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Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel AgedBolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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BA SCORE
90
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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 16.79%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: cjgator3 on 06-04-2009)
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown beer that rubies on the edges. Off-white head that left some lace out on the sides.

S - The brown ale manages not to get overwhelmed by the bourbon and the barrel. Decent nut and brown sugar tones.

T - Taste is about like the nose. Brown sugar, little molasses, some cocoa, nuts. Nice meld of bourbon and oak to this, giving it a pretty smooth taste. Quite nice.

M - Slightly lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Really nice beer, browns tend to be boring, and I would have thought it would have been overwhelmed by the barrel aging. Came through fine, was glad to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:59:43 | More by AgentZero
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cor with dark mahogany edges and half finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Minimal lacing.  

Sweet bourbon aroma with subtle earthy oak, dark malt and hints of burnt toast, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate.  The barrel character is present but not overpowering, letting the other notes come through.  

Medium bodied with a prominent barrel presence but the bourbon is well integrated wihout overshadowing everything.  Sweet booze/bourbon, toasted oak and faint vanilla countered by a deep roasted malt backbone.  Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast and coffee bean.   Subtle heat toward the finish.  Very roasty and kind of acrid but the bourbon sweetness balances things out.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 01:48:46 | More by corby112
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sarro

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle traded from pittsburghkid & shared at Derek’s going away tasting. Pours a shaded black with a nice frothy head. Smells of bourbon and some oak. The taste is bourbon barrel soaked grain and lots of nuttiness. There’s a bit of coffee and it finishes sweet with minimal burn from the bourbon. Felt like there was a bit of clashing with the barrel aging here, but I tend to be picky about that. Just glad it wasn't [as?] infected as the regular Bolita Brown bottle I opened up, since half of that beer geyser'd up and out like a cannon.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:47:04 | More by sarro
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DosBeerigos

Florida

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C: Pretty Clear
H: Dark Amber / Light Brown
N: Still Boozey, Hints of Bourbon, Oak, Coconut, and Caramel

Bottled in 2009, this barrel aged gem is still freaking boozey as hell. Heard rumors that the bottles were getting infected so I decided to crack it open to share with some of the Beer-igos in South Florida.
First and foremost. This did not come across as infected to me at all. It was a little over carbonated for the style, which may have been a light infection, but I don’t get any tart or dark fruit funk out of this beer.
The Maker’s Mark Bourbon comes across strong on the attack of the beer, but unlike other newer barrel aged beers, the beer isn’t stingy on the tongue from the alcohol. Extremely well balanced flavor wise. Dare I say this is one of the best barrel aged beers that I have had from Cigar City? Sure, why the hell not! This was a treat….shame they only released 170-ish bottles. I would defiantly look for another although I doubt there are many still around.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 18:03:09 | More by DosBeerigos
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was very nice. A rich looking brown, with nice clarity and some reddish tints to the sides and bottom of the glass. Light carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom. There was a decent sized, maybe three quarters of an inch of off white foam that came across the top and hung for the remainder of the session, creating some nice ripples of side glass lace.

The aroma was light, lots of nuttiness and light grain in there. Faint hint of vanilla and some light cocoa as well. Maybe a touch of figs way in the back mixed in with an earthy roasted malt. The flavor was very smooth with a nice medium bodied brown ale that still served up very well in the carbonation department. Initial flavor was of caramel and hazelnut, with a touch of oak and bourbon. Nothing really overblown here at all which led to it still being amazingly session able. Light aftertaste of roasted nuts and caramel with hints of vanilla and a very slight bitterness to it. Very nice and solid brown ale here.

Overall I have to admit this was not bad at all. I was really impressed that the bourbon tones were not overblown, but were in fact nicely put together as more of an accent to a already solid beer. Really a very well done brown ale that I would be happy to try any day!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:51:38 | More by mikesgroove
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

1.25/5  rDev -69.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Been sitting on this one for awhile. The whole gang was over so I figured I'd bust it out. Probably should have picked something else. Split with 3 like minded individuals.

A: Dark cola brown with blood red edges. Solid finger of beige head recedes to leave soapy lace.

S: Sour brown sour ale with a touch of sour chocolate and sour roast nuts. Did I mention it was sour? Damn!

T: Sour brown ale with hints of sour cherry, sour wet cardboard, sour metallic flavor, sour bourbon, sour chocolate, sour... you get the picture.

