Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Bourbon Barrel Cavatica StoutBourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
From Bardstown, Kentucky, the Bourbon capitol of the world, to the Northwest coast of Oregon – a truckload of freshly emptied Willett Bourbon barrels rolled into Fort George Brewery, filling the block with a strong oaky aroma. The brewers dutifully filled each one with rich, dark Cavatica Stout and positioned them in the Lovell Showroom windows. And there they sat through the spring, summer, and fall months, aging until the brewers determined it was time. It is time.

Added by RedDiamond on 02-10-2008

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 87
Photo of 5ivecents
4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A bit sweeter than some. Beat out Abyss 2015, Narwhal, Speedway, and Oak YETI in a blind stout taste test. Very smooth, heavy, and not as bitter or tannin-y as some of the others. Delicious.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at August THT. Very dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Notes of sour barrel, bourbon, vanilla, milk, chocolate. Medium body, soft carbonation and a spicy finish.

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

Willett barrel aged. Batch 288.

Big tan head. Black in color.

Very little barrel presence. Some char. Molasses, black licorice, chocolate, figs, and raisins.

Medium to full bodied.

Not bad, but not that impressive.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate brown with cocoa powder colored head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is vanilla, oak, bourbon, and toasted malt. Flavor is sweet and savory, with just a hint of chocolate and oak. Very smooth, not a lot of the alcohol burn in the finish. Tasty!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of slightly sweet dark toasted malt, bourbon, light oak and vanilla. Flavor is dark toasted malt, bourbon, slightly astringent oak with hints of vanilla and chocolate, slightly boozy. Medium bodied with a lightly creamy body and good carbonation. A straightforward barreled imperial stout. The malt is fairly simple, with very light chocolate or berry flavors, but robust enough to balance the good, flavorful bourbon barrel notes. Quite oaky. The finish hovers between tannic oak and hops, but balanced with the well integrated malt and bourbon flavors. Well done. This was a 9.9% version from 2015.

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

Near black color with a nice dark beige head in the Ciney snifter. Quite lively with clouds of carbonation melting in the mouth. Aroma of molasses, burnt sugar, and piney hops.

Luscious oaky and vanilla flavors. Silky and smooth. Moderate bitter aftertaste. Sweet but not cloying. Big caramel flavor tempered by the alcohol. A sharp yet candy-like sensation as you sip. Not as boozy as a lot of Bourbon barrel brews. Some woody notes. A thoroughly sippable strong concoction.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

9.9abv bought from brewery. No coffee no chocolate no worries. Oak and bourbon dark roasted malts and fruit sweetness and alcohol on the finish. Darn good beer. Almost to easy to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, red waxed bottle (9.9% ABV) - thanks to IronDjinn for sharing this from his cache of loot brought back from a recent dash into the Idaho Panhandle.

This beer pours a solid black hole, with the barest of basal cola edges, and two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves some sparse spiderweb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of sharp woody Bourbon barrel notes - besotted staves, dry vanilla and caramel - grainy malt, bready toffee, a red apple skin and plum pit fruitiness, subtle cold coffee, ethereal savoury spice, and leafy, weedy, and slightly perfumed hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, wooden vanilla and rye booze, a sour graininess, bitter coffee, tart dark orchard fruit, a plain earthy, leafy, and grassy hoppiness, and some subtle metallic booze.

The bubbles are fairly laid-back via a minor frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and rather smooth, with a thin airy creaminess arising shortly after takeoff. It finishes well off-dry, the barrel notes lingering well, alongside a varied supportive caramel and fruity sweetness.

A better than average BBA stout, the guest wood doing well by its patronage. Easy to drink, to a point, the alcohol starting to creep in at the final stages, but not in any egregious manner. I should really check out more of this place's wares, next time I am south of the 49th parallel.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty BBA option. Balanced very well between the Bourbon and stout. Smooth down the throat with a little burn in the back corners of yr mouth. The version I had was 9.9%

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Photo of kdahnke123
3.04/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch 288 - Poured into a snifter at room temperature. 9.9% abv
L - Poured a dark brown with copious head (3 fingers +). The head was long lasting and the beige lacing also long lasting.
S - Mostly hops on the nose with a little oak and carmel.
T - Muddy, sour flavor with traces of bourbon.
F - Slightly less than average viscosity with above average carbonation.
O - Sink pour.

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Photo of markgugs
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointing, don't know if this needs more time in the bottle but it was overcarbonated, lacking barrel presence, and had a muddy flavor. Just not great at all.

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Photo of mabermud
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a typical bourbon barrel aged stout. Dark brown body, mocha colored, wispy head. The smell is lacking. Does get better as it warms. Burnt molasses and sour whiskey in the aroma. The taste is the same, but opens up as it rises in temperature. Very distant flavors of light roasted malts, whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, and other stoutly flavors. The feel isn't too bad, but leaves me longing for something better.

Overall - I like the base version better, but will give extra credit because Fort George makes 3-Way IPA. These days, my palate may be discriminating, due to the fact I drink so many high end beers...

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Photo of John_M
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the bier stein the other day.

This struck me as a well made, essentially textbook example of a bourbon barrel aged stout. There was a lot of bourbon and dark chocolate on the nose (giving the beer something of a black cherry aroma), along with coffee and light vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though there seemed to be more of a milk chocolate flavor, that played well with the bourbon, coffee and vanilla. Mouthfeel was fairly full, and the finish was long and flavor infused. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability was terrific.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of squaremile
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of BrewnZ
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Bourbon Barrel Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
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