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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) | Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)

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Mikkeller ApS

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.

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Photo of brystmar
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this a few times. Decent looking pour, good lace and head. Lots of peppers in the nose, overwhelming everything else that might be preset.

Almost fruity initially followed by roast, then briefly chocolatey before the chiles take over. Far too much pepper at the end and in the aftertaste. Similar to barrel aging, they should accentuate the base, not overwhelm it.

Not balanced, not good, and not my thing.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chipotle Porter pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s opaque. No light cuts through at all. Looks sharp. A very dark, mocha colored head covers the top. Carbonation looks to be active, yielding a head that stands nearly three fingers tall. It takes quite a while to completely dissipate. Lacing was very stick and thick. Look excellent!

The nose is good. Chocolate malts are very prevalent. Doesn’t smell very sweet. Smells more like cocoa and dark chocolate. There’s a bit of a charred scent. It could be attributed to roasted coffee or espresso. Smells a bit smokier with each passing whiff. There is a bit of peppery, spicy scent, but it’s secondary. IT works pretty well into the mix. Alcohol is buried and doesn’t come through at all. Smells pretty good. Definitely interesting given the spicy notes.

The flavor is quite good, as well. The chocolate malt base is nice and sturdy. It’s not sweet at all. Definitely cocoa and bittersweet dark chocolate. It’s a tad smoky and has a very strong charred barley or burnt espresso flavor. It’s a tad strong for my taste, but isn’t too much of a distraction. There is a spicy flavor that’s not bad at all. It adds some heat to the mix, but it’s not so much that it’s offensive. Frankly, it’s an interesting complement to the other flavors. Alcohol is very light and goes mostly unnoticed. Finishes with a spicy, warm flavor that’s a bit charred.

Chipotle Porter has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but it feels nice and soft. It’s not buzzy at all. It goes down smooth and easy. This 750 will go down without much trouble.

Mikkeller has a pretty nice beer in Chipotle Porter. The spicy side of it is definitely an interesting twist to its Porter roots. It works well though. If you can deal with the spicy warmth, you just might like it. It’s definitely worth checking out, even if you’re averse to spicy things.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - shiny black, tall mocha head dissipated slowly leaving lots of random lacing
S - cold espresso, charcoal, smoked peppers, and pleasant milk chocolate
T - french roast coffee quickly followed by the sweet & heat of chipotle pepper, dark and mild chocolate, and charcoal maltiness rounding it out
M - medium to heavy body that starts creamy smooth, chili heat begins to build and sticks in the back of the throat, finishes with a mix of milky and dry with heat hanging around
O - i haven't had many chili beers, but a rich malty approach like a porter is the way to go, big enough in beer flavours to hold up against the chili flavour and heat, very impressed

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jun´12. Black color headed by brownish beige froth. Medium size bubbled, rocky, slowly dissipated crown. Roasted malts, spicy notes, burnt bread & yeast to the nose. Sweet roasted malt & coffee flavors with chocolate hues. Subtle spicy chili & moderate bitterness in the middle. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Flavorful & plentiful palate. Intense roasted coffee grains finish & long peppery aftertaste. Amazing well balanced flavor beer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown. A thick mocha head, messy lacing.
Smell: smooth malt with a not overwhelming but discernible peppery edge.
Taste: much like the nose. Quite smooth up front but with a slight peppery burn in the finish.
Overall: a bit thin.
Overall: nice with just a bit of edge to differentiate.

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Photo of ubersky
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really excited to try this beer, being that chipotle peppers are some of my favorite, as are porters. This one did not disappoint.

A - Tulip glass pour...frothy 2 inch head that lingers on a slow pour. Medium to heavy density (for a porter).

S - Smoke and black pepper dominate the nose, characteristic of the chipotle pepper in food (and drink in this instance).

T - Subtle coffee and bittersweet chocolate, but the pepper, spice, and smokiness are the stars here. Not hot spicy, and not overpowering...

M - Smooth and silky. Medium carbonation...just right for this full body porter.

O - I WILL drink this again. Really liked the spice and pepper. Skeptic no more.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black body beneath the mocha head with scattered flecks of yeast floating about the beer.

Nice smoky aroma, perhaps a touch chared with kicks of chili spice and well roasted malt.

Much spicier on the palate with a jalapeño like finish and offering more roasted malt again bordering on charred with hints of dark bread qualities. As the beer warms there is also a cocoa like quality to the flavor as well.

Medium in body with medium carbonation and a warming peppery finish.

