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Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

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.

Added by RedDiamond on 07-15-2007

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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 250
Photo of NWer
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of boralyl
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - 16 oz can poured into a tulip glass. This beer produces a huge 2 finger tan head that sits atop of a pitch black beer.

S - The aroma consists of sweet malt and chocolate. There are also hints of roasted malts.

M - Full in body with light carbonation. It's got a creamy silky feel.

T - Milk chocolate sweetness up front followed by some hoppy bitterness. There is some light roastiness and coffee towards the finish.

A nice chocolaty stout. Nothing outstanding but it's very good nonetheless.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 velosuds
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 czechsaaz
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I also had a pint at the brewery and decided to take some home.

Mildly roasty aroma with lots of fruity yeast character. Hops aren't really there which is all right for stout.

Deep black with no light getting through when held up to a bulb. Started out with a half inch layer of nice milk chocolate colored foam but faded to just a small ring around the glass. (The pint at the brewery had a long lasting solid head.)

Big chocolate taste. Sweet malt and roast chocolate malt combineto make a nice flavor profile with just enough bittering hops so it isn't sugary. It could maybe stand somemore drying from roast malt or hops but it's a good drinking sweet stout.

Full bodied with light creamy carb that reminds meof cask or nitro pour.

REally a nice beer. Easy drinking for a beer this big. Deceptively "sessionable."

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Photo of Docer
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of olmatty
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours a cloudy, brown, black beer with excellent lacing and a two finger tan head with reasonable retention.

Smell- Sweet roasted malts, some hop biterness and yeast.

Taste- Roasty malts, immediately followed by building sweetness of molasses. The base pale malt plays a huge role here. Notes of espresso coffee and some cocoa, even a touch of dried dark fruits. Very complex and unique.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied, moderately carbonated with a great aftertaste.

Drinkability- Full bodied and delicious. Not heavy for the style and therefore very drinkable. Very surprising that the ABV is nearly nine percent.

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Photo of cjhofelt
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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 RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My server suggested this stout ranged upwards of 8% ABV. That seemed unlikely to my tastes, but Cavatica is certainly a hearty brew. It is opaque with a gentle roasted aroma and a taste that touches upon roasted barley, molasses, and a rooted woodiness akin to ginseng. It ultimately tips to the sweet side though I wouldn’t guess it’s a milk stout.

Apparently the name refers to a deep, dark place such as an abyss. It’s also Charlotte’s last name from Charlotte’s Web. Either way, the suggested reference to darkness compliments the beer, which achieves vigor, balance and a healthy show of lace. Try it with the oysters poboy.

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Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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