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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,151
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 249
Gots: 120 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

A full-bodied stout with focused chocolate flavors and plenty of hops and malt, Cadillac Mtn. Stout was selected World Champion Dry Stout 1995 and the best hard-to-find beer in America by Men’s Journal.
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Reviews by lostbearbrew:
Photo of lostbearbrew
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber brought back by Mom and Dad - poured into a pint glass. Dark-like-night-in-the-woods-black - light brown head hung on nicely down the glass - solid lacing patterns.

Wafting up off this brew are some fine aromas...dark chocolate, coffee, maybe some molasses or perhaps vanilla?

Warms the tongue with chocolate notes, then coffee flavors, then sweet malt finishing with a blast of tang from the hops, coupled with more malty goodness. Very rich and strong beer but the alchohol is not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is lasting, and coats your mouth's surfaces and doesn't let go.

Drinkability is simply put - more please. I like this one more than many others I've had recently...perhaps more than Stone RIS and Dark Lord, although it is not quite in that category - it is a regular American Stout and perhaps the heavy delivery of the RIS and DL shouldn't be compared... (882 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 2.5 finger foamy mocha head with decent retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is stringy and subtle at best with little cling.

S: Aroma is smoked malts, licquorice, chocolate, and day old coffee. Nothing overwhelming but very appropriate with no real surprises.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt sweetness upfront. Coffee flavors sour a little but they're balanced by the intensifying chocolate and toffee taste. Licquorice present waaay in the back along with a bit of smokiness. Finish is a bittersweet molasses with an aftertaste of chocolate that dissipates quickly. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit livelier in the mouth than I would've thought from the style but smooths out as it warms. Silky and oily as it finally goes down. Finish is sticky and aftertaste fades quickly.

D: This beer is caught between an American and an English style stout and it thankfully represents the best of both. Great feel and amazingly complex for what it is. A surprisingly solid offering from an otherwise quite below-the-radar brewery. Definitely worth seeking out and trying though. Hugely drinkable. (1,238 characters)

Photo of OddNotion
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I dont normally go for smaller stouts. 6.7% is small by my standards.
Poured into my Sierra Nevada bulb glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a one quarter finger light tan head. Looks beautiful.

Smell: Sweetness. A lot of vanilla tones, very pleasant. Roasty.

Taste: Chocolate, vanilla, roasty. Great! Reminds me of Edmund Fitzgerald in that there is nothing added but it is full of flavor! Everything melds together so nicely.

Mouthfeel: A little thin but some creaminess. I would like it a little more viscous.

Overall: Another beer that is not hyped at all but knocked my socks off. If you see it, it is worth getting. (626 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic a deep dark brown with hints of ruby hue a large blooming mocha colore head atop that settles slowlty into a creamy-like mass.Deep bitter chocolate notes with a great floral aroma coming thru that was unexpected but very nice you dont see that much in the style but made for a pleasant suprise underlying coffee tones come thru as well.Light to medium bodied but oh so smooth it was gone before I knew it,quite dry but not bitter firm unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee tones intertwined with a hint of charred fruit that really lends itself to the drier aspects of the beer.Defifnetly one of the better dry stouts to come my way if not the best,just flavorful I will look forward to getting more of this. (734 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Vermonthiker for the sample.

Appearance: Pours into a snifter a dark brown
with a bubbly dark tan head. Nice looking brew.

Aroma: Smoky malts, burnt plums, chocolate, and a general roastedness.

Taste: Delicious roasty and smoky malts, light amounts of dark fruits, some cola like sweetness, mildly leafy hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, fairly light, balanced, bittersweet, and just wonderful. Really flawless.

Drinkability: Tough to beat. Nearly sessionable. (479 characters)

Photo of beerhunter13
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ExtraStout
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a creamy root beer colored head that just floats on the blackish beer with bubbles so fine they disappear into infinity.

