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Hickory Stick Stout - Olde Hickory Brewery

Hickory Stick StoutHickory Stick Stout

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BA SCORE
83
good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%


Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: veech on 09-23-2006)
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark cola with very little cocoa head

very rich, full of toffee and caramel. light roasted malts.

very roasted through out. a nice subtle burnt charcoal flavor. light richness through out. a bit of burnt wood. a hint of citrus.

body is a bit thin but the carbonation is nice.

for the low ABV and big flavor, this is pretty good. i would love to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 00:05:34 | More by hooliganlife
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber received as an extra from CarolinaKevin. The bottle is marked with a "best by" date of April 2011, and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Hickory Stick Stout pours a less intimidating shade of black, with about two and a half fingers of light tan foam capping it. The head shows some, but not a ton of endurance, and does leave behind a fairly nice amount of lacing. The nose isn't super appealing, fairly heavy on acrid roasty notes with just a bit of citrus kicking around as well. The malt profile acquits itself somewhat better on my palate as both coffee and dark chocolate show up (definitely more coffee than chocolate). Roast is still the malt flavor of the day though, but a subtle citrusy hop flourish does close things on a positive note. The body carries an appropriately middling amount of heft for a malt forward beer of relatively restrained size. Similarly, carbonation is adequate enough to highlight the Cascade hops used, while still letting the malt be the center of attention. Hickory Stick stout is a pretty solid beer that I'd like a bit more if they'd ease back on the throttle for the black patent malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 05:37:09 | More by axeman9182
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joepais

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbros for this sending this wonderful brew along to me as an extra. Split the bottle three ways into ½ pint glasses it produced a good finger worth of tan head that settled to a thin lace across the top but was quickly revived by a swirl . The body was a typical black stout color .

I will have to rely on some help for the aroma because of a stuffy nose I got some nice roast notes so I take it that it was strong with a light hop background that is were the help came in

The flavor was roast forward as well with a nice dry bitter in the end. It was a little light in the mouth feel I would say towards the light side of medium but it had good carbonation for a bottled stout.

It was easy to drink. I wanted for more, so the brew is fine on the drinkability scale. A good local dry stout one to be proud of

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 23:42:54 | More by joepais
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on cask at steel string brewery in carrboro.

this version was infused with centennial hops.

pours a dark brown with a beautiful beige head. slight cocoa on the nose as well as hops. taste is extremely pleasant. tad of chocolate and cocoa with a good mixture of hops, but without the bitterness of an IPA. lighter side of medium bodied with light carbonation. but, this actually improves the drinkablity.

overall surprisingly excellent. I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: cask

07-23-2013 00:15:42 | More by Axnjxn
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber pours a near black with ruby highlights at the edges of the glass. The disconcertingly effervescent head with very large bubbles settles down within a couple of minutes, but not attractive and not a pleasant pour.

Aroma of roasted dark malts and dark chocolate, with some smoky wooden barrel in the background. A warm and robust aroma with good depth. The taste is more single dimensional and surprisingly astringent, with a bitterness that some may not enjoy as much. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I expected.

Purchased in North Carolina and a brewery I'm glad to have supported, but not a beer I’d choose over many other American Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 01:06:30 | More by hopsolutely
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Milltown in Carrboro, NC.

Pours dark brown with mahogany hues. Light caramel head that measures about a quarter inch.

Smell isnt all that impressive. Nothing really there. hm.

Taste is very bitter. Tastes like bitter hickory chips. That bitter flavor is somewhat of a bite, but not in a bad way. Maybe its the bitterness, but I feel coffee in there somewhere. Definitely different than the average single stout. Tastes basically bitter and woody.

Is not smooth by anymeans, and leaves a feeling like eating wood chips.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 23:00:06 | More by VncentLIFE
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DarthKostrizer

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for this one

Look: black body with brown rings around the edges. 1 inch head on a hard pour and just good retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Chocolate and vanilla slight oak note with traces of coffee

Taste: A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malts. Slight vanilla and oak mid palate and finishes with a bit of ash

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated

Overall: I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and highly recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 23:08:23 | More by DarthKostrizer
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade. Loved the other brews I tried from OH. Let's hope this one doesn't disappoint. 22oz bomber. Enjoy before April 2011...

