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Cadillac Mountain Stout - Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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1,023 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 204
Gots: 92 | FT: 9
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 levifunk


2.93/5  rDev -30.2%

Had at Madison, WI BA Tasting #2

appearance - dark, brown head

smell - roasted coffee

taste - light flavor, coffee flavor is of bad coffee. Not sure what kind of bean they used in it. meh. some chocolate and sweetness.

mouth - low carbonation.

overall - i didn't care for this one much at all.

05-05-2010 19:48:06 | More by levifunk
Photo of reeverbythespeak


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

This beer was a little hyped up before I tried it, so my drinking experience may be skewed. I think that over-all, it's a great beer that hits the nail on the head of a standard American Stout. However, I did not find anything absolutely outstanding about this beer. There is nothing wrong with it, but nothing extra special for me. Maybe I'm spoiled on Coffee Stouts and Imperial Stouts? I don't know. I can say I think this would be a great fall or winter sitting around the fire beer. I could definitely drink more than one in a sitting.

05-03-2010 00:31:28 | More by reeverbythespeak
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of brown head. No lacing and light carbonation.

s - Smells of light, sweet chocolate. Also smelles of roasted malts, and coffee.

t - Taste is both light sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate. That's followed up by roasted malts, some light vanilla, and coffee.

m - Medium to full body and light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - I thought this was a very enjoyable stout and very easy to drink. Great chocolate smell and taste and could definitely have a few of these. Would love to have again.

04-29-2010 00:04:54 | More by mdfb79
Photo of oglmcdgl


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

22 oz bottle split with sourbatchkid. Thanks for the split.

A- very dark brown bordering on black. Just a hint of glow on the edges when lit from behind. Nice finger or so of coffee and cream colored head that settles to a thin cap of tight foam.

S- irish oatmeal topped with dark brown sugar. Layers of roasted coffee and molasses. Hints of vanilla and cream.

T- toasted rolled oats and black strap molasses. Tastes a bit like postum. Lots of coffee and burt sugar. Mild sweetness but just a touch to balance out the dry roast. Hints of vanilla and maple syrup.

M- medium body and carb. Light on the palate with a bit of linger from the roast.

D- big on flavor but easy drinking and at 6.7 abv this one could go down as almost a session beer if your a big guy like me, but not quite.

04-26-2010 02:28:26 | More by oglmcdgl
Photo of BARFLYB


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks goes out to whatever distributor in New Jersey decided to bring this in the state, been lookingfor a while but this may be the contract brewed version.

A healthy looking black that's not the darkest but far from the lightest stout i've seen. Some tootsie roll brown near the edges and a small tan cap on top. The foam seems to have not enough strength to see it through and it leaves quickly without lace.

A nice layer of smells with a big roastiness up front backed by vanilla. Cadillac has a cream like scent backed by a little coffee. IT smells sweeter with warmth and it just smells like a good ol' stout. A dash of chocolate and some coffee. No alcohol to be smelt, although this is a lighter stout.

Well I'm pleasantly surprised at how good this is. I've had many stouts in the same arena and this stacks up. A vanilla cream mixed with roasted malt and a touch of grain. I get some light coffee beans and more of a cocco light taste rather than chocolate. There are some light barely noticable earthy hops on the end with.

Tastes and feels between a Irish Dry Stout and a American Stout, it's right in the ballpark. Lighter than medium with a slick feel going down. Not reallyh coating of the mouth at all, caddy comes and goes. It's not overly malty, so it's not overly sweet. The carb while there, could be boosted up a notch, it's light like the style.

Im glad I tried this, it's not complex but it's something I would seek out from time to time. My favorite part is the french vanilla thing this has going. A light stout to celebrate the end of winter and looking forward for more. I wonder when Bar Harbor is going to come to Philly.

04-22-2010 05:35:36 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of jlindros


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Thanks to both rheisler and TonyReaves for this gem, before it finally made it to MA. Now I finally got around to reviewing it.

A: Thick semi rich dark 1 finger head that slowly fades. The beer is pure flawless and lawless jet black color.

N: I could smell it clearly on the pour. Loaded with roasted malts, some coffee accompanying that. That follows with some black patent malt, dark rich malty aromas with hints of caramelization, caramel, and touch of creamy chocolate.

