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Double Stout - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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2,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 2102
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%


Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SacoDeToro on 03-17-2008)
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bomber into a snifter at cellar temperature.

Double Stout has a beautiful three-finger, light brown, rich, creamy head which has great retention. The bottle calls this a "black ale," and it is indeed black as night.

It smells like vanilla, molasses, and chocolate. O, the chocolate! Loads of both milk and dark chocolate! An excellent little whiff of coffee as well. I think there may also be a hint of tart dark fruits in here too... maybe raisins and cherries?

The taste has everything the aroma has and more! Chocolate takes the spotlight once again (oh, joy!). Then I get a fantastic earthy bitterness in the finish. This one takes my most favorite traits of imperial stouts and amplifies them with great success.

Regarding mouthfeel, the carbonation is fairly low, with a creamy and silky smooth body that goes down really nicely.

It's kind of like a brownie in beer form. Killer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 17:06:49 | More by Kuaff
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jman892

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Aggressive pour only yields about 1 finger of mocha colored head, which quickly reduced away. Beer itself is black with the darkest of dark brown highlights at the edges.

S - Nose is coffe and chocolate, with a little bit of some dark fruit.

T - Follows the nose, with the chocolate and coffee, there is also a bit of a nuttiness to this. A little bit of ash/smokiness comes through in the end.

M - Feel is nice and creamy and very smooth

O - Really liked this offering from Green Flash, which was my first from this brewery. Very good

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 18:21:31 | More by jman892
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DrewV

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours pitch black with a slight tinge of mahogany around the edges. A 2-finger frothy dark khaki head sits on top. Lacing is moderate.

S: Chocolate up front, slight roasted malts, with a biscuity feel.

T: Smooth and chocolaty for sure. Creamy. Something akin to Bell's Kalamazoo stout, only richer and with a higher ABV. Flavor is creamy and milky-chocolate. I would have preferred a bit more punch to this one, but I'm amazed at how smooth they can make a full stout like this.

M: Creaminess is off the charts with this one. A bit thin on the carbonation, but it suits this style very well.

O: Never had a smoother beer, especially at almost 9% ABV. This is downright dangerous. A bit heavy on the chocolate and light on the roast, though. I prefer the reverse. At any rate, this is a top shelf brew at a moderate price that should be stocked with regularity in one's beer fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 22:16:09 | More by DrewV
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cradke

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black and viscous with a thick fine black head. To head was perfect on this guy.

Smell: Lots of malt, some dark bread notes. A little bit of espresso and brown sugar.

Taste: mmm. Perfect sweetness. Good malt and chocolate notes. Some vanilla is sneaking through. A good punch with the alcohol that is done nicely. Ends with a nice aftertaste and some lingering dark chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel; Good carbonation. Plays well with the other elements of the beer.

Overall: I got this as an extra and I was really impressed with this. Seriously one of the best non BA stouts i've had in a while. There is a great chocolate and espresso combination and the alchohol level is spot on.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 04:45:57 | More by cradke
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bjoyce12

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by employee of Derby Street Wine & Spirits in Hingham, MA. Glad it was suggested to me. Pours a dark brown, excellent nose, but the taste puts this Green Flash offering in the top 10% of all stouts. Great malty presence with a deep undercarriage of flavors without any of the the alcohol burn. Overall, a superior stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 16:19:49 | More by bjoyce12
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ubenumber2

Arkansas

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into appropriate glassware

Dark Dark beer with three finger rich tan head with thick lacing

The smells coming off this beer is a really dark malty and earthy.

This beer just doesnt have the fullness I expected , not sure if its from too much carbonation or what but a little weak in the mouthfeel department , but not bad

The taste is really what I expect from this style of beer. The malts really pop out to start off then the warming alcohol finishes off great

Overall another great beer being shipped to Arkansas , and hey that makes me happy

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 18:03:02 | More by ubenumber2
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with two and a half fingers of creamy chocolate/mocha head.

S - Roasted coffee, sweet chocolate, and roasted malt

T - The roastiness is very apparent in this. Good bit of roasted coffee and bitterness that is offset by the sweet chocolate. Nothing is overpowering, but very well balanced

M - Moderate-to-thick body with low-to-moderate carbonation. I would have liked a thicker, heavier mouthfeel, but it was still good.

