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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,009 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 200
Gots: 86 | FT: 7
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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mcallister

Ohio

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

Beautiful stout. Not black but very close unless held up to sunlight. It is more of a brooding deep brown with ruby consistencies throughout. Large mocha head, thick, frothy, highly retentive, and gorgeous.

One of the better smelling stouts out there at leasty in comparing pungency. I could literally smell this brew from 4 feet away. Thick, lavish roasted dark chocolate, bordering on fudge, sweet malty flavors, pure vanilla abstract, burnt woodsy caramel, hints of toffee, and dark fruits galore. A nice floral background rounds this out.

Been a while since I've drank a stout this low in alcohol with this much oomph in body and viscosity. Thick, somewhat syrupy, full of roasty dark semi sweet chocolate chunks, vanilla shows through on the mid palate and long finish. Finish also is packed full of various dark fruits, hints of licorice, and an ever so slight bitter finish. Carbonation is moderate and fits the beer exceptionally well. Easily drinkable and absolutely delicious.

Now if only Bar Harbor would sell this beer here.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 22:37:19 | More by mcallister
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Vancer

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Solomon420
for this brew, sent for my BA annv. Whata guy !

Now this is a pour – deep brown, no black! with a tan head that just leaving a sheet down my lake snifter glass. Marvelous. Holy crap, this thing has a meal in its own just waiting on the bottom. Yum ! I just luv these bottle conditioned brews!

Menacing aroma of raisons, malt, anise, bourbon. Sheesh, no wonder this is so sought after. What a sharp and tangy mixture as you slowly quaff this – don’t rush it. The alcohol is low and hidden, a real sipper if you can hold back.

Just an awesome brew, I’m the better (and lucky) man for trying and enjoying it immensely.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 02:07:45 | More by Vancer
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mnesporov

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz Bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Midnight black with a 2 finger head that laces to a good amount.

Smell: A nice burnt raisins smell to it with woody and roasted grain aroma.

Taste: Woody and soft earth flavors come into at first with a nice roasted toffee/molasses taste as well. The layered sweetness is not overpowering. The balance between the different layered maltiness and the roasted flavour are great.

Mouth-Feel: A nice crispness with a full body and a creamy feel.

Drink-Ability: What can I say I love Stouts and this one is great!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 17:16:25 | More by mnesporov
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my trip to Maine last year. Laid down for well over a year, I hope it didn't turn on me.
Pours a deep, rich black with a consistency just this side of motor oil. The sizeable tan, creamy head makes a strange, pop rocks-like sound as it descends to its terminal size of half a finger. Nice aroma of rich, sweet malt, caramel, milk chocolate, and a hint of lactose. Palate is again rich, full of roasted dark and chocolate malts. A lactose sweetness pervades throughout, with a mild hoppy bitterness coming through towards the finish. A light hint of prune is also detectable.
The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, but can be a bit foamy if not handled carefully. Overall, though, a very enjoyable beer, and extremely drinkable. Don't know why I didn't drink it sooner. It's probably a little better fresh, but age may have done it some favors.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 07:17:43 | More by ElGordo
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WeisGuy

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jrdegriselles for getting me this great beer.

a - pours jet black with a moderate tan head, a little retention, not much by way of lacing

s - very nicely balanced aroma, bright roasted maltiness leads with a nice compliment of bitter chocolate and coffee, alcohol is really not noticeable

t - incredibly smooth, roasted malt up front with a nice a good deal of coffee and chocolate lending body, a little bitterness as well, once again, alcohol isn't really noticeable at all; overall, delicious!

m - medium-bodied, perhaps a little too light bodied for how I like stouts, but not bad at all, a little carbonation, moderately dry finish

d - if there's a more drinkable stout, I have yet to find it, this could be one dangerous brew

Wow, this beer lived up to all the hype and more.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 01:30:41 | More by WeisGuy
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Alkey

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Waymouthmike for sending this one my way.

