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(512) Pecan Porter - (512) Brewing Company

(512) Pecan Porter
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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%


Brewed by:
(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nearly black in color, (512) Pecan Porter is made with Organic US 2-row and Crystal malts along with Baird’s Chocolate and Black malts. Its full body and malty sweetness are balanced with subtle pecan aroma and flavor from locally grown pecans. Yet another true Austin original!

(Beer added by: JonathanL7890 on 10-29-2008)
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured black with an off-white frothy head that left lots of splashy lace.

S- Big chocolate, cocoa, nutty, brown sugar, and spice notes in the aroma. Very aromatic and rich aroma.

T- Big chocolate, cocoa, nutty, roasted malt, brown sugar, and some light spice notes.

M- Very creamy, smooth, silky, medium body, and dry finish. Incredible mouthfeel and just what I want in a porter or stout.

O- This is the first beer I have had from a Texas brewery on my trip in Texas and it has set the bar very high. This porter is incredibly flavorful, unique, and silky smooth. This beer reminds me of nutella with the big cocoa notes and nutty characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2014 05:23:27 | More by Hoptometrist
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Dig Pub.
Poured a 1 finger head into a pint glass.
Appearance is Black, opaque.
Aroma: Coffee notes, hops , some pecan apparent.
Taste: Roasty, chocolate, coffee. Straining to taste some pecan... it come out at the end after the roastiness fades.

M/D: This is very drinkable for a porter. The mouthfeel is medium, not too thick, but that contributes to the drinkability.
Overall, an excellent beer. One of the top porters I've had and definitely the best available in Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2008 13:13:05 | More by JonathanL7890
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BgThang

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at draught house.
By chance ran in to kevin and nate from 512 brewery who were chillin outside. They were very interested in my thought on this beer.

Appearance - still creamy cascading head that infiltrates the darkness. Was a little less head but still very creamy.The color is still very very dark hardly no lights can get in.

The nose still gettin roasted coffee, chocolate, raisin, hops, and some pecan. Also on cask the hops in the nose seem to come out more.

Mouthfeel - I get a creaminess coffee up front with some smokey roasted chocolates going on. Then after that the hops come through quite abit with the pecans on the back end coming in. Still Very light though. Medium body which seems to be even thinner a bit on cask. The hop profile really comes through on the backend before the nutty hits you. Was a nice surprise.

Drinkability - Having this on cask was slighty different than the draught itself. Most notable is the hop profile that comes through

Still a damn fine beer.

Serving type: cask

01-27-2009 06:33:33 | More by BgThang
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edwardsw

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Black Star Co-op Brewpub in Austin, TX.

A. Black. Typically what I expect for a porter.

S: I get pecan aroma more than from taste.

M: Thick. Lots of body. Very nice.

T: In a word, awesome. Funny, but I would swear this brew was bourbon barrel aged. I don't taste pecan, buf the flavor is outstanding.

O: One of the best porters I've had. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 22:59:56 | More by edwardsw
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Bunginus

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appears as close to black as you can get. About 3/4 inch head that laces nicely throughout the drink.

Smells of coffee, pecans and dark chocolate.

First taste is impressive. Goes through the gamut of chocolate, coffee and nuttiness. Hops accentuate all the characters and balance well with a good bit of malts. Best porter I've tried, leaves room for more. Only minus is an average mouthfeel, which may not be a minus for some. Wonderful beer!

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2011 00:26:22 | More by Bunginus
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Duttonic

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From notes 10/13/10. On-tap at Crickett's in Waco.

A- Dark and deep black/brown, non-transparent, one finger of brown head with a reddish hue.

S- Pecans, bitter chocolate, malt, heavy.

T/M- Medium/heavy body, bitter, chocolate, medium roast coffee, ridiculously creamy/whipped feel and finish.

D- This is definitely on my go-to list for any occasion. I am smitten. It defies conventional porters. It is not overly filling for how rich it feels. It is for sure one of the best beers made in the Lone Star State.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 02:39:13 | More by Duttonic
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champ103

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On cask at Hay Merchant in Houston. Review from notes.

A: Pours pitch black, pretty much opaque. A two finger whispy, tan head forms with excellent retention. Rings of sticky spiderweb lace is left. This is a looker.
S: A soft nutty aroma. Roasted malt, milk chocolate, cream coffee. A light sweetness of vanilla in the nose. Excellent.
T: Follows the nose. Nutty, roasted pecans, light roasted malt. Some smoke. Milk chocolate, toffee, coffee. Really well balanced. Love it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Velvety smooth and soft. The perfect amount of carbonation for a cask. This is like silk. So easy to drink. I have lost count how many times I have enjoyed this on cask.

