Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of teromous
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The body is slightly murky. It is brown with desaturated hues of red. It looks a bit like red wine poured into sweet tea. The head starts out as a thin layer of white and quickly fades to a ring around the edge. Lacing is runny.

S: I wouldn't say that it smells like brewed coffee, but more like walking into a coffee house where they had just ground up some fresh beans. There is a difference in the scents to a person who is familiar with the two, but both are appealing nonetheless. Aside from the ground coffee bean scent, I don't pick up much more.

T: There is a nice mellow coffee flavor. Some very light earthy bitterness, but I emphasize light. I would have liked more flavor from what is found in a standard dopplebock. The aftertaste is exactly like the aftertaste of coffee.

M: The mouthfeel is wonderful. The beer has a pleasant medium presence that is still very light and uplifting.

O: I do recommend this beer, mostly to coffee drinkers. I think the appearance is very "dopplebock-ish" but the flavor is mostly just coffee. If a person is looking for a good dopplebock to drink, I would recommend they look elsewhere. This is a very good coffee flavored beer.

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Photo of vfalstad
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark rusty brown color, very little head that fades fast and little lacing

Smell: strong coffee predominantly, sweet and malty, it almost smells like a caramel macchiato with a wif of alcohol

Taste: coffee, as suggested is the predominant flavor. I also pick up the malt, sweetness, and a stronger alcoholic presence as typical of the style. There's very little bitterness as you would get with old coffee that's sat around or old iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: smooth with little carbonation

Overall: the coffee leads this beer and the dopplebock takes a back set, not that this is bad.

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Photo of RummyRedbeard
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(copied from blog - written January 5, 2013)

Appearance – Pours into the glass an opaque reddish brown with a staggering thin white head.
Smell – Smells of vanilla and coffee and a slight caramel or brown sugar sweetness.
Taste – Definitely able to slightly taste the high alcohol content but that taste could also be attributed to the coffee beans.

The thing I love about this beer is that it reminds me of drinking an iced Irish coffee. It is a coffee dopplebock as stated on the label so obviously coffee is the driving force behind the flavor but as I said before you can slightly taste alcohol, then you add some vanilla cream and sugar and there you have it.

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Photo of Gatch
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy, reddish brown with a light brown head. Very little lace and retention.

S: Obviously plenty of coffee in the nose. Some roasted malt and smoke and wood but mostly all coffee.

T: As in the nose, this is all coffee. Has the sweet, roasted malt presence of a doppelbock but most nuances of the style are masked by coffee. A slightly burnt coffee flavor but it isn't unpleasant. A bit more of the style comes out as it warms.

M: Super smooth, good coffee flavor, and the true essence of the style comes out when it warms. So let it warm up.

O: Pretty solid as a coffee beer but somewhat lacking as a double bock. But what would you expect with the addition of coffee? Still, an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Mini4x
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am not sure it's "beer" the label says 'malt beverage' so I assume there is some technical difference. (soory I'm not that smart.

Nice light fizzy texture, crisp, good coffeee taste and aroma.. missing actual beer tastes though, but it's quite a nice drinking beverage.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this one on a nice stormy evening, after stuffing my face with some chicken tacos. Listening to some hardcore punk ... Drip of Lies.

Glass: Port City "Craft Pub" pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown. It looks like rust. Extremely hazy, with light still able to penetrate when hold up to a light source. A fairly aggressive pour produced little head, about a half a finger which quickly dissipated. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Coffee, a bit of chocolate, underlying sweetness like that found in Belgian quads. I get that impression mostly from the yeast, perhaps, although there may be some dark fruit and caramelized aroma to be found deep within. The coffee smell seems a bit artificial almost, like those found in many coffee flavored beers.

Taste: Coffee comes through first, and certainly sticks around on the tongue long after swallowing. Some sweetness is there, as well as a bit of a bit of breadiness perhaps. Really though, the coffee is most prevalent, and even as a coffee drinker I find it to be a bit much. Would prefer more of those classic dopplebock flavors.

Mouthfeel: It leaves a definite resin like stickiness on my tongue. Lips feel sticky as well. Medium carbonation and medium body. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Eh, it's good if I am in the mood for an iced coffee made with somewhat stale tasting coffee. The sweetness and malts are great, but they take a definite backseat to the coffee.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Ruddy rusty copper. Head is almost non-existent. Small creamy collar is white with some larger bubbles interspersed. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with coffee. Roasted beans. Vaguely nutty with a fresh roasted aroma. Some citrus. Bready, sweet malts. Caramel malts as well. Toasted with some grass notes underneath. Smells creamy...Some old stale coffee as it warms. Something vaguely spicy.

