Everett Porter - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 327
Hads: 2,144
Avg: 4.48
pDev: 19.42%
Wants: 1,083
Gots: 279 | FT: 21
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-15-2010

Everett (1908-1939) was our grandfather’s brother; Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to him and his 13 siblings. In his honor, this Porter is crafted from American malted barley, English and German roasted malts, American hops, our ale yeast, and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Decadent in its depth, with a complex backbone of chocolate, coffee, and malty sweetness, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Everett.

Pale, Caramel, and Chocolate Malt, Roasted Barley, Columbus hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark rich very dark brown body, initially overflowing head. One and a half inches retained thick light brown foamy head after several minutes.Aromas are malty, chocolate, light roast. Thick creamy mouthfeel, rich, some boozyness. Very drinkable but a sipper. Excellent porter.Thanks Steve S. who hooked me up with this and two other HF.

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Photo of spycow
4.75/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Sean for this fresh growler. Nice dark/black with minimal carbonation with minimal head and nice lacing. The smell is roasty, chocolate, light buttery, syrupy light molasses or maple not sure which. The taste is thick, rich, oaky, leathery, and smoky. Great porter. Great mouthfeel and carbonation. This and Captain Lawrence porters are top of this class. I've had this in bottle and growler a few times and it never fails to impress. If you like porters, this is a must have and even better readily available.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots and streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some slight cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a really roasty flavor without being too harsh.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure about all the hype around this one. on tap at the farmhouse tap in burlington. pours thick dark brown color, blacker than molasses, but with similar viscosity. short tan head rests atop but fades fast. it smells smokey and earthen, curious malt profile, and maybe some black pepper. its a unique aroma to say the least. the flavor is also quite different from other porters ive has, it starts kind of boozy and mellows into a rich malt roast and there is that pepper like flavor again. the finish is thin and empty in feel, but full of flavors of cocoa and tobacco. so hard to place this one. the booze is not well hidden in my opinion and it felt a bit strong. mouthfeel is right on, its bigger than a lot of porters in body, but it drinks nice and smooth, not weighty at all. it went well with the rare lamb burger, but i certainly didnt think this was the best porter ive ever had. that pepper flavor in the middle is still confusing me though... ill have to try this again in another setting.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Hill Farmstead First Anniversary Party. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stem tulip.

Pours near black with a really nice tan/mocha head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward coffee and chocolate along with some light roasted malt character. There's a light touch of smoke in the background. The flavor is dominated by chocolate and coffee. Light smoke and sweetness with some roast there as well. Medium body with good carbonation. Nice and creamy. Alcohol is not noticeable. Really solid brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brownish black color with a thin film on top. Not much head on there or any lacing either. The smell of the beer is a mixture or roasted and smoked malts. The taste of the beer gives off a decent flavor of smoked malt that isn't salty which is a good thing. There isn't much in the way or chocolate or other roasted flavors in this one. The mouthfeel was on the thinner side, kinda low in carbonation. Overall this beer is decent in my opinion, I'm not really a fan of smoked flavors but I think for people who are this beer is awesome for them. I was happy to have tried it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black with a mocha cap of foam; decent retention and a shard or two of lace

Smell: Chocolate and char dominate, with some hops and licorice underneath

Taste: Chocolate and char, up front, with nuts and licorice arriving in the middle with the earthy hops; a bit astringent in the finish though there is a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: I aged my bottle for a couple of years and perhaps that is why I am not as excited about the porter as are others; still, it is quite nice - just not the bee's knees to me

Thanks, acurtis, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect blend of boldness, robustness, masculinity, and smoothness are the ingredients that work best in this American-style Porter of world class status.

Somewhere in the Porter or Stout register, the beer pours with a creamy and lavish separation of darkest "bark" brown ale and light mocha-tan meringue that forms on top. Firm withstanding and intricate lacing patterns emerge as the foam character easily endures the session. To the eye, the beer is as good as advertised.

Strong roasty-sweet aromas are easily confused with Stout, but the scent shares elements of heavy toast, walnuts, bold-roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and an almost milkshake-like malty-sweet undercurrent.

