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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

817 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 817
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 98
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Traquair House Brewery Lld visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-07-2000)
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The House Ale pours a murky dark reddish with a finger foam head that dissipates pretty quickly. It tricks you as it looks like you see some small rounds suds but they soon go back to their home and not stay on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet and of figs. The taste is smooth and it malt dominated up front but as it lingers on the palate it is bitter. Very cool. It has a earthiness to it like a mushroom from the ground. Overall the best scotch ale or strong Scottish ale I have tasted to date.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 04:01:08 | More by cswhitehorse
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel copper colour with an nice tuft of offwhite head.. The smell is of dark wet breads, spicy hops , a bit of smokeyness, and dried fruits soaked in brandy or rum. The taste is malty up front with roasted malts and a bit of smoke and anise. The alcohol marches up and then the rum soaked fruits take over. Finally a bit of hops come in to balance and dry everything out. Complex beer, but very well balanced and tasty. Alcohol is evident but not overly so. Nice subtle carbonation ads to drinkability. The alcohol keeps the drinkability from being higher

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 22:03:22 | More by TinusTime
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear deep garnet color with only a small 1/4" head. The foam didn't stick around for all that long and ended up as a small tan layer across the top of the beer that stayed pretty much in tact though there were very few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Really rich Oaky bite along with a sweet dark caramel aroma. There is a bit of buttery sweetness in this beer as well as some grassy hops to help round things out. As the beer sits and warms a bit, there is more contribution being made by the alcohol. It is adding a bit of spice to the mix as well as combining with the dark malts to give more spicy complexity. As the beer warms further, there is some earthy Peat-like aromatics becoming noticeable.

Taste: Very clean and sweet caramel-like flavor. The Peat (if present) was only noticeable in the nose as the flavor doesn't show it at all like some beers do. The flavor stays balanced firmly toward the malt the entire time. The sweetness is the first and the last thing you pick up. Somewhere in the middle there is a bit of diversity provided by the hops and alcohol, but they compliment rather than dominate that part of the profile. As I mentioned, the finish is also balanced toward the sweet malt, but the dark malts, hops, and spicy notes give it some balance so that it isn't cloying.

Opinion: I am really enjoying this beer. It is probably one of the better Scottish styles that I have had in some time. I enjoy the fact that this beer isn't really Peaty like many from this region as I don't care for that character. This is a pretty good and very drinkable beer and one that I am sure that I will be drinking again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 03:12:35 | More by SkeeterHawk
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml (?) bottle. top of neck is printed with: L8072 07:20

tasted in early/mid-june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

dark brown w/ dark, ruby red tint, esp. under the light. minimal sediment. 2-finger tan head, almost creamy on top. recedes to wisps and ring, some of it sudsy. decent lacing, tho at times splotchy and thin.

aroma: dark caramel maltiness blends w/ fruity cherry (dried and fresh), plum and apple. hint of spice or licorice? whiff of hops, very faint. port or sherry characters.

taste: malty w/ brown sugar notes, but drier than aroma lets on, w/ trace roast note. cheery and apple esters still peek in, before lightly grassy hop gives a mild to moderate bitterness to balance and dry things out, accompanied by light phenols and hints of spice in back.

medium body, with a crispness from phenols and a light astringency towards the finish. mild to moderate carbonation is also quite crisp, w/ light to moderate tingle, but also gives "body".

classic, well-balanced and not over-the-top like many american attempts.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 08:06:43 | More by tai4ji2x
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark shoe leather brown with a small light tan head. Nose is made up of peaty, caramelly, brown sugar malts, hints of smoke, oak, sherry, and some whiskeyish alcohol. Very nice. Taste starts off with toasted caramely malts. Oak and peat moss come on as I detect a slight whiskey burn. Traces of vanilla, smoke, and grapes before a malty, yet slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied, with a little too much carbonation. A very good beer, but not my favorite Scotch Ale. In fact, I liked the Jacobite more.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 02:15:57 | More by alexgash
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep crimson-dark bronze with orange accents at the periphery; a truly stunning color when run through with sunlight. The cap is small in size and pale brown sugar in color. It doesn't appear as if much lace will be forthcoming, but the rest more than makes up for it. This beer isn't a stunner, but it's definitely a looker.

