Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Cavatica StoutCavatica Stout

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Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

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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Photo of fizzician
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with light brown to creamy head, some lacing. Mild chocolatey aroma. Fairly light body for a stout, with nice chocolate and bread flavors, some sourness, and a hint of coffee. Very nice, if not particularly memorable.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can , many times. Never had a bad one. Dense black color . Molasses, tobacco on the nose. Taste follows, but we'll hopped. Not many imperial stouts are this good. It's a favorite of mine.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can from ABV.

Jet black with a dense, dark brown head, this looks great. The nose opens with a blend of hops (pine, earth, a little mint) and a strong imperial stout base - dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, a little licorice, some cream, a hint of molasses. Well-rounded, there's a touch of fruit as well. The palate opens with a pleasant bitterness, earthy and herbal with a touch of pine. This is followed by flavors of mildly sweetened dark chocolate, cream, a little bit of Vietnamese coffee. A definite licorice note is present. Creamy and bittersweet on the finish, this beer is medium in body and softly carbonated yielding a soft and supple beer. Quite excellent.

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Photo of stevoj
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at PreFunk. An extra dose of hops almost takes this into black IPA territory. Smooth and slick, slippery, oily. Small been he head, aroma is mostly roast grains and burnt toast. Taste kicks in with some hops bite, more roastiness.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can shared at August THT. Very dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Notes of roasted malts, dark cherries, chocolate. Medium body, low carbonation and a roasty bitter finish.

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Huge thick foamy head and very dark body. Mild barley stout aroma. Body as thick as a milkshake and the flavor matches the aroma here. Simple and enjoyable, $3 bucks for a 16oz can and good beer to cozy up with during the darker times of the year.

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Photo of MattinHouston
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good tasting coffee like / imperial stout brew. Not sure why they don't offer it outside the NW US. They really should. Tasty and in the imperial stout class a 4/5 which I think deserves to be tried. Got it on vacation in Portland OR but sad I can't get it once a week back home. Very thick dark syrupy almost but yet pleasant to the coffee lovers that also love beer.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark color, compelling.
Nose is ok, to type, roasted malt.
Flavor is interesting but not great, hints of sweetness with hoppy bitterness that's rather unusual for a stout.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, not over carbonated.
Finish is OK, but not my thing.

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Photo of Tone
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, slight pine, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, hint of oatmeal, slight pine, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, body, and complexity.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Beergarden in Eugene Oregon.
Opaque black body with a good tan head that leaves some patterned sticky lacing.
More bitter than sweet. Hints of espresso, bitter chocolate, and burnt sugar.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark stout. Chocolaty brown head. Streaky lacing. The smell is toasted malt, faint cocoa and espresso. The flavor is quite rich, vanilla and black walnut. Coffee notes and light alcohol heat in the finish. Chocolate in the aftertaste, with more of the toasted malt. Full and thick mouthfeel. A good stout overall.

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Photo of bhyndthebottle
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks great, with a good head that fades to a nice cap that lasts. Smell meets expectations, with only light hop presence. Nicely balanced hop finish, with lots of dark and toasty malts. Good standard stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a super black double imperial stout, looks the requisite part. Lots of roast in the aroma first, then some chocolate, then some alcohol burn.

Taste and mouthfeel was mellow fellow. The alcohol didn't burn in the mouth, just the nose. Well hoped, you can tell the bitterness isn't just from the highly roasted malt. Pretty good stuff, but then again, nothing exceptional either.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

REVISION/EDIT : I had another go at this one when my parents went to Washington State, as they brought me back some beers from the area. Definitely don't like it as much as my previous review stated. Pour is beautiful; Nose is the dead on the same; but the flavor leans heavily burnt and hopped. Dark char, coffee, and abundant dry hop make this one drink more like a Black IPA than a stout. Very difficult to finish, scores adjusted accordingly. Not going back again for this one.
Pours a fairly black color with 100% opacity. It's not quite motor oil as it has shades of brown coming out of the can and as it forms. The head in the chalice is short lived but starts out light brown-beige and settles as moss on top.

The can says I should be smelling more than I am. I get roasted malts and a little coffee. Some citrus hop and light fig action going on in the distance. Medium to weak volume on the bouquet.

Reminiscent of Ten Fidy, this beer delivers in the flavor department. It's strong alright, and brings that Russian stout character in the form of coffee, burnt malt, and notes of chocolate. A few swigs yields some unfriendly antiseptic qualities. Belches though, are pure pine. Strange?

The feel is full bodied and substantial, chewy even... yet incredibly dry, leaving drought in the mouth. Carbonation assists in swallowing the beer like drinking a glass of milk with a PB&J - otherwise it might just get stuck there.

Overall impressions : I guess I would have come back with more of these had I known it was a solid stout. So many of the PNW beers I've had have been hit or miss, and six packs of most of those would have been shameful. However this one I could probably live with, it doesn't quite stand up to Old Rasputin or Plead the 5th, or even Ten Fidy, but it's a solid stout that deserves a place among the champions. I do like this better than FBS, fwiw.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cavernous, shaddowy and inky, all things black are summed up in this one single ale. Their self-described ale of abyss, crevice and cave-like character certainly doesn't back down from any of those ominous aspirations.

Dark, inky and pitch black, the ale layers into the glass with tar-stained legging and a dense mocha froth. Lavish espresso, dark chocolate and burnt sugar greet the nose while its dense and cakey sweetness is of molasses, burnt brown sugar and toffee.

