Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

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Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel AgedBolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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89
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 16.63%
Wants: 61
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle #203 of 221, acquired via trade thanks to Sebletitje. Thanks a lot, Seb! I know people like to knock on Cigar City for all the hype they receive, but when they brew something like this, I mean, they're just that good, brah, ya feels me?

Pours a dark brown hazy color with a medium beige head, leaving a small layer of foam after it settles.

Aroma is sweet and heavenly, with honey, caramel, toffee, nuts, oak, and mild bourbon.

Flavor is somewhat barleywine-like and sweet with honey, floral qualities, toffee, caramel, cedar, oak, vanilla, sherry, and well-balanced bourbon. Just really complex and really, really good. Achieves the perfect balance.

Body is only medium, which contributes to drinkability, with a silky smooth palate and a long, sweet finish.

Amazingly drinkable, with almost no hint of booziness. Wish I could use this as an "imperial session beer" every day. It's incredible.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buckeyeboy brought this to a recent tasting.... Huge thanks Jeremy for this rarity!! Bottle #137/221 Reviewed from notes.

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

Big bourbon... vanilla... mild oak ... brown malts... nutty with lite chocolate.

Flavor mirrors the nose a very nice bourbon element ... good whiskey .... better than I normally drink .... more caramel and vanilla than the nose.

Very drinkable.... just a sexy brew.... thanks again Jeremy... Fantastic brew.

4/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

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4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by nickd717. Thanks again, Nick.

Pours a dark, slightly turbid brown color with a small tan head. The aroma has a lovely and well-balanced bourbon -bal character, along with some toasted malt, vanilla, roasted nuts and cereal. Toffee-nut goodness. On the tongue it opens with toffee-caramel sweetness, oatmeal raisin cookies and bourbon. There's a bit of roastiness mid-palate, along with a hint of toasted nuts. Finishes lightly bitter and roasty with mild tannins and a hint of boozy astringency. Medium-full in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Excellent stuff.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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1.65/5  rDev -59.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
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

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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1.75/5  rDev -56.6%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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