Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewery + Public House

Cavatica StoutCavatica Stout
BA SCORE
77%
Liked This Beer
3.9 w/ 287 ratings
Cavatica StoutCavatica Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States
fortgeorgebrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,498
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
287
Liked:
221
Avg:
3.9/5
pDev:
11.03%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
35
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 287 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

my can said "rum" on the bottom in black ink, and i got a distinct spice and oak flavor in the beer, but im not sure they have canned the rum edition, it said nothing of the sort on the label, and some of it may be mind games, but this may be a review of the rum barrel version, could not confirm it, so it stays here under the main listing. beautiful stout, my first from fort george. crazy can with all kinds of spiders on it, yikes. the beer itself is dark brown, a little darker than root beer, but not to the hersheys syrup realm. nice frothing burlap colored head too. it smells quite sweet, maybe oatmeal in there, with a cool spice complex thats either from the yeast or from a rum barrel, and im a little surprised that i cant figure out which. the flavor is awesome, so much grain, but no bitterness at all to this roast. not sure how they pull that off, but sweetness abounds in this thing, all from the grain i assume. there is a hint of bittering hops in there, but its inconsequential really. rich feel, dark burnt sugar and candy notes on the thick liquid make it velvet going down, and only minimally boozy, just enough. i have not had much stout like this, and am surprised its not scored higher on here, its so decadent yet easy to drink, a dangerous combination for guys like me. i am infinitely curious about fort george now, and am eager to get my hands on some more of their stuff. this is just great.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Inky dark brown and leaves a lot of beige foam in the glass. Rather winey and chocolatey. Lots of dark roast and charred malt. Sweet and fruity in an unusual way. Reminds me of persimmons with a little licorice.

A chalky taste comes to mind. Not among the best big stouts I've had. There seems to be an oxidized flavor or something that detracts from the usual smooth sweetness. but it's an interesting grainy and tangy brew. From the 16 oz can purchased at Hondo's Brew & Cork in Astoria.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to msubulldog25 for having sent this to me in the furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! It became a part of my seemingly unmovable backlog until now, but at 8.8% ABV, I am sure that both it and I will be fine.

From the CAN: "Taxonomy: Cavatica (kuh-VAT-ick-uh)"; "1. Cavatica cervisiam [-] A lively anthropod whose habitat is the round, wooden kaggis [italicized] where natives store their traditional beverages."; "2. Cavatica stoutus [-] Strong in body and powerfully built, this thick-bodied creature exudes a distinctly bold and delicious nose."; "3. Cavatica fortus Georgium [-] A rare subspecies of cask spider, C. fortus Georgium subsists solely on discarded grains from brewery vats and spins un[CAN]nily beautiful, though lopsided, webs."; "4. Cavatica astorius [-] The White Spider of Astoria thrives in adverse [CAN]ditions, dwelling in damp [CANneries, shipwrecks, and dilapidated jetties. See also Cavatica goonius."; "5. Cavatica biberat [-] When exposed to dark, foamy liquids, this usually placid spider hollers pirate songs, cheats at cards, and argues politics with its fellow arachnids."; "Unfiltered. Expect sediment at bottom of CAN. Drink fresh. Do not age. Keep refrigerated."

Well, I aged it, but at least I had it in the refrigerator. I promised The Ex-Old Lady that I would utilize the gentlest of Glugs if the CAN indicated that such was in order and I remain a man of my word even as she reduces in my rear view mirror. The Crack! revealed yet another brimful craft CAN, but I could not celebrate with an inverted Glug. My gentle Glug filled my glass, but only produced a brief amount of dark-tan head that quickly CANverted to wisps. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was smoky, roasty, dark chocolate, dried dark fruits, leather, sherry, everything that one expects in better iterations of the style. Mouthfeel was medium, but my inadvertent aging had not put a dent it its flavor! In addition to the melange of smells now translating to tastes, it still had some heat going. Phew. I had just awakened from a nap before I started in on this and it suddenly began to seem as though I may need to lay down again. The alcohol was really prevalent, trumping the smoky chocolatiness on the tongue. Finish was dry and somewhat hot, reminding me of a mixed drink in a way, but I could not lay my finger precisely on it. I am not a huge fan of the style, preferring AIPAs as a self-avowed hophead, but I was fascinated by the way that this had not only held up under my mishandling, but it retained its flavor nicely and the heat makes me wonder how intense it might be when fresh. I would put it next to Ten Fidy and defy anyone to put it in their cooler when headed to the beach. An intense beer, no doubt, but not my cuppa tea.

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Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pounder can pouree into a standard pint. Even at excessively cold temps, this one was a gusher. Poured down the side of the glass carefully, it fills the glass with foam. Several pours later, a black brew rests in the glass. The cap maintains rediculous volume and as it fades, leaves patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is roasted with notes of coffee, earth, char and minerals to carbonic quality. Some dark fruitiness and hints of raisony alcohol mixed with molasses come out as it warms up. It is a little grassy and vegetative with hops.

The flavor is roasted with notes of earth, tobacco, char, leather and coffee. A citrus component before warming alcohol and some molasses-like sweetness blending with a hint of fruity alcohol.

This is a medium bodied brew that is excessively carbonated to the point of being distracting. Initially it opens up bad and a little off but as it warms up, it really becomes enjoyable. Im glad I gave this one some time to breath and really ended up enjoying it after the initial "yuck" impression. Would drink again.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 liamt07
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 77% out of 100 with 287 ratings
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