Taste: Light toasted malt with some backing caramel malt sweetness. Bready and slightly roasted. Backing nuttiness. Dustings of citrus. Some grass. Underlying vague spiciness. A bit woody. Coffee beans and slightly old coffee. Finish is husky and grassy. Warms to a bit of chocolate on the back. Slight warming alcohol. Building caramel candy sweetness that never gets overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy with some backing dry elements.

Overall: Not badass enough for the "k".

Follows the trajectory of most Dark Hose beer I've encountered. It's solid, but not great. Drinkable with enough flavor to remain interesting. A good use of coffee coupled with a rich sweet malt base. A little unbalanced in the end and that hurts in this case, but it's par for Dark Horse.

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Photo of Chaney
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a doppel in a while. Nice bottle art, great idea.

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Poured a caramel brown color, with a slightly reddish hue, and a soft white ring around the brew. Very murky.

S: I only got a hint of coffee here. I got more caramel than anything. After a few whiffs, I got a few grounds on the snoot.

T: I actually got a fair amount of coffee now. I found it neat to drink a brew without out roast along with the coffee for a change. It was like a melted caramel kiss with added coffee.

M: Mild prickle from the carbonation, and I wouldn't actually call the coffee bitter at all... just present. Minimal lacing.

O: I liked this one better than most. Cool beer.

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Photo of jmendels
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

There is a reason certain beers are brewed under the Reinheitsgebot. The doppelbock is by far my favorite beer style, so I was naturally skeptical that a brewery would seek to alter such a strong and already flavorful style. My skepticism was well founded. I picked up a four pack of this brew, in hopes that it would be a nice marriage of dark beer styles. Sadly, it was not. The coffee grounds did not mesh well with the strong flavors of the doppelbock style. The nose smells of rich malt but then diminishes with the coffee smells. The taste also exhibits a conflicted character with the strong maltiness and caramel notes competing with the coffee notes. This one is a unique experience, but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown with a small head at pour which disappates to around the rim of the glass. Unfiltered look - very - almost too much. No real lacing present. Aroma is sweet malts - brown sugar - with a strong backbone of coffee. Taste is great - coffee is a bit more forward - deeper roast along with a good dose of malt flavoring. Heavier. Great combintation.

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Photo of cradke
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Foggy brown. First thought is that it's much lighter brown than most dopplebocks. A thin head when poured with some streaming carbonation for a while. Not very homogenous.

Smell: A nice sweet coffee/chocolate latte note especially as the beer warms. Very sweet grain notes. Very little ABV in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and coffee. Very little ABV presence. This beer has very little in common with a dopplebock, Much more like a coffee porter, but still a very enjoyable beer. Aftertaste is pure sweet coffee beans not artificial coffee like FMB.

Mouthfeel: Thin, very thin for the style. Probably the biggest turn off of the beer, just add some meat to the very enjoyable flavor profile.

Overall: Solid beer. A nice spin on the dopplebock but it doesn't taste anything like a dopplebock in all honesty. Very nice solid beer for the price, but the lack of thickness is a huge turnoff.

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Photo of idResponse
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coffee dopplebock? What?!? This is certainly a strange pairing, but somehow these people have made it work well. It's malty, but not robust. It's got the coffee kick of bittersweetness and it actually compliments the dopple style brew. It smells malty and a little of coffee. It tastes really good! The bottle I have does not look like this picture but has a big goat headed man on it and looks like it came from a metal video. I think this packaging better reflects what this beer is truly about as it is a pretty unholy union of flavor to create something compelling and interesting and new. This is a high alcohol brew with an easy drinkability. You should try it out, it's not for everyone but it sure is interesting!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Muddy brown color. Very hazy. Particles in suspension. Head is very short-lived. Sparse spotty lacing. Not very appealing to behold.

S: Earthy coffee. Hazelnut, caramel, toffee, and bread. Very subtle figgy fruit scent. Slight spicy alcohol.

T: Coffee grounds, hazelnut, sugary sweet, caramel, bread. Controlled hints of bruised apple and fig. Hit of spicy alcohol toward the finish. Nothing but coffee on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Watery and thin in the mouth. Mild carbonation does nothing to save it.

O: All coffee, no doppelbock. This was a disappointment. A very dirty and haphazard beer, and it completely lacks depth.

