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Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout

Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

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 MacMalt
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle undated. Poured into stout glass. It pours a dark mahogany with faint ruby/cola hues when held to the light, and a thick, fluffy, beige head and lacing. It's a very attractive pour. It smells of roasted malt, burnt coffee, cocoa, and anise. The taste is similar to the nose, starting with burnt coffee grounds and baker's chocolate, nuts, a slight taste of licorice. The flavors work well together and deliver a nice overall taste. There is a slight bitterness at the finish. Although labelled and described as a stout, the feel is fairly light - almost like a porter. It is moderately carbonated and the 6.7% ABV is extremely manageable. Overall, this is a very well crafted Irish Dry Stout that delivers great taste. The only think it's missing is a little more viscosity and some dark fruit. I was impressed that it has a 93 rating but after drinking it, I concur. It is very good.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid Irish stout that doesn't shy from flavors. Roasty malts, some coffee and cola along with mild chocolate flavors shine through. Decent mouthfeel. Overall a good basic stout.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours opaque black, tan head retains at about an 8th of an inch for a while, eventually dissipates to a film.

Smells of coffee, cocoa, licorice, some burnt woody notes, and a dry oaken finish.

Tastes of cocoa, licorice, raisin, roasted coffee, molasses, and a burnt wooden finish.

Fuller body with little texture from carbonation.

A rich, syrupy stout, moreso than you'd expect from the ABV. Flavor is pungently sweet by stout standards, with a welcome ashen finish to balance it out. Overall this is a little more cloying than I like in a stout, but objectively it's an excellent accomplishment. Very good balance of flavors, great pour, nice aroma. The body could stand to have a little more texture to it, but is fuller than many at this strength which is nice.

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Photo of justme
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on draft at the Dive in Worcester. This was one wonderful taste in beer. Very smooth, nothing in excess. One well balanced drink. Usual for a stout but well worth the trouble.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stout pours a pitch black color with a somewhat thin foamy tan head. The smell is quite pleasant with elements of roasted malt and some sweetness of bittersweet chocolate. Much like the scent, the flavor is fairly robust with bold roasted malts taking the forefront. Bittersweet chocolate adds a bit of sweetness and a subtle smokiness is also present. The flavor is pretty rich. The body is heavy, but only slightly above average for a stout, and the finish is somewhat creamy and somewhat dry. This is a good stout. It’s not very complex and I don’t think it’s as amazing as some people rate it, but the flavors are all really clean and it is clearly well made.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with a small light tan head, decent retention.

Aroma of roasted malt (its great), faint chocolate and cocoa notes.

Taste: roasted, molasses, a hint of chocolate and licorice, almost balsamic vinegar-like.

Feel: mouthfeel is on the thin side, dry

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Photo of Sconnolly1
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.
L: Pitch black with a finger-and-a-half high light brown head.
S: Mostly coffee with a hint of yeast
T: Excellent. Black coffee, followed by chocolate, and finished with a hint of cola (think Coke without any sweetener).
F: Like a well-brewed black coffee. Not too carbonated, goes down very easily. Not too watery, but nowhere near motor oil consistency.
O: Absolutely my favorite beer to drink. Goes well alone or with food. If only more places carried it.

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Photo of Johnct
2.81/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Most disappointing beer of 2015. I would honestly much rather have a Guinness. There's no smell to this beer and the taste is harsh. Not many good things to say about it.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a tan head. Smells like cola and dark chocolate roasted malts. Tastes like dark roasted malts, some char, licorice, and light cola. Feels medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a good stout.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Best before: Dec-24-2015

Pours an impenetrable black with a little half finger of fizzy brown head that drops to an even film to a ring. Little retention; a couple spots of lacing. (3.25)

Nutty and slightly toasty. Dirty old wood in a shop, leather, toasted nuts, hard water, chocolate. (4.25)

Wow. Smooth, sweet, mocha cherry wave through your mouth; dark fruits, some weak coffee, roast nuts. (4.5)

Thinnish with light carbonation and a medium-light body, slowly, roasted finish. (4)

Really tasty dry stout.
This is an okay looking beer that seems to be pretty much a textbook example of the style otherwise. The aroma is the first thing to really pop out. Lots of dark, roasted aromas from the malt. The flavor follows along and the beer as a whole is pretty toasted-tasting with some semi-sweet chocolate, leather and dried dark fruits. It feels a little substantial/creamy and is a definite easy drinker. The only really fault I feel it has is that it is pretty sweet, but it never got too cloying for me, it just verges on being 'sweet' and then kind of fades away in your mouth.
Great beer. I would definitely have it again if I cam across it. (4.25)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a solid irish dry stout, should come to mind when you speak of the best in style conversations.

Black liquid, brown head. Aroma was chocolatey for an irish dry stout, but not over the top, not to style stuff dumbasses would say.

More of that chcoolate and chocolate malt comes out in the taste. Thought this was a great example of a chewy stout that isn't high in alcohol. Reminiscient of Obsidian Stout in that they both have substantial malt, chewiness, relatively cheap and not over the top alcohol. Would definitely check this out if I could get it out here, thanks to jsilva for throwing this down.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been around CadMtStout since Suzie and Todd started the brewery many a year ago (they sold it a few years back) and even after selling it's still an award winning beer as their reciepes have been well treated. Smooth, very nice feel, not an overpowering smell.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a black color with a one a finger white to off white foamy head. It dissipates at a nice pace and some stringy lacing graced the glass nicely.
The smell had a dry roasty coffee bean in front of some dry roasted chocolate malt. Light smoke runs in underneath.
The taste was roasty with the smokiness coming in for the balance. Bitterness slides in underneath.
The mouthfeel was about a medium in body. As sessionable as an Irish dry stout can be, well, these aren't the most refreshing of beers, actually they're not at all but anyways the roasty edge and bitterness really hit my tongue nicely.
Overall, this was a really nice Irish dry stout that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great stout that finishes extra dry. Pours coal black with a thin khaki head. Moderate amount of carbonation that mellows as it warms. Aroma of wood, barley, baker's chocolate and grains. Taste follows suit with heavy barley and oats; leads to a snappy, very dry finish. Way more more bitter than sweet. I'm more of a fan of stouts that present a sweet/bitter balance and aren't as dry, but this was very good.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Near black with slight light penetration along the edges. 1/2 finger of creamy tan head dissipates quickly.

Roasted barley, licorice, caramel, and raisin.

Raisin, roasted barley, and caramel. Molasses, black licorice, and milk duds. Finishes with hints of earth.

Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, and slightly sticky.

Very sweet with lots of dark fruit. A very nice Dry Stout.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful just-shy-of-black. Beautiful but thin dark brown head.

Nose presents chocolate and plum. A touch of coffee and some surprising alcohol given it's ABV.
Ashy bitter with notes of dark fruits and chocolate and a touch of coffee. Doesn't push any corners but really solid. Well done take on a style that too often underwhelms. Maybe a bit thin/overly carbonated, but on the balance I'm a fan

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I will start with Amazing! First Bar Harbor Brewing offering I've ever had. One of the best and most unique Stouts I have ever had. Pours almost completely black with some red highlights. Creamy tan head with light lacing that fades quickly. Upfront tastes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Fades to plum, raisin and toffee with roasted malts and smokey notes. Just a bit of hops with a dry easy finish. Very complex yet extremely easy to drink. A new addition to my top ten beers. I highly recommend that you give it a try if you can find it. Picked up a six pack at Giant Eagle Market District in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of Bone53
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a mahogony tent around the edges when put up to the light

Smell: A nice blend of subtle coffee and chocolate notes with undertones of dark fruit. Maybe some liquorice as well

Taste: I get that coffee chocolate blend upfront with a slight dark fruit and tobacco-like finish. I may also be picking up the slightest touch of smoke throughout. Tasty and complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth and creamy going down with prickly carbontaion mid- palate, and a moderately dry, bitter finish

Overall: This is easily the best Irish dry stout iv had, and its an American beer. I think thats quite an achievement. Im not typically a fan of this style, but this one is an exception. Its very complex as i get chocolate and coffee, and undertones of dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, liquorice, etc. Definitely a world beater in the Irish dry stout category, and its not hard to find at all in western PA as i see it at Giant Eagle and my local beer distributor regularly. Cheers!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination pint glass
From: Beer Advocate’s SteveB24
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 7, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 18, 2015
Misc.: Best by February 2015

Thanks Steve!

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy, tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Poor lacing on the sides. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.25)

First smell was some kind of liquor. First thought was bourbon, but that might have been more of a wish. Probably Bailey’s Irish Cream. Also purple grape, dark fruit, plum, raisins, pure dark chocolate, some roasted coffee beans, roasted toffee and dark caramel. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was just as good. Got dark fruit, plum, purple grape, fig, raisins, dark chocolate, sugary chocolate syrup and toffee. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I couldn’t believe how good this was, especially for the style. Very tasty. (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

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Photo of SteveB24
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look-black as night, pours a shocking amount of off white head that retains well.
Smell-Bread, subtle coffee and chocolate, pleasant but simple and somewhat subdued.
Taste-Bready malts upfront, nice kick of coffee with a bit of chocolate, a refreshing piney kick, almost reminiscent of a black IPA.
Feel- Light/medium in body but not at all thin, nice, crisp carbonation.
Overall-didint blow my hair back but a very nice take on the style. definitely worth giving a shot.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How bizarre - I never heard of this beer out of Bar Harbor. I didn't think anything happened in Bar Harbor. This beer though was a great find at Bauer as I planned on grabbing a coffee, and this replaced that non-alcoholic idea with something much better. Took it home immediately (hopefully someone else will buy groceries) and poured this amazingly dark beer with little head or lacing. Such a great coffee smell with hints of other things I can't identify (I think I smelled an old tire), but this was so smooth and perfect. Not very alcoholy, but a nice malt balance. This was great. Perhaps I will visit Bar Harbor for some when they get a road.

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

This is just one more fantastic beer on a long list of beers I wish I could get down south. top notch Stout made by very nice people, the fact that they refuse to deal with distributors(crooked a$$holes) is understandable. I miss the old labels for all of there beers. any back to the beer, nice thick head with the classic pitch black body that light cannot penetrate, a very nice toasty coffee flavor with chocolate nutty flavors present, nice smooth and thick mouth feel. a true pleasure to drink

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Photo of tappangordo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Had this one after several other top flight stouts in the same evening. It certainly stood up to the others and to the hype. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle pours deep, dark black with brown clingy, lasting head. Nice lacing as this quickly disappears. Toasted and chocolatey goodness. This is first-class stout.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly pure black in color.
The brown colored head faded faster than I expected.

It has a sweet fruity smell.

Initial crispness from the carbonation, but as the beer warms the mouthfeel becomes more creamy.

Tastes of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate.
Finishes dry with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Very complex.


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