Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,779 Reviews
Yeti Imperial StoutYeti Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An onslaught of the senses. It starts with big, roasty malt flavor that gives way to rich caramel and toffee notes. YETI gets its bold hop character from an enormous quantity of American hops.

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Photo of aayooper
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a one finger head which is maintained for an appreciable amount of time. A bit of a syrupy feel, but to be expected for the high abv of 9.5%. Starts out a little bitter but then hits a chocolate note and then hardens too a nice coffee finish. One bottle put me in a good frame of mind. Would I have a second, most definately yes, but not tonight.

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Photo of mtschmitz
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) dark. Completely opaque. Nice head that dissipates quickly

S) good imperial smell. Hops balanced w Malts w a licorice scent like anise

T) excellent taste comparable to a stone imperial but with more malt. Smokey, toffee,spicy

M) bold a bit chewy. Leftover malt on the back end

O) overall I was pleased. Surprised by the hoppiness of this imperial stout, well balanced though. Tasty and enjoyable

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temperature.

L - Pitch black color with a 2-finger bubbly brown head. Pretty good retention that fades into a nice thin cap over the beer that leaves behind some of the best lacing I’ve seen in a stout.

S - Roasted barley aromas with a hint of coffee and a strong presence of sweet aromas with vanilla, cocoa, plum, and raisin notes. Possibly a hint of hops. Smells great.

T - Milk, cocoa, and vanilla sweetness fades quickly into surprising floral, maybe even citrus, hop bitterness. The roasted malt bitterness is there as well, but it’s mostly from the hops. I know the bottle says that it’s brewed with “an enormous quantity of American hops,” but it’s still surprising.

F - Full-bodied, not much carbonation but fitting for the style, creamy and sticky mouthfeel, with a bitter finish that lingers for a while. A slight warming sensation from the alcohol but that fades quickly.

O - This is a pretty unique imperial stout. At first glance and sniff, it seems like it’s going to be par for the course. However, upon tasting this thing, you realize that it’s not like most other imperial stouts. There’s a tremendous amount of hop bitterness for the style. After thinking about it, those plums and raisins that I caught in the aroma may have actually been fruity and floral hop aromas. Normally, I’m a total hop head, but it just doesn’t seem to fit here. This is a still a good stout that looks great and has a great mouthfeel. Definitely worth a try. I’ll have to get around to trying all of the variations of this beer that Great Divide puts out.

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Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large sniffer: Deep dark black body looks like a beautiful shot of espresso with a creamy brown head. Light will not pass through the body of the glass and the head laces the glasses fairly slowly.
Fruity hop aroma with sweet chocolate-ness.
Beautiful chocolate flavor with a sweet citrus middle and bitter finish. Digging deep into the beer one finds toffee, caramelized sugar and cocoa and a hint of licorice. I'm overwhelmed by the modest amounts of hoppiness that pour out in the aroma and flavor. The strong roasted flavors of the grain are muted in comparison.
A very medium-heavy body with a delightful nature, hides the 9.5%ABV very well. Smooth and light carbonation that fits this beer well. Very drinkable and enjoyable on a nice rainy day.

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Photo of turboedtwo
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a thin brown lacing, smells of coffee and malt, tastes like the bottle says, it has a strong roast malt flavor that flows into an alcoholic bite. I don't taste the caramel or toffee notes. mouthfeel is good, pretty light on the tongue and it tingles a bit. i could probably have a couple pints of this before i moved on to something else.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Black, dark as motor oil. Dark mocha head, 3 fingers worth.

S- Rich dark chocolate intertwined with roasted malts and a bitter coffeeness. Toffee and caramel notes are present as well. Man this thing smells good. Strong aroma's.

T- Just as it smells, rich chocolate taste, roasted malts with toffee and caramel. Nice amount of hops in the flavor as well. (This thing has 75 IBU's!)

M- Thick and creamy. Alcohol gets more apparent when the beer warms up to room temp but doesn't hurt the taste or the drinkability.

D- Perfect night cap

/end review.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a lovely caramel head. Average retention and lacing.

Smells of espresso and light chocolate.

Taste is big coffee up front, roasty and powerful. Chocolate undertones, hops in the background.

Solid mouthfeel, smooth and dense with animated carbonation.

