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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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1,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 228
Gots: 103 | 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 LittleBreeze
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of drseamus
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

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

Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 .

Photo of jbear725
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of number1bum
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of jmalex
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Nipitato
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of grub
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of TexIndy
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of ncvbc
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice black with medium head which was pretty lasting. Some lacing down the glass as well. Smell was of chocolate and roast malts. Taste is of rich milk chocolate and hints of coffee. A good mildly bitter hop flavor noted as well. Very well balanced and quite ejoyable. Mouthfeel was ideal. Medium body and silky smooth, like velvet. Nice drinkability. I like this one. It is right up there with the likes of Obsidian Stout.

Thanks goes to zutmin for the bottle.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow... this one is really unique. Pours an opaque darkness with a stiff two finger dark tan head that resists fading. Some lacing observed.

The smell is aggressive and really unique; a floral citrus lime scent over classic stout that has that almost-over-cooked milk chocolate thing going on.

Surprisingly lighter bodied, the mouth feel is slightly under-carbonated. That special citrus hop in the nose is captured in the flavor over the milk stout base. Very drinkable. The 6.7% ABV is well hidden. This isn't your highly roasted winter bev. Go for it!

Photo of PCmofo
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beer pours a thick black color with a nice light tan head. Holding it up to light, the beer proves to be quite opaque and dark.

S-The beer has a wonderful hoppy/malty aroma. Sweet coffee and caramel followed by hops.

T- This beer has both a stronger malty flavor as well as a strong hops bite than your typical bland porter. The hops bite is a suprise at first then the caramel and coffee and hints of chocolate in the malt flavor take over leaving a wonderful finish.

M- Mouthfeel is thick but not as thick as a nitro beer.

D- Drinkibility is high for me for a stout. The intense malt and hops flavors really make this beer shine.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ampzilla for the brew.

Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, small creamy tannish head, mostly a nice oil slick, some lacing afterwards. The nose is mostly malts, toffee, slight coffee, vanilla, and some caramel. The taste is malty, slight roasted feel, toffee, coffee, and caramel. The finish is dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very taste Stout, would like to try this one again in the future.

Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bjohnson for trading me this bottle. The stout has been at room temperature for near one hour.

A: The stout is black. I held it to light, rotating the glass several times, but nothing came through. No lighter brown colors, no nothing! Atop the pitch black wonder is a white band of head, small now but near a 2 fingers on pour. There is no retention of that thick lace anywhere in the glass.

S: The nose is has a sweet roasted bread aroma, slightly acrid but softened by a chocolatey presence.

T: The ale greets you with a bitter, burnt flavor up front, kicking around the tastebuds for good measure with some roasted grains. That darker, burnt toast flavor is quickly eclipsed by chocolatey flavors, a combination of sweet milk chocolate and bitter baker's chocolate. The finish is more of a sweeter milk chocolate, nicely rounding off the whole drink.

M: Roasted and bitter upfront and slowly transitioning to a sweeter chocolate body, this beer puts a great flavor on the palate.

D: This is a very easy to drink beer, a very good stout. The flavors are soft and focused, creating a solid beer that never overwhelms the palate. This is how a good stout should taste.

Photo of Backer2004
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rhanks to zutmin for this trade and well worth it on my end. pours the blackest brew I have ever seen. nice light brown head, little carbonation. burnt notes, bitter coffe taste, medium body, easy to drink. great with a brownie. tasty end of the night beer.

Photo of hunteraw
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barleywinebrewer for sending this one my way in the Little Guy BIF.

Appearance: Very, very dark and opaque. Good head and retention, some lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly light aroma - I was expecting more depth. What's here is lots of roast/burnt malt, and some bitter dark chocolate. Breathing deeply reveals a boozy, alcohol aroma as well.

Taste: First few sips are disappointing. Lighter and less complex than I was expecting in a top 50 beer. Emphasis is on the roast. Not nearly as chocolatey as the label description makes it sound.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable - goes down easy. That said, unremarkable and overrated.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Guess what color this one was? Just kidding, it is obviously black. The head was foamy, tan, and sizable. The aroma was roasted, charred, and dark chocolates. the flavor made me think "This is what Guinness should be". The label did not lie, the chocolate flavor was "focused". This was good stuff but 12oz would have been enough.

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.