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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This 6 pack is straight from the brewery (thanks to Lisa for bringing this nectar back from vacation). First time I've seen the stubby, twist cap offering (rather than the 22 oz bomber). Pours a black stream with creamy stripes into the glass, with a nice tan head that left decent sticky lacing. Held the pint up to the light and got nothing shining through. Sorry for gushing over this one; it just has been a long long time since I've had an opportunity to drink this.

Smells of bitter chocolate, vanilla, malt, and hops. Not very strong on the nose, though.

This is a yummy one. Deep rich flavors here. Some dark dried fruit sweetness, but you really get that dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla element (dark chocolate covered raisins?), with flavors flowing in smooth, creamy consistency. There is a bit of bitterness, but nothing that lingers. Nothing is in your face. Moderate flavors, and no rough edges. Nothing burnt, biting, acidic, sour, etc. Very well made.

Medium body with mild carbonation. This is extremely drinkable, as the flavors are not cloying any way, nor is there a level of carbonation that is belly filling.

I know there is some contract brewing going on, which hopefully will assist in broader distribution (I hope it won't effect the product). Definitely worth a try, if you can find it.

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


evil black goodness with a funky nose, super hop and roasted...

only caveat is it is a little astringent, not as smooth as the sample I had a few years ago...

upon further inspection, the bottle says 'BREWED AND BOTTLED BY GEARY'S BREWING COMPANY, PORTLAND, ME"

Did not know this was being contract brewed...perhaps that had something to do with it

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Photo of gordavidson
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- A beautiful black beer with a very creamy off white head that has excellent retention.

S- A very clean aroma. Some cocoa malts and vanilla. Not all that pungent or mind blowing, but is appealing.

T- Very clean and eerily tasty. This seems much more tasty and complex than the aroma would lead you to believe. Some cocoa and coffee and vanilla all swirling together in a wonderful combination.

M- Velvety smooth and just the right consistency for the style as to not become overly heavy.

D- I did not have very high expectations for this, but damn... this is amazing. Too bad it was hard to get my hands on some of this, I would be drinking this all the time if it were more available.

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Photo of Jayli
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First and fore most - thanks to the MeniacalOne for this one. He has become my Beer Clause!
This beer pours a dark, dark amber. Looking quickly it looks almost black, but in the light you can see the amber tinge. There were at least 2 finger of tan head that remained leaving decent lacing.
The is a fabulously smooth stout, quite possibly the smoothest I have tried thusfar. Exceedingly smooth, one of the smoothest stouts out there. Dark and full bodied, with fantastic chocolate undertones.
This is a great beer!

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

Pours a dark brown with a small brown head.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and some light coffee.

Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, sweet and earthy. Some dark fruits in the background. Nice light bitterness rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, this is an outstanding stout. Very drinkable. Nicely balanced and quite interesting.

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

a: pours a one-finger khaki head, slow recession with very good retention, the beer is black in color

s: excellent aroma, semi-sweet chocolate melted on fresh marshmallows, chocolate truffles, whipped dark chocolate creme, sweet roast, smooth vanilla, chocolate covered banana, low hops

m: the carbonation is just around medium, with a low-full body

t: rich chocolate malts give notes of semisweet chocolate with some hot cocoa mix in the background, a touch of sugared roast comes out in the finish and lingers with more sweet chocolate barley and a very gentle astringency, subtle coffee bean, gently hopped, delicious...some more woody char-roast would really set this one off

d: downright chuggable for the first glass, but just a little on the sweet side in the finish

from wickedpete, a part of beer-o-cache v1.0, from the original brewery

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours espresso black with rich oak outlined hues. Malted chocolate colored head, creamy and puffy. Head fills in about two fingers and slowly falls leaving a solid curtain of lace on the edge of the glass. Smell is FULL! Touches of fig, plums, bakers chocolate, some earthy coffee, hints of sweet rum raisin cake and brown sugar. Wow, that is a full nose! Flavor is just as full. Caddy Stout hits the pallet full of sweetness, nice rounded hints of bakers chocolate, brown sugar roasted nuts, subtle hints of blue berries, some coffee bitterness that follows with some earthy floral hops. Mouthfeel is not QUITE as creamy as I wish it were, perhaps a bit overcarbonated but that is like making a complaint about the high heels on a drop dead gorgeous blond bombshell's long long legs! So damn complex.