Aroma is a subtle roastiness. Smells fresh, alive. Vinous, with a touch of fruitiness tucked in there. Waaaay in the back. The taste is a creamy slightly sweet oh god it just slipped like smooth and velvety down my throat. But not like velvet. It's like the carbonation is so fine and light that you get this amazing mouthfeel. Oh, but the taste is a subtle creamy sweet light roastiness with hardly any hop flavor and mostly light coffee (the way coffee with a little milk tastes, or coffee milk, if you're from RI) and in a way, like milk. This beer tells you you are drinking something special, something good. Slight roast malt sourness inthe aftertaste, but even that makes you aware of the complexity. Some bitter chocolate. (865 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: an inky black pour with a visible sizzle of foam at the surface.

S: hints of coffee and bitter dark chocolate, though for some reason i kept picking up beef jerky? maybe it was the smokiness i smelled...

T: burnt coffee grounds are nearly overwhelming, exploding in the mouth before surprisingly dissipating into a smooth after taste of chocolate.

MF/D: light sizzle of carbonation, smooth when it hits the tongue. smoky flavor overwhelms the tastebuds making this a singular beer. (487 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Caddilac Mtn. Stout pours from the bomber a deep dark onyx with a volumious bubbly creamy two finger tan head on top. So dark it appears to nearly absorb light. Leaves some sticky patches of lacing. Nice. Aromas begin with a big blast of chocolate along with a nice roasty aspect and a nice helping of herbal, piney hops as well. Toffee and caramel notes weave in and out. Burnt marshmallow? Smoky, deep, dark and roasty..there's a lot going on here...a treat for the nose.

First sip brings a rush of dark roasted chocolate maltiness. Slightly dry and smoky with a nice helping of herbally, earthy green hops. Notes of dark fruits move in and out. Toffee and caramel intertwine. Super smooth with a beautiful balance of cocoa dusted malt and hops. This is one fine stout.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and healthy carbonation. A really tasty stout that's easy to drink with a unique flavor profile. I really wish I had easier access to this as I would pick it up regularly. Many thanks to MuddyFeet and BIF20 for getting this my way. I will seek it out again if the opportunity arises. (1,104 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a nice black color with a thick coffee head, served in a snifter and just a little chilled. It had a dark chocolate odor. I could taste chocolate, roasted grain , and I think even some licorice. A great tasting beer. I thought it felt a trifle thin in the mouth, I guess I was expecting something a little more substantial. However, a great beer overall. (368 characters)

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Todd
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz brown bomber, bottle-conditioned. No freshness date, but an excellent explantion of the beer, how to store it (upright, that's right) and proper serving temps (45F-50F). Kudos for that info.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black beer with a massive 4 finger tan foam head -- no sign of it ever going away.

Smell: Wonderful semi-fruity aroma mixed with earthy, metallic and roasted malt aromas. Chocolate notes weave things together.

Taste: Hot damn! This is one insanely smooth beer! Mouthfeel is thick, but soft, milky and silky in its consistency. Loads of malt body. Sweet, but in a chocolate cake sort of way and very more-ish ... as in I want more dammit! Touch of molasses-like and raw-honey-like flavour. Malts are backed by a juicy fruit character. The beer then goes dry with a semi-sharp astringency, but for a brief moment where a roasted quality meets a subtle hop bitterness ... it soon gets coated with more malty goodness. Metallic, earthy notes. Light smokey / burnt flavours around the edges. Dry, grainy finish.

Notes: A freagin' outstanding stout! Seems more like a sweet stout though? But, to hell with it ... this is a tasty brew! Massive, complex and thoroughly enjoyable! One of the better stouts to have met my palate in recent days, and one that actually excited my palate. Seek out this beer immediately. (1,364 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber int my pint glass. Dark chocolate brown with a slightly offwhite head, big time aroma of bitter cocoa, dark toast, and faint whiffs of sweetness and alcohol - a massive welcome.

Yep, it's a Cadillac: big and smooth. Starts out with a dark chocolate maltiness and some background dark fruit that just opens up on the palate - beautiful. Some roastiness mid-sip followed by hints of dry coffee, more of that bitter cocoa, and a slight welcoming warming surge of alcohol. Nice chewy mouthfeel compliments the overall dry fruitiness perfectly. I think after three of these I could curl up in front of a fire somewhere.

One of the better stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking, and reason enough for a trip to Maine. I can see why this was one of the post- Llamafest highlights of the pub crawl. Many thanks to Patand David for the bomber. (864 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black into my Allagash tulip.
The tan head forms a dense carpet above the black beer. The head remains and hugs the glass.

