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Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout - Great Divide Brewing Company

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3,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,053
Reviews: 963
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 215
Gots: 579 | FT: 42
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 05-16-2008)
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BMoney575

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%

Sampled on 7-10-09
Bottled on 3-6-09

Pours very thick and pitch black, with an awesome tan head that settles to a thick, almost solid layer.

Smell is tons of coffee, big malt, subtle aromas of vanilla and anise, and very good. The oak is nowhere near as prevalent as it is in a regular Oak-Aged Yeti.

Taste is...there's the oak. Huge maltiness gives way to a great combination of coffee and smoke, with a great woody finish and coffee bitterness. The aftertaste is all vanilla, in an almost bourbon way.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, and goes well with the oak and coffee flavors.

Drinkability is quite good, not too sweet, not too bitter, and not too much alcohol.

Overall, a great twist on an already excellent beer.

07-10-2009 22:32:15 | More by BMoney575
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BierFan

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured from a bomber into a flute. It has a bottled on date but it's a little unclear. I think it's from either March or May of this year, but I'm unsure.

Appearance: Beautiful brown head had a little cascading action after it was first poured. The body is, unsurprisingly, jet black. Lacing is very nice.

Smell: The vanilla aroma from the oak aging is the first thing I notice. Smells very sweet as well.

Taste: Taste is pretty extraordinary. The vanilla and espresso flavors are very complimentary to each other.

07-10-2009 04:29:22 | More by BierFan
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Arbitrator

California

3.45/5  rDev -19.2%

Shared at a Yeti comparison tasting. Received in a trade from drgonzo3705. Thanks Paul!

A: A decadent motor oil black capped by a mocha-colored head. Each sip is accompanied by a wash of foam as I drink, but nothing sticks to the glass.

S: Surprisingly, chocolate is first and strongest on the nose, with espresso following after. I can pick up some roasted grains in there.

T: Again, the chocolate dominates the taste, but it very quickly gives way to an espresso flavor that remains for the duration of the taste. Roasted grains, oak dryness, and vanilla make appearances throughout. Some caramel as well. There is a substantial hop bitterness toward the end that reminds me where the base beer came from.

M: Huge body, well pronounced taste with a nice complexity, and a bitter finish. The ABV is noticeable, but not unbearable, and there's just enough carbonation to cleanse the palate without becoming too foamy.

D: I wasn't impressed with my first glass of this, but I came around to the second. It is a nice variation on the Yeti. I still prefer the base beer, as I'm not a coffee fan, but I could see myself getting some of this if Great Divide ever manages to distribute to CA.

07-08-2009 04:21:09 | More by Arbitrator
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oberon

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Great to finally get my hands on this brew I have wanted to try it for a long time.Poured into a imperial nonic a jet black with a tight formed creamy dark mocha colored head.A mix of dark fruit and vanilla tinged rum stand out most in the nose,the espresso beans show up in a passing lingering note.Wow full rich,thick mouthcoating mouthfeel,it glides down easy and is very lush....perfection in my mind.Big complex flavors,a mix of vanilla-like rum and dark fruit with that espresso roast and bitter chocolate rounding out the finish,there is a hint of char and wood after it warms a little as well.Hell yeah this is where its at,just kick ass.

07-06-2009 02:41:39 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Quite possibly the richest, most roasty beer I've ever had. It looks like oil as it pours from the bottle into the glass. A thick head of creamy, orange-tinged brown foam rises up. It holds quite impressively, and leaves a thin curtain of solid lace that has thin rings embedded in it, marking each sip you've taken.

The aroma is like bittersweet chocolate and espresso.

The flavor is a bit daunting. It's extremely rich, roasty, and bitter and dry. Some of the dryness is coming from the oak, and I get a very small suggestion of vanilla that may or may not have anything to do with it. I do get a bit of oak flavor in the burp though, and once that's found I can pick it up a bit more within the dark richness of the malt. It's got notes of dark caramel, roasted malt, spent coffee grounds, char, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, some coconut, a splash of alcohol, a hint of cola, some piney hops, and scorched sugar. Yeti? Yeah, this is a monster of a beer.

