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

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown in color. Almost black, but not quite there. Forms a large foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces down to a thick ring around the edges and some blobby islands. Some very light lacing.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, figs. Cocoa and baking chocolate. Maybe a little raisin to round it out.

T: Starts off with a viscous sweetness. Chocolate, prunes, and dark fruits. Baking chocolate with a mild cocoa bitterness. Medium finish is mostly a light cocoa bitterness.

M: Very full and viscous body. I've had imperial stouts with less body than this. Carbonation is present on the pour, but seems to burn off quite quickly.

O: I had a hard time reviewing this one. I bought this bottle last December and just decided to finally open it up (this one was not infected in any way), but I just wasn't in the mood for such a deep heavy beer on a summer day. Also, if you were to rate this beer to the style, it doesn't fit it in the least, but it really doesn't claim to either. Overall, I found this beer to be rather enjoyable. Complex, but not overly so. Very well balanced and quite flavorful.

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Photo of photomike
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brown with a medium tan head and creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate, nuts, cedar, alcohol.

T: Taste is really woody. Lots of cedar (we had to check that this wasn't actually the Humidor bottle, but it was not), chocolate, black coffee and brazil nuts.

MF: Highly carbed, but creamy, oily, and interesting.

D: This was really cedary, but it worked better in this beer than it did for the cedar-aged Zhukov. Everything was well harmonized and delicious. A great offering.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark deep cloudy brown with a thin tan head that fades from foamy to rocky quickly. Nice clumpy lacing.

Smells sweet and nutty with some earthiness and a touch of maple syrup. A bit of alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste is much more roasty with a pronounced sweetness at the end. Delicious, mostly the same characteristics as the smell.

Mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied with little foam and a dry finish.

It can fill you up pretty quickly though.

Awesome beer, cigar city continues to impress me.

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Photo of BTPete
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pulled from my cellar at dinner with friends. Poured into 2 pint glasses. Bottle purchased a few months ago.

A: Dark brown with big dirty brown head. Nice lacing on glass.

S: Caramel, nutty, malty, and coffee aroma.

T: Strong nutty flavors. Malt driven but a really great and robust flavor profile.

M: Full bodied, active and highly carbed.

D: Strong flavor profile would limit but it hides the 9% well. I think this was a great beer and another winner by CCB. Hoping I make it to Tampa at some point to check these guys out.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into wine-shaped Leffe glass at cellar temperature.

Pours with a short brown head over a deep amber-to-brown body.

Aromas start herbal along with some northwestern-style hops, and quickly shift over to a rich nutty quality. Good toffee sweetness, too.

Flavors are like a roasted cocoa milkshake - if one existed. Slight medicinal vapors thru the middle. But overall, lots of caramel and milk chocolate.

Very thick and smooth for the style... nothing else comes close, but is it style-appropriate? ...I don't care.

Falls a bit short on drinkabilty (for the style), but in general, it's a tasty treat that I could find room for 50oz of.

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Photo of peabody
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nutty brown color with two fingers of the tan suds. There is slight lacing.
Smell is slightly charred malts and caramel sugar. Slight cigar smell? Mabey that is the label talking but it smells like this needs a cigar to smoke with it. You can't tell the alcohol here.
Taste is warm maltyness with a slight boozy flavor to accent the slight bitterness. Really good balanced drink.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky but the charred malts and bitterness make you want another drink to keep the mouth coated.
Drinkability is really good here despite the high abv. Would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of jlindros
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard lots of rumors that this is contaminated and soured, but that just makes it all the better... and I have to thank msulinski for the shot at it.

A: As I crack it, the beer quickly rises up the head, giving more fuel to the rumors of contamination. The beer pours a huge 2 finger head in my super oversized snifter so it's really a huge honkin head, and it fades semi slowly, also leaving a nice lacing as it fades. The beer is a really dark brown color that doesn't really let any light through so I can't see the true color, in this glass at least.

N: Oh yeah, sour wild yeast contamination up the wazoo. It has a definite wild funk to it, sour fruit, little sour cherry, tart, vinegar, touch of barnyard, etc. Behind all that is a nice porter like aroma, with some chocolate, malt, little roast and coffee, touch of caramel, creamy porter aroma, etc. A dry wild Brett like funk starts to come through again behind that, like it's layered ready to continue it's barrage.

