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Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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BA SCORE
87
very good

209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-15-2007

The Latin root of Cavatica is cave, crevice, abyss or a dark place. Just like a stout should be.
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Ratings: 209 | Reviews: 56
Reviews by rinhaak:
Photo of rinhaak
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black and very smooth, the Cavatica Stout from Fort George is surprisingly mellow given the ABV. A fruity nose with hints of bourbon (despite NOT being the version aged in bourbon barrels), there is a gentle roasted character to the mouth, in addition to flavors of oatmeal, cocoa, and molasses.

Perhaps my can is different than the others tasted by some of my fellow BAs, but I did not get a mouth full of burnt toast. Granted, my can is about 8 months old, and perhaps the time mellowed it out a bit.

I really found the beer quite well balanced and very enjoyable, with only a trace of a hint that it was almost 9%.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark with abundant chocolate foam. Chocolate notes up front aroma and taste. Wow factor kicked in. Enjoyable. Very tasty. To be savored.
Only picked up one can when I picked up some Vortex on impulse. Will definitely fill my stash next time I visit Oregon. Haven't seen it around here anywhere.
A shame. This beer is begging to get out more.

Photo of NOLTERN
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer both on tap and in a can. This time is the latter. I pour it from the can into an imperial pint style glass.

The appearance is outstanding. This is a deep, dark black colour with a toffee hued tan head. The head dissipates slowly and leaves a beautiful consistant ring throughout the experience.

The smell is layered and complex. I am struck with decadent chocolate, roasted malt and floral cascade hops. The taste is even greater than the smell sensory-wise, as the chocolate descends deeper and darker; the roast is more prevalent and I also detect fruit notes as well. The mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, rich and silky, and the alcohol is warm and almost entirely undetected until the glass remains half full. At this point, I am compelled to reach for the second can, for the night remains young.

Overall, this Imperial Stout is a beautiful representation of the style, and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. Bravo Fort George, Bravo.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into the Canfest sampler glass. Black and very dark brown edges. You know the drill, its a hella black and thick double stout. Light beige head, would have expected darker. Bitter chocolate malt aroma, some alcohol, lots of heavily roasted malt in the aroma.

Pretty mellow taste, I kept coming back to this one, its got substantial two row, substantial chocolate malt. Easy drinking enough at this abv, no alcohol sting, bitterness isn't too high, but they didn't avoid the hop bill either. Its there, right about where it should. No one flavor dominates here. A little coffee esque bitterness, a little hop bitterness. Carbonation is just right, just enough to push the beer through, but far from seltzer water impressions.

Nothing out of the ordinary, this is just your standard, well made double stout. Yeast flavors are overstated, I didn't really grab onto anything that would make me think this was anything but a standard yeast for an American double stout.

A solid alternative to TenFidy. This is an upper echelon canned stout. It isn't great at anything, but its solid in every department.

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium light brown head settles into a nice lacing with a small biscuity mound in the middle of the glass above this super dark brown to dark black colored beer which appears to be clear but I have no way of seeing through its depths.

Black licorice seems to outweigh dark roasted malt in a aroma that seems pretty full and rich.

Dark rich roasted malts, some oatmealish tastes are both in the taste but to a lesser degree than a rich black licorice taste.

A dry almost parching dry feel to the aftertaste of this full bodied beer that brings with it some of the black licorice tastes that are so prevalent in the taste.

A worthy rich drink, but you gotta be able to enjoy the licorice overtones.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tallboy can into a nonic pint glass. 9/29/14 canning date.

A- Exceptional looking beer. Massive foamy, chewy and sudsy head with a color like the interior of a malt ball. With the pitch black body, there's the exterior to the aforementioned malt ball. 4.75

S- Chocolate, vanilla, toffee and faded tropical hop aroma. Heavy doses of dark malt and hops give this aroma I associate with Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPAs. It's nice but more heavy on hops than I'd expect from a stout. 4

T- Bitter dark chocolate and abundant hop flavor. The hops are diverse, adding citrus, pine and resinous spice. There are light notes of caramel but really, I don't find the flavors here as true to a stout as they are to what one would expect from a Cascadian. 3.5

M- Again, the mouthfeel is more IPA-like due to a lighter than expected body, thinner feel and a bit of bubbly carbonation that accentuates the spice of the hops. 3.5

As stouts go, this doesn't hit the spot for me. As a Black IPA, this is a decent version. But it seems this beer is confused as to what it's supposed to be. I can't imagine how it would be fresher, as it seems to me it would only be heavier on the hops and more CDA-like. Hmm... Anyway, still good enough to enjoy and it drinks pleasantly enough for a nearly 9% beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can scared 9/26/2014. Served slightly chilled into an imperial pint glass.