Grat beer with an appropriate amount of chipotle to offer the flavor without detracting from the quality and enjoy ability of the beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.

This beer pours a solid black, no highlights to speak of, and I looked hard for them, with a teeming amount of spillage-baiting tight foamy milk chocolate brown head, which sinks away lazily, rendering a pleasantly consistent array of forest-scape lace around the glass.

It smells of acrid smoked wood, kind of medicinal, or fishy, maybe. Whew - lots of meaty character in this haze, soaked up a bit inadequately by the base chocolate and mildly caramelized malts. The taste is more straight ahead big chocolate and caramel malt, a bit of charred BBQ veggie skewer ash, some fairly strong bitter leafy and earthy hops, all blindsided by a subtly rising metallic capsicum heat.

The carbonation is quite sedate, few bubbles stepping out of line, the body a sturdy medium weight, the spicy edge taking a chunk out of an assumed smoothness. It finishes somewhat surprisingly sweet, as the heat takes a breather, letting the singed cocoa malt apply its salve.

It's a wee shame that the heat, enjoyable as it is, tends to obscure the interplay of the spiked malt, under-appreciated hop bitterness, and subtle singular smokiness. Oh well - it all seem to work, in that there is no shortage of aggressive flavour here.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up dope. After having the BA version first I expected less. Good head retention and lacing (unlike) the BA version. Heavy lacing.

A: Darker then a normal porter, but it's something I'm okay with.

S: Really smokey with a strong pepper backer.

T: Super great. Balance is the key here. More silky smooth then the BA version. Smoky smooth.

M: Great

O: You rarely expect a regular version to be better then the barrel aged version. This one was.

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Photo of rangerred
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Johnson City, TN.

Arrives almost pitch black with a thick dark tan head. Really good lacing and head retention.

Coffee and dark chocolate are most evident in the aroma. There are some spices there too.

The flavor is all dark chocolate and coffee up front with some peppery spice in the background. Pepper becomes more apparent towards the middle and finish as a moderate warmth builds in the back of the throat. Some smoke is there too.

Overall this is an awesome beer. I don't think I have had a chili beer before that was this nicely balanced. The warmth is just right and the chili flavor doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer. Really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 9/3/12

A near black with a massive half glass of mocha foam that just sits there for quite a while and leaves a few nice thick rings of lace

S a quick citric hop blast is overrun by coco, and dark chocolate, there's a little smoke but it's mild, smells pretty good

T the chili comes out a little stronger then I'd like, I get a fair amount of charred wood and even some chocolate covered cherry, no hops sneaking around just spicy malt

M a little heat but not from the booze, thick enough but its on the verge of having too many bubbles but its in check, long aftertaste of chili and char

O decent stuff but there's room for improvement, the spice kept building as I drank it never becoming unpleasant but could have used less

I prefer the Speyside barrel version to this one, the chili was mellowed and it had more going for it in general. Still worth trying for sure and if you like chili go looking for it

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with a chocolate brown head. In the aroma, small chocolate with a spicy chipotle peppers. In the taste, spicy pepper with a chocolate like undertone. A small spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate to spicy pepper aftertaste. Nice spice, chocolate hides it, but a nice spice underlying the whole way through.

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Photo of rudzud
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's a while back 12 months?? Shared with bpk59 at his house.

A - Poured into a standard pint glass a dark chocolate hue with a mocha one finger creamy head that fades to a cloudy mocha with a dense halo.

S - Aromas rich chocolate and light coffee with rich earthy tones with some faint pepper aroma.

T - Taste of rich dark bakers chocolate and some light Smokey notes. Faint chili heat and nice chipotle flavour . Not too potent. Very tasty.

M - Nice and lowly carbonated makes it slightly thin but velvety. Nice lingering warmth and heat.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Was nervous I wouldn't get any chili nut the chipotle flavour is there. Very enjoyable. Would like another bottle of this.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black as night hue which leaves a two finger mochaa laced head and lacing everywhere looks pretty much like a coffee with the lacing,the smell is oak,mocha and an earthy herblaness,the mouthfeel is creamy full bodied and milky with tastes of feint oak,chocolate,milky cappicino,a touch of hops and a lingering chilli heatness that numbs the lips a touch on finish and overall a very nice chilli porter and i would definately drink again.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black as pitch with about two fingers of creamy mocha head. The beer itself is completely opaque and the foam takes quite a bit of time to settle. There is some substantial lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is interesting. I'm picking up huge malt, chilies, and dirt. All three of those scents dominate. The dirt is a weird one, I don't get that too often in a beer. As it warms, I'm getting note of leather and tobacco. Damn, this beer kinda smells like an ashtray. That being said, I'm kinda into it.

