Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
1,227
Reviews:
689
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.33%
 
 
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288
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Photo of Kinsman
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 22oz bomber of this stout while in Massachusetts last week.

Presents with a nice pitch black body and no signs of light coming through. Initially topped with a creamy but airy light tan head, about 1" thick. Head faded rather quickly, but left a decent ring around the beer.

Aroma was heavy on the roasted notes of coffee and barley. Slightly sweet hints also make there way through, reminiscent of chocolate and mocha.

First taste reveals more of the sweeter flavors that are only slightly noticeable in the nose. The flavors are well balanced between the burnt and roasted flavors and the lighter sweet chocolate flavors. Finish presents with a bit of a bitterness, but its not at all unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is seems light, but then again, this not a Russian Imperial Stout or Double Stout, but rather a seemingly forgotten regular American Stout. I'm enjoying the creaminess but it does seem a bit airy, with more carbonation than a lot of other stouts.

Overall, I'm really liking this stout a lot. It seems like the RIS's, Double Stouts, and barrel aged stouts get all the attention these days, but its nice to have a plain old American Stout for a change. Simple, straightforward, and delicious.

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Photo of king75
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Midnight black with a nice chocolate color head to it. Head is at least a good two fingers thick.

S-Can smell chocolate, malt, and a bit of alcohol.

T- Hmmm, can definitely taste the chocolate, is very sweet, has a watery alcohol taste. Not bad, but not the most pleasant taste, seems a bit off balanced.

M-Is really nice, the smoothest stout I have ever had. Very light on the palate.

D-It is too sweet to have a high drinkability.

Notes: I had high expectations for this brew and it just did not measure up. I liked it, but it was not what I was expecting. Just too sweet. It is a good dessert beer and I hope to one day drink it again, but it won't be something that I strive to get often.

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Photo of 6DaysBottomOcean
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a big rocky mocha head that eventually resides. Roasted chocolate on the nose, nom nom nom. Sweet cocoa flavor starts things out and transitions to a light bitterness partly roasted and partly from some subtle hops. Less carbonation than expected from the looks of the head and the mouthfeel is also a tad thin, which really only serves to make this even more easy drinking.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my trusty Troegs pint glass.

Pours an inky dark, dark brown that lets only the slightest hints of light through the top near the head and at the bottom, otherwise, it's completely opaque. Head is minimal, lacing is . Smell is full of dark chocolate, coffee and malty sweetness. Very, very appetizing.

Taste is initially sweet and malty, giving way to some light hop bittering before the dark chocolate and coffee notes make themselves known. The flavors are well-balanced, with the chocolate being the most prevalent, but complemented by the other, more nuanced tastes. Finishes with a lightly bitter aftertaste that lingers on the tongue for a bit. Can't really detect the alcohol, even after letting it warm up. Mouthfeel is the only thing I have to ding this stout on. It's a lot lighter than I expected. Definitely not lager quality, but also not like an Old Raspy or even a Guinness. Nevertheless, it's smooth and silky going down.

Drinkability is really very good. It smells good, is quite tasty and isn't too much of a chore to drink with a light feel and a very well hidden ABV. I polished off my glass quite quickly and could have easily had another. A quality stout from Bar Harbor Brewing.

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

A: Pours a very dark brown (almost black when looking from afar) with a finger thick of tan/light brown head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Has a very strong coffee scent that overpowers mostly every other smell in the beer. There is a faint roasted malt/chocolate scent hidden behind the coffee.

T: Strong roasted malts in the initial sip. I was expecting more of a coffee flavor than is present. Some bitters and faint chocolates are towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation. Nice smooth and dry finish.

D: This stout was definitely a solid beer. I picked this up while visiting in Bar Harbor and I'm glad I did. I have 2 others from Bar Harbor Brewing Co. and I'm excited to try them now.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I;m not really a stout or porter fan but I thought I'd give this a try because I am a fan of vacationing in Maine and I bought this up in Portland in August while beer hunting.

