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Abduction - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

226 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 226
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%


Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Treebs on 10-18-2012)
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a very dark brown with a tight light brown head. Nose is a light roast, some chocolate and vanilla notes, with a fair bit of sugary malt sweetness and berries. Body is thick and decadent. Roast is heavier, notes of chocolate and vanilla. Faint bitterness and the berry and slightly sugary malt accompany a semi dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 01:29:59 | More by cpetrone84
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koutkid41

Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Really dark and black, strong creamy light brown head with nice two finger head. Nice lacing that sticks.

S: First hit of aroma was espresso with some dark chocolate, and figs. Really pleasant smelling. Some alcohol

T: Again begins with the espresso and chocolate then moves to bittersweet cocoa, molasses, and some piney notes. A touch of alcohol at the end.

M: medium to full-bodied with a really nice creaminess that I enjoy.

O: Really nice beer, cant wait to try the fruit variations of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 03:17:27 | More by koutkid41
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch 247 11/14/13 bottling date into a teku glass

Pours a pitch black with a very nice creamy beige head. Smell is quite chocolately and sweet...nice! The taste is extremely creamy and very sweet. a lot of caramel but the most dominant flavor is creamy milk chocolate. this is a real treat to drink...its not overly sweet though like say creme brule its just perfect. creamy body..but almost full. correct carbonation.

overall im shocked at how much i like this. extremely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:02:26 | More by Axnjxn
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MaximalC

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Batch #247*

Pours a dark cola color with a thin cap of mocha foam that persists indefinitely. The aroma is simultaneously sweet and roasty, featuring dark chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark fruit, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is substantially more powerful than the already substantive aroma would suggest. It takes a second, but your taste buds are soon bombarded by molasses, cherry cough syrup, and booze. Earthy, herbal hops only serve to heighten the ferocity. The chocolate that was suggested by the nose is nearly impossible to decipher in the taste. The cough syrup or booze alone would be about as much as I could handle, but together they're pretty overpowering. The tongue is nearly beaten into submission before the assault yields to what is actually a pleasant, warming haze of roasted malt that lingers admirably. The medium-to-heavy body lends a smooth, rich mouthfeel. It coats the palate and leaves substantial stickiness in its wake, practically gluing your lips together between sips.

Overall, this is a bombastic and characterful beer, if a little unwieldy. Worth trying for the experience, but there are far more deft imperial stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 02:05:27 | More by MaximalC
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emyers

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into Founders snifter. Batch #247.

Appearance: Pours black with thick, 1 inch medium brown head. Great head retention.

Smell: Roasted malt, cocoa powder, followed up by a strong caramel malt presence. Ever so slight oxidation. No alcohol presence at all in the aroma.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malt, caramel. Quite a bit of caramel malt, actually, and it comes off as very sweet. No real alcohol presence. I would probably give it a bit more bitterness if I could, but overall it's very rich and well done.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and smooth. Low carbonation level. Excellent.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Pipeworks. Definitely on the sweeter side of the imperial stout spectrum

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 03:30:19 | More by emyers
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, pretty much black in color with a thin quarter finger head that dissipates quickly

Smell has some fresh blackberry aromas forward that fade into nice chocolate malt, Cocoa and roasted coffee aromas. Slight bitter sweetness on the end

Taste is good. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate flavors along with a moderate amount of roasted bitterness. Very mild sweet chocolate malt in the finish

Mouthfeel is good, medium body and mild carbonation give this a soft sticky feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 04:07:48 | More by Fcolle2
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours as close to black as you can get, half finger of dense milk chocolate head with fantastic retention a thin layer covers the surface 20 minutes later. Nice this outer ring around the perimeter, great lacing.

S - Super sweet chocolate with hints of licorice and kind of am offputtomg yeasty funk

T - Exactly as it smells. Definitely a hint of an of putting skunky yeast but mostly delicious sweet chocolate, a hefty bit of licorice and minimal rosary malts.

