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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2012
A rich and creamy brown with an incredible puffy, fluffy head. Almost black in color with deep chocolate notes and balancing hop character.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RLiddell (100) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle picked up from the brewery. Pours a deep, chocolate brown with a very slight tan head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruit, roasted malt. Taste follows with an exquisite mouth feel for a brown ale. Recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (2115) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2016
From notes. 22 oz bottle shared with Doug at his humble abode on March 07. The pour is a medium brown with a big frothy light khaki colored head and a ton of lace as it slowly fizzes (oh yeah, it sounded like a soda) down to a film. There is a light bubbly collar left. The aroma is interesting. There is a ton of sweet malts and a light cocoa. There is a bit of oxidation present, and itís got a strange earthy spiciness that I donít particularly care for. The flavor is pretty on par with this. There is a very dominating sweet malt and a little bit of brown sugar and cocoa. Itís a little more bitter than the nose would let on. There is again the spiciness that I canít figure out. The mouth feel is surprisingly thicker for a brown, but that fizzy carbonation really takes some of the enjoyment away. There is a lingeringly bitter cocoa and roasty finish. All in all, this wasnít awful, but that earthy spiciness really threw me for a loop.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
750 ml. bottle sampled @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. GUSHER. Bottle was quite a few years old probably. Brown, uneven mocha head. Nose is distinctly sour, sour coffee grounds, red fruits, powdery dark malts, vinegar, glue, puckering. Taste is sour coffee grounds, grainy malts, sour red fruit, vinegar, glue, rotting red grapes, sour mocha, varnish, grape jelly, spoiled lactic. Very heavy carbonation. Powdery. Age very likely aggravated these characteristics but age alone couldnít have caused them. It was very likely stored chilled for most of its lifetime. Oddly it isnít that bad really, one can almost think of it as a badly made Oud Bruin, some will probably rather like this one. I didnít expect this from Cigar City to be honest.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1553) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2015
creamy beige head. dark brown colour. aroma is toffee, caramel, nuts, bit oxidized, sweet. taste like aroma, some burnt sugar bitterness aftertaste is quite sweet. rather dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. nice one! bottle

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savage_Night (409) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Pours dark brown with a red hue and a medium light brown head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: roasted malt, toffee, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, light coffee, light herbs, earthy, brown sugar, nuts, spices, peppercorn, molasses, faint citrus and light herbal hops. TASTE: roasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol, herbs, peppercorn, spices, nuts, hop spice and faint citrus. AFTER TASTE: toffee, malty, nuts and molasses with an oily smooth finish.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1374) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Wow. Dark brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is sweet roast malt, wood and caramel. Taste is creamy version of the nose. Very very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EyeAmBaldman (461) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Pours mahogany with a thick dark khaki head. Aroma is dark fruity. Taste is very Belgian and very similar to Rochefort. This is decent from Cigar City.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Could be one of my favorite brews, even though browns are not my favorite style. Brown pour tan head. Flavor of rich caramel and light cocoa. Smooth mouthfeel without any bad sweetness. So rich and smooth.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
youdictategood (467) - Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2015
On tap at New World Brewery. Reddish brown pour with thick head. Good bit of caramel in the aroma. Same with the taste - caramel, almonds, some cocoa. Creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gamin (146) - Brockport, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Pours a deep brown. Tastes very rich and has a bit of sweetness against a strong roast character. It's delicious but isn't how I imagine brown ales.


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