T: This beer starts off malty with huge roast and burnt toast. I get a bit of dirt and some chilies right after the initial blast. The finish has notes of chocolate and some really nice heat.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer coats the palate in a single sip. It starts out bittersweet and finishes with a good amount of spice. The thing that really stick out in my mind is how chalky the lingering flavors are. It's like a mix between being sticky and dry.

O: I've always been a fan of beers brewed with chilies, but I feel like this one misses the mark. The heat from the peppers is definitely present, but it seems to detract from the other aspects of this beer. A solid brew, but I don't think I;d seek it out again.

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Photo of Aiptasia
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the most interesting beer i've sampled in a while, poured from a bottle into a beer mug at about 55 degrees F.

It pours beautifully rich and malty syrup colored dankness into the mug with a monolithic chocolate milk looking foam head at least 4" tall up the side of the glass. Lacing coats everything in sight like a foam party at a cheap nightclub.

The smell hints at cocoa nibs and bourbon roastyness and plum fruit with a medicinal alcohol finger up the nose. Taste is interesting, it's much more subtle than other smoked porters. There's a definite hint of soy sauce mixed in with coffee and plum sour notes, slight alcohol presence on the back of the tongue with only a hint of smoked chipotle ending on the aftertaste. It's so subtle and warm, it makes you want to take another sip. Then another, then one more... then it's gone!

Overall, it's an excellent beer. I just wish i'd have had the opportunity to try it fresh from the brewery.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Solid black with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Thick wall of lace down the glass.

S - Smoky chipotle, cocoa, coffee grounds and earthy malt.

T - Smoky chipotle, earthy, leather, light pepper heat that lingers into the aftertaste, roasted malts, sweet chocolate, black coffee. Taste of the chipotle is quite noticeable but the heat is subtle.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel, creamy with low carbonation and a linger pepper heat.

D - A good porter as the base with just enough chipotle to provide the right amount of heat without being overwhelming. Still a slow sipper though.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this in a glass stein.

Appearance- The head is three fingers of soapy foam and intimates brown sugar. This porter has an appropriately black body and decent sheet lace.

Smell- It smells earthy and definitely has that sweet stank of chipotle peppers. I even detect some oak and dark chocolate. I love me some chipotle peppers, and so far, this nose has me pretty excited.

Taste- The sweet and musty chipotle hits the palate immediately. The beer is not spicy in any way though, in case people are expecting that.

I am also surprised by the smooth dark chocolate flavor, but not the roasty backbone. That smokey chipotle is the perfect pairing for roasted malt.

I get a sense of oak in the drink after a little while, but not any whiskey booziness.

Mouth feel- This may be more of a medium body, but it is very watery. No stick to it at all, which is too bad. I would really like for these flavors to linger on the palate longer.

Overall- This beer is certainly interesting, but the parts fit together surprisingly well. I think a little more whiskey and boozy quality would suit this beer just fine.

A leathery flavor hitting hard with the smoky pepper and roast would round this one out quite well. If this is ever brewed again, I really hope the feel is improved; way too watery to leave a good impression.

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Photo of uno99
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite curious about this one from Mikkeller... Bottle cap seems to have let out a little of the beer -- evidenced by some sticky syrupy gloop around the neck. Doesn't seem to have effected the carbonation or taste...

A: Poured into a Lucifer snifter. Super dark brown, perfect porter color. Nice dense head that leaves some decent lacing. Looks more like a light-heavyweight rather than a 6.6% welterweight.

S: I asked myself before opening; "Is this going to smell like the chipotle and beer BBQ sauce I have in the fridge?". Well... It sort of does!! The spicing is more laid back than I imagined however, which is probably a good thing. Definitely some chili's and whatnot in the background though.

....Oh and it smells like a decent porter as well.

D: First few sips is sort of unimpressive, but once you get into this it really steamrolls you with some interesting heat. The only time I've experienced a beer like this is with Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel, Route Des Épices.

M: Sort of averagely good mouthfeel here. It's probably best its not any thicker, but does feel lacking to some degree. I imagined it thick like BBQ sauce, but its definitely not. Carbonation is lively, however there is not much dryness on the finish.