M - great, super smooth minimal carbonation, thick and silky

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 15:35:56 | More by MacQ32
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black and viscous. Good khaki head. Retains well with a thick collar.

Smell - Sweet caramel. Coffee roast. Slightly bit of licorice.

Taste - Roasty malts. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate. Lots of caramel. Sweet and roasty in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sweet and viscous. Medium high carbonation.

Overall - A little unrefined, but good flavors. Just rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:27:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a murky super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and drinkable but pretty basic for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 21:21:57 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up at a Binny's while I was back home in Chi-town back in December 2012. My mouth is watering.

Batch #60. Yep, I let this one chill for 2 hours +.

Served in a 3 Stars snifter.

A: Poured about as black as it could possible be with no translucence from any angle imagined. A bit of mocha around the edges.

S: Smelled hoppy and infinitely dangerous actually. To say that this is malty and then such would be overkill.

T: So bright and fruity in its disposition. Sure, the darkness was there, but this one reminded me infinitely of Sweetwater's "Happy Endings" in the taste regard.

M: Much sweeter than most IS, a bit of roast but not much, and the ABV was to die for... dangerous in that regard.

O: I now believe the hype. Pipeworks means business. This was a truly great IS.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 04:45:22 | More by Chaney
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml red waxed bomber batch 100 poured into tulip 3/6/13, thanks MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending me the bottle

A looks black sitting in the glass but I can see nearly half way to the other side under the short lived two finger mocha foam, just a few random patches of lace

S burnt coffee, coco powder and dark chocolate, some citric hops shinning through all the dark roast, faint licorice and booze with some chocolate liqueur and earthy notes

T the coffees not burnt, still some hops but not as strong, more booze then the nose and some charred wood I wasn't picking up on the nose, I'm liking it but the nose was better

M silky at first and slightly creamy in a medium body, bitter bite, sticky on the lips but slick in the mouth with some heat on the way down with char and hops lingering on the finish

O a nice hoppy stout that's heavy on the charred dark roast, as the hops would fade with age I'm sure the booze would too, something I'd drink again for sure

one of those beer that I'd like try the day they bottle it and again 2+years down the road, worth drinking for sure

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 01:44:55 | More by wordemupg
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Batch 100, Bottled 3/21/13
Brandy snifter

A: Pours a nice dark brown color. Looks slightly oily. Initially a thin layer of tan head. Forms a collar of tan. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Some creamy milk chocolate. Lactose maybe. Some light roast. Really isn't as aggressive as I thought it would be. Liked it.

T: Some hop bitterness up front. Piney. Then it's some milk chocolate and lactose like flavors. Slight roast. Dry finish. Lingering milk chocolate creaminess. I really quite enjoy this one.

M: Big medium leading to full bodied. Not a full as I was expected.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 13:25:25 | More by inlimbo77
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a Nonic)
Batch 100
A- This beer pours an obsidian black body with a rigors pour only producing an oily sheen that pushes to a sticky thin sheet of tan cream.

S- The aroma of new sneakers turns to a black roasted malt aroma with some berry esters in the back ground.

T- The chocolate malt tastes blends with a chalk taste and it is full and rich with some lactose flavors coming through and a fruity berry ester note in the finish. The slightly dry inky finish has some dark cola malt notes to it.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a soft alcohol heat and a thick texture in the finish.

O- This is a big stout with an intense inky black chocolate flavor with a nice bit of sweetness to it and a good lactose character to add some depth. I could see this as a nice canvas to add other flavors to in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 14:49:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #100

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a scant one finger of tan foam.

Smell: Strong initial hit of bright, fresh oak with notes of pear, bourbon and vanilla.

