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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged - Cigar City Brewing

Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel AgedHunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged

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158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%


Brewed by:
Cigar City Brewing visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 12-09-2009)
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was enjoyed alongside all of the rest of the versions and with each of the spirits.

Pours the characteristic black with little head and thin brown-gold edges. The smell is of the huge chocolate and roasted malts and an amazing flavor of vanilla, bourbon and oak sweetness. This was the best smelling of all of the varieties and the only thing getting a 5 in any category. I smelled this beer for a while. The taste is the characteristic Huna flavors, with very subdued chili flavors and big cocoa but with just an unpleasant integration of the bourbon. The vanilla, bourbon and oak from the nose don't seem to happen correctly in the taste. Makes you wish it wasn't aged in that barrel. Mouthfeel is huge as you would expect. Overall, this was near the bottom of the BA Hunas which went: Apple Brandy > Rum >> Whiskey > Bourbon >> Virgin Oak. Super glad to have tried it, but it's not entirely clear to me that these beers should be in barrels. The whiskey tasted better until the finish, whereas this was a mess for taste all the way through. This beer did smell delicious though.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 01:37:11 | More by seeswo
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tarheels86

California

3.58/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

750mL green wax 2011 release. Pours an expected used motoroil jet black with Martian red bubbles ascending into quite the thick, black looking head. Decent retention. Looks hilarious but the same as almost all Zhukov interpretations. Tawny, cellary nose with cinnamon apple and baked apples. Pretty obvious acetaldehyde like the Virgin Oak Hunahpu. Taste is woody, very bitter, rich, earthy, acidic coffee, very muted peppers. Great oily mouthfeel- wildly thick. Rich and tart in the finish with a lot of bitterness to back. Pretty good. 10/11/2011 6/4/7/5/14=3.6

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 20:34:36 | More by tarheels86
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jwjon1

Delaware

3.6/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bourbon BA Hunahpu--what's not to love? Actually, was too over the top for me. The subtle notes of the base beer just get lost in the muddle of bourbon. The bourbon really overwhelms, and takes an extremely complex beer and makes it almost one dimensional and very hard to drink even one glass for those of us who would rather drink beer than booze. Don't get me wrong: it's still good. I just prefer the "simpler" Hunahpu. Actually prefer the brandy version over the bourbon as well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 18:16:44 | More by jwjon1
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scottfrie

California

3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Jeff. Sampled next to the Regular, Whiskey, AB, and Rum.

A: Pours near black with a very thin light brown head that faded into a faint collar. Looks like the original.
S: Huge notes of bourbon. I’m getting less oak than the other treatments but the vanilla comes through very strongly as well. The alcohol on this one is volatile and definitely reeks of Four Roses.
T: The most boozy of the treatments aside from the Rum. Bourbon dominates the palate until the finish where huge notes of vanilla come through. Chocolate brings up the aftertaste but the chilies are overpowered.
M: The carbonation was lower in this one than the original and the whiskey which gives it the illusion of a thicker mouthfeel. The alcohol warms my throat after every swallow.
O: This treatment was more unbalanced than the whiskey or AB. Bourbon is very forward but it’s still a good beer. However, this was my second least favorite the treatments.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:19:57 | More by scottfrie
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jsanford

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a CCB snifter.

Pours a dark, inky black with a very slight mocha ring. Nice aromas of chocolate and dark malt with Bourbon notes of caramel, oak, and vanilla. Not getting a ton of the chili/cinnamon character in this version. Bit more character in the taste, lots of Bourbon, chocolate brownie batter, vanilla, oak, and spices. Getting a bit of heat from the chili peppers, but not as much as the other variants. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a full mouthfeel and good carbonation. Overall a really nice beer, but surprisingly ranked fourth out of the variants (Rum>Whiskey>Virgin Oak>Bourbon)!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:38:17 | More by jsanford
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PaulStoneAnchor

California

3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted side by side with Whiskey Hunahpu

Pours a very dark brown with almost no head whatsoever. This beer also leaves no lacing as well.

A huge aroma of sweet bourbon, coffee, and dark chocolate, as well as some notes of vanilla.

Lots of bourbon, dark chocolate, coffee, and some light notes of vanilla.

