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 DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Cigar City beer that I was curious about that moose3285 sent me. Thanks, Mike!

The pour is quite attractive, a deep reddish brown with a large, dense light brown head. Retention is quite excellent, and lacing is quite outstanding.

The nose must partly explain the retention - there's a slight infection. However, it's fairly early on, and I get a lot of the base beer with a lot of toffee, chocolate and some caramel. Quite intoxicating, really, but the lactic sourness is a little unwelcome. The combination is strangely compelling, bringing to mind burnt milk with burnt sugar.

I genuinely enjoyed the nose, I really did. The palate, OTOH, is a bit of an infected mess right now, with some of the rich chocolate, toffee and nutty sweetness clashing rather poorly with the mild funk that's grassy with wet hay. Despite all the negativity here, I'm really digging the malt complexity in this beer, and would love to try an uninfected version of this beer. Drying on the finish with some nougat and chocolate, this is solid. Carbonation is a little high for such a big brown ale, but that's probably due to the infection. The body is on the fuller side of medium and compliments the flavors quite well. Sourness is low, it's more funk than sour. Not the most drinkable of beers, but I drank about half the bottle, which isn't bad.

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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 corby112
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby/chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges and a one finger frothy light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting ring.

Roasted malt aroma with lots of caramel toasty malt. Slightly smokey that has some slight toasty hazelnut character and subtle spice.

Medium body with a lot of smokey roasted malt and sweet caramel notes. Hints of toffee, slight spice and hazelnut with a subtle dry hoppy finish.

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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 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 kbm
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from a trade with Keifdog.

Appearance: Opaque ruddy brown with a generous and cascading tan head. Head retention is great with thick puffy lacing.

Smell: Nutty, toffee, brown sugar and coffee. Sweet maltiness.

Taste: My initial reaction is that the beer has a lot more flavor than I expected. Full of nuttiness and maltiness. Lots of brown sugar and tobacco. There's a bit of coffee aftertaste as well as a bit of metallic overtones.

Mouthfeel/Drinkablility: medium/full carbonation. Easy drinking beer. I am little surprised that it's 9%, drinks a bit easier than a 9%.

This is a good brown.

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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 CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark brown, not ebony, slight retention, no lacing

smell: strong nutty aroma

taste: roasted choclate malt with a hit of nittiness

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full

drinkability: another world class beer from CC. So far everything I had from them has been fabulous.

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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 saintwarrick
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, my first Cigar City brew, now I feel like a Floridian again. Thank god, someone in Tallahassee (Liquor Loft) had it. This brew pours a dark brown with a sudsy tan head which gives the beer a nice lacing. Aroma is top notch, very thick and creamy and sweet -- malty with a lot of brown sugar, caramel and cocoa. Label says double brown and this brew makes it stand up. Alcohol is very well hidden; it's thicker than a normal brown ale (duh), but it has no alcohol burn. Very well brewed stuff. As sweet as it starts, the brew has a nice balancing bitterness that keeps this brew remarkably balanced.

A great brew here, good to see more brews flowing from Florida, now I just need to get my hands on them.

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

Big thanks to Beerlando for this one.

Pours a deeply murky brown/ruby color with a light tan head that rises well and retains ok. Reduces to a 1/4 inch film over the surface and leaves good lacing.

Nose is full of a fruity malt profile with some clear nuttiness towards the end of each sniff. Alcohol is apparent on the nose and almost a star anise like aroma is hinted at minimally.

Taste is very nice. A great roasty toasty malt profile with a very nice sugar sweet backbone. There is a good caramely and creamy spike in there as well. The fruitiness in the nose is barely pronounced at all, but there is a hoppiness in the flavor that i did not get in the nose as well. Not a huge hoppiness or anything, but there. The finish is not very bitter, but the aftertaste does have some belated lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is solid. A very nice viscous creaminess. Carbonation is ideal. Fairly slick on the palate actually, almost oatmeal slick, but there is a dryness that arises in the aftertaste.

Drinkability is quite nice for the abv. The creamy mouthfeel really mingles well with the flavor and makes this one easy to drink. Alcohol heat is there, but minimal by 9% standards.

Overall this is a very nice brown ale. Certainly one of the better ones ive had in a long time. The Barrel Aged version of this beer is an excellent beer, but this one is no slouch either. I got a bottle of the BA bolita to age, and actually i should have got another one of these too. A very complex and interesting brown ale. Very tasty.

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Photo of nickd717
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by mfielden at a BA tasting - thanks, Mark!

A - This beer has an incredible appearance, murky dark brown with an awesome lasting tan head that leaves some foam and great lacing.

S - Aroma is nuts, smoke, chocolate, and maybe even a hint of bretty tartness.

T - Awesome flavor and keeps going for awhile after you drink it. Chocolate malt, toffee, nuts, and smoke.

M/D - Palate is fairly light for the ABV, adding to the drinkability. You really don't notice the 9% at all. This is a great beer.

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

I've had two different treatments of this beer, but held off on the original until now.

The beer pours a beautiful dark brown color with an inch thick light brown head. This head, thankfully, sticks around for quite some time.

The smell is of roasted coffee, chocolate, and other dark malty goodness.

The taste is pretty much as advertised in the nose with a little extra bitterness at the end. Nice and sweet with a good balance. This is one of the better beers of the style, but I can't give it a higher grade because of the other two treatments I've had. I know it can get better and with this beer that's saying a lot.

