Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Bolita Double Nut Brown AleBolita Double Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States | website

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) tan frothy head that lasted throughout, reducing slightly down to a medium cap and possessed excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was mildly sweet with a toasted dark malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a pronounced hazelnut presence.

The taste was moderately sweet and extremely malty with notes of toffee and chocolate from the start, and then became just a tad bitter with a decent note of coffee and a nice smooth nutty alcohol finish. The flavor hung on for a good long time following the swallow, with a really tasty mocha coffee flavor left to linger on.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this is one of the better Brown Ale's I have tasted to date (and I've tasted quite a few). It has tons of flavor and a smooth drinkability, which did a great job of subduing the high ABV. If you ever get a chance to try this one PLEASE do so, you will not be disappointed...

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, what a solid beer. Pours from the 750ml bottle into a proper Newcastle Imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark, chocolate brown and is topped with a frothy, cuban-coffee like, espresso colored head. Quite nice looking. Brown ales arent exactly the most exciting style of beer.

Aroma is loaded with breadiness, caramel, toasty bread, absolutely wonderful. Toss in some coffee, licorice, some earthy hops, and you have the making of a great brown ale.

Solid flavors that echo the aromas. Full of coffee and toffee as well as toasty bread, sweet brown sugar, alcohol. Tobacco and dark fruits round out the complex flavor profile.

This a truly outstanding beer for the style. I am not generally a fan of the style but this one circumvents all preconceptions of the style. Absolutely loved this one.

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

Cant believe I haven’t reviewed this yet but here goes...poured out of a 750 ml bottle into my tulip.

A – Pours out a nice deep brown with two fingers of cola brown head. Head stays around and leaves a nice lacing all down the glass.

S – Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt and molasses all here. Touch sweet in the nose with a little smoke.

T – Always like the roasted flavor I get from this brew up front. Followed by a nice subtle sweet chocolate flavor. Has some great nutty quality with a bit of molasses. Just a touch of bitterness at the end with a nice warming alcohol feel.

M – Medium carbonation with medium body that leaves a nice slick feel.

O – One of my favorites here. Never disappoints and is a fairly complex brew. Tastey all day long but works well with desserts. Nice.

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Photo of beergod1
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, light roasted malt, caramel malt, and light fruitiness. Flavor has a nice smokey/oaky edge with roasted nuts, roasted malt, and maybe a touch of coffee. I like the smoked aspect of this beer, very tasty! Robust palate and creamy too.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my first CCB brews when I moved to Florida. Pours deep brown with a small cream colored head. Not a huge aroma, but nice faint roast, some sweetness, and a bit of hazelnut that overtakes anything else. Then you drink it! Flavor is excellent, slightly chocolatey, light roast, and with a complex nutty finish. Medium high carbonation and medium mouthfeel, very easy to drink. Really excellent brown ale. Yum!

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Photo of Danny1217
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice tan head. Good lacing and retention.
Smells Very nutty. Some caramel and vanilla. Alcohol isn't completely hidden, and certainly reminds you that this is a strong beer.
Smooth and nutty. A lot of toffee, peanut, and caramel flavors. Rather sweet. Bit of alcohol at the finish. Medium carbonation and a bit more than medium bodied.

Not my favorite offering from CCB, but still very good. A bit like a stronger version of Maduro with more of a roasted peanut taste.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first cold, rainy summer I can remember this summer of 2012 calls for a cigar city bolita. I am very excited to try this

A- a completely opaque body with layers of mocha foam enrobing the glass. The layers of foam are almost in 3d as they burst off the glass

S- what a variety of scent that starts with a nutty chocolate and toffee scent. Some wood and even a bit of sour scent is present that really makes for an interesting combination. Not to mention there is no alcohol scent in this at all

T- all the toffee, chocolate, and sour flavors mesh into a dark and tasty treat. The wood theme shows up and literally positions the brew for a toasted nut flavor on the exit. What a combination of flavor

M- so creamy and carbonated at the same time... All the while the flavor is coating the palate with all these unique flavors in unison

O- bolita may be the best brown ale I have ever tasted. The presence of sour flavor compliments all the extensive flavors in this brew. I need cigar city to come to syracuse asap!!!

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Photo of bbeane
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a big fluffy head with nice retention and a fair amount of lacing. Beer is dark brown in color with the tiniest bit of light coming through when held up to the ceiling

S- Malty, with notes of chocolate coming through. Bit of alcohol present as well

T- Pretty much tastes as the nose leads on... bit of sweet malts to start followed by some notes of chocolate and light bitterness. Chocolate becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation

O- Definitely not the best Cigar City offering available, but decent. The beer gets better as it warms and the chocolate notes become more prominant, but the beer still lacks something IMO


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Photo of birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending this one my way a while ago!

