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Maple Nipple Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 56
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

Our hearty Vermont Maple ale is a unique and tasty brew loaded with local maple syrup and a kick!
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Photo of scottfrie
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle in snifter. Thanks goes to SneezyAchew for hooking me up with this one. Batch #169, Bottle #48.

A: Pours a glowing autumn colored amber with a large thick light tan colored head that took forever to fade into a thick bubbly film that left a solid sheet of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet rich notes of maple (duh) and light caramel with hints of orange and cream. There's something else to it that I can't put my finger on, maybe some other type of fruit? Smells good at least.
T: Again, very sweet, but never sickly syrupy, with flavors of maple, molasses and maybe butter? There are some hints of spices near the finish, but I can't quite place my finger on them. Aftertaste is full of maple again, and some biscuit or toast-like malt flavors.
M: Medium creamy body with soft fluffy carbonation and a slick mouthfeel.
D: I was fairly impressed by this one. Not going to end up being one of my favorites, but for a maple flavored beer, this does a surprisingly good job of not being too overpoweringly sweet and syrupy. Thanks again for yet another great brew from Lawson's Finest, Michael!

Photo of nhindian
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle generously provided as an extra by qspandrew poured into a Lawson's Finest Liquids pint glass (another great extra by him!)

Rare Batch #165, Bottle #72

A - This beer is quite nice looking, pouring into the Lawson's pint glass a clear, golden amber with a grand, 2-fingered, frothy eggshell head. Retention is good as it sticks around for the majority of the glass. Good lacing as well with wide, broad wisps coating the glass.

S - Smell is sweet, with maple syrup coming in vaguely through the nose. Hops are also quite prominent, and the contrast between the syrupy sweetness and the pine forest hops is very enjoyable. Also getting some fruits and sugar, but the maple and hops are the forefront.

T - The maple syrup comes through in the taste moreso than in the nose, and this beer is certainly sweet. The malts and syrup last throughout the beer. About midway through the fruits, grape and apple specifically, come through and mix with the pine of the hops to really make this a unique beer. The sweetness is on par with a strong bock, but without being overbearing to subdue the hops. Finish is long and filled with syrup and fruit.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied with pretty low carbonation. It felt good in the mouth but a bit lifeless. The head helps contribute to it's great smoothness and it coats the mouth during its long finish.

D - Drinkability is moderate. The alcohol is really well hidden, only coming through now and then in the finish but it adds a nice heat to it. It certainly does creep up on you, and I saw this bottle disappear dangerously quickly. However, besides the maple and hops, this beer does sort of drag on near the end, but while it lasts, it is pretty unique and tasty.

Photo of kkipple
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #165, bottle number 68. Served with a little bowl of Vermont grade B maple syrup, into which we dipped maple cheddar cheese. Why? Because we could.

Mini review - time is short!

Clear copper, spotty lace, minimal head. Noses of woodsy, cool brown malts, clean fermentation, residual sugars, hints of burnt sugar, maple. The maple is not overwhelming.

Smells and tastes really like a German Alt (weird I know) on 'roids with added woodiness. The maple flavor is way more subdued than anticipated - I mean this IS called Maple Nipple after all - but it is nice... but not great. Mildly sweet. Slight roast. Clean, slightly warming, seems very attenuated, needs more maple aroma and flavor, in my opinion. Vermont makes THE BEST maple syrup (as this cheese and maple is attesting to) and I want to taste lots of it in this beer! Maybe pump up the mouthfeel too... it's a bit thin...

A beer called Maple Nipple from Vermont needs to be a Maple Extravaganza. This isn't bad, but could be so much more...

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

A: Orange in color and slightly hazy with about a half inch of white head that leaves a thin sheet of lacing behind.

S: Malt, maple syrup, molasses, brown sugar.

T: I estimate that this beer tastes exactly as intended. Of course this beer was brewed in Vermont,home of the best maple syrup in the nation. The beer is sweet, with flavors of maple syrup, molasses, and brown sugar.

M: Very sweet, with a medium body and moderately low carbonation.