Taste: Pine, coffee, roasted malt, and like the nose, a little bourbon and vanilla creep in on the finish as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Super creamy and velvety smooth. Low carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

Overall, this was a nice imperial stout. Its not super complex and flavorful but it makes up for that with its insanely creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish. It's hard to believe that this is 10.5%. Drinks very easy. A tasty stout that would probably be great after some barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 20:54:52 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from chanokokoro (awesome extra!). Batch 41, bottled sometime in 2012. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with a half finger of mocha head. Head fades to a thin layer that sits on top and leaves ocassional small patches of lace.

Smells of roasted cocoa beans, licorice, cherries and burnt coffee. Very different and I like it.

Flavors hit with a big dose of roasted malts and huge bitter earthy hops up front- almost black ale territory but cranked up to 13! Bitter dark chocolate, licorice, burnt espresso, cherry skins, smokey tree bark, earth, a little caramel towards the end and a noticeable through line of alcohol bite. It's a great mix.

Creamy, medium heavy, thick feel with moderate carbonation. Long lasting, bitter roasty finish.

What an interesting stout. Very hoppy but with enough roasty, cocoa, coffee and dark fruit notes to keep it "stouty". If I ever see this available in my travels I plan to grab a couple to sit on because I think this would be a very different and still great imperial stout after a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 04:21:02 | More by ThickNStout
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: a very dark brown color coming out of the bottle over a pitch black color. Razor thin head with a light carbonation presence. A touch of lacing on the edge of the glass as I drank this brew.

Smell: Really had to dip to get much out of this. A sugary front makes me think of black licorice. Smokey malt with some very dark hops are present. Coffee and a touch of tobacco sit on the backend.

Taste: Very surprised here after the lack of aroma. Dark malt and hops hit right away. Sugary licorice comes toward the body and waves of rich hops continue to flow. Coffee, dark chocolate, exotic spices, leafy greens, and molasses linger around all night after taking a drink. Really delicious, so many layers of depth that make the taste of this brew outstanding.

Mouthfeel: Hits the palette hard but seems to lack some body that really makes a brew stick around. A flavor punch is what is left over a more traditional stout heaviness.

Overall: Another elite brew from Pipeworks. Tremendous depth and quality. Pipeworks continues to assert its case as one of the best breweries in Illinois.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:25:58 | More by KFBR392
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with shades of brown around the edges. Little head that dissipates quickly.

Smells of coffee, wet leaves, earthy hops, and wood stain.

Sting flavor of coffee with a heavy earthy hop bite. Dark berries then a finish that's musty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with adequate carbonation for the style.

Overall, a really good stout. The coffee version blows it away and I think it covers up the musty aftertaste in the regular version, but still good and I'll definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 00:36:18 | More by Vonerichs
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, two finger tan head, clear when pouring

S-Good deal of roasted coffee and roasted malt, tad burnt, dark chocolate.

T-Nice balance of roasted malt, coffee with tad bit of burnt notes, slight chocolate as well. Semi sweet.

M-Medium to heavy in body and nicely carbonated.

O-Huge thanks for the extra. Glad I was able to try it. Will be stopping at Pipeworks next time I am in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 23:41:36 | More by rlee1390
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber shared with a friend, pours opaque black with a tall, creamy, tan colored head that holds excellent retention and leaves some lace at the top of the glass on its way down. Aromas are sweet stout-like with cream, chocolate, slight roastiness, very sweet though. Tastes are sweeeet! Milk chocolate, rich, decandent, dark fruits, slight smokiness, some roast; really nice chocolatey flavors. Full bodied and very smooth, creamy, ample carbonation; alcohol is warming. Overall, very solid American Imperial Stout but the sweetness gets to be rather cloying at times.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 03:00:06 | More by barnzy78
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color, with a mocha colored near finger of head. Some lace. The aroma has a touch of alcohol, roast, slight anise, cocoa, light coffee beans, hint of vanilla. Slightly bitter piny hops on the taste, cocoa powder, coffee, roast vanilla bean
, anise and a root beer note. Full body, creamy, slick and coating.

