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St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout - McAuslan Brewing

St-Ambroise Oatmeal StoutSt-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout

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901 Ratings

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Ratings: 901
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 10.73%

Brewed by:
McAuslan Brewing visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-18-2001)
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Photo of SerialHiker


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a nice black color…two finger thick, mocha colored head formed, settling down to a more conventional layer…very inviting…(4.25/5)

Smell: Tons of oatmeal aroma upfront…chocolate, dark fruit (fig, raisin) sweetness, toffee, caramel, alcohol, roasted malts, light cream, light coffee…while it’s not pungent, it smells fantastic, with a classic oatmeal stout smell…as it warms, the chocolate alcohol and caramel come out more, supporting all that oatmeal…(4/5)

Taste: Starts out in traditional fashion, creamy oatmeal, toasted malts and coffee flavors but then takes a dramatic turn with tons of citrus bitterness…it’s almost sour towards the after taste, not in a bad way though, but in a flavorful, somewhat unique way…definitely different from any stout I’ve had in a long time…the roasted malts give way leaving a lemony citrus freshness on my palate that fades into a dry bitterness…it feels like coffee bean induced bitterness…think dry bitterness that comes with an espresso shot…it’s different that’s for sure, not the flavor I wasn’t expecting…(3.79/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation…wet, light, coffee bitterness on the palate…dry bitterness in the after taste…(3.75/5)

Overall: This is a good brew…it comes from Canada so I suspect this is a more European style stout with its bitter-to-almost-sour flavor…it’s malty beginning is rich and flavorful, the bitter finish is watery and sour…is it good, yeah, but I don’t think I’d see this out again…I would try it on tap if I ever saw it, but I don’t think I’ll ever scoop up another bottle…it’s worth trying, but not the stout flavor I’m accustomed to or one that I’m gonna add to my lexicon…(3.5/5)

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:20:22 | More by SerialHiker
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark black and quiet opaque. Some very dark reddish brown hints when really pressed against light. Nice one finger head that retains itself very well and leaves some good looking lacing up the side of the glass.

S: Roasted malts, very dark coffee and some milk chocolate almost. Maybe a little bit of butter in the smell as odd as that sounds too.

T: Quite bold tasting. Rich lush tasting roasted malts that give off some delicious coffee flavors. Dark chocolate is also present. Bitterness is not overpowering and the beer balances well.

M: Good carbonation. Thick bodied and rather filling (Perhaps because of the oats). Hits the tongue sweet and finishes bitter and dry leaving you lusting for another sip.

Overall: Very good beer. First time I tried it was with oysters and it paired very well. I have bought this beer since and it will probably hold a space in my fridge from now on. Pretty cheap in my neck of the woods (I live close to montreal). In fact cheaper than some hyped up macros like Stella and Newcastle. This beer helped me get into stout and it made me stay. Highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 21:33:04 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of JG_brew

Quebec (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from 341ml bottle. Probably served colder than it should have been.

Very nice appearance. Medium brown head. Great head retention.
Average aroma. Roasted malt.
Good taste. Fairly well balanced, more towards bitterness than i would have expected (could come from oat)
Awesome mouthfeel. Very smooth, robust.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 23:59:56 | More by JG_brew
Photo of Scrylol

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice thick creamy one finger mocha colored head that sticks around. Some nice lacing on the glass. Pitch black body. Looks very nice.

Sweet caramel and roasted malty notes on the nose. Some hints of milk chocolate and coffee.

Big roasted caramel notes on the tongue, with some nice malty, grainy backing it. Bit of coffee flavor to it. Low hop bitterness. Very slight milk chocolate notes. Leaves a dry, coffee-like aftertaste.

Feels pretty creamy, and a bit thick - enough to feel appropriate for this style. Bit too much carbonation though.

A great oatmeal stout from McAuslan.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:48:38 | More by Scrylol
Photo of MasterSki


3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My father-in-law picked this up for me in Ontario not realizing this brand is available virtually everywhere in the US. Ah well, it's the thought that counts, and at least it's a good beer! Served in a Half Acre pint glass. Best before October 31st, 2014.

A - Big creamy mocha foam that features good retention. It eventually settles out to a chunky cap, leaving behind splotches of lacing. Opaque dark brown body with some visible bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Big chocolate and biscuit aroma. There's a touch of buttery diacetyl, but it's not totally out of place in an English-style beer and sort of comes off as buttercream or toffee. Toasted grains and caramel round things out.