22oz. bottle poured black with big brown head leaving lace. Has an aroma of chocolate, malt and a little bit of alcohol. Taste rich and creamy but isn't thick, almost has more of a light feel with flavors of chocolate, roasted malt, and a mild bitterness. This brew is way to easy to drink. I think I could polish off a bomber in the time it takes me to drink some 12oz beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 23:36:50 | More by Alkey
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to SS jrdegriselles for this bottle that I am splitting with blitheringidiot while watching football. Good times...

This is a fine beer. Very dark in appearance. Rich coffee smell. Tastes like a stout should: rich, malty, with a coffee hint. No alcohol at all to taste. A very, very good brew which will stay on my Want list.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 19:42:59 | More by SkinnyElvis
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dirtylou

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of timtheenchanta and the blue max bif....been interested in trying for a while now

appearance: pours into great dane imperial pint glass...dark mahogany body, rich foamy brown head, creamy retention and nice lacing left behind

smell: lots of roasted malt, bakers chocolate, licorice, light coffee...pretty good

taste: defintely a nice full flavoured stout...lots of roasted malt, dry chocolate, roasted coffee, licorice, rye, creamy, light hop flavour. Good stout, i dont know if its the best american stout though

mouthfeel: rich and creamy, roasty

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 01:02:29 | More by dirtylou
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

This is a beer I have been fiending after for a long while. A special thank you to Purplehops for sending this beer my way as part of BC-2. The beer was served with about 20 minutes of fridge time. The beer was poured into my trusty wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a straight black coloration with no ruby opaqueness to light. The head looks like the creama on top of a nicely brewed espresso. The head is short lived and resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma is an understated dark roasted coffee, semi sweet chocolate maltyness and perhaps a bit of vanilla. I like the smell; however, I wish the smells had a bit more expressiveness.

Taste: This is a very solidly tasting stout. The beer delivers a very satisfying roasted / slightly burnt coffee flavor. The beer continues to deliver satisfaction with a semi sweet chocolate flavor. The beer goes maple sweet on the malty side. Then dries out with a charcoal flavor. I like this beer alot!

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a plus sized medium body. The beer has low carbonation. This is a very creamy beer. Again I have to mention I really like this beer. This was a very hard beer for me to put down. I will seek out more of this beer at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 16:04:18 | More by nlmartin
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christopherharm

South Dakota

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I received this as a present and couldn't have received a better gift. Poured into a glass to release a tall, thin foam on top of a thick, dark body. I could smell the delicious chocolate and coffee tones. Taste in my mouth was exceptional: smooth, light, and crisp with no aftertaste. Simply outstanding beverage. Smoothest stout I've ever tasted. Would love to get out east to be able to sample a fresh pint in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 16:12:24 | More by christopherharm
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briman

Texas

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

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, almost opaque, with a glimmer of ruby just around the edges when held up to the light. Nice quarter inch dark tan head, excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Flavor is mild....roasted malt upfront, some dark chocolate moving towards a dry finish with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Just a hint of roasted malt bitterness in the finish. I'm not getting any obvious hop contribution.

Medium-body, moderate carbonation. I say medium body because that's how it feels on the going down, but it's pretty filling at the same time. Balance is good. I would say that the promise of the aroma isn't fully realized in the taste. It's milder than I expected. Overall, a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 15:32:21 | More by briman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Appears a dark mahogany, borderline black with no light being able to shine through. A 2 finger, tan head slowly fades into a small, bubbly cap. Streaks of lacing are scattered around the bottle.
Smell is of creamy, mocha, cocoa, light roasted malt, light fruit highlighted by raisins.
Taste is of the same aromas with coffee, toasty, licorice notes, caramel, and cream.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, toasty, and creamy.
Nice & drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 01:03:56 | More by weeare138
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany nearly black beer topped by a dark tan creamy looking head. Large spots of lacing cling tight on the inside of the fishbowl wine glass.

Slightly weak nose. There's some slight roasted coffee beans and a mysterious woodiness. There's a hint of alcohol which is weird for a brew that's only 6.7%.

