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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 233
Gots: 107 | FT: 7
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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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4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brew # 02047 from a 22oz bottle

Pours a dark brown, not impenetrable when held up to the light as some ruby shows through, lots of a tan creamy head, fades slowly and leaves a nice ring.

Smell is of roasted malt, some chocolate undertones, a bitterness shows through from the hops and possibly from the chocolate used, interesting dark fruit spiciness but quite subtle.

Taste is initially sweet, strong roasted chocolate and malt front with some other spice kick to it, very thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation, near the end a slight bitterness rounds out the taste, bitterness similar to a coffee bitterness without the strong coffee flavorings.

A: 5.0
S: 4.5
T: 5.0
M: 5.0
D: 5.0
O: 4.9

*Side by Side Comparison of the 12oz to 22oz bottle*
From a 12oz twist-off bottle contract brewed by Geary's, no bottling date. 22oz bottle Brew # 02071

Pours darker than the original since it has weaker ruby highlights shining through when held up to the light, smaller head that fades faster to leave very little lacing and retention. The coloring is encouraging but the head and lacing isn't.

Smell is similar but has a stronger coffee aroma by trading off the dark fruit and chocolate aroma, something else seems off though.

Taste is sharper yet less creamy than the original, stronger coffee presence and a weaker chocolate presence so it's a trade off, finishes much drier than the original as a result of a reduced creamy chocolate finish, not as much of a dark fruit presence, carbonation levels are close.

Overall a decent match, although I miss the creaminess and chocolate, but it's still good for a regular stout, albeit not as great as before. Things have changed, for the worse, but it's still fairly new in the contract brew phase so it might get improved.

A: 4.5
S: 4.0
T: 4.0
M: 4.0
D: 4.0
O: 4.1

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

Many thanks to Vermonthiker for the sample.

Appearance: Pours into a snifter a dark brown
with a bubbly dark tan head. Nice looking brew.

Aroma: Smoky malts, burnt plums, chocolate, and a general roastedness.

Taste: Delicious roasty and smoky malts, light amounts of dark fruits, some cola like sweetness, mildly leafy hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, fairly light, balanced, bittersweet, and just wonderful. Really flawless.

Drinkability: Tough to beat. Nearly sessionable.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one just arrived from deltatauhobbit.

A: Pours a dark black hue with nutty brown edges. The head is big and bubbly and dies down to a thick collar with an Island the shape of Australia, no shit.

S: Nice roasted malt flavors with a good deal of charcoal. Hints of dark cocoa and a tinge of metal.

T: Nice dry yet sweet stout. Nice burnt charcoal taste with hints of dark fruits. Chocolate does stand out in a bitter bakers chocolate sort of may. There is a slight lactic quality to this one as well.

M: Full bodied, creamy, silky, that suddenly turn dry in the finish.

D: Very enjoyable bomber of beer.

Overall: Thanks for deltatauhobbit for the try. This has been one I have tried to trade for unsuccessfully for the past several months. It was a great tasting rather enjoyable beer. Thanks, glad you sent me a few extras to put away for a rainy day.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with an amber undertone and a nice off white to tan head that melts to a substantial ring of lace that lasts the entire drink.

Aromas are mildly coffee and burnt malts with a hint of chocolate. Nothing overpowering at all.

Taste is also subdued...surprisingly after all of the hype. Burnt dark chocolate malts, bittersweet chocolate with a hint of sugar sweetening it all, then a nice subtle drying.

Aftertaste is clean for a stout...very clean.

Pleasant to drink...but not spectacular in my mind. Seriously, drinking a Black Hawk Stout next to it right now,m I prefer the Black Hawk.

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 200th BA review was saved for one of my top 25 favorite stouts.

