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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse One Oatmeal Stout AleDark Horse One Oatmeal Stout Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

809 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 41
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-15-2002)
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color and is quite thick while pouring into my glass. A small mocha head. Carb unk.
Aroma is robust malts richly roasted.
Taste is as well roasted and robust.
Weights heavily on the palette. There is some chalkiness in the body, but overall is smooth and velvetty and quite filling.
A good beer but perhaps one dimensional in taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 13:27:59 | More by micromaniac129
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Aiptasia

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried tonight courtesy of the NOOB BIF in the BIF forums and BA Jmagnus87:

Pours a dark knight of oil into a pint glass. Lacing is for naught. Head tottaly absent. This beer is dank and dangerous. Taste is rich from the oats and malt profile. Any hops were an afterthought in this beer. It mocks me with a 6" monolith of darkness in my pint glass. Taste is of wet malt goodness with subdued smoke and a hint of peat and mineral. Slick and wet throughout with amost no carbonation. Overall pretty good and solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:55:55 | More by Aiptasia
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle inyo an English "pot" pint glass.
Jet-black pour leading to a short, dark, tan head of foam.
Aroma-Dark fruit, faint coffee
Taste-Smoky,charred meat, dark roasted coffee, burnt hops. A definite sipper with big bold flavors, not smooth like a traditional oatmeal stout. Strong tastebuds needed.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 16:54:25 | More by hosehead83
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drewba

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque jet black with a one finger khaki head. Head and lacing after the initial pour are minimal.

S - burnt oatmeal, coffee, smokey and roasty malts,

T - Heavy dose of smoke, espresso, oats, super roasty malts, walnut, and a little sweet molasses. I want more complexity from the malt profile - once the initial espresso, smoke and oatiness are over, there isn't much to enjoy.

M - thin - medium bodied, minimal carbonation.

D - There is a little lingering bitter from the expresso, so for me it'd be something I'd pair a dessert or something with. I love the dark horse stout series, but I think this one might fall in bottom of the 5 for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:43:43 | More by drewba
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as night with a small, 1 finger head. Head is chocolaty brown and retains very well. The head settles into a thin, dense layer on top of the beer. Lacing is ok.

S- All deep, dark, roasted malts. Pure roast flavors and slight coffee flavors mixed together. Fairly one dimensional and simple, but fairly enticing.

T- This is just like the scent, except toned down a notch. Starts off with a big roasted malty bang that persists throughout the drink. Biggest note is a bitter coffee flavor that appears midway through. Bitter flavor sticks around until the end, then lingers on the palate for a little bit.

M- Thick, and a little creamy. Standard heavy stout feel, but not too heavy to session with. No detectable alcohol heat. Pretty smooth compared to other stouts, with moderate amounts of carbonation.

Overall, nothing special, but pretty good. The best aspect of this one is how smooth it is going down. It is creamy and smooth, and despite having only a slightly above average flavor profile, the scent is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 01:21:01 | More by boilermakerbrew
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Capone's, poured into a Belhaven pint glass.

A: Poured a 1 finger fluffy, creamy chocolate head with unbelievable retention. Brew itself was near opaque black. Frothy lacing was full and outstanding.

S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted, smokey malt, light sour oatmeal, hops.

T: Milk chocolate, oatmeal, sour roasted coffee.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth. Finishes clean and wet with a moderately layered mouthfeel.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. This is kinda like Sam Smith's oatmeal stout with a creamier and fuller mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 02:55:14 | More by SpeedwayJim
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Fridge just reloaded their stash and I am curious to run through some of these stouts.

