Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: American 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.

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 318
Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Super dark with a one-finger head. This is a solid stout but I felt it had a lot of attempt at complexity without being too well rounded. Overall it was the make or break licorice note which sunk this for me a little.

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Photo of CraftBeerRunner
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love FG beers but hadn’t tried this - very nice. I feel like all FG beers are good, solid, some standout. Def one of my fav and widely available breweries since moving to Oregon. Feb 2019, New Seasons PDX

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Photo of hreb
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler pour from last drop, this sample is served in a half pint (UK) mug. Brilliant black with a small but lovely chestnut head. Roasted barley aroma evokes burnt toast. Flavor is rich and blackened, with only a hint of sweetness in the body. There's a bit of ethanol in the finish -- this is a heady stout to be sure -- and I wonder if I detect a bit of oak.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.09/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells strangely yeasty, with ash, smoke, coffee, and nuttiness.

Something is definitely not right with this one. It's strangely yeast, and the carbonation kind of dominates and thins the beer out. There's lots of roasty character, almost too much, as it becomes a dark sort of ashy smoke character. This gets decent reviews, but I just can't get behind it.

This is thin bodied, and not that drinkable, with a higher than expected level of carbonation.

I don't really love this one.

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Photo of JCBrewing
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque with a nice tan head. Head lingers with some sticking to sides of glass. Taste is sweet with just enough bitterness. I love stouts that leave me licking my lips to get the last bit of taste; Cavatica does that. Makes me want more.

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Photo of gandres
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thursday, December 21, 2017 6:03 PM
Can 16 ounce poured to tulip glass
Sight: Black big brown head that slowly disappears
Smell: Nose: not much aroma, malty drink:malty, nutty aroma
Taste: medium bitterness, some sweetness
Mouthfeel: very good, lively carbonation bringing a creamy sensation
Overall: very good beer ok to repeat, look for

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into a tulip glass. brewed on 1/25

A: Not much of a head just a mocha wisp. The body is a deep coal color.

S: Smells like burnt hops and a little like ink. There is some nice toasty malts there but there is a lot of hops lingering.

T: Lots of burnt malts and hoppy resinous. Nice light licorice faint a little bit of roasted burnt chocolate.

M: A little thin, almost no carbonation.

O: This an aggresively hoppy stout. I think it's quite good, if you want a sweet chocolatly beer this is not it. This beer drinks almost like a black IPA, but it's hops aren't as distinct.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cavatica pours like a real stout... clean and pitch black with a rocky and foamy dark tan head. It sticks to the glass exceptionally from first sip to last drop.

It smells of burst toast, brown sugar, licorice, and charred wood.

The flavor follows in the best of ways. Sweet bread and burnt sugar perfectly complimented by toasted grain, coffee, and dark chocolate. There is a wonderful nuttiness to it that is perpetual.

Creamy, roasty, smooth, and rich feelings are finished with a perfectly bitter end. The alcohol is warm and present but totally appropriate.

This is an outstanding imperial stout without the frills of adjuncts. A real down and dirty stout. One you could drink regularly during the bitter cold months of winter and never get burned out on. A classic so to speak. Cheers!

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Photo of LeRose
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown to black, looks a little thick and oily. Tan foam, so it looks like a proper stout.

Smells roasted, a little chocolate and coffee, sweet like molasses. Licorice.

It has a lot that I like and one thing I dont. Like the roast and breadiness, the bitterness is coffee like. Pretty good stout until the licorice shows up. I lIke licorice. But for some reason, licorice notes in a beer just don't seem right to my taste buds. The licorice isn't really strong, but now that I know it is there...I think it plays with my mind. This also tastes quite boozy for a 9 percent brew. And it is still sweet.

The alcohol is a little hot, there is a substantial and almost harsh bitterness, and for me the licorice adds a tingle along with the alcohol. It is sweet and sticky, lip-smacking.

Overall, like it don't love it.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Body is the deep brown of fresh wood coals

Flavors are cherries, chocolate and days o work plug tobacco. The carbonation is medium light and quite smooth overall.

Very good.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark appearance with tan head that dedicates quickly. Nutty molasses aroma. Thaddeus is also a pleasant mild molasses without any alcohol aftertaste.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger off white foamy head that dissipated prettt quickly. Light lacing was soapy around the glass. The smell had a really nice roasted coffee bean with a light smoky sweet vanilla. The taste was roasty, smooth creamy vanilla with bitter coffee. It came across really nice. On the palate, this one sat about a medium to heavy on the body. Sipper- definitely. The carbonation was there and good for the style and for me. But the roasty, smooth vanilla with coffee rolling across my tongue is really nice. Overall, this was a really good imperial stout.

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Photo of fizzician
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 +15.1%
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 +3.1%
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 -7.2%
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 -4.1%
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%
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 +2.3%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.6%
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 -6.6%
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 -2.6%
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%
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 -7.7%
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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Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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