Pours to a jet black body hosting a two finger deep tan head that has nice staying power. Not thick but totally black. Nose shows nice zesty feel with notes of coco and spicey smoked malt. Enters the mouth with an electric sweet and spicey feel that melts together nicely. Burnt toffee notes are followed by soft bitterness twords the end of the palate. As it warms you get micely developed notes of chocolate hard candy. This is a very drinkable stout and almost refreshing change from big thick Imperial(which I love), and thus very sessoinable and drinkable. Mouthfeel is of cold coffee and spicey dark chocolate. A delecious stout.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 22 oz. bottle came in trade from bjohnson many months ago; why I saved it for Christmas Eve, I don't know. Bottle has a small sticker towards the bottom left of label: "Bottling #01907".

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque but for some reddish-amber clarity at the farmost edges. Crowned with about a finger of loudly crackling ivory fizz-cream, which drops in a minute or so to a dense ring and film that nearly covers entirely. Small carbonation can be seen rising abundantly at the thinnest points of coloring, near the head. Modest slipping lace.

S: Dark, toasty cereal malts, married with a dry cocoa powder chocolate-ness. Traces of sweet pit fruit and a fleeting trace of sour oxidation.

T: Cocoa dry malt with some lactose, a little coffee bean astringency and dry roasted nuts. A mid-mouth creaminess develops and the flavors seem to get sweeter and a little fruity. Enough hop bitterness for balance, but this is a gentle 'mocha'- or 'hot-cocoa'-like stout...really tasty, definitely strong chocolate presence, with just a faint oxidation despite a nearly year-long stay in the cellar...

M: A bit too carbonated in the first few sips, almost cola-like bubbliness. After some warming and sitting this mellows to a very nice medium creaminess. Sweeter in the mouth, somewhat drier in the finish. A little citric acidity in the end also...

D: A very nice stout, deserving of praise. Easy to drink and reasonable ABV...this reminds me of Deschutes' Obsidian Stout, which I like alot. I recommend this one, all the while hoping to get some more.

Photo of dciBA
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not much hasn't been said about this beer so I'll keep it brief on this, my first review. Firstly, I'm very proud to have a local maine brew so highly regarded in the beer community. I feel like I've been overlooking this beer for a long time, mostly because it's so readily available around here. Well today I finally picked one up and am very glad I did. Smell is good, but the flavor really shines on this stout. Very smooth, balanced, chocolaty, creamy brew. Had to give it a 5 on drinkability since it went down so fast and so easy. Overall, good stuff, and I feel bad for sleeping on it for so long.

Photo of joe1510
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Recieved this bottle from scthaden, thank you. Cadillac Mountain Stout pours absolute black. When directly backlit deep mahogany highlights extend through the body. As I pour a one finger beige head forms and eventually falls to a generous crown. Leaves spotty lacing here and there.

The nose is a little faint on this one. The malts are on the border of being roasted and there's a generous helping of cocoa powder. A heavy creaminess comes around with each swirl of the glass. This bottle actually smells like it may still be a little green.

The flavor is far superior to the aroma. The grains are roasted just to the point being slightly bitter. Coffee grounds add a touch of bitterness as well. The creaminess comes through mid-palate along with a mild dark fruitiness and the cocoa powder. I even seem to pick up a pinch of nuttiness on the finish. As this beer warms the complexities continue coming forward. An excellent tasting stout.

This is a medium bodied stout with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Glides through the mouth effortlessly. Finishes slightly dry letting some of the coffee ground and roasty bitterness shine through.

This is a stout you could sit down with and enjoy all night. A tasty stout I can't see myself tiring of.

I'm glad I was finally able to try this beer. I've been eyeing it up for awhile now and was finally able to set up a trade. A beer I'd pick up often if locally available. Thanks for the opportunity Shannon.

Photo of Overlord
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark borwn highlights. About an inch of off white head that quickly vanishes. Mouthfeel is thick; not particuarly creamy, but has some body behind it. There's a definite dry finish to this beer that's somewhat unusual (in my experience) for a stout.

