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

Beer is black / brown and forms a thin head of brown bubbles. No lacing on the glass and carbonation is low.

Beer smells mildly of coffee and a slight roast. Mildly sweet. Smells good.

Beer is medium to light in body and really smooth. Beer is slightly bitter at the back end but finishes cleanly and isn't dry. A very nice tasting beer with high drinkability overall.

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Photo of garbercury
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to portia99 for this generous and appreciated extra, thanks a ton Bill! Been wanting to try this one for a while now...

A--Nice and opaque, lacing is solid and looks great.

S--Coffee is the big thing I get from the nose. Some chocolate too.

T--Coffee and just a twinge of chocolate milk, nice combo, very smooth!

M--Smooth, very smooth, enjoy the subtle mouthfeel of this one.

D--I guess I have been on such an imperial stout kick of late that I may have been expecting too much from this brew, I was going to give it a 4 but I think my palate was not being quite fair to this one, and additionally, I may have served this a little too warm. Either way, this is a very solid brew and in terms of a more subtle, toned down stout, a terrific beer! Recommended...

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Photo of Cabadrin
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed 9 bottles based on BA recommendations when I was in Bar Harbor two weeks ago. Totally worth it.

Pours a very dark brown with a finger of foam at the top. Foam quickly settles to the sides and provides light lacing while you drink.

First taste and I'm shocked at how smooth this stout is. Unlike some others that have a lot of raw roast, sugar, and molasses, this stout is very smooth and sits in your mouth well. Not so much molasses or coffee flavors, but some sugars and roasted smell and taste for the whole way back. Even my wife, who hates beer, said the aftertaste was quite nice.

Definitely worth getting if you're in the area. Unfortunately, they don't ship off the island, so if you're there, grab a case or two.

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Photo of Lunch
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at the Perfect Pour in Columbia, Maryland into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (05/20/10).

A: Pours nearly black and quite thick. Capped with a finger of creamy tan head with great retention and lacing.

S: Aroma consists of lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Some bitter dark chocolate is in there as well.

T:The flavor follows that nose and roasted malt, coffee and chocolate dominating the profile. A nice and rich creamy cocoa comes out along with some sweet and bitter dark chocolate.

M: On the heavier side of medium-bodied with some appropriate carbonation and nice creaminess. Seemed a little gritty as well.

D: Very easy to drink and the 6.7% abv is nowhere to be found.

Overall this was a very nice American Stout that is certainly worthy of its praise. Very glad that they have decided to distribute in my area. Recommended.

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

Received this in my third and most recent trade from nonstick. Thanks again Chris!

Appearance- Pours a nice, not quite completely opaque black that lets a little light in on the edges. Medium pour yields about a finger of tan head on top that sticks around for a bit before dying back to a thin sheeting and then just a ring and some patches. No real lacing.

Smell- Nose is very roasty with an interesting earthiness to it. Starts of with roasted but not overly burnt smelling malts. Continues on with the slightly peat smelling earthiness. Perhaps just a slight bit of bitter chocolate as well. That earthy quality is really quite interesting however.

Taste- The interesting smells follow through into the palate. Lots of roasted malt in the body, along with some mildly bitter dark chocolate. That earthiness shows through quite well also and blends in very uniquely with the flavor profile. Finishes with just a bit of soda cracker.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decently thick though not overwhelmingly so and very appropriately carbonated. For a standard stout, the drinkability here is great. Lots of unique flavors, not to much alcohol, and it really goes down easy.

Overall, a very good stout. Lots of interesting earth tones for me in the nose and palate that really made this one stand out. Try it if you can.

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Photo of pootz
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle:

Pours an opaque black ale with a large sticky brown cap.

Aroma is complex: Cocoa,coffee, figs, nuts, metal, charred husk, light sweetness and fusel alcohol.

Rich silky mouth feel, Big flavors in front feature the roasty-coffee-cocoa-fig profile, midway this develops more complexity. Long viscous finish with a charred-metallic bite at the end.

World class big stout. The key here is complexity....sip slowly and enjoy

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Portsmouth snifter glass. Pours a semi-dark black with a thick frothy tan head with decent retention. Once it settles, remains as a fizzy ring around the rim. Lacing is light and quick sliding.

Aroma is mostly roasted coffee. Slight malts, and that's about it. No booze in the nose.

