Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

1,230 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 GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of caresville
3.93/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Walken
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of mlaroche
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of mjl21
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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).

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mild, but thick, beige head. No light passes through even at the edges. The color is nearly black.

Black patent malt presence with a soured milk aroma.

Here is a dry stout. Tastes very close to the traditional Guiness. Unlike the smell, there is no hint of milk to the beer. Very bitter from the black patent malt (and, perhaps, roasted unmalted barley). Burnt toast flavors. The only detraction is thinner body and high level of carbonation. Great aftertaste of black coffee and burnt sugar (still not sweet).

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Photo of Adamdc
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just got back from my bi-annual 'Caddy' trip to Maine!

A: pitch pour with light brown 1/2 inch head that dissipates to a thin layer

S: nice chocolaty, malty aroma (**note--as with most stouts, letting it warm up a bit is essential, especially with this baby)

T: roasty, chocolaty taste with a hop bitterness that evens things out very nicely (**see note above)

M: medium body with a 'tickle' of carbonation

D: Drinkability is the strength of this beer! At 6.7% abv and all the great flavor and mouthfeel this has 'big stout' qualities in basically a 'sessionable' beer! Gotta love the Caddy!

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Photo of Tom8Analise
3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far the lowest rating I've given yet.

Certainly not a bad beer by any means but it's somewhat deceitful.

The label mentions flavors of vanilla, cocoa, etc...

Pours a great dark color with also a good foamy head.

Mouthfeel was disappointing with an extremely light and watered down feel to it.

Flavor was bland with not really any hints of vanilla or cocoa but I started warming up to it towards the end of the glass. Highly recommend letting the beer warm up in your hand for a while before drinking.

Tom and Analise

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

Thanks to rrheisler for this one!

Poured into my Darkness tulip from the bomber. Pours a deep black, completely absorbing all light shined into it. Produces a light brown head with a very creamy consistency. Lively carbonation is visible. Since the bottle was on it's side for some time (during shipping) there is a film the color of milk chocolate on one side of the bottle, even on the underside of the cap.

I'm a little disapointed with the nose right away. It's very light and suggests an average stout at best. I get light coffee and bitter chocolate characteristics, and a light toasted character. As it warms, it gets much better, but if served too cold this could be a huge let down.

Any doubts I had about disapointment from the nose alone were thrown away as soon as I had a sip. There is a great balancing act going on in every sip, pitting sweetness against bitterness, and it works great. I get a vanilla-chocolate character, as well as roasted coffee beans. Very good.

The most unfortunate thing about this beer is the over carbonation. Granted, it does clear up if you let the bottle sit for a good half hour, but if served cold it gets in the way. Creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Drinkability is great in this beer. With the ABV not being too high, I could definitely session this, and would do so gladly.

Overall, a great representation of a style so overlooked by this beer crazed community. A "normal" stout is something that is widely produced and widely accepted as a simple beer on this site. For Bar Harbor to make such a complex and enjoyable beer given the stylistic guidelines, I'd say it more than deserves it's stature among the beer greats.

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

A six-pack received from a friend (nice friend, eh?) I served it up in one of my favourite English pub nonic glasses. This is a stout!

It is black with a large creamy head. Whhen it was all over the glass was pretty much clean with no lacing to speak of. All the flavours were there in both the smell and taste and they were all roasted: chocolate, dark roast coffee, - with an emphasis on the chocolate especially in the aftertaste. I like this stout. Kind of an afternoon de-light!

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Photo of berley31
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: From a 22 oz bottle. Poured with an average-sized, fizzy, tan head that eventually dissipated to a thin layer. Body is jet-black and completely opaque as a result.

S: Mmmm... heavy malt aroma with lots of coffee and bitter, dark chocolate. Quite earthy.

T: Wow, this is a flavorful stout! A very strong coffee and chocolate taste at the beginning. Finishes off slightly bitter. Flavor stays with you for a nice, long time as you continue to sip and enjoy.

M: Great on the palate: full-bodied and a creamy texture, with soft carbonation. Smooth... very smooth.

D: Pretty much lives up to its reputation... Bar Harbor Brewing Co. should take more pride in this beer than they seem to do. At their brew store in Bar Harbor, ME, they have posters up claiming it to be "... the beer that beat Guinness!" in a taste test. Big deal. I informed the beer pouring girl there that it was in the top 100 rated beers on BA... she had no idea it did that well. Time to start bragging more!

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.41/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Trade with Casey10, thanks!

Pours a near black shade of brown, very bubbly along the sides of the pint glass like a soda pop. Full two finger head sits up top when poured directly into the glass, with a bit of lacing left as it recedes.

Smell is mostly just lightly toasted malt, there are some citrus hops present as well as a slight bit of cocoa powder, but mainly just that light maltiness.

The taste pretty much follows the nose. Very light toasted malts, even a bit watery.

Moutfeel is medium bodied and creamy, good for a regular stout

Ehhh, this just doesn't have the kind of flavor I look for in a stout, even a low ABV one. I would be much more likely to stick with something like Bell's Kalamazoo Stout at this ABV range. I know it is a dry stout and isn't supposed to be a huge flavor bomb, but it really doesn't even have enough toasted maltiness to satisfy. Pretty average overall.

