Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious - Allentown Brew Works

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 289
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 61 | FT: 4
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Allentown Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: scottyg354 on 12-19-2011

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of Beeradelphia (thanks Ryan!) poured into mason jars and shared with my brother 4/6/2013 while watching Michigan defeat Syracuse to go to the NCAA title game.

Aroma: Smells like oak with some dark chocolate sweetness emanating. A little bit of vanilla and bourbon but its mostly the chocolate and wood. Definitely a substantial aroma but not super overwhelming. Smells nice and inviting. (4)

Colour: Looks great. Dark black, cola coloured when illuminated. Pours with a nice 2cm tan head that sticks around for a long while and leaves a tan film on the surface of the beer that persists nicely. Lacing is non-existent, but it's probably more to do with the improvised glassware than the beer's composition. (4)

Flavour: Dark chocolate, molasses, oak, roast maltiness and bourbon in descending order of strength, with a nice bourbon and oak finish that leaves my mouth somewhat dry. There isn't a ton of bourbon but that makes it a supporting characteristic that contributes more complexity to the beer. I very much enjoyed drinking this one. (4)

Mouthfeel: Thinner side of a full body, nice and creamy feel that leaves the mouth dry and wanting more after each swallow. Carbonation is decent, nothing special. There isn't much burn at all, though more of it is on the back end as the beer warms up. Very good and enjoyable to quaff. (4)

Overall: A nicely done, slightly more sessionable bourbon barrel imperial stout that is nice to drink while watching a basketball game with my brother. It's not quite a sipper, but its not quite a quaffer either. It's a nice mix with balanced components that make for an enjoyable drink. It's not the most complex, its not the most bourbon barrel-y, it's not the biggest beer, but it's a well-done effort by a local Pennsylvania brewery. Thanks a ton to Beeradelphia for including this as an extra in a trade. (4) (1,877 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at St. James Gate Irish Pub at Sands Bethlehem.
Poured into a tasting glass

A: Pours an opaque black with a tan creamy head that slowly builds

S: Hints of chocolate on the nose with a slight bourbon

T: tastes sweet on the tongue with a dry roasty finish after swallowing. Hint of bourbon lingers

M: Feels smooth and does not have a whole lot of carbonation on the tongue, but does prickle a little bit on the finish. Slight burn from the abv afterward.

Overall: This is a great beer! Dispite the abv I could probably drink quite a few of these. Not a ridiculous overwhelming bourbon flavor like some bourbon stouts have. I am a big fan of bourbon and of stouts, so this beer is right up there on my list! (717 characters)

Photo of themind
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again I am surprised that this is not rated higher. This brew is good! has incredible drinkability. The bourbon flavor is subtle so you can taste the stout...a good balance. This beer hides the 9% well and I would purchase it again.

Bottom Line: Hidden gem from the Brew Works! buy it, drink it or age it cause it's good! (322 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Dark black with one-finger, tan, fizzy, creamy head that lasted a minute and left a nice film. Great lacing.

S: Coffee, bittersweet chocolate, bourbon, oak, alcohol.

T: Moderate sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Oak, roasted malt, bourbon, and alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft to fizzy carbonation. Warm going down.

O: The bourbon in this stout is noticeable. The beer is quite alcoholic for being only 9% ABV. Nice sipping beer for colder months of the year. (503 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It pours out of the bottle exactly as you'd hope a good bourbon barrel aged imperial stout would. Syrupy black with a robust brown head that builds up a decent amount and sticks around for a bit. I only wish the head laced the glass a bit more. 4.5

S: The aroma is of deep, dark chocolate and a lot of oak surprisingly. The bourbon is there, as is a burn of alcohol, but the oak is definitely the most noticeable hint remaining from the barrel. 4

T: The taste bring the alcohol much more than I got it on the aroma. The burn at the backend is all bourbon, with oak sitting on the back of the tongue. After the alcohol has subsided, rich chocolate fills the mouth with a very slight amount of roast. This is a boozy beast for only being 9%. I'm a big fan of bourbon bombs, but this needed another character to make it stand out. 3

