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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,091 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 222
Gots: 99 | 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 Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6pack courtesy of Cool Mo'P. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass -best before 12/09 notched on the bottle. Poured one shade shy of black with a dense, khaki-colored head. Nose reveals chocolate malt and a roasty character, with a hint of vanilla. Taste follows nose, but I'm also getting a little bit of coffee and some lactose. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium and a consistent background carbonation from start to finish that tickles the tongue without being prickly. Wow, delicious American Stout, maybe the best I've had. I've heard the 22oz. is better, but this is delicious.

Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a thick, fluffy light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer smells of chocolate. I can detect a slight raisin like aroma. It has a caramel like aroma as well. This beer has a very subtle coffee aroma also.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Chocolate mostly. Some coffee and dark fruit flavor. It has a nice sweet caramel malt flavor as well.

This beer is smooth, and easy to drink. It is carbonated just right. It leaves a chocolatey aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, and the flavor is nice and not aggressive.

Overall: A huge thanks goes out to Mbrandon2w and Russpowell for both generously hooking me up with bottles of this fine beer. I liked it a lot. It is worthy of its place on the top of BA.

Photo of craytonic
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Far and away the best american stout I have had.

Appearance: Nice head with some retention and lacing

Smell: Chocolate, brownie, vanilla, light coffee, molasses, brown sugar

Taste: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, caramel, brownies, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body, light for a stout, bit dry, heavy on the carbonation

Drinkability: Goes down like cold water on a hot day

Best stout I have ever had. This one caught me off-guard, wasn't expecting it. I admire the brewer for making a good beer, as opposed to a big beer.

Photo of rhinos00
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark cola color with two fingers width of tan head. Reduces to a thin ring that lasts a decent while. Zero visibility when held into light.

S- To tell you the truth, not getting much of an aroma. Of what I do smell, a bit of rich chocolate malts with a subtle roasted quality.

T- Well crafted, but pretty plain. There is chocolate sweetness at the forefront. This transitions into a richer, chocolate flavor with a slight bitterness in the finish. Also detecting a layer of roasted malts in the finish. I just wish the flavors popped more...still digging the delicious chocolate flavor.

M- This is what makes the beer. Medium to full bodied with a wonderful creaminess. Really added a new dimension to an otherwise simple beer.

D- This beer is very neutral. That being the case, this one is so easy to put down.

Overall, a fantastic stout. I did enjoy the chocolate deliciousness this beer offers, but still craving a little more complexity.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Casey10, thanks man! Looks to be the old label with no bottled on date that I can find.

A: Pours a super dark black with a couple fingers of khaki colored head that laces the glass on the way down.

S: Lots of roasted malt scents, some slight dark black coffee/coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Not too much in terms of complexity, but still smells really nice.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of smooth roasted malt flavors, coffee beans, dark roast black coffee, and bitter/dark chocolate. Again, not too complex, but nice and tasty.

M: Above average carbonation with smooth rolling bubbles. Full bodied and coats the palate.

D: I'd say highly drinkable, the roasty flavors are definitely there but not too overpowering, no alcohol taste, etc.

This is a tasty, solid beer that can be enjoyed by most people. However, there's nothing really spectacular about it for me.

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

From my very brief notes. Drank on 7/10/09 Happily stolen from fellow BA heliosphann.

A - It absorbs the god damn light! (Ed. note- This is a direct quote from the notes.) Has a nice tannish head.

S - Very sweet. All I'm really getting is sweet malt and powdered chocolate.

T - Mostly dark fruit. Fig. The finish is a chocolate attack. The chocolate just keeps on going. Very good.

M - Tingly. Nice carbonation.

D - Good(Ed. note- Brevity is wit?)

You can probably consider this review as a permanent ISO.

Photo of u2carew
3.54/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a thick, two finger head that settles slightly. Lacing is sticky and tan in color. The body of the beer is opaque.
S) Bready - lots of bread. Chocolates. Not too much else.
T) Roasted grains. Smoky. Just a bit of hop bit in the finish. Lingering smoky grains in the aftertaste.
M) Gritty. Full bodied - definitely a stout. Dry in the finish, yet smooth overall.
D) A good stout. The aroma is a little too bready. I'd have another.

Photo of gameface23
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Opaque black with a dark tan head. I poured it into a snifter and the head didn't last long at all. The beer didn't leave any lacing.

S: Roasted malts, mostly.

T: Slight cola taste with more of the roasted malts and some chocolate/coffee hints. Very well balanced with the hopping rate.

M: Pretty light-bodied. I was expecting something more viscous.

D: This is a flavorful beer that I wouldn't mind hanging out with some friends and polishing off a 6-pack.

Photo of ShrLSU
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the cellar for about two years..lets see what we got.

