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RiNo Juicy APA
RiNo Juicy APA

Epic Brewing Company
American Pale Ale (APA) / 5.80% ABV

3.86/5  rDev -0.8% | Score: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Miami Weiss Hefeweizen-Style Ale
Miami Weiss Hefeweizen-Style Ale

MIA Beer Co.
German Hefeweizen / 5.80% ABV

2.29/5  rDev -39.7% | Score: 3.8
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

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I-4 IPA
I-4 IPA

Orlando Brewing Partners
American IPA / 5.80% ABV

2.36/5  rDev -29.3% | Score: 3.34
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

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Double Dunk
Double Dunk

Prairie Artisan Ales
American Imperial Stout / 11.90% ABV

4.15/5  rDev -2.1% | Score: 4.24
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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St. Florence Sauvignon Blanc
St. Florence Sauvignon Blanc

Wildflower Brewing & Blending
American Wild Ale / 7.00% ABV

4.25/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.24
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Quadruple Ale

Central Waters Brewing Co.
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad) / 11.90% ABV

4.13/5  rDev -1.4% | Score: 4.19
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout
Brewer's Reserve Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout

Central Waters Brewing Co.
American Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.35/5  rDev +13.3% | Score: 3.84
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Witbier
Witbier

Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgian Witbier / 5.50% ABV

3.67/5  rDev -11.8% | Score: 4.16
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Dragon's Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate
Dragon's Milk Reserve Cherry Chocolate

New Holland Brewing Company
American Imperial Stout / 11.00% ABV

4.4/5  rDev +6% | Score: 4.15
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Budweiser Copper Lager (Aged on Jim Beam Bourbon Barrel Staves)
Budweiser Copper Lager (Aged on Jim Beam Bourbon Barrel Staves)

Anheuser-Busch
American Amber / Red Lager / 6.20% ABV

3.62/5  rDev +3.7% | Score: 3.49
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Dos Equis Amber Lager
Dos Equis Amber Lager

Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Vienna Lager / 4.70% ABV

4.63/5  rDev +48.4% | Score: 3.12
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Brahma
Brahma

Companhia Cervejaria Brahma
American Adjunct Lager / 4.60% ABV

4.3/5  rDev +80.7% | Score: 2.38
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Red Eye November
Red Eye November

Bottle Logic Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout / 13.20% ABV

4.5/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.5
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Number Crunch
Number Crunch

Bottle Logic Brewing
American Imperial Stout / 13.60% ABV

4.63/5  rDev +2.7% | Score: 4.51
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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All That Is And All That Ever Will Be
All That Is And All That Ever Will Be

Tree House Brewing Company
English Sweet / Milk Stout / 6.50% ABV

4.5/5  rDev -0.4% | Score: 4.52
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Harp Lager
Harp Lager

Guinness Ltd.
European Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

4.51/5  rDev +39.6% | Score: 3.23
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Impermanence
Impermanence

Tree House Brewing Company
English Sweet / Milk Stout / 9.00% ABV

4.33/5  rDev -4.4% | Score: 4.53
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Turk's Head Island Draught Amber
Turk's Head Island Draught Amber

Turks Head Brewery
American Amber / Red Lager / 6.00% ABV

4.02/5  rDev +26.4% | Score: 3.18
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Radeberger Pilsner
Radeberger Pilsner

Radeberger Exportbierbrauerei
German Pilsner / 4.80% ABV

4.32/5  rDev +20% | Score: 3.6
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Budweiser Copper Lager (Aged on Jim Beam Bourbon Barrel Staves)
Budweiser Copper Lager (Aged on Jim Beam Bourbon Barrel Staves)

Anheuser-Busch
American Amber / Red Lager / 6.20% ABV

3.07/5  rDev -12% | Score: 3.49
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Kalik
Kalik

Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
American Adjunct Lager / 5.00% ABV

4/5  rDev +50.9% | Score: 2.65
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Offertory
Offertory

Holy Mountain Brewing Company
American Wild Ale / 6.40% ABV

4.48/5  rDev +4.7% | Score: 4.28
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour is like a rich rose almost. Light golden but tilted to the red side. Almost like a faint copper. Like concentrated urine that's got just a hint of blood in it. Nice finger of white foam that fades to leave the ring and islands.

Nose is light and tart with some earthy funk. Green apples and red wine and almost some of the grapes themselves.

Flavour follows the same cues. Green apple and earthy funk and a good burst from the pomace... reminds me of when I used to work at a winery and the vines and dealing with after the crushing and the like. But only like a subtle contribution of that to this broader canvas.

Dry and effervescent, it's an easy one to drink.
This is just really really phenomenally done all around in my book, and yet further evidence in support of the claim that HM is one of the best breweries out here. Or out there. It's one of those beers that you still think about much later on.

