Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
1,219 Ratings
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:
1,219
Reviews:
685
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
9.31%
 
 
Wants:
284
Gots:
142
For Trade:
6
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,219 |  Reviews: 685
Photo of ricknelson
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

If Eric Clapton is the God of Guitars, than Cadillac Mountain Stout is the Beer of the Gods. While driving bus for Vermont Transit a few years back, I found this beer in a restaurant called Poor Boys in Bar Harbor Maine. It cost me $8 bucks there. On my next trip to Bar Harbor I bought it down the street, "Down East" as they say in
that part of Maine, on Maine Street. This is going to be a hard one to come by because it pretty much local, but if you are in Maine,
find it, buy it, drink it, enjoy it, and tell them Rick sent you.

 533 characters

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

Thanks to the lord grand high chancellor of the massholes, IBUnit63 for the kickass box from whence this came.

Pours an impenetrable black with a nice light tan head that lingers incredibly well and leaves very nice lacing.

Nose is strong enough that i can smell it in the air after the pour. Bringing the nose closer reveals notes of chocolate and roasted barley.

Wow. An excellent stout. Very robust up front with giant roasted barley flavors. Chocolate notes dance across the palate briefly before the roastiness really takes hold. A very nice body and the finish is awesomely dry without being to bitter. Hop profile is minimal, which is good for this beer, and roasted malt and slight chocolate linger on into the aftertaste. This is a very robust porter-like stout.

Mouthfeel is pretty much exactly where you would want it in a beer of this kind. Nice and silky without being too slick or thick, nice and dried out on the finish.

Drinkability is very solid, especially for a fairly high abv. The abv definitely doesn't make its presence known. Could easily rock a couple bombers of this one.

Overall, a very nice and well crafted stout. Love the roastiness in this one. Any fan of roasted barley and dark grains will be all over this one. A porter-like profile. Well attenuated and dried out without being too bitter, and a nice smooth chocolate presence riding underneath. A fine stout.

 1,401 characters

Photo of steve8robin
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

B-day gift from some friends...

A: Perfectly pitch black with a small mocha colored head that quickly fades.

S: Cannot get any scent. No good in the smell department. Awful!!

T: Very good. Tastes of chocolate and malts with slight hops. Glad to try this one.

M: Perfect carbonation amount. No complaints at all.

D: Goes down super easy. Very easy to drink.

All in all, this is a great brew if you are trying to get into stouts. It's a good gateway brew for stouts. Not bad to try at least once otherwise.

 510 characters

Photo of GilGarp
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew #0011.

A chilled bomber served into an imperial pint glass. Cadillac Mtn. has a deep dark brown color with good clarity apparent on the pour. The head is thick and creamy, seemingly lasting forever, it's a beautiful beer.

The aroma is rich is roasted malts and chocolate. It's isn't hoppy but then I wouldn't think so given its age. I believe it's at least one year old. Still very enjoyable.

Flavor is excellent, as expected. It has a touch of sweetness up front from a solid malt body but it's short-lived. The bitterness, mostly from the black patent/chocolate malts comes through strong from middle to end. A perfectly judged balance for the dry stout style. There is a little bit of earthy coffee on the end and it does finish pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy smooth carbonaton. Balance is just right, like I said, for the style.

Overall an excellent stout and worthy of it's high post on BA's list of American stouts. It looks fantastic, smells wonderful, tastes delicious, feels great on the tongue, and I could easily drink it all night. Now only if they would distribute out west!

 1,117 characters

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

an outstanding toss from portia99.
a lovely dark beer black with the blonde topping. standardly sexy. it looks at me appreciatively as i gaze upon it. roasted barley, chocolate, smoke, the coffee flavor of black patent is all there. it has the body of charles barkley - thick and flavorful, with a dash of wit and cunning. supremely drinkable. bill is essentially making me compile a list of beers i can't get on the west coast that i will continue to want forever. what a great man.

 483 characters

Photo of xpimptastikx
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was on my Wants forever, and then all of a sudden I ended up with 2 of the old bombers, so it's time to drink one.
Thanks to Mikereaser and Damian

A - Pours nearly black, with dark brown highlights. A 2 finger khaki head that recedes to a thin layer.

S - Roasted malts, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate. The smell is definitely the highlight for me.

T - roasted malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and smoked malt flavor. Before I let the beer warm it was a lot smokier, and almost had a bacon flavor. Now that it's warmed up everything seems to balance better.

