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 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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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on November 28, 2013.

The pour is a deep dark brown color with a long lasting beige head. Very inviting.

The aroma is full of dark and chocolate malts but no booze. And also no hop character to speak of. Just a clean, chocolate note. No coffee even though this is stout.

The body is medium but also creamy.

The taste has a pleasant chocolate malt character with a mild bitterness at the end. It is a beer that has won some awards and it it is easy to see why.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a creamy root beer colored head that just floats on the blackish beer with bubbles so fine they disappear into infinity.

Aroma is a subtle roastiness. Smells fresh, alive. Vinous, with a touch of fruitiness tucked in there. Waaaay in the back. The taste is a creamy slightly sweet oh god it just slipped like smooth and velvety down my throat. But not like velvet. It's like the carbonation is so fine and light that you get this amazing mouthfeel. Oh, but the taste is a subtle creamy sweet light roastiness with hardly any hop flavor and mostly light coffee (the way coffee with a little milk tastes, or coffee milk, if you're from RI) and in a way, like milk. This beer tells you you are drinking something special, something good. Slight roast malt sourness inthe aftertaste, but even that makes you aware of the complexity. Some bitter chocolate.

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

Beer is jet black with a moderately-sized tan head. Head fades fairly quickly.

Nose strongly contains roasted malt, along with coffee and bitter chocolate. A bit of anise. The roasted scent is nice.

Taste is similar to the nose. Strong roasted malt flavour, a bit of bitter coffee and chocolate. Again, some anise, but pretty light. A hint of fruity hops, pretty subdued. Moderately bitter. Full flavoured, quite tasty.

Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, chewy and nice.

Overall, really a very nice dry stout. This beer should take the place of Guinness in every bar out there- there would always be a good choice on hand! Straight forward but very good.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.34/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very dark brown pour with initially a large head that ebbed.

Aroma is basically roasted malt, some coffee.

Taste is on par with a black ale without any hops. Just toasted grain. No cocoa, no coffee, no fuss, no muss...etc

Stout is on the thin side with nothing lasting or coating.

Pretty darn bland if you ask me. Will quench a thirst though. I bought quite a few on a recent east coast trip. The recent reviews were decent enough and the price is low. Will update if anything changes.

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Photo of steverino
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very nice stout. Not as creamy as a Guinness, but very tasty and packs a punch. Lots of head. The first pour was all foam. Had to wait until it died down, then poured out the rest and it was worth the wait. Great flavors of roasted barley and the right amount of bitterness. At under $6 for a 22 oz bottle, it's a great deal! Will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Kendo
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Served warmer than usual on a really hot day, probably around 50 degrees would be my guess - i.e., slightly colder than cellar temperature. Poured - fairly aggressively - from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is black with a half-finger tannish head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Roasty. Hint of charcoal and coffee. Herbal or leafy hops; tobacco.

T: Roasted barley malt, touch of roasted coffee beans and modestly acrid char. A bit of chocolate. Sour cherries on the back end of things. Some sort of hop bitterness finishes it off; I'm thinking more citrus than anything, but it's tough to pinpoint the hoppy bitterness in light of the roasted barley and charcoal-type flavors.

M: Good carbonation levels - not overly active at all, giving this a good modestly creamy feel. Heft is a tad bit thin, but for a Dry Irish Stout, I'm not expecting a full bodied beer at all, so it works.

O: This is really good. Packs a lot of flavor into a relatively light stout. Drinks like a four or five percenter, but packs in nearly seven. Quick buzz is duly noted.

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Photo of TK5150
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2007 or early 2008. Can't remember exactly when I bought this one, but I know its been sitting in my cellar for over 5 years. Original 22 oz. bottle-conditioned bomber produced in Bar Harbor. Lots of yeast on the bottom.

A- In the glass it sits black with a small beige head. Still has some decent carbonation, even after all these years.

S- Smells distinctly of chocolate and coffee.

T- Tastes like chocolate and coffee blended together. Light, somewhat tart fruitiness (cherry or cranberry) at times; probably due to some oxidation. The oxidation is not bad at all, though. On a couple of sips, there was a little something off and the finish ended abruptly, but that's OK. The vast majority were delicious.

M- Very smooth due to the aging. The carbonation is light, but still very much there and is a nice compliment to the smooth nature of the beer.

O- I'm quite happy with how this one aged. I haven't had this one in years, but I'd say I like it more now than I did back in the day (even though I enjoyed it back then, too).

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Photo of Dope
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No idea as to the age, I would estimate 3 years old. Hopefully it's held up.

A: Pours an almost-black with a big thick and fluffy medium brown head. Head fades somewhat slowly, leaving fluffy traces behind on the glass. Top notch retention.

S: Wonderful creamy chocolate and caramel. Hints of bitter coffee. Just a touch of char?

T: Mellow and very creamy chocolate up front. Decent sweetness initially, almost a caramel malt type of sweetness mingling with the chocolate and hints of coffee. Dry in the finish, quite dry with hints of acrid char and bitter dark chocolate.

M: Nice medium body, not too heavy. Very smooth and creamy. Dry in the finish.

O: Held up pretty good given the age and only 6.7%. Super easy drinking, goes down so smoothly. Super smooth and creamy. Proper dry finish for the style. Easily the best irish dry stout I've ever had.

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Photo of jcharisman
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought me back some from here trip up to Maine and I lined one up for the next day. Curiously, every bottle I opened exhibited quite a bit of foam leading me to believe there was something wrong with this batch. So, keeping that in mind I took some tentative sips before really drinking some down. While I do like this beer I have to say that it left me wanting a little more...robustness. I'm a big fan of stouts and I feel like I could drink quite a few of theses - in other words they didn't seem to fill my desire as they seemed to lack a little something that most stouts bring to the table. Still, a worthy beer.

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Photo of Etan
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle.

A: Smooth black with a ring of cocoa-colored foam.

S: Pleasant roasted grain, a bit of lactose-like sweetness, a bit of coffee bean aroma. Hits a really nice balance between sweet and roasty that a lot of stouts miss.

T; Dry roast, lightly burnt cocoa, dark chocolate, cream, more mildly charred grain, a bit of piney hop bitterness throughout.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with a silky, airy aspect to it.

O: Very nice dry stout. Well-executed in all categories.

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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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