Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

Cadillac Mountain StoutCadillac Mountain Stout
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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 mynie
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber traded from deltatauhobbit. Thanks for all the goodies.

Excellent dry stout pour. Completely opaque blackness with a large, retentive creamy brown head.

Smells lightly of perfect medium hops. Hard to get a hop profile like that work with a stout without it overpowering the malt but so far it smells pretty good, big nodes of chocolate perfectly balanced between bitter and sweet.

Tastes like it smells only with a livelier profile. Hops are perfect medium, lightly dry, serving more to compliment the roasted and chocolately malt. Just--wow that's a wonderful balance. I don't got much to say aside from wow, that's a wonderful balance.

Excellent dry stout. This and Three Floyds' Black Sun are 1 and 2. Don't quite know the order, but both definitely constitute the top tier of American dry stouts.

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

this beer pours the deepest black into my gulden draak glass. two fingers of fluffy rocky mocha head pile up on top of the liquid. lots of lacing. the beer sticks to the side of the glass almost.

the smell is of raisins, plums, cocoa & an earthy undertone lies in the nose of this beer. this beer smells complex without being overwhelming.

wow. the taste is chocolate up front. it's all roasty tasting. a bit of bitterness kicks in about three quarters down the tongue before it finishes with a malty sweetness and even a bit of mild alcohol burn (which surprises me). the finish is very dry and the taste inviting. begging to be drank quicker than merited.

the moutfeel is silky and sweet. it's full and balanced. an example for this style.

i could session this or pair it with a fantastic desert. this beer is worth seeking out.

it should be noted that this sample i'm having is a 22 oz. bomber that from what i understand was actually brewed at a different location that where it's now being brewed.

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

Pure black darkness in the glass. A half an inch of tan colored head faded to a slick after a few minutes. To dark to notice any carbonation rising.

A roasted blend of mainly malt with a coffee background. The sweet mix had a very faint hint of hops on the outside edges in the nose. Very nice.

Roasted malt flavors were very strong on the tongue. A very sweet dark cherry flavor mixed with a nice licorice finish. Nice bitterness also cam forward strong at the end.

A very minute touch on the watery side. Flavors cling and carbonation is a nice tingle.

A fantastic choice. Great with a smoked salmon dinner. A true must try for anyone. Worth the effort to hunt down this gem from Maine.

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

Shout out to dschuster03 for bringing a bottle to Darkness Day 2008. Tried a bottle with no discernible date listed on it. Drank out of a paper cup (not the most ideal conditions - but we were outside for hours!).

A - Pitch black with lots of a pale mocha-colored foam that took forever to dissipate.

S - Mostly bread, oatmeal, cream, roasted malts - coffee and chocolate are way in the background somewhere. The smell was quite understated - really had to get my nose up close.

T - A little bitter, with more of the cereal and milk flavor present. Very dry tasting.

M - I think this was the best thing about the beer. Thick, creamy, filling, and very satisfying.

D - A little too bitter for my tastes. I probably wouldn't have more than one of these in an evening.

N.B. - After writing all my notes and being mildly disappointed with this brew I'm wondering if this wasn't the best bottle. Like another reviewer I also noticed that the bottle says "BREWED AND BOTTLED BY GEARY'S BREWING COMPANY, PORTLAND, ME". I'm wondering if this is normal, or whether Bar Harbor brews on-site as well. Finally, it was frickin' cold outside, which may have suppressed some of the beer's character. Hopefully I can try this again under more favorable conditions.

Updated Feb. 1st, 2009 - Tried a 22oz bomber thanks to Dave (d0b).

No change to appearance or mouthfeel. Smell is significantly sweeter, but I'm not sure if warrants any additional points.

I've bumped up the taste to a 4.0 from a 3.5 - the bomber made at the brewery is significantly better. There's more malt sweetness and less of the dry bitterness. As a result of the better taste the drinkability also goes up half a point.

The brewery version is a big improvement.

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

Thanks to stevemcqueenjr for the opportunity. I've been wanting to try this one for some time. Pours almost a two-finger dark brown head that holds similar to meringue (spelling?). Liquid is pitch with no edgings when held to light. Drive-by smells of english hops, milky creaminess, chocolate, some iron, and some cherry meat. To the nose, Northern Brewer hops (described as blackberry by many), bread pudding, chocolate, dried kindling, cherry, mild black malt sour, day-old grass clippings. Subtle in intensity, but amazingly complex.

