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Cigar City Bolita Double Nut Brown Ale - Bourbon Barrel

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2012
In short: A toasted nutty brown ale with a superb barrel character. A wonderful surprise
How: Botttle 750ml, green waxed top. Consumed when over two years of age!!! Bottle acquired in a trade with jtclockwork, thanks a lot James.
The look: Cloudy dark burgundy-mahogany body topped by a persistent small light-brown head
Rambling: I totally forgot about this bottle in the back of my cellar, I don’t "age" beers but I give some maturation time to big beers. I find most CCBs big beers to be brutal and unrefined but with the result of the accidental aging of this bottle I think I’m gonna start aging all CCB big sweet beers. Or maybe these guys used to be good 2.5 years ago but now they just make those underattenuated boozy sugar bombs. Anyway…
In long: Nose is overloaded by barrels but somehow doesn’t have that cheap bourbon booze aroma that most BBA beers have. I could smell my glass from one feet away, strong wood character with a sensation of freshly emptied barrels. Taste has plenty of toasted stuff, toasted cashews, toasted caramel, toasted wood, toasted pecans, toasted tree bark, more toasted stuff… A strong bourbon barrels presence but without the booze or actual pure bourbon, this beer has a truly nice woody bourbonny character. The toastiness and strong wood barrel presence totally covers up the sweetness and make the beer surprisingly drinkable. Even my wife loved it and she hates sweet beers, this was really a kick-ass beer, at least this old vintage from 2009 or so. Sometimes I say CCB is shit, sometimes I say CCB are great, and I’m totally fine with people who say that I always contradict myself because it really infuriates me that people say that I always contradict myself.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7130) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Bottle: Pours a hazy mahogany with a smallish, spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of rich, sweet caramel, milk chocolate and bourbon oak. Starts with good dark malty sweetness and bourbon oaky complexity with some drier nutty character and vanilla toward the finish. A very nicely balanced and enjoyable brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle shared at Muckfest 2009 in Lancaster Ohio by Solan. Bottle #104. Aroma of malt, brown sugar and vanilla. Flavor was definitely malty and sweet with strong hints of vanilla and cherries. Very well blended, which seems to be a specialty of this brewer. Everything has its place and these beers are far too easy to drink. Alcohol was nicely hidden.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dchmela (2634) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottle 34. Pours a dark brown, a little oily with a thick tan head. Huge chocolate whiskey vanilla aroma. Thick rich chocolate roasted grain vanilla bourbon taste. Complex, rich and wonderful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Bottle#1 courtesy GodofThunder. Pours a very dark brown color topped by a small foamy, khaki colored head that leaves some sudsy lacing behind. The aroma is complex and full of sweet caramel, chocolate, nuts, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. The flavor follows with the rich caramel and chocolate blended nicely with the bourbon and oak. The roastiness from the base beer is there, but seems smoothed over by the bourbon. Vanilla from the oak and toasted nuts come through as well and add depth, but the bourbon really shines through. The mouthfeel is full bodied and very smooth with a rich choco bourbon finish and some slight warmth from the alcohol. This beer is very well balanced as the bourbon wasn’t too strong to overtake all the flavors from the base beer. Another great beer from Cigar City.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bconley (352) - Fern Park, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Thanks to dchmela. Really sexy bourbon smell mixed with normal bolita sugary smell. Smooth bourbon and chocolaty malts, and vanilla flavor. Awesome.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Barley Wine tasting at Hophead22 house. Bottle compliments of DuffmanSW (Sean). Rating #54. Bottle was number 73 out of 221 bottles. Aroma had faint bourbon and some nutty toffee characteristics. Poured a chestnut color with a tiny little head. Taste was chocolate malts, coffee, nuts, toffee, bourbon very well balanced. Medium nice carbonation. Overall this was really good. I’m definitely glad I got to try this. Thanks Sean!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle 75cl.
Unclear dark red brown color with a average, creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, caramel, chocolate, wood - vanilla, alcohol - bourbon. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - creamy, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20091123]

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4821) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2009
bottle #169/221 thanks to ibrew2or3. deep brown with a cream head. nose is bourbon, vanilla, nuts, more bourbon, toffee and wood. great on the palate with flavors of wood, nuts, caramel, toffee, vanilla and a bourbon finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6849) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Waxed bomber picked up back at the release pours deep brown with tan head. The aroma is just huge with sweet sweet vanilla and bourbon notes moving into oak, some sweet malts and a modest nuttiness that seems just noticeable. The taste begins with a smooth slick sweet bolt of thick malts and nuttiness. Nearing midway the rich vanilla and bourbon come forward in force followed by a modest oak sensation. Wow! This is sweet smooth big bold and seems to hide all the alcohol oh so well.


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