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RATINGS: 528   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.


3.7
   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 isn’t 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. I’d like to try this one again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1798) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Thanks to Sam for sharing! Dark brown pour fluffy tan head and drippy lace. Hazel nut on the nose. Light chocolate, roast, and hazelnut. Very solid for a mediocre style

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
750mL bottle, no date from darkguardian. Hazy ruby with a small beige head, fading to a thick ring. Big nutty nose with some coconut and toast. Flavor does have some chocolate in addition to the aforementioned aromas. Dry slightly burnt finish with bitterness around a 3, light alcohol burn. Medium-full body with light to moderate carbonation. Good brown--er, ASA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Bottle shared by Sam. Nice dark brown pour with tan head. Roasty and sweet nose. Mild nuts. Earthy. Tastes adds slight salty aspect. Nice hop addition as well. Better than "Double Nut Brown Ale" made me think it would be. Preferred over the BA version.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle thanks to Tarheels86. This beer looks great. I can’t see any reason to not give it a 5. Deep brown with a thick creamy beige that has great retention. Totally inviting. Strong aroma of sweet malts and toffee. Flavor instantly reminded me of one of my other favorite brown ales, Bells Best Brown, but about twice as strong in every area. Strong flavors of sweet malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and everything roasted and toasted together. However, there is something that sort of turns me off, although just in the slightest. Similar to something I picked up on in the Big Sound also. Nothing really bad, but a little distracting. Still, all in all an excellent brown ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle at Rattle N Hum. Dark brown pour. The nose is absolutely lovely. Intense chewy nose. Lots of sweet dark malts with a heavy cocoa character dominating. Chocolate and a touch of herbal tobacco character that really works well in here. Quite malty with a nice sweet toffeeish character in the middle. Intense but approachable with a bit of cedary woodiness as well. A little bit of grainy spice adds yet another layer of complexity. Really, lovely tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a dark copper brown with a one finger light tan head. The nose has a nice nutty english character, some caramel, nice malt character, some earthy leafy hop character. Flavor is nutty, leafy hops, English feel, some hop grain astringency. Palate has a mild hop bite.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (9347) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2009 750 mL. Pours a clear, deep ruby with a two-finger creamy tan head that has excellent retention. Great aroma of coconut, caramel, big mocha character. Taste initially is off-putting: something strange like a big smack of fusel alcohol. Then quickly shifts to roasted nuts, black currant, dry cocoa. Nice resiny hops in the background offering good balance. Creamy on the palate. Big warming alcohol in the finish. I guess since this is the base for Coco Loco and other masterpieces, I’m a bit disappointed in the lack of complexity but this is a solid base for CCB to experiment freely. 3.7 Update 9/8/2009: From the Kickback’s CCB Dinner in Jax. Aroma is huge honey, tupelo honey and more scotch ale in the nose than I remember. Taste is also more scotch ale maltiness, toffee, and hints of soy. 3.5

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
changeup45 (1719) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Shared this bottle with Crown (nice to get him rating again!) Deep brown color and pours with a real nice frothy tan head. This is overall rather roasty, with nuts, chocolate, and caramel blending together quite nicely to give this a rich flavor while still being extremely easy drinking. I would have never thought this was 9% without knowing ahead of time. Any sort of note of alcohol shows in the finish with a little kick. A wonderful strong Brown Ale and I look forward to the treatments and blends of this beer Cigar City is distributing. Re-rate: Original rating based on one of the very early batches of this beer. Since then I have had a couple of experiences that weren’t nearly as good. They were possibly infected with much more alcohol than noted before with a sour stale cardboard taste. I’m going to adjust the score with some sort of average since it wasn’t an isolated incident.


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