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 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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Photo of maximum12
1.71/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to moose3285 for sending me a couple bottles of this brew. The first one was infected like an sore pus-filled sore, so I'm going to have to mark this innocent one down a bit. And thanks to moose-man for replacing the bad one, which is greatly appreciated (if unnecessary given all the fine back-and-forth over the years!).

Poured into a pair of pint glasses, this is brown only in the sense that it's not completely black. Smell is - sonofabitch - tart & a mite fruitish, mixed in with the nuts & sweet malts.

Bolita has a problem. Especially as I let it warm, the bear goes from decent to undrinkable. The tartness, & the beginnings of a crescent moon of sour, bludgeon the malts & nuttiness into the background. I can taste a good beer underneath here, but this is my second infected bottle of Bolita. Doesn't display the tell-tale gush or fizzy mouthfeel, so the infection is still in its infancy, but definitely present & taking a wrecking ball to the beer.

I'm a big enough Cigar City fan to be almost counted a homer, but I'm grossly disappointed with back-to-back bad bottles. Good thing there were a hellacious amount of other excellent beers in that box Mike!

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

$7.99 for a 750ml bottle

A: deep rosy-brown color, clear with good rocky-tannish brown head, great lacing
S: medium nose - deep rich roasted malt with creamy malt undertones and roasted nuts, EtOH noticeable
T: creamy, true to type without excessive hops
M: creamy, chocolatey, velvety mouthfeel
O: great tasting all-around beer

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Photo of oglmcdgl
1.44/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A 750 bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a steady pour brings a massive billowy tan head that doesn't look quite right to me. Head slowly settles to leave tons of sticky lace and a thick ring on top. Very dark brown in color with an amber cola glow at the edges.

S- unfortunately tart and funky upfront with some roast and nuts in the back. Very not what it should be.

T- tastes like old sour red wine. Very funky and fruity with touches of burnt nut and dark malts.

M- less then medium in body and highly carbed with a gross pucker.

O- well this is one bad beer. Totally infected and barely consumable. I'm fighting my way through the glass but I'm not sure if I can do it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was shared by Andy. Poured into a tulip. This one pours a nice dark brown with about an inch of very light tan head. The head settles down to a creamy layer of foam with thin lace.

Really a nutty smell on this. Hazelnut and nutmeg come to mind with a little bit of a smokey aroma and some citrus hops kicking around in the background. Really a nutty flavor here too. Hazelnut with some cocoa are most noticable up front with a bit of bitter citrus hops. Andy pointed out that this one seems a bit yeasty and I agree with that.

Good medium body on this bordering a bit on the heavier side. Nice soft carbonation here too. This is a well crafted beer. Probably one of the more enjoyable ones of the style that I've had. Tone down the yeast and this one is rock solid.

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Todes. Thanks! Poured into a tulip, There is a large khaki colored head atop a very dark brown body. I would say the head is about three fingers before settling. Lots of lacing.

The aroma is, perhaps suggestively so, nutty. There is a little bit of yeast zest in the aroma, putting the sweet malt in the back a little bit. I get faint wood and cedar aromas.

The taste starts out nice and dry with a touch of Mexican chocolate. The finish yields a bit of prunes with a hint of nuts. This finishes slightly yeasty though, slightly inhibiting the malt flavor.

The body is medium, and the carbonation is soft and creamy. This has a noticeably nice texture to it.

I like this, but I wish it had a little less yeast spice. The malt flavors are nice.

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

750mL bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Big thanks to Cyrusthepup for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade.

A- Pours a dark brown with a nice light tan colored head. Great lacing that Clings to the glass for a good long while. Decent head retention.

S- A very nice malt profile comes through strong, followed by a nice nutty, slightly hoppy characteristic. Simple and effective.

T- Delicious malts up front, with toffee, chocolate, and a slight hop kick as well. Nutty tones make an appearance in the back end, rounding out the well balanced flavor. Well done.

M- Medium carbonation, with a thicker mouthfeel than most other brown ales I've had. A slightly creamy texture becomes noticeable in the finish.

O- Very happy with this take on a brown ale. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the mouthfeel is thicker than almost any in its category. A fine offering from Cigar City, as they continue to impress me.

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

I took an 8oz sample from 1 750ml bottle and poured into snifter on 04/25/2011. Dark brown and black topped by a mocha head. Great retention and good lace. My nose immediately picks up an off flavor- not much else going on here. This is bad. I taste a metallic off flavor, slight malty caramel- a bitterness bites the tongue. An inspection of the bottle shows rust on the cap and on the mouth of the bottle which could explain the bad taste. Full body with decent carbonation. Clearly I had a bad bottle and a definite drain pour. I will try again with another bottle in the future and edit my review.

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

From 750mL bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A BIG thanks to siege06nd for supplying this one. Cheers, John!

A: Chestnut brown, with a nice and compact 1.5 finger head. The lacing is ample and sticky.

S: A bit hoppy and nutty, but what I really get is a good amount of malt on the nose. Really digging this.

T: Agressive for a brown - it come off a bit like a porter. It's quite almondy. Traces of sweet alcohol on the finish.

M: Unlike so many within the category, it's not slick and oily. Rather, it's thick and rich and drinks like a champ. Proper carbonation, though it could be a bit creamier.

