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Stone 8th Anniversary Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 08-10-2004)
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silenius

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this about 4 months ago and thought it was so-so. I've changed my mind.

The beer pours a chestnut brown with a generous tan head. Very clear. No hazing.

Smell is light chocolate (like a whiff of swiss miss), cinnamon, and something green and sweet like mint. Some indetermininte light spicing as well. Nice. Not overpowering. Little hop aroma.

Taste is very malty and on the sweet side, but certainly not cloying. Chocolate characteristics, but not chocolatey. Starts with a snap of bitter, then smooths out into something resembling chocolate. Very nice. Spice character adds a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is moderate with good carbonation.

Drinkability is high!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 04:02:43 | More by silenius
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After cellaring this beer for way too long, I finally found that perfect opportunity to enjoy. The first few sips led me to beleive that this is an American Strong Ale. I was surprised to find that it was intended to be a Brown Ale. If so, it's the biggest Brown Ale that I've ever had. Sure it has the chocolate, toffee, barley, toasty flavors. But it's also got a heafty helping of hops to balance, amber flavors for complexity, and loaded with brown sugar, molassas, cherries, berries, and nuts. The hops add more than just balance. A solid hop flavor adds spiciness and earthiness, while contributing to a lightly floral aroma. More amber in color than expected from a Brown. Full and rich body, yet remarkably smooth and drinkable. Finishes moderately sweet, and well balanced. I'm glad that I waited to savour this beer, but now I have a problem--finding more of them to drink!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 03:22:21 | More by BEERchitect
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danadeny

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this bottle is 1 year old. pours a dark amber / brown body with a nice lasting, frothy head. smells bready, a little hopy, light roasted malt. mmm nice soft roasted malt front, not too sweet. ballanced breadyness in the middle, and a hops finish that is not over done, perfect amount for ballance. alcohol is hidden very well. best brown ale i have had for sure. mouthfeel is oily and slick, full body. drinkability is amazing because of the remarkable ballance, not too sweet front, no crazy bitter hop finish, and no alcohol kick. dare i say perfect?

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 02:31:39 | More by danadeny
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jahred

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle says "August '04", and was consumed 12/5/04.

Pours a dark, reddish brown color, with a medium-sized, tan head. There are lots and lots of bubbles forming at the bottom of my glass and shooting upwards - very pretty. A small amount of lace remains on the glass as the beer is consumed.

The scent is quite strong - dark chocolate, alcohol and toffee, with a faint hint of hops at the end of the scent. I can't wait to taste this...

And the taste doesn't disappoint. A rather dry chocolate taste leads to
a caramel-like finish. There's a decent amount of bitterness, presumably much of it hop-related, but there isn't an overwhelming hop presence as I'd expect from a Stone beer. The beer is rather dry, and as it warms, the sweet caramel flavors get stronger, mixing quite nicely with the bitter chocolate notes. I wish I had a bowl of chili to go with this - a quite yummy beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 03:15:06 | More by jahred
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Wildman

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Stone poured a dark amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it quickly subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, burnt coffee and a touch of chocolate. The flavor was of malt, coffee, chocolate and a touch of hops. The body was medium light and a slightly creamy texture to it. The finish was bittersweet. Another nice offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 01:22:17 | More by Wildman
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 1-11-2007. Pours a very dark ruby brown with almost no head to see. Nose is caramel, pine tar, and nutty. Flavor is still there, though the alcohol seems to be peeking out quite a bit. Nuts at the start and as an aftertaste as well. It really hits stronger after a few seconds longer. Most lasting palate experience that I can remember off of just one sip. Feel is thick, almost syrupy. Drinkable for sure. Masterfully crafted and seems to still have life left. Never had it fresh, but this seems pretty good without knowing the difference.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:15:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Toledo on the way home from my honeymoon. Pours a deep amber color. Moderate head, but good lacing. Aroma is faint to me, but a slight hint of cocoa and coffee. Taste is just explosive. Chocolate malt, carmel tones, but yet with a firm enough hop presense to keep it all in balance. Mouthfeel is full, rich and lush. I almost wonder if they added some maltodextrine to beef up the mouthfeel. This one is a winner, great overall beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 22:42:22 | More by deejaydan
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delicious

