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Traquair House Ale - Traquair House Brewery Lld

Traquair House AleTraquair House Ale

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

790 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 790
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.29%


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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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from the bottle into a tulip style glass. The resulting foam from the pour was about a finger and a half. The foam was pretty sticky, which lead to some decent lacing on the side of the glass. The House Ale is very dark brown; very hard to see through.

The nose off of this one is pretty minimal. I get decent nuttiness and oak off the top.

This beer is surprisingly easy to drink. I saw that this could be aged until 2018, and I thought that the beer would be thick and challenging. The body isn't thin, but it feels like a porter in texture.

In the body I got a decent amount of malt. You get more of the oak, and there is a decent presence of english hops. There is good balance to this beer.

Overall a pretty good wee heavy. This one is not nearly as over powering as most.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 20:17:48 | More by ummswimmin
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Enthusiast


4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was pretty dark, and the head was very thick. It almost reminded me, visually, of a stout. The head wasn’t as pronounced as a Guinness, but still pretty impressive for an ale.

This beer has tons of flavor, and a complexity that you don’t typically see. The oak barrel’s influence is obvious and appreciated. It doesn’t hit you in the face, but is more of a trailing flavor that keeps you thinking about it as you contemplate your next sip.

I found this ale to be fairly sweet, and it reminded me of a Newcastle Brown. In fact, I’d say it was one of the sweeter beers I’ve had in awhile. I may have been avoiding them, but upon review, I shouldn’t.

Recommendation

I truly enjoyed every drop of this elixir. I don’t remember having an Ale that was aged in oak barrels, and if you’re wondering if it makes a difference, it does. The trailing oak flavor was a perfect compliment for a cool evening in a warm bar, and I look forward to an opportunity to try it again in the near future. I strongly recommend giving this a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 19:05:23 | More by Enthusiast
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a 3floyds tapered glass. Label says BB JUN 2018.

A- Pours a medium brown color with a 3/4 inch light tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a solid sheet of surface foam. Full ring of sticky lacing.

S- Notes of mocha, caramel and a hint of booze.

T- Starts off with some roasted malt and a bit of oak, then moves into some alcohol and hop bitterness before ending with a slightly metallic flavor. Everything is well-balanced and smooth which almost results in a neutrality of flavor but, once multiple sips are taken easily, the beer's character comes through loud and clear.

M- Creamy and semi-thick. Medium-full body and medium carbonation.

O- This is quite wonderful. Pricey but mostly worth it due to the high drinkability. Traquair continues to be solid in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 04:19:17 | More by Immortale25
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notchucknorris

California

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, this really isn't a style that I'm a big fan of. That said, this is a tasty beverage.

A: Pours a murky almost pond scum like brown color with a thin light brown head. Not the best color in the world, but once it's in the glass, becomes a deep mahogany color that looks a lot better.

S: Probably the best thing about this beer. A rich and complex dark fruit aroma. Fig jam, toffee, black raisins, light butterscotch, fruitcake and golden raisin. Really nice.

T: Opens with a modest dark fruit flavor and a touch of booze. Toasted oak, a faint peatiness, raisin and some faint burnt brown sugar. Finish leaves just a trace of warmth with a touch of oak. Alongside Dieu du Ciel's Equinoxe du Printemps, one of the best scotch ales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 01:13:34 | More by notchucknorris
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endovelico

Portugal

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Let me say first and foremost, this is not a particularly unique or complex beer.

Don't get me wrong! It will definitely challenge your palate and depending on your sensitivity to given aromatic compounds and Qualia you might get anything from caramel, raisins, honey and peat to darker fuller flavors such as ripe grapes, chocolate, cherry, anise and even some ash (On the nose or tongue).

My problems with it, is that it lack the boldness and fullness you get from other beers of the style (the almost candy-ish and boozy notes) and the lack of depth, as it feels like you're having a beer that can't get itself to develop expression as it warms up and gets oxygenated. Having said that however, this beer is still a treat on the tongue, standing out as challenging, elegant, and most importantly extremely sessionable.

