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Cigar City Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale

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RATINGS: 519   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Bolita was a type of lottery popular with the working class citizens of the Ybor City district of Tampa. Bolita means, ílittle ballí but profits from the illegal (and often rigged) game were anything but little. In the 1920ís Tampa native Charlie Wall was the undisputed kingpin of the Bolita racket.

Our Bolita is a Double Northern English-style brown ale that has a complex malt forward character with notes of chocolate, toffee and hints of roasted nuts in the finish. Bolita pairs well with Baklava, Big Band Music, Cool Evenings and robust cigars.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
boozedude (2000) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Holy moly...This stuffs a pal.... bomber shared with hakes at club w dek bar. .brownish pour with super sugar and malts.. delicious...never been a big fan of brown. .but this is legit

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ineedbeer (893) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750 ml bottle from 2011 I believe. Aroma is fairly oxidized with honey and cardboard. Medium light notes of toasted bread, caramel and nuts. Hints of chocolate and dark fruit. Pours a dark brown with lighter brown hues on the edges with hints of burnt amber. Small, moderately thin, light mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Flavor is slightly sweet with a moderate bitterness. Some cardboard notes but, the oxidation is not as noticeable as in the aroma. Moderately strong nuttiness with medium toasted bread and hints of caramel, roast and chocolate. Hints of dark fruit, cherry and raisin. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low,but present astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, age does not help this beer. I can imagine the aroma used to be more like the flavor and full of nuttiness and melanoidins, but now the oxidation dominates. The light fruit notes work well and add a bit of complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2350) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Dark brown pour. Big creamy tan head. Lacing. Chocolate and peppery malt aroma. Big boozy taste. Some malt. Hot finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2839) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2014
2009 bottle, trade with Daknole. Five years cellared is apparently more than enough, this gushered out as soon as I popped the cap.Even decanting a third of it into a glass still wonít keep the foam from swelling over the bottle top. What I end up with is a dark brown beer, looking like a porter, with a flat sudsy brown head. Smell has nice nut brown roast malts, but without peat or ale fruity esters. And unfortunately, what should have been an extra dose of yeast to help boost alcohol has turned into some bacillus, giving the aged beer a sour funk to it. Well, Iíve drunk a lot of strong homebrew that turned out this way. Iím pretty sure I can claim I treated this bottle properly, so this is a strong beer that could not stand up to aging. Next time, Iíll get a fresh CC beer when available, and see if that doesnít change my mind.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4104) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
How: Bottle, 2010 vintage.
Where: SM÷F 2014.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, some chocolate and alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, some liquorice, malt, alcohol, a bit sour.
Comment: Either slightly infected or has an odd sourness to it that doesnít fit.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"bolita brown is the red headed stepchild of lion stout and dfh palo santo. expecting a brown ale, this would be an odd one. itís thick, strong, and well...thick. dense head atop a beer that looks like a big stout. huge roasted malt and chocolate and toffee...sweet, but not overbearing. a wonderful sipper on a cool night."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5932) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a nice brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have toffee, a solid nutty character, some roast, dark chocolate, with some earthy bitterness. This is as solid a brown ale as you can find.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1567) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with off-white head. Nuts, caramel malt, bread, and some toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very nutty on the finish and semi-sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresyourball (517) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle to tulip. Pours brown with a decent sized beige head. Nose is nutty sweet; taste follows with some brown sugar, molasses, toffee. Really nice smooth mouthfeel. Good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jamesthebrit (299) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Into a snifter.Smell is lighter. Malty. A hint of roastiness. Pour was weird until I realized this was a brown ale not a stout. Looks great fora. Brown ale. Nice brown color. Explosive tan head.Light on the taste. Earthy. Malty. Hint of roastiness.Very smooth on the palate. Acidic. Tastes lighter than expected. Some nice flavors but the acidity takes away. Maltiness is nice. Not bad but nothing amazing. Good for the style.


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