Three Hour Tour - Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 255
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 243
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Minneapolis Town Hall Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jjanega08 on 10-27-2009

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Photo of starrdogg
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Mista for getting this out to me for the tasting.

Pours black with a thin off-white head. Smell is roast malt, chocolate and coconut, quite good, but given the way some people have raved about the smell, not quite up to that level. Flavor, however, is quite fantastic. I absolutely love coconut and this is incorporates it into the roasty and chocolate flavors so well. It manages to taste like a candy bar without being too sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this beer is damn tasty and doesn't disappoint. It manages not to be a gimmick beer despite the fun flavors.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt, starrdogg for sharing this. My buddy tony and I went to the brewery the day before Darkness and missed it!

The beer pours a nice nearly black color with a small ring of tan head, very little lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a very warm inviting one. Toasted coconut and hot cocoa are the main players with a wisp of malted barley, almost seems to have a somewhat hop like bitter edge but it seems to meld nicely with the coconut.

The taste really highlights the coconut in a big way and has some nice milk chocolate tastes as well. Beautiful refined sweetness that almost reminds me of bourbon aged stouts, packing a lot of nice flavor into a small abv beer.

The feel I think could be thicker, it actually rolls over in almost a close to water way for my palate, but its not terrible.

Overall, a very interesting and well made beer, worth seeking out if they make it again.

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Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, pretty much black. A small light brown head that dies off really quick. Hardly any lacing.

S: Mounds bar all the way. So much sweet, toasted coconut. Some dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee lurking in the background, but the coconut

T: Coconut is the main attraction again. Not as heavy in the nose, but it's there in all force. Bittersweet dark chocolate, a bit of coffee and tons of toasted coconut. Some nutty flavors as well. It's sweet, but not overly sweet. Has a slight burnt/acidic finish that detracts a bit.

M: Medium body, fairly low carbonation so it feels a bit thin. Creamy and a bit smooth.

O: If you like coconut and chocolate, you will love this. Not the best drinkability since it is a dessert beer, but it's pretty tasty and smells amazing.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Not a lot of head or lacing but it is a nice looking stout.

Smells like candy. Coconut and chocolate. A little roast.

The taste and mouthfeel are amazing. Silky smooth. Waves of coconut and dark chocolate flavors. Really nice.

This beer is quite sweet. Maybe not something for everyday, but a very tasty treat.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Color is a dark oily black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two finger of tan head with decent retention. A decent amount of lacing lingers around the glass.

Smell: A sweet dark roasty aroma. Dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, and a huge aroma of coconuts. Also some hints of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Some brown sugar and a little milk, cream, and nuts. Some very light hints of earthy hops in the background. The coconut and chocolate scent is pretty big. Quite a nice and interesting aroma.

Taste: Just as dark and sweet as it smells. Big taste of coconut that really stands out. Dark malts with a taste of chocolate, coffee, milk, toast, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. A fair amount of brown sugar adds to the sweetness. A little hint of cream and nuts. Hop presence is very subtle. Taste is pretty sweet overall but not enough to be cloying or overly syrupy. Coconut taste is big and good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the high end of medium. Feels very creamy, silky, and smooth. Sweet and somewhat syrupy but its not overbearing.

Overall: A very good milk/sweet stout. A sweet dessert beer that is big on flavor but manages to keep the sweetness in check. The coconut brings a nice kick.

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Photo of pepsican
3.05/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at the brewery. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma is up front chocolate and coconut. Flavor is just blatant coconut with a bit of lactose and chocolate behind. Finishes too sweet, extremely cloying, yet good carbonation. I couldn’t finish even half of my pint. This beer is far too sweet. I have a feeling a 5 ounce glass would have been a much better serving size, but even that might be a bit much even for a dessert beer. I wouldn't want to eat a mounds bar and I sure don't want to drink the liquid form of it.

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Photo of iadler
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a tasting glass at ABR. From notes.

A- Pours a very dark brown with a thin mocha head that has good retention.

S- Almond Joys candy bars immediately come to mind, with dark chocolate, toasted coconut and almonds. Notes of vanilla, cream, roasted malt and coffee are present as well.

T- Lots of fresh and toasted coconut, dark and milk chocolate, almonds, vanilla, cream, roasted malt and a hint of coffee beans.

M- Low to medium carbonation and a creamy body.

O- One of the best beers at ABR. If you like coconut beers, this is a must try. Not sure if I could consume this is large amounts due to how rich it is, but still one of the best Milk Stouts I've had.

