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Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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Reviews: 676 | Ratings: 4,500
Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 8/23/12

Appearance: Dark brown with some nice clarity around the edges, creamy beige head - fades to a little cap, leaves some lacing

Smell: Very intriguing - nicely hoppy with citrus, pine, and some great floral notes - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit flesh, on the sweet side of citrus with some light tropical notes, like pineapple, and some pine - nicely balanced with the malts - roasty and slightly burnt - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate - some rye aroma in the background, works very well with the sweetness

Taste: Nicely balanced, particularly for the style - malts are roasty with some unexpected depth - some caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate - rye bread with some slight rye spiciness - lightly sweet, works with the roasted character - average level of bitterness with some fruity hops - grapefruit, orange, and tangerine flesh - juicier than the usual offerings from Firestone Walker

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, creamy, nicely carbonated, oddly drinkable

Overall: One of the best of the style, at least thus far

This greatly exceeded expectations. As much as I love Firestone Walker, I am not particularly enamored with some of their hoppy beers; I usually find them too herbal/spicy/earthy. Yet somehow, despite the fact that this involves rye, the hop profile is juicy, which nicely balances with the roasty malts. This is one of the best black IPAs I have encountered.

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Photo of pschul4
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ariech for this bottle!
Poured from the 22oz bottle into my Great Lakes snifter

A- Pours a nice dark cola with a 1 finger head that sticks around nicely

S- Definitely some dark malts here (chocolate/coffee) beside the awesome fruity hops that makes this the best smelling BPA I've ever came across

T- Excellent. Unlike other black ales that hit you with hops in the front and malts in the back (mullet style) Wookey Jack blends both in a flavor you have to taste to believe. Tons of fruity and piney hops working together with the dark malts from the nose to make a very balanced Black Ale

M- Like the taste it's incredibly balanced with smoothness that leads into a finishing prickly feeling from the carbonation

O- What is there to say? Phenomenal black ale and a treat at any time

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Photo of barnzy78
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, super excited to try this one! Poured the entire bottle into my 25oz snifter, and the aroma is out of this world already and I didn't even attempt to smell it yet! Pours a deep, deep chestnut color - near black. Foamy beige head fades, leaving some lace. Aromas are huge with dank, sweet, floral hops filling the nose with pine, anise and ripened fruit in there as well. Tastes are complex and spot on for balance with notes of roasted malt, anise, grapefruit zest, pine, spicy rye, nice juicy hop flavors. Body is medium and resiny, finishes bitter and semi-dry. Overall, this was just awesome. One of the best beers I've ever tried. Pick one up if you can get it.

Edit: make sure it's as fresh as possible. I bought a 5mo old bomber at a very discounted price of $2.29 and it wasn't as good.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 6.

Beer is black with a medium-sized tan head. Moderate retention. Good lacing.

Citrus in the nose (orange, mango). Rye, roasted malt. All of the elements advertised are there.

Roasted mat in the nose, cocoa. Citrus fruit, mainly orange. Spicy rye. Moderately bitter. A good blend of the Black and the IPA, with the rye adding a nice twist.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, a very good black IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown. Almost black before showing some light on it. Deep red hues at edges. Head is a light tan, creamy, and drops to a smooth cap after a minute or two. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts. Hints of chocolate malt. Some milk chocolate and cocoa as well. Nice backing spiciness from the rye. It's minimal, but it's there. Slightly burnt. Caramel with a huge punch of citrus from the hops. Grapefruit flesh and some orange. Tons of citrus. Crazy depth and balance.

Taste: Hops up front. Grapefruit flesh and rind with a building pithy bitterness. Nice resinous and oily pine. Malts are sweet and roasty. Caramel, hints of old coffee, and some dustings of cocoa. Milk chocolate sweetness plays through a spiciness from the rye. Slight peppery flavor in the back. Mild char. Rye spiciness builds as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly creamy. Moderate carbonation on a medium body that moves toward full. Slight dryness on the swallow. ABV is hidden. Sticky and oily.

Overall: A damn fine take on the style. Loaded with the right balance of black and IPA. Huge citrus. Even at 2 months old it's got great depth. Rye is deftly handled and adds a nice element.

