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Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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4.18/5
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Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Maine, United States
barharborbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,277
Reviews:
691
Ratings:
1,238
pDev:
9.33%
Bros Score:
4.43
 
 
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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another generous gift from fellow BA rfgetz...

A - A standard pour yields one finger's worth of audibly fizzy medium brown colored head... Extremely limited retention gives way to a lopsided lacing and ultra thin collar... A very minimal bit of lacing can be seen at along the edges of the very top of the glass... The color is black though the slightest bit of light can be seen leaking in at the top of the glass...

S - A subtle, but lovely mix of all things American Stout... A light milk chocolate scent... A healthy dose of roasted malts... A bit of freshly brew coffee as well... Good aroma and complexity... I only wish that the nose were slightly more pronounced...

T - The palette is dominated by an interplay of roasted malts and light coffee... There is little else that stands out... Simple and straightforward...

M - Medium bodied... Some prickly carbonation... A bit of chalkiness... Perhaps a slight bit of thinness...

D - While all scores above have been a 3.5, the overall drinkability is a notch above... While understated in many respects, the 6.7% ABV that doesn't hammer you over the head in a way most American Stouts seem to is a pleasant surprise... Not my favorite, but defiantely worthy...

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2.89/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Virtually opaque blackness with a two-finger mixed bubble tan head that holds on well. Decent lacing.

S: Burnt malt and burnt marshmallow with traces of cocoa powder. Initially has a slight sourness that fades after pouring.

T: Smooth, but amazingly one-dimensional. There is an acrid burnt taste initially that sweetens a bit in the mid palate. The finish is bitter and burnt, and persists longer than I'd like for the flavor. There's little development and virtually no traces of cocoa or coffee in the flavor.

M: Remarkably similar to Guinness or Murphy's. The alcohol is so well-integrated that it sneaks up on you. I'd really like a bit more fullness for 6.7%.

O: Regrettably I can't recommend this stout. There's not enough complexity, the booze seems to be without a cause, and the aftertaste is not very pleasant.

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

Pours a dark inky black with cap of compact creamy brown head, doesnt last too long though, decent lacing. Scent is straight forward roasted grain with chocolate brownie and hint of vanilla. Taste follows scent in being very simple and straight forward, what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in execution. Dark roast stopping before any char presents itself, semi sweet baking chocolate stars, a touch of vanilla and the faintest notes of coffee and berry. Lower end of full bodied, smooth, clean and lightly creamy. Well executed stout greatly appreciated in a time where every beer in this style seems to be wanting to go "big".

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4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into Duvel tulip. No bottle date.

A- Pours a transparent dark red brown color that seems watery. Sits pretty dark in the glass. A 1/2 inch layer of light mocha head forms with pretty crisp fine bubbles. A decent capping lingers for a few minutes but is reduced to a small ring. No lacing.

S- A very pleasant aroma of chocolate and roasted malt meets the nose. Smell is good, but on the lighter side. Simple.

T- Semi-sweet chocolate pieces, slow lightly roasted coffee beans, and some earthy pine in the bitterness. Very full flavored for the ABV. No astringent taste or bitterness. Focus is definitely on the chocolate and roasted malt notes, which is done very well.

M- Full body for a stout. A slight watery at the onset, but it rounds out in the mid and finish. The finish is mildly dry and leaves the palate still grasping the bolder flavors.

O- A very well done Stout. Really easy to drink and the palate grabs hold of all the flavor after a minute break b/w sips. Would like to try a Imperial Stout from Bar Harbor.

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

Ap. Completely black with small tan head with a short life.
Sm. Roast/burnt coffee and malt, chocolate and some tart lemon hops I think.
Ta. Chocolate, coffee, caramel. The finish is more bitter chocolate than hops. For all the serious flavors, it's still light and fresh.
Mf. Light for the style, but filling.
Dr. Very good, but took a while to finish a bomber. Sippy beer.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle from FluffyMcTingle; thank you! Poured into a nondescript snifter.

Pours an inkjet black that is entirely opaque. Very little light-tan head develops, and what does appear fades quickly. Some legs are left in the glass, and a hearty swirl breathes new life into a bubbly ring around the edge of the glass. A few patches of bubbles cling to the walls of the glass. It smells of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, some oat/grain, and a touch of sugar. Very stout-like. Taste is very similar, with plenty of roasted malt, some chocolate, grain, sugar, coffee, and caramel all making appearances. The mouth is very smooth and goes down easy, leaving a dry and slightly sticky finish. Overall, a good stout that is worth trying.

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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle of the good version of this beer (pre-2009 I believe) with the cartoony label. Anyway, all I know is that. If I had to guess, I'd say it's a 2008 vintage. The new version was disappointing. Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. A little over a finger of frothy/fizzy hybrid head. Retention could be better and no lacing is left.

4.5 S: For a dry stout, this is simply dripping with maltiness. Tons of caramel, a soft roastiness, molasses and toffee, and some chocolate.

4.0 T: Tastes a lot like the nose with perhaps a touch more roast. Caramel, molasses, toffee, and chocolate. Pretty intense for the ABV.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but not bad overall.

4.0 D: Good brew. They should brew this beer like they brewed the one I'm drinking.

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

another big thank you to Gary for the constant maine hookup!

a - opened the bottle and filled my E snifter. poured a watery black which settled with a frothy greyish cream colored head. pretty frothy and milky but slippery lacing.

s - sweet roastiness. a bit charred like a porter.

t - again, a big char presence. finishes brisk. a bit metallic.

m - smooth and silky. cooling. very easy to drink. soft.

o - overall, more porter like than anything else, but the body is way less fizzy.

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

Spent-oil black and a toffee-white head greets me in the 24oz Mason jar. Thick, lathery lacing that hangs around and slowly slithers down the glass. Instantly, you’re hit with a chunk of fresh dark chocolate, espresso, and earth in the nose. The taste follows suit nicely; a controlled deluge of wonderful dark malts, burnt toffee, woodsmoke incense, and subtle caramel-like maltiness is held together with a nice, soft mouthfeel.

Want an idyllic Maine beer? This is the one.

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3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tasting glass

Pours an opaque black color with a thick crop of beige head. Some wispy retention and patches of lacing on the glass.

Toasted malts in the nose with light touches of dark chocolate and nuttiness. Faint sweetness and coffee beans.

Nice roasted malt character up front with coffee beans and dark chocolate. Notes of sweetness with nuts and cocoa. Very light alcohol, finishes dry and crisp.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, dry and chewy. Drinks nicely, pretty solid flavor, although not too complex.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to beerloco for this sweet extra! split with my fiance, poured into a portsmouth snifter and enjoyed from fridge temp to room temp.

A: Pours a pretty dark brown, looks a little thinner on the pour but the head comes up like a thick guy, a medium brown color that reaches maybe 2 fingers. dissipates quickly but leaves a thick foamy ring and decent lacing.

S:Loads of chocolate and roasti malts, much better than i had anticipated to be honest. coffee comes out too when it warms, it smells very solid. i get a little alcohol as well,, which i didnt expect either...

T: Woah, very pleasantly surprised by this one! tons of great and roasted cocoa at the beginning, coffee in the middle, and lots of chocolate at the end....and they didn't even put "chocolate" in the name. this is a great regular stout (no "imperial" or anything), great and what i want for the style

M: A little thin for my taste, but the carbonation stayed in through the pour and comes out on the tongue, adding some extra creaminess and thickness feeling. a very smooth and silky beer.

O: Much better than what i was expecting, totally enjoyable, would definitely be a regular bottle for me (if it were around). not a "life-changer" but a damn solid brew.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,238 ratings
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