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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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 71
Gots: 97 | FT: 3
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 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.

Photo of rfgetz
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.

Photo of SiepJones
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.

Photo of younger35
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!

Photo of brentk56
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

Photo of GeezLynn
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.

Photo of mdfb79
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.

Photo of brownbeer
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
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.

Photo of photomike
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
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".

Photo of wood2430
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.

Photo of bret27
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of kfsv034

S: Little roasty, chocolate malt, w/a little refreshing floral aroma

A: Dark ruby brown, lg. thick head. excellent lace.

T: Roasty, grainy, sweet, chocolate, little cedary or woody as well? Little bitter piney at the end.

M/D: med/thick mouthfeel, big abv. Still tasty and interesting enough to be pretty drinkable.

Overall: Tasty. Had the BA version and happy to have tried the regular, which I actually prefer.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750mL bottle, poured to a pint glass. Thanks to Sebletitje for taking me on this journey. Poured at (fruit) cellar temperature, so roughly 50F.

A: Finest haze found within a deep cola brown. Good, steady carbonation rising to 1-finger head of almond/ginger-yellow cream. Audible fizzling as the head recedes to bubble-strewn ring, leaving behind a wonderful 'cross-stitch' lace pattern.

S: Scintillating aroma of toasted nuts and cocoa nibs, a sticky chocolate donut. Warm pit fruit and a trace of rummy booze, even a brief puff of smoke. All enticing and with an even strength, start to finish.

T: Deep roast with a reasonable charred nuttiness, passing vanilla, dark caramel sauce, spiced raisin and toffee. Dries toward the finish, a lengthy peppercorn/woodiness and earthy/bitter berry. Pretty nice.

M: Brawny thickness, filling yet smooth. Warms the tongue just a little with its 9%. Finishes drier, woody and a little spicy.

D: Likable drink, a pleasing sipper that ended a relaxed Wednesday evening. Subtle warmth goes to the head a little too noticeably, but an otherwise fine nightcap. Glad to have a second bottle, thanks to fine Florida BA Sebastien!

Photo of GbVDave
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to corby112 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark and murky muddied brown color with one finger of creamy khaki head on top. Retention was decent with the head melting down to a fat, lace leaving ring.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, espresso, toffee, and molassas. Very decadent.

T: See above. Great roasty malt and nut flavors. Bitter dark chocolate and dark roast coffee, too.

M: Sweet with a slightly tangy dryness. Peppery, bitter hop finish.

D: Excellent! CCB has taken this style to a whole new level!

Photo of bernardus1212
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a large bottle into an Ommegang glass. Cloudy dark brown with a creamy light brown head. THe double nut gives it more body, thickness to the beer. Superb flavors mollases, spice, (the nuttyness of course), and a nice finish. HArd to get but.... I live close to the brewery.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still sipping on the Zhukov.. figured I may as well enter in some back reviews. Douglas88 brought this to a tasting at my house a while back... Thanks Doug!! Can't wait to hook up again.

Very Clear brown with a sandy off white head.. good lacing.

Nose smells "brown" ... rich malt ... lite chocolate .. Nuts??

Flavor mirrors the nose with some caramel thrown in to tie things together.

Good body and carbonation, very drinkable... Great Brown Ale.

11 days and counting Doug... we're going to the Dark Side this time around.


Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chocolate brown in colr with a nice tan head. Second pouring from a 750 ml was quite muddy actually. Nutty and toasted aroma. Slight lactic or sour tinge to it. Beefy malt upfront with quite a pronounced nuttiness and woody flavor. Lingering cocoa notes. Again has a lactic twang going on. Grainy tasting. Decent enough body. Overall an ok beer. Double brown doesnt strike me as an easy style to pull off. Would rather try some other Cigar City beers going forward.

Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours nut brown with orange flame folds and an attractive 2 finger beige crown that shows lots of retention and lace.

Smell: Loads of sweet english malt, very nutty, a bit of coffee, and some caramel.

Taste: Roasted nuts, toffee and moderately roasted malt work well together.