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Photo of billab914
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. It poured black in color with a thin tan head scattered across the top of the beer. It had some nice sticky lacing to it as I drank it as well.

The aroma really shows off some nice toasted, sweet, coconut flavors to it. It's definitely more apparent then I anticipated, but I really like it. I get a sweeter chocolate and vanilla presence to it as well, which really blends with the coconut flavors nicely. It was sweet, but also so smooth and flavorful. Great aroma overall.

The coconut is also immediately noticeable in the taste. I get a lot of toasted coconut mixing with some really nice vanilla flavors. Some chocolate notes come out in the finish along with just a bit of caramel. The coconut is bold in it, but it came together extremely well. It was so flavorful and smooth. I don't even like coconut that well but the flavors in this really wowed me.

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with carbonation being low. Great mouthfeel for the style and flavors.

Overall I thought it was a fantastic beer. After being somewhat disappointed with Mango Mama and Czar Jack I was hesitant to trade for any more of their special beers. This one however really wowed me and I loved that it was so unique and unlike anything I've ever had before. The coconut was so good in it and complimented the sweet stout flavors perfectly for the style. I'd definitely say that this is a new favorite of the style for me. Not being a big coconut fan I was completely surprised at how much I liked this one.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.08/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks very much, Bill, for your generosity...

A: This is one dark, dark, dark brew. The deepest of browns, perhaps even black. About two fingers of light brown head fades to a half finger, but lingers very well. Nice lacing on the sides. Digging the look on this.

S: Milk chocolate, toasted coconut, and some hops. Some vanilla and a little hint of coffee roast pop out of the background here and there.

T: Wow, loads of coconut on this. Blends with creamy chocolate, vanilla, and caramel to create a unique tasting brew. A little lactic on the back end, but overall it is quite smooth and creamy. Good.

M: Flavors are impressively balanced and mouthfeel is full and creamy.

O: A really nice accomplishment with the coconut milk on this one. I'm not the biggest fan of coconut, so the fact that I enjoyed this beer speaks volumes to how well it was crafted. The blend of flavors here is expertly done and this is one of the smoothest stouts I've had in recent memory, especially considering how complex it is. Very good.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.89/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Town Hall Tap. This beer arrives an opaque black color. The head is a solid inch of brown foam that recedes slowly leaving minimal lacing. The aroma is of coconut, milk chocolate, roasted malt, and graham cracker. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a silky texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. It is like drinking a Mounds bar, but better. I will make it a point of finding this beer whenever it is available.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler generously shared by stupac2 at a recent tasting.

A: Pours black with a finger of dark brown head that faded into a thin collar.
S: Dominant notes of coconut all the way! I get a touch of vanilla and roast as well.
T: Strong coconut and roast with hints of chocolate. This tastes a bit Almond Joy-like. The flavors are creamy and very sweet but not cloying. The aftertaste lingers and is full of dry roasted coconut.
M: Thick body, low soft carbonation and a creamy velvety mouthfeel.
O: This beer was really great. I wouldn’t want to polish off a whole growler of it as the beer is pretty sweet, but this is the best use of coconut I’ve seen in a beer yet. Very flavorful. Highly recommended.

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a snifter. Beer poured a dark opaque through with a thin film of tan colored head. Not much head from swirling, and no lacing.

Nose was heavy on toasted coconut, roasted nuts and milk chocolate. Someone suggested Almond Joy and it was a perfect description for the aroma.

Taking a sip, the toasted coconut was dominant, though not too sweet. Some minimal milk chocolate, roasted malt, and light nuttiness struggles to make itself known mid palate, but the coconut really shines through to the finish. Lingering coconut and roasted malt on the finish, really strong flavors here.

Body was light to medium, surprisingly so for a milk stout which I though would be a bit thicker. Some decent carbonation from the growler pour, decent for a porter without being excessively bubbly. Very easy to drink and tasty if you enjoy a nice toasted coconut.

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Photo of thain709
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many, many thanks to StormKing47 sharing this one during Stout Day 2011. Thanks Josh!

