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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 | website

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 UnionMade
4.94/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep, motor oil brown, nearly black, topped with a thick taupe froth. Almost opaque, with a haziness that denies much light passage. The head settles into a thick film upon sitting, hanging on until the last 1/4 of the glass, where it dies into pretty much nothing. Nice sticky lace sheets down the glass until about halfway down.
The aroma is dominated by a strong burnt coffee roastiness. Plenty of black and chocolate malt, adding a touch of cocoa and burnt toffee. Mild fruity esters come through, with mild fig and plum fruitiness. Slight sweetish yeast and barely perceptable earthy hopping. A vaguely vinous quality adds a luscious, blending smoothness.
The flavor starts immediately with a bold, burnt roastiness. A touch grainy, leaning towards black patent malt, burnt coffee and chocolate provide a bittersweet maltiness that dominates throughout. A bit of toffee adds some sweetness, moving into mild fruitiness in the middle. Hints of fig, plum and raisin soften the malt, moving into the finish with a mild sweetness. The hops are barely present, just a sprinkle of earthy, herbal flavor without much bitterness. Yeast and a bit of earthiness contribute to a powdery dry finish, a touch of black cherry right in the end. Burnt malt lingers on the tongue with a hint of fruitiness, sticking to the palate for ages. Very easy drinking, with super soft carbonation reminiscent of cask ale. A dryish, slightly powdery mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
Easily the most complex dry stout I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. If this isn't the closest thing to perfection, I don't know what is. Maine is hiding a gem of a beer bigger than the hope diamond. Get it if you see it.

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Photo of ianadams
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very much like an imperial, this stout has strong coffee and chocolate flavors following an almost sweet beginning. Definately follow the recommended serving temperature to get the full flavor of this stout. This was my first from Bar Harbor and I am looking forward to trying all the rest.

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Photo of Crosling
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a large dense tan head that laces very well.

Raisins, chocolate milk, charcoal, cocoa and vanilla in the nose.

Pleasantly flavorful with dry chocolate and cocoa up front. The mid-palate is stale of dark fruits. The finish is dry with cookie dough, honey and vanilla.

Very well balanced and a well brewed stout.

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

Poured from a bomber int my pint glass. Dark chocolate brown with a slightly offwhite head, big time aroma of bitter cocoa, dark toast, and faint whiffs of sweetness and alcohol - a massive welcome.

Yep, it's a Cadillac: big and smooth. Starts out with a dark chocolate maltiness and some background dark fruit that just opens up on the palate - beautiful. Some roastiness mid-sip followed by hints of dry coffee, more of that bitter cocoa, and a slight welcoming warming surge of alcohol. Nice chewy mouthfeel compliments the overall dry fruitiness perfectly. I think after three of these I could curl up in front of a fire somewhere.

One of the better stouts I've had the pleasure of drinking, and reason enough for a trip to Maine. I can see why this was one of the post- Llamafest highlights of the pub crawl. Many thanks to Patand David for the bomber.

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Photo of winomark
3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep black. Syrupy looking. Sticky, medium brown head.

Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Slight sweet alcohol tones.

Taste: Thick malty and sweet up-front, with suprisingly dry finish. Slightly hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly fleeting with carbonation lifhting the mid-palate. Short throughout, but flavorful.

Drinkability: Not at all impressed with this one. Not as full and flavorful as I would have expected from the color and aroma.

Tasted blind at the Saint Louis BA tasting 12/14/03

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Photo of jtw5877
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one pretty stout,it pours a super deep dark black hue reminiscent of an imperial stout, with the same smell to boot. The head is a fluffy tan masterpiece. Very nice and chewy chocolate, caramel, toffee, and coffee tones with an excellent mouthfeel, and unbelievable drinkability. I have heard alot of hype about this beer and it lives up to it. The burps remind me of Expedition Stout, which is not bad at all. thanks to Purplehops.

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

Black with nice ruby highlights. Very fine mocha head.

Nose is good bready malt accented by a bit of bitter coffee, a touch of chocolate and some fruitiness.

Medium full in the mouth with lots of rich base malt. Moderate bitterness throughout with some acidity helping to give it nice length. Really quite rich, and could use a touch more bitterness to balance.

Very good stout mouthfeel. Would make an excellent session stout.

This was tasted in the St. Louis BA 12/14/03 blind tasting. I thought it was Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, which is pretty high praise in my book. A fine stout, and my second favorite of the tasting.

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

I picked up a couple bottles (22oz) of this beer in Augusta this past late summer. Pours out solid black with a large creamy tan head. The head was much larger than I expected and I had to calm it down with a very slow pour.

The smell is sweet coffee and chocolate as you would expect. The taste starts off on the sweet side and then changes to a nice dark chocolate, almost bitter ending. This may be misleading as it isn't "harsh" in anyway, just multi-dimentional.

I would love to try this beer on tap but I don't think they keg their beer? Very good and I will purchase many more on my next trip to ME.