O - A very solid stout. The roasted coffee and sweet chocolate complement each other great, and although there is nothing unique or outstanding about this beer, every aspect is well executed and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 03:50:07 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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MVotter

New York

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, with a about a 1/2 inch tan colored head after the pour...which disappears in less than a minute.

S - Coffee, sweet malts.

T - Sweetish caramel malts in the front. The finish has some a faint, ash bitterness.

M - More medium than heavy. Mild effervescence.

O - Absolutely delicious. I was looking for an imperial stout that, in my experience, could at least begin to rival Stone's RIS and North Coast's Old Rasputin. This may be it. Many in this style come across as too "maply"sweet, or actually have too much of a "hop" sweetness for my palate. And, this one starts that way...but, keeps its "spine" in the end. Nice.

I'm spoiled by what I believe to be the gold standard in this category: Old Rasputin. No RIS will ever match up, IMO. This one is just a little bit thinner texture; but, absolutely delicious!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 05:24:28 | More by MVotter
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aorloski

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very deep dark black hue, can't see anything through it. A beautiful half finger mocha head and great lacing.

Smell - Coffee right up front, bitter chocolate afterwards, roasted malts last. smells really great.

Taste - The chocolate is up front this time, coffee stays in the background. There is a very very nice balance of hops and roasted malts which elude to the dark chocolate tastes and vanilla characteristics. This is a very damn good stout.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, sticky, chewy.

Overall - Wasn't going into this with a lot of expectations but wow i was surprised. Not world class but pretty damn good. I loved the nose on this one and it goes down incredibly smooth at 8.8. Great, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:39:58 | More by aorloski
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a half finger head that settles to a mocha thin cap. Color is pitch black. Lacing is present but does not stick around.

S: Roasty, creamy, fruity. Dark fruits, espresso beans, ash, thick malt, chocolate. It is like I'm breathing in a mocha coated steam room.

T: The roasted malt provides a solid backbone. As the beer enters my palate, I taste the grassy hops, bittersweet chocolate, plums, raisons, a touch of cinnamon.

M: Balanced. Creamy and smooth. Carbonation is tingly and full, it's like I'm home.

O: One of my favorite sessionable stouts, this one rises to the top.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:52:40 | More by cooler4life
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

A- pours black as night with motor oil consistency. A cappuccino-colored head fades quickly leaving no lacing behind. A thick film is left in the track of each sip.

S- licorice, vanilla, molasses, and coffee

T- licorice takes center stage with dark cherry, toasted almond, and molasses lingering in the background.

M- only slightly thicker than most stouts. There is more carbonation than the complete lack of head led me to expect.

O- Different from any stout I have tried before. It seems as though this would age incredibly well. Thanks to KMatlack for the awesome trade!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:36:43 | More by Ungertaker
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This an undated bomber from around 2007-2008 (they haven't used this old label since that period). Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance is inky - very dark brown, bordering on black, with a thin layer of dark tan head. Just a little bit of occasional lace. 8.8% ABV isn't that big for an imperial stout these days, and I've seen ones with much higher alcohol content retain a nicer head. That's basically the only strike against this beer. Not a big deal.

Smell is heavenly. The most forward note is dark fruits, like prune and raisin, which is more reminiscent of a quad than a stout. Behind that is burnt sugar, molasses, coffee, milk chocolate and a slight whiff of bourbon.

That very concentrated "inkiness" carries through to the palate. Espresso, dark chocolate, oats and bitter black malts dominate, with a tinge of green raisin and a cool finish that can probably be attributed to the hops and the booze. Nice roasty/bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel starts off thin, but quickly rounds out and becomes velvety with a surprising amount of soft, prickly carbonation, considering this one's age.

Overall, this beer might have seen better days in terms of look and feel, but the flavor is mostly all there. The nose is downright sexy. The beer is not too sweet and finishes rather dry. It would probably make for a nice complement to a really rich, sweet desert like cheesecake.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 16:59:31 | More by Mongrel
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tylerprince

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight-sided pint glass and enjoyed with mesquite mac and cheese.

A: Poured pitch black with a 3-finger foamy mocha head. Head resolved after about five minutes, but left and excellent lacing and approx 5mm remained throughout the drink.

S: Typical stout; extremely chocolatey with coffee.