T - Taste is more roast and charry, with some bitter coffee early before giving way to sweet caramel and chocolate. Not quite enough sweetness here to balance the more ashy flavors, and there's a mild astringency in the finish.

M - Overly high carbonation mars what is otherwise a nice creamy oatmeal body. Medium body that is a tad watery both otherwise quite solid for a 5% beer. Fairly crisp and dry otherwise.

D - I remember liking this a lot more about five years ago, and I'm wondering if the recipe has been watered down or if exposure to the worlds best beers has re-calibrated my palate. It's not bad, and will do in a pinch if you have to go to The Beer Store, but it's merely a decent oatmeal stout. Better on nitro if you can find it. I easily put down the 355ml bottle but I probably won't a sixer with so many better options available locally.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 03:27:50 | More by MasterSki
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a large light brown head. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. The smell is a nice blend of coffee and oatmeal, with a slight burnt scent. It seemed a bit weak though. The taste reminded me of oatmeal sweetened with maple syrup. It had a sweetness to it, but it wasn't overpowering at all. The sweetness was nicely balanced with a roasted coffee flavor. I would have liked a bit thicker mouthfeel. While oatmeal stouts are not a style I prefer, I certainly enjoyed this beer. I think it would pair really well with a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 14:43:00 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
Photo of Jimmys


3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle into tulip.

A: black body. hazy. head is light brown and frothy. retention is good as is the lacing.

S: smells dry. coco, tobacco. a little bit of ash. a little bit of malty sweetness and oats.

T: the sweetness is very there in the middle and then turns very roasty and dries most of the sweetness out. slight linger of coffee.

M: tingly carbonation on a medium body.

D: pretty tasty. dry, stouty, drinkable. not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:29:51 | More by Jimmys
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look (4.5/5) – Pours a very, very dark brown to black. I can’t really tell if it had go clarity or not because it was so dark. The head was good: it rose to about a finger on a gentle pour; it was mousse-textured and a mocha-khaki color; it fell very slowly to a cap that really lasted with some nice lacing.

Aroma (4/5) – The nose had a lot of malt going on. Given the color, I was surprised to detect bready notes. The main player was roasted malts which fell well shy of being harsh or acrid: notes of black malt, coffee, and chocolate. There was a good bit of sweetness: notes of dark caramel (almost like burnt marshmellow) and a bit of melanoidin flavor.

Taste (4.5/5) – Very similar to the aroma. There’s a light bready, almost grainy and nutty, character as a backbone for the brew (I think this is the oats at play). Dark, Roasted malts were, obviously, very prevalent: a lot more coffee and chocolate than black patent than for the aroma The sweetness was somewhat different character: there was still the caramel, but much less fruit in the character. The bitterness a great balance for the rich malts; no rea hop flavor.

Feel (5/5) – Full bodied and light carbonation. The oats give a really great, silky mouth-feel without being too oily.

Overall, this is probably the best Oatmeal Stout I’ve encountered. It does a particularly great job of balancing the bitterness and intensity of dark roasted malts with sweeter malts and an ideal addition of oats that plays well on the nutty, grainy character without overwhelming the other malts or making an oily mout-feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 23:34:12 | More by Rijtjeshuis
Photo of slickyrb

3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This oatmeal stout has lots off good things going for it , found it a great way to end my session at the pub and overwhelmed by its flavor , pours really dark. The roasted flavor of the malt overtakes a lot of sweetness hiding in this gem . halfway thru I wanted another . It goes down like a light beer but gives that kick in taste buds ideally found in IPA's . It has a slight but not overwhelming taste that is need in a stout to make it stand out . I'm not great at reviewing beers but will def seek this out and have it again at the pub or bottled .

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 22:24:39 | More by slickyrb
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some very light amounts of gentle carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a three finger tall foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a thin layer (about a quarter of a finger tall) covering the entire of surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with light hints of chocolate.

T: Moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with some lighter notes of dark chocolate. Light amounts of bitterness that fades fairly quickly. A nice amount of complexity to the flavors.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Very smooth yet still rich.

O: Extremely easy to drink with the well balanced flavors and the lighter body for a stout. Very enjoyable and pretty close to sessionable (just a little bigger tasting than I normally have for a session beer).