T: Starts like it should uncontaminated, with a really nice porter flavor. Dark roasty malts, caramel, little coffee, touch of black patent malt, chewy malts, etc. A nice porter like flavor that would be terrific on its own. Pretty sweet though, adding quite a bit of sugar, brown, candi, syrupy, etc. A little too sweet overall for me. It even adds a little minerality to the roasty malts. Then come the contamination, but it's much lighter on the taste. A little dry funky Brett tastes, touch of barnyard, slight touch of sour fruit with some tart flavors, but no real vinegar. A slight bitterness too, probably mostly from roasty malts and wild yeast, but perhaps a hint of earthy hops too. It's also slightly creamy and perhaps a hint of oatmeal.

M: Medium body, slight touch of spicy booze, and tons of carbonation (thanks to the wild yeast).

F: Finishes pretty dry despite the initial sweetness, but leaves some hints of brown sugar and molasses, as well as syrupy slight stickiness. Then more porter like dark roast, coffee, with a little chewy malt lingering, more creamy oatmeal, and very porter like tasty finish. The wild contamination is practically gone at this point, it started out on the finish but quickly fades, except for the spicy dry finish that most likely came from the wild yeast. A slight bitterness comes through as well. Despite the wild yeast contamination, it's delicious. I can see what it was supposed to be, and what it is now, and both are delicious either way. I actually love it the way it is and if they said they did it on purpose I would believe them.

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Photo of chilly460
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown color, with thick foamy beige head that slowly dissipates into a very nice even coating. Great looking beer.

S: Loads of caramel malts, some chocolate toffee and brown sugar.

T: Very sweet and malty, with very apparent malts, nuttiness, and brown sugar taste. Nice alcohol warming effect, but the alcohol bite is mellow. Hard to classify this as it's not really what I'd envision of a "double" brown, but either way it has a great taste.

M: Thick and sticky, almost too much so, could use a touch more carbonation actually.

O: Really enjoyed this one, just a flavor bomb, and nice warming effect along with it. I want to say it's like a good brown ale met a good strong ale.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4oz bottle (different from the picture on this page, the one with a few big lottery balls on it) into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours an opaque brown color with a one-finger yellowish head.

S: Very sweet. Chocolate and coffee notes accompany a prominent toffee smell. There are also some nutty notes in the background here.

T: More of the same from the smell -- sweet toffee notes with some dark chocolate to follow. The chocolate and coffee flavors give this once a nice level of bitterness despite the low level of hops. There are some pleasant nut notes in the finish on this one. It's everything I would want for dessert in a beer.

M: Sticky most of the way down with a bit of dryness to keep you coming back.

D: This is a perfect after-dinner drink.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always interested in trying new cigar city treats. Like the label on this one.

Appearance- This one looks great, rich brown. The head is a robust mocha that clings and laces nicely. It settles into an almostvhalf inch cap. The beer itself is brown with some chestnut red highlights.

Smell- Rich, nutty, a hint of espresso. Definitely some fruitiness including, chocolate covered for sure. Toastiness.

Taste- Nice and rich. Some chocolate, very rich and nutty. Chocolate covered peanuts. Hazelnut and some bitterness, but only a hint. A little alcohol, but mostly smooth and sweet.

Mouthfeel- nice and rich, coats.

Drinkability- Very nice, but so toasty and malty one will do.

Very good beer, it balances nicely. Very rich. A good buy for sure.

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Photo of kbm
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from a trade with Keifdog.

Appearance: Opaque ruddy brown with a generous and cascading tan head. Head retention is great with thick puffy lacing.

Smell: Nutty, toffee, brown sugar and coffee. Sweet maltiness.

Taste: My initial reaction is that the beer has a lot more flavor than I expected. Full of nuttiness and maltiness. Lots of brown sugar and tobacco. There's a bit of coffee aftertaste as well as a bit of metallic overtones.

Mouthfeel/Drinkablility: medium/full carbonation. Easy drinking beer. I am little surprised that it's 9%, drinks a bit easier than a 9%.

This is a good brown.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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~

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4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL to tulip. Sampled 11/28/10. $16 for the bottle.

A: A creamy/frothy head of 3 1/2 fingers is light brown in color and lasts impossibly long. As it recedes, chunky splotches of foam stick to the glass and later become random splatters of loosely strung lace with fair to good coverage. Everlasting film and collar. The body of the beer is dark brown with transparency only at the bottom of the glass. Better coverage in the lacing department would have earned the appearance a perfect score.