M: Thin and overly carbonated. Infected as all get out.

D: Drain pour city. Sadly this went south chilling in my cellar. I've really enjoyed everything I've had from CCB so far. So this is a huge surprise and disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 01:08:43 | More by beerwolf77
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

1.75/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9% ABV, Dec. 28, 2009, 56/175.

Thanks to Beerwolf for sharing this infected mess?

A - HEY! Our first brew of the night with head! Too bad it's all from the infection. Light retention with patchy lace left on the glass, this brown is...brown and moderately clear.

S - Sour tartness with woody, nutty malts and roasted chocolate mocha. There is a little bit of barrel-aged aroma in there too, but it's overshadowed by the sour infected aroma.

T - Tart, sour infection taste with dusty cocoa and a wet cardboard finish. A little bit of nuttiness pulls through, but this one is far beyond good tasting.

M - Sharp carbonation with a tart finish and mild warm alcohol feel. The excessive carbonation and tartness is another nail in the coffin.

D - All of us ended up drain-pouring the infected mess that was pretty awful but had the potential for greatness had it not been jacked-up.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 15:57:34 | More by BeerFMAndy
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rye726

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Up for review is a bottle of Barrel Aged Bolita Brwon from Cigar City Brewing Company. Pours a nice woody brown, decent head. Notes of bready malts, nuts, oak, whiskey and vanilla. Well balanced, the barrels are not out of control. Body a bit thin through the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 01:20:02 | More by rye726
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sweemzander

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750mL waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 56/175. Thank you to Beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark brown and produced a good tan colored head. Decent retention.

(S)- Definitely has a sour aspect to an otherwise good nutty roastedness as far as I can tell.

(T)- Same as the smell. Definitely a sour aspect in front of what seems to be a nutty roasted character.

(M)- A good carbonation level, however this is obviously sour and infected unfortunately.

(D)- Sadly, very infected. If you still have a bottle, I suggest drinking it asap.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 03:07:00 | More by sweemzander
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alcstradamus

Washington

1.65/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a deep cola color with a huge head.

Aroma is metallic with dusty cocoa.

The flavor is metallic and fruity. Infected it seems. There is a decent nutty and cocoa flavor underneath the infection, but it is overshadowed.

The body is thin and highly carbonated.

This is a drain pour, definitely not the beer it was meant to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 02:05:21 | More by alcstradamus
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. #9/229.

A - Pours a dark brown, no head, some faint bubbles.

S - Bourbon, dark fruits, toffee, burnt sugars, caramel. Very rich, with a good amount going on here. I like the fruits and rich dessert notes...complex.

T - Light on the bourbon, oak, dark fruits, burnt sugars, dark chocolate. The bourbon note is light and allows all the other characteristics to show up. I guess it could be some of the age which helps mellow this one out.

M - Medium, rich, light carbonation, creamy finish.

D - Another winner from CCB. I'm really digging the light bourbon and dark fruit mix. Def recommend!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 18:17:37 | More by Sean9689
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #87/175 from the December 2009 batch shared by Alex...Nice lacing here...Aroms is good with lots going on, a lot of typilca nut brown aromas but enhanbed by oak and a little bourbon...The taste is right on the aroma, nuts, oak, and bourbon, nice a combination that really works well.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 21:16:41 | More by jrallen34
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you go out to Alex for sharing this awesome bottle at his impromptu tasting once more. It was bottled on 12-28-2009 and shared into my GI Invasion Tasting glass.

A- My initial thoughts were how amazingly carbonated this was for almost a year of aging. It matched perfectly to glasses of cola I've poured in my house. In fact, the body is that inky darkness with ruby hues that is so stereotypical of soft drinks. What is nice to note is the unbelievable off-mocha lacing that I played with by various drinking methods.

S- The first tentative sniff brought me memories of campfires that had gone on the night before. It is faint, but delightfully noticeable. Surrounding this aroma is a medicinal presence. I'm positive it is the astringency of alcohol. Beyond that I found pleasure in an oaky malt character and what could be bourbon.

T- Here was a huge let down for me. The opening is instantly a confusing sweet mess. Its weeded apart to be faintly nutty, strongly caramel, and nothing like the nose. The finish makes up strongly for the other areas of this tasting, picking up for what could have been just an average brew.

