Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,083
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 ShrLSU
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.38/5  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
4.28/5  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 +7.1%
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
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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
4.4/5  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 -25.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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 +6.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -2.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +9.5%
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
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.53/5  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!

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this gem courtesy of some generous folks at BSP whose BA names I forget, but thanks to Mike, Jeff, and John.

Pours one shade away from black with a brown head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a good deal of dark chocolate. There's not a whole lot going on here, but it's very well done for a "plain stout".

Tastes similar to how it smells, though there are hints of coffee. Creamy roasted malt flavors up front that segue into roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors before a solidly bitter ending. I can taste some citrus flavors if I really look for them, but this is certainly not a hop-dominated stout.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these without any problem, and unlike bigger stouts this wouldn't pose a problem for my balance.

Overall this beer lived up to the hype. I can't think of a _stout_ that I've enjoyed more. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of Mauerhan
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got home from a looong day at work so this son of a bitch is going down to belly town. they should call this this sediment mtn stout. bottle has about an inch sitting down bottom.

pours black. a two finger mocha head rises up and sticks around for a bit then settles to a half finger of perma foam. this is how stouts want to look. if it had more lacing i would give it a five but you cant have everything.

smells roasty. powdery chocolate. very subtle. not anything that is really jumping out and kicking me in the face.

taste is nice. definite chocolate presence. smooth subtle sweetness lingers.

mouth is smooth and easy to drink.

I enjoyed this and would drink this again. I am glad to try it but i dont think i will be giving up anything special for it in the future.

Photo of orcasteve
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into my duvel tulip for a st patrick's day celebration, this poured a thin bodied black with an ever so slight red hue to it, their was a thick tan head that wont go away, the smell is coffiee and burnt malt, the taste starts out dry abd bitter with the rich malt taking the lead the coffiee flavor rushes in next and then a slightley sour presance makes itself known. at the verry end i am left with bitter chocolate and some alochal, this is a world class stout for sure, glad i started st patrick's off right!

Photo of errantnight
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well it's certainly a delicious, if somewhat overhyped brew. I will say, I'm happy to see this much flavor in an American stout that's not packed with alcohol.

Thanks, Damian, for this one!

Well this beer has to have some age on it, since I understand they've stopped the 22oz bottlings, and I traded for this almost a year ago...

That said, pours a pale, transulcent deep, deep brown, black at the very center. Pours a bit like an amber or brown ale, which is to say it seems to have only moderate viscosity. Finger, or just less, of head, with nice retention and middling lacing.

Notes of milk chocolate and freshly roasted coffee are central to the aroma, although it's slightly muted.

Taste is very chocolate forward, very creamy (maybe more silky) mouthfeel that allows a backing light brown sugar sweetness. There's a hint of roast around the edges, but it's swallowed up by the pervasive sweetness. It isn't big and sweet through the middle, but it's sticky and a bit cloying on the palate.

What seems on inspection to look a bit thin holds up well... although I suspect this slight under-attenuation that makes this a bit stickly in taste is what gives it this great mouthfeel.

Some great flavors, extremely clean, if not the most complex, and I love the drinkability of this one (damn you, Bud Light!)... but it's too easy drinking to really fulfill as a nightcapper, but too sweet to really be drank on its own. That said, I really enjoyed it, but now I need to go brush my teeth.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given to me by the very gracious Mauerhan and enjoyed with PatronWizard and Aim-less. Poured into a Piraat glass.

A: Pours black, with no transparency at all. The head was quite frothy and exhibited a phenomenal amount of retention.

S: A mix of dark malts that blend together nicely...not sure what I pick up...but it's definitely sweet.

T: Strong chocolate presence with hints of coffee and caramel-like flavors. The bitterness is gentle, and the alcohol has a nice warm touch at the finish.

M: Great! Good carbonation, full-body, and somewhat creamy.

D: I liked the chocolate notes and how they were the main focus of this beer. The alcohol is low enough to enjoy a full glass...or two...or get the point.

Overall: A great beer...a must try! Cheers!

Photo of irishtjb11
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

named for the tallest mountain in acadia, one of the first places the rising sun hits in america. epic, but fitting for this beer. what a beer, well done. the appearance is dark, opaque, midnight in a class. nice beige head that starts off quite noticable, reduces itself to a bout half an inch, but stays for the duration.

my favorite aspect of this beer, is the smell. the nose just explodes with this. all the typical scents from a stout, with a nice warm bbq/hickory smell to it, a real nice accent to the barleys and malts.

taste is great, nice sweet hints at first, followed by lots of barley bitterness. great mouthfeel as well, can really chew around in the mouth. besides the carbonation, its literally silk in a glass. well done bhbc, one of my favorite stouts. great feeling to be from maine and have such a great beer like this come from down the street.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a modest tan head that laces nicely

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, with hints of molasses, mocha and vanilla

Taste: Lots of bittersweet chocolate up front, with a developing citrus bitterness by mid-palate, which also offers hints of mocha and vanilla; after the swallow, the chocolate re-emerges and winds up dominating the citrus flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability; Really nice; not often you come across a stout with this much flavor and this low an ABV

Thanks, mikeale, for the opportunity

Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a tasty local brew. A lot of smoke, earth and chocolate all rolled into one bottle.
The color was black.
Taste: Smoke, earthy,chocolate
Smell/Nose: Not much. Slight hint of smoke
D: Very smooth. Lingering finish. Could easily have a couple at one sitting.
I enjoyed this stout very much.

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,083 ratings.