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

Pours black with a big, creamy, lacy, brown head. Smells malty. Big thick malt without alot of the burnt or chocolate aromas you get from most stouts.

Taste is huge and smoky. The taste definitely display a big burnt malt flavor with light chocolate undertones. this beer is smooth like black velvet. Big full body with a dry bitter finish. Nicely done. Very complex brew and did I mention tasty? Reminds me that I need to keep more of this on hand...

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

Pours a jet black from the 22oz bomber. Espresso colored cascading head with big divots, sticks around too. Lots of lacing.

Smells of coffee, raisin, and deep dark gooey malts. The taste is superb. A huge dark malt rush meets you up front, with the coffee and raisin in the middle, followed by a semi-dry hop finish. It is a extraordinarily balanced stout. The mouthfeel is super thick, with a complexity of flavor you don't see everyday.

God I love living in Maine.

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

A superb stout from Maine. This beer poured a nice, nearly opaque black colour, out of its nice bomber bottle. The aromas were of chocolate, caramel, various malts and hops, with some coffee in there as well. The taste was a nice chocolaty melange of different malt flavors and nice hops on the finish. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and creamy and the drinkability was great as well. What's the ABV on this stuff? It could be a great session stout!


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Photo of HardTarget
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown bomber with 1995 Platinum Medal World Champion Dry Stout medal, with storage and serving instructions (a nice touch). Bottle conditioned.
Aroma: A classic stout smell with nice chocolate and cherry (?) notes.
Appearance: Black as night, with a nice tan head that faded, but remained, but wasn’t up to the long haul.
Flavor: Outstanding balance, while the hops are clearly present, they don’t pucker, and the malt, while substantial, doesn’t over-sweeten. Nice roasted malt and chocolate flavors blend into everything a stout should be; bold, but dry; rich, but mellow. The hops started to assert themselves deeper into the beer as it warmed.
Mouthfeel: Wonderfully round, guessing at some oats in the grist given the nice coating, edge of chewy but smooth consistency.
Overall Impression: This is one great beer. It’s packed with flavor, but not overbearing. Cadillac Mtn. is a masterful blend of tastes and texture that I could drink all day. I’m sad that it’s brewed so far away from my beloved Texas, or this would be a regular enjoyment.

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

Pours the deepest chestnut color with a large, loosely formed caramel colored head. In the glass it comes across black as night.
Earthy aromas with hints of sassafrass, smoky malts, hops and bitter chocolate.
The flavor profile matches the aromas (minus the sassafrass). A pleasant tingling and a nice slickness coat my mouth. Notes of coffee and chocolate dominate without overpowering. Pefectly balanced for my taste, hops vs. malt, bitter vs. sweet.
I'm glad it comes in a bomber, sad I only have but one. A huge thanks to bennybrew for sending this great stout my way.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Goodness. The bubbly (then creamy) head is the perfect size. It settles slowly into a nice blanket. Very good lacing. Very solidly dark beer. Coffee, toffee, chocolate... the usual stout aromas, but they make a strong combination. Surprisingly light-bodied, for the color and aroma, but rich in flavor. An incredibly drinkable stout, I must say!

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

I sampled this stout on a brewery tour of the tiny Bar Harbor Brewing Company, and I immediately bought a case of this black gold... which is funny, because I'm really not a stout man (stocky, but not stout).

Pours to a deep black color, with little cascading evident. The thick, caramel colored head dissepates leaving a thin, consistent top with lacing that stays the whole way down the glass.

Rich, chocolate malt and roasted barley aroma with a sweet bite to the tongue and a pleasent aftertaste, almost like that first cup of (good) coffee in the morning, with just a trace of alcohol feel.

Excellent drinkability, and at 22 ounces a pop, a good time at that. It's a shame though, I only have six of these beauties left. Time to gas up the SUV and get some more.

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Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Approaching jet black in hue, with a trace hazy deep garnet fringe when held to light. Massed, mountainous, dogged, chestnut brown head leaves wandering, exiguous lace. The aroma is dominated by powdery, dry cocoa with a soft underlay of sharp, carbonaceous roasted barley. Tittle of diacetyl along with understated caramel malt lend a buttery sweet contrast to the roasted presence. Clean, appetizingly burnt in aroma. Roasted barley character is surprisingly tempered in flavor, and runs parallel with a static, toffeeish dark caramel malt backbone. Airy, diffuse, chocolate malt presence is unhindered by the ashen hop bitterness, which in turn only partially offsets caramel malt derived sweetness. Marginally tart, acidic smokey hints along with a brief surge of diacetyl emerge as it breathes. Well calculated in attenuation, with ample dextrins facilitating a soft, yet pleasantly viscous mouthfeel. Finishes cleanly bittersweet, with fading hints of milk chocolate and burnt grain. A well balanced, unique stout with superlative drinkability. Although lower in hop and roasted grain bitterness than many microbrewed examples, malt sweetness never becomes obtrusive. Delicious. Big thanks to Bennybrew for the delivery of a fine Maine brew I've been longing to try. JohnnyP should be proud.