MF: A bit too thin, but with the normal amount of carbonation. I thought the alcohol level prohibited this from being very drinkable as well. 2.5

O: I didn't hate this beer, but it just doesn't stand out for the style. A delightfully average bourbon barrel aged imperial stout if you asked me. 3 (1,132 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thick like syrup and black like oil. Two inches of light brown head was standing tall for a couple of minutes. Some spotty lacing was left behind as the head settled to a tiny ring around the glass. Really only two things I picked up on with the aroma and taste. They were chocolate and bourbon. I could smell the bourbon at an arms length away, that made me happy. Taste was dominated by chocolate with a nice amount of bourbon on the finish. Mouthfeel was thick and creamy. Not a lot of warmth from the barrel treatment. The 9%abv was very well hidden. This was an easy drinkin beer that I hope to get more of in the future. (632 characters)

Photo of ghostwalker
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch dark coca-cola brown body. A thin tan head briefly appears, then runs for cover.

Sweet, smooth vanilla and booze nose. The barrel is evident, and I like it.

Flavor is smooth, subdued malt, vanilla and caramel on the finish. A little lighter on the flavor than I would have expected for a bourbon imperial stout, but nicely made and tasty. The bourbon comes through and makes me happy.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly viscous, low carbonation.

Overall, it's good stuff. I think there could be a bit more flavor, but what there is of it is all correctly assembled. A welcome treat on a cold day. (602 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours black as night with a chocolatey-tan head. Retention is pretty good, with lacing being ok. Continuous cascade of carbonation, not to the Guinness extent, but a fair amount.

S- Big roasted malt characters intermingle with sweet chocolate and vanilla from the bourbon right up front. Complex and strong; the bourbon flavor profile includes lighter than normal oak hints, with stronger than normal vanilla hints. Chocolate is the prominent underlying base malt for the stout. Fairly sweet on the nose.

T- Sweet flavors from the nose are present, but less prominent in the taste. First, the spiciness of the bourbon flavors come through, with that little hint of vanilla. Bourbon flavor is subtle and less prominent than others of the style. Bourbon flavors transition into the base beer, which is more bitter than sweet like the nose. A somewhat sweet chocolate flavor is present in the base beer, but quickly changes into more bitter dark chocolate flavors by the end. Slight smokey bite finishes this brew.

M- A little high in the carbonation and a little light in the weight department for an imperial. Other than that, only slight alcohol heat comes through. This is able to be drank rather than just sipped like other BA Imperial Stouts.

Overall, this Barrel-Aged Stout is more balanced and less harsh on the tongue than others like BCBS. The base beer is a little unbalanced between dark malts and chocolate malts. I like this one. It doesn't quite live up to others like KBS and BCBS, but as far as the barrel and bourbon flavors go, it integrates what it has very nicely. (1,589 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage:

Big and black... thick dense khaki head that retains, laces and intimidates.

Loads of boozy bitter fudge, vanilla, some mushy dark fruits, faint cinnamon qualities, hardly any alcohol presence. Much, much more dynamic after a year in the cellar. What a pleasant surprise.

Super smooth. Milk chocolate works so well here, the barrel isn't obvious but it's apparent, chocolate cookies, finish is dryer than others of the style. Again, this beer has pulled a 180. Nice. (484 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black without much of a head on it, much like the regular version. Nose is chocolaty bourbon - nice. On the palate, this opens with milk chocolates that move to spicy bourbony vanilla flavors as expected out of the barrel aging. Ends with a combination of dark chocolates mixed with some coffee. This is a decent barrel aged RIS here. Still a rough around the edges but a solid effort here. Worth a shot. (410 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Boilermaker in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours pitch black with a two finger frothy beige head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet yet roasted nose with a very well integrated barrel character.  Lots of spicy bourbon sweetness along with earthy oak, vanilla, toffee and coconut without overpowering the malt character.  Roasted with subtle hints of coffee, toast and dark chocolate. Really nice.

