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Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
293 Ratings
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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:
#7,421
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
293
pDev:
10.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
36
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of NWHopinator
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EXScotT
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of davegray
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
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.
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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 riotontheroad
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gregcordle
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cultclassic89
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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%
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 polopaul20
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of drone
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dshansen1184
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Blaze5445
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 LoveStout
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jschott75
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 293 ratings
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