Appearence is opaque black with a slight tan head. It leaves nice lacing around the edges. The nose is a robust coffee and chocolate scent. A haevy dose of roasted malts as well. The taste is a dry roasted malt taste and some nice bitter chocolate.The mouthfeel is very dry but very robust. It's not as heavy as I would think. Overall it's very drinkable and one of the better stouts I have had. It's probably the best dry stout I have had.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Oh man does this one look friggin delicious. It's hard to hold off from tasting, but I sure as hell am trying as I write this. Dark brown in color with an almost black character to it. Head was perfection if i've ever seen it on a stout. Thick tan finger length head is full of body and flavor, and just kicks back on top. A thick blanket of creamy head stays on top, never letting the beer shine through. Heavy caking lace is like the cherry on top of this delicious sundae.

Smell - Coffee infused with a soft powdery chocolate that gives off a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Roasted and rich, but needs to be a little bit bolder.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Hmmm, not as rich as I was expecting. Not bad, just not as big. This one drinks more like a beautiful session stout. Two flavors dominate throughout this one. That great soft powdery chocolate, and a smooth coffee bitterness. The bitterness doesn't bite at you like an espresso stout, which sometimes can be overpowering. It's smooth and gentle just like a cup of black coffee. Nice amount of roasted malt to this one as well. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of a drying feel to it at the end. Not overly thick, but easy drinking and just right.

Drinkability - This beer could be a little more overpowering, but I don't want it to be. If I lived in New England this would be a relaxing every night stout I would sip on to ease into my late nights. A great easy drinking stout that doesn't give way in the flavor category. Very enjoyable.

Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Dark brown with an off white to beige 1 finger crown. Some retention and lacing decorate the drinking vessel.

Smell: Loads of character here. I smell wood notes, light bourbon notes, roast malt, a touch of licorice.

Taste: same as nose....delicious!

Mouthfeel: Way thin.

Drinkability: Delicious flavor and thin body makes this an easy drinker.

Photo of everetends
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber thank to the always amazing IBUnit63. Servin' this one up in my Terrapin Snifter.

A: Pours a nice glossy black in color. The body is completely opaque, not getting anything as far as light through here. Maybe when tilted and held to the light, you get a dark yellow oily color at the very top. The head was a perfect finger of medium brown color. Sadly it faded somewhat quickly to a thin top cap. That cap does do a great job of throwing up some lace. Very, very nice for a stout but we need some head retention. Thats the only thing that kept me from giving this a higher score.

S: Really nice aroma coming out here. Nice dark malts with a good amount of roast on it. Actually, getting a really nice and solid smoke aroma. Pretty sweet on the aroma with some nice chocolate, dark chocolate coming through. Coffee is an almost dark roast with some cream thinning it a bit. Getting some caramel notes as well. There may be some fruit presence as well, but I can't really decipher what it is. Maybe some dark cherry and some orange. Kinda wierd but it works.

T: Wow, I had to take a double take at the style once I took the first step. This actually tastes more like an Imperial or Double Stout. Really nice and dark malts here that have a really good roast on it. Nice chocolate presence that brings out some dark and milk chocolate. There is a nice and light smokiness for sure. Out of the smoke there is a nice punch of hops. Citrus hops flavors work in here somehow. The bitterness from the hops mingles nicely with the coffee and cream flavors bringing out that coffee bitterness as well. Other notable flavors are a slight booze, vanilla and caramel flavor that pop in occassionally. I am not a huge fan of big hops in my stouts but this one works for sure. Also, this beer does bring more boozy and alcoholic flavors than the below 7% would normally indicate.

M: Full bodied brew that yet again is big for the style. Nice and rich, thick body. The problem is that the carbonation seems way too high, and is really confusing to the feel. You really want a creamy and chewy body, but that carbonation makes it bubbly and almost fizzy at times. Its just a bit wierd. ABV fits with the level that is in here. It doesn't bring the heat but you can taste alcohol, nice. Aftertaste is mostly some chocolate and orange citrus. Overall, it does finish pretty dry.

D: This is a big ole stout, but its pretty easy drinking because it is still a stout. Sure the flavors are big and they remind me of a much bigger beer. The flavors are just great and much bigger and more elaborate than what is expected from the style. Has that big ABV flavor without the big ABV, which makes it a nice drink on a hot Alabama night. Sure the feel is off, and it freaks me out a bit. Otherwise, everything else works so well. Damn skippy, damn nice. Big thanks to Larry for holding a bottle for me, damn fine.

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

It's crazy for me to finally have the opportunity to review this most illusive beer. Full of anticipation, I pop the top and here it goes!