As to drinkability, this is clearly a cigar beer. It will stand up, and never back down. Or it works as a relaxing sipper. If I find a chance to slip away for a camping trip this fall I am definitely bringing a bottle of this to enjoy by the fire once the stars come out. But the label states "You can now have Yeti with breakfast", and I think that's true as well, which really says something about it's drinkability. I think it would pair well with a spicy, salsa-infused breakfast burrito. And I think it would also work as a bitter springboard for the desserts they suggest. That said, I'd call it pretty damned drinkable - at least in the world of bigger beers. You could never quaff this as you could a Kolsch or soft Pilsener - and please don't try that at home! - but it's certainly a beer I'd step up to the plate for again. Kudos!

07-04-2009 12:13:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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aerozeppl

New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Pours black with zero light getting through. The head was really nice looking. Very deep brown almost reddishi in color. The first glass had 3 finger of head. Nice tight bubbles that left a faint whisper on the top of my glass and a nice amount of lacing.

S: Espresseo coffee chocolate. A touch of booze and a little burnt character as well. The espresso dominated but that is the point of this.

T: Starts off a little rough with the booze leading. Then it goes into a nice blast of chocolate and finishes with the bitterness from the coffee. Really reminds me of an aged bottle of black chocolate stout.

M: Very slick mouthfeel. Reminded me of an oatmeal stout almost.

D: Spliting the bottle as desert. Really a nice beer all around. The price was a little high and I prefer the chocolate version but this is still a damn fine beer.

07-01-2009 23:41:52 | More by aerozeppl
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ClevoPiwo

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

upon pouring this beer is very opaque, with a deep color and a decent head with a hint of cocoa coloring. the head is rather full and leaves a very nice lacing on the side of the glass, it also brings out the aromas very well.

the smell definitely brings out coffee but also a faint aroma of dark, rich chocolate. it does not take multiple smells to detect the flavor of this beer, the rich cascade of coffee and dark chocolate is apparent at the first smell.

the mouth feel is full, smooth and almost creamy but finishes bitter and exhibits more of coffee after swallowing. you can taste the oak and coffee in the aftertaste more than you can initially, as it lingers with a slight bitterness on the tongue post swallow. the alcohol is apparent, but not overwhelming or unbalanced; you can taste it a little going down and in the bitterness of the after taste, but thats expected given the abv.

i've had this beer multiple times, most recently following the food pairing suggestion on the bottle and trying it with some cheesecake. the combination was fantastic, i would highly recommend giving this beer a shot on its own and then having it with some deserts the second time around.

07-01-2009 01:17:27 | More by ClevoPiwo
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

This beer pours an beautiful opaque darkest brown that I've ever seen, almost black with a one finger mocha colored head. Head retention is pretty good, receding to a film and leaves thin, spots of lacing on the glass. Nose is of espresso at first but as the beer warms dark chocolate, roasted malts and oak notes come through. Taste of this one changes as it warms. Initially it is espresso through and through - sharp, bitter coffee with the espresso aftertaste. As it warms, dark chocolates and roasted malts make their presence known. Oaked smokiness make it's way through as well. Alcohol is present on the way down and slightly in the aftertaste. Full bodied with enough carbonation to give a nice thick creamy feeling. Initially it had a supremely dry finish, but as it warmed became somewhat sticky and chewy. This is a great beer, one of the best that I've tried lately. The progression of complexity as it warms is more pronounced than any other beer that I've tried. I need to snag another bottle of these before it's too late!

** Edit: As the beer warmed, my glass is now coated with thick lacing.

06-30-2009 23:46:49 | More by Jayli
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magictrokini

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours nearly black with brown edges. Opaque. Thick, creamy brown head with thick, thick lacing. Bitter coffee and espresso aroma with a hearty helping of chocolate. Earthy and woody, but not as much as the regular barrel-aged Yeti. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a long finish. Bitter espresso and dark chocolate bite up front which stretch out into a warm milk chocolate and coffee-and-cream flavor. Some cereal, but not much Good vanilla and caramel in the back along with the oak. Acidic black coffee and malt finish. Excellent beer.

06-30-2009 22:30:17 | More by magictrokini
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HopHead84

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%

Thanks snojerk321! Appears dark brown, nearly black, with a light brown head and good retention.