Big thanks goes out to Johhhnie!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice one and 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and a very dark brown color.

Smell is very complex with chocolate and caramel malts with a nice mintiness and a strong coffee overtone.

Taste is of slightly caramel malts with a nice chocolate maltiness and a nice roasted malt characteristic. Undertones of mint come through with a coffee overtone with a citrusy hop bitterness to balance. The complexity is very ice, there is just a tad too much mintiness and citrusyness and it takes away very slightly.

The beer is fairly crisp and it clings well to the palate. Pretty spot on for the style.

This is a very nicely done stout. I am very happy to get such a great extra in a trade. Thanks to Deuane for this one.

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

A side by side blind tasting of the 22oz bottles brewed at the original estate brewery vs. the 12oz version contract brewed at Gearys.

Dark brown, with a creamy, dense head of beige that lasts throughout the glass wtih some decent lacework.

Aromatics filled with dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts and plenty of caramel. A slight fruit note follows through and the nose finishes with a mildly sweet note.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Velvety and luscious.

Nougat, dark chocolate, mild espresso, and caramel lead off the pallet. Fudgy and a bit chewy. Mildly sweet with some dark fruit way underneath.

Finishes with lingering chocolate, roast, and nougat.

Incredible smooth and drinkable. Somewhat rich and very balanced.


Pours dark brown, identical in color to the bomber, but the head pours shorter and quickly dissapates. Barely a trace of lacework.

Aromatics are a blend of bitter chocolate, caramel, brownie bits, acrid malt and butterscotch. The nose is much drier, coarser, and slightly minerally, as well as hugely overun by the Ringwood yeast.

The mouthfeel is crisper, dryer, and slightly spritzy. Missing the smooth, velvet feel of the bomber.

Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramel, and roast coffee lead off the pallet.
Quite dry and slightly acrid. Butterscotch steps forward and detracts from the drinkability.

Finishes with some coarsesness, quite dry and roasty.

The two versions side by side have many glaring differences. The smooth, slightly sweet, and rounded sophistication of the original version is gone, and in place is the buttery Ringwood yeast, coarser carbonation, and dryer character.
The rating I'm giving this one is on the original version, with hopes that the new version being brewed at the brewpub will be up to grade.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle to a shaker pint.

Pours a deep black with a thin tan head.

Some nice, but faint, aromas of chocolate and some coffee. Maybe a bit of alcohol too.

Tastes of some sweet chocolate at first, then mellows as it warms. I get some coffee as well, then the coffee flavor takes over.

Very nice stout- very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mom and Dad brought this 1 Pint 6 Fl Oz. bottle back from the brewery for me on one of their recent vacations to Bar Harbor.

Cadillac Mtn. Stout World Beer Championship 1995 Platinum Medal World Chanmpion Dry Stout. Very cool.

Not a whole lot of head here, mostly large bubbles that disappeared pretty quickly, leaving no trace of lace.

Smells wonderfully of roasted malt and chocolate.

Nice chocolate flavor, this is a very nice stout.

Quite smooth mouthfeel. Little bit of crispness at the end and a mild bitterness.

Very easy to drink and a very tasty stout. It was 90 degrees today, but with the AC running, and if I close my eyes, it's perfect stout-drinking weather.

There's been talk in the forums of late saying this beer has changed, but since I never had the chance to try the original recipe I have nothing to compare it to. I think it's a well-crafted stout.

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Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this with umfskibum, cheers Josh!

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Roasty malt &chocolate, plus a slight iron scent

T: Chocolate, roasty malt, & some dryness up front. Coffee & dry cocoa powder, a touch of charred grain plus leafy hops dominate as this warms. Finishes dry & roasty

MF: Medium bodied, soft carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, not a great stout, but pretty damn solid. A bit baffled as to its high ratings, but I might be outta of sync on this one. Worth seeking out

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

Received in a trade from ryscott. Thanks! Shared one bottle with a few friends at a tasting last week. Poured into a tasting glass.

Appearance: Brown-bodied - a deep, deep brown - with a very attractive, rocky off-white head that fades fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing in its wake.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, smoke. It's milky, but not too sweet. A few dark fruity esters too, unique.

