Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,082
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 211
Gots: 96 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given as an extra by BigBalls -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a nearly black brown with mahogany highlights and two fingers of dark khaki head.

Smell -- Chocolate malt, dark brown sugar, burnt breadcrust, char. Nice balance of sweet and acrid roast malt notes. Very aromatic.

Taste -- Coffee with cream, molasses, burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate, tart cherry, licorice.

Mouthfeel -- Mouthfeel is medium in body with ample foamy carbonation. Could've stood to feel less carbonation on the tongue. Otherwise, pretty good.

Drinkability -- Not too shabby. Great mix of sweet, dry, roast, and tart flavor elements. Not a game-changer for the style, but a quality regular ol' stout. Glad to have had it.

Photo of bamadog
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade a little while back and just got around to drinking it. Review is from notes taken on 8/23/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard dark brown/near black and starts with a 1/2 finger dark tan head that fades quickly to a creamy and uneven skim; body is opaque, but you can tell on the pour that it's an American because it just looks a little thin and watery; lots of spots of loose lacing are left trailing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Interesting -- the first thing I pick up on is a tart cherry presence followed by some burnt roastiness; not especially overpowering, but the tartness intrigues me...

Taste: I've never had this beer before, and I'm not sure if this is an infected bottle or not, but there is a brett like funkiness with a tart cherry sourness right up front, and I like it a lot; bit of a burnt roastiness and a bit of a semi-sweet baker's chocolate; loving the tartness to this particular bottle.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect -- medium light in weight; pretty solid carbonation that's a tad prickly for a stout; a thin dry coating is left behind on the palate.

Drinkability: Love the sourness of it, and if every bottle is supposed to be like this, then I would absolutely love to trade for more. However, since I doubt that, I would like to try another bottle to see what the differences are of one that doesn't have these tendencies.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 2.5 finger foamy mocha head with decent retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is stringy and subtle at best with little cling.

S: Aroma is smoked malts, licquorice, chocolate, and day old coffee. Nothing overwhelming but very appropriate with no real surprises.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt sweetness upfront. Coffee flavors sour a little but they're balanced by the intensifying chocolate and toffee taste. Licquorice present waaay in the back along with a bit of smokiness. Finish is a bittersweet molasses with an aftertaste of chocolate that dissipates quickly. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit livelier in the mouth than I would've thought from the style but smooths out as it warms. Silky and oily as it finally goes down. Finish is sticky and aftertaste fades quickly.

D: This beer is caught between an American and an English style stout and it thankfully represents the best of both. Great feel and amazingly complex for what it is. A surprisingly solid offering from an otherwise quite below-the-radar brewery. Definitely worth seeking out and trying though. Hugely drinkable.

Photo of gtn80
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is jet black with a nice tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma is chocolate and coffee, roasted coffee.

Taste is lots of chocolate, dry as hell, lots of roast, nice coffee flavor.

Drinkability is only hurt by dryness, definitely smooth.

Mouthfeel is great, full bodied stout.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep black color with a little bit of brown around the edges. Had a finger of brownish tinted head. A little bit of lacing.

S: Nose is a little tight. Chocolate. A little bit earthy/ musty. Just a touch of roast.

T: Dry as part of the taste. It is an American stout to a T. Lots of chocolate. Roast. Nice amount of sweetness lingering in the finish.

M: Perfect. Nice and dry.

D: Really great beer. A classic example of the style. Enough taste and the ABV is super reasonable. I would drink this all the time if I could get it.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WoW!! This one makes me proud to be a native of Maine. Just an outstanding stout. Pours a jet black with a nice small tan head. Aroma is not much, maybe a little toasty coffee. Flavor is great, very nice sweet malt with just a hint of coffee. Hardly any bitterness from this one. Just a nice sweet toffee finish. Suberb! This is one of the best ever. This one is TOO easy to drink. Stock up on these when you see them!

Photo of jpmclaug
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my pint glass. I received this as an extra from the awesome portia99. Thanks!

