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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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676 Reviews

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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,170
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 257
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of orfeu
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to dmeadows for sending me two bottles of this coveted stout. Sticker on bottle claims "Batch #01829." No idea what this means, exactly. Produces a noisy sand-khaki head that settles to a creamy cap on top of a nearly impenetrable dark chocolate brown, almost black, body with thin, faint garnet highlights. A beautiful sight in a 20-ounce nonic. Lovely roasted grain, chocolate, and coffee notes in the aroma. A slightly sweet toffee or caramel scent appears, too. Roasty mocha goodness. Can't ask for much more in the way of aroma for a stout. Velvety smooth, incredibly rich and full mouthfeel. Decadent chocolate caramel sweetness with dark-roasted coffee undertones. Almost veering towards dark fruits in the back, this stout is so rich and reminiscent of a dessert that I occasionally feel like it could almost be an RIS. But it's not scorched, vinous, or alcoholic enough for that. Slightly acrid finish, leaning toward off-dry. As far as the pinnacle of American Stouts is concerned, Cadillac Mtn. holds down the sweet side while Rogue Shakespeare's got the roasty dry side on lock. Can't go wrong with either one. I will gladly drink as many of these bottles as come my way. Superb.

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Photo of brdc
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks mixylplik3 for the first one, and thanks cookin420 for keeping me stocked on this that is my favorite "regular" stout, as well as giving both versions for comparison.
Large/small capped bottles poured into different snifters.

Pitch black like most, it is capped by a thick tan head that shows very good retention and lacing.
Aroma is rich, fruity, roasted, full of chocolate and coffee notes, a bit on the sweet side. The bomber version shows a bit more citric hops on the nose, feels fresher even though it is not.
The full body, slightly more chewy on the bomber version, opens to a nice, well balanced roastiness with multiple chocolate, fruity and coffee notes, with no noticeable alcohol but some roasted bitterness coming and going; slightly more noticeable bitterness on the bomber version.
Just like the aroma suggested, a bit on the sweet side, closer to an oatmeal stout.
This one is impressively well balanced, and considering the class of relatively low alcohol stouts, very impressive (I actually realized the low alcohol while writing my original review, I expected something above 9 ABV based on the incredibly rich taste as I was drinking it).

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Photo of UnionMade
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep, motor oil brown, nearly black, topped with a thick taupe froth. Almost opaque, with a haziness that denies much light passage. The head settles into a thick film upon sitting, hanging on until the last 1/4 of the glass, where it dies into pretty much nothing. Nice sticky lace sheets down the glass until about halfway down.
The aroma is dominated by a strong burnt coffee roastiness. Plenty of black and chocolate malt, adding a touch of cocoa and burnt toffee. Mild fruity esters come through, with mild fig and plum fruitiness. Slight sweetish yeast and barely perceptable earthy hopping. A vaguely vinous quality adds a luscious, blending smoothness.
The flavor starts immediately with a bold, burnt roastiness. A touch grainy, leaning towards black patent malt, burnt coffee and chocolate provide a bittersweet maltiness that dominates throughout. A bit of toffee adds some sweetness, moving into mild fruitiness in the middle. Hints of fig, plum and raisin soften the malt, moving into the finish with a mild sweetness. The hops are barely present, just a sprinkle of earthy, herbal flavor without much bitterness. Yeast and a bit of earthiness contribute to a powdery dry finish, a touch of black cherry right in the end. Burnt malt lingers on the tongue with a hint of fruitiness, sticking to the palate for ages. Very easy drinking, with super soft carbonation reminiscent of cask ale. A dryish, slightly powdery mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
Easily the most complex dry stout I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. If this isn't the closest thing to perfection, I don't know what is. Maine is hiding a gem of a beer bigger than the hope diamond. Get it if you see it.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I celebrate my 2nd BAirthday with my 200th review, and as such wanted to drink something special.

Presentation: c.2006 22oz bottle ("Brew # 01829" decal) cellared for 6 months, in a classic conical pint glass.

I've been looking forward to trying this for a while, and finally came across a bottle up in Bangor. Poured lively and freely, not very thick, a nice snap to it. Nose is full of rich, freshly ground coffee, dry, slight yeasts, crackers, it just continues to grow and bloom. Now I'm getting more sweet qualities like caramel, butterscotch, semi-sweet chocolate, faint alcohol, slight peat/earthiness in malts, even some raisin...very nice. Wow..it just doesn't give up! A little more time and now its thick with creamy European chocolate aromas, more caramel, even some sour cherry! I've never had a beer develop and evolve a nose like this...outstanding!