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 22:51:02 | More by dbrauneis
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3.4/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark black/brown with light brown head. Aroma of roastiness and wet dog. A dryer taste than I like, with only light hints of coffee or chocolate. Also some fruity flavor, which is a little weird. Highly carbonated for a stout, and seems to be closer to a porter on the mouthfeel. Not bad, but nowhere near my favorite for this style. A bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:41:10 | More by BMMillsy
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5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

While in Quebec's Old City I had a chance to try the Stout. This is the BEST Oatmeal Stout that I've every drank... The color was black and black can be in a stout. The smell of roasted malts and a combination of all the components has an over powering flavor.

The best was to explain this, is by what the bottle label say's. "This intensely black ale carries strong hints of expresso and chocolate. The oatmeal contributes body and ensures a long-lasting moca-colored head. If you like stout, you will love St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout."

Ingredidients: Water, malted balrely, toasted barley, toasted wheat, flacked oats, flaked corn, hops.

Like I said, I explain the complexity of this stout. You have to drink to understand a great, great Oatmeal Stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 17:50:43 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of dougbassett


3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a mixed six at the bottle store beside "Local 44", a bar in West Philly.

Pours a deep dark mahogany brown, really the closest thing to black without it actually being black. Not much by way of a lasting head, though. Nose of molasses over prune syrup over oatmeal, if that makes any sense. The flavors are sadly not as enticing as the nose, though still good: a hit of bitter chocolate, some syrupy sweetness, a touch of oats. Finish is dry grain throughout.

Fairly decent, though I've had better oatmeal stouts. If there's a "problem" it's that everything is put together fairly well except the flavors themselves, which could stand to be richer in comparison to the appearance, the nose, the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 14:55:03 | More by dougbassett
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with one of the thickest and darkest heads I have ever seen on such a low ABV stout; plenty of lacing as the head recedes.

The aromas begin quite robust with coffee, leather, peat, molasses and tobacco. Sweeter dark and milk chocolate are more evident as it warms.

The tastes begin with toasted Russian black bread that branches into a mixture of creamy steel cut oats and chocolate. As it warms I got a bit of oatmeal cookie followed by a coffee aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is rather dry and bitter and could use a bit more lactose or oats to add a more creamier mouthfeel.

Overall this is a very solid Oatmeal Stout. No slouch in the flavor department but it goes a bit over the top in the darker, bitter, smokier graininess. More oats, less roast. Drinks like an Oatmeal porter if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 18:01:36 | More by claspada
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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is interesting. Like an earlier poster, tried this because of the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout. Was kinda dissapointed intitially but as it warmed it got better but still not as good as the Samuel Smith. The appearance is very dark, the smell is chocolate and as it warms a dark fruit with prunes arises. The taste is a creamy expresso tongue. The mouthfeel is somewhat watery, kinda mild. Overall this is decent but there are other Oatmeal Stouts that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 19:12:29 | More by TheSeeker61
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3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5 oz bottle was poured into a tumbler

Appearance: The beer poured a small mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is ptch black with no signs of visibility or carbonation.

Smell: sweet and bready oats, roasted and chocolate malts, and some dark fruit characterisics too.

Taste: Very tasty and well balanced oatmeal stout.

Mouthfeel: smooth, full bodied, low carbonation, a little light and watery on the palate, and very easy to drink.

Overall: I have had this years ago in my travels to Quebec and good to see that it has made distribution down here to the states. Will be looking forward to more of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 05:02:14 | More by Flounder57
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this because I love Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, but I had no particular expectations. The first sip was shockingly excellent, particularly in terms of mouth feel. This is possibly the smoothest, creamiest beer I've ever had. In addition, it has a rich, deep, dark flavor with very little bitterness. This beer is what other stouts dream of being. I just hope it's as good out of a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2012 21:25:08 | More by samhandwich
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North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades to a thin ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet chocolate notes as well as some aromas of dark fruits and slight bubblegum.

T: Similar to the aroma, roasted malts up front with semi-sweet chocolate and dark fruit notes following. There are some licorice and diacetyl flavors on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is carbonated enough that it avoids being watery, though not as creamy as I'd expect from an oatmeal stout. Quite drinkable, though.