The pour delivers a dark and valumptuous cascade into the chalice. The beer fills the glass with a dark brown and basically opaque appearance. A billowing brown foamstance rises to the top of the glass and finally settles into a one-inch topping. The session doesn't give any great marks on lacing or legging.

Strong aromas of roasty, toasty, smokiness with rich dark malts, subtle fruitiness and a candied scent that makes me think Hershey Kisses.

All that is confirmed in the taste. An equally strong flavor of smoked chocolate morsels take the foreground while toasty and mellow roastiness give the beer its definate Stout profile. Subtle fruits in buried deep in the background take on berries and apples, all of the bittersweet chocolate covered character. The sweetness of the beer begins to defy the Dry Stout indications found on the label, taking on a sweeter, creamier flavored Oatmeal Stout. All of these flavors take on a muc stronger taste and intensity than expected from a 7% beer.

Though very well malted and attenuated, this beer is heavy and sweet for a Dry Stout. But beers of this character and quality completely defy styles. Rich, creamy, and fully textured- the beer coats the mouth with a sweet, campfire chocolate roundness. Yet, the beer finishes creamy and dry with an evaporative quality that makes it remarkably easy to drink.

An incredible beer that is certainly worth the wait. Consistent brew throughout. Could be a serious American Stout if the hops made a greater impact. Could be an Oatmeal Stout. Could even be a Russian Imperial if heavier gravity.... better yet, leave the beer alone! Now, I just hope it's not six years before my next bottle! A complete joy to drink.

Thanks Adamdc

Photo of tigg924
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: malt, and chocolate

Taste: malt, chocolate, some cream, burnt ashy wood

Mouthfeel: medium body, dry, smooth, next to no feel of carbonation

Drinkability: Maine's best beer, arguably New England's...Just a great example of what a dry stout should be. The alcohol is there, but not noticable. If something with a 6.7 ABV could be sessionable, this would be it...Just a great beer for the style and overall.

Photo of srandycarter
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty darned dark, tan head .5 inches strong. Stays for some time to a disk.

S - Cocoa and coffee notes.

T - Barn funk, smoke, ash, cocoa, coffee, a sharpness that I can't quite discern.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, decent mouth.

D - Tasty!

Photo of colts9016
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from mikeale, thank you for the bottle

Poured into a pint glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A dark brown color that is like burnt motor oil. There is a massive 2 finger head that is tan in color. The head is foamy and bubbly. There is no clarity in the beer. There is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nice soft roasted malt with some coffee, chocolate and a light hint of burnt character. A light citrus, and wood character.

Flavor: A moderately strong roasted malt with coffee, and chocolate. There is a light hint of burnt character with some wood and a hint of citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and dry. The Body of the beer is medium and finish is moderate. There is a nice wonderful flavor with this beer. It is a really good American Stout. There is a dryness to the beer and a very well made beer. I enjoyed this beer very much. The only complaint is the head didn't have much retention to it.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Stevemcqueenjr for this one. I had been anxious to try this for a while.

Ehh very thin which pours a full medium brown, with very little khaki brown head that's gone in 6 seconds. I have alleviated my mind that this is just a regular stout, but come on? When I think of what a regular stout should look like, my mind reverts straight to guinness without hesitating.

The smell is metallic, too much caramel unbalanced by some chocolate gives it a very odd scent. Some dry coffee scents. It just doesn't blend well in this area.

Very thin, tons of coffee, some bitter chocolates. Not impressed with this. Very dry and just straight up displeasing for a stout.

Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into pint glass on 4/29/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a dark brown color with burgundy hints and one-finger foamy tan cap that reduced to a quarter inch of retention and yielded sparse lacing.

S - Dry roasted malt akin to malted chocolate with a touch of earthy, woody notes and a hint of sourness in the back.

T - Chocolatey and malty with a milky sweetness. Finishes with some nutty astringency and just a touch of faint earthy hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium bodied stout with soft carbonation and an oily slickness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery overall. Sweet with minimal bitterness and just a bit of dryness on the palate.

D - Pretty solid stout... nothing amazing but well-done overall. Cadillac Mountain features a prominent chocolate presence, which I found to be rather pleasant.

Photo of prototypic
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ampzilla for the bottle. This one's a bomber from 2006 or 2007 that was born before this brew was contracted out. Thanks a ton, Andrew.

It pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It's nearly opaque, but a little light is visible and gives it nice garnet highlights. A light tan head covers it and stands about two fingers tall. It was very slow to recede and left sticky, but somewhat light strands of lace in its wake.

The nose is very big and well done. Loads of chocolate malt rolls out of the glass. It smells like dark chocolate, rather than a sweet milk chocolate. Roasted malts follow and further develop it's excellent malty character. Roasted coffee and a bit of vanilla add some depth and character. It's not quite as deep or complex as a double or imperial stout, but it smells no less delicious. That much is sure. No alcohol is noted. Smells very tasty.

