Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

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Bolita Double Nut Brown AleBolita Double Nut Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
621
Reviews:
204
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
126
For Trade:
9
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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 Bunuelian
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours a pitch really-dark-brown with creamy one finger tan head, half inch retained for quite a while, rings of lace.

Smell: brown sugar, powdery milk chocolate, lightly toasted nuts, pine and citrus peel.

Taste: caramel, fruity - plumish, toasted mixed nuts (for fun, let's say hazelnut, brazil, walnut), chocolate milk, earthy and slightly citric hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and exceptionally creamy, drying and sticky finish, more chocolate in the finish.

A great, (almost) balanced imperial brown ale.

Oct 2010 bottling.

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Photo of jworkman
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JAck199
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to corby112 for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a dark and murky muddied brown color with one finger of creamy khaki head on top. Retention was decent with the head melting down to a fat, lace leaving ring.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, espresso, toffee, and molassas. Very decadent.

T: See above. Great roasty malt and nut flavors. Bitter dark chocolate and dark roast coffee, too.

M: Sweet with a slightly tangy dryness. Peppery, bitter hop finish.

D: Excellent! CCB has taken this style to a whole new level!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Sebletitje for this brew.

750ml Bottle

Poured into a chalice a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of chocolate/toffee going on, slight vanilla. Medium body, very nice slight bitterness/dry finish, you would never know this was a 9% ABV brew. Very drinkable, an awesome brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of nickd717
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mfielden at a BA tasting - thanks, Mark!

A - This beer has an incredible appearance, murky dark brown with an awesome lasting tan head that leaves some foam and great lacing.

S - Aroma is nuts, smoke, chocolate, and maybe even a hint of bretty tartness.

T - Awesome flavor and keeps going for awhile after you drink it. Chocolate malt, toffee, nuts, and smoke.

M/D - Palate is fairly light for the ABV, adding to the drinkability. You really don't notice the 9% at all. This is a great beer.

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Photo of 442Much
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of tazzerboy
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Thin toffee color head at pour. It fades rather quickly. Extremely dark in color...almost porter/stout dark.

S-Faint brown sugar and chocolate.

T-Like smell, lots of brown sugar and chocolate the, esp. the chocolate. The chocolate was rich and smooth. Reminded me of S.M. Taddy Porter. There is enough hoppiness to balance out the sweetness as well as a little bit alcohol feeling on the back of the tongue and in the nose. Really smooth considering the bar tender said it had 10% ABV.

M-Medium-thick, smooth and silky

D-I which I had ordered a second instead of the IPA that ordered when my food came. I also can't wait until CCB starts bottling the Bolita Brown so I can take it back home with me.

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Photo of Gmann
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml capped bottle. Pours a a deep brown color with a tight tan colored head that settled into a chunky ring. The aroma is of mocha and milk chocolate, wet wood and pepper. The taste is big on the milk chocolate and mocha, light roasted malt, some smoke and nut flavors. Has to be one of the tastiest brown ales that I have had. Nice moderate body with semi-soft carbonation give the brew a silky feel, sweet yet with a bitter edge, perhaps a touch sticky in the end. ABV well hidden. This is a mighty fine brew, big and bold for a brown but very drinkable.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 621 ratings.
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