Barrel Select Batch 1 | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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Barrel Select Batch 1Barrel Select Batch 1

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a new beer that was produced after waiting for some of our sour brown ale barrels to "ripen" and take of the flavors of the wild yeast and the oak barrels until we thought they were ready to be blended and bottled. This batch is a blend of 6 barrels, 4 of one batch and 2 of another, the mix of which has created a totally new beer. Intensely sour with hints of oak and funk. ABV 7.5-8.0%. The first batch's code FO/BB means French Oak Bret Brown.

This is a different beer than Barrel Select #1 which was a single barrel served at EBF 2009.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to several generous BAs for the CLBS hook-up. BTW, if you are shipping this brew, tape the cap real tight with electrical tape, and wrap it in a bag before packaging. I have seen a few leakers, so better safe than sorry.

A - Pours a deep murky brown hue, with a strange patchy white head replete with an exceptionally varied assortment of bubbles. Mysterious looking.

S - Wow. A very rich earthy, musty, woody and quite tart aroma is punctuated with cinnamon and a pickled fruitiness; exceptionally complex.

T - Wow again. This is a very well-made brew. Outstanding. I find it hard to adequately describe; perhaps it has flavor nuances comparable to exceptionally tart applesauce. The sweet finish is followed by a lactic-briny aftertaste that lingers tantalizingly. A masterful balance of barrel-aging, base-beer brewing, and batch-blending.

M - Well-carbonated. Sometimes too well-carbonated. Lighter-medium in body with a richness and a dynamic flavor progression from start to finish.

D - Awesome stuff; very well assembled. I want more. And more. And more...

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Dvelcich's tasting on 07.31.10 - reviewed from notes. Glad I could share this beer with everyone.

This pours a murky brownish/amber color. Kind of a creamy off-white tannish head that maintains a frothy cap over the beer and leaves behind some nice chunky lacing. The look and the smell remind me a bit of Consecration.

Smells got a dry earthy sweetness if that makes any sense. Some sort of dark fruit, like currants or figs.
At this point I accidentally snorted a little-- this beer is SOUR when snorted! I literally had tears in my eyes. It felt like my sinuses were bleeding. It burns like eating red berries.

Anyway... The taste is biiiig on some nondescript dark fruit-- maybe some currants and red grapes. A nice oaky presence. A very drinkable and enjoyable sour brew. The body has plenty of carbonation. Really nice and drinkable.

Just outstanding.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour presents a hazy dark brown body with some decent tan lacing.
Wow, this aroma just hits hard, vinegar and sour smacks hard. Lactic. THIS is how i like them! Makes me really excited for whats to come.
Flavors confirm just how sour this is, very. Dry lactic sourness plays with massive amounts of tannic oak notes, vinegar and young reds, and some fruits and kalamatas. love this.
Mouthfeel is dry.

one of my top 3 fav Wilds, i do believe.

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Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another superb sour from Captain Lawrence. Thanks Mike, for the opportunity to try this.

Pours a hazy, woody brown with a silky tan head and light lace. Very nice looking beer.

Nose is tart with notes of oaken wine barrels, musty funk, plums and cherries.

Taste is very well balanced. Quite sour, but not out of control. French wine, wood, and ripe pitted fruits.

Crisp, refreshing body has an long, complex finish of sour fruits, oak and sweet malts. One of the best new sours I've had in a while. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/10
Pours a rusty doo doo brown with a nice haze and a healthy head of tiny tan bubbles. Some very light gushing directly after opening, but not more than one drop on the floor after grabbing my glass.

Smell of sour lemons, brett, oak and light fruit, Apricot, lemon, ripe Bosc pear.

Taste of lemon, vinegar, oak, green apple, pear. The flavors start off nice and puckering with a dry tickle from finishing yeast, followed by a nice mellow sweetness of light colored fruit. Even the brown sugar caramelization comes out after warming a little more and your tastebuds come out of shock from the tartness, creating a great well rounded sour.

This one really convinced me that I will have the ability to stop having to order Russian River beers from the Left Coast (shipping kills) and can really look forward to the Barrel Select series to continue coming. Not the cleanest looking, but definitely one of the better sours I have had. One to be savored for sure

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this a few times since the release, and each time makes me wish that I hadn't traded so many bottles...

Pours a murky brownish color, some khaki foam with great lace. Open this right out of the fridge and let it warm in your glass- most of the bottles I've opened have gushed some.