With the ale warming and the tastebuds acclimating to its strength, the stout begins to shed its deep and dark secrets. Those wonderfully burnt sweetnesses are savory with molasses and brittle, then woven with bitter baker's chocolate, roasted walnuts, burnt toast and earthy turkish roast coffee. Its powder-fine cocoa character trends bitter, earthy and rootish with peps of licorice and grilled grape to close.

Full, lavish and sultry, the beer's boisterous creaminess is charming with its dry char and light mesquite-like finish. Its roast-derived tannic balance and woodsy hop bitterness offset the sweetness and usher in a warm, bourbon-like mouthfeel with burnt toffee lingering in aftertaste.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 16 oz can -

Color is jet black with a thin khaki head that fades to a wispy coating. Aroma is a bit of dark roasted coffee and some anise - it smell like I want my stouts to smell. Flavor is similar - a nice bitterness and maltiness combined with some dark fruit. Body is medium/full with low/medium carbonation. Overall a very good stout.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. nice roasted malt, hints of chocolate, and a wonderful bitterness. the alcohol is undetectable. this stands up well to alot of other double stouts I have had.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a one finger off-white to tan head. Light stringy lacing runs into the beer after the head dissipated.
The smell had some bitter to roasty notes. Remnants of chocolate blend into light black licorice tones.
The taste copies the smell by becoming slightly sweet and letting the roasty and bitter tones blend to balance nicely. There's a light black licorice to roasty aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is about medium-bodied with a smooth carbonation about it, allowing the roasty and licorice tones to impart subtle sticky to semi-roasty nuances to the beer.
Overall, this was a nice Imperial Stout that I wouldn't mind having again. Too bad, they're not in Idaho. I must make more trips to Oregon.

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Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz can (6/8/2015) into a tulip. Pours a clean chocolate brown/black w/ a 1-finger mocha head.

Aroma is bitter and roasty, chocolatey. Dry cocoa.

Taste follows nose. Dark bitter roast, chocolate, espresso. Sharp and clean.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, lingering bitter finish.

Overall a well-made, if not particularly remarkable, imperial stout.

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Photo of bsonk
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fort George Cavatica Stout, 8.8% abv

A: dark with a bit of off white head that completely vanishes after a while
S: malty, maybe I’m imagining a coffee aspect
T: caramelly sweet dark malt, vanilla, alcohol.
M: silky, creamy, with almost tannin like after feeling on the tongue
O: a very sugary sweet and highly alcoholic stout that is good for drinking slowly on this way too hot day.

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Photo of Moose90
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can dated 02/12/15 served into tulip

A – Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black, but slight brown around the edges. Head is espresso like and lacing is nicely left in its wake.

S – Dark richly roasted chocolate malts, dry dark bakers chocolate, roasty bitter goodness.

T – Light chocolate, lots of darkly roasted chocolate malt, bitter char and cocoa. Nice drinker.

M – Medium bodied, very easy to drink, wish the finish was a bit longer.

O – A nice drinking stout, no overly sweet notes and not unnecessarily thick. Nice.

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Photo of LouZ
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour from draft with two fingers of mocha-colored head with staying power. Nice lacing as well. Solid but not overpowering aroma of coffee and chocolate with taste to match. Full bodied with perfect carbonation. A great drinking stout that does not come across as strong as it is.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can scared 9/26/2014. Served slightly chilled into an imperial pint glass.

Cavatica is a nearly black stout with thin tan colored head. It's head settles quickly and leaves little lacing beind.

Aroma is pleasantly roasty with a little milk chocolate and latte-like character.

Flavor is fairly neutral for a stout without all the intense hoppiness or booziness that many others display. Well rounded roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate all come together nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied and appropriately carbonated for the style. Balanced and very drinkable given how strong it is.

Overall an excellent straight up stout.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a tallboy can into a nonic pint glass. 9/29/14 canning date.

A- Exceptional looking beer. Massive foamy, chewy and sudsy head with a color like the interior of a malt ball. With the pitch black body, there's the exterior to the aforementioned malt ball. 4.75

S- Chocolate, vanilla, toffee and faded tropical hop aroma. Heavy doses of dark malt and hops give this aroma I associate with Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPAs. It's nice but more heavy on hops than I'd expect from a stout. 4

T- Bitter dark chocolate and abundant hop flavor. The hops are diverse, adding citrus, pine and resinous spice. There are light notes of caramel but really, I don't find the flavors here as true to a stout as they are to what one would expect from a Cascadian. 3.5

M- Again, the mouthfeel is more IPA-like due to a lighter than expected body, thinner feel and a bit of bubbly carbonation that accentuates the spice of the hops. 3.5

As stouts go, this doesn't hit the spot for me. As a Black IPA, this is a decent version. But it seems this beer is confused as to what it's supposed to be. I can't imagine how it would be fresher, as it seems to me it would only be heavier on the hops and more CDA-like. Hmm... Anyway, still good enough to enjoy and it drinks pleasantly enough for a nearly 9% beer.

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Photo of JDOHare
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Now this is a solid drinking man's or woman's stout and it pours as black as the night. Robust flavor that hits the palette just right, its evident this beer is made with quality ingredients and I'm a fan. This stout doesn't try and dazzle you with exotic flavors or powerful chocolates or coffees, it is an extremely well-balanced, full bodied stout that wants to come right at you and I really like that. I had a 16 ounce can that had a bit more carbonation than I like which leads to a finish thats not quite as smooth as I would prefer, but that's about the only knock I have on it. At 8.8% ABV this brew can definitely sneak up on you if you aren't careful. Fort George Brewery in Oregon got it right with this beer. I have had this beer a number of times and needless to say I'll be drinking it again in the future. If you are a classic stout fan you should enjoy this beer.

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