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 Jammies
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep reddish brown with a generous amount of light brown foam

S- sweet and almost hoppy smell. slightly citrusy

T- a little bit hoppy and sweet with just a bit of hotness. Well balanced

M- light and smooth slightly hot on the finish

O- terrific. unusual style to be hoppy for a brown ale.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml shared by cbutova, thanks Cam!

Dark brown, tan head retains at about a half finger leaving good lacing.

Smell is coffee with cream, nuts, cocoa.

Nutty malts are huge and most noticeable. Caramel, dark fruits, toffee. Pretty sweet. Maintains a brown ale feel while being 9%, impressive. Booze well-hidden, good mouthfeel, carbonation a bit on the high side but fine.

Basically a brown ale on steroids. At the time I didn't know this was an English style nut brown, that explains alot, this may be the nuttiest beer I've had. Maybe a little too sweet for my tastes, definitely a beer to split, but good.

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Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.

Pours a dark brown with a half an inch of thick, dense brown head that has great retention. The nose is faint caramel, but heavily musty. It's a little funky and reminds me a little of wet dog. The flavor is far better than the nose would lead you to believe. It's sweet caramel up front with a little bit of nuttiness followed by a rich, chocolaty finish. There are some faint coffee notes and a mild astringency in the finish as well. The medium, smooth body and mild carbonation make this very easy to drink.

This is a really solid beer. The flavor is excellent and complex. It loses some points because the nose wasn't particularly appetizing, but overall I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes over the weekend.

A- Dark brown with red edges and a nice tan head. Retention is pretty nice and the cap looks creamy. Nice cloud and ring leaves a good coat of lace.

S- Big nutty malt and sweet caramel. Dark fruit and a slight Barleywine feel. Hint of medicinal. Brown sugar/cola as well.

T- Well, like a very big brown ale. Sweetness is pretty big. Lots of raisin, dark fruit, nutty and caramel malt. Some alcohol/medicinal.

MF- Silky oily body with a somewhat creamy feel. Carbonation is low to medium and pretty smooth.

DB- I suppose it does feel like a double nut brown. Huge all around brown ale flavors. A bit sweet for my taste though.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft. Pours a clear darker reddish mahogany brown color with a tan head. Nutty dark malt aroma in the nose along with some cereal/bread notes with a touch of cocoa. Good lace left on the glass as I drink this down. Sweet chocolate nut at the start balanced with a nice roast bitternss quality. Slight hop finish and ends rather dry. Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

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Photo of mbrady55
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice smoke upon opening. Pours a nice dark brown/red with a decent amount of transparency. Pour left about a 1 1/2-2 finger head. Overall a very nice looking brown ale

S: Good amount of chocolate in the nose along side a bit of coffee and nuts. Caramel malt is also quite prevalent. Alcohol is pretty noticeable.

T: Up front your are greeted with bitterness as well as a pleasant caramel taste, alcohol is noticeable although it is not overwhelming. Aftertaste is a nice bittersweet chocolate and a bit of coffee.

M: Medium mouth feel that coats the pallet fully. Thick and sticky feeling.

D: Good drinkability given the 9% alcohol although it does detract a bit from the overall enjoyment for me at least.

Overall a very nice brew from CCB, this is not my favorite style in the world as is the case for many BA however i found this to be quite enjoyable and will be able to finish the 750mL bottle no problem.

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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours brown with a light brown thin head. Visible effervenscene streams. Good head retention and minimal lacing.

S- Smells sweet (think fruit sweet).

T- Sweet, nutty, with a wood-esque aftertaste. Nine percent alcohol is well hidden. "Rich."

M- Good carbonation. Slightly on the syrupy side.

D/O- Started on this without knowing as much as what style it was. It grew on me over 11 ounces to be blunt. Recommended for Brown Ale fans. My first Cigar City.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a nice dark brown with about an inch of very light tan head. The head settles down to a creamy layer of foam with thin lace.

Really a nutty smell on this. Hazelnut and nutmeg come to mind with a little bit of a smokey aroma and some citrus hops kicking around in the background. Really a nutty flavor here too. Hazelnut with some cocoa are most noticable up front with a bit of bitter citrus hops. Andy pointed out that this one seems a bit yeasty and I agree with that.

