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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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1,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 668
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 222
Gots: 99 | 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 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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft foamy tan head, reaches a half inch before settling steadily to a nice ring. Very black, although a bit of light can penetrate about the edges. Roasty aroma with some dark fruit (cherry) and light chocolate. It smells also like it might be somewhat oxidized.

The flavor is quite dry, rather unsweetened with a light cocoa flavor. Finish leaves a mild bitterness behind. I'm glad to find out that it doesn't taste like it's too far past it's prime. The mouthfeel is nice with a rich and creamy feel, not overly chewy like some stouts.

Not a bad brew overall. I would like to try it again, a bottle with less age on it perhaps and I will re-review...

Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was in Portsmouth NH recently and decided to swing up to Maine to grab a bottle of Cadillac Mountain Stout. I've heard so much about it but never tried it until now.

The beer pours a deep dark clear ruby color that appears black in the glass. On top a thick creamy tan foam head forms and leaves behind a ring of netted lace as it dissolves. The aroma seems rather faint for a stout, but I detect roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and nuts.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft and smooth with a mild fizz on the tip of the tongue. The rich flavor is a well balanced combination of roasted malt mixed with chocolate and a hint of coffee. Reminds me of a mocha milk shake. At the end there's a hint of nuts and grass that give the beer a slight bitterness.

This beer is very drinkable and quite tasty. It has a wonderful mouthfeel, but could use a bit more aroma. I hope someday this beer is distributed outside of Maine.

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

A - Poured a deep dark brown, nearly opague with a nice tight tan head, very quick fade to a nice film with a good bit of lace. Lots of audible carbonation when poured was definatly noticeable.

S - Very nice robust caramel smell mixed with aromas of coffee and hints of roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. Overall not bad.

M & T - First impression was really just the perfect carbonation, great frothy and fluffy mouthfeel and just all around benefit to the palate. Lots of caramel flavors and again a bit of a smoked hint at the back. Small flavors of roasted nuits, chocolate and hints at black coffee. Very nice, but the mouthfeel was absolutly pefect. Light, balanced, a drinkers stout.

D - Overall I would say excellent. The smoothest, easiest drinking stout I have ever had,, This was really a pleasure to drink I can certainly see why this is an award winner, perfect balance and drinkabilty. Really nice and a great brew.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Black/dark brown body with a creamy, cocoa colored head.

S:Roasted malts, coffee, and some light unsweetened chocolate. I get some light grassy hops and a slight metallic/nut note.

T: Taste is better. The unsweetened chocolate comes off creamy and yummy. Some earthy notes, coffee and roasted malts come through as present in the nose. Hops give there presence but do not distract. A nice stout indeed.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Fits it nicely.

D: Damn easy to drink. If your a Stout fan, you must check this out.

Photo of BlindPig
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thick dark tan head on a black brown body.
S- Big roasted and coffee malt, some grass hops in there to help balance it out.
T- Chocolate comes through pretty big, light roasted also, light coffee in the aftertaste, grass hops that help balance it out and give it a nice bitterness.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation. Pretty creamy and smooth feel
D- I think it is very tasty. One of the best regular stouts.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nase for this beer.

A: Pours a very very dark brown with just a lick of light allowed thru the thin parts of the glass. Head is made up of medium sized dark beige bubbles which are doing a good job of holding on.

S: Chocolate milk, piney hops, faint café au lait and perhaps some rootbeer.

T: Begins with medium roasted coffee taste mixed with premiere chocolate ice cream flavors. Just a touch of cola adds a sour twang but not enough to deter the drinker. A milky smoothness can be found which first struck me when I thought about ice cream, but as the drinking continues my mind wanders to pudding and milkshakes…maybe even some coconut milk. Finishes lightly metallic, with a good balance between sweet and roastedness

M: Medium body, full mouthfeel. Very nice texture.

D: Nice beer but #32 in the world is a serious reach.

Photo of klewis
2.65/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

A: Pours black with ruby highlights and a two-finger foamy head. Little lacing.

S: Light smell of chocolate and roasted malts with a bit of oak aroma.

T: A strong metallic taste with moderate bitterness. Little chocolate, coffee, or other typical stout flavors to be found.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A bit fizzy, yet creamy on the swallow.

D: Not unpleasant, but not very good either. I'm thinking that this bottle is just oxidized, but until I can confirm this with another bottle, my recommendation is to pass.

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.