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RATINGS: 536   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle, from Spuyten Duyvil Grocery in Brooklyn. Pours deep brown, capped with a moderate-sized tan head that persists until the last sip. Rich aroma of nuts, smoke, cocoa, and a little spice. Cocoa and nuts hit the palate hard, and are joined by caramel, smoke, espresso, earth and a little tobacco. Smoke and dark chocolate hand out for a long finish. Full bodied, yet still very drinkable. Great brown ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3168) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2009
the aroma is nutty with hint of smoke and deep caramel. the palate is thick lots of syrupy head. the overall flavors of smoke malts, nuts, caramel, toffee and dominate everywhere with this beer. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3773) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted nuts, light roasted malt, caramel malt, and light fruits (apple, fig). Flavor has a nice smokey/oaky edge with roasted nuts, roasted malt, smoked apple, and maybe a touch of coffee. I like the smoked aspect of this beer, very tasty! Robust palate and creamy too (however it gets slightly wearing and a little acidic as you go through the beer). Overall, a brown ale I actually enjoyed. 7/4/8/4/14 [3.7/5]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750ml bottle, with a big thanks to dchmela for the awesome bonus! Pours a caramel brown with a good sized tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is nuts, caramel, toffee, light cola, and hints of vanilla and tobacco. Definitely more going on in the aroma than most browns. Flavor is mostly caramel, toffee, nut and chocolate, with a little tobacco on the finish. An easy drinking and enjoyable brown. Thanks again Dave!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, smoky chocolate, a very sugary caramel note, maybe a hint of cedar, and an odd acidic note, might be getting some acetaldehyde as well, though Iím no brewer/expert, so I could be mistaken. Flavor seems less off than the aroma with lots of roasted malt, a bit of saltiness, lots of those nuts, but that caramel, sort of like caramel drizzle, remains an off putting sweet note. Still has an odd lingering acidity on the palate. Had some good stuff going on, but something felt off to me the whole time. Maybe Iím way off base and I just wasnít a big fan, but then itís 6 of one, half dozen of the other anyway.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4112) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by iowaherkeye. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and tobacco. Lightly hazy brown with a big beige, glass lacing head. Flavor is tobacco, caramel, toffee, and faint bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4187) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottle shared by mfielden on BA - thanks Mark! This beer has an incredible appearance, murky dark brown with an awesome lasting tan head that leaves some foam and great lacing. Aroma is nuts, smoke, chocolate, and maybe even a hint of bretty tartness. Flavor is awesome and keeps going for awhile after you drink it. Chocolate malt, toffee, nuts, and smoke. Palate is fairly light for the ABV, adding to the drinkability. You really donít notice the 9% at all. This is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bonbright7 (181) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
This dark brown ale had an enticing aroma with very little head as we poured it for a small group tasting in Bellport last night. The big bodied ale appeared to be very dense in the glassware and the first taste further explained the commotion around its arrival in my area. It had a very enjoyable taste that one could pick out a variety of stronger ale notes, as the previous rater suggested. The dry chalky aftertaste also reminded me of cocoa bars and I thought a little Partagas cigar might go well with this ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle shared by Turdlington at the CC gathering - thanks, Sam! Very handsome pour, almost like a big porter - the kind of robustness one isnít accustomed to with a "nut brown ale." Smoky, nutty, and dry aroma is just the ticket. Nice big mouthfeel, and flavors of char, chocolate, and roasted nuts. Long papery finish works well. Iíd like to try this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
brown body with a white head.aroma is chocolate,peanuts,and root beer.flavor is much of the same with a bit of chocolate.

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