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Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout - Independence Brewing Co.

Convict Hill Oatmeal StoutConvict Hill Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

293 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%


Brewed by:
Independence Brewing Co. visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Redrover on 02-12-2009)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate trying more stuff from Texas that doesn't normally get up Northest. This one gre on me. Lots of roast, smoke, very lacey brown, chocolate.Lots of coffee in the finish. Not as thick as I would expect from the style.Very malty, and a good drinker.
SilverX's bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 18:56:36 | More by Sammy
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JMad

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...
The beer almost jumped out of the bottle when I opened it the color is opaqui dark brown, there was a lot of sediment in the bottle and in the glass, the head was huge light brown and was huge. It smells of roasted, dry, dark chocolate with a tmall amount of sourness. The taste has some dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, and a roasted bitterness. It feels thick, warming, and slightly dry. I cant help but think that there's something wrong with this bottle. I need to try it again, there were clumps of foamy sediment and the smell and taste was a little off.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:12:21 | More by JMad
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slaphappysnark

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to drummermattie02 for including this as an extra.

Pours a beautiful opaque near black, no light passing through, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Smell is rich and almost briny, n a good way, and flavor matches almost note for note. Nicely carbonated, not quite chewy. I'd drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 04:24:03 | More by slaphappysnark
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brewerdan23 for sharing a pour of Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from a 12 oz bottle.

Sticky sand colored foam on a dark, almost black beer. The nose was very chocolately with a fair bit of grain. The beer tasted like dusty cocoa powder with a little bit of licorice. The beer was surprisingly thin and with a dry finish. Not the best, but certainly a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 03:07:53 | More by Soonami
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to Exiled for sending me this one in a past trade as an extra! Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator mug. Poured pitch black with a two finger brown head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, cream, and very subtle oat. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, oatmeal, and alcohol on the followthrough. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. A little much for outside in our current weather but still quite tasty. The flavor on this one is much better than the aroma in my opinion. But that wouldn't be saying too much in this case if I'm honest. Worth trying for sure but that is about it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 13:05:54 | More by thagr81us
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Wisconsuds

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Convict Hill Oatmeal Stout from Independence brewing in Texas. Poured from 12oz bottle into my Silver Creek Brewing oversized snifter.

Dark brown colored ale with a cm of dark brown head. Disappeared quickly, leaving Jackson Pollack style lacing on the glass. Booyaa, art reference!

Smell is dominated by oatmeal + chocolate. Roasted malt takes a backseat but shows up in the end.

Normally I like my stouts to be on the viscous side. This ones a bit thin, but isn't detrimental to the taste. A pleasurable representation of an oatmeal stout.

Mild carbonation tickles the epiglottis. Bam, anatomy reference! Would reach for another, which says a lot about its staying power.

I'll take another,BA Texasclimber. A simple stout that possibly caught me off guard tonight. Good stuff from TX.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 02:00:32 | More by Wisconsuds
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lnashsig

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my staples...I love Independence Brewery and this is one of the better Texas stouts on the market in my opinion.

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black motor oil color, but appears to be pretty medium bodied. A full off-white/tan head fills the glass and the recedes, leaving no lacing. Decent alcohol legs. Smell- dark chocolate, molasses, maybe some faint coffee. Taste- a roasty burnt bitter flavor at the back of the throat, rich carbonation, dark chocolate, and molasses. Mouthfeel- this one is fresh, has awesome thick and rich carbonation to it. Drinkability- for 8.5%, it is amazingly drinkable, with not much detected alcohol warmth. This is also 6$ for a 4 pack, which is an awesome price for a beer this good.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 22:55:43 | More by lnashsig
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours a dark black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark fruit. Quite enjoyable.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, alcohol, cocoa, roasted malts, and coffee. A step down from the smell and heavy on the bitter chocolate and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. I wish it was a little more carbonated.

d - A pretty drinkable oatmeal stout that is heavy on bitter chocolate in the taste. I enjoyed the smell but wish it had been more carbonated. Would be willing to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 17:38:42 | More by LiquidBread219
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OddNotion

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with adam320.
From notes.
Thanks for the great selection of locals!
Poured into my Fantome Tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a one finger tan head on top of a pitch black body. I love the way this beer looks!