O: CCB's Bolita Brown is a really killer interpretation of a fairly played out style. Good drinking all around - one of the best brown's on the market.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-very dark, rich brown with a nice tan head.

S-chocolate, sweet chocolate malts...and...a funk...a funk that reminds me of CCB's sours and saisons...this is interesting. has a medium to high strength. i'm liking this a lot so far.

T-comes in with soft cocoa and then a decent funkiness to it. Its fairly subtle, hardly there, but definitely undeniable. the tartness last in to the after-taste a long with cocoa. there's also some hints of vanilla and tobacco leaf. i've never had an other brown ale that resembles this.

M-thick and creamy, medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-at first, i was drinking this, amazed, thinking of how lucky i was being able to sip on such a fantastic brew, but then i remembered i bought this for $7.99 at a world market. to me thats an amazing price for a perfect CCB 750mL beer, and to find it at a world market, no less. this is an amazing brown ale. it is so completely drinkable.

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

Picked up a bottle at a local beer store, fun. Beer is brown and hazy with an off white head of small bubbles, bubbles are nearly tan, the head falls away leaving some lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is a little smoky / tobacco with a nice backbone of sweetness and some ethanol.

Beer is thinner than i expected and boozier than I expected, the flavors are dominantly sweet malt followed by ethanol followed by a mild bitterness on the finish. It almost tastes like it was aged in a barrel but not quite. I enjoyed it but the booziness got to be after a bit. I'd have (a small amount) again.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bolita was some sort of lottery game in the old days of Tampa. Known for being rigged, yet still quite popular, and front and center on the label is the "kingpin" of bolita himself. One fugly sun ma' bitch if you ask me. Anyways...This is labeled as a DOUBLE BROWN ALE and if your thinking as I thought when I first heard that then your right. Twice as delicious as a regular brown ale!!!Pours a heavy, dark, cloudy brown with a depth of aroma so deep its hard not to drown yourself from jealousy towards your reflection that is one with the brew. Whoa...What?

TONS of roasted nuttiness. Unbelievably smooth and creamy. I could drink 6 of these massive pint bottles and still want more. A seasonal brew with no specific release time(whenever they feel its ready i guess). If you can find this I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend it.

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Photo of ToddT
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark brown topped with a thin off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring and leaves a little spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, and tobacco.

T- Sweet molasses and coffee are the dominate notes at first. More coffee with hints of chocolate make up the middle. The finish is very dry and with a few notes of tobacco and a hint of leather. As this one warms it becomes sweeter and sweeter with notes of candied fruit on the palate.

M- Full bodied and a little syrupy, carbonation is low but in line for the style. Finish is dry and becomes a little sticky sweet by the end of the glass.

D- The 9.0% ABV is well hidden but the sweetness got to me before the end of the glass.

My first Cigar City beer fell a little short for me, but that doesn’t mean I will not be trying more of them. The sweetness is just a little too over the top for me.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with off white head. Nice lacing and retention. The smell is sweet, fruity, with notes of chocolate. The taste is nutty, some cocoa characteristics, sweet malts, dark fruit, some woody and roasted notes. Simple but good. Earthy hops in the back with a little floral character. Thick and a bit syrupy. Overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours brown with a light brown thin head. Visible effervenscene streams. Good head retention and minimal lacing.

S- Smells sweet (think fruit sweet).

T- Sweet, nutty, with a wood-esque aftertaste. Nine percent alcohol is well hidden. "Rich."

M- Good carbonation. Slightly on the syrupy side.

D/O- Started on this without knowing as much as what style it was. It grew on me over 11 ounces to be blunt. Recommended for Brown Ale fans. My first Cigar City.

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

having had this several times over the last couple years i had the chance to try a bottle from the recent batch on my trip through Florida. Served into a snifter.

Rich dark brown pour, just menacing looking with a huge tan head that just towered over the top of the glass. Fading slowly it left behind tons of side glass lacing and a huge amount of spider like webs. Aroma was sweet and spicy at the same time. Notes of rye, brown sugar, molasses like touches and hints of coffee are all coming through very clearly. Each sip now seem to get a bit more complex then the one before it, really very well done here. Rich chocolate notes blending well now with huge malts and a touch of rye that are just fantastic. Light suagry finish with a touch of hops in the back, just enough to push it over the edge for me. ABV is very well hidden and had no issues at all with polishing this one off.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a large bottle at Abe's for $9.50 and split ti with a friend. I generally love Cigar City beers, but this one fell flat for me. There was a big fruity, wine-like character with a little roast and chocolate. But it was disappointingly simple. The body was heavy and smooth for the most part, with just balancing bitterness. For the weight of this brown ale, I'd expect more varied notes. Maybe it just needs time is a cellar, or has had too much. Either way I like this brewery enough to give this another shot eventually. To be continued.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 4-8-11
Reviewed cold from a bomber to a glass

A - Poured three fingers of think foam, great head retention on this bad boy. Nice tan head with a very dark body

S - Malts with brown sugar. No hop aroma to speak of but hints of chocolate and toffee

T/M - Took a while for the head to disappear. Taste dark roasted malts with toffee and dark chocolate. Smooth brew with a malty after taste

D - Very drinkable, great blend of roasted malts and sweetness. I highly recommend this brew. I would get this brew again

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Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale from Cigar City Brewing
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