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Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 105
Avg: 3.68
pDev: 24.73%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: barleywinefiend on 12-06-2008

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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 105
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Middle stout rather than an imperial In a word, dry. The pour was a gusher, although not handled much in several months. Most was fortunately saved, and it poured mollasses substantially in foam form. Much roastiness. Initially a bit of sweet, brown sugar, anise, though bone dryness took over and dominated. Drinkable but a pint is much.Thanks Presario.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle I brought to share at Skuter's tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely suffering from a mild infection issue but is still fairly drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
2.86/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a blanket of tan foam - a decent patchwork of lace, too

Smell: Sour aromatics compete with the oaky barrel

Taste: Very woody and dry, with a developing sour character; underneath, the chocolate, coffee and dark fruit flavors can be discerned, but the sourness and the oak battle for prominence both before and after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I didn't get the gusher reported by others but this bottle (bought in Seattle in the spring of 2009) clearly has some off flavors; some have suggested that the sourness was the brewers intent - possibly so, but it sure isn't marketed that way so I am not sure I believe that

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, first off, it's not exactly a breeze to open this bomber - some very solid wax encloses the cap - a good knife is required to get enough of it off to have a go at the cap. By that time, the bottle was obviously agitated, and poured very messily, foam up the wazoo...

Anyways, inconvenient packaging choices aside, this beer appears in the glass as a black hole, no light escaping, save the tiniest of red tinges at the base when held to the overhead halogen lights. As previously noted, it gives off tons of foamy, foamy, foamy (did I say foamy?) brown head, which takes its sweet time to melt away. It smells very distinctly of bourbon - caramel, vanilla, alcohol, and spicy American oak wood notes, with a slight whiff of chocolate and coffee in there as well. The taste is astringent woodiness at first, then some caramel malt, dry cocoa, coffee, some booze, and increasingly intense citrus hops. The carbonation is on the mild side, the body decently weighted, and quite smooth, and it finishes with a sweet chocolate, hop, and whisky (no 'e') flourish.

A splendid barrel-infused big-ass stout, the bourbon influence well integrated. The alcohol is noticeable, but not in any significant way. My only set-to with this particular beer is a local concern - it goes for 16 Canuck-bucks a bottle - not the beer's problem, I know, but certainly a limiting factor in any future enjoyment of this stout for me.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to unclejedi for sharing this one and allowing me to hop on the Barrel-aged Bandwagon.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body capped by a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Fragrant nose of Pike's XXX Stout served one final shot of bourbon and then buried alive, six feet under the ground in a simple wooden coffin.

Taste: Roasted malts with slight chocolate and coffee overtones and a restrained sweetness lead followed by 2x4 planks of oak and even white pine. Touch of anise spiced prunes. Thin sliver of lemon rind. Earthy, vaguely spicy hop character with resinous bitterness. Quarter jigger of bourbon. Given a chance to warm a bit, the flavors really start to come alive. Finishes dry and roasty with lingering wood flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel that I can't help but find agreeable.

Drinkability: The drinkability factor is quite high, helped by the fact the alcohol was so well hidden. The XXX Stout made even better. Don't you want that?

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Let me get two annoyances out of the way: First, the wax coating over the bottle cap was very difficult to remove. Second, I've never seen a more explosive head--it overflowed my 24 oz glass and the bottle at the same time.

Needless to say, there was a huge, beige head that settled slowly. Some chunky lace.

Smells of dark chocolate and brandy.

The taste is rich, but the body is not. Strong alcohol warmth to the swallow. Again, dark chocolate with a cognac-like touch of raspberries and strawberries. The aftertaste is like unsweetened cocoa. There's also a bit hop spiciness in the background.

I like the complexity but it good use a fuller body to get to great status.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a stiff black malt bitterness with an almost sour aroma. I guess it's the bourbon smell along with a very dry, earthy black malt character. The flavor is decent as well. The barrel flavor mixes well with the bone dry patent malts. There doesn't appear to be a ton of complexity here. It goes down easy, again with a touch of sourness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a forgettable IS. It's drinkable, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First things first, this was one of the bottles that had a brettanomyces infection. That being said, I love sour beers so I decided to give it a try.

