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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout | Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and real organic cocoa used in this ale impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavours and a delightful finish - this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate that will lead to smiles and refills. Samuel Smith's brews in traditional coppers, uses stone 'Yorkshire Squares' for fermentation, and ships every bottle from the brewery with great pride.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great looking beer right out of the bottle and that's mostly due to the cap. The liquid is dark brown in color and slightly hazed but the head is fine, fluffy and perfect. Think about a spongy capucino lid on this brew. Excellent.

The nose is equally as impressive. Rich sweet chocolate and lovely roasted grains. It's smooth and delightful, I can't wait to get into this beer.

Mother of god this is a tasty beverage. It's like drinking a smooth velvety chocolate bar that'll get you drunk. A sweet stout with a roasted grain backbone. A joy to sip everytime I put the glass to my lips.

Lightly carbonated with a medium body add to the slick feel. The beer also coats your tongue with its smoothness. A fantastic brew that is flavorful, beautiful and amazing to drink. Find this beer!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn I had no idea this was brewed once. Totally justify the 4 dollar price tag.

A - Well a light pour still gives me a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head. Beer seems to be pretty stout like with a deep dark amber black with hardly any escape able light.

S - Really digging the bakers chocolate on this one. Reminds me of Chocolat from ST straight up Belgium. Along side I get some roast and balancing coffee.

T - A very different level of sweet chocolate. Like comparing Nestle to Godiva. In this case a fine not artificial with a desert like quality but it never gets cloying. Mostly sweet no lactic sourness, hop bitterness, or harsh roast. Perfect.

M - Well it does have a nice chewy medium body. I didn't expect a thick stout but applaud a not light one either.

Overall great job guys! I might go back and see if I can snag a four pack at a discount. Ow better yet find it cheaper at a Giant Eagle. That would be a tasty session beer!

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Photo of fox227
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You should pretty much know what to expect from a Samuel Smith pour into a tall mug: a nice three fingered head, for this stout tan coloured(sic), and nice and dark liquid underneath. Smell is very strong in roasted malt, yeasty esters, and decadent milk chocolate. This would make an amazing dessert beer. The added chocolate flavor is perhaps a bit over the top, but is undeniably delicious. The mouth-feel is usual for a Samuel Smith dark ale, nice carbonation, but the 5% alcohol never betrays anything bordering on a light body. Overall, this is another great beer from the masters of English Ales, but perhaps best served with chocolate cake or anything sweet.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 18, 2012.

The pour is is a deep, dark black with a brown head that settles down to a lingering ring.

The aroma is explosive with roasted chocolate malts but it is difficult to pick up much of anything else.

The body is bold, thick, but of medium texture.

The taste is sweet but there is so much chocolate in it that it is more like a Hershey's Chocolate milk. There is a low to medium bitterness on the tail end but altogether it is a likable enough dessert beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml bottle $3.99. Dark black color, cream colored head, sticky lacing. Aroma is cocoa, kind of sickly sweet, hints of vanilla. Flavor is full of chocolate, cocoa, but that sweetness if there and its cloying. They captured the chocolate well but this tastes like it has sugar added to it, not my thing at all.

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Photo of warrenout330
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550ml

A- pours a deep black color, huge 5 finger head.. good retention... very nice blotting of lace to the glass

S- smells of sugary chocolate syrup, milky chocolate, faint roasted barely

T- super sweet chocolatey syrup, faint barely taste.. low bitterness... the organic chocolate almost masks everything

M- thin and a tad oily on the tongue... super sweet lingeringness... minimal hop bitterness in the finish

O- very odd take on this milk stout... this is seriously a dessert beer if I have ever had one, and I have many times.. but this really just tastes like super syrup chocolate beer... geez

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Photo of Macdoyal
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at the local beverage den. Got home and poured one into my pint glass.

Appearance. It's very dark with and nice small head of creamy foam. Kinda reminds me of Guinness.

Smell. After I topped the top i took a whiff and i was shocked that it's actually smelled like chocolate. I didn't detect any roasted notes or anything. Once it was poured the smell triggered the image of Count Chocula in my head and thats what it smells like to me. A light sweet chocolate smell.

Taste. It acutally taste a lot darker then I was expecting. I'm getting the bitter roasted flavor that hangs on the palate but a sweet chocolate or Kaluha taste up front.

Mouthfeel. I like how it's got just the right amount of carbonation going on and it's not too watery. You can take a pull and not belch right afterwards.

