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Gratitude - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 785
Gots: 135 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
A limited edition Barleywine Style Ale, brewed in November in the American tradition and hand packaged to specially commemorate the anniversary of the brewery each year.

Gratitude Wax Colors:

2005-Red Wax
2006-Orange Wax
2007-Yellow Wax
2008-Green Wax
2009-Blue Wax
2010-Indigo Wax
2011-no wax, blank cap (Flatitude)
2012-no wax, "12" on cap (Flatitude)
2013-Violet Wax

(Beer added by: beergeek279 on 12-23-2005)
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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.47/5  rDev +4%

Pours a foggy ruby hued amber brown with a creme head.

Nose is chalky and fruity.

Flavor is amazing. Smooth sweet tones. Nice dark sugars and dark fruits. A smooth caramelized bundle o' joy. A touch of alcohol, but this one is young yet and I imagine it will fade away over time.

Feel is perfect. Smooth on liquid and a carbonation that is low but still strong enough to withstand some aging.

This beer. This beer is amazing. I fully intend to go to the '08 release and hold all persons hostage with a rubber band gun so that I may steal whatever '05s are in the cellar. I will then proceed to drink them. Hopefully they'll let me out of prison by the '09 release. Absolutely stunning.

Hey J.W. Lees and Thomas Hardy! Suck on this one!

RblWthACoz, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

I managed to acquire this while on a work trip! glad I did.

A - rich reddish brown color, crystal clear with a light kahki head that settles to a touch of foam around the edges of the glass.

S - rich caramel malts, ripe fruits, subtle abv warmth.

T - sweet caramel malts swirled with figs, ripe fruit, hints of toffee and a light warming note.

M - full bodied, smooth carbonation, silky sipping beer

D - a heck of a nice sipping beer! Mellow, smooth and rewarding.

I'd call this an english barleywine over american. I also liked this much more than last years version. If I could I'd buy a case and enjoy over the coming years. Well worth picking up if you get a chance.

barleywinebrewer, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Lothore
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%

A- Pours a translucent amber hue with a frothy, off white, 2 finger head.

S- Smells of mixed light fruits, apricot, sweet, brown sugar, spicy.

T- Tastes deeply of caramel, sweet, very full with almost a syrupy quality.

M- Very thick with minimal carbonation.

D- This is an excellent sipper. It was a little thick for me but the smell alone was absolutely mesmerizing.

Lothore, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.9/5  rDev +14%

Upon the first pour, a clear and vibrant amber with shades of rusty red. Lovely carbonation and a beautiful head that caps it off with amazing retention. Hell, the bottle alone deserves a high appearance score. It was hard to open but I'm glad I did.

Seductive scents for sure. Lots of sweetness abound with a rich malt presence. Brown sugar, caramel and toffee soaked in a syrupy honey glaze. Some fruity scents including pear and apple. Not much of a hop presence noted here.

Taste is all kinds of wonderful as well. Amazingly, it's not as thick as I had anticipated with all the malt in the nose. Excellent fruit combined with the sweetness of the malt make a perfect combo. Aside from the incredible complexity and taste of the malt, hops do become a bit more noticeable, though I'm sure they've faded quite a bit. A light pine is present but then, ahhhh! A lovely peachy citrus comes through that I just can't get enough of. This is some seriously good stuff.

In the mouth it's full and has a definite warming sensation. At the same time, I can't say this is boozy at all. Such a lovely texture that isn't cloying or syrupy. Just the right amount of bitterness is left behind for the finish and the carbonation makes this sublime feeling.

This is a big brew, though it's one that I could sip for hours on end. Each sip provides similar flavors but it seems that you can pick up more as you go. I didn't want this experience to end and regret that it did. Still, I'm extremely thankful I had the chance to try this one. It lived up to the HYPE! HYPE! HYPE! and then some.

A huge, enormous thank you to Erik for providing me a bottle of this, you are a BA's BA my friend.

EDIT: I noticed I had one fewer rating and thus, Gratitude has been consolidated into one beer. This review is for the 2005, which is my favorite. Shiest!

ncvbc, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

I got this beer from Egledhill on a lif. I was on an extended period away from the Burgh and he helped me out for sure (2006 vintage).

A nice colored body, a combination of orange, red and brown. A fairly small head with a lot of retention.

Smell has lots of fruit, some malt and some booze. Great smell for a Barleywine

There are some nice slighty roasted malt flavors up front. Next comes some hops. Obviously less hoppy than afresh 2006 or 2007, but still a little hoppy. The sweetness comes next. Grapes and plums, very nice.

A thin, lowly carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet, but pretty dry.

