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RATINGS: 514   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
There is a new player in town, and his name is Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, Florida. Finally, artisanal craft beer has landed and it is here to stay. Ever since hearing about Cigar City Brewing months ago, I and hundreds of other Florida craft beer fanatics have been following the progress of this promising brewery from the first brick laid to the first completed batch of beer. A few months ago I was able to sup on their Bolita Brown, a Double Nut Brown Ale of luscious proportions.

He came to me exuding rich dark browns with just enough clarity to let a wee bit of light shine through, highlighting burnt mahogany hues while a decent head fades into a khaki ringlet. Wafting my way are lush notes of chocolate of the finest foreign purveyors; better have a deep wallet. Vanilla bean, coffee, cream, marshmallow, prunes, raisins, and juicy dark pitted fruit. The pits give him an earthy nuttiness which compliments and enhances the rest of the palate. A rich brown ale, as I raise my glass for our first kiss, tobacco leaves tickle my nose before his mouth-coating contents wet my lips. Chocolate and tobacco first, my palate doesnít dry immediately. Pecans, almonds, fruit pits, and decadently dry foreign chocolates mingle. Furthering notes of tobacco leaf has me wishing for a rich, smoky cigar to puff while I sup. His nuts are a faint whisper in the front of his palate, but linger long into the finish. Do not drink this beer cold or even semi-cold. He performs best at the ideal cellar temperature so that his full bouquet of aromas and flavors can shine through. Rich and chocolaty with smoky tobacco, nuts, meaty dark fruits replete with earthy pits, his palate works together in exquisite harmony. I linger long with my Bolita Brown Ale, not wishing such a beautiful relationship to end.

If you are not already, keep an eye and a finger on the beating pulse of Cigar City Brewing. They are bursting onto the craft beer scene at full speed ahead. No prisoners will be taken, and Floridians can say with their heads held high that they have a brewery which all others drool over with envy and lust.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
On draft at redlight. Pours a very dark chocolate brown color topped by a small, foamy tan colored head that leaves wet lacing behind. The aroma is very malty and complex showing dark chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee, and nuts. There is just a trace of vanilla in there as well. The flavor follows suit and is just as malt forward with the chocolate and caramel showing first followed by some roasted coffee and nuts. Some earthy hops show up and balance to the chocolate sweetness and add some nice bitterness. Full bodied and very smooth that hides the alcohol well. The finish is nice and bitter sweet from the chocolate and roast. This one is certainly heavier than the maduro, which is so drinkable. This one is a slow sipper and a perfect compliment to a nice cigar. Really nice brown ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
poured brown with a nice head with good lacing. smelled of sweet coffee. tasted of coffee and smooth aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
On tap @ the Lost Kangaroo Pub in Bradenton. Pours a dark brown with a medium tan head that is mostly lasting leaving nice lacing. Has a nutty, malty aroma and flavor with hints of dark chocolate and toffee. A very complex and enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (878) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Growler, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! In the which Lost character is this beer most like question, Iíve picked Locke. Itís burnt and sharp, but with a nice chocolate undertone. Pours a deep dark brown with an off-white ring. Aroma of burnt, toasted malt, wood, chocolate, with a hint of fruits and sugar. Taste of burnt malt, chocolate, wood, toffee, and citrus. Lingering sweet and burnt flavors. Really great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Growler courtesy of Gillard shared with the usual suspects at the Brick Store. Pours a deep, clear chestnut brown with a small tan head that stays on as a collar for the duration and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma was a balancing act between the dark roasted malts and the sweetness of molasses and sugar. The aroma had hints of tobacco, chocolate and toffee as well. The taste also remained on the sweeter side of things as the molasses and caramel malts come through with chocolate complimenting. The finish is more earthy though and brought back the tobacco that I thought I was getting in the nose. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of things for a brown ale and Iíve probably describe this one more as an imperial brown than a traditional English brown. Either way, itís tasty and Iíve enjoyed both the brown ales Iíve had from CCB, with this being much sweeter than the Maduro.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1509) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Hand bottle from stfun, that he said was three weeks old... If this was three weeks old then this beer must be awesome on tap... Nice dark brown color, good head. Good aroma of chocolate, nuttiness, and roasted malts. Taste is the same. Lots of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, nuts and a slight bitterness in the after taste. Nice carbonation level for a hand bottle that sat for a long time as well. No trace of the nine percent alcohol. Overall... This was an awesome brown ale. Huge thanks to Josh for this one

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
On tap at BT. Pours a dark hazy brown. Sweet, toasted aroma. Flavor is very malty, sweet toasted malts. Lots of bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is perfect much like everything else they brew. The best brown Iíve ever had.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3338) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Hand-bottle. The beer pours to a deep brown body with a nice deep tan head that unfortunately dissipated pretty quickly. Looks very viscous. The beer has a nice aroma of toffee and caramel with toasted walnuts and Brazil nuts and a dry black charred malt. The flavor is a deeply toasted almost roasted brown malt with walnuts and Brazil nuts, perhaps some hazelnuts. Extremely balanced toasted brown sugar and black malt. Nice earthy Ethiopian coffee. Subtle hopping. The palate is surprisingly smooth for 9%. Bitter earthiness that has a nice carbonation. This is a phenomenal brown ale. One that I would actually buy again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7153) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Muchas thanks to Eric for sending a wine bottle of this! Poured a very rich brown with a loose-bubbled cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolates, caramel, brown sugar, and nutty notes with warm, prickly alcohol accents.. toasted.. quite enjoyable! The flavor had more of the nutty notes with a little less caramel and chocolate at the core.. bitter earthy character and some alcohol warmth rode the edges.. finished spicy and warm with more nutty notes. Medium-plus bodied with light carbonation on the palate.. warm and engaging. Very good stuff!


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