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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Best before: Dec-24-2015

Pours an impenetrable black with a little half finger of fizzy brown head that drops to an even film to a ring. Little retention; a couple spots of lacing. (3.25)

Nutty and slightly toasty. Dirty old wood in a shop, leather, toasted nuts, hard water, chocolate. (4.25)

Wow. Smooth, sweet, mocha cherry wave through your mouth; dark fruits, some weak coffee, roast nuts. (4.5)

Thinnish with light carbonation and a medium-light body, slowly, roasted finish. (4)

Really tasty dry stout.
This is an okay looking beer that seems to be pretty much a textbook example of the style otherwise. The aroma is the first thing to really pop out. Lots of dark, roasted aromas from the malt. The flavor follows along and the beer as a whole is pretty toasted-tasting with some semi-sweet chocolate, leather and dried dark fruits. It feels a little substantial/creamy and is a definite easy drinker. The only really fault I feel it has is that it is pretty sweet, but it never got too cloying for me, it just verges on being 'sweet' and then kind of fades away in your mouth.
Great beer. I would definitely have it again if I cam across it. (4.25)

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a solid irish dry stout, should come to mind when you speak of the best in style conversations.

Black liquid, brown head. Aroma was chocolatey for an irish dry stout, but not over the top, not to style stuff dumbasses would say.

More of that chcoolate and chocolate malt comes out in the taste. Thought this was a great example of a chewy stout that isn't high in alcohol. Reminiscient of Obsidian Stout in that they both have substantial malt, chewiness, relatively cheap and not over the top alcohol. Would definitely check this out if I could get it out here, thanks to jsilva for throwing this down.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've been around CadMtStout since Suzie and Todd started the brewery many a year ago (they sold it a few years back) and even after selling it's still an award winning beer as their reciepes have been well treated. Smooth, very nice feel, not an overpowering smell.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a black color with a one a finger white to off white foamy head. It dissipates at a nice pace and some stringy lacing graced the glass nicely.
The smell had a dry roasty coffee bean in front of some dry roasted chocolate malt. Light smoke runs in underneath.
The taste was roasty with the smokiness coming in for the balance. Bitterness slides in underneath.
The mouthfeel was about a medium in body. As sessionable as an Irish dry stout can be, well, these aren't the most refreshing of beers, actually they're not at all but anyways the roasty edge and bitterness really hit my tongue nicely.
Overall, this was a really nice Irish dry stout that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great stout that finishes extra dry. Pours coal black with a thin khaki head. Moderate amount of carbonation that mellows as it warms. Aroma of wood, barley, baker's chocolate and grains. Taste follows suit with heavy barley and oats; leads to a snappy, very dry finish. Way more more bitter than sweet. I'm more of a fan of stouts that present a sweet/bitter balance and aren't as dry, but this was very good.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Near black with slight light penetration along the edges. 1/2 finger of creamy tan head dissipates quickly.

Roasted barley, licorice, caramel, and raisin.

Raisin, roasted barley, and caramel. Molasses, black licorice, and milk duds. Finishes with hints of earth.

Medium bodied, smooth, sweet, and slightly sticky.

Very sweet with lots of dark fruit. A very nice Dry Stout.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful just-shy-of-black. Beautiful but thin dark brown head.

Nose presents chocolate and plum. A touch of coffee and some surprising alcohol given it's ABV.
Ashy bitter with notes of dark fruits and chocolate and a touch of coffee. Doesn't push any corners but really solid. Well done take on a style that too often underwhelms. Maybe a bit thin/overly carbonated, but on the balance I'm a fan

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Photo of MarkLinton1
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I will start with Amazing! First Bar Harbor Brewing offering I've ever had. One of the best and most unique Stouts I have ever had. Pours almost completely black with some red highlights. Creamy tan head with light lacing that fades quickly. Upfront tastes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Fades to plum, raisin and toffee with roasted malts and smokey notes. Just a bit of hops with a dry easy finish. Very complex yet extremely easy to drink. A new addition to my top ten beers. I highly recommend that you give it a try if you can find it. Picked up a six pack at Giant Eagle Market District in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of Bone53
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown pour with a mahogony tent around the edges when put up to the light

Smell: A nice blend of subtle coffee and chocolate notes with undertones of dark fruit. Maybe some liquorice as well

Taste: I get that coffee chocolate blend upfront with a slight dark fruit and tobacco-like finish. I may also be picking up the slightest touch of smoke throughout. Tasty and complex

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth and creamy going down with prickly carbontaion mid- palate, and a moderately dry, bitter finish

Overall: This is easily the best Irish dry stout iv had, and its an American beer. I think thats quite an achievement. Im not typically a fan of this style, but this one is an exception. Its very complex as i get chocolate and coffee, and undertones of dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, liquorice, etc. Definitely a world beater in the Irish dry stout category, and its not hard to find at all in western PA as i see it at Giant Eagle and my local beer distributor regularly. Cheers!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone Ruination pint glass
From: Beer Advocate’s SteveB24
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A; Received on Feb. 7, 2015
Consumed: Feb. 18, 2015
Misc.: Best by February 2015

Thanks Steve!