It has a dark brown espresso color and smells like espresso and cocoa. Nice espresso brown head that fades quickly leaving a little brown ring of foam. Not thick at all - very quenching - which I prefer. Drinks like a lighter ale. Dark roasted barley with light bitter coffee after taste. Still not a huge fan of the style but this was ok.

I am also a fan of Bar Harbor Brewing. Visited their little home / brewery a few years ago and the wife gave a beer lecture while the husband manned the brewing equipment in the basement and the daughter worked the gift shop cash register. Very craft and "Ma & Pa". Now they rent a shop / tasting room near all the action in "downtown" Bar Harbor - good for them!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.05/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, less viscous than anticipated pour into my trusty generic stout glass. What fails to impress on the pour is redeemed by some dynamite lacing that reaches and sticks after every sip.

Cola and roast on the nose with some faint cocoa and vanilla.

Roast and faint coffee with a slightly bitter finish. Nothing here really stands out. I received this in a trade last year and wonder if time has been unkind to this beer. I treated her well, but she has either aged somewhat poorly or was never the prize pig I hoped she be.

Body is like my homebrew stout that never reached maturity. Just falls short of the body necessary for a solid stout.

Meh. Thanks for the shot, but if this is her true colors, our relationship ends after the first date.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22pz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black, near opaque color with a slick viscosity to it. Really silky as it purse and leaves a tiny tan colored head that recedes to a thin collar. The aromas are big roasty malts, some brown sugar and toasted marshmallows. E and dark chocolate follow. The flavors have a nice complexity to them. Has a touch of sweetness but bitter coffee backbone balances this out. A hint of vanilla bean and dry finish. Not overly carbonated mouthfeel which was nice. Really lives up to the hype for me as this is very well balanced and easy to put away. A home run.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a silky black with less than an inch of dense, tan foam. Copious lacing around the glass.

This nose is full of roasted malts with just a faint touch a coffee.

Cold it almost seemed about hot, but as it warmed the alcohol character disappeared. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee and leather.

Medium bodied with a somewhat creamy texture that is very pleasant indeed.

Nicely executed. Less bitter than more commercial dry stouts and that is appealing to me.

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Photo of kirkpjr
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

A: Pours a semi-thick black color with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S: Plenty of roasted malt here. Also some hints of oats. Fairly sweet smelling in the finish, with a little bit of vanilla.

T: Rich, roasty, and robust flavor. Toasted grains and coffee are predominant - with the sweetness barely coming through in the finish. ABV is well hidden.

M: Medium to low carbonation. A little thin on the feel.

D: Pretty tasty stout, although I'm not sure how many of these I would buy or drink.

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

Pours a dark brown color with a creamed coffee-colored head. Roasted coffee in the nose with chocolate syrup and graham. Roasty flavor up front with more syrup and a smokey aftertaste. Light bitterness. Easy to drink, a little watery and short in the finish.

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

Thanks Shogo for this Tiny Box LIF score!

A: Pours a rich dark brown with a couple fingers of head. Moderate lacing on the glass and a fairy dusting of residual microbubbles are all that remain after the cap of foam recedes.

S: Baker's chocolate, ground coffee (the good kind), mild raisin, and a sprinkle of char.

T: Muted chocolate, a brief metallic note, espresso residue, and some faded earthy hops. After the first few drinks, all traces of ferrous flavors have departed. Pleasant chocolate aftertaste with some residual bitterness.

M: Wow, for the style, the body is perfect. It has some serious weight to it! Carbonation is right on.

D: Few stouts seem as well rounded as this one. Time to make a friend in Maine.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Pours dark brown/black, off white head. Retention is fair, lingering ring.

Aroma is smoked malt, earthy hops, and slight dark chocolate. Comes off metallic, and a bit muddled.

Taste is straight forward. Same smoked malt and hop presence from the nose. Chocolate and coffee is now more pronounced. Finishes sweet.

Medium body and carbonation. What this stout lacks in complexity is made up in drinkability.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with decent clarity in the lighter shades around the edges. A tanned head appears with less than a finger's strength and receeds to a thin film across the top of the brew pretty quickly.

The aroma of this brew is roasty dark grains and citrus hops. There is some lasting milkly sweetness about the smell that lingers. Pretty basic nose for a stout, simple and enjoyable.

