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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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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 75
Gots: 102 | FT: 6
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Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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
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Ratings: 550 | Reviews: 199
Photo of TCgoalie
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from the CCB taproom on 12/13/10.

Pours a dark, dark brown in which I cannot see through. The head is a nice 1 finger high and recedes to a ring around the brew. There is some lacing, but nothing exceptional.

Notes of dark malts, coffee, some pine hops, and roasted barley in the smell.

The taste provides roasted nuts, coffee, and wood notes. There is a mild bitterness. The overall balance is really good.

Medium full in the mouth with some drying. This is an above average mouthfeel.

This is a very easy drinker for 9% and a very good brown ale. Highly recommended.

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL to tulip. Sampled 11/28/10. $16 for the bottle.

A: A creamy/frothy head of 3 1/2 fingers is light brown in color and lasts impossibly long. As it recedes, chunky splotches of foam stick to the glass and later become random splatters of loosely strung lace with fair to good coverage. Everlasting film and collar. The body of the beer is dark brown with transparency only at the bottom of the glass. Better coverage in the lacing department would have earned the appearance a perfect score.

S: Heavily malted with toasted aromas of nuts, chocolate and light toffee. The hops are muted and give the impression of grass and flowers. Scents of new leather come in to play as well as an earthy, slightly musty component.

T: The flavor translates fairly directly from the aroma experience, incorporating a light hand of fruit esters, which are most likely yeast derived. Moderately sweet and long lasting flavor. Finishes with a strong hazelnut character. Slightly lactic.

M: A notch below full body with a very creamy texture that coats the mouth and becomes sticky just after the swallow. Effervescence has average vigor and gently tingles the tongue as the beer rolls over it perpetuating the creaminess of the texture.

D: The drinkability is very good as the 750 went down with no trouble at all. Another solid offering from Cigar City. A likely repeat purchase.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up from the brewery on a trip to Tampa. Had a great time. Would definitely recommend visiting Cigar City if you happen to be in the Tampa area...

Poured from a 750ml into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown(almost black)with a two finger brown head. Excellent head retention, and there is plenty of lacing that sticks to the glass. Beautiful...

S - Chocolate, brown sugar, nutty flavors, and a hint of hazelnut...

T - Delicious. Roasted malt, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel, molasses, and nutty tones that come together to make a very balanced and delectable tasting beer. Abv is well hidden. Chocolate notes become more prominate when the beer warms. Love how malty this one is. Very nice...

M - Thick and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation...

D - I love the take on the style. Hope more breweries will try to recreate this monster of a brown. Definitely something that I will be looking foward to trying again in the future...


Photo of BDJake
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful drk brown with an inch of medium brown head with good retention. Surprising dark fruits, toffee, nuts and cocoa hit the nose. Chocolate, dark malts, toffee, butterscotch and hazelnut compromise the taste. Chewy mouthfeel, low carbonation, and a smooth aftertaste with a slight bit of alcohol warmth. Very drinkable, an excellent sipper.

Photo of naproxen
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with class in my pimp Schlitz goblet. I received Bolita in this year's Secret Santa BiF from bhalter8 (spanks buddy!). Not my first taste of this one, but I do believe it is the first bottle I've enjoyed.

Bolita is murky as I pour it, with a two finger light tan head and good retention. The nose isn't too strong at first, hints of cocoa and nut, maybe a faint cereal aroma as well. As it warms the nose blossoms into dark raisin, molasses, cocoa, nut.

At first the cocoa hits the nose and palate, then sips away to let through a roasted nut medley with vanilla and a bitter but malt finish.

I could sip this, but I don't because I like it and may have issues with self control. The body is on the heavier side of medium, it has substance without feeling like a meal. It does have a nice creamy mouthfeel, as anything Double Nut should. The carbonation is good as well. Overall a great brew from Cigar City. Also, a great nut brown, a style I feel has been lacking in quality examples my entire drinking career.

Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in a recent trade and have been pretty excited about getting to it, but am just finally doing so. Review is from notes taken on 1/3/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, mahogany brown and has some lighter mahogany and ruby highlights when held up; starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin, but full cap; body is very dark and nearly opaque, but does show some light creeping through; a few patches and swaths of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Burnt roastiness with some caramel and cola-like sweetness as well; a definite earthy and slightly bitter nuttiness; overall, it's not quite as robust as I was hoping being a "doubled" version of the standard brown, but the scents are good overall, just not really in my face like I expected.

Taste: OK, here's where things leap up from the smell -- this beer tastes absolutely amazing; definite roastiness that is slightly burnt and reminiscent of a lighter roast coffee; caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a dry cocoa powder blend with a strong earthy and bitter nuttiness that is delicious and really works to compliment the other flavors; a slight presence of alcohol, but really not too overwhelming; kudos to Cigar City -- I'll tell you, this is a brewery that has yet to let me down at all -- all of their stuff I've been fortunate enough to sample has been super solid.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and the carbonation is strong and prickly on the tongue, but manages to resist being sharp; a thin, dry sticky coating is left all over the mouth and it helps hold the sweetness from the malts, but also the nutty flavors (really more and more reminiscent of walnut as I continue to sip it); belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: ABV be damned, this is an all night kind of beer -- really great set of flavors and a body that isn't too heavy or thick or chewy or anything.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one straight down the middle of a pint glass. Nice waterfalling head, dark tan 2" high with really good retention and leaving nice lace behind. A rich dark brown colored liquid holds it all up.
Smell is roasted malts, wet cardboard, light hops with a slightly metallic/medicinal note.
Taste is toasty malt, dark chocolate, light hops and a hint of toffee. Very well balanced.
Full-bodied, rich and creamy. Very light effervescence (see above). Smooth with a slight coating. An extremely good brew.

Photo of cbak999
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, opaque brown, with a nice tan head, that laces the glass. It's a very complex beer, with little aroma. I'm surprised that will this big and complex a beer, the aroma isn't more. The taste makes up for this though! It's a bit sweet. Chocolate, molasses and brown sugar dominate the taste. A great beer to drink on a cold night. This will warm you up! Another hit for Cigar City.

Photo of EkimGram
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from 750mL bottle into Duvel tulip. Very dark, rich brown with a thick fluffy head.

Smell: Dark, sweet malty smell, some alcohol. Not very strong, nothing is very prominent.

Taste: Starts off strong with a roasted malt flavour. Somewhat nutty, finishes with a mild sense of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, not very carbonated. Thick and syrupy.

Drinkability: The alcohol makes itself known in this brew. Overall, it goes down easy but it does pack a punch.

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

Photo of CooperEllis
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
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.


Photo of Bmoyer0301
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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


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.


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.


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.

Photo of kbutler1
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Photo of Avagadro
4.73/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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.

Photo of steve8robin
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Lerxst
4.48/5  rDev +14%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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