T: Starts with lots of roasted malt bitterness actually. Not super bitter or heavy, but a clear roasted charred earthy malt bitterness. WIth that is the roasted malt flavor, not as much as the nose. A definite charred flavor. Some sweetness with caramelization, caramel malts, and dark rich malts. Perhaps some oatmeal with lots of smooth luscious darkness. It's almost juicy. A touch of coffee with all that roast. Then comes more rich chocolate, and some creamy chocolate. The strong roasty malt flavor adds a touch of acidity and spiciness. Plus a hint of eathy hops.

M: Smooth and semi luscious, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Pretty dry, with just a touch of lingering sweet maltiness. With that is a long lingering roasted flavor, with a little more coffee and chocolate milk. Tons of bitterness and earthy charred malt flavors, with some tangy spicy acidic bitterness. Touch of sticky sweetness as well. With how drinkable it is and lower abv, I could put tons of these back no problem, the charred astringent earthy bitterness takes away from it a little.

04-22-2010 01:47:54 | More by jlindros
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

one finger of semi cocoa head rises up and crackles as it settles down, close to opaque, dense as my brother, nice micro bubble cling slides down the glass providing a history of sips like tree rings, except, you know, cooler, because it's beer. good looking stuff.

sweet and slightly roasted malts, smells alot like guiness, some earth tones really add to the over all picture, nothing crazy complex but really nice on this slightly cool april eve.

taste etc...
smooth but a touch light for a stout, a tinge of sweetness lays in the back of the mouth after a few sips, almost distracting to me, the flavor seems less deep and rich than the aroma.not a bad beer, just sort of average.

not bad, a little above average, the flavor dissapoints a bit.

04-19-2010 03:13:38 | More by Ego
Photo of alleykatking


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 22oz bottle. Got in a trade with VanillaMike I think....

A- Pours a black color but when held to the light can see some brown hues on the sides of the glass. One finger mocha colored head comes up and goes back down rather quickly for a stout. No real big lacing it as it falls back into the beer. Not a bad looking stout at all.

S- This smells amazing...big roasted malts upfront. Some light cocoa powder mixed in with a bitter chocolate aroma. Some roasted coffee with a little something else just can't put my finger on it.

T- This beer is so drinkable! Nice roasted malts smack you in the face before calming down into a chocolate bitter sweetness. Light coffee notes dance all around the beer. This drinks more like a milk stout with a light bitter hopping just thrown in there for good measure.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate with light bitter hops and chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. A tad watery feeling in the mouth is my only real bitch about the mouthfeel. Flavors blended together very well and stood out when needed to.

D- This beer drinks very good. The ABV is low enough to make this a couple bomber beer before going to something else. I have always wondered what made this beer get so high of ratings before and now I understand....this beer is very very well made!

04-18-2010 19:16:41 | More by alleykatking
Photo of vacax


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours dark brown to black with a sparse whitish head. Smells of raisins and dry roasted barley. Tastes vinous with light amounts of roast and raisin. I don't know what it is but why is it so many highly rated beers are rated highly purely because of their similarity to wine? This is a good tasting brew, solid for a regional brewery. Feel is on the lighter side than I want, carbonation is medium-full. There are some good, clean flavors here and fairly light body makes it easy to consume. This is probably the best element of the beer, it is a stout with good flavor but also something that can just be drank. I'll drink to that.

04-10-2010 03:08:22 | More by vacax
Photo of AdamGarcia


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Great xtra from macmaster761, Thanks!!!

poured into standard shaker glass.

A: comes out of the bottle just about black. Some ruby highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of head from a heavy pour.

S: Somewhat difficult to locate. Black patent malt. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Milk chocolate. Fresh roasted nuttiness. Some coffee. Nicely hopped to balance everything out. Very nice.

M: Perfect carbonation level. Proper level of viscosity for the style.

D: High. I could definitely see myself having several of these in a sitting.

My first offering from Bar Harbor and its a good one. In this era of Imperial everything, I'm happy to find a nice well crafted stout that is nice and easy to drink and holds my interest at the same time. Very happy to try this.

04-06-2010 18:04:06 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of sk8man121


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours an interesting, fairly light brown that settles jet-black with copper edges. Head is tiny to say the least and leaves absolutely no lacing.

S: Strong smell of espresso and dark chocolate. Tons of roasted malt sweetness. Super inviting.

T: Campfire, roasted malts and coffee are all upfront. The finish is so hard to describe - the only thing that comes to mind is BBQ. Seriously.

M: Fairly carbonated for the style, but it works very well. This is a silky brew that I'm pretty sure will stick around until I brush my teeth.