Solid offering from Great Divide, new in SoCal!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this pours with an incredibly rich and frothy full brown colored head. The beer itself is, of course an opaque pitch black color. The aroma is quite surprising, it is not very strong at all, and after my first sniff nothing has really jumped out at me, perhaps a hint of port. It smells a bit of musty mild cheese, a hint of roasted coffee notes, and some alcohol, but that is it. The taste... well now, that is what I am expecting. All the power of this beer concentrates itself in the taste, after all what does a Yeti need with aromatics, it doesn't want to be tracked down. The taste is full and creamy up front with concentrated notes of espresso and a solid hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is thick and viscous, just like it should be. The malty sweetness is hidden by the deep roast malt notes. I get notes of burnt caramel, leather, charcoal, burnt raisins, and dark chocolate. This is a good example of an Imperial stout, but like a brute it is nice and simple, but still packs a powerful wallop of roasted grain flavors.

This is certainly enjoyable, and I am quite glad that the beer is quite a bit more flavorable than the aroma suggests, perhaps my schnozz is not working quite as well as it should be.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Upon a deep ebony background, a wide band of deep gold beads come together to form a tightly formed mosaic upon which rests a frosty light brown head.

Smell: Dark fruit hits the nose first, laced with a vinous, boozy scent. Sweet milk chocolate is balanced by roasted malt and exotic spices.

Taste: Very roasty, much more so than the bouquet leads one to predict. The resulting bitterness, however, is sandwiched between two quick nips of raw sugar sweetness. The first makes a brief appearance on of the tongue upon the beginning of each sip. The second flashes in the throat upon swallowing, but is quickly swallowed up by espresso-like bitterness that lasts through the finish. Peppery spices give the beer a refreshing snappiness, while plums, bourbon, and black cherries languish in the background. The characters' performances are all impressive, but they don't quite come together to create a cohesive scene. In fact, they seem to want to outdo one another. At times the taste is on the verge of being cloyingly sweet. At others, the smoky bitterness is on the brink of becoming a bit tiresome. And still, each taste is teetering at its peak of intensity, which is much better than not quite fulfilling their respective potential.

Feel: Creamy softness gains maturity through a good amount of dryness inducing carbonation. No alcohol warming is felt, but the back of the throat sizzles a bit with the punchiness of the spice.

It's difficult to formulate a concrete opinion of this beer. There is enough to enjoy that it must be said that it is undeniably good, but the roastiness and the sweetness seem to be in so much competition (there is a general sense of tasting a burnt espresso with too much added sugar), that they both end up becoming a tad annoying. More harmony is needed in this concoction. And as an Imperial Stout, it would be acceptable, and in this case advisable, to let the fruit and spice shine through a bit more.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - imperially dark stout, with a hot chocolate colored head that lasts and lasts, looks great

S - smells like a typical imperial stout, hops with the assimilated espresso/mocha aroma

T - alcohol and hops at first, then mocha aftertaste, has balance potential, but not achieved, had good alcohol/hop bitterness and then espresso/mocha aftertase, well balance flavors just not at the same time, good flavors, but this detracts from the drinkability

M - good, nice and smooth

D - medium-high a good brew slightly too alcohol flavor for me

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Photo of marvin213
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as tar, its trim head is also darkly tinged. The head could be fuller, and the head is so black I couldn't possibly see any floating intricacies, but it's a good-looking stout. It's black like black coffee, and tough like that. A plain and simple, dark-as-hell stout.

Sweet molasses and chocolate balls, this thing smells surprisingly good. It's got the alluring sweetness of a milk stout with an imperial alcohol emmanating from its surfaces. The beer smells creamy...creamy and malty. It's a melted malted milkshake. With a beer like this, I acknowledge I was biased because it came in a normal 12oz. bottle. The smell of this thing, however, makes me think it comes under wax.

I know there's a chocolatey version, but I was honestly expecting more chocolate on the taste. It's a quality imperial that tastes like a sweet milk stout. Maybe that candy shop nose I got is more cream and buttery sugar than chocolate. It'll help drinkability, but I really don't taste a burn I expect from a 9.5%er. The alcohol is more of a smell and a feel than a taste, and I bet a lot of people like that. Where I thought the smell could fit under wax, the taste is too simply creamy to connote complexity. It's novel with its sweetness contrasted to its strength, but its taste is not that much different from your regular cream stout.

