Cockeyed Cooper | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
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Cockeyed CooperCockeyed Cooper

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in bourbon barrels.

65 IBU

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/23/11.

Pours a murky dark brown with a 1 inch puffy tan head that settles to a thin film. Thick foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and fruitcake. Taste is of brown sugar/caramel, bread/biscuit, and a variety of citrus zests. The smell and taste of this beer shows no evidence of bourbon or barrel aging. There is also a weird thing going on where the taste is robust upon first sip but quickly drops off on the tongue. This beer has a crisp moutfeel and a medium body with a slightly sticky feel. Overall, this is a good barleywine but I am somewhat disappointed at the lack of evident bourbon/barrel aged smells and tastes. This is more of a standard barleywine in my book.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage on tap at rock bottom. the color is a deep amber maple syrup looking color, mostly clear, with a finger or two of white lace that gets super thin and dies out after a few minutes. the nose is really bourbon heavy, with a huge grain bill underneath. im not sure if there is rye in this, but it smells like it. good toasted qualities and a lot of booze. the flavor is very alcohol forward, especially when it warms up a little. there is a lot of sweetness too, some vanilla, and some dried cherries or cranberries or something providing a sweet and tart element. majorly full body this is a slow sipper and an easy beer to get a buzz from. the 11 vintage is nice and mellow on the alcohol front, not as hot, but still just as strong. it could stand a tad more carbonation, but being a few years old I cant be too critical of that. long boozy sweet finish. less hoppy than some American barleywines, but the bourbon really shines as a result. overall an excellent example of the barleywine style and one of the better beers coming out of Utah these days. no complaints.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured a clear and very dark mahogany in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A light to medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: A slight amount of sweetness is present in the aroma, which seems very malty with notes of caramel. The smell of alcohol becomes noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has a moderate amount of sweetness and caramel flavors. There are notes of bourbon and vanilla flavors; hints of oak are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate. The beer is very smooth and has a little bit of stickiness. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol in this beer is rather well masked--it tastes more like an 8% beer than one that's 11%. It's a great sipper.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a deep garnet-brown color, captured the mild haze and highlighted by a back lit glow. Capped by a dainty off-white sheet of froth, the terse head reduces to a lace around the glass before holding firm.

Bold aromas of toffee, brown sugar, and cashew. And almost butterscotch note rises just before the hops come in with pine needles and grapefruit peels. Light chocolate notes may be found as the barrel notes of caramel, vanilla, and slight coconut come to play. Oak undertones keep the earthy and masculine structure hitting home.

Where the aromas don't favor malt sweetness over citrus hops. But the flavors sure do! Led by the malty taste of toffee, caramel, and toast- other subsidiary tastes of cashews and chestnut rounds into the chocolate tones. All this happens early on the palate, while the hop flavor rises sharply in the middle- that's where citrus grapefruit flavors bridge into pithy taste and then full blown pine resin bitterness to finish.

Certain full body expectation are met as the robust sweetness is saturated by creamy carbonation that keeps the mouth engulfed by sweet creaminess. Its slow and deliberate turn to dryness happens over an extended middle palate and only concludes when the malt sweetness fades to the point where growing hops take command and alcohol warmth satisfactorily dries the ale. It happens very late... but it happens.

This decadent taste, texture, and aroma does all that the American barleywine expects. But I keep looking for an element that pushes it over the edge- a drier finish, a bolder impression, a hoppier start, a sweeter finish... something that pushes me off the fence. But those things don't happen and leaves the beer in a wonderfully obscure but regretfully forgettable beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel/ice tea brown color with only a wisp of a head and that fades away rather quickly; a swirl of the beer dots the chalice with foam

Smell: Temepered bourbon aromatics, like bourbon without the alcohol sting

Taste: Opens with a graham cracker and vanilla malty flavor that adds boozy Bourbon elements through mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor adds an oaky dryness as it develops in a Bourbonesque fashion that leaves the beer and barleywine elements behind

Mouthfeel: Full bodied but still; considerable warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: If you really like Bourbon, then you will like this beer as it has left the world of beer behind and has become lower alcohol version of Bourbon itself; that makes it drinkable though not necessarily my cup of tea (or beer, as the case may be)

Thanks, Douglas88, for the opportunity

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/11/12. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki-light tan colour head of nice thickness and cream, and good retention. Lacing is pretty good. Colour is a nontransparent auburn. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty appealing.

