Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

1,226 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 ZorPrime
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this one in Wells, ME on August 2nd, 2009.

The appearance is black with a very thin head. Aroma is mainly chocolate, very nice. The I get some roasted malts. The taste I get mainly dark chocolate. It is full bodied and the taste stays in the mouth for quite some time. Awesome taste. Carbonation is present in the mouth. Easy drink... at 6.7% it could be a dangerous beer. I will have to get more when I get back in USA.

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Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Guinness imperial pint glass. Label says best before Dec '09.

A - Pours an opaque, almost totally black color with a 1/2 finger of tan head. Vibrant flow of bubbles up the sides of the glass, but the head disappears almost immediately leaving a skim of bubbles in the center of the glass.

S - Roasted barley, coffee, good earthiness. Hops are subdued, but have a fruitiness to them. Roasted malts dominate.

T - Roasted malt and black coffee, licorice, chocolate, some sweetness, dark fruits. Hops are not apparent in the flavor. Lots of flavor in this one.

M - Very thick and full. Carbonation is at a quite high level, maybe even slightly distracting. Very prickly and effervescent in the mouth - too thick to be a soda, but the carbonation is quite reminiscent.

D - This is a very smooth and quite flavorful stout. Flavor level is almost at the imperial level, but lacking some of the complexities. For a dry stout, this is about as good as it gets. High carbonation is the only detractor to drinkability. Otherwise, this is very smooth, rich, and easy drinking.

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

22oz bomber

A: Rich deep chocolate brown.. smallish khaki head with light lacing after the head quickly receded.

S: Mostly chocolate up front.. creamy milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate... roasted malts fill things out

T: Again, chocolate is king here.. milk chocolate up front and a slightly bitter dark chocolate presence towards the finish... the roasted malts give off an almost baked flavor which is brownie/cake like... very nice

M: A bit thin... but smooth and enjoyable on the palate... nice clean finish.

D: I enjoyed this one... its not massive in flavor, but as a 6.7% dry stout it was nice

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Photo of evantwomey
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a 1/4 inch pale brown head, good retention, little lacing. Color is basically black. Aroma is sweet chocolate, and some biscuit, maybe like a really weak brownie. Hops are in the background and so is the alcohol. I'm picking up a bit of coffee aroma too. Taste is roasty, a little smoky. Finishes very, very dry, although there is again a sweet chocolate taste on the finish. More malty sweet than sugary sweet. Hops are definitely playing a minor role in this beer. No acrid harsh flavors like you sometimes get in poorly-brewed stouts. Definitely does not seem like it's almost 7% abv. Drinks much more like a strong dry stout than a typical American stout, which seem to be more hop-forward. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, although I think for a dry stout like this, it's probably a good thing.

This is a very drinkable beer and worth buying for sure. Like an Irish dry stout but with more balls.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Nice deep and dark color. Thin tan head that faded quickly, as with all stouts. Looks like a stout.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt dominated the nose.

T: The milk chocolate hit me first, followed by bitter and roasted malt. Overall I'd say the chocolate was the front runner in the taste. Other than that, pretty typical stout, nothing extraordinary nor complex enough... and not really worth a top 100 spot IMO.

M/D: A bit too thin, but goes down smooth.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it displays a decent tan head with pretty good retention and some lacing down the glass as it dissipated into a frothy ring. The color is nice and dark, practically opaque.

The smell is pretty good, with a balance of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee hints coming through. As it warms, notes of caramel and vanilla come through as well.

The taste is pretty similar, although less sweet, than the smell. Roasted and malty with bitter cocoa and coffee coming to mind, especially in the aftertaste. It becomes a bit sweeter with more caramel flavor as the beer warms.

Pretty good, a tad thin for my liking and a bit shallow in the flavors but not terribly so. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from a trade with belgianbeergal. This beer has been waiting about 8 months for me to try it, and it took a special occasion like this random Monday night to finally crack it open. The beer is dark brown and opaque with a thick frothy foam, large dry pillows which cling to the glass. The aroma is stunning, sweet malts and roasted malts, a hint of Baltic Porter, some dark fruits too. This reminds me somewhat of the aromas in Sexual Chocolate or Dark Lord. The taste is nearly equal to the smell, rich with sweet malts but not cloyingly sweet. The body, while substantial and thicker than water, seems light when compared with natural competitors based on the massive flavor. Very quaffable, highly drinkable.

