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Cigar City Humidor Series Bolita

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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Growler. Pours a deep brown. Nose is cocoa, hints of coffee, roasted grain, some mild dark fruit, hints of bubblegum and cedar. As it warms I get hints of spirits. Near Bourbon-ish notes. Flavor is a rich roasted malt, sweet fruity tones, dry cedar, earth, nuttiness, cocoa, leather. Mouth feel is very full, near chewy. Finishes very dry. Cedar really compliments this beer. The best of the Humidor series so far and better than regular Bolita.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Growler from the brewery. Pours a very dark cola brown with reddish highlights at the edge of the glass and thin off-white head that settles slowly and laces the glass. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of pine, cedar, nuts, caramel, light roast, some hints of toffee, coffee, ripe dark fruit. Flavor is sweet and spicy with notes of fresh cut wood, cedar, pepper, caramel, coffee, light notes of toffee. Generally medium body with a spicy malt finish. Definitely an interesting treatment of Bolita.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Growler. Brown pour with a big cedar and coffee aroma. Flavor continues with roated malt, cedar wood and coffee. This beer has a nice mouthfeel as do most CCB offerings.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3013) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Growler picked up at the brewery. Pours a nice deep brown with a thick tan head. Creamy lacing with a thin to medium body. Chocolate, roasted grain and spicy cedar aroma. Nice blend of spicy and sweet. Spicy cedar taste with chocolate, coffee, toffee and sweet malt. Finishes with a little bitterness. A superb blending of flavors, nothing overdone and everything complimentary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Growler, courtesy cmillward. The pour yields a lightly hazy, dark chestnut brown body that is crowned with a small, frothy, bubbly head of tan foam. Hard drying spots of lacing cling to the glass in a scattered pattern. The aroma is fantastic, notes of caramel, cocoa, and toasted nuts showing a massively oily, peppery cedar wood overtone. I didn’t think the cedar would compliment the nutty caramel malt base, but boy was I wrong. Flavors follow suit, again big, malty, and rich, with hints of cocoa roast and those smooth, peppery cedar oils. There’s a hint of citrus in there, almost like cocoa that’s been kissed with a touch of bitter orange peel. The palate is substantial and velvety smooth, initially round and transitioning to a semi-dry, peppery finish. Damn good stuff. This is definitely one of my favorite Bolita treatments.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - 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 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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (5195) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MeadMe (1610) - 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.

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