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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Cigar City Brewing

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88
very good

491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 66
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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Photo of aepb1
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown/black body with a tan head and some lacing

S- Roastiness and maltiness, coffee and chocolate

T- The roasty coffee and chocolate again, moves into some woodiness and spices, finishes with some warming

M- Full-bodied, creamy, smooth and good carb

D- Great brown, VERY easy to drink

aepb1, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750 into imperial pint.

This is a solid brew but I'm slightly confused by the taste after reading it "has a complex malt forward character with notes of chocolate, toffee and hints of roasted nuts in the finish". I am getting the roasted nuts in the finish, but the front of this has a lot of bitterness that I typically associate with hops. I suppose this could be a burnt malt taste, but I digress..

Nice color, mahogony with an omnipresent head. The lacing from the first glass stuck around well into the second.

A bit of burnt nut, burnt pecan? somewhere between there and filberts.

The aforementioned confusion over the bitterness at the top isn't a problem when I'm drinking it, it is a nice flavor (not a 'bad' bitter) and compliments the richer flavors of the full malt and roasted nut finish.

Mouthfeel is at once light, creamy and crisp.

This ale is good. I'm not sure what style it is, I do not think it is representative of English Brown.

(63rd)

CooperEllis, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Pours a deep coffee colored brown and when I hold it up to the light I notice that there is a very murky look and lots of yeast chunks floating around. On the pour there was a fluffy three finger thick mocha colored head laying on top that seemed to last for a long time. When I give the glass a swirl there was a decent amount of lacing sticking to the walls of my glass

Smell:

Right of the start I am getting powdered cocoa and hot chocolate followed by almonds and fresh ground coffee. There is no real hop presence going on here and just a faint amount of heat alcohol coming through on the finish.

Taste:

Dry, is the best descriptor here. Bakers chocolate, toffee, caramel and hazelnuts all seems to blend together to make this super drinkable brown ale. As my glass warms up there is something that reminds me of dried fruits that have been laying a bath of dark rum. I can pick out some earthy spicy hops but nothing to forward. In the finish there is just a touch of smoke but nothing off putting.

Drinkabiltiy:

Overall this was a nice beer to end my long day with. I feel like brown ales get a bad wrap becuase they "rarely "wow" people but I would say that this was a great version of the style. If you come across this or get a chance to trade for it I'd say go for it becuase this is another solid beer from the CCB line up.

Bmoyer0301, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Pours a clear darker reddish mahogany brown color with a tan head. Nutty dark malt aroma in the nose along with some cereal/bread notes with a touch of cocoa. Good lace left on the glass as I drink this down. Sweet chocolate nut at the start balanced with a nice roast bitternss quality. Slight hop finish and ends rather dry. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

kbutler1, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A black body with red highlights topped with a creamy tan head that last a decent amount of time and spotty lacing.

S: Strong aroma of nuts, chocolate malts, molasses, earthiness, and booze.

T: An extremely malty beer that thick on the palate with a strong flavor of nuts, brown sugar, vanilla, hints of molasses, and chocolate malts. Almost a sweet and bitter balance, this is a very strong flavor brown ale with a warm boozy finish.

M: Full body, mouth coating, light carbonation.

D: Definitely a sipper because it is thick and almost too boozy. Very enjoyable, but I don't see myself drinking a lot of this in one sitting.

BrewCrew2010, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Doug for this one!

A: Dark Brown with reddish tints to it. Awesome lacing with an off brown thick head. Very nice look!

S: Porter like smell with toasted malt, chocolate, some bitter hops, marshmallow, and molasses. Nice aroma, but could be bigger IMO.

T: I can definitely taste the same malt character of Hunahpus and Marshal Zhukov in this, which is a good thing! Nice porter like taste overall with charred chocolate malt, molasses cookie like taste, coffee roast, nutty hazelnut character, and a great overall malt taste. Nearly a perfect taste for what I'd hope for in a big Brown ale.

M: Creamy thick feel thats coasting and very nice.

D: Not the easiest drinker in the world, but quite tasty and worth a try for sure. Another great offering from Cigar City!

Dreadnaught33, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep brown in color with a creamy head, Bolita is just barely translucent. Lacing is minimal, and head retention could use a boost.