Taste: Ahhh, coffee. Delicious. I have "lots of coffee" written twice in my notes, so it's gotta mean something. There's some smoke, and a few toasted astringencies, but they're not harsh or bitter - everything melds rather smoothly. Slight milky creaminess, as well. A fine-tasting brew.

Mouthfeel: By and large very even and creamy, thick, nice.

Drinkability: A great coffee-esque stout, lots of complex and full flavors, low in alcohol, not harsh at all - quite an attitude with this one. Highly recommended, and probably my new favorite stout.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by CrellMoset on a 'tasting night' along with dkachur. Thanks!

A: A deep brownish black, with slightly red hues... quite nice. A mediocre, light khaki head.

S: A slight smoky, bittersweet chocolate-espresso aromas. Slightly burnt grain malts.

T + M: Somewhat creamy and easy going... little carbonation again... could use more. A slightly fruity flavour with a chocolatey taste. Espresso notes, and a smoky roasted malt.

D: Not too shabby, nice feeling. I'd happily seek it out, try it again, enjoy it with friends. a Pretty decent beer.

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4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a regional extra from JoeyBeerBelly...
The reinvented 12 oz. offering in a reinvented glass...Samuel Adams uber glass.

An even, steady pour produced a 1 finger beige head that dissipated quickly leaving an oily ring around the edge of the glass. No recognizable lacing... an oily film was noted on the glass. Muddy strong, black coffee with a drop of cream in it. No light passes through this brew.

Smell is very, chocolate & creamy malt with the faintest hint of earthy smoke & ripe, dark fruit.

The taste underlines the smell. Coffee, buttery caramel & chocolate. Rummed raisins, prunes or dates are more noticeable in the mouth. A mild alcohol sting with a not too sharp, smokey finish. The ABV is well concealed & blended.
Clean, crisp, dry hops round it all out at the end. Mild bitters....with an appealing finish.

The mouth is creamy, slick & syrupy. Well balanced & smooth bodied with fairly good carbonation that's not distracting or over the top. Oily sweet resin on the lips.

A pleasing nightcap.Easy & enjoyable drinking.

An unexpected treat...I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of joepais
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes this was a bomber and I will be sad to see them go
Poured into a sniffer, Tan two finger head that turns to a great lacing in top of a rich black body

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and light amount of alcohol enter my nose

The flavors on this brew are wicked good yes I'm from Maine. Chocolate coffee and booze what more can a Yankee ask for
Smooth comes to mind when thinking about the mouthfeel, rich and thick as well.

You can easily finish a bomber by yourself, especially on a cold New England night but it is much more fun to share. Buy the bombers while you can. Now for the 12 oz well "If it ant broke don't fix it "is all I can say and they tried to fix it. (Different yeast not bottled conditioned as well as different water) It goes against everything that is down east in me to see what they have done to this brew. Ok enough ranting maybe the flatlander that bought this company will get the hint when the sales go south, although that is where he is from

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Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wasatch for sharing this one!

Pours pitch black with a thick brown head that descends to a thin, sliowly vanishing cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate. Dark fruitiness - prunes and figs with earthy notes intermingle nicely with a touch of toffee. Complex and very inviting.

The taste is of roasted coffee and chocolate with some toffee. There is an intermingling of citric resiny and dark fruitiness. Bitterish and slighlty smoky notes balance and round out sweetness beautifully.

It has a rich, smooth, velvety full body.

This is complex - nice underlying fruity and resiny tones backing up the dark maltiness. Alcohol covered reasonably well. Despite its richness it is very drinkable. Disappears too quickly because it is so smooth!

Thanks again for sharing this treat, John!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this bottle in a trade with Vermonthiker. Thanks Tom!

This pours a pitch black with a 2 finger head of tannish foam. I see some great lacing and the foam does shrink rather quickly but there's still a fine broken layer near the end of my session.

The smell is first and foremost of roasted malt followed by coffee, a touch, nah, a good amount of dark chocolate and I can sense some hop presence lurking in the background.

