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 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 n2185
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with two fingers of tan head that recedes into a thick ring with some decent lacing.

S: Lots of sweet roasted characters here. Sweet chocolate and nougat aromas dominate with creamy vanilla and even a hint of caramel. The finish smells of dry cocoa. Nice.

T: Similar to the aroma, though with more roasted characters. Chocolate and nutty flavors dominate with some vanilla and cocoa mixed in. There are some hints of vanilla in there as well and the finish is slightly smoky with a roasty bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is fairly creamy, though the carbonation is a bit frothy on the finish.

O: A pretty good beer, overall, though more like a stout than a brown ale. Still, it smells great and tastes good.

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Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

purchased June 2011, no bottle date

A - Pours a deep brown with almost two fingers of dense, creamy tan head. Head has very good retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind.

S - Initial aroma of brown sugar and toffee. Very malty, with a bit of bread, some lightly roasted malts, hints of wood, and a faint cola aroma.

T - Taste is similar to smell, initially sweet with brown sugar and toffee, but gradually revealing a bit of cocoa, bread, a nice nuttiness and toasted malt.

M - Medium/full mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. Definitely coats the palate, but not overly heavy.

O - A little on the sweet side, but hat seems to work really well for this beer. Still has elements of a traditional brown ale, just amped up a bit

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-ish to black color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet nuttiness and a small roast. In the taste, a small roast, nutty, and a small alcohol and boozy flavor in the end. A small alcohol bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry nut and alcohol in the aftertaste. A big brown ale, nice hints of alcohol, watch, it sneaks up on you too!

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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 gford217
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Gillard shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store.

Pours a deep, clear chestnut brown with a small tan head that stays on as a collar for the duration and leaves spotty lacing.

The aroma was a balancing act between the dark roasted malts and the sweetness of molasses and sugar. The aroma had hints of tobacco, chocolate and toffee as well.

The taste also remained on the sweeter side of things as the molasses and caramel malts come through with chocolate complimenting. The finish is more earthy though and brought back the tobacco that I thought I was getting in the nose.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of things for a brown ale and I've probably describe this one more as an imperial brown than a traditional English brown. Either way, it's tasty and I've enjoyed both the brown ales I've had from CCB.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark espresso colour with thin beige head, little bit whispy but delicate trails of lace indicate a decent body. Looks good.

Smell is dark: smokey and chocolatey largely. Big boozey hit giving scotch and chocolate liqueur notes, with an ethanol, characterless edge. Some cocoa and woody notes round it out nicely, but not seamlessly. Pleasant enough but seems empty.

Taste is actually quite savoury. Roasty but without a lot of sweetness so kind of burnt flavour to it, all pretty subdued. Late-mid is quite boozey with a slight bourbony edge to it, but it all ends really quite early without much of a finish. Almost seems creamy on the back, where the roastiness drops off. Mouthfeel is velvety and creamy, really, with a thick body that belies the oddly empty palate.

There are all the flavours there of a thick, big flavour bomb, but it just falls short on the wham factor that I otherwise expected.

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

Poured from 25oz brown bottle into a clear stemmed glass wine goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Knightly Spirit (Orlando, FL) for $8.99.

A: Opaque hearty brown with 1-finger french vanilla colored head with good retention and lattice-like lace at the top of the glass.

S: Nutty aroma overall with hazelnut being prominent with mid-to-dark maltiness with brown sugar and caramel and light herbal hopping. Alcohol is there but mild.

T: The alcohol is a bit more heavy in the flavor and seems to mute the profile somewhat with some paper bag and cherry notes. Nutty aromas don't carry through to the flavor as much but it is still an enjoyable brown ale with some sour woody notes layered on sticky sweet brown sugar, nougat, and caramel malt base. The hops are light and herbal and mostly provide some bitter counterpoint.

M: Carbonation is low and the body is medium-to-full for sure. Aftertaste is a bit alcoholic but nutty and herbal and leaves a sticky, slightly tacky sweetness.

D: A pretty good imperial brown ale with light bitter hopping and a lot of attention to the nut side of the flavor equation. I liked CCB's standrad brown ale about as much, but I am glad I could try this one.

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Photo of birchstick
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending this one my way a while ago!

A - pours a dark brown, almost black, with a taupe head that forms a small rim around the glass

S - smells has a lot of sour notes with some caramel malt notes and a touch of hazelnut

T - taste starts off with some sour notes that move to tones of caramel malt, hazelnut, and a touch of coffee. Pretty decent brown ale, but the weird sour notes dominate.

M - creamy and full, pretty solid

D - pretty decent double brown. I wish the weird flavors weren't present because I could tell what was under them was a really nice brown ale.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with the old style label into a La Chouffe tulip. Big thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Opaque, nearly black body with reddish highlights under a solid finger-depth cap of fine light-brown head. Good retention and delicate lace. Attractive.

S: Quite intense, malt-dominated aroma: chocolate, toffee, maple (!?), nuttiness, and a bit of spice. Excellent.

T: Sweet, nutty, chocolatey, coffee-tinged, and finished with a bit of bitterness + booze. Not quite as complex as the nose, but still quite enjoyable.

M: Lively medium body; soft carbonation, and lots of it.

O: Great beer. Definitely more like a sweet stout than a traditional brown ale, and I'm not complaining.


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Photo of Reagan1984
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The head almost forms like an Imperial Stout. Clearly does not look like a stout, but it was interested in to see how this responded to a poor into the glass. You can see the thickness that is confirmed later. Dark, dull brown in color and more like a shoe leather..
Good retention.. fairly thick lacing.

