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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,090 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 221
Gots: 99 | 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 HopasaurusRex
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just like a homebrew . . . a 22 ounce bottle-conditioned bomber with a thin layer of yeast on the bottom.

Nice foam flecked head atop a burnished charcoal body. French roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and black licorice exude from the nose. Full bodied and full-flavored with a lingering bitter roastiness. It's not a harsh bitterness. Understated hop presence. The slick, creamy mouthfeel hints at oats and flaked barley.

Definitely a good stout that I will drink again the next time I'm in Vacationland.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a day like today when all the liquor stores are closed and all of my beer for the holidays is gone, I need something special to fall back on, which is why I decided to open one of my last bottles of the Cadillac Mountain Stout. Poured a wonderful black cool color with a tiny lace heading that stuck around modestly through it all. Smell was of nice fresh coffee, very sweet fudge, milk chocolate, and maybe even a hint of some brown unrefined sugar. The stout tasted like a big piece of chocolate cake, not too rich, that was very sweet in the beginning and gradually became slightly bitter. There was also a vague smoke character in there, making it all the more interesting and complex. Mouthfeel was pretty light, which made it very drinkable. In my humble opinion, this is one of the best stouts in the U.S, even the world (that I have tried anyway). Would go great as a dessert beer, or paired with some sweet meats. I find myself growing a little bit sad as the beer in my glass becomes less and less. On a brighter note, If you get a chance to sample this beer whether through trade or in the Bar Harbor area, you'll be delighted to find that this is a superb beer certainly worth seeking out. Cheers to the brewers for making a great beer that I will hopefully get to have again.

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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

Ahhh, burly beer from Maine. Got this one for free from a friend, which always makes the beer taste better. Sort of... Anyway. A deep dark brown color, tan foamy head lasts quite a while. When receiving this beer it was described to me as a cross between a Scotch ale and a dry stout, which I think is a pretty dead on description. Slight smokiness in the taste which separates this beer from others in the style, and a big roasty chocolate malt backdrop. Also, some odd spicy notes, perhaps from hops, perhaps not. Either way, it's got a nice balance of spicy and sweet which comes together. Medium to full bodied yet with a lively carbonation that makes it somewhat floaty on the palate. Dunno how they keep the ABV at a modest 6.7% for such a flavorful ale. A definite side trip for this beer every time I find myself in the beautiful state of Maine. Quite the treat from Down East as they say. Ah-yuh.

Photo of markman
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Cheers…

Photo of sudzz
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a few 22 oz. bottles from my brother. He is proud UMaine Orono guy. I was suspect at first, but was won over by this stout rendition. Good mouthfeel combined with a high gravity to give it some warmth. It poured a little thin, akin to a porter, but stood up when it washed over the taste buds- definately a stout.This is a stout in a bottle that I would bring to a party so people could try a fine American example.

Photo of Higravity
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark stout with red tinged edges with a nice almost tan head that hangs out for a bit. The smell is a nice roasted slight coffeeness and a clean malt sweetness. The first sip was weird there seems to be a off metallic taste to this. It has a dry finish too. The nice burnt smokey coffee flavor come through nice but in the finish is a dry metallic taste that was not just my glass. Overall I thought it had a nice body and was very drinkable I would buy another.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber in which the cap came off rather easily (almost slid right off). Poured an opaque black color with almost no head to speak of. Aroma was mild but the taste wtill packed a nice punch. Lots of roasted malts, coffee and milk flavor. Mouthfeel was very slick and creamy. Very drinkable for a stout.

Judging by the ease of the cap sliding off and the lack of carbonation in the beer, I'd have to say I got a bad sample. Despite this, there were no weird flavors going on at all. I will definitely have to try this beer again...if I can get my hands on another one.

Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light tan, five finger head, fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Virtually black color. Nose is coffee. Starts with hints of chocolate and coffee, finish is smooth but a touch of bitterness. $4.79 for a 22oz bottle from Otter Creek Market Otter Creek, Me.

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 lostbearbrew
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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...

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

Pitch black with a nice creamy light brown head, good carbonation, and solid lace sheets. Nice roasty, hoppy, chocolate aroma with lots of bitter notes. Balanced roasty, hoppy, chocolate flavors with lots of bitterness; hop bitterness abounds (I'd love to know the IBU level). Medium-full bodied and creamy with a big dry bitter finish.

A ROBUST American "Dry" Stout; Very similar to Rogue Shakespeare...

Per Label: 1995 World Beer Championships - Platinum Medal - Dry Stout (97 out of 100 points)

Brew #: 01501 (sticker on side) (..almost 2 yrs old?..)
Tasted: 09/23/05

(22 oz)
(Mike Ryan)

