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 barfootbandit
4.91/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a glass from a bomber. This beer was extremely dark for a brown ale and very heavy. Nutty and malty with hints of chocolate in the aftertaste. Also a tad woody and finishes clean with a dash of bitterness. Had this beer awhile ago and hope to see it on the shelves again.

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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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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a deep brown with a tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is rich and malty, with dark fruit notes. The taste is similar, with a delicious malty sweetness that really hides the 9% abv. A nice medium mouth feel with little carbonation. A really good imperial brown ale.

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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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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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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 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 sjones5045
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with nice head. The smell doesn't really smell like a nut brown. Kind of doesn't smell much like anything I've had actually. Luckily the taste came through and was very good. Kind if heavy and thick with some chocolate notes coming through. Very smooth on the tough. Overall, I enjoyed it. Might not be world class but its definitely one that I enjoyed.

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

Short review from a fly at Cigar City.
The nose is rich, with notes of notes, chocolate and molasses. The palate mainly follows the nose but is sadly less expressive, a bit faint with not much length in it. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky but a bit thin.

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

Cigar City Bolita Brown

Bomber split with my buddy Jeff. Thanks for bringing this back from Florida Jeffy... Poured into two CBS snifters. Served chilled...

A) Deep brown brew with a thin tan head, which quickly dissipated. No lacing to report.

S) Roasted malt, a good malt aroma. This has light toffee sweetness. A little earthy too. Better at room temperature.

T) Starts out a little sweet, nutty for sure. Light chocolate and roast. A little smoke as well. A nice malt presence in the flavor. Hint of hops for balance.

M) Medium body with light carbonation. Pretty soft mouthfeel. A nice smooth sipper.

O) This was a very nice higher octane Brown Ale. I could see myself reaching for this one on occasion if it were available here in Wisconsin. Glad to recommend....

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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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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 BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A very dark brown, bubbly body. Light tan head that dissipates quick. Starts off thick maybe a finger's length but dries up just a little too soon.

Smell: Alcohol scent, paired with light chocolate feel and cant forget the toffee

Taste: Strong malt and toffee feel. Slightly nutty with a medium alcohol taste which I am really liking. I sometimes think molasses and brown sugar definitely played a role with the brewing of this concoction.

Mouth: Medium (almost heavy) and sticky.

Overall: A pretty good brew, definitely one of the better brown ales I've had. Crisp and strong with a sweet feel that still makes you appreciate quality. Salud!

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Photo of portia99
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a New Belgium globe. This is from an early batch that was known to be infected...took quite a while to be inspired to crack this knowing about the infection ahead of time, but had to give it a try.

A - Yep, definitely infected. A gusher from the bottle that never really calms down completely and steadily streams bubbles out of the bottle throughout the pour. Pours a muddy and murky brown in the glass with two fingers of tan foam with the characteristic infected loose, large bubbles that inevitably leave benind lots of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Tart and definitely infected. Some nuttiness makes it thru, but mostly just getting a tart/sour infected aroma.

T - Touch of infected tartness. Nutty and toasty, earthy and roasty with some light caramel underneath the infection. Actually fairly enjoyable still.

M - A bit foamy with a higher level carbonation consistent with the infection.

O - Definitely infected but actually still pretty decent - just different than intended, a bit of a twang on the tongue...but some smokey and roasty and earthy malt still comes thru. A bit dry overall from the infection.

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

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) tan frothy head that lasted throughout, reducing slightly down to a medium cap and possessed excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was mildly sweet with a toasted dark malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a pronounced hazelnut presence.

The taste was moderately sweet and extremely malty with notes of toffee and chocolate from the start, and then became just a tad bitter with a decent note of coffee and a nice smooth nutty alcohol finish. The flavor hung on for a good long time following the swallow, with a really tasty mocha coffee flavor left to linger on.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this is one of the better Brown Ale's I have tasted to date (and I've tasted quite a few). It has tons of flavor and a smooth drinkability, which did a great job of subduing the high ABV. If you ever get a chance to try this one PLEASE do so, you will not be disappointed...

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, what a solid beer. Pours from the 750ml bottle into a proper Newcastle Imperial pint glass. Pours a very dark, chocolate brown and is topped with a frothy, cuban-coffee like, espresso colored head. Quite nice looking. Brown ales arent exactly the most exciting style of beer.

Aroma is loaded with breadiness, caramel, toasty bread, absolutely wonderful. Toss in some coffee, licorice, some earthy hops, and you have the making of a great brown ale.

Solid flavors that echo the aromas. Full of coffee and toffee as well as toasty bread, sweet brown sugar, alcohol. Tobacco and dark fruits round out the complex flavor profile.

This a truly outstanding beer for the style. I am not generally a fan of the style but this one circumvents all preconceptions of the style. Absolutely loved this one.

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

Cant believe I haven’t reviewed this yet but here goes...poured out of a 750 ml bottle into my tulip.

A – Pours out a nice deep brown with two fingers of cola brown head. Head stays around and leaves a nice lacing all down the glass.

S – Chocolate, toffee, roasted malt and molasses all here. Touch sweet in the nose with a little smoke.

T – Always like the roasted flavor I get from this brew up front. Followed by a nice subtle sweet chocolate flavor. Has some great nutty quality with a bit of molasses. Just a touch of bitterness at the end with a nice warming alcohol feel.

M – Medium carbonation with medium body that leaves a nice slick feel.

O – One of my favorites here. Never disappoints and is a fairly complex brew. Tastey all day long but works well with desserts. Nice.

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Photo of beergod1
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, light roasted malt, caramel malt, and light fruitiness. Flavor has a nice smokey/oaky edge with roasted nuts, roasted malt, and maybe a touch of coffee. I like the smoked aspect of this beer, very tasty! Robust palate and creamy too.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my first CCB brews when I moved to Florida. Pours deep brown with a small cream colored head. Not a huge aroma, but nice faint roast, some sweetness, and a bit of hazelnut that overtakes anything else. Then you drink it! Flavor is excellent, slightly chocolatey, light roast, and with a complex nutty finish. Medium high carbonation and medium mouthfeel, very easy to drink. Really excellent brown ale. Yum!

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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 lovindahops
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The first cold, rainy summer I can remember this summer of 2012 calls for a cigar city bolita. I am very excited to try this

A- a completely opaque body with layers of mocha foam enrobing the glass. The layers of foam are almost in 3d as they burst off the glass

S- what a variety of scent that starts with a nutty chocolate and toffee scent. Some wood and even a bit of sour scent is present that really makes for an interesting combination. Not to mention there is no alcohol scent in this at all

T- all the toffee, chocolate, and sour flavors mesh into a dark and tasty treat. The wood theme shows up and literally positions the brew for a toasted nut flavor on the exit. What a combination of flavor

M- so creamy and carbonated at the same time... All the while the flavor is coating the palate with all these unique flavors in unison

O- bolita may be the best brown ale I have ever tasted. The presence of sour flavor compliments all the extensive flavors in this brew. I need cigar city to come to syracuse asap!!!

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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 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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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
3.94 out of 5 based on 620 ratings.
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