Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing
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4.2/5 rDev +4%
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.
08-04-2011 02:59:43 | More by AgentZero
4/5 rDev -1%
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.
07-13-2011 01:48:46 | More by corby112
3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
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.
05-11-2011 23:47:04 | More by sarro
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.
04-26-2011 18:03:09 | More by DosBeerigos
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
04-16-2011 01:51:38 | More by mikesgroove
1.25/5 rDev -69.1%
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.
03-11-2011 01:08:43 | More by beerwolf77
1.75/5 rDev -56.7%
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.
02-27-2011 15:57:34 | More by BeerFMAndy
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.
02-22-2011 01:20:02 | More by rye726
1.75/5 rDev -56.7%
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.
02-02-2011 03:07:00 | More by sweemzander
1.65/5 rDev -59.2%
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.
01-29-2011 02:05:21 | More by alcstradamus
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!
10-09-2010 18:17:37 | More by Sean9689
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
09-07-2010 21:16:41 | More by jrallen34
4.18/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
08-22-2010 23:42:47 | More by Khazadum
4.2/5 rDev +4%
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.
08-20-2010 20:12:19 | More by MasterSki
Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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