drpimento (3021) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured at a good temperature with a smallish head that soon
settled and a little lace. Color is an almost opaque brown. Aroma is malt, roast, burnt coffee. Flavor is like nose, has some significant carbonic tang to offset the sweet and some bitter. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, a little long, and probably won’t seek more.
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
many pints @ Dubliner Pub, Tampa. Same Bolita profile and base. Aroma of coffee and mocha that is reminiscent of local Cuban beans used in other CCB beers. Flavor, light roasted malts, a lot of coffee, very upfront and some mocha adding for some sweetness almost chocolate milk palate though there was some lingering coffee bitterness for a bittersweet finish. Overall, beer remains smooth and sweet with the coffee being a tad too much. A good version of Bolita.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
She poured rich browns and dark blacks into my awaiting chalice where she immediately sports a cappuccino head of puffy proportions. I swirl her contents to the result of more puff, but no lace. Not that I should be surprised, and considering her aged contents, I also release a maelstrom of mouth-watering aromas. Richly roasted Cuban espresso beans, black, burnt, brittle, and crumbly to the touch, they await being coated in the blackest of cacao for orgasmic munching possibilities. I’ll take a pound or two, if you please. Rolling right along, I enter a forest of rich dark woods; is this the Black Forest of lore? Cinnamon sticks and whole nutmeg await the grater while black root, char, and burnt marshmallow linger in the back. Not quite smore-ish, but she could be if she wanted to. I need no further temptation to dive deep and head first into her awaiting dark depths. Rich, smooth, and with a hint of graininess to her mouthfeel, I am immediately transported to the local café where cappuccino is being expertly frothed and espresso crema fills the air. Starbucks may be no love of mine, but having worked around coffee before, there is a certain rich and enticing espresso essence that fills the air. As I chew through the next quaff, vanilla bean and cream come to mind even as generous chunks of black cacao covered roasted Cuban espresso beans induce shivers of ecstasy. The further I quaff, the smoother her mouthfeel evolves, losing its initial graininess so much so she is velvet and cream. Pervading her whole palate is the bitterness of burnt wood with a dab of char in the back which the vanilla and black licorice root expertly compliment. Just wow! Quaffing nirvana. In no time at all, I wrap up my serving of this particular CCB growler with but one wish: more please.
My best beer of 2009 has already spoken, and I think that CCB is in good running for best new brewery of 2009. The more I ponder doing a breakdown of this year’s best and up&coming, the more I like the idea. In the meantime, I think I shall drink more Cigar City Brewing beers to that.
darkguardian (730) - Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours a dark brown with a fluffy khaki head. Wonderful nose of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and creamy vanilla as well as the usual toasted nuttiness of Bolita. Flavor follows suit. Coffee hits first up front but the chocolate and especially the vanilla come out in the middle. Finish is slightly roasty and toasty with some light coffee bitterness and toasted grain. Beautifully integrated. A wonderful treatment of a great beer.
juiceisloose (1296) - Windermere, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours a dark mahogany brown color topped by a nice and foamy tan colored head. Some sudsy lacing mark the glass. The aroma shows a great balance between the cuban espresso beans, mocha, roast, and touch of hazelnut and vanilla bean. The flavor follows showing the same great balance between the bittersweet chocolate, creamy mocha, and roasted espresso. The nutty, caramel malt adds some nice sweetness and goes perfectly with the other flavors. Full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and balanced carbonation that leads to a smooth, mocha finish. There is no detection of the alcohol at all. This is a very smooth and easy to drink brown ale with just an awesome flavor. This is my favorite treatment of the Bolita so far.
douglas88 (8193) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml swingtop filled and thanks to Ibrew2or3. Thanks Dave. Pours a completely opaque black/brown color with a massive beige head and tons of lacing. The aroma...man this beer has quite a powerful nose; just loads of coffee, overpowering but some lingering vanilla and chocolates as well. The flavor is great; a super rich coffee flavor, but not a one-sided affair: lots of chocolates, nutty and toasted flavors, rich and warm. Is Cigar City cornering the market on Brown Ales, hell yes! A nice warm treat. Decadent.
hopscotch (10557) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler… Dark, murky brown ale with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The nose is an intoxicating swirl of unground Cuban espresso beans, chocolate, cinnamon and a whisper of vanilla – the espresso stands out far more than anything else. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and busy carbonation. The flavor is big and acrid, providing notes of burnt, bitter espresso beans and dark, unsweetened chocolate. Charred, Cuban espresso finish.
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by JW7. This is the best Bolita treatment to date. Brown pour, nice tan head. Aroma hitswith tons of coffee, some chocolate and some nutiness. Flavor is so well balanced with tons of coffee, chocolate, nuts, toffee and a light dose of hops. Yeah this shit ROCKS!
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2009 On tap at CCB. Pours a dirty, deep amber with a nice, two-finger yellow head that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of mocha, roasted nuts, sweet candies, toffee, extremely fresh Cuban coffee.. Taste is fairly dry upfront with Scotch ale maltiness and caramel but as it warms there is a beautiful aftertaste of fresh Cuban coffee and rich chocolate. Nice silky mouthfeel. A bit of dryness and chalkiness in the end. 9% is well hidden as always with the Bolita base.
dchmela (3005) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a thick fluffy tan head. Powdered cocoa, fresh ground espresso and toffee, nutty aroma. Thick velvety taste with lots of coffee, cocoa, roasted grain, nuts and vanilla. Really complex and super easy to drink for the abv, this is awesome.