Photo of DrJay
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with deep ruby highlights and a fairly dense, light brown head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of malt in the aroma, with plenty of chocolate, sweetness, and a bit of coffee. There's also a light fruit and hop character. Wonderful flavour, a combination of sweet maltiness, bittersweet chocolate, and fresh hops coming together very well over moderate bitterness that builds a bit towards the end. The roasted malts aren't sharp at all and there's a bit of lactose sweetness that really ties things together. It finishes very balanced, with a bit of coffee. Rich, creamy texture, especially as it warms, with a bit of dryness at the finish from the dark malts. Full, round body. Moderate carbonation is very well integrated and soft. An exceptional stout that I could drink all night. Thanks for the pick-up Viggo.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep black, with some reddish highlights, slightly cloudy. Big brown head forms, very tight and creamy, sticks all over the glass. Smell is lots of coffee and chocolate, licorice, a lot of sweet grainy malts. Taste is amazing, some sweet molasses flavour up front, very grainy with bittersweet chocolate and coffee, with some caramel and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is as close to perfect a stout gets, very full bodied, tight carbonation, very smooth, excellent stout.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, nice light brown head. Campfire nose, pleasantly dry yet with vanilla flavors. Brown sugar sweetness contrasts nicely with bushes like hops. It tries to be dry in mouth,but this brown sugar presence can’t be stopped. It feels slightly oaty, floury and cerealic. Farily rich stout in terms of ingredients I assume, but not particularly complex and somewhat overrated perhaps. Medium bodied, slightly powdery texture, rich for 5%. Good, but top 100 status? Not quite to me.

Photo of egajdzis
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew # 01501... Poured a dark black with just a little red around the edges, light khaki head, and some sparce lacing on the glass. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. Brownies, fudge, and dark fruits. Chocolate and roast coffee taste. Sweet, possibly even some alcohol noticed here? Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. I prefer dry stouts to be a little lighter in alcohol, but that is not knocking this one. Very well balanced for what it is, and very fulfilling. Big props to the parents for bringing this back from their vacation for me!

Photo of pentathlete
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a trade with ppoitras. Thank you for this excellent beer.

Black, shiny, slick, quickly fading head, small ring. Smell is watery coffee, some chocolate, rather tame nose. Taste is a sweet chocolate with bitter coffee flavors. Carbonic bite in the middle and a smooth finish of mild hops and more mocha. Mouthfeel is full and creamy in the early stages, slickening up at the end. This is sessionable and worth doing so. Great sweet stout.

Photo of twilight
4.88/5  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!!!

Photo of Gavage
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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

consumed from a 22 oz. bomber bottle, poured into glass
Appearance: poured thick; deep black-brown color with slight reddish (or at least a shade lighter) around mahogany. an initial foamy and sizable head slowly settled down to a retentive creamy cm. or so of gorgeous coffee-and-cream brown color with thin stubborn lacing left behind.
Smell: toasty chocolate smell; earthy notes with a caramel nuttiness and a little coffee. tremendous olfactory character; full and rich yet balanced.
Taste: good match with smell. nutty chocolate initially with bitterness in close tow which provide an enhancing but not overwhelming hop presence. sweet french roast coffee notes make for so-dark-it's-black mocha bliss. slight hint of mineral aftertaste probably originating from hops or yeast. earthy flavors linger nicely on the palate. dense and primarily chocolate flavors with complimenting touches of nuttiness before the bitter tail that balances this exceptional brew.
Mouthfeel: creamy and full without feeling too rich. quality of the head and the beer's body make this a pleasure to drink. dry and crisp while remaining soft.

very drinkable, possibly very filling too. an excellent stout that does great justice to the formidable maine landmark which is its namesake. try to search one out if you can.

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

Presentation and Appearance – 22 oz bomber at cellar temperature. Black with red highlights and a massive tight creamy coffee head. Good head retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, coffee, yeast and just a hint of alcohol. The roasted barley is the main player here, just like it should be.

Taste – Mocha sweetness and enough hops to balance out the malts. The roasted barely is the main player here as well, but the hops add some lingering bitterness that is pleasant. There are definitely some yeasty-estery qualities as well, an interesting addition that is pretty rare in stouts.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full with more carbonation than I would have expected.

Drinkability and Notes – Very drinkable, and not too expensive if you happen to be in Maine. One of the best American stouts I’ve had, second best in my book behind Shakespeare Stout. It’s odd that the bottle says this won for dry stout, it certainly tastes too sweet to be a dry stout.

Photo of mntlover
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby edges showing thru. A huge fluffy tan head rises and stays around a long time as it falls it leaves webs of lace behind.

Aroma is lots of roasted malts chocolate dominating but lots of coffee mingling around with fruit and light hop aromas.

Taste nice roasted chocolate mingle with coffee very smooth and relaxing almost. Nice citrus hops add hints of fruit and leave a lingering bitterness that is enhanced by the carbonation. Nice dry finish, indeed a great dry stout, best I have had.

Mouthfeel if full and dreamy feeling, nice body fluffy feeling whip cream like smooth and tasty.

Drinkability is well exceptional, wish I could grab this locally. Thanks go to mdavis31481 for this tasty treat.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brew #1633

Ooh, Muddy like.

So smooth.

Alright, enough of this body provoking dribble...

Pours an incredibly dark brown that borders on black. No light cuts though anywhere (not even the edges). Thick spongey head that dissolves to a thin film. Stringy lace around the glass.

The nose is chocolate and wood. Stained wood, but not the bitterness of shilac (spelling?) so much as antique, worn wood. Also, some fruit, figs and very ripe cherries (my favotire fruit!).

Flavor is all roasted malts that come across as chocolate, a medium roast coffee and molasses. Hops provide a nice kick of mossiness and actually make me think of an ocean mist. Very earthy.

Mouthfeel expands my cheeks. Each sip pushed my cheeks outward. Very full feel. Cannot even notice any alcohol.

Drinkability, like I said, is smooth. Just slides into my mouth and down the gullet. The flavors did not wear me out so much as bring them to a peak.

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.