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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout

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1,050 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 204
Gots: 97 | FT: 11
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 christopherharm
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.

christopherharm, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of briman
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.

briman, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
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.

timtheenchanta, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
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.

geexploitation, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of BigDaddyWil
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!!!

BigDaddyWil, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of Enola
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.

Enola, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
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.

wcudwight, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of msolar
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.

msolar, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
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!

NJpadreFan, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of jazzflap
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.

jazzflap, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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...

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
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.

bjohnson, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Abita45
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.

Abita45, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of dherling
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.

dherling, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of Freshie
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.



Freshie, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark black with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Caramel molasses and raisin fill the nose.

Taste: This beer is complex and vinous. Layer by layer it peeled away a new flavor sweet and smooth the bitter sweet chocolate and coffee bean then the vanilla and molasses and then the finish has a nice hop presence. Beautiful!

Mouthfeel: Creamy & smooth. So incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: There is a reason this should be one of the highest ranked stouts; because it is freaking good! I could very easily session this beer despite the 6.70% ABV.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to mdavis31481 for helping me knock another top 100 beer off of my list.

Appearance: Ebony body, gigantic tan head, bubbles cling to the glass. The head is a slow fader, leaving a little lace.

Smell: Lots of sweet chocolate to enjoy, coffee is there, so is a sweet cream smell, but the chocolate really defines the smell. I have had chocolate cake that doesn't smell this good.

Taste: Balanced and highly drinkable. Chocolate is bitter and sweet, like a wonderful piece of gourmet chocolate. Taste ends with a small alcohol warmth, very nice.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this is a very solidly crafted stout, up there with the tops in style.

TastyTaste, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown/black beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a bis foamy brown head. There is a deep roasted malt character to the aroma with some molasess and hints of vanilla in the background. There are also some coffee notes as the glass warms. The taste starts out like a milk stout , nice and sweet on the tip of your tongue. Then the roasted malt bitterness builds as it heads to the back of your mouth. With some coffee notes mixed in with the burnt grain notes. A slight tickle from some hops on the finish and a hint of vanilla in the bacground.

ybnorml, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding beer.

The beer pours like your typical stout in appearance. Black as night with a light head. The smell is of toffee and some hops.

The taste is pretty amazing. There are burnt flavors, cream, toffee, and chocolate. Lots of sweet, milk flavors. Almost more like a sweet stout than a dry stout. There are some hops to balance things out at the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty great. It is smooth and creamy. The drinkability is very high. At less than $4 a bottle when I visit Maine, I make it a point to stock up. One of the best stouts out there.

gotbeer, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this at Tully's in Wells Me. and I couldn't wait to open it. This beer pours a jet black with a huge tan foamy head. This is what a beer should look like ! The smell,however, was alot lighter than I expected. I could only smell a slight hint of coffee and roasted malt. The taste is full of roasted malt,coffee, and mostly chocolate. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing very well. This is a very good stout that should not be missed. I wish I bought a few more bottles.

jmz62565, May 20, 2006
Photo of PatandDavid
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a style I go for all that often, but since we were cracking open a bomber we had purchased back in Feb, I said David pour me a glass too. Dark and opaque, I've been sitting outside reading and admiring the lovely golden sheen of the crema style head on top. Aroma is a bit reserved, but some deep whiffs reveal chocolate notes, and even some interesting metallic bits. Small not overly sharp carbonation. Medium, slightly sticky body. Tastewise, a nice 55% chocolate eaten with a cup of rich roastey coffee with ultimate note being the roast. It's not a big in your face kind of brew, which I don't mind, the abv and not over powering in your faceness makes it easy to enjoy. Good stuff.

PatandDavid, May 07, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

deep brown, near black, with an inch of foamy tan head that leaves little lace. some dark purple mahogany peeks through against the light.

rich, sweet aroma of dark fruits, powdery chocolate, and fortified red wine. the slightest hint of coffee.

flavor and mouthfeel both lighter than expected, especially for a stout. medium-high carbonation. bitterness of coffee and roasted malts and a touch of chocolate sweetness. finishes very clean with a slight hop bite. easy drinking, pleasant and nicely fragrant.

Prufrock, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a nice black color with a thick coffee head, served in a snifter and just a little chilled. It had a dark chocolate odor. I could taste chocolate, roasted grain , and I think even some licorice. A great tasting beer. I thought it felt a trifle thin in the mouth, I guess I was expecting something a little more substantial. However, a great beer overall.

lordofthewiens, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks erik for sharing. this review is a long time coming, like a dusty treasure found in the annals of my reviewing paperwork.

pours a solid, nocturnal brown with a bulbous, khaki head of corrosive bubble-off foam. the mug looks like a blow off bucket situated under a stout fermenter in some hayseed brewery. smells very hoppy and earthy with a sour dominance of aggressively english yeast. airy bubbles pop in my moustache hairs as i drink this light elixir, whose body is ethereal and barely existent.. this would be bad, but the flavor is so big. could this be the most drinkable stout ever?

tastewise, CMS starts out with a milk chocolate syrup creaminess with pronounced malt sweets. nutty and clean, this beer continues to a hop crest. the finish is all about a lower-middle presence of green buds. chocolate transitions to sweet red fruits and the slight bitterness of nectarine rinds with effortless ease.the palate is left dry with some crystalline botanicals, but no overwhelming bitterness. this is a sweet beer with medium roastiness. african coffee bean presence comes out with warmth, fruity in that dark roasty way.

what a great freakin stout. world class, and one of the few so which can be classified as american session brews.

goodbyeohio, Apr 07, 2006
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.