S: Heavily malted with toasted aromas of nuts, chocolate and light toffee. The hops are muted and give the impression of grass and flowers. Scents of new leather come in to play as well as an earthy, slightly musty component.

T: The flavor translates fairly directly from the aroma experience, incorporating a light hand of fruit esters, which are most likely yeast derived. Moderately sweet and long lasting flavor. Finishes with a strong hazelnut character. Slightly lactic.

M: A notch below full body with a very creamy texture that coats the mouth and becomes sticky just after the swallow. Effervescence has average vigor and gently tingles the tongue as the beer rolls over it perpetuating the creaminess of the texture.

D: The drinkability is very good as the 750 went down with no trouble at all. Another solid offering from Cigar City. A likely repeat purchase.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Alucard4

Look: Dark brown with a 1 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: Nuts alcohol a light woodiness and some caramel

Taste: Same as the nose. It starts out with a nice nutty woody character and then mid palate you get a touch of alcohol and then the beer finishes with some delicious coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: This is one of the better brown ales on the mark. I don't think I would change anything about this beer

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, rich muddy brown color with decent cap of khaki head. Scent is of chocolate, carmel, toffee, roasted nuts, fresh bread. Taste is more agressive then scent dictates with a nice big sweet chocolate and toffee taste backed with a solid roasted nut background. Perfect level of hopping. Medium bodied, smooth and clean. A very good brown ale.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL capped bottle.

appears a dark chestnut brown color, with thin off-white head. good head retention. aroma is boozy, with buttery biscuit malt aroma.

tastes of sweet brown sugar, toffee, with slight alcohol burn in the finish that reminds me of whiskey. body is thick, almost syrupy.

definitely a unique and tasty take on the classic style.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this bottle in a recent trade and have been pretty excited about getting to it, but am just finally doing so. Review is from notes taken on 1/3/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark, mahogany brown and has some lighter mahogany and ruby highlights when held up; starts with a 1/2 finger tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin, but full cap; body is very dark and nearly opaque, but does show some light creeping through; a few patches and swaths of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Burnt roastiness with some caramel and cola-like sweetness as well; a definite earthy and slightly bitter nuttiness; overall, it's not quite as robust as I was hoping being a "doubled" version of the standard brown, but the scents are good overall, just not really in my face like I expected.

Taste: OK, here's where things leap up from the smell -- this beer tastes absolutely amazing; definite roastiness that is slightly burnt and reminiscent of a lighter roast coffee; caramel, bittersweet chocolate and a dry cocoa powder blend with a strong earthy and bitter nuttiness that is delicious and really works to compliment the other flavors; a slight presence of alcohol, but really not too overwhelming; kudos to Cigar City -- I'll tell you, this is a brewery that has yet to let me down at all -- all of their stuff I've been fortunate enough to sample has been super solid.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight, and the carbonation is strong and prickly on the tongue, but manages to resist being sharp; a thin, dry sticky coating is left all over the mouth and it helps hold the sweetness from the malts, but also the nutty flavors (really more and more reminiscent of walnut as I continue to sip it); belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: ABV be damned, this is an all night kind of beer -- really great set of flavors and a body that isn't too heavy or thick or chewy or anything.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, my first Cigar City brew, now I feel like a Floridian again. Thank god, someone in Tallahassee (Liquor Loft) had it. This brew pours a dark brown with a sudsy tan head which gives the beer a nice lacing. Aroma is top notch, very thick and creamy and sweet -- malty with a lot of brown sugar, caramel and cocoa. Label says double brown and this brew makes it stand up. Alcohol is very well hidden; it's thicker than a normal brown ale (duh), but it has no alcohol burn. Very well brewed stuff. As sweet as it starts, the brew has a nice balancing bitterness that keeps this brew remarkably balanced.

A great brew here, good to see more brews flowing from Florida, now I just need to get my hands on them.

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all this one is near and dear to my heart as I named it. I was the winner of a naming contest for this one, and as a reward you will find my name on each and every bottle. Rock On!

A: Pours a nice dark brown with tones of black and orange showing thru. The head builds nicely and shows good retention. Hints of lace are noted.

S: Nice roasted malt aromas with hints of chocolate, nutty toffee, caramelized brown sugar, and molasses.

T: Big on the malt with hints of roast and caramel. This one is chalk full of nuts. Very nutty with hints of buttery toffee and brown sugar. Light hints of chocolate push through as well.

M: Medium in body, very smooth.

D: Not my favorite style, but this is one of the better examples.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a chalice. Comes out a murky dark brown shade with a thick, frothy white head. Excellent retention. Color is not the most enticing, but had to give a 4.5 given the great head and the overall quality of the beer (appearance is the least important category IMHO).

S: Yeast, caramel, and chocolate malt with a little sour apple tartness to it.

T: Sweet and fruity up front, with some lactic tartness. Dark cherry and baker's chocolate notes transition to oat and roasted earthy nutty (maybe pecan?) flavors that linger through the finish.

M: Not bad, but a little fluffy and over-carbonated.

Bolita was unexpectedly fruity, almost like some of the Belgian styles, and delivered quite a bit more complexity than I was expecting out of a nut brown. However after reading more about the English Brown Ale style, it makes sense. Not your typical brown ale, but one to sit back and savor. Like all of the Cigar City beers I have had, this was well-crafted and unique.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sebletitje for this one.

Pours clear, but quite dark brown. Thinner tanish head. After letting it sit out for a short while I get toffee on the nose. Flavor is slightly sweet. Minor roasted and coffee tones, but the sweet character stays dominant here. Feel has a pretty vibrant carbonation on there and the liquid is thicker on the body. This is a pretty thick beer. Brown Ale? Sure I guess. Seems like an Imperial Brown Ale if you ask me. Thick and hearty. Not a traditional interpretation.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is fantastic! The nose is very malty with toffee, chocolate, tobacco and roasted nuts.

T- The taste like the aroma is heavy on the malt with notes of toffee and chocolate with a lot of roasted malt and lingering tobacco and earthy flavors in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Bolita isn't a beer that you are going to drink all night long, but it is a very complex and tasty sipper that seems like it would be the perfect beer pairing with a cigar. Overall, yet another fantastic brew from Cigar City. Keep 'em coming guys!

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Photo of wspscott
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle in New Belgium tulip
no date

A: Very dark brown/black with a cappuccino colored head. Almost stout like in appearance.
S: Lots of fruits, some chocolate and a hint of roasted malt, seems to be a combination of malt and yeast driven smells.
T: A hint of sweetness with some bitter chocolate in the background, the fruitiness is much more masked vs. the nose. Even as it warms up, there is no hint of alcohol at all.
M: Very creamy with a low level of carbonation, finishes slightly dry, not cloying at all, somewhat surprising given the initial impression of sweetness.
O: A very good beer, hard to say that it is a good example of a "style" since they call it a double nut brown, but it has some of the nut brown character. This reminds me of a dryer/ less sweet version of Young's Double Chocolate Stout without the massive chocolate, by that I mean there is a lot of richness that I don't associate with an english brown or porter, but the flavors match pretty well with a brown. I would not mind a sixer of this on occasion, but a 750ml is too pricy/hard to drink. Highly recommended, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of shand
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a very murky brown color crested with two fingers of mocha colored head. Retention and lacing are good. This beer comes in with a bang. The taste comes on strong, with some roasted malts, nuttiness, and an interesting amount of fruits. They're not quite as dark as the fruits in a RIS, but I wouldn't consider them to be Belgian-esque either. The main flaw comes with the aftertaste, the interaction between the roastiness, nuttiness and the slight alcohol burn at the very end comes off as just a little metallic. Otherwise, a superb brew.

The mouthfeel is very nice, it's got the full sticky CCB body that I know and love, and the drinkability is downright dangerous for the ABV. Overall, this is a great beer marred only slightly by a bit of off-taste on the finish. I'm looking forward to trying some from the next batch to see if it's just batch variation.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A BIG thanks to siege06nd for supplying this one. Cheers, John!

A: Chestnut brown, with a nice and compact 1.5 finger head. The lacing is ample and sticky.

S: A bit hoppy and nutty, but what I really get is a good amount of malt on the nose. Really digging this.

T: Agressive for a brown - it come off a bit like a porter. It's quite almondy. Traces of sweet alcohol on the finish.

M: Unlike so many within the category, it's not slick and oily. Rather, it's thick and rich and drinks like a champ. Proper carbonation, though it could be a bit creamier.

O: CCB's Bolita Brown is a really killer interpretation of a fairly played out style. Good drinking all around - one of the best brown's on the market.

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 620 ratings.
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