Head was a beautiful 2 fingers of fat, creamy, tight crema hued foam, thicker and richer at the glass edge. It lasted quite a while before retreating to a crema-like coating that laced at the glass ring, and a soft crackle was audible. Body is the quinesscentual "black in a good mood" deepest burnt umber imaginable, opaque, lush.

Oh, this is decadent. Nicely dry on the tongue, its sooo creamy and balanced. Bitter, soft hops, dry malts, slight cracker quality up front, but that is soon replaced by a luscious wave of the softest chocolate and coffee, creamy, smooth, silky, sexy. I'm still smelling it and it just keeps going and growing and changing!!! Now its more malted, bitter, dry. Hands down the BEST nose on any beer I've ever had.

Its firing on all cylinders now as I replenish the pint. Name it. Dry? Yes! Creamy? Oh yyeeahhh. Smoooth? As a baby's bottom. Balanced? Like a Romanian gymnast. Hopped? Just enough and in the right places. Roasted chocolate malts now are stepping up on the tongue. Its still lacing, which is nice. With the bottle now emptied I'm getting more biscuit & cracker qualities on the nose, but I've completely surrendered there, I'm just following its lead with blind obedience. The initial dry taste has softened to more semi-dry malts, chocolate, raisin, sour cherry. I haven't even gotten to what its like on the palate yet, but I am certainly in no rush to end this journey, which is tough in that this is sssooo easy to drink!!

It gets sweeter on the palate with rich caramel, chocolate milk, yet some hushed, black coffee bitterness balances it. Balanced, even, smooth, a nice segue to a surprisingly wet & velvety smooth finish full of soft, warm raisins, hot cocoa in that a nice, warming glow from the alcohol (which to this point has been completely hidden from view) rises up through my head and leaves my mouth coated with a warm, comfy semi-sweet taste.

I was just about to say "I'm speechless" but the short novella you just read says otherwise. Only the 2nd "5" for taste I have given in 200 reviews, and in my (just took another sip...swoon) 2 years of actively embracing craft beer....the BEST beer I have tried. I'm in love.

Simply put, if you love good beer, especially stouts, and really want to taste a well-crafted, incredibly complex yet so easy to drink beer you MUST try this. Outstanding, and #1 on my personal Top 10. Many thanks to Tod at Bar Harbor for keeping the faith and doing it right one batch at a time. I would drive over an hour for this, and I will very soon.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cadillac Mountain Stout

Appearance- Black with a thick tan head.
Smell- dark roast coffe beans with bitter cocoa powder.
Taste- strong bitter dark chocolate blended with dark roast coffee.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth with a solid flavor throughout.

Overall- A delicious stout that tasted even better on the second glass. This would be a "must" during the winter in Maine!!!
1 of the best Stout's I ever drank!

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brew # 02047 from a 22oz bottle

Pours a dark brown, not impenetrable when held up to the light as some ruby shows through, lots of a tan creamy head, fades slowly and leaves a nice ring.

Smell is of roasted malt, some chocolate undertones, a bitterness shows through from the hops and possibly from the chocolate used, interesting dark fruit spiciness but quite subtle.

Taste is initially sweet, strong roasted chocolate and malt front with some other spice kick to it, very thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation, near the end a slight bitterness rounds out the taste, bitterness similar to a coffee bitterness without the strong coffee flavorings.

A: 5.0
S: 4.5
T: 5.0
M: 5.0
D: 5.0
O: 4.9

*Side by Side Comparison of the 12oz to 22oz bottle*
From a 12oz twist-off bottle contract brewed by Geary's, no bottling date. 22oz bottle Brew # 02071

Pours darker than the original since it has weaker ruby highlights shining through when held up to the light, smaller head that fades faster to leave very little lacing and retention. The coloring is encouraging but the head and lacing isn't.

Smell is similar but has a stronger coffee aroma by trading off the dark fruit and chocolate aroma, something else seems off though.

Taste is sharper yet less creamy than the original, stronger coffee presence and a weaker chocolate presence so it's a trade off, finishes much drier than the original as a result of a reduced creamy chocolate finish, not as much of a dark fruit presence, carbonation levels are close.