Overall this is a good porter not made better from the added chipotle, but definitely made more interesting. Well crafted as usual from the Mikkeller lads. Goes good with chocolate.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.08/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Well, I've already reviewed the bottled version of this and apparently it must have mellowed out differently than the kegs, if this is really only once brewed. Served on-tap into a 12 ounce goblet.

A: Deep dark brown body, almost black with a small tan head. It settles quite quickly and doesn't really leave much other than a small ring. No real lace to speak of.

S: Chipotle pepper flesh, seeds, chocolate, wood and smoke. The peppers seem way more intense here than they did in the bottle. It's certainly the dominant profile on the nose.

T: Wow, that's not good at all. The Porter-like qualities do start off okay - roasted, dark malts but quickly are overtaken by the chipotle peppers. Way too much, way too powerful and completely overwhelm everything else. It's spicy, too. Much too spicy for what it should be, in my opinion.

M: Lower carbonation gives this a very standard medium body for being a Porter. It's very smooth, a bit bubbly on the back palate and easy drinking. Though it may be somewhat thinner than the bottle.

This was pretty terrible on draft. I struggled to put down the 12 ounces of this. Nothing I'd ever need to revisit on draft again, but certainly lay a bottle down for a few months and it should be much better.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass. It was almost black with a decent head, which was brownish-grey.

I could definitely smell peppers, a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malts.

The mouthfeel wasn't as heavy as I expected, but the taste was classic porter with a bit of smoke, chocolate, and pepper with a lingering spicy burn, but it wasn't over the top.

I saw this a more of a novelty and probably wouldn't go out of my way to get this again, but it wasn't bad and definitely worth at least one try.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours thick and black. Produces a nice large brown head in my tall snifter. Some big bubbles here and there. It falls down fairly quickly to almost nothing on top.

Big dark chocolate notes dominate. Coffee comes next. Lots of that malt thang going on. The chipotle isn’t really exposing itself much.

The first sip was kind of a wow. The heat creeps up on you at the end. I think it might cancel out some of the other flavors though. I’m digging the coffee, but the big chocolate notes in the nose seem to be subdued in the taste which is a bummer. The pepper really shines as you drink it.

Small amount of carbonation. The peppers leave a tingle all throughout the mouth but after a break from drinking it is mostly felt in the back of the mouth/top of the throat.

A 750 by yourself is a tall order if you aren't big on porters like I am, but it works great as the last beer for a Texas X-Mas night.

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Photo of biglite351
2.79/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Some cascading of the head. Very dark brew and a medium dark vert tight head. More Imperial Stout looking.

S - Spice (ie: chipotle), malts and maybe a touch of cocoa.

T - Heavy chipotle, smoke flavor. A touch of malt and cocoa, but not much.

M - Thick for a porter. A spicey burn, as opposed to a tingle, on the tongue and back of throat.

O - Just not my bag. I can see the appeal of the beer if you are into spicey stuff, but I do not want a "burn" from a beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black body with a big fluffy mocha head slowly sink to a creamy film.

S - Chipotle comes out immediately along side semi sweet chocolate, coffee grinds, hints of anise, light hickory smoke, and chocolate liqueur.

T - A mix of dark and milk chocolate, with a steady presence of chipotle creating mild heat on the tongue and back of the throat. The pepper becomes more smokey towards the finish.

M - Silky and smooth feel, creamy carbonation, dry and warming finish.

This exceeded my expectations. Perfectly balanced flavors. Chipotle was not over or under used and melded perfectly with the big chocolate malts. I didn't want the bottle to end. Picked it up out of state, wish I would have bought more than one.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Bottle poured in to pint glass.

A: SRM is dark brown. Semi-translucent. Head was dark tan/brown, 1 in, dissipates to line the rim of the glass. Medium carbonation. Medium lacing.

S: Light roasted malt, semi sweet, light pepper notes.

T: Good porter flavor. Nicely malted, some chocolate notes and light coffee notes. The only thing I got from the chipotle was a little smokiness. Not much pepper flavor or heat, but my heat tolerance is off the charts, so my palate is skewed in this aspect. Aftertaste is slightly malty and chocolatey.

M: Medium bodied. Maltiness and carbonation give a slightly creamy texture. Light smoke notes contribute to a dry finish.

O: Not bad, but not really impressed. For a beer that is called "Chipotle Porter" and being made by Mikkeller, I was expecting a more ingredient heavy beer and was expecting to be able to taste chipotle. Otherwise, this was a good porter, but a bit pricey.

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
4.05 out of 5 based on 421 ratings.
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