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RATINGS: 511   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (5612) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bomber. Murky reddish brown pour with a small cream head. Aroma of nut, toffee, malt. Taste is nut, toffee, slight dark fruit. Tasty stuff.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Dark mahogany with big, creamy, caramel head / Rich smooth nose of nut, chocolate, caramel, roast grain, and dark fruit / Full body, silky, moderately sweet with excellent hop balance, and some bitterness on the finish lurking under the big body / Flavors of hazelnut, semisweet chocolate, cream, date, fig, and licorice / Make me want to move to Florida.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixmasterob (879) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
750 from Rollin' Oats. Dark brown pour with a nice off white head. Aroma was full of toffee, caramel, roasted malt, light coffee and a big nutty presence. Flavors were lightly sweet with a nice roast malt presence, lots of nuts, toffee and vanilla. Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation. Bittersweet nutty finish. Paired beautifully with a cigar. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
750ml bottle shared by jsprime. deep murky brown with a lasting tan head. solid layered big brown ale, lotsa dark fruit, seem like it was fermented somewhat warm. very drinkable for the weight. nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
umich03jm (1573) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Bottle from trade with DrSilverworm. Pours a murky dark brown color with a nice head that fades normally. Aromas of chocolate, roasted nuts, and dark bread. Taste is like slightly burnt brown bread mixed with chocolate. Finish is very nutty and smooth. Thick and somewhat chewy mouthfeel. Solid brown ale but a tad too thick and bready for me to love.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1087) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of black bread, nuts, coffee.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A high tan head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting toasted brown bread, chocolate, nuts and orange peel.
Palate: Low carbonation, a soft texture. A good body with a somewhat dry finish.
Overall: Very good, went well with Ardbeg marinated entrecôte.
Note: Bottle 650 ml. Reviewed 2013-02-09.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (1394) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from beernads. A nice even brown with orange/amber hues and mocha head. Nose is toasted, slightly nutty malt with gentle notes of cocoa/roast malt and almost a slight hazelnut/vanilla character. Light plastic/grassy hops. Flavor tends towards the slightly sweet with gentle molasses/caramel syrup, toasted malt, and bitter cocoa. Faintest of hop presence. Other than being a touch sweet, pretty sessionable for the ABV. No booziness to speak of. Good all-around brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (2920) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Thanks Anthony! Pours dark brown with an average biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee, Taste is sweet malt, chocolate, caramel, coffee, and nuts. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trapped (602) - TURKEY - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle. Reddish brown color with foamy big tan head, chocolate aroma, berries-chocolate taste, high carbonation, abrupt finish. Very nice ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pyrmir (2758) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle. Aroma a bit smoked, dark sugar, liquorice. Tastes: sweet, smoked, liquorice. Aftertaste is smoked and of burnt wood


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