Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

1,219 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 Casey10
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What can you say about this beer that has not already been said. Delicious, creamy, a bit low on the abv for a stout beer but that is what makes it drinkable.

You can not go wrong here a well balanced stout with good flavor and excellant drinkability.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle (22 oz. bomber purchased at the brewery).

Pours opaque black with a somewhat fluffy brown head that, while thin, stays for the whole glass.

Aroma is roasty, black coffee and rich dark cocoa fill the nose.

Flavor is rich - again, there's dark, rich chocolate and roasty black coffee, with a smoothness and subdued sweetness that is singular, and just the barest hint of alcohol. Finishes with an appropriate, very lightly acidic dryness that balances the beautiful, rich flavor.

Palate is almost milkshake thick, with a deliciously light and creamy carbonation.

A few chunks of milled barley in the bottom of the bottle - this one feels like an exceptionally well done homebrew, really. I just hope the new owner/used car salesman doesn't screw this one up, as the new brewer seems like a nice guy.

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Photo of KeefD
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for this bottle! Pours a solid black color with barely any light coming through the edges, a large three finger tan head that left a small amount of lacing. Aroma is of dark roasted barley, hints of chocolate and caramel and it's slightly metallic. This beer has a wonderful flavor. There's loads of chocolate and coffee, light bitterness that's mostly from the roasted malts, a light sweetness is present, but it becomes very dry on the finish, and the taste sticks around for quite some time after the swallow. Silky smooth mouthfeel, carbonation is appropriately medium. It's listed as an American Stout on BA, but the bottle says it's a Dry Stout. I'll stick with the brewery's label. This is easily the best dry stout I've ever had. Thanks again Keith!

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this gem courtesy of some generous folks at BSP whose BA names I forget, but thanks to Mike, Jeff, and John.

Pours one shade away from black with a brown head. The head dissipates into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with a good deal of dark chocolate. There's not a whole lot going on here, but it's very well done for a "plain stout".

Tastes similar to how it smells, though there are hints of coffee. Creamy roasted malt flavors up front that segue into roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavors before a solidly bitter ending. I can taste some citrus flavors if I really look for them, but this is certainly not a hop-dominated stout.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation that make this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these without any problem, and unlike bigger stouts this wouldn't pose a problem for my balance.

Overall this beer lived up to the hype. I can't think of a _stout_ that I've enjoyed more. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got home from a looong day at work so this son of a bitch is going down to belly town. they should call this this sediment mtn stout. bottle has about an inch sitting down bottom.

pours black. a two finger mocha head rises up and sticks around for a bit then settles to a half finger of perma foam. this is how stouts want to look. if it had more lacing i would give it a five but you cant have everything.

smells roasty. powdery chocolate. very subtle. not anything that is really jumping out and kicking me in the face.

taste is nice. definite chocolate presence. smooth subtle sweetness lingers.

mouth is smooth and easy to drink.

I enjoyed this and would drink this again. I am glad to try it but i dont think i will be giving up anything special for it in the future.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into my duvel tulip for a st patrick's day celebration, this poured a thin bodied black with an ever so slight red hue to it, their was a thick tan head that wont go away, the smell is coffiee and burnt malt, the taste starts out dry abd bitter with the rich malt taking the lead the coffiee flavor rushes in next and then a slightley sour presance makes itself known. at the verry end i am left with bitter chocolate and some alochal, this is a world class stout for sure, glad i started st patrick's off right!

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Photo of errantnight
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well it's certainly a delicious, if somewhat overhyped brew. I will say, I'm happy to see this much flavor in an American stout that's not packed with alcohol.

Thanks, Damian, for this one!

Well this beer has to have some age on it, since I understand they've stopped the 22oz bottlings, and I traded for this almost a year ago...

That said, pours a pale, transulcent deep, deep brown, black at the very center. Pours a bit like an amber or brown ale, which is to say it seems to have only moderate viscosity. Finger, or just less, of head, with nice retention and middling lacing.

Notes of milk chocolate and freshly roasted coffee are central to the aroma, although it's slightly muted.

