Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

1,221 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.

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Photo of newk340
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: an inky black pour with a visible sizzle of foam at the surface.

S: hints of coffee and bitter dark chocolate, though for some reason i kept picking up beef jerky? maybe it was the smokiness i smelled...

T: burnt coffee grounds are nearly overwhelming, exploding in the mouth before surprisingly dissipating into a smooth after taste of chocolate.

MF/D: light sizzle of carbonation, smooth when it hits the tongue. smoky flavor overwhelms the tastebuds making this a singular beer.

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Photo of hu5om
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to portia99 for the delicious extra! split with newk340
a-black slight brown tint. off white ring of foam.
s-coffee, dark bitter/sweet chocolate, patent black malts
t-roasted, with lots of coffee, and darker bitter chocolate. roasted coffee aftertaste but not too bitter. kinda nicely balanced. 60% bitter, 40% sweet.
m-a little viscosity to it, but not very, very thick. medium carbonation.
d-i definitely like it a lot. not my favorite stout, but it's damn close. excellent.

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

Finally got my hands on some of this delicious Stout. Probably one of the most highly anticipated beers I've waited to try.

A - Dark as night, light brown/stony grey head which fades quickly though.

S - Strong malt and sugary.

T - Tons of roasted malt, barley, & dark chocolate. Earthy.

M/D - Very smooth, light carbonation, great roasted malt flavors on the palate. Very enjoyable to drink. Up there with the best Stouts I've had. This has the typical characteristics of a Stout but they are all improved upon.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a transparent black with a giant three finger of beige head. Big clumps of tan lacing.

Smell - is rich and complex, tons of malt, coffee, burnt sugar, molasses, and a metallic tang.

Taste/Mouthfeel - wow awesome. Truly a great stout. So full bodied big malt and molasses up front followed by bitter hops and immediately again by malt this time dark chocolate and black coffee. The feel of this beer is big and creamy is totally envelops your mouth and taste buds and lingers there.

Drinkability - Good carbonation for a stout which keeps it surprisingly drinkable. Could have three of these on a big night though I would be full. Truly a great beer sucks I can only get it once a summer when I actually present in Maine.

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Photo of jslot38
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle - thanks to mdfb79 for passing one along.

Appearance: Bottle to DFH pint glass. Off white head quickly diminishes to a top covering, immediately showing signs of lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, a bit of chocolate comes through. Unassuming and not at all overwhelming, but hard to beat for the style.

Taste: A fairly mellow beer through and through, yet has a way of luring you in. Notes of roasted malts, a touch of molasses and chocolate. An earthiness, and bready backbone.

MF: Smooth as can be. Almost creamy. A perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Wish this was one of the old bombers... 12 ounces is simply not enough. Right up there with Kalamazoo Stout from Bells which this most reminded me of. With all the imperial stouts I find myself drinking these days its great to have a non-overpowering yet flavorful and smooth as this one.

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

a- pours pitch black with some translucent brown tones at the edges and produced a persistent creamy light brown head.

s- toasty, bready malts mix with great roasted character a bit of bakers chocolate.

t- the chocolate and roasted malts are flat out dominate and I don't mind one bit. some toasty breadiness plays with those two flavors very well. great balance between bitter, dry and sweet. it seems to make you think of all three some point. some great stuff here. I love me some stouts with aggressive roast and chocolate.

m- nice medium-full body with ample carbonation that gives it a bit more presence. some impressive creaminess, too. absolutely no alcohol warming from this one. so smooth.

d- really great here. a dark very roasty beer that you can session. available at a great 6pk price. right up there with Sierra Nevada as one of my favorite really affordable American Stouts

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Photo of Spica66
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received the 12oz bottle as an extra from Lunch. Thank you, Paul!

A: Very dark, nearly black. Tan head, decent retention.

S: Coffee, roasted barley, very nice smelling stout.

T: Tastes like it smells. Not overpowering in any way.

M: Very smooth. Good carb level. Very nice

D: Very easy to drink. In fact, mine disappeared way too quickly!

