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Arrogant Bastard Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

8,190 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 8,190
Reviews: 2,761
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 227
Gots: 711 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2000)
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ProfessorCJ

Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tall pint glass. Two fingers of white foam above a golden amber clear ale. Smells like malt and a hint of hops. Tastes of roasted barley, chocolate (?), coffee. The mouthfeel is good but not overwhelming with a good long finish. Very Drinkable despite the "You aren't worthy" slogan.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:21:35 | More by ProfessorCJ
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- Pours an extremely dark red adorned by plenty of creamy off-white head. Lacing is phenomenal as is the head retention.

S- Has a hoppy aroma up front along with plenty of rich, roasted malts and coffee. A bit of a sweet smell to it also.

T- The roasted flavors come through nicely, but the complexity of the beer leads it to finish off slightly bitter from the hops. One of the more complex beers I've drank so far.

M- Plenty smooth with a medium-heavy body. Goes down incredibly easy, good amount of carbonation.

D- Definitely drinkable, the bomber size is perfect for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 22:49:24 | More by kbeals
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dstc

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark ruby color with a foamy tan head that falls slow. Nice lace.

Big spicy hop aroma. Good sign of what this is going to taste like.

Wow. Nice and sweet. But also big hops and a hoppy, bitter finish. Just wonderful.

Full and smooth in the mouth.

Just awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 19:42:18 | More by dstc
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nectar14

California

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at brewery store:

A- Nice medium amber/caramel in color. 1-1/2 finger off white head, slight lacing.
S- Big hops on the nose, fairly aggressive. Whiff of malts there too.
T- After warming up, the hops are the best feature, but are backed up by some pleasant caramel and toasted grain flavors. Hops are the star.
M- Better than expected, gliding down reasonably easily with medium carbonation and viscosity.
D- Could have another. Easy sipper with a tasty dinner, quite a nice treat. Glad it is widely available here.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 18:30:02 | More by nectar14
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

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

This is, by far, one of the best beers ever bottled. I cannot stress enough just how much this beer has changed my appreciation for hoppier beers. Many moons ago, I was a malt-head. I am now proud to declare my undying allegiance to the hop. Stone makes some of the best beers I have ever tasted. If I were to recommend one beer over this nectar of the gods (would devil be more appropriate?) it would be their Ruination IPA.

A: Rust-red, with a nice sticky/firm head and lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma with a hint of roasted grains and floral hues.

T: The taste lives up to the name of this beer. The very first sip can feel like a kick to the teeth, but in a good way. Rich and complex. I recommend drinking this beer cold but not so cold that it won't warm as you drink it as this beer exhibits different exciting characteristics as it warms. It is kind of dry, not overly astringent, and finishes almost sweetly. This beer is high on the hops, but the malts used balance it out perfectly. Flavors: hops (duh), coffee, caramel, roasted grain.

M: Appropriate carbonation. A lingering aftertaste that leaves your mouth feeling pleasantly hoppy.

D: This is a strong beer. As such, it will catch up with you. Much like Ruination, this beer will make your next beer taste weaker than it would on its own.

You're not worthy!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 14:58:38 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a stemmed glass.

A: Poured a hazy, reddish amber orange color with a frothy head of off-white foam. Carbonation was good, clarity was great, and there was some nice lacing.

S: Smells like ripened berries, orange peel, lemongrass and floral hops. There's a little sweet funkiness to it as well.

T: Taste is quite lavish and complex. A lot of deep roasted caramel malt flavors at first, very rich. This is balanced by a fairly aggressive floral and citrus bitter hop component. The fruity ale flavors are deep and varied, lending flavors of apple, berry, pear and a touch of citrus.

M: Mouthfeel is full bodied, but slightly creamy and sweet.

D: At over 7% ABV and with a full array of ale flavors, this brew is great to have on its own if you're willing to deal with the dizzying flavor profiles and the imminent hangover. A great ale, but probably not for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 21:43:32 | More by Gambrinus1184
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jsapunor

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red color with a nice thick head and good lacing.

There is a lot going on here! This beer is extremely smooth and drinkable. Lots of hops and malt bouncing back and forth across the palate. It's hoppy and bitter, nutty and malty all swirling around with a good carbonation level. This is a very complex and well balanced beer. The alcohol is present but not too noticeable.

