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RATINGS: 513   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, ’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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Edmoe (239) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is a malty, sweet wood with a hint of fruit (raisins?). Very nice malt flavor with hints of wood and chocolate. Full bodied. A fantastic beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bonvivant (168) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Dark mahogany with big, creamy, caramel head / Rich smooth nose of nut, chocolate, caramel, roast grain, and dark fruit / Full body, silky, moderately sweet with excellent hop balance, and some bitterness on the finish lurking under the big body / Flavors of hazelnut, semisweet chocolate, cream, date, fig, and licorice / Make me want to move to Florida.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rhooks81 (5) - savannah, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2013 does not count
malty roasted nuts. very dark. brown head. good lacing. paired with filet mignon. nice meal. too bad I cant get this beer locally

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ajm (1066) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
750 bottle shared by Shyam. My thanks for contributing to a great Brown Ale month for me. Nose is chocolate soil, roasty hazelnuts and amaretto, dark coffee. Color is a full brownish black with good brown head. Flavor much the same and comes together very nicely. Like a nuttier version of Pullman that turns out to be sweeter.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2011
750 from Capone’s. Pours deep brownish chestnutty color with off-khaki head. Nose is malty, nutty, earthy, with cacao and brown sugar. Tastes rich, very complex, dense, with a lot of intermingled malt, nut, cacao, backup hops, and toffee. This one was elite, and one of the best nut brown ales I have ever experienced.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Linnet (1102) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JUN 3, 2011
Aroma: roasted malts, alcohol, earthy hops, nuts, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, Appearance: deep ruby colour, creamy beige head, lacing. Flavour:thick, nutty, chocolate, coffee, sugar, acidity, alcohol, ashy, lovely! Mouthfeel: smooth. Total: great!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Now this is a brown ale to write home about. Bolita is malty sweet, but far from cloying, boasting heavy notes of vanilla, caramel, and walnuts.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AHSlowhand (41) - - JAN 19, 2014
Poured from 750ml into a snifter. Beautiful brown color, similar to the color of nutella. Huge flavor of hazelnut, peanut, roast malts. So amazing!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (997) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 30, 2009
An incredibly tasty brown ale. Pint at the launch party at OTH. Slightly sweet and dark brown. Nice blend of malts to bring out a milk chocolate and toffee, even perhaps hazelnut flavor. Excellent brew!


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