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Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutTerrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2756
Reviews: 1165
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%

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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Motor oil black with little brown head. No lacing.

S: COFFEE. Lots and lots of coffee. Smells like a freshly ground bag of coffee beans.

T: Again, lots of coffee. Some caramel and dark chocolate as well. No taste of alcohol at all.

M: Medium bodied for a stout. Not too thick where you can't drink more than one, but not too thin also.

O: Pretty interesting beer. Definitely something I'm glad I bought but not sure if I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:11:25 | More by alexk307
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North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Tasty Beverage in Raleigh, NC.

A - Black with no light coming through and a small tan head that dissipates quickly.

S - Mostly coffee but not overwhelming. It's joined by some nice dark chocolate and hints of oatmeal.

T - Coffee leads but again doesn't dominate. There are some wonderful malt flavors, especially chocolate, and a mild sweetness. It's complex yet balanced and lacks any rough edges. It's so smooth. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Thick but not quite as chewy as I expected. A low carbonation that helps ensure a smooth delivery.

O - I'm not a coffee drinker but I can enjoy it in a beer if done well. Terrapin really makes it work in this brew. I plan to pick up some more.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:53:34 | More by GJ40
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2007 vintage enjoyed december 2013...into a snifter.

pours an opaque black with a nice head (still!) the smell has definitely been toned down in 6+ years but the coffee is definitely still there...but i get much more of the chocolate now. Taste actually has quite a good amount of coffee still as well, and a lot of toasty notes as well as a big amount of chocolate. its definitely past its prime a tad though. probably perfect at the 3 year mark. full bodied, mild carbonation.

overall the 2007 was still drinking nicely in 2013!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 14:57:55 | More by Axnjxn
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Terrapin pint glass

A: Oh so black-black as night, real clean/smooth pour, half inch caramel colored head that stayed for a little while, light lacing that dissipated quickly

S: Not even half way through pouring the coffee comes out very strong, chocolate and toffee are not as prominent but definitely there towards the end

T: This was a gift from a friend and I thought for sure we had hyped it up too much, not at all. The taste was everything I wanted/hoped for! Again coffee right out of the gate and awesome malt characteristics, oats and chocolate with a lighter coffee flavor on the finish

M: Thick, but not too thick. There's a great creaminess to it

O: New to stouts but from what I've heard/ read this is one of the best items out of Terrapin to date!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 20:00:09 | More by ivanovichi
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4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass

A - poured a nice dark black with a nice brown head. The head turns into a lace pretty quick.

Smell- roast. Rich coffee with a dark roastiness. A hint of chocolate and a few burnt notes. smells a little watery as well. strange.

Taste- a lot of coffee. It feels like the taste separates into three different sections where the coffee in upfront with a little chocolate and oatmeal on the back end, and then water; straight up water taste after it goes down.

Mouthfeel- smooth without very much of a carbonated taste. Very mild even with a 9% abv. very thing however, I wish it was a little bit thicker being an imperial stout

Overall- It was good and i would recommend it to people. The biggest dislike I had with this brew was the watery smell and taste and the thin mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 03:34:56 | More by mlhyatt
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South Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Black as night, smooth pour, small dark brown head that dissipated quickly

S: Got some Coffee and Malt, but this beer really didn't give much in the aroma department

T: Tastes divine, I got coffee bitterness and good malts, hell of a flavor all the way through.

M: Oats give it a very creamy, but not too thick feel, very pleasant

O: I think this is right up there neck and neck with Founders Breakfast in my book. Will definitely be a Fall/Winter purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 06:51:20 | More by KTeamLSU
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Dopplelbockulus – Thanks Charley!
Notes taken 11-30-13 with my Sierra Nevada Balloon Glass

First time with this one…

A: Dark chocolate brown, not quite black even once collected in the glass. Looks dense and murky with not much head production. Very still with only a mere wisp of dark khaki that slides out to a collar with ease. Some oily legs paint the glass ever so slightly leaving behind only a few dots. A more aggressive pour yielded some better results here.

S: Dense with dark coffee roast and a touch of molasses. I get further into some toasted oats and other sweetened black grains with hints of brewers licorice as well. Really nice with some mild alcohol presence.

