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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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, ’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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a clear dark brown with an average (1-2 finger) tan frothy head that lasted throughout, reducing slightly down to a medium cap and possessed excellent sheets of lacing. The aroma was mildly sweet with a toasted dark malt and a sweet doughy yeast and had notes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a pronounced hazelnut presence. The taste was moderately sweet and extremely malty with notes of toffee and chocolate from the start, and then became just a tad bitter with a decent note of coffee and a nice smooth nutty alcohol finish. The flavor hung on for a good long time following the swallow, with a really tasty mocha coffee flavor left to linger on. Mouthfeel was medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation. Overall this is one of the better Brown Ale’s I have tasted to date (and I’ve tasted quite a few). It has tons of flavor and a smooth drinkability, which did a great job of subduing the high ABV. If you ever get a chance to try this one PLEASE do so, you will not be disappointed...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Savage_Night (204) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyW68 (1235) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EyeAmBaldman (410) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
youdictategood (460) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ColovianTrader (440) - - APR 30, 2015
Caramel and toffee forward, with notes of mixed nuts, toasted malts and grains. Hints of tartness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Derek881 (1175) - Kiev, UKRAINE - APR 24, 2015
Poured from a large bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a dark brown color with a deep ruby red hue and a medium-sized creamy dark tan head with average retention, and good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a malty blend of chocolate, caramel, and toffee, along with some nuts, earthy hops, and barley. The taste was full of sweet malty flavors, including caramel, chocolate, toffee, and a bit of nutty character and modest bitterness. It had a full, wet, creamy mouthfeel with lower carbonation and a good overall smooth character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1430) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle from Total Wine shared at Adam’s house. Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small tan head. Powerful roasted caramel malt aroma with almonds, milk chocolate, vanilla, booze, and leather. Taste is a huge malt bomb with milk chocolates, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, and shoe leather. Thick mouth, moderate carbonation. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2912) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bomber to snifter. Nose is a ton of toast with a bread crust and light chocolate aroma. Dark brown. Medium sized off white head. Taste is initially butter from dark grain and hops. Lightly sweet but also balanced. Some noticeable alcohol warming. Nice.

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