Overall. I like this beer and the smell is amazing. I'd buy it again and at only 5% abv it's a good beer to sit and drink with friends.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

550mL bottle, pours black with a tall, bubbly, beige head, good head retention, leaves some lacing on the glass as it slowly fades. Aromas are sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, Kahlua. Tastes are delicate cocoa, vanilla, cream, sweet not roasted, very White Russian-like, kind of reminds me of vanilla ice cream with a dash of chocolate. Mouth-feel is creamy & smooth, medium bodied. Overall, this is a little too sweet for me. It's good, but i like some roast in my stout.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

These guys are my favorite British brewery, and after seeing what they did with a Russian imperial stout, I’m pretty confident they’ll be able to deliver with this one.

The bottling code means this one was brewed on August 10, 2012, I’m pretty sure, making this one about three months old.

A: Pours a dark, syrupy chestnut brown with a foamy brown head standing nearly half a glass high. It takes minutes, but the foam finally diminishes to thin, bubbly layer; impressive. Thick lacing crawls up the side of the glass in intricate webs.

S: Spicy, dark flavors of bitter cocoa, mocha, burnt sugars, and deep, deep caramel; I expected chocolate syrup, but what I’m getting is a dead-on noseful of Kahlua. Interestingly enough, it really works for this style. Thick vanilla and Irish cream aromas help make this more of a liqueur scent than a beer one. Chocolate syrup is still there, though, with toasted biscuit malts rounding it out.

T: More of the nose, but with an abundance of chocolate and milky vanilla. Comes across in an uproar of sweet candy corn, acidic coffee, and warm, robust burnt sugar tastes, sustained for minutes at a time by torrents of bread crust, walnut, cinnamon-roasted almonds, baked apple, and an tangy, artificial cherry note (like cough syrup). It’s an intriguing array for a palate you’d expect to be all about the chocolate. Finishes warm and nutty, pricked up with oily hops only coming through in the aftertaste.

M: As milky as a 5% milk stout can get – and that is, in fact, pretty milky. Smooth and light without a touch of carbonation.

O: This beer dishes out a palate you won’t find anywhere else; that’s right, the normally traditional Samuel Smith throws a virtual curveball in a glass. At first, it feels like more liqueur-like, but after a few sips, you start to realize something about it: no matter what else you relate it to, this drink is just different. And it’s pretty damn good, to boot…

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours solid black with a tannish head that dissipates slowly.

Smell is of sweet milk chocolate and mild vanilla. Kind of like a chocolate syrup smell, but a REAL chocolate syrup smell, not artificial.

Milk and chocolate flavor, sweet and rich with minimal notes of malt or bitterness save for a hint of roastiness.

Medium creamy body with a velvety carbonation, especially impressive for a stout with such a low abv.

This is desert in a bottle. It's very chocolatey and smooth. Great body at a low abv makes it very drinkable. It's more chocolate than beer, but if you might be into that, then you really can't go wrong with this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a solid dark brown with a tightly bubbled off white head that shows moderate retention and minimal lace. Smells of vanilla and milk chocolate mostly and the scent overpowers anything that dares find its way to my nostrils. The the flavor is sweet and creamy with more of the vanilla and milk and dark chocolate. There's a hint of tart and a touch of butterscotch as well as that characteristic mineral flavor that I always seem to get from Samuel Smiths. I think it's from the water. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet creamy silky mouthfeel. Reminds me of a malted chocolate shake really. Light on the beer, heavy on the chocolate, it was nice to try but not something I would often seek out.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a rich creamy tan head that leaves wispy lacing.

Smells chocolatey - a mix of baker's chocolate and milk chocolate.

Sweet and bitter cocoa/chocolate soon becomes powdery. A sour milk tang gives it a kick. Some alcohol is noticeable.

It has a creamy, full body that is not too thick.

It has strong characteristics of sweet stout and milk stout with cocoa powder, so fits style well-enough. It does have a tang to it. It started off chilled, and became smoother as it sat and reached (near) room temperature. It started off fine, and became more enjoyable as it progressed, landing the overall score a half-point higher than I was going to give it after the first half. Worth the buy if you like English Milk/Sweet Stouts!

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Photo of n2185
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours black with three fingers of tan head that recedes into a frothy cap with good lacing.

S: sweet milk chocolate dominates with some vanilla notes. Smells like a Yoo-Hoo. Simplistic, but nice.

