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Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Cavatica StoutCavatica Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 157 | Reviews: 47 | Display Reviews Only:
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leedorham

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-17-2013 21:53:33 | More by leedorham
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jera1350

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-12-2013 01:16:53 | More by jera1350
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-11-2013 06:40:01 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 02:40:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
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jason_nwx

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-10-2013 20:01:42 | More by jason_nwx
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-03-2013 22:47:11 | More by LXIXME
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-31-2013 14:39:16 | More by powdersoldier
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lighthabit

Oregon

2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
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

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 06:44:53 | More by lighthabit
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 23:02:50 | More by woosterbill
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jeffeljefe

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-23-2013 04:00:19 | More by jeffeljefe
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Hoptometrist

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tallboy can into a globed shaped glass

A- Poured black with a fluffy ice cream like mocha head that left tons of dense chunky lace.

S- Big cocoa powder and vanilla, almost a marshmallow like scent, big mineral notes, and a little coffee bean in the aroma

T- Big milk chocolate and cocoa powder notes, some vanilla and marshmallow flavor, some whiskey notes but not overpowering. Some roasty notes

M- Medium body with really nice alcohol warming and very slight burn. Pretty soft mouthfeel with some light prickly carbonation on the finish. Finishes dry.

O- A pretty incredible imperial stout in a tallboy can at a steal of a price (2.99), yes please.

Serving type: can

04-06-2013 03:41:42 | More by Hoptometrist
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 23:49:19 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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strongaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-02-2013 06:14:12 | More by strongaf
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- A big bunch of head and this beer is gorgeous. If it tastes how it looks, it's going to be delicious. The foam is dark beige/tan and is already leaving considerable lacing. The body is a dark chocolate brown that is practically black.

Nose- This also has a nice aroma as well. Coffee, chocolate, burnt bread (or toast) with a little bit of sourness that could be described as medicinal. There is a little citrus and pine from the Cascade hops as well. Not that intense but a nice profile nevertheless. The burnt toast becomes more and more pronounced as other notes recede. There's a bit of rye on the nose as well.

Taste- Starts off with a sour sweetness that is buffeted by woody bitterness. You cannot taste the 8.8% on this at all. Coffee bitterness continues to dominate with soaring flavors of smoke and burnt toast. I wish there was more caramel, chocolate, and vanilla in the profile because while this is a nice beer, it seems a little thin and weak in regard to complexity. The more I drink it, the more the smoke and burnt toast fill in where typical flavor notes are absent. This is a pretty solid brew and a different take on the imperial stout.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but light for an imperial stout. I wouldn't mind more body on this beer and a little bit less carbonation.

Drinkability- As I mentioned before, the almost 9% alcohol on this is not even a factor. It's unique taste makes me come back for more. This is very sessionable for an imperial stout. And at its price, this is a very dangerous beer.

Overall- I will have to remember to buy this more often and get it when I see it on tap. For the price, this is a great beer. It's a solid A-. It doesn't deserve an A because it could benefit from more complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:36:03 | More by artoolemomo
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SuperCutePanda

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-30-2013 04:48:29 | More by SuperCutePanda
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kemoarps

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Serving type: can

03-07-2013 09:53:55 | More by kemoarps
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Danielr26

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

02-18-2013 17:00:40 | More by Danielr26
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-14-2013 10:13:02 | More by MacStinson
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BruceBruce

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-06-2013 04:52:34 | More by BruceBruce
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-20-2013 02:10:12 | More by sliverX
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-13-2013 23:24:34 | More by Hopmodium
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Bfarr

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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…

Serving type: can

01-10-2013 22:50:34 | More by Bfarr
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-10-2013 02:52:47 | More by hoppymcgee
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adkieffer

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-17-2012 23:02:08 | More by adkieffer
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KajII

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -1%
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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Serving type: can

12-17-2012 16:47:12 | More by KajII
Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
86 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.