Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing
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3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
01-25-2013 05:34:25 | More by superspak
2.15/5 rDev -45.2%
Chilled 25.4 oz bomber into a shaker pint. Bottled on Sept 22, 2012
Look- Deep ruby brown, Capped with two fingers of dense tan head that clings to the sides of the glass and falls slowly. Good lacing.
Smell- Faint cherry-almond, hint of vanilla. Toasty. Appealing, but faint. As it warms, there's a bit of a coppery twang.
Taste- Sharper than expected, cherry again, followed by a woody, almost smoky toast and biscuit. Moves on to overripe peach, caramel, and a strongly vegetal, tomato-like beefy flavor makes itself known. Finishes fairly clean, light marshmallow with a lingering beet/meaty/metallic something that's moderately to severely off-putting, some mineral character as well. Off-flavors grow stronger as it warms.
Mouthfeel- Slick, medium-full body, light carbonation. Hefty juice-like feel, a bit sticky. I didn't finish the pint, but it wasn't due to the heft.
Overall- There's definitely loads of malt here, but the all-around package is just... bad. I've never encountered DMS at this level in a bottled production brewery's product, but if I had to guess that's what this one is displaying. Quality control, please. This never should have even made it into the bottles.
01-17-2013 04:40:17 | More by Lawl3ss
4/5 rDev +2%
Served in a pint glass.
Appearance: A very dark brown, bubbly body. Light tan head that dissipates quick. Starts off thick maybe a finger's length but dries up just a little too soon.
Smell: Alcohol scent, paired with light chocolate feel and cant forget the toffee
Taste: Strong malt and toffee feel. Slightly nutty with a medium alcohol taste which I am really liking. I sometimes think molasses and brown sugar definitely played a role with the brewing of this concoction.
Mouth: Medium (almost heavy) and sticky.
Overall: A pretty good brew, definitely one of the better brown ales I've had. Crisp and strong with a sweet feel that still makes you appreciate quality. Salud!
01-14-2013 06:21:47 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.35/5 rDev -14.5%
750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This is from an early batch that was known to be infected...took quite a while to be inspired to crack this knowing about the infection ahead of time, but had to give it a try.
A - Yep, definitely infected. A gusher from the bottle that never really calms down completely and steadily streams bubbles out of the bottle throughout the pour. Pours a muddy and murky brown in the glass with two fingers of tan foam with the characteristic infected loose, large bubbles that inevitably leave benind lots of sticky lace on the glass.
S - Tart and definitely infected. Some nuttiness makes it thru, but mostly just getting a tart/sour infected aroma.
T - Touch of infected tartness. Nutty and toasty, earthy and roasty with some light caramel underneath the infection. Actually fairly enjoyable still.
M - A bit foamy with a higher level carbonation consistent with the infection.
O - Definitely infected but actually still pretty decent - just different than intended, a bit of a twang on the tongue...but some smokey and roasty and earthy malt still comes thru. A bit dry overall from the infection.
01-08-2013 16:28:25 | More by portia99
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.