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Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Cavatica StoutCavatica Stout

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | 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:
The Latin root of Cavatica is cave, crevice, abyss or a dark place. Just like a stout should be.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 07-15-2007)
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Photo of Viciousknishs


3.85/5  rDev 0%

A- pours pitch black with a generous( when I say generous I'm talking three and a half fingers) tightly bubbled light tan head. Superb head retention. One of the best looking stouts I've seen in a long time,

S- Decadent Belgian chocolate with an undertone of stewed dark cherry and molasses. Sweet maltiness with the right amount of roast and gourmet coffee in the middle. Subtle hop on the finish with more chocolate characteristics begging one to take a sip!

T- big mocha flavor on the front end with a cream and sugar note. Chocolate cake like malt envelopes the previous flavor while including what came before. Strong roast and mild coffee tones on the finish with a good amount of bitterness and a dusty yeasty characteristic.

MF- slick expressive mouthfeel with a medium body. Very active carbonation.

D- drinkable indeed. A stout that transcends the average Choco/coffee stereotype.

P.S. thanks to Drew for this one! I enjoyed it very much.

06-12-2012 04:28:41 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of youradhere


4/5  rDev +3.9%

06-12-2012 02:37:59 | More by youradhere
Photo of BillHilly


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-19-2012 00:28:14 | More by BillHilly
Photo of avaldivia


3/5  rDev -22.1%

05-12-2012 05:50:05 | More by avaldivia
Photo of herman77


3.58/5  rDev -7%

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.

05-08-2012 02:24:08 | More by herman77
Photo of EROCK83

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-21-2012 21:02:01 | More by EROCK83
Photo of vkv822


3.05/5  rDev -20.8%

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.

04-21-2012 07:59:44 | More by vkv822
Photo of bluckbeyes


3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-20-2012 18:15:35 | More by bluckbeyes
Photo of edwardkersh


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-19-2012 16:01:51 | More by edwardkersh
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

04-15-2012 18:30:01 | More by Rutager
Photo of Dan25D


1/5  rDev -74%

04-14-2012 03:17:28 | More by Dan25D
Photo of grittybrews


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured near black with dark brown edges and three fingers of light mocha head. Mild roasty cocoa aroma with a touch of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Dark cocoa up front followed by some roasty coffee, hints of molasses and vanilla, and some strong earthy/spicy hop bitterness on the long finish.

Tasty, nice balance, not too heavy...no complaints here!

04-11-2012 03:05:12 | More by grittybrews
Photo of twelveinches


4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-05-2012 05:53:32 | More by twelveinches
Photo of flagmantho


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

04-01-2012 04:53:06 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LaPlaya


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-31-2012 03:35:39 | More by LaPlaya
Photo of EgadBananas


4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

03-10-2012 01:28:41 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

03-09-2012 03:15:05 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of NWer


4.58/5  rDev +19%

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.

03-08-2012 21:25:37 | More by NWer
Photo of CoryR


4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-29-2012 05:05:14 | More by CoryR
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-25-2012 07:08:15 | More by shelby415
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3/5  rDev -22.1%

02-18-2012 01:23:23 | More by hannydawg
Photo of Reidrover


4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

01-20-2012 02:50:59 | More by Reidrover
Photo of humancentispeed


4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-10-2012 04:04:32 | More by humancentispeed
Photo of msubulldog25


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

16 oz. can (dated 12/02 on the bottom), cracked & glugged to a teardrop glass, pre- and post-dinner.

Interesting label, ominously black and full of taxonomic facts regarding different forms of 'Cavatica' (spiders)... including the rare 'Cavaticus astorius' and 'Cavatica fortus Georgium'. A good couple minutes of reading here.

A: Black, pure black. Well, almost. Held to light, you get a lighter version of ebony. Each pour greets you with a healthy finger of tawny head, a little fizzy and slow to die. Lace is in speckles and fractured ribbons.

S: A dark chocolate nose, with a strange vanilla/caramel. An intoxicating cocoa powder, sort of musty and rooty, even a bit metallic and meaty-sweet, but altogether intriguing.

T: Lots of dark cocoa and a grainy/burnt finish.Coffee grounds and crushed spices that dance on the tongue, play nicely. Mint and vanilla, tangy wood and muddy fruit. Ashy bitterness, too. Licorice and fennel hints are a little odd, but are sordidly delicious. For my palate, this is a near-perfect stout - never one I can quite grasp, changing from sip to sip.

M: Creamy feel, medium/heavy body. About as velvety as I can recall any recent Imperial Stout. A thinly veiled mouthfeel that progressively coats; smooth is an understatement. A bit of dryness and brassiness in the finish, but i like those things in a stout.

O: OK, I don't just like this beer, I LOVE it. Take your OB Ten Fidy and shove it, because THIS is my lead beer for canned imperial stouts. Hell, it's among the best imperial stouts I've had, regardless of presentation, barrel-aging, whatever, as far as 'drinkability'. Every time I go to the grocery I want to pick up a single or two of this (reasonably priced at $2.99 for 16 oz)... and frequently I do. Oh so worthy.

01-10-2012 01:26:13 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of djbreezy


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

appearance - massive carbonation, 50% head in glass, some spots of lacing once dissipated, dark and opaque, tan head

smell - notes of roasty malts and chocolate

taste - chocolate up front followed by a nice a malt backbone, overall very tasty, some alcohol noticeable in the finish

mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation

overall - not a bad stout, good flavor, easy to drink

01-05-2012 06:41:15 | More by djbreezy
Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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