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Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout

Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Photo of Boto
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, very dark brown color. There was a very small tan head on it that didn’t linger long. Almost no lacing. Nice nose. Pretty full or aroma, but mainly chocolate and roasted malts. Some coffee notes also. The taste is good. Roasty, chocolate, and coffee mainly in the taste. A very nice stout!

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Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. It is pure black with a small, tan head and no lacing.

S. There's a faint malty scent.

T. Oh wow...that is sensational. The first first hit is a mix of chocolate and caramel. There's a grassy, earthy flavor there. It has a burnt aftertaste. It has a milk-tasting softness to it.

M. Carbonated and tingly on the tongue. A bit of a tart chocolate aftertaste.

O. This may just be the best stout I've ever had. It is so flavorful and refreshing and not too tart. Fantastic.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, dark. About one finger of beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, maybe some coffee in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, full bodied. Taste of roasted malts and coffee with chocolate.

Overall: Very well crafted beer. Simple, yet complex flavors give this beer a terrific feel and taste. I have had it several times and I have always enjoyed it.

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

Paired this one up with some chili while watching Monday Night Football.

Pours a coffee black with mahogany edges. Got a finger of khaki colored head that quickly disappeared into nothing but a thin ring around the edges.

Inviting aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a touch of caramel.

The taste follows the nose. Dominated by roasted malt with nice notes of chocolate and coffee.

The mouthfeel is definitely the money maker of this beer. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Gets a nice froth going when you work it around in your mouth. It is absolutely perfect from what I expect for the style.

Overall, this beer was awesome. If Guinness tasted anything like this I would be drowning myself in it. I wish that I was able to get this beer regularly. Just the perfect easy drinking stout. I see why this used to grace the top 100 back in the day.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark black with a nice tan head. Pours thick.

S-great smell of rich cocoa and oatmeal actually. this smells awesome! a touch of roastiness to it.

T-comes in with an awesome taste of dark roasted cocoa and just a touch of some winter spices actually. this is an awesome beer. there is a touch of booze to the after-taste.

M-low medium carbonation. this is heavy. semi-dry finish

O-Bar Harbour, I'm going to keep my eye on you. This beer impressed me. Has to be the best irish dry i've ever had. the flavors are strong and awesome and its easy to drink.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black as oil with a thick, frothy head. Head is about 2 fingers with great retention and good lacing.

S- All dark malts and chocolate. Very little sweet scents, mostly burnt flavors. Not terribly complex, but pretty delicious smelling.

T- Just like the scent. Starts off and continues throughout with good dark malt flavors. Hints of smokey flavors and semi-sweet chocolate mix in. Slight hints of anise creep in towards the end. Just like the scent, not terribly complex, but very consistently solid taste throughout.

M- Very thick and creamy for a lower gravity stout. Slightly higher than desired levels of carbonation. Sticky on the palate. Easy to drink, and easily sessioned.

Overall, a very good, non barrel-aged, everyday stout. Beats the hell out of a Guinness, but not quite the level of Founders' stouts.

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Photo of AdamHart22
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. Bomber into a tulip.

A - Hardly any head. Lacing is evident but light. Color is similar to guiness. Held to the light it is black with very dark reddish hints.

S - Reminds me of making chocolate chip cookies, when you open the yellow package of hershey's semi sweet chips.

T - Meh. I don't see what the fuss is about. The sip is unremarkable but the finish saves it, great little blast of chocolate at the end.

M - This is my first dry stout and probably my last. The dryness takes that afore mentioned nice choclate taste and turns it sour. I gave this a 3.0 because I didn't think it fair to pan it as apparently a dry stout is supposed to do this.

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Photo of mcintire78
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pitch black with a massive head, and massive retention. Significant lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of roasted malts.

Taste: Strong taste of roasted malts. Maybe a taste of coffee. Very dry; almost no sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Body is light with significant carbonation.

Drinkability: The relatively high alcohol for a Irish Stout makes it less drinkable than you would think. The carbonation is also a hindering factor.

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-09-2012
Freshness: Best by 11-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Black and nearly opaque, with ruby edges when held to light. The head is tan and a finger high, showing good lacing and OK retention.

