Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 212
Gots: 95 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of BeerTruth
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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 +8.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +4.8%
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
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -4%
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
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
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
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +2.4%
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 -2.4%
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 +6.4%
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 -2.9%
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
2.58/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I celebrate my 2nd BAirthday with my 200th review, and as such wanted to drink something special.

Presentation: c.2006 22oz bottle ("Brew # 01829" decal) cellared for 6 months, in a classic conical pint glass.

I've been looking forward to trying this for a while, and finally came across a bottle up in Bangor. Poured lively and freely, not very thick, a nice snap to it. Nose is full of rich, freshly ground coffee, dry, slight yeasts, crackers, it just continues to grow and bloom. Now I'm getting more sweet qualities like caramel, butterscotch, semi-sweet chocolate, faint alcohol, slight peat/earthiness in malts, even some raisin...very nice. just doesn't give up! A little more time and now its thick with creamy European chocolate aromas, more caramel, even some sour cherry! I've never had a beer develop and evolve a nose like this...outstanding!

Head was a beautiful 2 fingers of fat, creamy, tight crema hued foam, thicker and richer at the glass edge. It lasted quite a while before retreating to a crema-like coating that laced at the glass ring, and a soft crackle was audible. Body is the quinesscentual "black in a good mood" deepest burnt umber imaginable, opaque, lush.

Oh, this is decadent. Nicely dry on the tongue, its sooo creamy and balanced. Bitter, soft hops, dry malts, slight cracker quality up front, but that is soon replaced by a luscious wave of the softest chocolate and coffee, creamy, smooth, silky, sexy. I'm still smelling it and it just keeps going and growing and changing!!! Now its more malted, bitter, dry. Hands down the BEST nose on any beer I've ever had.

Its firing on all cylinders now as I replenish the pint. Name it. Dry? Yes! Creamy? Oh yyeeahhh. Smoooth? As a baby's bottom. Balanced? Like a Romanian gymnast. Hopped? Just enough and in the right places. Roasted chocolate malts now are stepping up on the tongue. Its still lacing, which is nice. With the bottle now emptied I'm getting more biscuit & cracker qualities on the nose, but I've completely surrendered there, I'm just following its lead with blind obedience. The initial dry taste has softened to more semi-dry malts, chocolate, raisin, sour cherry. I haven't even gotten to what its like on the palate yet, but I am certainly in no rush to end this journey, which is tough in that this is sssooo easy to drink!!

It gets sweeter on the palate with rich caramel, chocolate milk, yet some hushed, black coffee bitterness balances it. Balanced, even, smooth, a nice segue to a surprisingly wet & velvety smooth finish full of soft, warm raisins, hot cocoa in that a nice, warming glow from the alcohol (which to this point has been completely hidden from view) rises up through my head and leaves my mouth coated with a warm, comfy semi-sweet taste.

I was just about to say "I'm speechless" but the short novella you just read says otherwise. Only the 2nd "5" for taste I have given in 200 reviews, and in my (just took another sip...swoon) 2 years of actively embracing craft beer....the BEST beer I have tried. I'm in love.

Simply put, if you love good beer, especially stouts, and really want to taste a well-crafted, incredibly complex yet so easy to drink beer you MUST try this. Outstanding, and #1 on my personal Top 10. Many thanks to Tod at Bar Harbor for keeping the faith and doing it right one batch at a time. I would drive over an hour for this, and I will very soon.

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

Thanks to jrdegriselles for sending this jewel in a trade.

This beer poured a blackish tan into a pint glass with zero light shining through. A vigorous pour resulted in several inches of thick, tan foam which slowly gave way to a ring of foam around the top of the beer. Not much lacing.

Aromas are not that strong, but I do have a bit of a cold and am not picking up subtle aromas that I might otherwise smell. Even so, I pick up some chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste is excellent. Roasted malts, hints of bittersweet chocolate and a slight bit of fruitiness rounds out the flavor. It is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. Rich and thick but not syrupy or viscous. Slight carbonation cleanses the palate and leaves you wanting more.

I wish this beer was available in NC, as I would drink it all the time.

Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a nonic a deep dark brown with hints of ruby hue a large blooming mocha colore head atop that settles slowlty into a creamy-like mass.Deep bitter chocolate notes with a great floral aroma coming thru that was unexpected but very nice you dont see that much in the style but made for a pleasant suprise underlying coffee tones come thru as well.Light to medium bodied but oh so smooth it was gone before I knew it,quite dry but not bitter firm unsweetened chocolate and dark roast coffee tones intertwined with a hint of charred fruit that really lends itself to the drier aspects of the beer.Defifnetly one of the better dry stouts to come my way if not the best,just flavorful I will look forward to getting more of this.

Photo of orfeu
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to dmeadows for sending me two bottles of this coveted stout. Sticker on bottle claims "Batch #01829." No idea what this means, exactly. Produces a noisy sand-khaki head that settles to a creamy cap on top of a nearly impenetrable dark chocolate brown, almost black, body with thin, faint garnet highlights. A beautiful sight in a 20-ounce nonic. Lovely roasted grain, chocolate, and coffee notes in the aroma. A slightly sweet toffee or caramel scent appears, too. Roasty mocha goodness. Can't ask for much more in the way of aroma for a stout. Velvety smooth, incredibly rich and full mouthfeel. Decadent chocolate caramel sweetness with dark-roasted coffee undertones. Almost veering towards dark fruits in the back, this stout is so rich and reminiscent of a dessert that I occasionally feel like it could almost be an RIS. But it's not scorched, vinous, or alcoholic enough for that. Slightly acrid finish, leaning toward off-dry. As far as the pinnacle of American Stouts is concerned, Cadillac Mtn. holds down the sweet side while Rogue Shakespeare's got the roasty dry side on lock. Can't go wrong with either one. I will gladly drink as many of these bottles as come my way. Superb.

Photo of Umbra
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle, purchased at Tully's in ME, pours dark brown and thick. Dark tan head had excellent lacing and retention. Earthy hops and roasted malt aromas.

Coffee and bittersweet chocolate flavors abound with similar roasted malts. Faint floral hops on the dry finish. More medium bodied than expected. Very drinkable, the bomber didn't have a chance.

Photo of badbeer
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out black and leaves an excellent tan head and lacing behind. Smell was nice and roasty, plenty of cocoa as well. As I dug deeper I found remnants of earth, and a bit of some sort of a berry. Taste was earthy, sweet and definately roasty, but just didn't seem all that awesome to me (older bottle?). Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry roasty finish. Drinkability is fine, but didn't keep bringing me back for more. I probably wouldn't go out of my way for this one again.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice big, thick head that does fall after a couple of minutes leaving a lacing behind. The color is nice and black. The smell is sour, with a backround of slight coffee malts. The taste is smooth and has a slight coffee backround, but has a weird taste before the aftertaste gives you a nice dry stout with some good sweet tones to it. The mouthfeel is alright, not too bad. Overall I wouldn't try this without xtenuating circumstances.

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.