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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout

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1,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 205
Gots: 94 | FT: 11
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackest ebon hue, save for the red at foot of glass, with a fine, fizzy, roasty tan head, generously lacey.
Aroma: bits of coffee, and cocoa, very dry, offering up flavors, but never too boldly, with a carbonated, cola-ish feel, as well.
Taste: Nice, bristling hops at the fore, soon to fade, and settle back into a light, crisp, chocolatey cushion. Gets more coffee & cocoa, further in, never straying from the dry stout definition, but probably further defining in, saying, "yeah, this is it, no more questions!"
Yum. As a stout-ophile, stout-fanatic, whatever you want to say, this fully fits the style...but, personally, I like divergences and differentiations from the norm, so it doesn't "wow" me...cool "dry" version, though, and an excellent "session stout"...not enough of those around nowadays, is there?
Flavor feels more solid the more I consume, and I've got to give this a nod as a top notch version of a neglected style...slainte!

Big thanks to purplehops for this gift! You da man!

feloniousmonk, May 01, 2004
Photo of kfoss99
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 pint 6 oz brown bottle, little sticker on the back says “Brew # 01493.”

The stout pours black with a huge coffee-ice cream colored head, that’s so thick and smooth it looks like a nitro pour. Leaves a thick clingy lace.

Sweet-roasted notes smell “thick” but are quiet, it creep slowly through the nose and seems to linger. A more familiar hop aroma appears as the head dissipated.
Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation
Sweet roasted flavors are joined with a mild hop presence in the finish. Gets sweeter as it warms. My mother makes a chocolate cake that compares to this stout.

I’m happy this is my first stout review, this is the yardstick I’ll compare all further stouts I try.

kfoss99, May 01, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber highlighted dark brown, sits in the glass like used motor oil, dark, heavy and blackish brown. Gorgeous crown of tan whipped foam grows up to about an inch and slowly fades down to a very heavy skimmed cap that never leaves, big inky globs of lace stick.

Charred nose of slight coffee and chocolate. Has a good roasty tone with some sweetish bread notes seeping up and a softer, supple fruitish banana-lime dullness, seemingly complex but overall a bit to soft. I kept waiting for this to wow me in the nose but nothing doin'. It changed slightly as it warmed to room temp with a bit more coffee-espresso hinted roast quality and some vanilla.

Taste has an oaty sweet front with some chocolate covered nuttyness and lightly present subdued/dulled fruits of yellow raisin and banana. Roasted, charred-like malts sweep in and slap the sweetness out about midway where a base of coffeeness takes over. Finishes with a good mix of leftover sweetened oats, coffee, and chocolate and bits of peanut skin-like drying and astringent roastability play over the top of everything. Intriguingly complexing and yielding with flavor.

Feel is favorably smooth and silky, nearly full and well rounded with a beckoning sweetness just begging to get past the roasty coffee which does take place very late in the finish. Wait for it cuz its altogether delicately decorous. A predominant drinker for sure, smooth and sweet with just the right amount of handable roast.
Thanks to purplehops for the bombers!

tavernjef, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of PartyHatjo
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn, this is one mighty fine beer...
This was the first NCAA victory beer I received, and had it the day after I got it. The stream of liquid from the bottle had a reddish brown tint, but when it settled in the glass, it was black. The head was tight and tan, and thick as can be. No disappearance of the head throughout the entire session.

The smell was strongly of roasted malts...chocolate was quite prevalent in the nose. Hops lingered in the background, but maltiness was definitely at the forefront.

Taste was unfuckingbelievable. Definitely one of the most delicious stouts I've ever had. The first taste was an initial sweetness with chocolate punching through a very light hop flavor. Toffee hints snuck in before the second sip was taken.

The beer was creamy and coated the throat; it could easily have been taken to sooth strep. It had plentiful body, and perfect carbonation. Alcohol not present in the taste at all.

I finished the bomber in no time...and was disappointed that there was no more. I need to find this beer here in Jersey, the only thing that comes close as far as regular stouts is Basil T's up in Redbank.