D: An interesting idea and well done, but still not very drinkable. Enjoyable in very small quantities. I'm glad I got to try this unique brew.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate copper color with a half-finger of white head. A moderate amount of a white head and a bit of a thin collar as it goes down. The nose brings some slight maple character. Very faint indeed. There is a bit of sweet grain and some brown sugar there as well. The taste is slight molasses and brown sugar in addition to a bit of maple character. Medium body with pretty good carbonation. Not my favorite Lawson's beer, though glad I got to pick this bottle up.

Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is amber with a big white head of medium bubbles and moderate carbonation. Some lacing is left behind.

Beer smells like maple and malt / molasses. Nice.

Beer has an almost nutty quality to it, lots of maple, lots of sweetness, and some alcohol in the front half. The beer overall is medium in body and has low carbonation on the palate. The finish is a little dry but not overly so. Interesting, it's a good beer for the ingredients, a little too hot but overall a decent beer.

Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz foiled topped bomber into a couple of snifters. This was from Batch #152 Bottle # 57.

Pours a hazed, rose-hued amber, topped with a tight finger of creamy off-white head. This retains with a thin layer of bubbly froth, which just rings the sides with robust foamy lacing. The aroma is VERY smooth in the nose, with the sugary and slightly roasted character of the molasses mixing with a rather robust fruitiness from some citric hops. Notes of bread and some caramel round out the back. You can just tell that this is heavy from the way it sits in the nose but the flavors keeps a silkiness to them that I'm digging.

The taste is sweet up front, with a backbone of bread and caramel. There is definitely an aggressive bitter edge to this from the hops, along with some quite flavorful fresh citric notes of orange and lemon. The molasses is not overdone at all and a has a bit of a burnt roastiness of it's own going on, as it mostly stretches through whole way through but is REALLY coming out to me in a flush across the back end of the profile. The finish is a combo of dry, roasty, bitter, and earthy but it's the residual sugars from the molasses that linger the most. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp yet creamy feel that is equal parts lively and bubbly on the tongue. I just can't stress enough though how ridiculously smooth and easy this is for a 9% beer. No alcohol is detected whatsoever and I would have never guessed how big this was, except for the warmth that slowly started to creep across my face as I was working on this.

Wow, this was a VERY pleasant surprise that slowly worked its magic on me and a buddy as we got through two bottles of this. I think that this is one of those beers that you have to "get" and this completely worked for me. I loved how the molasses worked with the bright citric fruit notes and that big but approachable body makes for some fantastic sipping during those cold late fall nights. This beer just screamed Vermont to me. I nominate this as the official state beer!

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to Thorpe429; thanks for sharing this one Mike.

a - Pours a mahogany amber color and one inch of white fluffy head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, maple, molasses, fruit, and a hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of caramel malts and maple again up front, and then wheat, fruit, sugar, molasses, and alcohol. More alcohol than the smell.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent spiced beer but something in the taste was a little weird to me. I enjoyed the smell but not the taste as much. Probably wouldn't seek it out again but would give another try if I came across it.

Photo of woosterbill
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (Batch #169, bottle #47) into a Weyerbacher tulip, shared at a tasting hosted by HopStoopid120. Thanks again, Tony!

A: Hazy reddish-orange body with a finger of creamy off-white head. Decent retention and excellent lace. Attractive.

S: Weird. Sweet malt, maple, and some faintly herbal hops. Ok, but not especially enticing.

T: Opens with pure caramel malt, then finishes with pure maple essence. Surprisingly dry finish. Simple, unique, and tasty.

M: Soft medium body with light carbonation. Fine.

D: Considering that maple and caramel are basically the only flavors, it's really not overly sweet. Pretty drinkable, with no really booze presence.

Notes: My expectations for this one weren't too high, since I experience firsthand the horror that was Lawson's Maple on Brett at NotF. I'm happy to report that the Nipple was a far nicer thing to taste, as instead of tasting like moldy dirt and syrup-soaked gym socks, it provided a distinct (yet somehow seamless) transition from malt to maple, coupled with an astonishingly dry, clean finish. I won't be driving to Warren to seek this one out, but I'd gladly drink it again.