Pretty drinkable considering the high ABV, this is a great barleywine.

Hojaminbag, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Went to the release day of this and just opened my first 2007.

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a clear apricot copper with 2 finger cloud of a head that dissipates quickly leaving minor sticky lacing

S: Smells is jammed with tons of citrus combined with a boatload of brown sugar, slight molasses, and alcohol.

T: Taste is immaculate of very sweet bready malts, caramel, lighter fruits, white wine, and minor astringent alcohol that does not take from the taste

Overall, this is an excellent brew from East End, as usual. I was lucky enough to grab a few of these and will age the rest!

treyrab, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +3%

Thanks to EGledhill for this gem!

A: Lets start with the bottle. This one is wrapped with printed paper and waxed to keep everything sealed. It makes for the most beautiful presentation package wise I have ever seen. It pours a nice amber hue with a huge head. The retention is great and lacing is noted.

S: Big bold aromas with tons of sweet caramel malt and a blast of brown sugar and some nutty toffee. The booze is big in this one and it really makes itself known in the nose.

T: The wonderful sweet flavors really carry over. Tons of toffee and caramel with a hint of darkened brown sugar. Dark fruits push thru with just a touch of citrus.

M: Very thick and chewy. Wonderful brew.

D: It's made to be a sipper and a wonderful sipper it is.

Wonderful Barleywine!

tpd975, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +4%

I've been lucky enough to receive 2 bottles (2006 vintage) of this from 2 very generous BA's jasonm, and EGledhill. Thanks again guys! This one is the most recent bottle I got from EGledhill, bottle 1208 of 1300.

I have been waiting for a reason to open this one. And I don't know why, but tonight seemed like a good night to do it.

Very attractive paper coated bottle, with nice artwork of a bird on the front. I've had a handful of bottles from this brewery, and they have always been beautiful looking bottles.

Pours a dark and cloudy amber color with a big rocky off white head.

Aromas are great, and very powerful. Noticed them from the pop of the bottle. Smell is of oak, booze, stewed ripe dark fruits, and some bready and cereal sweet malts.

Taste is surprisingly dry and crisp, but still very powerful. There is a very spicy oak flavor up front, a full creamy cereal and grainy malt taste, and slightly sweet. Finish is a bit boozy, but not at all overboard, with some ripe dark fruit flavors and a subtle earthy hop bite on the finish. A well balanced and interesting barleywine.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but not quite my style with the strong crispness and overly dry feel, but not at all bad.

Drinkability is very good. This is an exceptional beer that could probably sit a few more years in the cellar.

flexabull, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev -4%

Thanks to Soulfly967 for a great trade.

Pours a very intrigueing dirty ruby red brown. Good off white head leaves minute lacing. Quite viscous on the pour. Smell is mostly a nice balance of hops and heavy malt sugars. An akward slight rubbery tire flavor in the nose, but nothing that turns me off too much. Taste follows. Not as hoppy as one would expect for an american style barleywine, but still has a very noticeable hop presence. Malts are very active here, and there is a unique barrage of different malt flavors. quite sugary, but not too cloying. mouthfeel is on the thin side, but not too thin to be out of the barleywine realm, just on the thinner side of the fence. Drinkability is quite scary for something weighing in at a hefty 11.4%. Overall a very enjoyable american style barleywine. Cant wait to see how the bottles in the cellar are in a year or two. A recommended purchase, although the price is a bit daunting at around $20. Good beer, as always from Scott and the East End Folks.

AKBelgianBeast, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

On cask at Zeno's on 4/5/08.

A - Ruby colored body with some amber tones and 1/2-finger of bubbly, eggshell head.

S - Extremely malty nose with hints of citrus fruit, cane sugar, alcohol and soy sauce.

T - Interesting mix of sweet cotton candy, alcohol, burnt bready malt, juicy citrus fruits and even some dark "pit" fruits. Extremely complex flavor.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture, perhaps a bit watery. Mild alcohol burn.

D - This is a sipper for sure. Very complex brew with a mild sweetness that doesn't detract from the overall drinkability.

ffejherb, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a ruby red color with a three finger thick head that left some heavy sticky lacing. Smelled of pine and citrus with some fruity esters. Tasted of sweet malt with prune and grape flavors coming through. A hint of citrus and pine flavors. The hop presence wasn't huge but thats what I like. I think its mellowed a little. There is a great complexity with this barleywine. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied but is pretty much what I look for. It was silky and a little creamy. It went down smooth and the alcohol wasn't very present at all. Overall this is an amazing brew and I can't wait until they bottle 2007.