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Photo of peensteen
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly jet black in colour, 1.5 fingers of tan head, good retention and lots of tight lacing on the glass. Smell is initially citrus and fruity hops with a secondary of roasted malt, a little bit of smoke and some spicy rye malts, as it warms and settles there is also a bit of pine but a nice mix of hops and spicy malts. Taste is spicy rye malts followed by pine and citrus, grapefruit and even a bit of melon, moderate bitterness mid palate with a bit of roast and smoke flavours. Light-medium carbonation, full body and lightly oily. A great black IPA that is spicy, complex and hoppy, perfect bomber to sit down and sip for an hour or so, will certainly revisit this.

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Photo of Dope
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a large fluffy light brown head. Fades slowly leaving nice fluffy lacing everywhere. Island of foam remains for a very long period.

S: Sharp pine and grapefruit primarily with a touch of pineapple. Wonderful spicy rye with a hint of roasted malt. Some char and a bit of chocolate but it's mostly overpowered by the hops and rye.

T: Up front, lots of pine with some grapefruit. Resinous too. Turns into a strong spicy rye. Finally the roasted malt comes through but not too strong. There is just some bitter char and a little chocolate to back it up. Finishes piney and resinous with more rye in the background. As it warms the roasted malt is a bit stronger and balances well with the other flavors, making it even better.

M: Medium bodied, drying hoppiness with some sticky residual feel from the hop oils.

O: An excellent black IPA. The rye really adds a nice level of complexity that compliments the flavors. The roasted malt is largely overshadowed, I think it could be even better if it were stronger but it's still great. I really enjoyed this one, pretty much has some of my most favorite elements all in one beer. I love IPAs, rye beers and stouts/porters so this was a guaranteed hit for me.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a stark black with half an inch of a fluffy tan head. There's decent head retention and a touch of lacing. Resiny, piney hops cut through the beer's sweet, chocolaty body in both the taste and aroma. The beer drinks smoothly mixing a sweet and velvety black IPA body with earthy, resinous hops. The beer reminds me of Maine beer co's Zoe (a dark-ish amber), but has a heavy, dry, and lingering bitterness in comparison. There is also a touch of an unexpected smokiness... possibly my imagination. I would have liked a heavier body, the beer seems a bit thin.
Overall, this beer is tasty for the price, but I'll probably only have it once.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8.3% abv. Nearly pitch black color with a nice looking tan head. A few shades of mahogany at the edges. Nice retention and some good looking lace here.

Piney hops leap out of the glass. A hint of a catty note as well. Roasted malts follow in the nose adding some complexity. Maybe earthy at the end.

Sharp roasted malts up front, slightly charred. Rosary component lingers for a while. Sharp hop bitterness comes in with a pine feel. Seems like an almost minty feel as well. Interesting combination.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Very slight warmth from alcohol. The combination is interesting and goes well together. Nice beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours reasonably dark. Not black, but very dark brown. Light penetrates the beer's edges. Head is about a half inch high and retains very effectively. Head leaves spirals of lace.

S-Nose is interesting. Sudsy, soapy hops. Also some grapefruit and pine hoppiness too. Spicy rye is not super intense but it is clearly detectable. Light chocolate, coffee and cola. Not sure that I love the hop profile here. I actually find the nose to be an overall slight disappointment.

T-The flavor has a clear beginning and an end. The is an obvious transition too. I enjoy the beer's ending flavor more than its initial taste. It starts off initially bitter with pine and soapy hop then comes the cola and darker malts. It finishes nicely with a more lively burst of citrus hop and a light dabbing of rye.

M-Body is lighter than the ABV would suggest initially. Tingly carbonation. A bit resinous. Pretty dry.

O/D-Not in love with this one. Was expecting to enjoy this more. The flavors aren't my favorite, and they seem to clash with one another. Worth a try but I am left a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a hint of dark brown around the edges of the glass. Good head, retention and lacing on the glass. The nose is a piney hop with a hint of smoked malt. Flavor doesn't disappoint with fresh pine hop flavor and with the malt brings out some candy or bit of chocolate. Sweet.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours very dark brown bordering on opaque black. Just a tint of hazelnut around the edge when held up to the light. There is a tan head with good retention. Light, spotty lacing.

S: A fairly fruity aroma. Tropical fruits, pineapple and pear. This is backed up by some roasted malt scents.