Sm: Caramel, biscuit malt, floral hops, some cherry, vanilla, and hints of bourbon. A fairly strong aroma.

T: Dried fruit is prominent, with hints of vanilla and a very very light bourbon tone. Timid dark fruit. Some caramelization and interesting sugars - perhaps meloncello. Biscuit malt helps round it out. Nicely balanced, but it lacks clear focus or direction. It's decently built, but not horribly subtle. I like it. Strange for a barleywine. Not as yeasty as I'd like. The alcohol is well hiddden.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Suits the flavour nicely, but doesn't feel tailored to it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. A good offering from Uinta, but not great for a barleywine. I wouldn't get it again.

High C+

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a tan, foamy head. It had nice retention and left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of vanilla, oak and some citrusy hops with a slight tropical fruit aroma. Some sweet caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and some bitter hops. There were some boozy flavors with a rich maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a pretty good barrel aged barleywine. It isn't overpowering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Total Wine and shared at a recent tasting. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a moderate dark brown color with some spotty lacing and a bit of a collar. The nose brings some bourbon with a bit of sweetness and some mild caramel. Taste is smooth bourbon along with a slight bit of chocolate and a medium body. There is a slight booziness there and the beer finishes with a slight astringency. Drinkability is decent enough. The bourbon character from the barrel is pretty good, though at the same time I think the base beer could probably use a bit of work.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/11/2012. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, orange zest, apple, floral, light pine, orange rind, grass, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, light bourbon, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and hop notes with light-moderate barrel notes. Taste of caramel, raisin, orange zest, apple, floral, toast, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, light bourbon, light pine, light clove, grass, and floral earthiness. Light amount of floral citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, floral, toast, light pine, brown sugar, light chocolate, oak, light clove, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors with light-moderate barrel presence; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance for the style and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a slick, lightly syrupy, and sightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American barleywine. All around very nice balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors with a fair amount of barrel presence; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +2%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml corked and caged bottle.

A: Pours an amberish copper with a half-inch thick tan head which lingers a bit before settling to a thin cap and leaving spots of lace.

N: Wood, sweetish malts, caramel, nutty, earthy.

T: Dark fruits, sweet malts, aged wood, earthy, caramel, vanilla, toasty and mild roast, faint bourbon, ABV is noted.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Malty, sweet, nutty finish.

O: Would have again, but shared next time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Note: Bottled 1/10/11

A: Pours a murky deep mahogany in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate ruby red + amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy tan head that reduces to a couple of small to medium sized medium thick patches of medium sized bubbles with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet caramel + toffee malts with a moderate aroma of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. There are moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toasted, bready, caramel, and toffee malts with a moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit pith hops which contribute a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth upfront with a moderate amount of stickiness and light amounts of dryness in the finish. Hints of alcohol warming.

O: Having had this one relatively fresh and with a fair amount of age on it (this review) and I think I prefer it with a little age on it. Nice complexity of flavor and aromas with fairly well hidden alcohol considering how big this beer is... Enjoyable but definitely one that needs to be sipped slowly over the course of an evening.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark amber-brown body with an inch-plus of yellowed foam up top.

Smell: Caramelized sugar in the nose, toasted breadcrusts, some fruitiness, whiskey barrels, a sliver of oxidation and alcoholic wafts leaving you with no doubt of a high ABV%.