Taste is very chocolate forward, very creamy (maybe more silky) mouthfeel that allows a backing light brown sugar sweetness. There's a hint of roast around the edges, but it's swallowed up by the pervasive sweetness. It isn't big and sweet through the middle, but it's sticky and a bit cloying on the palate.

What seems on inspection to look a bit thin holds up well... although I suspect this slight under-attenuation that makes this a bit stickly in taste is what gives it this great mouthfeel.

Some great flavors, extremely clean, if not the most complex, and I love the drinkability of this one (damn you, Bud Light!)... but it's too easy drinking to really fulfill as a nightcapper, but too sweet to really be drank on its own. That said, I really enjoyed it, but now I need to go brush my teeth.

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Given to me by the very gracious Mauerhan and enjoyed with PatronWizard and Aim-less. Poured into a Piraat glass.

A: Pours black, with no transparency at all. The head was quite frothy and exhibited a phenomenal amount of retention.

S: A mix of dark malts that blend together nicely...not sure what I pick up...but it's definitely sweet.

T: Strong chocolate presence with hints of coffee and caramel-like flavors. The bitterness is gentle, and the alcohol has a nice warm touch at the finish.

M: Great! Good carbonation, full-body, and somewhat creamy.

D: I liked the chocolate notes and how they were the main focus of this beer. The alcohol is low enough to enjoy a full glass...or two...or get the point.

Overall: A great beer...a must try! Cheers!

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

named for the tallest mountain in acadia, one of the first places the rising sun hits in america. epic, but fitting for this beer. what a beer, well done. the appearance is dark, opaque, midnight in a class. nice beige head that starts off quite noticable, reduces itself to a bout half an inch, but stays for the duration.

my favorite aspect of this beer, is the smell. the nose just explodes with this. all the typical scents from a stout, with a nice warm bbq/hickory smell to it, a real nice accent to the barleys and malts.

taste is great, nice sweet hints at first, followed by lots of barley bitterness. great mouthfeel as well, can really chew around in the mouth. besides the carbonation, its literally silk in a glass. well done bhbc, one of my favorite stouts. great feeling to be from maine and have such a great beer like this come from down the street.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a modest tan head that laces nicely

Smell: Bittersweet chocolate, with hints of molasses, mocha and vanilla

Taste: Lots of bittersweet chocolate up front, with a developing citrus bitterness by mid-palate, which also offers hints of mocha and vanilla; after the swallow, the chocolate re-emerges and winds up dominating the citrus flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability; Really nice; not often you come across a stout with this much flavor and this low an ABV

Thanks, mikeale, for the opportunity

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Photo of MaineBirdMan
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a tasty local brew. A lot of smoke, earth and chocolate all rolled into one bottle.
The color was black.
Taste: Smoke, earthy,chocolate
Smell/Nose: Not much. Slight hint of smoke
D: Very smooth. Lingering finish. Could easily have a couple at one sitting.
I enjoyed this stout very much.

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

An old favorite- I've been drinking this for years without realizing how popular it is. As someone who's had at least a dozen of these, I'll attest that the reputation is well deserved. Picked up a bomber from Florian's. Sticker says Brew #15.

A- Very fine head that dissolved quickly. Very dark brown, not totally black.

S- Malty, roasty, maybe a little smoky. A really good nose for a stout.

T- Malty, but not sweet. Dominating flavor is very dark chocolate. Roasty, definitely a bit smoky, in just the perfect amount.

M- It had better be full bodied- it's a stout. CMS doesn't disappoint. A very filling beer.

D- One bomber of this stuff is just enough. It's too filling to have much more. I would if I could, though.

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Photo of treyrab
3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had high hopes for this one when jac5084 decided to share it with me today. Poured it into a tulip glass...

A: Pours a light cola brown with large amounts of red and brown around the edges. The head starts off alright, but then drops rapidly to nothing, not even a skim of head. Overall, this one looks fairly light, but I was expecting that.

S: The smell is very dry but nothing jumps out at you to say this is a top notch stout. Smells like any other dry American stout in that it has some light coffee, dry cocoa powder and a touch of bitter coffee. Nothing remarkable.

