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Stone 13th Anniversary AleStone 13th Anniversary Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by seaoflament on 06-29-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Tower on Piedmont in Atlanta.

Pours a deep reddish-copper color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sticky pine and raw herbal and citrus aromas with a decent amount of biscuity malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light biscuity malts flavors are joined almost immediately by intense pine and floral hop flavors that intensify midway through the sip and carry through to a very bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber without a problem and could have a few more of these.

Overall this is a very solid imperial red with a great hop profile. Worth a shot.

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Photo of champ103
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep and dark reddish/brown color. A two finger light tan head forms and sticks around for a minute. Good sticky lace is left behind.
S: Grapefruit, pine, and bitter hops. No sweetness in the nose, and therefor no balance.
T: Up front a large bitter grapefruit and resiny hop flavor. There is the slightest amount of caramel sweetness to balance. Even a hint of chocolate as the flavor lingers on and on. Though those flavors are very muted compared to the bitter hops.
M/D: A full body that is sticky, oily, and soapy. The bitterness, sticky feeling, and high alcohol all make this a hard beer to drink.

Pretty much what I though it was going to be. Another one for the bitter hop heads, and not for me. If Stone really wants to grow up, why don't they make a kick ass English Barleywine or Old Ale, and not another over hopped generic strong ale?

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber served in a pint glass. Nice looking beer: dark brown, thick tan head, abundant lacing. Hoppy aroma, with a little caramel. Strong hops taste, lingering. A little caramel and some dark fruit. A full-bodied beer, very enjoyable. I will drink this again.

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Photo of Suds
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear, dark red in color with a nice, thick tan head. Wonderful hop aroma, backed by sweet and full roasty smells. Lots of caramel and some moderate fruit smells. Bits of citrus aroma mingle in as well. Moderate alcohol, earthy. Sugary and sweet aroma, with lots of pine-like hop flavors. Warming...lots of warming in the sensation. Woody, herbal, and very satisfying. This is one fine beer.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't buy nearly as much Stone beer as I used to but I'm always game to pick up a lone bottle of any one-offs or anniversary beers when they show up. Given that this was billed as the hoppiest beer they have produced I was a little excited to see how it lived up to that claim. It is an unsurprisingly red-amber color, very good head and it sure smells damned hoppy. The flavor is abrasive, brash hops which I can see why some people are put off by the way Stone hops their beers but I dig it. There was also a solid maltiness and the mouthfeel was thick. This was a good beer but nothing beats the 10th in my opinion that stuff was one of my favorite IPA's ever.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - steves on university

June 2009 bottling - took long enough to get here

appearance: served in a modest chalice, dark amber-mahogany body, a nice creamy cap - overall a real nice looking beer

smell: hoppy as hell aroma - lush sappy pine, sugary tropical punch, raisin, alcohol, lots of spice, bitter grapefruit, rich and malty

taste: the stone anniversary beers are all pretty dependable - this one is a real winner. Stone packs an awful lot of hops in this one - grapefruit peel, loads of sticky pine, bright tropical fruit. There is a rigid chewy malt counter that keeps this somewhat in check. Sticky, bitter, piercing - another awesome stone beer.

Mouthfeel: high bitterness...very high actually, sticky, prickly hops. An absolute tongue-killer.

Drinkability: harsh but enjoyable

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Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 13th is a dark chestnut brown with an off-white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is chocolate and resinous hops, strong Centennial cat pea and sweet citrus.

Taste is big and rich maltiness and massive hops, wow. Stone really packs the punch, and their 13th is a prime example of why they do ASAs better then anyone. Still, I was hoping for a paler double red IPA type beer, this one has enough dark malt to be in hoppy porter territory. Make that extra hoppy, because this one has serious bite, herbal and dank, accentuated by the sweetness of the malt and overt alcohol. The aftertaste is strong, prickly and lingering. And hoppy!

Mouthfeel is chewy, sticky and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty high if you like 'em big and brash. One of Stone's better Anny beers in recent memory, like they say on the bottle, drink 'em fresh!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. 9.5% ABV, June 2009 "Do not cellar. Enjoy in 2009".

Thanks go out to the wonderful Sweemzander for this bottle. Lucky numero 13.

A - If the color weren't a lightly hazed, muddy brown amber, this would be perfection in a glass. A moderate pour puts out a four-finger tan and cream colored head. The retention is astounding! The lace left over is equally as impressive. Simply beautiful.

