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Tooheys Old - Tooheys Brewing

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BA SCORE
76
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69 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 18.24%


Brewed by:
Tooheys Brewing visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-30-2002)
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heygeebee

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black - off-white head recedes sadly for an on-tap pour.

No aromas as on-tap, Sad.

Taste is malts / sugar, some smoke/ashtray but in moderation.

Carbonation was a bit excessive, but didn't kill the beer

Overall an OK tap beer in the Sydney wasteland of RSLs etc.... if only you could ask for it 20 minutes up-front to allow to warm!!!!

Edit

Go-to winter beer these days.
I am now used to a wonderful roast sweet malt aroma, and easy drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 12:53:54 | More by heygeebee
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sterstar1

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid, very flavourful beer. I got introduced to this brew at Bondi Icebergs in Sydney NSW. I was quite impressed. It poured into the glass with a lovely mahogany dark color and the head was thick for a beer on CO2. The nose had hints of coffee and dark chocolate which translated nicely to the taste where I found more dark chocolate notes. The flavour is very nicely balanced. Sweet enough for me while still a bit bitter on the finish to balance it off. A great session brew. Actually, my BA avatar is a photo of this beer at Bondi Icebergs. I highly recomend the pub and the beer. As you can see the view is quite nice. Cheers mates.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2008 22:48:13 | More by sterstar1
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, very opaque brown colour with a slight flash of red (very slight) when held up to the light (very held up). Thin cream-coloured head but made up of very densely-packed bubbles.

Sour fruit dominates on the nose with the slightest touch of dark coffee. Unusual for a dark beer, normally all I can sense is that burned, roasted scent so this has character. Unfortunately, it's also quite simple for all that.

Taste doesn't have much of a sour character, mostly burnt and a bit gritty on the palate. Slightly watery aftertaste. There are good dark ale characters on the front palate but they don't endure for the whole thing and overall it's quite watery and simple. Mouthfeel is quite smooth but with a slightly rough texture.

Inoffensive, of course, and quite drinkable, but certainly nothing to streak naked around a bar over. Unless that's your thing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2008 05:38:00 | More by laituegonflable
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RDAdams

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had several in pubs across Australia in early December 2007.
It is the best of the Australian beers I tasted.

Appearamce: It's not quite as black as Guiness and pours a medium shade of black with a full tan head that slowly fades into a lacing.

Smell: A bartender in Armidale, NSW suggested I let it sit to warmup for a few minutes, He was right. The sweetness in the aroma becomes more profound when you pickup the mild hint of chocolate, roasted malt, and just a smidgen of hops.

Taste: It's everything you would expect from an ESB - low hops, malt, spices, and nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: It has that slightly-full body desired by those of us who like to chew our beer.

Drinkability: I prefer most ales to American lagers. To me this is a great session beer. If it weren't for my schedule, I'd still be sitting in a pub in OZ drinking Tooheys OLD.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 23:39:30 | More by RDAdams
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onid678

Australia

2.4/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance - Black, different color compared to the usual beers

smell - not much of a smell.

taste - not much taste, bland, nothing to interest the taste buds.

mouthfeel - no sharp tang, goes down easy

drinkability - could drink quite alot,

but without a sharp taste instead of being a bit bland, I lost interest in the beer pretty quick and downed it fast.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 13:59:56 | More by onid678
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TheBierBand

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I lived in OZ for a year and this was my beer of choice while there. It is a nice dark beer. Not too robust but very smooth.

The bartenders pour from the tap usually starts with a nice 1/2" to 3/4" head which slowly disipates. Toohey's Old will leave some minor lacing down the side of glass as you drink.

The carbonation is on the light side, but the smell comes through nicely with a hint of sweetness and very little hoppiness.