T: The taste is so light that I was caught off guard. I was expecting big things from this beer and it was king of weak. Very spritzy with carbonation. Dry cocoa powder came to the forefront, but it was very light. Some coffee and chocolate came next but nothing mind blowing.

Overall, I have to say this is overrated. For me, it was nothing more than a generic stout. It was so light though that I could easily session this.

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

Bomber into goblet. Almost but not quite black. Thick mocha head with big bubbles and good retention. Very little lacing.

toasty, roasty and sweetness hit first. They persist and blend, with coco and coffee mingling in the background. Smoky later. Complex, subtle, smooth, balanced.

Roasty, smoky start and finish. Plenty of sweetness to balance the hops and roasted grains, and even notice some. Subtle notes of chocolate and coffee dance around. A hint of heat, and a clean finish. Very nicely done.

Moderately carbonated and fizzy. Slightly viscous, briefly, before and clean, dry finish. Medium body is lighter than expected.

Not as full and heavy as it looks. Easy drinking sipper. No problem putting down a 22, and I'd have been pleased to have more if there were some.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange labeled release (brewed in '08?). Pours very dark brown. Almost opaque black. Great, thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, a bit of maple syrup and tanginess.

This a very flavorful brew. Delicious, but didn't knock my socks off, which is good because it says something about the subtle complexity of the beer. I am getting a lot of coffee flavors with this beer, as well as some dark chocolate bitterness. A dry stout and not too sweet. Mouthfeel is good, but it could be even fuller in my opinion. The carbonation is very smooth.

An excellent stout. It's actually a refreshing beer, probably because of the dryness. Interestingly enough, I have read that this stout used to be even better, which is kind of hard to imagine.

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

Here's a 12 and older 22 side-by-side. As many of these that passed my lips, I think jmalex gets credit for these bottles.

Both are black with a little cola and port around the edges and the older has a thicker tan foam. The younger has just a thin collar and a wispy film in the middle.

smells of a thin combo of dark fruits and cocoa. The elder is heavier on the cocoa and a little more smooth. The younger has a bight of cough syrup to it.

Tastes a bit dry with a touch of burnt chocolate chip cookies that brings a little smokey barley, cola and coffee. The elder is magnificently balanced with an inclusion of smooth chocolate and a little cookie dough. The elder is a 5, but the younger, not so much.

Younger is thin and soda like with a slightly subdued carbonation while the elder is silky and creamy.

Hands down, the older version is a legend while the newer is only an approximation. I'll have to age a fewer of the younger before I can make a more decisive conclusion.

Elder, 4.7, younger, 4.1.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious goblet. This beer pours a murky black with a 2 inch beige head that melts away into just a little lily pad in the center of the goblet, leaving some seriously creamy legs when swirled. The aroma is just stouty. Coffee, vanilla, and some seriously roasted grain. The flavor is mainly chocolaty. Like a big, gooey, under-cooked brownie. Bits of vanilla, roasted malts, caramel, cream and once again, a whole lot of chocolate. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth. This is a great beer but its a much better beer when its in the non-contract brewed 22oz bottles that are still naturally carbonated. While this is a great beer, the other version is just sublime.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this bottle as part of a VERY nice box for the Secret Santa 2008 BIF.

The bottle says it is mahogny, I say it's black. Thin caramel head rests nicely on this brew.

Smells of slightly roasted malts.

Tastes of roasted malts. There might be a bit a hint of hops hiding in there somewhere, I'm not sure.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. A bit creamy.

A very drinkable stout. I look forward to trying to get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of Risser09
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a 1" light brown head. Great retention and a little bit of lace leftover.

Smell: Sweet and loaded with power. I got zinged with a lot of flower aroma. Pineapple, honeysuckle, red licorice and perhaps some malt aromas in the background.

Taste: Very nice. Sweet and robust. A clean violet and cherry flavor blend with roasted malt, coffee and vanilla. Lots of flavor components that create one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Buttery smooth and enough carbonation. Barely any alcohol is noticeable. Lingering malt bitterness.

