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

Shared by whiterascal, poured into some Russian River stemware.

Deep burgundy with ruby highlights. One finger of dense, tan foam recedes quickly to a thin top layer, leaving horizontal trails of lace. Pretty dark for a brown ale.

Rich, sugary nose. Marzipan is the major flavor, then toffee, milk chocolate and peanuts.

The flavor is almost a perfect mirror of the aroma. Marzipan leads, though here it’s maybe a little more bitter and roasty. Toasted bread, peanut skins, some chocolate crumbles. Sweet.

Medium-light body, kind of sugary. Light, tingly electric carbonation. The 9 percent alcohol is fairly well hidden by the sweetness, but there are some fumes that come off.

This might be my first double brown ale, but Bolita seems to capture the idea of the style nicely. A bit sweet, but it shows off some decent brown flavors.

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Photo of raffy313
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a SA perfect pint. This bottle label says "Bolita Double Brown Ale", and aquired through trade from alalvarez75, thanks AL.

A cloudy dark brown color, with 2 fingers worth of mocha/tan head. Good retension that leaves behind a fair amount of lacing.

Very strong nutty aromas. Some brown surgar, molasses sweetness, with hints of woody secondary aromas. Alcohol kicks in as it warms. Quite alot going on in the nose, actually.

Flavors are very similar to the aromas. They actually follow to a tee, so... *see above for taste descriptions.

Medium to full(somewhat creamy) body, with an appropriate amount of carbonation, making this a very drinkable beer.

Not a ton of experience with this style, especially the double/imperial version, but I'm really digging this one. Sam Smith was my fave English Brown... until some crazy brewery from FL decided to make a double version. YUM!

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Alucard4

Look: Dark brown with a 1 inch tan head and good retention

Smell: Nuts alcohol a light woodiness and some caramel

Taste: Same as the nose. It starts out with a nice nutty woody character and then mid palate you get a touch of alcohol and then the beer finishes with some delicious coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation

Overall: This is one of the better brown ales on the mark. I don't think I would change anything about this beer

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Photo of Chaney
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up at the Total Wine that is about a block from the brewery a few months ago.

A: So dark brown that it's almost ridiculous. I honestly can't tell if it's cloudy or not. The head was only a couple of shades lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Lots of aroma on this one: Hoppy for a nut brown for sure, but the brown sugar played second fiddle to the almond extract and candy sugar ("Payday" bar) that I got from this. Definitely a "double" nut brown.

T: I got CCB hop profile in there in spades! Additionally, the roasted nut taste was absolutely fantastic. Candy (burnt) sugar in spades, along with a good bit of sweet malt for backup.

M: Lots of lacing here on the glass and on the palate, but the journey was well worth it. This one was thick, but I could tell that the carbonation was meticulously calculated for this particular beer... and I thing that is the strongest aspect of this sucker. The creaminess is divine!

O: A B+ overall average huh? I thing by now I know a great beer in a particular style when I taste, see, and smell it, I based on that, I'm going to give this one my highest recommendation!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy brown color ale with a nice light brown foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of caramelized nutty malt with light dry hops is very interesting. Taste is a nice mix between caramelized malt with balanced level of sweetens and a light dry hoppy finish. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very easily drinkable brew with nice level of complexity.

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Photo of RossCain
1.8/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from April 2011, Poured from an (undated) 750ml purchased January 2011:

A: Pours a deep mahogany with a swelling, cappuccino colored head... as the head takes up more than 50% of the glass, it's evident that something is amiss for a Brown Ale...

S: Extremely strong scent of bacterial infection, completely masking any other flavors that could possibly be lying underneath.

T: Yeah, it's infected alright. Undrinkable, even from the standpoint of imagining it as just a sour, sour beer. Stale, moldy peanuts wrapped in a vinegar-soaked piece of cardboard is all I can say.

M: My sink did not comment on the 24 ounces of this brew that was forced down it, so I have nothing.

O: Well, I had this beer before on tap at CCB and it was fantastic. A really bold, creamy, chocolatey brown ale is what I was in the mood for and instead I received nothing but disappointment in the form of a bottle filled with half an inch of yeasty sediment.

I can't give 1's across the board because I know this beer's actual potential. Hopefully CCB has done a little better with their quality control since the time I purchased this brew. I had heard stories of random infections in CCB brews but this beer confirmed it.

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

This pours a cloudy espresso consistancy with a beautiful coffee cream colored lacing. The foam head lasted a few minutes, and from then on had a thin lacing. The aroma that comes off this has sweet coffee, malty, and herbal hop notes. The taste has a lot of english yeast notes, along with a beautiful sweet coffee and herbal hop taste. The mouthfeel is rich and thick with a medium carbonation. Overall, this beer is one of the best brown ales I have had so far. It is really rich and malty along with a nice herbal hoppiness. This also very drinkable and it would be very easy to drink 4-5 in one sitting. On a side note, this would very good with a nice steak, because it would bring out the nice caramelized flavors of the steak. This beer is very good, and very drinkable.

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Photo of bobbypaulson
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle Pours a very dark but see through brown colorn with nice nice thick cream-like dark head. The smell is of roasted malts and sweet caramel, this is a complex smell I get some different ever time I smell I even get some like woddy shell like smell. Taste isn't too sweet like I was thinking it was going to be I get a roasty nut flavor with some bitter sweet chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice smooth finish. This was a good complex beer and not too boozy considering the alcohol.

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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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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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