Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
S’muttonator is a tasty mixture of German ingredients & good ol’ fashioned New England tenaciousness. Our brewers take 30 hours to brew a single batch of this traditional Double Bock. Take your time & enjoy its rich, malty & deceptively smooth flavor.

2007 - 9.8%
2008 - 8.8%
2010 - 9.5%

Added by Bierman9 on 01-11-2005

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Reviews:
396
Ratings:
625
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
13.22%
 
 
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Photo of numenor1
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear clopper with a massive, longlived tan head. Deep caramel and toasty malts on the nose with some dates and figs thrown in with some alcoholic spice. Very wide caramel on the palate, touches of fruitiness, never cloying(even a little dry for a doppel), alcohol peeks through a touch. Well bittered through the long finish. Superb balance. Good medium body with light carbonation.

Overall I'm impressed, given the unusually high alcohol for a doppelbock, i was expecting this to be overly sweet, but it is incredibly well balanced and very classic in style other than the elevated alcohol, though it is a very well integrated part of the beer's profile. This doesn't have the mind blowing complexity and depth of flavor of the Andechs, but the balance is tremendous, definitely making this one of the better doppels i've had.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bodied oranged brown with a good streaming of bubbles lasting within for a good portion of its sitting. Two finger high roofing of smoothed creamy light tanned froth is nailed to the top. Keeps a solid thick skim of foam always present once settled and the lacing is mostly keeping close to the liquid in a thin sheet of fine foam. Some spots are flecked about across the glass.

Aroma is fairly milding with moderate malt tones of toffee, maple, molasses, and a slight toastyness that adds a nice bready-like drying note.

Thick on malt, moderate to mild and flavor, not sinking or heavy, very even set and smooth with a well-rounded taste and warming. The taste is hard to pin down as its nature is alluringly complex and simple in tone, yet has an urging length and tiny shavings of things in it that makes for good lip smacking intersest. Toffee and caramel are at the center in a milding set girth with a super creamy surrounding of all sorts of notings of dark fruits; raisin, fig, and a slimming dark cherry edge. Slightly spiced with a greasy backed, oily hopping adding a slight herbalness within the malty warmth. More so entering into the finish. The unique thing I find about both its flavor and thickness is a small breadyness that has a nicely set toasted realm to its overall scale of malt. Its slight, but somehow always present. A dull set fruityness in a bigger figgy, molassas tone really tends to take over as it goes as the warmth never leaves nor does the nicely added hoping in the finish. This definately gerw on me as I went along to the point where I was fixating myself on what exactly was going on. A perplexing palate soothing softy of a brew. When taken in to account of its Doppelbock style that it.

Feel is quite nice. Soft, yeilding, smooth, creamy, uncloying sideness and thickness. Big mediumness to full bodied on the palate. Not too heavy and definately not any heavier then need be. As it goes down pretty damn easy. The wamth is all malts and flavor and not just a bunch of heat. It sinks in like a good breakfast and soaks in like a hot suana. Gradually making its case for you to enjoy and continuing to enjoy,without much hassle to your palate.

A pleasurable beer for sure. Its abundant in complexing flavor and warmth all the while keeping a simple ease about it. How the hell they do it? I don't know, but damn if ain't a solid Doppelbock and then some. Onward S'muttonator!

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Photo of jaluria
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a semi-clear, dark brown color with copper highlights and a frothy head that left behind minimal lacing. Aromas of caramelized sugar, dark chocolate, dried peaches, and raisins. The taste followed suit with the addition of a slightly bitter finish. Smooth and sweet with nice depth and mild flavors.

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

Dark cherry red/amber body with a huge cake-like yellowish head.

Nose is sweet and spicy, some hints of dark fruit.

Flavor is rich and moderately complex. There is plenty of malt up-front, but somehow less than I expected from a double bock. Sweet and mildly spicy at the finish. I get some brown sugar, caramel, rum-soaked cherry, even some dark fruit, (plum, maybe??) Alcohol is present, and slightly warming, but not too much.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. A nice treat for the tongue.

Drinkability is very good for the ABV. I am actually reviewing this one after mowing the lawn, and it still goes down well without being overpowering or drying.

A nice brew. Make it again, I'll buy more!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2004 bottle date, Sampled June 2006
Pours with a rich, dark amber brown color which shows a brilliantly clear ruby hue when held up to the light. The beer has a frothy full tan colored head that slowly dissipates back into the beer. Ah the aroma is rich and malty; a mix of concentrated notes of prunes and raisins, but not sweet, chewy with a note similar to fresh malt extract and a sort of meaty quality. After a bit of time it begins to pick up some sweetness, which accentuates the fruit character a bit. The aroma is really nice, purely malt driven with perhaps a hint of oxidation, which only adds to the richness.

