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Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
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 Sir_Goatman
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Sir_Goatman, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of NOLTERN
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

NOLTERN, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Erik-P, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

sendbeer, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

stakem, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of RJLarse
4/5  rDev +3.6%

RJLarse, Nov 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Lambocalrisien, Nov 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ChrisKayler, Oct 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Asics, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4/5  rDev +3.6%

abeeronthebeach, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of cjpalist
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cjpalist, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

barleywinefiend, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of CoolKayak1978
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%

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!)

CoolKayak1978, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

mactrail, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of jds16
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jds16, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestd, Sep 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bbeane, Sep 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Ultra-Plinian, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

marct, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

ezperkins2, Aug 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Cody
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Cody, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Liondiscs
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Liondiscs, Aug 04, 2013
Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
87 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.