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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,038 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 205
Gots: 94 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002)
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Photo of Hibernator
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I go to Maine there are two things that I am focused on accomplishing....1. eat seafood & 2. drink Bar Harbor Cadillac Mtn stout. During my last trip to Maine I brought one back to review. I have had this beer several times over the years, so I'm glad I have the chance to give this stout its proper credit.

I had this out of a 22 oz brown bomber and served in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a marvelous black color with a tannish head. Nice head sustain and brown lacings all over the glass.

Dark and roasted malts in the nose with some faint whiffs of figs or prunes. Light sugars as well.

This is a full bodied stout through and through. Hearty and well balanced. Creamy with a splenda-sugar sweetness. Chocolately malts and bitter, dark roasted malts lay down the foundation. This mouthfeel strikes the perfect balance of richness, drinkability and complexity.

This is one of the better New England milk or dry stouts out there. It's such a treat. If you enjoy stouts, you must check this out. It's a finely crafted beer. Reccommended.

Hibernator, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber courtesy of ViveLaChouffe.

"Hold on to your lugnuts....it's time for an oil change!"

A: CMS pours just an absolutely gorgeous inky, opaque darkness, as if a black hole sucking in nearby sunlight. *Impressive* two-finger thick layer of bubbly tan head lasts for an eternity, marking its territory with all sorts of lace.

S: Freshly ground coffee beans, chocolate squares, caramelized sugar, toasted malt. Well-balanced and very pleasing to the shnoz.

T: Lots of cafe mocha flavors, with some bitter hops thrown in for good measure. Middle sees the chocolate intensify, only to finish with a hefty dose of bitter chocolate and a hint of dryness.

M/D: Simply superb. Luscious mouthfeel, as if each individual tastebud gets fondled by this creation. Thick, rich, and creamy. Dryness only show up at the end, teasing you...knowing you want another sample of this. Let this one warm before you try it and you'll be rewarded with something special.

Huge, HUGE thanks to VLC for this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of Truh
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought one of those stickers that said my car made it to the top with this one on 1/18/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber purchased at Tully's in Wells, ME and poured twice in a shaker glass.

Large froth of starting head at an inch plus of nice-tight small bubbles. Dark black hue, though some slight action could be discerned on the edges. Round roast malt on nose with a slight mossy character and a tinny fond hint. To taste, a tintinnabulation of encompassing black tar sweetness, a tiny touch of black licorice spice, and a roasted character that pulls through quickly and cleanly at the end. This was a completely refreshing break from the American double stouts I would be more prone to drink. Truly a hit.

Truh, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This offering provided an opaque blackness with slighly red tones along the sides when held to light. Other than that, pure darkness. Nice large bubbly tan head that somehow looks compact. It settles to merely nothing above the darkness but provides a bit of contrast. No lacing.

Smell is a bit weaker than taste. I'm still getting a good mix of roasted coffee up front with a subdued fine cocoa aroma. Dryness is in full effect with earthy notes and an herbal vegetable quality way, way underneath.

Taste is simply exceptional. Amazing, amazing, I didn't think a dry stout could yield so many flavors that work so well together. Bittersweet chocolate is the main flavor and really condensed to a liquified concentration. Slight tart flavors and acidity from the coffee are there. Hops are balancing in there prescense and provide a pure dryness to this beer without providing too much bitterness or acidity. Earthy, yeast flavors find their way down deep in the middle of this beer. Finish is dry, lingering and chocolately once again. Almost a paradox yet so beautifully perfected.

The body is full and creamy yet there are no real residual sugars. It people think Guinness is thick don't let them touch this. Great full body complements the complexity and balance of all the flavors. Very smooth as well. Maybe slightly more roasted flavors, or a bit less richness would help, but that's my personal preference, this is still decently roasted.

This is too drinkable, if I find this beer at a store somewhere it's getting bought out. I could drink many of these. The 22oz was not enough. Buy the hype, this beer's for real!

Many thanks to brewguru for helping me obtain this beer via trade!

granger10, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of Southernbrew
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours incredibly black with a large, tan head that has some nice staying power.

Delicious aroma with plenty of roasted notes, a faint cinnamon-like spice, some sweetness and chocolate making an appearance the whole way through.