Good medium body on this bordering a bit on the heavier side. Nice soft carbonation here too. This is a well crafted beer. Probably one of the more enjoyable ones of the style that I've had. Tone down the yeast and this one is rock solid.

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Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I received this beer as an extra in a recent trade with Avagadro. Thanks Aaron!

It poured a dark, dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger, creamy beige colored head. The beer poured full in body and was very viscous. It smells of lightly roasted malts, moderate sweet chocolate, light nuttiness, and some cream. It tastes of sweet chocolate, light roast, and has a nice nutty finish that isn't too much and finishes quite sweet. Like their other beers that come in 750s that I've had so far, it drinks very, very smoothly. Overall I do enjoy this beer but after awhile, it does get to be a little sweet. That's keeping me from rating it higher. It's a solid beer and from what I understand, a steal for the price.

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Photo of bbeane
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a big fluffy head with nice retention and a fair amount of lacing. Beer is dark brown in color with the tiniest bit of light coming through when held up to the ceiling

S- Malty, with notes of chocolate coming through. Bit of alcohol present as well

T- Pretty much tastes as the nose leads on... bit of sweet malts to start followed by some notes of chocolate and light bitterness. Chocolate becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms

M- Medium bodied with light carbonation

O- Definitely not the best Cigar City offering available, but decent. The beer gets better as it warms and the chocolate notes become more prominant, but the beer still lacks something IMO


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Photo of SiepJones
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A: Pours two fingers of creamy head that sticks to the glass. This beer has a deep rich mahogany color to it.
S: Smells of rich roasted malt with lots of nutty flavors.
T: A deep flavor of dark fruit and roasted malt up front meld into a nice coffee flavor. This is followed up with a slight hint of chocolate and chestnut on the back end.
M: Very carbonated mouth with a very rich mouthfeel on the swallow.
D: A very savory brew, high ABV, which kind of sneaks up on you as there's not much heat from the 9%. Overall this is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with off white head. Nice lacing and retention. The smell is sweet, fruity, with notes of chocolate. The taste is nutty, some cocoa characteristics, sweet malts, dark fruit, some woody and roasted notes. Simple but good. Earthy hops in the back with a little floral character. Thick and a bit syrupy. Overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of Danny1217
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a nice tan head. Good lacing and retention.
Smells Very nutty. Some caramel and vanilla. Alcohol isn't completely hidden, and certainly reminds you that this is a strong beer.
Smooth and nutty. A lot of toffee, peanut, and caramel flavors. Rather sweet. Bit of alcohol at the finish. Medium carbonation and a bit more than medium bodied.

Not my favorite offering from CCB, but still very good. A bit like a stronger version of Maduro with more of a roasted peanut taste.

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours auburn with a white head and lace that covers the glass.

Aroma is subtle, malty.

Taste is a light roast flavor with toast and caramel malt. Mellow, overriding nut flavor with some hops to spice it subtly. Creamy body--creamier than I expected from the appearance.

Very interesting and good beer. Subtle flavors that blend well together.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed 7/3/11

A - poured from a 750 ml bottle, pours a murky dark brown with 3 inches of tan foam that receded and left lost of lacing down the glass
S - there is alot of sweetness, an overall nutty smell that is quite enjoyable
T - there is a nutty taste up front, a slight malty sweetness with brown sugar, there is also a hint of smokiness as well
M - medium bodied, sort of lively carbonation that makes this one more drinkable
D - a bit too sweet for me, but its still very enjoyable.


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Photo of Schreibeers
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Average. Dark brown as expected. Some lacing down the glass, finger and a half head when poured aggressively and fades very quickly.

S: Not much going on here. I get some dark roasted maltiness and sweetness. Get some oily, mild hops.

T: Sweet roasty malts hit you at first, fading into a smooth rounded nuttiness, some sharp bitterness, finishing in a earthy maltiness.

M: Medium, chewy, rounded

D: Nice drinkability, sweetness keeps you interested, but would like a little more going on for the price.

I would try this again as it is an interesting example of the style.

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown with a solid one plus finger of light tan head that fell immediately to a thin skim. No lacing no coating. Next pour looked quite syrupy.

