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Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout - Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 7.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 02-10-2008)
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Photo of LXIXME
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Small light brown head quickly dies leaving a decent creamy lacing with a creamy light brown film across the top of a clear in appearance but I really can't see through this super dark brown to pitch black colored stout.

Rich malty whiskey aroma, seriously, a nice blend of rich malts with whiskey.

Creamy rich and dark roasted malts super saturated with bourbon or whiskey giving this a very rich taste.

Creamy mouth feel similar to a milk stout that leaves a light dryish aftertaste without much of the whiskey taste remaining but seems to have a bit of malt hanging around with the full bodied drink.

I usually don't like the aroma of barley wines because there seems to be to much alcohol instead of beer aspects coming off of them, whereas this beer has a nice malty whiskey aroma without an overbearing alcohol aspect.
Very well done, I wish I had purchased a few more of these when I was visiting Astoria.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured a hearty jet black with a nice brown cap boasting a buttload of brown bubbles. The head fades with each sip leaving rings of brow suds on the sides of the glass

S: The nose is all over the place and pretty tame for a BA Stout of this caliber. I did get the common whiskey, light wood, chocolate and perhaps some light anise.

T: Initial flavor is of the barrel, like a Wild Turkey barrel at that, while it is tame it meshes well with the dark chocolate, coffee grains and roastiness. There is a unique sordove underlying flavor on the palate I cant quite make out. Some anise is mildly detected as well. The finish is a light bourbonish booze sting with a old whiskey barrel bite on the back end.

M: Full bodied, robust, well carbonated with a good flavor profile.

O: A pretty good BA stout worth trying. Its pretty tame on the barrel which is not a bad thing at times.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bier Stein Eugene OR 3.10.12.

Medium brown head, small bubbles, medium dissipation resulted in ring around edge of glass over dark brown opaque body. More coffee and roast than chocolate in the nose, floral hops, some faint vanilla. Taste is fairly roasty, gritty coffee, not much chocolate for balance, hops subsumed by the roast. Mouthfeel on the heavy side of medium, decent effervescence. Maybe the beer was a bit too cold to fully enjoy, but I thought the flavor profile was a bit muddled.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of squaremile
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Saraveza in Portland. Very nice extremely dark brown with a thick tan head. Nose has nice chocolate and bourbon notes. The taste starts with huge dark chocolate and a touch of vanilla, moves into roasted malts oak and bourbon, and finishes with a long sweetness and warming burn. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied and nearly perfect. Overall this was excellent, and the best Ft George beer I've ever had.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ Green Dragon Bistro (Portland)

Pitch black with smallish head that does leave some decent lace.

Toffee, caramel, chocolate, marshmallow, raisin, bit of oaky vanilla and bourbon.

Tastes very similar to the nose. Big malty flavors with raisin, caramel, marshmallow, chocolate, vanilla and small bit of bourbon oak.

Smooth and kinda creamy mouthfeel but a little over-carbonated. Pretty damn drinkable.

Photo of BrewnZ
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2/8/08 sitting at the brewery in Astoria

App: Dark brown with tan head

Aroma: Vanilla oakie notes, bourbon, chocolate and roasted malts.

Flavor: Mmmm, smooth malt with coco notes, vanilla, med-low bourbon flavor, low bitterness and hop flavor.

Drinkablility: High, good balance of flavors w/o being to forward or huge. I really like this beer, and yes I am a sucker for wood aged beers it really seems to bring out the best in dark, strong styles.

Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bourbon barrel conditioning has done much to transform Fort George's Cavatica Stout. But it hasn't contributed overt bourbon enhancements. It's made the beer creamy in flavor and composition. Graceful measures of vanilla-oak emerge in the smell, but most especially in the taste and the finish. Call it a vanilla cream beer. All parameters are regal yet restrained and the contours are well rounded and mature. An elegant sipper.

Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.