Finally and what I've yet to mention is what makes this beer remarkable. Like I've already hinted at, this beer isn't the best at any particular aspect even within it's own style. This beer does however, carry alot of 'soul'. It might seem like over-romantization, but it's something that i really struggle to put into words. It just feels like it was made with the purpose of capturing a specific frame of existence, and that it somehow perfectly captures it. I personally find it hard not to wonder off to a roadside tavern in the Scottish coastland. It really IS an experience like one of the bros pointed out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:46:05 | More by endovelico
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waldoiverson

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into nonic

A: dark brown, cola color with striking creamy tan head, seems fairly viscous, little carbonation present int he glass, great lacing

S: dark fruit, cinnamon, bitter chocolate, slightly alcoholic, licorice

T: wow, this is good. char and chocolate blend into a fruity center, cherry like, a bit of a hit of alcohol, then finishes bittersweet with mineral overtones

M: lively with carbonation with a strong dry and tannic finish. this is a no nonsense beer.

O: Excellent, balances the dark and sweet tones in a very grown up manner.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 17:44:21 | More by waldoiverson
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a healthy looking wee heavy Scottish ale. Nice head with a little staying power. But the aroma is something to write home about. A sweet malty strong aroma hits me and tells me I am going to drink something special. I think this smell is the best part of this brew.

A low carbonation delivers a slow rich smoooth beer that lingers on your tongue with a not too sweet caramel malty flavors. One of the best in its genre.

Drink this beer to John Cage's Finnegan's Wake as i write this on what is John's 100 birthday? Wow. Sleep well my dear departed sweet man.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 05:19:24 | More by frankiepop
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Mediczod

New York

4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding Scotch Ale. Dark amber, head fades fast. Smells of malt, peat, toffee and scotch. Lightly bitter with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Very smooth. One of the better Scotch Ales out there. I hesitated at spending $7.25 for a bottle of it, but it was worth every penny. I'm buying this one again!

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:56:07 | More by Mediczod
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a MacAndrew's thistle glass. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany amber. Thin, meduim tan head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of caramel, dark dried fruit, light vanilla; earthy. Flavor follows with well integrated caramel malt, toffee, dark dried fruit, light vanilla and a hint of smoke and mustiness. An unexpectedly dry finish and somewhat more subdued flavor than I expected, but nicely balanced and pleasant. Medium bodied, but has a light creaminess that gives an excellent mout feel. A very nice scotch ale from a great traditional brewer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 04:24:09 | More by LiquidAmber
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not many good Scotch Ales available here, but this one of them. Pours mahogany with a thin, loose ecru head. Rich caramel and toffee, subtle mustiness like mossy decomposing wood, nice spicy oak note, vanilla and toasted nuts. Balanced bitterness, with an earthy hop flavor, slightly metallic mineral note on the finish. This is a relatively young bottle and is already super mellow. I like the new 500ml format as opposed to the old 330ml bottles.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:10:07 | More by bump8628
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle bought at Bottle Revolution a while back. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark amber-ruby-brown. Off white head that mostly fades quickly, but leaves a bit floating on top. Just some spots of lacing.

Smell: Rich and malty with lots of caramel and raisin aromas. A little smoke and earth. Tiny hint of cinnamon? Complex.

Taste: As with the aroma, very nice malty flavors. A bit more peat and smoke in the taste, as well as some alcohol-- more than expected for a 7% beer. The alcohol at the end washes away some of the malty finish, which is a shame. Some roasty bitterness at the end as well.

Mouthfeel: Really only medium, as the alcohol flavor makes it finish a bit too clean and dry.

Overall: A very good wee heavy. As above, a bit too much alcohol flavor-- burns like a 9 or 10% beer. Nice complexity of aroma and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:28:53 | More by rapidsequence
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.03/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Snifter glass. Enjoyed on agt´12. Dark brown in color. Light beige head shows not much retention. Yeast, floral & herbal fragrances, caramel & toasted malt aromas & hints of anise to the nose. Gentle warming alcohol at firs sip rounded by toasted flavor. Medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Dark fruits in the middle, slightly chocolate touch & subtle anise notes. Dry malty finish. Sweet & alcoholic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:26:25 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 08-24-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Thistle
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance: Big tan head sits on this dark, red-brown and clear beer. Both head retention and lacing are good.