Vermont

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a small caramel head on top of a cloudy dark cherry body.
The nose is warm and fruity, with cherries amongst a small amount of raspberries.
Right at first sip, along with some fruit, I get chocolate and coffee that I didn't detect in the nose at all. As the beer warms, the chocolate flavor becomes more prominent and some more malt character enters the nose.
It's full in the mouth, warm, and drinkable to boot. I really enjoyed drinking this beer, and I wish I had bought more when it was still Stone's 8th anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 17:59:34 | More by delicious
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tastes more like a porter than a brown ale... tastes a lot like Stone's smoked porter.
Coffee, toffee, caramel... deep, roasted flavors.
Maybe something between Stone's smoked porter and their imperial stout?
Really quite tasty.
I'd like to see them make something like this, steadily, again.
But their porter is good enough for me...
and the imperial stout is supposed to come out again soon...
I dunno.
Good stuff, though!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 07:47:30 | More by ommegangpbr
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle. August 2004.
It pours a cola amber color with a fast fading beige head and some sticky and trailing lacing.
A strong smell of crème brulee is noticed at first pour. A deep sweet roasted malt aroma comes through, followed by a light whiff of floral hop and faint sniff of dark rum.
A taste of sweet creamy coffee is quite upfront. Flavors of milk chocolate and brown bread make for an interesting, and complex malt profile.
The hop bitterness is equally varied. A little grapefruity citrus, a touch of orange zest and peppery spices, meld with some edgy lemon zest and lightly oily lime tanginess.
A dash of honey and a shot of rum come to mind. Nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 04:47:28 | More by BeerResearcher
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at Anam Cara Public House.

This ale poured a clear, very deep chestnut color with light tan foam that settled but remained near the edges. The smell was malty with notes of vanilla, wood, mollassess, and coffee. The taste was malty with flavors of mollassess and dried fruit, and some "woody" notes (not oxidation). There was a hint of sweetness and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry with medium-full body and moderate carbonation. The flavors lingered in the aftertaste very nicely. This was a very good and drinkable brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2005 05:11:58 | More by UncleJimbo
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DeanMoriarty

California

4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Vintage Eighth Anniversary

Had this out of a snifter at Holiday Wine Cellar's special event for San Diego Beer Week 2010: "Stone Vintage Archives & Decadent Chocolate Pairings" hosted by Dr. Bill Sysack of Stone Brewing. Paired with North Park's Eclipse Chocolat - Lavender Sea Salt Caramel.

A: Pours a hazy dark copper/slightly brownish hue with a solid head that lasts, leaving good amounts of lace in its tracks.

S: Sweet and boozy with a good amount of roasted malt and some musty wood funk that is real nice.

T: Sweet roasted malt, big bourbon and oak with some booze that makes its self known in the mix.

M: Medium-bodied and dry with mellow carbonation, but overall somewhat thin and lifeless and not living up to the other aspects and qualities of this brew.

D: I do not like barley wines on average, but the time in the cellar really made this one surprisingly smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 06:12:06 | More by DeanMoriarty
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A couple hundred words of verbal antics written on the bottle lead me to believe this is a reincarnation of a 1998, one-off called Lee's Mild. The 8th Anniversary pours a clear, chestnut brown body with a small, tan head that quickly falls into a persistent collar and film of lace. Patchy lace also decorates the sides of the glass.
Interesting nose begins with chocolate..and more chocolate. Caramel, prunes, smoked almonds, licorice, and vanilla also emerge to tease the nose.
Mouthfeel features some hops bitterness, and is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Feels good in the mouth.
Taste is complex for a "brown ale". Lots of chocolate malt, caramel, fresh bready malt, a hint of warming alcohol, dark fruits, and a solid almond nuttiness. Hops bitter well, and waver between grassy and floral. Finish is smooth and clean.
I ususally don't care for brown ales, but leave it to Stone to create an exception. At 7.8% abv, this could be considered an "imperial brown ale", but the abv is generally well hidden in the complexity of flavors. At times, I even detected a resemblance to a strong dark ale from Belgium, in this one. Very interesting. Very tasty. Very drinkable. I wish I had a case of these in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 11:58:14 | More by merlin48
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew presents itself as a deep chestnut-colored liquid with a thin white head. The aroma is teriffic…malty and big (expected from Stone), with a bit of yeast, a hint of alcohol, bits of vanilla, caramel, and hops. Yummy. The taste is malty and earthy, with a little toasted grain and a big bitter finish. Alcohol warming is present, but the attribute is really well hidden. Very nice on an early November night.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 22:45:15 | More by Suds
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat hazy ruddy brown with a few floating particulates (noticed a heck of a lot of sediment in the bottom of this 20 month old bottle) and a clingy clumpy tan foam cap. Sweet caramel and candied fruit aromas mixed with a hint of hazelnut liquer immediately make me think this is some kind of old ale. If this were intended as an old ale (I know it's not), the taste would reveal it as a mere pretender. No matter, because what is offered, even at such a late date, is wonderful: soft, smooth nutty caramel malts with a sweet cherry undercurrent. Earthy bitterness from some expertly blended hops emerges at the finish. Begins airy and fluffy but overall a satin smooth mouthfeel; medium body. I can certainly detect the "spirit" of a mild ale here, however this is most definitely more of an amped up brown. Never bothered to pick up any of Stone's Anniversary Ales before. Damn! Now I know!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 04:06:51 | More by orfeu
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rowew