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

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. The stout appears an opaque deep black color with an inch of creamy ecru foam. The head leaves no lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor consist of rich roasted grains, cocoa, milk and dark chocolate, mocha, sweet caramel. Creamy and approaching medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. A nice attempt at an American stout. Check it out if you have the chance.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in a sampling glass.

Pours a dark brown with hints of ruby. Essentially no head or lacing, just what you'd expect from a dry stout. Might be better on Nitro though. Smell is somewhat tame, some toastiness to it and chocolate.

Taste was very smooth and fairly light, I felt that the body was very light, similar to guinness, I prefer my stouts to be a bit heavier but for a dry stout this is standard fair.

A nice stout, but I'm not sure it lives up to all the hype.

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Photo of thekanna
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice dark coffee color with about 1 finger of appreciable tan head.

S: Coffee, baking chocolate, and an overall chocolate syrup-like sweetness. Somewhat clean for a stout; certainly not overpowering in the roasted malt/ espresso department as most stouts tend to be.

T: Somewhat sour at the inception, which dribbles off into a creamy milk chocolate taste not unlike the aftertaste of good hot chocolate. A dusting of cocoa and espresso beans round it out.

M/D: Nice and creamy, though the body can be a bit thin. Wonderfully drinkable; not nearly as heavy as most other higher ABV stouts.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6pack courtesy of Cool Mo'P. 12oz. bottle served in a standard pint glass -best before 12/09 notched on the bottle. Poured one shade shy of black with a dense, khaki-colored head. Nose reveals chocolate malt and a roasty character, with a hint of vanilla. Taste follows nose, but I'm also getting a little bit of coffee and some lactose. Mouthfeel is just shy of medium and a consistent background carbonation from start to finish that tickles the tongue without being prickly. Wow, delicious American Stout, maybe the best I've had. I've heard the 22oz. is better, but this is delicious.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a thick, fluffy light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a decent lacing.

This beer smells of chocolate. I can detect a slight raisin like aroma. It has a caramel like aroma as well. This beer has a very subtle coffee aroma also.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Chocolate mostly. Some coffee and dark fruit flavor. It has a nice sweet caramel malt flavor as well.

This beer is smooth, and easy to drink. It is carbonated just right. It leaves a chocolatey aftertaste.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, and the flavor is nice and not aggressive.

Overall: A huge thanks goes out to Mbrandon2w and Russpowell for both generously hooking me up with bottles of this fine beer. I liked it a lot. It is worthy of its place on the top of BA.

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

Far and away the best american stout I have had.

Appearance: Nice head with some retention and lacing

Smell: Chocolate, brownie, vanilla, light coffee, molasses, brown sugar

Taste: Chocolate, toffee, coffee, caramel, brownies, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body, light for a stout, bit dry, heavy on the carbonation

Drinkability: Goes down like cold water on a hot day

Best stout I have ever had. This one caught me off-guard, wasn't expecting it. I admire the brewer for making a good beer, as opposed to a big beer.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark cola color with two fingers width of tan head. Reduces to a thin ring that lasts a decent while. Zero visibility when held into light.

S- To tell you the truth, not getting much of an aroma. Of what I do smell, a bit of rich chocolate malts with a subtle roasted quality.

T- Well crafted, but pretty plain. There is chocolate sweetness at the forefront. This transitions into a richer, chocolate flavor with a slight bitterness in the finish. Also detecting a layer of roasted malts in the finish. I just wish the flavors popped more...still digging the delicious chocolate flavor.

M- This is what makes the beer. Medium to full bodied with a wonderful creaminess. Really added a new dimension to an otherwise simple beer.

D- This beer is very neutral. That being the case, this one is so easy to put down.

Overall, a fantastic stout. I did enjoy the chocolate deliciousness this beer offers, but still craving a little more complexity.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade from Casey10, thanks man! Looks to be the old label with no bottled on date that I can find.

A: Pours a super dark black with a couple fingers of khaki colored head that laces the glass on the way down.

S: Lots of roasted malt scents, some slight dark black coffee/coffee beans, and dark chocolate. Not too much in terms of complexity, but still smells really nice.

T: Similar to the smell, lots of smooth roasted malt flavors, coffee beans, dark roast black coffee, and bitter/dark chocolate. Again, not too complex, but nice and tasty.

M: Above average carbonation with smooth rolling bubbles. Full bodied and coats the palate.