A - Black with a small tan head. Can't see through it, can't see any bubbles in it.

S - Nice roasted malt smell with a hint of sweetness. Not especially aromatic however.

T - Nice roasted malt flavor mixed with a hint of sweetness. This reminds me a bit of a smaller version of Blackout Stout. Some dark chocolate flavor but the roast flavor is really the dominant part. I like all the flavor this beer provides with a reasonable ABV.

M - Pretty dry for an American Stout but I like that. Medium body otherwise wise that goes down smooth with little carbonation.

D - Insanely drinkable. Before I realized it half of my glass was gone! I thought maybe the dog stuck her head in and snuck some when I wasn't looking but she's passed out snoring on the floor so I must have gone through it quicker than I thought! Wish I had more of this. I will definitely pick this one up again if I see it.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/28/10

Pours all black with a pleasant one finger head. Residual head lingers with a small bit of lacing.

Deep chocolate malts with an essence of coffee lead the smell. There is a bit of sweet smelling acidity as well. A twinge of roasted wood and nuts exist there somewhere as well.

More malty than chocolate and coffee in the taste. The acidity stands out in the aftertaste as a pinch of coffee is evident. There is a slight roasted flavor, but is only prominent when warm.

Light to medium in the mouth. Bitterness is a blend of acidity and bittering hops.

A solid drinking stout, no issues having another!

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to beandip for the brew.

A - Pours a brown-black hue, capped with a half-inch of short-lived mocha foam, receding into a ring that encircles the glass.

S - Vague toastiness with a nip of sweet alcohol is about all I can get from the nose. Still, it is pleasant.

T - As for the flavor, I am getting a lot of roastiness, as well as some light chocolate, chicory and coffee. Some herbal hop notes appear on the finish. This beer is just a simple and delicious Stout; softly flavorful, devoid of harshness, and amply pleasing.

M - Very good feel; light enough to be refreshing while still retaining substance, silky and smooth. The carbonation is soft, but is still active enough to deliver a blooming hoppiness on the finish. Very enhancing.

D - I think this is one of the most drinkable beers, regardless of style. This is an all-weather, daily drinker, IMO.

Photo of mcann2pu
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours into my pint glass a dark black color, with a thin light tan head, a small amount of lacing left behind on the rim.

Smell: light smell of roasted malt.

Taste: similar to smell, the roasted malt is the dominant flavor and that is how it should be, it's a good taste.

Mouthfeel: its medium bodied, I think that if it was a little thicker it would be a lot better.

Drinkability: its drinkable, like I said before it could have been thicker.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, poured black, with a thin tan head, poor retention, but decent lacing. Very roasted malty and coffee in the nose, with some hints of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. The taste confirmed the nose, with the coffee and roast flavors somewhat dominating, and progressing to a dry cocoa powder finish. My big knock on this beer is the body; too thin for a stout, but smooth with very little carbonation. This would be a tremendous session stout if the body were just a tad bit thicker, but still a great stout nonetheless.

Photo of newk340
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: an inky black pour with a visible sizzle of foam at the surface.

S: hints of coffee and bitter dark chocolate, though for some reason i kept picking up beef jerky? maybe it was the smokiness i smelled...

T: burnt coffee grounds are nearly overwhelming, exploding in the mouth before surprisingly dissipating into a smooth after taste of chocolate.

MF/D: light sizzle of carbonation, smooth when it hits the tongue. smoky flavor overwhelms the tastebuds making this a singular beer.

Photo of hu5om
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to portia99 for the delicious extra! split with newk340
a-black slight brown tint. off white ring of foam.
s-coffee, dark bitter/sweet chocolate, patent black malts
t-roasted, with lots of coffee, and darker bitter chocolate. roasted coffee aftertaste but not too bitter. kinda nicely balanced. 60% bitter, 40% sweet.
m-a little viscosity to it, but not very, very thick. medium carbonation.
d-i definitely like it a lot. not my favorite stout, but it's damn close. excellent.