The taste is sweet up front, and in fact sweet throughout. There is a light spiciness here in the middle; it is a bit like clove or allspice, but not really. The beer is rich and a bit palate coating bit still not overly so. This beer is quit drinkable, it just seems to disappear from my glass. There are some notes of rum here, combined with the malt, which makes this a sweet, yet rich tipple. Notes of chewy, freshly toasted malt. Hints of cherry and perhaps a round note of raisins.

This beer is very drinkable, even enjoyable but it seems to be lacking a richness and complexity that I would expect in a great doppelbock.

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

A clean brown beer with deep copper highlights. Has a big bubbly beige head. There is a smooth sweet malt aroma with hints of choclate ans honey. The smooth sweet character flows over into the taste with notes of brown sugar and licorice. The finish has hints of coffee and tabacco pushed ahead of the alcohol.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to BeerBeing, once again.

Appearance: Looks pretty standard for the style, clear dark brown body, creamy adn sticky off-white head, a couple bubbles can be seen floating to the top of the beer.

Smell: Roasted and sweet malts, a little brown sugar, not very pungent for a beer this strong, but good.

Taste: Rich and extremely malty, moves far away from the sweet brown sugar flavors I am used to in the style. Woody, grassy, earthy, with a big (for the style) hop finish. Easy sipper, very good.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and lightly carbonated, very full, great.

Drinkability: A well rounded and very interesting lager beer here. Makes you wish the style was produced with this kind of care and skill everytime something is called a Dopplebock.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled: 2.20.06

Appearance of the brew is honey amber liquid under a 2 inch off-white, eggnog head. Little to no lacing clings as the beer disappears.

Aroma is heavy on the malt. Let me repeat, HEAVY on the MALT. It’s like walking through the front door of a brewery. Real sweet maltiness, too, but little else. Caramel and roasty breadiness dominate.

Flavor is the obvious rich, sweet malts of the style. More roastiness and caramel from the nose follow through and are touched off with a hint of bitterness. Not very complex, but tasty just the same. The beer is heavy and chewy in the mouth with low carbonation.

It’s an easy drinker for it’s heady style. A good beer, but not a session beer. A bottle will do you.

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

Hooked this one up from my man Jim Bonomo. Bonomo is Italian for "good man."

Active carbonation with suprising hop finish. Tastes like an American version of a German Classic.

Antiseptically clean. Peppery, warming alcoholic finish. Mild caramel flavor upfront, subdued toffee aftertaste.

Slight apple and pear aroma; typical of a particular German Lager yeast strain I've worked with for years.

A very drinkable brew and a nice creation yet again from Smuttynose.

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

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass the beer was a ruby red color with one finger of tight white head that seemed to cling to the edges of the glass. Carbonation streamed up the glass and fed the head throughout the sample.

The smell is a rich carmel, malty sweetness. Toffee, bread, toasted grain, and a slight inkling of hops are also in the nose.

The taste innitially starts off with a sweet full-bodied matly complexity with caramel, mollases, brown sugar, and toffee all apparent on the palate. A nice doughy consistancy with the end having a candy-sugar like sweetness. The finish is slightly hoppy and a bit unexpected from the style. Be that as it may, it seemed to work here and maintain its big malty balance with a dusting of hops. Alcohol is apparent in the finish and moreso as the beer warms slightly.

Suprisingly only a medium body that got slight more robust as the beer warmed. Moderate carbonation.

This seems to be an interesting and delicious New England twist on a German dopplebock. Nice and strong malt flavors with a perfect blend of sweetness balanced with a present hop character. An enjoyable beer, and one I'll look for next time around.

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Photo of Sephiroth
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer courtesy of Beerbeing. Bottled in 05. Body is amber, with decent head, and slight lacing. Smells a little sweet, slightly vegetative, definitely malty.

Tastes dry and malty. Huge grainy, and caramel flavors, some dark fruit upfront. Mouthfeel is full and coating. Drinkability limited only by the highly filling nature of this beer.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The girlfriend was kind enough to drag a couple Smuttynose beers back from NH over spring break.

Very light for a doppelbock but oh so thick, almost the color of a dark brown ale. Considering the amount of malt in this, I was expecting much darker. The bone colored head is on the thin side, but again, very impressive considering the composition of the beer.