This is the beer that introduced me to the appreciation of good craft beer. I've tried many others but I always come back to this one and I am never disappointed. It's a great beer year round with all kinds of food. Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 18:23:25 | More by jsapunor
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BigBen61

Kentucky

4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer with my meal at Pazzo's in Lexington, KY not long ago. I think the ratings of all the other beer advocates speak for themselves but I just had to review this beer. If you have ever had the opportunity to try Stone's Ruination and thought...WOW...I love hops but that could be toned down just a bit then this is the beer for you. For my palate, very similar to the ruination with a bit more maltiness and a bit less of the piney bitterness.

A-Beautiful...poured from 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Not a heck of a lot of head when poured correctly but it's wonderful reddish brown color more than made up for the lack of head aesthetically.
S-Again, Very Impressive with a pretty complex floral/pine/citrus hop aroma. I'm not expert so I can't pick out all the little aromas just yet but the hops are sure in full bouquet here.
T-Obviously, as with any great beer this is where it blew me away. Rich nuttiness to balance and intense (but not too intense) hoppy bitterness and as smooth a beer for the ABV and Hop content as I've ever seen.
M-The carbonation in my bottle was a bit higher initially than I preferred but I took my time with this one and it played out well within a few minutes of being in my glass.
D-More drinkable than it's big bro (Ruination) but still not a beer that you could knock back for hours on end.

Overall, If you haven't tried this...then what the heck are you waiting for.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 15:48:15 | More by BigBen61
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sensorglitch

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured beer into glass. Color was very good. The odour was very nice, it implied that there would be a hoppy bite to it, however when I drank it, the hops were not really overtly there. There beer had a smooth finish to it, and definitely tasted good. I had it in a comparison to the oaked arrogant bastard. I found this beer to be better than the Oaked Arrogant Bastard, but that just may be a taste preference.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 16:47:46 | More by sensorglitch
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrogant Bastard is an old stand-by and a nice example of a strong ale. It was one of the first microbrews I ever had and I have had it several times since, and it is a nice change of pace from time to time when I've been drinking nothing but IPAs or Stouts. Had this in a pint glass from a bomber.

Appearance: Darker reddish brown with a frothy white foamy head that laces pretty solidly down the glass.

Smell: Never anything too powerful or aromatic, but definite hop presence with a citrusy grapefruit style aroma, but the malt is very present in balance as well, with much of a caramel style hint to it.

Taste: Bitter hops that are present in the nose are the first taste, followed afterward by a solid malt backbone and clean finish with residual bitters. For the style, it's hoppy and bitter (Stone's calling card) but in comparison to their IPA or many upper-tier IPAs in general, it's pretty well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth finish after the bitter start, not too oily but not over-carbonated either. Finishes like an ale does, with the alcohol being warm only after the swallow and definitely not overpowering.

Drinkability: Usually a bomber is enough for me, and it drinks a little slower than some of my favorite IPAs, but it definitely is consistent and tasty throughout and doesn't ever get too difficult to drink. I'd imagine most every good beer drinker out there has had this due to Stone's fantastic distribution scheme and power, but if not, it's certainly a great example of the American Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 17:12:21 | More by nomomentwasted
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

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

Pours with a big tan head, the beer is ruby brown in color. Smells sweet, citric, alcoholy. Almost no carbonation. From the first sip the alcohol makes its presence known. Bitter throughout with a nutty-bitter slightly astringent aftertaste, which really lingers. A faint mustiness can be tasted, which seems odd and out of place. A real hoppy kick in the crotch. I wanted to like this beer more, and I consider myself a hophead, but it was a little too bitter/astringent without enough balancing maltiness for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 03:18:38 | More by ExtraStout
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cvaypai

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to 22 oz snifter

Appearance - Deep dark amber brown, can barely see through, just when held to light. 1 finger tan frothy head that lingers.

Smell - Roasted sweet malts, a bit of alcohol and a small citrusy hop presence. Maybe a bit of chocolate, coffee, this smells like one badass beer.

Taste- Malty yet hoppy, extremely good. Dark sweet malts met with Stone's great citrus hops. My tongue is so confused, its picking up the sweet and the bitter on nearly the same area. Boozy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is good for a beer of its size. Not too heavy, just about right. A bit chewy and dry.