The taste confirms the hint of sweetness and lack of bitter hops

Overall, I rate this beer highly. I have fond memories while partaking of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2006 11:04:04 | More by TheBierBand
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vancurly

Australia

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Foamy beige head, quite carbonate. Some lace.
Dark browny amber... almost cola-like
Sweet, caramel smell...almost cola-like
Taste of molasses, roasted grain. Sweet yet refreshing...almost cola-like
A recurring theme ? To be honest, it did seem to have cola-like qualities, albeit a heavier body, with some toasty, malty characters.
Not much bitterness or hop flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2006 05:04:18 | More by vancurly
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DaveFL1976

Florida

2.33/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Toohey’s Old
Queensbury Hotel 08-23-2005
Toohey’s pours a soda brown that allows a fair amount of light to come through. Darker than, say Newcastle Brown, but certainly lighter than a porter. A white head settles down in a hurry, but lacing is a bit better than your average macro. Either that or my glass is just dirty.
The Smell has a slightly sweet, nutty character. No hops to speak of. The taste again is a bit nutty, overly carbonated, and has that slight metallic taste in it that beers just shouldn’t have. However, it’s not as bad as Fosters or Carlton and you can adjust if you pretend like you’re sucking on pennies. Mouthfeel is again soda-like and overly carbonated. Not the easiest drinking beer in the world. Drink it if it’s free or really, really cheap. Otherwise, don’t bother.
Appearance: 2.5
Smell: 3.0
Taste: 2.0
Mouthfeel: 2.0
Drinkability: 2.5

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2005 04:20:27 | More by DaveFL1976
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amicar

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

tasted somewhere in the vicinity of Maitland...

Nice black but still see- through color with slightly off white head. Slight smell of roated malts and tiny spiciness. Tastes nice; mild roast flavors and slight sweet carmel touch, without being the slightest bit "in your face." Is a bit on the thin side, and personally, I like my roast malts a little more standoffish. However, the light touch with the roast malts and smooth mouthfeel make it easy to drop a few back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2005 02:07:34 | More by amicar
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annatar

Australia

3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Black" was once the king of nsw pub beers along with "Brown" (Tooth's Old aka. Kent Old Brown), but all the historic Australian ales were pushed aside by adjunct lagers in the 20's/30's. Somewhat lucky that Tooth's and Toohey's kept on to these old beers in the hinterland.

Pours very black with a stringy off white head which doesn't last. Tastes strangely similar to New but with a much more satisfying maltiness and a slight chocolatey nuttiness to it. Quite sweet and smooth. Like most ales in Australia probably not actually an ale, feels quite lagery and often very carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2005 06:22:45 | More by annatar
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Weizenmensch

Japan

1.18/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Since the alcohol % taxing debacle in Australia, Tooheys have reduced the percentages of most of their beers. This includes changing the recipe. For Old, it was a big mistake. It used to be a refreshing porter at 4.5% and is now a strange soapy dishwater ale at 4.3% or something like that. I don't know if it was ever 4.8% but I don't have one of the old ones here to compare with - I think it was always 4.5%. Anyway, they changed the label, as Carlton did with VB, and as other beers have too. My advice - if you can buy any of the old ones with the black label, get them while they're still good (they keep for a long time in the fridge) but really avoid the red label, newer ones (practically everywhere now). They are very soapy. This review is in fact for the on-tap kind - I had one on tap at the NSW Leagues club near Hyde Park Barracks a few weeks ago, and since a nice cold Old is what I really felt like, I was so disappointed when I got the nasty-smelling and -tasting crap that they have produced for some months now. I will never have another Old until they change the recipe, or unless I'm really stinging for one and I'm out in the bush somewhere where someone has bought a case and there's nothing else to drink for miles. Other than that, NEVER. I'm disappointed - it used to be my favourite session beer (and indeed one of the only regularly available session porters in NSW). Too bad.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2004 14:09:56 | More by Weizenmensch
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really the best Australian beer around. Pours jet black with a nice fluffy head. Great aroma of chocolate and some spices. This however, is not a stout. Its more of a black ale, similar to a belgian black ale or a german schwarzbier. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but nothing bad. Flavor is rich and inviting, with a nice hop bite after the chocolate. Australia had a lot of crappy brews and most of Toohey's offerings were in that group. This one, however is not.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2003 23:03:22 | More by ChrisBowers
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle, 4.4% ABV, sold in pretty expensive six-packs up here in the Great White North. Zero suggestion on the label of style, beyond 'old', and 'ale', and I'm guessing that this is nowhere near an 'old ale'.

