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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,158
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 254
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 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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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into a pint glass:

A: black colored body with a foamy white head that lasts a minute and then dies into the body, it leaves some mild lacing sliding down the sides of the glass.

S: roasted malts with some cofee, chocolate and some slight notes of brown sugar.

T: brings back the chocolate up front and the coffee slides to the back with the brown sugar, it is well balanced. It is sweet yet earthy. The bitterness hides a bit but comes out as it warms

M: medium with a moderate amount of carbonation and leaves a smooth and creamy feel on the tongue.

O: this was a pretty good brew. I've had it before but wanted to give it a fair review. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a nonic, completely opaque dark brown-black, and no head whatsoever, aside from a tiny ringlet that petered out in a minute or so. Nose is full of roast: coffee, dark chocolate. More of the same in the taste, with dark malts, dark chocolate, and coffee roast dominate players, and maybe a touch of sweet dried fruits in the background. Slightly bitter in the finish. Medium body, pretty smooth, and decently drinkable overall, but nothing really distinctively amazing going on here.

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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 KAP1356
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been waiting quite some time to try this beer, and we fnally got some to come to Philly! 12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A - Pours a pretty nice black color. Not super dark, but not too light either - reminds me of a cup of coffee. A nice 1.5 finger, foamy head forms a nice tanish mochas color.

S - Roasted malts right out front. Coffee, brown sugar and some nice milk chocolate come next. Some other slight sweetness like cream in coffee. Really like the smell here.

T - Sweet milk chocolate and some light tough of cream with a heavy roasted malt flavor. Coffee and some molasses come next and add both a sweetness and a slight bitterness to the profile. There is a bit of earthy hops that come out but nothing strong enough to combat the sweetness and roastyness of the rest of the profile.

M - Light-medium bodied beer. Thin, but I expected that of a standard American Stout. Moderate carbonation and smooth and creamy on the tongue.

O - I enjoyed this one. With all the powerfl super strong Imperial Stouts out there, I am getting into sessionable American Stouts more and more. This is certainly one I would revisit...and often!

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Photo of grannaniwa
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a beautiful smooth two-finger tan head. Mostly roasted cocoa on the nose, with a touch of sour aromas.

Lots of cocoa in the first sip. Finishes a little flat, with some acidic bitterness. Aftertaste of hop bitterness and roasted malts. Low carbonation, medium body, very creamy.

Overall: B+/A-

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Photo of troysoy2
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip.

A finger of khaki head over a pitch black body. Decent retention, but not a ton of lacing.

The smell is straightforward. Nice bitter roasted barley, with a hint of coffee and just the slightest bit of sweetness.

The taste is much like the smell. The bitter roasted malt is really showcased, and while not too complex, satisfies. The mouthfeel is lighter than you may expect, but smooths out a bit as the beer warms up, giving the beer a semi-creaminess. Hops dry out the finish just so, and lend a bit of tart fruit to the flavor.

Not something I'd go crazy for, but certainly a good example of the style. I'm glad I found a bottle during my Massachusetts trip.

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Photo of brydeen
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TurdFergison for sending me this one

A: Pours jet black, with a very thin tan head. Once the head subsides, it resembles a cup of black coffee.

S: Smell resembles a sweet milk stout with the faint hint of roasted coffee. Hints of chocolate too.

T: A subtle charred, almost smokey flavor up front. Dark chocolate with a dark fruit sweetness in the after taste. Lots going on here, in a very pleasant way

M: Much thinner than it looks. Very subtle carbonation lends to a creamy texture.

O: Gets more and more impressive as it warms. Incredibly drinkable and smooth. Highly recommend trying this if you can.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch light head over a dark brown body, head laces well on the glass.

Nose: Burnt toast, malt, strong dark fruits, and cream

Taste: Malty and burnt with roasted coffee, light smoke, and cream.

Mouth: Light and body and almost dry on the palate this is supported by bubbly carbonation and a milky texture that represents the style well.

Overall: If I hadn't been rating this as it fits the style I would have given it all 3's. Maybe I just don't like thin stouts (dry or milk), not sure, but this one certainly missed the target for me.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.