The taste is...ahhh. Very very tasty. Big roasted malt followed almost immediately by some dark chocolate, some coffee, some sweet/milk chocolate maybe caramel malt? that gave this Stout an overall sweetish but not too sweet overall flavour, some toffee, some dark fruit when I swish it in my mouth, a slight tartness in the background that I'm guessing comes from the hops. Wow. This baby is complex to the max's so smooth and easy drinking(it's off the charts in my book) that it's scary. I love a good dry Stout and, though this definitely has some sweet notes to it, this one is pleasing me muchly.

It's just shy of a full mouthfeel, the carbonation is on the light side but fits it to a tee, and it finishes with *that* dry, roasted malty goodness. What a brew! I can see why it is so highly regarded and sought after. I'm so happy I got a chance to try it so another thank you is in order to Tom!!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the newer 12 oz bottle I'm reviewing with the supposedly changed recipe. Not having had the old version in the bomber I can't really make any comparison here. In any case, regardless how this may compare to the old one, it is still a tasty brew to be sure. Pours black with a nice initial tan head that fades to a ring. Nice aromas as well that meld spicy hop notes and rich, roasty, creamy notes. Surprisingly big citrusy, piney bitterness followed by roasted flavors of chocolate, coffee, and some cream. The taste is similar. really nicely integrated hops and roast and sweet cream that are all blended seamlessly together. Very nice. Relatively thick and creamy in the mouth, this is a bit more substantial feeling than many stouts at this abv level. Very nice beer, and I'm glad I brought some back from Maine.

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Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 FL OZ bottle purchased at the Bar Harbor Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME

Poured a near pitch black with brown edges when held to the light. The tight, creamy, one-finger, coffee-colored head slowly faded to a resilient cap of clingy foam. Small drops of lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

The aroma was rich and robust. Coffee (dark, French roast coffee) was instantly recognizable, along with semi-sweet chocolate. Some bourbon and brown sugar came through as well. A dry, oaty, graininess lingered in the background.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Dark roasted malts, black coffee and some dry oats appeared up front. Smooth and creamy with a bit of char. Dark chocolate notes came through mid-palate. The big, lingering finish was dry, roasty and a touch hoppy. Overall, a nicely balanced mix of semi-sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel was slick, creamy and smooth with a mild carbonation. Possibly a bit thin, depending on how you decide to classify this stout. (Is this an American stout or, as the brewery defines it, a "dry stout"?)

Drinkability was quite good. I cannot remember the last time I had a 6.7% ABV stout that hid its alcohol prowess so well.

This is an incredibly smooth and flavorful stout. There is no doubt in my mind that "the beer that beat Guinness" (as the brewery nicknamed it) could beat just about every other American and Irish dry stout out there as well.

I tried a 12 FL OZ bottle side by side with a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle. The 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle is the bottle conditioned (original) version now sold only at the Bar Harbor Brewing Company, Bar Harbor, ME.

Below are my tasting notes from the 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle:

appearance: 4
The original is lighter in color (dark mahogany opposed to black/brown) and more transparent than the contract brewed version.

smell: 4.5
The original is quite intense and unusual for the style. Fruity, sweet and boozy. The contract brewed version however is more roasty and chocolatey.

taste: 3.5
The original is quite fruity and mellow, while the contract brewed version is more roasty and chocolatey. Also, the finish is much less dry (and weaker) in the original version. Overall, the contract brewed version is much more complex and true to the style.

mouthfeel: 3.5
The original is much more carbonated (over carbonated) and not as smooth as the contract brewed version.

drinkability: 3.5
The original is not as flavorful or enjoyable as the contract brewed version.

Simply put, the contract brewed version is (surprisingly) a much better all-around beer than the original.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is from a 12oz bottle contract brewed by D L Geary

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. Fluffy mocha head that laces the class on the way down. The nose is deep chocolate and coffee, nice deep roasty maltiness. Some fig and dried cherries in there too. Taste is creamy, velvety, chocolaty goodness. Slight alcohol bite and a little ash in the middle. Leaves a bitter roasted coffee in the aftertaste. Thick body with a silky mouthfeel and a medium dry finish. Just an excellent brew. I've had this several times and I just keep coming back for more.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dmeadows for the chance to try this one. This is the pre-contract brewed bomber.

Pours pitch black with a light brown head that lasts for a while with a little bit of lacing.

Smells of toasted and roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee.

Taste is much of the same with just a really rich blending of the chocolate, slight coffee, and roasty, toasty malts. Really solid regular stout.