Smells thick and syrupy (yes, those are tact adjectives, but sometimes you can just tell). Extraordinarily sweet malts and slightly slightly floral.

Taste is surprising. Has a real nice toasty element and well as good bitterness. Still, very malty and therefore sweet. Slight herbal(?) flavor that I can't quite put my finger on. Outstanding balance.

The hoppiness keeps the beer from getting overly sickly syrupy as it warms up. That's my big complaint with doppelbocks and this one doesn't suffer, though there's a bit of a lingering stickiness anyway. Very good.

Drinkable? Absolutely. Am I gonna finish all 22oz before I pass out from alcohol poisoning? Questionable. Also, this beer reminds me more of the Scotch ales that I've had than of the doppelbocks, but a rose by any other name....

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep somewhat dulled amber with a nice tight well retained head that left a ring of lace behind as it settled slowly.Not big aromas but pleasant I pick up some definent caramel notes as well as some plum the alcohol is well hidden in the nose.A big malt bomb to be expected a sweet pizza dough like quality with caramel and prune with just a hint of German hop zip in the finish.A solid American doppelbock to be had,I would drink again for sure.

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

A - Clear deep copper color. Thin white head leaves sticky light lacing.

S - Sweet malty aromas dominate.

T - Quick light hop bite followed by sweet malty carmel smoothness. Finishes balanced with both sweet and bitter notes.

M - Medium body.

D - Alcohol well hidden, didn't notice any warming. Smmooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear nut-brown dopplebock with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Huge aroma of freshly baked banana bread is quite just unbelievable. The freshly baked banana bread with a good slightly sweet malt backbone also dominates taste. Alcohol is well hidden and body is just above average with some medium carbonation. Definitely one of the best dopplebock I ever had.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz - 2005 "bottle conditioned"

A - Pours a magnificent ruby/copper/amber with a thin off white head.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, slight roast, sweet caramel, somewhat subtle aroma.

T - Fairly sweet, dark fruits, strong raisin flavor, caramel, hint of alcohol comes through.

M - Medium to full body. Warming feeling from the alcohol. Slightly cloying.

D - A little too sweet and a little too much raisin for me to have more than one in a sitting. Definitely a nice sipper though.

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Photo of gbarron
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber. Can't find any dating, but bottle states it was 'Bottle Conditioned in 2005' so I'm assuming this brewed and bottled in late '05. Label has a great picture of an old ram on it.

A - deep ruby, reddish brown. Perfectly clear. Head is billowy, lots of compact bubbles, a little rocky, off/dirty white. Leaves thick lacing.

S - noble hops more than malt. Alcohol very present in the nose. Munich malt, chocolatey smell. Noble hop spiciness.

T - very nutty, chocolatey. Rich malty flavor but not overly sweet. Nice balancing between malt and bitterness. Bit of noble hop 'twang.' Aftertaste is sweet and alcoholic. Sweet, bready, nutty.

M - medium bodied, alcohol warmth. Carbonation is low to average.

D - extremely tasty brew. Alcohol and body prevent it from being a quaffer. Would go well with some fresh sausage, kraut.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'05. Red-light mahogany + clear. Nice welcoming warm color invites you in. Semi-billowy head eventually fades to a bubbly head. Smells very nice. Abundant fruit, apple and grape especially and spicey and zesty, with a nice malt profile, Reminds me of Belgian brews with Unibroue-esque qualities. Taste is alike. I like it a lot. A nice balance of sweet, fruit, spice, and of course malt. The alcohol is evident but it doesn't bother me at all, but it does make me tipsy. Finish is has a nice prolonged hop bitterness to it (over all the malts).

A yummy dopplebock, but I need to have more than a few different ones so I can differentiate better.

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Photo of wedge
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005

Pours clear reddish brown with a poofy white head that fades to a thin cap - nice color. Aroma is sweetly malty, a little toasted, with a light fruit ester alcohol spice. Rich, sweet malty flavor. Some dark fruits pull through as it warms - just a touch of hops and some spiciness in the finish. Full and smooth in the mouth - alcohol is there but not overwhelming in any way. Drinkability is good for such a strong beer but I would need to switch it up after a couple glasses.

This is a big malty brew to say the least. I imagine this would go well with a hearty meal.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear, rich chestnut brown with reddish hues. Has a thin white head that maintains with decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty with some caramal and bready tones. Also has a slight fruitiness to it.