One of the true treats in Texas is enjoying this on cask. Near perfect. I can not recommend this enough.

Serving type: cask

07-07-2012 16:04:59 | More by champ103
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elNopalero

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours the color of smoke and char, topped by a foamy head the color of cocoa. Full of all sorts of roast aroma, and just a touch of mellow maltiness to round it out. You don’t taste the pecans until you start to sip, and even then it’s not as apparent as you might think. The pecans play a role, as the name implies, but it’s in conjunction with a lot of roasty coffee, some dark chocolate, and a touch of hoppy bitterness to keep it engaging. Seriously folks, this is one of my favorite porters. I had it at the tail end of its release last year and I’m glad I’ve been in Texas long enough to try it fresh this year. Look for it on hand pump—it's also an amazing candidate for cask conditioning.

[9/11 review] Had on cask at the Draughthouse in Austin. They have such a limited distribution for this that I'll take it when I can get it.

Served in a nonick pint glass. Pours a delicious black with a good amount of head. Great carbonation, strong roasty aroma and dark coffee in the nose. Great body, and on cask it works so well that i might *might* not be able to drink it on tap again. I kid, I kid. But on cask, wow! Needless to say, tastes fantastic. Smooth oily mouthfeel, sharp roastiness, some coffee. I don’t taste the pecans at first but the smoothness and residual sweetness is there as it warms. Definitely reminds me of a pecan coffee, where there’s a balance of sweet & savory through the roast. This is a seasonal that has a limited distribution and I wish they’d bottle it so i could take it with me.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2011 05:12:50 | More by elNopalero
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DavidST

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On vacation in Austin ordered on tap at whip in, this was poured in a way to eliminate the head sadly. Anyways this pours a pitch black with a minimal tan head. The smells are of nuts and dark roasted malts. The feel is medium. The taste is great a load of bitter dark malts along with a nice nutty flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2012 00:25:05 | More by DavidST
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at BJ's in Round Rock. I normally go for the hoppy stuff but I've been thinking more and more about porters so I gave this a try. I'm glad I did. It's creamy and smooth with lots of chocolate and nuts in the flavor. The aroma has coffee but not so much in the flavor. This is a fantastic beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 12:02:52 | More by GJ40
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Travis224 for the hook-up!

Opaque black color with a light brown head that leaves spots of lacing on the glass.

Awesome aroma of chocolate, a bit of stone fruit and roasted grains. The pecan is subtle but comes out a bit as the glass empties and warms a bit.

Big flavor with the malts, hops and pecan all well integrated into a pretty, round whole. Roasty, sweet in the middle with a crisp dry finish.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied but with some finesse - not too heavy.

A great American porter - one of the best I have had!

Serving type: growler

02-24-2012 23:08:16 | More by CliffBrake
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Ford

Texas

4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Buffalo WIld Wings in Webster, Texas.

This is a great Porter. Can I taste pecans? I'm not sure. I think they are there. There are the regular porter flavors it seems.. coffee, chocolate... at least to me.

All I know is it's such a good beer. Not one you can drink one after another, but enjoying a pint every now and then is a nice way to finish off a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 01:58:33 | More by Ford
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mymrnngjckt

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LukeM23 for a grolwer of this beer.

Pours a dark black with a two finger head. Smells of roasted pecans, molases and Whoppers (the candy,)

Taste is superb. The pacans really come out in this. Hint of roasted coffee.

Nice thickness.

Great beer.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2010 14:35:25 | More by mymrnngjckt
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to my "beer supplier" from TX, exiled. Jason sends me beer pretty much constantly. On this occasion he surprised me with a growler of 512 PP. A long time want. Thanks Jason. You are a great BA.

Growler split with like minded beer geeks. Poured into a globe.

A: Pitch black with a good amount of cascading head. No carb problems on this growler. About a half finger of mocha hued head settles on top and fades leaving soapy lace.

S: Roast black coffee, chocolate, smoked pecans and a touch of vanilla. Smells like some sort of concoction from Starbucks.

T: The flavors are smooth and seamless. Rich roast coffee melds with Sweet smoked pecans. Hints of vanilla and chocolate give this an extra layer. It actually finished with a slight hoppy kick.