Drinkability: Awesome. Another stellar stout this evening. It is original and easy to drink. Will certainly be drinking this one again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 12 ounce bottle version, served at cellar temperature. Pours a brownish black with a full two finger head of tightly bubbled foam that hangs around a good long while as dimples and craters open up and fall down into the cap.

Low aroma of roasted malt, some sweetish cocoa, molasses and charred bark.

Flavor initially of milk chocolate, moving to darkly roasted malt, sharp espresso, licorice, and bits of oak and smoke. Noticeable bits of roasted chestnut and marshmallow and caramel. Lots of complexity, good balance.

Even mouthfeel, not too rich, moderate carbonation. Finishes slightly dry. Very drinkable, tasty beer.

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Photo of SQNfan
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured dark brown/black in color with a moderate light brown head. This had quite nice aromas of chocolate, rich coffee, sweet caramel and vanilla. In the mouth this was medium-bodied and started off powerful then faded to a dry/bitter finish. The midpalate lacked concentration and flavor though this should have been expected given the alcohol level.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally dragged my sorry @$$ over the Maine border and snagged some of this at Tully's. Let's git it on...bombah into Duvel tulip...

Holy $#!+...HUGE 4-finger brown sugar head that looks like a friggin' bran muffin...tunnels and all. Sticks very well and slowly starts to lace em' up a bit. Body is so clear black that I can almost read my screen off the glass. Can't see too much of anything wrong with this one at all.

The dry stout austerity is something to savor when it's done right. Bountiful rust notes with slate and BBQ char on the chocolate malt girth. Hop pine is slight; grass is more abundant with slight root beer tinge.

Wow - huge coffee notes on the rich steak char and cocoa chocolate malt foundation. Just a bit of hop grass to balance out sweetness of brown sugar and a little molasses. Still, it's subtle and understated. This is a classic!

Warmth brings this all to the forefront. Sweet and bitterness of malt, coffee and hops gains more strength with heavy blanket finish.

This one comes raging out of gate but paces itself at sipping speed. Such an excellent effort!

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to thekevlarkid for this one!

22oz brown glass crown cap. No dating, but a lot of sediment at the bottom.

Appearance: Poured into a British Imperial Pint glass. Thick, tan sudsy head three fingers high settles down after a minute to half-inch. Black and opaque, a very tiny little brownish red shows at the edge when held up to a light bulb.

Nose: Dried grains, dried figs and apricots, medium roast ground coffee, baker's chocolate, dry newspaper (not faulted).

Palate: Medium bodied. Elegant on the palate. Light notes of cold-processed chocolate, light roast black coffee, oats, and a splash of cream (without the creamy texture, though).

Notes: A really drinkable and balanced stout. I was surprised at how light it was on the palate given the color and the nose, but that only makes it more drinkable. Alcohol is in balance, too. I can understand why this beer is often asked for here in Vermont. Tasty.

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Photo of Stimack
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had my last Cadillac stout (bomber) on Christmas Day, I had picked a few up this past September while on vacation. I picked up a number of offerings from Bar Harbor Brewing company at Tully's, great place. This brew lived up to its expectations, poured to a deep black color, some reddish highlights, big medium colored tan head that has very good retention, leaving a fair amount of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aromas, chocolate malt really comes through giving a bittersweet cocoa scent while also possessing a fair roastiness. Also some nice hops aromas come through. While the brew warms more of a alcohol scent seems to peak through. The flavors really show the malts as the chocolate and roasted flavors come through highlighting some sweet flavors then finishing with a very slight hint of hops. As the brew warms the alcohol scent translates to the flavors as well. This is a fantastic brew, I just hope to get back to Maine soon to get some more.

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Photo of cleeze
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is my first actual review of this wonderful creation of pure goodness.

Now could this brew be any blacker? It poured a dark as night black color with a thick frothy tan head that lingered for a quick new york minute. Decent lacing too.

Smell was very complex. Mix between vanillia, dark malts mixed with some coffee with some chocolate in the mix!

Taste was just amazing as the smell. Dark malts and coffee up front with a killer vanillia touch! And you can't forget that chocolatey goodness! soo yummmy I'll have another!

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