The taste of this brew is moderately bitter upfront from a combination of roasted grains and bittering hops. Throughout the medium body is a bit of sourness suggesting sour mash/blending incorporated in this dry stout.

It is modestly carbonated with a clean almost crisp finish. Some alcohol becomes apparent as it warms that blends very well with the roasty character of this brew. Very drinkable and smooth but has an increasing alcohol character that warms the back of the throat.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler glass

This beer pours a "Wesley Snipes dark" to the point where light can't escape it and that ma-ma-ma-makes me happy! There is a thin tan layer of foam that is not long for this world on top. The smell is of some interesting rich characters. I detect whiskey, coffee, dark chocolate, pepper, tobacco and syrupy cherry. The taste is a super dark chocolate mocha flavor there is a little bit of maltiness, bitterness which seems to come from the coffee, and I believe there was a cigar tobacco style taste in the back. I thought it was a little flat on the tongue, but perhaps it was by design because this beer was a very smooth stout. I could very easily kick back a few of these with no problems at all

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

I'm doing this too often, but I can't for the life of me remember who sent me this beer. Whoever you are, let me know so I can give credit to whom it is due.

VDubb drinks faster than me. I can't wait for some of our future tastings (LZ Crew, what!)... This brew pours a dense onyx topped by a small outcropping of wan foam. The nose comprises large amounts of roasted malts, blackened pretzels, molasses, brown sugar, and a couple puffs o' smoke. The taste is very similar, with the roast kicked up a notch, some coffee and dark chocolate added, and the char upped a bit as well. The body is a very heavy medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice stout, one i wish was actually available around these parts.

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

Poured from a bomber bottle into my larger Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Opaque blackish color with dark tan head. Strong scents of roasted barley, almost burnt malts and coffee. This mouthfeel of this brew is smooth creamy, milky, almost silky. This is an outstanding brew. Dark chocolate flavors, cooked malts and coffee flavors. Mellow hop profile is noticed. I have drank this beer a number of times in Maine on vacation. This is bottle was left over from a recent trip. It paired well with a roasted turkey sub.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic extra from Jrae2424.. Jason, I can't believe I've never reviewed this one over the years.. Thanks a ton!!

Poured into my Old Guardian goblet... 1" brown head.. good lacing .. nice retention...

Nose shows good dark malts and some malty essence that ties things together just about perfectly... some background dark fruits are sorta figgy and black cherry...

Very nice ... great roasty qualities.. bittersweet chocolate covered dried cherries.. sorta smokey on the finish.. I like... very smooth drinking.

Body is velvety and the carbonation is lite/medium.. pushes the flavor up and into the front.

Overall, I am a bit stunned with the aromas and flavor packed into this relatively low ABV brew.... I could easily be fooled into thinking this was a much bigger beer... No EtOH is a big bonus ... wow.. I do not remember liking this one as much as this bottle... Thanks again goes out to Jason.. Jason is a great trader, make haste to his inbox.

4/4/4.5/4/4

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beandip for a few bottles of this brew, which had eluded me for some time. Nothing like anticipating a nice, relatively low ABV stout that promises tastiness (& will hopefully wash the taste of the last one out of my mouth).

Pours black & fairly flat, no stars reflecting out of the glass. Thanks those stars, this smells like a stout, malty & roasty & toasty, with a bit of milky sweetness on the menu.

Cadillac Mountain Stout...mmm. Warm malts comes to the fore, with a charge of hop bitterness to smooth them out over the back end. Normally I don't like lactose/milk in my beer, but there's a shot of it here, & it plays the hop bite nicely. Roast is scarce but present, along with specks of dry chocolate spackled to the ingredient list.

Mouth-suckingly dry. Tempts me to take sips one after another to relieve the saliva-slurping character of the brew. For a stout, this is happily drinkable.

Very good beer. Simple, straightforward, but with enough differentiation to keep it interesting. I likes.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from Mikey711 into chouffe tulip. Thanks! From notes.

A- Borderline black/brown liquid with a HUGE head, took two or tree pours and a little time to get this one to settle to drinkable levels.