The beer is nice and thick with delicate carbonation. It feels very nice in the mouth. Couldn't ask for more.

This beer is very drinkable, not quite as drinkable as the other treatments, but still a great beer.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark brown ale had an enticing aroma with very little head as we poured it for a small group tasting in Bellport last night. The big bodied ale appeared to be very dense in the glassware and the first taste further explained the commotion around its arrival in my area. It had a very enjoyable taste that one could pick out a variety of stronger ale notes, such as elements of coffee, smoke, bourbon, and caramel. The dry chalky aftertaste also reminded me of cocoa bars and I thought a little Partagas cigar might go well with this ale.

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

A - Poured with a thinner lightly tan/dark khaki head; opaque muddy brown color; head didn't last too long but left a layer of spots of presence on top of the brew

S - Caramel; toffee; richer maltiness; hints of chocolate

T - Coffee and chocolate at first; then caramel and toffee notes; bit of a nutty savory finish; bit roasty as well.

M - Medium to thicker; nice layer of tight bubbles

D - Really nice sipper, and actually falls under the deceivingly drinkable.

Overall, a nice 'double' brown, and very enjoyable. Wasn't disappointed with this brew, really nice.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is fantastic! The nose is very malty with toffee, chocolate, tobacco and roasted nuts.

T- The taste like the aroma is heavy on the malt with notes of toffee and chocolate with a lot of roasted malt and lingering tobacco and earthy flavors in the finish. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D- Bolita isn't a beer that you are going to drink all night long, but it is a very complex and tasty sipper that seems like it would be the perfect beer pairing with a cigar. Overall, yet another fantastic brew from Cigar City. Keep 'em coming guys!

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Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle in to a goblet.

Pours a very dark brown with a steady clingy light tan head.

Big smell of woody earthy nut with sweet bready alcohol in the end. One of the best brown ale smells.

First taste is nutty malt that is very full, then some alcohol and some rich bread in the end.

Creamy mouthfeel and really drinkable for the abv. When I first had it on draft you would think it wasn't stronger than other brown ales.

Very excited to find this bottled.

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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 Gtreid
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a snifter. This one has a special place in my heart, since I helped bottle it last Tuesday. Only one week to reach carbonation after bottling.

A: Pours a deep, rich, mahagony with one finger of fluffy, tan head that receeds to a thin rim and leaves some nice lace.

A: Smells of rich coffee and chocolate malt. I get a litte caramel and toffee, and maybe a touch of smoke. Some grassy hops are present, but the sweet and roasty malts stand out in the nose.

T: Big chocolate and roased malt flavor. I am really enjoying this as it warms to room temp. The flavors are mashing very nicely here. I get some grassy hops, not much but they are present. Beer finishes sweet and dry with just a touch of heat at the back of the throat.

M: Medium to full bodied beer. Very creamy and smooth. Again, this has only had one week to reach proper carbonation levels, and it has done the trick.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is huge here. It dosen't at all feel like a 9% brew. Overall, yet another top notch offering from CCB. Kudos again to Joey and Wayne. Skal.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown to black in color with a decent sized creamy, medium tan head which slowly fades with some nice lacing. Aroma is a deliciously sweet maltiness, strong molasses, sugary caramel, toffee, and some cola as well. A bit of woodiness and dark ripe fruit too. Taste follows and lives up to the aroma, big malty beer, sweet caramel and sugary toffee mixes with some nutty and earthy qualities, molasses in the finish. Big and creamy, medium to heavy mouthfeel, a bit of hoppiness balances with a slight peppery feel on the tongue and a very nice dryness in the finish. Very good brown, the alcohol is well balanced and it drinks way too easy for a 9% beer, delicious and sweet, hope this one gets bottled some day, one of the few browns that I would definitely keep in the cellar. Big thanks to Jay for the sample.

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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 glid02
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of gford217 - thanks!

Pours a solid brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with a good deal of syrupy cane sugar and hints of toffee.

Tastes very good. Toasted malt flavors with good amounts of toffee and milk chocolate. The ending is mildly bitter and there are hints of tobacco - something I noticed in the Maduro Brown and am a big fan of.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a heavy thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could easily have more.

Overall this is a very good "imperial brown" that melds a bunch of flavors together very well. Certainly worth a shot.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 32 oz growler shared by JDV. Thanks Denis.
Poured a dark brown color. Delayed foaming but eventually 1 finger of head formed.
Good hoppy, roasty aroma.
Taste: hoppy , roasty. Not timid with the flavors, Kind of like an imperial stout / or a porter. The flavor slowly fades well after you swallow.
Mouthfeel: very creamy.
Drinkability: wow really surprised on the ABV of this. It drinks incredibly well.
I have to say this is one of my favorite brown ales I have had.

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Photo of tazzerboy
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Thin toffee color head at pour. It fades rather quickly. Extremely dark in color...almost porter/stout dark.

S-Faint brown sugar and chocolate.

T-Like smell, lots of brown sugar and chocolate the, esp. the chocolate. The chocolate was rich and smooth. Reminded me of S.M. Taddy Porter. There is enough hoppiness to balance out the sweetness as well as a little bit alcohol feeling on the back of the tongue and in the nose. Really smooth considering the bar tender said it had 10% ABV.

M-Medium-thick, smooth and silky

D-I which I had ordered a second instead of the IPA that ordered when my food came. I also can't wait until CCB starts bottling the Bolita Brown so I can take it back home with me.

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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