S: Aromas are of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak woodiness and earthy hops.

T: Tastes of heavily-roasted malts and coffee bitterness. Dry and not sweet.

M: Body is between light and medium, with a moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and with an espresso/coffee bitterness.

O: I can see why this is a well-received stout. This is one of my least favorite styles, but is very well made and enjoyable.

Thanks to Greg for this one!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body, frothy tan head. Mediocre retention and spotty lace. Nothing special, but nothing to criticize.

S: Rich chocolate, fresh herbal hops, and just pure semi-sweet chocolate chips. Simple and fantastic.

T: Follows the nose to a t - semi-sweet chocolate is simply overwhelming up front, with some leafy, herbal hoppiness building in on the dry finish. Lingering cocoa on the aftertaste. Great.

M: Medium body, moderate, creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Great stout, plain and simple.


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Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an opaque black, with a nice layer of a foamy tan head. Head becomes a very thin layer of foam that stays around the entire time.

S- Smell is coffee, chocolate, darker fruits, peat and a bit of metal.

T- Malts are leading the way here. Quite a bit of chocolate, charcoal and coffee. A good amount of roast. Darker fruits are here and a touch of metal.

M- Fuller side of medium and fairly light on the carbonation.

O- Normally, not a huge fan of this style, but I found this one to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark, almost jet black in color with some very light hints of brown when held up to the light. The beer has a dense finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a small thin patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted, burnt, and chocolate malts with light hints of coffee.

T: Light to moderate flavors of dark roasted and chocolate malts with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Additionally there is an espresso coffee note in the background. Light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a real nice stout for the summer, lighter in body and lighter in alcohol than a lot of the others available. I found this to be very enjoyable and I would definitely have it again. It is easy to drink and reminds me of time spent in Maine (where the summer evenings still get cool).

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a thin, tan head and lasting lace. The aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is mainly coffee with some toast, mild smoke and molasses notes. There's a noticeable hop bite but it's well balanced and the chocolate flavor comes through as it warms. The mouthfeel is full and smooth. Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout is a good, filling brew. Recommended!

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Photo of jw2online
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark, nearly black. Very little head, though not absent of carbonation.

S - Rich, chocolaty, slight coffee, some caramel.

T - Again, rich, and much of the same above.

M - Smooth. The slight carbonation is good because it doesn't mess with the flavor. It's a good, silky feel. Thick. Something to leave in your mouth for a moment to enjoy all aspects of it.

O - This is the best stout I've ever had. I have others I like, but this one is great in every way for me. I think the minor head, and slight carbonation are a positive feature. The taste is so complex, I think too much more carbonation would ruin it. Just open your mouth a little to get some air in there and it works better -- so much character to reveal.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Could use a touch more head but the tan lace ring looks good with stickiness. Color is deep brown very pitch black.

S - Smell is very mild but good. Vanilla, roast, coffee, and chocolate mostly.

T - Taste is balanced with vanilla beans to start off, then some bakers chocolate, and a roasty/citrus hops finish. Damn good brew.

M - Medium and chewy a very solid stout.

Overall I was quite impressed with this one. Not too sweet to become cloying yet not too bitter and abrasive with roast or hops. Worth picking up.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

Totally black in color with a thin beige cap. Mellow roasted malt and vanilla aromas. Velvety smooth, delicate feel, with rich, lazy carbonation that builds thru the middle to the end. Dark roasted malt flavors up front that transition to a brief, dark fruity sweetness. Hop bitterness yanks that taste buds away from the sweetness thru the middle. Roasted malt flavors return down the homestretch with a ripe fruit flavors underneath. Earthy delicate flavors from start to finish. This was a pleasant surprise. Pleasant, delicate aromas along with a unique and complex flavor profile.

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

Bottle, approx. 54 degrees F, poured into a slightly chilled stange glass.

A: Soy-sauce dark. Maybe a half-inch of head, which went away pretty fast.

S: Sharp, almost dank, but really invigorating patent malt scent hits my nose.