The flavor follows suit. Very impressive. Chocolate malts are present in abundance and have a dark chocolate character. There's a slightly sweet aspect to them, but it's not predominant. There's a fair amount of roasted malts, but they're not nearly as strong as the chocolate. It has an excellent malt character and base. There's a little light coffee, vanilla, and yeast to add some depth and character. It tastes slightly acidic. Floral hops are noted though they're faint. I'd love to know how they are with a fresh bottle. But I'm amazed (and thankful) to pick up any at all with this cellared bottle. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Finishes sweet, a little yeasty, and acidic. The flavor is overall more refined than the nose, but not enough to warrant a bump in score.

Cadillac Mountain has a medium body and a very smooth feel. It's surprisingly creamy and viscous given its stature as an American Stout (rather than a Double). Drinkability is very high. It has an excellent flavor, goes down extremely smooth and easy, and is only 6.7% abv. Too bad I don't have anymore. I'd be extremely tempted to dive into another bottle.

Cadillac Mountain Stout is an extremely impressive beer. At least this one is. I've heard more than a fair share of criticism about the contract brews available in 12 oz. bottles. After trying this, I can only hope that a classic hasn't been completely tarnished. I'll reserve judgment until I actually try one of those bottles. As for this one, seek out a bomber while you can. It's truly impressive. I've sat on this 2006 or 2007 bomber for nearly a year and it's held up extremely well. Go find one.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer gets low marks for appearance, what was there of the head only appeared after some agitation, black liquid with ruby highlights, not much in the way of lace.

Smell is heavy malt, toffee, chocolate, a small hint of concentrated vanilla. No sign of alcohol or roasted malt.

Taste is altogether another story, quite good and difficult to explain. Tobacco, chocolate is very light, kind of creamy on the mouth. Thick, but bubbly.

I could chalk up the appearance to the pour, which I thought was good enough, but maybe an outside factor is influencing this, because other than that, this is a world class brew.

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

Got this bottle from Cleeze on a trade.

Batch 21, non contract brew

A: Pours a chocolate milk brown, with ¼ inch washed out, khaki head. Lacing is light and sudsy.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with a alcohol undertone.

M/T: Medium mouth feel, the head is a lot like a nitro beer in that its its sudsy and doesn't have a lot of bite to it. I get a lot of mild, roasted malts on the tongue with a very light citrus under tones. Very blended flavor, nothing over the top. The malts and coffee and malts meld together and goes down easy.

D: Very sessionable beer, nothing overwhelming. Mild and a very nice drinker.

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

Serving notes - 0.5L German glass, cellar temp.
A - Dry roast flavor and malt.
A - Three fingers of tan head that quickly disipates. Opaque black body with tinges of red around the edge.
M - Light body, medium to high carbonation.
T - Nice roast fills the mouth, very dry finish with a very light bitterness remaining on the tongue. Some chocolate comes out as the beer warms.
D - Dry finish and lack of bitterness from the roast makes this a very drinkable stout. Great beer.

Photo of Casey10
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can you say about this beer that has not already been said. Delicious, creamy, a bit low on the abv for a stout beer but that is what makes it drinkable.

You can not go wrong here a well balanced stout with good flavor and excellant drinkability.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (22 oz. bomber purchased at the brewery).

Pours opaque black with a somewhat fluffy brown head that, while thin, stays for the whole glass.

Aroma is roasty, black coffee and rich dark cocoa fill the nose.

Flavor is rich - again, there's dark, rich chocolate and roasty black coffee, with a smoothness and subdued sweetness that is singular, and just the barest hint of alcohol. Finishes with an appropriate, very lightly acidic dryness that balances the beautiful, rich flavor.

Palate is almost milkshake thick, with a deliciously light and creamy carbonation.

A few chunks of milled barley in the bottom of the bottle - this one feels like an exceptionally well done homebrew, really. I just hope the new owner/used car salesman doesn't screw this one up, as the new brewer seems like a nice guy.

Photo of KeefD
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for this bottle! Pours a solid black color with barely any light coming through the edges, a large three finger tan head that left a small amount of lacing. Aroma is of dark roasted barley, hints of chocolate and caramel and it's slightly metallic. This beer has a wonderful flavor. There's loads of chocolate and coffee, light bitterness that's mostly from the roasted malts, a light sweetness is present, but it becomes very dry on the finish, and the taste sticks around for quite some time after the swallow. Silky smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is appropriately medium. It's listed as an American Stout on BA, but the bottle says it's a Dry Stout. I'll stick with the brewery's label. This is easily the best dry stout I've ever had. Thanks again Keith!

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.