S: Caramel, toasted pecans, and honey work together to form a pleasing, although shy, bouquet.

T: Now this is a brown ale to write home about. Bolita is malty sweet, but far from cloying, boasting heavy notes of vanilla, caramel, and walnuts.

M: Can I just say perfect? No...? Well, how about just saying that it is quite similar to heavy whipping cream on the tongue.

D: Once again, I am absolutely amazed by the craftsmanship exhibited by CCB. I normally don't indulge in brown ales, but this one is a masterpiece. Absolutely worth checking out.

Avagadro, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Shaw
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a growler I bought at the brewery this week.

It pours a very deep brown with a light brown head.

Good aroma of coffee and chocolate. Nice.

The flavor is very roasted, with notes of nuts and chocolate. Complex but somewhat restrained. The high alcohol level is well hidden.

Great body: hefty and chewy.

Overall this is still a great beer. Seek it out.

Shaw, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Cigar City brew to try. 750ml...

A: A dark deep iced tea color with a small mocha colored head that fades quickly to a layer on top of the brew. Decent.

S: Hmm, I get some black licorice, molasses and some sweet malt upfront with some bubble gum and hints of booziness in the middle. Some faint caramel and chocolate on the backend. Good.

T: I get some bitter licorice malt upfront with some sweet malt and chocolate in the middle and some dry alcohol burn on the back. Decent.

M: Medium body with a medium-heavy carbonation feel. A dry bitter alcohol finish. Decent.

D: Once you get pst the bitter alcohol taste, this goes down. Decent.

All in all, this is an ok beer. Probably one of my biggest disappoinments from CC. Funny, it was followed by one of my biggest good surprises from CC. Anyway, I'd say try this if you like other CC stuff just to give their lineup a try. If you do not like the black licorice taste, then avoid.

steve8robin, Nov 18, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a dark brown with a chunky one finger khaki head that has great retention and leaves copious amounts of lace. Great looking beer.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, a nice nutty aroma, hints of tobacco and coffee as well. Nice nose, but if it was a bit more prominent, I'd give it another half a point.

T-Big, roasty, rich, bready malts lead. Also picking up chocolate, some dark fruit, hints of coffee and maybe some vanilla, a delicious nuttiness and a smoky lingering on the back end.

M-Lush, creamy, rich. Coats the palate well. Not quite full bodied, but its almost there.

D-This thing goes down smoooth and easy. VERY drinkable.

Another great beer from CCB!

Lerxst, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark deep cloudy brown with a thin tan head that fades from foamy to rocky quickly. Nice clumpy lacing.

Smells sweet and nutty with some earthiness and a touch of maple syrup. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste is much more roasty with a pronounced sweetness at the end. Delicious, mostly the same characteristics as the smell.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied with little foam and a dry finish.

It can fill you up pretty quickly though.

Awesome beer, cigar city continues to impress me.

ryanonline, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of babaracas
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch really-dark-brown with creamy one finger tan head, half inch retained for quite a while, rings of lace.

Smell: brown sugar, powdery milk chocolate, lightly toasted nuts, pine and citrus peel.

Taste: caramel, fruity - plumish, toasted mixed nuts (for fun, let's say hazelnut, brazil, walnut), chocolate milk, earthy and slightly citric hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and exceptionally creamy, drying and sticky finish, more chocolate in the finish.

A great, (almost) balanced imperial brown ale.

Oct 2010 bottling.

babaracas, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grant for bringing a growler of this to one of our gatherings. Pours dark brown with only a slight head. Smells of tobacco, cocoa, cherry, hoppy citrus. There are notes of leather and tobacco on the finish, as well as a light roastiness. I love the fact that these guys have a house style and that it comes through so often in their beers, yet everything is still so fresh and interesting. The taste is a nice combo of cherry, tobacco and vanilla, progressing to notes of cocoa, roastiness, and wet earth. A tad sweet in the mouth, but the earthy notes help balance things. Another nice beer from this quite interesting brewery.

Georgiabeer, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard lots of rumors that this is contaminated and soured, but that just makes it all the better... and I have to thank msulinski for the shot at it.

A: As I crack it, the beer quickly rises up the head, giving more fuel to the rumors of contamination. The beer pours a huge 2 finger head in my super oversized snifter so it's really a huge honkin head, and it fades semi slowly, also leaving a nice lacing as it fades. The beer is a really dark brown color that doesn't really let any light through so I can't see the true color, in this glass at least.