The mouthfeel is sweet, but not it's in line with what I expect from a Russian Imperial Stout. I mean really, there's a creamy carbonation to this Russian Imperial Stout. It's kinda cool, and I continuously wonder how this beer could be so strong. The aftertaste gives you a little bit of the alcohol feel, but I want that warming effect within the taste. It's weird to detract from the rating for something like this, but this beer should taste stronger.

So, if a 9.5% RIS can go down as silkily smooth as a sweet milk stout, that means it's a drinkable beer. I'm probably spoiled by all the good stouts coming out of North Carolina, but this isn't one to which I'll repeatedly run. It's good and all but, in salute to true beer snobbery, it's not a very special Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a snifter.

Pours a pitch black color with a healthy caramel colored head. Leaves some nice lacing and has some good retention.

On the aroma I get graham crackers, coffee, and milk chocolate. There's a touch of hops on the back end. Good aroma, but not a lot going on.

The taste is similar to the nose. Lots of chocolate and roasted coffee. I also get a touch of sweet, citrusy hops which is a bit off-putting considering this is an imperial stout. Slightly charred and bitter on the finish.

The feel is medium-full bodied with moderate at best carbonation. A little oily. Bitterness lingers for a while after each sip.

Overall, a good RIS that is a bit too hoppy when fresh. There are some solid flavors here but nothing you haven't seen before.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black pour with an impressively built and stable 2 finger dark brown head.

Aromas of cocoa, smoked meats, molasses, licorice, and roast malts.

Taste is pretty intense with lots of ash and burnt alcohol coming forward first, followed by chocolate and even faint hot fudge, some pure smoke, faint meat locker, and firewood/ash at the end.

Feel is pretty thick but also has a decent carbonation keeping it lively.

Overall, Yeti is majorly hindered by its almost completely covered ash and smoke profile. I think with less of this, it would be a great beer. I'm kind of sensitive to cigarette ash flavors, and this one has it in spades. Time to shelve it and let it age.

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Photo of mactrail
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looking at the label,it says bottled on March 11, 2011. I should have waited two more days for its second anniversary! Very dark, with a nice beige head and plenty of lacing in the Ommegang chalice. A pleasant aroma of toasted fruitbread and burnt raisins.

Flavors of licorice and a little smoke. You could imagine this as a black, oily Scottish Ale. Rather bitter in the aftertaste. A lot of malt, but it tastes mostly burnt and dark roasted. This is a more austere and glowering style without much sweetness. It's possible that any residual sugar has vanished with the aging, but there is not trace of unwanted bacterial flavors, so it's a bonus for Great Divide.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor & Deli in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of CourteManche
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Very, very black (like motor oil), reminiscent of TenFidy; thick, brothy, dark-brown, one-finger head; appears to be slightly carbonated; head begins to dissipate quickly, but minimal lacing maintains throughout the drink.

S - Boom! Big roasty malts side-by-side with chocolate and caramel; suppressed hoppiness; no apparent heat.

T - More malts with subtle hints of chocolate; more hops; roasty malt finish that segues into a subtle hop linger.

M - Full-bodied; chewy; oilly; mild carbonation does little for mouthfeel.

D - A fun Imperial Stout, definitely drinkable. Would taste it again, for sure.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$10.99 for a 22 oz bomber at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora, CA. in March, 2007. Tasted in April 2007.

Pours a deep dark brown with a pretty brown-tan head, swirling leaves lots of tiny brown bubbles on the side of the Piraat tulip.

Aroma of espresso and bitter chocolate, also some weediness. Rich full and velvety aromas are generally quite good.

Flavor is of Postum & chicory coffee, rich and bitter. Behind that, there's an intertesting sweet counterbalance. Thick rich full heaviness on the tongue. Mouth is on the bitter side and the alcohol burn is very strong, much moreso than it should be. Well done imperial stouts can easily hide the alcohol, but this one missed it in this area. As such, as much as the richness makes me want to drink this faster, the alcohol burn keeps me from enjoying it as much as I want.

A good big stout, but I like some others better.

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Photo of drtth
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This was bottled July of 07.