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Photo of kbanks13
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark, near black on the edges. Pitch black in the center. Thin one finger tan head that quickly fades to leave a thin lace of scattered foam without much lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Dark roasted coffee dominates the nose and is complimented by an almost equal presence of bitter dark or baking chocolate. I can pick up a good deal of grains in the nose and a slight hint of raisins and currants.

T: Bite from the chocolate and coffee in the nose is what I notice first. Raisins next and a good subtle vanilla flavor. Toasted malts and a slight floral oily characteristic from the hops. Bready yeasts complete the taste before it comes full circle to the coffee. Slightly acrid and lingering roasted rich coffee bean flavors with hints of vanilla from the beans on the tip of my tongue.

M: A bit thin but, considering that it is classified by the brewer as a dry stout, it is quite full. The feel is adequately carbed, and not overly done.

D: This is one of my favorite stouts, and I could drink it all day for the rest of my life and with every meal. Bar Harbor did a great job with this one, and I'm glad that Atlantic is keeping it alive as it was originally brewed.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date. Thanks to heliosphann for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced a small tan colored head that dissipated after a minute or so.

(S)- A rich roasted profile with some dense coffee grounds, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses.

(T)- Rather thin in the flavor department compared to the smell, but still present in a good roastedness, molasses, and raisin.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rather smooth going down. Not overly strong or bitter either, just a plain easy stout to drink.

(D)- A solid stout that is so smooth and balanced; easy to enjoy and drink. I would have this over a Guinness any day.

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

HUGE thank you to papollo for a couple of these bottles!

This looks great, dank black with a mocha colored head, not huge, but there.

Huge, roasted malts, dark chocolate (mild, but perfectly present), with a wonderful aroma of bitter coffee. Theres tons of aromas going on, but non are overdone or over powering.

Tastes like rich bakers chocolate, splashed with coffee and roasty, toasty malts. This is fantastic.

The feel is not super heavy. It's creamy and silky smooth though.

Wonderfully drinkable stout, and a shame I can't get this locally.

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

This beer appears a near black shade with a nice, big head atop the beer. Retention and lacing are very nice, as well. This beer is very easy to drink. I already want to go out and buy more. This is quite possibly my new favorite lower abv stout. Roasted malts with a hint of coffee and perhaps even a splash of chocolate comprise the aromas and taste. Alcohol is hidden extremely well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of kkipple
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this several times now, latest bottle is from I believe the ever stalwart Jlindros. 12oz. No freshness date.

A. Dingy and darker than I recall, a low 2cm head sticks around for the duration and leaves just a bit o' lace, very respektibble for an American stout. Nothing out of bounds though.

S. Super excellent, sez I. When fresh, this is one of the best 'merkin stouts around. Huge and bold, it belies the (meager) 6.7% abv. Loads of rich chocolate, lots of soothing roast, layered depth, milky sweet, hints of dry cocoa and nuts. Smells better and more complete than lots of so-called "Imperial" stouts.

T. Delivers. Massive flavor for a near-session beer. Delicious semi-dry cocoa / roast flavors dominate, while hints of smoke, lactose, subdued American hop bitterness and what I'm pretty sure are oats orbit the main. Hard to praise specifically, the best beers just have that "magic" that you know when you taste. Everything works together so well, it's a bit shocking. Surely one of the best American stouts around, and a personal second favorite to Shakespeare stout. It is that good, kids.

M. Wet with a solid semi-dry cocoa fade finish, tasteful and mellow, yet "solid"... pulls no punches here... I dunno, try it. Nearly magnificent.

D. Very.

Cadillac Mountain is an amazing dry-ish stout from an otherwise rather average brewery. I don't know exactly what magic is going on in this bottle, but this is an exemplary stout, one worth seeking out and enjoying again and again. What's more, it's delicious. Three cheers all around to this American classic.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.23/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a solid black color- very opaque with a barely visable brown lining of head.
Smell is very malty and sweet.
Taste is very roasted- coffee and sweet malt with a bitter bean ending to the taste.
Finish is a smidge wet with a bitter coffee bite.
Drinks ok- the less than stellar finish is tough to drink at times.