T: Very chocolatey with hints of coffee, strawberry, pine, and an oaty base. More complex than other stouts in this price range.

M: Creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation. Very high on the drinkability scale as far as stouts go. Definitely some warming alcohol at the end, but it's very welcoming and somewhat overcome by this beer's great taste.

O: One of my new favorite stouts, at a fairly reasonable price. Green Flash did a great job all around - this is a beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 01:54:49 | More by tylerprince
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

solid entry in this category. thick head dies down to thin ring around glass edge. lacing is a bit weak, i'd expect more from this. nose is not very prominent, not bad, just not much there. taste when chilled is bitter-ish chocolate and hint of coffee, but has sweetness as well. nicely balanced. as it warms, coffee is more pronounced. mouthfeel starts out very nice, a bit chewy, i like it. thins a bit when warm, a bit of booziness becomes apparent. too bad, it hides its abv well at first. would purchase again, though a bit pricey at $11 for 4, i'd say still a solid buy.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 04:24:45 | More by lighthabit
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Zekezilla

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful appearance, nearly completely black with lacing throughout. A little thinner than I thought it would be, giving the appearance. Taste reminds me of dark fruit, maybe dates or raisins, with nice smokiness underneath. Would definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:03:38 | More by Zekezilla
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grandq

New York

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler picked up from Bierkraft into a snifter. Nice two finger dark tan head with a chocolate brown body. The smell is perfect, thought not overly complex - toasted oat, baker's chocolate, tiny bit of coffee bean. Taking a sip, the first thing I think it "smooth." Quite a bit lighter than some of the monsters out there in the style and finishes quite dry. The flavors are fairly tame - roasty barley, a hint of some prune, a healthy dose of bittersweet chocolate and nutty coffee, and just the faintest alcoholic burn to let you know its got some oomph. Hops pipe up just as the chocolate malt bitterness rears its toasty head. Again, so dry its all wiped away in a couple seconds.

This isn't one of those holy grail hype hounds, just a nice solid go-to imperial stout. Hope to see it around more often.

Serving type: growler

04-10-2008 22:59:08 | More by grandq
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a snifter - no date to be found.

A: Pours very dark, opaque even...thin, half finger head that fades quickly. What little bit remains is tan/mocha in color with small, fizzy bubbles. Some alcohol legs as I tilt the glass.

S: Lots of chocolate, some coffee. Plenty of roasted malts. I also get a confectionary sweetness. Reminds me of standing in line at a cotton candy stand in an amusement park. Some anise as well. Wonderful, wonderful complex smell.

T: Plenty of chocolate going on - a bitter chocolate that is balanced by that same sweetness in the smell...and when the alcohol tastes come out, it all blends into the taste of a candy truffle or a chocolate rum cake. Slight coffee notes. Not necessarily as complex as the nose would indicate.

M: Smooth, creamy beer that coats the mouth...although not as thick as I'm used to in a stout...just medium bodied. Finishes dry on the palate.

O: A pretty solid imperial stout. The taste was a little disappointing considering the nose, but still very enjoyable. Maybe a little thinner than I prefer in a stout as well. Definitely more on the chocolate/sweet side than the coffee/bitter side. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer is very smooth and well balanced. Would certainly drink again, but probably not in the 22 oz format.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 00:44:38 | More by kbuzz
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arfenhouse

California

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle bottled on 12/18/12

A: Black with brown head. Very good lacing that sticks to the glass.

S:Mainly semisweet chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee, toast, and vanilla in the background. A bit bigger would be better.

T: Taste follows the nose very closely; mainly semisweet chocolate and roasted malt. Roast approaches a bit of bitterness towards the end similar to coffee with a small hop note. Very solid, but could be a bit bigger.

M: Thick, smooth, low carbonation. Wet.

O: Straightforward imperial stout with good taste and aroma. Bigger would be better, but considering the price this is very good buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 08:13:48 | More by arfenhouse
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mbunje

California

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber pouted into a tulip glass.

A - deep dark brown/black color. Head is medium to small, but seems a very dense, rich, color. Looks like a quintuppel espresso in my glass.

S - Smoky roasted malts and chocolate. Hint of estery booze.

T - Bitter chocolate

MF - Nice substance, but could use a bit thicker body.

