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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale - Shmaltz Brewing Company

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary AleHe'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale

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141 Reviews
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Reviews: 141
Hads: 516
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 11
Gots: 123 | FT: 11
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thickfreakness on 10-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BruceBruce
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't always do reviews, but when I do, it is because they are REALLY GOOD!!!

A. Flat black motor oil thin line of head, almost no lacing

S. Exactly what I want in a big boozy beer, sweet, then bourbon and alcohol scents that make it so that I can't wait for each sip. Oh so malty....

T. Dark fruit, then you get the sweet that you smelled like syrup or molasses, a bit of coca then coffee and wait for it, there it is... HEAT, I love it has that bite that a 16% beer should have and I know the 16,16,16 is a gimmick but man it is working, in a year this beer could be all 5's.

M. Medium carbonation which is perfect and then a good thick presence. Not too thin, not to much like a mouth full of syrup, again hit on the nose.

O. I love it, I purchased 3, 2 for aging and ended up drinking each, just got 6 more and lets hope they make it because I really love this beer now even though I know it has amazing potential. I cant wait to see what happens in the future, but this is a way better beer then 87 that is for sure. Slowly gaining respect for this brewery one jewbelation at a time. (1,096 characters)

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black like the depths of hell. A light brown head floats with the pour, but fades rather quickly leaving no lacing... but a lovely ring of tan floating gently atop the oily abyss. Like looking into a black hole.

S- Rich and creamy vanilla bean ice cream, milk chocolate, licorice, figs, cherries, oatmeal, roasted nuts, toasted coconut, and some subtle touches of alcohol. The booze opens up as it warms up, but it leans upon, more than picks up all the notes of vanilla/coconut creme brulee! This is friggin' fantastic!!!

T- Just as the nose leads... vanilla, caramel, coconut, chocolate covered cherries... so rediculously delicious!!! Toasted nuts, brown sugar oatmeal, booze! The 16% REALLY comes alive and opens up all the flavors as it warms up. Figs, charred malt and oak. Tons of caramel sweetness, but believe it or not... a ton of bitter hops shine thru as it warms as well. Picking up some nice citrusy, pineapple/mango/grapefruit peel. This is as fine as Megan Fox!!!

M- Thick and viscous!!! Chewy, chocolatey and creamy like a home made brownie!!! Lovely sweetness with a surprising bitterness as it warms up. You can almost feel the 16 malts and 16 hops with each sip! Nice bit of alcohol

O- This is unreal!!! Damn near perfect! Fruit... both dried and tropical... vanilla, chocolate, caramel, nutty, brown sugar and licorice. Everything one could want in a strong ale and more... much, much more!!! (1,437 characters)

Photo of Pencible
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque light black with a moderate amount of thick tan head.
S: It smelled like juicy plumb and sweet raisin and milk chocolate, with some pumpernickel and citrus and toffee and...every other delicious scent imaginable.
T: It tasted like rich chocolate and dark fruits and sweet caramel, with some citrus and tropical fruits and bready yeast. It had a clean and sugary sweet aftertaste with alcohol warming.
M: It was thick and chewy with a little carbonation. Huge body.
D: I love these beers every year, and this is no exception. The scent and taste were vastly complex and super delicious. The body was nearly perfect, and the finish was pretty smooth. So it was pretty easy to drink, despite some heat, but I preferred sipping it. I'm sure this would age forever, it was also great fresh. Excellent brew. (832 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark brown with a big, brown, frothy, head that has great retention

S - wood, alcohol, caramel, roasted malts, dark fruit

T - roasty, chocolate, earthy, spicy hops, woody, alcohol, dark fruit

M - full bodied, warm, smooth

This is a great beer that is very complex. There are so many different flavors that I know I didn't give them all their justice above. The ABV is definitlely noticeable but it didn't detract from the flavors or the overall drinking experience. This is yet another big beer from He'Brew that is nicely done. It's well worth a try. (559 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint. This is the 11.8% version made for Ohio and other states with equally asinine laws.

4.0 A: Dark brown/black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good for the ABV, especially the last half finger that sticks around for quite some time. A short ring of lacing is left.

5.0 S: This smells wonderful! Deep, deep flavors with a richness that you can only get from a beer jammed packed with malt. Supple roastiness, tons and tons of chocolate, molasses, generic dark fruitiness, caramel, coffee, and toffee. Quite potent, but all the aromas join together seemlessly to make a great experience for the nose. Earthy hop notes with some citrus underneath. Booze is well hidden. Can't say enough about this nose. Just great.