And that milkshake like taste is alive on the early palate as the taste of burnt caramel, heavy whipping cream, vanilla and near-yougurt milky tang all make a mark early. Simultaneous taste of strong fresh coffee, roasted nuts, bitter chocolate, and heavily charred toast balance the sweetness and creaminess and offer an identity of their own. Nearly strong enough to suggest Stout, the beer restrains its deep roasty dryness to win over the Porter argument. A finish of coffee-like bitterness and roasted nuts close the beer malty-dry and decadent in taste.

Full bodied, creamy and velvety- the Porter rivals any Milk or Oatmeal Stout on the market. The beer simply blankets the mouth with a cocoon of creaminess that latches onto the mouth and seduces it with its silk. The beer retains its creamy structure until very late in the session where rummy alcohol warmth, light bitterness, and drying roast malt sharpens the textures to signal a long and roasty aftertaste.

I'm not sure if the ale is more of a Porter or a Stout, but style-police aside, this is a sultry and savory beer of roasted proportions that soothes the sense of taste like few can. Its remarkable drinkability would allow for a greater rate of consumption if its savory creaminess didn't act so dessert-like on the mouth.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt with light espresso notes with some light vanilla notes. Taste is a very robust porter with quite strong roasted malt notes with a side sot of espresso and light subtle green hops. Body is super full with strong carbonation, no apparent alcohol and a nice creamy texture. Probably one of the best porter I ever had a chance to drink.

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Photo of largadeer
4.74/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from bring. Thanks, Barry.

Appearance: A ton of foam upon first pour, with a small amount of black liquid beneath. Swirling out some of the carbonation leaves me with an opaque dark brown beer topped by a frothy, lasting head. While it's excessively carbonated for the style, it's a great looking beer once the foam settles down.

Aroma: Cocoa, subtle smoke, licorice, coffee, roasted malt, roasted peanuts. Smells fantastic, wow. There's a lot going on here.

Palate: Nearly perfect for the style. Rich without a ton of sweetness, though it's plenty malty. Roasty, bready flavors roll across the tongue first, followed by smoke and licorice, coffee, roasted nuts. Medium-full body with a bitter, toasty finish that leaves a lingering note of anise. Fantastic.

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a snifter glass it generates a frothy head of tan foam, with a creamy texture to the surface. Jet black with mahoghany edges. As time passes, the foam becomes slightly sticky in the glass, around the edges.

Pure liquid chocolate, mellow char, dark chocolate aroma.

Deep roast, mocha and espresso notes, dark chocolate composing the core flavors of this porter. Creamy with a dry aftertaste. Mellow and moderately bitter towards the end. Relatively dry, mellow feel. Pleasantly rich dark chocolate flavors, tasty stuff, but not all that different from local favorites. Thank you Dave for sharing!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thick black as night opaque oil color with a nice two inch head that ever so slowly faded and stayed at about a half inch until the bottom. Very nice thick lace down the sides, gooey and creamy, very nice look to it. Smell took a while to warm up, at first was strong alcohol and caramel sweetness. As it warmed some more subtle smells started to come through, hints at chocolate and coffee started to overtake, and the alcohol quickly faded, leaving a very nice overall aroma. The taste followed the smell with the caramel hitting first. Nice flavors of coffee followed, maybe even a hazelnut hint in there, well rounded.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Bottled shared by Andrew. A complex intertwine of roasted malt, coffee, semi-sweet chocolate. Mellow and dreamy smooth. A joy to try.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Bobby. Thanks.

A: The pour is a very dark brown with some definite red notes when held to the light. A thin layer of tan foam.

S: There's a slight smoke to the aroma as well as some peat. Roasted malts, dark and bitter chocolate, and quite a bit coffee. There are some sort of surprising dark fruits, but a lot of licorice.

T: A lot of coffee and roasted malt flavor with some bitter dark chocolate. It's sort of bitter and astringent, however, with some definite ash and char. There's a good bit of smoke notes to it. Also, a lot of oak/wood flavor to this, which was sort of surprising.

M: Medium in body with a smooth and full carbonation.

D: A bit too ashy to be super drinkable, but still a solid beer. Glad to have tried this.

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Photo of oline73
4.36/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler into a snifter.

Pours dark brown color with just a small amount of tan head. The nose is full of roast and slightly sweet dark chocolate. Just a touch smokey. The smell follows the nose closely. Roasted malt bitterness with dark fruit and dark chocolate behind. Lots of roast in the finish.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jl28r1 for this bottle!