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Photo of milliCAN
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

I am very surprised by this one. It is obviously coffee grounds in your face holes. It's a great twist on a Dopplebock and a solid one at that. I could drink a couple of these in one sitting. It really feels like the perfect marriage of the two main flavors. I like it.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky chestnut colored body with carbonation and yeast dancing to the creamy, tan head, which is not abundant but very persistent as it hangs around for quite some time.

The aroma is certainly unique offering quite a combination of medium roasted coffee and sweet caramel malt.

The flavor is a nice blend of sweet nuttiness and roasted coffee. That is really all and very straightforward, and also very well done.

This is actually on the lighter side of a medium body, which I did not expect and is also pleasantly refreshing with medium carbonation.

I cannot say I have had a beer quite like this before, but was pleasantly surprised. Dark Horse did a nice job seemingly combining the roasted oats and coffee of a more robust stout with the nuttiness of a brown ale. I’m not sure it is really a doppelbock, but I think the accomplished their mission.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloud brown hue. A soil deposit at the bottom of the beer bottle has undoubtedly left many tiny floaties swimming around. The head is a thin slash of tan cream. Lots of lacing.

S-The aroma is stunningly similar to real coffee. It truly smells like a cold cup of java. Almost as if you took a used coffee filter still holding the grounds and took a huge huff. Just coffee everywhere. Its awesome.

T-The flavor is definitely more beer than coffee. There is yeast and malt so I am finally pretty certain Dark Horse didn't just bottle carbonated coffee. Its still coffee all over the place though.

M-Feels lighter than I was anticipating. Soft carbonation. Creamy. Drinkable. Roasty bitterness.

O/D-This beer is flat out awesome. One of the best imitations of coffee I have found in a beer. Take away the bubbles and it could be confused for coffee. Underrated beer for sure.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a deep cloudy nutty brown, yellowish head is pretty much a lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, roasted coffee and mild nuttiness.

Tastes of mild oak nuttiness, milk chocolate and mildly acidic roasted coffee.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A tasty stout-ish coffee brew, good robust flavor and goes down easy. A bit odd for a bock maybe, but worth trying and pretty easy to like.

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark amber with a large, thick, foamy, fizzing head that has good retention

S - coffee beans, faint toffee, some lager-y aromas

T - big coffee notes up front followed by some toffee and dark fruit, there may be some caramel throughout as well

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this. It is definitely what it promises to be; a doppelbock with coffee. The problem for me is that this beer is dominated by coffee which almost completely covers up what could have been a solid, stand-alone doppelbock. It's not that the coffee is bad, but I wish there was a bit more balance allowing each flavor to come through. This was nice to have once, but the next time I'm in the mood for a doppelbock I'll probably go for a classic.

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Photo of bnes09
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bronze colored ale with lots of floating yeast flakes. Descent head on the pour but weak retention and no lacing. Plenty of room for improvement here.

Nice smoked sausage notes with coffee in the nose. Also roasted nuts.

Biscuit-like malt backbone. Roasted almonds, cashews. Smoked meats. Medium roast coffee. Tart in the finish and a dark fruit quality. Good balance.

Medium bodied and smooth throughout. Well carbonated.

Overall, a good brew with complex flavors and well balanced. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass
Note: my bottle lists a 7% ABV

A - It looks brown at first, but when held to a light it reveals that it is a very dark amber. I got about four inches of tan head. Upon further inspection, I notice some suspended yeast.

S - It has strong coffee notes. It smells of fresh grounds.

T - I get a pretty strong taste of coffee. There is some black coffee bitterness on the finish. It has none of the malty sweetness that I associate with doppelbocks.

M - Medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - This is the best coffee tasting beer, aside from the more traditional stouts and porters, I have had. It has a big coffee aroma and taste. This is a great coffee beer to drink if you are not in the mood for the fullness of a coffee stout.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle cellared for three years at 42.5 degrees.

A - Poured into a snifter the beer has a nice lacy head that doesn't last very long on top of it's medium to dark brown rather transparent body.

S - Strong coffee aroma with a very sharp and bitter edge. The aroma is extremely impressive but almost a bit too much.

T - The flavor starts out slightly malty and releases into the bite of the coffee. Considering the cellaring for three years I'm pleasantly surprised at how well the coffee taste has withstood time.

M - The feel is wet and non-abrasive. Goes down well even with the sharpness of the coffee flavor.

