Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale
Cigar City Brewing

Bolita Double Nut Brown AleBolita Double Nut Brown Ale
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English Brown Ale
3.96 | pDev: 10.86%
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Bolita Double Nut Brown AleBolita Double Nut Brown Ale
Notes: Pours dark brown in color with a tan head with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and toasted bread. Flavors of caramel, toffee and chocolate notes open with interjecting notes of wood and herbal bitterness from English hop varietals then moving back into semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee and is dried out in the finish with toasted malt notes that resemble roast peanuts.

50 IBU
Reviews: 204 | Ratings: 623 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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zonker17 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with tan head, keeps a slight layer. Earthy nose, nuts, mineral and slight caramel. Sweet, toffee, creamy coffee flavors include a fair hop bitterness presence. Full body and average carbonation.

Dec 07, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 48°F from a 22oz bottle (bottled on 06Apr15) into a nonic pint glass. Consumed on 16Jan16.
LOOK: Pours with a fingers worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth after 2 minutes. Dark brown in color with an orange tint. There is a subtle amount of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thin and high.
SMELL: Mild aromas of toffee, caramel, tree nuts, molasses, toast, figs and plums entangle with subtle aromas of sweet chocolate, earthy hops, and spicy hops.
TASTE: Strong flavors of toffee and toast enter initially and are immediately followed by strong flavors of molasses, figs, and plums. Mild tree nut flavors continue the taste theatrical. Mild sweet chocolate flavors and subtle spicy and earthy hops eneter lastly as all previous flavors maintain, except for molasses, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Carbonation levels are mild. Goes down smooth and creamy while clinging to throat like syrup. Ends with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: Simply the best English Brown Ale that I have had.

Jan 16, 2016
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JAck199 from New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow....waited a year to crack this one....possibly one of my top ten beers ever. Richness, deep flavors all the way through, the maltiness is incredible. Double nut brown. ...double good!

Dec 13, 2015
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ClePaul from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bolita Double Nut Brown

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 89/100

Summery: Super nice imperial nut brown ale. Really smooth and pleasant on the palette. Makes for a fantastic autumn evening brew~

Oct 23, 2015
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OKbrew89 from Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a almost-black, dark brown with a two finger tan head that slowly recedes and leaves lacing halfway down the glass. Aroma of roasted nuts, toffee, chocolate, and bitter coffee. Taste is a nutty, coffee, and chocolate balanced body with a bready and caramel finish that is slightly sweet. Full, creamy body with medium-light carbonation. The over-sweetened aftertaste can't be ignored and leaves the pallet a little sticky.
A very good brown ale that gives a nod to tradition while giving it a slight twist. Very good and definitely something I'd like to see more widely distributed.

Aug 07, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate brown with steady creamy cappuccino head. 4
Rum, brown sugar, and oak chest - no sign of oxidation. 4
Chocolate brownie, lots of candied pecans, some dried fig, slight sherry notes, and no hint of hops. 4
Toffee popcorn and hazelnut end and peanut skin linger.

Almost medium, fizzy, sticky, slight salt. 3.75

2 years on this bottle at Florida room temperature, so we’ll just pretend this is a coin flip shelf turd whose ABV might just save it. And so it does: slight sherry notes that might be oxidation fit in with this port-sweet after dinner monster. Hops, roast, or whatever else might have kept this in check are gone or were never there, leading to an Amaretto level of sugariness. Not to any style I know, and needs baby sips, but nice in its own right. 4.25

May 26, 2015
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Bis4beer70 from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got a pint bottle of one'a these from ma & Joe while in Florida-thank you very much!
A good brown ale is one of my favorites,even over porter's on some days...although,I was looking for the anchor brotherhood steam beer while on vacation in 2015 & searching thru 7 states,I still have yet to find it (it's currently my TOP wanted beer)...but this will most definitely suffice for now!
cheers,cheers for Florida beers!

May 05, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a huge fan a Maduro but found it to be a bit thin. Bolita solves that by delivering a huge dry chocolate malt and then giving a satisfying heft to the feel. The chocolate is fudgey, with a touch of caramel, toffee, creamy espresso and light marshmallow. Very well done!

