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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,078 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 210
Gots: 95 | FT: 9
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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking stout, but nothing spectacular. Medium to light mouthfeel, mildly creamy. Some grain and carefuly roasted so that not burned. Lightly chocolate. Nicely understated carbonation. More malted sweet than bitter, mild spice. Thanks Viggio for the fresh bottle from Maine.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as an extra in a trade with bmanning.

A: Pours black with a fairly-substantial brown head that eventually recedes into some decent lacing.

S: Lots of roasted coffee, malt, and chocolate. A few dark fruits make their way in alongside some faint hop presence, but the coffee/chocolate balance is what really makes this one shine.

T: Coffee and chocolate dominate again. The roasted characteristics of each blend together very well, creating the best-tasting American Stout that I have had the chance of having.

M: Quite creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation.

D: Very high. Fairly-low alcohol to complexity ratio, so this is definitely one I could sip all day.

Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color and is nearly jet black. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that slowly faded away, eventually leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate strong aromas of chocolate malts in the nose as well as some notes of coffee beans and hints of burnt malts.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts and bittersweet chocolate along with hints of coffee beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily. It would make for a good selection if you want a really nice tasting stout but don’t want something that’s really heavy and needs to be slowly sipped. For this reason, it makes for a good stout to have during the summer.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a modest tan head that laces nicely

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, with hints of molasses, mocha and vanilla

Taste: Lots of bittersweet chocolate up front, with a developing citrus bitterness by mid-palate, which also offers hints of mocha and vanilla; after the swallow, the chocolate re-emerges and winds up dominating the citrus flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability; Really nice; not often you come across a stout with this much flavor and this low an ABV

Thanks, mikeale, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's crazy for me to finally have the opportunity to review this most illusive beer. Full of anticipation, I pop the top and here it goes!

The pour delivers a dark and valumptuous cascade into the chalice. The beer fills the glass with a dark brown and basically opaque appearance. A billowing brown foamstance rises to the top of the glass and finally settles into a one-inch topping. The session doesn't give any great marks on lacing or legging.

Strong aromas of roasty, toasty, smokiness with rich dark malts, subtle fruitiness and a candied scent that makes me think Hershey Kisses.

All that is confirmed in the taste. An equally strong flavor of smoked chocolate morsels take the foreground while toasty and mellow roastiness give the beer its definate Stout profile. Subtle fruits in buried deep in the background take on berries and apples, all of the bittersweet chocolate covered character. The sweetness of the beer begins to defy the Dry Stout indications found on the label, taking on a sweeter, creamier flavored Oatmeal Stout. All of these flavors take on a muc stronger taste and intensity than expected from a 7% beer.

Though very well malted and attenuated, this beer is heavy and sweet for a Dry Stout. But beers of this character and quality completely defy styles. Rich, creamy, and fully textured- the beer coats the mouth with a sweet, campfire chocolate roundness. Yet, the beer finishes creamy and dry with an evaporative quality that makes it remarkably easy to drink.

An incredible beer that is certainly worth the wait. Consistent brew throughout. Could be a serious American Stout if the hops made a greater impact. Could be an Oatmeal Stout. Could even be a Russian Imperial if heavier gravity.... better yet, leave the beer alone! Now, I just hope it's not six years before my next bottle! A complete joy to drink.

Thanks Adamdc

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Wickedpete: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some great black chocolate element. Taste is also dominated by some great roasted notes with some black chocolates notes with what appears to be some lactose. Full creamy body is probably one of the best that I have tasted in ages with a great level of carbonation for the style. I was really impressed by this one and definitely one of the best for this style.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"It is said, that at some times of the year, the sun touches the slopes of Cadillac Mountain before any other place in the United States."

-Acadia National Park website


The sun is, however, unable to penetrate the murky depths of Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout. Glossy sable with red-bronze highlights peeking through the bottom edge of the glass. The head is on the large side due to what appears to be, at the moment at least, a generous amount of carbonation. The loud 'pffft' should have been a tipoff, but I still had to give the cap a well-timed slurp to prevent overflow. The foam is toasted tan in color and is airier than I like on my stouts. It's the sort of unsticky head that is unlikely to leave much lace... and doesn't.