Pours black with a huge (sign of infection) light brown head. The aroma was a mix of roasted malt and brett funk. The flavor was more of the same with some roasted malt and a lot of sour funk. You get some sour cherry character as well. Medium mouthfeel. Even though the head was huge, the carbonation in the beer was still low-medium.

Not what the brewer intended but I actually didn't dislike the beer. I wish I could try this beer in non-infected form because from what I could taste, I think the base beer is probably a good one.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.66/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had 2 bottles of this beer from 2 different sources and both have been infected. Emails from the brewery state that this beer is the way it supposed to be albeit a little over carbonated so I will review it as is.
Pours a solid black with about 3/4 of a glass of tightly bubbled tan foam. I pour four ounces or so then I wait 10 minutes and pour some more.
Nose definitely has a Belgianesque character to it. Smells a bit tart but hidden deep underneath I get some roasty and chocolatey stout like aromas. There's some vanilla and bourbon in there as well.
Taste is less tart than the aroma. Up front I get a blast of dark fruits and a slight spicy Belgian yeast twang. Fruits continue midway then slowly fade to reveal some oakey vanilla and bourbon, chocolate and roast. Finishes with a long lingering roast and hop bitterness. It actually doesn't taste half bad, but it is turning sour.
Carbonation is off the charts, body is medium to thick, mouthfeel is bubbly like seltzer water.
I have to ding this one pretty good because it is infected despite what the brewery wants me to believe. It didn't taste half bad, but it also didn't taste the way an American double stout should taste. The mouthfeel was totally ruined by the insane level of carbonation.
At $15.00 a bottle, never again.

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Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color that's completely opaque without even the slightest of lighter colored edges and a two finger frothy dark tan head. Excellent retention, only slowly receeding into a lasting cap that coats the glass with soapy lacing.

Bourbon oaky aroma with lots of dark roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, toast, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oatmeal, lactic creaminess and more bourbon. There is such a nice blend of oaky bourbon, chocolate and vanilla probably due to only 50% of it being bourbon barrel aged.

Very roasted silky chocolate maltiness with hints of bitter dark chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee bean, toast, oatmeal, dark fruits and subtle hops. There is a nice bourbon characteristic that is not too overpowering. Again, this is probably due to the fact that it is a blend of 50% regular version and 50% aged in bourbon barrels. It's a nice change of pace to sip on a bourbon barrel aged beer that is complex and has other flavors shining through instead of being a hot bourbon dominated beer.

The roastiness is very prominent up front but is quickly balanced by the smooth silky lactic maltiness. There are a lot of sweet complex flavors going on here and the high ABV is very well masked. Only slight alcohol warmth in the finish making it very drinkable. There are some earthy bitter citrus hops toward the end which provide a nice dry finish. Very complex and dangerously drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep jet black with good carbonation and a brown head.

S: Nose was roasty, bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T: Taste was dry with the ABV being well hidden. Bitter cocoa on the end ery light hint of bourbon.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty nice and smooth with a bitterness.

D: Drinkability is good.
With the brew being a little less than half of barrel aged and blend of non barrel was good. Not to wood or bourbon heavy.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New batch (not infected) provided by inflateablechair.... Thanks Sam.. this is the 2nd time Sammy threw down this beer, but the last bottle (first batch) was like coffee spiked with fruity car battery acid.

Nice brown head... good lacing and retention atop a sorta thin looking black brew.

nose has bunches of black malts and oak... dry cocoa is also a bit player.

Flavor has hints of bourbon ... yet the oak is pretty heavy.. roasty... bits of char... French Roast... a small bit of chocolate holds enough sweetness to pull things together.

Body seems pretty lite for such a big brew and .... the carbonation is also pretty high. This beer has the bones to be pretty nice, yet the body and carbonation really need to be dialed in.... too fizzy.

Sam always brings the cool stuff that I overlook... You're good people inflatablechair.


