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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (520) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (3430) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2190) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (5696) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlackerMads (1938) - DENMARK - APR 10, 2013
Bottle. Murky brown with a thick bubbly beige head. Aroma is nuts, chocolate, toffee, dark cherries, blackberry, spicy, coffee, skumbanan, roasted malt. Taste is near heavy sweet, medium bitter and light fat. Medium+ body, oily/syrupy texture, soft+ carbonation. Sweet all the way, but has some roasted malt bitterness to balance it a bit. Good soft warming brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Furseth (2007) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 10, 2013
0,7L Bottle: Thanx MR Rask! Dark clear colour, big creamy head. Aroma has a nice coffee, dark choclate, burned.fruitnes. some alcy was there to. Flavor had a nice sweet malty mouthfeeling, dark chocolate, and coffe, a bit smokkeynes was there to. Medium to full body, medium sweet malty/rasiisns alcy finish. Well done indeed!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michaelinwa (627) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bottle from trade with Tricyclist. Dark brown pour, big, thick head, aroma of malt with significant chocolate notes. Flavor is sweet malt with hints of dried fruit, tobacco and chocolate. Moderately complex, slightly thick, interesting and enjoyable. Finishes with the flavors and a little tart. Alcohol is well hidden. Another nice brew from Matthew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
Rated 3/24/13. Portion of a 750ml bottle into a Hunahpu’s snifter. From notes. A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is...well, not really existent; it’s just an offwhite-shade ring. S: This has a lot of hazelnut, caramel, brown sugar, and even some chocolate. A good ’sweet’ aroma. T: There’s a good nutty flavor to start. The midtaste and finish sees a minor appearance of balancing hops, caramel qualities, and some lighter fruits. M: The body is medium, without too much sweetness or booziness. I could use a bit more creaminess, but that’s nitpicking. O: One of the better brown ales I’ve had - which is the same thing I said about Maduro, I do believe. The more I have from Cigar City, the more I think they really know what the hell they’re doing down there in Florida.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jw0406 (872) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
750 ml bottle pours a dark brown color with an off white head. Aromas of roasted malts,nutty, caramel, light coffee. Medium bodiied, with a nutty finish.

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