A: Dark with ruby red highlights shining through. A thick 1+ inch tan head that fades slowly. Good.

S: Almost like an autumn ale scent to it. Smells of like a woody cedar scent upfront. Goes along with the name "Stick". Some sweet malty notes blended in with some faint bitter earthiness on the backend. Decent.

T: Kind of a soapy wood flavor upfront with some vanilla hidden in the middle and some earthy hop bitterness on the backend. Eh.

M: Light body with a heavy carbonation. Kind of a grassy bitter finish. Eh.

D: Goes down a little harsh because the flavors are not all that well done. Ok.

All in all, this is my first disappointment from Olde Hickory. I've had their Irish Walker and Imperial Stout and both were great. I've had their barleywine wish was good, but this was no where in the same ballpark at all. Don't worry about this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:41:25 | More by steve8robin
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cavedave

New York

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the BA whose name I've misplaced.

It pours a beautiful, opaque brown with a dark beige, thick knit, two finger head. The head never disappears completely, and beautiful slathers of lace cling to glass each time it's tipped.

Light aroma of milk and dark chocolate, light coffee hints, a touch of dark caramel, even lighter hints of herbal hop and roasty malt.

Sweet like a milk stout, but more a malt syrup sweet than candy, followed quickly by chocolate, orange peel, root beer, and finally roasty goodness with a touch of coffee. Nice.

Quite creamy for style, a good thing, clean flavors, bold but juicy finish, tasteful med. carb.

Couldn't help seeing that this stout isn't quite highly rated in this style. I am certainly gonna be higher than avg. Recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 00:30:38 | More by cavedave
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle a courteous extra from Beerness. Thank you, Charlie.

Charcoal black with a nice tan fluff that drops and leaves spotty lace along the sides and surface

Loads of black malt dominate the nose. Behind lurks some dark chocolate, coffee, and hops. It's nice, but the black patent is so in your face that the others stars are dimmed by its massive shadow.

The taste is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Bitterness greets front and center and remains throughout. Hops, in the form of citric orange, showcase themselves towards the back end but are merely a pleasant flicker before being beaten down the the bitter wave that carried them there. Some day old coffee pushes the edges as well, but it too quickly receives the monstrous malt bill's shepherd's crook and is removed stage left.

The mouthfeel here falls a bit short and some smooth creaminess might help to assuage the barrage.

The drinkability here is good, but I can't help wonder what this stout could be if the secondary flavors were allowed to showcase themselves a bit more. By no means unenjoyable, but there is potential here for much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:14:46 | More by BarrytheBear
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer comes out dark brown with some deep mahogany highlights on the sides and wherever the liquid gets a little shallow. Dark tan head that is CRAZY big and frothy, felt like I was pouring a classy Belgian style at room temperature. The head on this refuses to quit and stick around the entire session and longer, it actually outlasts the liquid. I love where this is going.

Ok, smell was a little bit underwhelming, but not bad. Not as big and bad as I expected based on the color and look of the beer. Still it's above average for the style. There's some nice grainy notes with small hints of weak coffee and chocolate. At the end there's some feint citrus hop notes. Decent balance overall, just nothing too strong.

Taste is on par with the smell, a slight increase. Again some dark burned grains with subtle coffee and some semi-sweet chocolate. There's a nice lingering bitter citrus and gentle pine finish at the end from the hops. Really like the taste of this, it's a good shelf stout that can be consumed on a regular basis if stouts are your style.

Mouthfeel is really good. It's full bodied, the taste lingers for about 20 seconds after each sip so you can really notice every flavor all together. Great smoothness and well balanced. Starts smooth and has a reasonably dry bitter finish. I like how drinkable it is, but I think this is more of a beer that belongs in a 6 pack than a bomber unless you're sharing; I was ready for something else about 16oz's or so into it. Good overall though, really glad to have tried it, just wish I shared it now.

Thanks Paschal for the trade!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:27:41 | More by AndyAvalanche
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jpro

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle from Bruisin' Ales in Asheville. Picked up a few months ago...