T: Black coffee roast with a higher than expected level of hoppy bitters. Nothing acrid but has a nice peppery hit. Blackened malts with toasted oat cereal, molasses, bakers chocolate, and cherry tobacco. Fairly robust and a touch sticky sweet with some alcohol intensity. Finishes up with some earthy minerals. Very nice coffee infused roast character here.

M: Semi thick body and definitely leaning on the heavier side but with a smooth and creamy consistency that gives a much lighter impression. Fairly bitter with some mild alcohol heat and sticky slickness on the finish.

D: Probably my favorite Terrapin brew thus far. Everything else I have tried from there has been a bit of a letdown for me. This is nice rich and roasty with good java character. Would accept as an extra anytime.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:09:16 | More by Nugganooch
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle obtained on trade (thanks, GmRFx!), 2012 vintage, poured into my The Bruery "Rue the Day - June 15th 2013" snifter glass, drank 12/4/13 over an hour

A: 3/3 - pitch black with reddish hues on the edges, no clarity, poured with a tight frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing with minimal residuals. mild carbonation, moderate alcohol legs

S: 11/112 - big coffee/espresso, oatmeal, tobacco and leather notes with some alcohol --> fantastic aroma!

T: 18/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's moderate bitterness supplied by the coffee and roasted malts; in the middle of the mouth, it's mostly creamy malt complexity with some residual alcohol; moderate sweet aftertaste but not cloying, invites sip after sip

M: 4/5 - incredibly creamy mouthfeel, big body from the oatmeal, especially impressive in the context of moderate carbonation

O: 9/10 - wow, really great imperial stout! I love the coffee and espresso qualities with some residual sweetness; definitely up there with Founders Breakfast Stout --> recommended if you can hunt some down (again, thanks so much, GmRFx!...I owe you for this one)

TOTAL = 45/50

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:59:18 | More by MNishCT77
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South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wake n Bake!

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a thick, fluffy, tan head. Smell is very roasty, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel notes. Taste follows, very roasted in character with tons of coffee. Definitely some bitter chocolate notes as well, along with a deep, rich, caramel flavor. I also get a bit of smoke y flavor as well. Low carbonation, however smooth, thick, and creamy mouthfeel. Overall this is my favorite imperial stout right now. Definitely worth picking up if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 23:03:02 | More by scvance
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 2012, poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Opaque elixir, thin mocha head, thick lacing.

Coffee, mocha, burnt malt, hint of chocolate.

Vanilla up front, coffee, mild bitterness, dark chocolate.

Nicely carbonated, a bit thin.

Well done and enjoyable stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 21:12:01 | More by CaptCleveland
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Small tan head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell- Not as much coffee in the nose as I would expect. I get some mocha, along with some bittersweet chocolate, maple syrup, alcohol and a bit of a dark fruit smell in the background.

Taste- Starts off tasting like creamy mocha ice cream. As it warms it transitions to dark chocolate, caramel flavored coffee, a bit of vanilla and the alcohol becomes more apparent. The sweet flavors and the roasty bitterness go back and forth.

Mouthfeel- A bit on the thin side but very smooth and creamy. Good carbonation.

Overall- Very nice stout. I think I preferred it a bit more when it was colder, a weird thing for a stout. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 19:09:37 | More by IPAdams
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3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very thick pour. Almost pitch black with creamy 1/4 finger head that quickly dissipates. Good lacing for the style.

Smell: I smell dark fruits and caramel from the malts more than anything: raisins, plums, molasses, etc. There's also coffee, light chocolate, subtle hops and a some booze.

Taste: Again with the big malt presence. Dark fruits, caramel tones and some char. Good dose of coffee and bittersweet chocolate comes out mid way. Slight hops and booze show up right at the end, accenting the leftover flavors.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy body with crisp carbonation. There's a little bit of booze, too. Nice bittersweet chocolate aftertaste.

Overall: This was pretty good. To me, it doesn't quite stand up to some of the other heavy hitters, but it is still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 00:43:47 | More by tmm313
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle to tulip. 2012 vintage consumed on 10-29-2013.