A - pours a dark brown, almost black, with a taupe head that forms a small rim around the glass

S - smells has a lot of sour notes with some caramel malt notes and a touch of hazelnut

T - taste starts off with some sour notes that move to tones of caramel malt, hazelnut, and a touch of coffee. Pretty decent brown ale, but the weird sour notes dominate.

M - creamy and full, pretty solid

D - pretty decent double brown. I wish the weird flavors weren't present because I could tell what was under them was a really nice brown ale.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a thick, foamy head that slowly recedes leaving light lacing on the glass. Smell is toffee and chocolate. Taste is nutty and chocolately with some carbonic bite and a raisiny finish. Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. This is a nice sipper that's heavy, but not too boozy. It could stand to be a bit heavier-bodied to match the taste, but overall this is quite good.

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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.

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

In person trade with BrewCrew2010

A- Pours the darkest, deepest brown with a dark tan three finger head that takes it's time fading away, and leaves a load of bubbly lacing.

S- Nutty toffee, cinnamon, dark belgian chocolate, touches of vanilla and oak. Some brown sugar and oatmeal/raisin cookie Hints of dark fruits and alcohol.

T- Figs soaked in rum, dark chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Sour and bitter fruits. Definately some cinnamon, nutmeg kind of spice thing happening here. Has a decent amount of alcohol bite. Some lingering sweetness with some charred wood flavors.

M- Nice blend of bitter, sweet and burnt malts. Medium thick with a nice chewiness on the tongue. Not much in the way of carbonation, leaves the tongue coated nicely with sweet and alcohol.

O- Wish this was available to me in NY. A fantastic take on the classic English Brown Ale. Big alcohol bite, wonderful warming cocoa and charred wood and spice. Really nice creaminess with a surprising hoppy punch.

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

purchased June 2011, no bottle date

A - Pours a deep brown with almost two fingers of dense, creamy tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

S - Initial aroma of brown sugar and toffee. Very malty, with a bit of bread, some lightly roasted malts, hints of wood, and a faint cola aroma.

T - Taste is similar to smell, initially sweet with brown sugar and toffee, but gradually revealing a bit of cocoa, bread, a nice nuttiness and toasted malt.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. Definitely coats the palate, but not overly heavy.

O - A little on the sweet side, but hat seems to work really well for this beer. Still has elements of a traditional brown ale, just amped up a bit

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Photo of vande
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a nice, deep, dark brown pour with thick, frothy head that quickly leaves a slight lingering after lace...

s - toffee, carmel, vanilla, sugar and molasses...

t - very enjoyable brown ale...a nice blend of brown sugar, nutty characteristics with dashes of vanilla and toffee... quite tasty

m - medium bodied, smooth drinking double brown...easy to pour, easy to enjoy...

o - very pleasurable

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

A - Nearly black on first view, it's a deep, beautiful ruby when held up to the light. Thick foamy head that endures. Permanent lacing and plenty of it.

S - Malt and yeast. Something else like a dusty savory spice. Just a faint whisper of booze. Something faintly fruity on first pour while the head is full.

T - Nice layers of flavor. Initially toasty malt and chewy caramel and a sweet cocoa in the middle of the tongue, more syrupy lower down in the glass. A slight sweet/sourness then develops at the tip of the tongue that is almost lemon citrusy and almost metallic but not quite either, which is neat. It teases and makes you feel it just a bit back in the spit glands and salivate a little. It leaves you with sweet lips. And then on the exhale, in the aftertaste in the back of the mouth, there is a bit of mocha and dry tobacco leaf. Maybe even just a hint of smoke. I didn't think the brewery name had a literal implication but maybe so.

M - Nicely chewy but with just enough carbonation prickle to notice it.

O - What a treat. It's mild like most browns yet has several subtly interesting and pleasant things going on. Nice gentle buzz. Really a great beer. They say it would pair well with a cigar and they're right. I've never heard of a double brown but I'm so on board with the idea now. Turns out it's exactly what I wanted. This brewery continues to impress.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 9.16.11. thanks to JackTheBear for sharing this one!

A - very dark brown color with a very thick, tan head that left heavy lacing on glass

S - what smell? faint smell of... beer? glass smelled sweet and mildly nutty after i finished the beer

T - sweet and nutty! smooth nut flavors with some bitter notes similar to nutshell; some brown sugar and dark chocolate

M - super fine carbonation; thick bodied with a bitter, coating mouthfeel; short, mildly drying finish

O - fine tasting beer if you like sweet ones; for me, the drinkability suffers a bit due to the thick, sweet body; really nice nut flavors come through sweet base

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Photo of jaasen64
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle brought back from Florida

A- Dark brown, above average carbonation, about 2 fingers of brownish off-white foamy head that has a kind of "nutty" shade to it. Nice lacing that clings to the glass while drinking.