S - Hops are pungent in this one. Deep, damp wood, pine needle and resin, and spicy herbs. Very aromatic. There is a toasty malt nose hiding behind the hops that has a hint of honey and caramel sweetness. Tons of hops over-run everything else though.

T - The hint of malts on the nose comes out a bit more in the flavor with a honey-like sweetness and toasted qualities. The hops are even more unforgiving in the flavor. It's a lupulin kick to the teeth packed with woodsy flavors of damp wood, intensely resiny hops and pine, and a spicy herbal finish. The percent of alcohol is also noticeable in the flavor too. Spicy and warm and only a slight bit fusel-like.

M - Dry as the damn Sahara, this thing is drier than dry wine. It's resiny which gives it an incredibly light gritty feel on the tongue (which is not as bad as it sounds). The finish is more bitter than an old, unfriendly hag. The alcohol warms the end a bit too. Medium-bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.

D - Holy she-it, if this is this powerful now at six months old, how is it fresh? I could actually see aging a bottle for a little longer to see if the malts develop any more. Either way, it's another great brew from Stone, a brewery I'm convinced can do no wrong. That being said, the 22 oz bottle to myself will be a bit of a task. One glass is enough.

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Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like orange and cherry and resin, with pineapple and caramel malt. It tasted like juicy oranges and cherry and grapefruit, with some pineapple and caramel and roasted barley. It was fairly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a very nice balance of hops and malt, with great general taste and great body. It had very big flavors, but it hid the alcohol well and ended up being pretty easy to drink. The roasty notes became more apparent as it warmed, which gave the beer that much more depth. Very enjoyable! Despite the bottle's warnings, I'm curious how this might age.

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours chocolate milk hazy redbrown, like riverwater. Opaque. Can't tell what the shit going on up in this.

Smells like lots of fruit, booze, alcohol and malt. No winey nodes, very little hops. Just a like a combination of a fruit smoothie, minced meat pie, and grandpa's fiery orange juice (only just the fire, no OJ).

I know it says right on the bottle that you shouldn't age this, but this is way more pleasantly complicated than the beer I drank on tap in September. It's like a wonderfully melted fruitbasket, the alcohol has gained prominence as the chocolatey malts have been dulled and all that's left is like the bastard progeny of a Dubbel and and an American strong

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma is richly hoppy with just a hint of citrus. It pours a dark clear amber with a decent off-white head. Flavor is fiercely hoppy like a strong IPA, quite bitter but bitter in the right way - I did make a face a couple times! There is just a hint of malt and a touch of lemon. Texture is rough and fizzy - this is a ferocious beer!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a nice, thick tan head. Great retention and good lacing. This one is darker than I expected and the foam retention is phenomenal.

Smell is tropical, floral and grassy hop goodness. Solid, but light-ish malt nose consisting of earthy and toffee sweetness. Sourdough bread and some fruits, something like a urinal mint - in a good way.

Piney and resinous hop flavor with some earthy and floral character. It's bitter, dont get me wrong, but not as much so as I was expecting from Stone as the flavoring hops shine well here. The slightly toasty, toffee malts are there, and remind me of burnt homemade biscuit bottoms. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily and slick. Not a bad brew, but I liked the 12th better. I think I will pick up another and see what happens to it a year down the road.

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Photo of warnerry
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"enjoy in 2009"; yeah, didn't get to it until 10/5/2010

Pours a deep amber with three fingers of head, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell is mostly grapefruit rind and rind, followed by some caramel malt and some quite apparent alcohol.

Still a decent hop punch in the taste, mostly grapefruit and pine. Balanced with caramel malt, and a faint taste of bubblegum. Quite bitter on the aftertaste, and the alcohol makes no attempt to hide itself.