M: Medium creamy body. Smooth carbonation but not flat.

O: Very tasty and well done porter. Would love to have regular access to this. Thanks again Jason.

Serving type: growler

07-16-2011 16:39:18 | More by beerwolf77
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap - very popular in Austin and a reliable go-to for a dark beer.

A - deep dark beer with very little tan head and almost no lacing.

S - smoky and dark malt; on cask it had a definite soy sauce character

T - super toasty malt with a smoky undertone. Powerful and with no bitterness. Looking far a nutty character and only finding a hint in the initial taste

M - very light with only a hint of carbonation

D - goes down very easy - an epic beer

Great, great beer. Go to Austin and drink it!

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2011 01:47:00 | More by DoktorZee
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrives a dark almost black color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice with nutty chocolate, deeply roasted malt, and hints of coffee. The beer is very smooth, and the palate is left with some powdery dryness. Chocolate and coffee flavors are accented by a hint of smoke. The beer finishes with a kick. Complexity and plenty of depth to this one. Smooth and pleasurable. A well crafted brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 03:50:41 | More by BeardedBoffin
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Phoenix2443

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the Gingerman last year, from my notes:

Appearance: Poured its usual thick dark brown-blackish color. Small brownish head.
Smell: This is where the cask made the difference! Strong roasted pecan smell with coffee tones.
Taste: Followed the smell a great deal, roasted pecans, coffee, milk chocolate. overall malty and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy for a porter but very drinkable even in the heat.
Overall: This is usually my go to when I'm looking for something a little indulgent. luckily its on tap all over the place here in Austin. I toast to 512's success and hope one day a six of this will sit my fridge. Until then I'll be filling my growler.

/homer review

Serving type: cask

07-08-2011 16:53:50 | More by Phoenix2443
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Alamo Drafthouse in San Antonio, TX.

A - Dark brown/black. Not much head on this one.

S - Wonderful sweet malt, a hint of roasted chocolate, and of course sweet pecans.

T - Definitely more sweet than roasty. Sweet pecan, roasted chocolate malt, creaminess offsets what little bitterness there is. Very easy drinking, nothing really overpowers.

M - Moderate-to-high carbonation for a porter. It's definitely smooth and creamy, but I would have preferred it to be a little thicker and chewier. Goes down easy, good aftertaste of sweet pecans and a little bit of roasted chocolate.

O - One of my favorite porters. Sweet, smooth, creamy, I could drink this a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 05:48:00 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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aschwab

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the flying saucer in Austin.

A: Dark colored, looks right for a porter. About a finger-widths of head.
S: A slight pecan smell, as well as the usual smokey smell.
T: Not much pecan flavor in it, which is a good thing for me (not a big fan of pecans). I really enjoyed the flavor of it, a solid porter.
M: Good carbonation, what is to be expected from a Porter
O: I order it all the time when I see it on tap, refreshing for a porter.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 15:51:52 | More by aschwab
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fjordhook

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very dark brown color, pretty much black and has a minimal head. Smells were malts, coffee, and of course pecans. The taste reciprocated the smell, the pecans blended beautifully. Very tasty. Smooth beer when first sipped, but finishes with a nice bite that didn't take anything away from the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 22:24:22 | More by fjordhook
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AnavelGato

Florida

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a pint glass at The Flying Saucer in Austin, Texas.

Appearance: Pitch black 1-2 fingers of "tan" head bordering on light mocha colored

Aroma: Strong notes of caramel and chocolate however i didn't pick up on the pecan that's been so often mentioned of the smell, there was some faint nuttiness but nothing could be deciphered in particular

Taste: The Pecan flavor does come out in the flavor however it plays second fiddle to the strong flavor of chocolate and some coffee notes as well. Overall the nutty character of the beer definitely ads to the flavor profile however there is a disingenuousness to labeling a beer "Pecan" when the truly dominant flavor is chocolate. No "yeasty" flavor found. very light bittering on the tail end of the drink. overall a very delicious beer

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for a porter or stout, carbonation was present but definitely not intended to be a "fizzy" beer. "Thick" when sipping and almost creamy.

Overall: Just moved out to Austin and this was my introduction to the beer scene out here an honestly could not be happier with it, overall a very good porter. Drinks down very well and definitely worth a try. will definitely be one of my regulars

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 21:04:51 | More by AnavelGato
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Premo88

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Onion Creek in Houston
16 oz. standard pint glass

L: black brown with 1/4-inch tan head; what a stout/porter looks like.

