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Young's Oatmeal Stout - Wells & Young's Ltd

Young's Oatmeal StoutYoung's Oatmeal Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

527 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%


Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: erz316 on 02-20-2009)
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DoubleJ

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 500ml bottle and ironically poured into a Guinness pint glass, on to the beer:

The beers pours a thick black, with a good head that lasts. The smell of roasted barley is very strong in this brew, bringing out a strong coffee scent and burned toast. Sweet chocoalte notes are hinted in the taste, but it revolves around the bitterness of the roasted barely. Mixed in is a hop leaf flavor, and as the beer warms up, the alcohol adds a mixed fruit flavor to the profile. A bitter lingering on the palate brings flavors of bitter coffee and chalk. Overall, I enjoyed this surprisingly strong offering from Young's.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 17:47:26 | More by DoubleJ
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

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

Well, I got this bottle finally at the Young's brewery tap... Been hunting for this beer for a long time and only have I seen it once at the (previous) Pitfield Beer Shop. Suppose it's mainly shipped over for the lucky US BAs? Tried it on nitro-tap at the brewery tap and it was o.k. Now is time to reveal if the bottled (though filtered and pasteurised) version is indeed superior. BB 02/03/07, served cool in a straight imperial-pint glass.

A: ebony colour with faint ruby hints against light; the tan beer head comes effervescent and thick frothy, with great retention and settling slowly to a consistently creamy and thin layer on the top.
S: a creamy aroma of dark malts upfront: coffee-milk, Horlic, toffee fudge, backed by a lovely yet restrained burned edge of roasted barley, a flow of creamy and sweet grainy flavour, while vanilla powder, treacles/caramel, and date jam further add to the complexity. Overall, the aroma is a bit like milk stout, given its sweetish edge, but only finer, with more depth.
T: a smooth and light flow of dark maltiness treads lightly on the palate upfront, very slowly leading to more assertive, leatherish, coffeeish, roasty, bittersweet maltiness and a sweetness like smashed dried dates, balanced by a touch of sourness of roasted barleys... Roasty, nutty, and licorice aroma+palate of mixed grains linger well all over the palate, but the sweetness and bitterness are both in check by a residual dryish hops which stay low in the end up for grabs.
M&D: the ever so mild and gentle fizziness results in a silky smooth and even clean-ish texture, while a medium-firm body is retained as a solid platform. All flavours are intertwined skilfully, plus a body not quite thick for the style, this beer really is easy to quaff and utterly enjoyable. This bottled version, served at the ideal temp. (for English ales) at home, is way better than the chilled, tap version I tried at the Young's Brewery Tap. Lucky me to finally track it down! Will try the second bottle closer to its BB date, though I wonder if this filtered beer could evolve/mature any further...?

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 19:45:54 | More by wl0307
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plaid75

New York

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep oily black hue with a two finger creamy tan head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with a mild sweetness.

The taste consisted of an upfront burnt grain with a good coffee element. There was a nice residual smokiness as well.

The mouthfeel was full and very smooth.

Overall a superior stout. Beautiful setup, excellent flavor profile and superior drinkability.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-06-2007 17:55:20 | More by plaid75
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Almost black. Nice clarity. Nice creamy long lasting brown head. Nose consists of some burnt cocao, roasted malts and in contrast, some sweet milky tones. The taste is soothing and comforting. A nice blend of lactic sweet tones and bittersweet chocolate tones. Very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is velvety and the body is about medium full.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 05:39:39 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark opaque black with a frothy 2 finger light beige head with good retention.

S: dark chocolate, warm roasted malt and dark coffee beans

T: For flavor there was a deep roasted flavor, dark chocolate, and a strong coffe flavor with a vanilla creamer sweetness. On the fade was a lingering roasted and hop bitterness.

M: The mouthful was very creamy, and light on the tongue with a very light carbonation.

D: Very smooth, light, but rich in dark roasted flavor makes this an oatmeal with good smooth drinkability

Serving type: can

12-14-2008 15:52:15 | More by beerthulhu
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Inky black colour with brown highlights and a dense, light brown head. Both retention and stickage were quite good, as expected for a stout. Malt was all over the aroma, with generous amounts of roasted and coffee, as well as a bit of chocolate and toffee.