Aromas of tart fruits- sour cherry, green apple, a good helping of acid that just barely hints at stinging the nostrils. There's also a spicy wood component that was suggesting a cinnamon-like spice note at times. The taste is similar, with hefty acidic bite. Some dirty earthy-woody-type funk, though that's not the center stage here. Flavor is dominated by tart cherry and sharp green apple flavors complemented by a darker plum-like fruitiness. A bit of drying woody vanilla in the finish, though the acidity is felt throughout. Well carbonated, and a nice lively mouthfeel on this one. I'm looking forward to future barrel select blends!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I goit this bottle from dmeadows as part of a BIF, and I am in his debt. The label says barrel FO/BB, bottled on 2/10. It further says "this beer is the result of a lot of patience and a lot of experimentation. It took over 4 years to build up a reserve of barrel aged beers from which to pull from to create the beer. A blend of several barrels ranging in age from 2 to 3 years old."

The cap came off easily, then the bottle started to slowly gush. Nothing too problematic, and only a little beer was lost. Based on appearance and aroma, this beer starts off strong. The beer is dark orange, maybe a light shade of brown, very hazy, with a thick frothy tan foam and lots of clumpy lacing. The aroma is intensely good, kind of mixing the best from lambics, American wild ales, and oud bruins. Sour funk and dark cherries or plums, tart and fruity smelling. The beer tastes just as good, bracing tartness tempered by just a touch of sweetness, a sour ale that doesn't go vinegar, instead it gives dark fruit characteristics while keeping an alum-like finish.

Thin body, just about right for the style, this goes down as easily as a sour wild ale can. Extremely good, very recommended, I'll try to get more now.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled the bottle down and poured it into my Ommegang flute.

A: Very deep rusty brown colored. Poured with a quarter finger of white head. Quite a bit of lacing which I really did not expect.

S: The first thing I got was pungent funky cheese. Like a blue allowed to warm on a hot day. Lots of vinegar in the nose. The bret is subdued but I get get a slight whiff of some barnyard. The oak really does come through nicely giving just a hint of vanilla. Really complex nose.

T: Starts off with a blast of acidic taste combined with a touch of plums. The sourness hits the front of your tongue after that and just lasts to the finish. Super sour. If you do not like super sour beers with tons of lacto this one is not for you. The vinegar became more pronounced as the beer warmed.

M: Medium bodied. Not as carbonated as I thought this was going to be. No gushing or anything else like that. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Hopefully they will continue to release more in this series. I think I have had a few components that make this up at various stages but this blew them all out of the water. This is a nice example of when blending works.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 02/2010.

(A)- Pours a deep burnt sienna color. Plenty of tan froth and lots of lacing.

(S)- A nice dry oaky bite up front. Lots of tartness detected in this. Some good leathery funk to it. Some bits of vinous vinegar and raisin.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A big oaky sour bite that flows into some rich acidic raisin, vinegar, prune, and almost a cinnamon spice to it. Not as funky as the smell was, but it is subtle. Maybe even bits of subtle cocoa.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. I like the sour bite this has on the finish. Good oak profile and acidity.

(D)- This is a winner from CL! Not crazy sour, but it is hefty. Superb oak nuances and just a great overall feel. A bit cleaner feel; less funk, but still tastes just great. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark golden red color with a light head. Reddish color, pretty dark for a sour, very nice in appearace, I am happy to have tried this beer.

Smell is of tart cherries and a little vinous, a little acidic aroma as well.

Taste is very tart, it makes my mouth water just from the scent. Very good, slight vinegar, barnyard funk, horseblanket, and tart cherries. The vinegar is subdued very nicely, I am a huge fan of the tartness here, terrific beer, great offering from Captain Lawrence.

Mouthfeel is dry and puckering. Very nice sour, terrific wild ale, I am pleasantly surprised.

Very drinkable, I would love to drink this sour all night long!

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks Eric for sending this my way!

A- Body is a quite murky, foggy, and translucent medium red/brown hue. Cloudiness is dynamic. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy head which fades to about 1 finger and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S-Sharp acidic sourness upfront. Behind it is some notes of oak, vanilla, sweetness, and a hint of vinegar.

T- Lots of lip-puckering acidic tartness upfront-this fades a lot of the finish but still tends to mask the rest of the flavor profile. Which has a hint of dusty oak upfront as well as a hint of vanilla and what seems like powdered sugar in the back of the palate.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and body that is light and just a bit thin.