Overall a decent match, although I miss the creaminess and chocolate, but it's still good for a regular stout, albeit not as great as before. Things have changed, for the worse, but it's still fairly new in the contract brew phase so it might get improved.

A: 4.5
S: 4.0
T: 4.0
M: 4.0
D: 4.0
O: 4.1

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Photo of markman
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout:

I’ve been anticipating this jewel all the live long day…cracking the cap the dark roasted malt makes itself known in a hurry, very nice. Some mocha comes though as well along with a very easy nutty aroma. And what a beautiful sight…black as pitch and as thick-headed as they come. Mmm, the taste is full chocolate on the palate, and the roastyness comes though along with a touch of hops. Liquid silk this one is…long finish, slightly sweet, and lip-smacking good. I’m here to tall ya’, this is world-freakin’-class stuff right here.


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Photo of twilight
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my! I had picked up this bottle last November in Maine and never got around to drinking it despite it being in the fridge since December. Has it hurt this beer? Absolutely not. I don't know if it is old and tastes worse than fresh- In that case it would get straight fives. Or if it is aged and would have gotten straight 4.5's fresh. There is no way of knowing, but nonetheless, this beer gets something inbetween.

The pour is a creamy root beer colored head that just floats on the black black beer with bubbles so fine they disappear into infinity. I wish I could post a picture of the stout in my St. Bernardus Glass. Yum City.

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. Oh my! Oh my! OH MY!!!! Mouthfeel is velvet. Had to knock that one up based on more drinking from the vessel.

This one is worth seeking out. I will be hitting Lou's Beverage Barn in Augusta once more to find some of this nectar. Go Bar Harbor!!!

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet. The fifth beer of the Greer, PintOfAle, AragornUnplugged, and ManekiNeko "Release the Wisdom" beer tasting. Bottle provided by PintOfAle.

Appearance: Dark dark black with brown highlights that poured out a bit like some used motor oil. A light brown head formed and stuck around for a few sips before it decided to settle down to a small layer of thick and creamy foam.

Smell: Rich roasted malts, prunes, and coffee aromas are quite prominent. Mild vanilla notes. Damn fine. Damn Damn fine.

Taste: Chocolatey sweet roasted malts with vanilla aftertastes. In-farking-credible.

Mouthfeel: Earthy and robust, yet still silky smooth. Soothing.

Drinkability: Um... who do I have to kill to get some more of this? Must I bow down to Ba'Haaabah and sacrifice goats? I want a case of this, and I want it yesterday. Only bested by Oak Barrel Stout, IMHO, but it was a close match.

Went great with some dark Belgian chocolate.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big THANKS to johnnnniee for including this as an extra / off my wants / in a great trade, Thanks John!

Sampled from a 12oz stubby bottle served in a tulip glass.

L - black liquid with a creamy tan head that remained as a layer, leaving some lacing.

S - I thought it smelled like mocha coffee chip ice cream. w/e, it was very good smelling.

T - a burst of coffee, chocolate and sweet malt flavors all wrapped up together with just the right touch of bitterness on the finish.

F - smooth and creamy, terrific mouthfeel.

D - an absolute pleasure to drink.

Thought: Why Drive a Chevy when you could Drink a Cadillac?*

*Note - Don't Drink and Drive!

7/11/08 - I had a 22oz non-contract brewed bottle of this brew, again thanks to johnnnniee and I did a side by side with a 12oz contract brewed.
I didn't find any huge differences and will seek out more of either/both versions.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yummy! Big head of foam shrank to a quarter inch of creamy brown on top of a pure black beer and left sticky rings as I sipped it.
Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate with no hop smell.
The taste is big and complex with a malty/chocolatey sweetness being dominant. Hints of coffee, a touch of yeast and some sweet fruitiness rise up and fade with each sip.
This is one of the best stouts I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. It can be hard to find, even here in Portland, Maine, but it is worth seeking out.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Believe it or not I found one of my white whales in Pittsburgh, at a Giant Eagle. I would have never thought a beer like this would show up at any grocery store...I've been looking for it for about 10 years now. Pours a pitch black color with a billowing tan toffee colored head, fine even lacing is packed in my imperial pint glass. Aroma has milk chocolate tones, mild coffee roast bitterness, and some dark roasted malts with a hint of soft oatmeal. Creamy, dark, herbal hops a few components that come together perfectly. Complex fruity notes arise as it warms, dark chocolate roasts, and hints of coffee beans add a nice roasted malt quality...again a bit subdued in today's age of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal stouts aged on maple syrup and oak barrels. This is no frills amazing stout, get some find it trade with me whatever it takes to get down with this caliber of straight forward God's honestly good beer out there. Flavor has a nice charred malt flavor going with depth and complexity of mild fruitiness and a touch of acidity. Mouthfeel is velvet smooth texture with even ample carbonation a great beeron the palate that lives up to all expectations. It think this was 11.99 a six pack in the Burgh, but it was well worth it I'm in love with this brewery especially this beer.