Smell: Nice roasty smell, however it is overpowered by booziness.

Taste: I am getting to roast and some booze from the nose, however the booze is much more toned down in the taste, fortunately. I also get some nice bitterness and some chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: While it i creamy which I like in this style, it is a little over carbonated which detracts a little.

Overall: Decent, didn't blow me out of the water but it was certainly solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:49:37 | More by OddNotion
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KeefD

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to twiggamortis420 for knocking off this want! Pours very dark brown, but completely impenetrable by light, with a small khaki head that left light wisps of lacing. Aroma has nice notes of roast and chocolate, a bit of coffee, and slight bitter aroma. Taste is right on par with the nose. Roast is in full supply, and pretty much dominates everything else, although it's not astringent nor bitter. There is a slight bitterness on the back end, but I would contribute it to the hops rather than roasted barley. Chocolate plays second fiddle to the roast, as it's very light, and there's also a touch of dark fruit/raisin peeking through, but only momentarily. Nice, full body, low carbonation, slick and smooth, with a bite of bitterness on the very dry finish. Overall, a really good oatmeal stout, although maybe I wold like just a touch more sweetness to balance out the strong roast. Good stuff. Thank again, Greg!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 15:31:54 | More by KeefD
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was sent in a recent trade. Thanks, Daniel! 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Convict Hill pours jet black, with little to no light shining through. Head is thick and tan, and slowly settles to a couple of millimeters, retaining quite well.

S: This brew has one of the most roasted barley aromas I have ever experienced. Coffee and dark chocolate are also prominent, with little hop aroma.

T: Wow! This beer has a lot going on! Full-on roasted barley character, with notes of dark fruit, coffee, and bitter chocolate. A touch of burnt toast character is present, with an edgy bitterness. Hops are only noticable in the finish, and lend a dry finish.

Notes: Convict Hill is one big-ass oatmeal stout! You don't drink this beer. You chew it. Full bodied, with robust flavor and yet, still manages to hide the alcohol. Silky mouthfeel and a dry finish balance it out in perfect harmony. This is one of my favorite oatmeal stouts to date, and with I had more.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 04:37:43 | More by WYVYRN527
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obrike

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at HEB for 6.49....nice price for such a big beer.

Black as night pour...light brown, big head that stuck around for a while. Ring around the glass the entire time. Nice looking stout.

Quite a tasty smell. Cocoa hits first, then a bit of bitter, burnt coffee....some sweet malt as well. Fresh, enticing aroma.

That's good. Chocolate right off the bat, some bitter hops thrown in as well. Coffee and oatmeal a little more buried, but a very well rounded stout. Mouthfeel a bit thin, but quite smooth...goes down easy. Hides the 8.5 very well...dangerous!

A nice locally produced Oatmeal stout here in Austin. Good to see. Pick this baby up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 23:52:30 | More by obrike
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown almost black color with a very thin coffee head. It disappears quickly leaving a nice thin rim around the glass.

S - A ton of oats and cocoa with some mild sweet sugary/caramel scents. Some very nice earth tones in there with a blast of malts as well.

T - A very nice chocolate malt flavor with some mild sweetness.

M - Feels almost too crisp on the finish in my opinion. When it first gets there it coats the tongue well but seems to fizzle at the end.

O - A solid stout. Smell by far is great in my opinion and the taste does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 02:11:42 | More by brstls4drmrs
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into an Efes tulip. Quick, beige head with clear, slippery lacing. Aroma includes coffee, roasted malt and maybe a touch of yoo-hoo. Interesting. Taste is deliciously smooth with no traces of alcohol. Some malt sweetness noted (yoo-hoo), light flavor of coffee. Tastes more like a milk stout. Either way, amazing for the high abv. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 05:42:05 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Agold

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to lnashsig for sending this one. Poured into duvel tulip. The beer pours with about 1/2 inch of beautiful brown head with good lacing. The aroma is coffee, chocolate, and a bit of caramel sweetness. Really great start for this one. The flavors are great as well, although they are not quite as robust as they are in the aroma. The beer has a great creamy mouthfeel with a very fine quality to the carbonation. It is very pleasant to drink. I am a sucker for stouts and this one delivered.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 22:03:50 | More by Agold
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Andreji

Colombia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, again kudos aschwab for bringing this thing to Bogotá for me.

