In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Fort George Brewery Bourbon Barrel Cavatica

Aroma: “Strong sweet dark roastiness plus bing cherry and plum esters. Some nice oak character is also present. Some alcohol warmth tickles the nose.”

Flavor: “Dark stone-fruit esters from the nose are also on the tongue and add to the sweetness. Roast blends well with the esters with just a touch of heat on the finish. A red-wine character is paired well with a dark chocolate sweetness and brighter, sweet fruitiness. Some oak character adds complexity with some vanilla sweetness as well. Finishes sweet with some alcohol warmth.”

Overall: “This bold beer wonderfully features red-wine barrel characters with a perfectly crafted imperial stout. Rich and complex with strong esters and a robust roast profile.”