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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout

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1,031 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,031
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 205
Gots: 92 | FT: 10
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.

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Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours black with dark borwn highlights. About an inch of off white head that quickly vanishes. Mouthfeel is thick; not particuarly creamy, but has some body behind it. There's a definite dry finish to this beer that's somewhat unusual (in my experience) for a stout.

Intriguing flavor. Dark, bitter roasted chocolate. Some coffee, more vanilla than you normally see (I like it). No fruits, hops, or other esoterics you see in RIS's, this is straight up coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The smell is intoxicating: one of my favorite aromas from a beer. The rare case where it perhaps smells better than it tastes.

Good stuff.

Overlord, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured this highly anticipated beer into my SA glass. Very dark brown/black with 1 finger of glistening beige head. Aroma of chocolate and java hit me instantly. Big chocolate notes, with some undertones of vanilla and java. Extremely delighful beer! Very silky in the mouth...warm velvet. As the beer warmed, I got a wonderful flow of cocoa into a mild butterscotch flavor with a semi-hoppy finish. Even picked up some marshmellow in the finish. Very balanced, without 1 flavor dominating the palate. Split with my wife and I cannot think of another stout I have enjoyed more. Simply a beautiful beer.

RustyDiamond, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Acquired from purplehops courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, dark malts and a decent amount of hops for a stout.

T: The taste is very malty and creamy with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and faint touches of dark fruit and smokiness. There’s a decent hops presence for the style and I was a little surprised find what seemed to be a bit of an alcohol burn for a beer under 7.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling for a style that normally is, good kick, very good representation of style, I found this to be a very enjoyable beer even though I don’t usually get too excited about very many stouts. I could certainly knock back a couple of bombers of this beer on the right evening.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

The legendary Cadillac Mountain Stout. Honestly, I am a little disappointed with this offering; maybe I am spoiled, or partial to Imperial Stouts. Nonetheless, this is a very solid offering.

An assortment of dark chocolate, coupled with a spicy hint of vanilla towards the end. As with dark chocolate, there is a bitter finish that is accompanied by a pretty strong malt/slight hop profile.

As far as complexities go, this one has got 'em. Unfortunately the intensity of the complexities is not that strong. A beer like this should not be subtle, it should hall-off and kick you square in the nuts.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade

This is big, tasty American stout. I'd call it a classic American stout, but that might infer that something about this beer is average rather than amplified. This is an American stout turned up to 11. The flavor is a rich espresso and cocoa taste which finishes with a mixture of dry, bitter grain and residual sweetness. It seems like there are a decent amount of hops floating around in the background, but it's really that mixture of coffee and chocolate flavors that make this beer wonderful. In the grand scheme of things, this beer could be more complex, but darn it's tasty.

tempest, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

22 oz. bottle courtesy of todd1.

Dark coffee black with a finger of dark khaki head. Sweet and bitter roasted malt. Peat, plums, tobacco, with hints of vanilla, dates, and chocolate. Very complex and inviting.

Taste starts with rich, roasted malt with shades of bitterish coffee. Sweetish dark fruits (plums, dates) meld with meaty, slightly smoky flavors. Roasted chocolate coffee bitterness into the long delicious finish. Full-bodied with a chewy feel. An exceedingly good malty stout that is almost Scotch Ale like.

alexgash, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of hero27
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

22 oz bottle

Bottle comes courtesy of goodbyeohio in trade, thanks again.