Poured a pitch black color with two fingers of frothy, tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Poor lacing on the sides. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.25)

First smell was some kind of liquor. First thought was bourbon, but that might have been more of a wish. Probably Bailey’s Irish Cream. Also purple grape, dark fruit, plum, raisins, pure dark chocolate, some roasted coffee beans, roasted toffee and dark caramel. Very nice on the nose. (Smell - 4.25)

Taste was just as good. Got dark fruit, plum, purple grape, fig, raisins, dark chocolate, sugary chocolate syrup and toffee. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)

I couldn’t believe how good this was, especially for the style. Very tasty. (Overall - 4.25)

4.19 | 93 | A-

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Photo of SteveB24
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look-black as night, pours a shocking amount of off white head that retains well.
Smell-Bread, subtle coffee and chocolate, pleasant but simple and somewhat subdued.
Taste-Bready malts upfront, nice kick of coffee with a bit of chocolate, a refreshing piney kick, almost reminiscent of a black IPA.
Feel- Light/medium in body but not at all thin, nice, crisp carbonation.
Overall-didint blow my hair back but a very nice take on the style. definitely worth giving a shot.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How bizarre - I never heard of this beer out of Bar Harbor. I didn't think anything happened in Bar Harbor. This beer though was a great find at Bauer as I planned on grabbing a coffee, and this replaced that non-alcoholic idea with something much better. Took it home immediately (hopefully someone else will buy groceries) and poured this amazingly dark beer with little head or lacing. Such a great coffee smell with hints of other things I can't identify (I think I smelled an old tire), but this was so smooth and perfect. Not very alcoholy, but a nice malt balance. This was great. Perhaps I will visit Bar Harbor for some when they get a road.

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

This is just one more fantastic beer on a long list of beers I wish I could get down south. top notch Stout made by very nice people, the fact that they refuse to deal with distributors(crooked a$$holes) is understandable. I miss the old labels for all of there beers. any back to the beer, nice thick head with the classic pitch black body that light cannot penetrate, a very nice toasty coffee flavor with chocolate nutty flavors present, nice smooth and thick mouth feel. a true pleasure to drink

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Photo of tappangordo
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Had this one after several other top flight stouts in the same evening. It certainly stood up to the others and to the hype. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.79/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle pours deep, dark black with brown clingy, lasting head. Nice lacing as this quickly disappears. Toasted and chocolatey goodness. This is first-class stout.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly pure black in color.
The brown colored head faded faster than I expected.

It has a sweet fruity smell.

Initial crispness from the carbonation, but as the beer warms the mouthfeel becomes more creamy.

Tastes of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate.
Finishes dry with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Very complex.


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Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

A - Opaque and black with Garnet highlights. Tan head.

A - Roasted Barley and cocoa. Light boozy alchohol.

F - Chocolate flavor upfront, giving way to slightly acidic black malt flavor and some moderate bitterness.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, slightly astringent.

O - Trying to learn BJCP guidelines and this one pretty much seems to hit home with the Irish Dry Stout catagory. The only thing I don't see described is the bit of alcohol aroma and taste. Bar Harbor Brewing beers were my entry into craft beer and I forgot how good they are. Although I wonder if the quality has gone down a touch since the brewery was sold from the original owners years ago.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT.

Pours an incredibly dark black, with a very small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like chocolate, some dry smoke, really dry roasted malt, and a bit of espresso beans.

The taste is similar. This goes down really easy, big dark bitter chocolate flavors, with some additional dry ashy smoke flavors, very strongly roasted malt, and espresso-like bitterness. As it warms up, near the end of the glass, there's this kind of inexplicable aroma and taste of soy sauce. It's not too off-putting.

The mouthfeel on this one is great, creamy, slightly fluffy, and dry. The body is of medium thickness, with a moderate amount of carbonation..

I've been looking for this one for a while, a personal white whale for me. It's not really rare at all, so I guess I could say it's more like my white porpoise or something.

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Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into an oversized wineglass. No freshness date. Purchased at Craft Beer Cellar (Waterbury, VT).

