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 MrNuggets
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Dark with a tan head, quick rise and not so quick fall. By now there is no head, I've been enjoying this for quite a while. Fully smelling of roasted things and some hops. Flavors are stout, everything you could ever any or ask for in a stout right here. Mouthfeel is small, i wanted more! At least it's drinkable.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to purplehops and purplehats for the bottles.
Pours deep, dark maroon with black streaks throughout. big, light tan head on the pour settling to a 1/4 inch and producing spotty lace.
Aroma is a heavy dose of chocolate with roasted malts and nuts and some strong coffee notes.
Flavor has a solid chocolate taste rounded out nicely by roasted nuttiness and malts and a gradual crescendo of coffee bitterness. This beer is all about the chocolate though - Wow !
Mouthfeel has sweet malts predominant but the slightly chalky and charcoaly roasted notes and coffee bitterness provide excellent smoothing and roundness on the palate. One of the most well-rounded beers I've sampled in awhile.
Drinkability is very high. As good a balanced stout as I've sampled, near perfect balance.

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Photo of clvand0
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was brought my way by SheepNutz in a 22oz bomber. Pours a very dark color with a tall tan head that falls very slowly and leaves lots of lacing. The aroma has a very malty character with roasted malts, dark fruits, and chocolate. Very pleasant. The flavor is much the same. Roasted malts, dark fruit, chocolate, expresso. Thick and smooth. Excellent stout.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a deep midnight black color with three fingers of light tan head. A shitload of lacing. The smell is very malty. Lots of roasted malt and coffee aromas. It really fills the nose. The taste has a great burnt malt and mocha character. Some espresso bitterness and a hint of hops on the finish. The body was just a little light and oily. The drinkability is flippin' fantastic. Damn this beer is good.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a jet black color wtih 3 fingers of tan head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is a nice mocha with some hints of dark fruits, raisins and figs. The flavor is mostly chocolate with some undertones of coffee. What a nice drink. The feel is somewhat thick. Drinkability is excellent as well. I want to keep drinking this one. An excellent selection if I say so myself.

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Photo of mikeys01
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unionmade for this black beauty. This midnight Caddy pours out blacker than blacktop, and festooned with a viscous dark tan head so thick it could be a meal in itself.
Aroma oozes sweet molasses and just a hint of herbal minty hop aroma, Northern Brewer perhaps? Busy is quite full but the phenomenal flavor of this beer makes it dangerously drinkable for a stout this big. Flavor is smooth and chocolate-mocha, with perfect roastiness. There’s a nice bitterness in the finish that I didn’t really expect in the just slightly dry finish. As the beer warms I detect a bit of port-esque fruity tartness as well. This is a beer to be savored indeed…..

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Stout, Batman! The Bar Harbor Brewing Co. has crafted one magnificent brew. It is supermodel stout with ponderous opacity, and a thick creamy head. The chocolate and coffee aroma is nice, if a bit subdued. The flavors are exceptional with chocolate and mellow coffee notes dominating a brew with a bit of a dry-sour dough finish. Its exquisitely well bodied and I would like another ... right now.

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Photo of SchmichaelJ
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked up a 22 oz bottle of this stout at the only grocery store I could find in Bar Harbor. It was really quite painful to have to wait until it was chilled, but once I popped off the cap, I knew it was worth the wait. The beer poured a dark, almost black color with a frothy, tan head. Great retention and lacing on this one, and the overall appearance was captivating. A heavy roasted malt smell was mixed with some subtle floral notes and hop spice - complex enough to be a challenge to discern, yet reserved enough to remain inviting. The taste of this beer blew me away. A sweet, somewhat dry malt taste vied with a considerable hops assertion, and the intertwine sent me reeling. I actually had a hard time keeping up with where the taste was taking me. Even in the finish, a slightly bitter aftertaste was overtaken by roasted malt and coffee. The mouthfeel was just right for the style - a full body and tickle on the tongue, but not overwhelming to distract from the taste. This is one of the most interesting beers I've had in quite some time, and easily one of the best stouts I've had. Excellent.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Popping the cap, I see I need the glass quick. The initial pour is three quarters of cascading dark tan foam. After a bit of settling, I continue to pour, slowly coaxing the "mountainous" head above the rim of the glass. It gradually contracts into a level table top.

The nose is delightfully dominated by chocolate. Might want to compare this with chocolate milk.

Chocolate leads the troops onto the tongue, establishing a beachhead, and not letting go. Bit of coffee stalking around the edges. The hops step up right before the finish, adding a bit of Hershey Special Dark into the mix, just as the roasted coffee steps up its' prescence. It's all rich and dark and sweet and bitter and...