CrazyMacHarris99, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of hoppymeal
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a hazy dark copper, rusty color with a decent bit of sediment and a good sized butter cream colored head that laces nicely on the glass as it slowly recedes. Aroma is a clean soapy perfuminess on top of a berry and pruny sweet maltiness. Some citrusy hops and sugary caramel in the aroma as well. Taste is similar with a clean soapy perfume and a nice mellowed citrusy hop flavor upfront, accentuated by the sweet malts, caramel sugariness and prunes from mid taste into the finish. Alcohol and bitterness are balanced and mellow but slightly evident in the finish. Just a hint of fresh green hoppiness as well, a little like chewing on a cone. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, creamy soft carbonation blends well with the slightly sugary body, both of which are balanced by a little hoppy dryness and an alcohol warmth in the finish. A very nice barleywine that got better and better as it warmed. Glad i have another to age a little, loof forward to more from this brewery. Thanks to Richard and Steve for the opportunity.

hoppymeal, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of JamesS
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked up one of the last few bottles left a few weeks ago and opened it today. It has a great thick, cloudy dark amber color with great head and nice lacing. It has a wonderful malty scent, like a scotch ale plus. It has a great full, smoky, malty flavor, with great barley flavors and a full-bodied taste. It goes down great, this is a wonderful barley wine. I can't wait to see how Scott does with the 2007 batch.

JamesS, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of unclecrappy
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

I recently found a bottle of the 06 version at Bocktown and snagged it for a nice evening during the holidays. New Year's Eve seemed like as good a time as any, so I let it warm from the fridge, poured it into my Corsendonk goblet ... and away we go.

A: Sure is a pretty beer. Dark amber, slightly cloudy, with a thick tan head that faded to about a finger's worth.

S: The fun begins. I noticed berries and maybe citrus, mixed with a malty sweetness. There a tinge of something roasted and the alcohol is there as well. There's a lot going on in this glass, and that portends well for...

T: Holy crap. Some citrusy hops, ripe berries, brown sugar or molasses, spice ... that's all wrapped around a nice, slightly roasted malt base and alcohol that became more prominent -- but never overwhelming -- as the beer warmed in the glass. It might sound jumbled, but it wasn't -- it's just deliciously complex, almost more like a brandy than a beer.

M: Rich. Smooth. Right in my wheelhouse.

D: May I have another, please?

Scott at East End treats this as something special ... and it is. I'll be snagging a couple bottles of the 2007 version and stashing at least one for 12/31/08. I can't think of a better way to start a new year.

unclecrappy, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of crookedhalo
3.7/5  rDev -14%

Well, I purchased this bottle less than a week ago. It was delivered to the seller chilled, then stored chilled, and after purchase kept chilled. So, after the storms today, I returned home after work to discover that the power had been out for about an hour. I phoned the power company and the computerized lady voice told me that power might not be restored until tomorrow. I decided to eat almost everything in the fridge and to reluctantly tackle this brew instead of lettiing it it warm and cool again.

It poured up a nice medium copper with really creamy tan colored head that provided a lot of stickage. Aromas included a hefty dosage of Maris Otter or some 2-row, plum skins, faint mineral notes and tropical fruits like kiwi and papaya, and a decent hopping level. Tasting revealed a pleasant scorched malt taste with a light smoky feel to it. Some esters of peach and bubblegum mixed ito the malt sweetness. Some significant fusel acohols going on, Finish is lightly bitter and astringent. The only drawback is the off-presence of a slight medicinal, burnt rubber sort of taste, kind of plastic-like. Mouthfeel was really good, thick without being syrupy, and the carbonation was spot-on with a subtle presence. Overall, a pretty nice barleywine that I wish I could have sat on for a while longer.

crookedhalo, Aug 10, 2007
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

Batch 310 out of 600. Finally got to try this beer had it since last
Oct. The WVbeergeek talked his way into it at the Map Room in Swissvale on one of our beer trips.

Came in a brown wrapper felt like it had a wax coating of some sort on it. A 1pt. 9.3oz bottle with a crimped cap with a tough wax seal looked the the stuff you dip tool handles into and about as tough. Split it with the WVbeergeek into a Mad Elf Tulip glass. Sorry about the Troegs glass Scott they just barely edged you out of 30th place in the top BA brewery list.

Poured with a reddish/orange color under on hurricane lamp on the deck looked about the same inside the house,very mirky had a cider like apperance with lots of sediment could see a few very tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass. Off white head very thick and creamy with an allmost never die retention leaving thick curtians of lace down the glass.