Flavor is not great, but good. Creamy milk and coffee. Almost resembles an iced coffee. Light mouthfeel, mild carbonation, not boozy in the least. As the beer warms, the coffee flavors become even stronger, but seems to bland out overall. But in the end, a decent stout.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another beer Ive been wanting for some time, sent to me by StormKing47.

A- Classic session stout look. Coffee head that is really pillowy and soft. Black body with ruby highlights. The head fades down but leaves crazy lacing.

S- Smells hoppy. Lots of grass, lemon (almost) and chocolate, raisin and coffee.

T- Very nice. Milky sweet, chocolate is there but very delicate and nice, some coffee and plenty of stout-like fruitiness. Raisins, plums and the like.

M- Full body, milky smooth, soft, creamy. Very little carbonation, dry finish. Its leaves very clean, especially for a stout.

D- Insanely drinkable. I could do a few of these back to back. One of the most drinkable stouts Ive ever had.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours pitch black with a light tan head that fizzes out pretty quickly. A small cloud of fine bubbles and some frothy bubbles is left atop the ale. Some small spots of lacing stay on my snifter.

S- Up front is roasted malts, coffee notes and molasses. I also get some creamy/vanilla notes and a tiny bit of licorice. Some grassy and earthy hops round out the aroma that has good strength.

T- A pretty large amount of earthy, grassy hops strikes me somewhat surprisingly at first. The hops are balanced with roasted malt, coffee and a very slight sour taste. Some vanilla makes its presence known in a beer that might have a tiny bit too much hop flavor for it's size/style.

MF- Light body for a stout with high carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Not very creamy but also not watery, a bit of both. Certainly a smooth, crisp stout. ABV well hidden.

DB- A good price for a stout that has great drinkability. Before it's importation to MA I thought this one was gonna be bigger for some reason. Turns out it is just a dangerously sessionable stout with good balance.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Date: 05/01/2010
Vintage: 2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Usual Portsmouth Tulip

Poured an ink black in color w/ a 1/2 finger bubbly cream head w/ little to no lacing. The nose was of light coffee, roasted malts, and a peat smokiness. What I liked about the taste was the fact that the hop bite was up front and it finished w/ coffee, roasted notes, and smokiness that hung on the palate. Mouthfeel was medium to rather thin bodied. Also, brew finished pretty dry. The drinkability on this one is fantastic w/ enough well hidden ABV to give you a heady feel, but not too much which allows you to enjoy the fantastic flavors and aromas for a substantial sitting.

Overall, great brew! Not really my style of choice as I usually drink bigger beers, but I am glad I purchased a few more bombers as I will be visiting it again soon.

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Photo of morimech
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appears black once in the glass. Just a small head forms and quickly settles to a thin skim of bubbles. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Aroma has hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, and grassy hops. Not the most potent of aromas but smells "stout-like" anyways. Flavor follows aroma with elements of chocolate and coffee. A good malty flavored stout. I detect a bit of hops in the finish. No alcohol is detected. The body is not as full as I like in a stout. Just feels a bit thin and watery and not really stout-strength. Good flavor and very drinkable. Lacking in a few areas but overall a nice beer.

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Photo of silentjay
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an opaque black with two fingers of khaki-colored head that stay around a while and leaves chunks on the glass.

aroma is mostly of dark roasted coffee with some licorice, a bit of baker's chocolate, some molasses and a bit of soy sauce.

taste is dark coffee up front with some chocolate. a bit bitter and burnt. hops are detected as well as some hint of molasses and vanilla.

mouthfeel is kinda light. carbonation is ok, but the finish is more watery than I would like.

drinks ok. would like a fuller, thicker stout experience to accompany the dark malt and coffee flavors.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours an opaque obsidian with a moderate white head, bit of lacing. Sweet coffee and chocolate rule the nose, but very subtle. Sweet coffee and a hint of chocolate are up front. The flavor fades a bit with the lingering finish. The brew is medium in body, mildly carbonated, and a fine brew. An all around great American Stout.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.56/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at Julio's last week, glad to see this available in MA now. 12 oz into a pint glass, this is my 2nd out of the 6-pack. An aggressive pour leads way to a huge (3 fingers or so) tan head, beer appearance is black. Eventually settles down to about 1 finger, very nice and creamy. Retains the whole time, but lacking in the lace department. Smell is unfortunately weak, reminds me of an Irish Dry Stout. Milk chocolate, cream. Not offensive by any means but there's not much to it. It's weird, the first sip is amazing but seems to go downhill after that. I'm getting faint coffee with cream, oats, rich chocolate. A small amount of hops noticeable. Tastier coffee notes appear in the aftertaste. Bitter finish. The taste is decent but overall it seems very average. Mouthfeel is fine, low carbonation, no complaints. Drinks easily and smoothly but I don't think I'd go out of my way to get this again. Overall decent but quite a letdown. If I did a blind taste test I would never guess this beer was in the top 100 recently. If only the whole beer drank like the aftertaste...