Drinkability - A bomber is enough for me for one sitting. I could see this beer being great for the winter months, mixes alot of great aspects from a few types of beer.

Will love to try the Double and the oaked.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 21:27:18 | More by cvaypai
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DookDrinkyCrow

Maryland

4.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is exactly what it advertises. It packs a punch! Not at all ordinary, it pours a light cloudy brown. The smell is complex, with hops and malt present. Once you take a sip and it hits your belly, you have to drink the rest. It has a strong hop taste but finishes refreshing and has a luring aftertaste. Unless you appreciate finer tastes, "You're not worthy"TM

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2009 00:16:00 | More by DookDrinkyCrow
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle with no marked lot code or expiration date. Sampled on July 2, 2009. The pour was anice looking amber brown with a significant supply of frothy beige head that filled up a quarter of the pint glass. It gave me a foam moustache! The aroma was a kind of floral malt mixture, which I know does not make a lot of sense but that is how I define it. Nice though. The taste had a nice balance of hops which countered the 7%+ ABV, which I barely even noticed. No wonder everyone lies this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 22:56:42 | More by puboflyons
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vrazionale

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a ruddy dark brown, slightly hazy, with a modest one finger head that becomes splotchy across the top of the brew.

S - Piney, citrusy hops and a big, sweet, malty background. Nothing too deep or esoteric here, but it's not trying to be funky or terribly complex. This smells like American ales should smell!

T - The hop bitterness is well-complemented by the bready, sweet malted barley flavors. Usually, big ales have a tough time keeping the balance through the finish, but I give props to Stone for brewing a bold strong ale that finishes so smoothly and well-integrated.

M - Good carbonation, not too syrupy despite the big, sweet malt flavors - again, everything works well together.

D - This is a highly drinkable brew that could very easily be confused as a session brew. The 7.2% sneaks up on you, as it is so deep and enjoyable that you'll drink it more quickly than you should. I would drink this brew with good BBQ, a burger, a well-aged Gouda, or Mexican food. As good as it gets for a big American ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 01:36:38 | More by vrazionale
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OldeEnglishD

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to this beer as I had heard so much about it. Let me tell you it didn't dissappoint! Everything about this beer delivers, from the excellent deep coloring to the great head of foam, to the complex series of flavors. Every sip brought a new nuance of flavor that kept me wanting more. The only drawback to the beer is that it is slightly heavy to be a session beer, but it is definately the first beer I will grab when I start off the night.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 20:13:10 | More by OldeEnglishD
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

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

Pours a burnt honey color with a very thin, barely a rimming of off-white head.
Smells got a bold citrus/sweet aroma with some malt character.
Taste has a bitter malt notes with sweet hops and a twinge of cherries on the very back.
Finish is crisp with a bitter/citrusy/sweet after-taste.
Drinks incredibly smoothly and is very refreshing, zero bite here.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 14:09:03 | More by ThaBobfather
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BitterPachyderm

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been one of my go-to beers for the past year...it's like an angry friend, except it's there to comfort you in your times of need (i hope that didn't sound too alcoholic...i kid, i kid!).

22 oz. bomber poured into the SN pint glass...massive five finger head...pillowy toffee head with great stickage and lacing...deep crystal clear ruby body...great head retention.

Huge neutral mix of grapefruit and pine...some burnt caramels and smoke with whiffs of dark fruit and leather.

Sweet grapefruit and sticky pine melding into one masssive hop profile with a strong malt backbone...slightly biscuity with a bruising bitter finish.

Oily and chewy at times, low on carbonation...

Excellent drinkability for the style...

I can drink this aged and fresh...a very versatile beer from Stone that never disapoints.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 21:20:26 | More by BitterPachyderm
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CLBizzle

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a square mug.