A: Poured into a pint glass... near black, light brown head; not much lace, nor head retention.

S: Smells a tad roasty and sweet... also some soapy aroma.

T: Charry malts and some pretty noticeable hop bitterness (piney) are the major players here. Nothing too exciting, though.

M: Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

D: Not the most enjoyable stout I've had... nothing memorable - that's for sure. Probably won't be seeking this out in the future. Oh, well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 04:25:19 | More by jpro
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with some red light showing through. Nice white head that doesn't hold up well.

S: Lots of chocolate malt. Slight roastiness picks up with warmth. Malts combine for kind of a cocoa powder effect.

T: Not nearly as sweet smell suggests. Lots of coffee and to a lesser degree cocoa, lead things off. There's also a little leafy hops and roasted malt and smokey characters. Finish is long, somewhat dry, and pretty bitter.

M: Lighter for style, almost thin with low carbonation.

Hickory Stick is a pretty roasted, yet restrained stout. Flavorful, while still easy drinking. Would like to see a little more body in the mouthfeel, but a tasty beer, especially for the reasonable price. Another good dark beer out of N.C.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 00:27:42 | More by GeezLynn
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber marked enjoy before May 12 into a pint glass.

Pours a dark cola color with about two fingers of plush tan foam. Head retention is quite good and there are thick sheets of lacing plastered to the glass.

Aroma is mostly bitter. Roasted (or charred) grain and citric hops dominate with some bittersweet chocolate underneath. May also be a little caramel sweetness in there as well, but it mostly smells of burnt coffee.

The roast intensifies in the flavor. Burnt coffee pretty much all the way into the dry finish. The bitterness, which is compounded by the citric hops, comes pretty close to being unpleasant, but I think there's just enough chocolate/caramel sweetness to keep it under control. Still, it's pretty intense.

Edit: I went back and read some reviews and saw DavoleBomb's that likened this to a black IPA. Great call.

Medium bodied. The foam produced by the pour led me to believe this would have a soft, plush texture, but that's not really the case. It's lightly tingly with a dry finish.

This beer has intense flavor, a lot for a 5.8% stout, which is good if you're into what it has to offer. It grew on me as I worked my way through the bomber, but I wouldn't necessarily call this an easy drinker despite the low alcohol content. All in all, an interesting beer, but not one I'd want if I didn't have a decent amount of time to spend drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 05:22:28 | More by Gyle41386
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an deep brown, almost black with a 2-finger khaki head with spotty retention.

The smell is cocoa with caramel malts and a hint of charcoal. The taste is dark chocolate malts with toasty flavors of toffee and molasses; charred aftertaste. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-to-full-bodied, and smooth at the end.

This is a delicious stout that looks perfect. The chocolate is nicely subdued with a smooth feel in the end. I'd love to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 01:56:08 | More by theghost3
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Mojo

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle -> Dogfish Head glass

A - pours up deep black with a dark tan one inch foamy head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S - nose is sort of weak. I mostly get some roasted and grassy notes.

T - Caramel malts dominate up front with toffee, and molasses notes. It finishes clean with coffee, chicory, black licorice, and roasted nut flavors.

M - fairly thick and chewy with good carbonation

O - a decent average stout. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:17:35 | More by Mojo
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep russet brown color with a thick tan head and a little lacing. Smells of coffee and tons of roasted malts and a little hidden hop aroma. Tastes of a little bitter coffee and espresso, plenty of roasted almost burnt malts, and a little hidden hops. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 23:20:22 | More by TheKingofWichita
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claytong

Vermont

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i was thinking this was an 09 but im not sure... best by is 7-11

appearance - dark dark brown with a decent mocha head dissipates and leaves minor lacing that stays forever.

smell - dark malts, bakers chocolate is minor, roasted malts, minor caramel

taste - similar but much more mellow

mouthfeel - thin but this is 5.8 stout im not use to it. and actually for that its thick and nicely carbonated especially for after best by

overall - nice beer for the style but i prefer oatmeal stouts just to more complexity and thicker bodies if i want a low abv and cheap price.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 08:16:37 | More by claytong
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Kevin for picking this up for me in NC

A: Jet black body is topped by a mocha head of impressive retention.