Photo of sisuspeed
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-brown with about a finger of white fluffy head on top. Sticky white lacing covers the inside of the glass.

Fruity with peach, a bit of potato and some sweet maple syrup. Some vegetable-like notes, but then more sweet syrupy malts. Interesting. Not really sure what to think about this one.

Flavor is sweet and malty. Pale malts, maple syrup and some light hops to round things out. Picking out caramel notes and a hint of vegetable/sweet potato.

Mouthfeel is mostly smooth, but a little resiny. Faint warming alcohol. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. I really like the maple syrup aspect of this beer, but it feels like one or two things are just a bit off. I think if Lawson's were to tweak the recipe a little bit they could have an A range maple beer on their hands. Still enjoyed the bottle I had though and I would love to get my hands on some Maple Tripple.

Photo of abuliarose
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall goblet, revealing opaque burnt caramel brown body under a finger and a half of airy but soapy cream-tinged head. Some lacing. Pretty nice looking. Smells like floral hops, dried pear and maple syrup. A little starchy on the nose. Decent winter smells.

Tastes big and somewhat bitter up front with a smooth maple syrup-laced finish. Touch of spice. Nice bread character. To its credit this is the first non maple flavoring beer where I can really taste the syrup. Very starchy in the taste and mouthfeel as well, kind of like drinking boiled potato water. A little mealy, a little creamy heavier body than your average ale. Carbonation adds well to the creamy thick body. Very filling but very drinkable. Drinks like a meal.

Overall this is a solid winter beer. Glad I could try it!

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this last week as part of a B-Day gift-haul of biers from ol' pal Artied2... Done raking some leaves so it's time to warm up... label states batch #156, bottle #79. Auf geht's....

Filled an imperial nonic.... bier was slightly cloudy, and a deep, intense copper hue. Carbo was steady, and a hard pour produced a thick, rocky layer of light beige froth. It ebbs ever so slowly, yet always maintains some cover, and the lacing clinging to the glass is top-shelf. Maple is the primary aroma wafting forth, sweetening the air. Should I close my eyes I imagine I'd think a pile of maple-soaked french toast was in front of me! The Nipple has decent body, with just the right firmness, and it is quite smooth as well.

Taste is interesting, with the maple being quite obvious, some caramel weaving in and out, and then some fruitiness which reminds me of an English old strong ale. The fruit I mentioned is in the guise of some green apple and pear, which linger in an odd-couple mix with the maple on the palate. Was originally going with a 3.50 for drinkability, but the more I had, the more I liked it. Birch? Bah!! Gimme Maple! Thnx Bro!!


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a BIF, thanks Greg! Very excited to try a Lawson's creation, been wanting to for a while. This is from Rare Batch 156, bottle 15.

Nice looking bottle for starters, the gold foil adheres to the glass as if glue was applied. Popping the cap, the beer pours a light copper color, very hazed looking with a thin off-white foam that settles quickly. Good aroma, maple syrup is strong and maybe a little reminiscent of Life & Limb. Hints of alcohol in the background, but other than that it's hard to pick out any "beer" smells. The malts are silent and I suspect hops were added for bittering only, nothing late in the process for aroma (only my guess).

This tastes unique, definitely a lot of maple syrup character, sweet but not over-the-top, with a sort of sticky mouthfeel as well. That defines it more or less, really no counterplay from malts, just clean pale malts I suppose. I can't taste the alcohol but the burn comes through in the upper digestive system, making it a sipper. Rich and delicious, a good night cap of a beer.

Photo of largadeer
1.59/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bubba83 opened a bomber of this. Thanks, Kevin.

Copper colored, the body is cloudy, almost opaque. A small head forms and retains pretty well.

Maple, toast and oxidation on the nose. A lot of cardboard. This smells very off, oxidation is overwhelming.

Palate is also dominated by cardboard, really oxidized and stale with a bit of maple behind it. A little toasted bitterness comes through in the finish, and an odd medicinal flavor. The body is thin. This is pretty bad.