The aroma is initially espresso and cocoa, but beneath that is dark unsweetened chocolate. The oak is pervasive, and there are notes of roasted malt.

The flavor is pretty dominated by coffee and the malt is more roasted than in the aroma. The chocolate is dark and there's a medium level of bitterness. The finish is coffee with some acrid roasted bitterness that lingers.

Full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

06-26-2009 08:19:15 | More by HopHead84
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snpub540

California

3.93/5  rDev -8%

Poured a motor oil brown, almost black but not quite. Had a chocolate very clingy head that left awesome lacing the whole way down.

Smell was like opening a grinder full of fresh ground coffee. Pretty intense. A little toasty malt as well but thats about it.

Flavors were very complex and changed as the drink warmed. First sips were mostly bitter coffee flavor. As the beer warmed I detected vanilla, piney hop flavor, roasted malts, and a slight caramel. Very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied but coated the palate nicely. Drinkability was good but the alcohol gets a little apparent when it warms up.

06-25-2009 19:48:00 | More by snpub540
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottled on may of 2009, the bottle is a 22 ouncer with gold foil around the cap. The beer pours thick and dark with deep orange and reddish highlights during the pour but becomes a black hole when it hits the glass. A rich solid foam rises above the beer the color of milk chocolate. It lasts forever and laces the glass down to the last drop.

The EOAYeti smells like dark fruits, full dark grains and a little earthy woody note. The espresso is present but not the wallop I was expecting. A nice chocolaty roasted nose, but the coffee portion of this beer smells stale and bitter.

Taste is thick and heavy on the tongue. There are a lot of competing flavors in this beer that I feel kill the character. The chocolaty grains are cut by a coffee and hop bitterness. An old oak plank flavor is mixed with a raisin, current dark fruit note that fights each other. Too much conflict and not one flavor being a dominate player.

Where this beer shines is in the finish. The roasty, toasty goodness is amazing and lasts well past the beer going down your throat. The mouthfeel is viscous and chewy making a smooth slick feeling beer. Light carbonation lets you taste the complexity of the flavors (even if I feel there are too many competing) which adds to my enjoyment. This beer is a fine brew but not one I would put in my top 10. Very enjoyable but too rich with all those fine flavors. I'd rather see this one focus on it's best asset and have the rest back off a little to solidly back it up.

06-25-2009 00:27:52 | More by jbphoto88
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.9/5  rDev +14.8%

Appearance
Pours out thick, like black chocolate milk; massive, thick dark tan head forms and hangs around; body looks solid in the glass--impressive looking

Smell
Not an enormous aroma like regular Yeti, but what's there is full and inviting: dark chocolate covered espresso beans; smells like I'm about to have dessert

Taste & Mouthfeel
Amazing. Right away I'm in awe of this beer. The espresso and oak aging work so beautifully together as the espresso roastiness is balanced by the vanilla sweet oak. In addition, there's just a ton of dark chocolate from start to finish, really making this a heavy, delicious dessert beer. This beer completely satisfies my chocolate cravings. And the more I drink, the more I pick up the chocolate quality. Surprisingly, the normal Yeti's assertive hoppiness is completely muted by the chocolate and vanilla sweetness. The mouthfeel is like drinking milk--thick and creamy! I think I could go on and on about how much I like this. Definitely, definitely recommended!

Overall
So good from the first sip! After a few more I'm nearly convinced this is my preferred Yeti version and maybe favorite imperial stout (though I'd have to put it up against Speedway Stout to know for sure); Great Divide really knocked this out of the park, managing to include vanilla and espresso notes into an already full-flavored beer without muddling the overall character. Nice work!

06-23-2009 03:39:12 | More by JEdmund
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

5.0 A: Thick motor oil like black. Incredible dark brown head that refuses to back down and leaves good lacing.

4.5 S: Roasty, toasty and everything nice. Caramel, chocolate, molasses. Everything you'd expect from a dark ass beer like this one, though everything is really pronounced. Coffee is there, but surprisingly not much more than the other Yetis. Good oaky tones as well.

