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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 169
Gots: 97 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a medium red with a quarter inch of white head. Smells mildly of caramel and malt. A pretty mild aroma, though--I had to really snort to smell anything. Tasted a malt, caramel, cinnamon, with an overall slightly sweet aftertaste. A great flavor. Carbonation was just right, and the 8% ABV was barely noticeable. I'm not really sure what a stock ale is, but this is a fine beer whatever the category.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 05:47:06 | More by PhxHorn
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3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber orangish color with a one finger head. The smell is of roasted malt and citrus hops, there is also a hint of fruit smell involved, deep fruits like plums or cherries. The taste is of bitter citrus hops up front overtop of a roasted malt backbone. The mouthfeel is of moderated carbonation. Overall it is a good drinkable beer, the alcohol is hidden well beneath the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:31:04 | More by goblue3509
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I start, I have to say that Murnau's Nosferatu is one of my favorite movies, so when I saw the cover of this beer way back when, I knew I needed to try it at some point along the line. Anyway, it pours a dark rosy color, with a little less than a finger of white heading. The head does seem to stick around for a while too. In the nose I get some maple syrup, roasted grains, toast and honey. Flavor has many of the components of the smell, however there is a more bitter hop taste going on here that almost comes across as burnt. The texture of this beer is medium, but rich in complexity. Although this is an older bottle, (best enjoyed by November of last year) it seems to have stood the test of time pretty well. Still, I would love to try a fresh bottle, and compare. This beer is a definite winner for me. I am almost inspired to throw on the Nosferatu DVD right now. Cheers to Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 03:16:51 | More by jamie2dope
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the Market Basket in Brookfield, WI. Pours a dark amber body with an orange tinted off-white head. Aroma of beet sugar and sweet hops. Full bodied with brown sugar sweetness that leads to a hoppy dry finish. Great drinkability, I always want a second when I finish the first one.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 18:25:29 | More by blackearth
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3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to another BA who sent me this.
Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of white head that settled to a lace. The body color of the brew was a wonderful burgandy red.

The aroma reminded me of a barleywine in a lot of ways. There is a great sweetness followed by some light hops. The flavor is more of the same but I no alcohol showing up considering it an 8%brew. I got some nice sweet caramel with a light citrus bite. The feel in my mouth was great nice and smooth with a light carbonation

A good brew nothing over the top about it but worth the drink. I easily finished this bottle as was wanting for more

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 20:42:43 | More by joepais
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed deep crimson color with at least an inch of creamy, lingering rust colored foam. Aroma and flavor consists of dominant grapefruit notes (both red and white), peel, pith, and all, followed by spicy sweet caramelized malts and medium toasted grains, more citrus and malt. Syrupy mouthfeel, bitter all the way into the finish. A modern classic of the style maybe?

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 03:22:44 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PBRStreetgang for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The ale is an amber color, showing off darker red-orange hues until light is shone through it. A half a finger of head is busy lacing around the mouth of the glass.

S: This strong ale has the intoxicating nose of a barleywine, heavy with caramel malts and citrusy hops. Quite a wallop packed in this one.

T: The strong ale has a flavor spectrum that runs all over the place. The sharp hops are evident early, bitter with citrus. Heavy malts are fast on the tail of the hops with a caramel syrup thickness. Fruits linger on the palate as the hops transition to malts. Late in the sip, grassy hops emerge, bringing the ale back to the beginning.

M: The strong ale doesn't skimp on flavor or depth. Alcohol isn't upfront, although it is just below the surface.

D: I like where the taste profile is at with several months under the beer's belt. I wouldn't mind a fresh one, if only to taste the bite of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:15:45 | More by akorsak
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a seidel.

Pours a clear copper color with a half-inch head that lasted for a decent amount of time. Fairly good lacing.

Big-time malty aroma. I think I'm gonna enjoy this one. Also picking up some caramel/toffee and definitely some fruits as well (grapefruit, maybe a faint hint of apple). Reminds me of a candy store. As I was waiting for it to warm up I took another whiff and possibly detected some grassy/leafy aromas.

Taste is delicious, although it was a little more hoppy and bitter than I was expecting. Grassy and leafy floral hops somewhat overpower the caramel/toffee and grapefruit smell (but these are still present and oh-so-wonderful). I seem to be tasting some orange flavors that wasn't present in the smell.

