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Tröegs Java Head Stout - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Java Head StoutTröegs Java Head Stout

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very good

1,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 1597
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 08-25-2009)
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Photo of PHBoiler


3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a jet black body with a thin chocolate brown head. Expected a little more head but no issue here. The coffee isn't overpowering. I had to agitate the beer to produce a fuller nose. The taste gives you some iight espresso but the body is fairly thin. This drinks much more like a coffee ale bordering on a porter. Solid flavor but not exactly what the bottle describes.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 14:43:42 | More by PHBoiler
Photo of BEERchitect


3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Let's see... I have oats, I've got coffee and I've got maple flavor. Who says beer isn't for breakfast?

Like many stouts, Java Head pours with an opaque dark brown hue and topped with a creamy light brown head. But amazing lacing is intricate and emboldened as it coats the glass with random patterns. Also, its yeasty sediments are a little overdone as their flakes settle to the bottom of the glass.

Bold roast coffee aromas are just shy of espresso, as the roasted barley, burnt caramel, and tangy malty twinge rise to greet the nose. The coffee scent is a standout, however the beer balances beautifully with supporting oatmeal and a berry-like tartness.

Its mid-intense taste is lead by coffee with the dark french roast-type of earthy and smoky character. Burnt grains, burnt marshmallows and roasted walnuts all come to mind as the coffee and malt intermingle. Before the beer dives into its bitter-burnt finish, that light tangy citrus and yogurt-like center is sweetish and bready. Its late fade includes a woodish burnt pine character.

Full bodied, but not absurdly so, the beer's silky oatmeal character gets a creamy lift from carbonation for a rich and smooth texture to balance out the roast bitterness and astringency. Warm and lightly spicy, the ale lingers with extended roast taste and texture.

Java Head hits the ground running with a bold and drinkable blend. Its rich and bright and gives a level of spunk to beer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 05:36:07 | More by BEERchitect
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North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a FW tulip. 7/10/13 bottling date.

Pours an opaque black with a half inch beige head. Malty aroma, but i dont pick up any chocolate or coffee notes. A bit weak. Taste though is very smooth and delicious. Pretty big beer for 7.5% ABV, bordering on syrupy but that isnt a bad thing. Coffee is faint but definitely there. I get some chocolately malts as well. Easy drinking too. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a very enjoyable coffee stout that I'd drink regularly.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:29:25 | More by Axnjxn
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: pours dark black, with some dark purple/ruby red light at the bottom of the glass. large 3 finger tan head - pretty smooth

s: dark sweet roasted malts, somethign grassy/grainy, dark baking chocolate, smooth coffee, something almost oaky and creamy

t: milk chocolate and coffee beans up front, dark sweet fruit, cream, toasted malts, slight sweet berry flavor. all the flavors in this are incredibly smooth. only a hint of bitterness from the coffee beans

m: fuller side of medium. it had a large head, but doesn't feel overly carbonated

o: kind of surprised - after trying this i think it should be rated higher than it is. it IS true that the coffee flavors could be a bit more pronounced, but its a real nice combination of roasty and sweet. drinks smooth and warms you nicely. thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 05:30:30 | More by hopsputin
Photo of Hopscat


4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with date 2-21-13 so not exactly fresh. Pour to stemless wine glass. Smallish tan head settles with nice ring of tight bubbles, dark brown body with some light seeping thru the sides- nice looking stout.
S- nice roasted coffee , with impressive - vanilla- toffee like notes as well. The age on this blunted the hoppy aroma , IMO but it smells delicious anyway.
T- taste follows the coffee well, just bursting with it and chocolate and vanilla following on top. Not at all bitter and the hops are really pushed to the background. Maybe the age again. Slight warming on the finish but the abv is not real evident- this is real easy drinking.
M- oily- medium body, creamy and really good. This is one of my favorite stouts so far, with limited experience.
Overall I heartily recommend. I'm going to try a fresher bottle to see if the hops are noticeable. Definitely a good one from Troegs

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 17:05:34 | More by Hopscat
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4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at the dive bar.

A -Poured into a tulip a nice deep dark brown black hue with a good two finger mocha head that fades to leave sticky lacing and a thin mocha blanket.

S - Aromas of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, mmm coffee. Some nice oats too.

T - Taste is nice coffee, oats, chocolate, roast malts. Mm, quite nice. Coffee isn't too strong but it is nicely vibrant and oat creamy goodness.

M - Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth, nice light bitterness. Quiet good.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer, nice coffee, chocolate, and oats. Straightforward and well executed.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 01:46:32 | More by rudzud
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Troegs Brewery tasting room.

Brought to the table in a tall pint glass. Looked excellent, black with flashes of brown body, 1" or so caramel head. Lacing was good and maintained throughout,

Aroma was mostly coffee and malt.

Taste was just beautiful, coffee coming through nice and strong without being overpowering, slightly sweet malty tones.

Mouth was delicious, a little above medium, good burn toward the back of the mouth.

Overall, a beer I have had many times via the bottle, first time from the tap. To be honest, didn't feel much of a difference betweeen the two. A great coffee stout, certainly one I would recommend and have again. Readily available in this part of PA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 00:43:54 | More by MikeWard
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An old favorite from beginning craft days, haven't had one in so long I had forgotten how good this is. Looks like a stout, they're all good. Darkest brown to black, good head, beautiful lace. Nice aroma of mild roast coffee, mild bitter. Big coffee taste with a nice grapefruit, bitter orange hoppy blast. Mouthfeel oily and slick, finishes dry with that great bitter hop aftertaste. I had that Stone Dayman coffee IPA this year, guess what, this has been around and is just as good.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 21:12:11 | More by RacerX5k
Photo of Omnium


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Poured a brown/black color, nice 1.5 finger head with a nice caramel color, some wide lacing.
S - Roasted malts, coffee beans, some nice earthy hop aroma, a little burnt toast, some other bread qualities.
T - Big bitter coffee flavor all through this, a surprisingly nice hop balance though, which is welcomed, a touch of smokey roasted malt, some toffee sweetness on the end. But the coffee lasts forever, love it!
M - Thick, rich, a little chewy and sticky, full bodied is the game here.
O - Excellent coffee stout from Troegs, this is a bigger take on the style, but the balance of hops is what I like best here, though this isnt for the feint beer drinker, its bold.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 01:17:32 | More by Omnium
Photo of BWED


3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Libbey craft beer pint (which I really enjoy) from a 12 oz. bottle

A- Deep deep brown with a pretty creamy 1/2" light brown head. Nice rings of lacing.

S- Coffee, and a bit of sweetened cocoa.

T- Coffee and toasty sugar. A slight bitter taste.

M- Fully body and creamy, very smooth with just a bit of a bitter finish.

O- This is pretty good. I'm not too keen on coffee stouts, because I feel like there is a way to achieve a coffee character without actually using coffee. However, the coffee is a good complement and does not overpower the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 12:53:49 | More by BWED
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New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head of foam that fell slowly to coat the glass with thick lace. Nose is simple, uncluttered and mild. Bittersweet chocolate with the coffee behind that. Roasted malt, dark fruit. The hops are subtle but they bring a touch of earth and floral and make the nose bright. I smell a little lemon but no oats. The taste is burnt, chocolate, the coffee steps up and emboldens the flavor of the malt. Body is thinner than it looks. The palate is beautiful simplicity like the nose and as it warms everything gains in flavor but not in intensity. Extremely well done. The drink is creamy and rich. Finishes dry, a little oily with some bitter and smoke and more coffee. This was my first stout and Troegs has won me over completely. This was a stately, pleasing stout. Undeniably delicious and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 08:51:12 | More by utopiajane
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4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I poured this beer into a tulip glass at a fairly cool temperature so I let it cool down a bit. The beer poured jet black and clear with a full three finger head that receded to a full ring and thin cap which leaves and interesting "hands across America" lacing pattern that falls to polka dots. WE-EARED!

The aroma is pretty typical of a sweet stout. Roasted malts take the forefront being sweet and leading to cocoa, vanilla and oat biscuity notes.

The flavour is dominated by roasted malts starting off sweet and then instantly moving towards a coffee bitterness topped with hints of vanilla cream. The sweetness fades really fast after the vanilla smoothness and the beer finishes amazingly dry. It's an obvious transition. If this were a musical piece it would be quite a work of art. If I get any hops they are more towards the end after the roasted bitterness and a bit earthy. It also ends slightly peppery. The high alcohol content is hidden well.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium to full bitter and dry with a quick interlude of sweet somewhere in the beginning of the sip. There is also a bit of a film on my tongue, but not overly so. The carbonation is playfully moderate starting off playful then mellowing. It's a pretty cool transition just as is the sweet to dry thang that it has going on.