A perfectly acceptable mouthfeel. Wonderful drinkability.

This is a deligthful stout. Cadillac Mountain might not be a good enough name...How about Rolls Royce Mountain ?

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of PPoitras.

Pours a murky black with a nice and precise 2 finger head. Retention is only okay, but the lacing is very nice.

Smell is malt, chocolate, and more malt. Perhaps cherries?? Not sure on that one, but I could have sworn I was able to detect that... Anyway, Roasted characteristics abound as well as some caramel and that oh so warming chocolate aroma.

This is a great tasting stout as well. Very well balanced between roasted malt, chocolate, and hop characteristics. While I was not able to detect much hops in the nose, they make their presence known in the taste.

As far as a dry stout is concerned, the moutfeel on this one is incredible. Very smooth with just a hint of dryness in the finish. Very nice.

I could easly have more than one of these in a sitting, but unfortunately it is not available in my area. Thanks go out again to PPoitras!

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Photo of merlin48
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very difficult to find, even in Maine, but I finally found a few bombers at Gilbert's, on Main Street in Ellsworth. This stout pours as dark as a foggy night on the Maine coast, with a huge, light brown head. Lacing is profuse, and coats the imperial pint glass with sheets and patches.

Aroma begins with bigtime, roasty malts, evidenced by a strong whiff of fresh brewed, Kona coffee. A hint of English walnuts adds to the roastiness, and a good measure of floral hops(lilac?) jumps aboard, as well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and coating. Very smooth and nicely carbonated.

Excellent taste that never yields a weakness throughout the 22 oz bottle's pour. Chocolate and coffee maltiness abounds, with plenty of floral, and, at times, herbal hops to balance this excellent stout.

Very nice complexity, and worthy of its acclaim. Very, Very, tasty, and incredible drinkability. By far, the best of the many Maine brews I enjoyed.

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Photo of dave750
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color with a tall fluffy head that leaves brown lacey rings on the glass. A sharp roasted coffee and mocha aroma with a minty bite matures with a the addition of a deep chocolate influence.
A bold roasted malt and chocolate initial flavor remains throughout but weakens slightly at finish. A bitter herby hop taste with a touch of spearmint joins in at midtaste and stays to the end. Fades as a toffee flavor emerges. Excellent carbonation.
Not an overly complex beer, but it's very well balanced, straight-forward flavor is excellent. A very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As close to opaque as you can get in appearance. Thin, light, airy brown head sits on top and is well retained. Lacing comes in rings and is moderate. Bready yeast notes mix with roasted malts, chocolate and seemingly cascades on the nose. The mouthfeel is slightly overcharged. Not horribly, but noticeable. Body about medium. The flavor does not follow suit with the nose. I was so damn eager to dip my wick into this one after smelling it and was let down. Everything is really held in check. Not a lot of anything going on. Some very light bitter roasted tones and chocolate and milk sugar. But that's about it and it's very light. And there's a slight astringent, stale aftertaste. I hope I can retry this again sometime in the future. Hopefully this bottle was just not up to par for some reason. Otherwise, I'm just not a believer.

Gotta thank tavernjeff for the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber bottle. Pours dark brown like a varnish. Foam overtakes glas at first filling over 75% of the glass. Eventually the head dissipates but takes a long while. Aroma doesn't leave much impression other than a charcoal like smell. First sip reveals that the head is pillowy soft. The beer is highly drinkable very soft and low in carbination. Mouthfeel is of velvet. Taste is of charcoal with a sweetness present.

At first I thought it was a little like an imperial stout but doesn't have the alochol presence and is much easier drinking. Sweetness more present but balances out roasted bitterness taste. Not a classic coffee or chocolate tasting stout. I'm glad this is a bomber because it goes down so easy. I could definitely have more than one. I can see why this is in the top 50.

Thanks to trbeer (Tim) for providing the bottle.

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

With a lot of mislabeled stouts out there, this one comes real close. Definitely not a porter, too reserved for an Imperial stout but I would not put this in the dry stout category as per the label. To me, at least, this is a solid sweet stout.

Pours a thick black, no light transmission, with a medium brown/beige head. Aroma is porterish, malty, a slight vinous nature and faint chocolate notes.

Taste is robust, malted milk and coffee. Smokey, dark roasted malts, slightly sweet like sorghum. Dark bittersweet chocolate flavors somewhere in the background. Also licorice, amaretto or some other liqueur elements present.

