Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 226
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 12
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of lighthabit
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

thanks to neighbor chris for this can. dark, dark, dark. flashlight test shows it's thick as night. head dies quickly, just a bit around the rim, leaves a good looking bit of lace. nose of malty goodness, but something odd, like burnt cocoa powder or burnt sugar. taste is showing potential, but, again, something is throwing off what would otherwise be a very nice stout. mouthfeel is pretty good, a nice thickness to it, but i just can't get past the odd flavor. smell and taste get subpar points because even though there it potential here, it's becoming very distracting to deal with the oddness. i hate to say, i ended up not finishing it. i've had better from fort george

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Photo of vkv822
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of Bfarr
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Black and a big brown foamy/frothy head with great retention and lacing. Sharp roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate. Rich cocoa with a roasted finish and linger with some light herbal notes. Balanced sweetness but some light metallic flavors (from the can?). A little tacky in the feel and thin but a light carbonated smooth overall.

An average stout overall and easy drinking but not particularly complex and a little thin. The metallic taste is fleeting so it might have been the can (another can I had from them had a similar taste so it may be their process). I really like the graphics on the can though…

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Photo of rspauldi
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16oz can. Received in a trade. No dating on can so unsure of the age. The bottom of the can is stamped with "RUM".

A: A nice black, thick pour giving me a good expectation for this beer. No noticeable head even with an aggressive pour gives me a little bit of concern.

S: Very surprising. Some dark chocolate but mostly dark fruits and sweetness. No smokiness, roastiness, or coffee evident which is a little surprising for an almost 9% stout.

T: Wow, not what I expected from a stout at all. Very sweet. Get a little bit of chocolate but it is getting drowned out by the sweetness. It's just too much - heavy, sticky, and buttery all at once. I enjoy a nice sweet milk stout, but this is just too much sweetness. Absolutely do not get any of the roast or hop bitterness that other reviews speak of.

M: Full body and thick. Definitely the high point for this beer.

O: I received this beer in a trade so I have no idea of the age on it. The can states that this beer should not be aged, so I highly suspect that I got an old can since I got none of the hop bitterness and roast that other reviews talk about. If my assumption are correct and I got an old can, I highly suggest to others to heed the directions on the can and do not age this beer. It needs the hop bitterness to offset the overly sweet taste that I got from my can.

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Photo of CoolKayak1978
3.19/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I do love a good stout when the weather begins to turn cold and damp here in the pacific northwest.
So I picked this one up in a four pack from Pint Defiance in Tacoma on a whim. The prospect of an Imperial Stout was particularly inviting, although I did raise an eyebrow at the 8% abv. So rush home and crack open a can to be transferred to a 16oz pounder. Granted, not ideal, but seems adequate since most beers I am introduced to are from pubs/bars and would be the standard glassware. I digress, The pour yields a thick liquid terminating in a thin bubbly head that quickly fizzles out to a nice lace. A quick deep sniff brings up some fruity, herbal scents, but not too strong.
The first sip is not too pleasant. Maybe the can has some influence as it is a bit metallic, but another sip gives way to some nice dark fruit and caramel flavor,heavy whiskey alcohol punch, then the hops resounds across the palate hanging strong in the front and canceling out some promising flavor profiles. Subsequent sips yield much the same results, though as the beer warms closer to room temp I do find some fruity esters and even a bit of licorice, but that mingles with the alcohol producing a bit of nyquil original flavor. I do want to find those biscuity,malty, caramels that I associate with stout, but I really just think of this as more of the Black IPA style that has been popping up as of late due to the heavy hop situation going on. In that case I would give it some 4's, but it is a stout...
Now to be sure, hoppy is not a bad thing. The hops has a nice refreshing herbal kick, but it seems to overplay the thick malty characteristics of a good stout. I seem to see this amongst the breweries around here lately. The tendency to put too much emPHAsis on the wrong sylLABle i.e. over hopping a beer style that can stand well on its own. I'm not talking down about the brewer, they did a good job and I would certainly try this again when the mood for that Black IPA strikes, but my search for this seasons stout offerings will continue.
(Side Note: One can went to a 16oz pounder, one to a Merlot glass, and one to a 16oz sport mug. One to go alongside some righteous BBQ pork! Hehe!)

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Photo of Phelps
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a snifter.