The aroma is full of chocolate and slight coffee. The nose is smooth and creamy. Wonderful.

The taste starts with a mix of roasted malts. The carbonation fills the mouth and reveals a creamy roasted taste. The carbonation subsides and leaves the mouth dry. (395 characters)

Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy multi-sized bubbles hold strong to form a rocky head, so stickage is seen also. Stout black in colour, what else would you expect.

Raw mineraly, steely, faint yeast, burnt raisin, woody charcoal and roasted grain aroma.

Viscous crispness though a full body and creamy mouth feel. Soft burnt grain and charcoal flavours burst upon the palate with woody and earthy tones. Big-layered sweetness that is not cloying in any way, more of a flowing and creamy residual dextrin sweetness. The roasted character gives off a brownie like flavour. Hints of mild black currant and burnt raisins come from the fruity character of the yeast. Speaking of yeast there is a fresh earthiness from this brew being bottle conditioned. Finishes sweet with mild roasted flavours that push on forever.

A saucy stout and a fat one at that, full flavoured and quite complex. A very exciting ale to sip and savour as you venture through the 22 ounces. (940 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very difficult to find, even in Maine, but I finally found a few bombers at Gilbert's, on Main Street in Ellsworth. This stout pours as dark as a foggy night on the Maine coast, with a huge, light brown head. Lacing is profuse, and coats the imperial pint glass with sheets and patches.

Aroma begins with bigtime, roasty malts, evidenced by a strong whiff of fresh brewed, Kona coffee. A hint of English walnuts adds to the roastiness, and a good measure of floral hops(lilac?) jumps aboard, as well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and coating. Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

Excellent taste that never yields a weakness throughout the 22 oz bottle's pour. Chocolate and coffee maltiness abounds, with plenty of floral, and, at times, herbal hops to balance this excellent stout.

Very nice complexity, and worthy of its acclaim. Very, Very, tasty, and incredible drinkability. By far, the best of the many Maine brews I enjoyed. (947 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mom and Dad brought this 1 Pint 6 Fl Oz. bottle back from the brewery for me on one of their recent vacations to Bar Harbor.

Cadillac Mtn. Stout World Beer Championship 1995 Platinum Medal World Chanmpion Dry Stout. Very cool.

Not a whole lot of head here, mostly large bubbles that disappeared pretty quickly, leaving no trace of lace.

Smells wonderfully of roasted malt and chocolate.

Nice chocolate flavor, this is a very nice stout.

Quite smooth mouthfeel. Little bit of crispness at the end and a mild bitterness.

Very easy to drink and a very tasty stout. It was 90 degrees today, but with the AC running, and if I close my eyes, it's perfect stout-drinking weather.

There's been talk in the forums of late saying this beer has changed, but since I never had the chance to try the original recipe I have nothing to compare it to. I think it's a well-crafted stout. (881 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a few of these thanks to fellow BA Truh...the man knows a great beer.
Pours a deep, dark black w/ no possibility of any light passing through...a full finger and a half of light brown head with a gentle pour. Hangs around for quite a bit and the lacing is impressive.
Aroma is great...dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some hops as well.
Taste is where this offering really shines...more of the same in the taste with a hefty malt sweetness thrown in. The alcohol is so well hidden and the finish is bitter yet juicy.
Mouthfeel is quite thick...drinkability is a no-brainer. If you even remotely care for this style, you must get your hands on this one...one of the best IMO...thanks again Sean. (711 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with almost no head, half a finger at best. Black coffee colored body, clear, some deep red if held up to the light. Kind of a let down that the head dissipates immediately. A ring of lacing does remain. Smells quite nice, coffee, espresso, sweet malts, roasted barley, milk chocolate. Tastes is off roasted barley lots of it, some dry coco, some burnt sugar, sweet malts, toffee maybe as well. The finish is dry with some lingering oily bitterness. The taste on this not too bad but the lack of body confuses me. I kind of think of it as an IPA without the hoppy flavors and/or aroma. Again the body is medium/thin. Medium high carbonation. The dry finish and kind of thin body leaves this one lacking. $5.50 a bomber, purchased 5/2010 (742 characters)

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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