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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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Reviews: 38
Hads: 76
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 16.46%
Wants: 64
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

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Beer added by: cjgator3 on 06-04-2009

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Reviews: 38 | Hads: 76
Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottle 216/229. Another one generously opened by John (wetherel). Thanks! The beer pours deep brown with a creamy one finger off white head.

The nose is decidedly nutty with a nice upper moderate bourbon presence and some toffee. Notes of milk chocolate are evident, and there's a light roasted malt presence.

The taste is of lightly sweet toffee with a nutty quality and a light roast. Bourbon maintains a deliciously strong presence. Notes of oak are perceivable. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of maximum12
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, two thanks to send out for this one. First to moose3285 for sending me a bottle of this during the summer...a bottle I still haven't touched. This bottle that I just split with my wife I will thank the lucky stars for. We stopped by the tasting room yesterday & they had five bottles of BA Bolita left, so I grabbed a pair. And now it is in two glasses, my wife says "give it a five, it smells great!"

Bottle 8/175, bottled on 12/28/09. By far the freshest out-the-barrel BA brew I've ever had. Sweet.

Slinks out of the groovy bottle brown, like the ale says, with sharp reddish edges. I don't like to talk about bubbly heads, but this one is noted for its thin layer of bubbles that simply don't move. Don't fall. Don't bubble. Don't retreat. Just sits. Huh. The nose on this is orgtastic. The vanilla-hither-bourbon with the distinct brown notes underneath.

Barrel Aged Bolita. The bourbon comes in first, but the malty brown ale base holds it up & keeps it from being overwhelming. The subtlety is charming. Toss in a bit of chocolate, vanilla. Not quite as complex as most barrel-aged beers I've had, but very nice nonetheless.

Most of the notes in this beer come from the feel, rather than the taste for me. It has some very port wine, or aged barleywine feel under the bourbon, which seems odd in a brown. Exceedingly dry. The body of the base beer might be just a titch light to hold up the bourbon, but the light touch on the barrel-aging helps.

Overall, this is another excellent Cigar City beer. I keep waiting for a disappointment...I'm still waiting. Strangely, I find their standard brews even better than their excellent BA brews to date. My wife gives it an A+.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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.


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Photo of aubuc1
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl bottle with a big thanks to CaptainCougar! Dark brown with red highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, and some toast. Pleasant but not very interesting. Bourbon is forward in the flavor with some vague, sweet malt. Sweetness and alcohol balance well, with a touch of hop bitterness as well. Medium-full body with smooth carbonation. A pleasant beer, but the bourbon and sweetness seem to be the only definable characteristics.

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Photo of bret27
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

courtesy of bulletrain76

A: Black w/tan head

S: Vanilla, choc, brown, very sweet, alcohol presence.

T: sweet, malty, vanilla, oaky

M: Fairly thick, but not too thick

D: Fairly boozy.

Overall: A little too hot. Not that complex. Doesn't really stand out from other BA beers.

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Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of nickd717
4.77/5  rDev +19%
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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Photo of illidurit
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours dark copper brown with a light-tan head that leaves some wispy lacing. Aroma is a one-dimensional bourbon explosion. Maybe a little chocolate too. Flavor is much more complex although the bourbon is still the main note. There's a nice coffee character in there and a big nuttiness. A little hot but not too bad. Mouthfeel is slick and warming. Good but not worth the hype.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of markwise
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tpd975
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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