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Photo of Gusler
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the pour a Atramentous color, the head Bunyanesque in size, the consistency that of whipped cream and the color a winsome light chocolate brown, as it dematerializes, a fine covering of lace is left behind to meld with the glass. The aroma that of strong coffee, bittersweet chocolate and lots of malt, sweet and malt-laden is the start, the top full and pleasing to the palate. Finish is crisply acidic, bitter-sweet chocolate aftertaste with the hops persistent and pleasant in their spicy bite, all in all a fine representative to the style.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber shared with my brother

Poured dark brown but not quite black with a tan ring of head and many tiny bubbles floating upwards. Also some sediment floating around the bottom of the bottle. Smell was deep with plenty of sweet chocolate aromas and bitter grains. Just a tad bit of alcohol spiciness to round it out. Taste was somewhat raw with minimal coffee flavors, heaped in with an intense dry bitterness imparted from the malts, more chocolate, but in the taste it was lest sweet than the smell, and somewhat grainy hoppy flavor rounds out the taste. There was also a fair bit of alcohol punch to boot. Further down the glass it borders on cloying as the sweet chocolate reasserts itself. Mouthfeel was a little too agressive, not allowing the malts to dominate. Pretty flavorful beer, if at times a little unrefined. There is a fair bit of confusion in the taste without anything mixing very well. Overall worth the purchase though.

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

A solid black color, blocking out light. Good choco bubbles. Available at Shaw's or Hannaford's. The tasre is awesome, roasted, malts, cofffee, some bitterness. A well balanced stout. Chewy and quite quaff-able. I could have easily drank this beer all night.

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Photo of cokes
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Quite black with burnt cherry edgings. Trim, tan foam of medium duration.
Roasty aroma with smoked grape, charcoal, and burnt plums with a suppliment of wintergreen hops.
A fuzzy chocolate-hued flavor off the bat. Somewhere between dark and milk. Subdued liquorice and plums. Fruitier than expected given its "dry" catigorization, but fully welcome. Touches of concord grape sweetness. Less roasty than the nose would indicate, yet still plenty so for a stout. Like cane sugar burning on a grill. Brown sugar sweetness grips tight and rides long into the finish, bonded with some cola sensations. Raw-ish leafy hops complete things.
A bit fizzy and thin right away. Once this settles for a few moments, it becomes pure stout bliss.

One of only two dry stouts I've had that are worth a shit. (though, as the devil's advocate, calling this a dry stout might be stretching the definition.)

A big, Acadian thanks to my Maine man bennybrew for the bomber.

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

Another bier from the Bennybrew Maine Sampler, and an outstanding one.

It pours black, with a rocky tan head that sticks around pretty well. Aroma is mostly sweet malt, caramel and expresso.

Taste is also sweet malt, expresso, and a hint of raisins and currants.

A chewy mouthfeel, with not a hint of the oiliness that you find in many stouts. Finishes smooth, no bitterness.

Since the label says "Dry Stout", I was expecting something with more hoppy bitterness, more like a Victory Imperial, but this was not anywhere as puckering or complex. A very good stout, indeed, just not very dry...

Thanks, Bennybrew!!!

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Photo of aracauna
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a huge, noisy dark tan head. You would have thought with the fizziness of the head that it would have faded quickly, but the fizz subsides eventually and the head sticks around for a while longer. The nose is chocolate, roasty malt, prunes. The flavor is dominated by bitter hops but underneath that are toffee, wood and a hint of milk chocolate. The flavor would be better if they lowered the hops/burnt bitterness and raised the malt profile and complexity but this is still an excellent beer. The mouthfeel is prickly from the high carbonation.

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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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Photo of Murph
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pure blackness with a decent brown head on top that sinks to a nice covering film. Nice lighter roasted ness with slight coffee bitterness in it as well as some sweeter chocolate aromas. Sweet, slightly roasted malt opens up with some excellent chocolately flavors with just a hint of the bitterness of the brew. As the beer rolls across the tongue it leaves a slight lingering toasty/roasted malt flavor that is both crisp and roasted. The ultimate in silky smooth mouthfeel with a medium-full body that makes this a joy to drink. Wow, this is one seriously awesome stout. The rumors don't from the other BAs don't lie.
A huge thanks to my friend JohnnyP for bringing this back from Maine, the man doesn't lie, they can make some awesome beer up there.

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Photo of beernut7
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a dry stout, this beast has real appeal. The deep dark depths of liquid swim beneath a thick frothy mocha head sending of the aroma of deeply felt dark malt. The initial flavor is that of heavy roast and a hint of chocolate enhanced by a well-rooted bitterness. The malt profile, while dry, is still present with enough force to give a thick heavy body. The carbonation is a hint sharp toward the end, but a magnificent monster of a stout.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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