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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2010 notes. One year old properly cellared bottle. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a massize aggressive dark tan head; 80% glass filled with foam. Fades slowly with lacing. Once past the foam, the beer is quite nice. Dark smoky malts, dark fruit, nice oak woody flavor, coffee, light hops. Light hop finish. Nicely balanced. Glad I got one of the good bottles; this 2009 apparently had problems.

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Photo of beertunes
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured black, as expected for the style, with with a thick tan head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was a very nice blend of oak, bourbon and malt. There was a solid base beer and the bourbon didn't overpower the beer, as is often the case with the bourbon barrel brews. The taste featured a very good roasted and toasted flavor, with the bourbon and oak adding nice layers of flavors.

The body was good, solid and not heavy, but perhaps a touch on the thin side for the style. The beer was very carbonated for the style, which for some folks alters body and drinkability, it wasn't an issue for me. I found drinkability to be very good for a heavier beer. Overall, a very good beer that's worth your time.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with a large size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, coffee

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some wood and boozy flavours.

Overall - Really rich and sweet and lots of high quality chocolate flavours. I'd like a little more wood aged flavour, but this still as enough to keep it interesting. A steal at 6$ (on clear out) wish I could travel home with a few more bottles.

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Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my Delirium snifter, Pike Entire is a murky black with a dense, creamy, super dark, red tinged tan head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is noble hops (EKGs?) and sweet malt, a bit oaky. Solvents come out as it warms.

Taste is great. Big vanilla and coconut flavors and caramel malt tempered by a satisfying roast keeps it bittersweet overall. Nice acidity and surprising bright herbal hop notes provide very interesting depth. Alcohol lingers on the malty finish, with a touch of fusels. Lots of flavor, but not to overt, well done.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a fairly light body.

Drinkability is very high. This is a fantastic beer. I'm bummed I only got the one bottle, but am all the more grateful that I at least got to try it. Hopefully they'll release more. A must try for stout fans.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz capped and waxed bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured with a dense, khaki-colored, root beer float-like head that consumed two-thirds of the glass. Body was fairly opaque and two shades shy of black. Delicate strands of lacing were formed as the head gradually receded. Nose reveals a touch of bourbon, with wood and a sour quality filling out the rest. Mouth reveals more wood, malt, a little brown sugar and some acidity. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, just shy of medium, but a bit light for the style; also a little on the gassy side. Not really much of a BA Stout. Missing some of the qualities of the style, and also a bit of sourness suggestive of an infection.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber that is 2009 vintage. Whoa, easy there fella...pours a reckless, foamy mess! Not quite a gusher, but definitely a glass foam-over. What little beer is in my glass is nearly black with a massive cap of large-bubbled dark brown foam.

Nose is slightly sour with some chocolate and mild roast. Smells a little like an infected beer, or at least one that is heading down that road. Would swear there is brett in here. That would explain the massive foam-over on the pour.

Taste does not seem as infected, although there is still a slightly sour twang to it. Still drinkable, and at $15 bucks you damn right I will. Cocoa nibs, chocolate and mild hop flavors are all detectable here. There is some sweetness in here, but it is balanced nicely by some roasty malts. The wood is definitely noticeable as well. Has more flavor and character than all of the other Pike offerings I have had, but still falls short compared to many others of the same style. It was quite expensive too, not worth the price IMO.

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Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A very small bubbly beige head forms, but recedes in an instant. Light lace is left behind.
S: A bit reserved. Some dry wood and roasted malt. Light chocolate aromas with some coffee. Plenty of alcohol. Not a lot here.
T: A bit more roasted flavor than in the nose. Some chocolate and coffee. Pretty standard for the style. Though a little to much alcohol.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Kind of thin and watery. The alcohol shows itself everywhere. Though a good beer to sip on for an after dinner drink.

Not one of my favorite Impy Stouts. Not bad at all, just a little bland and watery. It is worth a try, but there are other stouts I will choose over this.

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Photo of gford217
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of WriterLJBerg poured into a tulip.

Glad I perused the reviews on this one before opening as this one was a massive gusher, with a pour that produced a head bigger than the body of the beer. And it didn't go anywhere for a while.