Apr 13, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Deep chestnut with a 3” tan fluffy head that produces extensive lace. Smell: Malty chocolate aromas with some grain, alcohol. Taste: Creamy rich malt and chocolate flavors with grain and nuts inthe background. Mouthfeel: Mediuim to medium full body and medium carbonation.

Mar 22, 2015
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Lapalou from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle. First I really enjoy brown ales, maduro being a common occurance Every year I get Bolita and it's been good. This years was a step above. Pours dark brown, slight cream head. Smell is sweet

Feb 27, 2015
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barfootbandit from Maryland

4.91/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from a bomber. This beer was extremely dark for a brown ale and very heavy. Nutty and malty with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. Also a tad woody and finishes clean with a dash of bitterness. Had this beer awhile ago and hope to see it on the shelves again.

Feb 07, 2015
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Stevedore from Wisconsin

2.94/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. Poured into a snifter 11/9/2014.

A- Deep brown body. One finger offwhite head with little retention. Some lacing. Looks pretty much like a brown ale. [3.5]

S- Brown sugar, molasses, toffee, quite a few notes of oxidization- slight cardboard, dark fruit type oxidation which of course is not particularly overwhelming, but noticeable on the nose. On the sweeter side, there doesn't seem to be much of a chocolate or toasted malt presence. [3.25]

F- Toffee, molasses. That's pretty much about it. Seems subdued. From a double brown ale, I would expect some nuttiness and a more intense caramel flavour. These seem to have been aged out of this beer, unfortunately. Not much in way of earth or bitterness. Fairly malty and oxidized. [3]

M- Medium bodied, low in carbonation. Not much of depth to the finish, a bit watery and boring. [2.5]

O- Lesson of the night- don't age brown ales, not even the big ones. There isn't much left with this one, which I think was bottled in 2011. [2.5]

Final score: 2.92

Nov 10, 2014
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delta490 from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Pours a deep brown with a tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, with dark fruit notes. The taste is similar, with a delicious malty sweetness that really hides the 9% abv. A nice medium mouth feel with little carbonation. A really good imperial brown ale.

Oct 10, 2014
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured at a good temperature with a modest, thick, light tan head that soon settled and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear cherry brown with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is cocoa, malt, leather, mild tobacco. Flavor's not as good as nose as there are notes of raisins and molasses which I don't find appealing in this kind of beer. Body is hurt by those Flavor's too which clashes and leaves high points. Finish like taste, is longish, and a tad boozy.

Dec 22, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at his' tasting.

Bottled 10/8/13.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toast, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing too memorable in my opinion.

Dec 16, 2013
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alaimoa from Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nothing great about this beer, just ok for a brown with a slightly bland but confusing mix of flavors. Pours a dark brown almost mahogany in the light with a ring of brown lace. Smells a bit of toffee with a similar taste of nuttiness, sweet caramel, burnt brown sugar, coffee and a touch of chocolate. Mouthfeel medium carbed with a bitter aftertaste.

Nov 25, 2013
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socon67 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Chocolate brown pour with a tan foam. Noticeable carbonation is active, and slight lacing.

S - Smells of toffee, peanut butter, and, and English malt. Reminded me of Nutella.

T - Has a crisp malt flavor, some caramel, toffee, roasted cashews, and a bit of coffee. Fairly complex for a brown ale.

M - Certainly a big brown ale that feels thick and has a richer, bolder flavor profile. Easy to enjoy a pint but I would not session this; the complexity of the beer adds layers as it warmed and was enjoyed best drinking slowly.

O - Glad to try this, and a very different beer from the core Maduro Brown. This bottle had a good year of age on it so a fresher bottle might be a bit different.

Aug 29, 2013
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sjones5045 from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with nice head. The smell doesn't really smell like a nut brown. Kind of doesn't smell much like anything I've had actually. Luckily the taste came through and was very good. Kind if heavy and thick with some chocolate notes coming through. Very smooth on the tough. Overall, I enjoyed it. Might not be world class but its definitely one that I enjoyed.

Jun 08, 2013
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bylerteck from Canada

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Total Wine in Tampa. From notes.

A - Poured nearly black with a one finger mocha head. Half finger of retention and good lace rings.

S - Odd aroma. Can't pin it down, but it's nice. Chocolate, nutty, toffee notes.