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Photo of jtw5877
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one pretty stout,it pours a super deep dark black hue reminiscent of an imperial stout, with the same smell to boot. The head is a fluffy tan masterpiece. Very nice and chewy chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee tones with an excellent mouthfeel, and unbelievable drinkability. I have heard alot of hype about this beer and it lives up to it. The burps remind me of Expedition Stout, which is not bad at all. thanks to Purplehops.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a transparent black with a giant three finger of beige head. Big clumps of tan lacing.

Smell - is rich and complex, tons of malt, coffee, burnt sugar, molasses, and a metallic tang.

Taste/Mouthfeel - wow awesome. Truly a great stout. So full bodied big malt and molasses up front followed by bitter hops and immediately again by malt this time dark chocolate and black coffee. The feel of this beer is big and creamy is totally envelops your mouth and taste buds and lingers there.

Drinkability - Good carbonation for a stout which keeps it surprisingly drinkable. Could have three of these on a big night though I would be full. Truly a great beer sucks I can only get it once a summer when I actually present in Maine.

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Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle, many thanks to you bennybrew.

Appearance: Trill of smoke curls in the neck of the bottle as soon as the cap comes off. Pours a deep mahogany brown, nearly black with a huge beige head that quickly forms.

Smell: Intense chocolate from the initial pour that is nearly overwhelming. After the initial pour the chocolate is tamed a little as the scents of coffee and roasted malt roll off the Mountain. Hints of carmel, toffee, and hops help scroud the mountain in a aroma blanket like a thick fog.

Taste: Sweet roasted chocolate malt. Like fresh from the dairy chocolate milk with dark chocolate. Subtle coffee flavors remind me of fine chocolate covered coffee beans. A slight coffee bitterness helps to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creaminess, with a smooth coating like milk. Slightly dry finish, but not compared to most dry stouts.

Drinkability: Complete. The sweetmalt, chocolate, and coffee flavors make this a top beer in my book, no matter the style. Wonderfully drinkable, if this was available here I would drink it everyday.

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Photo of jbear725
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle
poured into pint glass

This beer poured a nice rich dark amber that becomes black when in the glass. The head foamed up to about 1" and died back to about 1/2" The head was a nice tan color that when settled was creamy.

Not much of a strong smell with this beer. A faint bit of hops and roasted malt aroma blend well together.

The taste is fantastic. This bottle was nice and fresh. Everything I would expect in an American style stout. It's got a bit of sweetness combined with roasted malt flavors and hints of caramel. The hop flavor is nicely balanced throughout. Not too bitter and not overly aromatic to detract from the malt flavors. Great taste balance.

The beer was a little thinner in the mouthfell than expected. At 6.7% I was expecting it to be a bit heavier. Overall this has great drinkability and totally worth making this a session beer fall through spring.

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Photo of phace87
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You have to climb Cadillac Mountain before you drink this beer.

What stands out about this stout is it's balance. Really, no cloying flavors, nothing overwhelms. Typical chocolate, nut aroma and taste-and I stress this again-perfectly married to the alcohol and hops. Could easily drink a dozen of these, sitting along the beach after a day in Acadia. One of the better stouts I have drank, unfortunately I don't think I'll be going to Bah Hahbah any time soon.

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Photo of marburg
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, light-sucking dark brown in color with a moderate-sized head. Roasted grains, malted milk balls, chocolate malt, wet wood, and a bit of coffee comprise a well-crafted nose.

Whew. This is legitimate beer. People should make more beers like this: Rich, but not excessive. Flavorful, but not competing for attention with itself. Well-rounded, but not aimless. Just solid beer that tastes good and looks (and feels) the part.

