Beer Lover (23) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2002
The most popular draught beer in Bar Harbor, ME. This beer is a Mild by style, and is one of the best domestic examples I have ever tasted. This is the ultimate session brew, a beer to drink when you want to drink quite a few. Mild is a very underdone style here in the US, and it has seen a major decline in the UK as well. That is a shame, because this is a wondeful beer style. Milds are low in alcohol, lighter in body, and mild in hop bitterness. This is a nutty, slightly sweet malty brew that will slake the thrist of the hardest working coal miner, or the most seasoned beer lover. Fantastic stuff, seek it out. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 2, 2006
On draught at the brewery in Bar Harbor, this beer is incredible. It pours at a number of bar and restaurants in Bar Harbor, and is the most popular draught beer on Mt. Desert island in Down East, Maine. Stylistically this beer is billed as a Nut Brown Ale, but it tastes more like a Mild to me, and a very good one. Bar Harbor Real Ale pours to a beautiful, slightly murky brown color with a nice tan head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent with lots of good sweet malty and nutty malt aromas. The palate is full, but by no means hefty, with good sweet malt, pale, and nutty malt flavors. Some light flavors of estery fruit play a supporting role. This beer finishes with more good sweet and nutty flavors up front, then ends with just enough flowery hop bitterness to balance the cloying nature of this beer out. Contract bottled version from Ship Yard is quite good as well, but not as impressive as the Atlantic Coast brewed version in Bar Harbor. Well worth seeking out if you are in Maine, or markets where Bar Harbor Real Ale is sold. dangelicom1 (17) - Shelton, Connecticut, USA - AUG 25, 2008
I thought that this ale was great. It looked much darker then it tasted. It was very clean, refreshing and tasty. It was one of the best brown ales that i have tasted in a long time. It was hopped but defiantly not overhopped.i would highly recommend this brew awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 31, 2005
This is a great ale, it could become a real classic with me. Perfect body, great balance between malt and hops, finishes with delightful cleanness (is that a word?). natepost25 (7) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011 does not count
I tried this beer at a taste testing at Atlantic Brewery company in bar harbor maine. I also order a 23 oz at a restaurant in bar harbor. Apparently this is the number 1 beer in Mount Desert Island in Maine. The beer is a dark brown ale that is bursting with flavor and refreshing. I had the beer with a lobster bisque and I thought it was a really good meal.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Had this on fresh off the tap at my uncle’s house in Maine, down the road from the brewery. Sat around drinking on a lake in the moonlight. Nice brown body, hazlenuts on the nose, light hops provide wonderful balance. One of my favorite beers ever... but it could be because I was having so much fun while drinking it. dlovell2 (2097) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Brown color with light tan foamy head. Roasted malt aroma with some caramel. Caramel malt flavor some roasted flavors. Very smooth. BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 Scored this at Total Wines in Jville. Leather brown pour with some red hints. Lots of malts and mild hops. Some faint coffee hints and a little licorice it seems. Nutty aftertaste. Far better than the run of the mill competition.....update. Is this a stout or a Brown Ale? You couldn’t tell it’s so good. I can’t believe this isn’t rrated higher. ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2004
Nice rich carmel taste, nice amber color. I chose this as my beer for the night last time I was in Bar Harbor and it treated me very well. Great flavor, and not very filling, a good all around beer and a perfect flagship ale for a local brewing company because it has a good classic flavor, but doesn’t try to be too different. Very smooth and easy drinking. Everytime i see this on tap from now on I’ll be sure to have at least one. BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2006
I was very impressed with this beer. It looked nice, dark with a little head. The taste was strong, but not overpowering, well-balanced and delicious. Brown ales are generally not my thing, but I’d make an exception for this one any day.