N: Oh yeah, sour wild yeast contamination up the wazoo. It has a definite wild funk to it, sour fruit, little sour cherry, tart, vinegar, touch of barnyard, etc. Behind all that is a nice porter like aroma, with some chocolate, malt, little roast and coffee, touch of caramel, creamy porter aroma, etc. A dry wild Brett like funk starts to come through again behind that, like it's layered ready to continue it's barrage.

T: Starts like it should uncontaminated, with a really nice porter flavor. Dark roasty malts, caramel, little coffee, touch of black patent malt, chewy malts, etc. A nice porter like flavor that would be terrific on its own. Pretty sweet though, adding quite a bit of sugar, brown, candi, syrupy, etc. A little too sweet overall for me. It even adds a little minerality to the roasty malts. Then come the contamination, but it's much lighter on the taste. A little dry funky Brett tastes, touch of barnyard, slight touch of sour fruit with some tart flavors, but no real vinegar. A slight bitterness too, probably mostly from roasty malts and wild yeast, but perhaps a hint of earthy hops too. It's also slightly creamy and perhaps a hint of oatmeal.

M: Medium body, slight touch of spicy booze, and tons of carbonation (thanks to the wild yeast).

F: Finishes pretty dry despite the initial sweetness, but leaves some hints of brown sugar and molasses, as well as syrupy slight stickiness. Then more porter like dark roast, coffee, with a little chewy malt lingering, more creamy oatmeal, and very porter like tasty finish. The wild contamination is practically gone at this point, it started out on the finish but quickly fades, except for the spicy dry finish that most likely came from the wild yeast. A slight bitterness comes through as well. Despite the wild yeast contamination, it's delicious. I can see what it was supposed to be, and what it is now, and both are delicious either way. I actually love it the way it is and if they said they did it on purpose I would believe them.

jlindros, Jul 10, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich muddy brown color with decent cap of khaki head. Scent is of chocolate, carmel, toffee, roasted nuts, fresh bread. Taste is more agressive then scent dictates with a nice big sweet chocolate and toffee taste backed with a solid roasted nut background. Perfect level of hopping. Medium bodied, smooth and clean. A very good brown ale.

rfgetz, Jun 06, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A: Pours two fingers of creamy head that sticks to the glass. This beer has a deep rich mahogany color to it.
S: Smells of rich roasted malt with lots of nutty flavors.
T: A deep flavor of dark fruit and roasted malt up front meld into a nice coffee flavor. This is followed up with a slight hint of chocolate and chestnut on the back end.
M: Very carbonated mouth with a very rich mouthfeel on the swallow.
D: A very savory brew, high ABV, which kind of sneaks up on you as there's not much heat from the 9%. Overall this is a very enjoyable brew.

SiepJones, Jun 04, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this brew from ihaveyourkids not long ago and has been eagerly awaiting my consumption. Loves me a good Nut Brown Ale and I can't think I've ever had a double. Drank from my Surly AHA Rally pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a lovely brownish crimson with a nice frothy dark tan one finger head. A decent cap and collar remains along with plenty of spotty lacing.
Smell- Nice and nutty with a perfect malt roastiness that permeates my glass. Maybe a touch of brown sugar and coffee mixed amongst a light hoppiness. Speaking of, the 'hoppiness' seems a bit out of place as it's lightly tart smelling and green apple like aspect.
Taste- Starts with a burst of cocoa and brown sugar that are thoroughly in charge here. Some coffee mixes in but not a lot of the nuttiness that you'd expect. The hops are fairly prevalent as well as there is a light citrusy bitterness that mixes in. Maybe a bit hoppier than I'd like and the beer actually finishes with a bit of a lingering bitterness. The 9% is nowhere to be found though.
Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy with a fairly full feel and nice light carbonation.
Drinkability- Not too shabby. The awkward tartness in the nose sort of threw me (think infection) but it didn't translate to the taste. The hops may be a tad too much for a Nut Brown but all it all it's pretty tasty. Thanks much Joe!

younger35, May 06, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium to dark brown color with a full, creamy head that swaths lace all over the chalice