Now the convict hill wasn't what I expected but can take the claim it is even better. The bottling is deceitful because, whilst the bottle itself is very dark, one seemingly gets the feel the liquid within is clearer.

It's not- first thought as I started pouring it was "whoa, thick" because it literally looks like tar or car oil flowing, inactive, almost muddy just piling up in my american pint glass in which I tasted it. as it settles, the darkest head I've ever seen looks just as dormant as the underlying fluid, this is a brown-to-black head probably the colour you get from boiling soy sauce. it's extremely dark. and looks almost mousse-like, just stable and quiet, cakeish.

Smell is impressive. It's very sweet but has a balancing bitter feel at some point. I mean, this could easily fool you for a liquid brownie- I need say no more, because that's what this roasty chocolate deal is all about. fabulous smell, very very inviting for a stout. (ok maybe the bitter balance it has makes it rather like magic brownies and not so much your average...)

Taste is great. I'm a big sucker in this world for two things, the both of which this beer has:
1) A well handled sweetness. A beer can go all wrong here, but this thing is virtually a cacao melt with very clearly defined malts, nonetheless, and still a serious, balancing bitter and burnt aftertaste. It practically layers out through the tongue, and is complemented by a bigger than average (yet still mild enough to be an enhancer and not an overwhelm-er) alcohol feel on the palate & nose as you sip it.
2) A coherent smell-taste correlation. I tell ya, when a beer smells sweet and you suddenly hit a taste brick wall with super dry malts, I get a bit pissed. Not here, no sir. The smell is a prelude and heck, maybe an abstract on the beer itself. you know what you're about to indulge in (read above) and you'll love it.

And the mouthfeel? It's thick and oozy, but not as bad as its visual statement suggests. In fact, it can be a fair companion in warmer climates, because it is still reasonably dry if sipped cold, or boozed enough to hit you in winter.

For someone not so big on stouts, I have to say this is the second stout that has blown my mind in the past year (heck even exactly one year after the first, the DFH-WWS), and for my first (or among the first) texan beer, I certainly will hunt this treat down in the lone star state or beyond its borders because, I tell ya, it's worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 03:29:04 | More by Andreji
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Whole Foods. It's basically a big roasty stout with a mild oatmeal edge. It's not overly thick and you could easily mistake it for a ~6% beer. There's a classic malty dark chocolate and java taste with a little dark bread crust taste and sweetness. Not a bad for a winter day, but also not a standout stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 18:59:34 | More by tempest
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle.

A - dark body, no light coming through, medium dark brown head things quickly to a ring.

S - chocolate, light bitter coffee, sweet malts and oatmeal.

T - Definitely oatmeal, bitter coffee, hints of chocolate. rawhide, dryness. a touch of booze.

M - quite smooth, and relatively full-bodied.

D - well, it's ok, but surprisingly hot.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:20:23 | More by ColdPoncho
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff247. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a huge, brown, creamy head. Head is about 2 and half fingers and takes long time to settle down, eventually becoming a half finger tan head about half way though. Foamy lacing covers the glass at first and then slowly slides back down to meet the head.

Nose is a good mix of chocolate, some coffee and a roasted character. Not really all that strong but the aromas are there. There is definitely an underlying sweetness to it as well.

Some milk chocolate leads the way in the taste and it's quickly followed by strong roasted, probably even charred, notes. Perhaps a bit of black licorice is present. Bitter through the middle of each sip with some coffee at the finish, which is pretty dry and crisp.