4.5 T: Oak comes through along with the espresso in the taste. Bittersweet chocolate, toasty roasty malts. Bit of an alcoholic tinge at the finish. There's also a healthy bitterness to it brought by the espresso beans. I love bitter beers and this does not disappoint.

5.0 M: Good carbonation and creamy as hell. Creamier than the other Yetis.

4.5 D: I split this bomber with a friend. In the future, I'll keep it all for myself.

06-18-2009 02:57:10 | More by DavoleBomb
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vrazionale

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%

650 mL bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottle reads: "Bottled On: Feb 13, 2009"

A - Incredibly dark and thick black body with only the slightest hint of brown on the edges. Head is a rich brown, looks ike the color of just-stirred frothy chocolate milk.

S - Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, malted milk, and a touch of warming spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - All of the above, with only a hint of sour notes from the wood and coffee. The oak flavors are a nice addition here, rounding out the profile a bit. Despite the fact that this brew is young, all of the flavors are very well-integrated. I'd be very curious to see how this batch develops with age. The finish is long, both sweet and savory, and delicious.

M - Smooth and creamy, with just the right amount of bite and tang. The chocolate and coffee flavors are so assertive that they seem to press up against the roof of your mouth as you swallow.

D - This is an extremely well-crafted brew. There are many layers of subdued complexity here, not unlike a well-made cup of espresso. A real winner - just perfect for slow sipping on a contemplative evening.

06-17-2009 01:01:15 | More by vrazionale
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Mayhem976

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +13.6%

A- Pours very black and syrupy, has a small dark brown head and hardly any fingers on the ol' glass.

S- A very earthy strong dark roast coffee smell with a small amount of hops.

T- Delicious! Obviously an over abundance amount of dark roast coffee finishes somewhat bitter but the bitterness comes from the strong coffee roast and not so much the hops.

M- Super thick and creamy, feels good on the palate.

D- This stout is exceptional! Creaminess, boldness flavor, and a strong alcohol kick, comfort level on this drink is very high. Amazing stout and it's local. Would definitely purchase another bottle ...or 50.

06-15-2009 01:58:53 | More by Mayhem976
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jjayjaye

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours an opaque darkness with a HUGE stiff dark brown head that decomposes like an ice cream sundae, massive 3D lacing present. The smell is awesome; aggressive malted milk chocolate jahva. the mouth feel is medium-full bodied and creamy. Full flavored, the chilled cafe latte has a tangy oak-aged nature. IMO original Oak-Aged Yeti rocks on another level than this combination. A reasonable drinker, the 9.5% ABV is nicely integrated.

06-14-2009 00:45:39 | More by jjayjaye
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aaronxsubaru

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -8%

Very dark. Can't see lacing. Little to no head light ring of foam.
Smell Coffee and roasted notes.

Taste bold very much esspresso and hops. After taste is almost all coffee. keep in mind this is espresso not coffee, and the boldness and complexity comes through as well.

Mouthfeel. Can't decide reminds me of ipa with a shot of espresso, lots of hops. Hits easy then flavors explode and go to a mild after taste that sticks in your mouth for a long time.

Drinkability? The flavor sticks so heavy I can't say I could take more than one or 2 of these.

Overall not sure, it's a niche thing. Def interesting. I could see this being something I crave on the rare occasion but not something I'd drink often.

06-12-2009 03:57:29 | More by aaronxsubaru
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -17.3%

Bottle. Pours black with a thick, foamy dark tan head. Aroma of oak, bitter coffee grounds, and sweet roasted malt. Flavor is quite oaky with only mild roasted malt and vanilla. The oak really dominates the flavor and the coffee notes do not really come through. They should rename this beer "Super Oak Aged Yeti."

06-09-2009 18:20:44 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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blitz134

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%

I didn't even know Great Divide was doing an espresso version of the Oaked Yeti. Had to pick a bottle up.

Motor oil from the bottle with a slow to form but solid inch of dark tan, whipped head. Reduced slowly leaving a thin layer behind and rings of lace.

Expected roasty and chocolate notes in the aroma, but not overly so. Overlying leafy hoppiness. The oak with vanilla wafts come through with the alcohol mainly.