The nose is a good one. There's nothing here that's surprising or that really stands out, just a mouth-wateringly good American stout aroma. It smells of vanilla-laced bittersweet chocolate, like a thick, chewy brownie swimming in melted vanilla bean ice cream. No molasses, anise, smoke or any of the other scents commonly attributed to the Double or Imperial stout styles. It's simple, but in a good way.

There's more flavor complexity on the palate than aroma complexity in the nose. Either that or my tastebuds are more refined than my olfactory lobe. Unfortunately, it isn't the stoutest stout going (more on that below). It's still overwhelmingly chocolate-like. Coffee with cream elbows its way into the flavor profile as well and may even become 'numero uno' as the beer approaches room temperature. Vanilla is still present, but not abundantly so.

There's a near perfect mix of flavor sensations (sweet, bitter and sour). That will be a good thing for some and not such a good thing for others. Since I like balance in my (non-subtyped) stouts, I'm fine with it. As is usually the case, bitterness reigns late in the mouthful and after the swallow. I can't decide if the hoppiness is citric or floral. It's both really, probably favoring the former.

As I'd feared, the initially vigorous amount of carbonation hasn't settled down nearly enough. That, coupled with a body that is at least as much porter as it is stout, results in a mouthfeel that can only be described as disappointing. Breaking news: the bubbles are finally calming themselves and the body is firming up just enough by the time I enter the bottom half of the bottle to earn a tentative thumbs up.

Cadillac Mountain Stout isn't the world-beater that I expected, but it is a very good version of a 'just plain ol' stout, a style that is too often ignored. Assuming a little better quality control with regard to carbonation, I can see how it earned the accolades that are so proudly displayed on the label. I'd like to thank MuddyFeet for sending the bomber my way.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a deep dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

S - Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad.

M & T - First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice, but the mouthfeel was absolutly pefect. Light, balanced, a drinkers stout.

D - Overall I would say excellent. The smoothest, easiest drinking stout I have ever had,, This was really a pleasure to drink I can certainly see why this is an award winner, perfect balance and drinkabilty. Really nice and a great brew.

Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to shellebrownies for sending me a few of these in our trade.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a thin tan head and some noticeable carbonation.

S: The aroma is primarily of roasted malt with some nice notes of coffee, chocolate, and perhaps even some charcoal.

T: The roasted character really comes through in the flavor as well, along with some more coffee and a slight bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: This was a nice beer and one that I've wanted to try for quite some time. I'm lucky to have some more sitting at home.

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark cola brown, almost completely opaque, with a tan-colored head that retains nicely.

Smell: Coffee with cream. Cereal grains and milk chocolate. Mild but enjoyable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and creamy with light roasty bitterness. A huge chocolate flavor appears mid-sip and rides through to the finish. Smoke and earthy hops appear in the finish, though it's quite clean and mild overall. Body is about medium-to-full, fuller than average for the style, and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Delicious and quaffable, though it does get filling.

Notes: A big thanks to deltatauhobbit for this one. It definitely lived up to the hype for me; one of the better stouts I've had to date.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

I'm doing this too often, but I can't for the life of me remember who sent me this beer. Whoever you are, let me know so I can give credit to whom it is due.

VDubb drinks faster than me. I can't wait for some of our future tastings (LZ Crew, what!)... This brew pours a dense onyx topped by a small outcropping of wan foam. The nose comprises large amounts of roasted malts, blackened pretzels, molasses, brown sugar, and a couple puffs o' smoke. The taste is very similar, with the roast kicked up a notch, some coffee and dark chocolate added, and the char upped a bit as well. The body is a very heavy medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one i wish was actually available around these parts.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black body allows only a thin edge of mahogany to show at the base of the glass. It's topped by a foamy dark tan head that holds with great tenacity, keeping a thin but creamy head throughout the pint. Unfortunately, its lacing is not as good as it's retention and only spotty lace remains. The body is medium/full with a lightly gassy carbonation that softens to become much more creamy as it warms. The nose expresses a berry-like fruitiness, some bittersweet chocolate, soft sweet cocoa, and a light touch of roastiness; all of which are carried over and expounded on in a luxuriously rich and malty flavor that displays bitterness/fruitiness/toffee upfront, followed by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa (and even a touch of coconut) as it crosses the palate before it's firm bitterness and coffee-like roasty edge dry out the long finish. It's exceptionally well-balanced and keeps the palate in sway between the rich sweet malts and firm bitterness, never allowing either side to become cloying. Nicely done, highly enjoyable, and well worth seeking out.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.