Smell: Brown bread, chocolate powder, hazelnuts and a bit of tart fruit

Taste: Opens with a brown bread and tart fruit flavor that moves in a cedar and nut skin direction by mid-palate, where it is also joined by the chocolate powder; after the swallow, the fruit and chocolate flavors blend together but are joined by a lactic sourness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I don't think that this was the Brett infected batch, but it has some elements to it that I wasn't crazy about; the cedar and nut skin elements were negatives to my palate

brentk56, May 03, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a chalice. Comes out a murky dark brown shade with a thick, frothy white head. Excellent retention. Color is not the most enticing, but had to give a 4.5 given the great head and the overall quality of the beer (appearance is the least important category IMHO).

S: Yeast, caramel, and chocolate malt with a little sour apple tartness to it.

T: Sweet and fruity up front, with some lactic tartness. Dark cherry and baker's chocolate notes transition to oat and roasted earthy nutty (maybe pecan?) flavors that linger through the finish.

M: Not bad, but a little fluffy and over-carbonated.

Bolita was unexpectedly fruity, almost like some of the Belgian styles, and delivered quite a bit more complexity than I was expecting out of a nut brown. However after reading more about the English Brown Ale style, it makes sense. Not your typical brown ale, but one to sit back and savor. Like all of the Cigar City beers I have had, this was well-crafted and unique.

GeezLynn, Apr 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/27/10 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown with one finger of off white head

s - Smells of spices, apple, cinnamon, and nuts. Also some sour apple smell to it.

t - Taste follows the nose closely. Apples, spices, and nuts. Some roasted malts as well. Very interesting.

m - Full body and low carbonation.

d - I thought this was a very interesting ale. I thought it was an odd combination of smells and tastes, but it was still pleasant. Would try again.

mdfb79, Mar 30, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not really familiar with Imperial English Brown Ale, so I'll have to score this by the seat of my pants. Thanks to Mike for trekking all these CC beers back from Tampa for us/me.

Pours dark brown, it's opaque with a light brown head that lingers.

What stood out for me about this brew is the aromas and flavors burst with a variety of nuts including: walnut, almond, pecan, and hazelnut. Hints of earth and alcohol and just an undeniable presence throughout. The finish is dry and not without hops, really a fine beer, as long as you share it.

brownbeer, Mar 23, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip, big thanks to Josh (jyoungsbcp) for the bottle. This is my second bottle of this - the first bottle, which was spectacular, had the rating deleted at some point during the site issues. Looking forward to another bottle of a delicious beer.

Pours deep brown, one-finger khaki head settles fairly quickly into an island of soapy suds in the middle of the beer. Some nice lacing however.

Nose is packed - roastiness bordering on light roast coffee, deep nuttiness that runs into some dry, dark cocoa, noticeable alcohol coming through underneath to add just an edge of bite.

Taste carries all that the nose promised. Big roastiness that hints at toastiness on one end and light roast coffee at the other, dark cocoa and dark fruits coming through as well, with the nuttiness coming back through, lingering all through the delicious finish, and again really defining this beer. Alcohol is definitely there; doesn't interfere, but isn't quite invisible as well. Just a spectacularly well put-together beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, crisply carbonated, with a nice creaminess to it towards the finish.

Drinkability for this one is near perfect - like a beautifully put together dark chocolate bar with hazlenuts and coffee beans. Only the very light alcohol keeps this from a perfect 5 in this category.

JohnQVegas, Feb 27, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brown with a medium tan head and creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate, nuts, cedar, alcohol.

T: Taste is really woody. Lots of cedar (we had to check that this wasn't actually the Humidor bottle, but it was not), chocolate, black coffee and brazil nuts.

MF: Highly carbed, but creamy, oily, and interesting.

D: This was really cedary, but it worked better in this beer than it did for the cedar-aged Zhukov. Everything was well harmonized and delicious. A great offering.

photomike, Feb 21, 2010
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3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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".

Bitterbill, Feb 18, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and roasty.. pours with a nice head that recedes rather quickly..

S: Slight hints of vanilla and oak that is slightly soured.
T: Full and bold
M: Slightly bitter.. that lingers in mouth for several minutes..
D: Drink in a pint glass at chilled level.

wood2430, Feb 16, 2010
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.