4.5 T: The complexity and depth of flavor is also found in the taste. While the nose smelled more or less like an imperial stout, the taste incorporates more old ale flavors. Moderate supple roast, lots of caramel, raisin, tobacco, toffee, plum, and molasses. Sweet, but not overly sweet with a light sugary component. Hops are secondary to the malts, which is great since I can't picture this any other way. Earthy, citrusy, and a bit spicy. A bit boozy, but not bad.

4.5. M: Heavy body. Thick, creamy mouthfeel without being too syruppy or chewy. Good moderate carbonation. Light warming on finish.

4.0 D: Great brew. No complaints. Easily the best Jewbelation yet.

EDIT: I recently had the 16% version and it doesn't compare to the 11.8% version. The 16% has a formitable booziness that covers up a lot of the great flavors found in the lighter version. I'd give the 16% version a 3.2 score overall. (1,685 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz

Pours jet black, immense tan head dissipates to a film very slowly, fine texture.

Smells of figs, molasses, brown sugar, coffee, roasted nuts and cocoa.

Tastes super rich, coffee, cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses, figs, apples, and bourbon. Some nutty bitterness hiding in there somewhere.

Full viscous body with light tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth and some booze warmth and sting.

This beer is huge. I've had World Wide Stout and 120 IPA from DFH which are both bigger beers, but this one FEELS bigger than those, and bigger than anything else I've had. It's really for sipping only and packs quite a punch. I love it, but I think this one is bordering on niche appeal due to it's wallop. (723 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mason Lounge (Madison). It's a very nice looking 8 ounce pour in a goblet. Milk chocolate brown, with a thin off-white head, and lacing that gets squeegeed off the glass by the 16% alcohol.

The aroma is all over the place. Broken raisin, sorghum syrup, light hop bitterness, peppery alcohol, and a yeasty overripe fig.

The first sip is awesome: a zippy sweetness, grounded by a savory banana bread richness. The second sip disappoints. Much less complex than the aroma, it's all candy sugar sweetness. Which isn't bad at all, just a bit of a letdown in complexity.

I love the mouth feel, syrupy yet cut by a modest carbonation. (640 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite a beer- especially for election night.

16% ABV proceed with caution.

Dark- very dark coffee chocolate color with a small head. Served at 55F. This beer must be served on the warm side. The warmer the better to bring out the nuances of flavor.

Aroma- toffee- chocolate which accentuates with warming. The alcohol begins to waft in the nose after time.

Mouth feel- smooth little carbonation.

Taste: alcoholic, coffee, and chocolate. All balanced into the flavor- quite over the top.

Great beer. Savor very slowly. (523 characters)

Photo of parris
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This guy sat in my cellar for a few years, held up pretty good. Pretty malty balanced bitter, and no vinagary barleywine flavor that you might expect from an aged beer. Totally hasn't fallen off yet. (200 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged 18 months

Appearance: rock solid milk chocolate head with body as near to black as it gets

Aroma: port & dark chocolate, prunes; deep, dark, and addictive; rum; rich, sweet, dried fruit aromas are crazy

Taste & Mouthfeel: dark caramelized fruit flavours start things off, but rapidly transition to beautiful and strong cocoa that when paired with unrestrained alcohol burn make for a memorable finish; nothing held back, it's in your face intense flavour - small sips advised; velvety texture accentuates the sense of creamy hot chocolate - that's been liberally doused with port; the interplay between fruit and chocolate flavours is perfect and lacking any bitterness that can come the dark malts

Overall: this is for a cold winter night, paired with a rich chocolate cake, and throw in some raspberries/blackberries (827 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice glass.

Appearance: Pours very dark and black with a moderate amount of bubbles. A small finger of tan head fades into a thin layer around the edges of the glass. Leaves a decent amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big, sweet, and complex aroma. Big presence of dark fruits with hints of raisins, prunes, dark cherry, fig, and dates. Dark roasted malts with hints of burnt caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak, and smoke. Sweet molasses and burnt sugars. Some anise licorice. Earthy and grassy hops linger around. Sixteen hops are listed but they take a back seat to the dark fruits and malts here. Alcohol scents as expected. A very complex and good aroma that doesn't smell overly syrupy.

Taste: As huge and complex as the aroma indicates. Big taste of dark fruits with notes of raisin, dark cherry licorice, prunes, dates, and fig. Big dark malt taste like a stout with notes of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, and burnt toast along with a good kick of smoke. Burnt sugars and molasses. Some anise and other spices. The hops come out more in the taste and provide a nice bitter bite to counter the sweetness. Earthy and grassy hops with a subtle undertone of citrus hop. Noticeable taste of alcohol as expected from the 16%. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full thick body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat syrupy. Quite a hot feel from the heavy alcohol but its nothing I can't handle.