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Guinness Extra Stout (Original)
Guinness Extra Stout (Original)

Guinness Ltd.
Irish Dry Stout / 5.60% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +16.9% | Score: 3.73
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Guinness Draught
Guinness Draught

Guinness Ltd.
Irish Dry Stout / 4.20% ABV

5/5  rDev +40.1% | Score: 3.57
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my go-to beer to have a burger with

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Lech Premium
Lech Premium

Lech Browary Wielkopolski (SABMiller)
European Pale Lager / 5.20% ABV

4.37/5  rDev +45.7% | Score: 3
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Newcastle Brown Ale
Newcastle Brown Ale

Heineken Nederland B.V.
English Brown Ale / 4.70% ABV

3.71/5  rDev +11.7% | Score: 3.32
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Brooklyn Lager
Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Brewery
American Amber / Red Lager / 5.20% ABV

4.09/5  rDev +9.9% | Score: 3.72
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Brooklyn Summer Ale
Brooklyn Summer Ale

Brooklyn Brewery
English Pale Ale / 5.00% ABV

4.43/5  rDev +24.4% | Score: 3.56
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Barrel Aged Murder
Barrel Aged Murder

Bombastic Brewing
Russian Imperial Stout / 10.00% ABV

4.28/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.28
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, thanks bro- Pours black with minimal tan head. Aroma is bourbon, cinnamon, caramel, chilies. The flavor is cinnamon, chilie peppers, cocoa, caramel, coconut. So very complex, delicious.

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Fresh Hop IPL
Fresh Hop IPL

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
American Lager / 7.00% ABV

3.78/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.78
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can into tulip, good 2 finger cream colored head, so so retention, great lacing. Clear bright golden in the glass, slight chill haze. Smells somewhat floral, herbal, some citrus on the nose. Taste is initially sweet malt, the floral, herbal notes come across in the middle, the citra hops are not shining thru here. The finish is slightly bitter with lingering citrus finish, almost orange or tangerine. Mouthfeel is good, drinks more along the lines of an IPA vs a lager, not getting that crisp a finish on this as I would like, or maybe I am just thinking too much along the lines of a pilsner.

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Beer Geek Cocoa Shake Bourbon & Whiskey Barrels
Beer Geek Cocoa Shake Bourbon & Whiskey Barrels

Mikkeller Brewing San Diego
English Oatmeal Stout / 13.00% ABV

4.4/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.4
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Organic Pale Ale
Organic Pale Ale

Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
English Pale Ale / 5.00% ABV

3.62/5  rDev -6.2% | Score: 3.86
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Foster Happiness
Foster Happiness

The Bruery
German Weizenbock / 13.80% ABV

4.36/5  rDev +1.2% | Score: 4.31
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery’s Society. Bottled 4/24/18. Served in a Bruery teku. Enjoyed 12/18/18.

Pours a deep, opaque chestnut with an enormous, frothy ecrue cap. The head fades, leaving only a persistent band around the edge.

Smells of spiced cooked banana, caramel, oak, cinnamon, clove and a little bourbon.

The flavors hit upon my favorite themes from big Bruery beers- boozey and sweet. Of course banana is prominent. There’s also a strong port wine character, coconut, creme brulee, cinnamon, bourbon, clove, burnt caramel, earthy wet wood, raisins, a little vague char and a healthy dose of booze.

Velvety full feel with softly bubbling carbonation. The aftertaste lingers on the palate, leaving the definite impression of slightly over cooked, bourbon-doused bananas Foster.

The Bruery is at it again with their dessert themed brews. Foster Happiness shows a true understanding of which style base beer to use to best achieve the blending of beer and dessert. Glad to have another stashed away.

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Beyond All Chocolate Raisin
Beyond All Chocolate Raisin

Devils Backbone Brewing Company
British Barleywine / 10.60% ABV

4.28/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.28
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had my second half-pint of this as my "shift beer" after work tonight. This review was written from my notes while I was up there. It's the chocolate version of their "Beyond All Raisins" barleywine which I tried maybe a year or two ago when I visited with a friend. From what I remember reading on the menu, it's aged on actual raisins in addition to the cocoa nibs.

Color is a nice shiny deep, dark red. Dark enough that even when held up to the light the bubbles aren't very visible, but not so dark that it appears black (there's always some visible red around the edges even in low light.) Thin layer of tan-ish foam on top at first, which nearly vanished within a minute or so.

Smells like chocolate at first, then shifting into raisin territory. Definitely pulls the "chocolate raisin" thing off, the smell is almost *exactly* like them on first sniff. There's a bit of a sweetish roasted maltiness there too. Very rich smelling beer.

Chocolate raisins are, again, the primary thing going on in the flavor of the beer. Some other sweetness is there too (I noticed a review of the non-chocolate version commenting on a "perfumy" aspect and that actually sounds just about right now that I think about it), and a lingering roasty-sweet malt after the chocolate raising flavor starts to fade.

