Cigar City – Bolita

Tasting: June 28, 2011
Style: Ale (Double Brown)

The adage is: “forgive and forget”. Applying that to my blog – Forgive would mean that a dud or two from one brewery – doesn’t mean disregarding all of that brewery’s offerings. I have in front of me another offering from Cigar City. Enough time has lapsed since I tasted their Humidor IPA that I can forgive that debacle and move on. Forget however, is a different cup of beer. I can’t forget that I won’t be having another of their pencil box shavings IPA.

This time it’s – Bolita (or little ball). It’s an homage to the popular lottery of Tampa. It’s billed as a double brown ale, but I did see a “nut brown ale” that resembles this beer. I’m not sure if that’s an all together different brew. The pour on this is a really rich brown, really resembles the color of a porter. The head is coffee in color. The nose is really nice a sweet dark chocolate and roasted grains. The taste is a complete follow through of the aroma. I get heaps of dark chocolate sweetness on top of perfectly roasted grains (not too bitter), it’s followed by the warming of alcohol. A quick check of the label — 9% ABV. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Leaves a nice stickiness. I’d call this one a porter rather than a brown ale. I’m really enjoying this one, I’m going to give it 89 points. A nice rebound for Cigar City in my book.

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