A: Black with a short cap of light beige head which leaves no lacing. (3.5)

S: Huge chocolate and coffee aromas greet with some prune and fig dark fruit capped with a nice roasted malt character. Inviting to say the least. (4.25)

T: Comes off as sweet but has a rounded flavor that balances the roast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and dark fruit notes beautifully. The chocolate notes span from milk chocolate (mostly in the nose) to dark chocolate (enhanced by the roastiness that grows in this beer) and are the most powerful. Espresso hits next and adds to the bittersweet impression of this beer. The medium caramel is leveled with the prune and sweet fig dark fruit flavors. The roast component comes in last and increases with warming to provide yet another impression of bitterness to counter the sweet fruit and caramel notes. No ashy or acrid flavors and bitterness is medium. (4.5)

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much carbonation, which leaves a more roasted, bitter impression, more than it needs to be. After off-gassing, the feel is creamier and smoother. (3.75)

O: I have been looking or this beer since the yellow narrow Ratebeer ticker book came out years ago, and this beer certainly exceeded my expectations -- I can see how it might be considered an "imperial" dry stout -- it packs a ton of aroma and flavor into a 6.7% beer. Unique in execution and worth looking for.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is a black pour. There is not a lot of head, maybe an inch of chocolate milk colored foam that dissipates rather quickly.

Rich chocolate aromas emanate from the glass along with roasted malt.

The taste is also loaded with chocolate, but the dry finish quickly whisks it from my palate. I am left with a roasted nut aftertaste.

It has a fairly full mouthfeel.

This is a very enjoyable dry stout. The chocolate is the key to this one. The roasted nut finish is a nice follow.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.21/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stout! Pours black as thick coffee with a dark tan head. Smells of coffee and burnt toast.
Similar flavors of char and chocolate in the malt, but has some assertive hops to balance. Thick mouthfeel but not cloying. Leaves the palate when asked to move on. One is enough, but a nice beer overall.

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Photo of illpass78
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a near-black with very minimal tan head. No lacing. Looks dense.

Aroma: Smells of black coffee, toasted nuts, some dark fruits, raisins, and a good amount of dark chocolate. Nice bold, complex aromas.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with dark chocolate and dark fruits leading the way. Alcohol isn't very noticeable. Some pretty good bitterness up front and on the finish. It gets slightly less bitter as it warms. Pretty classic dry stout flavors.

Mouthfeel: This is a big, thick stout. It's a sipper for me.

Overall: This beer has earned its reputation as a sought-after craft stout. Do yourself a favor and find it if you haven't. Bold flavors, good density, terrific aromas. Great stuff.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: not much head on pour, feel down fast... dark brown liquid... no lace

S: roasted barley kernels, fresh ground coffee, bit of a fresh-baked, cake-ish malt... certainly some pungent, earthy, piney, mildly citrus hopping filling it out.... very inviting! like a coffee hard candy with a herbal angle

T: naked, bitter, slightly acrid roasted barley with aggressive, punchy hops... actually, this is quite bitter-hoppy, quite dark lightly-charred roasty, with a tiny pinch of salty-sweetish dark cocoa in the background, maybe some toasted nut... roasty flavor matched with ripping hop bitterness lingers long on the palate

M: lightly prickly up front on first contact, solid medium-light-bodied base... not quite viscous - actually, there's an obvious soft, rounded, unfermentables core, but the bitter, biting elements provide a loud buzz, static scrub, but balanced... rather dry in the finish

O: pretty darn good... American sensibilities, for sure... I'd love to have this on tap either around town here or at the brewery... probably won't seek out another bottle though

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Photo of datalager
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Last August my family and I took a Maritime cruise to Nova Scotia, which included a full day stop in Bar Harbor. While there my wife and I made the effort to visit the Bar Harbor Brewing Company, in a quaint semi-touristy location off the edge of the town green. Very nice people there. After sampling a few brews I walked away with a six pack of Cadillac Mountain, which was clearly the stand out among several other good brews. Needless to say I was able to sneak the purchase back on the ship and finally able to enjoy some proper beer while on board.

Just recently I was fortunate to procure two bottles of this excellent ale. Last night I cracked one open and needed only one whiff to remind me why I fell for this beer last summer. It really is just an outstanding representation of the style. Sweet enough with those chocolate and malt notes, but not cloying. There is plenty of bitter hop balance to remove that "too sweet" finish that seems to be the trend of stouts lately.

The pour is typical black, with a hint of brown at the edges, and a soft pale brown fluff on top. Smells are clean and decisive, which enables the cocoa to come through along side fresh yeast and hop notes. Flavors are wonderfully rich, a touch bitey up front, smooth and sweet through the swallow, and moderately dry in the finish.

Overall this really is an outstanding beer. My experience puts this near the top of perfectly balanced darks, and certainly one of the better stouts that I've had.

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Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Black with clear ruby highlights when seen through light. Finger thick tan head receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Sweet dark malt.

t; Dark black coffeelike malt flavor with considerable hop bite. Bitterness lingers in the mouth. , although it mellows out later. Roasty aftertaste at first.

m: Light to moderate.

o: A good stout, but the lingering bitterness at first detracts from the experience, and it seems a bit light on mouthfeel for a superior stout. On the plus side, the relatively low ABV allows a full glass will not put you under, and it's pretty easy drinking, especially later. It's also possible the aging on this particular bottle (it was purchased in early July 2013) did not benefit the flavor.

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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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