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Cigar City Humidor Series Bolita

Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The Humidor Series is a rotating offering of Cigar City Brewing beer aged on cedar. Cedar has a more subtle effect on beer than more traditional woods like oak. But, we think that once you taste it you’ll agree that cedar deserves a place alongside oak in the brewer’s wood-aging toolbox.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1602) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2009
A: Pours a nice dark nutty brown with a small foamy brown head. Okay retention with some nice lace. S: Standard bolita aroma up front. Nice roast with bold nuttiness. Strong notes of coffee and chocolate. The cedar is there though in a fairly big way. It comes off mildly earthy and a touch spicey. T: Solid as well. Roasty and tasty up front with the flavors mentioned above coming out in taste. The cedar is there for sure. Woody and spicey. M: Medium in body, great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2009
32 oz mini-growler. Dark brown with a foamy ring of bubbles. Nose is caramel, raisin and coffee. Cedar emerges adding spice. Creamy body with soft carb and a woody tang. Taste is chocolate, cola and caramel with a touch of burnt sugar, coconut and the omnipresent cedar in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8155) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Growler pour courtesy of TampaBrew. Pours deep amber with tan head. The aroma is full with sweet nuttiness, a touch of chocolate and building notes of a cedar like twang. The taste begins with the classic Bolita creamy near velvety mouthfeel ushering in nutty and roasty malts. Like the nose the cedar joins in midway to go along with fading nuttiness and persistent roasty malts. Yum. The modest cedar notes really add to the experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5186) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Thanks to kiefdog and jdubfl for sharing this one. Pours bolita brown with an off-white head. Nose is heavy cedar, roasted nuts, and cocoa, slight coffeeish roast, and malt. Flavor is the same with the cedar blending beautifully and ends with a decrescendo of cedar out of sight. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Tap at Cigar City. I like the smell of cedar. I like cedar in beer. However, I’m a little picky with it. I really enjoyed the Cedar IPA and the Cedar Imperial Stout. I’m not a huge fan of the Cedar Bolita, as of my first couple tastes. There’s just a little too much of the cedar in there and it overpowers the malts in the brown ale. Toned down just a bit, this would be great. For now, it is just a bit too woody, and that’s all I’m really getting. The Bolita is a great brown ale and the malts are being masked by the cedar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Growler, courtesy cmillward. Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a small, tan layer of foam that sits on top. Some tiny spots of lacing dot the glass. The aroma is really nice with the caramel and cocoa malt base to go with toasted nuts, and spicy, peppery cedar wood. The cedar just adds another level to the base beer. The flavor follows with the rich caramel and cocoa malts, some roast and toasted nuts, and the pepper spiced cedar. I love the spices that the cedar wood contributes. Full bodied and ultra smooth with nice carbonation leading to dry, peppery finish. The cedar wood makes a good base beer even better. I can’t wait for this to come out again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10601) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Growler… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!… Hazy, dark, caramel-colored ale with a small, frothy, beige head. The aroma is a malty, spicy blitz of caramel, mocha, tobacco and toasted nuts with more than insubstantial rumors of white and black pepper. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor is malty and is mainly a reflection of the nose, but presents more of a bitter component than untreated Bolita. Possibly some of the residual sugar was filched by the cedar, but the tradeoff is welcomed as peppery essences resound in this version. The finish is moderately bitter, lightly tannic and then dry. Thanks to cmillward for sharing the growler!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Presented a variety of fruit notes--citrus and raisin stood out amongst others, caramel and a bold nutty flavor. the cedar was not by any means abrasive. Sweet and pleasing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Courtesy cmillward. Pours a dark brown with a small off white head. Smells of rich roastiness, light dark fruits and figs. Cool smell. The flavor has hints of woodsy roast, nuts, hops, and thick molasses. Definitely got a little of that cedar in there as well. Finished crisp and flavorful. Really cool mixture of characters in this beer, and Id expect nothing less from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Aroma has dark fruit, molasses, dark bittersweet chocolate. Flavor is robust, coffee, pine, wood, raisins. A bit slick and juicy and clean. More prickly pine lingers a bit but is nice and floral and spicy. Nice.

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