, on the slightly warm alcoholic aftertaste.

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied, viscous, chewy. (697 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the CCB taproom on 12/13/10.

Pours a dark, dark brown in which I cannot see through. The head is a nice 1 finger high and recedes to a ring around the brew. There is some lacing, but nothing exceptional.

Notes of dark malts, coffee, some pine hops, and roasted barley in the smell.

The taste provides roasted nuts, coffee, and wood notes. There is a mild bitterness. The overall balance is really good.

Medium full in the mouth with some drying. This is an above average mouthfeel.

This is a very easy drinker for 9% and a very good brown ale. Highly recommended. (579 characters)

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