M/D - The carbonation is a little much for me, and it needs some time to sit out before I was enjoying the body. Drinkability really suffers unless it's had some time to loose some carbonation and come to temperature.

I guess I should have read some more reviews before jumping into this one. I'm really glad I got to try it, but I'll probably be sending out my other bottle.

 952 characters

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

A- Bomber poured into an imperial pint glass. Black with some dark dark brown hints around the edges, tan one finger head that fades leaving just enough to cover the top.
S- Lots of roasted malts, some toffee aroma and a bit of coffee. Some light hop aroma in the background.
T- Bitter, dark roasted and chocolate malts are up front with a pine hop presence and little to no unfermented sugars. Hops and some alcohol in the finish, this stout is much more bitter then I would have expected.
M- Medium body and a medium carbonation, exactly what I want an American/dry stout to feel like. Coats a little but finishes dry.
D- Like any good american or dry stout, I should be able to enjoyably drink a bomber by myself, and this is no exception. A very good stout, would love to try this one on nitro.

 798 characters

Photo of Mora2000
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

12 ounce bottle.

Pours dark brown with a khaki head. The aroma is lots of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is coffee with a hint of smoke. You also get some roasted malt. The beer finishes very dry. Thick, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

 291 characters

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

A: pours with about a finger of head that quickly disappears, leaving a very bubbly, popping head, and a creamy ring around the glass. Almost entirely black, with hints of brown around the edges. Very very faint lacing.

S: Heavy coffee and cream, and a musty sort of perfume scent. Slight dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and raspberries, as well as raisins. Very smooth and malty, yet incredibly bitter and slightly sour with a faint smoky smell--perhaps maple bacon or sausage?-- as well as an earthy smell and a bit of yeast and rye.

T: Coffee--but very slight coffee. The smoke here is definitely maple-bacon, and predominates the taste at first. Far less bitter than I would have guessed from the smell alone. Getting some bitter hops and some smooth malt flavors.

M: very very bubbly and dry, with a little bit of cream in the aftertaste. Very very slight heat and aftertaste.

D: Fairly drinkable, but a few beers into the tasting I was at (and after Firestone 13!!) nothing too spectacular.

 999 characters

Photo of Brez07
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this wonderful local offering many times and am just finally getting around to reviewing it. 22oz pour into an imperial pint glass

A: Dark, dark brown with a hint of red. 1 finger mocha colored head with just the slightest bit of lacing

S: Roasted coffee, cocoa, a bit of smoke. Very subtle alcohol presence

T: Follows the smell. Along with that, I detect some nuttiness and some fruit, probably cherry

M: Light/medium bodied. Somewhat creamy and nicely carbonated

D: Great tasting and very easy to drink at just under 7%. This is just what I'm looking for in an American stout and consider myself lucky to have access to this beer at all times

 658 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received as an extra in a trade with bmanning.

A: Pours black with a fairly-substantial brown head that eventually recedes into some decent lacing.

S: Lots of roasted coffee, malt, and chocolate. A few dark fruits make their way in alongside some faint hop presence, but the coffee/chocolate balance is what really makes this one shine.

T: Coffee and chocolate dominate again. The roasted characteristics of each blend together very well, creating the best-tasting American Stout that I have had the chance of having.

M: Quite creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation.

D: Very high. Fairly-low alcohol to complexity ratio, so this is definitely one I could sip all day.

 677 characters

Photo of bort11
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this in a trade with mdavis31481. Thanks dude!

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. Inch of dark tan head. Pretty good retention but not much lacing. Color is solid black with dark brown tinges around the edges.

Smell is a fantastic blend of chocolate and coffee. Very bold aroma that stands at attention. Taste is equally bold, but not overwhelming. This is a full flavored beer without being unbalanced. Lots of bittersweet chocolate with coffee bitterness. Very roasty and warm.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the flavor is so pronounced it seems bigger than it is. Not a bad thing at all. Carbonation is just right to keep things fresh. Solid beer and a damn good stout

 682 characters

Photo of papat444
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2009 Vintage (black label with orange trim and a photo on it)***

Thanks to MrRetardedMonkey for this. Enjoyed last night.

Poured from a bomber and split with my wife.

Appearance: Molasses brown body that looks quite black once in the glass. Decent 2 finger head with minimal lacing and fades gradually. A tiny bit weak IMO.