Cavatica is a nearly black stout with thin tan colored head. It's head settles quickly and leaves little lacing beind.

Aroma is pleasantly roasty with a little milk chocolate and latte-like character.

Flavor is fairly neutral for a stout without all the intense hoppiness or booziness that many others display. Well rounded roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate all come together nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied and appropriately carbonated for the style. Balanced and very drinkable given how strong it is.

Overall an excellent straight up stout.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of light chocolate, some coffee. Taste is coffee, bitterness, some chocolate, a bit of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep black/brown with a half finger of dark tan head that lasts a while.

Smell. Dark roasty and lightly smokey malts, some licorice, molasses.

Taste. Roasty malts, herby hops, a little booze and molasses.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with below medium carbonation.

Overall. Good stout, maybe not so much an imperial besides the booze.

Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had just a sampler of this on-tap at the brewpub yesterday in Astoria.. served in a snifter (to a friend).

- Rich dark complex brew... fuzzy mocha head.. lots of lacing..

- Grains, oats, sweet with light chocolate... bitterness.... earthy.. and more oats.

- Rich and smooth oats, grains, barley, chocolate malts... it's all there and in perfect harmony. The way a stout should be. Bitterness from hops without adding too much citrus or floral notes. Big fan of stouts that don't do that like this one. True Irish style.

- Slightly chalky, but surprisingly medium bodied and smooth. Just a bit chewy and dry.

- Overall this is a killer stout, and one that I will certainly have to get a bigger glass of when I go there.

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to msubulldog25 for the local can!

16oz can poured into a Stone nonic.

Appeared nearly pitch black. There were slight blood red hues near the glasses thinner bottom edges. Head was very creamy, almost mousse-like, light brown in color, with some pretty potent retention. The aroma was this medium pronounced, luscious, silky chocolate note. Slight pine wants to creep in, but it's very subtle. A light roasted malt note as well. The taste brings more of that chocolate, with an almost equal roasted quality and some finishing bitter hops. Not like a black IPA kinda hoppiness, but you can tell they wanted a little bit of polarity. The alcohol is well masked for nearly 9%, aiding in it's nice drinkability. The feel has a very creamy, upper-medium bodied feel to it. Not entirely viscous, but in no way thin.

As it warms and the more I sip it, the more the piny hops play a role here. Still not creeping to the over-the-top for the style, but I do like that kinda edge.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours an opaque dark brown appearing black. Nice fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Looks good. Decent aroma of dark roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit and a faint hint of vanilla. Flavor of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, a hint of char and vanilla, slight licorice. Finishes rather dry and bitter, like a dark intense coffee, but with a hop kick. Flavor is mellow and well integrated. Medium bodied with some creaminess. I liked this stout, but the finish is somewhat on the dry side for me. Will definitely try other beers from Fort George in the future.

Photo of Cody
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Pitch black with about an inch of Khaki head after about a minute dissipated into almost nothing. Lacing all the way

Aroma:
Vanilla, Cocoa, Dark fruits like cherries and plums, toffee and slight alcohol.

Taste:
Chocolate starts to come through despite absence in the nose but the flavor is predominated by roasted taste and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel:
Moderate carbonation, lights up your taste buds on your tongue. Lingers a bit

Overall:
Good beer, not great. I would definitely recommend buying some if you have the oppurtunity but not sure I would search it out. The roasted/char flavor is a bit too predominant to give it the complexity of a whale or its easier to find equivalent.

Photo of velosuds
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a clear pint glass. Paid $2.99 - a great price compared to other brewery's imperial stouts when comparing the prize per ounce.

