Duke Of Winship | Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.

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Duke Of WinshipDuke Of Winship

Brewed by:
Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
New York, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Scotch Porter"

Added by xlperro on 10-30-2001

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Photo of dwarbi
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This beer is great even before tasting it. A nice khaki-colored head settles to a thing layer and provides excellent lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown color. Not completely opaque. I was lost in the smell, just breathing it in an enjoying it, and I lost control and had to sip it. Oak, berries, and chocolate aromas. Smokey, too. Tastes very smooth. Some chocolate and burnt flavors. Creamy and the aftertaste is lighter than expected. Wonderful beer.

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Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Color was a bit darker than your typical Scottish Ale, it's closer to a porter in color (the label indicates this beer is somewhere between a porter and a Scottish Ale). Flavor was rich and malty. Nice roasted coffee flavor. Taste was somewhat sweet initially but finished dry. I liked this one a lot and would buy it again.

I did buy it again and was even more impressed than the first time I tasted it.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.63/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Cask at the Blue Tusk. Damn does this brew improve on the hand-pump or what!? A dark brew, nearly black with a huge (for a handpull) head of espresso-like foam. This brew is fresh, in fact this cask was just tapped two days prior to my arrival at the tusk. The aromas scream porter, but there are scotch ale undertones as well. I detect a bit of somked peat in the aroma, as well as roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and a bit of the ole' booze as well. Taste is great. Creamy, roasty, with chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes all over the place. Wow, decadent is the word to sum up this drinking experience. Mouthfeel is cask loveliness, and drinkability is insane as well. All of this in a 20oz serving size for just $3. Man, sometimes you really have to love the 'cuse!

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Photo of Phatz
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is interesting and a style-bender. 'cruzinthegalaxie' was over this afternoon and so I opened one of these for him saying I have no idea what style it is but we'll give it a shot. on the pour and the whiff I said oh it must be a sweet porter. The taste made me less certain but I was going with porter. I may not have put my figure on scotch ale right away. We were working on a project so I did not read the bottle until now. After everyone is in bed and it just me and the computer I am ready to make my notes the second bottle I poured and I see right t on the bottle it says, "The Duke bids you welcome with the smooth flavor of a Scottish Ale, capped with the regal flourish of a rich porter." The website says "A sensual dark brew with the softness of a Scotch ale crafted with the malt make-up of an English Porter." These are actually good descriptions. I am very impressed with this brew.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red highlights and a little lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, sweet caramel, chocolate, brown sugar bitter coffee, smoke, light butterscotch and a bit of carob bordering on almost fruit but not quite.

Taste: The chocolate flavors and roasty bitter coffee finish push this beer closer to porter but the butterscotch and caramel are quite reminiscent of the Scottish Ale, and the smokiness is there but barely so ... all in all I stand by my original impression that it is a unique style bender. That is what I like to see. Something that is actually creative.

Mouthfeel: It is a full body beer with light carbonation, again this is more porter-like but incredible soft with just the right dryness in the finish. Very well done.

Drinkability: There is no doubting that I am a fan of this beer. It is sweet and approachable while staying complex and interesting and is goes down quite easily, but somehow I enjoyed sipping a few over several hours. Beautiful. I will seek out more of this beer.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is damn near black. Probably the darkest Scottish beer I've had. Clean maltiness on the nose, but subtle coffee, chocolate and smoke as well. Lovely aroma. A bubbly brown edging is all this beer offers up as a head. What a nice tasting beer. Very smooth and enjoyable malt profile. A little dash of peat smokiness. And also some dry cedar tones. Chocolate mingles in the background with roasted tones and espresso/java. Interesting to say the least and very tasty. A slight bitterness lingers on the tongue. Body is full and carbonation in low, creating a highly drinkable Heavy.

Thanks to Davo for this Regal treat.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The quintessential “Porter” pour, a very deep brown to almost black in color, the head regal as it crowns the beer all nice and chocolate brown, creamy in texture and the residual lace fine sticky sheets to coat the glass. Light toasted grain aroma with sweet cotton candy like tones, buttery, a real treat to the senses. The front is malt sweet, the top middling in feel, the finish has a splendid hop presence, the carbonation moderate and the bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste a pleasing seal to this quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of timfelix
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this Porter on tap at the Middle Ages Brewery in Syracuse NY, and also bottled Duke.
This is a great dark beer. lots of flavor, looks good tastes great.
This beer also meets the " My wife likes it too" test. When both my wife and I both like a beer, it is special.
Enjoy this with a burger, by itself, with some chips or pretzels. Any way you do it, you will like it a lot.
Caramel and malt , a touch of hops and maybe just a hint of coffee.
It is on my list of "if this was the only beer there is, I am not unhappy".
The Middle Ages tasting room is quite special. About 8 beers on tap every day until 6pm. Tasting is no charge, and you can taste all you want. Not a bad marketing plan, because you will find one or more of their products you will want badly.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep dark brown and is pretty much opaque except for some ruby around the edges. The head is a dark tan color and has great staying power, leaving sloppy lace on the glass.