There was a light carbonation as well a very creamy mouthfeel.

This beer was very good. I really enjoyed how the sweet bourbon mixed with the dark chocolate and coffee notes from the Hunahpu. I was really excited to try this and I was not disappointed. This was definitely a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 23:34:03 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cigar City Takes NYC event at Rattle 'N' Hum. A great start. Aroma of pepper and bourbon come through. This is black with no head, understated carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. The peppers come through giving the whole RIS an interesting and complex taste.
Had this in bottle two years later and it was very good, though not as good as the non-BBA.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 05:40:17 | More by Sammy
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank as part of the Hunahpu Voltron. Don't remember who brought it specifically, but cheers for the group effort.

A - A black bodied beer with tan on the edges and a bit of a fine mocha head.

S - There's a lot of bourbon on this one. It masks the peppers a little bit but it's still there. Chocolate is present also. Smells nice, but the bourbon doesn't integrate quite as nicely with the beer as some of the variants.

T - The most boozy of the bunch, there's a lot of bourbon on this one. It's decently sweet, with the chili and cocoa nibs coming through pretty nicely. Good, but not great.

M - Big beer, pretty full bodied, softer carbonation.

O - Good beer, my least favorite of the variants, but this is a solid beer that I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:32:17 | More by AgentZero
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womencantsail

California

4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A huge thanks to Joe for sharing this one at Oakquinox.

A: The pour is black as night with a substantial mocha colored head.

S: What should I expect from a bourbon barrel chili imperial stout--chilies, chocolate, and vanilla. And that's exactly what I got. I really nice spiciness goes well with the vanilla and chocolate notes along with just a touch of bourbon.

T: The spiciness is a bit more pronounced than I would have expected and it really has staying power. The bourbon flavor is somewhat minimal, but the oak and vanilla from the barrel is nice. The chocolate and roasted flavors help to keep everything together.

M: A medium body on this one with a bit of a low, rolling carbonation and a lingering spice.

D: You certainly have to like the chili flavor to enjoy this beer. I found it to be nice in a small dose, but I don't know how much of this I could drink at once.

Serving type: growler

04-21-2010 17:15:53 | More by womencantsail
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urwithdave

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into CCB snifter. Reviewing from notes taken on 3/12/10 at the release at CCB.

A- Pours used motor oil. Blacker than black. A good inch of head that has nice retention. Leaves nice lacing.

S- Unlike tha apple brandy, and regular base version, I'm not getting a whole lot here other than the bourbon. There are hints of chocolate present, however, the bourbon really overpowers the other aromas.

T- Not nearly as impressed with this version of the beer. IMHO the bourbon overpowers the flavors that are present in the other two versions. I don't get the chilies either in this, the bourbon is simply to overwhelming.

M- Still nice and creamy. However, there is a burn from the bourbon. No chilies present, the bourbon runs the show.

D- Def not as good as the base version or the apple brandy version. With that being said, take into consideration I gave the regular Hunahpu all 5s with only one 4.5. The apple brandy version was str8 5s across the board. This was still an excellent beer, just not as good as the other versions.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 07:23:06 | More by urwithdave
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the epic hunaphu's tasting in Cincinnati

A-black body with tan around tthe edges

S-wow. That's 4 roses bourbon for ya. Very sweet, but all you can get is the bourbon

T-more chocolate than bourbonshould be 3.75. Grows on me the more it warms up

M-medium body and smooth. Low to balance out taste

O-drop from nose to taste

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:23:07 | More by brew3crew
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Gtreid

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hunahpu release. Poured into a CCB snifter.

A: Opaque. Black, just like the original. Fluffy mocha head, but no lacing to this one.

A: Burbon shoots out of the nose. I think this actually takes away from the score, the regular Hunahpu's nose is sweet chocolate and vanilla, and even though I get those aromas, the burbon masks them.

T: I get the burbon straight away, followed by the chocolate and vanilla. Again, I think the barrel inhibits the brew rather then making it something better. Finishes very smooth.

M: Full body, quite a bit of carbonation for the style. But still very creamy.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little lower for me. I just can't get past the big burbon. Overall, I really liked this beer, but I don't think it lived up to the original. This is still a damn good brew. Skal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 13:24:32 | More by Gtreid
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dmsohyea

California

4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bdige for bringing this one out. 750ml from the recent release - green wax.