Taste: Smooth caramel maltiness with some toastiness present. Medium-light sweetness. I thought the hops were surprisingly robust, giving up some citric kicks and sharp florals. Moderate bitterness. Solid barrel presence, with tastes of whiskey, toasted tannic oak, and charred barrel innards. Minor oxidative notes. Bittersweet at the finish with some dry alcohol-infused caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: One thumb up, above-average, but it failed to return my zeal, my zest for life. Maybe next time.

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Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent chestnut tinged mahogany with a finger of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Plums & prunes & booze

T: Plums, a touch of raisins & booze up front, some leafy hops as well. Dark fruit with a bit of brown sugar as this warms, along with dryness, a bit of booze bite. Finishes with woody hops, candied prunes & a touch of oaky sharpness

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, skews too fruity for me, pretty warming

Drank easy enough for the style & ABV, but not really one I would go for again. Had high hopes after trying their BA Imp Stout; would work slightly better as an English BW, not enough to really save the day though

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown, though you can see some light through it, no head and a nice lace top it off. Smell is hopped for sure, but with a subtle sugary undertone, and a hint of alcohol too. Taste is not very strong at all. There is the natural piney hoppness you would expect from a barley wine, but not too strong, there is also a sugary, nuttiness about it as well. The alcohol is there, and that keeps this a sipper. It is actually nicely carbonated, and not harsh going down, has the warm feeling on the way

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Photo of Slatetank
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant on Lingelstown Rd, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise and allowed to warm gradually to cellar temp from a corked & caged bottle.

The color is deep garnet with fiery amber at the base with thick cream cap and light beige colored bead which is fine. The lace clings well. I really like how the shades of amber and deep crimson change in the light. The smell is good with some raisiny yeast and malt cohesion with a light pine-like hop aroma and slight vanilla from the barrel aging with mild alcohol scent. The feel is full and balanced well with moderate sweetness and medium bitterness with slight tannin of wood with moderate alcohol influence and finish is mostly dry with medium carbonation giving a lighter perception than expected.

The flavor of the hops are mildly bitter with pine accent and mild caramel malt goes well with the light fruit in the yeast with a slight brown sugar flavor and hints of woody bourbon with a light tinge of vanilla from the oak with mild astringency in the hops and light barrel tannin adds to the dark dried fruit taste. Overall I am a fan of the balance of both strong and subtle flavors with light aggressiveness in the hops adding nicely to the barrel treatment. A very enjoyable barleywine with inclusion of wood and bourbon enhances the flavor in my opinion

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum.

Massive head w/ a good amount of stickage. Dark rudy color has clarity in the light. Estery w/ some fusel bourbon barrel aromas, caramel, vanilla and figs for a big sweet nose. Creamy and smooth all over the full-ish body. Big bready maltiness of toasted grain, caramel and dried hay. Alcohol is very noticeable but not hot, estery with booze soaked figs. Wood and vanilla and a drying finish complete this beer.

Wood aging done right, I really dig this brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mark for cracking this one open.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with a finger or so worth of off-white head.

S: This one is quite oxidized. A moderate amount of cardboard and some stale brown sugar. There are some notes of citrus from the hops as well as a hint of oak.

T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of oxidation, but not the good, chocolate kind. Cardboard, stale, hardened sugar, and some warm bourbon and alcohol flavors.

M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation for a beer such as this one.

