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RATINGS: 535   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Bolita was a type of lottery popular with the working class citizens of the Ybor City district of Tampa. Bolita means, ’little ball’ but profits from the illegal (and often rigged) game were anything but little. In the 1920’s Tampa native Charlie Wall was the undisputed kingpin of the Bolita racket.

Our Bolita is a Double Northern English-style brown ale that has a complex malt forward character with notes of chocolate, toffee and hints of roasted nuts in the finish. Bolita pairs well with Baklava, Big Band Music, Cool Evenings and robust cigars.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshuahfl (47) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Pours a ruby red/brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, with a bit of alcohol. Flavor is the same. Moderate sweetness with a slightly bitter finish. Medium carbonation. A very nice brown.

Sledutah (8082) - Utah, USA - DEC 9, 2017
Bottle at Mikeys Christmas party
Gusher, dark brown with a huge beige head, good lacing. Soy sauce, chocolate and tart
Past its prime

rouhlas (4027) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAR 16, 2017
From bottle shared at Ratebeer Best awards and bottle-share. Brown color with off white head. Malty aroma, bread, caramel, nutty dark dried fruits, raisins. Moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

anstei (2832) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 29, 2017
Bottle at RBGT. Pours dark brown with a little head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, some wooden barrel. Body is heavy with lots of caramel, toffee, and wood. Softly carbonated, good balance. Medium sweet palate, nice.

bytemesis (9631) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle, slight gusher. Pours opaque mahogany, large foamy tan head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, coffee, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter. To damn much carbonation. Medium body.

RLiddell (143) - Valrico, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Bottle picked up from the brewery. Pours a deep, chocolate brown with a very slight tan head. Aroma is toffee, dark fruit, roasted malt. Taste follows with an exquisite mouth feel for a brown ale. Recommended.

koleminer20 (4261) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2016
From notes. 22 oz bottle shared with Doug at his humble abode on March 07. The pour is a medium brown with a big frothy light khaki colored head and a ton of lace as it slowly fizzes (oh yeah, it sounded like a soda) down to a film. There is a light bubbly collar left. The aroma is interesting. There is a ton of sweet malts and a light cocoa. There is a bit of oxidation present, and it’s got a strange earthy spiciness that I don’t particularly care for. The flavor is pretty on par with this. There is a very dominating sweet malt and a little bit of brown sugar and cocoa. It’s a little more bitter than the nose would let on. There is again the spiciness that I can’t figure out. The mouth feel is surprisingly thicker for a brown, but that fizzy carbonation really takes some of the enjoyment away. There is a lingeringly bitter cocoa and roasty finish. All in all, this wasn’t awful, but that earthy spiciness really threw me for a loop.

77ships (11609) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2015
750 ml. bottle sampled @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. GUSHER. Bottle was quite a few years old probably. Brown, uneven mocha head. Nose is distinctly sour, sour coffee grounds, red fruits, powdery dark malts, vinegar, glue, puckering. Taste is sour coffee grounds, grainy malts, sour red fruit, vinegar, glue, rotting red grapes, sour mocha, varnish, grape jelly, spoiled lactic. Very heavy carbonation. Powdery. Age very likely aggravated these characteristics but age alone couldn’t have caused them. It was very likely stored chilled for most of its lifetime. Oddly it isn’t that bad really, one can almost think of it as a badly made Oud Bruin, some will probably rather like this one. I didn’t expect this from Cigar City to be honest.

berntholer (1619) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2015
creamy beige head. dark brown colour. aroma is toffee, caramel, nuts, bit oxidized, sweet. taste like aroma, some burnt sugar bitterness aftertaste is quite sweet. rather dense mouthfeel, medium carbonation. nice one! bottle

Savage_Night (438) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 11, 2015
Pours dark brown with a red hue and a medium light brown head. Head retention is ok. AROMA: roasted malt, toffee, alcohol, caramel, chocolate, light coffee, light herbs, earthy, brown sugar, nuts, spices, peppercorn, molasses, faint citrus and light herbal hops. TASTE: roasted malt, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, alcohol, herbs, peppercorn, spices, nuts, hop spice and faint citrus. AFTER TASTE: toffee, malty, nuts and molasses with an oily smooth finish.

AndyW68 (1649) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 4, 2015
Wow. Dark brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is sweet roast malt, wood and caramel. Taste is creamy version of the nose. Very very nice.

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