Photo of nickd717
2.48/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bomber shared by Bubba83 on BA.

Pours hazy amber in color with a one-finger light khaki head and some lacing.

The aroma is big cardboard box, maple, and sweet malts. Could be a little oxidized or something.

The flavor is rather oxidized. Cardboard is the dominant flavor note. Besides that it's caramel malt, slightly sweet, and maple syrup.

Medium bodied with average carbonation.

Not great overall, definitely a bit off. I wonder if this is how it always is or if something happened to this bottle.

Photo of davod23
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks a lot, Greg.

Pour is a mostly clear orange, with a head the color of the San Francisco Giants' home uniforms. A thin cap of bubbles of varying sizes sticks around pretty well, though the glass is bereft of appreciable lacing.

Aroma is... not what I expected. This seems to me to be akin to an American Strong Ale. Boozier than I would have anticipated. Maple is barely, barely there. Vanilla is noticed when breathing out. Booze.

As boozy as it is in the aroma, the alcohol is pretty well-hidden in the taste. Still a stunning lack of maple though. Caramel apple, some breadiness. Solventy, slightly astringent. Medicinal in the long finish.

Mouthfeel: Way too thin. Pretty smooth, adequately carbonated, but this beer is very, very light-bodied.

Drinkabiliy. Eh. I can't see myself putting down much of this.

This isn't a bad beer, but it's not very good. I'm glad I got a chance to try this, and I will seek out other Lawson's in the hopes that this beer is an anomaly, but I don't ever think that this beer will grace my lips again.

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz foiled bottle, big thanks to MasterSki for the hookup. Rare batch 131, bottle #43.

Pours a crystal clear and very bright orange/reddish, some amber highlights, thick slightly off white head forms and settles down to a medium sized ring and layer around the glass, some lace chunks stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is neat, very sweet and malty, candi sugar, some caramel, a touch of maple syrup, very fruity, strawberry jam, a touch of citrus, orange marmalade, lightly herbal, pretty neat if simple aroma.

Taste is really neat, big and fruity, very sweet but not cloying, some maple sap, strawberry jam, fruit gum, orange marmalade, a bit of toast and biscuit, caramel, golden raisins, a bit of treacle/corn syrup in the finish, really big.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation, a touch of warmth but alcohol is really well hidden. Not really any maple character but a pretty unique beer. Thanks Alex!

Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, Bottle 95, Rare batch 156. Purchased at the Warren Store.

Pours medium honey amber, hazed, khaki head, long lasting, frothy, high quality looking all the way, leaves tongues of sheeting and nice looking stands and bits of lace. Nice looking brew. Silky smooth, rich and chewy

The sniff reveals waves of sweet malt, honey, vanilla.

Flavorful, super smooth, maltolicious offering. Maple, vanilla, honey all noted. Smoke, wood undertones. Softly biting hops come in late.

Luxorious fall/winter offering. Well crafted, delicious, understated yet bold, mild yet heady at 9%. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of andrewinski1
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice. Thanks Bendurgin! Nice amberish slight red body. A little bit of off white head laces the glass nicely. No haze. Looks good.

Smells like a sweet candy, a bit of hop bitterness is noticed, but not much. A bit of toast aroma is also noticed in the background.

This starts out nice and mapley, but finishes a bit drier than I wish for the maple to shine. A good amount of bitterness is noticed, but not much hop flavor at all.

Average mouthfeel and drinkability. This one drinks a lot like an American barleywine with an added dimension of having maple. I love maple so that's a good thing.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I shared this bottle with three other friends. Poured into a tulip. The body is maple brown with a thin off white head that doesn't retain too long and leaves a bit of spotty lacing. The aroma is toasted malts with a bit of spicy hops with just a bit of maple to the aroma. Holy rich maple! The taste is toasty with a bit of spice and a really big maple finish. The maple is bold and rich and finishes pretty nicely. I think the maple isn't too overpowering and balanced pretty well with the toasty flavor. The mouthfeel is light but the maple makes it slightly sticky. It's still nice and the carbonation is well done. For a nine percent beer, this drinks pretty well, especially on a cool Autumn evening.

