Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale | Cigar City Brewing

Bolita Double Nut Brown AleBolita Double Nut Brown Ale
BA SCORE
79.1%
Liked This Beer
3.94 w/ 621 ratings
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
Ranking:
#5,359
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
621
Liked:
491
Avg:
3.94/5
pDev:
10.91%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
79
Gots:
126
Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 204
Photo of vande
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a nice, deep, dark brown pour with thick, frothy head that quickly leaves a slight lingering after lace...

s - toffee, carmel, vanilla, sugar and molasses...

t - very enjoyable brown ale...a nice blend of brown sugar, nutty characteristics with dashes of vanilla and toffee... quite tasty

m - medium bodied, smooth drinking double brown...easy to pour, easy to enjoy...

o - very pleasurable

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Photo of Friskybeerrapist
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

A - Nearly black on first view, it's a deep, beautiful ruby when held up to the light. Thick foamy head that endures. Permanent lacing and plenty of it.

S - Malt and yeast. Something else like a dusty savory spice. Just a faint whisper of booze. Something faintly fruity on first pour while the head is full.

T - Nice layers of flavor. Initially toasty malt and chewy caramel and a sweet cocoa in the middle of the tongue, more syrupy lower down in the glass. A slight sweet/sourness then develops at the tip of the tongue that is almost lemon citrusy and almost metallic but not quite either, which is neat. It teases and makes you feel it just a bit back in the spit glands and salivate a little. It leaves you with sweet lips. And then on the exhale, in the aftertaste in the back of the mouth, there is a bit of mocha and dry tobacco leaf. Maybe even just a hint of smoke. I didn't think the brewery name had a literal implication but maybe so.

M - Nicely chewy but with just enough carbonation prickle to notice it.

O - What a treat. It's mild like most browns yet has several subtly interesting and pleasant things going on. Nice gentle buzz. Really a great beer. They say it would pair well with a cigar and they're right. I've never heard of a double brown but I'm so on board with the idea now. Turns out it's exactly what I wanted. This brewery continues to impress.

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Photo of Tumble
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of cwguy5
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken on 9.16.11. thanks to JackTheBear for sharing this one!

A - very dark brown color with a very thick, tan head that left heavy lacing on glass

S - what smell? faint smell of... beer? glass smelled sweet and mildly nutty after i finished the beer

T - sweet and nutty! smooth nut flavors with some bitter notes similar to nutshell; some brown sugar and dark chocolate

M - super fine carbonation; thick bodied with a bitter, coating mouthfeel; short, mildly drying finish

O - fine tasting beer if you like sweet ones; for me, the drinkability suffers a bit due to the thick, sweet body; really nice nut flavors come through sweet base

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Photo of jaasen64
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle brought back from Florida

A- Dark brown, above average carbonation, about 2 fingers of brownish off-white foamy head that has a kind of "nutty" shade to it. Nice lacing that clings to the glass while drinking.

S- Nuts, chocolate, caramel, malts, and a little bit of booze.

T- Very nutty, a little bit of chocolate syrup, malts, caramel, on the sweet side.

M- Foamy head provides a nice creamy feel while drinking. Pretty smooth and drinkable, 9% alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied.

O- This beer was decent, but not my favorite. I definitely prefer the Maduro. I liked the smoothness and creaminess of the beer, however it was slightly too nutty and the chocolate taste was a little bit too syrupy. The ABV was well hidden and the beer was easily drinkable, the only improvement they could make is to take a little bit of the chocolate syrup flavor out. Overall a good beer, but some improvements could be made.

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Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of baerb69
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of legalpete19340
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a very dark brown with a solid one plus finger of light tan head that fell immediately to a thin skim. No lacing no coating. Next pour looked quite syrupy.

S: Quite sweet with amaretto and prunes. A hint of toast and then grape jelly.

T: Malt comes on strong out of the gate with burnt toast then quickly a barley wine like sweetness with prunes, grape jelly and raisins takes control. Faint alcohol and then big biscuit, amaretto and roasted nut and malt finish up with a bitter burnt toffee end.

M: Very big, foamy and makes me want to swish and chew a bit. Almost perfect.

O: Strange beer to me because it came across much sweeter than expected. The sweetness was interesting but I wanted more malt. Alcohol was well hidden well and I did enjoy drinking it. However, in a bar situation one pint probably would have been enough.

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Photo of mcorwin
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jammies
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep reddish brown with a generous amount of light brown foam

S- sweet and almost hoppy smell. slightly citrusy

T- a little bit hoppy and sweet with just a bit of hotness. Well balanced

M- light and smooth slightly hot on the finish

O- terrific. unusual style to be hoppy for a brown ale.

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Photo of sculls65
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of spointon
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this one from a 750ml crown capped brown bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A= Poured a deep brown color with a lot of haze/cloudiness (despite the fact that the bottle had been undisturbed in the fridge for a couple months). The head rose about 3/4" with an average pour. Lots of sheet lacing and stickage.

S= This is where I began to worry. The aroma was dominated by a lot of dry wood and wet paper bag notes. Also present were some light hints of nuts and chocolate.

T= Better than the aroma, especially as it warmed. Slight roast, toffee, and hints of chocolate up front. There was definitely some wood character coming through, though the species defied my ability to identify. That nagging wet paper flavor is in there too. Some firm hop bitterness midway, leading to a fairly dry finish.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation level. Creamy mouthfeel.

D= Not a bad beer, but the oxidized/wood/paper notes in the aroma and flavor were disappointing.

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Photo of johnhenryconway
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Rhode17
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

A: Pours a very deep brown, almost black with a nice mocha colored head on top. Decent retention with spotty lacing.

S: The aroma is a combination of chocolate, toffee, and roasted nuts. There is a little bit of molasses and brown sugar too.

T: A surprising amount of chocolate up front, transitioning to some roasted nuts, caramel, molasses, and toffee.

M: Medium to full bodied for a brown ale, especially an English brown ale. Low carbonation gives it a smooth mouthfeel.

O: Liked this quite a bit. Loved the heavy chocolate aroma and flavors. On the heavier side for style, but makes up for it in terms of taste.

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Photo of umopuew
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for bringing this back from Florida.

Pours a dark brown with a half an inch of thick, dense brown head that has great retention. The nose is faint caramel, but heavily musty. It's a little funky and reminds me a little of wet dog. The flavor is far better than the nose would lead you to believe. It's sweet caramel up front with a little bit of nuttiness followed by a rich, chocolaty finish. There are some faint coffee notes and a mild astringency in the finish as well. The medium, smooth body and mild carbonation make this very easy to drink.

This is a really solid beer. The flavor is excellent and complex. It loses some points because the nose wasn't particularly appetizing, but overall I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of tugg407
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 chilly460
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown color, with thick foamy beige head that slowly dissipates into a very nice even coating. Great looking beer.

S: Loads of caramel malts, some chocolate toffee and brown sugar.

T: Very sweet and malty, with very apparent malts, nuttiness, and brown sugar taste. Nice alcohol warming effect, but the alcohol bite is mellow. Hard to classify this as it's not really what I'd envision of a "double" brown, but either way it has a great taste.

M: Thick and sticky, almost too much so, could use a touch more carbonation actually.

O: Really enjoyed this one, just a flavor bomb, and nice warming effect along with it. I want to say it's like a good brown ale met a good strong ale.

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
Beer rating: 79.1% out of 100 with 621 ratings
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