The aroma is very nice with roasted barley and plenty of caramel. It also has a chalky yeasty flavor to it and notes of coffee, bitter cocoa and a hint of butterscotch. A whiff of smoke can also be detected from time to time.

The flavor is very porter like out of the gate with coffee and dark chocolate from the roasted barley being the main components. The more classic scotch ale characteristics also show thorough though, with some nice caramel and toffee notes and a bit of a Smokey character in the finish. This beer also has a great buttery dimension to it and I have to say, it is quite delicious.

The mouthfeel is super smooth and on the fuller side of medium. Carbonation is subdued, leading to a silky and wondrous finish. Caramel coffee lingers on my tongue after swallowing.

Super drinkable and enjoyable. This beer totally took me by surprise with its simple, yet rich flavors and amazing texture. Not a classic example by any means, but damn tasty.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer, purchased at Oliver's Beverage, Albany, NY, as part of a group of Middle Ages singles.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, dense 1/2" tan head formed, which laced excellently. Brew is quite dark, with a reddish hue when held up to the light. Heavily sweet malty aroma, almost has a slight milk tinge to it, whatever that means. Taste is stunning, the smoothness and heartiness of a porter, coupled with the sweetness and alcohol warming of my favorite style (at this point), the scotch ale. Taste did deteriorate a bit as warming occured during the drinking experience, but nothing too drastic. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent as well. A tremendous category-breaker from those wizards at Middle Ages.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

by far the best middle ages beer, and if it wasnt for ommegang, id declare it the best beer made in new york state! pours a rich dark fudge color with w foamy white lacey head. smells smokey and sweet, bittersweet like pure cacao, and engligh malty like a euro brown ale almost. the flavor is just epic, all time! a blend of two styles scotch ale and porter, there is a lot of flavors going on. a robust smokey sweet chocolate malt thing up front, with a drawn out finish akin to a good glass of whiskey. almost tastes wood aged, and that version must be incredible, but the plain ole duke of winship is an amazing beer. medium to full body smooth as velvet. brewery fresh growler on thanksgiving made the day. seek this one out!

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Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for this!

Pours black with a thin light brown head that holds up. Strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of dark malty goodness with a touch of roast. Caramel/toffee and nuts mix in. It smell Scotch-like, but with a roasty, coffee, Porter-like touch.

Scotch-like in the malty character with whisky-like dryness in the finish. Between the start and the finish, the Scotch ale character stands out, but with a porter-like roasted coffee tone. Sweet maltiness balanced by roast and woody dryness.

The body is smooth, rich, robust and creamy. Full-bodied, or "enough" so.

An interesting hybrid. A very nice Scotch ale with a porter character mixed in, making it a malty, unique brew. They accomplished what they had planned to do quite well, I'd say.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very fine deep brown pour, with a nice tan head. The head bubbles away quickly but leaves a touch of lacing and a nice thin layer on the beer.

Aroma is caramelized sugar, some dark roastiness. Definitely on the malty side, a sweet charcoal if there is such a thing. Love the rich caramel flavor, again some roast malt, sweet and smooth turning just a bit bitter in the finish as the hops make their appearance.

Nice big body, rich and creamy, swirling leaves a viscous trail on the glass which I really dig. This is a fine Scotch Ale, highly drinkable and eminently enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with a light tan head that stays strong. The aroma is an intense mixture of Ringwood yeast, roasted barley, chocolate malts, and patent malts; truly excellant. The taste is very unique. You get that buttery feeling as it goes down, but there is that dark grain element that adds such complexity to the palate. It does have a lot of porter qualities to it, but I like a beer that is willing to push to envelope a little. The mouthfeel is fine, although it is medium to heavily bodied. This one is a pleasure to drink. I think I'll have another.

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Photo of generallee
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a very brief description of the beer but no abv%.

Appearance: From a slow pour I got a very tall and thick foam head over a very dark brown liquid. Its clarity appears good though is very dark and hard to see through. As I sip on this beer the head holds on very well and makes a little slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is big and beautiful. It hit my nose right as I opened the bottle. It is full of malty and bready sweetness will notes off caramel, dark toast and faint earth hops in the distance.