A - The beer poured a pretty deep brown, bordering on black with no light coming through...a tan head formed and stood about two was creamy, became rocky, and stayed as a full cap...some lacing was left behind

S - And the wonderfulness milk chocolate, sweet and toasted coconut, vanilla sweetness, roasted malts...I'm thinking of a Mounds Bar with milk chocolate

T - There is nothing different from the nose here...the chocolate is underlying because the coconut is the star, but it still adds body and pairs well with the for the coconut, it's toasted to bring out the flavors, but it still manages to stay milk like you're eating fresh coconut...the vanilla adds more sweetness to the palate

M - Medium bodied...smooth and creamy...milky...sweet without ever being cloying

O - I would give a lot to try this one again...I would not have had a problem finishing the entire growler myself...this one is a step above Maui Coconut Porter...there was so much going right in this was sweet, milky, creamy, chocolately, coconuty, everything a Mounds Bar is...thanks again Josh!

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Photo of seeswo
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Cam!

Pours a very dark brown with an off-white head that looks the part. Coconut fills the glass and really brings out the light chocolate flavors as well. Smells really enticing. The taste is fantastic, especially when it warms a bit. Strong coconut is well integrated into a light, slightly chocolatey stout. This has much more coconut flavor than Maui CoCoNut Porter. Delicious. The mouthfeel is disappointing - really thin and light. I think this beer would be an epic homerun if it had some of the creaminess that really brings around the style. Moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is really fantastic that suffers from only one flaw. That said, I could absolutely drink a ton of this beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark dark brown. Nice light brown head. Looks great. Smells sweet and malty. Not a lot going on on the nose. Tastes very very coconut heavy. A nice chocolatey sweetness. Smooth but a bit thin. Well carbonated. Overall the coconut is phenomenal. Very enjoyable brew

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Photo of maximum12
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I've managed to miss this during my 473 visits to Town Hall over the years. My lovely wife wanted a pint, so I allowed her to twist my arm & we were off to Town Hall Tap. I'm a martyr.

Pours a frithy black. Smell is strong coconut & an underlying warm sweetness. Mmmm.

Three Hour Tour continues to show the deft touch of Town Hall's brewers. Yes, no doubt this is a coconut stout, but the coconut is restrained & friendly. Deep malt sweetness is coddled by the sweetness of the lactose, & there's a startling hop snarl just as the flavor is falling off in the end. Smooth & silky. A tall pint was an almost perfect amount of this creature.

I don't want to bust up anyone's trade bait, but this is a good, well-crafted beer with a very pretty twist. Very good, but not elite. Glad I finally had a chance to try it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three hour tour. Coconut stout. 5.9% ABV. Stout aged with cocoanut.

Dark brown body, enormous cocoa-toned head, sleek and lovely. Yes.

Aroma: yeah, that's cocoanut, sweet, and cocoa-nutty. Some dark stout-ish flavors lurk below, but it's really all about the cocoanut.

Taste: Mmmm, the cocoanut reigns supreme here, as well, and the stout stands tall beneath. Smooth, creamy, full-bodied, thick, lush and mmm. Slight bitterness, rich cocoanut flavor, with requisite coffee and chocolate flavors.

What's great about this? No holds barred. Doesn't hold back, but neither goes too far. Perfect balance. Not subtle in the cocoanut flavor, delivers it all in just the right amount. Just about perfect. Yu, um.

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Photo of orangesol
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stormking47 for bringing this growler to our Stout Day event.

A - Pours jet black with a two finger tall mocha colored head leaving small spots of lace down the entire glass.

S - Smells of rich coconut, vanilla, chocolate, and caramel. It has a lot going on, but in a good way. This one really does smell like a candy bar.

T - Starts off with a big dose of sweet coconut quickly giving way to a mix of chocolate, vanilla, caramel cream, and almonds. The sweetness is lactic but it never really gets to the point of being overpowering. The finish is pretty sweet, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, creamy, feel with lots of sweetness. The feel really helps to bring this one together.

O - Awesome beer. The sweet milk stout body works well with the coconut and dark roast to form an awesome beer. This is easily the best coconut beer I have ever had.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into Darkness tulip...thanks, Mike!

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black. Cream-colored head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - Rich chocolate, slight roast, burnt sugars, very sweet, nice coconut notes. Just very rich, sweet, and dessert-like.

T - Not quite as good as the nose, but still good. Burnt sugars, chocolate, coconut, slight roast, oak. Finish is sweet and roasty, very creamy. Tastes like chocolate & coconut milk...yum.

M - Perhaps a bit too thin, but hey, it's only 6%. Creamy, rich, and smooth.