Perceived hop bitterness was moderate, with a considerable contribution from malt sweetness and roasted (some coffee) character. The finish is quite roasted and some bitterness at this point is clearly coming from the grain. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body and a little graininess. Texture was on the creamy side.

Overall, the bitterness was more pronounced than expected and the malt character was balanced a little too strongly towards roasted coffee. Still, a nice stout. Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 01:50:53 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it disembogues from the bottle soot black, the head ponderous in size, semi-creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light chocolate with the lace a satiny sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is sweet chocolate, coffee, and nice burnt grain aroma also present, quite a treat for the old schnozzle; start is ambrosial, rich in malt, the top middling to full in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops delectable in their spiciness, aftertaste quite dry and a great stout when you’re not into those “Imperials” we seem to have adopted as the “National Stout”!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2004 23:25:20 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head that lasts for a short time. Aroma is one of roasted grains/oatmeal with even some hints of coffee. Taste is pretty much similar with a lot of coffee/oatmeal flavor to it. Nice, smooth and roasty. I don't get to try too many oatmeal stouts but I do think this one is decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 00:21:39 | More by Brad007
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, ruby black, with a tan head. Not much retention, but plenty of lace.

S: Dark, chocolatey malt, some fruity esters from the British yeast.

T: Well balanced, with a bittersweet aftertaste. Dark chocolate, a little coffee and fruit bread. Pleasant, smooth roastyness.

M: Velvety smooth, slight acidity, slight oily residue in the aftertaste. Good body for it's weight, light to moderate carbonation.

D: Hell yeah!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 23:22:16 | More by Derek
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a very dark brown, nearly black with thin slivers of crimson brown highlighting, thin tan head appears quickly and fades the same, fast dripping lace with minimal stickage. Aroma is subdued of roasted malts, with touches of chocolate, coffee, and burnt cookies. Taste is mildly mixed of a light roastyness thats favorably easy and mixing well with some sweet chocolate and light coffeeness, notes of banana softness enter in just after midway and has a small hold just before the chocolatey roasted drying finish. A nice mild smooth taste with just enough energy and roast to keep it to the lips. Feel is pretty soild in the mediumness area, has a slight sharpness of carbonation in there. A nice drinker, liked the smooth mildness this has but could be a bit sweeter for an oatmeal stout though.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 03:06:32 | More by tavernjef
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a thick texture. Some foamy, long-lasting head and a good lacing.

S: A typically (for British beers) underplayed smell, with traces of coffee, chocolate and oatmeal mingling together.

T: Flavor consisted of coffee and chocolate up front and malt, hops and oatmeal once it hits the back of your throat. A good combo of flavors.

M: High carbonation rate and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. Like others of this style, it weighs you down, but it's still a well done brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 14:18:15 | More by avalon07
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Completely dark chocolate with a frothy, quickly diminishing head.

S - A Chocolaty and oaty aroma.

T - This is lighter than a standard oatmeal stout. I was instantly greeted with a pleasant flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, and oats across the palate.

M - A lighter feel than a standard stout. Not as rich or syrupy. It could have had a higher level of carbonation.

D - High level of drinkability for a stout. Not overwhelming or thick like the standard.

As a side note I also mixed some of this with a vanilla ale from the late, great brew house in Elgin, IL called Prairie Rock. It produces a great oatmeal cookie-like beer. 50/50.
Rich head that stuck around. Very good combo.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 03:36:30 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Stout is pure engine oil black in color with a big, retentive head.

Smell – The dark, roasty malts come out nicely here and are mixed well with the classic oatmeal aroma. There is very little sweetness to the nose.

Taste – The dark malts from the nose come out strongly at the taste. The oatmeal though took a step back. The beer finished with the smallest hint of brown sugar.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Stout has a nice bitter roasty mouthfeel but was too thin for my preference of the style.