A-Pours a deep, dark brown almost black hue with a two + finger, creamy tan head with good retention that recedes into a blotchy lace. Slightly hazy.

S-Chocolate and roasted malts. Very simple malt bill of organic 2 row malted barley, black barley and Munich malt provide a great backdrop for the Cascade hops to assert their influence not only on the aroma, but the taste too. I wouldn't have expected Cascade, but the hops provide a nice citrusy aroma against the dark malts.

T-Rich malt and bittersweet chocolate with balanced hop bitterness. Very reminiscent of "chocolate orange" confection taste. Sufficiently hoppy, clean, and well balanced. A very straightforward stout.

M-Very smooth, full bodied, and nicely carbonated, but just a tad thin.

O-This is a very drinkable stout. I just recently discovered Fort George and am very glad. Brewing some very good beers and available in cans.

Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Lifesource S.Salem. $2.99 Black,black as can be beer with a very nice tan head..big and frothy. Roasty,toasty malts,some demerara rum,dark chocolate nice aromas Toasty,fruity ,creamy ,rum laden stout,sweet candy sugar intertwines..slight resiny hop at the end. Nice thick satiny palate on this one Nice staout on the verge of Imperial territory

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to msubulldog25 for having sent this to me in the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! It became a part of my seemingly unmovable backlog until now, but at 8.8% ABV, I am sure that both it and I will be fine.

From the CAN: "Taxonomy: Cavatica (kuh-VAT-ick-uh)"; "1. Cavatica cervisiam [-] A lively anthropod whose habitat is the round, wooden kaggis [italicized] where natives store their traditional beverages."; "2. Cavatica stoutus [-] Strong in body and powerfully built, this thick-bodied creature exudes a distinctly bold and delicious nose."; "3. Cavatica fortus Georgium [-] A rare subspecies of cask spider, C. fortus Georgium subsists solely on discarded grains from brewery vats and spins un[CAN]nily beautiful, though lopsided, webs."; "4. Cavatica astorius [-] The White Spider of Astoria thrives in adverse [CAN]ditions, dwelling in damp [CANneries, shipwrecks, and dilapidated jetties. See also Cavatica goonius."; "5. Cavatica biberat [-] When exposed to dark, foamy liquids, this usually placid spider hollers pirate songs, cheats at cards, and argues politics with its fellow arachnids."; "Unfiltered. Expect sediment at bottom of CAN. Drink fresh. Do not age. Keep refrigerated."

Well, I aged it, but at least I had it in the refrigerator. I promised The Ex-Old Lady that I would utilize the gentlest of Glugs if the CAN indicated that such was in order and I remain a man of my word even as she reduces in my rear view mirror. The Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN, but I could not celebrate with an inverted Glug. My gentle Glug filled my glass, but only produced a brief amount of dark-tan head that quickly CANverted to wisps. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was smoky, roasty, dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, leather, sherry, everything that one expects in better iterations of the style. Mouthfeel was medium, but my inadvertent aging had not put a dent it its flavor! In addition to the melange of smells now translating to tastes, it still had some heat going. Phew. I had just awakened from a nap before I started in on this and it suddenly began to seem as though I may need to lay down again. The alcohol was really prevalent, trumping the smoky chocolatiness on the tongue. Finish was dry and somewhat hot, reminding me of a mixed drink in a way, but I could not lay my finger precisely on it. I am not a huge fan of the style, preferring AIPAs as a self-avowed hophead, but I was fascinated by the way that this had not only held up under my mishandling, but it retained its flavor nicely and the heat makes me wonder how intense it might be when fresh. I would put it next to Ten Fidy and defy anyone to put it in their cooler when headed to the beach. An intense beer, no doubt, but not my cuppa tea.

Photo of vkv822
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can into tulip snifter.

Pours black with a very thick, frothy light brown head.

Aroma is very unique, notes of roast and cocoa, but has a Belgian yeast character with some clove and earthiness.

More clove followed by light cocoa and roast notes.

Medium body with active, prickly carbonation.

Aside from the appearance I gave this an average grade, because while it wasn't an unpleasant beer, it certainly was not what I would expect in an Imperial Stout.