S: Bouquet is a touch shy, but notes of caramel, chocolate, and coffee persevere.

T: Dry, with hints of coffee, chicory, and licorice.

M: Full body with a light creaminess, and little carbonation.

D: Definitely a delicious stout, something the locals should both embrace and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:38:47 | More by Avagadro
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Good lacing, decent head development, but retention time was lacking. Least the lacing is sticky as hell and the body is soy sauce/cola dark.

S- Smells of honey, sweet smoked caramel, bits of cereal grains.. like unmashed grain. Tons of oxidized aroma as well as grape nuts. Faint coffee bitterness, shitty coffee at that... like discount dollar store brand. Finishes a light... almost belgian sweetness.

T- Ooo... what is this. Cereal grains, unfermented grape nuts... btiter burnt grain, oxidized coffee flavor. Nasty discount style coffee... truck stop style. It tastes like they dropped grain into the already boiled beer right before bottling. Finishes off just a generic burnt bread nature. Bit of hops to it I suppose.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation off the bat but dies off quickly. Sticky flavor that I really want to get the hell out. Some residual creamy nature. I'm sure this could be a bit less carbonation that would detract less.

The flavors are just... ugh. Not my type of stout in the least.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 02:22:11 | More by Khazadum
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Grabbed this shortly after they started selling these bombers at Brawley's.

A - Black body with a tan head. Quarter inch of head is resting on top that looks creamy and delicious.

S - Nice aroma of roasted malt with hints of smokiness. Also picking up a little coffee and chocolate but not much.

T - Wow. This thing is pretty good. Nice big roast flavor up front mixed with a bitter dark chocolate flavor. Hints of smoke similar to the nose but not nearly as present. This is all dark chocolate and roasted malts. Few beers could stand up to the roasted flavors in this one.

M - pretty heavy body with a lot of little carbonation bubbles. Could be a bit creamier.

D - I'm impressed. The flavor on this sucker is great. I love me some stouts with a big roast and dark chocolate flavor and this fits the bill. Only thing really holding this beer back is the mouthfeel. It could be just a bit creamier. Definitely would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:38:10 | More by jpmclaug
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with a Guinness-loving Columbian friend from out-of-town, this one pours into the glasses with an expected black color and a small but present fizzy tan head. The aroma is quite pleasant, with a light coffee and milk character at first that eventually opens up to include notes of dark cocoa powder as it warms. The flavor is likewise lighter at first, with characteristics of light milk chocolate and black coffee that give way to a nice, deep (almost burnt) roasted malt flavor. The abundant, prickly carbonation is distracting at first, but it mellows with time to a nice moderate level that melds well with the rich roasted flavors.

Overall, this beer transformed more from the first sip to the last than most beers I've ever had, making for an interesting experience. In the end, though, all I will remember is that this is a very fine semi-dry stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 14:17:06 | More by devilben02
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Commis. Thanks Matt...

Poured from a bomber into a Stone Brewery pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Lots of head retention and lacing to be had here...

S - Coffee, chocolate, and lots of roasty notes...

T - Dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Ends on a bitter hop presense with some roastiness lingering in the finish. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

O - A little roasty for my likings. Solid, but nothing I would go out of way to obtain...

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 00:33:33 | More by comfortablynumb1
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rebel1771

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near jet black with reddish highlights and a thin tan head.

S: Slightly smokey aroma with heavy notes of bittersweet chocolate.

T: Same bittersweet chocolate from the smell shows up in spades along with a lingering smokey flavor.

O: Nice to see a stout that doesn't try and kill you with crazy flavors. Simple and very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 22:34:38 | More by rebel1771
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smibroncos

New York

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

A. Poured a rich dark opaque brown, with a creamy one finger tan head reak nice in the looks department. Nice lacing on the glass.

S. Rich roasted malts oats carmel leaves earthy light coffee aroma

T. Slight sweetness,doesn't last long the bitterness of this stout is spot on. This brew is a good representation of the style.

M. Medium bodied creamy nice carbonation

D. A really good brew not to sweet, not too bitter, great balance and good taste I will have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 01:18:29 | More by smibroncos
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