sebletitje (10178) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
tap @ CCB. Regular Bolita with a new twist and just like the Maduro, this beer is prone to have many off shots and does fare well for new experiments. aroma, as soon as the tap begins to flow you get a nice herbal Chai nose while the coconut is more subdued. taste, Chai is well present, adds a nice herbal twist to the beer and some sweetness. The coconut remains light on the palate with some hints of chocolate that keeps a very forward malt profile with the oats giving the beer a nice / thick mouthfeel. Chai is unique and recommend trying some Chai tea to see how much it adds to this beer. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Draft at the BB Big Sound release. Wow. This is a great treatment of the Bolita Brown. A big malt bomb, with chai and coconut! This might be my favorite of any of the treatments Cigar City has been doing. Lots of cinnamon, vanilla, coconut and other rich island spices and a smooth mouthfeel. Very good. juiceisloose (1498) - Windermere, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2009
On draft at CCB for the BB Big Sound release. Pours a hazy chestnut brown color with a thin, tan colored head on top that dissipates quickly. The aroma is really nice with dark cocoa, toasted nuts, toffee, and hints of coconut, chai, and tea spices. The taste follows with the cocoa and caramel flavors to go with the roasted hazelnuts all blended with the chai spices and black tea. The coconut lends a creamy element and ties everything together. Medium-full bodied mouthfeel that is silky smooth with just a touch thinner mouthfeel than regular bolita. The tea and chai spices really adds a unique twist to this beer and gives it great flavor. Really good stuff and one of my favorite treatments so far. darkguardian (733) - Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Pours a dark murky brown with a tan head. Nose is quite heavy with chai. A little caramel malt and toast peak through from the base beer. Flavor is spicy and cinammony up front. The complex spices overpower the base beer a little but about halfway through the malts fight back and the beer ends up fairly balanced. Finishes with a slight bitter astringency common when brewing with black tea. Still a very solid beer. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2009
On draft at the CCB BB Big Sound Release. Pours deep brown with atan head. Nose is very heavy on spices: chai and coconut, it almost overpowers the Bolita side of the beer. The tea and herbs blend with the nuts in the beer and bring together an English/ Indian theme that makes the name very creative. Flavor leaves lingering spices, has spices, and smells of spices. The Bolita adds body and alcohol while the chai, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, and earthiness blend to make you almost forget this is a beer.
Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Draft at CCB BA Big Sound release party. The pours deep copper amber-ish with gold edges and nice tan head with some lasting retention too. The aroma is full of winter beer spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and other spice notes I can’t really pin down. I think I’m getting a faint hint of chocolate in there somewhere. The taste is the same as the aroma with loads of up front winter spices cinnamon and nutmeg and other spices mixing with the lesser sweet malts and roastiness - nuttiness of the base beer rounding out the flavor. A bit on the spicy side. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Draft at the brewery for the Bourbon Barrel Big Sound release party. Pours a lightly hazy chestnut brown color that shines translucent at the edges. A thin, wispy layer of foam crowns the top, leaving little to no lacing behind. The aroma is off the wall good, the rich cocoa and roasted hazelnuts enhanced well with hints of coconut, vanilla, and leafy, earthy tea spices. It smells incredibly well integrated, with the tea lending a light, feathery sort of feel to the hefty brown ale. The taste shows similarly, with cocoa-caramel malts and loads of roasted hazelnut again softened by bright, herbal tea flavors and a creamy coconut element. Medium-full bodied and smooth smooth as velvet, the tea seems to lend a creamy, silky feel, though the overall stature seems thinned just a bit from the base beer. Very good stuff. This is probably my favorite treatment of Bolita to date. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Draft at CCB. Poured a dark reddish brown with a tan head. Nose is malty with heavy notes of spicy chai and very slight coconut. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. Flavor is somewhat sweet but in my opinion dominated by the spicy chai it’s a tough flavor to get much past. Definitely not my favorite from CCB. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Draft at CCB BA Big Sound release party. Pours a dark chocolate brown to black with a thin light tannish head. Aroma is sweet an and malty with notes of spice, incense, spice, chai tea, chocolate, light toffee, light notes of nuts. Flavor is sweet and spicy with notes of chai tea, incense, spice, toffee, chocolate, hints of ripe dark fruit and caramel. Medium to full body with a lingering malty finish. Wasnt sure I would like this one, but it was great. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - AUG 1, 2009
On tap at CCB. POurs a murky brown with little head. Nose is very chai spicy, hints of coconut, toasted grain. Flavor is malty caramel grains, toasted barley, very mild coconut and big chai notes. The chai spice comes through a lot in the end and as this warms. Very interesting beer. I could only drink so much of this one, although it is very well executed. If you are a chai fan, this beer is perfect for you. Never had anything like it.