D: There's a reason why people "from away" seek this out like it's nobody's business. The funny thing is, I can get this for $1.89/12 oz at the corner store and - up until recently - never knew it was so highly regarded. In fact, I steered clear of it for months! Glad I came around.

A session stout if there ever was one.

03-30-2010 00:36:06 | More by sk8man121
Photo of Bulkman


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Obtained this in a trade with drazzamatazz, thanks Sean!

12 oz pour into my NB snifter. Minimal tan colored head with almost black body.

Smell is heavy of roasted barley, dark chocolate & some hops.

Taste is much the same as the smell, with a subtle burnt flavor that is very good.

Medium bodied and creamy initially, but with a lasting dry finish.

Very drinkable, both from a flavor & alcohol standpoint.

Just a great beer and a good example of the style. If this were available in my area, I would definitely look for it just to always have some on hand.

03-28-2010 04:37:39 | More by Bulkman
Photo of hayesez


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Received as an extras in a recent trade with BobZ.

Split with a buddy and poured into my Dogfish Head snifter. Deep brown with trace light streaks coming in around the surface. A one-finger head of stacked bubbles quickly becomes just a wispy, streaky, soft foam cap. Larger blotches of lace are left behind and slowly creep downward to the liquid - they don't linger very long.

The nose on this guy has a few different components. The first one that really sticks out to me is the graininess. Smells like the raw grain areas of a brewery. There are also some roasted malts mixed in with a small amount of chocolate. Every time I take a drink the graininess smacks me in the nose. At first I really enjoyed this, but by the end of the beer, it became a bit detracting.

Begins heavy on the roasted malts and finishes with baker's chocolate. There is a sweet metallic element that arises just after I swallow but before the subtle bitterness sets in. The mouthfeel is not quite as thick as I expected, keeping in mind that this is a fairly sweet dry stout. This is definitely a smooth drinker.

Overall, I liked this beer. A very good session stout. Easy to drink and finishes well. I'm glad I had an opportunity to try the Cadillac Mountain and would certainly not pass up another chance to drink one!

Consumed: 3/22/2010

03-22-2010 22:33:36 | More by hayesez
Photo of thequeen711


3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

A better than average stout...
Poured chocolate black with no head...no lacing. Mild coffee nose, coffee, chocolate taste, very light mouthfeel, almost watery, but pure coffee flavours infused with a touch of chocolate. I'd probably drink this again, however, I can't give this an "A", I've had better stouts.

03-21-2010 00:05:46 | More by thequeen711
Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev -19%

Dark black colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is light chocolate.Taste is chocolate,sweet cream and smoked malts.A tad bit weak on the flavor but still a decent beer.I would recommend to try maybe once.I would buy again but not actively seek out.

03-17-2010 17:38:32 | More by matty
Photo of jrallen34


2.7/5  rDev -35.7%

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours dark brown with a total lack of carbonation. No head at at all.

The aroma is medium and super malty with notes of caramel, bread, and candied sugar.

The taste is super boring and flavorless. The feel is light without any flavor or feel at all. The taste is totally dead until the very end where you get a hint of skunked coffee.

no bueno at all.

03-17-2010 01:59:50 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Deuane


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Wow...I cannot believe I have never reviewed CMS. I have had this beer so many times, beginning with my initial "discovery" of it in Maine circa 1992. To enjoying it many time during subsequent visits to the Bar Harbor area. To seeing the "reformultion" and seeing it hold strong after being made for nearly 20 years! Like an old friend CMS is a beer near and dear to my heart!

A-Deep, ruby tinted blackish brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap that left decent lace.

S-Oatmeal malted, chocolate covered milk balls with a liht hint of coffee.

T-Malted chocolate with bitter notes of coffee and dark chocolate. A dry earthy finish build upon warming. Nothing over the top or ridiculous but it all works so well together.

M-Medium bodied smooth with a nice lingering ending bitterness.

D-Highly. Full of flavour with enough of everything to make it interesting from the very first sip to the end of the pint. Such a nice, relatively simple, straight forward drinking beer.

03-16-2010 12:25:37 | More by Deuane
Photo of drumenigma


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Look - Nice dark brown color.

Smell - Hard to smell as it is chilled quite a bit and my nose sucks.

Taste - Bitter dark chocolate with light burnt coffee ground notes.

Mouth feel - Pretty smooth. The carbonation isn't very strong.