Fairly thick mouthfeel. Carbonation keeps it smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 00:17:06 | More by NeutroMan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with an inch of thick tan foam. Nose is very malty with some big apple notes. Thick malty flavour on this one and a solid hop on the back end. There's some fruit and some coffee in this as well. Nothing stands out for this one, but is solidly drinkable. Smooth body, moderate carbonation. Didn't realize how strong this was until I finished and examined the bottle. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 15:46:05 | More by allergictomacros
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3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a reddish copper color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is huge in this beer - I can smell it from a foot away. The beer comes across as very sweet and malty, with underlying honey dew melon, cherry cough drop and vaniall. On the palate the beer is not quite as attractive, as there is some noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. Also, this beer is a bit sweeter then I like, which only heightens the noticeable alcohol in this beer. Still, this is a pretty nice beer, with a medium mouthfeel and a decently long finish. Drinkability is not this beer's strong suit; it's a bit heavy on the palate, which I'm sure is partially due to the sweetness and noticeable alcohol.

A good solid beer and one I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. I had a couple of bottles, and thought it might improve with some bottle age. Have held this one back for around 6 months now, but can't say it's changed appreciably. Oh well...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 13:23:35 | More by John_M
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up last month but noticed today the best before date 11/27/08 on opening. Higher ABV usually means longer storage capability, so I wasn't too worried about that. Red with a tan head, quickly receded to a thin wispy veil that covered most of the surface. The carbonation appeared quite low but a swirl quickly regenerated head and that was for the duration of the glass, impressive. Thin ring and minimal lace, but for the swirl. Earthy smell reeks of alcohol, corn mash, barley, caramel. Hops are yet apparent, high bitterness with a dryness, boozy but balanced. Warmth is unmistakable and the stronger alcohol puts me off a bit but behind that is a well balanced hop-malt bill that makes it all work rather well. This one was five months overdue, according to the brewery label, I'd love to try it again fresh. Also a pretty cool label, just don't store these near garlic.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 01:47:45 | More by ThatWineGuy
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Yetiman420 for this tasty ale, thanks Chris. 12oz. brown longneck pours a deep coppery-red with a sturdy 1/2" light tan head. Good clarity and carbonation.

A nice rich malty malt nose upfront with some tame leafy hop notes in the background. Some mild honey sweetness and earth as well.

Very malty intro with some caramel and malted milk filling the mouth. Long and lingering, the malt eventually gives way to a grassy green hop bittering finish. Mostly malt driven but with a solid balance none the less. The alcohol is really is well masked...certainly doesn't seem like 8.0% by vol. Kind of reminds me of North Coast's Old Stock Ale.

Full body with perfect carbonation and the alcohol holding back...this stuff is highly drinkable and I like it. A solid ale with some strength.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 18:00:27 | More by scottoale
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-amber body with an inch of frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Fragrant mix of caramel-coated, oven-toasted biscuits, cut grasses, grapefruit, pepper. A bit sweet-smelling, a bit spicy, a bit citrusy. Nice!

Taste: Toasted biscuit maltiness with just a faint touch of dry caramel and even lesser hint of sweetness. Grassy, leafy hop character drizzled with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice. Medium-high bitterness alongside a pinch of white pepper. Finishes dry with a bitterness that lingers on into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very slight oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Reminds me a bit of our local Terrapin Big Hoppy Monster. A fine beer to pair with the F. W. Murnau film, which I do own, I'll admit, but I opted instead to set it against tonight's Colbert Report. A fair base of malts with plenty of hops and bitterness (and alcohol), yet it still remains easily drinkable -- good job as always, Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:18:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a ton of fast-rising tan foam, about an inch and a half at the end of the pour. My pint glass is filled to the brim. Dissipates relatively quickly leaving considerable amounts of lacing behind. The color is a dark amber red; not cloudy.

The aroma is rich; very strong sweet caramel, toffee and cocoa attributes. Smells delicious!