D: I'd say highly drinkable, the roasty flavors are definitely there but not too overpowering, no alcohol taste, etc.

This is a tasty, solid beer that can be enjoyed by most people. However, there's nothing really spectacular about it for me.

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Photo of infestaxion
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my very brief notes. Drank on 7/10/09 Happily stolen from fellow BA heliosphann.

A - It absorbs the god damn light! (Ed. note- This is a direct quote from the notes.) Has a nice tannish head.

S - Very sweet. All I'm really getting is sweet malt and powdered chocolate.

T - Mostly dark fruit. Fig. The finish is a chocolate attack. The chocolate just keeps on going. Very good.

M - Tingly. Nice carbonation.

D - Good(Ed. note- Brevity is wit?)

You can probably consider this review as a permanent ISO.

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Photo of u2carew
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a thick, two finger head that settles slightly. Lacing is sticky and tan in color. The body of the beer is opaque.
S) Bready - lots of bread. Chocolates. Not too much else.
T) Roasted grains. Smoky. Just a bit of hop bit in the finish. Lingering smoky grains in the aftertaste.
M) Gritty. Full bodied - definitely a stout. Dry in the finish, yet smooth overall.
D) A good stout. The aroma is a little too bready. I'd have another.

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Photo of gameface23
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Opaque black with a dark tan head. I poured it into a snifter and the head didn't last long at all. The beer didn't leave any lacing.

S: Roasted malts, mostly.

T: Slight cola taste with more of the roasted malts and some chocolate/coffee hints. Very well balanced with the hopping rate.

M: Pretty light-bodied. I was expecting something more viscous.

D: This is a flavorful beer that I wouldn't mind hanging out with some friends and polishing off a 6-pack.

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

Had this in the cellar for about two years..lets see what we got.

Appearence is opaque black with a slight tan head. It leaves nice lacing around the edges. The nose is a robust coffee and chocolate scent. A haevy dose of roasted malts as well. The taste is a dry roasted malt taste and some nice bitter chocolate.The mouthfeel is very dry but very robust. It's not as heavy as I would think. Overall it's very drinkable and one of the better stouts I have had. It's probably the best dry stout I have had.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Oh man does this one look friggin delicious. It's hard to hold off from tasting, but I sure as hell am trying as I write this. Dark brown in color with an almost black character to it. Head was perfection if i've ever seen it on a stout. Thick tan finger length head is full of body and flavor, and just kicks back on top. A thick blanket of creamy head stays on top, never letting the beer shine through. Heavy caking lace is like the cherry on top of this delicious sundae.

Smell - Coffee infused with a soft powdery chocolate that gives off a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Roasted and rich, but needs to be a little bit bolder.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Hmmm, not as rich as I was expecting. Not bad, just not as big. This one drinks more like a beautiful session stout. Two flavors dominate throughout this one. That great soft powdery chocolate, and a smooth coffee bitterness. The bitterness doesn't bite at you like an espresso stout, which sometimes can be overpowering. It's smooth and gentle just like a cup of black coffee. Nice amount of roasted malt to this one as well. Mouthfeel is medium with a bit of a drying feel to it at the end. Not overly thick, but easy drinking and just right.

Drinkability - This beer could be a little more overpowering, but I don't want it to be. If I lived in New England this would be a relaxing every night stout I would sip on to ease into my late nights. A great easy drinking stout that doesn't give way in the flavor category. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of koopa
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade.

Appearance: Dark brown with an off white to beige 1 finger crown. Some retention and lacing decorate the drinking vessel.

Smell: Loads of character here. I smell wood notes, light bourbon notes, roast malt, a touch of licorice.

Taste: same as nose....delicious!

Mouthfeel: Way thin.

Drinkability: Delicious flavor and thin body makes this an easy drinker.

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Photo of everetends
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber thank to the always amazing IBUnit63. Servin' this one up in my Terrapin Snifter.

A: Pours a nice glossy black in color. The body is completely opaque, not getting anything as far as light through here. Maybe when tilted and held to the light, you get a dark yellow oily color at the very top. The head was a perfect finger of medium brown color. Sadly it faded somewhat quickly to a thin top cap. That cap does do a great job of throwing up some lace. Very, very nice for a stout but we need some head retention. Thats the only thing that kept me from giving this a higher score.