Medium to full bodied and quite smooth. Beautiful bouquet of flavors here. Roasted flavors come up first and are followed by a milk-sweetness. A moderate bitterness follows up and leaves a roasted/sweet aftertaste.

A very fine stout. Very well crafted. A big thanks goes out to Rajendra82 for the trade and opportunity to sample.

Southernbrew, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of marburg
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep, light-sucking dark brown in color with a moderate-sized head. Roasted grains, malted milk balls, chocolate malt, wet wood, and a bit of coffee comprise a well-crafted nose.

Whew. This is legitimate beer. People should make more beers like this: Rich, but not excessive. Flavorful, but not competing for attention with itself. Well-rounded, but not aimless. Just solid beer that tastes good and looks (and feels) the part.

Thick, luscious beer with a milky, elastic mouthfeel. Like chewing on a mouthful of soft chocolate candies or rubber bands. Sweet like a candy bar up front -- lots of milk chocolates of varying flavors. Moves to a moderate roasted bitterness and dries out through the finish, which highlights the woodier aspects of the beer. Perfectly balanced without too much sweetness or roasted flavor, and the chocolate stands out as being both natural and delicious.

marburg, Jan 03, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks are due for these bombers obtained in a generous personal exchange with ViveLaChouffe, who vouched for them by saying that he picked them up at the Brewery in June 2004.

The beer poured an impressively inky black with slight brown highlights at the edges. The head was thick and rich, and appropriately colored like the foam on top of an freshly made espresso. The aroma was roasty and sweet. I could detect cocoa, coffee, toffee, and vanilla. The taste was robust, yet smooth. There were flavors of chocolate, caramel, vanilla ice cream, and coffee with hazelnuts, but none was overpowering the others. The aftertaste was dry and a bit grainy, but not harsh. Silky smooth and soothing, this is a very English feeling Dry Stout, and lacks the aggressive hop bite of the modern American versions. I should have no problems finishing the remaining three bombers in the upcoming weeks.

rajendra82, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of Erix
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a good stout should. Dark, with a dark head.
Smell: Smells really nice! Roasted malt, dark and toasty.
Taste: Sweet roasty flavors, with chocolate and coffee as well. Delicious. Very smooth, without any real noticable alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, and kinda creamy. Great.
Drinkability: This bomber bottle disappeared quite quickly. The smoothness of this beer makes it too drinkable to last long. Thanks a bunch to the Purples for the chance to retry this favorite of mine!

Erix, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark with a tan head, quick rise and not so quick fall. By now there is no head, I've been enjoying this for quite a while. Fully smelling of roasted things and some hops. Flavors are stout, everything you could ever any or ask for in a stout right here. Mouthfeel is small, i wanted more! At least it's drinkable.

MrNuggets, Nov 26, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to purplehops and purplehats for the bottles.
Pours deep, dark maroon with black streaks throughout. big, light tan head on the pour settling to a 1/4 inch and producing spotty lace.
Aroma is a heavy dose of chocolate with roasted malts and nuts and some strong coffee notes.
Flavor has a solid chocolate taste rounded out nicely by roasted nuttiness and malts and a gradual crescendo of coffee bitterness. This beer is all about the chocolate though - Wow !
Mouthfeel has sweet malts predominant but the slightly chalky and charcoaly roasted notes and coffee bitterness provide excellent smoothing and roundness on the palate. One of the most well-rounded beers I've sampled in awhile.
Drinkability is very high. As good a balanced stout as I've sampled, near perfect balance.

CRJMellor, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was brought my way by SheepNutz in a 22oz bomber. Pours a very dark color with a tall tan head that falls very slowly and leaves lots of lacing. The aroma has a very malty character with roasted malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. Very pleasant. The flavor is much the same. Roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, expresso. Thick and smooth. Excellent stout.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep midnight black color with three fingers of light tan head. A shitload of lacing. The smell is very malty. Lots of roasted malt and coffee aromas. It really fills the nose. The taste has a great burnt malt and mocha character. Some espresso bitterness and a hint of hops on the finish. The body was just a little light and oily. The drinkability is flippin' fantastic. Damn this beer is good.

