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 micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cadillac mt. stout pours your prototypicial deep black. On a vigorous pour hardly any head was produced, what little there was was fairly dense and mocha beige. No lacing.
Aroma is malty with hints of molasses and bittersweet chocolate.
Taste is richly malted and well roasted. But there is also plenty of gritty courseness and a good bit of ashen or charcoal taste to boot.
Taste is dry and pleasent but drinks more like an imperial then your standard stout.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cadillac Mountain Stout. Bought as a single from D's Six-Pack and Dogs. From 12oz bottle to a pint glass. Notched dating tells me this was best before November of 2012.

Pours jet black with some dark brown hues around the thin edges. Not much head formed. I only saw a maximum 1/3" of beige foam. Left to a sudsy ring shortly after.

Nice little aroma. Milk chocolate, peat, coffee, dulce de leche, and a whiff of smoke. I can't believe these are descriptors used for the nose of an Irish Dry Stout.

Light hops pronounce a lovely earthiness that is supported by cocoa and coffee flavors that are savory, but not particularly sweet. Dry tones play in with that peatiness that sparks a dimension of wet smoke and fire. The caramel notes I picked up in the nose are gone; they would've been unwanted, anyways. Soft middle leaves a nicely bitter finish with lingering notes of the baker's chocolate and medium-roast coffee. Excellent stuff and worth buying in larger formats (a case, perhaps?).

Medium body with medium carbonation. Drinks with a heavier hand in strength than you'd first expect. It almost warms me. I'm very happy with the mouthfeel and drinkability, as a whole.

Kick-ass stout. I can't believe it took me until now to finally give this a whirl. Countless times I've passed up a cheap sixer of this stuff (mainly, because I wanted to try it, but couldn't justify buying a full pack for the same reason). I can assure you, that won't happen again. The six-pack will indeed come home with me next time.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I was a kid, I used to take vacations up to Mount Desert Island, that often included hiking on and around Cadillac. So when I heard about this beer, I started craving it. And when I saw it in a local shop while visiting family in NJ, I couldn't pass it up. Tasted 29 December 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours dark coffee brown, clear at the edges but not allowing light through the center. One finger of light yellowish tan head. Decent retention and okay lacing.

Smell is pretty faint, and doesn't smell very stouty. Lightly sweet, soft medium-roasted malts that bring a bit of coffee. On top of that is a hint of yeast and a dash of grassy hops. Bits, hints, touches; just not all that much there.

Taste is lightly sweet, with a bit of molasses and a dry woody back-end.

Medium-bodied, lighter than I expect from most stouts. A small amount of carbonation, but it's fluffy and foamy. A lightly dry finish.

A decent stout, smooth and plenty drinkable but nothing special.

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Photo of afrokaze
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review 50! From my droid, sorry for typos. A big thanks to muskiesman for a sweet extra!

Pours a deep brown that that's nearly black, with tan head that dies into a nice cap that lasts the whole pint, slick spotty lacing.

Smell is dominated by dark roast malt, coffee grounds, cacao, some light smoke, vanilla. Takes a long time to open up.

Dark roasted grain, bakers chocolate, some dark fruit and hop spice spice similar to a Baltic porter. Sweet mid palate with vanilla leads to a dry roasty finish with a hint of smoke.A bit strong for style but still super drinkable.

Mouth is firm and satisfying but still leads to a long dry finish to style. Chocolate and coffee sit on the tongue long after each sip.

A great desert beer that doesn't weigh you down. would drink a ton if it was on shelves near me. Sweet and creamy with a dry finish, hits all the notes. Best dry stout I've had, a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra at least 2 years ago. Sitting in cellar until now.
Thanks to whoever included it - you know who you are.

A: Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Black with a thin mocha head which fades to the rim leaving some splotches of lace.

N: Rich, dark chocolate, roasty grains along with some wood.

T: Roasted malts, dark chocolate with slight char. Mildly sweet and earthy. On warming the plum and raisin notes come out.

M: Full body and moderate carbonation. Slight bitterness on finish.

O: Decent and basic. Perhaps I should have had it sooner.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, full, amber highlighted brown-to-black coloring with a thin layer of light tan, frothy head. Aromas of light coffee, both roasty and bitter, with a heavy dose of sweet, creamy, milk chocolate. Flavors of more heavily roasted and bitter coffee, with the sweet milk chocolate serving more to highlight. Some touches of roast and smoke throughout to help give a dynamic to the palate. The beer is mid-bodied, but full and robust. Aftertastes of roast and bitter, with a warm overall feel. The finish is more of the bitter and roasty coffee, but smooth enough to refrain from drying the mouth. Very smooth drinker, and very tasty. Good brew!