Black as night, with perhaps the faintest hint of mahogany at the edges. The head is a thin, silky layer of tiny tan bubbles that fizzles away quickly, leaving a thick ring behind.

Sharp, burnt aroma. Scorched toast, anise, peanuts skins, soil.

The flavor is a little better, though it could also use some more sweetness to balance the torched malts. Sharp toast, damp soil, a touch of bitter dark chocolate. The swallow lends a little bit of smooth peanut to balance the bitter stuff.

The medium body has a nice, whipped feel and gentle, massaging carbonation. Holds together well as it moves.

Cavatica stout is the base to a lot of good variations made by Fort George, which makes sense, as they seem to fill whatever’s missing from this base. I imagine it would lend itself very well to barrel-aging.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Gandhi-Bot tulip. Thanks Tony!

A: Black body with clear brown highlights; 1" head of fine tan foam that settles slowly and leaves delicate lace. Nice.

S: The can doesn't say anything about this being oaked or barrel aged or anything, but it smells overwhelmingly of whisky, oak, and coconut. There's also a less pleasant metallic harshness (not from the can; seems to be from overly roasted malts). Some dark chocolate and char in the background. Interesting, but not terribly well balanced.

T: Bold whisky up front, followed quickly by rich chocolate and heavy coconut. Toward the back end, though, things unravel a bit as astringent char and cloying sweetness mingle with some spicy booze. It's just too much - heavy, sticky, bitter, and sweet all at once. Too much flavor is a good problem, though, I suppose.

M: Frothy full body. Big and mouthfilling. Not quite what this particular beer needs, but definitely good for the style.

O: Strange, but also strangely enjoyable. I'll always be excited by an imperial stout in a can.


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Photo of cjhofelt
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Because they serve their beers in canning jars which they fill to the lip, there's not any room for the head. Appearance suffers because of that. Otherwise, it's a common enough looking stout.

The smell was good, malty with a whiff of alcohol as the beer warms.

Very tasty. Malty sweetness with some raisin notes. A bit of warm alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel wasn't either too thin or too syrupy. Pretty creamy.

This is a pretty drinkable stout. You probably shouldn't drink too much if you plan on driving, though

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can I brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is fairly roasty and alcohol forward in my opinion.

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Photo of herman77
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I love the little species descriptions on the can. Clever and entertain- oh, that's not what you meant by appearance? OK. Well, the beer pours... like a stout. thick black good deep brown head. lingers, good retention and lacing.

I smell a lot of bready malts, which is kind of discouraging. there's some burnt toast, and the munich comes through here. not much acidity. Kind of an underwhelming nose.

Luckily the flavour opts to go its own way, and not just follow the nose, blindly, like some sort of tropical bird jonesing for disgusting cereal. There's that burnt malt that comes through as the primary, liiittle bit of dark chocolate on the back end.
almost creamy smoothe finish, with an aftertaste that is some combination of sweet and the hops lingering.
Better than a lot of generic stouts I've had, but I have better options for the same price. Definitely worth drinking, but not outstanding

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Photo of Cody
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

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

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured jet black with a nice, frothy brownish cap which leaves some decent lacing and bubbles as it settles

S: Mainly dark chocolate, a nice roastiness, almost a burnt/scroched like element, light coffee with some licorice notes to it

T: Initial heavy roasted black barley which lends a hand to a blend of light coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. A little booze sting is noticed just above the flavor profile. The finish, is sordove dry, clean, a little sweetness, some roasted bittering elements, floral hops underneath.

M: Medium to medium full body. The Munich malt is distinguishable as is the wallop of black roasted barley. Carbonation is good. Nice pseudo creaminess mouthfeel

O: Some other reviews have mentioned "whiskey/bourbon" elements. This not a BA stout, while there is BA version of this(which I have tried) it was not canned. Secondly, comparing this to a CDA is not justification for a beer that does a decent job of hitting all of the guidelines of an Imperial Stout. A good beer for the price point.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: completely, entirely black with four (!!) fingers of tenacious, creamy dark-tan foam. Incredible.

Smell: big roasted-malt aroma with a little bit of a band-aid-ey Belgian funk to it. Not bad but not usually what I'm looking for in the style.

Taste: very much like the aroma. Nice chocolate notes in the malt, but with this definitely Belgian funk to it. Unfortunately, it doesn't really work in context. It's still tasty, after a fashion, but not wonderful.