Overall: This came out very good. Huge flavor with lots of different tastes. The hops do a really good job of keeping things from becoming a cloying mess. Nice roasty undertones. (1,671 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with dark fruits, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, with some darker chocolate, coffee, and richer toffee notes and some booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of caramel, dark caramel, and chocolate malts with some darker chocolate, dark fruits, citrus hops, some bitterness, and brown sugar. Through the middle, some coffee comes through with some molasses, residual sugars, vanilla, sweet toffee, pine and grassy hops, and some more fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of dark caramel malts with dark fruits, milk chocolate, some darker cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, citrus and pine hops, molasses, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable. Incredibly complex, but at the same time refined and balanced. (992 characters)

Photo of retry4z
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bought at a liquor store that had a decent beer selection; amazing I was able to find this anniversary ale and for only $11. This is the California edition, so it has the intended 16% abv.

Served at room temperature in a delirium snifter.

Looks pitch-black. I can barely make out coffee hues in the light. A thin, espresso-colored head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of coffee beans, vanilla, caramel, licorice, and alcohol!

A nice initial hit of spices and alcohol, with a sweet and dry-coffee finish. The 16hops must be drowned by the 16 malts because I could barely detect any bitterness.

A full body with some tingling due to the medium carbonation. This is a very heavy beer that is meant to be savored slowly.

A well-balanced ale that is more reminiscent of a stout than an ale. Paradoxically, the more abv an American Strong Ale has, the less bitter it seems. A splendid, heartwarming brew that is pure delight to be shared with an old friend after dusk. (969 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter.

A - Poured deep black with one finger of mocha brown head.

S - Sweet caramel, roast, piney hop presence and some noticeable alcohol.

T - A huge piney hop presence accompanies a big bitterness up front. Tobacco, roast, licorice and a big warming alcohol presence. Very robust overall.

M - Full body; thick and chewy. Light carbonation. (359 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Brown bread & toffee, leafy hops & boozeyness

T: Follows the nose, boozey figs as well, up front, treacle sweetness as well, vaniilla & raisins. Dryness ensues as this warms, some smokey notes mix in with figs & a bit of brown sugar. toffee & even a bit of honey Bourbon. Finishes figgy with a bit of maple sryup, treacle, more smokey & honey notes along with herbal & woody hop notes coming though

MF: Uber-chewy, slight to near-zero carbonation, lots of stickyness

Drinks easy for a 16% abv beer, but this is a juggernaught of maltyness that deserves splitting. with several friends. I really enjoyed this, very complex & fortyfying (724 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My parents were in the Hitler Youth, but some of their best friends are/were Jewish. I've had one or two other brews from this brewery, but I was saving this one for a special occasion. In this case, putting up the Christmas tree and watching OSU/Michigan.

It is a huge, sweet beer. Pouring it almost straight down a tall glass gave a huge dark brown head. A spectacle.

The taste is way sweet. It begs to be sipped. The aftertaste is so complex and cool. Totally worth it.

Overall, this is a great beer and I am glad I bought it. It aged fine. I guess it is a one shot deal and I will never be able to get it again. (618 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Very dark, nearly opaque ruby. Substantial tan head on the pour that mostly recedes.
smell: Fairly subdued and complex. Guess that sounds contradictory but I expected 16 malts and 16 hops and 16% Abv to be pretty in your face. Pretty tame though, malt forward, roasty and unique.
taste: More of the same. Much like the nose. Delish.
overall: Drank one of these fresh and loved it. Put one back for a year and loved it. This got trashed quite a bit. I'm a big port fan and have a soft spot for big abv sweet monsters, which this is. Gentle giant here. Not sure why it didn't get more love other than a general aversion to sweet beers. (646 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
2012 vintage, Sixteenth Anniversary Edition - brewed with 16 malts, 16 hops, and 16% ABV

A: Pours an opaque black, without the slightest browning on the edges even when held to light. 1 fingers width of mocha colored head hangs around for a good bit before settling down to only an outer ring. Leaves no appreciably lacing. Looks like an IS.

S: Some dark fruits, sugary sweetness, roasted malt, a hint of black licorice. Initially, the aroma as a whole is surprisingly not that powerful, but the second glass poured from the bomber is much more aromatic with tons of sugary sweetness, a balancing booze, and some bourbon notes.

T: Roasted malt, dark fruits, candied sugar sweetness, cocoa, booze, black coffee. An explosion of flavors right from the start. Like the appearance the taste is reminiscent of an IS with the big roasty, cocoa and coffee characters. I also get fig, burnt sugar, black licorice, oak. The complexity and depth of flavors is impressive, reminds my why I love big boozy beers.