Pours a very dark brown..tan head looks like styrofoam sitting in the glass.
Aroma is a combination of burnt malts, cocoa, and nuts.
Subtle roasted malt flavor blended with rich, creamy milk chocolate..hops play a small role in the background.
I love that the alcohol is not overdone. Keeping this under 7% separates it from all those gargantuan imperial stouts out there but still provides it more muscle than most other stouts.
The carbonation is perfect and the texture is like velvet...drinkability is top-notch.
A truly phenomenal beer in all aspects.

hero27, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours opaque black with mahogany hue and a tan frothy head that dies pretty quick. Nose is roasty with chocolate, a hint of coffee and a vanilla bean scent. Taste is nice and roasty, chocolate and bakers chocolate and a vanilla/toffee like finish with a little bitterness. Velvet in the mouth and not syrupy in any way. Nice carbonation. This is somewhat porter like in feel but has a lot of delicious stout taste. A perfect balance of flavor and body and a delight to sip. Could do another!

franksnbeans, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

11/21/2007 Beer Thirty

A shout out to zutmin for sending this one. I loved it.

Pours dark with at least a two finger creamy head.
Outstanding aroma. Yes...it is the traditional smells associated with a stout. But there is something about the way it comes together. The aroma is seductive.

This is just one darn fine stout. The flavors and balance seem near perfect (to my taste). There is a little bite in the finish that makes you want to take the next sip.

I shared the bomber but I really think I could drink this one all evening. Very hard not to gulp this down and open another one.

LittleBreeze, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz. bottle

Very dark -- held up to strong light and it appears to be clear, dark mahogany, with lots of ruby highlights. Formed a large, creamy, tan colored head. Not much lacing, good legs. This is a gorgeous beer.

Scents of coffee, chocolate and some alcohol. Earthiness. Some grassy hops as well.

Taste was more sweet than expected. Chocolate, not entirely of the bittersweet variety either. Coffee -- mochachino anyone? A bit spicy/peppery towards the end. Grassy and herbal as bitter notes. Some bourbon/vanilla flavors as well.

Medium + body, as a tiny complaint, it could be thicker. Medium + carbonation, very well integrated, leads to a creamy feel. Fairly dry.

An excellent stout, more coffee/chocolate variety than fruity. Looking forward to my next bottle!

, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

Celebrating my 1 year anniversary on BA and thanks to BeerBeing for the beer.

A: Served in my DFH snifter, it has a nice dark head with a mocha colored head that fell leaving only some scattered bubbles on the surface.

S: The aroma has a good amount of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt for a regular (non-imperial) stout. Some alcohol is present but this is really a kickass aroma.

F: The flavor is nice and smooth with a good amount of roast that balances the caramelly sweetness nicely. This is a textbook american stout.

M: There is a good amount of carbonation in this beer and it has a nice full body. I've been drinking a lot of bigger beers lately and drinking a nice "session" stout is a great change.

D: This beer defines drinkability. I love darker beers and at under 7%, I could drink this one all day.

drseamus, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

had to laugh. I've had this off and on (practically in my backyard) as well as shared this with plenty of friends but never sat down to do a review. 190 reviews as of this writing so I'll stay brief.

A - rich black color with a dark tan head.
S - classic dark malts, chocolate, caramel and some coffee notes.
T - similar to the aroma with a nice hops finish.
M - medium bodied, rich smooth carbonation, dry finish
D - a tasty indulgence

barleywinebrewer, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of genog
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a watery black color with light brown rocky, fizzy head. Leaves some lacing, but head slowly fades away to leave very little. Smell is very faint, with some mild coffee, and grains. Taste is much better than what I get from the smell. Sweet with some bitter coffee flavors. Watery mouthfeeling with soft carbonation .

genog, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of jbear725
4.83/5  rDev +15%

22oz bottle
poured into pint glass

This beer poured a nice rich dark amber that becomes black when in the glass. The head foamed up to about 1" and died back to about 1/2" The head was a nice tan color that when settled was creamy.

Not much of a strong smell with this beer. A faint bit of hops and roasted malt aroma blend well together.

The taste is fantastic. This bottle was nice and fresh. Everything I would expect in an American style stout. It's got a bit of sweetness combined with roasted malt flavors and hints of caramel. The hop flavor is nicely balanced throughout. Not too bitter and not overly aromatic to detract from the malt flavors. Great taste balance.