Medium, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Overall this is bitter with some obvious alcohol, but still enjoyable even if it was past it's prime.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Bottle say to consume fresh (in 2009). My apologies, Stone. I'll try not to forget about bottles of your beer in my beer stash ever again. Lets see how you taste with a year of age on you anyway:

A: Pours an extremely dark ruby with a tight, dense, tan head that slowly reduced into a thin film leaving rings of lace around the glass.
S: Smells of caramel malt and dark fruits. Notes of licorice, and alcohol. Hops are very dulled (as expected with age), but notes of pine are still present.
T: Spicy hops, caramel malt, bitter grapefruit, toasted wheat bread, figs, herbal hops and raisons. Slight notes of coffee and tobacco in the aftertaste.
M: Alcohol is very mellow and only warms the throat slightly after each swallow. Carbonation is soft and comfortable, body is medium, and mouthfeel is rich and spicy.
D: While the hops may not be as evident as they once were, this is still a damn fine beer. Goes down smooth and creamy. Another fine example from Stone, and I'm looking forward to this year's offering.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a flared pilsner. Poured a deep red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bitter hops, and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and bitter hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Still had a fairly big hoppy character on this one after sitting in the keg for awhile. Went down very nicely and had a nice aroma as well. An absolute must try if you have not.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Thirteenth Anniversary Stone Brewing Company!! Keep up the great work! Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Stone 13 pours out a deep almost ruby color that is crystal clear. What a beautiful color. A somewhat hard pour yielded about two fingers of soapy tan head. Head was short lived, fading a bit on the quick side. head dissapeared into a thin glob of foam atop the beer, and left some random spotty lace behind. Looks to have a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Pretty good smelling nose on this beer. A large wave of citrusy hops blast the nose first. Nice floral notes mixed with orange peel and grapefruit. Also hints of pineapple. Thick malt character cuts through the hops abit.

Taste: Definitely a big hop presence in this beer. Again citrusy (mostly grapefruit and lemon zest) but with some slight pine notes not noticed in the nose. I am also getting a dark fruit flavor that is very faint. Can't quite put my finger on what it is. The malt really shines through in the flavor surprisingly, giving the beer some balane and depth. The 9.5 percent ABV warms in the bitter, hoppy, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is somewhere between medium and full bodied. Somewhat on the thicker side. A perfect amount of tongue tickling carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable but strong at the same time. This brew will get you if you dont respect it. Another great brew from Stone!!

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

A - Dark mahogany color, ruby on the edges and ruby highlights. Pretty nice two finger head that retained well and left some decent lacing.

S - Quite fruity, with a lot of carmel malts. Plums, berries, raisins, and a lot of dark stuff is nicely muted and only adds to a solid malt backbone.

T - Quite strong, with a very malty presense and backbone leading in to some dark fruit and a nice somewhat hoppy undertone. It really punches you in the mouth, but not horribly overpowering.

M - Medium bodied, carbonated enough to give it a little kick.

D - Very distinct tasting beers sometimes tend to be low on drinkablility. Got through the bomber okay, but think that did me in.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one pours a light brown in color with a modest head. Nothing to look at.

Smell - The hops leap from the glass like a frog on crank. I can pick up some nice, darkish malts in the base but these hops are just buck wild in here. They are incredibly raw. The only time I've ever smelled hops like this is when I have picked them fresh.

Taste - The malt base is actually quite roasty and came up quickly at the taste. That huge hop profile though overpowers all else. This is as raw and as virgin as they come. It is like a hop flower sandwich on whole-wheat toast.

Mouthfeel - This is getting towards full-bodied with plenty of hop belches but the bitterness has not quite set in yet. There is absolutely no sense of alcohol. It tastes like a virgin ale at 9.5% ABV.

Drinkability - Yes, I taste and rate all of the Stone beers right when they come out. I will review my cellared bottles with update notes, but I think it's important to evaluate the beer actually before it is meant to be tasted.

Having said that, this one has some huge flavors that are going to meld amazingly well together. In particular, these wild hops will mellow yet coagulate and the malt base will sweeten up and grow over time. It is going to take a while though because this is a big, big beer. I would say at least two years in the cellar before even thinking about taking a second taste. It will probably keep improving through 4-5 years peaking at 7-8. I really don't believe that Stone has ever produced a better aging ale than this - and that is saying a whole helluva lot.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, clear copper that looks like a dark, opaque brown in the glass. There's a big, frothy tan head that sticks around as a small cap and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is massively hopped, dominated mostly by bright, sweet citrus in the form on oranges, tangerines, grapefuits and some oranges. A very bitter hoppy aroma with a bit of malty sweetness if you really look for it, but not much.

The taste is much the same as the aroma and possibly even more hoppy (not necessarily a bad thing). The initial taste is of the citrus hops, especially grapefruit, before a faint malty sweetness makes an attempt to push through the hops. It is ultimately unsuccessful as the finish is scathingly bitter with pine hops providing the most bite.

