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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,050 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 660
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 204
Gots: 97 | 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.

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Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep black, with some reddish highlights, slightly cloudy. Big brown head forms, very tight and creamy, sticks all over the glass. Smell is lots of coffee and chocolate, licorice, a lot of sweet grainy malts. Taste is amazing, some sweet molasses flavour up front, very grainy with bittersweet chocolate and coffee, with some caramel and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is as close to perfect a stout gets, very full bodied, tight carbonation, very smooth, excellent stout.

Viggo, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown, nice light brown head. Campfire nose, pleasantly dry yet with vanilla flavors. Brown sugar sweetness contrasts nicely with bushes like hops. It tries to be dry in mouth,but this brown sugar presence can’t be stopped. It feels slightly oaty, floury and cerealic. Farily rich stout in terms of ingredients I assume, but not particularly complex and somewhat overrated perhaps. Medium bodied, slightly powdery texture, rich for 5%. Good, but top 100 status? Not quite to me.

Rastacouere, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of egajdzis
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brew # 01501... Poured a dark black with just a little red around the edges, light khaki head, and some sparce lacing on the glass. Lots of chocolate in the aroma. Brownies, fudge, and dark fruits. Chocolate and roast coffee taste. Sweet, possibly even some alcohol noticed here? Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. I prefer dry stouts to be a little lighter in alcohol, but that is not knocking this one. Very well balanced for what it is, and very fulfilling. Big props to the parents for bringing this back from their vacation for me!

egajdzis, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in a trade with ppoitras. Thank you for this excellent beer.

Black, shiny, slick, quickly fading head, small ring. Smell is watery coffee, some chocolate, rather tame nose. Taste is a sweet chocolate with bitter coffee flavors. Carbonic bite in the middle and a smooth finish of mild hops and more mocha. Mouthfeel is full and creamy in the early stages, slickening up at the end. This is sessionable and worth doing so. Great sweet stout.

pentathlete, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of twilight
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my! I had picked up this bottle last November in Maine and never got around to drinking it despite it being in the fridge since December. Has it hurt this beer? Absolutely not. I don't know if it is old and tastes worse than fresh- In that case it would get straight fives. Or if it is aged and would have gotten straight 4.5's fresh. There is no way of knowing, but nonetheless, this beer gets something inbetween.

The pour is a creamy root beer colored head that just floats on the black black beer with bubbles so fine they disappear into infinity. I wish I could post a picture of the stout in my St. Bernardus Glass. Yum City.

Aroma is a subtle roastiness. Smells fresh, alive. Vinous, with a touch of fruitiness tucked in there. Waaaay in the back. The taste is a creamy slightly sweet oh god it just slipped like smooth and velvety down my throat. But not like velvet. It's like the carbonation is so fine and light that you get this amazing mouthfeel. Oh, but the taste is a subtle creamy sweet light roastiness with hardly any hop flavor and mostly light coffee (the way coffee with a little milk tastes, or coffee milk, if you're from RI) and in a way, like milk. This beer tells you you are drinking something special, something good. Slight roast malt sourness inthe aftertaste, but even that makes you aware of the complexity. Some bitter chocolate. Oh my! Oh my! OH MY!!!! Mouthfeel is velvet. Had to knock that one up based on more drinking from the vessel.

This one is worth seeking out. I will be hitting Lou's Beverage Barn in Augusta once more to find some of this nectar. Go Bar Harbor!!!

twilight, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a few bottles on my recent trip to Portland. Pours a deep black color with a thick three-finger fluffy head. There is a quick little cascade action when pouring that builds the wonderful head. The aroma is of chocolate and coffee. But the taste blows you away with perfectly balanced chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hint of pepper, and a dash of molasses. Nice bitterness rounds it out.

The mouthfeel is lightly crisp at the start, and finishes dry and smooth with a long chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt aftertaste. This is an exceptional brew that can be drank all day and night. Go out of your way to find this in New England / Maine area.