D - at $5 for a bomber...very economical for a world class Imperial Stout.

Not as good as Stone IRS or Great Divide yeti...but definitely up there. Most appealing is the smell. Mouthfeel is a bit weak. I have had on draught and the MF is beter. Excellent beer. GF does it again!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 04:37:28 | More by mbunje
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longbongsilver

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Seen this brand around town for awhile. Seeing "double stout" and happening to feel in a stout mood, why not? To my apartment you go...

Pour is uber-black (of course), though fizzy around the glass. Head is chocolate milk shade, thick & sticks around firmly for the last couple cm. Smell is surprisingly absent of coffee-ish note (at least to my nose), which usually comes in with big stouts even when none is added. The scent that does show up is more along the lines of cinnamon, dark fruit, & licorice. Something different here as far as that goes, which I'm conflicted on: I like the coffee tone when it is present, but they may have a more left field sense on the taste than I'm expecting that could work out to something unique and refreshing. Only one way to find out...

Chocolate, a straight-up yet subtle deep roast in the background, plus the dark fruit suggested on the scent. The roast reminds me of like a beer equivalent of the bark on true smoked bbq -- which this would go well with, come to think of it. Goes down creamy, with only enough fizz on the tongue to remind me that it has any.

Must say, I'm impressed. Nice work, green...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 04:24:39 | More by longbongsilver
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caminiti

New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, very dark, with a little bit of a head. For some reason, I never get the head that other reviewers, of any beer, do.
Smells smoky and roasted, you know you are in for a treat, tastes mostly like coffee, though you can actually taste the alcohol in there, and the mouthfeel is almost a bit oily, if that makes sense? Overall, a drinkable beer, worth having one and cellaring another two for later.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 01:59:07 | More by caminiti
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evanforbeer

California

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a crisp tan head
Nose- coffee and roasted/burnt barley, wood, some dark cherry
Taste- starts with some vanilla and flaky, woody dark malt, bitter roasted/charred barley, subtle coffee, some dark chocolate, finishes with some booze and bitter roasted barley and earthy hops
Feel- kind of flaky texture, fairly high carbonation for a double stout, some booze in there.
This is a burly beer, a solid stout, not at all your overly sweet "decadent" imperial stout. Not the smoothest thing to take down, but has great natural roasty flavors with nice hopiness as well

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 00:50:09 | More by evanforbeer
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Goldfish19

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 22 oz bomber from Shoreline Beverage in Huntington, NY. This double stout pours jet black with a small tan head that fades away into minimal lacing. For the aroma, all the usual suspects make an appearance with the addition of some light floral hops. Taste follows the nose with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops. The finish is smooth and slightly bitter.

Good stuff! ~

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:25:42 | More by Goldfish19
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challenja

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: This is one hell of a dark beer, light barely shone through when put up to the basement lights. Dark Dark chocolate with a beautiful milk chocolate brown head.

S: It's not an intense smelling stout but whiffs of Nice roasted malt, midwestern roast coffee, bitter chocolate, anise, and alcohol remnants pierce through.

T: A really solid good tasting stout, nothing mindblowing here but you have the usual roasted malt, bitter milk chocolate, midwestern roast coffee, lemon zest with a light shot of grain alcohol cutting through a nice hop punch finish.

M: This stout has an amazing creamy mouthful like a well done milk stout without being too creamy or way too thin like most crap stouts. Medium to full bodied; a really nice medium carbonation on this one. This is a Stout worth sharing.

O: Another winner from Green Flash, a bit more milky then Founders Breakfast Stout, but still a little lacking in complexity that would bring this stout as a must buy for any serious Stout lover. Still worth the buy, but not the loyalty of must have Stout in stock.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 04:50:33 | More by challenja
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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I brought this one back from a trip to Oregon.

Poured from 22fl.oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice. The brewed poured an abysmal black with a dark tan head.

Smell is of sweet maltiness, a light coffee note and a slight smell of alcohol.

Taste is of dark malted barley, mocha and finishes with a dark coffee bitterness.

The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, the brew is slightly syrupy in glass and this comes through in the mouthfeel.

This is an awesome imperial stout, if I could buy this locally I would have a number of bottles in my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:22:13 | More by alpineclimber
Double Stout from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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