O - Really enjoyable and glad I was able to try this one. Thanks to Mike for sending this one down to me! Looking forward to having this one again in the future. Another winner from TH.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cheers and thanks to Stormking47 for sharing this brew with a number of us. Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. The brew appears black in color with a tan head and patchy lace pattern on the glass. A swirl revives the tan cap back to the surface.

The smell of this brew hits initially with some butterscotch notes and mound candy bars. Milky chocolate sweet goodness with a bounty of coconut quality that is somewht toasted yet raw and flavorful in the nose as well. A sweet scent of chocolate to butterscotch candy fills the profile.

The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. Very smooth with a tangy touch of alcohol inclusion. Sweet milky chocolate mixes with some butterscotch and the most profound coconut flavoring I have experienced in a beer to date. The sweetness of lactose is noted and perhaps is just slightly overdone but it completely compliments the overall picture of what this brew's flavor is all about.

This is a medium bodied brew with an exceptionally smooth feel. It is lightly carbonated and easy drinking if sweet brews are your thing. There was seemingly no alcohol heat here, just a faint twang of alcohol flavoring. Not really roasted or grainy, this was seriously a beer version of mounds candy bars. If you enjoy that sort of chocolate candy approach to this style, this is an absolute must try. This was one of the more memorable and unique brews I have had in awhile. While it was very enjoyable, I couldn't see myself drinking very much of this before the sweetness got to me. Diabetics beware.

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Photo of Expedition
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours black as night with very little head.
S-Smells of vanilla with a strong, fresh coconut bouquet followed by rich chocolate
T-Where has this beer been all my life, Though sweet, it is balanced much better than most heavy Imperial Stouts. Easy drinking with flavors of coconut and chocolate, fig, vanilla and golden rainbows of perfection.
M-Smooth as silk and quaffable if you so wanted.
Overall-Probably my favorite beer of all time now. Town Hall IS the king of coconut porter and I have had Maui Brewing as well.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours as darn near black as possible. Head is virtually non-existant.
S- Aroma is all coconut. A really fresh coconut flavor with a bit of vanilla.
T- This is super rich flavor. Big toasted coconut flavor with a vanilla flavor as well. Quite sweet throughout. Finish brings out some heavily roasted malt.
M- The body was disappointing. Smooth, but the body was lacking in heft for as much flavor as they packed into it.
O- A delicious beer. The lack of body was somewhat disappointing, but if you like coconut, this is a must try.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Stormking47 for sharing this growler at international stout day enjoyed from a pint glass.

The color is opaque black with medium tan cap with densely packed beads, the lace clings very well, and the overall appearance is thick. The smell is like a candy bar made with coconut, the light fruity and nutty tropical scent is very fresh and resembles coconut straight from being toasted in the oven with some nice vanilla accents. The feel is rich, very viscous and slightly sweet with a semi-dry finish and low alcohol in general with moderate carbonation and low roast.

The taste is everything you expect after smelling the coconut after a quick swirl of the glass. There is a nice nutty element and toasty tinges which give a sweet vanilla backing to the coconuts almost floral flavor, very clean and has a moderate level of sweetness to achieve a nice balance. This is more about the coconut than the base stout which is a little lost in all the coconut flavor, but I enjoyed the way it came together and this is definitely a great beer, worth trying if you enjoy coconut.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pitch black color, one finger light brown head, dissipates to a nice ring around glass, decent lacing.
S- The aroma is more present as it warms up, nice chocolate and coconut upfront, slight roasted note, dark malts, creamy.
T- Wow love it, huge coconut upfront, tasty chocolate notes, really creamy, marshmallows, slight roasted notes, dark malts, really nice sweetness throughout balanced with roasted notes.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth and creamy.
O- I’ve been wanting to try this for some time, I was not let down, this beer is so easy drinking its scary, I could drink this all day long, huge coconut and chocolate flavors come out. Perfect dessert beer.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for Anniversary Week at Town Hall.

Poured into a 16oz pint glass.

Impossible black pour with a finger and a half of brown colored head. Dissipates pretty quickly. Lacing remains. Looks a lot like an oatmeal style stout. The colder the beer is the smell is mainly bakers chocolate. As it warms it is huge roasted coconut flavors. Spot on with a chocolate macaroon candy. Damn beautiful. Sweet to the taste, Once again huge roasted coconut on the tongue. Bakers chocolate mingles in nicely. Finishes clean. Not an incredibly thick beer. My only true knock on it.

Point blank. If you don't like coconut I suggest passing on this. If you do like it, I would say this is like a liquid Mounds Bar. Truly wonderful.

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