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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,895 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1895
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%


Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolatey. Very, very nice. Wow. What a creamy mouthfeel. This is really an outstanding porter. I've had this before but never had this type of experience. (They were probably old beers in past.) Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body. What a treat. Great way to cap the night.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2002 23:10:08 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark,near opaque nature (deep chestnut brown with dark plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light). A one finger frothy dark khaki colored head sits atop with moderately lasting results before leveling to a thin sudsy covering leaving only a slight thin lacing around the glass edges.

S: a dark roasted coffee bean aroma with dried cherries, dark fruit and some bitter chocolate.

T: smooth with a well polished, but deep roasted coffee bean flavor with a dried creamer sweetness sneaking through. The coffee bitterness and earthy minerality (soil) truly highlight the rich nature of this drink. Some dried grapeskins, raisins and a faint dried creamer/chalkiness is found on the finish.

M: nice providing a light-medium viscosity, oily texture while leaving a dry earthy and roasted bitterness behind. The carbonation is soft while there was slight traces of dried coffee creamer/chalkiness left behind.

D: Really good drinkability, rich and dark with a fresh roasted coffee flavor that is sure to put this on the top of your list per style.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 23:15:39 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers : London Porter

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with amber hues.

SMELL: Roasted malt and toffee. Caramel.

TASTE: Nice caramelized malt flavor, a touch of peat like smoke. Dry English style noble hopping. Tea like hopping and toasty malts. Faint cocoa. Even balance.

FEEL: Medium bodied, good medium level of carbonation, lasting malty flavor with a suggestion of hop.

OVERALL: A classic beer. Maybe has lost a touch over the years, or it could be modern extreme beers stealing the spotlight, but there still is something to be said for simple, full flavored, modest ABV beers. I'd always be willing to include a few of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:20:23 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Generous light brown head disappeared rather quickly leaving a thin lace on top of the beer and on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very reminiscent of coffee, with strong roasted barley, dark malts and slight graininess. The roasted and dark malts shine through in the flavour, but are nicely balanced by bitterness. Hints of chocolate and molasses. Full bodied with a velvety smooth texture. The finish is dry and has the flavour of roasted malt grains, but without the astringency that often accompanies it. Definitely a world class porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 01:58:40 | More by DrJay
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a deep, dark brown with crimson / ruby highlights that emerge when held to the light. The color is deep, but the beer is not opaque. After a vigorous pour, the head stands in at nearly two inches thick, rising to the crest of the tulip glass. It gradually fades over a few minutes, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma grows stronger as the beer warms, but overall, it's the weakest aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Nice notes of chocolate and subtle roast aromas are the most prominent scents.

T: The beer tastes quite good. The beer leads off with a heavy chocolate flavor, followed by subtle coffee notes. The roast character is subtle, with extremely little hop presence in the finish. Overall, the flavor could be a bit more aggressive, or bolder. However, the beer is balanced very well and it's quite easy to drink and enjoy.

M: Carbonation level is great. The beer is light to medium bodied with alcohol presence virtually non-existent.

D: A solid example of the style. It's not my favorite porter, but I definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 01:51:42 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful site sitting in my glass this very deep garnet colored beer with a masterful head, the texture creamy with oodles of fine clinging lace to smother the glass. Impressive toasted grains dominate the nose, caramel, light earthy sweetness that I find quite appealing. Chocolate sweet start, the top middling, the finish has delectable hop spiciness, delightfully carbonated, droughty malt aftertaste that lingers lovingly on your satisfied palate. As you can see I think a lot of Fuller’s beers, and with Samuel Smith, make up my top two English Breweries. Personally quite a treat for us "Dark Lovers", when the "World" is turning to the "Light", I steadfastly clutch the “Darkness”.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2002 06:57:32 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA. Served cool poured into a half pint.
A - Deep coffee brown w/ a caramel highlight and 1/4 inch of light tan head. A minute amount of lace is observed.

S - Rich toffee and caramel w/ subtle coffee and chocolate notes w/ subtle fruit esters.

M - Medium w/ a sweet caramel edge. Mild carbonation and roasted notes.

T - A smooth ale yeast taste at the start w/ subtle sweet caramel and toffee flavors. The coffee-like roasted barley and dark malt flavor joins and stays for the duration. Slight vinous tastes w/ a hint of vanilla bounce in and out w/ a slight burned toast taste. Nuts and light brown sugar w/ a touch of chocolate rounds out the excellent flavor.