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with the usual verbose stone story on the back. August 2004. Has been kept refrigerated since purchase.

Appearance: Poured into a globe - thin head that fades relatively quickly.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of fruit. Hops and some other spices also come through. As it warms some chocolate is evident.

Taste: Lots of roasted flavor, with chocolate showing up here too. Coffee and toffee also round out the flavor, with a bit of alcohol as well.

Overall impression: Suprising drinkable and smooth for the ABV. This tastes sort of like a Porter/Brown hybrid to me. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 03:35:43 | More by rowew
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BadBadger

New York

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a very pleasant and fine ale. It poured a nice dark copper brown. There was a moderatley descent head, which unfortunately was neither excessive, or long lasting. The taste was a nice and malty treat, with hints of hops. This was accompanied by a enjoyable smooth and full mouthfeel. A rather tasty beer to searched out and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2004 20:50:45 | More by BadBadger
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neenerzig

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all many thanks to Tim (Mookow) for letting me know where I could find some of this stuff. Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. This beer is a medium to dark, murky brown color. Mine had a tan head about half a finger thick that settles to a thin layer floating on the top of the glass with a ring lining the inside of the glass. It has some pretty decent lacing. Aromas of malts, dark fruits such as apples or plums, caramel and just a slight hint of sweet BBQ sauce are all present here. It sort of tastes like I am eating a steak with some A1 and/or sweet barbecue sauce, but certainly strong has flavors of malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of dark fruit along with a hint of hop bitterness. An interesting and well balanced taste. Leaves a slightly dry aftertaste and has a hint of salt, like the aftertaste of a steak does. I certainly have never had a beer that tasted quite like this before. I wonder how this beer would have tasted 2 years ago when it was fresh. Has a crisp mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. A good beer, but a bit of an odd one. I wonder how this would have tasted if it had been properly cellared as opposed to (I assume) sitting in a cooler for 2 years. However it was an appropriate choice of purchase since I picked it up on my 24th Birthday and it is the 8th, and 24 is a multiple of 8.

I also drank this again on 4/13/08. Split a bomber I have had sitting in my cellar since December 2006. Split a bottle with my friend Jon Passow. Poured into my pint glass. This beer is a clear medium to dark brown color. Head was about 1/3 inch when poured. Eventually settles to a thin ring lining the inside of my glass. Decent lace. Aromas of some roasted malt and caramel are present along with a bit of nuts. The taste of alcohol is certainly noticeable but not overpowering. The taste is rounded out with a bit of hop bitterness. Has a very crisp and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I must say this has held up very well. I know generally brown ales are not intended to be aged for 3 1/2 years before being drank but this was fantastic! I would love to drink this again and hope to be able to one day. More proof that Stone kicks ass!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 03:53:07 | More by neenerzig
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this earlier in 2008 at a BA tasting at the Brick Store Pub compliments of an unknown BA- Thanks to whoever brought this! Poured a hazy brown with a still lively head that faded to a thin ring. Smells treacly with some aromas of date and fig. The taste is similar, but still quite rich with date and fig fflavors and slight roastiness that provides a toast like backbone for the fruit. Very smooth and creamy, this is still holding up quite well with no oxiddised flavors detected at all. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 16:23:49 | More by Georgiabeer
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klewis

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky brown with reddish hues. A small, thick head subsides to a frothy ring.