T: sweet chocolate dominates here as well with vanilla and some more bitter and slightly tart roasted flavors.

M: medium-thick body with frothy carbonation, this beer manages to avoid being watery.

O: a simplistic, but enjoyable, chocolate stout. Very, very chocolatey.

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Photo of Corey1978
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect desert beer. Great taste of Chocolate and malt silky rich goodness! Just the smell when you open the bottle give a great smell of sweet chocolate. If you dont like sweet over the top flavored beer then you will not like this beer. I feel they got everything about this right on. Just another great from Sam Smith!

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Photo of brock146
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark black beer, nice creamy looking brown foamy head.

S - Chocolate with a hint of booze

T- The first thing I said upon tasting this was, "Oh wow", nice sweet chocolate taste that is unique to any other chocolate stout I've ever tried.

M- Decent. Creamy but not as thick as I was expecting.

O- One of the best chocolate stouts I've ever tried. Samuel Smith's never disappoints. Good beer. Happy I bought and will buy again if I come across.

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Photo of EigenBeer
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - The beer poured a dark brown with a two finger khaki head that dissipated moderately. There was a noticeable amount of lacing as well.

S - The smell was very pleasant and consisted of a strong cocoa nib which over powered everything else.

T- Wow! It was as if someone poured chocolate syrup into this beer. The chocolate overpowers everything else just like the smell, but you can distinctly taste hints of vanilla and cream.

M- This would've been one of my new "top" chocolate stouts if the mouth feel did not disappoint me. It is very light bodied and low carbonation which caused it to feel like water in my mouth. The alcohol content was quite low for a beer of this feel as well.

O- I will definitely have to try this again side by side with some standard chocolate stouts to see how I feel about it. It was definitely tasty and worth the buy. Another hit for Samuel Smiths.

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Photo of sommersb
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 11-08-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 550ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Samuel Smith tulip pint
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance starts with a luxurious tan head atop a black, nearly opaque, beer with red edges when held to light. Lacing is generous and the head has good staying power.

Decadent aromas are first of sweet milk chocolates, big and malty, followed by some vanilla. Very nice, it reminds me of malted milk balls!

Taste is rich and of sweet chocolate, plus dark malts, vanilla and cocoa nibs. I don't discern any hop bitterness, but the sweetness is not overpowering - it seems just right for a sweet stout.

The feel is creamy and has a body in the medium-to-full range. Fairly low in carbonation, with a finish that is rich, sweet and chocolately.

This may be my new favorite chocolate stout -- a sweet treat that is big on chocolate flavors. If you like your milk stouts on the sweet side I'd highly recommend giving this one a try.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy, tan head. Retention is good and a finger sized ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Cocoa that transcends beer and smells like a chocolate milkshake instead. Just tons of cocoa. Quite sweet overall and it works well. Light roast. If there's anything else, it gets lost under all of the chocolate.

3.5 T: The cocoa isn't as intense as in the nose, not by a long shot. But, it's still extremely potent. Lactose-like tangy sweetness. Chocolate and caramel and light roast. It's rich, but it's too tangy. Of course, it's still tasty, but a little strange. The base beer comes through much stronger in the taste than in the nose.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Nice creaminess. No complaints here.

3.5 D: This is a sweet indulgent treat, but it's intense tanginess really hits the drinkibility. One 550ml is plenty and even a few ounces more than I wanted.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good, solid, appetizing aroma of chocolate, milk, and malt.

T: Tasted of milk chocolate, malt, and light hops. Lots of flavor, with a straightforward style to it. A big chocolate taste. Well-balanced.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a smooth, creamy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those beers that delivers what advertises. It's chocolate all the way and doesn't apologize for it. Well done and drinkable.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a dark brown. Can't really confuse this one with black; it is a definite brown. Looks more like a lighter Porter than any sort of Stout. Head is frothy and thinnish. Head leaves chunky belts of lacing. Body seems to be clear.

S-Chocolate all over. Smells like a chocolate ice-cream soda. Has a sort of root beer/cream soda/cola aspect to it. Tootsie Rolls, chocolate muffins, Cocoa Puffs. Milk chocolate more than dark chocolate, but I get a substantial amount of both. Maybe the most or second-most chocolatey noses I have come across.