Smell: Nice clean aroma of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and some hops. A touch of sweetness rounds things out.

Taste: A good roasted feel. Good, solid coffee presence with a slight hint of fruit (dried?) maybe cherries or strawberries. A nice and mild sweet taste. A touch of bitterness at first then as it warms, it's all malt. Really good.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but i found the carbonation a little high. It calms down though as it warms. Coats the mouth with ease. Medium body not more.

Drinkability: I like it enough to have more again. Easy to drink with no impediment.

Overall: A solid, tasty & easy to drink beer. Certainly worth seeking out if you can get your hands on it.

 1,012 characters

Photo of kbutler1
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best enjoy date by 12/09. Seeing as it is 12/09, I think it is time to enjoy this one! Bottle says it is a Platinum Medal World Champ Dry Stout.

Pours a deep, dark brown/black color with a 1/2 inch head that slowly recedes.
Smells of dark roast, chocolate, and slight coffee. First sips yields a nice flavor of dark roast with a slight maybe cherry flavor. A surpisingly light mouthfeel. Minimal lacing. Finishes fairly cleanly.

Good overall drinkability. Well hidden 6.7% abv

 509 characters

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Loterbol tulip.

A: Pours a deep, dark cola brown/black that's capped by 1 1/2 fingers of the creamiest dark tan head I've seen in a while. Retention is excellent, but interestingly enough, barely any lace was left behind. Medium carbonation.

S: So rich and chocolate-y! Excellent aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa nibs, vanilla, caramelized brown sugar, bittersweet cocoa powder, figs, and fudge.

T: Almost exactly as above. Slightly ashy cocoa and malt flavors reign in the sweet chocolate and keep it in check. Also, as it warms, a subtle chocolate coffee flavor creeps in and adds another fun layer.

M: Pretty big, milky, and sweet in the beginning. The middle ushers in a dry, prickly, bitterness that carries on through the finish but not before more thick, rich, and sweet chocolate make their presence felt.

D: A fantastically drinkable stout. Rich chocolate flavors and aromas abound. Make sure you swirl in all the sediment, it's delicious!

 985 characters

Photo of caresville
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

split bomber with PaulMPap the other night, first time trying this brew and was real excited. it didnt let me down but it was pretty different than what i had expected. pours a deep dark black with a tan little mocha ring for a head. smells of coffee, brown sugar, various chocolate pastries. smell was not overpowering though. the taste was well above average though. taste of dried dark fruits such as raisins, plums, and prunes right away. black coffee also comes through toward the end of the sip and gives it a nice bitter but easily sippable presence. it swallows easy and enjoyable, its VERY smooth and i cant wait to drink this again soon.

 647 characters

Photo of billab914
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber picked up on my summer trip to Maine. Poured nearly pitch black with a nice tan head. Coffee and chocolate are the first things I notice in the aroma. Really enjoyed the taste, the bitterness, coffee and chocolate really make this enjoyable. Very tasty and interesting and I'm enjoying every sip of it. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Very drinkable, I will be buying this every time I go to Maine which thankfully is pretty frequently.

 469 characters

Photo of Traquairlover
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle.

A = Nice dark mahogany, foaming, bubbling reddish brown head that fizzes strangely but eventually resolves into a simple ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S = Fresh ground coffee beans, darkly browned buttered toast. Starts a little simple, but even then it is enjoyable, and as it warms and breathes it gets much better with warm chocolate syrup, raisins, plums.

T = Nice sweet chocolate syrup but with a very pronounced bitterness to balance it, dark chocolate covered raisins, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, good long sweet finish.

M = Medium body, smooth and luxurious feel with a slight carbonation tickle.

D = This is a very enjoyable drinkable stout. I would happily drink a couple of these at a sitting and will be happy to try it again, too.

 848 characters

Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bar Harbor, Cadillac Mountain Stout
12 oz. bottle, Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A few shades shy of pitch black. Large initial head that leaves a little sticky lacing as it fades.
Odor: Ground dark roast coffee beans, over-ripe berries, baker's chocolate & some slightly woodsy aromas come out fierce.
Consistency: On the fat end of medium bodied with low riding carbonation and minerally dryness breaking it up. Slightly juicy, carbonation is minimal. This is a rough customer.
Taste: Malt runs sweet lending molasses, day old dark chocolate cake, dark fruits and some smokey flavors around the edges. Balance comes from slight jabs of bitter earthy hop flavor an a commanding roasted barley presence, showing itself as burnt coffee grounds and dark chocolate.