S: Nutty malt aroma. Subtle, but very nice.

T: Malty up front, with not a whole lot going on. Just when I was about to get disapointed a flavor of roasted nuts and cappachino filled the mouth. Let's hear it for delayed gratification.

M: Thick and heavy with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

D: It's too bad that this is limited production, because I love it. Smooth and full-flavored, this is quite drinkable, and I have yet to have anything quite like it.

P.S. Floccinauccinihilipilification. Hell yeah!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 00:02:51 | More by klewis
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oct. 15th 2006.

I'm rating this beer based on how well it's held up.

Just slightly hazy liquid with a light white half inch head... Granted it was an agressive pour but I'm surprised this one still has any carbonation left! Very little lacing as expected.

Big roasted toffee nose. Sweet candy scents with a little bit of alcohol and tree bark?

Sweet coffee flavors. Almost like coffee with just a dash of hazelnut added. Very dry finish after swallowing. It's definitely a bit nutty.

It's a bit thin as I would imagine has happened over time. Still pretty good feel to it though.

Overall very drinkable and another great beer from Lee Chase. Many thanks go out to Boolshot for sending this one my way!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 03:47:19 | More by timtheenchanta
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with light red highlights a tan head that is small and vanishes quick some spotty lace. Aroma is earthy toasted malt nutty caramel malt light chocolate lightly fruity with a dash of floral hops. Taste is pleasing lightly toasted malt, nuts, caramel, toffee even down to earth taste. Finishes with some fruit flavors with a lingering light hop bitterness. Malt feels so smooth low carbonation full bodied when then the carbonation picks up and lifts the fruity floral flavors onto the tounge. Best tasting brown ale I have sampled. Mouthfeel is right side of medium a smooth full bodied beer. Drinkability is good a great brown ale with a good complex full flavored taste, not my favorite style but this beer will make you a believer in brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 03:09:22 | More by mntlover
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium ruby/brown colour and pretty clear. Cream coloured head that's a little thin, but is made up of fine bubbles and leaves lots of lacing. Malty aroma with just a bit of floral hoppiness. Mostly it's all about chocolate and nutty smells, with a hint of alcohol lurking in the background. Moderate bitterness throughout, but this seems to be more about malt (is this really a Stone brew?). Sweet, malty start, some nuttiness and floral hops at the mid-point, and it finishes with more chocolatey malt and some increasing bitterness. Creamy texture aided by well-incorporated carbonation. Full mouthfeel with just a bit of alcohol warmth. Great balance here in an excellent (strong) American brown ale.

April 7, 2006: Tried my last bottle of this great beer. It had a bit of oxidation that manifested as kind of an "aged barleywine nose", but this didn't detract from the quality of the aroma. The flavour had mellowed out a bit, but there was still some bitterness and everything held together well. The body seemed a little thinner than last time, but that could just be poor memory. Still enjoyable after all this time, but it has lost a little of its original character.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 00:37:11 | More by DrJay
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Billolick

New York

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown ale Stone style! Is there such a thing as a double brown ale?
This one seems to fit the bill. Pours dark brown and clear, thin tan head, light lacing. This is thick, full bodied stuff. Alcohol present in the nose. Rich, deep and tasty malt center. Sweetness, balanced by a subtle dry hoppynesss. Lucious and large, chocolate flavors come out as it warms in the glass. Deeply satisfying, strong and bold. Another winner from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 18:48:45 | More by Billolick
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Troyone

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark root beer color with limited head and some carb action.

Aroma has a molasses nutty roasted malt smell with pine lime hops and hints of chocolate.

Smooth heavy bitter ale taste with chocolate malt and pine orange hops.

Medium to full body, dry syrupy texture, soft and smooth carbonation, and a smooth metallic finish.

Drinkability is alright for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 10:10:15 | More by Troyone
Stone 8th Anniversary Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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