The aroma is heavy with dark roasted malts and bakers chocolate. There are additional sweet smells, like licorice and dark fruits, and a surprisingly big wood character with hints of bourbon.

The taste is dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and bakers chocolate. The finish is surprisingly dry and roasted with a heavy oak character that I wasn't expecting. It leaves a lingering, almost metallic, bitterness that's a little off-putting, but not a complete deal-breaker.

The mouthfeel seems too light for an impy stout with the overdone carbonation probably contributing to that.

I was worried this one might be infected when the carbonation blew up on me, but it seems to be a case of over-carbonation more than anything. It's got decent flavor but the mouthfeel holds this one back from being a top stout. Good but not great.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

American brewers have taken wood aging to new levels that have never been seen before, re-creating flavors that traditionally would have been there pre-stainless steel. Add the blending of beer, which Pike has done here, and you open a whole new world of complexities.

Big, viscous tan head on top of a crude-oil-colored liquid--another form of black gold, perhaps? Plum pudding aroma of burnt sugars, candied dark fruit and a modest dollop of vanilla bean with a hint of burnt toast and dark-roasted coffee. Slick and smooth medium to full body, you would expect syrupy, but this has a pleasant mouthfeel to it. Roasted flavor never becomes domineering or brash; lots of chocolaty and mild coffee flavors. Toasted cocoa nibs come to mind with an edge of light molasses. Mild warmth from the alcohol, but it mostly stays hidden. The wood character plays up the vanilla sweetness, but then cleans it up at the same time with a layer of tannin dryness. Dried black currants and ripe plum in the back. Quick sting of hop bitterness does not cut through the malt, but does help to balance. Roasty and woody finish. This is a beer to savor every last drop: epic in stature but nothing too bold to not be utterly approachable. This is beer's answer to fine Port wine.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the folks at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA for grabbing one of these for me. Much appreciated, I will return to your store!

Poured with a thick dark tan head that faded back fairly quickly. The beer is black with brownish highlights around the edges. There was some spotty lacing early, but not much later....

Aroma is of light coffee and slight alcohol. Not sure I'm picking up too many wood notes. Dark roasted malt notes as well.

Nice malt flavors up front with a light roasted nature. More subdued than anticipated, but good. Then a moment of vanilla. After this some sharp grain notes and then a soft bitterness. This is where you sense the wood. Not so much bourbon like, but indeed wood like in nature. You are left with a lingering dark roasted/burnt toast flavor in your mouth

The body is a bit lighter than I had expected. Not as thick as some other big stouts. But I notice this is listed as an export stout and not a R.I.S. Slightest tingle of carbonation brings the flavor to life.

Drinkability is good. The alcohol level is well known so it's a sipper.

Good beer.

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2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dark black with a mocha colored head. Good retention and some chunky lace.

S: Roasty malt, caramel, and dark chocolate.

T: Wow sour... this one is infected. Beneath the infection you can still pick up dark malt, chocolate, and tart dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, the tartness from the infection is overthetop and as you can expect ruins the beer.

D: Nah, would love to rerate with a good bottle.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The premise: Pike blends their XXX Extra Stout with an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for seven months. First released in '08, Entire is promoted as an annual high-profile specialty beer à la Abyss.

Entire is impenetrably black with a smooth body and peripheral suds. The aroma boasts bitter chocolate and oaked sherry but with a noticeable measure of alcohol and some wayward medicinals. Bourbon elements are contributory but not decisive. They lend a hint of oak character to an otherwise fine standalone stout flush with roast barley and ample hop spice.

An easy sipper, aged to a regal informality, though a tad less than spectacular.

Note: I keep listing Pike's Extra Stout with 5 "X"s and the database keeps posting it with just 3. Weird.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in a couple of trades. Black waxed.

Poured a dark black color with reddish-brown edges and a large sized off white head. Aromas of wood, chocolate, roasty, some bourbon, some vanilla, and caramel. Tastes of wood, roast, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and lighter bourbon. The barrel aging was done nicely and wasn't overpowering - blending this with 50% BA was the right choice. Alcohol content well hiddne. Some lacing left on the glass.

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Pike Entire - Wood Aged Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
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