SheepNutz, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a jet black color wtih 3 fingers of tan head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is a nice mocha with some hints of dark fruits, raisins and figs. The flavor is mostly chocolate with some undertones of coffee. What a nice drink. The feel is somewhat thick. Drinkability is excellent as well. I want to keep drinking this one. An excellent selection if I say so myself.

kmpitz2, Nov 03, 2004
Photo of mikeys01
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unionmade for this black beauty. This midnight Caddy pours out blacker than blacktop, and festooned with a viscous dark tan head so thick it could be a meal in itself.
Aroma oozes sweet molasses and just a hint of herbal minty hop aroma, Northern Brewer perhaps? Busy is quite full but the phenomenal flavor of this beer makes it dangerously drinkable for a stout this big. Flavor is smooth and chocolate-mocha, with perfect roastiness. There’s a nice bitterness in the finish that I didn’t really expect in the just slightly dry finish. As the beer warms I detect a bit of port-esque fruity tartness as well. This is a beer to be savored indeed…..

mikeys01, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Stout, Batman! The Bar Harbor Brewing Co. has crafted one magnificent brew. It is supermodel stout with ponderous opacity, and a thick creamy head. The chocolate and coffee aroma is nice, if a bit subdued. The flavors are exceptional with chocolate and mellow coffee notes dominating a brew with a bit of a dry-sour dough finish. Its exquisitely well bodied and I would like another ... right now.

AllThingsNinja, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 22 oz bottle of this stout at the only grocery store I could find in Bar Harbor. It was really quite painful to have to wait until it was chilled, but once I popped off the cap, I knew it was worth the wait. The beer poured a dark, almost black color with a frothy, tan head. Great retention and lacing on this one, and the overall appearance was captivating. A heavy roasted malt smell was mixed with some subtle floral notes and hop spice - complex enough to be a challenge to discern, yet reserved enough to remain inviting. The taste of this beer blew me away. A sweet, somewhat dry malt taste vied with a considerable hops assertion, and the intertwine sent me reeling. I actually had a hard time keeping up with where the taste was taking me. Even in the finish, a slightly bitter aftertaste was overtaken by roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel was just right for the style - a full body and tickle on the tongue, but not overwhelming to distract from the taste. This is one of the most interesting beers I've had in quite some time, and easily one of the best stouts I've had. Excellent.

SchmichaelJ, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Popping the cap, I see I need the glass quick. The initial pour is three quarters of cascading dark tan foam. After a bit of settling, I continue to pour, slowly coaxing the "mountainous" head above the rim of the glass. It gradually contracts into a level table top.

The nose is delightfully dominated by chocolate. Might want to compare this with chocolate milk.

Chocolate leads the troops onto the tongue, establishing a beachhead, and not letting go. Bit of coffee stalking around the edges. The hops step up right before the finish, adding a bit of Hershey Special Dark into the mix, just as the roasted coffee steps up its' prescence. It's all rich and dark and sweet and bitter and...

A perfectly acceptable mouthfeel. Wonderful drinkability.

This is a deligthful stout. Cadillac Mountain might not be a good enough name...How about Rolls Royce Mountain ?

RonfromJersey, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of LuckySevens82
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of PPoitras.

Pours a murky black with a nice and precise 2 finger head. Retention is only okay, but the lacing is very nice.

Smell is malt, chocolate, and more malt. Perhaps cherries?? Not sure on that one, but I could have sworn I was able to detect that... Anyway, Roasted characteristics abound as well as some caramel and that oh so warming chocolate aroma.

This is a great tasting stout as well. Very well balanced between roasted malt, chocolate, and hop characteristics. While I was not able to detect much hops in the nose, they make their presence known in the taste.

As far as a dry stout is concerned, the moutfeel on this one is incredible. Very smooth with just a hint of dryness in the finish. Very nice.

I could easly have more than one of these in a sitting, but unfortunately it is not available in my area. Thanks go out again to PPoitras!

LuckySevens82, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very difficult to find, even in Maine, but I finally found a few bombers at Gilbert's, on Main Street in Ellsworth. This stout pours as dark as a foggy night on the Maine coast, with a huge, light brown head. Lacing is profuse, and coats the imperial pint glass with sheets and patches.

Aroma begins with bigtime, roasty malts, evidenced by a strong whiff of fresh brewed, Kona coffee. A hint of English walnuts adds to the roastiness, and a good measure of floral hops(lilac?) jumps aboard, as well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and coating. Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

Excellent taste that never yields a weakness throughout the 22 oz bottle's pour. Chocolate and coffee maltiness abounds, with plenty of floral, and, at times, herbal hops to balance this excellent stout.

