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 oglmcdgl
1.44/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A 750 bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a steady pour brings a massive billowy tan head that doesn't look quite right to me. Head slowly settles to leave tons of sticky lace and a thick ring on top. Very dark brown in color with an amber cola glow at the edges.

S- unfortunately tart and funky upfront with some roast and nuts in the back. Very not what it should be.

T- tastes like old sour red wine. Very funky and fruity with touches of burnt nut and dark malts.

M- less then medium in body and highly carbed with a gross pucker.

O- well this is one bad beer. Totally infected and barely consumable. I'm fighting my way through the glass but I'm not sure if I can do it.

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Photo of maximum12
1.71/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to moose3285 for sending me a couple bottles of this brew. The first one was infected like an sore pus-filled sore, so I'm going to have to mark this innocent one down a bit. And thanks to moose-man for replacing the bad one, which is greatly appreciated (if unnecessary given all the fine back-and-forth over the years!).

Poured into a pair of pint glasses, this is brown only in the sense that it's not completely black. Smell is - sonofabitch - tart & a mite fruitish, mixed in with the nuts & sweet malts.

Bolita has a problem. Especially as I let it warm, the bear goes from decent to undrinkable. The tartness, & the beginnings of a crescent moon of sour, bludgeon the malts & nuttiness into the background. I can taste a good beer underneath here, but this is my second infected bottle of Bolita. Doesn't display the tell-tale gush or fizzy mouthfeel, so the infection is still in its infancy, but definitely present & taking a wrecking ball to the beer.

I'm a big enough Cigar City fan to be almost counted a homer, but I'm grossly disappointed with back-to-back bad bottles. Good thing there were a hellacious amount of other excellent beers in that box Mike!

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Photo of RossCain
1.8/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from April 2011, Poured from an (undated) 750ml purchased January 2011:

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a swelling, cappuccino colored head... as the head takes up more than 50% of the glass, it's evident that something is amiss for a Brown Ale...

S: Extremely strong scent of bacterial infection, completely masking any other flavors that could possibly be lying underneath.

T: Yeah, it's infected alright. Undrinkable, even from the standpoint of imagining it as just a sour, sour beer. Stale, moldy peanuts wrapped in a vinegar-soaked piece of cardboard is all I can say.

M: My sink did not comment on the 24 ounces of this brew that was forced down it, so I have nothing.

O: Well, I had this beer before on tap at CCB and it was fantastic. A really bold, creamy, chocolatey brown ale is what I was in the mood for and instead I received nothing but disappointment in the form of a bottle filled with half an inch of yeasty sediment.

I can't give 1's across the board because I know this beer's actual potential. Hopefully CCB has done a little better with their quality control since the time I purchased this brew. I had heard stories of random infections in CCB brews but this beer confirmed it.

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Photo of gnemesis
1.92/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I took an 8oz sample from 1 750ml bottle and poured into snifter on 04/25/2011. Dark brown and black topped by a mocha head. Great retention and good lace. My nose immediately picks up an off flavor- not much else going on here. This is bad. I taste a metallic off flavor, slight malty caramel- a bitterness bites the tongue. An inspection of the bottle shows rust on the cap and on the mouth of the bottle which could explain the bad taste. Full body with decent carbonation. Clearly I had a bad bottle and a definite drain pour. I will try again with another bottle in the future and edit my review.

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Photo of billab914
1.92/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep mahogany brown color with a thin, frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The first thing I notice is some sharper tartness to it unfortunately. It's not too bad at this point, but something definitely isn't right. I get a good dose of brown sugar sweetness to it as well mixing with just a bit of roasty, coffee like bitter flavors. Unfortunately the tartness just seems so out of place.

The taste shows even more of a problem. It's a little sharper and tart up front while a little more of a sugary sweet, funkiness comes out in the finish. I get just a little dry, roasty flavors in the finish, but it's overshadowed unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Overall, in it's current state it was a pretty bad beer. This unfortunately seems to be a trend with too many Cigar City beers I've tried. The rest of this one is getting poured out after this review.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
2.19/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

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Photo of Beer21
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of jsanford
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap, leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Definitely some infection setting in, lots of aromas of tart cherries with a bit of dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Not bad, but definitely not what this was supposed to be.
T - The cherry aroma luckily is much more subdued in the flavor, mostly getting dark chocolate, nearly-burnt roasted nuts, and coffee beans with a bit of the sour cherries in the finish, as well as a metallic "copper penny" sensation. Really wishing CCB bottle dated at this point, this is a nice waste of $10.99.
M - Creamy, with a fairly full mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - I'll definitely re-review this beer, but as for now this was a huge disappointment.

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Photo of alaimoa
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of garbercury
2.86/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerlvngirl for this generous extra...Poured into Goblet.

A--Nice deep dark brown, some lacing.

S--Smells likes dirt.

T--Tastes like dirt.

M--Thin, does not stand out...

D--This beer really falls flat. It really does smells and tastes like dirt. Not recommended.

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Photo of spointon
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= Poured a deep brown color with a lot of haze/cloudiness (despite the fact that the bottle had been undisturbed in the fridge for a couple months). The head rose about 3/4" with an average pour. Lots of sheet lacing and stickage.

S= This is where I began to worry. The aroma was dominated by a lot of dry wood and wet paper bag notes. Also present were some light hints of nuts and chocolate.

T= Better than the aroma, especially as it warmed. Slight roast, toffee, and hints of chocolate up front. There was definitely some wood character coming through, though the species defied my ability to identify. That nagging wet paper flavor is in there too. Some firm hop bitterness midway, leading to a fairly dry finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation level. Creamy mouthfeel.

D= Not a bad beer, but the oxidized/wood/paper notes in the aroma and flavor were disappointing.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
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

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 622 ratings