Pleasant medium- full body with nice amount of carbonation. Sort of tingles on the palate.

A very drinkable and delicious regular stout. A nice change from all the imperial stouts with just as much flavor.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at Capone's in Norristown in late october '07 and just got around to pulling this out of the bottom drawer of the fridge where it has been stored since then. Poured at 45degrees from the 22oz bomber bottled at the original brewery into my Guinness tulip.

A - Extremely dark brown w/ a big 3 finger cap of tan. The lace is minimal and the bead is pin sized

S - A dry toasted and slightly burnt malt aroma. There is cocoa and sublte plum and blackberry w/ a tinge of sour w/ vanllia custard notes and subtle black pepper w/ fudge-like odors. The ale esters really give a nice mineral tinge under the char notes of the malt in the nose. The aroma is delightful w/ a mix of milk chocolate and biscuit w/ subtle herbal spice notes from the hops for good measure

M - Very rich and full on the tongue, creamy and toasty w/ gentle spice. There is a perfect amount of carbonation w/ an english mineral texture and mild sweetness w/ a hint of warming alcohol and a nice dry finish

T - Spectacular! The creamy vanilla and chocolate combo w/ a toastiness under the brisk pine spice of the hops is a masterful blend without letting any one flavor outdo the other. Rich, creamy, smooth subtle roasteed malt flavors w/ subtle yeasty fruitiness falls right in line w/ the mineral and spice notes. A major malt masterpiece here as the fullness is really noticed for an only 6.7% ale. This has the flavor of fine chocolate and does not fail to give some attention to the hops. Almost like a dessert to my taste, rich and 'chock' full of good dry stout flavors w/ a velvety edge.

D - Drinkability is top notch, I could sip this one for a few hours at least. The quaffability is high w/ a smoothness most can't come near. Very clean and represents the style so well. I would like to try the contract version for comparison, but the '95 platinum medal winner is very easy on the tastebuds and was downed too quickly. I would certainly like to enjoy this dark gem in the future - it went well with my sausage and potatoes

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

A-Pours a deep mahogany with a thin tan head.

S-Moderate coffee and roasted malts. Nice.

T-A little sweet in front, finishes with a nice blend of nicely roasted coffee and licorice. Excellent complexity for the style.

M-Nice residual bitterness, good carbonation.

D-Very, very good for a mild American stout.

Lives up to its rep as a delicious mild stout. Good flavors, good mouthfeel. Excellent for the style.


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

12 ounce bottle (6/15/08)
Pours inky black, a bit syrupy with about a finger's worth of coffee colored foam on top. The head lasts for a bit before slowly disintegrating leaving about a quarter-inch ring around the glass with some oily foam left in the middle.

Smell is very rich, tons of dark sweet maltiness, lots of coffee and caramel. A few more whiffs bring out some chocolate soft serve smells. All in all a very tasty smelling beer.

Taste is very roasty and sweet. There is a creamy texture on the tongue which gives way to some bitterness and dryness. There is an aftertaste with this one that was also present in the new bottle of the Thunderhole Ale. I really can't explain it, but its a sharp almost metallic taste that stays in your mouth for quite a long time. It doesn't ruin the taste of this beer and its still a very good stout.

Once again though, a new beer with an old name. Some of the old qualities are there but the taste and appearance are a little bit different and with beer that can make quite a big difference.

Bomber (3/15/08):

It pours a perfectly dark, pretty much black color. The head is nice, fluffy and coffee colored. Its smells like dark roasted malt, a little sweet with slight hints of vanilla. The contrast of the very dark stout and that light colored head is one of the greatest things about a good example of the style. The head on this one doesn't good away quickly which I'll say can be contributed to it being a well brewed beer.

It tastes very rich with a smooth finish. Lots of malt sweetness with a dry finish. Once you drink a bit of this beer, you'll understand what all the talk is about. This is the best stout in Maine. I need to get up to Bar Harbor and visit its birthplace.

According to the Bar Harbor Brewing Co. website, this is "The Beer that Beat Guinness!" Well, I don't want to bash Guinness since it was my gateway beer that let to my beer nerdiness, but this beer does more than beat it, Cadillac Mountain Stout destroys Guinness.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,240 ratings