Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Cavatica Stout | Fort George Brewery + Public House

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Fort George Brewery + Public House
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Damian on 03-04-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 4
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 16 fl. oz./1 pint can stamped 01/18RYE
Edition Number 181
Served in a snifter

This Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Cavatica Stout was released in limited edition four-packs for the Festival of Dark Arts at the Fort George Brewery + Public House in Astoria, Oregon. Thanks to Rich and Nancy Hoffman for picking these up.

The beer had an ominous look to it, which was quite appropriate for the festival at which it was served. A two-plus finger tall crop of tight, creamy, bubbly, saddle brown foam topped the the shimmery, pitch black liquid. The head slowly faded to a thick, clingy ring and deposited streaks of craggily lacing in its wake.

The nose was unique. Lots of interesting things happening here. Sweet and fruity with notes of port soaked raisins. Roasted malts. Good dose of brown sugar. Touch of smoke. Hints of char and ash. Somewhat boozy. Chocolate fudge appeared as the beer warmed. Overall, rather pleasant and complex.

The flavor profile was interesting but not as rounded or as smooth as the nose. Rich and malty on the front end. Mix of black patent, roasted and sweet caramel malts. Lots of black coffee in the center. Some rum as well. The finish was a bit harsh. Earthy, piney, citrusy hops combined with ashy notes. Moderate amount of booze. The booziness was a bit stinging for my liking, but it subsided as the beer warmed and the flavors intensified.

The beer was silky smooth on the palate yet lighter bodied for the style. Rich, creamy and frothy with a fine, tongue blanketing effervescence.

This is a unique and enjoyable beer that might become more graceful with some age. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Black, with a foamy light brown head, spotty lacing.

Fudgy cocoa, with just a light whiskey, slightly oaky burn to the finish. Smells delicious.

Not quite as rich as the aroma, but still fairly decadent with lots of great fudgy, cocoa notes upfront highlighted by a lightly warming, whiskey oakiness.

Medium body, lightly viscous, mild foamy carbonation.

I wasn't sure how I felt about this one when I tried my first can back when I picked up the 4-pack, I'm now wishing I would have grabbed another. A very well done rye aged Imperial Stout.

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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bier Stein the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. That being said, this beer has that look one frequently encounters in a beer that has seen some significant barrel aging. On the nose, they rye whiskey aroma is pretty prominent, which is something I always appreciate. There's also considerable dark chocolate, espresso and light vanilla in this attractive smelling beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, though the whiskey isn't as prominent as I was expecting, given the aroma profile. Nevertheless, the beer delivers plenty of flavor, and there's just enough hoppy bitterness in the finish to balance and counter the moderate sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, and the finish is long with some light bitterness. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though of course you can tell this is a pretty big beer.

Really liked this one, and was happy to hear from the bartender that Fort George plans to expand their production of this beer. Good stuff!

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One of those cases where I think I substantially prefer the base beer to the BA version.

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Deep black with a cocoa colored head that leaves sticky lace.

Sweet malty smell with mild sour, smoke and whiskey notes.

Sweet malt and cola up front, turns toasty, coffee and dark chocolate with smoke, wood, toasted marshmallow, char and whiskey at the end. Nice complexity. Not strong in the barrel flavors, but a nice amount.

Medium bodied, soft carbonation and extremely dry finish.

Dangerously drinkable. Not as thick or heavy as most barrel aged stout I've had. Great flavor that is not overwhelmingly strong in the barrel aged flavor. The rye whiskey is a nice comes addition to the overall beer.

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Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Cavatica Stout from Fort George Brewery + Public House
4.21 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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