PartyHatjo, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of jeffboo
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew # 1415. This is a great stout. It pours a deep blood red/black with creamy, dark tan head. Rich chocolate and roast coffee aroma with some earthy hops hiding in the backround. Creamy, full body holding a wonderfully complex chocolate, sweet malt, caramel, dark roast coffee, and earthy hops flowing together. The finish is long and lasting, slightly nutty and dry. Flavors blended in the best sense, great job with this beer...Highly recommended....Lucky Mainesters..

jeffboo, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of Loki
4.83/5  rDev +15%
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.

Loki, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

ManekiNeko, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of UnionMade
4.95/5  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.

UnionMade, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of ianadams
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very much like an imperial, this stout has strong coffee and chocolate flavors following an almost sweet beginning. Definately follow the recommended serving temperature to get the full flavor of this stout. This was my first from Bar Harbor and I am looking forward to trying all the rest.

ianadams, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a large dense tan head that laces very well.

Raisins, chocolate milk, charcoal, cocoa and vanilla in the nose.

Pleasantly flavorful with dry chocolate and cocoa up front. The mid-palate is stale of dark fruits. The finish is dry with cookie dough, honey and vanilla.

Very well balanced and a well brewed stout.

Crosling, Feb 14, 2004
Photo of sponberg
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

sponberg, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep black. Syrupy looking. Sticky, medium brown head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Slight sweet alcohol tones.

Taste: Thick malty and sweet up-front, with suprisingly dry finish. Slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly fleeting with carbonation lifhting the mid-palate. Short throughout, but flavorful.

Drinkability: Not at all impressed with this one. Not as full and flavorful as I would have expected from the color and aroma.

Tasted blind at the Saint Louis BA tasting 12/14/03

winomark, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of jtw5877
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

jtw5877, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of Realale
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black with nice ruby highlights. Very fine mocha head.

Nose is good bready malt accented by a bit of bitter coffee, a touch of chocolate and some fruitiness.

Medium full in the mouth with lots of rich base malt. Moderate bitterness throughout with some acidity helping to give it nice length. Really quite rich, and could use a touch more bitterness to balance.

Very good stout mouthfeel. Would make an excellent session stout.

This was tasted in the St. Louis BA 12/14/03 blind tasting. I thought it was Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, which is pretty high praise in my book. A fine stout, and my second favorite of the tasting.

Realale, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a couple bottles (22oz) of this beer in Augusta this past late summer. Pours out solid black with a large creamy tan head. The head was much larger than I expected and I had to calm it down with a very slow pour.

The smell is sweet coffee and chocolate as you would expect. The taste starts off on the sweet side and then changes to a nice dark chocolate, almost bitter ending. This may be misleading as it isn't "harsh" in anyway, just multi-dimentional.

I would love to try this beer on tap but I don't think they keg their beer? Very good and I will purchase many more on my next trip to ME.

CharlesRiver, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a big, creamy, lacy, brown head. Smells malty. Big thick malt without alot of the burnt or chocolate aromas you get from most stouts.

Taste is huge and smoky. The taste definitely display a big burnt malt flavor with light chocolate undertones. this beer is smooth like black velvet. Big full body with a dry bitter finish. Nicely done. Very complex brew and did I mention tasty? Reminds me that I need to keep more of this on hand...

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of yankeeheel
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black from the 22oz bomber. Espresso colored cascading head with big divots, sticks around too. Lots of lacing.

Smells of coffee, raisin, and deep dark gooey malts. The taste is superb. A huge dark malt rush meets you up front, with the coffee and raisin in the middle, followed by a semi-dry hop finish. It is a extraordinarily balanced stout. The mouthfeel is super thick, with a complexity of flavor you don't see everyday.

God I love living in Maine.

yankeeheel, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A superb stout from Maine. This beer poured a nice, nearly opaque black colour, out of its nice bomber bottle. The aromas were of chocolate, caramel, various malts and hops, with some coffee in there as well. The taste was a nice chocolaty melange of different malt flavors and nice hops on the finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy and the drinkability was great as well. What's the ABV on this stuff? It could be a great session stout!


francisweizen, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown bomber with 1995 Platinum Medal World Champion Dry Stout medal, with storage and serving instructions (a nice touch). Bottle conditioned.
Aroma: A classic stout smell with nice chocolate and cherry (?) notes.
Appearance: Black as night, with a nice tan head that faded, but remained, but wasn’t up to the long haul.
Flavor: Outstanding balance, while the hops are clearly present, they don’t pucker, and the malt, while substantial, doesn’t over-sweeten. Nice roasted malt and chocolate flavors blend into everything a stout should be; bold, but dry; rich, but mellow. The hops started to assert themselves deeper into the beer as it warmed.
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully round, guessing at some oats in the grist given the nice coating, edge of chewy but smooth consistency.
Overall Impression: This is one great beer. It’s packed with flavor, but not overbearing. Cadillac Mtn. is a masterful blend of tastes and texture that I could drink all day. I’m sad that it’s brewed so far away from my beloved Texas, or this would be a regular enjoyment.