T: Very interesting. A combination of fruity IPA, roasty black malt. Similar tropical fruits as the aroma with less emphasis on pear. Pine and floral hops add bitterness, especially in the finish. There are also notes of coffee and faint licorice and smoke. The rye is subtle and provides just a bit of spice.

M: Medium-thin and mild carbonation.

O: An interesting combination of flavors. Roasted malt, rye spice and IPA fruit. They sound sort of dissonant but come together nicely.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish black with a big billowing tan head.

S: Big citrus aroma, loads of orangey hops with a slightly spicy edge.

T/M: Delicious and layered. Big citrusy hops dominate up front, very ripe and juicy. Underneath are some spicy accents from the rye, and it finishes up with a surprising burst of coffee and chocolate.

O: An amazing and really well-balanced beer with a ton of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of harrymel
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at pints alehouse in Spokane

Black with a nice billowed light peanut quilt. Smells really citrusy, a real deviation from the norm for the style. Fruity and juicy with some lemon and tangerine. Some hints of cocoa in the back
Flavor does not disappoint: bitter and lively with hints of pine resin and biscuit. Carrying with it some nice toast and slight porter qualities. The body is silky smooth mediated with tight sharp Carb. A nice beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip because I just broke my snifter.

Appearance
Pours translucent black with garnet highlights. 2 fingers of head that dissipate slowly leaving behind nice lacing.

Nose
Big tropical fruits, spicy rye and caramel.

Taste
Huge tropical fruit notes of papaya and mango. Some pineapple and very balanced spicy rye. caramel malts, navel orange and lemon zest. Finishes with some pine sap, cocoa nibs and hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, smooth, juicy and dry.

Overall
This is easily the best Black IPAs that I've ever had. Huge tropical citrus, spicy rye and balanced caramel malts. Only a touch of roasted malts on the finish which is slightly deceptive judging by the color. Well done!

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Stoddards in Boston.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger mocha head that has reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is pitch black color with no clarity. Pretty standard for a dark beer.

Smell: very piney and some citrus, roasted coffee, chocolate.

Taste: more evenly spread out. Pine, roasted notes, mocha, bitterness, spiciness, all blended well together. More sips and same results.

Mouthfeel: smooth, a little creamy full bodied, medium carbonation, a little expected bitterness, and easy to enjoy.

Overall: Solid black ale to me. Never seen it, so figured I try it out on draft before it hits the shelves. Will have to say it is an interesting beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/4/2012 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, roasted malts, citrus and some chocolate.

T: The taste starts out with a bitter combination of a strong hops presence and dark chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in to create a good balance. There are sweet flavors in the background of citrus and caramel. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Monk's Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark brown. almost black color with faint mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of lace left behind.

Sweet floral aroma with spicy rye, malt, earthy and citrus hops.  Subtle roast but the rye character adds another dimension. Some grassy pine and slight citrus but the nose is dominated by spicy rye and dark malts.  

On the fuller end of medium bodied with a nice balance of resinous, earthy hops, sweet and roasted malt and spicy rye.  Again, the rye adds complexity with level of spicy swetness that counters the piny hops and roasted notes. Grassy and piny hops followed by spicy rye with roasted and sweet malts underneath.  Hints of chocolate, toast, coffee and oatmeal lingering into a dry finish with subtle heat.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from my kegerator... Served in a duvel glass

A: two fingers of creamy coffe/chocolate head that dissapates slowly and leavs a ton of lacing....almost completly coating the sides of the glass...The body is of the brew is black. A very nice looking beer.

S: Resinous piney and grapefruity citrus hops right up front. As the brew warms some spicy rye notes along with chocolate and roasty notes become more pronounced.

T: Yum, a great balance of rye and citrusy/piney and resinous hops, combine with wonderful roasty and chocolaty notes.... The balance here is awesome and delicious... Everything works very well here.

M: medium bodied and creamy... Medium crisp carbonation, works perfectly here... Keeps the brew from getting to heavy and syrupy and keeps it nice and drinkable. There is a bit
Of a roasty and resinous hop aftertaste.

O: this is a great brew.... I love rye ipa and black ipa's and this is a beautiful marrage of both.... Anothe great brew from Firestone walker... Loved it.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into DFH Signature goblet. There is no date printed on the bottle under the "Bottled on:" label.

