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 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 phichifiji00
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark chocolate in color. Pours one finger of thick creamy tan head that slowly fades. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Lots of chocolate, toffee, nutty, roasted malt, sweet.

Taste: Dark Chocolate,milk chocolate, nutty, praline, toffee, roasted malt, hint of coffee, creme.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very thick, viscous, moderate carbonation, smooth/creamy.

Overall: A very drinkable, complex brown ale. I was quite surprised by the complexity and the mouthfeel of this beer. I highly recommend it to anyone who can get their hands on some.

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Photo of billab914
1.92/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a deep mahogany brown color with a thin, frothy tan head barely covering the top of the beer.

The first thing I notice is some sharper tartness to it unfortunately. It's not too bad at this point, but something definitely isn't right. I get a good dose of brown sugar sweetness to it as well mixing with just a bit of roasty, coffee like bitter flavors. Unfortunately the tartness just seems so out of place.

The taste shows even more of a problem. It's a little sharper and tart up front while a little more of a sugary sweet, funkiness comes out in the finish. I get just a little dry, roasty flavors in the finish, but it's overshadowed unfortunately.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is low. Overall, in it's current state it was a pretty bad beer. This unfortunately seems to be a trend with too many Cigar City beers I've tried. The rest of this one is getting poured out after this review.

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

750ml bottle in New Belgium tulip
no date

A: Very dark brown/black with a cappuccino colored head. Almost stout like in appearance.
S: Lots of fruits, some chocolate and a hint of roasted malt, seems to be a combination of malt and yeast driven smells.
T: A hint of sweetness with some bitter chocolate in the background, the fruitiness is much more masked vs. the nose. Even as it warms up, there is no hint of alcohol at all.
M: Very creamy with a low level of carbonation, finishes slightly dry, not cloying at all, somewhat surprising given the initial impression of sweetness.
O: A very good beer, hard to say that it is a good example of a "style" since they call it a double nut brown, but it has some of the nut brown character. This reminds me of a dryer/ less sweet version of Young's Double Chocolate Stout without the massive chocolate, by that I mean there is a lot of richness that I don't associate with an english brown or porter, but the flavors match pretty well with a brown. I would not mind a sixer of this on occasion, but a 750ml is too pricy/hard to drink. Highly recommended, definitely worth trying.

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

Pours a fairly solid dark brown/black with no highlights when held to light. Creamy tan head slowly dissipates to a cap with moderate lace. Smells like a brown ale. Brown Sugar, caramel, hints of chocolate, dark fruits all play a role in the nose here. Taste is fruity, sugary, earthy, caramely, mineraly. Taste starts off with a bit of brown sugar, milk chocolate and sweet dark fruits, then a bit of ethanol hits, quickly more of the fruit comes back in, then an earthy flavor mixes with a bit of caramel that lingers long after every sip. Medium to thick body, light carbonation with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Great big brown ale, I loved it!

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4oz bottle (different from the picture on this page, the one with a few big lottery balls on it) into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours an opaque brown color with a one-finger yellowish head.

S: Very sweet. Chocolate and coffee notes accompany a prominent toffee smell. There are also some nutty notes in the background here.

T: More of the same from the smell -- sweet toffee notes with some dark chocolate to follow. The chocolate and coffee flavors give this once a nice level of bitterness despite the low level of hops. There are some pleasant nut notes in the finish on this one. It's everything I would want for dessert in a beer.

M: Sticky most of the way down with a bit of dryness to keep you coming back.

D: This is a perfect after-dinner drink.

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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 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 Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jason's bottle. Another big CC beer, vold taste, rich, earthy, yeasty. The aroma was industrial level funky sour. Dark with a great soapy head. Ginger, chocolate, vanilla,lots of roast. Imperial brown. Carbonation right there. Decent drinkability, but another CC I would have only once.Full mouthfeel.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in NYC, brought back to Sydney to drink with @laituegonflable and @tobeerornottobe during a brewday.

Pours a very deep brown colour, quite opaque with some floating sediment. Head is quite incredible. I can't think of a way to describe the colour except "bright brown". It's light brown, but with a vivid orange hint to it that makes it stand out. Retention is good enough, and the body looks thick. Lacing is a bit patchy, but otherwise, it's a great looking beer.