Very sweet burnt carmell aroma,complex with lots of fruityness mostly dark fruits figs and raisins with a hint of apple. A slight tinge of alcohol,some vinious aromas,also spicy with a note of nutmeg. Inticing couldn't wait to taste.

A very sweet, sugary, heavy carmel taste like in the aroma, lots of dark fruit figs/dates a touch of raisin. Vinious with a juicy booziness but enjoyable not overbearing. Has a quick sharp bitterness,puckering, very well balanced. Very complex tastes almost hard to describe. Seemed to taste a bit different with ever sip. The best tasing barleywine i've had so far.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Thick with some cloying,yet still has a somewhat light feel. Goes down nice,but a definate sipper. Amazing beer wish I had more of this beer stashed away.

jcdiflorio, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +16.3%

East End Gratitude Red Wax 2005

#310 out of 600 on this hand written portion of the brown paper label, first I have to thank Margie from the Map Room for the opportunity to purchase this from her five bottle stash set aside for her brothers Christmas presents, well that fifth brother should have like beer a little more.

Appears a ruddy orangish red tone with a real murky haze to it especially once the whole bottle gets poured forms a large sized fine bubbled creamy caramel tan head lacing forms with each sip and stayed on until I emptied my glass.

Aroma has a brown sugar glazed fruit flow to it comes with pear, plum, raisin really overall a carmelized slightly burnt breadiness mildly spiced with tobacco leaf herbal effects, some vinous tartness and other well rounded earthy herbal hops thrown in.

Flavor brings sugary esters and fruit tones galore more ripened plums, raisins, and a touch of passion fruit some pear/pineapple funk going on the sweetness is almost syrupy but enough of the burnt sugar comes from the wealthy malt bill to take the edge off not overly boozy but definitely detectable not US hopped takes the UK approach on this one in a good way earthy tobacco leaf in the finish really complements this barleywine.

Mouthfeel is full bodied lucious creamy sticky texture really flows with an even carbonation incredibly smooth for such a big beer stays on the palate with a welcomed aftertaste.

Drinkability an all out eye opener I got to sample this on cask at the East End open house and this stuff was incredible then with a bit of age on this bottle it's even better really will induce cravings for more after sharing with a my BA buddy jcdiflorio we both agreed we wished we had another bottle, only 600 bottles glad we had a shot at it. This is world class beer brewed in Pittsburgh, congrats again on Scott's recent recognition in the BA magazine.

East End Gratitude Barleywine Ale 2006 Orange wax seal 11.4% abv Pittsburgh, PA

Appearance is deep semi clouded blood orange amber with a tan head rising above the rim of my Piraat chalice. Lacing is thick and chunky in all of this beers aged beauty, unlike many others I've held onto this beer since the original release. A lot of the time was spent in jcdiflorio's cellar so I wouldn't be tempted to crack it prematurely, since yesterday I celebrated my 26th birthday I decided now was the time to break out the 2006 Gratitude. I think I'll snag a bottle of 2007 to hold onto until my next birthday. Did I mention the head retention and intricate lacing effortlessly coats the entire chalice, great looking barleywine.

Aromatics offer a harmonious blend of juicy over ripened fruit notes with tropical pineapple and plum brandy colliding. Big luscious hops offer up citrus peels and pine cone scents that bring you back to nature. Caramelized brown sugar and a soothing alcohol with borderline medicinal qualities also play a role in the experience. Bold American hops stand up well creating one hell of an East Coast Barleywine bred and brewed right here in the Burgh, once again amazing stuff.

Flavor coats the palate with sweet pineapple semi tart drizzled with caramelized brown sugar and soaked in plum brandy. Somewhat hot with alcohol but what good Barleywine isn't. Aggressive high alpha acid hop bursts bring citrus and pine cone with an earthy organic quality. Flavors work well I have a feeling based off of the draft version from it's initial release that this one is drinking it's prime. After adding the yeast sediment to my glass another layer of liquid bread quality overcomes an already fantastic drinking experience. Perfect blend of tooth numbing sweetness and enamel eating hoppiness, either way my mouth is tingling.

Mouthfeel is amazing velvet smoothness in the carbonation, medium to fuller bodied. Sticky edges from residual sweetness definitely bind to my palate, with hop oils really lubricating the situation. Great overall mouthfeel I can't wait until I age another of Scott Smith's incredibly complex malt and hop extravaganzas.

Drinkability easy to hoard and drink in a dark room by yourself or share with family and friends at a party. Even if the crowd may not understand Barleywines like most of us on this site, I guarantee if you offer a few samples of this brew around the room that you will open some palates up to new experiences possibly peak enough interest to pass on the craft beer revolution. Complexity with stunning adhesiveness breeds excellence in this style of beer, so far since 2005 Gratitude East End has nailed just that. Signed by Scott bottle number 1093/1300 here goes a big cheers right back at ya my friend.