Fine Imperial stout, flavorful and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 03:32:27 | More by EgadBananas
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with loose brown head. The head fizzles out quickly. The beer is opaque and looks to be viscous. The nose is intensely roasty with heavy chocolate, char, coffee, and an assertive green hop profile to follow. The taste is incredibly roasty up front with chocolate and more chocolate. This is countered nicely by an earthy hop profile that takes this imperial stout into a decidedly "hoppy stout" realm. The mouthfeel is big and heavy with mellow carbonation. I am impressed with Pipework's execution of both this and the coffee break variant. Both are worthy big time stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:14:31 | More by homebrew311
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Grabbed a bomber at Binnys Orland last weekend... I now find myself in need of something to sip while reading A Memory of Light, and this guy fit the bill.

Batch 60. Served in founders snifter.

Very dark body. Deep tan head of roughly the thickness of an orange peel.
Wow is this thick. Oily and viscous. Big hoppy oily residue on the finish with a bit of a gritty feel on my teeth. This is thick like cough syrup.

Smells roasty-- dark bitter cocoa, heavily roasted malts, little sweetness, big bitterness.

Overall-- this isn't blowing me away. It is certainly improving as it warms up, but it isn't near the benchmark of the style. Not entirely unpleasant, but not exceptionally enjoyable either. I actually find the body to be too hefty... It is actually rather distracting.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 02:57:21 | More by AleWatcher
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, batch number 60 with red wax, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with an inch of khaki head, recedes to a wispy layer, leaves spotty lacing.

S- Very fruity and sweet, lots of figs, dates, and a bit of anise, which is thankfully not too strong. Some roast and chocolate in the background along with a mild hint of booze.

T- Has a much more significant roast character than in the aroma, lots of charred grain, dark chocolate and fruit. The fruitiness is sweet with fig/date flavors, again the anise isn't that noticeable, which again is a good thing IMO. Has some lingering cocoa sweetness.

M- Full-bodied, has a smooth feel, a bit dry, some alcohol warmth on the end.

O- A very tasty beer, Pipeworks has been rocking the IPAs and pale ales so far, but this is my favorite stout that they've brewed to date, has a nice balance of char and fruity/chocolate sweetness, definitely pick up a bottle or two of this if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 08:35:06 | More by WillCarrera
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Batch #41, served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a collar, wispy near-completely cap, and spotty lacing. Near-black body that only reveals a hint of brown when held to the light.

S - Lots of anise, a mixture of dark and red fruits, some roasted malts and a touch of dark chocolate. There's something evocative of candi sugar, but I don't think that's an ingredient here. Some definite alcohol presence that suggest a beer closer to 12 or 13%.

T - The taste is quite similar, with roasted malts, anise, dark fruits, berries, and some charry notes in the finish. Again, it's got that European-esque mixture of fruitiness followed by char and burnt malts, and lacks the intense sweetness of the more popular American offerings. The comparison to Black Albert isn't that far off the mark, although this has more of a fruity English yeast character rather than a phenolic Belgian one.

M - Medium-full body, moderate and active carbonation, very dry texture on the palate before giving way to some lingering stickiness. Some definite alcohol warmth.

D - 22oz is a tough serving for this sort of beer; I'd gladly have a snifter, or if motivated drink a 33cl bottle (like Black Albert), but I found this a bit boozy and fatiguing due to the bitterness. Might mellow with time. Oddly enough, this drinks like a bigger version of Spiteful's G.F.Y Stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 06:45:57 | More by MasterSki
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to blastbeats for this one!

Lively dark brown coffee body with a fizzing finger of khaki head... tons of wispy lacing, some legs.

Smells pretty tame... brown ale type mineral characteristics, milk chocolate, some dessert sugars, plenty of balance... not as sharp as you'd expect.

Bitter dark chocolate, coffee grounds, some thin vanilla notes, brown sugar, minty booze, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:28:59 | More by yamar68
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