Very nice complexity, and worthy of its acclaim. Very, Very, tasty, and incredible drinkability. By far, the best of the many Maine brews I enjoyed.

merlin48, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of dave750
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a tall fluffy head that leaves brown lacey rings on the glass. A sharp roasted coffee and mocha aroma with a minty bite matures with a the addition of a deep chocolate influence.
A bold roasted malt and chocolate initial flavor remains throughout but weakens slightly at finish. A bitter herby hop taste with a touch of spearmint joins in at midtaste and stays to the end. Fades as a toffee flavor emerges. Excellent carbonation.
Not an overly complex beer, but it's very well balanced, straight-forward flavor is excellent. A very drinkable brew.

dave750, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As close to opaque as you can get in appearance. Thin, light, airy brown head sits on top and is well retained. Lacing comes in rings and is moderate. Bready yeast notes mix with roasted malts, chocolate and seemingly cascades on the nose. The mouthfeel is slightly overcharged. Not horribly, but noticeable. Body about medium. The flavor does not follow suit with the nose. I was so damn eager to dip my wick into this one after smelling it and was let down. Everything is really held in check. Not a lot of anything going on. Some very light bitter roasted tones and chocolate and milk sugar. But that's about it and it's very light. And there's a slight astringent, stale aftertaste. I hope I can retry this again sometime in the future. Hopefully this bottle was just not up to par for some reason. Otherwise, I'm just not a believer.

Gotta thank tavernjeff for the opportunity to try this one.

Bighuge, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of mjohn27603
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber bottle. Pours dark brown like a varnish. Foam overtakes glas at first filling over 75% of the glass. Eventually the head dissipates but takes a long while. Aroma doesn't leave much impression other than a charcoal like smell. First sip reveals that the head is pillowy soft. The beer is highly drinkable very soft and low in carbination. Mouthfeel is of velvet. Taste is of charcoal with a sweetness present.

At first I thought it was a little like an imperial stout but doesn't have the alochol presence and is much easier drinking. Sweetness more present but balances out roasted bitterness taste. Not a classic coffee or chocolate tasting stout. I'm glad this is a bomber because it goes down so easy. I could definitely have more than one. I can see why this is in the top 50.

Thanks to trbeer (Tim) for providing the bottle.

mjohn27603, Jun 28, 2004
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a lot of mislabeled stouts out there, this one comes real close. Definitely not a porter, too reserved for an Imperial stout but I would not put this in the dry stout category as per the label. To me, at least, this is a solid sweet stout.

Pours a thick black, no light transmission, with a medium brown/beige head. Aroma is porterish, malty, a slight vinous nature and faint chocolate notes.

Taste is robust, malted milk and coffee. Smokey, dark roasted malts, slightly sweet like sorghum. Dark bittersweet chocolate flavors somewhere in the background. Also licorice, amaretto or some other liqueur elements present.

Silky smooth, creamy velvet texture, full-bodied and heavy on the palate but with a clean finish containing only a hint of acidity. A bit sweeter than I prefer but an excellent stout, no flaws at all. Many thanks to kfoss99 for introducing this beer to me.

assurbanipaul, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of jackndan
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cadillac Mtn. Stout: In a 22 oz bomber bottle, thanks Benjamin. A vigorous pours results in a huge head in my Imperial Pint glass, but it dissipated very quickly, leaving a slight covering. Inky black is revealed to be a beautiful ruby red when held up to a weapons grade light. Interesting and extremely pleasant aroma, with coffee and toffee present. The taste is terrific, initial sweetness develops with a nice blast of roasted flavor as well. Sweet aftertaste lingers, with a bit black licorice as well. Nice taste, easy to drink and well worth it. Pick it up if you have the opportunity.

jackndan, May 21, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with bennybrew. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an 1" of dense light brown head, and laced well. Barely translucent dark brown/black hued brew. Dark malts combined with a slightly effervescent some what fruity aroma make up the aroma. Taste is is mainly of the dark malts that you'd expect, and is accompanied by a pleasantly warming taste of alcohol. A brew that lives up to the hype.

ppoitras, May 06, 2004
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.