Medium bodied and fuller than expected with a nice balance of roasted malt and bourbon barrel.  Dry and roasty up front with hints of burnt toast, roasted coffee bean and dark chocolate followed by sweet, spicy bourbon notes. Hints of  earthy oak compliment the dryness of the malt profile but there is still a lot of sweetness.  Really nice whiskey/bourbon flavor with silky vanilla, marshmallow and coconut notes.  Very well balanced with barrel character excellently integrated.  Best beer I've had from this brewery. (985 characters)

Photo of egrace84
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively poured from 12oz. bottle into snifter.

A:nice lil head that quickly morphs in to just an outer ring around the glass.

S: Smells of vanilla and faint bourbon, very inviting.

T: well, if this were a reg. stout and i wasn't expecting any bourbon involvement then i would have no complaints, but i get zero bourbon in the taste. Still enjoyable.

M: I enjoy the mouthfeel, theres a lil more cabonation than expected but it works for this beer.

O: wish there were more bourbon notes and the vanilla from the nose would have made it to the taste, but its def. still enjoyable. Glad to have tried it. (610 characters)

Photo of jhartley
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on June 15, 2012.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Poco Grande glass. No noticeable date on bottle.

A-Dark viscous motor oil look, small thin tan head which dissipated quickly, no surprise.

S-Bourbon/whiskey/oak. Alcohol right away, tobacco, roasted malts.

T-Bourbon whiskey right away! Tastes exactly like it smells. Warms up and tastes like whiskey. Coffee-espresso tartness.

M-A little thin, not expected, thought it would be more "full" tasting. Alcohol burn in the throat.

O-A strond barrel aged stout. Definite end of night beer. I enjoyed it with some chocolate cake! (590 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pack ($9.99) of this at Allentown Beer Works at the beginning of June. Yesterday (17JUN12) I quaffed 2 bottles while laxing out in the yard.

Using a small tulip, this bier filled the glass nicely with a dark, dense brown liquid. It poured out in an oily fashion, topped by a foamy, deep beige layer of creamy bubbles. Nice lacing stuck to the glass also. Choco and roastiness were present in the nose, with the bourbon evident but not overly strong. Low carbo made for an easy feel on the tongue, whereas the body was in the medium category.

Dark chocolate and coffee flavors were all over the palate. It was roasty but not bitter or charred at all, and tasted of mocha-like malted milk balls. The woody, oaky bourbon notes came on well, not being strong or overpowering, yet they still made their presence known easily. This one also had a suggestion of coconut, which I attribute to the barrel aging. Hopping was light, with the bourbon action lingering well. Solid! Zum Wohl!!

4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On label “Ale aged in Bourbon barrels”
Purchased 2/26/12 and well stored. Undecipherable date code on bottle 4121349110115

Poured into a DFH Signature Snifter

Poured aggressively produces a nice, frothy, two finger head with a medium tan color, which slowly reduces to ¼” cap. Some light lace clings to the glass.
The color is black, opaque.

The aroma has no hops that I can detect, but there is a big, rich malt presence. Rich, roasted malt, but no noticeable wood. Cocoa and dark unsweetened chocolate with hints of caramel.

Very, very rich creamy entry on the palate of chocolate and cocoa flavored malt, very full body and a wonderful elegant carbonation. There is a medium sweetness but seems balanced with the other components of this ale.

Long finish of very rich malt, chocolate and cocoa, it coats your mouth with sticky richness. After some time the very faintest hint of “wood dryness” peaks out.

A very good tasting and rather massive ale, very enjoyable to drink, but with that being said “where’s the wood?”. Throughout this tasting I detected no wood in the nose, flavor, and very barely the finish. I can only surmise that the barrels used had been used many times before.
Still and enjoyable Stout, though there are many superior examples available.