This is black as night in appearance. 1-finger dark tan head fades to minimal cap, then almost nothing. Weak alcohol legs.

I get dark chocolate, espresso and oats in the aroma. It is less pleasing than FBS.

The bitter roast of the coffee takes over the tongue. Although I am not a huge fan of FBS, it is (contrary to style) real good when cold. There's a solid iced coffee flavor.
The "cold pressed coffee" flavor here does not reach the same level. There is more dark fruit than expected.

Good creamy mouthfeel. Overall, however, this one did not wow me.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 01:48:32 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I traded an Atlanta friend from Instagram for four of these in exchange for a few beers from La Cumbre and Marble this past summer. This beer is most likely a 2012 edition, although I failed to check.

I poured the beer from a twelve ounce bottle into a mini-snifter. The beer poured out like thick, spent oil and produced only a thin layer of dark khaki-colored head. Because of the small snifter, I wasn't surprised by the small amount of head, as I didn't get as aggressive a pour as I normally would get from a larger glass.

The smell was a huge blast of espresso, very much like that you get when entering a cafe. Roasted coffee and toasted malt tones came up as well. The beer's aroma was very straightforward and didn't seem to be concealing any other characteristics, but I was still impressed.

There wasn't a whole lot of deviation from the aroma as far as taste, but this was again just fine. This stout really does drink like a sweeter, thicker version of coffee with bit of booze in it. Add to this the potent malt flavors giving off toastiness and hints of vanilla and caramel and this borders on a sweet Starbucks drink with 1/16 the sweetness.

Overall, the beer drinks well, isn't hot and even gave me a bit of a pick me up. That's my type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 20:11:24 | More by ONovoMexicano
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4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip. 2012 vintage, so about 9 mos old at this point. Thanks to Nuwanda for the extra.

A - Pitch black. Mocha head leaves decent lacing.

S - Brownies, faint coffee, cream.

T - Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee. Tastes like an iced cafe mocha. Delicious.

M - Creamy and full. Carbonation is on the medium/low side.

O - I remember a lot more coffee from the fresh version, but I actually like it better at this stage. Much more balanced with the chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 05:40:54 | More by jeff1973
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South Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beer and coffee drinkers heaven on earth! I really have never tasted anything as good as this beer. Made with Jittery Joes coffee, very thick and black in color. Smells like a very rich and fresh brewed coffee. The name justifies the taste almost perfectly, if people drank alcohol for breakfast, this would probably be a popular choice. Mouth feel is nice, bursting with coffee flavor. This beer has won several awards, including best recipe, and rightfully so! I can't imagine anyone making a better coffee stout (compare to Thirsty Dog's Russian Imperial stout.).

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 04:18:17 | More by austin_page
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3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into an 18oz snifter.

Pours a dark dark brown with a 3 finger chocolate colored head. Lacing follows all the way down the glass.

Smell is of bitter coffee, chocolate chip cookies, some char, and sweet malts.

Taste mirrors the nose. Bitter roast coffee. Some dark chocolate and dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is huge. Thick and chewy.

Overall this is a good beer. Something I personally have to be in the mood for, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:49:36 | More by dowen17
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3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark black with a tan head. Bad pour on my part so not enough head to leave a decent lacing.
S- smells like a medium roast coffee with hint a chocolate coming though on the nose.
T- Coffee but its not over powering as you still get notes of the oatmeal stout underneath.
M- Medium bodied with a solid coating. light to medium carbonation.
O- A very good coffee stout. true to the sense on the coffee but it still lets you palate other notes from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 19:18:03 | More by Juuroumaru
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4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a trade from thatoneguymike. Was supposed to get a CnR WnB but the Polar Vortex killed it. So he send a second box with this in it!

A delicious coffee stout. A little sweet, that's how I like it. Blew Founders Breakfast Stout, my coffee go-to, out of the water.

A - DARHK, Black. Coffee colored head that retains. I like to judge some beers by the color of the head. Usually can't go wrong.

S - Coffee, caramel, licorice, molasses, toffee, vanilla.

T - Wonderful fresh, not coffee from your local 7-11, but coffee from a specialty shop. It's delicious for a non barrel aged coffee stout. A hint of sweetness, not overpowering. I keep sipping the damn thing. Alcohol is well hidden, doesn't make me cringe one bit.