Photo of Gatch
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got my hands on some of this delicious Stout. Probably one of the most highly anticipated beers I've waited to try.

A - Dark as night, light brown/stony grey head which fades quickly though.

S - Strong malt and sugary.

T - Tons of roasted malt, barley, & dark chocolate. Earthy.

M/D - Very smooth, light carbonation, great roasted malt flavors on the palate. Very enjoyable to drink. Up there with the best Stouts I've had. This has the typical characteristics of a Stout but they are all improved upon.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a transparent black with a giant three finger of beige head. Big clumps of tan lacing.

Smell - is rich and complex, tons of malt, coffee, burnt sugar, molasses, and a metallic tang.

Taste/Mouthfeel - wow awesome. Truly a great stout. So full bodied big malt and molasses up front followed by bitter hops and immediately again by malt this time dark chocolate and black coffee. The feel of this beer is big and creamy is totally envelops your mouth and taste buds and lingers there.

Drinkability - Good carbonation for a stout which keeps it surprisingly drinkable. Could have three of these on a big night though I would be full. Truly a great beer sucks I can only get it once a summer when I actually present in Maine.

Photo of jslot38
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle - thanks to mdfb79 for passing one along.

Appearance: Bottle to DFH pint glass. Off white head quickly diminishes to a top covering, immediately showing signs of lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, a bit of chocolate comes through. Unassuming and not at all overwhelming, but hard to beat for the style.

Taste: A fairly mellow beer through and through, yet has a way of luring you in. Notes of roasted malts, a touch of molasses and chocolate. An earthiness, and bready backbone.

MF: Smooth as can be. Almost creamy. A perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish this was one of the old bombers... 12 ounces is simply not enough. Right up there with Kalamazoo Stout from Bells which this most reminded me of. With all the imperial stouts I find myself drinking these days its great to have a non-overpowering yet flavorful and smooth as this one.

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

a- pours pitch black with some translucent brown tones at the edges and produced a persistent creamy light brown head.

s- toasty, bready malts mix with great roasted character a bit of bakers chocolate.

t- the chocolate and roasted malts are flat out dominate and I don't mind one bit. some toasty breadiness plays with those two flavors very well. great balance between bitter, dry and sweet. it seems to make you think of all three some point. some great stuff here. I love me some stouts with aggressive roast and chocolate.

m- nice medium-full body with ample carbonation that gives it a bit more presence. some impressive creaminess, too. absolutely no alcohol warming from this one. so smooth.

d- really great here. a dark very roasty beer that you can session. available at a great 6pk price. right up there with Sierra Nevada as one of my favorite really affordable American Stouts

Photo of Spica66
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received the 12oz bottle as an extra from Lunch. Thank you, Paul!

A: Very dark, nearly black. Tan head, decent retention.

S: Coffee, roasted barley, very nice smelling stout.

T: Tastes like it smells. Not overpowering in any way.

M: Very smooth. Good carb level. Very nice

D: Very easy to drink. In fact, mine disappeared way too quickly!

Photo of kbanks13
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark, near black on the edges. Pitch black in the center. Thin one finger tan head that quickly fades to leave a thin lace of scattered foam without much lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Dark roasted coffee dominates the nose and is complimented by an almost equal presence of bitter dark or baking chocolate. I can pick up a good deal of grains in the nose and a slight hint of raisins and currants.

T: Bite from the chocolate and coffee in the nose is what I notice first. Raisins next and a good subtle vanilla flavor. Toasted malts and a slight floral oily characteristic from the hops. Bready yeasts complete the taste before it comes full circle to the coffee. Slightly acrid and lingering roasted rich coffee bean flavors with hints of vanilla from the beans on the tip of my tongue.

M: A bit thin but, considering that it is classified by the brewer as a dry stout, it is quite full. The feel is adequately carbed, and not overly done.