I know the ownership for this brewery has changed, it makes me wonder if the recipe for this changed as well because I am not experiencing ANY of the complexity mentioned in older reviews

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

Well here we have a nice American Stout poured into my Ommegang 10th Anniversary Chalice.

Pours 1finger of tan head that fades down to a thin level quickly. No lace left. Color is a straight up black, big surprise.

Aroma: Wow is this one rich. Roasted malts, almost has a hint of coffee to it, chocolate, very slight earthy hop profile, and subtle dark dried fruits.

Taste: I haven't had an American Stout in a while, but this seems to be a little different than what I expected. It has all the same flavors as in the nose, but it brings out an almost sour component. I haven't witnessed this in a stout yet, but it isn't something I really enjoy. However, all the other flavors are still greatly appreciated here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but crisp from the big amount of carbonation. A tad sour again. Full bodied. Ends with a big roasted malt aftertaste.

Overall, I don't know if I got a bad bottle or this is how this beer is supposed to taste. If I get another bottle I would love to reevaluate this beer, but right now I am not diggin' the sourness. Other than that, the beer rocks!

Edit: Tried another bottle. Not as dark as I remembered. Didn't get the sournotes. It was very roasted with lots of coffee flavors. Good stuff.

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Photo of theghost3
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kingcrowing for this.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with a very thin, beige head. Minimal lacing, just a slight ring throughout.

Smell is made up of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and caramel. Taste is sweet from chocolate, molasses, and caramel, but there's also a nice coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly crisp at first, but then it becomes smooth and thick.

Very drinkable stout. Lower ABV with a great flavor.

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

Very full, tan foamy head. Pours black with only the faintest hints of reddish brown around the edges when near a light.

Very strong roasted malt aromas with some chocolate mixed in. Some slightly burnt aromas as well.

Has as very roasty flavor with coffee and chocolate. It's fairly bitter, but not overly so. There's some bitter chocolate and espresso on the finish. Very flavorful and I was surprised at how well the alcohol was hidden. 6.7% isn't huge, but I can't detect it at all.

Full bodied and very smooth and dry, yet still creamy. Some tingly carbonation and very satisfying.

This is a very nice stout and would definitely seek this one out again.

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

Apearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a ½" faintly-off-white-light-brown head, which retains very well.

Aroma: Smells of coffee, toffee and faint smokiness. A little hop aroma coming through also.

Palate: very smooth and velvety. Perfectly balanced.

Flavor: Starts very smooth and subtle, little carbonation, transitions into chocolate and coffee balanced with subtle hops, ends with roasted maltiness, almost chocolatey on your tongue. Lacks a full mouthful throughout, but very tasty indeed.

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Photo of mikey711
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Vermonthiker! Thanks Tom

I poured this one into a snifter. It was dark black with minimal head and decent lacing and good carbonation. Smells much bigger than I would have expected. Rich roasty and chocolate notes. It tastes much like it smells with the chocolate and roastiness. It is very well balanced between the bitterness and the sweetness. It is a bit watery but there is no chalkiness present at all. Very smooth and easy to drink. What amazed me about this beer was that it drank much bigger of an abv than it was. Really impressed by that.

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

He had been running for a while now through the field, tripping over the small tufts of grass, clutching the scroll in his left hand, trying to maintain balance with his flailing right arm. 'must make it to the woods, must...' the dark silhouette still behind him, 'must shake him, I must...' an ecstasy of hot breath coursing through his lungs, an ecstasy of adrenaline coursing through his brain, his mind still wandering freely, trying to remember the way.
A dark brown memory this time, almond colors atop like a fine espresso, lasting for a while but leaving nothing behind.
Sweet and dry mingled, slightly coffeish, the woods up ahead leering, taunting, the footfalls behind seemingly closer with every step... cream-sweetness, nutty, faint notes of sweet fusels, an aroma fit for kings.
The flavour of sweet black bread, coffee and cream, dark roasted grains, a finish of lactose-sweet, milk chocolate.
He had reached the woods, a gully, a dark dell, find the hollow, still your breath, He mustn't hear, mustn't recover the scroll, this is far bigger than me. Still your breath, play dead, as the footfalls slow and begin searching, passing within mere yards of the makeshift hiding-place, 'I'll need to remain here a while.'
A creamy stout, full-bodied, thick for what it is. The carbonation is low, just right, just perfect to compliment. All night. He'll lie here all night, sip from the flask, hideaway, have to be on the move tomorrow night, no sense in trying to move during the day, wait for dawn and then sleep...
This is bigger than me.

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

this beer pours a dark black color with a nice tan creamy looking head that fades to patchy lace. the aroma comes through with all the nice roastedness that you could want. the taste has a nice chocolatey roastedness, and some really nice malt sweetness that's balanced by a bit of bitterness at the end. the co2 is a bit toward the medium side on this one, but with the full body it makes it a good drinker. this isn't the best stout that I've ever had but, it's pretty damn good.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,230 ratings.
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