M - Full bodied. Definitely not watery. I dislike stouts that are watery. If I wanted watery, I'd be drinking something else. Sticks to your palate, but doesn't overpower it. That's why you keep sipping.

Overall, a wonderful offering from Terrapin. Probably my favorite non BA coffee stout as of today. It ruined a lot of coffee stouts for me, including Pipeworks Coffee Abduction and Breakfast Stout. If you know something comparable to this or better, please PM me.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 07:31:54 | More by 4amepiphany
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, beige head.

Emphatic chocolate and toffee on the nose.

Chocolate and cappuccino with a just noticeable heat from the alcohol. Slightly nutty, a bit of a marshmallow flavor and the chocolate is more so milk than dark. Roasted malts keep this rich and robust.

Expectedly dense and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 02:37:27 | More by pants678
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Ontario (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass on 2013/06/14

A: Rich, black in color; definitely opaque. It pours a short, thick dark tan head that settles to a thin collar.

S: There is a big coffee nose on this beer; there is rich, sweet malt; lots of chocolate and roast notes and nice and boozy.

T: Again, dominated by coffee. Still lots of other flavor notes: bittersweet chocolate, dark roasted malt all balanced with a nice hop bitterness drying the beer out. It finishes very long and is dry, roasty and a bit bitter.

M: Very full and round on the palate, creamy; medium/med-high body and standard carbonation. Nicely done considering it is only 8%.

O: A very tasty example of your coffee stout; nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 19:05:52 | More by mtomlins
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4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle > Alpine Spring Glass

A - Pours black brown, 1.5 finger head of a nice dark brown color, no lacing.
S - Big roasted oats and fresh brewed coffee, some chocolate and toffee malts.
T - Wow awesome flavor, wake n bake is appropriately named, creamy oatmeal and fresh coffee all through this, then some rich toffee flavor, pecans, a nice subtle nutty quality. A little burn on exit.
M - Creamy, rich smooth.
O - Just a flat out awesome stout, aptly named and well brewed, good balance of delicious flavors, not too sweet either. Cant wait to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 02:39:55 | More by Omnium
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4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2012 Release. Nearly black, slightly viscous pour with a deep, dark brown head. Jagged lacing and alcohol legs around glass.

Bitter-sweet, deep, dark roasted malts, roasted coffee, tobacco, figs, some sweetness, smoke, hint of booze.

Dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, molasses, subdued hops, bitter kick, with some alcohol.

Just enough body to hold up to the depth of flavor.

Awesome coffee stout, morning beer, imperial-oatmeal-whatever.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:38:04 | More by TheMultiYeast
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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer and left some nice lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity, but bubbles can be seen coming up the top of the glass.

Smell: Roasted dark coffee, a little booze, mocha, bready malts, molasses, and a little smoke.

Taste: Super tasty brew. I'm definitely not going to bed for a bit now. All of the above blended well from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, silky, and roasted smoothness. Full bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, and tingly bitterness in the end.

Overall: I think this beer got better as it warmed. Super stoked to have picked this up in VA last month. Terrapin has yet to dissapoint me and I look to more of their beers and this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 04:51:23 | More by Flounder57
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Rhode Island

4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks gwdavis for hooking me up with this one. Allowed to warm as I drank it, definitely tastes best after sitting out for around 20 min.

A- Pours a dark chocolate colored, thick, opaque body with a one finger khaki head that reduces fairly quickly to a ring. Leaves blotchy lacing.

S- I get some freshly ground coffee, toffee, and an interesting grassy, earthy aroma. Faint aromas, really needed to strain. Some booze.

T- First to hit the tongue are really nice coffee notes - almost like sipping on a freshly brewed cream. This develops into a charred, roasted malt flavor that really defines this beer. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and toasty.

M- Thickens as it warms with medium carbonation. Very easy to drink for the style and abv.

Overall this beer was very nicely done. The coffee really works here, even though it's upfront and in your face. If you're looking for a good coffee/cappuccino stout, I'd call this one of the benchmarks for the style. Highly recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 02:58:16 | More by gcamparone
Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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