M- What a smooth and easy drinker. I was instantly amazed at how little the alcohol affected its drinkability. I would never put it at the 9% it is. It doesn't hang where it isn't wanted. The body is full and velvety.

D- I want another one of these bad boys. I'm sure I could pour myself the entire bomber and never think twice about it or be upset.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:42:47 | More by Khazadum
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #87/175 from the December 2009 batch. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Thanks to jw347 for the hookup.

A - Two fingers of ecru foam that leaves behind glass-coating lace and a thick cap. Dark brown body with some transparent red highlights.

S - Earthen barrel, spicy bourbon notes, vanilla, toasted malts, nutty brown ale. Lots of oak and tannic character as well.

T - Taste is pretty similar. Nutty brown ale, earthen barrel, a little bit of whiskey bite. Not quite as potent as the nose but still quite pleasant.

M - Medium but softer carbonation, smooth texture, but a bit too thin for a 9%+ beer. Went down easy as a result.

D - This was pretty enjoyable, and a pleasant surprise. I had multiple pours, and if it weren't so rare I'd love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 20:12:19 | More by MasterSki
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koopa

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle # 84 of 229 received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours an opaque center with mahogany folds. The oatmeal colored crown is 1 finger, shows moderate retention, and decent lace.

Smell: Lots of nuttiness over a deep malt with a hint of brown sugar, chocolate toffee, vanilla and bourbon.

Taste: Same as nose but the bourbon and the nut take center stage. Touch of alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy bodied with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable for the strengh.

Very happy to have tried this and would love more. If you have some to trade send me a beermail!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 00:35:44 | More by koopa
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Gobzilla

California

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared at wooshop 5.1

Poured a deep dark brown with a half finger of head that left good sticky lacing on the glass. The nose was quite nice consisting of bourbon and nutty aromas with vanilla, oak, chocolate, and toffee accents. Up front the taste was pretty big on the bourbon but was not too boozy. There was also quite a bit of nuttiness with hints of vanilla, chocolate, and toffee, and slight oak in the background. The beer was medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a nutty sweet silky and boozy finish that lingered on the palate. Drank pretty well and was good all the way around. I'm glad I had the opportunity to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 08:31:28 | More by Gobzilla
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a large tan head of miniscule bubbles.

Smell of bourbon, nutty roasted brown malts, toffee, vanilla and oak

Taste of great nicely rounded bourbon, vanilla bean, toffee and caramel. Oak is nicely present along with a little sourness from some bugs or lacto which is welcome in my book. I had the "infected" Bolita Brown which I also thought was fantastic a few months back. The infection in that case was also very welcome. Brown sugar and nuts really add to the oakiness and put this up there in my book with some great stouts in terms of complexity and great flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium to light with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:04:01 | More by alpinebryant
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womencantsail

California

4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a sort of muddled brown color with very little head on it.

S: Sweet caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla immediately come through on the nose with some definite bourbon notes as well (without being boozy). Not overly nutty, but perhaps a hint of walnuts.

T: The sweetness is quite noticeable on the palate as well. Plenty of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, with maybe even a bit of chocolate. The bourbon and vanilla flavors are nice and mellow, but present. Slightly dry finish despite being a fairly sweet beer, odd.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low level of carbonation to it.

D: I have not been so lucky as to try the regular version of this beer, but the barrel aged version is quite nice. Good flavors and well melded.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:45:51 | More by womencantsail
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kfsv034

Florida

4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle numbered 86/175

A - Pours dark brown with creamy head that laces nicely down the glass

S - Bourbon smacks you in the noise as well as some nutty aromas, chocolate, vanilla and some woody smells

T - follows the noise wonderful bourbon flavors that mesh very nicely with the nutty brown flavors, some chocolate, vanilla and some leathery flavors

M - full bodied

D - at 9% this beer is amazingly easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:37:01 | More by kfsv034
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into several glasses. Thanks go to FooFaa for generously sharing this with a group of us. I didn't catch the bottle # but did notice that this was from the most recently bottled batch on 12/28/2009.

Pours a deep ruddy amber brown, with a finger of rich mocha head. Solid frothy retention on this, which left a thick foamy cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The bourbon strikes the nostrils first here in the aroma, being mostly mellow, with notes of of charred wood and earthy tannins, but still possesses a bit of an assertive sharpness to it as well. Sweeter accents of cocoa, vanilla, fruit, nuts, and some crunchier roasty attributes all dwell underneath.