Tastes chocolate, roast, fruity esters, ending ashy. Waaay to many flavors dancing together in that first taste to describe. Dark grains, fruity esters, hop flavor, and hop bitterness all present in modest levels. The best part is how they are all intermingled. Each distinct, but participating in a greater whole. All this from one sip. Yummers. Mild scorch and a bit of acrid coffee (been on the burner all day...sour acrid biting). Hop flavor is dry grass and berry. Hop bitter is mildly grassy from cohumulone. This mild, but rough, hop bitter blends well with the medium carbonation. Surprisingly medium, because I don't notice how intense until I concentrate on it specifically. I think the carb level is mostly covered by a thick silky mouthfeel. Mild foaming in the mouth. Esters are blackberry, banana bread, and cherry innards (no pit character). A very nice offering. Amazing this brewery seems to consistently make a quality product. Often the hype of some beer is short-lived, but this beer is still great several years after I heard to seek it out.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to sample this famous gem of a beer on tap at the brewery from a famous gem of an island while on vacation with my girlfriend. It poured out an opaque black like crude oil with a big to finger head of foam. The thin, brown cap became rocky after a little while and displayed good retention. Impressive lacing too. Aromas of bittersweet and dark chocolate, lots of coffee and hints of rich soil. The flavors were rich and well rounded, roasted and blackened grains, lots of malt complimented by a rich sweetness like a chocolate cookie. Coffee and brown sugar, earthy and full yet the hints of sweetness keep it from being heavy. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Complex, deep, drinkable correct and worth the drive. I bought a case and took it home to cellar!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.72/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade but I really forgot who sent this one. Whomever sent it, thanks.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Pitch black with a huge, creamy, thick tan head. Wow, this one lasts and lasts. Even a relatively easy pours produces a heavy handed head. Very nice.

The aroma was very pedestrian. Not a whole lot of stoutness to it. All I get is a touch of burnt toast and a wee bit of roasted coffee. I had to search for that, though. Very disappointing.

With such a lackluster aroma, its hard to imagine the taste would be as good as it is. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits, burnt and roasted grains. As far as flavor goes, this one is right on. Perhaps a little less fruit would have done the trick nicely.

A little too much carbonation for my liking for the style. Medium mouthfeel with a dry finish. Crisp on the palate with a nice dosage of coffee in the aftertaste. Easy to drink.

This one was a bit erratic. Nice flavors and wonderful drinkability but the aroma is absent, which drastically changes things in my opinion. A very servicable stout and glad I was able to try it.

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

This is coming out of a 22 ounce bomber produced at the original brewery. Scores will reflect this beer.

Pours a pitch black with a thin tan head off a slightly cautious pour. Roasted malty and molasses nose. Flavor is just magnificent. So smooth. Mellow, but full of dark chocolate. Slight sweet tone. Mature roasted edge. Like I said: smooth. Feel is very smooth on liquid and the carbonation is a bit lower. A damn fine stout. Superb.

(review of same beer from new brewery to follow shortly)

Thanks to grandq for sharing his with me some time back and thanks to brewandbbq for the hookup with another bottle.

And here is the 12 ounce bottle from the new brewery.

Pours pitch black with a tan head. Nose is a bit bright and berry-ish. Flavor is thick, yes. Roasted and bright just like the nose is. I think I can see how the aging can make a difference. Though I'm imagining that this is for sure a modified recipe. Nice enough, but no mass of complexities. Feel is slick on liquid and low on carbonation. Overall I prefer the original version. The question is: is it an issue of aging the beer, or does this new recipe lack? Honestly I can't really say right now. 4s across the board on this one.

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

This stout pours a nice dark ruby color appropriate to the style.

Aroma is chocolate and coffee, one of the better smelling stouts I've ever had.

Taste matches up pretty well with the aroma, roasted malt with chocolate and coffee tones, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style in my opinion, nice medium body with light carbonation.

overall, one of my favorite non-imperial stouts, excellent all around, I would be happy to buy this again.

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Photo of Floydster
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with wkcyr4, thanks for the opportunity to try this Top 100 brew, poured into my Samuel Adams glass tonight

A-Almost black with only some light going through the top, big 1 1/4 inch bubbly light brown head that stayed around, good retention, some lacing at first
S-Dark chocolate, grassy accents, roasted malts, light coffee, marshmallow, cream, faint vanilla, and some milky aromas
T-Starts off with a mild roastiness, some chocolate malts in the middle, finish has some dry notes and also some more cocoa, gets slightly sweeter as it warms and java comes to the surface, more chocolate by the end with a real slight tart but more creamy than anything by that point, decent flavor overall but wish there was some more complexity and uniqueness
M-Smooth, slightly roasted, and dry mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation, fairly thin body for what it is
D-Goes down pretty easy for a stout, no alcohol present in the flavor, can be heavy at times, flavor is clean but not very complex, still very smooth

I sampled this out of a bomber a few years back and remember it being better then, have heard the same thing from people recently, not a great beer but above average, probably just expected too much going into it, do not think I would go out of my way to get any more of this, still worth trying

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A shout out goes to BanditBrewingCo for trading me this one, thanks again!