S- Nuts, chocolate, caramel, malts, and a little bit of booze.

T- Very nutty, a little bit of chocolate syrup, malts, caramel, on the sweet side.

M- Foamy head provides a nice creamy feel while drinking. Pretty smooth and drinkable, 9% alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied.

O- This beer was decent, but not my favorite. I definitely prefer the Maduro. I liked the smoothness and creaminess of the beer, however it was slightly too nutty and the chocolate taste was a little bit too syrupy. The ABV was well hidden and the beer was easily drinkable, the only improvement they could make is to take a little bit of the chocolate syrup flavor out. Overall a good beer, but some improvements could be made.

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown with a solid one plus finger of light tan head that fell immediately to a thin skim. No lacing no coating. Next pour looked quite syrupy.

S: Quite sweet with amaretto and prunes. A hint of toast and then grape jelly.

T: Malt comes on strong out of the gate with burnt toast then quickly a barley wine like sweetness with prunes, grape jelly and raisins takes control. Faint alcohol and then big biscuit, amaretto and roasted nut and malt finish up with a bitter burnt toffee end.

M: Very big, foamy and makes me want to swish and chew a bit. Almost perfect.

O: Strange beer to me because it came across much sweeter than expected. The sweetness was interesting but I wanted more malt. Alcohol was well hidden well and I did enjoy drinking it. However, in a bar situation one pint probably would have been enough.

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

A- pours a deep reddish brown with a generous amount of light brown foam

S- sweet and almost hoppy smell. slightly citrusy

T- a little bit hoppy and sweet with just a bit of hotness. Well balanced

M- light and smooth slightly hot on the finish

O- terrific. unusual style to be hoppy for a brown ale.

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Photo of spointon
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= Poured a deep brown color with a lot of haze/cloudiness (despite the fact that the bottle had been undisturbed in the fridge for a couple months). The head rose about 3/4" with an average pour. Lots of sheet lacing and stickage.

S= This is where I began to worry. The aroma was dominated by a lot of dry wood and wet paper bag notes. Also present were some light hints of nuts and chocolate.

T= Better than the aroma, especially as it warmed. Slight roast, toffee, and hints of chocolate up front. There was definitely some wood character coming through, though the species defied my ability to identify. That nagging wet paper flavor is in there too. Some firm hop bitterness midway, leading to a fairly dry finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation level. Creamy mouthfeel.

D= Not a bad beer, but the oxidized/wood/paper notes in the aroma and flavor were disappointing.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of n2185
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thick ring with some decent lacing.

S: Lots of sweet roasted characters here. Sweet chocolate and nougat aromas dominate with creamy vanilla and even a hint of caramel. The finish smells of dry cocoa. Nice.

T: Similar to the aroma, though with more roasted characters. Chocolate and nutty flavors dominate with some vanilla and cocoa mixed in. There are some hints of vanilla in there as well and the finish is slightly smoky with a roasty bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is fairly creamy, though the carbonation is a bit frothy on the finish.

O: A pretty good beer, overall, though more like a stout than a brown ale. Still, it smells great and tastes good.

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Photo of chilly460
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown color, with thick foamy beige head that slowly dissipates into a very nice even coating. Great looking beer.

S: Loads of caramel malts, some chocolate toffee and brown sugar.

T: Very sweet and malty, with very apparent malts, nuttiness, and brown sugar taste. Nice alcohol warming effect, but the alcohol bite is mellow. Hard to classify this as it's not really what I'd envision of a "double" brown, but either way it has a great taste.

M: Thick and sticky, almost too much so, could use a touch more carbonation actually.

O: Really enjoyed this one, just a flavor bomb, and nice warming effect along with it. I want to say it's like a good brown ale met a good strong ale.

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

Shared by whiterascal, poured into some Russian River stemware.

Deep burgundy with ruby highlights. One finger of dense, tan foam recedes quickly to a thin top layer, leaving horizontal trails of lace. Pretty dark for a brown ale.

Rich, sugary nose. Marzipan is the major flavor, then toffee, milk chocolate and peanuts.

The flavor is almost a perfect mirror of the aroma. Marzipan leads, though here it’s maybe a little more bitter and roasty. Toasted bread, peanut skins, some chocolate crumbles. Sweet.

Medium-light body, kind of sugary. Light, tingly electric carbonation. The 9 percent alcohol is fairly well hidden by the sweetness, but there are some fumes that come off.

This might be my first double brown ale, but Bolita seems to capture the idea of the style nicely. A bit sweet, but it shows off some decent brown flavors.

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.