I went with a heavy-handed pour to keep things progressing. This resulted in two dense fingers of deep-brwon head with excellent retention. Nose smelled like someone had melted a milk chocolate candy bar and poured it into my glass. Color was a deep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration (SRM = 44). Mouthfeel was big and chewy, like a dollop of fudge atop my tongue. Phew! The taste was smoky, more towards campfire than house fire, with a chocolaty sweetness that left me wondering what had possessed me. I like hoppy beers, not malt-driven ones, but even so, I will give this a fair shake. Finish continued to be fudgy, sweet and not really my cup of tea. I do not mind bitter stouts, but sweet is never going to make it into my wheelhouse.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 23:25:36 | More by woodychandler
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this is a thick dark color with light tan head. Smells are sweet dark roasted malts, molasses, and cocoa. Taste is heavy on dark cocoa, oatmeal, marshmallow, and roasted malt with some smokiness. Alcohol is somewhat prevalent. This is a decent tasty stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:20:59 | More by webmanspidey
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown to black color with a small dark tan head and no significant retention or lacing

S-roasted coffee and slight hints of sweetness

T-roasted coffee and chocolate with some hop bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, some alcohol comes through

O-a decent if not spectacular stout

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 17:37:52 | More by MDDMD
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours thick and black, but with one of the smallest heads i've seen outside of a barrel aged stout. lacing is decent though.

roasty aroma with some chocolate (bakers dark cocoa and some milk chocolate) heavily creamed mocha coffee, burnt oatmeal, some toffee.

again roasty and toasty with a bit less cocoa and chocolate, a bit woody, almost nutty, with some toffee, bitter coffee, and oatmeal.

almost full-bodied though rather light for the style with decent carbonation with a watery yet creamy finish reminding me of half-n-half.

drinks pretty well. not terribly complex, but tasty and with the 8% ABV well integrated. not one I would go out of my way for, but one I wouldn't turn down either.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 06:19:59 | More by silentjay
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black with a thin lingering tan head
S: This smells nice. Definitely has a milk chocolate/cream thing going on up front then some coffee and malt
T: Initially this matches the nose but just not as intense. As soon as I swallow it however all of the bitter notes of the cocoa and coffee are accentuated and linger for some time on the finish
M: Medium+ body, bitter
O: This would be a nice beer if it wasn't for the bitter finish. It had everything going for it up until then & I would likely be all 4's but the finish is all you remember and rather disappointing

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 16:58:05 | More by ONUMello
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black body with a thin sandy head.

The smell is a burnt molasses and a musty scent that's a little off-putting.

Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a little bit of that char. That musty scent isn't as prevalent in the taste, but reminds me of leaves. Slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, as it should be in an oatmeal stout.

Eh, this was just ok and I find the other stouts from DH much more appealing.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 02:22:09 | More by Vonerichs
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This might have been my first Dark Horse offering that I ever had the pleasure of drinking; nonetheless, I'm revisiting this Oatmeal Stout.

A: A great looking soapy caramel head with a nice black body that has somewhat brown accents. The head is the most impressive thing aesthetically about this beer. It lacks some heavy lacing, but makes up for the the head I was describing.

S: The nose of this beer is very earthy with roasted malts, the earthiness of this beer reminds me of wet soil. In addition to the earthiness One has mild chocolate and a barely perceivable amount of smokeyness.

T: The most surprising thing after smelling the stink out of this beer was that there was a little bit of a hop profile in it that I did not get in the nose. The beer begins with the roasted malts touching the tongue, followed by a transition to to sweetness, followed by an alcohol bite. Not an extremely clean finish to this stout.

M: The oatmeal probably makes this beer. One is medium bodied with a nice slippery touch.

D: Descent Dark Horse offering, but there is something about this beer that lacks serious complexity and the finish is a little rough.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 08:56:11 | More by MPLS
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm, an 8% oatmeal stout, this should be interesting.

A super aggressive pour yields a creamy rich dark 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace, over just about pitch black beer, and very light lacing.

Nose of a nice stout, some roasted malts, some black patent malt, some oatmeal, some smoked malts, a bit of caramel, actually some chocolate seems to come out more and more as it warms, dark and baker's chocolate. A bit of a creamy milk chocolate too. Plenty of coffee blended in also.