Pours like oil with low carbonation. The head is very dark brown. Huge legs on the glass.

Smells like a tasty dark chocolate bar and a bunch of vanilla. Some bourbon is in the back, but it's not very boozy.

Taste is substantially different than the normal Hunahpu's. Instead of a strong cayenne flavor, the heat is almost completely faded and only exists in a very small tingling under the other flavors. The beer is extremely chocolaty and thick. Vanilla is very pronounced and the bourbon is decently integrated, but it's not exactly layered with flavor.

Mouthfeel is super thick with low carbonation.

Overall tasty and I think I like it a bit better than regular Hunahpu's due to the lack of heat.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 16:43:14 | More by dmsohyea
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Viscous inky black. Stains the glass. Nice mocha head.

Smell - Still surpringly peppery. Not distinct pepperiness. Chocolate. Light bourbon. Vanilla. Not a ton of barrel.

Taste - Chocolate and then immediately peppery. Alcoholic. Some cinnamon. Lots of chocolate. The bourbon is faint. Some oak in the back.

Mouthfeel - Absurbly thick. Dry and oaky in the finish. Boozy. Extremely slow drinking.

Overall - Gets much more oaky as it warms. No sweetness. Some of the more abrasive characteristics have come out, but all of the complexity of Hunahpu is still there.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 05:22:50 | More by Alieniloquium
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks once again, to ArthurPendragon for the flip-top bottle poured from the tap at CCB. Split several ways with friends into tasting glasses.

A - Pours back, motor oil viscosity, some brown hue sticks to the sides of the glass. Mocha-colored head that disipitates down to a few bubbles here and there. Very sticky...chocolate syrup on steroids.

S - Lots of oak/barrel notes, possible a little over-barreled, but not terrible by any means. I get the base beer, chilies, bourbon, oak. I think the oak and bourbon over-power the base beer for the worse, but I'm a huge fan of the regular stuff.

T - Oak, bourbon, burnt sugars, chilies, chocolate. All very well done but I think I would like less oak and bourbon and more of the base beer to shine here. A little too much oak/barrel, like I said earlier. A nice sweet finish with a touch of bourbon.

M - Medium to full bodied, rich and smooth, creamy finish.

D - Very very good but the Laird's Brandy version and the regular Hunahpu's are better, IMO. Glad I got the chance to try this one and I look forward to giving another review when I get the chance to try it again. Great job, CCB.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2010 19:26:51 | More by Sean9689
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is bourbon, oak, chocolate and pepper. The flavor is strong oak, chocolate and pepper, with the pepper being a little overpowering and giving a light burning sensation in the mouth. Thick mouthfeel and low-medium carbonation.

Serving type: growler

04-15-2010 01:41:06 | More by Mora2000
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks goes out to bross242 for bringing this one out during cmrillo’s 40 Beers* @ 40 Birthday Bash! Served from bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger brown head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, sweet alcohol, spice, vanilla, and cinnamon. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, vanilla, sweet alcohol, spice, and peppers. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Finally, I got the chance to try this one… The base beer definitely shined through on this one, but the barrel made the vanilla and alcohol a little more evident throughout. This was definitely welcomed. I’ve seen these things trade for crazy stuff and now I understand why. Definitely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 12:13:14 | More by thagr81us
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours thick black with brown edges and a nice bit of brown on the edges.

S. Lots of bourbon, vanilla, and cocoa

T. Bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, but not as much spice a the other variants.

M. Thick body with a bit of booziness

D. Very drinkable. My favorite smell so far of the barrel aged ones, but I love bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:54:47 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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kfsv034

Florida

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Hunahpu release

A - pours jet black with a quarter inch creamy head

S - smells of strong bourba and
mild vanilla

T - lots of bourban, again mild vanilla with a nice pepper spice left in the back of the throat