Sweet and malty upfront with some nice caramel and bready flavors. This is followed by rich dark fruitiness and a slight hop bitterness. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol taste. The alcohol taste becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Big full body, plenty of carbonation.

A nice drinking dopplebock, but there are others that I enjoy more.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 vintage, bottle conditioned. Served at just over fridge temperature in a Celebrator glass. Purchased for $3.99 at Cable Beverage in Bardonia, NY.

Appearance- Pours a clear, raisiny, deep cognac with a light tan two finger head. There is very little action inside the glass, but there is a wall of lacing just getting underway. Microscopic bubbles make up the thin mat of foam.

Smell- A hugely appetizing blend of malts and grape soda... the kind from years ago that came in a glass bottle... dates, figs, plums and the like. Extraordinarily sweet aromas, I would compare this to sticking my nose into a newly opened box of Nerds or other sweet, sugary candy. The malts are overpowered slightly here until the beer approaches cellar temp... then they are king.

Taste- Surprisingly, the alcohol is at the fore... not quite what I expected, with the big plummy nose and malty character. The dark fruit notes are way up front and intense, matching the higher ABV in this beer. This is like a doppelbock/old ale... the malts really go deep here, and pack a punch. A quick, bittering hop finish wraps things up.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Sharp and quite aggressive in the mouth on the outset, but let this beer breathe for awhile... it mellows and becomes a sudsy delight. I learned that sipping is the way to go with this beer, as it has big complexities that must be appreciated. Overall a very enjoyable evolution of flavors and textures.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with some garnet tints. A soft creamy beige head foams up even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is toffee and red grape with a bit of bready yeast as well. The first sip reveals a thick slightly syrupy texture with fine gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor starts fairly sweet with toffee and brown sugar. The middle allows for some roasted malt and even a bit of chocolate. The finish carries the roast flavor and lingers as well. The beer is smooth and easy drinking. A nice doppelbock that you should buy if you see it!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clean, copper-chestnut in color beneath a dense, lightly tan head that sits up with good retention. Condensed lacing with sufficient strength.

Sweet molasses malt aroma. Crisp wheat and grains; very fresh earthy tones. Coffee and hazlenut.

Molasses and caramel; the sweetness is present, but kept nicely in check by the wheat and grain profile. Earthy and rustic grains; very crisp. A rustic-flavored bitterness making for a slightly dry finish with hints of coffee in the aftertaste.

Full bodied; well balanced sweetness and thickness.

A noble offering from Smutty. The sweetness and malt profile are dead on for the style; which is where many other versions of this style faulter. The flavors are good, but not 'exciting'; still, a pleasant lager with no glaring mistakes.

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Photo of akahn
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my tall water goblet a beautiful, deep, clear ruby color. Big bubbled brown, firm head. Lasts pinky-nail tall for a bit and then recedes to a collar. No lace, but I ain't complaining because the color is gorgeous. After the yeast-pour, things get a bit murkier and browner, still looks great.

Not a very strong aroma. Alcohol is present, with hints of prune and olive, somewhat musty or stewed.

Sweet, hot alcohol is prominent in the flavor, too. Reminds me of a "mini" barley wine. Plenty of fruity esters here, too, tart green apple and green grape skins, instead of the prune and plum flavors I got from Celebrator. The flavor of old, dry raisins makes an appearance here. A fairly complex flavor once it warms up toward room temperature. The yeast pour brightens the flavor up, and adds fruityness and juicyness, making it sublime.

On the lighter side of full bodied. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel despite ample, tingling carbonation, carbonation which was very important in offsetting the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a sipping beer, to be sure. It took some doing, but I greatly enjoyed sipping 22 ounces of this finely crafted, BIG beer (they don't call it the big beer series for nothing!). Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jason
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with a vintage date of 2004 on the bottle, "bottle conditioned" as well.

A- Superb cappuccino-like froth on top, excellent head retention. Deep tawny glow, brown on amber with good clarity.

S- Big malty aroma, hints of caramel and raisins. Faint alcohol in the nose as well.

T&M- Impeccable smoothness within the lush full body. Rich layers of malt begin to unfold as this brew warms up a bit. Velvety coco, mildly roasted coffee, fresh baked brown bread and a kiss of caramel. Light on the hopping, ample bitterness is still around after a year. Clean and sharp alcohol warms the palate.

D- A sipping brew to say the least, I could sip this one all night long. Paired this one with a beer braised pork roast and later with fresh baked brownies.

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Smuttynose S'muttonator (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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