Light creamy coffee. Leather... maybe like a leather glove? That's a bit weird but it doesn't taste bad... I just taste it. Slightly spicy alcohol mouthfeel before swallowing and having the warmth take over. Some bitter chocolate and even more roasted coffee flavor.

Lots of big flavor and feel from a relatively small beer. This one is quite enjoyable. Many thanks to jrdegriselles for a chance to try this tasty brew. I would definitely recommend this one to friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 02:06:09 | More by timtheenchanta
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a big, tight-bubbled taupe head than fades to a dusting. Doughy, yeasty aromas predominate; in the background are some dark fruits, sugared coffees, and perhaps a slight earthy hop aroma. On the tongue, this beer really shines, with creamy coffee, slightly metallic, bitter malts, a perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness, and a delicate dark fruit twang toward the end. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, with just the right amount of fine-bubbled carbonation, and the finish lasts forever. There's really nothing bad to say about this beer; it's a phenomenal stout. There are bigger examples out there, and less alcoholic ones, but very few that combine flavor, moderate alcohol, and drinkability in one package as this one does.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 01:58:11 | More by geexploitation
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BigDaddyWil

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma 22oz. bomber into a pint glass.
Bottle has a sticker that says brew #01639.

Best looking stout, I've seen in a long time. Pitch black, with a super frothy, cream colored head, that never goes away. With each refill pour, the creamy head returns. Lots of dark chocolate smells, backed with hints of raisins, charcoal, a little coffee. This is a winner of a stout. Creamy smooth taste, one of the best I've had. A nice mix of dark chocolates and some dark fruits, very well balanced. Way too easy to drink and way too enjoyable. i wish I had some more of this great brew. A must try!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 00:40:12 | More by BigDaddyWil
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Enola

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Purplehops for the bomber.

This beer seems to have more alcohol than what is listed. The beer is a dark black with a creamy tan head. There is no lacing. The Smell is somewhat like pecan pancakes with maple syrup. The taste is coffe and chocolate. The mouthfeel is smooth but again, there seems to be a bit more alcohol than listed. The drinkability is good. You have to drink this slow however because it is filling.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:42:39 | More by Enola
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black with a creamy brown head that recedes to a brown halo that crowns the beer. Thin, sparse lacing.
Smells of a rich dark chocolate. Hint of alcohol also in the aroma. Chocolate covered cherries.
This is a very flavoful stout that contains all of the major stout flavors balanced together. The most noticable flavor is the chocolate. Taste like a rich dark belgium chocolate. The roasted and coffee flavors help balance out the sweetness of the chocolate. Also hints of dark fruit and a small dose of alcohol hide in the background. The alcohol is less noticable in the taste than it was in the aroma.
IMHO it's the mouthfeel of this beer that sets it apart from other good beers of it's style. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Makes you want to leave it in your mouth for awhile before swallowing. And once you swallow the creaminess just coats your throat as it goes down.
An excellent beer that is very drinkable. I could sit and sip on this beer all night or finish a pint during a meal.
Thanks to enola for sharing. He's the type of guy that when you split a bomber, he gives you the glass that has the most in it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:32:56 | More by wcudwight
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msolar

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried this beer this past summer when visiting Bar Harbor, but it was one of the most delicious beers I have had. Dark color and tan head, smelled terrific, tasted beautiful with a full mouthful. Did I mention it’s one of my favorites? BHBC has produced some amazing beers, and this is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 14:47:59 | More by msolar
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cadillac Mountain Stout

Appearance- Black with a thick tan head.
Smell- dark roast coffe beans with bitter cocoa powder.
Taste- strong bitter dark chocolate blended with dark roast coffee.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth with a solid flavor throughout.