Silky smooth, creamy velvet texture, full-bodied and heavy on the palate but with a clean finish containing only a hint of acidity. A bit sweeter than I prefer but an excellent stout, no flaws at all. Many thanks to kfoss99 for introducing this beer to me.

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Photo of jackndan
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cadillac Mtn. Stout: In a 22 oz bomber bottle, thanks Benjamin. A vigorous pours results in a huge head in my Imperial Pint glass, but it dissipated very quickly, leaving a slight covering. Inky black is revealed to be a beautiful ruby red when held up to a weapons grade light. Interesting and extremely pleasant aroma, with coffee and toffee present. The taste is terrific, initial sweetness develops with a nice blast of roasted flavor as well. Sweet aftertaste lingers, with a bit black licorice as well. Nice taste, easy to drink and well worth it. Pick it up if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with bennybrew. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed an 1" of dense light brown head, and laced well. Barely translucent dark brown/black hued brew. Dark malts combined with a slightly effervescent some what fruity aroma make up the aroma. Taste is is mainly of the dark malts that you'd expect, and is accompanied by a pleasantly warming taste of alcohol. A brew that lives up to the hype.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackest ebon hue, save for the red at foot of glass, with a fine, fizzy, roasty tan head, generously lacey.
Aroma: bits of coffee, and cocoa, very dry, offering up flavors, but never too boldly, with a carbonated, cola-ish feel, as well.
Taste: Nice, bristling hops at the fore, soon to fade, and settle back into a light, crisp, chocolatey cushion. Gets more coffee & cocoa, further in, never straying from the dry stout definition, but probably further defining in, saying, "yeah, this is it, no more questions!"
Yum. As a stout-ophile, stout-fanatic, whatever you want to say, this fully fits the style...but, personally, I like divergences and differentiations from the norm, so it doesn't "wow" "dry" version, though, and an excellent "session stout"...not enough of those around nowadays, is there?
Flavor feels more solid the more I consume, and I've got to give this a nod as a top notch version of a neglected style...slainte!

Big thanks to purplehops for this gift! You da man!

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Photo of kfoss99
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 pint 6 oz brown bottle, little sticker on the back says “Brew # 01493.”

The stout pours black with a huge coffee-ice cream colored head, that’s so thick and smooth it looks like a nitro pour. Leaves a thick clingy lace.

Sweet-roasted notes smell “thick” but are quiet, it creep slowly through the nose and seems to linger. A more familiar hop aroma appears as the head dissipated.
Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation
Sweet roasted flavors are joined with a mild hop presence in the finish. Gets sweeter as it warms. My mother makes a chocolate cake that compares to this stout.

I’m happy this is my first stout review, this is the yardstick I’ll compare all further stouts I try.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber highlighted dark brown, sits in the glass like used motor oil, dark, heavy and blackish brown. Gorgeous crown of tan whipped foam grows up to about an inch and slowly fades down to a very heavy skimmed cap that never leaves, big inky globs of lace stick.

Charred nose of slight coffee and chocolate. Has a good roasty tone with some sweetish bread notes seeping up and a softer, supple fruitish banana-lime dullness, seemingly complex but overall a bit to soft. I kept waiting for this to wow me in the nose but nothing doin'. It changed slightly as it warmed to room temp with a bit more coffee-espresso hinted roast quality and some vanilla.

Taste has an oaty sweet front with some chocolate covered nuttyness and lightly present subdued/dulled fruits of yellow raisin and banana. Roasted, charred-like malts sweep in and slap the sweetness out about midway where a base of coffeeness takes over. Finishes with a good mix of leftover sweetened oats, coffee, and chocolate and bits of peanut skin-like drying and astringent roastability play over the top of everything. Intriguingly complexing and yielding with flavor.

Feel is favorably smooth and silky, nearly full and well rounded with a beckoning sweetness just begging to get past the roasty coffee which does take place very late in the finish. Wait for it cuz its altogether delicately decorous. A predominant drinker for sure, smooth and sweet with just the right amount of handable roast.
Thanks to purplehops for the bombers!

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Photo of PartyHatjo
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn, this is one mighty fine beer...
This was the first NCAA victory beer I received, and had it the day after I got it. The stream of liquid from the bottle had a reddish brown tint, but when it settled in the glass, it was black. The head was tight and tan, and thick as can be. No disappearance of the head throughout the entire session.

The smell was strongly of roasted malts...chocolate was quite prevalent in the nose. Hops lingered in the background, but maltiness was definitely at the forefront.