D-ok. This borders on sour bomb...and that's what I love about it. Its not as complex as other well made sours but the acidic tartness makes its presence known. I really enjoyed this one and wish it wasn't such a limited release. Another great brew by CL.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Pours a nice dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is sour and funky. Really nice.

Taste is really sharp and funky. Very smooth and drinkable for a funky sour. I really love this. Mothfeel is sharp and full, good carbonation.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle, which was drank alongside Cuvee de Castleton, Rosso e Marrone and Flaming Fury. I thought this was the best beer of the four.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and some brett notes. The flavor is tart cherries, some funk, some brett notes, oak and vanilla. The beer is very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thrilled to be able to have this one, poured into a snifter at room temp.

dark brown with some light reddish touches around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice and foamy brown head rose up to a height of around two inches before dropping down to about half and then hanging around the rest of the session with deep and thoroughly coating side glass lace, this one was perfect.

The aroma was wonderful, previously poster arrived atthe word fuck to describe and I would have to agree here. Rich sour notes, sweet and tart cherries dropped in with light oak notes as it warmed, but dominted by the deep sour and cherry notes. Such a wonderful balance here between the sour notes and the rich underlying fruit flavor. Some nice dark malts as it starts to warm, but the long drawn out sour flavor comes back and dries out the palat

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this treat! We were craving sours and this hit the spot.

Poured into CCB Snifter.

The bottle is a somewhat gusher. It foams up a lot, but we don't lose any of the beer.

Pours 1 finger of off white head. Color is a dark ruby hued brown. A dark sour ftw.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, and lots of funk. Horse blanket with a bit of vinegar. I get some sour raspberries as it warms up a bit. A very nice sour indeed. Wow.

Taste: Mouthpuckering goodness. Sour cherries right up front. With oak flavors and the bugs following. Horse blanket funk with a touch of vinegar. Very sour indeed. I am a pretty big fan of this one.

Mouthfeel: Sour, funky, and mouth puckering. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation for a sour. Ends a bit sour and dry but relatively clean.

Overall, a very solid dark sour. I am glad I got to drink this one. It is definitely a great beer. It is drinking very easy. This one is worth a try if you have a chance.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Brought to a local DC tasting. Thanks to monsterzero for trading me this one!

a - Pours a murky brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Little bit of lacing

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, especially cherries and raspberries. Also some oak, fruity malts,raisins, and funk. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour, sour cherries, raspberries, dark fruit, oak, vinegar, some funk, and light vanilla. Insanely lip puckering, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I was looking forward to this one and to me, it did not disappoint. I thought it smelled great and tasted insanely sour; lots of cherries and dark fruits. A great sour I would like to try again.

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Photo of scootny
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy garnet brown with a tight creamy head and a decent amount of lace. Smell is just lovely. Cherries and oak, light funk with a red wine like grape note. Sourness is plentiful. An underlying malt facet. Taste is so good I wish I bought six bottles instead of four. Tart and sour cherries and grapes. Lovely malt core with a Belgian flair. Leather and lots of oak and a bit of vanilla in the finish. The finish is dry and long with juiciness dripping from your mouth as you relish the malt and wood tones fading on your palate. Feel is superbly soft with a velvety creaminess as it wraps around the tongue. Still enough carbonation to keep it light. Very easy to drink this one and but you want to savor every drop.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The beer pours a murky hazy dark ruddy copper with a thin white head. As the head fades to a tight cap it leaves behind a surprising amount of foamy lacing.

The smell is tart lemon, vinegar, hay and musty oak. There are hints of peaches, pears, green apples and apricots under all the sour, but they are definitely in the background.

The taste is similar to the smell; tart vinegar, hay, oak and lemon zest. The green apples that were so faint in the smell really come out in the flavor, especially as the beer warms. It's a very nice addition. The mid-palate on this one is strangely sweet, before the lemon zest and barrel flavors are re-introduced to dry out the finish.