S: Quite sweet with amaretto and prunes. A hint of toast and then grape jelly.

T: Malt comes on strong out of the gate with burnt toast then quickly a barley wine like sweetness with prunes, grape jelly and raisins takes control. Faint alcohol and then big biscuit, amaretto and roasted nut and malt finish up with a bitter burnt toffee end.

M: Very big, foamy and makes me want to swish and chew a bit. Almost perfect.

O: Strange beer to me because it came across much sweeter than expected. The sweetness was interesting but I wanted more malt. Alcohol was well hidden well and I did enjoy drinking it. However, in a bar situation one pint probably would have been enough.

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jason's bottle. Another big CC beer, vold taste, rich, earthy, yeasty. The aroma was industrial level funky sour. Dark with a great soapy head. Ginger, chocolate, vanilla,lots of roast. Imperial brown. Carbonation right there. Decent drinkability, but another CC I would have only once.Full mouthfeel.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer from the uber-hyped CCB. Received as an extra. Poured from 22oz bomber into imperial nonic.

A - Pours dark brown with a huge amount of head. I probably poured a bit too aggressive, but oh well. I let the head settle down a bit and it leaves lots and lots of sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. A think tan-colored cap is left over the beer as head retention.

S - Chocolate, toasted sugars, malts, caramel, roasted nuts. There's also some funk in here which I think might come from an infection? The large amount of head could be another clue that this one might be infected.

T - Bitter dark chocolate, malts, burnt sugar notes, roasted nuts. A nice meld of sweetness, roasted notes, and bitterness. The 9% is hidden pretty darn well and it mostly comes out as sweetness rather then any hot alcohol notes. Bitter chocolate finish. Not as much funk as the nose, which helps contribute to the better score when compared to the nose.

M - Medium to full bodied, frothy carbonation which is almost like whipped cream, dry bitter finish.

D - Scary smooth for 9%! I am really enjoying this one and I'm glad my first CCB beer has turned out to be a winner. I am looking forward to trying more styles from this brewery and would recommend this one, no doubt about it.

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Photo of mothman
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Gtreid for this one! Really excited to try it!

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Pours a nice thick 2 finger creamy brown head. Wow, the head retention is amazing and there is a nice layer the entire time. Lace walls all the way down the glass. Color is a dark chocolate brown. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma: Very fresh earthy hops hit right away. Then I get toffee, caramel, chocolate, and some dark fruits mixed in the background. An amazing English Brown. Wow.

Taste: The taste is very malty, maybe almost to malty. The earthy hops don't stick out here as much, but they are there. I get a lot of milk chocolate and roasted/burnt malts. Sweet caramel and sugar. This is a very rich beer. A ton of toffee. I also get a marshmallow flavor. This has to be one of the better tasting English Brown Ales I have had.

Mouthfeel: a little bitter, creamy, smooth, and then a touch of heat peaks out. Medium to full bodied, this thing is big. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a big burnt malt flavor aftertaste that is pretty dry.

Overall, a pretty respectable beer. I think this 750 should be doable, but it is rather big. I am happy that I got to try this one and would really like to get my hands on some of the other versions of this beer.

Thanks Grant!

Edit: upon examining this beer a little more, I get some vinegar and wild funky notes. I really didn't expect this, but in reality it is quite obvious. Not something I like very much coming from the style. I gotta take the drinkilibilty down a bit, because I just don't feel it.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bolita casts a brownish dark copper color with a 1/2 inch vanilla beige head. Small amounts of coating lace that drips over time. Smells consist of malt, chocolate, toffee, a bunch of nuts. Taste is the same with some added roast and some barley. Somewhere in the medium area. Carb is nice and the alcohol is out of the way. I had no idea this was 9% till I looked. I thought it was in the 6 area. A nice strong brown that does not stray far at all from the style.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my brewing partner. Pours super dark brownish black, amazing looking creamy head chestnut in color. So dense it leaves lacing reminicent of guiness. Aroma is nutty, with some wafts of alcohol. Taste is chocolate and hazelnut forward with a medium long roasty finish. Highly drinkable and smooth for such a big beer. Creamy and smooth over the palate. I don't like brown ales, I keep telling myself that...but this beer begs the question, do I?

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Photo of drpimento
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.

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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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