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Photo of dubinsky
2/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I found this one in the back of the fridge and recall this from a trade a made early last year. I'm not sure of the age on this one. But its pouring buckets outside and I couldn’t think of a better thing to do than sit and watch my Niners own the Rams and enjoy a nice stout.

A – Poured into Crate and Barrel snifter. The pour seems fairly thin. A pitch black color beer with a light brown, finger high head resulted from a normal pour. The foamy head receded while I was typing this, so fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S – The smell is really fruit forward. Tons of prunes and raisin aromas caught me off guard as I was expecting a bit more roasted tones, which are present, but to my nose are in the background rather than front. Not smelling the typical chocolate and coffee tones that I was hoping for.

T – Not sure if there is much of a taste really here. I’m really disappointed. It does have some bitterness and not much else. I cant taste the fruits I picked up on the nose, and don’t detect any sweetness, coffee or much of anything else really. There are some distinct peaty, smoked flavors that I finally detected as the beer warmed up.

M – This is by far the best feature of this beer. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. Very full bodied, not what I thought I would get from the thin pour.

O – Perhaps this beer was past its prime. Perhaps it was a bad batch, but this one really disappointed me. I’m not sure I will seek this out again.

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Photo of Boto
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber: This one pours an opaque, very dark brown color. There was a very small tan head on it that didn’t linger long. Almost no lacing. Nice nose. Pretty full or aroma, but mainly chocolate and roasted malts. Some coffee notes also. The taste is good. Roasty, chocolate, and coffee mainly in the taste. A very nice stout!

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Photo of Amalak
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. It is pure black with a small, tan head and no lacing.

S. There's a faint malty scent.

T. Oh wow...that is sensational. The first first hit is a mix of chocolate and caramel. There's a grassy, earthy flavor there. It has a burnt aftertaste. It has a milk-tasting softness to it.

M. Carbonated and tingly on the tongue. A bit of a tart chocolate aftertaste.

O. This may just be the best stout I've ever had. It is so flavorful and refreshing and not too tart. Fantastic.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black, dark. About one finger of beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, maybe some coffee in the background.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Thick, full bodied. Taste of roasted malts and coffee with chocolate.

Overall: Very well crafted beer. Simple, yet complex flavors give this beer a terrific feel and taste. I have had it several times and I have always enjoyed it.

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

Paired this one up with some chili while watching Monday Night Football.

Pours a coffee black with mahogany edges. Got a finger of khaki colored head that quickly disappeared into nothing but a thin ring around the edges.

Inviting aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a touch of caramel.

The taste follows the nose. Dominated by roasted malt with nice notes of chocolate and coffee.

The mouthfeel is definitely the money maker of this beer. Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. Gets a nice froth going when you work it around in your mouth. It is absolutely perfect from what I expect for the style.

Overall, this beer was awesome. If Guinness tasted anything like this I would be drowning myself in it. I wish that I was able to get this beer regularly. Just the perfect easy drinking stout. I see why this used to grace the top 100 back in the day.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark black with a nice tan head. Pours thick.

S-great smell of rich cocoa and oatmeal actually. this smells awesome! a touch of roastiness to it.

T-comes in with an awesome taste of dark roasted cocoa and just a touch of some winter spices actually. this is an awesome beer. there is a touch of booze to the after-taste.

M-low medium carbonation. this is heavy. semi-dry finish

O-Bar Harbour, I'm going to keep my eye on you. This beer impressed me. Has to be the best irish dry i've ever had. the flavors are strong and awesome and its easy to drink.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black as oil with a thick, frothy head. Head is about 2 fingers with great retention and good lacing.

S- All dark malts and chocolate. Very little sweet scents, mostly burnt flavors. Not terribly complex, but pretty delicious smelling.

T- Just like the scent. Starts off and continues throughout with good dark malt flavors. Hints of smokey flavors and semi-sweet chocolate mix in. Slight hints of anise creep in towards the end. Just like the scent, not terribly complex, but very consistently solid taste throughout.

M- Very thick and creamy for a lower gravity stout. Slightly higher than desired levels of carbonation. Sticky on the palate. Easy to drink, and easily sessioned.

Overall, a very good, non barrel-aged, everyday stout. Beats the hell out of a Guinness, but not quite the level of Founders' stouts.

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Photo of AdamHart22
3.14/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. Bomber into a tulip.

A - Hardly any head. Lacing is evident but light. Color is similar to guiness. Held to the light it is black with very dark reddish hints.

S - Reminds me of making chocolate chip cookies, when you open the yellow package of hershey's semi sweet chips.

T - Meh. I don't see what the fuss is about. The sip is unremarkable but the finish saves it, great little blast of chocolate at the end.