As always I did my review before reading the other reviews and apparently my bottle came from a different batch? Mostly huge body and no wood! (1,433 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip. Thanks to NoLeafClover44 for the trade!

Great-looking pour: body is a deep chestnut hue with a core of black molasses. The head towers on the pour and retains well, slowly retreating to a fat ring of custard-brown foam. Aroma is very nice, delivering notes of milk chocolate, bourbon barrel, vanilla, and a hint of roasted malts.

The flavor amplifies the roastiness and the chocolate is dark and verging on bitter (in a good way). Dark fruit and bourbon heat chimes in mid-sip, and finishes with a warming alcohol presence. The one major downside to this beer is the body, which is thin and a tad over-carbonated, making the end a touch harsh when the booze takes over. Still, it's a delicious attempt at a barrel-aged imperial stout and probably the best beer I've had from Allentown/Fegley's. (835 characters)

Photo of B33R501
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what took so long to try this it's been on the shelf for couple weeks just kept passing it over finally grabbed the last 4 Pak today and glad I did. Delicious.

Opaque black, tan head, nicely carbonated, looks good in a tulip. Refined aroma, wood, oak, char, burnt, ash, even a little smoke, smoldering fireplace, charcoal. Honestly, thought I wasnt gong to like this after the initial smell did not impress.

However, the taste just pops. All the aroma is present in the flavor, along with beautiful notes of vanilla, caramel, and sweet bourbon. The barrel aging is spot on, the bourbon so refined, perfect. Mouthfeel and drinkability is also perfect, could drink this all day (I did).

Outstanding. Really enjoyed this one, alot beter than I thought it would be. (777 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle sent to me by Doublesunshine into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours an opaque black with a huge chocolate head. Good retention, light lacing.

S: Smooth bourbon-laced aroma. Sweet corn liquor, tannic oak, raisin, big milk chocolate, a bit of coffee roast.

T: Big sweet cocoa, wood-laced smooth bourbon, vanilla, mild dark fruits. A bit of pleasant liquor burn and a tiny bit of roastiness. The flavors sort of peter out into the finish and leave a weak remnant of chocolate and bourbon.

M: Medium-bodied. Much too light for the style.

O: The beer nails the barrel-aging, but unfortunately the lack of a robust finish and the light mouthfeel hold it back. Still tasty. (690 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Small bubbles and and traces of lacing.

S- bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla and something else maybe a slight metallic smell?

T- sweet chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla and slightly ashy taste.

M- mediums body and carbonation. Slight tingly feel, not real thick or creamy.

O- good BA stout. Mouthfeel is holding this beer back some. Creaminess might add to the flavors. (491 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle courtesy of Centennial. Served chilled from and poured directly into my Kate the Great tulip. Pretty sure this is a 2012 vintage, but I cannot confirm it anywhere on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color with a really nice, beige creamy head. Pretty good retention. Creates a really nice lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Really big bold vanilla and caramel notes upfront. The bourbon is definitely there and blends pretty nicely. Definitely gives off some sweet chocolate in there too.

Taste: Unlike the aroma that was barrel and sugar forward, I get roasted coffee beans and some dark chocolate more in the taste. There is definitely some vanilla and bourbon tones and the sweetness is tempered pretty nicely by the coffee. Really solid.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full bodied. Drinks really smooth.

Overall, a really nice surprise and a quality bourbon barrel stout. This definitely exceeded my expectations and is something I would purchase again. Maybe it isn't top tier, but it is damn good. (1,040 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Weyerbacher Cuvee glass. 2012 batch.

A - Pours a thick black liquid with a two finger almond colored head. Head settles to less than one finger, then stays constant. Leaves a great lacing.

S - Rich dark fruits including plum and cherry, black licorice, roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, and a hint of bourbon aromas. Certainly not the most bourbon or oak forward BA stout by aroma, but the smell is complex and delicious.