The beer was a little thinner in the mouthfell than expected. At 6.7% I was expecting it to be a bit heavier. Overall this has great drinkability and totally worth making this a session beer fall through spring.

jbear725, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of number1bum
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Picked up a few bombers of this stuff while vacationing in Bar Harbor this summer. What a prize!

Pours a very dark brown, not quite jet black color, and not completely opaque either. Substantially soft and pillowy tan head builds on top, recedes slowly and leaves a thin lace and some streaks of stick down the sides of the glass.

Smell is toffee and caramel sweetness and some slightly tart dark fruit. Some chocolate notes and roasted malt in there, as well.

Taste has more chocolate in it than the smell, and along with some roasted malt flavor it's very tasty. It's medium in sweetness with some raisin and dark fruit flavor, as well. Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth, medium- to full-bodied yet light on the palate through the finish.

This is a top notch brew by any standard and simply amazing coming from the tiny brewery it does. Oh, if only they had the inclination to expand production, the things they could produce! Ah well, at least we have Cadillac Mountain Stout.

number1bum, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

I searched long and hard for this one but my endeavors definitely paid off. Stouts are my favorite style and this one definitely ranks up there with the best of them.

Poured a dark jet black with a thick, tan one fingered head.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate, burnt toast and a very slight hop presence.

Tastes are roasty, toasty malt. Slight piney hops and a bit of rich chocolate.

Nice full bodied mouthfeel makes this beer a meal by itself.

BillyB, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Why did it take me so long to get this one? I have no idea, but I am very thankful to scthaden for sending this one my way in the 1,000 miles (East/West again) BIF.

Pours a looking dark brown color with a dense, almost two fingers worth of foam. Good retention and sticky lacing. A nice, thick, ring of foam lasts throughout the whole drink; it looks like a solar eclipse in a glass.

Good aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, earthy hops, hints of vanilla, cocoa, and malted milk.

Tastes very smooth and silky. There’s definitely some sweet chocolate and coffee mix that plays out very well. Very good, almost powdery, cocoa finish. Not sure if this has some oats in the recipe but it’s very smooth on the mouth.

I say this beer represents an American Stout very well.

seaoflament, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

The crown jewel from my vacation in Maine. I successfully cleaned out an entire store of this buying it for myself and friends.

APPEARANCE: Pours very black into a becker glass. The head is tan in color, dense, and 2 fingers high with a turbulent pour. It eventually drops to a full surface coating. Stunningly perfect.

SMELL: The smell is amazingly balanced despite some strong aromas coming out of the glass. Coffee and roast is most prominent as expected in an Irish-style stout such as this. The roast is balanced by a hint of chocolatey sweetness and by a hop aroma that is certainly present yet nondescript.

TASTE: The taste is very much as an Irish-style stout should be. It has clean flavors and is very roasty initially, even showing off some slight hop flavor. As it crosses the palate, an almost lactic sweetness comes on strong and balances the beer out tremendously. Everything drops out on the finish and is very clean save for a lingering roastiness that leaves you wanting another sip.

MOUTHFEEL: Very full bodied and not syrupy at all. Carbonation level is spot on. Not too high as this is a full-bodied stout, after all. But not too low as to make the body seem like motor oil. Perfect.

DRINKABILITY: As far as stouts though, this ranks right up there. The body hurts it just a bit, but a bomber is easy to finish. The low ABV just reinforces that.

I'm now regretting giving so much of this away to friends. I did keep 5 bombers for myself, but I need more. I guess another trip to Maine will be in order soon.

jmalex, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Picked up a bomber whilst on vacation in Bar Harbor, ME.

A: Dark, dark brown bordering on black with red highlights when held to light. The beer has legs. A quarter inch thick dark khaki hued head tops off this good looking beer.

S: Strong roasty malt aroma. Dark fruit esters mingle in the background with mild chocolate aroma. Unfortunately a metallic aroma gets in the way.

T: Malty sweet flavor that leans towards espresso rather than coffee. Chocolate flavor is also strong more like milk chocolate than dark. Caramel flavor noticeable. A nice bitter finish.