Nose is toasty but sweetened with touches of coconut and sweetened almonds. Although the sweetness comes through, it doesn't feel particularly full. The characters, while sharp, don't evoke much complexity. Otherwise nice.

Taste is similar. It has a pleasant nutty character on the back which mingles with a touch of roast malt and a hint of bitterness, either from some husky astringency, or from early hops. It's smooth and has sweet characters of coconut and dark chocolate, but again, it doesn't have a great deal of fullness—this also means that the booze is more noticeable than I feel it should be.

Nice beer, but I wish I loved it more. It has a lot of nice characters, but it's missing cohesion for me.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Not quite black but more of a really dark brown. Almost like molasses w/ chocolate mixed in. Head can be whipped up easily & isn't overly carbonated. Thanks to HoptualBrew for this one! Has something of a light tan head.

Nose is something like this. Alcohol, coffee, toffee, & some syrup on it. I know it sounds odd but that's what comes to mind.

The taste is a malt mixture starting off w/ chocolate powder giving way to almost a stout like bite & some toffee character to it. Has what seem some like burnt sugars & malt to it. Is quite a sweet thing. Maybe a little more sweet than what I thought it'd be. There is alcohol burn on the back end of this for sure! Nothing too much but it's not going to hide. Hardly any hops to speak of. Very muted in this. Has something of a sticky finish & is mouth coating. I'm not getting the roasted nuttiness that it advertises. I think the alcohol takes away from this.

Overall, it's not too bad. Not too drinkable for me though. It's quite a thick mouth feel & a little much to me. It's my first real rodeo w/ this style. I enjoyed the first glass by itself & then paired this w/ a piece of Riesen chocolate. That really helped get ride of some of the burn. Seemed to play w/ each other really well.

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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 jsanford
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Cigar City Snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with a creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a thick cap, leaving some spotty lacing.
S - Definitely some infection setting in, lots of aromas of tart cherries with a bit of dark chocolate and roasted nuts. Not bad, but definitely not what this was supposed to be.
T - The cherry aroma luckily is much more subdued in the flavor, mostly getting dark chocolate, nearly-burnt roasted nuts, and coffee beans with a bit of the sour cherries in the finish, as well as a metallic "copper penny" sensation. Really wishing CCB bottle dated at this point, this is a nice waste of $10.99.
M - Creamy, with a fairly full mouth-feel and moderate carbonation.
O - I'll definitely re-review this beer, but as for now this was a huge disappointment.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

This beer pours a very murky brown color crested with two fingers of mocha colored head. Retention and lacing are good. This beer comes in with a bang. The taste comes on strong, with some roasted malts, nuttiness, and an interesting amount of fruits. They're not quite as dark as the fruits in a RIS, but I wouldn't consider them to be Belgian-esque either. The main flaw comes with the aftertaste, the interaction between the roastiness, nuttiness and the slight alcohol burn at the very end comes off as just a little metallic. Otherwise, a superb brew.

The mouthfeel is very nice, it's got the full sticky CCB body that I know and love, and the drinkability is downright dangerous for the ABV. Overall, this is a great beer marred only slightly by a bit of off-taste on the finish. I'm looking forward to trying some from the next batch to see if it's just batch variation.

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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 mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed 7/3/11

A - poured from a 750 ml bottle, pours a murky dark brown with 3 inches of tan foam that receded and left lost of lacing down the glass
S - there is alot of sweetness, an overall nutty smell that is quite enjoyable
T - there is a nutty taste up front, a slight malty sweetness with brown sugar, there is also a hint of smokiness as well
M - medium bodied, sort of lively carbonation that makes this one more drinkable
D - a bit too sweet for me, but its still very enjoyable.


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

From backlog-o-tron

A - Jeez. This is the murkiest pour I've seen the since last time I poured a glass of natural apple cider, which is incidently exactly what it looks like (plus head...) It is quite impressive in a rustic sense, capped with a persistent caramel-mocha head, it looks like an unfiltered cask ale.

S - Again, I am perceiving an apple cider similarity. Sweet, tart, mulled-spicy and quite juice-like. There is a bit of roast and malt, but it is far in the back. An unusual brew, judging by the nose; I might even say unique.