Drinkability - A pretty drinkable beer. It's not the best stout around but I would definitely have it again. This is the 3rd or 4th time having this particular brew for me.

03-16-2010 01:50:53 | More by drumenigma
Photo of nickd717


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle via trade thanks to kmurray8621 on BA.

Pours black or very dark brown with a very large, lasting foamy tan head.

Aroma really jumps out at you with sharp roast and bitter coffee. Some chocolate notes.

Flavor is really awesome and full. Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, bitter chocolate, coffee, and roast all in there. Pretty complex.

Medium-full body with an extremely smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Not really as dry as your typical dry stout, and way more flavorful than just about anything in the style. Overall really amazing stuff. Very drinkable and very awesome

03-13-2010 09:44:27 | More by nickd717
Photo of womencantsail


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

A huge thanks to shellebrownies for sending me a few of these in our trade.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a thin tan head and some noticeable carbonation.

S: The aroma is primarily of roasted malt with some nice notes of coffee, chocolate, and perhaps even some charcoal.

T: The roasted character really comes through in the flavor as well, along with some more coffee and a slight bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

D: This was a nice beer and one that I've wanted to try for quite some time. I'm lucky to have some more sitting at home.

03-11-2010 22:40:01 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

Cadillac Mountain Stout pours an inky black with an small but lingering tan head. The aroma is sweet, chocolatey dark malt with a roasted edge. The sweetness mellows out in the flavor with a nice rounded roasted character and plenty of carmel and dark fruit. Bitterness and more roasted, but not astringent malt comes through and the finish is almost creamy. Overall I think this is an excellent American stout, it's strong but not quite bordering on imperial.

03-11-2010 03:28:48 | More by ericj551
Photo of cpetrone84


3.63/5  rDev -13.6%

Pour is very dark brown, bordering black, with a light caramel head and some large bubbles. Nose is heavy coffee roast, slightly muddled roasted malt, a bit chalky and ashy, faint chocolate. Taste follows suite, heavy roasted malt and coffee, lighter chalky ash and a but more chocolate. Medium body, assertive carbonation, crisp dry finish with lingering roast.

03-04-2010 01:59:47 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of jampics2


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%

A 22oz bottle courtesy of Brad from Cincinnati. Thanks, Brad - raised a glass to your kindness in including this in our trade.

Poured into a snifter. Black with brown edges with a nice tan head that eventually dissipates. Looks like a quintessential American stout. So far so good.

Smell is great. Wow - cocoa powder, milk chocolate, roasted malt, hints of coffee and maybe a touch of licorice.

Taste is truly exceptional. OK, Bar Harbor, WTF dudes? I can find your Blueberry beer everywhere, including 7-11's around here, but none of this? PLEASE spread the love guys! This is milk chocolate and light roast perfection. So sweet and smooth, but also not gimmicky. The flavors remind me of more milk stout than anything else. A perfect tasting beer IMO. Mild bitterness from the hops and a touch of sweet caramel from the malt seal the deal. I'm in heaven tasting this.

Mouthfeel is the only "weak" point but it's still great. A touch thin but still very satisfying. But now I'm just nit picking ;)

My notes say greatness and this truly was. An insanely drinkable full flavor beer with all the elements I love in American Stouts. What a beer - kudos to the Bar Harbor folks. Stellar stuff!!

03-02-2010 15:17:56 | More by jampics2
Photo of paco1029384756


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle thanks to Drazzamatazz.

Pours black with two fingers of short lasting light tan bead.

Scent of sweet chocolate, cream, vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malts, and a hint of spicy hops. A great scent, though I would really consider it to be closer to 4.25.

Taste of chocolate, sweet roasted malts, cocoa powder, fresh leafy hops, and a hint of vanilla. Finishes dry with a light roast flavor. A great Stout, but it falls just short of being excellent.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied, slightly milky with a nice amount of carbonation.

02-28-2010 00:59:40 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of ricknelson


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

If Eric Clapton is the God of Guitars, than Cadillac Mountain Stout is the Beer of the Gods. While driving bus for Vermont Transit a few years back, I found this beer in a restaurant called Poor Boys in Bar Harbor Maine. It cost me $8 bucks there. On my next trip to Bar Harbor I bought it down the street, "Down East" as they say in
that part of Maine, on Maine Street. This is going to be a hard one to come by because it pretty much local, but if you are in Maine,
find it, buy it, drink it, enjoy it, and tell them Rick sent you.

02-24-2010 01:57:04 | More by ricknelson
Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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