S- Faint coffee roast, baking chocolate.

T- I know smooth is under 'mouthfeel' and not 'taste', but this beer tastes smooth. Silky chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of coffee and a kiss of hops in the finish. A little on the sweet side, but dialed in well-enough.

M- Impressive- big bold flavors but lighter than expected body, which helps the drinkability. Smooth and easy-drinkin', this beer really shines in this category.

D- Fairly high. A tasty stout, one I could see having a couple more of.

Note- since this has come out in 6pks I've picked up a few. Very drinkable. Great stuff coming out of ME.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given as an extra by BigBalls -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a nearly black brown with mahogany highlights and two fingers of dark khaki head.

Smell -- Chocolate malt, dark brown sugar, burnt breadcrust, char. Nice balance of sweet and acrid roast malt notes. Very aromatic.

Taste -- Coffee with cream, molasses, burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate, tart cherry, licorice.

Mouthfeel -- Mouthfeel is medium in body with ample foamy carbonation. Could've stood to feel less carbonation on the tongue. Otherwise, pretty good.

Drinkability -- Not too shabby. Great mix of sweet, dry, roast, and tart flavor elements. Not a game-changer for the style, but a quality regular ol' stout. Glad to have had it.

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Photo of bamadog
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this in a trade a little while back and just got around to drinking it. Review is from notes taken on 8/23/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard dark brown/near black and starts with a 1/2 finger dark tan head that fades quickly to a creamy and uneven skim; body is opaque, but you can tell on the pour that it's an American because it just looks a little thin and watery; lots of spots of loose lacing are left trailing down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Interesting -- the first thing I pick up on is a tart cherry presence followed by some burnt roastiness; not especially overpowering, but the tartness intrigues me...

Taste: I've never had this beer before, and I'm not sure if this is an infected bottle or not, but there is a brett like funkiness with a tart cherry sourness right up front, and I like it a lot; bit of a burnt roastiness and a bit of a semi-sweet baker's chocolate; loving the tartness to this particular bottle.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect -- medium light in weight; pretty solid carbonation that's a tad prickly for a stout; a thin dry coating is left behind on the palate.

Drinkability: Love the sourness of it, and if every bottle is supposed to be like this, then I would absolutely love to trade for more. However, since I doubt that, I would like to try another bottle to see what the differences are of one that doesn't have these tendencies.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 2.5 finger foamy mocha head with decent retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is stringy and subtle at best with little cling.

S: Aroma is smoked malts, licquorice, chocolate, and day old coffee. Nothing overwhelming but very appropriate with no real surprises.

T: Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt sweetness upfront. Coffee flavors sour a little but they're balanced by the intensifying chocolate and toffee taste. Licquorice present waaay in the back along with a bit of smokiness. Finish is a bittersweet molasses with an aftertaste of chocolate that dissipates quickly. Very enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit livelier in the mouth than I would've thought from the style but smooths out as it warms. Silky and oily as it finally goes down. Finish is sticky and aftertaste fades quickly.

D: This beer is caught between an American and an English style stout and it thankfully represents the best of both. Great feel and amazingly complex for what it is. A surprisingly solid offering from an otherwise quite below-the-radar brewery. Definitely worth seeking out and trying though. Hugely drinkable.

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Photo of gtn80
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is jet black with a nice tan head. Head dissipated pretty quickly.

Aroma is chocolate and coffee, roasted coffee.

Taste is lots of chocolate, dry as hell, lots of roast, nice coffee flavor.

Drinkability is only hurt by dryness, definitely smooth.

Mouthfeel is great, full bodied stout.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a deep black color with a little bit of brown around the edges. Had a finger of brownish tinted head. A little bit of lacing.

S: Nose is a little tight. Chocolate. A little bit earthy/ musty. Just a touch of roast.

T: Dry as part of the taste. It is an American stout to a T. Lots of chocolate. Roast. Nice amount of sweetness lingering in the finish.

M: Perfect. Nice and dry.

D: Really great beer. A classic example of the style. Enough taste and the ABV is super reasonable. I would drink this all the time if I could get it.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,227 ratings.
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