~ This beer was probably better off fresh. However, the three year mark greatly exceeded my expectations considering where it was at year one in t he cellar.

Review below entered on January 23, 2011.

Bottle cellared for a year.

A - Poured into a snifter this beer has only a trace of light tan, swirling head. The body is a translucent dark brown giving way to waves of deep purple peeking through. 2.5

S - The aroma of coffee and cocoa in a mild quantity. 3.5

T - Slightly bitter coffee flavor with a hinting at an offness. I'm thinking time may not have been the best thing for this beverage. 3

M - Very slight coarse feel but it goes down with extreme ease. 4.5

~ Aged for a year is probably not the best route to take with this beer. I think it was better tasting a year ago. However, the aromas are better now. Overall the beer is still very drinkable. 4.5

Review below entered on January 24, 2010.

A - Dark brown body with a cloudy visibility. The head is somewhat minimal at less than half an inch and it recedes very fast leaving a only whisps of pale tan at the surface. 2.5

S - Coffee is very much present in the aroma. There's a certain dark robustness to the coffee scent that is a bit unbecoming. 2

T - The flavors are complex and intertwined. It starts off a bit malty and then moves to a slight coffee flavor. As the pull continues the coffee taste increases with intensity. Before melting into a subtle cocoa finish. This is a great tasting beer. 5

M - The texture is smooth as it fills my mouth. This beer is very easy to drink at it warms my mouth and throat with each take. 5

~ This is a fantastic beer. I'm extremely impressed with the 'head' and warming effect it has. I will definitely be recommending this to my pals. 4.5

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of head which quickly dissipates. smell is of a sweet brown ale with lots of coffee bean and vanilla. slight oak notes. the flavr is of a roasty bitterness up front, followed by a nice sweet malty profile topped off instantly by a bitter coffee flavor. nutty notes in the finish. medium body, slightly watery feel yet smooth and somewhat creamy, low carbonation.

i was expecting a little bit more of a mindblowing experience from this one since i hear great things about this brewery, and to be honest the label artwork was so bad ass! i wasn't all that impressed, though it is a nice tasty dessert beer. i believe i paid $5 (plus the shipping cost to get this in nj), which i would say not worth it to do again, but i am glad i finally got to try it.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown beer with a finger of beige head

S: a true coffee smell, as opposed to the more common espresso smells

T: bready malts and fresh brewed coffee, some toffee and musky, woodsy tones

M: medium body, medium carbonation, little chalky coffee on the aftertaste

O: an average brew - not bad, but nothing really stood out about the beer; not being a devotee of the style, I tried to score it a little higher than my initial impressions would have dictated. My bias: I think I am partial to the notion that coffee flavors in beer are best suited to porters and stouts. This was not a beer I'd return to, but I would not discourage someone else from trying it.

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Photo of socon67
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown pour with a red tint. Good clarity. Lacing is non-existant and hte foamy head settled fast.

S - Really impressed with the fresh scent of ground coffee beans. The smell is like a fine espresso in a french cafe. There is a slight smell of sweet malts. Hard to find any fault with this beer.

T - Initial sweetness of sugar is balanced by the bitterness of fresh coffee. Seriously; where do they get these coffee beans? This is some good stuff. Not much else in the flavor but this is a simple beer that just tastes good.

M - If it was late night at a pub I'd be all over this beer. In other situations the coffee flavor my be a bit much. Slight coating on the tongue. Balance and carbonation seems about right.

O - Almost like Peche Mortel's younger brother. A solid coffee infused beer that does one thing, and does it well.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a medly brown with a ruby hint to it.... Can see a bunch of yeast particles and such floating around in the beer, about half a finger of tan head, no lacing to speak of.

S: wow... Stanks like coffee, burnt and toasty grain, and a giant touch of sweetness that keeps oddly reminding me of soy sauce, although my girlfriend says I'm crazy and that it just smells like coffee and coffee rinds... Seems like more of the malt starts to come through as this brew warms.

T: again loads of coffee and coffee rind flavor, I get light notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar an even a vague cholalte popping there head through. Very nice balance and tasty.

M: light/medium body with lower carbonation, a bit dry on the finish with a touch of sweetness and bitterness from the coffee rines. Very drinkable. I feel like this beer could have used a hit more heft.

O: this is a tasty brew, particuarly if you like the use of coffee in your beer, the sweet malt backbone balances out the bitterness of the coffe rines, very nice.

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,026 ratings.
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