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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, ’little ball’ but profits from the illegal (and often rigged) game were anything but little. In the 1920’s 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2013 Pours opaque brown with a khaki tan head. The aroma is toffee and malt. The flavor has a tiny burn at it’s finish but has a sweet toffee, caramel flavor. Super smooth on the tongue.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rhooks81 (5) - savannah, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2013 does not count
malty roasted nuts. very dark. brown head. good lacing. paired with filet mignon. nice meal. too bad I cant get this beer locally

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2236) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2013
750ml bottle. Finally getting around to drinking this one. Big thanks to Tricyclist from the chapter 3 local for local swap. Pours a murky dark chestnut brown color with a finger or tan head. Aromas is nutty, with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses. Taste has a lot of hazelnut, followed by caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and a roasted coffee finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3244) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky brown with a beige head of billowing foam. Lots of foam. Aroma is earthy, nutty, roast, and wine. Taste is a little vinous, but the roast notes bring this beer back on track. Sweeter finish than expected. Very spritzy mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (514) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Appearance: Deep dark brown color with extremely thick beige head. In fact the head started at 3/4 of the glass and it ended up rising over the glass Aroma: Smells like chocolate malt balls Taste: Complex layers of flavor for a nut brown. A heavy layer of malt with hazelnuts, leather and a nice coating chocolate sweetness on the finish. Overall: A very hearty nut brown ale more reminiscent of a doublebock. Alcohol is very well masked.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 16, 2013
Pours a deep burnt umber with a thick foamy head... Lots of nice roast great silky mouthfeel nutty, soft chocolate, raw peanuts, vanilla, spent coffee grounds, malt and a touch of earthy chewing tobacco on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2013
A: Nutty, malt, vanilla and chocolate. A: dark in color with a tan head. T: taste cocoa, vanilla, nutty, and some bitter at the end P: full mouth feel, drinkable

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Now this is a brown ale to write home about. Bolita is malty sweet, but far from cloying, boasting heavy notes of vanilla, caramel, and walnuts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 11, 2013
18/III/13 - 75cl bottle from Domus Birrae (Rome, IT) @ home - BB: n/a - 2011 vintage or earlier (2013-254)

Clear purple to red brown beer, big frothy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: cola bottle candy, citric acidity, Rodenbach like aroma, cocoa powder. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sourish start, leather, tobacco leafs, mocha, little bitter, dark chocolate, lactobacillus. Aftertaste: hint of caramel, tobacco, pretty sour, mocha, coffee. I’m pretty sure the beer got infected, this sourness was not intentional, yet it works for me. Since I’m a sucker for Flemish Sour Red ales...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
750ml bottle. Light brown, cream head. Light sweet malt with chocolate, lactose, toffee, somewhat nutty, smooth. Moderate body, mild carbonation, sweet, bit dry, some hazelnut on the finish. Tasty.


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