Rich fudge brownie like chocolate initially and throughout with some slight dark fruit hints...but mostly chocolate and some slight roast. Flicker of leafy hops again. The oaky tannins and restrained coffee notes show through after the swallow. Breath of alcohol after that.

Viscous and thick, though a touch prickly. Slides around the pallate and coats everything in a thick layer of roasted goodness.

This is an awesome beer. A sipper, no doubt. Some roughness around the edges and the alcohol edge will make this bomber last for a while.

06-06-2009 01:52:12 | More by blitz134
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Pours a fudgy brown color with a huge beige head that leaves plenty of lacing and never fades away

Smell: A surprising amount of hops are apparent in the aroma, but the base elements of oak and espresso, as well as roasted and chocolate malts are all very apparent

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasty flavors jump out up front, along with a burgeoning oak/vanilla flavor; shortly thereafter, the hops make their presence felt; after the swallow, the espresso and oaky flavors emerge in a massive fashion and provide a lengthy, chocolatey finish

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied, with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Clearly a beer that will benefit from age, this has some harsh tendencies in its youth; I imagine a couple of years would make this extraordinary

06-06-2009 00:02:47 | More by brentk56
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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

2005 Vintage. Thanks to Pawel for the awesome extra!

So I opened this last night and after a couple sips decided to read the bottle because it was wonderfully complex, but didn't seem as hoppy as I thought it would be (based on Yeti and Barrel-Aged yeti). It turns out that I accidentally opened a four-year old bottle, but I loved every sip of it!

A- Pours pitch black with a heavy cascading dark, chocolatey-brown head that reduces to a thin sheet over the beer, leaving sitcky splotches of lacing behind on the snifter.

S- Wow. Roasted barley and tons of malt with a big vanilla presence. Chocolate-covered malt balls with a mild oak presence. Dark-roasted coffee and a subtle warming bourbon smell.

T- Well-balanced. Mild bitterness from dark-roasted espresso and still some hop bitterness. Roasty bitterness and sweet malt. Lots of cocoa. Slightly creamy tasting with hints of vanilla.

M- Big and sticky, but not hot at all...could have always been that way, but it could also be the 4 years of aging

D- I sipped on this one for nearly two hours to get through the bomber, but it was fantastic anyway.

06-05-2009 12:22:29 | More by JoeMayo
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Casey10

Maine

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Got this beer from Gordon's Liqour store in Waltham, MA. A BMC lover thought this was so good he wanted to but another after I let him try this brew!!!!

A - Dark chocolate, deliousious, great beer.

S - Chocolate Coffee let this warm up trust me.

T - Very yummy chocolate expresso coffee.

M - powerful, yummy, very good.

D - Tough one here very drinkable but dont drink alot as it will be rough the next day.

06-04-2009 04:06:04 | More by Casey10
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deereless

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Insanely thick and dark brown head, not a speck of light passes through this brew, moves like a lightly warmed maple syrup, patches of sticky foam along the edge of the glass - 5.00, S: Elements of the two ingredients mentioned on the label - espresso and oak, has a coffee ground like smell, some molasses, hard to decipher the hops, some charring in the aromas as well - 4.25, T: Like the nose, there is lots of espresso and charring as well as vanilla, the charring balances nicely with the thick syrupy sweetness, some concentrated prunes and dates, hop bite just comes through at the end of this monster - 4.50, M: Creamy and medium bodied - 4.50, D: "But this one goes up to 11", Wonderful desert beer, one that would likely cellar well - 4.50

06-02-2009 22:16:10 | More by deereless
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jsh420

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -16.2%

bottled 3/5/09

pours jet black with a 1 finger dark tan head that leaves very spotted lacing

smell is hoppy along with vanilla coffee and chocolate

taste - powerful vanilla coffee chocolate and hops but the vanilla overpowers the beer and takes away from where i think the roasted malts should come through but the do show up in the aftertaste

mouthfeel - silkly smooth with some alcohol sting

drinkability is so so - it would be much better if the sold this in 12oz - the 22oz is just too much for me( ishould have split this one)

overall - ? in my review of original yeti i said espresso was better but now i think regular yeti is better at least better then this bottle - i have a couple more and will see what a couple years does to this one

06-01-2009 03:44:05 | More by jsh420
Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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