This beer pours a clear, very dark cola-highlighted roan brown hue, with two fingers of tightly puffy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves some random geological rockface lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet roasted caramel malt, bittersweet cocoa, earthy yeast, softly astringent cold coffee, oily packaged nuts, a bit of toasty smoke, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops. The taste is clammy bready caramel malt, a sort of soaked and put away wet, weakly smoked ash, underwhelming chocolate and coffee notes, and mildly bitter leafy, floral, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is pretty sedate, barely even noticeable at times, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and plainly smooth, nothing else really manifesting here to mar the status quo. It finishes off-dry, the caramel malt, mild chocolate, wet bread, and earthy, leafy hops closing up shop.

Not a bad brew, but kind of thin, and somewhat underwhelming, even for this generally anemic style. There's enough flavour to make a go of it, if moderation and sessionability are your goals for the night, but for a singular experience, this just doesn't have the legs.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 06:13:31 | More by biboergosum
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soju6

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a good tan head that fades slowly to good lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, a mild blend of coffee and chocolate with just a hint of caramel sweetness.

T: Taste of roasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate, coffee and a bit of caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, smooth and creamy. has plenty of carbonation.

O: Surprisingly good beer that goes down easy. This is a quality beer from a brewery I did not expect much from. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 04:01:20 | More by soju6
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dansmcd

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Very dark colour, almost black with some red around the edges. Disappointing head, really just a bubbly ring. No lace.

S - Some sweet roasted malt, faint yeast and nuttiness.

T - Quite light on for flavour but there is some roasted malts, ash and cola.

M - Watery thin body but has a chalky quality. Fizzy high carbonation.

O - Very light and mild so easy to drink. The character it has sets it above most Australian macros but still a very average beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 02:17:31 | More by dansmcd
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

for the mass produced beers of the land down under, this one gets it done. roasty and drinkable, this is the pick of the lot in most sydney pubs. for me, this one is more nostalgic than high quality. this was my go to drink for some of the best years of my life, so i'll always have a special place for it, despite how average it is on the grand scale. a slab of these will cost ya about 40 australian bones, and carrying it home 6 blocks from the bottle-o is great for the biceps. its got a faint alcohol taste, with plenty of dark malts and a little bit of gentleman's class to it. mediocre brew in the land of lousy brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 05:23:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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doktorhops

Australia

2.6/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Todays bruview is a classic Australian from a brewery that has in my past asserted itself as the least offensive of an offensive lot (Macro brewers over here in general): Tooheys. And 'Tooheys Old' is that reason. It's always been my go to beer at smaller pubs that have none of those "fancy" beers (i.e. micro-brews) that I know and love.

Poured from a 375ml "overwhelming-sense-of-value" bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Looks like a stout; a deep brown/ruby body is topped with a thin white lacing. Interesting to note: the carbonation air bubbles are bigger than normal, I suspect this will be noticed when I have a sip.

S: Burnt barley grains give this brew a toasty biscuit aroma. There is a slight smokey smell. Also detecting a wateriness underlying the whole brew. No hop aromas, however this is expected for the style.

T: Not a bad brew. It's similar to Cooper's Best Extra Stout, but not as boldly flavoured; bitter (though this is much less bitter than CBES), smokey with a toasted barley note throughout. It's a more accessible stout for people who aren't stout drinkers... I'm not one of those people, so I'm rating it according to my own stout fanaticism.

M: I will put this out there; this is a gassy beer. I can normally down an entire pint of beer without letting out a loud belch, I couldn't with a stubbie of this. Also that gassiness gives a sense of feeling bloated, which really detracts from the whole experience.

D: Let me reiterate: this is the best of the macro-brewers (and I'm not counting Cooper's as a macro-brewer) beers. By a long shot. I've never been a fan of Aussie lagers... they just suck. They suck even more in comparison to foreign lagers. Which I guess which is why I would go a stout from a macro over a macro lager. Is it better than Sheaf Stout? No, but I've never seen Sheaf on tap and as such I don't classify it as a "macro".

Food match: Something heavy to counter the dreaded stomach bloat mentioned above. I think a roast dinner would match well with this, preferably roast beef with a heavy gravy and a side of roast potatoes and carrots.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 09:37:43 | More by doktorhops
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Stew41

Australia

2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown but does lighten noticably at the rim. Good nose for a megalarger; sweet toasty malt, good lift. Doesn’t quite translate into the palate, traces of the malt evident early but falls into a more mainstream palate with some fizz and some weak malts to finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 23:19:02 | More by Stew41
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a small head.
Nose shows nutty malt, chocolate, caramel and cardboardy notes.
Flavours include caramel, nutty malt and slight roasty notes. Very easy drinking.
Carbonation is a bit on the high side.
Quite impressed with this to be honest.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 04:35:50 | More by CrazyDavros
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a recent visit to Sydney.