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Photo of levifunk
3/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had at Madison, WI BA Tasting #2

appearance - dark, brown head

smell - roasted coffee

taste - light flavor, coffee flavor is of bad coffee. Not sure what kind of bean they used in it. meh. some chocolate and sweetness.

mouth - low carbonation.

overall - i didn't care for this one much at all.

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Photo of reeverbythespeak
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a little hyped up before I tried it, so my drinking experience may be skewed. I think that over-all, it's a great beer that hits the nail on the head of a standard American Stout. However, I did not find anything absolutely outstanding about this beer. There is nothing wrong with it, but nothing extra special for me. Maybe I'm spoiled on Coffee Stouts and Imperial Stouts? I don't know. I can say I think this would be a great fall or winter sitting around the fire beer. I could definitely drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with two inches of brown head. No lacing and light carbonation.

s - Smells of light, sweet chocolate. Also smelles of roasted malts, and coffee.

t - Taste is both light sweet chocolate and bitter chocolate. That's followed up by roasted malts, some light vanilla, and coffee.

m - Medium to full body and light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - I thought this was a very enjoyable stout and very easy to drink. Great chocolate smell and taste and could definitely have a few of these. Would love to have again.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split with sourbatchkid. Thanks for the split.

A- very dark brown bordering on black. Just a hint of glow on the edges when lit from behind. Nice finger or so of coffee and cream colored head that settles to a thin cap of tight foam.

S- irish oatmeal topped with dark brown sugar. Layers of roasted coffee and molasses. Hints of vanilla and cream.

T- toasted rolled oats and black strap molasses. Tastes a bit like postum. Lots of coffee and burt sugar. Mild sweetness but just a touch to balance out the dry roast. Hints of vanilla and maple syrup.

M- medium body and carb. Light on the palate with a bit of linger from the roast.

D- big on flavor but easy drinking and at 6.7 abv this one could go down as almost a session beer if your a big guy like me, but not quite.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to whatever distributor in New Jersey decided to bring this in the state, been lookingfor a while but this may be the contract brewed version.

A healthy looking black that's not the darkest but far from the lightest stout i've seen. Some tootsie roll brown near the edges and a small tan cap on top. The foam seems to have not enough strength to see it through and it leaves quickly without lace.

A nice layer of smells with a big roastiness up front backed by vanilla. Cadillac has a cream like scent backed by a little coffee. IT smells sweeter with warmth and it just smells like a good ol' stout. A dash of chocolate and some coffee. No alcohol to be smelt, although this is a lighter stout.

Well I'm pleasantly surprised at how good this is. I've had many stouts in the same arena and this stacks up. A vanilla cream mixed with roasted malt and a touch of grain. I get some light coffee beans and more of a cocco light taste rather than chocolate. There are some light barely noticable earthy hops on the end with.

Tastes and feels between a Irish Dry Stout and a American Stout, it's right in the ballpark. Lighter than medium with a slick feel going down. Not reallyh coating of the mouth at all, caddy comes and goes. It's not overly malty, so it's not overly sweet. The carb while there, could be boosted up a notch, it's light like the style.

Im glad I tried this, it's not complex but it's something I would seek out from time to time. My favorite part is the french vanilla thing this has going. A light stout to celebrate the end of winter and looking forward for more. I wonder when Bar Harbor is going to come to Philly.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to both rheisler and TonyReaves for this gem, before it finally made it to MA. Now I finally got around to reviewing it.

A: Thick semi rich dark 1 finger head that slowly fades. The beer is pure flawless and lawless jet black color.

N: I could smell it clearly on the pour. Loaded with roasted malts, some coffee accompanying that. That follows with some black patent malt, dark rich malty aromas with hints of caramelization, caramel, and touch of creamy chocolate.