Overall- A delicious stout that tasted even better on the second glass. This would be a "must" during the winter in Maine!!!
1 of the best Stout's I ever drank!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 20:38:20 | More by NJpadreFan
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jazzflap

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer while on vacation in Maine. I visited the brewery which is run by a husband and wife and that is all except for a college student helper in the summertime. Nice people and probalby my favorite stout if not top 3 for sure. Too bad i can't get it in PA.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 14:17:58 | More by jazzflap
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Figured I’d re-rate this for old-time’s sake and since I’ve tried so many more beers since, and I know what I’m doing a little better what I’m doing now than I did a year ago (though some may argue otherwise). Black opaque body withi initially thick, slow to dissipate tan head. Smells sweet, chocolaty or coffee (I can’t decide), with hints of hops and yeast. Tastes initially sweet and roasty, but has a hoppy aftertaste. A very good stout, but would be better if the hop bitterness weren’t quite so pronounced. Still very good. Glad I got it again, I’m more impressed this time. If I were smart, I’d go to the coast and get it on tap...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 20:30:39 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine brought this back from vacation in Wells. $4.50 at Tully's. For that price, amazing! What a great birthday day beer this should turn out to be...

A: Pours a jet black color with a one finger silky smooth pillow like caramel colored head. Excellent retention on this one.
S: Roasted chocolate malt notes. Smells very smooth and soft (if you can comprehend that).
T/M: Wow! Excellent. Sweet, but not too sweet. Dry, but not too dry. Thick, but not too thick. Roasted chocolate malt comes through nicely, with a little bit of coffee and toffee in there also. Dark fruityness is noticeable after a couple of sips and when you take a couple break--mostly after it warms for a couple of minutes. Sweet chocolate aftertaste begins after a dry finish. Silky smooth. One of the most silky beers I've ever tasted. Mouthfeel is phenomenal. Medium body, which is amazing because it starts out pretty thick.
D: Hands down the best stout I've ever had. Mouthfeel is right on. Nothing too pronounced or thin, just about right on. Best to let this one sit out for about 10 or so as it just gets better and better as it warms up.

If I could get this on a regular basis, it would be my go to stout, especially at that price. Amazing. Two exaggerated thumbs up to Bar Harbor.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 22:44:57 | More by bjohnson
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

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

Sampled at a tasting at Bar Harbor Brewery, and subsequently sampled in force later on by bottle.

I can understand why this beer has gotten some good publicity. It has a very even taste to it, highlighted by hints of chocolate and roasted malts that give it a sweetly smoky taste.

It pours with a nice, light brown foamy head, and it has a deep, dark amber/brown color. Right after the pour, the chocolate aroma is present. It feels vaguely creamy, but not nearly as heavy as other stouts.

Overall, it is highly recommended if you can get a hold of it. I thought it is nicely balanced and very drinkable. I really like how the roasted, smoky tastes of the malt complimented the sweetness beer. I think "balance" in all areas, flavors, mouthfeel, and smell is a good way to describe it. A well-rounded beer.

Top-notch effort from a cool microbrewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2006 15:04:42 | More by Abita45
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dherling

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So happy to have discovered this in NJ, then enjoyed soon after in Maine where it's from. Now back in NJ and ready to review with a glass right in front of me. Pours out a dark mahogony brown, nearly black with a coffee ice cream colored head. There are lots of things going on inthe nose, coffee, chocolate, yeast, even a little hops, but no mistaking richly roasted malt. You get all the same in the taste, but it develops one after the other, wonderful! The moutfeel keeps alternating back and forth between effervescent bite, and silky, creamy smoothness. It finishes a little dark, more coffee here, but extremely drinkable for a stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 22:58:17 | More by dherling
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Freshie

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour of this beer is amazing. Dark as crud, with tan head that never quits. Lacing is thick.

Aroma is malty, with roasted smells, chocolate, coffee, some metallic esters.

The taste is o so ssssmoooth. Chocolate leads way to roasted coffee. The taste also stays with you and moves to a bit of chocolate bitterness on the back of the throat.

The smoothness makes this very drinkable for such a complex brew.

Wow

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:32:03 | More by Freshie
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.