Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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93
outstanding

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Reviews: 670
Hads: 1,135
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.92%
Wants: 247
Gots: 115 | FT: 9
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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 HardTarget
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of cretemixer
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of dwarbi
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (345 characters)

Photo of UncleAl
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,297 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid black color, blocking out light. Good choco bubbles. Available at Shaw's or Hannaford's. The tasre is awesome, roasted, malts, cofffee, some bitterness. A well balanced stout. Chewy and quite quaff-able. I could have easily drank this beer all night. (258 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite black with burnt cherry edgings. Trim, tan foam of medium duration.
Roasty aroma with smoked grape, charcoal, and burnt plums with a suppliment of wintergreen hops.
A fuzzy chocolate-hued flavor off the bat. Somewhere between dark and milk. Subdued liquorice and plums. Fruitier than expected given its "dry" catigorization, but fully welcome. Touches of concord grape sweetness. Less roasty than the nose would indicate, yet still plenty so for a stout. Like cane sugar burning on a grill. Brown sugar sweetness grips tight and rides long into the finish, bonded with some cola sensations. Raw-ish leafy hops complete things.
A bit fizzy and thin right away. Once this settles for a few moments, it becomes pure stout bliss.

One of only two dry stouts I've had that are worth a shit. (though, as the devil's advocate, calling this a dry stout might be stretching the definition.)

A big, Acadian thanks to my Maine man bennybrew for the bomber. (960 characters)

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

Another bier from the Bennybrew Maine Sampler, and an outstanding one.

It pours black, with a rocky tan head that sticks around pretty well. Aroma is mostly sweet malt, caramel and expresso.

Taste is also sweet malt, expresso, and a hint of raisins and currants.

A chewy mouthfeel, with not a hint of the oiliness that you find in many stouts. Finishes smooth, no bitterness.

Since the label says "Dry Stout", I was expecting something with more hoppy bitterness, more like a Victory Imperial, but this was not anywhere as puckering or complex. A very good stout, indeed, just not very dry...

Thanks, Bennybrew!!! (628 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a huge, noisy dark tan head. You would have thought with the fizziness of the head that it would have faded quickly, but the fizz subsides eventually and the head sticks around for a while longer. The nose is chocolate, roasty malt, prunes. The flavor is dominated by bitter hops but underneath that are toffee, wood and a hint of milk chocolate. The flavor would be better if they lowered the hops/burnt bitterness and raised the malt profile and complexity but this is still an excellent beer. The mouthfeel is prickly from the high carbonation. (564 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black body allows only a thin edge of mahogany to show at the base of the glass. It's topped by a foamy dark tan head that holds with great tenacity, keeping a thin but creamy head throughout the pint. Unfortunately, its lacing is not as good as it's retention and only spotty lace remains. The body is medium/full with a lightly gassy carbonation that softens to become much more creamy as it warms. The nose expresses a berry-like fruitiness, some bittersweet chocolate, soft sweet cocoa, and a light touch of roastiness; all of which are carried over and expounded on in a luxuriously rich and malty flavor that displays bitterness/fruitiness/toffee upfront, followed by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa (and even a touch of coconut) as it crosses the palate before it's firm bitterness and coffee-like roasty edge dry out the long finish. It's exceptionally well-balanced and keeps the palate in sway between the rich sweet malts and firm bitterness, never allowing either side to become cloying. Nicely done, highly enjoyable, and well worth seeking out. (1,068 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pure blackness with a decent brown head on top that sinks to a nice covering film. Nice lighter roasted ness with slight coffee bitterness in it as well as some sweeter chocolate aromas. Sweet, slightly roasted malt opens up with some excellent chocolately flavors with just a hint of the bitterness of the brew. As the beer rolls across the tongue it leaves a slight lingering toasty/roasted malt flavor that is both crisp and roasted. The ultimate in silky smooth mouthfeel with a medium-full body that makes this a joy to drink. Wow, this is one seriously awesome stout. The rumors don't from the other BAs don't lie.
A huge thanks to my friend JohnnyP for bringing this back from Maine, the man doesn't lie, they can make some awesome beer up there. (763 characters)