Thick, luscious beer with a milky, elastic mouthfeel. Like chewing on a mouthful of soft chocolate candies or rubber bands. Sweet like a candy bar up front -- lots of milk chocolates of varying flavors. Moves to a moderate roasted bitterness and dries out through the finish, which highlights the woodier aspects of the beer. Perfectly balanced without too much sweetness or roasted flavor, and the chocolate stands out as being both natural and delicious.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle pours deep, dark black with brown clingy, lasting head. Nice lacing as this quickly disappears. Toasted and chocolatey goodness. This is first-class stout.

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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.

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

Holy Stout, Batman! The Bar Harbor Brewing Co. has crafted one magnificent brew. It is supermodel stout with ponderous opacity, and a thick creamy head. The chocolate and coffee aroma is nice, if a bit subdued. The flavors are exceptional with chocolate and mellow coffee notes dominating a brew with a bit of a dry-sour dough finish. Its exquisitely well bodied and I would like another ... right now.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to Beerpanther for lugging this bomber all the way back from Maine. His generosity will not be forgotten when I cease my existence as a poor law student and become a millionaire (or marry one).

A: Jet black impenetrable to light. Thick, creamy tan head that sticks with the beer. I get a nice Dr. Evilish type mustache when I take a sip - thankfully none on my nose however.

S: Whoa baby. A lot going on here. Roasted malts, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, maybe even something like pumpernickel bread.

T: I tend to find this to be more of a sweet/milk stout than a dry stout, but in either case, it is flat out delicious. The beer hits the palate with an significant malt presence, which quickly transforms into some kind of fruity sweetness and some hop character. The beer finishes with the chewy caramel, but it is so perfectly subtle that I dont feel the need to drink it with a piece of cake. This would go great with some asparagus and carmelized onions.

M: Great carbonation - there yet sublimely innocuous. No harshness at all. Bit of alcohol warmth which perfectly counteracts the sweetness of the brew.

D: Does this have to end? Oh wait, it does. I think i may move to Maine just to get more.

This may very well be the best beer I have ever had. It's that damn good.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours the deepest chestnut color with a large, loosely formed caramel colored head. In the glass it comes across black as night.
Earthy aromas with hints of sassafrass, smoky malts, hops and bitter chocolate.
The flavor profile matches the aromas (minus the sassafrass). A pleasant tingling and a nice slickness coat my mouth. Notes of coffee and chocolate dominate without overpowering. Pefectly balanced for my taste, hops vs. malt, bitter vs. sweet.
I'm glad it comes in a bomber, sad I only have but one. A huge thanks to bennybrew for sending this great stout my way.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Vermonthiker. Thanks Tom!

This pours a pitch black with a 2 finger head of tannish foam. I see some great lacing and the foam does shrink rather quickly but there's still a fine broken layer near the end of my session.

The smell is first and foremost of roasted malt followed by coffee, a touch, nah, a good amount of dark chocolate and I can sense some hop presence lurking in the background.

The taste is...ahhh. Very very tasty. Big roasted malt followed almost immediately by some dark chocolate, some coffee, some sweet/milk chocolate maybe caramel malt? that gave this Stout an overall sweetish but not too sweet overall flavour, some toffee, some dark fruit when I swish it in my mouth, a slight tartness in the background that I'm guessing comes from the hops. Wow. This baby is complex to the max but...it's so smooth and easy drinking(it's off the charts in my book) that it's scary. I love a good dry Stout and, though this definitely has some sweet notes to it, this one is pleasing me muchly.

It's just shy of a full mouthfeel, the carbonation is on the light side but fits it to a tee, and it finishes with *that* dry, roasted malty goodness. What a brew! I can see why it is so highly regarded and sought after. I'm so happy I got a chance to try it so another thank you is in order to Tom!!

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Photo of Gavage
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a few bottles on my recent trip to Portland. Pours a deep black color with a thick three-finger fluffy head. There is a quick little cascade action when pouring that builds the wonderful head. The aroma is of chocolate and coffee. But the taste blows you away with perfectly balanced chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hint of pepper, and a dash of molasses. Nice bitterness rounds it out.

The mouthfeel is lightly crisp at the start, and finishes dry and smooth with a long chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aftertaste. This is an exceptional brew that can be drank all day and night. Go out of your way to find this in New England / Maine area.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.