Presented in a 22 ounce brown bomber with a hand adhered white sticker disclaiming "Brew # 011" on its' side. Colorful label with what I can only assume to be an artists' rendition of the "Cadillac Mountains".

A: Dark ruby to black beer with a huge 4 finger dark tan tan.
S: A nice arrangement of chocolates, coffees and a hint of smoke and semi-sweet, milky creaminess. Nice.

T/M: Clearly, I have been drinking too many "Balls to the wall's" double/imperial/king of all stouts lately, as I was shocked to see how simple and light this was. My palate was likely a bit off, as a result. I picked up the following: Tastes of milk chocolate, moderately roasted malts, light coffee and a little sweet creaminess all mixed with a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Some dark fruits, like figs poked their heads out from time to time. There was a pleasing, light bitterness throughout, as well.

Overall, a nice and solid example for it's style. Enjoyable and easy to put down.

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Photo of scootny
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz stubbie bottle. A standard pour into my tulip tumbler yields a two finger head of mocha brown. It hangs for a couple of minutes and fades to a wisps around the perimeter and a spot or two of lace. A deep dark clear black that I can't see through, but carbonation does not appear to be evident.

Smell is seductive coffee, burnt sugar and molasses. Mild chocolate and cocoa aromas. Sweet dark grains and a light hop floral.

Taste is more superb coffee. Rich and full bodied. The mild malt sweetness fills out and rounds the profile. Faint chocolate and cocoa again but a bigger molasses to back up the maltiness. Hops are mild and dry, leaving a delicious toasted graham cracker on the palate as they fade. No trace of the alcohol

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is gentle and velvety. Light on the tongue.

Way to easy to drink this one. You can kill a whole bunch of these and love every minute of it!

Thanks to Dr. Dogbeer for a truly excellent brew!

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.62/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Black body with not much of a head.

Aroma is an excellent toasted grain, malts, hints of chocolate and coffee. Some light elements of dark sour fruits.

The fruitiness from the nose definitely comes through in the flavor, as it is evident right away. Finishes with smooth toasty grains.

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

Traded from umfskibum, thanks man.

So we're black with dark brown hues around the edges. Big ole frothy head with a beige tint. Appealing brew.

Unique scent. Maybe some black licorice and bitter chocolate. Maybe figs.

Robust flavor. That's the word that came to mind. Some welcome bitterness. Chocolates.

Great feel, highly drinkable. More notes to come as it warms.

Maybe not, the only other note I wrote after the preceding was "never completely smooths out."

Overall: glad I got the chance

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Photo of BMoney575
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9-28-08

Pours super dark down the middle, with some translucent brown around the edges. A thin ring of head sits around the rim, while the lacing is there but doesn't last long.

Smell is outstanding, tons of sweet malt and anise, very roasted and almost aged. Super complex, with hints of oak and vanilla in the end.

Taste is ultra roasty, with loads of coffee and super dry hops. The finish is bitter in a coffee way, and unbelievably dry.

Mouthfeel is very good, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is decent, as the drying finish really is extreme.

Overall, a complex beer and a treat. But, it's a bit too big to keep around all the time.

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Photo of deereless
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid 2 inches of head on a 2 inch pour, light brown cottony head that appears to cling to the sides of the glass, deep brown with edges of ruby - 4.25, S: A very powerful nose involving lots of dark chocolate, espresso, possibly some cherries, sweetness is on the forefront and hints of grain, only the slightest sign of hops perceivable - 4.50, T: Strong flavors of a dark molasses, sweet espresso, some dryness - 4.50, M: The mouth fell of this beer was somewhat of a shocker in that it really lacked body and felt thin - 3.50, D: Overall this is quite an impressive stout, loads of flavors and aromas that pull you in - 4.25

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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark with very nice carbonation, The head is almost 2 fingers, light mocha and leaves some lace.

The smell is nice roasty but also a nice hoppyness to it.

The taste is very well balanced, I see what the fuss is about with this well crafted brew. Very good classic dry stout malt that is hopped to perfection, not over done at all.

The mouthfeel is good nice better then medium body and a good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good this is a must try in this style.

Prosit, Mk

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. This 6 pack is straight from the brewery (thanks to Lisa for bringing this nectar back from vacation). First time I've seen the stubby, twist cap offering (rather than the 22 oz bomber). Pours a black stream with creamy stripes into the glass, with a nice tan head that left decent sticky lacing. Held the pint up to the light and got nothing shining through. Sorry for gushing over this one; it just has been a long long time since I've had an opportunity to drink this.