T: Rich, smoky, and, well, patent-malty. Aftertaste lingers a little too long and too strong.

M: Carbonation shouldn't be too strong on this of course, but this is perhaps weaker than it should be.

D: This may not be the best stout ever made, but it is definitely a stout-lover's stout.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

huge thanks to duff27 for bring this beer! Thanks Duff!

reviewed from notes taken on 6/16/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with a small tan head.

Smell: Roasty smokey chared malts.

Taste: Chocolate, black licorice, smokey and roasty. Maybe a hint of tobacco and char. Robust dark beer flavors that are balanced and mellow.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Just a tad bit thin, but it still manages to have a nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: This is just a well made American stout.

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color. Half inch tan head leaves a small film remaining. Splotchy lacing.

Some roast on the nose.

Awesome roastiness going on here. Slight smoke that gets detected. Goes down easy.

Medium mouthfeel but full. Lower end on the carbonation.

Great drinking non-impy stout here, the world needs more of them. Could drink this all night long...loving on the roastiness. Thanks a bunch for the long time want mnbearsfan!

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Photo of BostonHops
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a dark cola brown, sits a jet black in the glass; yields a 3/4" foamy khaki-colored head. so-so retention, fades into a thin cap, collar around the glass. decent lacing. nose is good, relatively bold while offering a lot of the usual suspects: roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and a hint of coffee. a very nice aroma, but doesn't exactly set itself apart from the countless stouts to be had.

taste one-ups the aroma. more complex and flavorful than i expected going off the nose. very roasty, with the coffee and chocolate in attendance, but also secondary notes of caramel, smoke, and vanilla. mouthfeel is a touch thin but does have a creaminess to it; sort of contradictory. adequate carbonation.

overall this is a great stout. i'm usually swimming in imperials, so it's nice to take a step back and appreciate a well made regular stout.

(originally reviewed: 06-22-2011)

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Totally black with a very nice foamy head in the glass. Just a little golden brown around the edges. Nice lacing and a spritzy carbonation on the tongue. Medium body.

Seriously burnt flavors with an undertone of wine. Starts out hot and tart, but seems to have a deeper sourish note from the charred barley. Much richer than you would expect for the medium alcohol content. Suave but with a woody, grainy edge. Lots of malt in every shade with just a hint of sweetness.

A pleasant and powerfully flavored stout, but your taste buds will have to judge as to the world class potential. Quite drinkable, but very bitter and intense. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Monde Market in Philadelphia.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for ActonBrewer for this one. Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Black and opaque with a thin tan head. No visible carbonation in this black hole.

S: A powerful, roast-y coffee aroma. Very nice.

T: Similar to the nose but with more bittersweet chocolate flavor than in the aroma.

M: Medium mouthfeel to a bit heavy for the style, given that it's not an Imperial Stout. Lightly carbonated. I do get a bit of an astringent flavor right at the end.

O: Definitely a good brew, and one I would pick up if it became available down here.

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Photo of garuda
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with deep ruby highlights, thin head that has little retention and some lacing.

S/T - Taste is great with hints of dark fruits among tobacco, smoke,roast, chocolate... depths of malt flavor in there really come out as it warms.

M - Full body, and a bit overcarbed keep it from being completely smooth.

O - Smell and taste are great and it drinks easy.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black/tanish brown tint, 1/4 foamy thick head with minor lacing.

Smell - Dark robust malts, coffee, brown sugar/molasses. Some chocolate and a strong nut aromoa.

Taste - Nice roasted malts, along with mild coffee and chocolate. Very smooth amix of malts and sugars, nothing over the top. Cocoa along with some very light dark fruits like fig and plum mixed in at the finish.

Mouthfeel - A medium to thick stout, tounge gets malts, sugars and coffee/chocolate mix. Palette gets more malts and coffee, and a little molasses/cocoa sweetness. Aftertaste is malty, semi sweet and coffee influnced.

Overall - A nice beer, excellent balance and great drinkibilty. Its the only bar harbor beer ive had, and it makes me want to try there others. Great brew, really nails the style head on. Worth a drink for sure.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 679 ratings.