Intriguing flavor. Dark, bitter roasted chocolate. Some coffee, more vanilla than you normally see (I like it). No fruits, hops, or other esoterics you see in RIS's, this is straight up coffee, chocolate, and caramel. The smell is intoxicating: one of my favorite aromas from a beer. The rare case where it perhaps smells better than it tastes.

Good stuff.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this highly anticipated beer into my SA glass. Very dark brown/black with 1 finger of glistening beige head. Aroma of chocolate and java hit me instantly. Big chocolate notes, with some undertones of vanilla and java. Extremely delighful beer! Very silky in the mouth...warm velvet. As the beer warmed, I got a wonderful flow of cocoa into a mild butterscotch flavor with a semi-hoppy finish. Even picked up some marshmellow in the finish. Very balanced, without 1 flavor dominating the palate. Split with my wife and I cannot think of another stout I have enjoyed more. Simply a beautiful beer.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from purplehops courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, dark malts and a decent amount of hops for a stout.

T: The taste is very malty and creamy with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and faint touches of dark fruit and smokiness. There’s a decent hops presence for the style and I was a little surprised find what seemed to be a bit of an alcohol burn for a beer under 7.00% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling for a style that normally is, good kick, very good representation of style, I found this to be a very enjoyable beer even though I don’t usually get too excited about very many stouts. I could certainly knock back a couple of bombers of this beer on the right evening.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The legendary Cadillac Mountain Stout. Honestly, I am a little disappointed with this offering; maybe I am spoiled, or partial to Imperial Stouts. Nonetheless, this is a very solid offering.

An assortment of dark chocolate, coupled with a spicy hint of vanilla towards the end. As with dark chocolate, there is a bitter finish that is accompanied by a pretty strong malt/slight hop profile.

As far as complexities go, this one has got 'em. Unfortunately the intensity of the complexities is not that strong. A beer like this should not be subtle, it should hall-off and kick you square in the nuts.

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

Thanks to Leftmindedrighty for the trade

This is big, tasty American stout. I'd call it a classic American stout, but that might infer that something about this beer is average rather than amplified. This is an American stout turned up to 11. The flavor is a rich espresso and cocoa taste which finishes with a mixture of dry, bitter grain and residual sweetness. It seems like there are a decent amount of hops floating around in the background, but it's really that mixture of coffee and chocolate flavors that make this beer wonderful. In the grand scheme of things, this beer could be more complex, but darn it's tasty.

Photo of alexgash
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle courtesy of todd1.

Dark coffee black with a finger of dark khaki head. Sweet and bitter roasted malt. Peat, plums, tobacco, with hints of vanilla, dates, and chocolate. Very complex and inviting.

Taste starts with rich, roasted malt with shades of bitterish coffee. Sweetish dark fruits (plums, dates) meld with meaty, slightly smoky flavors. Roasted chocolate coffee bitterness into the long delicious finish. Full-bodied with a chewy feel. An exceedingly good malty stout that is almost Scotch Ale like.

Photo of hero27
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle

Bottle comes courtesy of goodbyeohio in trade, thanks again.

Pours a very dark brown..tan head looks like styrofoam sitting in the glass.
Aroma is a combination of burnt malts, cocoa, and nuts.
Subtle roasted malt flavor blended with rich, creamy milk chocolate..hops play a small role in the background.
I love that the alcohol is not overdone. Keeping this under 7% separates it from all those gargantuan imperial stouts out there but still provides it more muscle than most other stouts.
The carbonation is perfect and the texture is like velvet...drinkability is top-notch.
A truly phenomenal beer in all aspects.

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

Pours opaque black with mahogany hue and a tan frothy head that dies pretty quick. Nose is roasty with chocolate, a hint of coffee and a vanilla bean scent. Taste is nice and roasty, chocolate and bakers chocolate and a vanilla/toffee like finish with a little bitterness. Velvet in the mouth and not syrupy in any way. Nice carbonation. This is somewhat porter like in feel but has a lot of delicious stout taste. A perfect balance of flavor and body and a delight to sip. Could do another!

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.

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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.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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