Mouthfeel: A touch hefty, hence the "double nut brown" classification. Still had good carbonation and went down fairly well. Alcohol was pretty well concealed too.

Drinkabilty: The mouthfeel and the abv are a bit of a challenge but I think I could get through a 750ml myself.

Photo of BTPete
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pulled from my cellar at dinner with friends. Poured into 2 pint glasses. Bottle purchased a few months ago.

A: Dark brown with big dirty brown head. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Caramel, nutty, malty, and coffee aroma.

T: Strong nutty flavors. Malt driven but a really great and robust flavor profile.

M: Full bodied, active and highly carbed.

D: Strong flavor profile would limit but it hides the 9% well. I think this was a great beer and another winner by CCB. Hoping I make it to Tampa at some point to check these guys out.

Photo of WesWes
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich , roasted and crystal malt scent along with a light English yeast fruitiness. The taste is good as well. It has a very rich crystal malt flavor along with some mild hops and a bit of esters in the finish. The alcohol is well integrated and provides a bit of heat in the finish as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I can't say that I've had too many Imperial brown ales. That said, I feel this would be a fine example of the style.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 09/06/2009. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, light roasted malt, caramel malt, and light fruits (apple, fig). Flavor has a nice smokey/oaky edge with roasted nuts, roasted malt, smoked apple, and maybe a touch of coffee. I like the smoked aspect of this beer, very tasty! Robust palate and creamy too (however it gets slightly wearing and a little acidic as you go through the beer). Overall, a brown ale I actually enjoyed.

Photo of Sean9689
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from the uber-hyped CCB. Received as an extra. Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial nonic.

A - Pours dark brown with a huge amount of head. I probably poured a bit too aggressive, but oh well. I let the head settle down a bit and it leaves lots and lots of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. A think tan-colored cap is left over the beer as head retention.

S - Chocolate, toasted sugars, malts, caramel, roasted nuts. There's also some funk in here which I think might come from an infection? The large amount of head could be another clue that this one might be infected.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, malts, burnt sugar notes, roasted nuts. A nice meld of sweetness, roasted notes, and bitterness. The 9% is hidden pretty darn well and it mostly comes out as sweetness rather then any hot alcohol notes. Bitter chocolate finish. Not as much funk as the nose, which helps contribute to the better score when compared to the nose.

M - Medium to full bodied, frothy carbonation which is almost like whipped cream, dry bitter finish.

D - Scary smooth for 9%! I am really enjoying this one and I'm glad my first CCB beer has turned out to be a winner. I am looking forward to trying more styles from this brewery and would recommend this one, no doubt about it.

Photo of dstc
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with red highlights when held to the light. Has a big, foamy, brown head that falls very slow. Nice sticky lace.

Smells of roasted nuts and bitter chocolate.

Has a sweet malt taste with a roasted character. Mild, bitter coffee-like finish. Alcohol flavor is present.

Full and chewy in the mouth.

Another nice, big, bold Cigar City brew. Much enjoyed.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Cigar City beer that I was curious about that moose3285 sent me. Thanks, Mike!

The pour is quite attractive, a deep reddish brown with a large, dense light brown head. Retention is quite excellent, and lacing is quite outstanding.

The nose must partly explain the retention - there's a slight infection. However, it's fairly early on, and I get a lot of the base beer with a lot of toffee, chocolate and some caramel. Quite intoxicating, really, but the lactic sourness is a little unwelcome. The combination is strangely compelling, bringing to mind burnt milk with burnt sugar.

I genuinely enjoyed the nose, I really did. The palate, OTOH, is a bit of an infected mess right now, with some of the rich chocolate, toffee and nutty sweetness clashing rather poorly with the mild funk that's grassy with wet hay. Despite all the negativity here, I'm really digging the malt complexity in this beer, and would love to try an uninfected version of this beer. Drying on the finish with some nougat and chocolate, this is solid. Carbonation is a little high for such a big brown ale, but that's probably due to the infection. The body is on the fuller side of medium and compliments the flavors quite well. Sourness is low, it's more funk than sour. Not the most drinkable of beers, but I drank about half the bottle, which isn't bad.

Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
88 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.