Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged | Cigar City Brewing

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Bolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel AgedBolita Brown - Bourbon Barrel Aged
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing
Florida, United States
cigarcitybrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cjgator3 on 06-04-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
38
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
16.21%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of beerwolf77
1.3/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Been sitting on this one for awhile. The whole gang was over so I figured I'd bust it out. Probably should have picked something else. Split with 3 like minded individuals.

A: Dark cola brown with blood red edges. Solid finger of beige head recedes to leave soapy lace.

S: Sour brown sour ale with a touch of sour chocolate and sour roast nuts. Did I mention it was sour? Damn!

T: Sour brown ale with hints of sour cherry, sour wet cardboard, sour metallic flavor, sour bourbon, sour chocolate, sour... you get the picture.

M: Thin and overly carbonated. Infected as all get out.

D: Drain pour city. Sadly this went south chilling in my cellar. I've really enjoyed everything I've had from CCB so far. So this is a huge surprise and disappointment.

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Photo of alcstradamus
1.69/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a deep cola color with a huge head.

Aroma is metallic with dusty cocoa.

The flavor is metallic and fruity. Infected it seems. There is a decent nutty and cocoa flavor underneath the infection, but it is overshadowed.

The body is thin and highly carbonated.

This is a drain pour, definitely not the beer it was meant to be.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.79/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 9% ABV, Dec. 28, 2009, 56/175.

Thanks to Beerwolf for sharing this infected mess?

A - HEY! Our first brew of the night with head! Too bad it's all from the infection. Light retention with patchy lace left on the glass, this brown is...brown and moderately clear.

S - Sour tartness with woody, nutty malts and roasted chocolate mocha. There is a little bit of barrel-aged aroma in there too, but it's overshadowed by the sour infected aroma.

T - Tart, sour infection taste with dusty cocoa and a wet cardboard finish. A little bit of nuttiness pulls through, but this one is far beyond good tasting.

M - Sharp carbonation with a tart finish and mild warm alcohol feel. The excessive carbonation and tartness is another nail in the coffin.

D - All of us ended up drain-pouring the infected mess that was pretty awful but had the potential for greatness had it not been jacked-up.

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Photo of sweemzander
1.79/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

750mL waxed bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle # 56/175. Thank you to Beerwolf77 for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark brown and produced a good tan colored head. Decent retention.

(S)- Definitely has a sour aspect to an otherwise good nutty roastedness as far as I can tell.

(T)- Same as the smell. Definitely a sour aspect in front of what seems to be a nutty roasted character.

(M)- A good carbonation level, however this is obviously sour and infected unfortunately.

(D)- Sadly, very infected. If you still have a bottle, I suggest drinking it asap.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of mwbrady12
3.25/5  rDev -19%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

75cl bottle with a big thanks to CaptainCougar! Dark brown with red highlights and a small beige head. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, and some toast. Pleasant but not very interesting. Bourbon is forward in the flavor with some vague, sweet malt. Sweetness and alcohol balance well, with a touch of hop bitterness as well. Medium-full body with smooth carbonation. A pleasant beer, but the bourbon and sweetness seem to be the only definable characteristics.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of sarro
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle traded from pittsburghkid & shared at Derek’s going away tasting. Pours a shaded black with a nice frothy head. Smells of bourbon and some oak. The taste is bourbon barrel soaked grain and lots of nuttiness. There’s a bit of coffee and it finishes sweet with minimal burn from the bourbon. Felt like there was a bit of clashing with the barrel aging here, but I tend to be picky about that. Just glad it wasn't [as?] infected as the regular Bolita Brown bottle I opened up, since half of that beer geyser'd up and out like a cannon.

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Photo of illidurit
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy SamGamgee. Pours dark copper brown with a light-tan head that leaves some wispy lacing. Aroma is a one-dimensional bourbon explosion. Maybe a little chocolate too. Flavor is much more complex although the bourbon is still the main note. There's a nice coffee character in there and a big nuttiness. A little hot but not too bad. Mouthfeel is slick and warming. Good but not worth the hype.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Gyle41386
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cola colored pour. Some plush brownish foam. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Hot bourbon nose. It's a struggle to pull much brown ale from underneath all of the bourbon, but I did finally smell chocolate, toffee, and a nutty character with some warmth.

Luckily, the brown ale really comes out in the flavor. Sweet and nutty, with toffee, chocolate, oak, and maybe even a slight bit of roast. There's still a lot of bourbon, but it's not enough to outshine the base beer. Bourbon-y dry finish.

Medium bodied. Creamy texture. Just a touch of heat in the finish, which surprised me, given how boozy the nose was and how much bourbon was present in the flavor. This is really tasty stuff.

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Photo of bret27
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

courtesy of bulletrain76

A: Black w/tan head

S: Vanilla, choc, brown, very sweet, alcohol presence.

T: sweet, malty, vanilla, oaky

M: Fairly thick, but not too thick

D: Fairly boozy.

Overall: A little too hot. Not that complex. Doesn't really stand out from other BA beers.

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Photo of IckyT2012
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of johnyb
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of manutdfan
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Stankonia
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown cor with dark mahogany edges and half finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin ring.  Minimal lacing.  

Sweet bourbon aroma with subtle earthy oak, dark malt and hints of burnt toast, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate.  The barrel character is present but not overpowering, letting the other notes come through.  

Medium bodied with a prominent barrel presence but the bourbon is well integrated wihout overshadowing everything.  Sweet booze/bourbon, toasted oak and faint vanilla countered by a deep roasted malt backbone.  Hints of dark chocolate, oatmeal, toast and coffee bean.   Subtle heat toward the finish.  Very roasty and kind of acrid but the bourbon sweetness balances things out.

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