Medium/thick body with higher carbonation for the style. The carbonation actually feels pretty lively on the tongue. Not sure if it's really that highly carbonated or if it just seems that way because I'm used to a lower carbonation from the style. The mouthfeel wants to be rich, creamy and smooth but the higher carbonation and dry finish prevent it from getting all the way there.

Drinkability is pretty good here. It's a slightly different take on an oatmeal stout, nothing too out there, but a bit different nonetheless. Definitely an enjoyable beer that I'd like to see again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:16:21 | More by ms11781
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rhodeska

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really good oatmeal stout!! One of the best that I've had.

Super smooth, very oatmeal and coffee tastes, flavor really resides for a long time. For an extra, a really good beer. Not a whole lot of different flavors, but does what its name says very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 06:58:05 | More by rhodeska
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour was pleasantly thick, black, with a nice finger of light brown head that laces well.

Aroma is decent, bits of chocolate, a hint of espresso, roasted malts.

Creamy oatmeal, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, a dab of toffee and booze.

Feel is upper medium in body, but still sits heavy enough. Creamy texture, minimal coating and a cleaner finish. Carbonation is good.

Overall drinkability is good. A nice and tasty stout, slightly filling, but multiples wouldn't be too hard to put away.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:38:23 | More by EgadBananas
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gford217

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Bottle nearly explodes upon opening and yields a gusher with dark tan bubbles streaming out of the bottle. Body is almost completely black and the enormous head finally settles done leaving good lacing.

Aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa powder and a ton of bubbles that fizz in the nose. Bit of coffee and oatmeal.

The taste is also very sweet with cocoa and oatmeal up front with a chalky dark chocolate texture.

The mouthfeel is crazy, crazy carbonated with tons of bubbles and medium bodied...i think, because the amount of bubbles makes it seem lighter than air.

This beer is certainly over carbonated and i was worried it might be infected, but i didn't really get an infection. That said, the carbonation is distracting and takes away from the beer a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:42:27 | More by gford217
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 22 Aug 2010. Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker.

Thick tight large brown head, the color of the leftover milk at the end of a bowl of Cocoa Puffs. Well carbonated. Beer is opaque black. Aromas of coffee and chocolate chip cookies. Lightly sweet, but much drier than the aroma would suggest. Bittersweet chocolate and mocha. Roasty coffee and dark grains throughout. Some ethanol burn in the finish. Medium body, slick mouthfeel.

Not as much oatmeal presence as I would like but still decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:11:06 | More by htomsirveaux
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in a trade from duff247.

Pours a very dark colored rich creamy 1+ finger head that fades semi slowly with lacing, over pitch black beer.

Nose is loaded with roasted malts, oatmeal, creamy milk chocolate, dark caramel malts, a bit of black patent malt, toffee, bitter roast, a little coffee, and essence of pure darkness.

Taste brings plenty of roast, some coffee and toffee with that, some black patent malt, a very light malted milk ball, come creamy oatmeal but a little less oatmeal than I expected, rich and creamy, heavy and dark, a bit pillowy, very slight boozy taste, a bit of cocoa powder. Finishes with some bitterness, a bit of a tropical fruit flavor (?), some cocoa, some coffee and roast, fairly sticky and mouth coating, but semi dry. Also a slight chalky dry bready taste.

Mouth is fairly thick, fairly creamy and rich, with decent carbonation and a bit of warming booze.

Drink is OK, some warming booze, the sticky finish and mouth coating makes it a little tougher, and just the heavy beer feel, but otherwise not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 02:37:44 | More by jlindros
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NefariousR

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Black, virtually no light sneaking through. Formed a rather small tan head that dissipated after a minute or two.
S - Coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt. Fairly typical stout fare, maybe a bit sweeter than average.
T - Coffee and chocolate, with a smooth sweet nuttiness in the background. Strong roast profile.
M - Thick bodied and fairly sticky. Quite chewy and pleasant.
D - This is one of the most in-your-face oatmeal stouts I've had. However, it lacks some of the outright oaty uniqueness of other oatmeal stouts (say, Samuel Smith's). It's still a great, if big, brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 04:23:42 | More by NefariousR
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