Feel is very smooth, a bit sticky on the lips, and goes down amazingly fast for a 10% ABV beer with very little (if any) noticeable alcohol "burn." A bit of warmth in the belly, though! Despite the slight stickiness and sweet flavors, the feel does dry out on the end.

Overall, GREAT dessert beer! The half-pint seems like about the perfect serving size; I could probably go for a bit more (12 ounce bottle size perhaps?) but a full pint might be a bit much. Then again, with how drinkable this was (especially considering the ABV and richness) I'd probably find myself finishing off a pint faster than I would expect!

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Bourbon Barrel Champion Ground
Bourbon Barrel Champion Ground

Jackie O's Pub & Brewery
American Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

4.23/5  rDev -5.6% | Score: 4.48
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Manta Ray
Manta Ray

Ballast Point Brewing Company
American Imperial IPA / 8.50% ABV

4.16/5  rDev +1.5% | Score: 4.1
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Red Racer Superfruit IPA
Red Racer Superfruit IPA

Central City Brewers + Distillers
American IPA / 6.00% ABV

3.95/5  rDev +7.9% | Score: 3.66
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just brought home this beer today from my store. I'm a big fan of Red Racer's IPA and love IPAs with a nice bite of fruit in them, so I was really looking forward to this one.

Pours a hazy, dark orange with a nice firm head. The smell is really quite faint. I'm making out a light citrus smell, but nothing too exciting. The taste is excellent though. True to its name, you get a hearty dose of citrus fruits and mango on your first sip. The very substantial hop kick that is typical of Central City's IPA is present here as well. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish. So long as you can handle your hops, this is a must-try.

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Mellarium
Mellarium

2 Crows Brewing Co.
American Wild Ale / 5.30% ABV

4.75/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.75
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Red Zeppelin
Red Zeppelin

Aloha Beer Company
American Amber / Red Ale / 6.70% ABV

3.96/5  rDev +1.8% | Score: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Portlock Porter
Portlock Porter

Aloha Beer Company
Robust Porter / 5.80% ABV

4.01/5  rDev 0% | Score: 4.01
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Fuller's India Pale Ale
Fuller's India Pale Ale

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
English India Pale Ale (IPA) / 4.90% ABV

3.6/5  rDev -7.7% | Score: 3.9
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Tuborg Premium Lager (Gold / Guld)
Tuborg Premium Lager (Gold / Guld)

Tuborgs Bryggerier A/S
European Pale Lager / 5.00% ABV

3.23/5  rDev +18.8% | Score: 2.72
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse
Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
German Hefeweizen / 5.00% ABV

4.1/5  rDev +1.2% | Score: 4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Gimme Black Pils
Gimme Black Pils

Aloha Beer Company
German Schwarzbier / 5.50% ABV

3.68/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.68
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Bishops Finger
Bishops Finger

Shepherd Neame Ltd
English Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) / 5.40% ABV

3.33/5  rDev -9% | Score: 3.66
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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I Don't Know How To Put This But This IPA Is Kind Of A Big Deal
I Don't Know How To Put This But This IPA Is Kind Of A Big Deal

Evil Twin Brewing
American Imperial IPA / 10.00% ABV

3.83/5  rDev -4% | Score: 3.99
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Holiday Gose
Holiday Gose

Reuben's Brews
Leipzig Gose / 4.30% ABV

3.6/5  rDev -5.8% | Score: 3.82
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crowler fill- Pours orangeish golden with minimal head. Aroma is grainy, neutral. The flavors are nice, easy drinking, tart, fruity. Not bad.

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Skeleton Key
Skeleton Key

Bellwoods Brewery
American Imperial Stout / 12.00% ABV

4.38/5  rDev +2.1% | Score: 4.29
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not overly thick considering, but enough body to hold up to the spice and rum. Definately has a nice rum nose and flavor without being overly hot or intrusive.

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Fruit Lupes
Fruit Lupes

Aloha Beer Company
American Imperial IPA / 7.80% ABV

3.17/5  rDev 0% | Score: 3.17
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Porter
Porter

Zywiec Breweries PLC (Heineken)
Baltic Porter / 9.50% ABV

3.99/5  rDev +2.6% | Score: 3.89
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant surprise. Poured from a 500ml bottle with a Best By date of 12/26/2018. The initial aroma from the bottle was somewhat boozy (not unexpected from 9.5% ABV). Once poured into a typical pint glass, the khaki-colored, half-finger head quickly dissipated. Although the consistency was that of a typical Porter, the caramel flavor stood out, creating a very pleasant mouthfeel foundation. The combination of sweetness, roasted malts and high alcohol content make this a Baltic Porter, one which fans of this style must try. Great job...well-made beer.

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