T - Starts pretty sweet with maple, vanilla, and raisin. The middle is a little bit bitter with some roasted coffee beans, oak, and a little bit of char. Some bourbon and more sweetness on the finish. No alcohol burn and the aftertaste is of bourbon and burnt wood.

M - I let this one sit a while before I drank it, which probably helped the flavors and hurt the mouthfeel. It was a bit thin with very little carbonation. I wouldn't expect huge carbonation in this style, but it came off a little bit flat. Still, not bad.

O - I enjoyed this one significantly more than the regular version. The highlights are probably the complexity and strength of the aroma and the balance and diversity in the flavor. Mouthfeel wasn't great, but didn't ruin it for me. I will continue to support Fegley's as a local brewer and I appreciate the 12 oz. bottles for the BA Insidious, as opposed to the larger format of the regular version. At $13-14 for a four pack, I will probably get it again and may put a few away for later and see what some age does, although the flavor isn't aggressive, boozey, or abrasive so it probably doesn't need any age. Overall, very good. (1,613 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1205th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12oz

Thanks to Cpabeer and Stormking47 for this one

App- A generally opague black pour some spotty notes of brown intermixed. A fast receding two finger khaki head formed and left a small dotted cling then was gone with a pond layer taking over.

Smell- Opens with a very black coffee note and settles to a bit of dark smooth chocolate and maybe a hint of vanilla. The whispy booze note comes up but doesnt overpower the nose. Small amounts of bourbon are present.

Taste- Started out as a good roast flavor with the coffee coming in and settled into the chocolate and a bit of cream. The bourbon really isnt there but adds more of a grainy booze note. Good pockets of flavor and hides the booze well.

Mouth- A lighter mediun body with a good creamy note to it. Medium thick carbonation and leaves some prickly booze notes, a bit of roast and chocolate.

Drink- Well a barrel aged stout in a 12oz bottle. Good
flavors with some smoothness at times and some grainular notes at times. Overall, good beer. Id like to sit on another bottle. (1,077 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with my friend Ermine.

Pours a clear dark black. Froths on the pour but the head falls to a thin tan film.

Smells of sweet, sticky malt, milk chocolate, a gentle dry nip of espresso and a whiff of under-ripe strawberry and dark fruit.

Tastes of subtle toasty malts and a thin milk chocolate backed by an ambiguous yet distant fruity sweetness. Lingers in the finish with dark chocolate that leans towards the dryness of coffee and a touch of oak.

This feels extraordinarily clean, more reminiscent of an oatmeal stout.

Overall, a very nice, easy drinking RIS. Astonishingly easy drinking, to be precise. We also ascertained that this beer is an ideal candidate for bourbonization due to the thin body and already present woody flavors. (750 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark chocolate brown with more than a finger of head which lingered well enough to leave some nice lacing. Rich bourbon nose. Bourbon flavor blends well with the roasted malt of the stout. Not overdone like some barrel-aged stouts. Subtle alcohol warmth in the finish but also some sweetness as well.

When it comes to imperial stouts, I usually prefer the standard version to the barrel-aged one. This is one of the best barrel-aged beers that I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. (502 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, 2012 batch. Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA at their PtY event on 2/29/12. Poured this into a Pinocchios snifter.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown (almost opaque) color. Initially I got almost a finger of tight bubbled head. But it faded quickly. Definitely see some alcohol feet and there are some lacing trails. Lots of carbonation too, as I can see bubbles on the bottom.

S: I get lots of vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate on the nose. Not getting any char or coffee right away.

T: This might be a tad over carbonated. It kinda takes away from the body and flavor of the beer. It makes it almost thin. I get a little coffee bitterness in the front of the mouth, but nothing overpowering. Then in the middle of the mouth you get those vanilla and dark chocolate notes. But again, the mouth feel is too thin. On the finish, sweet chocolate flavors and some toffee are what I get.

M: Full but thinner than expected. Knocking down a half point due to this. (967 characters)

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Fegley's Bourbon Barrel Aged Insidious from Allentown Brew Works
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