WVbeergeek, Jun 12, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

To start; I must apologize this review is from notes taken 10 days ago. I never wait that long to review a beer but I wanted to do this review justice and not just bang one out. I have been extremely busy in that last week and failed to catch up on my notes until now. When I get another chance I will replace this review.

I had the opportunity to spend an evening with, Slatetank Mughugger HombreWing and a lot of great beer. I wanted to pull out something special and I new this would be a tasty treat. It is certainly young. There is no doubt this sweet beer will be better in a couple of years but it is worth a taste now.

Appearance: Pours a murky golden rod color with an adequate head with little retention on this monster abv beer.

Smell: Gentle juicy malts and a berry flavor, a hint of sugary Bazooka bubble gum, some more berry alcohol candy bordering Jolly rancher but I couldn't quite place my finger on it. Slatetank pointed out that it was similar to a Sloe Gin. I pulled out a bottle and tasted some Sloe Gin side by side with the Gratitude 2006 and hot damn that *is* it; damn close anyway. Very well done Matt!

Taste: The taste is again like the nose is dominantly sweet. Raw sugars and candy like sweetness step aside to reveal berry flavors particularly the Sloe Berry with the warm alcohol that is quite reminiscent of the Gin or even a brandy. A hint of wood flavors and other spices linger with the sweetness on the palate. Very nice!

Mouthfeel: A dream across the tongue. It is exceptionally soft and smooth with a spice kick.

Drinkability: It is certainly sweet and it is hot and yet it is quite tasty and easy to swallow. I really wish I had more of it. I was happy to share this beer but I could handle it on my own as well.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, May 30, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Draft, 01/05/07. Kellys

Looking at the goblet of a very cloudy brew that acted as if it was on a Nitro. Lots of tiny bubbles forming a head that slowly dissipated. It looked like something a kin to when I would rack into the secondary with the yeast still in suspension. I really expected a layer of yeast on the bottom of the glass. Also there was a cask conditioned feel. The head didn’t give up too much aroma. Some yeast and what seemed to be some Belgian esters. No big hop punch

A very young taste. It reminded me of a strange experience that I had with Hop Devil on Cask. Once I got a glass that actually had some crushed malt in it that was thick and luscious that reminded me of straight Wort. Once again the EE Gratitude was yeasty with simple malts followed by a nice bitter possibly Chinook taste. No big late addition hops or nose present.

Mouthfell was very full with a nice malty feel, but not too much complexity.

Very drinkable, I sucked down my generous goblet in about 15 minutes.

I hope that there will be more reviews while this beer is on tap and so young. I’d love to hear what others think. I’m looking forward walking a long side this beer as it matures over the years to come.

appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4

2nd review 11/2007 - Just purchased at the Brewery

The beer is now pouring slighly hazy w/a beautifull copper color. The aroma has opened up from what I remember. A bit more hops. The falvors are still sweet but much more in harmony with the hops. Nice American BW taste, the sweetness that makes it a BW and a nice the hop punch finish.

yinzer, Jan 06, 2007
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

A little Christmas present to myself, I decided to splurge with a 2005 Gratitude. This is Bottle #443/600 and personally signed by Scott himself (his hand must have been sore by the end of the day). Poured into a Chimay chalice. Ive had it on tap a few times now, but this is my first chance to sit down with a whole bottle and really savor it.

A - The bottle itself is a work of art and it was almost a shame to have to break the wax seal to get into the good stuff inside. When poured, the color is a beautifully clear reddish/copper color and gives a dense beige-colored head with moderate staying power and lots of bridal sheet lacing.

S - The smell is intoxicatingly sweet, a combination of maple syrup, brown sugar, oranges, a dry, slightly musty earthy note, and some citrus and piney hop aromas.

T - I cant type fast enough to cover all the different flavors that present themselves. As with the aroma, the first thing you get is malty sweetness, although its more chocolate than the aroma, but with bits of the maple syrup and brown sugar notes from the aroma. Before the sweetness can get to settled in, spicy alcohol kicks in. At this point, the American side of this beast becomes more present as citrus hop flavors kick in and linger through the finish, including some orange pith bitterness

M - Big, chewy, perfect amount of carbonation, and a noticeable but pleasant amount of alcohol.

D - One year has been perfect to this excellent beer. Large, complex, balanced flavor. I cant wait for the 06.

jasonm, Dec 26, 2006
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Gratitude from East End Brewing Company
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