M - This is my first dry stout and probably my last. The dryness takes that afore mentioned nice choclate taste and turns it sour. I gave this a 3.0 because I didn't think it fair to pan it as apparently a dry stout is supposed to do this.

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Photo of mcintire78
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pitch black with a massive head, and massive retention. Significant lacing.

Smell: Strong smell of roasted malts.

Taste: Strong taste of roasted malts. Maybe a taste of coffee. Very dry; almost no sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Body is light with significant carbonation.

Drinkability: The relatively high alcohol for a Irish Stout makes it less drinkable than you would think. The carbonation is also a hindering factor.

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Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 08-09-2012
Freshness: Best by 11-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Black and nearly opaque, with ruby edges when held to light. The head is tan and a finger high, showing good lacing and OK retention.

S: Aromas are of roasted malts, dark chocolate, oak woodiness and earthy hops.

T: Tastes of heavily-roasted malts and coffee bitterness. Dry and not sweet.

M: Body is between light and medium, with a moderate carbonation. The finish is dry and with an espresso/coffee bitterness.

O: I can see why this is a well-received stout. This is one of my least favorite styles, but is very well made and enjoyable.

Thanks to Greg for this one!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black body, frothy tan head. Mediocre retention and spotty lace. Nothing special, but nothing to criticize.

S: Rich chocolate, fresh herbal hops, and just pure semi-sweet chocolate chips. Simple and fantastic.

T: Follows the nose to a t - semi-sweet chocolate is simply overwhelming up front, with some leafy, herbal hoppiness building in on the dry finish. Lingering cocoa on the aftertaste. Great.

M: Medium body, moderate, creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Great stout, plain and simple.


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Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours an opaque black, with a nice layer of a foamy tan head. Head becomes a very thin layer of foam that stays around the entire time.

S- Smell is coffee, chocolate, darker fruits, peat and a bit of metal.

T- Malts are leading the way here. Quite a bit of chocolate, charcoal and coffee. A good amount of roast. Darker fruits are here and a touch of metal.

M- Fuller side of medium and fairly light on the carbonation.

O- Normally, not a huge fan of this style, but I found this one to be very enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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 B967ierhunter177
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours black with a thin, tan head and lasting lace. The aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate. The flavor is mainly coffee with some toast, mild smoke and molasses notes. There's a noticeable hop bite but it's well balanced and the chocolate flavor comes through as it warms. The mouthfeel is full and smooth. Bar Harbor Cadillac Mountain Stout is a good, filling brew. Recommended!

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Photo of jw2online
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark, nearly black. Very little head, though not absent of carbonation.

S - Rich, chocolaty, slight coffee, some caramel.

T - Again, rich, and much of the same above.

M - Smooth. The slight carbonation is good because it doesn't mess with the flavor. It's a good, silky feel. Thick. Something to leave in your mouth for a moment to enjoy all aspects of it.

O - This is the best stout I've ever had. I have others I like, but this one is great in every way for me. I think the minor head, and slight carbonation are a positive feature. The taste is so complex, I think too much more carbonation would ruin it. Just open your mouth a little to get some air in there and it works better -- so much character to reveal.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Could use a touch more head but the tan lace ring looks good with stickiness. Color is deep brown very pitch black.

S - Smell is very mild but good. Vanilla, roast, coffee, and chocolate mostly.

T - Taste is balanced with vanilla beans to start off, then some bakers chocolate, and a roasty/citrus hops finish. Damn good brew.

M - Medium and chewy a very solid stout.

Overall I was quite impressed with this one. Not too sweet to become cloying yet not too bitter and abrasive with roast or hops. Worth picking up.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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 IronLover
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Totally black in color with a thin beige cap. Mellow roasted malt and vanilla aromas. Velvety smooth, delicate feel, with rich, lazy carbonation that builds thru the middle to the end. Dark roasted malt flavors up front that transition to a brief, dark fruity sweetness. Hop bitterness yanks that taste buds away from the sweetness thru the middle. Roasted malt flavors return down the homestretch with a ripe fruit flavors underneath. Earthy delicate flavors from start to finish. This was a pleasant surprise. Pleasant, delicate aromas along with a unique and complex flavor profile.

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Photo of Veillantif
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, approx. 54 degrees F, poured into a slightly chilled stange glass.

A: Soy-sauce dark. Maybe a half-inch of head, which went away pretty fast.

S: Sharp, almost dank, but really invigorating patent malt scent hits my nose.

T: Rich, smoky, and, well, patent-malty. Aftertaste lingers a little too long and too strong.

M: Carbonation shouldn't be too strong on this of course, but this is perhaps weaker than it should be.

D: This may not be the best stout ever made, but it is definitely a stout-lover's stout.

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