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 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 acurtis
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Retsinis for sharing this one at his' tasting.

Bottled 10/8/13.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toast, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour caramel and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but nothing too memorable in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium to dark brown color with a full, creamy head that swaths lace all over the chalice

Smell: Brown bread, chocolate powder, hazelnuts and a bit of tart fruit

Taste: Opens with a brown bread and tart fruit flavor that moves in a cedar and nut skin direction by mid-palate, where it is also joined by the chocolate powder; after the swallow, the fruit and chocolate flavors blend together but are joined by a lactic sourness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I don't think that this was the Brett infected batch, but it has some elements to it that I wasn't crazy about; the cedar and nut skin elements were negatives to my palate

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Photo of oline73
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with just a little bit of light coming through at the edges. It has a layer of off white head that fades completely.

Smell: Definitely picking up the malt first, hints of caramel, molasses, and perhaps a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet malt dominates. Again, picking up caramel, molasses, a hint of vanilla, and dark fruit. I'm also picking up some nuttiness in the malt as well. The finish has some bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium body. The carbonation is on the high side for this style, but pretty good. Dry finish.

Overall: I thought I remembered enjoying this beer more the first time I had it. I thought it was good and I would have it again. The flavors I'm picking up with the malt are nice together.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of caramelized nutty malt with light dry hops is very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between caramelized malt with balanced level of sweetens and a light dry hoppy finish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very easily drinkable brew with nice level of complexity.

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Photo of largadeer
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared by mfielden recently. Thanks, Mark. Dark hazy brown appearance with two fingers of tan head that retains well. An attractive brown ale. Nutty, malty, toasty aroma; nice but honestly a bit muted for a 9% beast of a brown ale. The taste is inexplicably mellow - if I didn't know any better, I would guess that this was a standard 5% brown ale. Whether that's a good or bad thing I'm not sure, but I'm impressed with how deceptive it is. How does it actually taste, then? Nice but very basic. Toasted grain and nuts, light roastiness and a touch of chocolate in the finish. Smooth from the oats but perhaps a touch overcarbonated for the style. The finish is dry and yeasty with a mild lingering roastiness. Pretty good stuff, one of the better Cigar City beers I've tried so far.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/22/2012. Pours almost black dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, raisin, prune, light nuttiness, and earth; a bit of estery alcohol that reduces a bit as it warms. Pretty nice aromas with good malt complexity and balance. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, nuttiness, roasted malt, dark bread, molasses, light dark fruit, and light earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, nuttiness, dark bread, light dark fruitiness, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of malt flavors; some slight estery off flavors, but not too bad; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial brown ale. Huge robustness of flavor with good balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.94 out of 5 based on 621 ratings.
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