Mouthfeel: big body with a decent carbonation. Not really creamy, but there's a silky smoothness to it which I really like.

Overall: this is a bizarre beer. Its primary flavor notes belong more to a dubbel or BSDA than to an American imperial stout. I don't dislike it, per se, but it's not my favorite flavor profile and definitely not what I'm looking for in this style.

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Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pounder can pouree into a standard pint. Even at excessively cold temps, this one was a gusher. Poured down the side of the glass carefully, it fills the glass with foam. Several pours later, a black brew rests in the glass. The cap maintains rediculous volume and as it fades, leaves patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is roasted with notes of coffee, earth, char and minerals to carbonic quality. Some dark fruitiness and hints of raisony alcohol mixed with molasses come out as it warms up. It is a little grassy and vegetative with hops.

The flavor is roasted with notes of earth, tobacco, char, leather and coffee. A citrus component before warming alcohol and some molasses-like sweetness blending with a hint of fruity alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew that is excessively carbonated to the point of being distracting. Initially it opens up bad and a little off but as it warms up, it really becomes enjoyable. Im glad I gave this one some time to breath and really ended up enjoying it after the initial "yuck" impression. Would drink again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can (6/8/2015) into a tulip. Pours a clean chocolate brown/black w/ a 1-finger mocha head.

Aroma is bitter and roasty, chocolatey. Dry cocoa.

Taste follows nose. Dark bitter roast, chocolate, espresso. Sharp and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lingering bitter finish.

Overall a well-made, if not particularly remarkable, imperial stout.

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Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Snifter]

The pour was a muddy pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) khaki colored rocky head that slowly receded, down to a thin film with a medium collar and produced good sticky streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, pine hops and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and possessed a moderate alcohol odor.

The taste was quite roasty and rather malty with a bold bitter chocolate presence early on, becoming quite a bit hoppier with a nice roasted coffee note and a bit of alcohol towards the finish. The flavor lingered for a very long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter hoppy taste left behind to settle in on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation.

Overall this was a nice hoppy Stout that had a nice thick creaminess to it. This is definitely a brew that a hophead would truly enjoy, in fact it's kind of like (but not) a thick Black IPA...

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 ?

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a growler.

A: I wouldn't call it black but maybe a very dark brown. Can see reddish-dark brown hues on the edges. The pour came with about half a fingers worth of "soft" mocha head. Good amounts of lacing down the glass.

S: Slight roastedness to it, with hints of semi-sweet dark chocolate. Slight bitterness coming off paired with some alcohol.

T: One mellow beer. No flavor is really peeking out and hitting you. Everything flows very nicely together bringing together one complex brew. Roasted malts with maybe a hop bitterness on the back end. Dark chocolate and alcohol.

M: Almost milk chocolate, but I was hoping for it to be maybe a little bit more "thicker." Alcohol could tone down a little bit as well.

O: Great mellow beer for a rainy day in Oregon. Will be coming back to it. Can't beat 64oz for 10 bucks.

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Photo of Moose90
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 02/12/15 served into tulip

A – Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, but slight brown around the edges. Head is espresso like and lacing is nicely left in its wake.

S – Dark richly roasted chocolate malts, dry dark bakers chocolate, roasty bitter goodness.

T – Light chocolate, lots of darkly roasted chocolate malt, bitter char and cocoa. Nice drinker.

M – Medium bodied, very easy to drink, wish the finish was a bit longer.

O – A nice drinking stout, no overly sweet notes and not unnecessarily thick. Nice.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can into shaker pint. canning date on bottom of can is September 13 2013
A: a little light passes through as I pour and it shines deep reddish brown. In the glass the beer is opaque. 2fingers of frothy brown head rise and slowly fall leaving a sheet of lace down the glass.

S: without even putting my nose to the glass I am smelling roasty darkness. A sweet hoppy nose at first followed by hints of darkness. Not as aggressively dark smelling as I had anticipated.

T: at first it is not taking me in any one direction. As the flavor sits on the palate for a second it becomes darker tasting. Hints of that black malt show then the cascade hops in it take charge and finish a little hoppier than I am used to in a stout. Very drinkable and dangerous at 8.8%

M: Heavy but not thick. Great sessionable body for a stout. Not going to weigh you down but still feels like you are drinking stout.

O: Delicious beer and at $3 a pint unbeatable price. Also spiders are awesome.

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Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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