Thick also makes it's way into the aroma. I get some black pepper mixed into the aroma along with the big dark malt. Some cocoa as well, which really made it's presence known in the flavor.

Ok, so the key word here is thick. Thick aroma, thick body and even thick flavor.. If this is possible. I get a ton of cocoa powder. Not sweetened cocoa powder.. just straight cocoa powder. As this warms, it slightly moves towards dark chocolate, but a general lack of sweetness remains. The abv is fairly obvious and makes it's level known....

This beer has a really thick and bold body. Very fine carbonation that merely brightens the flavors.

Not sure I really ever fully understood or completely enjoyed this beer. Nothing wrong with it, but I'm just not sure there is anything really right with it either.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

664th Review on BA
Bottle to Styrofoam Cup

Standing in line to get into Clusterfork #6

App- After the gigantic foam receded in the foam cup, it was a very dark brown. The head was a creamy looking light tan and a lot of bubbles.

Smell- You can tell from 1st whiff its a brown ale. That nutty roast and a little bit of toffee and some chocolate to me.

Taste- The english brown ale ingredients are all over this one. Nice roast and malt envelop the chocolate and keep it well hidden. A bit of a balance between the two.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonated. Nice creamy feel and a bit silky.

Drink- It was 90 degrees outside and poured into a foam cup. Good times. This was actually my first beer from CCB not counting Marron. Nice beer.

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Photo of zonker17
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with tan head, keeps a slight layer. Earthy nose, nuts, mineral and slight caramel. Sweet, toffee, creamy coffee flavors include a fair hop bitterness presence. Full body and average carbonation.

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

I'm a huge fan a Maduro but found it to be a bit thin. Bolita solves that by delivering a huge dry chocolate malt and then giving a satisfying heft to the feel. The chocolate is fudgey, with a touch of caramel, toffee, creamy espresso and light marshmallow. Very well done!

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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 LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 09/06/2009. Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, light roasted malt, caramel malt, and light fruits (apple, fig). Flavor has a nice smokey/oaky edge with roasted nuts, roasted malt, smoked apple, and maybe a touch of coffee. I like the smoked aspect of this beer, very tasty! Robust palate and creamy too (however it gets slightly wearing and a little acidic as you go through the beer). Overall, a brown ale I actually enjoyed.

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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 PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one straight down the middle of a pint glass. Nice waterfalling head, dark tan 2" high with really good retention and leaving nice lace behind. A rich dark brown colored liquid holds it all up.
Smell is roasted malts, wet cardboard, light hops with a slightly metallic/medicinal note.
Taste is toasty malt, dark chocolate, light hops and a hint of toffee. Very well balanced.
Full-bodied, rich and creamy. Very light effervescence (see above). Smooth with a slight coating. An extremely good brew.

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Photo of socon67
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Chocolate brown pour with a tan foam. Noticeable carbonation is active, and slight lacing.

S - Smells of toffee, peanut butter, and, and English malt. Reminded me of Nutella.

T - Has a crisp malt flavor, some caramel, toffee, roasted cashews, and a bit of coffee. Fairly complex for a brown ale.

M - Certainly a big brown ale that feels thick and has a richer, bolder flavor profile. Easy to enjoy a pint but I would not session this; the complexity of the beer adds layers as it warmed and was enjoyed best drinking slowly.

O - Glad to try this, and a very different beer from the core Maduro Brown. This bottle had a good year of age on it so a fresher bottle might be a bit different.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a bottle shop in Pennsylvania. It makes me sad that I can't get Cigar City inside New Jersey.

This was a very good English Brown.

I poured a bomber into a pint glass. There was a pretty decent amount of head from a simple pour. The head started creamy and dissipated into a nice lacing on the glass.

There were the typical coffee notes, but they weren't very offensive or over the top. The toffee taste helped to balance out the flavors.

The body wasn't heavy, which made this beer very drinkable.

Please Cigar City, come to New Jersey!

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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 msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750mL bottle, poured to a pint glass. Thanks to Sebletitje for taking me on this journey. Poured at (fruit) cellar temperature, so roughly 50F.

A: Finest haze found within a deep cola brown. Good, steady carbonation rising to 1-finger head of almond/ginger-yellow cream. Audible fizzling as the head recedes to bubble-strewn ring, leaving behind a wonderful 'cross-stitch' lace pattern.

S: Scintillating aroma of toasted nuts and cocoa nibs, a sticky chocolate donut. Warm pit fruit and a trace of rummy booze, even a brief puff of smoke. All enticing and with an even strength, start to finish.

T: Deep roast with a reasonable charred nuttiness, passing vanilla, dark caramel sauce, spiced raisin and toffee. Dries toward the finish, a lengthy peppercorn/woodiness and earthy/bitter berry. Pretty nice.

M: Brawny thickness, filling yet smooth. Warms the tongue just a little with its 9%. Finishes drier, woody and a little spicy.

D: Likable drink, a pleasing sipper that ended a relaxed Wednesday evening. Subtle warmth goes to the head a little too noticeably, but an otherwise fine nightcap. Glad to have a second bottle, thanks to fine Florida BA Sebastien!

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at DeCiccio's in Ardsley NY.

Appearance: Pours nut brown with orange flame folds and an attractive 2 finger beige crown that shows lots of retention and lace.

Smell: Loads of sweet english malt, very nutty, a bit of coffee, and some caramel.

Taste: Roasted nuts, toffee and moderately roasted malt work well together.

Mouthfeel: A touch hefty, hence the "double nut brown" classification. Still had good carbonation and went down fairly well. Alcohol was pretty well concealed too.

Drinkabilty: The mouthfeel and the abv are a bit of a challenge but I think I could get through a 750ml myself.

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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 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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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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