The nose fits the style to a 'T'. My only (admittedly minor) complaint is that it could be a tad more complex. I smell heavily toasted dark malt, along with more than a little dark fruitiness. I expect some smoke and/or peat with my Scotch ales, but don't pick up any here.

Traquair House Ale tastes remarkably like it smells... 'cept better. There's a more than solid malt undercarriage that provides flavors of dark butterscotch, treacle and even cocoa. As in the nose, dark fruits are front and center, with sticky dates, dried figs and raisins leading the way. There's now a wee bit of smoke and a pinch of peat that limns this portrait of a classic wee heavy.

I can also appreciate just a whisper of well-integrated alcohol that isn't bothersome in the least. Port wine notes weave in and out; or at least they would be port wine-like if they were more concentrated and more forceful. The mouthfeel is in the upper ranges of medium with a light (just right) degree of mouthcoating. That ever so slight syrupiness promotes appreciation of the deep flavor profile long after the swallow.

Traquair House Ale is the second best wee heavy (Belhaven) to ever cross my lips. I love this style and I wish more breweries would dedicate themselves to making just such a rich, complex, traditional Scotch ale as the one I just consumed. If you love this style as well, this one should be on your short list of 'must tries'.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 20:35:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours darker brown with plum highlights, patchy white head.

S - SMells very sweet malty. Spicy and sweet to the nose, dark sugar and alcolhol are present.

T - Wow this tastes good. Great sweet alcohol blended with dark sugars. Raisins and figs support the fruit taste. Sweet and malty with dark sugars. Nice complexity and rich flavor.

M - SO smooth and so silky, this beer is a wonder on the palate. Its very rich yet mild carbonation gives it a smooth ride down your throat. The alcohol is warming and lovely.

D - This one is meant to be sipped, savoured and enjoyed thoroughly. One will do and each sip is better then the next.

Notes - Hadn't heard of this one before buying it on a whim tonight, and read up on it afterwards. I didn't need to see the good reviews to figure this one out. Top shelf beer here.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 02:49:29 | More by BeerForMuscle
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep mahogany crystal clear body with a gentle carbonation. The head is a smooth thick foam of tan with a slight tint of red.

S- The smell of dark toasted malt is slightly sweet with a peat note in the sweetness. There is a faint smoke in the finish that has notes of cherries.

T- The taste of dark malts have some chocolate and earthy notes. The finish has a faint chocolate covered cherries with a smoky note and a little peppery bite. As it warms the cherry notes become more of a sweet oak flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some creaminess in the texture.

D- This beer really caught me by surprise. It has nice earthy sweet malts with some notes of cherries that really compliment the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 03:32:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this house ale is a beautiful rich ruby brown with a very pale thin head. it smells somewhat buttery with a hint of fruit, maybe grapes. the taste is something between a tangy chocolate and toffee. something a little walnutty there too...and again, like the smell, something reminiscent of fruit, but i can't put my finger on it, really, really nice though. good thick mouthfeel, with more carbonation than i expected. overall a real treat, that i'll definitely be trying again (so expensive though).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 11:27:14 | More by kmo1030
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a brown/plum hue with 1 finger of tan head that's gone before I put the bottle back down, no lace.

S- This is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had, I can't keep my nose out of it for fear that the taste won't live up to the nose. Oodles of toffee, caramel, and chocolate. There's some raisins and vanilla as well, with just a touch of peat malt. This smells like something I'd want to smother my ice cream with.

T- No! What could of been. The flavors here are really dialed down. Still has a nice flavor profile though, just like the nose.

M- Medium body, nice and smooth. Really soft as well which I wasn't expecting.