Overall I find this beer really super interesting in the transitions that it goes through! I did find it a little on the roasted bitter side and not as balanced as I had thought. I also thought it was just a little thinner in body. These things don't really detract from the beer, but may not fit the style 100%. But you know, craft beer is all about creativity and this is a VERY creative beer! There are no off flavours, etc... It's getting a solid 4 or better from me! I bet this beer is incredible on tap and would get higher scores!

If you love your beer, leave it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Get out there and play the field! It's a mighty big field and "free love" is what craft beer is all about!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 01:20:59 | More by WissBrauSean
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2.41/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

I received this bottle about a month ago from a friend who is always tring to unload Pennsylvania beers on me....
Poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass while I was keeping to dog from eating the cat...'s food Yeah she was trying to eat the cat's food....6 inches of thick beige ish foam that is proving wonderful at making Beer moustaches on a blacker than my soul base!

It smells like packed away laundry...it has a slight floral note under a smack in the nose of must and maybe a hint of cedar chest
This beer has no real flavor if you don't practically gargle with it and then all it does is burn the skin off of your uvula....Then after you swallow the party is basically over....unless you are in to a burning uvula and you go back for more. It has some strong bitterness then just a really acidic end with no after taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:40:33 | More by PumaSaysRawrr
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hard pour from a 12 oz bottle after I gave it a little shake

A: Nice, blackish-brown color almost opaque with a creamy head that faded fairly quickly

S: Bittersweet chocolate, slightly earthy- the coffee scent is fairly subdued

T:Earthy, spicy, slightly bittersweet in between a chocolate stout and a milk stout

M: Very smooth, moderate carbonation, not to filling

O: Very good, The actual coffee taste was well balanced, not overly bitter

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 16:38:20 | More by mikejseal
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured aggressively into a pint glass.

A. Black with a 1 to 2 finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

S. Coffee, little chocolate and hints of molasses.

T. Coffee/mocha flavors dominate. Reminds me of bitter/sweet chocolate with coffee infused in the taste. Very good. The malts and coffee total hind the alcohol as I get no alcohol taste in this brew.

M. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Fairly dry overall.

O. I really did not know what to expect. I am a big fan of Founders Breakfast Stout. This stands up pretty well to Founders, although different. I would recommend this to any stout or beer lover that likes coffee.
Funny thing is that I am not a coffee drinker because I don't like hot drinks, but coffee stouts are among my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:04:20 | More by keith_wayne
Photo of stooge


3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- dark brown with a healthy light brown, lacy head

S- pleasant nose, hints of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt present

T- smooth with mild vanilla and toffee flavors at first, followed by intense bitter roasted coffee and chocolate flavors on the back end. Pleasant while on the tongue, but overwhelmed by the bitter aftertaste, which reminds me of bittersweet chocolate.

M- Very dry, a bit thin for a stout, but a nice balance and appropriate low carbonation for the style

O- Solid but unspectacular, tastes wonderful until the bitter chocolate aftertaste overpowers the initial flavors. A bit disappointing, as I prefer stouts and porters. This is very dry and bitter. I enjoyed it, but it fell short of my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 04:46:59 | More by stooge
Photo of NODAK


2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is a fairly aggressive mix of roasted and burnt malts with perhaps just a hint of coffee. But for a coffee stout, definitely not too heavy on the coffee. More like a dry stout.

Taste has quite a roasted malt character to it, a bit burnt perhaps with a small bitterness on the finish. Coffee is very light. Most coffee stouts that I've had pack way more of a coffee punch than this. As it is, it comes across more like an ordinary stout to me. Those aren't really my favorite style so that's a letdown to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 02:45:14 | More by NODAK
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District of Columbia

2.98/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 1/15/13. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours slightly viscous black and opaque with a one-finger rocky brown/khaki head. Nice lacing.

A - Coffee is predominant. Slight sweetness. Could not pick-up the citrus notes the brewer calls out on the label.

T - Coffee, some burnt bitterness and some hop bitterness upfront, in the middle and in the finish.

MF - Astringent, sharp, not smooth like a typical oatmeal stout.