D - A great Porter - Rich, yet easy to drink many more than 2 at a time. This ale is a fine blend of malty flavors w/ subtle roast and char notes. Excellent tasting porter from the 1st sip to the last.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 14:54:01 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark brown with a nice frothy brown head.

Aroma: Thick and malty with a hint of coffee and caramel notes in the nose. There's even a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy with a nice mocha taste upfront. Roasted notes and caramel are also detectable. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Roasted coffee/caramel notes. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable porter in a can. Good example of the style. Easy to drink and easier to enjoy. I like it and might buy again.

Serving type: can

05-26-2008 16:26:36 | More by Brad007
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a somewhat small head and okay lacing. Looks like a porter should. The smell is of lightly toasted grain and some dry caramel malt. The taste is similar. Rounded, with dry malt characteristics, licorice, and slightly nutty. A semi sweet chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable, and an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 02:32:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before Feb 2012 so plenty of time to crush this one!

A nice simple creamy head of two fingers that seems to have some foamy character. Bubbles in the head are uneven, but also seem to slowly subside. Body is a nice brown walnut almost getting into black but not really.

Mild chocolate and cigarette nose of tobacco for this bouquet. Something else though is kind of a sour and funky grain smell. Sort of a mish mash of real nice and an off putting blast. I actually get a small sense of summer sausage on this (meaty).

Taste is weak bodied and virtually just a wet bodied roast character of malt. Papery... thin... giving to cheap tobacco notes and wet bodied malts. Borderline cola milk stout without even the sweetness on the finish.

Wow this is one of the top English Porters? Forget it, this makes me want more Olde Engine Oil.... Pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:19:16 | More by smakawhat
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light dark fruit, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, citrus, toast, and herbal. Good amount of citrus and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toast, cocoa, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol presence is invisible, with zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English porter! Great flavor robustness and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Simply outstanding. I can’t believe I haven’t had this before.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:01:01 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to just shy of black in color with some dark red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer with a single thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are strong aromas of coffee and dark roasted malts. Quite pleasant with a nice amount of complexity.

T: The taste is even more complex than the aroma and is very delicious. There are elements of coffee, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very tasty with excellent complexity in the smell and taste. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again. The beer is very easy to drink and could be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:17:43 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, pours a nice off-white/tan head, not much retention, but great lace.

S: Dark malt, chocolate, burnt caramel, a little spice (jaggery/treacle?), with a touch of British fruity esters.

T: Bittersweet, with the bitterness comming from the chocolate malt. Caramel, licorice, treacle, molases. Slight alcoholic warmth in the finish. A little fruitiness from the British yeast. Considerable depth of flavour.

M: Moderate body, light to moderate carbonation. Chalky after-taste.

D: Quite good, but it's a little bold for a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2005 00:44:03 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec20 2009

A deep cola in color with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S some sweet malt and a little coffee

T a little smokey with some chocolate much stronger then the smell and pretty tasty

M a little chewy with low carbonation

D good beer for this cold winter day and easy drinking

no reason not to drink this beer try it if you have a chance

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 23:12:21 | More by wordemupg
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as I hoped it would be. I hit the jackpot when Andy's North Campus here in Columbus sent an e-mail that they had cases of this for $11.99. Excellent roasted aroma with hints of chocolate. Rich, dark color with a thin head. Hearty coffee/chocolate flavor that neither dissipated nor overpowered. One of the best beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 07:34:35 | More by Dogbrick
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, subtle coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, subtle coffee, earth, and earth hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really enjoyed the cream aspect I got on this one as it really did a nice job of balancing out the subtle coffee bitterness I got on this one. The aroma on this one pretty much let you know what you were in for on the flavor. Decent example of the style that I would suggest to a new Porter drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 18:28:01 | More by thagr81us
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty and a sweet oatmeal malt. In the taste, roasty malt, sweet, and a small oatmeal presence. A smooth medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty oatmeal aftertaste. Almost like a oatmeal stout minus the hops, mellow and nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2009 00:25:07 | More by OWSLEY069
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown, thin tannish head that evaporated far to fast but leaves impressive sticky, spotty ink-blot lacing. Smell is deeply roasty/toasty malts with a slight burntness with notes of hazelnut, dark toffee, and coffee. Taste is a fair amount of roasted malts, burnt-like toast and coffee, a bit acidy in the middle into the end where a tiny little fruityness slips in, finishing with a hoppy mellow dryness that balances well. Feel is medium to thin in abundance, no real richness or heftyness to be found for my idea of a robust porter. Its a solid porter by many means and quite a good drinker, I was hoping for more though.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 17:32:09 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky aroma is a joy to invite into the nose with its quality coffee, licorice and molasses notes and hints of charred wood, yeast and - anchovies? Pours a rich, cool sable that is just a kitten’s whisker above midnight black with a thick and fine-bubbled, it not too persistent, buff head. Flavor does not disappoint - smoked wood, roast coffee and licorice dominate the flavor but let through hints of treacle and herbs. Full body has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet finish. I can see - er, make that taste - why this is a top rated Porter! Mud in your eyes!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 02:36:14 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a somewhat thick consistency. Not a lot of head. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma - typical of most British beers -with a mild malty quality.