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Photo of hawks10
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass...

Pours black, medium thickness with two fingers light tan head, a little bit of lacing and a cap of haze is left behind...

Sweet chocolate malts initially dominate the nose, some roasted and smokey aromas come forward with some molasses to add some complexity, has a bit of a coffee smell mixed in as well, pretty good...

Roasted chocolate malts, stale coffee, no real sweetness to speak of even though the nose was heavily sweet...overall, mostly bitter and bland, lacking character or complexity...

Light/Medium bodied, thin and slick, low carbonation and very still on the tongue, lingering stale coffee taste...

Constantly let down by regular stouts, the mouthfeel is usually what turns me off, but with this one, I thought it lacked any pleasant tastes and the feel was just way off, I guess American Stouts really aren't my thing...

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

Beer is black / brown and forms a thin head of brown bubbles. No lacing on the glass and carbonation is low.

Beer smells mildly of coffee and a slight roast. Mildly sweet. Smells good.

Beer is medium to light in body and really smooth. Beer is slightly bitter at the back end but finishes cleanly and isn't dry. A very nice tasting beer with high drinkability overall.

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

Thanks to portia99 for this generous and appreciated extra, thanks a ton Bill! Been wanting to try this one for a while now...

A--Nice and opaque, lacing is solid and looks great.

S--Coffee is the big thing I get from the nose. Some chocolate too.

T--Coffee and just a twinge of chocolate milk, nice combo, very smooth!

M--Smooth, very smooth, enjoy the subtle mouthfeel of this one.

D--I guess I have been on such an imperial stout kick of late that I may have been expecting too much from this brew, I was going to give it a 4 but I think my palate was not being quite fair to this one, and additionally, I may have served this a little too warm. Either way, this is a very solid brew and in terms of a more subtle, toned down stout, a terrific beer! Recommended...

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Photo of Cabadrin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed 9 bottles based on BA recommendations when I was in Bar Harbor two weeks ago. Totally worth it.

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of foam at the top. Foam quickly settles to the sides and provides light lacing while you drink.

First taste and I'm shocked at how smooth this stout is. Unlike some others that have a lot of raw roast, sugar, and molasses, this stout is very smooth and sits in your mouth well. Not so much molasses or coffee flavors, but some sugars and roasted smell and taste for the whole way back. Even my wife, who hates beer, said the aftertaste was quite nice.

Definitely worth getting if you're in the area. Unfortunately, they don't ship off the island, so if you're there, grab a case or two.

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

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (05/20/10).

A: Pours nearly black and quite thick. Capped with a finger of creamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Aroma consists of lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Some bitter dark chocolate is in there as well.

T:The flavor follows that nose and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate dominating the profile. A nice and rich creamy cocoa comes out along with some sweet and bitter dark chocolate.

M: On the heavier side of medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation and nice creaminess. Seemed a little gritty as well.

D: Very easy to drink and the 6.7% abv is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was a very nice American Stout that is certainly worthy of its praise. Very glad that they have decided to distribute in my area. Recommended.

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

Received this in my third and most recent trade from nonstick. Thanks again Chris!

Appearance- Pours a nice, not quite completely opaque black that lets a little light in on the edges. Medium pour yields about a finger of tan head on top that sticks around for a bit before dying back to a thin sheeting and then just a ring and some patches. No real lacing.

Smell- Nose is very roasty with an interesting earthiness to it. Starts of with roasted but not overly burnt smelling malts. Continues on with the slightly peat smelling earthiness. Perhaps just a slight bit of bitter chocolate as well. That earthy quality is really quite interesting however.

Taste- The interesting smells follow through into the palate. Lots of roasted malt in the body, along with some mildly bitter dark chocolate. That earthiness shows through quite well also and blends in very uniquely with the flavor profile. Finishes with just a bit of soda cracker.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decently thick though not overwhelmingly so and very appropriately carbonated. For a standard stout, the drinkability here is great. Lots of unique flavors, not to much alcohol, and it really goes down easy.