O - Not sure I would classify this as an oatmeal stout as it is missing some of the sweetness and all of the smoothness expected from the style. I guess the whole flower hops really alter the typical taste profile. The burnt bitterness and the hoppy bitterness do not work for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:33:12 | More by Sludgeman
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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a #3 Troegs Anthology Sampler Case with Java Head in it. Poured into a Corsendonk Tulip Glass.
A--Appears an opaque deep brown color with over an inch of dense, creamy dark foam.
S--Freshly roasted coffee beans, molasses,
T--Coffee, the molasses, hops, bittersweet chocolate, nice roastiness, some dark bread notes and a sweet citrus. The more I think about it, it tastes like a melted dark chocolate orange (that are around for the holidays) over oatmeal with a coffee chaser--Delicious!
M--the stout has just about a nice medium body and is amply carbonated.

My brother has been raving about this one for some time and I am very surprised about how good this stout is. I guess I should listen to my brother more (at least about beer). Another great beer from Troegs!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 12:50:25 | More by csrbv
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3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this from Stormking47, cheers Josh!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Super head retention & good lacing

S: Ever so faint roastyness, & some mocha

T: Roasty, coffee & chocolate up front. More roastyness as this warms, then coffee, dryness & a touch of woody hops, slight booze warming & a touch of baker's chocolate. Finishes dry, roasty with cocoa

MF: Fairly thick with slight carbonation, grew warming as it warmed up

No much nose to this, but otherwise a solid coffee stout

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 04:25:37 | More by russpowell
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2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice dark brew with a thick tan head. Hop aroma up front, lots of fruit and maybe a little bit of pine. Malt leans to the sweeter side, not much roast - more like chocolate.

First sip brings lots of hop flavor. Big dose of fruit goes down hard against the backdrop of roasted grains. Hop bitterness mixes with roasted grain bitterness. Flavors clash. Can't find the coffee in here either.

Body has too much carbonation by far, almost spritzy with carbonic acid aftertaste. Finishes with a nice dryness that stretches out the roasted grain flavor, still carries fruitiness on the palate though.

Not very good balance in this beer. I don't understand the fruitiness - whether from yeast esters or aggressive american hops it just doesn't belong in my coffee oatmeal stout. Too much carbonation as well makes the aftertaste unpleasant and punishes each sip instead of inviting another.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 15:59:41 | More by neophilus
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3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours stark black with a frothy mocha head. Two fingers high with good retention. Nice rings of lacing.

Coffee forward some roast and charcoal. Hops of this one are prevalent and floral with some uplifting citrus. Sweetness balances perfectly with the floral and bright nature of the hops.

Charred malt that leaves a slight acidic quality. Coffee grounds and a mild toffee sweetness with dark pitted fruit. Hops are dank and earthy with a creeping bitterness.

Average body with a creamy texture that is still well carbonated. Bitterness allows this beer to dry very well once the acidity of the charred malt begins to fade. Alcohol is well hidden too.

This beer grows on you. Well balanced stout, equally displays hops with coffee, good complexity. Could use less roasted malt and more crystal malt sweetness. Overall very pleasant and one of the better oatmeal stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 02:11:58 | More by rawfish
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4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a near pitch black with 1.5 fingers of tan head that has very nice retention and good lacing

S: Roasted malts, coffee, anise, dark chocolate, and earthy hops

T: Follows the nose. Very roasty and coffee forward, with good hints of cocoa, earthy hops, and anise. Alcohol not noticeable

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy

O: A great oatmeal stout with a very coffee-forward approach. I'd say this one stands up there with the better coffee oatmeal stouts such as FBS or WnB. Definitely an underdog in the category, most likely due to the fact that it isn't labeled as an Imperial

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 04:05:19 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic pont glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thon layer and left super awesome lacing on the glass. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet and bready oats, and vanilla.

Taste: roasted coffee and bitterness dominate all the other flavors mentioned in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, easy to drink, and a little bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall: Pretty standard oatmeal stout. The oats seemed to have gotten lost in the roasted notes. Still a good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 07:39:25 | More by Flounder57
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3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Java Head Stout pours black into the glass with a medium sized, creamy tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly leaving behind a coating of lace on the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some dark fruit and a touch of pine.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and a little oily with light carbonation. The flavor has lots of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and a little pine at the end. It finishes dry and once gone the chocolate and coffee lingers on the palate.

The flavor comes out as the beer warms, especially the coffee. It's a tasty stout with a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:20:01 | More by WanderingFool
Tröegs Java Head Stout from Tröegs Brewing Company
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