O: A solid oatmeal stout, overall. Nice, flavorful, and not too watery like many low abv stouts. The diacetyl flavor is a bit off-putting, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:01:27 | More by n2185
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle from the LCBO; best before May 13 2014. I haven't had an oatmeal stout in a long time, and as a result of this deprivation it was starting to feel like these six-packs were calling my name when I walked by them. I guess I could also just have schizophrenia.

Pours black as night, topped with one finger of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head. Great retention, with lots of lacing left behind when it finally subsides. Pleasant aroma with lots of roasted malts, molasses, coffee and honey-oatmeal mush. Maybe a hint of smoke or charcoal, but I might be stretching it here - either way, it smells pretty good.

Definitely a yummy stout. The flavour is dominated by roasted malts, molasses, milk chocolate and oats, with perhaps a hint of coffee grinds. The hops come forward later - mostly earthy, and mingling with some dark chocolate. Dry aftertaste with a burnt, slightly smoky feel to it. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel.

Really tasty stuff - I don't know if I'd put it ahead of Samuel Smith's equivalent, but in terms of quality it's definitely in that ballpark (high praise indeed!). The low abv, delicious flavour and the fact that it is pretty easy to find around here make this a great option for anyone seeking out a sessionable stout.

Final Grade: 4.28, on the high side of an A minus grade. I've put off trying this stuff for a long time, but having finally sampled it, it's pretty easy to see how it embedded itself into Canada's Top 100 list. St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout is one of the most drinkable, well-crafted Canadian stouts I have ever had, and any fan of sessionable dark beers would be doing themselves a disservice by avoiding this. Not sure if it's worth seeking out, but it's certainly worth a try, and something I will undoubtedly get again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 06:18:02 | More by thehyperduck
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Quebec (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, best before May 31, 2014.

Appearance: Pours like brown motor oil with a mocha colored, bubbly head. It never really completely disappears and leaves thick wisps of lacing.

Smell: Oatmeal, charcoal, raisins, semi-sweet chocolate mixed with milk chocolate and some coffee grains.

Taste: Mix of light charcoal, oats, raw coffee, bitter chocolate and strong roasted notes. A bit watery at first, like cold coffee, but holds its own after.

Mouthfeel: Initially feels smooth but has a long lingering finish. The body is medium.

Overall: Packs the flavor @ 5% and while less intense than i remember, still a great quality stout at an affordable price and that is widely available.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 11:51:43 | More by papat444
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3.18/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beautiful beer! Tons of brown head and lace. Roast and sweetness in the nose, but there's a faint trace of spoiled milk at the end that is off-setting.

Taste is bland and unoffensive. Nothing special here, and the roasted malt isn't particularly great either. I've had many better straight-up oatmeal stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 01:30:09 | More by brystmar
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4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another of my local trader, tone77's, many bottled beers. My thanks for keeping me on track!

My pour produced a finger of dense, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown that allowed ZERO light penetration. Nose was fairly sweet, perhaps milk chocolate. Mouthfeel was creamy and the taste was like coffee with cream. This was more like a scoop of coffee ice cream or a mocha shake than a beer. Finish was smooth and sweet. A very nice beer and thanks again for the hookup!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 23:51:03 | More by woodychandler
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, but the light still shines through, giving it a brownish color. A big one and a half finger tan head. Good retention and lacing. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. A little smokey. Tastes of bitter coffee and chocolate. Some oats. Pretty roasty. A dry smokey finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Above medium bodied and somewhat low carbonation.

A very good oatmeal stout. One of the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 04:34:06 | More by Danny1217
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with an off-white head. Roasted malt with a touch of cocoa and some coffee, maybe a little bit of smoke, too. The flavor is somewhat smokey as well with quite a bit of roasted malt and coffee. Just a little bit of cocoa/chocolate sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 22:26:08 | More by womencantsail
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fully opaque black with a very dark head - nearly brown! - which leaves patches of fluffy lace on the sides of the glass.

Scent is charred, roasty, bitter. Coffee. Cocoa powder. Black licorice.

Taste is bitter / semisweet chocolate, coffee and burnt charred breadcrust. Cocoa powder. Just enough molasses sweetness to rein in the bitter and burnt flavors. A hint of peat smoke, intriguingly. I think I detect a vague leafy hop note in the finish.

Mouth is soft and creamy.

Drinkability is excellent.

Can't believe I've never had this before. This is a fantastic oatmeal stout and at 5% it is sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:09:23 | More by sethmeister
St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout from McAuslan Brewing
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