S: Really nice aroma coming out here. Nice dark malts with a good amount of roast on it. Actually, getting a really nice and solid smoke aroma. Pretty sweet on the aroma with some nice chocolate, dark chocolate coming through. Coffee is an almost dark roast with some cream thinning it a bit. Getting some caramel notes as well. There may be some fruit presence as well, but I can't really decipher what it is. Maybe some dark cherry and some orange. Kinda wierd but it works.

T: Wow, I had to take a double take at the style once I took the first step. This actually tastes more like an Imperial or Double Stout. Really nice and dark malts here that have a really good roast on it. Nice chocolate presence that brings out some dark and milk chocolate. There is a nice and light smokiness for sure. Out of the smoke there is a nice punch of hops. Citrus hops flavors work in here somehow. The bitterness from the hops mingles nicely with the coffee and cream flavors bringing out that coffee bitterness as well. Other notable flavors are a slight booze, vanilla and caramel flavor that pop in occassionally. I am not a huge fan of big hops in my stouts but this one works for sure. Also, this beer does bring more boozy and alcoholic flavors than the below 7% would normally indicate.

M: Full bodied brew that yet again is big for the style. Nice and rich, thick body. The problem is that the carbonation seems way too high, and is really confusing to the feel. You really want a creamy and chewy body, but that carbonation makes it bubbly and almost fizzy at times. Its just a bit wierd. ABV fits with the level that is in here. It doesn't bring the heat but you can taste alcohol, nice. Aftertaste is mostly some chocolate and orange citrus. Overall, it does finish pretty dry.

D: This is a big ole stout, but its pretty easy drinking because it is still a stout. Sure the flavors are big and they remind me of a much bigger beer. The flavors are just great and much bigger and more elaborate than what is expected from the style. Has that big ABV flavor without the big ABV, which makes it a nice drink on a hot Alabama night. Sure the feel is off, and it freaks me out a bit. Otherwise, everything else works so well. Damn skippy, damn nice. Big thanks to Larry for holding a bottle for me, damn fine.

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

It's crazy for me to finally have the opportunity to review this most illusive beer. Full of anticipation, I pop the top and here it goes!

The pour delivers a dark and valumptuous cascade into the chalice. The beer fills the glass with a dark brown and basically opaque appearance. A billowing brown foamstance rises to the top of the glass and finally settles into a one-inch topping. The session doesn't give any great marks on lacing or legging.

Strong aromas of roasty, toasty, smokiness with rich dark malts, subtle fruitiness and a candied scent that makes me think Hershey Kisses.

All that is confirmed in the taste. An equally strong flavor of smoked chocolate morsels take the foreground while toasty and mellow roastiness give the beer its definate Stout profile. Subtle fruits in buried deep in the background take on berries and apples, all of the bittersweet chocolate covered character. The sweetness of the beer begins to defy the Dry Stout indications found on the label, taking on a sweeter, creamier flavored Oatmeal Stout. All of these flavors take on a muc stronger taste and intensity than expected from a 7% beer.

Though very well malted and attenuated, this beer is heavy and sweet for a Dry Stout. But beers of this character and quality completely defy styles. Rich, creamy, and fully textured- the beer coats the mouth with a sweet, campfire chocolate roundness. Yet, the beer finishes creamy and dry with an evaporative quality that makes it remarkably easy to drink.

An incredible beer that is certainly worth the wait. Consistent brew throughout. Could be a serious American Stout if the hops made a greater impact. Could be an Oatmeal Stout. Could even be a Russian Imperial if heavier gravity.... better yet, leave the beer alone! Now, I just hope it's not six years before my next bottle! A complete joy to drink.

Thanks Adamdc

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Photo of tigg924
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: black, 1 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: malt, and chocolate

Taste: malt, chocolate, some cream, burnt ashy wood

Mouthfeel: medium body, dry, smooth, next to no feel of carbonation

Drinkability: Maine's best beer, arguably New England's...Just a great example of what a dry stout should be. The alcohol is there, but not noticable. If something with a 6.7 ABV could be sessionable, this would be it...Just a great beer for the style and overall.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty darned dark, tan head .5 inches strong. Stays for some time to a disk.

S - Cocoa and coffee notes.

T - Barn funk, smoke, ash, cocoa, coffee, a sharpness that I can't quite discern.

M - Medium body, lots of carb, decent mouth.

D - Tasty!

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
4.18 out of 5 based on 1,226 ratings.
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