Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Bolita Double Nut Brown AleBolita Double Nut Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by cjgator3 on 12-05-2008

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Photo of barfootbandit
4.91/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$7.99 for a 750ml bottle

A: deep rosy-brown color, clear with good rocky-tannish brown head, great lacing
S: medium nose - deep rich roasted malt with creamy malt undertones and roasted nuts, EtOH noticeable
T: creamy, true to type without excessive hops
M: creamy, chocolatey, velvety mouthfeel
O: great tasting all-around beer

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Photo of Avagadro
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep brown in color with a creamy head, Bolita is just barely translucent. Lacing is minimal, and head retention could use a boost.

S: Caramel, toasted pecans, and honey work together to form a pleasing, although shy, bouquet.

T: Now this is a brown ale to write home about. Bolita is malty sweet, but far from cloying, boasting heavy notes of vanilla, caramel, and walnuts.

M: Can I just say perfect? No...? Well, how about just saying that it is quite similar to heavy whipping cream on the tongue.

D: Once again, I am absolutely amazed by the craftsmanship exhibited by CCB. I normally don't indulge in brown ales, but this one is a masterpiece. Absolutely worth checking out.

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Photo of Lapalou
4.73/5  rDev +20.1%
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

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Photo of AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-very dark, rich brown with a nice tan head.

S-chocolate, sweet chocolate malts...and...a funk...a funk that reminds me of CCB's sours and saisons...this is interesting. has a medium to high strength. i'm liking this a lot so far.

T-comes in with soft cocoa and then a decent funkiness to it. Its fairly subtle, hardly there, but definitely undeniable. the tartness last in to the after-taste a long with cocoa. there's also some hints of vanilla and tobacco leaf. i've never had an other brown ale that resembles this.

M-thick and creamy, medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-at first, i was drinking this, amazed, thinking of how lucky i was being able to sip on such a fantastic brew, but then i remembered i bought this for $7.99 at a world market. to me thats an amazing price for a perfect CCB 750mL beer, and to find it at a world market, no less. this is an amazing brown ale. it is so completely drinkable.

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Photo of Chaney
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at the Total Wine that is about a block from the brewery a few months ago.

A: So dark brown that it's almost ridiculous. I honestly can't tell if it's cloudy or not. The head was only a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Lots of aroma on this one: Hoppy for a nut brown for sure, but the brown sugar played second fiddle to the almond extract and candy sugar ("Payday" bar) that I got from this. Definitely a "double" nut brown.

T: I got CCB hop profile in there in spades! Additionally, the roasted nut taste was absolutely fantastic. Candy (burnt) sugar in spades, along with a good bit of sweet malt for backup.

M: Lots of lacing here on the glass and on the palate, but the journey was well worth it. This one was thick, but I could tell that the carbonation was meticulously calculated for this particular beer... and I thing that is the strongest aspect of this sucker. The creaminess is divine!

O: A B+ overall average huh? I thing by now I know a great beer in a particular style when I taste, see, and smell it, I based on that, I'm going to give this one my highest recommendation!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4-8-11
Reviewed cold from a bomber to a glass

A - Poured three fingers of think foam, great head retention on this bad boy. Nice tan head with a very dark body

S - Malts with brown sugar. No hop aroma to speak of but hints of chocolate and toffee

T/M - Took a while for the head to disappear. Taste dark roasted malts with toffee and dark chocolate. Smooth brew with a malty after taste

D - Very drinkable, great blend of roasted malts and sweetness. I highly recommend this brew. I would get this brew again

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown, not ebony, slight retention, no lacing

smell: strong nutty aroma

taste: roasted choclate malt with a hit of nittiness

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full

drinkability: another world class beer from CC. So far everything I had from them has been fabulous.

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Photo of frampin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Sebletitje, thanks for the hook up!

This brown ale pours a nice, comforting deep brown with a tan head that fades fairly quickly. Aromas are of warm malts, fruity esters, and a hint of cantaloupe? Mouth feel leaves nothing to be desired... creamy and substantial. Roasty, slightly sweet malts dominate the flavor with hints of almonds and pecans and just a bit of warming alcohol at the finish. This is an extremely drinkable ale and a definite "must try" if you're looking for worthy brews from Florida.

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Photo of Lerxst
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a dark brown with a chunky one finger khaki head that has great retention and leaves copious amounts of lace. Great looking beer.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, a nice nutty aroma, hints of tobacco and coffee as well. Nice nose, but if it was a bit more prominent, I'd give it another half a point.

T-Big, roasty, rich, bready malts lead. Also picking up chocolate, some dark fruit, hints of coffee and maybe some vanilla, a delicious nuttiness and a smoky lingering on the back end.

M-Lush, creamy, rich. Coats the palate well. Not quite full bodied, but its almost there.

D-This thing goes down smoooth and easy. VERY drinkable.

Another great beer from CCB!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, what a solid beer. Pours from the 750ml bottle into a proper Newcastle Imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark, chocolate brown and is topped with a frothy, cuban-coffee like, espresso colored head. Quite nice looking. Brown ales arent exactly the most exciting style of beer.

Aroma is loaded with breadiness, caramel, toasty bread, absolutely wonderful. Toss in some coffee, licorice, some earthy hops, and you have the making of a great brown ale.

Solid flavors that echo the aromas. Full of coffee and toffee as well as toasty bread, sweet brown sugar, alcohol. Tobacco and dark fruits round out the complex flavor profile.

This a truly outstanding beer for the style. I am not generally a fan of the style but this one circumvents all preconceptions of the style. Absolutely loved this one.

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a solid brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with a good deal of syrupy cane sugar and hints of toffee.

Tastes very good. Toasted malt flavors with good amounts of toffee and milk chocolate. The ending is mildly bitter and there are hints of tobacco - something I noticed in the Maduro Brown and am a big fan of.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a heavy thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily have more.

Overall this is a very good "imperial brown" that melds a bunch of flavors together very well. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Bruery tulip, big thanks to Josh (jyoungsbcp) for the bottle. This is my second bottle of this - the first bottle, which was spectacular, had the rating deleted at some point during the site issues. Looking forward to another bottle of a delicious beer.

Pours deep brown, one-finger khaki head settles fairly quickly into an island of soapy suds in the middle of the beer. Some nice lacing however.

Nose is packed - roastiness bordering on light roast coffee, deep nuttiness that runs into some dry, dark cocoa, noticeable alcohol coming through underneath to add just an edge of bite.

Taste carries all that the nose promised. Big roastiness that hints at toastiness on one end and light roast coffee at the other, dark cocoa and dark fruits coming through as well, with the nuttiness coming back through, lingering all through the delicious finish, and again really defining this beer. Alcohol is definitely there; doesn't interfere, but isn't quite invisible as well. Just a spectacularly well put-together beer.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, crisply carbonated, with a nice creaminess to it towards the finish.

Drinkability for this one is near perfect - like a beautifully put together dark chocolate bar with hazlenuts and coffee beans. Only the very light alcohol keeps this from a perfect 5 in this category.

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Photo of phichifiji00
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate in color. Pours one finger of thick creamy tan head that slowly fades. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, toffee, nutty, roasted malt, sweet.

Taste: Dark Chocolate,milk chocolate, nutty, praline, toffee, roasted malt, hint of coffee, creme.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very thick, viscous, moderate carbonation, smooth/creamy.

Overall: A very drinkable, complex brown ale. I was quite surprised by the complexity and the mouthfeel of this beer. I highly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on some.

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Photo of wood2430
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and roasty.. pours with a nice head that recedes rather quickly..

S: Slight hints of vanilla and oak that is slightly soured.
T: Full and bold
M: Slightly bitter.. that lingers in mouth for several minutes..
D: Drink in a pint glass at chilled level.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bolita was some sort of lottery game in the old days of Tampa. Known for being rigged, yet still quite popular, and front and center on the label is the "kingpin" of bolita himself. One fugly sun ma' bitch if you ask me. Anyways...This is labeled as a DOUBLE BROWN ALE and if your thinking as I thought when I first heard that then your right. Twice as delicious as a regular brown ale!!!Pours a heavy, dark, cloudy brown with a depth of aroma so deep its hard not to drown yourself from jealousy towards your reflection that is one with the brew. Whoa...What?

TONS of roasted nuttiness. Unbelievably smooth and creamy. I could drink 6 of these massive pint bottles and still want more. A seasonal brew with no specific release time(whenever they feel its ready i guess). If you can find this I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it.

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Photo of clickpush
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip glass. Viscous pour, the beer was in no hurry to leave the bottle. Tons of carbonation visible along sides of the glass. A 1.5 finger khaki head sets up shop... apparently there for the long haul. Body is very dark, only the slightest hint of a ruby hue allowed to pass through when held to a light. As I drink the beer the lace remains a good .5-1 finger thick, leaving a lace ring around the glass denoting every sip.

Nose: A bit of a sour, fruity nose blended with a dry, yeasty character and some nutty, earthy, English malt type deal and a hint of very dark chocolate. Pleasingly bright, yet somehow hidden & restrained... not billowing out of the glass, not showing off... just there. Humble.

Mouth: Absolutely nothing like how it smelled. I expected a medium bodied, medium flavored brown ale with a hint of wild yeast. What I get is a huge bodied, heavily roasted, over malted big bad boy of a beer. In a blind tasting (or, perhaps, even still) I would classify this beer as a Russian Imperial Stout without hesitation. Ginormo flavor: chocolate, overcooked caramel, unfermented sugars, lingering roast malt flavors. Mouthfeel is full bodied and mouth coating, though a touch over carbonated (IMO).