D: This is one of my favorite stouts, and I could drink it all day for the rest of my life and with every meal. Bar Harbor did a great job with this one, and I'm glad that Atlantic is keeping it alive as it was originally brewed.

Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Thanks to heliosphann for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced a small tan colored head that dissipated after a minute or so.

(S)- A rich roasted profile with some dense coffee grounds, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses.

(T)- Rather thin in the flavor department compared to the smell, but still present in a good roastedness, molasses, and raisin.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rather smooth going down. Not overly strong or bitter either, just a plain easy stout to drink.

(D)- A solid stout that is so smooth and balanced; easy to enjoy and drink. I would have this over a Guinness any day.

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

HUGE thank you to papollo for a couple of these bottles!

This looks great, dank black with a mocha colored head, not huge, but there.

Huge, roasted malts, dark chocolate (mild, but perfectly present), with a wonderful aroma of bitter coffee. Theres tons of aromas going on, but non are overdone or over powering.

Tastes like rich bakers chocolate, splashed with coffee and roasty, toasty malts. This is fantastic.

The feel is not super heavy. It's creamy and silky smooth though.

Wonderfully drinkable stout, and a shame I can't get this locally.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears a near black shade with a nice, big head atop the beer. Retention and lacing are very nice, as well. This beer is very easy to drink. I already want to go out and buy more. This is quite possibly my new favorite lower abv stout. Roasted malts with a hint of coffee and perhaps even a splash of chocolate comprise the aromas and taste. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Highly recommended.

Photo of kkipple
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this several times now, latest bottle is from I believe the ever stalwart Jlindros. 12oz. No freshness date.

A. Dingy and darker than I recall, a low 2cm head sticks around for the duration and leaves just a bit o' lace, very respektibble for an American stout. Nothing out of bounds though.

S. Super excellent, sez I. When fresh, this is one of the best 'merkin stouts around. Huge and bold, it belies the (meager) 6.7% abv. Loads of rich chocolate, lots of soothing roast, layered depth, milky sweet, hints of dry cocoa and nuts. Smells better and more complete than lots of so-called "Imperial" stouts.

T. Delivers. Massive flavor for a near-session beer. Delicious semi-dry cocoa / roast flavors dominate, while hints of smoke, lactose, subdued American hop bitterness and what I'm pretty sure are oats orbit the main. Hard to praise specifically, the best beers just have that "magic" that you know when you taste. Everything works together so well, it's a bit shocking. Surely one of the best American stouts around, and a personal second favorite to Shakespeare stout. It is that good, kids.

M. Wet with a solid semi-dry cocoa fade finish, tasteful and mellow, yet "solid"... pulls no punches here... I dunno, try it. Nearly magnificent.

D. Very.

Cadillac Mountain is an amazing dry-ish stout from an otherwise rather average brewery. I don't know exactly what magic is going on in this bottle, but this is an exemplary stout, one worth seeking out and enjoying again and again. What's more, it's delicious. Three cheers all around to this American classic.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black color- very opaque with a barely visable brown lining of head.
Smell is very malty and sweet.
Taste is very roasted- coffee and sweet malt with a bitter bean ending to the taste.
Finish is a smidge wet with a bitter coffee bite.
Drinks ok- the less than stellar finish is tough to drink at times.

Photo of hawks10
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours black, medium thickness with two fingers light tan head, a little bit of lacing and a cap of haze is left behind...

Sweet chocolate malts initially dominate the nose, some roasted and smokey aromas come forward with some molasses to add some complexity, has a bit of a coffee smell mixed in as well, pretty good...

Roasted chocolate malts, stale coffee, no real sweetness to speak of even though the nose was heavily sweet...overall, mostly bitter and bland, lacking character or complexity...

Light/Medium bodied, thin and slick, low carbonation and very still on the tongue, lingering stale coffee taste...

Constantly let down by regular stouts, the mouthfeel is usually what turns me off, but with this one, I thought it lacked any pleasant tastes and the feel was just way off, I guess American Stouts really aren't my thing...

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,082 ratings.