The taste is very hoppy and bitter up front, with deep floral and fruit (candied pear with a bit of fresh blackberries and grapefruit) notes, mmm! This might be one of the best examples of floral hops flavor that I have ever tasted in a beer. However, delicious caramel, toffee and nutty malt flavors are not to be outdone. One thing's for sure, there is no lack of flavor in this beer; very complex flavor. The predominant flavors for me are floral and caramel, and they complement each other very well. Nosferatu should be bitter enough to satisfy any hophead. Nice creamy, chewy mouthfeel with good carbonation. The drinkability is better than most beers with this ABV. No sign of alcohol in the flavor.

This is one tasty, tasty brew. I drank one of these about a year ago without knowing what it was beforehand and I was very impressed then. It remains one of my all time favorite beers and definitely my favorite from Great Lakes, which is a fantastic brewery in general, if you ask me. I love this beer and can't wait for my next!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:54:51 | More by sarahspat
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a dark hazy brown, with light head and little lacing.

Smells like deep fruits, and some sweetness also. A little bit grainy as well.

Taste is very wooden. Some fruits as well in there, primarily some grape or plum flavor, but its not heavy nor is it pronounced.

Mouthfeel is light, bubbly, and goes down smoothly. Leaves behind a little bit of a coating of hop residue.

Very drinkable beer, nice and light and flavorful, which makes it a delight to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 00:58:31 | More by tittymcj
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle, poured to a snifter. Not sure what to make of the note/stamp: 'for freshest taste, please enjoy by: 11/16/08'...we'll see what a few months age does. Thanks to Chris/Yetiman420 for sending recently.

A: Pours a tawny chestnut, but shows a deep ruby/cherry when held to light. A fine, almost imperceptible, silty haze is cut by lazy random bubbles, slowly creeping streams up the sides. Head crests at less than a finger: a creamy light khaki that falls to sticky ring and papery film, interrupted by a few bubble clusters. Very fine lace, a tightly-knit webbing.

S: Poured a little cold, didn't get much aroma at first. As it warmed a dirty/pungent hopping crept in, enveloping a fruit-candy sweetness. As it grows warmer still, the fruit aromas (dark berries) and woody tang make a move.

T: Strapping jolt of bitterness: earthy and pithy hops and a rich, almost dark chocolate/coffee bean roast. Chewy toffee, ripe berries, zesty orange and a grape/raisin-like vinous sweetness. A little nutty/grainy sugar-smack, too.

M: Not quite velvety, but certainly a cream-like consistency. Feel is smooth, but with a short-lived bittering and a finish that hints at malt-sweet stickiness, without ever really crossing the line. Medium body, bordering on something thicker, more syrupy. Alcohol warms a little but doesn't dominate. Just gets better and better as it warms.

D: It's a good beer, deep flavors, well-crafted. Doesn't entirely fit with my taste leanings, but that's ok. My second bottle (had once before - a year or so ago, didn't review), would have a third. Next time I should have one in the fall, right after release, just to compare.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 03:31:20 | More by msubulldog25
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single purchased for me by a friend from Jungle Jim's in Ohio. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with amber tints. It has a two finger thick head that settles down to about half an inch. It leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S: A very rich aroma that is dominated by an intense caramel malt flavor. There is a bit of a fruity hop aroma mixed in with it. Very interesting but nothing out of the ordinary.

T: A nice rich caramel malt flavor matches the nose. There is nice dark fruit flavors mixed in with the malt flavor. I am not really picking up much in the way of hop flavor, but the flavor is balanced in the finish so there must be a decent amount of hops since the initial flavor is so sweet.

M: This one is nice and thick. Almost syrup like. The carbonation helps to make it creamy smooth.

D: For the style and ABV this one goes down easier than I expected. A little more hops would have helped balance this one out from being quite as sweet. That would have helped the drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 03:03:35 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an 8 oz snifter. Best by date: 12/22/08, putting this one a few months past. Aside from its high IBUs, this ale seems to have a lot in common with Old Ales (rich malt flavor, relatively sweet/high final gravity). Since one of the desirable characteristics in Old Ales is an oxidized, aged character, I'll try to hold on to a few of these past-dated bottles for when next year's batch comes out in order to do a side-by-side tasting.

A - Dark amber, with a very light white head that dissipates quickly. Slightly cloudy.

S - Grapes and almost apple-cider smells up front, along with raisin and portlike notes. Some malty sweet notes as well. Very little hop aroma. There's a lot of complexity here.