Taste was unfuckingbelievable. Definitely one of the most delicious stouts I've ever had. The first taste was an initial sweetness with chocolate punching through a very light hop flavor. Toffee hints snuck in before the second sip was taken.

The beer was creamy and coated the throat; it could easily have been taken to sooth strep. It had plentiful body, and perfect carbonation. Alcohol not present in the taste at all.

I finished the bomber in no time...and was disappointed that there was no more. I need to find this beer here in Jersey, the only thing that comes close as far as regular stouts is Basil T's up in Redbank.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brew # 1415. This is a great stout. It pours a deep blood red/black with creamy, dark tan head. Rich chocolate and roast coffee aroma with some earthy hops hiding in the backround. Creamy, full body holding a wonderfully complex chocolate, sweet malt, caramel, dark roast coffee, and earthy hops flowing together. The finish is long and lasting, slightly nutty and dry. Flavors blended in the best sense, great job with this beer...Highly recommended....Lucky Mainesters..

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Photo of Loki
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle, many thanks to you bennybrew.

Appearance: Trill of smoke curls in the neck of the bottle as soon as the cap comes off. Pours a deep mahogany brown, nearly black with a huge beige head that quickly forms.

Smell: Intense chocolate from the initial pour that is nearly overwhelming. After the initial pour the chocolate is tamed a little as the scents of coffee and roasted malt roll off the Mountain. Hints of carmel, toffee, and hops help scroud the mountain in a aroma blanket like a thick fog.

Taste: Sweet roasted chocolate malt. Like fresh from the dairy chocolate milk with dark chocolate. Subtle coffee flavors remind me of fine chocolate covered coffee beans. A slight coffee bitterness helps to balance the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creaminess, with a smooth coating like milk. Slightly dry finish, but not compared to most dry stouts.

Drinkability: Complete. The sweetmalt, chocolate, and coffee flavors make this a top beer in my book, no matter the style. Wonderfully drinkable, if this was available here I would drink it everyday.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle served chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet. The fifth beer of the Greer, PintOfAle, AragornUnplugged, and ManekiNeko "Release the Wisdom" beer tasting. Bottle provided by PintOfAle.

Appearance: Dark dark black with brown highlights that poured out a bit like some used motor oil. A light brown head formed and stuck around for a few sips before it decided to settle down to a small layer of thick and creamy foam.

Smell: Rich roasted malts, prunes, and coffee aromas are quite prominent. Mild vanilla notes. Damn fine. Damn Damn fine.

Taste: Chocolatey sweet roasted malts with vanilla aftertastes. In-farking-credible.

Mouthfeel: Earthy and robust, yet still silky smooth. Soothing.

Drinkability: Um... who do I have to kill to get some more of this? Must I bow down to Ba'Haaabah and sacrifice goats? I want a case of this, and I want it yesterday. Only bested by Oak Barrel Stout, IMHO, but it was a close match.

Went great with some dark Belgian chocolate.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a deep, motor oil brown, nearly black, topped with a thick taupe froth. Almost opaque, with a haziness that denies much light passage. The head settles into a thick film upon sitting, hanging on until the last 1/4 of the glass, where it dies into pretty much nothing. Nice sticky lace sheets down the glass until about halfway down.
The aroma is dominated by a strong burnt coffee roastiness. Plenty of black and chocolate malt, adding a touch of cocoa and burnt toffee. Mild fruity esters come through, with mild fig and plum fruitiness. Slight sweetish yeast and barely perceptable earthy hopping. A vaguely vinous quality adds a luscious, blending smoothness.
The flavor starts immediately with a bold, burnt roastiness. A touch grainy, leaning towards black patent malt, burnt coffee and chocolate provide a bittersweet maltiness that dominates throughout. A bit of toffee adds some sweetness, moving into mild fruitiness in the middle. Hints of fig, plum and raisin soften the malt, moving into the finish with a mild sweetness. The hops are barely present, just a sprinkle of earthy, herbal flavor without much bitterness. Yeast and a bit of earthiness contribute to a powdery dry finish, a touch of black cherry right in the end. Burnt malt lingers on the tongue with a hint of fruitiness, sticking to the palate for ages. Very easy drinking, with super soft carbonation reminiscent of cask ale. A dryish, slightly powdery mouthfeel. Medium bodied.
Easily the most complex dry stout I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. If this isn't the closest thing to perfection, I don't know what is. Maine is hiding a gem of a beer bigger than the hope diamond. Get it if you see it.

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Cadillac Mountain Stout from Bar Harbor Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 1,217 ratings.
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