Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Last August my family and I took a Maritime cruise to Nova Scotia, which included a full day stop in Bar Harbor. While there my wife and I made the effort to visit the Bar Harbor Brewing Company, in a quaint semi-touristy location off the edge of the town green. Very nice people there. After sampling a few brews I walked away with a six pack of Cadillac Mountain, which was clearly the stand out among several other good brews. Needless to say I was able to sneak the purchase back on the ship and finally able to enjoy some proper beer while on board.
Just recently I was fortunate to procure two bottles of this excellent ale. Last night I cracked one open and needed only one whiff to remind me why I fell for this beer last summer. It really is just an outstanding representation of the style. Sweet enough with those chocolate and malt notes, but not cloying. There is plenty of bitter hop balance to remove that "too sweet" finish that seems to be the trend of stouts lately.
The pour is typical black, with a hint of brown at the edges, and a soft pale brown fluff on top. Smells are clean and decisive, which enables the cocoa to come through along side fresh yeast and hop notes. Flavors are wonderfully rich, a touch bitey up front, smooth and sweet through the swallow, and moderately dry in the finish.
Overall this really is an outstanding beer. My experience puts this near the top of perfectly balanced darks, and certainly one of the better stouts that I've had.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 11:43:12 | More by datalager
3.76/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.
a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.
s: Sweet dark malt.
t; Dark black coffeelike malt flavor with considerable hop bite. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. , although it mellows out later. Roasty aftertaste at first.
m: Light to moderate.
o: A good stout, but the lingering bitterness at first detracts from the experience, and it seems a bit light on mouthfeel for a superior stout. On the plus side, the relatively low ABV allows a full glass will not put you under, and it's pretty easy drinking, especially later. It's also possible the aging on this particular bottle (it was purchased in early July 2013) did not benefit the flavor.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 03:00:22 | More by scotorum
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.