Taste starts very rich and creamy, almost chewy. Plenty of oatmeal, bringing a thick rich and creamy taste and feel. Also lots of dark malts, some roasted malt, lots of coffee, a bit of caramel, touch of vanilla, and plenty of chocolate with baker's and dark chocolate going again, as well as a hint of toffee and tobacco. Also some creamy milk chocolate flavors. With all that is some smoked malt as well. Some light earthy hops, and a bit of bitterness from the roasted malts bringing a bit of a briny mineral salty taste. As it finishes it dries a bit, leaving more of the briny salty taste, as well as more chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of oatmeal. A bit of a warming booze, and hint of boozy taste. Very late on the palate lingering a hint of a fruity flavor, as well as burnt bitter coffee grinds and acidic tastes.

Mouth is heavier bodied, thick rich and creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is somewhat meh, with some boozy flavors, that briny salty taste, the coffee grinds and acidic flavors, and overall heaviness. The only thing helping it is the smooth oatmeal feel. This beer is much bigger than it should be for an oatmeal stout, and closer to a RIS. Way too much roasted and chocolate malts. The bit of smoke is nice, but there are too many other flavors pounded into this one beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 01:18:04 | More by jlindros
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

black as motor oil, thin dark tan head, but it fades very quickly. aroma is typical of the style, with maybe a hit of coffee.

taste is sweet malt and oat, but with a slightly acidic aftertaste that is a bit off-putting.

very little carbonation, medium body, a bit thinner than expected.

based on the other offerings from this brewery, I was a bit disapointed. As their stouts go, this doesn't stand up to the Special Reserve Black Bier.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 03:34:27 | More by jmdrpi
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep dark black color with a thick 2 finger tane foam head that has decent retention. Small amounts of lacing.

S: There is some nice amount of roasted coffee and milk chocolate. There is also a decent amount of fresh tobacco and some vanilla.

T: Starts off a little tannic almost with some leather and tobacco. In the middle there is some oatmeal, milk chocolate and chocolate. Finishes with more tobacco and leather.

M: A nice medium to full bodied beer that leaves a slightly bitter tannic leather taste on the palate. Quite dry.

O: A decent overall oatmeal stout. Was suprised by the amount of leather and tobacco present. Would like to try this on cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 02:10:37 | More by IronCitySteve
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trbergman

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Opaque mahogany beer with a quarter inch of dense tan foam.

S - Moderately aromatic with notes of chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. A bit of coffee in the back.

T - Dark chocolate, molasses, and nuts. Little to no hop flavor with a somewhat aggressive (for the style) hop bitterness that blends well with the roasted grain. Some alcohol is present - not entirely unpleasant, but not really a positive contribution either.

M - Soft, medium-full body and very creamy. This is what oatmeal stout is all about.

D - This is a decent beer that could be quite good with a little less alcohol present on the palate. Otherwise, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 01:58:22 | More by trbergman
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dpjosuns

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle:

A- Dark brown, almost black. Thin head, dark brown, but lingers.

S- Think coffee, dark chocolate, maybe a touch of dark fruits (date or black cherry).

T- Tastes of roasted barley and coffee, and dark chocolate that lingers on the back on the tongue. I get maybe a touch of oatmeal, but was expecting more. As the beer warms the coffee notes come through more.

M- Full bodied mouthfeel. Creamy, smooth. You taste this beer well after its left your mouth, which I enjoy. The carb is a bit low, but I think it works fine with this beer.