D- This could of been a world class brew if the taste was more pronounced, still an excellent beer that I'll be revisiting very shortly.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 01:27:48 | More by Dawkfan
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect chestnut brown color-almost murky to the eye with a very minimal but fine veil of foam that lingers throughout, and puffs up quickly with added swirling. Wonderful warm, almost spirit like in the nose with cinnamon, raisin, and vanillla-some chocolate as well. Lovely bitter/fruity hop bite showing dried fruit, bitter chocolate and malt-nicely spicy in a very warming way. Medium bodied and creamy-the finish is long,warm and memorable. A very decent drink!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:37:17 | More by moulefrite
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euskera

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a medium brown with a small head. Smell is malty and sweet. Taste is well-rounded, with a nuttiness that's quite intriguing, with a little hop tinge in the back. Sweet, but not too sweet. Mouthfeel is warm; my taste buds really liked this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2003 10:34:37 | More by euskera
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adman08

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep red/mahogany color with a nice, creamy off-white head leaving a small amount of lacing and a nice thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate, a hint of caramel and vanilla.
T-Lots of malt sweetness. Flavors of roasted and slightly smokey malt along with som caramel sweetness, a little vanilla and some herbal hops to balance everything.
M-Full bodied, somewhat sticky with very good carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.
Overall, one of the best scotch ales available. The complex flavors of the different malts and the herbal hops make this a fun beer to drink. I'd prefer a little more malty thickness in the body and a very small amount more smoke but for the style this is very very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 18:47:33 | More by adman08
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speter

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark brown with a three-finger fluffy lightly tan head that never completely dissipates, leaving impressive lacing in my tulip glass.

S: Rich treacle, brown sugar, toffee, and a lightly-roasted coffee scent.

T: Caramel, malt, and a light nut flavor (hazelnut/almond) dominate the front. The middle is surprisingly dry, although without any hop bitterness. The dryness, rather than bitterness, offsets the high malt with great finesse.

M: Full-bodied without being heavy, great carbonation. Little alcohol burn.

O: Recent American malt-bomb Scotch ales could learn a thing or two or three from this amazing Old World original.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 20:17:10 | More by speter
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allengarvin

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep, dark ruby color with almost no head at first, but after it sits for a moment, it builds up to about a half a finger. Pleasantly fruity, malty aroma. Thick malt flavor, rather oaky, with rich fruity esters and a certain nutty breadness. Bitterness is moderately high but low hop flavor: emphasis is on other flavors. Tartness develops in the long finish. Creamy, chewy mouthfeel.

A complex and interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 04:29:45 | More by allengarvin
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Franz4

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice thick frothy head on this one, color is dark brown with some plum tint to it.

S- Nose is slightly nutty, malts are dominant, no sign of the hops as one would expect. Not much else going on here, not nearly as complex as the taste.

T- Raisins with a touch of mild chocolate in the flavor. As it warms an enjoyable pear flavor becomes more noticeable. Alcohol is barely perceptible.

M- Medium bodied, somewhat thick and frothy. Carbonation is subdued, nearly nonexistent.

O- This is a very solid enjoyable brew. It's delicately complex and balanced, not a single dominant flavor will overpower you.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 01:06:36 | More by Franz4
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this for a dessert beer and it was wonderful. Pours a mahogany-tinted dark brown with a minimal frothy head that leaves minor lacings. There is a strong malt presence in the aroma. Hard to pick out exactly what malt but I picked up some coffee, chocolate and possibly toasted (I am not sure, there could've been hazelnut in there too). There are also currents of caramel/honey, figs and dark fruit. This had to be one of the smoothest brews I have ever had, yet alone a wee heavy. The malt taste is defining, but there are citric fruit notes (I think there might even be some crisp apple notes in there) on the side and the caramel rounds it out. The hop bite on the back end is perfect. Just enough to make itself distinguishable yet letting the beer remain ultra-smooth (not slick or watery). Perhaps the only thing keeping me from sessioning is the price. I can't afford $7 a beer for a whole night. Well worth the splurge and a must-try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 21:23:58 | More by clayrock81
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

It's been years since I had this:

It pours from 11.2oz bottle a dark brown that has a lot of reddish colour when held up to the light. Small and quickly disappearing head of foam with very little lacing.

The smell is very nice. Lots of dark fruit, caramel malt, fig, and some alcohol and butterscotch.