Chewy, tasty, and sweet - this is a huge dessert of a beer. I will enjoy every one of the 25 ounces in this bottle!

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Photo of mondegreen
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml into a Stone Double Bastard Highball.

Pours a deep brown with lovely tan highlights. A frothy light mocha head rests atop the brew, leaving gorgeous lacing on the side of the glass.

Sweet, roasty notes meet an earthy goodness. Take everything good about the brown ale style, double it, and you have an idea.

Taste is more sweet than roasted, but with a perfectly bitter/spicy hop finish. the nuttiness is apparent in the lingering aftertaste. Superb.

Mouth is wonderfully smooth without being too heavy or chewy. While not the most intricate CCB beer, this is a very nice representation of a typically under appreciated style. This would make a great candidate for an addition to CCB's six pack lineup.

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Photo of haazer
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited for my first Cigar City offering. Capped 750ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Big bubbly light brown head forms 2 fingers on top of cola looking brew. Very dark brown with carbonation sticking to the sides. Little bits of lacing left on the sides.

S- Great aromas in this. A sweet blend of vanilla and roasted nuts. Brown, medium roasted malt profile is the backbone. Some sticky sweet caramel, nougat and chocolate. Aromas are very strong and easy to pick out.

T- Flavor starts out as the nose does with a sweet vanilla up front with roasted peanuts. Midway through I pick up on marshmellow, which gets taken over by a dominant chocolate flavor which I think is strongest in the taste. Aftertaste is dry roasty malts. No hint of ABV.

M- The mouth is medium bodied and ever so silky smooth. I get a fluffy marshmellow feel in the mouth as was in the flavor. Carbonation felt on the swallow in the back of throat.

O- A delicious English Brown Ale with interesting flavor profiles. The lack of noticeable ABV makes this dangerously drinkable. Though this has got to be a clichè I could really see enjoying this with a cigar. Can't wait to try other Cigar City brews.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown with a steady clingy light tan head.

Big smell of woody earthy nut with sweet bready alcohol in the end. One of the best brown ale smells.

First taste is nutty malt that is very full, then some alcohol and some rich bread in the end.

Creamy mouthfeel and really drinkable for the abv. When I first had it on draft you would think it wasn't stronger than other brown ales.

Very excited to find this bottled.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 32 oz growler shared by JDV. Thanks Denis.
Poured a dark brown color. Delayed foaming but eventually 1 finger of head formed.
Good hoppy, roasty aroma.
Taste: hoppy , roasty. Not timid with the flavors, Kind of like an imperial stout / or a porter. The flavor slowly fades well after you swallow.
Mouthfeel: very creamy.
Drinkability: wow really surprised on the ABV of this. It drinks incredibly well.
I have to say this is one of my favorite brown ales I have had.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first cold, rainy summer I can remember this summer of 2012 calls for a cigar city bolita. I am very excited to try this

A- a completely opaque body with layers of mocha foam enrobing the glass. The layers of foam are almost in 3d as they burst off the glass

S- what a variety of scent that starts with a nutty chocolate and toffee scent. Some wood and even a bit of sour scent is present that really makes for an interesting combination. Not to mention there is no alcohol scent in this at all

T- all the toffee, chocolate, and sour flavors mesh into a dark and tasty treat. The wood theme shows up and literally positions the brew for a toasted nut flavor on the exit. What a combination of flavor

M- so creamy and carbonated at the same time... All the while the flavor is coating the palate with all these unique flavors in unison

O- bolita may be the best brown ale I have ever tasted. The presence of sour flavor compliments all the extensive flavors in this brew. I need cigar city to come to syracuse asap!!!

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Photo of nickfl
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of light brown head on a slightly hazy, dark amber-brown body. The head exhibits good retention and leaves thick lace on the walls.

S - Sweet malt with lots of toffee and a hint of hops.

T - Thick, rich malty flavor with notes of toffee and caramel. Minor hop flavor in the middle that fades to dark malt. Bittersweet chocolate and char in the finish with moderate hop bitterness that leaves a lingering tobacco smoke flavor on the palate.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Wow, this is a thick, rich malty beer that has enough hop presence in the finish to balance and keep it drinkable. I don't really get much nuttiness from the malt, but the surprisingly dark chocolate and tobacco notes are better anyway. Not exactly a session beer, but pretty drinkable nonetheless; a complex and thoroughly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of bernardus1212
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a large bottle into an Ommegang glass. Cloudy dark brown with a creamy light brown head. THe double nut gives it more body, thickness to the beer. Superb flavors mollases, spice, (the nuttyness of course), and a nice finish. HArd to get but.... I live close to the brewery.

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