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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: 17 | Ratings: 81
Reviews by jdense:
Photo of jdense
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 mabermud
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
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 t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnny_chimpo
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JC333
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chossboss
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
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 switzer
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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 BeerZack
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Hobbit
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of mbmiche
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drone
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joe_Boxer
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevlee722
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of itracy63
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beardo
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev -1%
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 GeorgeAKeim
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stratusjeans
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kdahnke123
3.04/5  rDev -24.8%
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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