MF: Medium full body. Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation.

D: Good drinkability. Well balanced. Certainly a high quality American stout.

Nipitato, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

22oz. bottle thanks to Ira

Pours a rich black color with a creamy mocha head that goes the distance. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite tame. Light notes of roasted malt with a nice mocha smell woven in.

Roasted malt flavor upfront with a slight sweetness. Some hints of cocoa before a mild bitter bite and slight herbal hop flavor set in. Finishes rather sweet with a lingering roasty taste.

Medium-full body, well carbonated.

Overall, a solid stout - but just slightly too sweet. Still nicely drinkable and satisfying. Admittedly, I had expected something a little more interesting after seeing the overall score.

MaltyGoodness, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

Had at the brewery in Bar Harbor. Poured to a very dark brown color, with medium thin off-white head that linger awhile and left okay lacing. Aroma was a mild malty chocolate-caramel-nut mixture, and the flavor followed suit. The finish was pleasant and warming as the alcohol made itself known near the end, although this beer was a little too thin bodied to be considered a really good stout.

I agree with the commercial description that it meets or beats Guinness and Murphy’s but it is not playing in the big leagues with such Stout classics as Storm King, Wake n Bake and Kentucky Breakfast.

kimcgolf, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of grub
4.58/5  rDev +9%

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. a sticker indicates "Brew # 01879", but i couldn't figure out how to translate that into a production date.

pours very dark brown, not quite black, but pretty much opaque. the big brown head drops fairly slow and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. bit of alcohol. big bready malt. toasty. touch of sweetness. bit of caramel. lots of chocolate.

taste is great. loads of dark chocolate. coffee. caramel. tasted bread. medium-low bitterness level. very light alcohol. hint of vanilla.

mouthfeel is great. medium body. medium-low carbonation level. nice dry finish.

drinkability is great. very well balanced. an excellent example of the style and just a damn good stout. thanks eric!

grub, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Big thanks to zutmin and number1bum for this treat.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a complete black with a nice two finger tan colored head that slowly dies die to a nice thin head that stays throughout. Stickiness is decent, holds on to the sides a bit here and there but not a whole lot. Smell is a sweet caramel malt combined with roasted nuts and a bit of chocolate as well. Taste is very much the same but dark fruits seem to stand out. Nice mild smokey nut flavor that is very enjoyable. Aftertaste is a nice date and raisin like flavor that stays forever. Great balance between the sweetness and roasted flavors. Such a full bodied, complex brew that goes down so smooth and creamy. Get your hands on this one for sure.

BeerTruth, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Midnight buh-lack brown hued pour allowing no light escaping. Zero lace left from the settled splotchy khaki tan head cap coating that just becomes a thin layer.

Unusual scents of slight wet dog or wet leaves. Hmmmm...nothing offensive just not stout like in the nose. Light cocoa and roasty aroma. Overall the nose becomes more proper after a little warmth.

First swigs: Thick lucious chocolate roasty malt front with well balanced hop addition. Sweet rolling cocoa meets dark chocolate and roasted malt.

Feel is thick and full bodied. Light linger of tootsie roll finish.

Last swigs: Well done American stout. Surprised that there are not more beers that use the cadillac name.

blitheringidiot, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - thanks! Poured from a 22oz bottle with no dating system into my trusty pint glass. Was deep black with mahogany edges. Had a good size dark brown head that slowly settled into a thin collar. Not much lacing. The aroma was kinda weak but what was there was very pleasing. Chocolate malts was dominant with a little coffee in the back. The taste was outstanding. This is by far the best AmStout that I've tried. It's described as a dry stout and I'm not entirely sure what that means but I like it. Was smooth from start to finish and avoided that bitter end that I find in some stouts. Really pleased the whole tongue. Just a nth from being a 5 on taste. The mouthfeel was perfect. Rich and creamy with just right carbonation. Highly, highly recommend. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

TexIndy, Jul 12, 2007
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,031 ratings.