This is a rough & raw customer, though it's surprisingly easy to drink . It won't be long before I get the urge to rush up to Portland to snag some more. My first shot at this beer was a bomber, brought to me by a dear friend three years ago. I'm not detecting too much of a change now that it's being brewed by Atlantic.

 1,094 characters

Photo of mlaroche
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired as an extra in a trade with deltatauhobbit. Appreciative for this un-asked for beer, as it's a great stout.

Appearance - Smaller head than I was expecting but I've been aging it about 5 months - lacy, tan colored. Very dark, basically black.

Smell - chocolate, sweet. Vanilla.

Taste - Biscuit, chocolate, definitely dry. Roasty and warming.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, works surprisingly well. Smooth,

Drinkability - I am having an easy time sipping the bomber and wishing I had more. I'd love to return to this beer again and again - not overly complex, not overly simple.

 590 characters

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into tulip shaped glasses:

A: Little to no head, but what can be seen is off white in color. The body itself is just black.

S: Slight bittersweet chocolate. Not much of anything else going on in the smell department.

T: Burnt malts throughout, with hints of cocoa...then a dry bitter finish.

M: Extremely light bodied, and smooth.

D: Really drinks easy, and overall a good American Stout, but we don't feel it's worthy of the top 100.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

 485 characters

Photo of mjl21
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No abv info or bottling info is given.

A-Pours jet black. A soft pour yields a massive 2.5 finger sandy head. The retention is awesome and rests at a nice one finger level. This could be the best looking stout that has ever been in my glass.

S-This beer must have set the record for taking the longest to open up for me. After a good 45 minutes it finally lets you in. I get some vanilla and chcolate. Roasted malt, coffee, and citrus hops start to become more pronounced after a few sips.

T-It starts with chocolate and some light vanilla flavor. The roast malt comes through in the middle along with a little more sweetness. It finishes dry with more roast flavor.

M-It is thick. I found the carbonation level at the start to be too prickly. It takes it a long time for the level to settle down. The massive head gives it a creamy and smooth texture. As noted above, it is dry and roasty.

D-A very good dry stout that requires some patience for aroma and carbonation.

Glad I got to try this stout. I let this sit on my counter for 20 minutes before I poured it and it still required another 25 minutes to open up in the nose. It took even longer for the carbonation to settle down. Even with these issues, it was still a great beer.

 1,315 characters

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks stouty: opaque black with a large muddy brown head. Retains well.

Smells and tastes stouty: roast malt balanced with a a burn caramel sweetness. Tastes is bold roast malt and burnt brownies smoothed over by a silky mouthfeel.

It's a stout! Nothing fancy here, just a really, really solid, simple American stout. Arguably the 2nd best non-imperial stout I've had (Ipswich Oatmeal being the first).

 404 characters

Photo of Reagan1984
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Review replacement from the data crash.

Again, will have to re-create..

Thanks to bandit Brewing for providing in trade.

Appearance - Shoe polish brown color with ruby highlights around the edges. No lacing to speak of. Fizzy light tan head.

Aroma - Hershey's Chocolate syrup.

Flavor - Again Hershey's chocolate syrup from the can, including the very slight metallic flavor. Nice dark roast malt flavors. A bit more hop presence vs. what I expected. Fairly sweet

Mouth Feel - Medium body, tingly light carbonation.

Drink - Nice beer. Not as good as I expected and had heard.

Decent stout, not epic in any way.

 626 characters

Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark murky brown verging on black. Only the faintest dark ruby highlights come through when held up to light. Thick, two finger creamy brown cap slowly fades to a 1/4 inch head. Excellent looking stout.

S - Roasted malts with hints of chocoalte. Nice aromas coming from this one, but they are all a touch muted. As the beer warms a light citrusy hoppiness comes through. The roasted aromas dominate throughout though.

T - Light chocolate, roasted grains, a touch of coffee and a surprisingly strong citrus taste. The flavors are very ell mixed and come and go surprisingly quick throughout the drink. A very enjoyable mix. One of the strongest citrus hop profiles I have ever experienced in a stout.

M/D - Medium bodied with a stronger creaminess towards the end. Very enjoyable stout.

 792 characters

Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,219 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe