Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An easy drinking stout, but nothing spectacular. Medium to light mouthfeel, mildly creamy. Some grain and carefuly roasted so that not burned. Lightly chocolate. Nicely understated carbonation. More malted sweet than bitter, mild spice. Thanks Viggio for the fresh bottle from Maine.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brownish red in color and is nearly jet black. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that slowly faded away, eventually leaving wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface, a thick collar around the edge and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate strong aromas of chocolate malts in the nose as well as some notes of coffee beans and hints of burnt malts.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts and bittersweet chocolate along with hints of coffee beans.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. A bit of dryness is noticeable in the finish.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down easily. It would make for a good selection if you want a really nice tasting stout but don’t want something that’s really heavy and needs to be slowly sipped. For this reason, it makes for a good stout to have during the summer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's crazy for me to finally have the opportunity to review this most illusive beer. Full of anticipation, I pop the top and here it goes!

The pour delivers a dark and valumptuous cascade into the chalice. The beer fills the glass with a dark brown and basically opaque appearance. A billowing brown foamstance rises to the top of the glass and finally settles into a one-inch topping. The session doesn't give any great marks on lacing or legging.

Strong aromas of roasty, toasty, smokiness with rich dark malts, subtle fruitiness and a candied scent that makes me think Hershey Kisses.

All that is confirmed in the taste. An equally strong flavor of smoked chocolate morsels take the foreground while toasty and mellow roastiness give the beer its definate Stout profile. Subtle fruits in buried deep in the background take on berries and apples, all of the bittersweet chocolate covered character. The sweetness of the beer begins to defy the Dry Stout indications found on the label, taking on a sweeter, creamier flavored Oatmeal Stout. All of these flavors take on a muc stronger taste and intensity than expected from a 7% beer.

Though very well malted and attenuated, this beer is heavy and sweet for a Dry Stout. But beers of this character and quality completely defy styles. Rich, creamy, and fully textured- the beer coats the mouth with a sweet, campfire chocolate roundness. Yet, the beer finishes creamy and dry with an evaporative quality that makes it remarkably easy to drink.

An incredible beer that is certainly worth the wait. Consistent brew throughout. Could be a serious American Stout if the hops made a greater impact. Could be an Oatmeal Stout. Could even be a Russian Imperial if heavier gravity.... better yet, leave the beer alone! Now, I just hope it's not six years before my next bottle! A complete joy to drink.

Thanks Adamdc

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a modest tan head that laces nicely

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, with hints of molasses, mocha and vanilla

Taste: Lots of bittersweet chocolate up front, with a developing citrus bitterness by mid-palate, which also offers hints of mocha and vanilla; after the swallow, the chocolate re-emerges and winds up dominating the citrus flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability; Really nice; not often you come across a stout with this much flavor and this low an ABV

Thanks, mikeale, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Wickedpete: Poured a deep black color stout with a nice foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt notes with some great black chocolate element. Taste is also dominated by some great roasted notes with some black chocolates notes with what appears to be some lactose. Full creamy body is probably one of the best that I have tasted in ages with a great level of carbonation for the style. I was really impressed by this one and definitely one of the best for this style.

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3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Off bottle? Wildly overcarbonated ... and this for a style that is supposed to be low carbonation. Prickly feel and thin.

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well here we have a nice American Stout poured into my Ommegang 10th Anniversary Chalice.

Pours 1finger of tan head that fades down to a thin level quickly. No lace left. Color is a straight up black, big surprise.

Aroma: Wow is this one rich. Roasted malts, almost has a hint of coffee to it, chocolate, very slight earthy hop profile, and subtle dark dried fruits.

Taste: I haven't had an American Stout in a while, but this seems to be a little different than what I expected. It has all the same flavors as in the nose, but it brings out an almost sour component. I haven't witnessed this in a stout yet, but it isn't something I really enjoy. However, all the other flavors are still greatly appreciated here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but crisp from the big amount of carbonation. A tad sour again. Full bodied. Ends with a big roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, I don't know if I got a bad bottle or this is how this beer is supposed to taste. If I get another bottle I would love to reevaluate this beer, but right now I am not diggin' the sourness. Other than that, the beer rocks!

Edit: Tried another bottle. Not as dark as I remembered. Didn't get the sournotes. It was very roasted with lots of coffee flavors. Good stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque very dark, almost jet black in color with some very light hints of brown when held up to the light. The beer has a dense finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a small thin patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted, burnt, and chocolate malts with light hints of coffee.

T: Light to moderate flavors of dark roasted and chocolate malts with some bittersweet chocolate notes. Additionally there is an espresso coffee note in the background. Light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This is a real nice stout for the summer, lighter in body and lighter in alcohol than a lot of the others available. I found this to be very enjoyable and I would definitely have it again. It is easy to drink and reminds me of time spent in Maine (where the summer evenings still get cool).

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Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark cola brown, almost completely opaque, with a tan-colored head that retains nicely.

Smell: Coffee with cream. Cereal grains and milk chocolate. Mild but enjoyable.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and creamy with light roasty bitterness. A huge chocolate flavor appears mid-sip and rides through to the finish. Smoke and earthy hops appear in the finish, though it's quite clean and mild overall. Body is about medium-to-full, fuller than average for the style, and incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Delicious and quaffable, though it does get filling.

Notes: A big thanks to deltatauhobbit for this one. It definitely lived up to the hype for me; one of the better stouts I've had to date.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black body allows only a thin edge of mahogany to show at the base of the glass. It's topped by a foamy dark tan head that holds with great tenacity, keeping a thin but creamy head throughout the pint. Unfortunately, its lacing is not as good as it's retention and only spotty lace remains. The body is medium/full with a lightly gassy carbonation that softens to become much more creamy as it warms. The nose expresses a berry-like fruitiness, some bittersweet chocolate, soft sweet cocoa, and a light touch of roastiness; all of which are carried over and expounded on in a luxuriously rich and malty flavor that displays bitterness/fruitiness/toffee upfront, followed by bittersweet chocolate and cocoa (and even a touch of coconut) as it crosses the palate before it's firm bitterness and coffee-like roasty edge dry out the long finish. It's exceptionally well-balanced and keeps the palate in sway between the rich sweet malts and firm bitterness, never allowing either side to become cloying. Nicely done, highly enjoyable, and well worth seeking out.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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