Taste / Palate: As the aroma suggested it has loads of malty sweetness flowing over the tongue. It is bready and toasty as well as sweet and candy like. I get all the dark toast and caramel notes from the nose plus a light roasted almond like nutty taste. It’s palate feels smooth, a little slick but it’s light enough to keep from being cloying.

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Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the Middle Ages tasting room, the happiest room in Syracuse.

Looks beautiful in my glass, a 1-2 finger head over a near black body. Plenty of lacing on the way down and just the slightest head until the end.

Rich coffee smell backed up by malts and a little fruit.

Coffee tones with a mild dry bitter bite. Good degree of complexity, creamy coffee and chocolate-like flavors of a porter, with rich fruit and slight alcohol taste of a scotch ale.

Full-bodied beer with nice carbonation that goes down easy for a dark beer. Very smooth.

The drinkability is one of the most impressive factors to me. It's dark and rich, yet it's not too filling for such a dark beer. Doesn't fill me up so I can keep drinking this the whole growler through with ease.

Overall this is a beer to try for any dark beer fan. I'm more of a porter lover than scotch ale and generally think of it as a porter, but that doesn't matter. This is just a good solid beer thats damn tasty and treats you right. I find its generally fuller-bodied and tasting on-tap than bottle.

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Photo of Brent
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a heck of a well-crafted beer. It describes itself as a hybred Scotch ale and porter. To me, it fits in the robust porter section of the beer spectrum - but with a brew as tasty as this, who cares what we call it? Pours a soy-sauce black. Held up to the light - it glows a rich walnut red-brown. Aroma hints of baker's chocolate. Mouthfeel is substantial with a malty heft. Dark chocolate and mocha coffee flavors hang at the back of the tongue, refusing to release until the bitterness fades to an echo. By then, the next drink is on the way. The more I drank this, the better I liked it. Would be a fantastic accompanyment to a hearty stew or soup.

A salute to Syrbeer for introducing me to The Duke.

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Photo of sponberg
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown with a cream colored head. Really great nose - well attenuated diacetyl, peat, chocolatey, hints of roastiness.

One of my "have it around the house at all times" brews - the flavor starts out with malty sweetness, some chocolate and peaty/smoky notes, just enough roasted malt to balance, not at all cloying, with very well hidden alcohol. The hops come into play more at the end, and there's a good clean bitterness underlying the whole thing. Moderate to chewy mouthfeel, and the drinkability soars when it's cold outside (but that's just me). Ages nicely, too - a six month old sample, if well stored, is slightly drier and more peaty. The Duke on the label is smiling with good reason.

If you ever see this beer available on cask, run (don't walk) to try it. One of the better hand-pulled pints I've ever had.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lable states that this brew is a hybrid of a Scotish-Style ale and a Porter.

12 oz. Bottle > Dmpled Mug

The pour was not thick, but very dark...actually, black and opaque qould be more accurate. Still, Very actvie looking as you can spy some tiny charged-up bubbles clinging to the edge for dear life...as the bubbles seem to be getting snuffed out by the heavy, black liquid they are actuallt creating life in the form of a 2" deep, dark brown head that looks sticky and has moderate retention qualities (an Average life span)

The aroma has a very remarkable quality that is more robust than any other dark-brew that has come before...the smokey, woody aroma. It is intesne, much like a very nice campfire smoke or fine cigar. with the smoke comes roastie oats, bitter chocolate with a sweet scented vanilla current. Nice.

The flavor is also deeply smokey and roastie, with charred oates, mild choclate malt and a really nice balance of bitter, herbal hops. an abundance of round and robust Porter flavor's with the earthiness of a Scotch ale. Right on.

full-bodied, not thick or heavy feeling. It's actually very active but full feel for sure.

A wonderful Brew for the chill coming in the fall.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly opaque, deep burgandy-mahogany topped by a toasted tan head of dense foam. The Duke is an absolutely gorgeous color when backlit; it looks like a multi-faceted gemstone with sparkling ruby highlights. The cap descends unevenly, leaving softly arching fingers of lace on the upper portion of the glass.

Captivating nose of roasted barley malt, dark butterscotch, brown sugar and smoke. I don't get much peat, but this one hits all of the other requisite Scottish ale aromas dead on. One of the best of the style.

Perhaps it was the power of suggestion from reading the label, but Duke Of Winship tastes like a cross between a Scottish ale and a porter. I'm all for blurring the lines between styles, yet I can't help but feel that it was ill-advised with this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's still mighty tasty, it's just that the porter characteristics detract from what could have been a great Scottish ale.