Anyone remember Carl Everett? Man, it seems like forever ago that the ChiSox won it all with that guy... Anyway, this stuff pours a rather dark black-brown topped by a healthy bit o' light sienna foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts, toasted biscuit, cocoa, and a touch of coffee. The taste follows pretty closely, with the roast coming in darker, more charred. and the coffee, though still subdued compared to the other elements, coming in a tad darker and more acrid. Everything melds nicely, though, with nothing taking any real stage time from anything else. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an ever-so-slightly dry finish. Overall, a very nice porter, nothing overtly extraordinary, but a tasty, enjoyable treat.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewery filled 2 liter "genie" shaped swing-top growler into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a dense black in the glass, topped with 2 thick fingers of milk chocolate colored head. The retention of this is strong, sticking around with a stiff creamy finger width that soaks the sides of the glass with rich spotty lacing. Wow, the aroma alone earns this beer its name, with a ROBUST mix of coffee, smoky roast, cocoa, toffee, fresh citrus, and a leafy spiciness. This literally just blows up in the nose with flavor. Awesome.

The taste follows right along with the lead taken by the aroma, drenching the palate with a rich tangy mix of roasted coffee, chocolate malts, sticky caramel, and zesty citrus flavors, while hops and roast add a bitter bite to the proceedings. I think that the sticky dark sweetness mostly wins out here in the end, being well balanced and leaving a favorable lasting impression. The finish here is dry, with lingering notes of bitter fruit, sweet sugars, and burnt roast. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a BIG feeling crisp creaminess that expands out into the mouth after each sip but then gets much more slick and creamy as this works its way towards the back of the throat. That slicker feel really highlights all of that delicious sweetness in the profile and couples with a zero alcohol presence to really keep this easy and silky feeling despite the extreme richness of the flavors.

This was a VERY impressive American Porter and is definitely in my top 2-3 for the style. It's a robust, complex, easy drinking, and just a flat out flavorful Hill Farmstead offering that kept me completely satisfied until I drained the last drop from my glass. This is yet another in a long line of well executed and kick ass beers from Shaun and company. Well done!

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Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, somehow missed reviewing this one, not sure how. Love this and get it every time I visit.

It pours an almost pitch black rich liquid that bubbles out a nice 1 finger darker colored head, creamy head that fades semi slowly with a decent lacing on the glass.

NOse explodes with chocolate and caramel, some baker's and a slight dark chocolate, plenty of caramel, a hint of roast and coffee, a chewy malt base with a hint of oats, a nice big meaty dark malt profile that really pumps up the beer. And somewhere in the middle of all that comes very light earthy hops.

Taste comes on with waves of smooth rich malts, lots of chocolate, a bit of dark chocolate, baker's, and plenty of creamy milk chocolate. A light roasted malt profile, bringing a hint of coffee with it, and I think a touch of black patent malt. Plenty of caramel comes through with the waves, and brings just a touch of bready like malts that, with the chocolate, give a malted milk ball taste. Some creamy flavors with a lactose like feel and maybe hint of oats. There is an earthy slightly bitter hop taste in the background that let's the malts speak. The finish is fairly dry with a long lingering chocolate flavor, fair amount of earthy bitterness, light lingering roast and caramel.

Mouth is fuller bodied, rich and creamy, decent carb.

Overall very nice, quite drinkable with lots of great malts that taste great and make me want more with each sip. The booze is mostly hidden, and the earthy hops give just enough bitterness to prop up the malts so they can shine. Almost a perfect porter, delicious.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.75/5  rDev +6%

I enjoyed this during our birthday stout tasting, enjoyed chilled from the growler purchased at the Brewery in a stout glass.

The color is dark brown almost black with thick beige cap with fine bead. The aroma is strong with malt and roasted aroma with a slight fruit and sweet cookie-like scent with mild cocoa and vanilla qualities. The feel is a bit on the sweeter side, but roasted presence is there with a nice roastd middle and medium carbonation with semi-dry smooth finish.