M/D: Thick, viscous, chewy, slightly syrupy. Carbonation is appropriately low. Has a whole body warming affect (as a winter seasonal should!). Really nice mouthfeel. ABV is certainly noticeable, but well restrained considering it's 16%. A slow sipper for sure, but all things considered drinkability is pretty high.

O: Overall, what a treat. A big boozy beer with a massive and complex palate profile. It comes off as a hybrid IS/Old Ale. Initially the IS components are a little overpowering, with the old ale flavors taking a back seat to the IS roastiness. However, as it warms the other flavors become more prominent and make this beer really great. An absolutely delicious 16%'er that I can just go and pick up off the shelves? Yes, I will be getting a couple more of these to store for the long winter (and winters to come!). (1,868 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some wispy foam. Looks more like a stout but considering the 16 malts, I guess it should be dark.
Sweet, fruity and lush on the nose. Lots of creamy chocolate, caramel, and candy sweetness.
Tastes just wonderful. the massive alcohol is nicely hidden behind sweet and creamy malts. The hops play well but are overcome by tons of malt. This drinks like a well carbonated stout, thick and lingering on the tongue. Really well done, makes me really anticipate 17. (476 characters)

Photo of smbslt
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Into the Sweet 16 glass that came in the Hanukkah pack which I will say was the best sampler pack concept to date

A - Very, very dark brown with a thin mocha head that dissipated quickly, very little if any carbonation.

S - Licorice, caramelized sugar and some faint grape

T - the liqueur of all things dark and or roasted - cocoa, Grade C maple syrup, etc.

M - Syrupy with alcohol warming at the end

O - Very good but not quite as good as 15 (which almost had me converting). Yes beer can be made with 16 hops and 16 malts with a 16% ABV and be very good with an entertaining shtick but where to next? (607 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep brown (almost black) color to it. It has a nice mocha head that dies down moderately fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (plums, raisins, grapes), sweet roasted malts, some chocolate and maybe some molasses.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite dark fruit (plums, raisins and grapes), some chocolaty notes, some sweet roasted malts, some coffee, molasses and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (654 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown/black with no light showing through the beer. Light brown colored head that billows decently at pour and disappates to a solid rim around the glass. No lacing present. Aroma is a dark malt bomb yet sweet - dark molasses. Taste confirms lots of malts with a band of bitter through the middle and dominating the finish. Alcohol presence hard to avoid at this strength, but lingers nicely with dark chocalate malt flavor. (440 characters)

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to snifter. My favorite words.

A: Midnight black with chocolate quick-fading head. Beautiful.

S: Honestly, mostly booze. Some nice chocolate and coffee notes though.

T: Like a symphony, multiple movements...massive caramel-toffee, giving way to booze and hops, finishing with intense espresso. Sweet, boozy, hoppy, everything. Amazing.

M: Thick and rich like hot chocolate. Even the monstrous ABV can't quite dry this one out, but this is an aftertaste I don't mind tasting for a while.

O: An absolutely amazing and intense experience, not for the faint of heart or the casual beer drinker. Great as a dessert or to celebrate a special occasion. If you're looking for refreshment or a casual drink with a meal this is NOT it. (742 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head on a jet black body with nice lacing.

S: dark fruit with mostly raisin, cherry, candy sugar, strawberry, dark chocolate and yeast. very good aroma.

T: booze are well hidden but still pretty strong. excellent dark fruit presence with strawberry and cherry, dark chocolate, earthy hops, some roasted malts and rum.

M: relatively thick and moderate carbonation.

Overall: its not boozy but you can tell this one is strong. the flavors are full and excellent. Certainly get more out of this one than anticipated from the ABV which I would have thought would be distracting. (594 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Bottle aged approximately one year.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly center patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass leaving a tight-knit sheet of foam behind.

S- Potent aroma of caramel, vanilla and oak. Quite sweet but the dark roast penetrates hard enough to make a nice contrast.

T- Sweetness at first with a slightly boozy kick but the burnt sugar flavor and dark roast evens things out. The dark roast lingers heavy in the aftertaste leaving notes of dark chocolate, coffee and toffee in its wake. Every sip seems like the alcohol will tip the scales in terms of drinkability but the other flavors push through hard enough to stop the heat in its tracks and make for a pleasant taste. There's also a decent amount of bitterness from the hops to keep everything sufficiently in check.

M- Slightly sharp from the booze and there's a small stinging in the throat as it goes down. Also kind of syrupy and sticky with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- I always enjoy Jewbelation this time of year. It's a nice, affordable strong ale that goes down pretty easy even though it has an intensely high ABV. Good for a cold night such as tonight. (1,358 characters)

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He'Brew Jewbelation Sweet 16 Anniversary Ale from Shmaltz Brewing Company
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