O- I like the beer, but I would have a hard time picking it as an oatmeal stout if I hadn't seen the label. If you like big stouts that aren't quite "Imperial" this would definitely be a beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:41:05 | More by dpjosuns
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours out to a deep coffee black color with nearly no head. Very low carbonation. Aromas of thick coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is full bodied and dense; flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, some dark fruits and hop bitterness on the finish. Powerful flavors. Mouthfeel is good, thick and heavy like a oatmeal stout should be. Drinkability is average. I feel like there is a brick in my stomach... Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 22:53:51 | More by Frozensoul327
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Acquired this from G311 via Nobody Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked! 3 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with the slightest of mahogany highlights along the edges when held to the light. A 1/4 inch of brown head sits on top and recedes immediately. Spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is oatmeal, nuttiness, roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T: Taste is light sweet caramel and oatmeal at first. Roasted and slight charred notes begin to come through. Charred notes carry in to the finish a bit lending to a bitter baker's chocolate and some citrusy hop character. Slight coffee is present but only in the after taste.

M: Lighter sode of medium body, medium carbonation, body on this is quite thin.

D: Goes down pretty easily, somewhat tasty, nice kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a bad beer by any means, though I think that I would opt for others of the style if given an option.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 16:46:43 | More by Jayli
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Brez07

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing from notes. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark brown. I got about 1/2 finger of mocha head which thins out. No lacing

S: Mostly oatmeal and roasted malt. Some chocolate comes through in the back

T: Fairly one dimensional. Has a nice roasted malt presence, but given the style there is definitely something lacking. I detect just a minor amount of oat, almost like it was an afterthought

M: Medium bodied. Hearty, roasted finish. Slightly coats the tongue

D: This was a good but not great oatmeal stout. Would have like a bigger oat flavor. Also some sweetness to balance things out some. Guess I would drink again if it was available

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 21:07:28 | More by Brez07
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Black beer, appear pretty opaque with a quick-to-materialize deep brown head. Quickly reduced to sparse bubbles.

S-Minimal aromas. The prominent smell is roasted malts with some hints of chocolate. There almost seems to be some harsh, off-aroma in there.

T-Hearty, oatmealy flavor flirts with deep roasty malts. Slight chocolatiness emerges toward the end and lingers into the clean finish.

M-Very silky mouthfeel, characteristic of oatmeal stouts. Borderline slick. Medium-low carbonation contributes to the smoothness. Even so, the beer comes away a solid medium body.

D-Strong drinkability. Enjoyable throughout, smooth and tasty. Although not perfectly, it fits nicely into the oatmeal stout style. Left me satisfied and wanting to try more from Dark Horse, including perhaps another bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 21:34:46 | More by CHSLBrew
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TexIndy

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but it's a fall/winter seasonal. Was black in color. No visible carb. Slow sliding lace. It had an average sized brown head that turned into a collar and thin film.

The aroma was roasted malt, oat, molasses and coffee with a lot of alcohol presence. The taste followed the aroma. Was good but alcohol taste a tad high and missing a good bite at the end but that could be due to the age of this one.

Overall, a middle of the road oatmeal stout. The alcohol is too prevalant in aroma and taste for my liking. Also could have used some chocolate to smooth it out some. Toss up on recommendation - maybe if you can taste a buddy's. Rotation: not available here but wouldn't make the cut if it was - drinkable but better out there. Would try on-tap.

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Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 21:17:44 | More by TexIndy
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very black, opaque. Small light brown head which dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of dark chocolate, soy sauce, dark roaste malts, strong coffee.

Taste is of bitter chocolate, dark malts, smokey wood and some hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, lightly cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew but I wouldn't consider this to be particularly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 18:55:21 | More by atigerlife
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oline73

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours an opaque dark brown with some red at the edges where the light hits. There is just a small layer of tan head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet malt up front with some dark fruit. I'm getting some smoke from the malt. The dark fruit and smoke combine and remind me of bbq sauce.

Taste: Lots of roast here. Just enough sweetness to keep things fairly balanced. The roasty bitterness could have run away here. There are some dark chocolate and dark fruit notes, but the roast and smoke are more prevalent. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and fairly smooth. The carbonation is more aggressive than I would have guessed from the lack of head. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: Just a touch more malt sweetness would have improved this one just a bit, but overall I enjoyed it. Not sure I need to have another in the future, but I wouldn't say no if offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:41:52 | More by oline73
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