Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

1,219 Ratings
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 eclipse54
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of tko741
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of xnicknj
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Photo of ridglens
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of nhindian
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split at a Pittsburgh tasting. Big thanks to thebouch01 for providing this!

A - Pours a chocolate brown with about a finger's worth of tan head. Some decent retention giving the rather low amount of head, with some spattered lacing around the glass.

S - The smell is a bit of a drawback for me. It is full of a nice roast and an almost milk chocolate note, but there's a strong metallic note that keeps it from being overly enjoyably.

T - As in the nose, the metal is back here, though not as strongly. The overall flavors are pretty solid, encompassing a slight roast, cocoa, a bit of chocolate, and a faint amount of hops. However, although it has these notes, they are pretty faint throughout and neither make a strong case to be the focus.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Smooth, full-bodied, and an easy-drinker.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. The base characteristics of this beer are all solid and promising, but there are some things that keep it from reaching excellence. The metallic notes are one thing, as well as the rather weak flavors in the taste.

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Photo of bogus564
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

The Dolphins just scored on the Patriots in the first Monday Night Football game of the regular season; I'm stoked. Just got in from work, and it's time for a beer. I hope this is a good one...

A: Well, it sure looks like a stout; it's a very nice dark brown, with a 2 cm caramel colored head that actually lasts a few minutes before dissolving. I'm trying to be optimistic.

Side note - the Patsies just took it right down the field to tie the game. Go figure.

S: What do ya know, it actually smells like a stout, too; coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, slight citrus hops, ... it shows some promise. Oh, please be as good as you smell.

T: Again, the disappointment; she looks good in the dark, but once the lights come on at closing time, butter face girl. I taste coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, orange, all the things you'd expect from a stout, but they're very weak. Shame on me for getting my hopes up.

M: For its type, it's good, not great. Sits well on the palate, light-bodied, decently carbonated, okay finish.

O: I've had several stouts in my time by now, and I'd rate this one as middle of the pack. It has all the bells and whistles of a stout, but not enough strength. Maybe with a good steak, this beer might have presented better. So be it.

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Photo of magine
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a near black with thin tan head. Some nice patchy lacing rims the glass all the way down. Head settles to a wispy layer that covers the top. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet dark chocolate, smokey roasted malts, dark fruit as well. Good nose.

Brew is smooth and full bodied, smooth and easy drinking. Real creamy head and body gives way to nice carbonation in the middle. Really good maltiness, creamy dark chocolate and some nutty notes. Can pick up a hint of dark fruit hop maybe. Good smokiness in the end as well. Brew finishes somewhat dry. Really good tasting and drinking stout here.

Very, very good stuff here. A great looking, full bodied easy drinking stout. Delicious.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle dating that I can find.

Left behind in my fridge from a long Labor Day weekend of libation, thanks Charlie.

Pours pitch black reminding me of ink from art class. A lite tan creamy foam canopy covers the beer. Within a minute or two it fades leaving behind a thin sheen and a ring around the glass. Swirl it after each sip and watch the creaminess unfold. Sticky with moderate lacing.

Aroma is slitely smokey with burnt malt, molasses, coffee beans and a faint whiff of a marijuana roach.

The flavor follows the nose with roasted malt and coffee being dominate. A bit watery for my taste but it works well for a dry stout category and allows it to be more sessionable.

The mouthfeel begins light and creamy with a near perfect amount of carbonation. Next is a touch of sweetness followed by a bitter dry aftertaste. I really enjoyed this closer to room temperature.