Photo of Redneckwine
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

Cold 16oz can into tulip

Appearance - A pour through light reveals a deep, dark brown with a bit of clarity: otherwise, black as night in the glass. About 1 finger tan head recedes fast, but a persistent foam cap leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Dark, toasty and roasty malts, earthy and a bit of sweet cocoa, slightly vinous and fruity

Feel/Taste - Really creamy and smooth fully body, carb is light and gentle on the palate. Up front, lots of smooth, roasty bittersweet chocolate maltiness and a bit of charred grain coat the tongue. A complex tinge of estery, vinous, sweet dark fruits and grassy/citrus hops reveals itself towards the finish, then finally finishes off-dry with roasty but light lingering bitterness, a faint alcohol warmth in the throat.

Overall - Stouts aren't a favorite of mine, but I know enough to know this is a damn good one. Big, complex, roasty flavors coat the tongue... This brew begs to be sipped and savored. It's a stout sure to please any stout lover.

Photo of _RL_
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good but not great stout. Let it warm - it really improves with an increase in temperature.

Photo of LouZ
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour from draft with two fingers of mocha-colored head with staying power. Nice lacing as well. Solid but not overpowering aroma of coffee and chocolate with taste to match. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. A great drinking stout that does not come across as strong as it is.

Photo of JDOHare
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Now this is a solid drinking man's or woman's stout and it pours as black as the night. Robust flavor that hits the palette just right, its evident this beer is made with quality ingredients and I'm a fan. This stout doesn't try and dazzle you with exotic flavors or powerful chocolates or coffees, it is an extremely well-balanced, full bodied stout that wants to come right at you and I really like that. I had a 16 ounce can that had a bit more carbonation than I like which leads to a finish thats not quite as smooth as I would prefer, but that's about the only knock I have on it. At 8.8% ABV this brew can definitely sneak up on you if you aren't careful. Fort George Brewery in Oregon got it right with this beer. I have had this beer a number of times and needless to say I'll be drinking it again in the future. If you are a classic stout fan you should enjoy this beer.

Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to my trading pal Kalton for this one.

poured cold and cola black from the can to a dogfish head signature glass with a full finger, fluffy tan, long lasting head leaving spotty lace after each sip.

aroma of great big dank hops(?) with a wee bit of chocolate and coffee in the wayback if you look for it hard.

wow - big bitter hops forward, its like a black IPA unsuccessfully masquerading as a big stout. on second sip, getting a bit of smoke and bitter coffee, but still, its a majorly hopped stout.

medium to light bodied, big carbonation, medium bitter to the middle of the tongue, if there's stout sweet, i'm missing it.

overall: interesting left turn from the stylebook, a good beer, but this is a stout ?

Photo of Impfan
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice black body with off-white head, creamy, roasty, hoppy, coffee-ish, and a nice balance of chocolate with a nice dry (but not overly so) finish. Not as austere as Old Rasputin, and firmer in character than Ten Fidy, it's just unpretentious and delicious.

Photo of herman77
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with a large tan head that sticks around for awhile. Decent lacing.

S: Roasty malts, a bit of dark bittersweet chocolate, but what really stands out is some belgium yeast like spice. Kind of odd to smell that in this. If its from the yeast, I don't remember smelling that from their Vortex IPA. Their website says they use their house yeast in each of those two beers.

T: I pick out that Belgium like yeast right away, its got a bit of spice to it. Can really pick it up near the finish. Behind that, there is some roasted malt, a bit off bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. The spice from the yeast and the roasted malt almost make it seem a bit minty tasting. Odd for sure, but it kind of works.

M: Medium-heavier body. Average carbonation. Not too creamy, but has a nice silkiness to it.

O: Drinkability is okay. Could be better, could be worse. A different approach to this style for sure. Again, a nice extra from Suncrust.

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Inky dark brown and leaves a lot of beige foam in the glass. Rather winey and chocolatey. Lots of dark roast and charred malt. Sweet and fruity in an unusual way. Reminds me of persimmons with a little licorice.

A chalky taste comes to mind. Not among the best big stouts I've had. There seems to be an oxidized flavor or something that detracts from the usual smooth sweetness. but it's an interesting grainy and tangy brew. From the 16 oz can purchased at Hondo's Brew & Cork in Astoria.

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Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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