The taste is pretty outstanding I would say more impressive than that it just oozes the malt flavor with low roast and subtle caramel in the background with a light spice and very mild alcohol with sligth dark cocoa flavor as it finishes. Overall this is one of my favorites of this style and in the realm of all-time-favorite beers for me, exceptional in every way.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.65/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First had: on tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury, VT

Excellent porter here. Dark brown pour with mahogany tints around the edges, nice finger-plus of fluffy tan head that receded to a thin layer, leaving nice quad-style lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma, scents of dark malts, coffee, toasted grains. Robust and hearty! The taste followed the aroma pretty spot-on, roasted dark malts, pumpernickel, smooth coffee, hearty toasted grains, and just enough brown sugar sweetness to take off whatever edge might have been caused by the dominant roastiness, without offsetting the overall equilibrium. Nice heavy-medium body, tremendously drinkable. Had to bring a 750ml growler home from the source. I don't believe a porter can get any better than this. No nonsense. Exemplary!

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/08/12 notes. Bottl shared by Huhzubendah via yourefragile for sharing this one; thanks Matt and Michael! very excited to try this one.

a - Pours a pitch black color with 2 inches of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of head stays throughout drinking it. Looks pretty great.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toasted malts, milk chocolate, light fruit, lightly burnt malts. Very nice roasty nose, and a nice amount of vanilla and chocolate.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate, smoke, burnt malts, sweet chocolate, and very light vanilla. Taste has more coffee than the nose and less vanilla, a little bit of a smokey quality to it. Very nice, though a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, an awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall a great beer and porter. Looks great, has a great mouthfeel, and a wonderful nose. Not my favorite tasting porter but certainly still good, and felt like I could have drank the whole bottle myself. Another good beer from these guys; verye xcited for EBF to try some more from them.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler shared by Sean. Served in a Jester King tulip.

A - Voluminous tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Black body that is surprisingly dark for a porter, with only the faintest glint of brown near the edges.

S - Earthy grains, roasted barley, light molasses and brown sugar, and notes of coffee and chocolate as it warms up.

T - Taste is nearly identical to the aroma. It's roasty, but with a sufficient amount of balancing sweetness to get things from getting to bitter. Just a delightful and balanced robust porter.

M - Creamy, medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation, some slight roasty dryness, and no obvious alcohol.

D - It's a reference quality robust porter. The only thing that would prevent me from consuming mass quantities is the mounting roast bitterness in the finish. Otherwise, a superb brew that I think surpasses the barrel-aged version. Who the heck said this was too thin?!

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Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door during Philly Beer Week.

A - Pours deep brown, might as well be black, with a nice one and a half finger tall mocha colored head leaving thin trails of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of chocolate, coffee, molasses, licorice and plenty of dark roasted malts. A bit of smoke comes through as it sits in the glass. Very nice nose.

T - Starts off with a ton of sweet dark roasted flavors - namely coffee, chocolate and molasses - slowly giving way to some of the other flavors - licorice, smoke and a bit of dark fruit. The dark roasted malt is ever present. Finish is quite roasty but the smooth feel really helps to keep things in check.

M - Big, smooth body with a ton of dark flavors and moderate carbonation. Nice creamy feel brings everything together.

O - I could drink this beer every day no problem. It possesses all of the flavors I look for in a dark beer and the execution is nearly flawless. This deserves all of the praise it receives.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my wife who is just now sneaking sips of beer after her pregnancy. At the time of this review, this is the #2 American Porter on the top style list and this beer is also on the Top Beers - Popular list at spot #70.

Beer is black / dark brown and hazy with a nice off white head of small tan bubbles, lacing, nice carbonation...

Aroma is mildly roasty, mildly alcohol, smells like a porter should, mildly sweet.

Beer is medium to light in body, pretty sweet on the lead off but the back palate is all porter all the time. Great little beer, wonderful how the alcohol is there without the beer being boozy, sweet, strong, drinkable...nice.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ferillo for this one.

A: Pours black with a massive tan head on top, very thick, two fingers in height with great retention. Thick foam lacing on all sides of the glass.

S: Some roasted malt and barley, chocolate, a little coffee. There is some caramel and a slight sweetness to it, almost like a milk stout.

T: Very roasty, but in a really good way. There is a nice underlying chocolate/creamy sweetness that balances this beer. As it warms more chocolate comes out. Very tasty.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Extremely smooth and easy drinking.

O: A great porter, probably the best I have had thusfar. Drinks easy with a great flavor profile. Lives up to its reputation.

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