Overall my favorite dry stout to date and very drinkable. I spent my Labor Day drinking many beers and several of these were in the line up thanks to my wife's Uncle Charlie.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.64/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This feels thin and overcarbonated.
Caramel, toffee and chocolate upfront with a dry finish that holds bitter cocoa and coffee notes. The nose is a bit more mild than the flavor-- but both are pretty nice.
The beer is dark, opaque and dark. Deep tan head has decent retention and average lacing.
Overall- this is a nice stout... But nothin to get too excited Orr in the trading world. I'd drink this if it were on shelves (or on tap) locally for a cheap price.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. standard bomber with no freshness date. Pours straight black, with an indeterminate carbonation level and a half-inch of medium tan head that reduces to a well-retained collar which doesn't leave much lacing. Smells roasty, with mild coffee, cocoa powder, earthy yeast, and just a hint of papery oxidation. The flavor is fairly mild, and adds augments the bouquet with notes of green/oily hops and a creeping bitterness on top of a light, tingly, dry and chalky body. Tastes a lot more Irish than American to me as it is light and smooth - so much so that I don't quite believe the stated ABV. Easily drinkable and certainly worth a try, but I wouldn't go out of my way to track it down.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice stout but nothing to jump up and down about. Not much of a head, little retention; lacing is decent. Aroma really lacking; thought it was just me and my allergies but the lady I shared the bottle with agreed that there isn't all that much distinctive there. Taste is standard dark burnt roasty notes, not much else in the way of chocolate or coffee flavors, although there is a trace of the latter. Mouthfeel is moderately thin, medium to low carbonation; drinks just fine I guess. Not one that needs seeking out in the end.

Had a few Mother's Milks this week from Keegan Ales and thought they were solid B stouts...this one is one notch below. Certainly nothing profound here. Not bad but not great either.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a Coca-Cola brown, with a delicious, spongy tan head, looks great. Dissipates slowly, some freckled lacing.

S: Deep, dark malty notes. A lot of burnt barley. Has a certain whiskey sourness to it.

T: Certainly has a roasted malt taste, but not as upfront as I thought it would be. There is a definite hop bite in the back, but the aftertaste is cocoa powder. Quite dry tasting.

M: Light-medium body, quite dry; smooth, but low carbonation.

O/D: It has great roasted characteristic and a surprising hop acidity to it. Worth checking out.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark black, one finger creamy brown head.

S-Lots of coffee and roasted malt

T-Follows the nose basically. Some bitterness is there but it isn't much.

M-Medium bodied, smooth but lacking carbonation

O-A decent stout however the mouthfeel totally threw me off, the lack of carbonation was a major turn off to an otherwise decent beer.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber with no date. Pours jet black with a darker-than-tan head, but it lasts no longer than the time it took me to write this sentence. Smoky aroma carries with it some burnt coffee beans and maybe a little dark chocolate.

First sip brings a whole lot more smoke. As the bottle warms there is a hard to identify sweetness, almost a boozy character. There is no ABV on the bottle but I certainly would have guessed higher than it is. I'll admit that it was a bit of a chore to finish the bottle.

Huh. This was unexpected. I've had this beer once years ago, and I certainly remember liking it more than this. The roasted and smoky characteristics seemed a bit overwrought for a supposedly straightforward American stout.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Masterski. Thanks man!

From a bomber into a snifter.
Bottle is over a year old.

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour makes a small, thinner looking, light tan head with decent retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a splotchy wisp and ring for the rest of the ride and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Mild nose of roasted malts, caramel and licorice. Some earthy hops in there as well as some tobacco hints. Nice, but mild.

TASTE: Similar to the nose, and is relatively mild as well. Roasted flavors, caramel, cocoa powder and some earthy hops and tobacco at the swallow. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is mostly sweet caramel with some roasted notes and a hint of bitter chocolate. Quite a nice flavor profile, but still too mild to be impressive.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Very creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Great stuff for the style, and very creamy on the palate. The label says it’s full bodied without being cloying or heavy, which is pretty much spot on.

OVERALL: The age on this bottle may have muted the flavors somewhat, but then again, given how well some other American stouts have held up, this one may have just been mild to begin with. Regardless, while this is not a life-changing, memorable stout beer, it is definitely a good beer that was enjoyable to drink, which is reason enough to recommend it in my book. Thanks again for including this one in our trade Masterski.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with light tan head. Fairly sizeable head that laces moderately.

S - Aromas of sweet and bitter chocolates and a mocha kick here as well. Straight from the bean.