Smell: Aromas are quite complex and have a definite wow-factor! Cherries, wood/oak, whiskey, caramels, toffee, dark fruits and licorice all come to mind. A delight to smell...

Taste: Very malty and of dark breads, plus woody notes, vanilla, smoke and tobacco. Light and earthy bitterness is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth-drinking with moderate carbonation levels. The body is between medium and full, with an aftertaste that is lightly sweet and bready, with a slight sour aspect, such as with rye bread.

Overall an excellent beer; a rich nightcap with a warming alcohol affect.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 04:40:47 | More by sommersb
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber to brown color forming a thin but persistent white to yellow head. Few lacings left in he glass

S: Mainly sweet and roasted. Notes of toffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts, dark fruit esters, mainly raisins. Sweet grains

T: Rich taste. Again, a sweet toffee and roasted upfront with notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits, wood, burned toffee. Excellent rosted bitterness

M: Medium bodied. Molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Toffee and roasted bitterness in the aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Complex. Great Scottish Ale

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 18:46:58 | More by eduardolinhalis
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pkalix

California

4.78/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. beautiful dark ruby, garnet with little lacing, but toffee smell. one of my all time favorites and after the chimay blue and duvel, it brings an awesome balance to my tatsebuds. the website says it's a 'winter ale' but it tastes great in the summer warm. a good scotch on the side almost sounds very complimentary... i'm a happy man tonight!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:55:28 | More by pkalix
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StJamesGate

New York

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep garnet with clingy creamy vellum head that fades fast.
Whiskey barrel, dates, smoked meat, and soil - deep nose.
Cocoa, rum cake, fig jam with touches of toffee and treacle and a hint of smoke and a touch of sherry (vanilla) with no real hops other than balancing bitterness.
Apple compote ending and rugelach (dark fruit, spice, pastry) ending.
Medium, silky smooth, some clingy sugars but surprisingly light overall.

This has been in the cellar 3 years - one the of first from when I started collecting beers, in fact - and patience means this is like sipping satin, approaching Trappist Quad levels of smoothness. Nothing sharp about it, no burn, everything perfectly melded. No exaggeration to say it drinks like a port, in depth, feel and flavor profile. So very worth the wait.

Deeper, smoother, more complex and drier than Jacobite.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 14:06:09 | More by StJamesGate
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Cheesebubble

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma of this beer is intriguing, as it suggests a blend of many flavours at work. An interesting, somewhat complex taste. Noticed the hint of raisin that others mentioned in the flavour. A pleasant surprise that goes down quite nicely. A good, smooth scotch ale (and no overt alcohol taste which is appreciated).

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 03:43:37 | More by Cheesebubble
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heygeebee

Australia

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany. One finger head dies to film, with no real lace,

Moderate Aromas - roast malts, dark chocolate with hops in mix

Taste is less assertive, somewhat watery, roast malts. Smoke elements roast/burnt toffee.

Mouthfeel light, almost too light

Overall ok - however must also admit - not my given preferred style. Have tried to review objectively but find difficult.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 08:53:20 | More by heygeebee
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beergoot

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/mahogany red color with a thin bone-white head.

Great roasted malt aroma; hints of currants and fermented raisins; molasses, caramel, and toffee; gentle roasted grains...

Rich, sweet taste. Very robust; emphasis on the caramel sweetness. Excellent bitterness sneaks up for the finish, providing a wonderful, lingering counterpoint to the malt sugars.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel; sweet and clean.

A very clean, robust tasting dark ale. Well-balanced with excellent depth, complexity, and richness to satisfy a wide-range of dark ale aficionados. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 01:13:07 | More by beergoot
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish in color with a tan like head. In the aroma, roasty, notes of chocolate and a small earth and alcohol. In the taste, a small roast, earthy, and a small alcohol bite. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry earth and alcohol in the aftertaste. This was the beer that changed my life and I cannot believe it took me this long to review it!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 19:33:36 | More by OWSLEY069
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark brown hue which shines ruby when held up to the light. The body appears to be haze-free. Head pours a finger of frothy tan foam. Looks good to me.