Drinkability – This one was even-keeled if uninspiring. I did enjoy the extremely dark, burnt nature of this offering from Young’s, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 16:43:07 | More by RoyalT
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, it pours very dark brown, close to being black with a 1/2 inch tan head. It smells like roasted coffee, malt, and a hint of oatmeal and some chocolate. The main flavor I could taste was coffee, with chocolate and malt in there too. I can't really explain it too well, but there was a weird sweetness and bitterness at the same time, but I liked it a lot. It has an oily/creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation. With full flavor and a good body to the beer, this is something I could drink pretty often. Overall, it's a pretty good well balanced beer that I would recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 00:10:16 | More by bluejacket74
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bark

Sweden

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

This was once one of my favourite beers in my teens (no I wasn’t like the other youths…), and it should be interesting to drink it again for the first time in 15 years…

The colour is pitch black; the foam is pale brown and it sinks down to a very uneven head with massive lacing.

The smell is very roasted with notes of black coffee, sweet fruity flavours (cocoa?). Maybe there is a hint of alcohol too?

The taste is not as heavy as I had expected. The label says “Brewed with roasted malt”. Without a doubt; the roasted malt dominates the flavours with notes of sweet malt, nuts, black coffee, (very) smoked ham, dry crème caramel with caramel sauce. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild with roasted malt (toasted bread) and some alcohol.

The carbonation is medium. Medium sized bubbles.

I am a little disappointed, I though the oat malt should be more present in the taste. Still a very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 20:20:37 | More by bark
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Like the bottles from their neighbors Fuller’s, the offerings from Young’s are of the highest standard. A marvelously crafted, high quality heavyweight brown glass bottle contains 1pt 0.9fl.oz. The cream black and brown label simply states “Young’s Oatmeal Stout” with a Gold & Orange Young’s Ram Logo at the bottom. The bottle is one of those that contains many details that are often missed. A relatively tall, thin necked bottle, embossed with the Brewery’s Logo on the shoulder with the words “Est. 1831” either side of it. Also embossed with the words “Young’s Ram Brewery” and “London, England”. It seems such a shame to recycle it. The reverse label has a ‘nicked’ Best Before date of March 2004. Listed as 5.0% ABV.

Appearance: A dark brown-black pour creates a creamy looking darkish tan brown head. Some deep ruby-red transient shades can be seen when backlit with a powerful light. The head is very smooth and lasts; indeed it has a nitro- look about it at times, with only a few large bubbles to break the slightly rocky velvet looking surface. Not much conditioning in the beer, but enough not to cause any real concern. Some lacing, but not much.

Nose: The nose is very nice, lots of soothing smooth aromas that are not strong but nicely blended. Lightly roasted malts, toasted porridge oats and some dark coffee hints.

Taste: The start has a building malt dimension, which increases in strength right through to the middle when the smooth oastness from the barley which is toasted in character, but not overtly so, takes over. After a few mouthfuls and a nice build up of some beery residue on the tongue, I started to detect an increased bitterness, like that from dark cooking chocolate, mixed with some liquorice traits & coffee. Smooth finish, bitter but smooth. Quite dry.

Mouthfeel: This is such an incredible brew. If feels so smooth, creamy and light in the mouth, yet it has a decent enough complexity of flavors and sufficient depth of character as to astound at times.

Drinkability: A wondrously drinkable Oatmeal Stout, which given its 5% ABV, makes it a damn good session beer.

Overall: A solid all round Oatmeal Stout. Whilst it doesn’t exactly “knock yer socks off”, it doesn’t need to, this is a beer that is somewhat understated and it takes time to pick up all of nuances. It certainly does not disappoint and is a very easy drinking smooth, incredibly tasty Stout that I continue to enjoy.

173 years old, or is that young?
A New Year soon beckons – amid a very turbulent period in English Brewing which has seen all of the Big Boys fall prey to overseas mega-corps; my New Year’s wish is that Young’s continue to brew fine Ales & Stouts and keep putting quality before the bottom line. Hey, if it ain't broken don't fix it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 04:45:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mostly dark, dark brown. Actually a transparent ruby when viewed with a backing light. Thin but persistant tan dome.
Cola sweet and bready nose.
Bready intially. Pumpernickel loaf. Not much in way of roastiness, which earns this demerit points in my book. Yeastier and continually bready midsection. Vaguely smoky. Out of place sweetness. Not especially oaty (though oats are noticed, lightly), mostly just a slick and greasy cola sweetness with sassafras notes. Some chocolate notes pop up late just to prove that this is, in fact, a stout. Hop dryness at the end, but little associated flavor.
Oily in the mouth. Overly thin right away, but bolsters itself slightly as it sits.
I can't say I am too impressed here. It's lacking in several key catagories and has some odd (off?) flavors to boot. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2003 08:24:37 | More by cokes
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champ103