The mouthfeel is sticky with hop oils and on the fuller side of things as body goes. It's got plenty of carbonation and generally a fantastic mouthfeel overall.

This is definitely a massively hopped amber. I personally prefer a slightly more balanced hoppy red (e.g. fresh Big Hoppy Monster) where the malts are more of a factor. That said, this is an excellent beer and I'm looking forward to keeping a couple bottles to see what a little time might do to balance things out a little.

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Photo of Gmann
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful ruby dark brown color with a thick off white head that slowly settles into a light cap. The aroma is of a citrus hop, mainly grapefruit, as well as some tropical fruits. A nice sturdy bready malt is also picked up in the aroma. The flavor is of roasted malt, similar to an american stout, coupled with the hoppiness of a DIPA. Strong earthy hops, piney and resiny, definitely harsh. The ABV comes into play. The feel is moderate somewhat chewy, quite a bitter finish from the hops. Plenty of alcohol belly burn. Overall a pretty strong ale, nice stout and DIPA flavors. However, the flavors are raw and harsh. Definitely needs some mellowing, especially the ABV.

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Photo of illidurit
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Pours a nice deep ruby amber with a big frothy tan head that leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma is big on hop resin and pine with some non-hop fruitiness as well. Flavor is surprisingly balanced, as a big dose of caramel malt collides with sweet citrusy hops. There's a shot of piney resinous character to take the edge off the sweetness, leaving a solid bitterness. A little sticky but very drinkable.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.25.

A: Burnt amber-red with 2-finger french vanilla head with good retention and ample lacing.

S: Toasted caramel malts are most dominant, but citrus and pine hops move in and compete neck-and-neck with the big malt aroma. Very bready and inviting but not all that original.

T: Big caramel and toasted malt flavor with correspondingly impressive pine and citrus hops flavors. I wish this brew had a bit more originality -- I like most other imperial and dry-hopped reds better because they are more comple and less heavy-handed.

M: Chewy and coating with medium-full body and low carbonation. Aftertaste is toffee and burnt malt.

D: A pretty drinkable 9.5% ABV ale, but I wish this brew had more oomph and character. It is good, but not what I imagined a Stone Anniversary Ale to be. Compared to the other imperial reds like Nugget Nectar, Lagunitas Lucky 13, and Red Rocket Red, this one is a clear 4th place (and maybe 5th behind Rogue's Dry-Hopped St. Rogue Red).

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Photo of woosterbill
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Delaney's into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Clear ruby-amber body topped by a finger of moderately creamy tan head. Decent retention and solid lace. Attractive.

S: Huge wave of piney, resinous hops; moderate spice, and just a bit of malt sweetness. Straightforward and excellent.

T: Follows the nose quite closely, with a constant, delicious, complex assault of rich, juicy hops. THe malt is only present in the slightest bit of background balance. Dry spicy, slightly boozy finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium, slightly sticky body; maybe a bit under-carbonated.

D: Pretty standard for its strength. Hops help keep any potential cloying at bay.

Notes: I ordered this without remembering what style it even was (not that "American Strong" means all that much, though - it tasted far more like a DIPA), as I trusted Stone to deliver again. They did. This awesome, hugely hoppy red ale puts even AB to shame, as far as I'm concerned.

Cheers!

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Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy redish brown with plenty of sediment - a big 2+ finger head that leaves notches all down the glass

smells like a pine forest

taste - pine pine pine - AB with grapefruit and lots of pine

mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation

drinkability is great - i love the taste and love the smell - one of the best stone brews i have had

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Photo of cokes
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extremely dark maroon, trimmed in copper, and foamed with a height of sticky and durable beige froth.
Caramelized pineapple, port, wintergreen, white grapefruit, and burnt toffee nose.
It traverses the mouth, first laying a layer of caramelly and bready malt sod. This gathers up towards a more toasted (and almost burnt) graininess. Fruit begins to ooze out with dark grapes and prunes, as well as grilled peaches, pineapples, and melons, as the hops enter the picture. Squirts of citrus and minty wintergreens. The close features a burst of alcohol-forward port wine.
Full bodied and given a bit of airiness with it pesistant CO2 that belies its elevated ABV.
Very barleywine-esque. This is a big ale in the order of SN's Bigfoot with a fruitier hop profile.

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