M - full bodied very rich

D - very strong I can definatly taste the alcohol

This beer is dang good if it's available try it, I prefer the regular version

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 05:33:42 | More by kfsv034
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice reddish brown. Very very dark. Nice reddish brown head. Looks really pretty. Smells phenomenal. Lote of nice oak and bourbon on the nose. Chocolate roastiness coming through. Smells phenomenal. Taste is a bit lacking. Nice bourbony oakiness dominates. Spicy pepper coming through. There is a roasty bitterness that is a bit off-putting. Well carbonated and overall Really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 23:29:36 | More by Urbancaver
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

Pours viscous and dark black with chocolate edges. Dark mocha head, fades to a collar, with some legs. Bourbon, vanilla, light oak, chocolate and cinnamon but generally more mild than the other variations. Flavor is very smooth and starts with balanced blend of chocolate and bourbon with the base Hunahpu moving to the background until the finish when some chili spice kicks up. Low carbonated, full body, silky throughout. A little boring overall, but very nice and well integrated.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 22:28:03 | More by yourefragile
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank at NWIBDU tasting. Thanks!

S - Bourbon, vanilla, light pepper and cinnamon 4.25

T - Caramel, dark fudge, light bourbon sweetness, cinnamon spice but not as much as the cinnamon. Light astringency in the finish where the booze is more prominent than normal 4.5

M - Thick and creamy with light astringency from the whiskey.

O - Good beer with more complexity that the normal Huna. Not as good as the whiskey but the bourbon adds some nice sweetness

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:38:32 | More by jeonseh
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oline73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the third variation we opened up at finewinemike's tasting. Poured from a bottle into my Colossus snifter.

Appearance: Pours dark as night and extremely thick. There is a layer of dark tan head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet with some dark fruit, cocoa, and some heat from the whiskey and the chilies. I'm picking up a faint caramel smell from the bourbon barrels.

Taste: Roasty with lots of dark chocolate and chilies. Definitely some heat from the bourbon barrels. Vanilla and some wood with a roasty, hot finish.

Mouthfeel: This version was a bit thinner than the others. The carbonation is tingly and the finish is a bit dry.

Overall: This one was less full, so that was a bit of a let down. Still amazing and I would love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 17:11:12 | More by oline73
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Hunahpu's release party. Served in a snifter.

A - Looks like Hunahpu's - inky black body that is impervious to light, a finger of dark, dark, mocha foam that dissipates slowly to a ring and some haze and leaves a few spots of lace. For a beer that must be pushing 12-13% (11% is for regular Hunahpu's) it looks excellent.

S - Wet barrels, earthy bourbon whiskey, vanilla, and so on. The bourbon barrels used by Cigar City have a very distinct taste, and this reminds me a little of Capricho Oscuro #2. What I thought was Big Sound in that beer is actually some sort of barrel-aging characteristic imparted on both brews. There's not a lot of the base beer left at this point - mostly chocolate, and negligible chili pepper or cinnamon. Still, it smells like an excellent barrel-aged stout.

T - Again, tons of barrel presence, with wet wood, sharp bourbon, and vanilla present. There's a bit more of ol' Hunahpu kicking around here - some dark chocolate cake, and a bit of chili heat that builds over the course of the glass. Finish is intensely tannic, with some roasty, dark chocolate bitterness as well.

M - Very smooth, sticky, full body, that is chewy and viscous. Lowish carbonation, with a dry tannic finish and only light residual stickiness. Spot on for the style, and highly satisfying.

D - This one is a slow sipper, and one snifter was sufficient. I'd definitely have it again though! The only real inhibitors are richness of flavor and high ABV, which is as it should be. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 14:28:05 | More by MasterSki
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had the pleasure of tasting this one the day of the release after I grabbed my ticket.
Was poured into a nice CC snifter glass.
Dark as can be with a slight very dark tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, and some sort of spice. This bourbon version really hits you in the face with the bourbon smell! The first taste is a mouthfull of bourbon but then slowly goes back to normal versions flavor profile. The taste is the usual IS bittersweet chocolate and coffee but then proceed with a spice taste. Also has a nice hop profile to it.
Medium heavy mouthfeel with a nice level of carbonation.
The BA version is extremely tasty but a tad too "bourbony" for my liking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 22:34:50 | More by kbutler1
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Hunahpu's Imperial Stout - Bourbon Barrel Aged from Cigar City Brewing
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