T - Very sweet and very bitter at the same time. Tastes of sweet raisin/apple up front. Finishes bitter, with citrus hop bite. The bitterness is enough of a wallop to keep it from becoming overly syrupy sweet.

M - Heavy bodied and syrupy. Low carbonation. Definitely a heavy beer that's best suite for sipping.

D - A good sipping. I've had a couple of these in a sitting, but it's very rich, very bitter, and has an 8% ABV. As far as sipping goes, it's top notch: very complex and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:40:04 | More by spokeydonkey
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My store recently started carrying Great Lakes brews, this one piqued my interest.

Poured a beautiful red with a finger of tan frothy head. Head retention is weak, lacing is minor.

Smells of sweet malt and dry hop with a bit of mild sweet spiciness in the back.

Taste is very balanced. Smooth slightly sweet biscuity malt up front, some mid body light spice, and a dry hop finish. The hop isn't as strong as I thought it would be but it's very good.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied and smooth, carbonation is moderate and the beer is very balanced.

Drinkability is good. The flavor can be a bit strong after a bottle, and as such I wouldn't reccomend it for sessions. Otherwise, throw this back with a nice barbecue dinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 23:32:37 | More by LumpyGuitar
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3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nosferatu will bite you on the neck and damn your soul for all eternity. He will not let up. His hop bite is strong from start to finish. The color is blood red. You won't see your reflection in his thick creamy head. The smell is earthy not unlike a cold dark crypt in Transylvania. Give this creature of the night a shot next time you see him.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 04:00:52 | More by pumarocks
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured into snifter...a clear reddish-copper amber w/nice 1/2-finger off-white head, and good lacing.

S-Citrus hops dominate, light rustic earthiness, faint floral hops, rich sweet malt, caramel, toast, and faint esters.

T-Sweet malt w/rich, full toasty character. Grapefruit rind takes over and dominates into the finish. There is also a slight smokiness.

M-Rich and supple mouthfeel w/mild but ample carbonation. Balance tips toward the hops, but the overall experience is harmonious.

D-Pleasant and warming. A satisfying, clean ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 05:53:44 | More by BoitSansSoif
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, clear copper with a huge rocky tan head that shows great staying power and leaves lots of lacing.

Aroma has an interesting mix of the citrus and floral hops and a huge heavy caramel malt base with lots of dark fruits and molasses. Some vanilla as well.

The taste has the same citrus hops up front with some grapefruit before the big sweet caramel malt base takes over. The finish swings back in the hop direction with a prickly bitterness.

The mouthfeel is sticky sweet, smooth and velvety. Soft carbonation is present but not overdone.

A very nice beer with lots of complexity but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 01:28:54 | More by gford217
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 12oz thanks to Seth at BP-Clough in Cincy.

Poured a dark amber with large off-white head that lasted with good lacing. Good aroma of brown sugar. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Complex flavor of hops and malt with a small bitter finish.

Another very good brew from GREAT LAKES.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 16:07:55 | More by tmoneyba
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4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogony red with a nice receding head that leaves webs of lace. Bottle says best by 11/16/08, hops may be a bit muted as a result.

Aroma is light hops and roasty malt. A sweetness is there that make this aroma somewhat candy like.

Taste is roasted malt upfront with a hops flavor that is surprisingly FRESH. This is weird, the last beer I had with hops that had this fresh of a flavor was Ale Asylum Hopaliscious on tap, at the brewery. Only hop flavor that I can describe as grapefruit, which a lot of reviewers do. This flavor is really well done. Hops and malt in perfect harmony, the malt is roasty and a bit smokey, with a perfect roast, this is well done. I am enjoying every quaff.

Mouthfeel is medium and perfect for a strong ale.

I would seek out and buy this again, glad I have three more.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 19:08:15 | More by wheatyweiss
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3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. Darker brown with some head. Tightly carbonated, looks like a heavy hitter.

s. Strong hop aromas fill the room, also some fruity esters.

T. Very bitter grapefruit hops steal this show. A light malt backing provides some smoothness, light whiskey barrel also apparent in taste.

m. Medium bodied and smooth,.

D. Pretty good for an ale of such strength. More bitter than anticipated. A bit more roasted malt flavor could do to balance this, also more some brown sugar too?

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:43:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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