Photo of ElGallo
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky to snag a couple bottles at the Warren Store on a mid-September business trip to Vermont. The name of this beer just says it all: I mean who doesn't like maple and boob? An excellent combo.

Bottle #1 from this batch (158?) 22 oz. bomber poured into a balloon glass: a murky brown color with some head, not much lacing. Subtle scent of maple and malt, very little hop presence.

Up front this tastes like a decent brown ale, but the maple comes through perfectly in the aftertaste. A nice pleasant sipper for a fall afternoon - I shared this bottle with a friend and was itching to crack the other, but it was saved for another day. Not sure if Sean Lawson considers this his flagship beer, but it should be - this is damn fine drinking. Well done.

Photo of strengthdoc
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently you can only purchase this beer by the bottle at a small store in Warren, VT. They receive small shipments and never know which type they will get each Friday. There is a 4 bottle per person per day limit. I was able to get my 4 bottle around 4pm on Saturday afternoon shortly before they sold out. The beer pours into the glass to reveal a nice hazy copper color with a thick tan head that last a while and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is mild maple, roasted malt and light apple. The mouthfeel was medium and mildly silky. There was a slight buttery feel on the lips as the beer was tasted. The first taste is mild maple with roasted caramel followed my a mild hop bitterness and an alcohol warmth in the finish. I am more of a DIPA fan, but I really liked this beer. If it wasn't for the alcohol taste in the finish it would be almost perfect.

Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged this one about a year and a half. Batch #66, bottle #49 and poured it into a big goblet. It is a reddish-tinged orange with a short, very white head which turns into bubbles.
This beer smells great with some light caramel, poppy seeds, raw pumpkin seeds, and a hearty, yeasty bread aroma. The maple syrup is there, too.
It tastes like sweet maple sugar candy with the subtle crunch of sugar and the creaminess of the maple. It's quite mellow, though, with some banana bread, bit o' honey, a little lemon, and a slight oak char giving way to vanilla extract. Like having pancakes in a glass.
The alcohol is hidden and the sweetness is present, but yielding. This is an easy drinker and I like maple sugar candy so it also satisfies that craving. An interesting brew that I could drink for breakfast.

Update: The second pour from the bottle I include some floating yeast which gives a more pronounced fresh bread and maple feel. Mr. Lawson doesn't lie as this is both smooth and powerful with the alcohol approaching as it warms. Medium carbonation; a nice, sweet, and spicy libation on an early autumn evening.

Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This bomber was brought back from VT for me by joshman - thanks dude. Rare batch # 135, bottle # 32. Poured into stemmed glasses. First thing I noticed was the odd color. The best way to describe it would be a dark neon rust color. A different shade of color that I have ever seen before. Nice thick bubbly head, with some good lacing. Smell was semi-sweet, a bit like a rich caramel. Taste was good, but interesting. Had a nice maltiness to it, but on the sweet side. I did not get the maple flavor, but I think that it was added merely as a way to sweeten the beer, and not necessarily as a flavor component. Mouthfeel was on the thick side, which is what I would expect from a beer made with syrup. Drinkability was fairly good, as it was a great tasting beer and the high abv was well hidden. I am glad I got a chance to try a beer from this regional brewer, and this was a nice intro.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle from jmu500...thanks John! Pours a caramel color with little to no head. Carbonation appears to be low from first look. Doesn't leave any lacing. Visibility through the glass is non-existent, as it's very cloudy/hazy.

Aroma is similar to a American Stong ale. Some hops, little big of toasted malts...and yeast. Not really picking up the maple syrup in the nose. If I consentrate hard enough, maybe...but it might just be in my head.

Flavor is interesting. Light to medium body, medium carbonation...very sharp and boozy. Not as thick and creamy as I expected. Also, not nearly as sweet as anticipated due to the description. Regardless, not bad at all...just different. Lots of strong ale resemblances. Slight hops, yeast, and again...more booze. Glad I got to try this one!

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Maple Nipple Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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