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Double Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Double Bastard AleDouble Bastard Ale

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5,373 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,373
Reviews: 1,970
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 315
Gots: 661 | FT: 24
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tulip glass. Fresh bottle from the 2011 release.

A: Pours clear dark amber with a half finger of greyish light khaki head, which dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a little lacing.

S: Sweetish toffee and caramel malt, a little floral, citrus, cherry and pomegranate notes. Some alcohol also.

T: Bitterness and some caramel. Bitterness throughout the entire sip, not just on the finish. A little abrasive.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation with bite. Alcohol is a little noticeable at the end.

O: Too bitter for the style. I've got to think this improves with some age, once the bitterness has mellowed out. Until then, this is a pretty difficult beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 05:25:53 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of MEsoJD


4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[poured into duvel large tulip glass] ۞2011 release۞

B: Very attractive bottle with a humorous story(expected from stone).

A: A dark amber body(red tint) with a large fluffy head(slow dissipation) and adequate lacing.

S: Sweet malt that's very noticeable, earth, faint black cherry, and citrus hops. I feel the alcohol mask the flavors.

T: Bold... as expected from stone the hops stand out, grapefruit citrus, apricot, earthy/bready, sweet malt/brown sugar, and some caramel. The alcohol and the hops initially made it hard to pick out the other flavors.

M: Strong alcohol presence, starts smooth but ends strong, low to med carbonation, and full bodied.

O: Double Bastard is not for the weak. Only the minority will be able to fully appreciate the complexity of this beer. This is truly a beast that can play the violin. I defiantly couldn't recommend this to just anyone, no.... only those true beer enthusiast with a wide range of taste. Defiantly worthy of my mantle. CHEERS!!!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 09:50:41 | More by MEsoJD
Photo of mkotsayfan


4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured from a 22oz bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a very dark amber/brown color with a finger of head. The aroma has lots of hops and malt character, along with a biscuity smell. The taste has some of that hop bitterness, but a nice balance with the malts. There's also a toffee/dark boozy fruits and bourbon quality to it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, especially for a beer that is 2 years old. Also of note is the smoothness and relative obscuring of the ABV content, which is high at 10.5%. I assume that some of the mellowing is because it is a vintage.

This is a great beer, and all I hoped it would be as a fan of Arrogant Bastard. This was my first Double Bastard and it was cool that my first try was a vintage.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:42:54 | More by mkotsayfan
Photo of Marty30


3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured into a Duvel tulip at around 55 degrees.

A. Body is a brownish copper. 2 finger wheat colored head. No lacing but it's expected.Nice alchohol legs.

S. I get a big earthy tones some bready malts, wheat. There is a sweet sugary malt. Abit of cherry.

T. Same as the smell, kid of sweet really mellowed with a year on this. Alot of bread crust,with some caramal and brown sugar. Still get a good amount of alchohol/

M. Feel is awesome. Nice heavy,creamy. Not tons of carbonation,just right. Dry finish.

Overall I love this beer i would love to get some older vintages and see how this progresses. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:19:58 | More by Marty30
Photo of jsanford


4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. 22oz bomber poured into a Stone Double Bastard Snifter.

A - Pours a murky orange-brown with a thin white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just a slight ring. Looks like liquid caramel.
S - Sticky-sweet aromas of amber malt, caramel, and resinous grapefruit hops. While the intense hops of a fresh bottle have obviously faded, what's left is an amazing candied-orange-peel and caramel bomb that just begs to be drank.
T - Yeah, right on with the nose, lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt with a candied orange peel and grapefruit hop profile. Surprisingly smooth, and lacking in noticeable alcohol "burn", but I suppose that's attributed to the age.
M - Sticky and big, with a full mouthfeel and lowish carbonation. Your lips literally stick together while drinking this! Definitely a slow sipper, but a very enjoyable one.
O - Stone never fails, and this is no exception. A great beer fresh, a great beer with age, definitely a world-class brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:55:49 | More by jsanford
Photo of dansmcd


4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100th review!

A - Dark amber body, lofty white head with excellent retention, attractive lacing down the glass.

S - Heavy malt profile, caramel, dark berries, over-ripened fruit and alcohol.

T - Wow! A cornocopia of big punchy flavours. Sweet caramel, fruity citrusy hops, bitter orange peel, oak.

M - Full thick body, syrupy, dry finish.

O - Definately a sipper here. It has some heat, plenty of lip smacking hop bitterness (100 IBUs) and an array of malt complexity. This mean bastard delivers a real arse-kicking to your palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 23:22:18 | More by dansmcd
Photo of WickedSluggy


4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When I had it fresh 2010 Double Bastard seemed a different beer to my previous experiences with the beer - alcohol presence was much more noticeably, and hops character was not as outstanding as with previous years.