HardTarget, Sep 19, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

cretemixer, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goodness. The bubbly (then creamy) head is the perfect size. It settles slowly into a nice blanket. Very good lacing. Very solidly dark beer. Coffee, toffee, chocolate... the usual stout aromas, but they make a strong combination. Surprisingly light-bodied, for the color and aroma, but rich in flavor. An incredibly drinkable stout, I must say!

dwarbi, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of UncleAl
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled this stout on a brewery tour of the tiny Bar Harbor Brewing Company, and I immediately bought a case of this black gold... which is funny, because I'm really not a stout man (stocky, but not stout).

Pours to a deep black color, with little cascading evident. The thick, caramel colored head dissepates leaving a thin, consistent top with lacing that stays the whole way down the glass.

Rich, chocolate malt and roasted barley aroma with a sweet bite to the tongue and a pleasent aftertaste, almost like that first cup of (good) coffee in the morning, with just a trace of alcohol feel.

Excellent drinkability, and at 22 ounces a pop, a good time at that. It's a shame though, I only have six of these beauties left. Time to gas up the SUV and get some more.

UncleAl, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Approaching jet black in hue, with a trace hazy deep garnet fringe when held to light. Massed, mountainous, dogged, chestnut brown head leaves wandering, exiguous lace. The aroma is dominated by powdery, dry cocoa with a soft underlay of sharp, carbonaceous roasted barley. Tittle of diacetyl along with understated caramel malt lend a buttery sweet contrast to the roasted presence. Clean, appetizingly burnt in aroma. Roasted barley character is surprisingly tempered in flavor, and runs parallel with a static, toffeeish dark caramel malt backbone. Airy, diffuse, chocolate malt presence is unhindered by the ashen hop bitterness, which in turn only partially offsets caramel malt derived sweetness. Marginally tart, acidic smokey hints along with a brief surge of diacetyl emerge as it breathes. Well calculated in attenuation, with ample dextrins facilitating a soft, yet pleasantly viscous mouthfeel. Finishes cleanly bittersweet, with fading hints of milk chocolate and burnt grain. A well balanced, unique stout with superlative drinkability. Although lower in hop and roasted grain bitterness than many microbrewed examples, malt sweetness never becomes obtrusive. Delicious. Big thanks to Bennybrew for the delivery of a fine Maine brew I've been longing to try. JohnnyP should be proud.

marc77, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the pour a Atramentous color, the head Bunyanesque in size, the consistency that of whipped cream and the color a winsome light chocolate brown, as it dematerializes, a fine covering of lace is left behind to meld with the glass. The aroma that of strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate and lots of malt, sweet and malt-laden is the start, the top full and pleasing to the palate. Finish is crisply acidic, bitter-sweet chocolate aftertaste with the hops persistent and pleasant in their spicy bite, all in all a fine representative to the style.

Gusler, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber shared with my brother

Poured dark brown but not quite black with a tan ring of head and many tiny bubbles floating upwards. Also some sediment floating around the bottom of the bottle. Smell was deep with plenty of sweet chocolate aromas and bitter grains. Just a tad bit of alcohol spiciness to round it out. Taste was somewhat raw with minimal coffee flavors, heaped in with an intense dry bitterness imparted from the malts, more chocolate, but in the taste it was lest sweet than the smell, and somewhat grainy hoppy flavor rounds out the taste. There was also a fair bit of alcohol punch to boot. Further down the glass it borders on cloying as the sweet chocolate reasserts itself. Mouthfeel was a little too agressive, not allowing the malts to dominate. Pretty flavorful beer, if at times a little unrefined. There is a fair bit of confusion in the taste without anything mixing very well. Overall worth the purchase though.

GreatPondBrewer, Aug 01, 2003
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.