The taste is firstly dark fruit with plum and fig followed by some caramel malt and a bit of citrus that adds just a bit of tartness and bitterness for balance. Nice. The dark fruit is really ruling it and pretty much dominates the flavour several sips in and the alcohol is very well hidden with just some warming after the swallow. One fine sipper I have here. The mouthfeel is medium to medium full and it's lightly carbonated. Man, I wish I knew why I haven't bought it the times I made my visits to Colorado because I'm *really* enjoying the hell out of it. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 23:49:28 | More by Bitterbill
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery brown with a slight off white head. Smells of yeast, bread, and caramel malt. The flavor is mostly of sweet caramel malts, with an earthy, almost funky finish. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh at the end from the alcohol, but this is still a fairly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 23:58:59 | More by RedSpecial1
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thirtysixbelow

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - cloudy brownish red with a khaki colored head. Slight film of head left on top. great lacing.

s - smoky spicy and slightly alcoholic. caramel malts with a little sweet fruitiness.

t - sweet ripe fruits, caramel malts, sweet alcohol bite, seems very delicate yet full of flavor. smoky/musty. Slight bitterness that dissipates into a clean yet mildly dry finish.

m - full bodied without much carbonation for a smooth mouthfeel.

d - this is an outstanding ale. I couldn't really find a scotch ale I liked, until now. The only problem is that it costs about $6 a bottle around here. Won't be having this one too often because of the price, but it will be a real treat every time I do.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 05:04:42 | More by thirtysixbelow
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BMoldy

New York

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep opaque brown, like Coke, with a 1" light brown head on top. Head fades a bit within a few minutes but still remains as a thin crown on top of the brew. Super sticky lacing.

S: Layers upon layers of malt, with delicious nutty and spicy notes. Sweet but dark, like molasses.

T: Rich malty goodness with a whole spectrum of flavors, from chocolate to butterscotch. Earthy as well, with a touch of alcohol warmth. Sweet but not cloying, the hops do their job well here by mostly staying out of the way. Almost has a woody flavor to it, especially on the finish– if you told me this was barrel aged, I'd have no problem believing you.

M: Medium bodied, with a super smooth and slightly chewy mouthfeel. Could maybe benefit from a touch more carbonation, but otherwise amazing.

O: My god this is delicious... Everything a Scotch ale should be. Rich and fantastically smooth, this is a perfect winter beer. My only complaints are that the carbonation seemed to disappear a little too quickly, as did some of the flavor. Otherwise, I'd say seek this one out ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 19:33:13 | More by BMoldy
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SargeC

Japan

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy brown colored brew. Extremely thin, short lived head.

Smell: Smoky Malt. Toffee, brown sugar, berry and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet cherry and smoky malt with vanilla and a finishing alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied brew. Creamy and smooth. Very dense.

Drinkablity: A classic brew, very satisfying. Rich and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 04:56:20 | More by SargeC
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cyrock1

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown to ruby brown with a mild cream colored head.

Smell: Caramel and coffee with roasted malt.

Taste: Roasted coffee with hints of toffee and oarnge peel.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with slightly burnt textures.

Drinkability: One to drink slowly and savor with a good book.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 05:37:42 | More by cyrock1
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blakereik

Nebraska

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For me this is he pinnacle scotch ale that is readily brewed. I have had some limited brews that I enjoyed more, but this is what you will find in my fridge on a regular visit. I still favor the Belgian ales over Scot, but would never turn this ale down.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 21:31:43 | More by blakereik
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maltyb

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark ruby red/chestnut colour with a tight and creamy off-white head. The head falls into some lace with a good ring.

Aroma: Estery, roasted malts and vanilla, some molasses and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but surprising carbonation for it's strength. It's a bit a thin. The carbonation leaves a sharp and quick aftertaste with some astringency and a dry feeling after sipping. The alcohol gives a warmth as well.

Taste: Smokiness, reminiscent of good bourbon with a slight peatiness (explains bourbon/smoke combo). Vanilla is there, and the malts come through more, it is quite enjoyable. The aftertaste is fairly clean overall.

Overall I really enjoyed the beer, it's a good representation of the style, and a style I quite like. I wish the aroma was a bit more powerful, and the carbonation could be a bit lower with some some more thickness in the mouth, but I'd definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 21:09:29 | More by maltyb
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