By porter characteristics, I'm referring chiefly to the high degree of roast and, especially, to the rampant coffee flavor. The sweet, smoky, dark butterscotchiness is still present, but has to fight to stay in the game. The beer is sweet, bitter and ever so slightly sour all at once; there's a lot going on with each mouthful. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a lightly silky smoothness.

Duke Of Winship might have been better served (and would have been the stuff of legends) if it adhered more rigorously to the Scottish ale guidelines. It's still mighty fine beer and is one of Middle Ages's best. My thanks to HappyHourHero for the bottle.

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Photo of orfeu
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, garnet-burgundy highlights. Dense beige froth, about 1/4". Vanilla, caramel, roasted coffee, faint whiff of hops. Butterscotch, too, of course, as this is a Middle Ages brew, after all (gotta love the way they use that Ringwood!). Roasted coffee, dark caramel/chocolate malts. Herbal hops keep things spicy, and there is a meager smokiness, along with some mineral twang, at the finish. Unexpectedly, diacetyl does not show much in the taste. Rich mouthfeel; medium-bodied and creamy. An interesting beer, for sure. Seems to be more of a Scotch ale by the nose and more of a robust porter by the taste and palate. I'd really like to try this on tap. Definitely a buy-again beer -- great stuff!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark brown with a finger of cream colored head.

S: Very sweet in the nose. A hint of smoked peat as well which is always nice to have for the style. Some roasted malts with a hint of coffee and chocolate. A hint of wood at the end.

T: A nice mix of roasted malts and sweetness. Some hints of chocolate and coffee. Really like the nose. A really complex and well balanced beer. The beer finishes very sweet with a nice lingering note of caramel.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Smooth.

D: Again I love being able to get this on cask on the regular. The oak aged version is a little better as it cuts down on the sweetness but this is a real champ of a drinker as well. Definitely grab anything you can from Middle Ages on cask if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of erica
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

great great beer- the Duke welcomes you with a little note on the bottle... how nice. Not to sound wrong, but The Duke is welcome in my mouth anytime! It's a dark brown, red if you hold it up to the light, a ring around the glass of tiny tan bubbles. Smells roasty like coffee with brown sugar in it, I love it! Tastes sweetish, butterscotchy, brown sugary, coffee, yeah. Slightly bitter end, like something roasted would be. Mouthfeel is lovely, fizzy enough so it doesn't get to be too much. Drinkability is good as well, yes, unfortunately I only had one bottle to split. I guess I'll just have to go back to the brewery to pet the kitty Bubbles and get more Duke!

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Photo of Hobbz
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer from the bottle design to the last drop. Blackest tones with hardly any light showing through the glass. Foam was even brownish-tan. Did not perceive much of a Scotch-styled nose -- bottle seems to hint that this one is something of a cross-styled brew ("...bids you welcome with smooth flavor of a Scottish ale, capped with the regal flourish of a porter"). Taste also was consistent throughout the session: Burnt roasted malts with some sweetness, noticeable alcohol and a very hint of peat smokiness. Great balance and taste; well-crafted.

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Photo of DagFishHead
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is fantastic and so typical of MA brews. Very dark brown/ruby color. Luscious, lingering tan head with plenty of lace.
You can get lost in the smell of this beer. The initial ABV sting soon passes, followed by lots of malt, then a barrage of fruity, hoppy and even smokey elements.
Taste is loaded with malt. To me the label describes this perfectly as a blend of Scottish (even old ale) and Porter styles. Nice combination... like a very strong porter.
Mouthfeel is lush, carbonation feel surprisingly low given how much head is generated and retained. Very enjoyable, though.
Drinkability: Make sure you always have a couple of these stashed away for when you have a hankering for an interesting blend of ale styles.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body with a small tan cap. Bits of lace strewn about the glass as this was taken down. Deep sweet fruit notes with an unusually large roastiness for the style. Some chocolate malt and a dash of coffee. Definitely smell more of a hybrid than the standard, but it smell damn tasty. Flavor is kicked off with dark sweet fruits with a strong roasted malt upfront. Pretty big chocolate and coffee as well. Light alcohol is noticeable as is some caramel. Quite the malt bomb going on here in a very complex and tasty way. Strong lingering roasty notes. About a medium body with a smooth creamy feel. Very drinkable stuff. This threw me off at first put by the end of the glass I was loving the stuff. Not your typical Scotch ale.

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Duke Of Winship from Middle Ages Brewing Co., Ltd.
3.87 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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