T-Aggressively chocolatey! Blew me away at first (not necessarily in a positive manner). The initial chokehold of chocolate sweetness fades into a more pleasurable and complex medley of secondary chocolate flavors. Tastes like the richest hot chocolate in the world left to chill down to room temperature. Milkier than the nose. Buzzing yeast. Chocolate chip pancakes. Its all chocolate, but it is also somehow complex.

M-Feels more like a Stout than it looks. Full bodied as far as a 5%er goes. Very soft carbonation. A bit sticky.

O/D-A bit too chocolatey for me. My palate really began to lose interest over time and I even began to dislike some sips. Reminds me of when you're a kid and your Mom lets you make your own glass of chocolate milk and you squeeze about seventeen too many squirts of Hershey's Syrup into your glass; incredibly stimulating. However, as you age, you find in some areas of life that less is more.

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Photo of mynie
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice to see the venerable brewery branching off into newer styles. Nice, especially, to see them pursue a style that's especially suited to their strengths.

Pours very dark brown, bordering on opaque, with a very aggressively fizzy chocolate brown head. Quite thick-looking.

Smells like milk chocolate. Aside from maybe Southern Tier's Choklat, this is the chocolatey-est beer I've ever smelled. There's light yeast and alcohol complexities mixed in, but the tasty chocolate takes center stage.

Tastes like it smells only a bit more complex, with nodes of molasses and vanilla preventing the chocolate sweetness from getting cloying firmer yeast complexities on the back end. Sweet and chocolatey but still identifiably beer.

My only complaint is that the body is pretty thin, which really prevents the flavors from coming completely together. Overall, though, this is a wonderful sweet stout.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split with a friend; poured my allotment into a snifter. As the beer pours it looks thin like muddy water, but as the beer sits in the glass, it take son a much more foreboding blackness. A small beige head rest atop. The aroma of this beer is insane. Sweet cream, vanilla beans, chocolate syrup, butterscotch - crazy sweet smell. This reminds me of an overly-sweet coffee drink.

Super creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light, but not overly thin. The sweetness carries over to the flavor quite so. A huge wallop of vanilla, chocolate milk, syrup, marshmallows, whipped cream, etc. Bordering on cloying. This is too much for me I think. I can't find any aspect of this that makes it a 'beer.' There are better example of sweet stouts that carry some residual sweetness, but don't compromise on the base beer flavors. I'm glad I split this bottle. An entire bottle would have been a chore for me. This has 'dessert' and 'ice cream' written all over it.

Now on to check my blood glucose...

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Photo of oberon
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial nonic a deep chocolate brown with a creamy 1/2 finger tan colore head atop,a great looking pour.Milk chocolate really stood out to me in the nose along with roast and a hint of vanilla,like dessert in a glass.Mellow slightly fizzy feel to the beer,both balance each other out well.Chocolate and more chocolate on the palate but it doesn't hammer your taste buds,it's just a mellow lingering chocolatiness,mild roast and nuttiness with a shot of vanilla.I would make an ice cream float out of this,it's not even close to being cloying but the chocolate flavors are predominant,a great fricken milk stout here!

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Photo of Kromes
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. Pitch black color with a two finger's width head that dies down to a thin blanket of foam leaving lacing on the sides of the glass.

A very strong bittersweet chocolate aroma. Some milk chocolate in there also. That's about it, pure chocolate and maybe a touch of caramel. Smells great, but then again I do love chocolate so I may be biased.

Flavor begins with a bittersweet chocolate flavor with a touch of roasted malt. The chocolate is very strong and turns very sweet. The finish is where you get a little more of the roasted malt flavor. Finishes very sweet with milk chocolate and some roasted malt.

The body is light and the feel is a little watery. It does remind me of yoo-hoo a little.

I love chocolate and I used to drink yoo-hoo all the time when I was younger. So this beer does have a bit of a nostalgia factor. The roasted malt flavors in the finish do give it a beer-like flavor, but for the most part this is just a dessert beer. Albeit a tasty one.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This beer truly does taste like I'm drinking alcoholic chocolate milk. So deep and rich flavored I emptied the bottle in one sitting no problem. The color seems more brown on the edges than I've seen in other milk stots which are usually more black all the way through. The smell is sweet but not very potent. The flavor is fantstic with the dark malt base and cocoa with maybe a dash of nutmeg. The body nice and creamy and it goes down with no fuss. Just an overall great beer. Better than Young's!

Hy-Vee putting this in the organic section threw me off.

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Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate Stout from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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