A - Pours off-black with an -off white head. Only a half inch of head, but it shows great retention and leaves a great lacing.

S - Fantastic blend of juicy citrus hops, pine, and rye. Subdued toasty malts add to the complexity. One of the best aromas I have ever smelled in an ABA.

T - Follows the nose closely. There is a big burst of tangerine and grapefruit, then the roasted caramel and rye malts hit. Bitter pine on the finish without much linger. The citrus returns on the aftertaste. Amazing.

M - Big effervescence and a medium body. Very little alcohol heat with a clean finish.

O - I have been anticipating this beer since I heard about this year's release. My local store ifnally got it in this past week and I was not disappointed. Great citrus, pine, and malt flavors and aromas. Complex and balanced. This may supplant Sublimely Self Righteous and Yakima Glory as my favorite of the style. I highly recommend this beer if you can get it.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Appears black in low light, but has a brilliant ruby red glow when held up to direct light. Tall tan head that lasts, leaving sheets of lacing behind.

N- A dank explosion of pine needles and grapefruit rind hit you as soon as your nose gets near the glass. Deep layers of toasty, bready, biscuity malt emanate from underneath. A hint of roasted malt melds with the piney hops to create that unmistakable black IPA character. Some spicy rye comes out as the beer warms.

T- Incredible balance of flavors going on. Deep bready malt with some honey sweetness perfectly compliments the upfront piney, citrusy, slightly fruity hops. Some charred flavors cut the sweetness, but don't drown it out. The malt backbone continues to evolve with toasty, roasty, and biscuity notes popping out as the beer passes over the palate. Spicy rye blends with spiciness from the hops. The hop bitterness is firm but balanced, with pine sap and grapefruit pith melding with lightly bitter roasted malt. The beer dries out for a long finish of bready, biscuity malt, citrusy, fruity hops, bitter pine resin, some spice, and a touch of roast. Some slight alcohol warmth on the back end, which makes this a beer to be savored.

M- Medium-full mouthfeel, sticky, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O- This has to be my new favorite black IPA. The style is really hard to pull off, and Firestone does it with grace. Cheers to good beer!

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

A good drinking bomber, spot on black IPA solid offering. Very good, another solid FW offering. Black bodied, assertive carbonation. Above average mouthfeel. Solid hops, solid roast,anise. Rye spice adds some edge. Roast aroma.Significant grapefruit.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great pour. Pure black with some of the best retention and lacing I've seen. Taste profile is wonderfully complex. Very good mix of traditional black ale burnt flavors with a fairly hop forward taste too. Burnt malts transition smoothly into a subdued, yet up front hop profile that ends the drink with a clean bite. Creamy and not overly carbonated. Hides 8.3% ABV well, and is a tremendously sessionable beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Black with a three finger tan head.

S- Citrus and piney hops, grapefruit, rye, some chocolate and roasted malts.

T- Tons of citrus and grapefruit, rye, some chocolate, roasted malts, finish is piney hops with a nice bitter bite. There is a good amount going on here and it works together.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid beer worth the price tag. I will definitely pick this up again given the chance. I really like the rye thrown into the mix.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a dark completely opaque black with about a finger of slightly creamy/bubbly mocha brown beige head that has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Decent carbonation. Nice layered lacing.

S- Nice citrus hops of pine, grapefruit, orange, and lemon. A little bit of light chocolate and malts in the background, but definitely predominately citrus hops. Definitely above average aroma strength- smells great.

T- Nice citrus hops of grapefruit, pine, lemon, orange balanced with light creamy chocolate and some dark malts. Finishes a little bit bitter but not too bitter. Very nice citrus aftertaste. Pine taste definitely comes out a little bit more towards the end.

M- Lightly creamy, easy to drink, smooth, abv very well hidden, nice carbonation. Feels great.

O- This is definitely one of the best black ales I've ever had (2nd only to HF Jimmy). Nice citrusy aromas/tastes mixed with light chocolate and dark malts all balanced with a nice lightly creamy easy to drink mouthfeel. Definitely very fresh and I'm very glad we finally got this in. I definitely recommend picking this one up- it's a great beer for the price ($7/22oz bomber).

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