D: Actually the biggest let down of the Utah brewed beers I've come across. Just too much oxidation to overcome.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 6/5/10 notes. Had at SAVOR in DC.

a - Pours a reddish brown with an inch of off white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of booze, caramel malts, and roasted malts.

t - Tastes of smooth caramel malts, whiskey, and toffee.

m - Full body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - A decent barleywine. I thought it was a little bit boozy, but I would try it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I thoroughly enjoyed the day I discovered that Uinta distributes to my area. Boom. This one pours a translucent dark ruby brown topped by a finger or so of thick, creamy ecru foam. The nose dives right into the bourbon and oak, with some maple syrup, citrus hops, vanilla bean and caramel backing that up. The taste is heavier on the hops and adds a bit of leather to the proceedings as well. Beyond that, there are hints of burnt biscuits, oak, bourbon, molasses, and orange rind. The body is a heavy medium, with a moderate carbonation and a thick, gooey feel. Overall, a solid BBBW; it didn't really live up to my expectations, but they were pretty damn high to begin with. There is more than enough here to make you me. Get some!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Great looking, bone white head with great retention and lace. Ice tea body with mahogany highlights.

S – Bold nose. Vanilla, bourbon, honey, brown sugar, raisin. Hint of mint on the backend.

T – Opens sweet and creamy with caramel, soft malt, and vanilla. Booze and oak swell up and envelop the opening flavors, blending them through the middle. A racy acidy sharpens the finish, cutting the creamier flavors away from the booze.

M – Smooth with a medium body and a nice long finish.

O – A bit boozy, but complex and still highly enjoyable this young.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep tawny brown with a a huge tan head that persists forever. Smells of floral and spicy hops with a solid shot of caramel and brown sugar. Lots of fruity esters waft forth as well as a touch of minty menthol and a faint hint of bourbon and oak. Wow that tastes great. Sweet caramel and dark sugars mixed with a healthy does of pitted fruits up front. Light bourbon and oak midway through with a hint of vanilla and a healthy dose of hop bitterness and ethanol long into the finish. Medium to thick body with a sweet hot mouthfeel and a light to moderate level of carbonation. This one wowed me at first but as it warmed the alcohol heat did start to get a little harsh. Nice barleywine maybe a good aging candidate.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #42 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

This barleywine is surprisingly smooth, even though there is a burning alcohol tone to it at the same time. It seems like a very good interpretation of the style. Very well rounded, smooth, good flavor profile. If only I could live in a place for more than a year, I would love to lay some of these down.

The only detractor, if I am going to pick one out, is that it is a bit boozy and hot.

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Photo of tdm168
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - dark amber with a soft, brown, foamy head that has decent retention

S - caramel, candy sugar, faint alcohol, faint bourbon

T - caramel, bread, burnt sugar, alcohol, faint bitter hops, dark fruit, bourbon, wood

M - warm, full bodied, smooth

This is fantastic. It has complex flavor and surprisingly dangerous drinkability. There's great balance. The bourbon is complimentary and adds complexity. This is all around solid. I'll definitely be having this again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one!

2008 bottling:

Pours hazed brown with a wispy head. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is robust - right from the start (immediately after working through waxed top to get lid off). Once poured prunes, figs, dates and caramel/toffee candy with vanilla and some peppery alcohol come through strongly.

The taste is of prunes, figs, dates and caramel. Alcohol still strong over a year or so later. More vanilla than bourbon character supports the base beer. It has a malty and whiskey-like finish.

It has laid-back/mild carbonation with a body that almost reaches full-bodied for the style. I was hoping that warming/progression would beef it up a bit does, but stays on lighter end of full-bodied. Certainly warming...

A nice malty, warming, with whiskey-like booziness, sipper. Bourbon-barrelling gives an oaky/vanilla dryness without overpowering the base beer, with is a nice malty barleywine. An enjoyable sipper, that has a great aroma making it well-worth smelling for awhile before each sip!

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, caged and corked, with Brewed on dating right on the tough was that?...

Pour is ruby tinged, darker amber, murky, the darker tan head is dense, lasting and luxorious. leaves wild, high webs of fine ass lace.

Malt forward nose, with some booze, caramel, burnt sugars and whiskey.

Super smooth drinking barley wine, very dry finish. Notes of dark and burnt malts, smoke, toffee, scotch. Big and smoothly flavorful. Easy drinking, quality offering.

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Cockeyed Cooper from Uinta Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 952 ratings.
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