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 malfunxion
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at a local beer store, fun. Beer is brown and hazy with an off white head of small bubbles, bubbles are nearly tan, the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is a little smoky / tobacco with a nice backbone of sweetness and some ethanol.

Beer is thinner than i expected and boozier than I expected, the flavors are dominantly sweet malt followed by ethanol followed by a mild bitterness on the finish. It almost tastes like it was aged in a barrel but not quite. I enjoyed it but the booziness got to be after a bit. I'd have (a small amount) again.

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Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by Jason, 750ml into some tulips. Thanks bud.

Pours a deep brown, with some mahogany highlights. Creamy tan coloured head, fades to a thin film and fairly thick collar - both retain well. Nose is brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger and an assortment of other spices. Some large caramel notes as well. Taste takes on more roast and nut character, caramel and sugary notes with some dark fruits, which take a back seat to the sugar and spice going on in the forefront. Some bitter chocolate notes as well, more spicing finishes off on the palate. Mouthfeel is moderately thick, roast and spices linger on the tongue. Quite nice, although it feel like it lacks something to take it to the next level. Overly spiced perhaps? Maybe. A pleasant and interesting 'double' brown ale nonetheless.

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Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a large bottle at Abe's for $9.50 and split ti with a friend. I generally love Cigar City beers, but this one fell flat for me. There was a big fruity, wine-like character with a little roast and chocolate. But it was disappointingly simple. The body was heavy and smooth for the most part, with just balancing bitterness. For the weight of this brown ale, I'd expect more varied notes. Maybe it just needs time is a cellar, or has had too much. Either way I like this brewery enough to give this another shot eventually. To be continued.

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Photo of tommy5
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich , roasted and crystal malt scent along with a light English yeast fruitiness. The taste is good as well. It has a very rich crystal malt flavor along with some mild hops and a bit of esters in the finish. The alcohol is well integrated and provides a bit of heat in the finish as the beer warms. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. I can't say that I've had too many Imperial brown ales. That said, I feel this would be a fine example of the style.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this bottle at the Flying Saucer Beer Tasting.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and caramel malt, with some hazelnuts and pecans mixed in. There is also a little bit of cocoa but it is somewhat hidden.

The flavor is an equal mix of toffee and chocolate with the same nuttyness that I got in the aroma. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Grant for bringing a growler of this to one of our gatherings. Pours dark brown with only a slight head. Smells of tobacco, cocoa, cherry, hoppy citrus. There are notes of leather and tobacco on the finish, as well as a light roastiness. I love the fact that these guys have a house style and that it comes through so often in their beers, yet everything is still so fresh and interesting. The taste is a nice combo of cherry, tobacco and vanilla, progressing to notes of cocoa, roastiness, and wet earth. A tad sweet in the mouth, but the earthy notes help balance things. Another nice beer from this quite interesting brewery.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

On-Tap

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 John_M
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's the other day. An A grade for this beer? You have to be joking.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light brown sugar and light chocolate. What's there smells attracive enough, there's just not a lot there. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose on a moderately sweet frame. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth, and the beer finishes fairly well. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, and drinkability is OK.

At best, this is a somewhat better then average brown ale. Can't imagine why I'd want to order this beer again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.31/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A soft pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces an almost five finger thick, lightly browned, darkish head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber brown hue that shows a clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. As I was pouring this beer it smelled quite fruity almost as if infected with some off notes. An actual try at smelling the nose directly sees me noticing that the beer smells sweet and quite fruity, but definitely in a clean way. But, after some time spent with the nose I am starting to note some cheesy and lactic acid notes that lightly perfume this beer. The cheesy / fruity notes combine and become more noticeable with time; there also seems to be something that leans towards Dr. Pepper or a Cola like note. Behind this is a rich, toasted, brown bread character and a touch of roast character.

Fairly sweet, with an light herbal note towards the middle that leans towards a bitterness in the finish that is still dominated by the rich maltiness. This isn't nearly as sweet as I was expecting and seems to have a certain lactose like sweetness to it. The body of this is rich, satiating and chewy; there is a textured carbonation that is firm, but that is held well in check by the viscous body, despite being a bit more effervescent than might be typical. The is some roast bitterness in the finish that combines with the light hop bitterness. There is a very light tartness here that is held well in check by the malt richness and the cheesy note is actually quite subdued compared to the nose, though it is noticeable in the finish just a bit in the oral-nasal cavity. The fruitiness seems to be a bit amplified compared to what it should be, but more because there seems to be some higher alcohols and esters that accentuate berry notes and perhaps even some faint citrus hop character (but I might be imagining this last) a bit more beyond where they should be. Some raw, slightly rotting, vegetal note is at times prominent in the finish and seems to hide a toasted maltiness that provides a brown bread crust note to this beer.

There seems to be a really rich, satiating, tasty beer here somewhere, but that is slowly being consumed by something that shouldn't be here. This is still not full blown infected yet, but it is on its way and with all the residual sugars these bottles might get quite explosive.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Still sipping on the Zhukov.. figured I may as well enter in some back reviews. Douglas88 brought this to a tasting at my house a while back... Thanks Doug!! Can't wait to hook up again.

Very Clear brown with a sandy off white head.. good lacing.

Nose smells "brown" ... rich malt ... lite chocolate .. Nuts??

Flavor mirrors the nose with some caramel thrown in to tie things together.

Good body and carbonation, very drinkable... Great Brown Ale.

11 days and counting Doug... we're going to the Dark Side this time around.

4/4/4.5/4/4.5

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Photo of yourefragile
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle.

Pours a dark cola brown with a ruby hue against light; mostly clear. Massive rocky, foamy light tan head that dissipates slowly with soapy lacing. Slightly tart, fruity nose lurks under the robust brown ale notes; molasses, peanut, brown sugar and ash. Syrupy thick body, highly carbonated and fizzy. Much more berry fruit in the flavor and tartness in the finish. I assume there is a nice imperial brown ale hiding here, I get some milk chocolate, brown sugar and peanuts in the flavor, but the infection ruins it.

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