Now, in September it's more drinkable. I cellard in my cold cellar 45 degrees. It is now a luscious beer with a complex nose. Alcohol, still noticeable. Malty aroma is nice, and it is not overly oxidized (have had overly oxidized DB off the shelves. The flavor is a bitter and malty (good balance) with quite a bit of cherry and caramel. Mouth feel is velvety. Wow, I am glad I saved most of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 23:57:18 | More by WickedSluggy
Photo of ezperkins2


4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone Double Bastard – 2007
Poured from a bomber into a tulip (09/14/11)

A: A beautiful mahogany with traces of golden orange when held to a light. A standard pour garnished a decent ¼ inch off white almost light brown head that stuck around for a short while. Decent lacing

S: I believe the age on this bottle has hurt the nose a bit. Without the hop presence there are a lot of subtle smells but nothing over powering. Malts come first followed by sweet dark fruits. I even picked up a very subtle cola like aroma.

T: If the age hurt the nose it was more than made up for once it was tasted. It definitely still has that very distinct bastard malt character but the subtle nuances of the other flavors are fantastic. The first taste mirrors the nose with a very sweet raison/fig taste but there is still a bitter finish. The citrusy piney flavors are gone but the bitterness still shows up in the finish. There is still a bit of booze but is welcome to help cut the sweetness.

M: Thick and oily with a great lingering taste. This one stays with you for a while. Once the bomber was gone I tasted it for while. Carbonation was spot on and even gave a nice pop upon opening.

O: Fresh Double Bastard is good but I feel the years have been very kind to this brew. I have a few more 07’s and 08’s left in the cellar and will treasure them. Saying this is a big beer is an understatement. Most barley wines do not have the complex power this brew packs. I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys aging beer to grab a handful of double bastards and stash them away for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 05:02:22 | More by ezperkins2
Photo of mattboyer182


4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark orange-brownish color and a thick foamy white head.

S - A sweet smelling malt and quite a bit of hops. citrusy smelling. There are spicy notes floating around in there.

T - Sugary sweetness up front with a bitter hoppy taste growing in the background. grapefruit citrus has a long after taste and a nice note of alcohol.

M - A great full body with decent carbonation.

O - Very good beer. I love the hops and the sweet balance.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 00:40:45 | More by mattboyer182
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes:

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversize snifter. Pours a cloudy amber color with a soapy, creme colored head that reduces to a skim with nice retention around the sides.

Has an intense malt aroma, with plenty of hops and yeast, and underlying hints of currant. Has an earthy, almost leathery smell to it, like you're smelling something old.

Has an intense earthy taste, which smooths out after a few sips. Somewhat like a barleywine, this starts with a sweet grape taste with notes of currants and apricots. This has a strong malt backbone, with a yeasty, almost biscuity taste. Astringent bitterness hits mid-tongue, before finishing with a nice hit of hops.

Medium to full-bodied, which dries out as it finishes.

Oh yeah, this is a beast of a beer that demands you respect its authoritah as you sip it down. Certainly one the short list of brews to have if I ever do a strong ale flight for a beer tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 21:04:29 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of TheRealBigC


4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 775 Gastropub

Looks really nice - deep copper, close to red, with a thick, sticky head.

Smell is complex, but the alcohol is clearly there. This transfers into the taste as well, but the taste is even more complex. It's incredibly hard to pick apart the flavor, but the strength of the alcohol (11.2%!!) is obvious. Not too hard to put down - all things considered, it is a pretty smooth beer - but it's no gulper.

I respect this beer more than I enjoy it, but that's not to say I don't enjoy it. It is a fantastic beer and nice to have here and there, but I think I'll be drinking the standard Bastard more often, because this one is really a BASTARD. I can't believe 775 serves this in a 19oz. glass. That's absurd.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 02:21:38 | More by TheRealBigC
Photo of rowingbrewer


4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper to brown color that is slightly murky. There is a large off white head that last a fair amount of time and leaves some lacing on the glass as it recedes. The smell is huge hop slap in the face with earthy spicy hop character almost burning the inside of my nose. This is followed by and alcohol presence that is fairly pleasant. the flavor follows the smell exactly with the hops kicking you in the face up front followed by the alcohol burn. There is also a decent malt backbone to it. The mouthfeel is medium to full with great carbonation. This beer is great

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 22:56:30 | More by rowingbrewer
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3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a murky looking brownish amber color. The head was a yellowish white and pretty thick. The lacing was sticky and left a good trail running down the glass. The smell of the beer is loaded with spicy hop aromas and some malts. The taste of the beer is also spicy and very hopped up. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and retains a good carbonation. Overall it's a powerhouse of a beer and it will surely knock your socks off if you let it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 02:41:13 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jgagne


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber body with lacey light brown head. Great look

S-Sweet and spicy notes. Nice toffee, candied sugar smell with prominent spicy hopy smells.