T - The mystery, intrigue and sensory adventure continues... This brew strikes me as significantly different than any I've had. There is a golden fruitiness that reminds me of Belgian Tripels and Quads. There is also a huge creaminess and slight buttery-toastiness combined with a distinctly mild manner that brings to mind some of the better brown ales from Britain. More than anything else, it is a CCB brew, through and through; the flavor is so distinct as to be style-breaking. It is superbly smooth, sharply flavorful without sacrificing subtlety and outright delicious. And there is no hint of the abv.

M - Great, real smooth.

D - Count me as a big fan.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for "Bolita Double Brown Ale" with ping pong lottery balls all over the front of the label. I need to research whether this is a different beer than the one I'm reviewing. Poured normally into a tulip glass.

A: Dark reddish brown color, much darker than you'd expect from a double brown ale. INCREDIBLE foamy beige (almost brownish) head that slowly dissipates into a beautiful even coating. Great looking beer.

S: Loads of caramel, peanut butter, nuts. Some chocolate toffee and maybe brown sugar or maple.

T: Tastes like you're eating a caramel candy. Very sweet and malty, with all of the flavors described in the smell. Nice alcohol warming effect, but the alcohol bite is mellowed nicely by the smooth, creamy sweetness of the beer.

M: Incredibly thick and sticky. More so than a lot of stouts! It not only tastes like you're eating caramel candy, but it feels like that too. "Sticks to the ribs"

O: This beer is almost creating a new genre. I'd call it a nut brown stout. It was a really enjoyable experience even though I was drinking it on my balcony on a nice summer night. This is more of a winter sipper.

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Photo of brystmar
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep, dark brown into my snifter. One finger of tan-manila head sits atop the surface but retreats slightly faster than expected.

S: very nutty, roasted malts, chocolate, some sweetness, plus a good amount of booze.

T: much bolder than expected (and that's a good thing!). Roasty malts up front with a sweet, nutty character that turns to cocoa as the drink progresses. Finishes with a deliciously dry, nutty chocolate flavor until the alcohol kicks in. And that's this beer's downfall: it's too hot.

The overpowering booze at the end significantly distracts you from the awesome flavors swirling around your mouth. It's not ultra boozy like Bourbon County Stout or others I've had (but cannot finger at this time), but for a brown ale this is just too much. They could use a few tips from DFH about hiding alcohol in a brown ale. More balance on the alcoholic front would make this a tremendous beer.

M: big and creamy! About as good as it gets from the bottle.

O: a great beer that doesn't quite hide its imperial strength well enough.

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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 Janderson91
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from the only place in Alabama that sells bottles over 16oz. With the infection issues CCB has been having recently, I'm really hoping I got a clean bottle. No bottled on date. Enjoyed on 06/21/11.

A - Poured into a DFH snifter. Upon popping the bottle, a head forms inside the bottle, not a good sign. Pours a very dark brown with red around the edges and a large tan colored head. A small head remains throughout and leaves great lacing. Looks good.

S - I'm not sure if the aroma is supposed to smell like this but I actually like it. Some sour cherries and a nutty chocolatey malty sweetness. Also a light hoppiness.

T - If this is infected, it's barely noticeable in the taste. Nutty malts and some dark chocolate up front. Recedes to a nice hop and roasted malt bitterness toward the back. Left on the tongue is a milk chocolatey sweetness and just a touch of tart cherry.

M - The mouthfeel is where this beer struggles. It's ok through the middle and pretty creamy but toward the back it is way over carbonated. Almost like swallowing foam.

O - I may have gotten this at the beginning of an infection or maybe it's just overcarbonated and the tartness is supposed to be there. Either way, I enjoyed the bottled I had. Will have to grab another bottle in the future and compare.

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Photo of stakem
3.29/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for sharing. Review from notes taken in march.

750ml bottle poured into a couple glasses appears a dark brown color with a finger of tan creamy head that displays decent retention. When held to the light, it shows clarity around the edges and lighter brownness through the body. Webby lace clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes that of chocolate malt, green yeast character, citrus hops to balance and an overall sweet aspect about it. Yhe nose of this brew is pleasant depending on how much yeastiness you pick up on.

The taste is sweet with residual maltiness and filled with a green taste of yeasty, green to young flavoring. Dark chocolate malt is present with a pleasant bakers chocolate like bitterness. However, no matter how enjoyable the good aspects are, the yeast flavor remains which is a bit distracting.

It is a medium bodied brew boasting a modest level of carbonation. Easy drinking despite the green character surrounding it with a light tingle of alcohol that keeps things in check.

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