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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

486 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 64
Gots: 85 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of RossCain
1.78/5  rDev -54.6%

Review from April 2011, Poured from an (undated) 750ml purchased January 2011:

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a swelling, cappuccino colored head... as the head takes up more than 50% of the glass, it's evident that something is amiss for a Brown Ale...

S: Extremely strong scent of bacterial infection, completely masking any other flavors that could possibly be lying underneath.

T: Yeah, it's infected alright. Undrinkable, even from the standpoint of imagining it as just a sour, sour beer. Stale, moldy peanuts wrapped in a vinegar-soaked piece of cardboard is all I can say.

M: My sink did not comment on the 24 ounces of this brew that was forced down it, so I have nothing.

O: Well, I had this beer before on tap at CCB and it was fantastic. A really bold, creamy, chocolatey brown ale is what I was in the mood for and instead I received nothing but disappointment in the form of a bottle filled with half an inch of yeasty sediment.

I can't give 1's across the board because I know this beer's actual potential. Hopefully CCB has done a little better with their quality control since the time I purchased this brew. I had heard stories of random infections in CCB brews but this beer confirmed it.

RossCain, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

This pours a cloudy espresso consistancy with a beautiful coffee cream colored lacing. The foam head lasted a few minutes, and from then on had a thin lacing. The aroma that comes off this has sweet coffee, malty, and herbal hop notes. The taste has a lot of english yeast notes, along with a beautiful sweet coffee and herbal hop taste. The mouthfeel is rich and thick with a medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is one of the best brown ales I have had so far. It is really rich and malty along with a nice herbal hoppiness. This also very drinkable and it would be very easy to drink 4-5 in one sitting. On a side note, this would very good with a nice steak, because it would bring out the nice caramelized flavors of the steak. This beer is very good, and very drinkable.

PaulStoneAnchor, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of bobbypaulson
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

750ml bottle Pours a very dark but see through brown colorn with nice nice thick cream-like dark head. The smell is of roasted malts and sweet caramel, this is a complex smell I get some different ever time I smell I even get some like woddy shell like smell. Taste isn't too sweet like I was thinking it was going to be I get a roasty nut flavor with some bitter sweet chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice smooth finish. This was a good complex beer and not too boozy considering the alcohol.

bobbypaulson, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
4.47/5  rDev +14%

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate in color. Pours one finger of thick creamy tan head that slowly fades. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, toffee, nutty, roasted malt, sweet.

Taste: Dark Chocolate,milk chocolate, nutty, praline, toffee, roasted malt, hint of coffee, creme.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very thick, viscous, moderate carbonation, smooth/creamy.

Overall: A very drinkable, complex brown ale. I was quite surprised by the complexity and the mouthfeel of this beer. I highly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on some.

phichifiji00, Oct 22, 2011
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1.88/5  rDev -52%

750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep mahogany brown color with a thin, frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The first thing I notice is some sharper tartness to it unfortunately. It's not too bad at this point, but something definitely isn't right. I get a good dose of brown sugar sweetness to it as well mixing with just a bit of roasty, coffee like bitter flavors. Unfortunately the tartness just seems so out of place.

The taste shows even more of a problem. It's a little sharper and tart up front while a little more of a sugary sweet, funkiness comes out in the finish. I get just a little dry, roasty flavors in the finish, but it's overshadowed unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Overall, in it's current state it was a pretty bad beer. This unfortunately seems to be a trend with too many Cigar City beers I've tried. The rest of this one is getting poured out after this review.

billab914, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt, with some hazelnuts and pecans mixed in. There is also a little bit of cocoa but it is somewhat hidden.

The flavor is an equal mix of toffee and chocolate with the same nuttyness that I got in the aroma. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of wspscott
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

750ml bottle in New Belgium tulip
no date

A: Very dark brown/black with a cappuccino colored head. Almost stout like in appearance.
S: Lots of fruits, some chocolate and a hint of roasted malt, seems to be a combination of malt and yeast driven smells.
T: A hint of sweetness with some bitter chocolate in the background, the fruitiness is much more masked vs. the nose. Even as it warms up, there is no hint of alcohol at all.
M: Very creamy with a low level of carbonation, finishes slightly dry, not cloying at all, somewhat surprising given the initial impression of sweetness.
O: A very good beer, hard to say that it is a good example of a "style" since they call it a double nut brown, but it has some of the nut brown character. This reminds me of a dryer/ less sweet version of Young's Double Chocolate Stout without the massive chocolate, by that I mean there is a lot of richness that I don't associate with an english brown or porter, but the flavors match pretty well with a brown. I would not mind a sixer of this on occasion, but a 750ml is too pricy/hard to drink. Highly recommended, definitely worth trying.

wspscott, Sep 15, 2011
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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!

johnnnniee, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4oz bottle (different from the picture on this page, the one with a few big lottery balls on it) into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours an opaque brown color with a one-finger yellowish head.

S: Very sweet. Chocolate and coffee notes accompany a prominent toffee smell. There are also some nutty notes in the background here.

T: More of the same from the smell -- sweet toffee notes with some dark chocolate to follow. The chocolate and coffee flavors give this once a nice level of bitterness despite the low level of hops. There are some pleasant nut notes in the finish on this one. It's everything I would want for dessert in a beer.

M: Sticky most of the way down with a bit of dryness to keep you coming back.

D: This is a perfect after-dinner drink.

schlimenhaumer, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of liamt07
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.

liamt07, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
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.

laituegonflable, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Jason's bottle. Another big CC beer, vold taste, rich, earthy, yeasty. The aroma was industrial level funky sour. Dark with a great soapy head. Ginger, chocolate, vanilla,lots of roast. Imperial brown. Carbonation right there. Decent drinkability, but another CC I would have only once.Full mouthfeel.

Sammy, Aug 21, 2011
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.