Cadillac Mountain Stout | Bar Harbor Brewing Company

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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 ccrida
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber I received in trade a few months ago (thx tprokop7!) and have cellared since. Poured into an impy pint, Cadillac Mtn. Stout is a dark blackish brown with a very foamy, nitro like body that quickly settled to a massive, creamy tan head that's tight and rocky settling and leaves nice and heavy sheets of foamy lace. How they pulled that off without a widget I'll never know, but sure am impressed!!!

Smell is spicy, herbal hops and chocolate malt, very light, clean alcohol vapors. Not bad, but underwhelming compared to the rest of this awesome beer, which was served at ~55F.

Taste is a fantastically tasty balance of roasted and chocolate malts, (English?) hops, with just a hint of heat on the finish. A touch acrid, a touch sweet, a touch bitter, a touch herbal, and all around awesome. I really can't think of anything else I could ask for from an American stout, wow.

Mouthfeel is oily and crisply carbonated, with a dry finish, but really rather smooth overall, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability is the tits. Wow, super impressed, yummy!!!! This went down like apple pie, and if I had more bombers, I'd probably drink them the rest of the night. While we got some great locals, this one is right up there with the best in class, no doubt!

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Photo of kirok1999
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew #02069
Pours a nice black with hints of ruby around the edge of the snifter. Very active carbonation and a somewhat fizzy head that quickly fades.
Smells very nicely of chocolate, mildly sweet with some coffee.
Taste is a little less sweet than the smell. Lots of mild chocolate, hints of sweet milky coffee, slight dark fruit. Bit of spicy licorice.
A little fizzy for my taste with a dry finish. Easy enough to sip slowly.

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Photo of younger35
4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review #350

Received this brew from tpd975 a long time ago, back when this was made at Bar Mountain. This brew must be a good 2 years old at least. This will officially be my first brew from Bar Harbor. Drank from my Surly Darkness snifter.

Brew # 02061

Appearance- When I read that this brew was described as dark mahogany I laughed. All be damned if it isn't a dark mahogany with a lightly sandy one finger tri colored tannish head that looks soft enough to lie on. The head slowly recedes leaving a spotty cap and thick collar with a bit of lacing.
Smell- Absolutely beaming with loads of milk chocolate and Tootsie Rolls. The most intensely chocolaty brew I've ever taken a whiff of. Chocolate cake batter, fudge brownies and French Silk Pie just ooze out of the nose. Lightly herbal hops hide in the background with an almost piney aspect. Think Andes Mints but not that intense. Insanely vibrant nose.
Taste- Very rich and chocolaty like the nose with plenty of milk chocolate and triple chocolate fudge. Plenty roasty and toasty with some caramel and toffee mixed in with all that chocolaty goodness. A tad on the sweet side with all that caramel goodness but up to a point. It never quite reaches cloying. A light hop is detectable adding that same herbal earthiness that was in the nose. Finishes with a lingering Tootsie Roll like flavor.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is velvety smooth with a luscious creaminess and a light tingly carbonation.
Drinkability- I'm not 100% sure what happened to the 'new' Cadillac Mountain Stout that made it not as good, but the 'old' version is spectacular. So creamy and rich and chocolaty. Big thanks to Greg for sharing the love!

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Photo of germanbeer1
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black coffee-like color with a tan head. The smell is a pleasant mixture of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some sweetness. This beer goes down really smooth and has a rich almost dairy taste to it with a pretty clean after-taste. It's highly recommended that drinkers buy the 22 oz. bottle, because that is the original way this beer was bottled. After Geary's bought the Bar Harbor Brewing Company they switched to 12 oz bottles in order to sell 6 packs, but the beer lost much of it's taste. Now they are bringing the 22 oz bottle back. Great move.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bar Harbor Cadillac Mtn. Stout (bottle)
A: snifter. Obsidian in color. Creamed coffee colored head. Good retention and really nice lacing.

S: sweet raisins, plums, chocolate, and some coffee, hints of black cherries.

T: nice big hoppy stout. Some coffee and cocoa form the roasted malts, big roasted flavors. Some plums, figs, and dark berries. Hints of tobacco.

M: full bodied and very thick. Nice dry feel from the hops. Good carbonation level.

D: great dry stout and well worth getting because it is phenomenal. I see why it won a Platinum Medal.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black with deep brown and ruby highlights. Two fingers of tan head that leaves a creamy, frothy skim of head and lace behind.

S - Milk chocolate, sweet roasted malts, vanilla, whipped chocolate cream. Very dessert like but not real rich.

T - Semisweet chocolate mixed with cocoa and marshmellows. Chocolate fudge, sweet roasted malts, espresso, milk chocolate and a touch of hops.

M - Creamy with light carbonation.

D - A milk stout full of many different aromas/flavors. Very drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with touches of amber around the edges. There was a two finger creamy tan head, with good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a sweet cocoa, some smoke and a touch of burnt grain.

The flavor was earthy and consisted of elements of peat, smoke and a wild sweetness.

The mouthfeel was toward the creamier side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and complex stout.

A perfect pair with the aroma of Irish turf currently burning in my Vermont stove.

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

Got this in a trade with CrellMoset. Thanks for the opportunity to try this great beer!

A- Very dark red/brown body that pours with a nice creme brulee colored foamy cap. Head fades pretty quickly to a thick collar and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass. When held up to the light glimmering red hues shine through.

S-Rich, dark chocolate malt, a faint toffee sweetness, and a touch of roasted malt. Smells robust.

T-Taste is much like the smell. Rich dark chocolate malt upfront with a hint of toffee sweetness and just a touch of toastiness. The finish is all dark chocolate flavor which fades slowly. What is left behind is just a touch of roastedness, chocolate, and toffee.

M-Medium carbonation, and a wonderful smooth and creamy, yet full mouthfeel.

D- I know that this description sounds just like any other stout but the balance here is immaculate. The chocolate is the main character but the toffee and the roasted flavors play wonderful supporting roles. Nothing is overpowering and it all goes down wonderful and smooth...If this were a car it would ride like a Cadillac.

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

Courtesy of CrellMoset 12 oz. bottle poured into glass. Almost pure black with just less than a finger of bubbly and sticky dark brown head.

Nose is full of chocolate, with a hint of vanilla and dark fruits. A bit of coffee and roasted malts.

Very full-flavored, and somewhat earthier than let on by the nose. Slight yeastiness as well, and the chocolate/coffee/fruitiness mentioned earlier.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a nice medium body. This stout may lack a bit in complexity, but it is nonetheless an excellent and very solid brew.

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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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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 1,241 ratings