Thick, toffee colored head with a little lacing. Nice dark color with bold smell, taste starts as a slight bitter coffee taste that turns an almost sweet finish. After the beer breathes for awhile other spices start to develop. A complex beer that is up at the top of my list for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:03:30 | More by CLBizzle
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a mug, finger and a half frothy cream colored head, head lasts forever, very dark brown coloring, still can't see the lacing because the head is still a half inch, leaves head rings on the glass, now i can see the lacing, it's terrific, covers the whole top, really beautiful brew, not to mention a really great, clever bottle design.

s- grapefruit, slight pine, hoppiness, caramel malt.

t- i get fruitiness (grapefruit), floral hops, little pine, but as hoppy as it is, it's equally malty and caramelly, it's topped off with a gush of alcohol at the back end, super complex, very interesting, i'm sipping at it.

m- a little slick on the tongue, medium bodied.

d- it is drinkable, i definately wouldn't session this bad boy, i think i'd be on my ass, the cool bottle doesn't lie it's not for the faint of heart, but really great none the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 00:13:55 | More by thecarster1
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santomark

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me first start off with I've been drinking this bad boy for about a year now and I'm starting to notice a lot of major grocery stores are selling Arrogant Bastards; I was excited at first, but I realized that the majority of the individuals buying AB were buying it purely for the reason of the name and art design! This pisses me off as a beer lover! A beer is like a book, don't judge it by its cover!

Now to the review

Appearance- Pours a beautiful dark crimson/redish color.

Smell- The smell is heavenly! Nicely bitter and hoppy. I think I spend more time smelling it than I do drinking it.

Taste- This beer really works my tongue down to every taste bud. Its Dry which reminds me of drinking a coke on a hot day, it leaves that satisfying burning sensation in my throat. The hops are wonderful, the perfect balance; and the after taste adds compliments to it

Mouthfeel- feels great, and very hard to explain. Simply put its like a massage on my tongue.

Drinkability- Its very drinkable. However, I choose not to drink it everyday. I save it as a special occasion beer, because every time I've had this beer its been memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 08:15:21 | More by santomark
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt red with lasting head and layers of lacing down the glass. Very pretty.

Smell: Mostly dry malts and pine, some citrus and fruit.

Taste: Semi-sweet fruity malts upfront, which quickly turns to a very flavorful pine and citrus hop middle, before ending with waves of bitterness. Detect some spiciness from the hops at the end as well.

Feel: Low carbonation with a full, very smooth body. Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: My first American Strong Ale, but I really like this and want more. Good thing it's a bomber and I am only half done.

I know American Strong Ale is a catch-all, but this one seems halfway between an IPA and an American Barleywine. Also somewhat reminds me of Furious.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 03:40:04 | More by bsp77
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very versatile beer and should be enjoyed wherever and whenever!

Appearance - deep rich mahogany red that is clear and consistent throughout. Produces airy head that is off-white to light caramel hue. Minor lacing.

Aroma - bitter initially with a citrusy glow showing through after. Malty as well with some coniferous waft.

Taste - Incredible. Like the smell, it hits you with a quick bittery punch but mellows out as other flavors come out. The main citrus taste is of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation that is not too strong to take anything away from the rest of the experience, which in my opinion is very important. The feel is semi-dry with minor stickiness.

Drinkability - A full flavored beer with impeccable balance. It leaves a lasting impression to encourage you to pop another one open.

Excellent beer that you can enjoy anytime. A true Stone.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 05:16:44 | More by OakedCanuck
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Brenden

Ohio

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

On tap at Daddy-Oh's in Toledo...

This brew is a rich, deep mahogany-copper. The head pours about one finger and leaves wisps of lacing on the glass.
Hops and roasted malts with a muted caramelized sugars and some toasted grains are on the nose.
The flavor follows the nose well enough, though the hops character seems to mellow as I sip and it seems a little muted from the tap. The sweetness that was underlying in the aroma comes out a bit more strongly on the tongue.
This brew is smooth with a medium body.
Drink this. I can't wait to grab a bottle, as I think a bottle pour will make for a stronger bouquet and open this one up a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 14:39:29 | More by Brenden
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endincolorado

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep red-amber with thick light tan head that settles slowly. Decent lace.

Smell- A perfect balance of toasted caramel malt and bitter, citrusy hops.

Taste- Dry, bitter hops, again balanced by crisp, caramel malt. Roasty, with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Great carbonation.

Drinkability- The beer that got me hooked on craft beer years ago is still one of my favorite ales to sit around and drink in cold or warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 00:48:45 | More by endincolorado
Arrogant Bastard Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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