Poured into a wine glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a nice rich mahogany color with a ¼" light tan head that soon recedes to a thin film and a small ring around the glass. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing, some of which cling and some of which slide back into the liquid.

Smell: There is a light aroma of chocolate and roasted malt but not a lot else but then its not supposed to show much in the way of hops..

Taste: The dark roasted malt flavor offers touches of chocolate and coffee and has some light bitterness and sweetness in it. Mild it is.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light bodied side with moderate to low carbonation. The finish is medium to short and mostly on the sweet side.

Drinkability: I found this one reasonably drinkable and I'd be willing to have a second one but I'd not seek it out if there were alternatives. But on the other hand I'd certainly could have a second and would if I'd bought two of them.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 01:05:56 | More by drtth
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eric5bellies

Australia

2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark Porter appearance with off white head that retains well 4.5

S - A kind of brine aroma that has a hint of malt.2.5

T - Nice malts up front but nothing that jumps out at you. Has quite a bitter finish. 3.0

M - Medium body and plenty of carboination. 3.0

D - This Ale will appeal to the masses and hopefully progress them to the "Dark Side"
Having said that it does not fool an old timer like me. I appreciate that this beer represents
the best on offer for mass produced dark beers in Australia, but seriously ther's a lot better. 3.0

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 15:38:19 | More by eric5bellies
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a globe glass)
A- This beer has a glowing deep brown base to a black body that is crystal clear. There is a thin film of light tan head with tiny strands of bubbles gliding to the surface.
S- The light chocolate roasted malt flavor is nice but a bit one dimensional.
T- The soft dark roasted malt has a note of bitterness and a slight tartness to follow with a tootsie roll finish.
M- This beer has a light watery texture and no alcohol heat. D- This beer has some nice schwartzbier qualities but the flavors are really muted and not much depth

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 14:15:14 | More by rhoadsrage
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yeastbite

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark reddish brown. Not a great head but it is better on tap.

Nice aroma, the taste is of medium body malt and hops.Good mouth feel. Michael Jackson can taste cream and oloroso sherry!

I think the charm of this beer is its history, drinkability and sessionabilty-without ever boring the palate like most australian lagers. This top fermented "old" style predated Toohey's "new", and represents one of two surviving true ales in mainstream aussie brewing, the other being Coopers sparkling ale.

I like this beer better than some of the modern boutique beers becaiuse they try too hard with assertive flavours-this one is effortless, real, traditional and also won't stonker you with too much alcohol.A bit of a genuine find.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 21:16:53 | More by yeastbite
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a modest beige head that quickly disappears over a dark brown body that has hues of red and gold when held to light.

Smell - 3.0
Slightly sweet, stale bready malt, no detectable hops. Improves with warming with faint dark chocolate and coffee aromas.

Taste - 3.0
Some of the bland grain and husk flavours that I usually associate with Tooheys beers are there, but in general, Old is a step above the rest of the brewery's products. Slightly toasty with a hint of caramel, coffee and vague fruitiness. Bitterness is low, just enough for balance and no real hop flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Moderate carbonation is somewhat coarse over the tongue, body is more akin to that of a pale lager; quite light.

Drinkability - 3.5
A very sessionable beer, but not for real beer enthusiasts.

OVERALL - 3.05
It's sad to know that one of the best macro brewed beers in Australia barely achieves a score of 3. Toohey's Old is not a great beer, but it is something I have turned to at pubs that give only macro offerings. Inoffensive and drinkable, but there are so many, much better micro brewed alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 10:50:02 | More by LittleCreature
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown colors. looks creamy with a nice head
second tooheys product that I try, and the taste is good. easy to drink as well. Another decent brew from Tooheys. I like the big size bottle as well. Mouth feel is creamy a bit, not too much, smells good. overall good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 07:53:23 | More by Otterburn
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Tooheys Old from Tooheys Brewing
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