T - Chocolate, very much a double nut brown with lot's of chocolate, nuts, and toffee notes. Just an amped up brown ale.

M - Nice light carbonation. Full body and a dry tobacco-like finish.

O/D - Very much what they tried to put together, I think. A nice beer that was pretty drinkable for the ABV.

May 20, 2013
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Fux from France

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short review from a fly at Cigar City.
The nose is rich, with notes of notes, chocolate and molasses. The palate mainly follows the nose but is sadly less expressive, a bit faint with not much length in it. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky but a bit thin.

May 11, 2013
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Portion of a 750ml bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. From notes.

A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is...well, not really existent; it's just an offwhite-shade ring.

S: This has a lot of hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, and even some chocolate. A good 'sweet' aroma.

T: There's a good nutty flavor to start. The midtaste and finish sees a minor appearance of balancing hops, caramel qualities, and some lighter fruits.

M: The body is medium, without too much sweetness or booziness. I could use a bit more creaminess, but that's nitpicking.

O: One of the better brown ales I've had - which is the same thing I said about Maduro, I do believe. The more I have from Cigar City, the more I think they really know what the hell they're doing down there in Florida.

Mar 24, 2013
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RoamingGnome from Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Bolita Brown

Bomber split with my buddy Jeff. Thanks for bringing this back from Florida Jeffy... Poured into two CBS snifters. Served chilled...

A) Deep brown brew with a thin tan head, which quickly dissipated. No lacing to report.

S) Roasted malt, a good malt aroma. This has light toffee sweetness. A little earthy too. Better at room temperature.

T) Starts out a little sweet, nutty for sure. Light chocolate and roast. A little smoke as well. A nice malt presence in the flavor. Hint of hops for balance.

M) Medium body with light carbonation. Pretty soft mouthfeel. A nice smooth sipper.

O) This was a very nice higher octane Brown Ale. I could see myself reaching for this one on occasion if it were available here in Wisconsin. Glad to recommend....

Mar 22, 2013
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superspak from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/22/2012. Pours almost black dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, prune, light nuttiness, and earth; a bit of estery alcohol that reduces a bit as it warms. Pretty nice aromas with good malt complexity and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, nuttiness, roasted malt, dark bread, molasses, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, dark bread, light dark fruitiness, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; some slight estery off flavors, but not too bad; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Huge robustness of flavor with good balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Jan 25, 2013
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Lawl3ss from Texas

2.19/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Chilled 25.4 oz bomber into a shaker pint. Bottled on Sept 22, 2012

Look- Deep ruby brown, Capped with two fingers of dense tan head that clings to the sides of the glass and falls slowly. Good lacing.

Smell- Faint cherry-almond, hint of vanilla. Toasty. Appealing, but faint. As it warms, there's a bit of a coppery twang.

Taste- Sharper than expected, cherry again, followed by a woody, almost smoky toast and biscuit. Moves on to overripe peach, caramel, and a strongly vegetal, tomato-like beefy flavor makes itself known. Finishes fairly clean, light marshmallow with a lingering beet/meaty/metallic something that's moderately to severely off-putting, some mineral character as well. Off-flavors grow stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Slick, medium-full body, light carbonation. Hefty juice-like feel, a bit sticky. I didn't finish the pint, but it wasn't due to the heft.

Overall- There's definitely loads of malt here, but the all-around package is just... bad. I've never encountered DMS at this level in a bottled production brewery's product, but if I had to guess that's what this one is displaying. Quality control, please. This never should have even made it into the bottles.

Jan 17, 2013
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very dark brown, bubbly body. Light tan head that dissipates quick. Starts off thick maybe a finger's length but dries up just a little too soon.

Smell: Alcohol scent, paired with light chocolate feel and cant forget the toffee

Taste: Strong malt and toffee feel. Slightly nutty with a medium alcohol taste which I am really liking. I sometimes think molasses and brown sugar definitely played a role with the brewing of this concoction.

Mouth: Medium (almost heavy) and sticky.

Overall: A pretty good brew, definitely one of the better brown ales I've had. Crisp and strong with a sweet feel that still makes you appreciate quality. Salud!

Jan 14, 2013
Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 623 ratings