Smell: light aroma of caramelized malt. Nice, but not a lot of volume or complexity here.

Taste: rich malt flavor with a big caramel character as well as some roasted malt character, which is mild but definitely in the mix. Bitterness is strongish at the end and seems a bit high for the style, but is not bad. I like it.

Mouthfeel: big body with a light carbonation and a light creaminess. Maybe not as creamy as I like, but pretty accurate for the style.

Overall: a tasty enough Scotch ale. It doesn't blow my socks off, especially with its mild aroma, but it is a perfectly serviceable Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 02:57:16 | More by flagmantho
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pub glass. The brew pours brown in color with 2 fingers worth of tan head. When held to the light, the beer shows excellent clarity with an amber to mahogany look about it. The cap recedes slowly maintaining a finger of froth atop with some patches of lacing sticking to the glass.

The aroma is rich and inviting with caramel malt sweetness that gives way to some notes of chocolate and mild fruity hints of raisins, plums, prunes and dates. As the brew warms up, there is a brighter citrus inclusion almost like coriander mixed with mild herbal hops. The hop quality mixed with the alcohol makes for more of a fruit and floral kick that was completely absent from this brew's nose while it was colder.

The taste follows through with what you would expect based on the aroma. Initial flavors of caramel and toffee malt hint lightly towards chocolate. More sips focus more and more on fruity alcohol notes with mild flavoring of prunes mixed with a bit of musty chocolate to coffee. Some citrus is present which is the first indication of hops that draws out some stale fruit flavors of raisins and a bit of earth. This is an enjoyable tasting brew but it has some unexpected twists and turns going on it without the antcipated smoked character one might expect in the style.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is smooth and easy drinking for over 7%. I am glad I finally got around to trying this and I would probably reach for it again if given the chance. Overall, not a bad brew it is worth giving a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:39:03 | More by stakem
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours a dark chestnut color with ruby highlights in it. Small soapy head that dissipates quickly. This brew doesn't leave much for lacing, but it gives some nice legs with each sip, coating the glass in suds.

S - Really malty, with caramel malt being the first thing detectable. I pick up fennel, figs, dates, molasses, and cola syrup. Alcohol presence is there, but doesn't feel out of place, and sort of compliments the dark malty profile. Not pushing any boundaries in terms of complexity, but an inviting aroma that as far as I can tell fits the style well. As it warms I start to get some nutty tones, along with toffee and subtle woodsy notes.

T - This beer is packed with robust malty flavor. A dark caramel malt base lays out the framework for a variety of flavorful notes to come through. Dark fruits, namely figs, dates, and just a touch of black cherries can be made out. Anise and fennel add a dimension of spice, while cola syrup and molasses, along with alcohol warmth, give it some hearty weight. Hazelnut and hints of toffee and maple add to the sweeter side, and oak and peat provide some delicious earthy tones. Finishes with just the right amount of alcohol heat, along mild bitterness and cocoa. Truly a well crafted flavor profile, and a damn drinkable beer.

M - Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, with a medium-to-heavy weight to the body. Compliments the flavors very well. Slight warmth in the finish with mild bitterness lingering.

D - A dark, complex, and flavorful beer. I'm not familiar with scotch ales a great deal, but as far as I'm concerned this is an exceptional beer no matter how you slice it. Definitely one to try again if I can find it, as this was delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 05:42:15 | More by Converge
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with subdued ruby hues and minimal but fitting tanned head.

Amazing aromas of molasses and treacle, burn't sugar and hints, delicate hints of brewers mash also liquorice and cola cubes.

deep flavours evoking peat, charcoal and malts.
Stays away from over sweetness.

perfect solid mf.

Great, great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:50:43 | More by EmperorBevis
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spacecommander


4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I no longer drink but far and away the best I ever had was the Traquair house ale. I've tried just about every thing available until 3 years ago. This was FAR and away the best ale I ever had. Second place was McEwan's Scotch Ale. Most beers are like a entree - this is a dessert. An expensive and well worth is dessert.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:40:27 | More by spacecommander
Traquair House Ale from Traquair House Brewery Lld
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