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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 16.58%
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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Photo of nickd717
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

nickd717, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of kfsv034
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

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

kfsv034, May 20, 2010
Photo of markwise
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Nose is bourbon, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, barrel, and nuts. Definitely a beer with nuts. Flavor is liquid awesome. I agree with the previous rater- this one will be AWESOME for a long time to come- it will be hard to share. Flavor is nuts, chocolate, bourbon, booze, caramel, barrel, vanilla, and dark fruit. Finishes smooth as hell and extremely enjoyable. The only pain this beer brings is when it's gone. Bring-the-Pain Wayne hits another one out of the park. The hardest part will be topping this beer with future releases.

markwise, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of DosBeerigos
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

DosBeerigos, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Beerisheaven
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

Great thanks go out to the Cigar City man, tpd975. Greg has achieved almost rock star status with respect to this beer, given that he was the person responsible for naming it. Really, he was, it says so right on the bottle.

Poured from a bottle into a small snifter. Pours a light reddish tinted brown with a small head arising from the pour.

Smell is wonderful, meeting you with a strong bourbon profile and some vanilla.

Taste is tremendous as well and one of my favorite bourbon beers that I have had. Not overpowering and given that it is a brown ale it does not carry with it the same bourbon experience that you with a stout that mixes in bittersweet chocolate in most instances. Here you have a somewhat lighter experience with the perfect blending of bourbon and vanilla. Really a great beer.

Again, a slightly thin feel but to be expected given that it is a brown ale and does not possess the richness and thickness of a stout. Still, very enjoyable.

If you like bourbon but do not want to be overwhelmed by the booziness, this will be a great one for you.

A really good beer and probably the best of the CCB beers that I have had. I would certainly like to get another one of these. Greg, throw me a bone, will ya?

They should bring this one back as it is really good.

Beerisheaven, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of jjayjaye
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

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!

jjayjaye, Feb 13, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

FreshmanPour77, Aug 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

alalvarez75, Mar 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

sendsilk, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

rye726, Feb 22, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

MattGeleske, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of tpd975
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Big shout out to jdub for cracking open one of his bottles at the release party.

A: Pours a nice deep dark brown hue with a nice off white head. Very nice retention and some lace.

S: Wonderful malty masterpiece. Tons of gooey caramel and blackened brown sugar. Hints of molasses and nutty toffee. The barrel then takes over and you get loads of oak with traces of vanilla and booze.

T: Much much like the aroma. An array of sweet candy malts up front. Subtle chocolate notes before the barrel plows through. Wonderful fresh cut oak, subtle vanilla, and wonderful kentucky bourbon. Really is a great beer.

M: On the fuller side of medium, smooth, wonderful carbonation, with just the smallest hint of boozy burn.

D: One to sit back and relax with. I dream of lighting up a fine cigar and sipping this one as I puff the night away.

tpd975, Jun 28, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

RandyBoBandy, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

FroggieMercury, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bacasnax, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

largadeer, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

750 ml bottle poured in to a snifter

Pours a pitch brown. Almost no light coming through. Thinning tan head.

Smell is big bourbon and oaky vanilla with some light sweet malt. Smells like a mellow glass of fine bourbon.

Taste is boozy but still bolita. Definitely can still get the brown ale, but the essence of the booze is always present. The bourbon takes a back seat in taste.

Mouthfeel is chewable.

This a big beer that deserves credit. For such a large flavorfull beer, there is no diminishing returns on it like some really hoppy dipa's or intense imperial stouts.

aubuc1, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Sean9689
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

Sean9689, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

alpinebryant, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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

JohnGalt1, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

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!

koopa, Jul 02, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

barleywinefiend, Apr 15, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

Deuane, Feb 13, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

womencantsail, Jun 28, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

750mL bottle, labeled #164, courtesy of a very generous Tampa BA, poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with some clear mahogany showing through the edges. There is a small tan head that recedes almost immediately to a healthy collar and a swirl along the top.

The aroma is boozy and sweet with the bourbon definitely coming through strong in the nose. On top of that is some vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate with a big dose of brown sugar as well.

The taste is fantastic and complex with the big malty base beer blending perfectly with the bourbon barrels. Lots of caramelized sugar and booze-soaked dark fruits with the barrels coming out especially strong in the finish with bourbon and vanilla closing out a smooth finish.

The mouthfeel is decadent for a brown ale - super smooth with a good soft carbonation and a faint dryness from the barrel, though the sweetness still dominates the mouthfeel, leaving the palate sticky with sugary malts and bourbon.

Another excellent beer from Cigar City and one of the best brown ales I've ever tasted. Extremely complex with a dominant sweetness that just completely coats the mouth with all kinds of flavors.

gford217, Sep 09, 2009
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Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.