ineedbeer (2154) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
750 ml bottle from 2011 I believe.
Aroma is fairly oxidized with honey and cardboard. Medium light notes of toasted bread, caramel and nuts. Hints of chocolate and dark fruit.
Pours a dark brown with lighter brown hues on the edges with hints of burnt amber. Small, moderately thin, light mocha head that recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers for a bit.
Flavor is slightly sweet with a moderate bitterness. Some cardboard notes but, the oxidation is not as noticeable as in the aroma. Moderately strong nuttiness with medium toasted bread and hints of caramel, roast and chocolate. Hints of dark fruit, cherry and raisin.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low,but present astringency and low alcohol warmth.
Overall, age does not help this beer. I can imagine the aroma used to be more like the flavor and full of nuttiness and melanoidins, but now the oxidation dominates. The light fruit notes work well and add a bit of complexity. suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Dark brown pour. Big creamy tan head. Lacing. Chocolate and peppery malt aroma. Big boozy taste. Some malt. Hot finish. DrnkMcDermott (3100) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2014
2009 bottle, trade with Daknole. Five years cellared is apparently more than enough, this gushered out as soon as I popped the cap.Even decanting a third of it into a glass still won’t keep the foam from swelling over the bottle top. What I end up with is a dark brown beer, looking like a porter, with a flat sudsy brown head. Smell has nice nut brown roast malts, but without peat or ale fruity esters. And unfortunately, what should have been an extra dose of yeast to help boost alcohol has turned into some bacillus, giving the aged beer a sour funk to it. Well, I’ve drunk a lot of strong homebrew that turned out this way. I’m pretty sure I can claim I treated this bottle properly, so this is a strong beer that could not stand up to aging. Next time, I’ll get a fresh CC beer when available, and see if that doesn’t change my mind. AndySnow (7632) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2014
How: Bottle, 2010 vintage.slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, some chocolate and alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, some liquorice, malt, alcohol, a bit sour.
Comment: Either slightly infected or has an odd sourness to it that doesn’t fit.
"bolita brown is the red headed stepchild of lion stout and dfh palo santo. expecting a brown ale, this would be an odd one. it’s thick, strong, and well...thick. dense head atop a beer that looks like a big stout. huge roasted malt and chocolate and toffee...sweet, but not overbearing. a wonderful sipper on a cool night."
alexsdad06 (10430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2014
750 ml bottle. Pours a nice brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have toffee, a solid nutty character, some roast, dark chocolate, with some earthy bitterness. This is as solid a brown ale as you can find. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a dark brown color with off-white head. Nuts, caramel malt, bread, and some toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very nutty on the finish and semi-sweet. wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle to tulip. Pours brown with a decent sized beige head. Nose is nutty sweet; taste follows with some brown sugar, molasses, toffee. Really nice smooth mouthfeel. Good. Jamesthebrit (421) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Into a snifter.Smell is lighter. Malty. A hint of roastiness. Pour was weird until I realized this was a brown ale not a stout. Looks great fora. Brown ale. Nice brown color. Explosive tan head.Light on the taste. Earthy. Malty. Hint of roastiness.Very smooth on the palate. Acidic. Tastes lighter than expected. Some nice flavors but the acidity takes away. Maltiness is nice. Not bad but nothing amazing. Good for the style. AHSlowhand (46) - - JAN 19, 2014
Poured from 750ml into a snifter. Beautiful brown color, similar to the color of nutella. Huge flavor of hazelnut, peanut, roast malts. So amazing!