Smells of bitter chocolate, vanilla, malt, and hops. Not very strong on the nose, though.

This is a yummy one. Deep rich flavors here. Some dark dried fruit sweetness, but you really get that dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla element (dark chocolate covered raisins?), with flavors flowing in smooth, creamy consistency. There is a bit of bitterness, but nothing that lingers. Nothing is in your face. Moderate flavors, and no rough edges. Nothing burnt, biting, acidic, sour, etc. Very well made.

Medium body with mild carbonation. This is extremely drinkable, as the flavors are not cloying any way, nor is there a level of carbonation that is belly filling.

I know there is some contract brewing going on, which hopefully will assist in broader distribution (I hope it won't effect the product). Definitely worth a try, if you can find it.

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


evil black goodness with a funky nose, super hop and roasted...

only caveat is it is a little astringent, not as smooth as the sample I had a few years ago...

upon further inspection, the bottle says 'BREWED AND BOTTLED BY GEARY'S BREWING COMPANY, PORTLAND, ME"

Did not know this was being contract brewed...perhaps that had something to do with it

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Photo of gordavidson
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- A beautiful black beer with a very creamy off white head that has excellent retention.

S- A very clean aroma. Some cocoa malts and vanilla. Not all that pungent or mind blowing, but is appealing.

T- Very clean and eerily tasty. This seems much more tasty and complex than the aroma would lead you to believe. Some cocoa and coffee and vanilla all swirling together in a wonderful combination.

M- Velvety smooth and just the right consistency for the style as to not become overly heavy.

D- I did not have very high expectations for this, but damn... this is amazing. Too bad it was hard to get my hands on some of this, I would be drinking this all the time if it were more available.

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Photo of Jayli
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First and fore most - thanks to the MeniacalOne for this one. He has become my Beer Clause!
This beer pours a dark, dark amber. Looking quickly it looks almost black, but in the light you can see the amber tinge. There were at least 2 finger of tan head that remained leaving decent lacing.
The is a fabulously smooth stout, quite possibly the smoothest I have tried thusfar. Exceedingly smooth, one of the smoothest stouts out there. Dark and full bodied, with fantastic chocolate undertones.
This is a great beer!

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

Pours a dark brown with a small brown head.

Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts and some light coffee.

Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, sweet and earthy. Some dark fruits in the background. Nice light bitterness rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Overall, this is an outstanding stout. Very drinkable. Nicely balanced and quite interesting.

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

a: pours a one-finger khaki head, slow recession with very good retention, the beer is black in color

s: excellent aroma, semi-sweet chocolate melted on fresh marshmallows, chocolate truffles, whipped dark chocolate creme, sweet roast, smooth vanilla, chocolate covered banana, low hops

m: the carbonation is just around medium, with a low-full body

t: rich chocolate malts give notes of semisweet chocolate with some hot cocoa mix in the background, a touch of sugared roast comes out in the finish and lingers with more sweet chocolate barley and a very gentle astringency, subtle coffee bean, gently hopped, delicious...some more woody char-roast would really set this one off

d: downright chuggable for the first glass, but just a little on the sweet side in the finish

from wickedpete, a part of beer-o-cache v1.0, from the original brewery

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours espresso black with rich oak outlined hues. Malted chocolate colored head, creamy and puffy. Head fills in about two fingers and slowly falls leaving a solid curtain of lace on the edge of the glass. Smell is FULL! Touches of fig, plums, bakers chocolate, some earthy coffee, hints of sweet rum raisin cake and brown sugar. Wow, that is a full nose! Flavor is just as full. Caddy Stout hits the pallet full of sweetness, nice rounded hints of bakers chocolate, brown sugar roasted nuts, subtle hints of blue berries, some coffee bitterness that follows with some earthy floral hops. Mouthfeel is not QUITE as creamy as I wish it were, perhaps a bit overcarbonated but that is like making a complaint about the high heels on a drop dead gorgeous blond bombshell's long long legs! So damn complex.

Big thanks goes out to Johhhnie!

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

Pours a nice one and 1/2 finger head with excellent retention and a very dark brown color.

Smell is very complex with chocolate and caramel malts with a nice mintiness and a strong coffee overtone.

Taste is of slightly caramel malts with a nice chocolate maltiness and a nice roasted malt characteristic. Undertones of mint come through with a coffee overtone with a citrusy hop bitterness to balance. The complexity is very ice, there is just a tad too much mintiness and citrusyness and it takes away very slightly.

The beer is fairly crisp and it clings well to the palate. Pretty spot on for the style.

This is a very nicely done stout. I am very happy to get such a great extra in a trade. Thanks to Deuane for this one.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90.1% out of 100 with 1,232 ratings
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