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: As this is poured, a wonderful cascading effect appears and leaves a two finger head on top of the dark brown/black body. Hardly any lace though.
S: Some sweet bready malt and a bit of hop bitterness. Oats and chocolate come through as well. The aroma could be a more robust.
T: Bready malt again with some oats and chocolate as the taste lingers. This follows the nose pretty closely, and like the nose I wish it was more robust.
M/D: A bit thin and watery, but this is a very smooth and easy to drink stout.

This is a nice quaffable stout that I enjoyed at the Ginger Man in Houston. This is not the best stout I have ever had, but good none the less.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-27-2008 23:47:50 | More by champ103
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francisweizen

Arizona

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

Notes: Nitro Can-Best Before December 2002...darnk in March 2003-oops! Well this beer poured with that lovely cascading effect that only a nitro can (or bottle) can deliver. This smelled of roasted malts, hops, coffee, chocolate and smoke and it tasted like more of the same. Wonderful flavors can be found in this beer and yet it is also extremely well balanced and easy to drink. This would probably be better non-nitro or tap as the nitro takes away from the aroma and taste a bit. Not bad despite the fact that it was past its best by date. This had a very creamy, heavy mouthfeel and a nice drinkability as well...My first Youngs and it was quite nice!
Cheers!,
F.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2003 09:59:34 | More by francisweizen
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Presented as dark brown (almost black) and opaque. Luscious cocoa-colored head, fluffy and thick, with generous lacing throughout the tasting. Scents of malt and molasses. Taste similar to nose, with the addition of coffee undertones. Full, silky mouthfeel, but not at all chewy. Very refreshing and crisp finish; somewhat uncharacteristic of the style in which flavors tend to linger. Very drinkable oatmeal stout; definitely one of the better that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 21:39:43 | More by Jwale73
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Brent

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full bodied but does not weigh you down like a ton of bricks. The sweetness of the malt is well balanced. I usually think of an oatmeal stout as a beer for winter, but this is a good year-round brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2001 09:47:04 | More by Brent
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GClarkage

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5/27/05- Purchased at Bevmo in Redwood City, CA at a close out price of $3.99 for a 4 pack.

Presentation- 16.9oz nitro can with no dates. Poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black pour with a grayish-brown thick tight head. Light lacing left behind.

Smell- Fairly light scent. Mostly roasted malts and a bit of coffee/chocolate in the air.

Taste- Not even as thick as I thought it would be. The taste was fine. Deep roasted malts with an espresso-like coffee taste and maybe a touch of chocolate. Definite bitterness as well from the hops.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and slightly watery. Not that thick and creamy texture that I was expecting.

Drinkability- Nothing special, but will work fine to marintate pork ribs or something meat-like in overnight.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-30-2005 23:11:43 | More by GClarkage
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A two-finger tan head on top of a blackish beer and head left some lace patches. A sweet smell of roasted malts mixed with the oat, and a little coffee malt smell. This is one of the smoothest and creamiest oatmeal stouts I've had, and the taste is really packs a punch, also. It is a sweet taste, like chocolate or vanilla mixed with the oat malt and still just enough hops and roasted malts to give it a passing dry backbite. I could session this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 16:56:54 | More by clayrock81
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

Solidly good beer, but not exceptional. Pours nearly black with a medium, tan-colored head. Head quickly fades. It's well balanced with medium body. Roasted malts stand out in flavor, with hints of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2002 12:36:39 | More by Suds
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Vancer

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Welp, this one had great promise and started out fine: Ruby black pour, creamy tan head, cute lit’ laces all the way down the glass. Good aroma too, sweetish chocholate malts. Taste was a fooler : a somewhat dry/gritty quaff with a charcoal/toast kick – but not near enough malts for an Oaty.

Pretty thin bodied, although properly carbonated. I mean, it was fairly smooth and tasty, just not malty stout enough. The import price will send me back to some US made Oaty stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 13:30:06 | More by Vancer
Young's Oatmeal Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
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