The char, vanilla, and burnt molasses character of the bourbon melds ridiculously well with the chocolate and roasted nut flavors of the Bolita. Great balance between barrel and beer here, with the bourbon being flavorful but still mellow enough to allow the Brown character to come out, as well as refraining from emitting any kind of a harsh alcohol burn. This finishes with dryness, oak, and warmth lingering on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and is coming off as fairly creamy overall with its carbonation. Some sharpness and warmth do emerage but it seems to come more from the bourbon flavor than anything to do with the size of the beer. This gets a touch stronger as the glass hits room temp but I'm still very impressed with how this is going down.

I have to admit that I still haven't had the regular Bolita Brown but I really liked what I saw underneath that barrel aging. The bourbon handled itself very nicely here and really kept this a pleasant and flavorful quaff. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 17:08:41 | More by Kegatron
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 #96 of 229. Generously given to me by Nick of the ThreeWiseMen. Nice hookup!

Poured a deep brown color ok carbonation and left a tannish head that fades fast. Nose is vanilla, bourbon, oak. Taste is bourbon upfront, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, nuts and bourbon from the middle, tinge of booze and bourbon on the end. Tad bit of coffee maybe? Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lighter than I would expect leaving the drinkability very good. The wife and I enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:08:34 | More by barleywinefiend
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cola colored pour. Some plush brownish foam. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Hot bourbon nose. It's a struggle to pull much brown ale from underneath all of the bourbon, but I did finally smell chocolate, toffee, and a nutty character with some warmth.

Luckily, the brown ale really comes out in the flavor. Sweet and nutty, with toffee, chocolate, oak, and maybe even a slight bit of roast. There's still a lot of bourbon, but it's not enough to outshine the base beer. Bourbon-y dry finish.

Medium bodied. Creamy texture. Just a touch of heat in the finish, which surprised me, given how boozy the nose was and how much bourbon was present in the flavor. This is really tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 21:38:41 | More by Gyle41386
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brian bringing this surprise to a recent Brass Rail gathering. Bottle 97/175 bottled at 1353 on 12/28/2009.

A-Hazy copper brown with a thin, light tan head that held on well and left nice lace.

S-Sweet malt with a pronounced nutty character. Backing earthy notes with nice mellowing bourbon notes in the background.

T-Surprisingly strong bourbon bite up front that yields way to a nice, smooth, malty body. Drying nutty notes in finish.

M-Medium bodied good lingering bourbon notes and a dry finish.

D-Excellent and quite tasty. Though lightly bourboned it is just enough for this brew making this one very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 23:06:04 | More by Deuane
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jjayjaye

New York

4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #43 of 175; Dec 28, 2009. Many thanks going out to Gtreid for this opportunity. Dark brown with translucent edges; a BIG stiff foamy light tan head fades slowly leaving sheets of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is CRAZY complexity borne out of a number stunning classic vanilla bourbon aging in parallel with a nutty almond and earthy NECCO chocolate malt and caramel. Lightly carbonated, tangy note from the alcohol...the full bodied mouth feel is lightened by an incredible creamy smooth silky texture. Full flavored, the complexity and intensity of the nose is represented really well in the taste too. A vanilla bourbon booziness over a musty earthy nut and caramel that has killer staying power in the aftertaste. One hell of an amazing drinker!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:39:10 | More by jjayjaye
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via 750ml - Bottle 97 or 175. Shared and enjoyed on 1/25/10.

A - Poured a cloudy nut brown liquid with caramel-colored highlights and a frothy tan cap that retained well and deposited a thick coat of lace down the sides of the glass.

S - Warm alcohol presence with plenty of bourbon and wood attributes as well as an underlying nutty malt character. Caramel malt and vanilla bean notes sweet the pot, keeping the alcohol from getting too out of control.

T - Initial flavor combines nutty malt notes, caramel and vanilla sweetness and an alcohol tang, then segues into a slight woody character in the middle through the backend. Finishes with a hint of sourness and a mild nutty astringency amidst moderate bourbon notes.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy texture and a hint of bristly carbonation. Finishes with alcohol warmth and plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Very nice BA Brown Ale that I found to be just a tad warm overall, but still extremely tasty and drinkable. Big props and many thanks to the noob who brought this bottle to Brass Rail to share!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 20:22:57 | More by ffejherb
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Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.