S: wine, loads of malt and there's a distinct burnt note coming through; you can smell the pecans in there at times

T: smokey burnt oak/wood with burnt pecans; so much malt ... it keeps it sweet and helps balance out the darker "burnt" notes.

F: full ... a midweight to more with enough carbonation to keep it clean

O: i would LOVE to get a bomber or 6-pack of this for the house, so i could sit with it and study it much more closely ... but without question, it's awesome.

i've had it twice at Onion Creek, the first time by accident. a friend ordered it, didn't want it, so i traded my SA Santo for the pecan porter not really wanting to do so, but what a fortunate event! this brew was a major step for me in my efforts to get more comfortable with the stout/porter genre ... those pecans are too yummy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2013 16:06:32 | More by Premo88
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MiguelMandingo

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Way to pull it off Kevin & Nate. This is your best beer - without question. Do yourselves (but mostly us) a favor and don't limit this to a seasonal!

Appearance - This brew is opaque brownish black - only a slight glimmer of light peaks out around the perimeter of the glass. It produced a 1 finger tannish foam head. Great head retention - the head never dies here. Quick swirl of the glass brings the head right back. Spotty lacing left behind. This looks delicious.

Smell - The scent is very delicate - the scent is light, but what scent is there is very deep. I detect notes of delicate pecan nuttiness, choclate and a slight roastiness. Black malt dominant. Cocoa powdery. Distant herbal hops. I like where this is going.

Taste - Oh man, this is great. There is a great connection between the scent and the flavor. Very delicate and subtle. Pecan nuttiness shows up in the front end and lingers into the aftertaste. Chocolately and dark malts. Not too sweet - and they could have easy gone in that direction. This tastes like actual pecans and doesn't taste like extract - in fact they used actual Texas pecans and roasted the nuts themselves. Awesome.

Mouthfeel - This has a great mouthfeel. It is smooth and velvety with a decent carbonation level. Smooth and slightly oily. Medium/full bodied.

Drinkability - This beer is awesome. Great beer. Delicate smooth and even. Doesn't beat you over the face - I could drink this all night without worrying about ruining my palate. Hats off to 512. This is their best beer.

This is your signature beer, guys. Nate & Kevin - keep up the good work.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 20:16:46 | More by MiguelMandingo
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This growler was ferried to the area all the way from Austin via BGThang and his truck of beer goodness (well, following the flight to Louisville). Enjoyed at the Dilly Deli with Peanutski, the barkeep.

Appearance - pours an opaque brownish black. Maybe in brighter light there would be some hues along the edge, but not here in this setting. Initially a good half-finger of foam, the resulting thin ring of mocha leaves small dots and rivulets of lace running down the goblet.

Aroma - very roasty, a surprising burst of boozy solventy alcohol. 6.8% you say? You sure those numbers aren't backwards? This smells potent for sure.

Taste - charred malt, an expected initial hit of booze. There is a slight bit of smokiness on the front of the palate, turned prickly by the hot feel of the beer.The intense roastiness is sustained through the swallow, enhanced and dried out by some hops and tannic pecan nuttiness. As this warms some, the heat settles down and the malts and pecan reach another level, although a bit subtle. Just a better interplay between the two.

Mouthfeel - plenty smooth. The carbonation makes for a full bubbly feel in the mouth, and the weight is a little more than average.

Drinkability - if you like a smoky, nutty porter, this is far too sessionable for its own good. Thanks Ken!

Serving type: growler

01-22-2009 03:41:08 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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womencantsail

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Michael for sending this one my way. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time.

A: The pour is a dark, dark brown color with a finger's worth (or so) of tan head.

S: Plenty of roast comes through right away with a bit of bananas, which I was not expecting. The nuttiness is there and provides some interesting sweetness, along with a chocolate note.

T: A very nice roasty base for this beer. The flavor profile is sort of all over the place: sweet bananas, chocolate, pecans, coffee, and perhaps some molasses too.

M: The body is medium with a somewhat low carbonation, but it doesn't detract from the beer at all.

D: I'm very glad to have finally tried this one, and to find that it was as good as I expected. A very enjoyable beer that I would have again.

Serving type: growler

07-01-2010 21:30:29 | More by womencantsail
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(512) Pecan Porter from (512) Brewing Company
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