T - Chocolates, bitter and sweet, along with black cherries. Malt is really natural and organic tasting.

M - Really wholesome and natural, almost feels like dirt. Very earthy ad delightful.

D - A solid brew for sure. I was just up in Acadia and I figured I'd try this one with stout season coming up, and I now know that it will be a go-to all fall and winter long. Very good.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness pint glass. This is the third beer from Maine I've been able to enjoy, after Allagash's Curieux, and Belfast Bay's Lobster Ale. This had a monster 3+" head after a rather vigorous pour. Opaque, typical of a stout. Nice malted chocolate aroma with some hints of coffee and licorice (although muted). Taste follows the nose with more chocolate and a bit of toffee. This a bit on the thinner side. It doesn't coat your mouth heavily. The beer departs with a slight tinge of acidity/alkaline. Overall, this is a solid stout. A very easy drinker that should appeal to anyone who's a fan of this style of beer. I'd definitely go back to this.

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Photo of palma
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome stout! This tastes a little like a milk/sweet stout but with some added dryness towards the end. Vanilla notes in the nose. Taste is sweet dark fruit upfront, molassas, burnt roastedness towards the middle. A nice intriguing dry bitterness at the end. A sweeter stout but still very complex. Chewy smooth mouthfeel. So drinkable. One of the best american stouts I have ever had! Ratings don't lie on this one!

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Photo of tzieser
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into Sam Adam's "Perfect Pint" glass

a: pours black (opaque) in color with a thin white head that settles quickly.

s: aroma of sweet roasted malts with subtle notes of chocolate.

t: outstandingly balanced flavor profile. roasted malts dominate with subtle smokiness and a faint hint of grassy hops. finishes slightly dry. one of the better stouts i've had recently.

m: velvety smooth mouthfeel

fantastic stout. glad to have tried it. recommended.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle courtesy of jsilva, poured in 2 increments into a LaChouffe tulip. While the tan head isn't exactly impressive in stature, a skim of foam and a collar of thick bubbles stick around for quite a while. A few lazy streaks of lacing scattered around.

The nose is quite roasty with hints of burnt malt and bittersweet chocolate, perhaps a drop of vanilla. Simple, and sometimes that's a good thing. As it warms, a few modest additional complexities are revealed in the flavor profile: mocha, a touch of acrid/sourness, a hint of something sweet suggestive of butterscotch. Still, it's largely a straightforward (but quite tasty) beer. A minor complaint is the agressive carbonation; it seems to mask a certain thinness in the body.

Overall impression: A solid stout that's well worth a try.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dude, this is an awesome American stout, this is an under the radar great beer.

A: Very dark brown look with a nice ring of head and very nice lacing.

S: Awesome roasted character overall with dry baking chocolate, dry coffee beans, charred malt and overall a nice cohesion to all of that.

T: Nice flavor, very drinkable. Coffee, roasted chocolate, nice overtones of charred and smoky malt. Maybe a little bit of dark fruit complexities in there.

M: Smooth and semi thick character. Great!

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Photo of bs870621345
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gift from Oddnotion from a while back...been in the fridge for the past 2 weeks or so.

Pours jet black with minimal head and light lacing.

Smells like coffee, roast, caramel, toffee, and alcohol.

Taste is of alcohol, coffee, and caramel. Its alright, nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel is moderate with too much carbonation.

Overall, its good. Nothing is overly good, but its well integrated.

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Photo of Durge
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black concoction with just a bit of a tan ring on top and fair lacing. The nose detects mellow roasted coffee beans and fruity rhubarb with the prefunctory note of chocolate malt. Very tasteful. And speaking of taste, the flavor offers intense coffee bitterness and near grape juice/wine-like sweetness. But it’s definitely about the coffee, and there remains some chocolate idea in there with a fairly dry but aqueous feel and a little touch of creaminess. Carbonation is adequate with tiny bubbles in a medium-full bodied brew that really sticks to your ribs while remaining thoroughly drinkable. This a special stout that should easily appeal to all stout lovers!

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
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