T: Had a blend of malt, chocolate and a toasty aspect. A nicely done, underplayed taste.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a good example of a porter. It's a well made beer and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 14:23:36 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the 18.6 oz bottle, best by date of Feb 14, 2005 so....I'll try to get a fresher sample next time(Have had fresh samples before) and do an update if needed.

Pours extremely dark brown with a medium sized head that shrunk until there was only a fine layer on the top. The smell was all coffee and chocolate to me.

The taste was the same as the smell only reinforced. Lovely malty, chocolaty, coffee thing going on that made drinking this a real pleasure. Time doesn't seem to have hurt this one too much at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 23:00:03 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, clear where there's opacity with an opaque center. A dense two finger nitro head tops the dark body. The nose is subdued but pleasant; milk chocolate and nougat, burnt toast and light fruitiness. The taste is much bolder though still mellow, opening with a pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness, leading into a surprisingly dry, bitter and roasty fnish. Medium-bodied, nearly flat in the usual nitro-tap fashion but quite creamy. I put down a couple pints of this in less than an hour and could've gone for another, time permitting. One of my favorite English porters, I'd love to try this on hand pump some time.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-14-2009 05:26:37 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with what appears to be some decent clarity near the edges of the glass. Head is dark beige in color and has slightly below average retention and some lacing.

Nose is excellently porter-ish, with nutty and roasty malts leading the way with hints of toffee and coffee. Pretty big for a fairly low ABV and English style. Fuggles hops are mild and barely noticeable in the smell.

This porter is easy to drink and somewhat light-ish bodied, but still has a velvety, creamy, full-flavored texture. Great balance of sweet, roasty malts and toasty and hop bitterness. Just a touch of dark fruitiness enters the palate as the beer warms. Makes a great party sixer as it never gets boring and can easily be sipped (or gulped) all night. Fantastic, well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 02:27:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Best Before 04 JUN 12

A - Brief cascading results in a tall but short-lived tan head which drapes sheets of lace on the pint above the incredibly dark mahogany brown colored beer.

S - Fuller's London Porter has a rich chocolaty aroma to it that suggests a dark chocolate bar dusted with cocoa and perhaps, some coffee grounds. It's earthy and "old", London Porter has a subtle woody, musty-like aroma which really helps it out, keeping some balance going on.

T - Rich and dark, the flavor is a complex explosion that coats the tongue, requiring many more sips to fully grasp. Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the initial flavors, while earthy wood-like flavors follow closely with a nuttiness in tow. Sweeping in towards the end is a light but balancing caramel flavor which tops it off nicely.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, the moderate carbonation is almost ignored as this smooth beer glides over the tongue and down the throat with a lingering hard dryness and acrid bitterness from the roasted malt.

O - Roasted and robust, Fuller's London Porter is a chocolate and coffee-like flavored treat which all comes from the malt complexity, no added ingredients! It's full-bodied but at no point does it become thick or undrinkable and it's so bold in flavor, it's impressive the beer remains around 5% alcohol. Fuller's London Porter is a stellar beer for any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:29:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and a bit hazy with a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is mild yet very complex. It is dark, with burnt coffee and some hints of baker’s chocolate leading the way. Prune is about the only fruit I can get, but I really enjoy the classic roasted malts. They are done particularly well.

Taste – Ah, yes, done in the classic English style. The roasted malts, which are the highlight for me, come out beautifully. The coffee especially is very sophisticated. It has a tinge of Turkish coffee flavor to it. The chocolate is soft and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is the Porter’s strong point, IMO. This is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. It is almost medium-bodied. The varying sensations in the mouth are nearly seamless.

Drinkability – Could this be more drinkable than it already is? No, I think not.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 02:02:26 | More by RoyalT
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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