T-This is one powerful beer. Very sweet at first taste but then a massive bight of hoppy goodness attacks your palate. Wonderful

M-Sits slightly heavy with medium carbonation.

O-I love this beer. Drinking this is an experience. One of the most powerful beers i have ever had. Watch out though i only drank one snifter and i definitely could feel it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 18:28:50 | More by jgagne
Photo of jondeelee


4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a name like "Double Bastard," and the slogan "You're not worthy" imprinted on the bottle cap--plus the extensive text on the back label that is essentially a several-hundred-word arrogant rant about how awesome the beer is and how you're exactly the opposite--this 2008 release had better be a damn good brew.

On the nose, it has a distinct bi-level aroma, part Jolly Rancher-type sugary fruit, and part bitter hop, creating a warning that the drinker had better pay attention to what's coming next.

On the tongue, the hops are immediately apparent, coming on strong like a high-grade IPA. However, the hops are far more balanced and nuanced than might be expected, and thankfully aren't strong enough to knock out the rest of the flavors. Those come in after the initial hop shock has worn off slightly, revealing a wonderfully fruity, brown sugar underbelly that's just dying to be hauled up to lover's lane like a prom date, and do something naughty in your back seat. Flavors here include fruit esters, toffees and caramels, as well as a touch of dark chocolate, and perhaps a smidgen of tobacco.

Combine those flavors in a perfect balance with the hops, and you get one great ale--that is, if you're a hops fan, such as I am. But as one reviewer has already noted, if you're not a fan of hops, you won't like this one at all. 4.5 stars, you bastard.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 21:10:25 | More by jondeelee
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South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip. Mahogany isn’t quite the right word for the shade of the body, as there seems to be some dark orange in the mix as well. A huge light tan head is raised initially. This slowly settles into an uneven layer of rocky foam with peaks and valleys. Excellent retention, plentiful lacing.

When fresh, Double Bastard screams Citrus! Caramel! Booze! It’s raw, aggressive and I love it. With a few years of age, it turns into almost a different beer entirely. The nose has smoothed out considerably. While you wouldn’t call it gentle, it’s certainly a complex blend of with honey, toffee and baked bread providing the heftier malt aromas. Hints of milk chocolate, vanilla, orange, baked apple and sherry bring the complexity. The massive bitterness is long gone, but exceedingly juicy sweet citrus- orange, tangerine, touch of pineapple- remains. Brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, chocolate. Hints of sherry and brandy. Stray notes of tobacco and cedar(?). So much going on here. A viscous, almost slippery and oily brew, but there’s enough carbonation to keep things moving along nicely. Exceedingly warm lingering finish.

Overall impression: Incredible sipper. I’m a huge fan of Double Bastard fresh, but your patience will certainly be rewarded if you care to age it for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 14:11:57 | More by PDXHops
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4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. 2010 vintage.

Appearance: Double Bastard is an impressive looking beer. A deep brown color with a cherry amber tint, this has a very full foamy white head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace. Eventually it dies down, which does not surprise me given the strength of the beer.

Smell: Lots of sugary sweetness, bown sugar, toffee, caramel. Tons of grapefruit hops in here as well.

Taste: Brown sugar and toffee smooth sweetness up front, bringing an intensity unlike I would expect to see from anything but Double Bastard. The sweetness gradually turns into an ever-rising bitterness. Grapefruit flavors dominate a huge hop bill. There is a bit of an alcohol bite from the middle of the sip on.

Mouthfeel: This truly is 'one lacerative mother of an ale.' Almost immediately, the tingle from the alcohol and hop bite causes my tongue to tingle. The alcohol leaves a slight burn in the throat and warms the stomach. The body is quite full, with carbonation that is creamy but still provides a bit of crisp character.

Overall: The only thing that really gets in the way of my pure enjoyment of this is the strong alcohol bite. A very good beer, one that I will savor and enjoy slowly.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 05:21:46 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter...

Appearance-Cloudy dark burnt orange. Head is about two fingers of off white beautifulness. Dissipates fairly nicely for such a high ABV beer.

Smell-Citrus hops at first then becomes a nice malty caramel aroma. Some spice notes and some booze on the finish. Very balanced, really works together.

Taste-Complex, but simple. The flavors are so pronounced and really smacks you across the face. Huge caramel malts and some dark fruits at first that transforms into a bittery citrus aroma with some spice. Alcohol is there, but very underwhelming.