T: Starts with lots of roasted malt bitterness actually. Not super bitter or heavy, but a clear roasted charred earthy malt bitterness. WIth that is the roasted malt flavor, not as much as the nose. A definite charred flavor. Some sweetness with caramelization, caramel malts, and dark rich malts. Perhaps some oatmeal with lots of smooth luscious darkness. It's almost juicy. A touch of coffee with all that roast. Then comes more rich chocolate, and some creamy chocolate. The strong roasty malt flavor adds a touch of acidity and spiciness. Plus a hint of eathy hops.

M: Smooth and semi luscious, lower but decent carbonation.

F: Pretty dry, with just a touch of lingering sweet maltiness. With that is a long lingering roasted flavor, with a little more coffee and chocolate milk. Tons of bitterness and earthy charred malt flavors, with some tangy spicy acidic bitterness. Touch of sticky sweetness as well. With how drinkable it is and lower abv, I could put tons of these back no problem, the charred astringent earthy bitterness takes away from it a little.

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Photo of Ego
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one finger of semi cocoa head rises up and crackles as it settles down, close to opaque, dense as my brother, nice micro bubble cling slides down the glass providing a history of sips like tree rings, except, you know, cooler, because it's beer. good looking stuff.

sweet and slightly roasted malts, smells alot like guiness, some earth tones really add to the over all picture, nothing crazy complex but really nice on this slightly cool april eve.

taste etc...
smooth but a touch light for a stout, a tinge of sweetness lays in the back of the mouth after a few sips, almost distracting to me, the flavor seems less deep and rich than the aroma.not a bad beer, just sort of average.

not bad, a little above average, the flavor dissapoints a bit.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle. Got in a trade with VanillaMike I think....

A- Pours a black color but when held to the light can see some brown hues on the sides of the glass. One finger mocha colored head comes up and goes back down rather quickly for a stout. No real big lacing it as it falls back into the beer. Not a bad looking stout at all.

S- This smells amazing...big roasted malts upfront. Some light cocoa powder mixed in with a bitter chocolate aroma. Some roasted coffee with a little something else just can't put my finger on it.

T- This beer is so drinkable! Nice roasted malts smack you in the face before calming down into a chocolate bitter sweetness. Light coffee notes dance all around the beer. This drinks more like a milk stout with a light bitter hopping just thrown in there for good measure.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate with light bitter hops and chocolate flavor in the aftertaste. A tad watery feeling in the mouth is my only real bitch about the mouthfeel. Flavors blended together very well and stood out when needed to.

D- This beer drinks very good. The ABV is low enough to make this a couple bomber beer before going to something else. I have always wondered what made this beer get so high of ratings before and now I understand....this beer is very very well made!

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Photo of vacax
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a sparse whitish head. Smells of raisins and dry roasted barley. Tastes vinous with light amounts of roast and raisin. I don't know what it is but why is it so many highly rated beers are rated highly purely because of their similarity to wine? This is a good tasting brew, solid for a regional brewery. Feel is on the lighter side than I want, carbonation is medium-full. There are some good, clean flavors here and fairly light body makes it easy to consume. This is probably the best element of the beer, it is a stout with good flavor but also something that can just be drank. I'll drink to that.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great xtra from macmaster761, Thanks!!!

poured into standard shaker glass.

A: comes out of the bottle just about black. Some ruby highlights when held to the light. Two fingers of head from a heavy pour.

S: Somewhat difficult to locate. Black patent malt. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate.

T: Milk chocolate. Fresh roasted nuttiness. Some coffee. Nicely hopped to balance everything out. Very nice.

M: Perfect carbonation level. Proper level of viscosity for the style.

D: High. I could definitely see myself having several of these in a sitting.

My first offering from Bar Harbor and its a good one. In this era of Imperial everything, I'm happy to find a nice well crafted stout that is nice and easy to drink and holds my interest at the same time. Very happy to try this.

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Photo of sk8man121
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours an interesting, fairly light brown that settles jet-black with copper edges. Head is tiny to say the least and leaves absolutely no lacing.

S: Strong smell of espresso and dark chocolate. Tons of roasted malt sweetness. Super inviting.

T: Campfire, roasted malts and coffee are all upfront. The finish is so hard to describe - the only thing that comes to mind is BBQ. Seriously.

M: Fairly carbonated for the style, but it works very well. This is a silky brew that I'm pretty sure will stick around until I brush my teeth.

D: There's a reason why people "from away" seek this out like it's nobody's business. The funny thing is, I can get this for $1.89/12 oz at the corner store and - up until recently - never knew it was so highly regarded. In fact, I steered clear of it for months! Glad I came around.

A session stout if there ever was 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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