The beer is well carbonated, light bodied and well balanced. The beer is tart and funky, without going overboard at any point. The alcohol is well hidden by the tart flavors, and the crisp dry finish invites me to drink the entire bottle. This is one I am happy to have multiples of, I can't wait to see what more time in the bottle does here.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared at woodshop 5.1

Poured a reddish brown with a finger of bubbly head that left a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass. Nice sour acidic and cheery aromas with oaky barrel funk and faint vinegar notes. It also seems to have fruit scents of cherry and berries. Lovely sour mouth puckering tart flavors up front which consisted of the acidic vinegar oak wood barrel funk, cherries, strawberries, and other berries. This barrel blend was medium body with lots of carbonation that had a sweet sour and dry finish. I love my american wild ales and this one is no exception. Great offering from the captain.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this from our most recent trade!

Barrel No. FO/BB
Bottled In: 2/10

A: Pours a hazy, muddled, dark caramel brown color. Sitting on top for the duration is a thin and creamy, khaki colored head that leaves quite a bit of lace on the glass. Open by the sink, it's a slooow gusher. Loads of sediment suspended in the skim and ring.

S: Aromas of tart peaches, sour cherries, vinegar, and funk. Strangely enough, from time to time I was able to pick up on an ever so slight cocoa/chocolate smell.

T: Fantastic mix of flavors. This starts off with a blast of sour and acidic cherry and really tart green apple. Right after that I got some sodden buttery oak and right behind that is that hint of cocoa. Finishes with a mild vinegar flavor and slightly sweet orchard fruit as well as a little bit of funk.

M: Almost perfect balance between acidity, sour, funk, astringency, and creaminess. Don't ask me how, but this feels full and creamy at times.

D: I can't believe how smooth and full this beer presented itself for a sour AWA. Those guys at the Captain are really firing on all cylinders, especially with their sours.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a nice off white head and a decent amount of lacing. Smells nice and musty with quite a bit of sourness. Stone fruits come through, but mostly straight sourness. Some acetic character. Taste of red grapes, currants, and some sour peaches. Medium body with good carbonation. Good drinkability overall; really looking forward to seeing how this one develops.

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Photo of mikey711
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank alot of this yesterday and then more of it today

A: Murky brown with a brown colored head that was fairly thick when it was poured. Some clarity, but not much and very little lacing

S: Nice sour fruit notes, some cherries and even a bit of figs. Also very nice dryness. Some good wood notes too as well a a touch of sweetness.

T: Much like it smells with some sour fruit, and very winelike with a load of tannins. I really enjoyed the oaky woodnotes that were present.

M: The dryness was my favorite part of this beer. It was slightly puckering in terms of sourness and really i cant find many flaws heere.

D: Very easy to drink for a sour. One in which i can enjoy probably a whole bottle myself.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2 / 10. Gushes ever so slightly on opening. Pours with a very thin white to white tan head. On agitation head puffs up nicely and clings to the glass with speckley lacing all over. Aroma is tart, fruity, more leather and oak and little wet horse. Smells awesome. Sweet and sour fantastic balance. Flavor - Malty backbone is surrounded by tart, earthy, leathery flavors. Strong avnilla oak notes are present. Long finish that lingers. This beer fills your mouth but is balanced by an appropriate amount of carbonation. The right temperature is important to get the full flavor of this one. Great sipper for an early spring night. Drinks easy. So happy to have this beer, props to Scott and all at CL.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle courtesy of cmurren25 in a recent BIF, thanks a ton Chad! Pours a dark copper color with a little bit of tan foam. Fades pretty quick to a nice sheen and collar.

Nose is sweet-ish with plenty of fruity tartness. Oh, and did I mention puckeringly sour? Yea, strawberries and cherries.

Whoa, this bitch is sour, but oh-so delicious. Slight oak and vanilla are really the only other things I can discern besides the powerful fruity sour/funk. Carbonation might be a bit high, but there is really not a whole lot to complain about here for lovers of sour beers. It is really good, but had this next to Red Poppy from LA and lacks the complexity and finesse that Red Poppy shows. Still though, if you can get your paws on one of these, do it!

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First release of bottles, enjoyed at the Birdsall House in Peekskill,NY as part of their opening weekend celebration. Bomber that was bottled 2/10, pours cloudy/murky medium brown, under a dark tan head, showing excellent retentive power, with cling, sheet and more then ample scattered lace. Woody, musty, sour nose with a jolt of vinagar. Solidly sour, with out being biting or off putting, dark malts still present. Earthy, funky, barnyard oozing, oaky and highly complex. Easy flowing over the tongue. Wild ale/sour beer lover track this one down and enjoy. Simply delicious new one from the good captain.

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Barrel Select Batch 1 from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
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