Mouthfeel-Full bodied, medium carbonation. Really coats the tongue nicely. Perfect mouthfeel.

Overall-Unreal complexity and balance. Stone really nailed this one. And it's 6.50 a bomber!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:43:33 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of buschbeer


4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Served in a snifter
2010 release

A - It pours copper with an inch of tan head.

S - The aroma is caramel malt with dry, citrus nuances.

T - It starts out with the caramel malt. It finishes dry with some bitterness. Quite bitter actually.

M - smooth and oily

O - The bitterness has held up well from last year. It is very smooth drinking. The alcohol is hidden well.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 20:25:18 | More by buschbeer
Photo of WillCarrera


4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brilliant amber/copper color, almost red, I poured this on my deck and with the light hitting it it looked almost fluorescent. Semi-opaque, pouring out of the bottle it looks thick. Produces a thin layer of tan head that quickly shrinks to a thin film. The bottle is also the most abusive one I've yet seen from Stone Brewing, and possibly the only one I've ever seen that has the words "masturbatory" and "line 'em up against the wall" printed on it.

S- Fruit, sweet malts and then alcohol, lots and lots of powerful, rum-like, semi-sweet alcohol.

T- There's just so much going on with the flavor on this beer. It's very sweet, with lots of sweet and warming alcohol, spice, giant fruits, and caramel, but the hop flavors (pine, citrus, hop oil) and malts are also huge and help keep everything balanced.

M- Medium to full bodied, thick, palate-coating feel that is kept in check with great carbonation.

O- An incredible beer and packed with intense, aggressive flavor. Exercise caution, this stuff is pretty easy to drink and the 11.20% ABV can sneak up on you.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 03:27:40 | More by WillCarrera
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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dirty mahogany. Toffee head with a layer that sticks around.

Cherry, caramel, light hops (a few years have killed these off).

Chocolate/vanilla, orange, raisin, dry hops. Brilliant taste, this beer is delicious and complex.

Mouthfeel is spot on, dense and deep.

This beer is one of the absolute best for aging. Killing off some of the ABV/hop intensity without sacrificing complexity rounds this out perfectly. A 5+ year vintage would be exceptional. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:36:16 | More by ptykozoon
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from notes, bottle at flying saucer, loving life
A - 22 oz bomber with reflecting beasts daring you to eat some shrooms and have a drink! pours a deep mahogany that you wish your deck looked like with amber edges, amazing retention and lacing all the way down.

A - roasted caramel malt, elegantly daring invitation. massive hell burnt sweetness clash with aggressive hops and flashes of alcohol to keep you in line.

T - woody oak flavors, smashing sweetly cooked caramel, hops that stand to fight for a balance teamed with a clean alcohol. the taste is divine, strong, boss. the beer is never cloying which others attempting this feat would certainly achieve.

M - Medium to full body, flows and sloshes uniformly to warm the throat and coat everything in its path.

O - a dark haired hellbound spanish devil moving provocotively yet classisly around its victim while swiftly unsheathing the sword of a thousand throats, beautifully slicing through the air without breaking speed as it collides with the flesh, sprouting a gorgeous ruby red trophy for all to be sprinkled with, only then to stand and applaud this masterful performance. crazy? no.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:31:21 | More by JayAre46
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4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After falling in love with the og Arrogant Bastard, I couldn't wait to give Double Bastard a try. It did not disapoint. It is a very strong ale in both taste and alcohol content. I am not one to get buzzed easily off a 22oz bottle, but half way thru the Gargoyle had me in its claws.

As much as I would love to get my hands on their 3 liter bottle of this bad boy, that would be quite dangerous!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 20:19:06 | More by Diesel76
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4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby hue--quite red actually--and hazy; gorgeous thick and steady head; decent lacing

S: Sweet and bready with subtle citrus hops--but really lots of toast, bready grains--no booze aroma to speak of which is surprising--also some light woody characteristics

T: Wonderful hop bitterness with loads of bready sweet malts on the back end; some boozy notes on the back as well; really the bitterness balances the sweet bready malts so well

F: Creamy and sticky--such a nice medium body

O: This is sweet, chewy, bready, boozy, balanced liquid awesomeness

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 17:35:12 | More by dbossman
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4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip

Appearance: Deep mahogany with an off white head about an inch thick that fades into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Alcohol, fruit and pine with a strong sweet malty back bone.

Taste: Sweet malty mouth with a lingering bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with a noticeable alcohol burn and medium carbonation.

Overall: Still boozy, it will be nice to see how it ages, once the alcohol mellows out a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 17:15:09 | More by jamescain
Double Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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