Photo of beernut7
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a dry stout, this beast has real appeal. The deep dark depths of liquid swim beneath a thick frothy mocha head sending of the aroma of deeply felt dark malt. The initial flavor is that of heavy roast and a hint of chocolate enhanced by a well-rooted bitterness. The malt profile, while dry, is still present with enough force to give a thick heavy body. The carbonation is a hint sharp toward the end, but a magnificent monster of a stout. (443 characters)

Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yummy! Big head of foam shrank to a quarter inch of creamy brown on top of a pure black beer and left sticky rings as I sipped it.
Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate with no hop smell.
The taste is big and complex with a malty/chocolatey sweetness being dominant. Hints of coffee, a touch of yeast and some sweet fruitiness rise up and fade with each sip.
This is one of the best stouts I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. It can be hard to find, even here in Portland, Maine, but it is worth seeking out. (518 characters)

Photo of QXSTER1
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich mahogany with deep red highlights under a streaked brown head that builds to a rocky foam.

Nose is of sweet roasted grains and chocolate/coffee that invites a quick investigation. The label says this is a dry stout but the taste says more sweet or oatmeal stout.

Full bodied mouthfeel of dark fruit and highly roasted malts with some burnt grain balanced with subtle hop overtones.

This is an exceptional stout worth seeking out. Guinness drinkers may not recognize this as a dry stout, but stout lovers will recognize it as a fine brew. (559 characters)

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

Foamy multi-sized bubbles hold strong to form a rocky head, so stickage is seen also. Stout black in colour, what else would you expect.

Raw mineraly, steely, faint yeast, burnt raisin, woody charcoal and roasted grain aroma.

Viscous crispness though a full body and creamy mouth feel. Soft burnt grain and charcoal flavours burst upon the palate with woody and earthy tones. Big-layered sweetness that is not cloying in any way, more of a flowing and creamy residual dextrin sweetness. The roasted character gives off a brownie like flavour. Hints of mild black currant and burnt raisins come from the fruity character of the yeast. Speaking of yeast there is a fresh earthiness from this brew being bottle conditioned. Finishes sweet with mild roasted flavours that push on forever.

A saucy stout and a fat one at that, full flavoured and quite complex. A very exciting ale to sip and savour as you venture through the 22 ounces. (940 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz brown bomber, bottle-conditioned. No freshness date, but an excellent explantion of the beer, how to store it (upright, that's right) and proper serving temps (45F-50F). Kudos for that info.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black beer with a massive 4 finger tan foam head -- no sign of it ever going away.

Smell: Wonderful semi-fruity aroma mixed with earthy, metallic and roasted malt aromas. Chocolate notes weave things together.

Taste: Hot damn! This is one insanely smooth beer! Mouthfeel is thick, but soft, milky and silky in its consistency. Loads of malt body. Sweet, but in a chocolate cake sort of way and very more-ish ... as in I want more dammit! Touch of molasses-like and raw-honey-like flavour. Malts are backed by a juicy fruit character. The beer then goes dry with a semi-sharp astringency, but for a brief moment where a roasted quality meets a subtle hop bitterness ... it soon gets coated with more malty goodness. Metallic, earthy notes. Light smokey / burnt flavours around the edges. Dry, grainy finish.

Notes: A freagin' outstanding stout! Seems more like a sweet stout though? But, to hell with it ... this is a tasty brew! Massive, complex and thoroughly enjoyable! One of the better stouts to have met my palate in recent days, and one that actually excited my palate. Seek out this beer immediately. (1,364 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark carmel taste with a hint of chocolate. very smooth and easy to drink. rich creamy carmel head that makes your head dizzy from the bubbles. nice brew (156 characters)

Photo of jreitman
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark color with a thick head. Moderately bitter with lots of malt flavors. Really nice roasted/chocolate flavors noticeable from the first drop. One of the best stouts I have had. (187 characters)

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