Gavage, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of villainchiwwin
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

consumed from a 22 oz. bomber bottle, poured into glass
Appearance: poured thick; deep black-brown color with slight reddish (or at least a shade lighter) around mahogany. an initial foamy and sizable head slowly settled down to a retentive creamy cm. or so of gorgeous coffee-and-cream brown color with thin stubborn lacing left behind.
Smell: toasty chocolate smell; earthy notes with a caramel nuttiness and a little coffee. tremendous olfactory character; full and rich yet balanced.
Taste: good match with smell. nutty chocolate initially with bitterness in close tow which provide an enhancing but not overwhelming hop presence. sweet french roast coffee notes make for so-dark-it's-black mocha bliss. slight hint of mineral aftertaste probably originating from hops or yeast. earthy flavors linger nicely on the palate. dense and primarily chocolate flavors with complimenting touches of nuttiness before the bitter tail that balances this exceptional brew.
Mouthfeel: creamy and full without feeling too rich. quality of the head and the beer's body make this a pleasure to drink. dry and crisp while remaining soft.

very drinkable, possibly very filling too. an excellent stout that does great justice to the formidable maine landmark which is its namesake. try to search one out if you can.

villainchiwwin, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of OldSock
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation and Appearance – 22 oz bomber at cellar temperature. Black with red highlights and a massive tight creamy coffee head. Good head retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell – Chocolate, coffee, yeast and just a hint of alcohol. The roasted barley is the main player here, just like it should be.

Taste – Mocha sweetness and enough hops to balance out the malts. The roasted barely is the main player here as well, but the hops add some lingering bitterness that is pleasant. There are definitely some yeasty-estery qualities as well, an interesting addition that is pretty rare in stouts.

Mouthfeel – Medium-full with more carbonation than I would have expected.

Drinkability and Notes – Very drinkable, and not too expensive if you happen to be in Maine. One of the best American stouts I’ve had, second best in my book behind Shakespeare Stout. It’s odd that the bottle says this won for dry stout, it certainly tastes too sweet to be a dry stout.

OldSock, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of mntlover
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark chocolate color with ruby edges showing thru. A huge fluffy tan head rises and stays around a long time as it falls it leaves webs of lace behind.

Aroma is lots of roasted malts chocolate dominating but lots of coffee mingling around with fruit and light hop aromas.

Taste nice roasted chocolate mingle with coffee very smooth and relaxing almost. Nice citrus hops add hints of fruit and leave a lingering bitterness that is enhanced by the carbonation. Nice dry finish, indeed a great dry stout, best I have had.

Mouthfeel if full and dreamy feeling, nice body fluffy feeling whip cream like smooth and tasty.

Drinkability is well exceptional, wish I could grab this locally. Thanks go to mdavis31481 for this tasty treat.

mntlover, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brew #1633

Ooh, Muddy like.

So smooth.

Alright, enough of this body provoking dribble...

Pours an incredibly dark brown that borders on black. No light cuts though anywhere (not even the edges). Thick spongey head that dissolves to a thin film. Stringy lace around the glass.

The nose is chocolate and wood. Stained wood, but not the bitterness of shilac (spelling?) so much as antique, worn wood. Also, some fruit, figs and very ripe cherries (my favotire fruit!).

Flavor is all roasted malts that come across as chocolate, a medium roast coffee and molasses. Hops provide a nice kick of mossiness and actually make me think of an ocean mist. Very earthy.

Mouthfeel expands my cheeks. Each sip pushed my cheeks outward. Very full feel. Cannot even notice any alcohol.

Drinkability, like I said, is smooth. Just slides into my mouth and down the gullet. The flavors did not wear me out so much as bring them to a peak.

MuddyFeet, May 18, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the trade. I can say with pretty good certainty that this is the best Dry Stout I have had. If Guinness tasted like this I probably never would have branched out to new beers. Pours virtually black with a thick and foamy beige head. Thin lacing. Nice aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted nuts. Rich and smooth body with a flavorful blend of coffee, cocoa, malt and hops. The finish is bittersweet chocolate and hops. Well done.

Dogbrick, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to cmaruschak for the chance to sample another awesome stout.

Served from a 22 oz. bomber into my snifter.

Appearance: Pours out with crackling carbonation like a soda. Motor oil black with a tan head that disappears like a cola and leaving very little behind.

Smell: Baker's chocolate, dried cherries, some roasted walnuts maybe. Very nice.

Taste: Dark velvet chocolate, dry roasted malts, cashews, a hint of licorice, brown sugar, and vanilla to finish. A dry roasty finish rounds out each taste fabulously.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full and crispy due to the carbonation. A nice clean finish.

Drinkability: This could be my lawnmower beer. It's very complex and bold yet I don't find it to be overwhelming. A classic example of this style to be sure. It's definitely up there as one of my favorites and I can see why it's garnered so much attention. Seek and find. You will enjoy it.

Thanks again to cmaruschak for the chance to enjoy a stout of this caliber

mattcrill, Mar 13, 2005
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
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.