Overall, a very good stout. Lots of interesting earth tones for me in the nose and palate that really made this one stand out. Try it if you can.

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Photo of pootz
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle:

Pours an opaque black ale with a large sticky brown cap.

Aroma is complex: Cocoa,coffee, figs, nuts, metal, charred husk, light sweetness and fusel alcohol.

Rich silky mouth feel, Big flavors in front feature the roasty-coffee-cocoa-fig profile, midway this develops more complexity. Long viscous finish with a charred-metallic bite at the end.

World class big stout. The key here is complexity....sip slowly and enjoy

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours a semi-dark black with a thick frothy tan head with decent retention. Once it settles, remains as a fizzy ring around the rim. Lacing is light and quick sliding.

Aroma is mostly roasted coffee. Slight malts, and that's about it. No booze in the nose.

Flavor is not great, but good. Creamy milk and coffee. Almost resembles an iced coffee. Light mouthfeel, mild carbonation, not boozy in the least. As the beer warms, the coffee flavors become even stronger, but seems to bland out overall. But in the end, a decent stout.

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

Another beer Ive been wanting for some time, sent to me by StormKing47.

A- Classic session stout look. Coffee head that is really pillowy and soft. Black body with ruby highlights. The head fades down but leaves crazy lacing.

S- Smells hoppy. Lots of grass, lemon (almost) and chocolate, raisin and coffee.

T- Very nice. Milky sweet, chocolate is there but very delicate and nice, some coffee and plenty of stout-like fruitiness. Raisins, plums and the like.

M- Full body, milky smooth, soft, creamy. Very little carbonation, dry finish. Its leaves very clean, especially for a stout.

D- Insanely drinkable. I could do a few of these back to back. One of the most drinkable stouts Ive ever had.

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

A- Pours pitch black with a light tan head that fizzes out pretty quickly. A small cloud of fine bubbles and some frothy bubbles is left atop the ale. Some small spots of lacing stay on my snifter.

S- Up front is roasted malts, coffee notes and molasses. I also get some creamy/vanilla notes and a tiny bit of licorice. Some grassy and earthy hops round out the aroma that has good strength.

T- A pretty large amount of earthy, grassy hops strikes me somewhat surprisingly at first. The hops are balanced with roasted malt, coffee and a very slight sour taste. Some vanilla makes its presence known in a beer that might have a tiny bit too much hop flavor for it's size/style.

MF- Light body for a stout with high carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Not very creamy but also not watery, a bit of both. Certainly a smooth, crisp stout. ABV well hidden.

DB- A good price for a stout that has great drinkability. Before it's importation to MA I thought this one was gonna be bigger for some reason. Turns out it is just a dangerously sessionable stout with good balance.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 05/01/2010
Vintage: 2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Usual Portsmouth Tulip

Poured an ink black in color w/ a 1/2 finger bubbly cream head w/ little to no lacing. The nose was of light coffee, roasted malts, and a peat smokiness. What I liked about the taste was the fact that the hop bite was up front and it finished w/ coffee, roasted notes, and smokiness that hung on the palate. Mouthfeel was medium to rather thin bodied. Also, brew finished pretty dry. The drinkability on this one is fantastic w/ enough well hidden ABV to give you a heady feel, but not too much which allows you to enjoy the fantastic flavors and aromas for a substantial sitting.

Overall, great brew! Not really my style of choice as I usually drink bigger beers, but I am glad I purchased a few more bombers as I will be visiting it again soon.

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Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appears black once in the glass. Just a small head forms and quickly settles to a thin skim of bubbles. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, and grassy hops. Not the most potent of aromas but smells "stout-like" anyways. Flavor follows aroma with elements of chocolate and coffee. A good malty flavored stout. I detect a bit of hops in the finish. No alcohol is detected. The body is not as full as I like in a stout. Just feels a bit thin and watery and not really stout-strength. Good flavor and very drinkable. Lacking in a few areas but overall a nice beer.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,221 ratings.
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