Appearance: The beer pours out a very very dark brown/black color, with a ¾" brown head that soon begins to recede. Initially sipping leaves a ring on the glass with a medium amount of speckled lacing. As the head recedes to a ring around the glass with a very thin film of foam the beer continues to leave very fine lacing that quickly clusters into speckled lacing. As the ring slowly disappears sipping still leaves traces of speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is a mixture of dark chocolate and dark molasses that initially dominates. In addition there are some traces of sweetness and of dark roasted, almost burnt malt character. At this age I don't really pick up any hops or even alcohol as separate components.

Taste: The very rich dark roast flavor actually starts out with a small burst of sweetness that quickly turns into a strong, bitter, almost burnt, roasted malt flavor that has components of dark molasses and dark chocolate. There is no trace of alcohol burn and any modest flavor contribution from the alcohol is in the sweetness. There is no real hop character that stands out. But after a while the burnt character of the malt is almost too much.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-full bodied with modest carbonation leaving a soft smooth prickly feeling. The finish is long and dry with mostly almost but not quite burnt malt character.

Drinkability: This is a nice complex RIS that has had most of the hop bitterness fade away leaving the dark roasted malt character to dominate the flavor. Its intense flavor is powerful enough that I'd not want more than one a night. But I'll be happy to have this one again someday. However the almost burnt character of the malt ensures it will be a while before I do.

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Photo of hobbes2112
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz.

Pours extremely dark with small tan head. Dark roasty malt, coffee and chocolate in the nose. Pretty good balance of the hops and malt at first, them the hops shine quickly before a bitter roasted finish. Really great to see both at their best without compromise. The thick and creamy feel suits the style well also, flavor this stong needs a full base. They really snuck the alcohol in on this one, this is one to be careful around!

At $4.99 this will make the rotation once in a while, like when Rasputin is not available.

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Photo of sayerofthelaw
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Opaque black with a chocolate colored head that's a little less than a quarter inch. Very appetizing.

S - Raisins stand out, with bitter chocolate underneath. There is not much of an alcohol aroma, which is both surprising and pleasant. Also appetizing.

T - Alcohol is there but it is undercut nicely by the flavor of the dark chocolate, which is lightly bitter on the back of the tongue. Not one bit overwhelming, which is a nice quality in an Imperial Stout.

M - Very smooth and rich, slightly syrupy.

D - Very smooth and easy to drink. Its 9.5%, so tread carefully!

This is the best American made stout that I've had I think, except for the Snow Plow Milk Stout from Widmer which I don't think they make anymore. The big alcohol flavor that's characteristic of the style is well under control in this beer.

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Photo of rickalessi
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apperarance- small head little carbonation very dark w/ light brown rim
smell- coffee chocolate molasses not overbearing
taste - malty w/ significant burnt coffee/ hoppy aftertaste, pleasant on the palate, smooth
mouthfeel - thin given its flavors, no phenols
overall- very drinkable full bodied w/o being overbearing , alcohol is hidden nicely

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a wondefully dark black into my Smutty Big Beer Glass, my favorite glass for Imperial Stouts. A dark cocoa head rises a mighty inch and a half and is very slow to settle. Ha to pour this 3 times to get it all in the glass. Aroma rides in the dark overripe cherries and roasty chocolate with short doses of alcohol rising up and out.

Taste is strong and in your face with roasted coffe beans and dark chocolate and gives way to a bit of alcohol burn. Packed full of flovor but not much in the way of fruit in there. Finish is soft, once the chocolate gives way, and dries up nicely.

I think this one smelled a bit better than it tasted but it is still pretty good. Will drink it again but not as a staple.

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Photo of MURF0320
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into typical pint glass. Poured black and opaque with a dark tan 1 finger head. Nice retention but lacing did not stick.
Aroma is dominated by hops, roasted malts, rich dark chocolate, coffee beans, and alcohol.
First thing that hit my tongue was a surprise burst of hops, which then gave way to heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and a splash of coffee. Finished bitter with more piney hops and a slightly smokey flavor. Delicious. Slight alcohol presence, and the coffee flavor became more predominant as the beer warmed.
Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth.
Drinkability is decent but i felt that the alcohol presence and warming had this beer fading on me.
This beer is definitely recommended.

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Photo of dandandan79
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

at first i thought damn this is too bitter of an ending. I continued to drink and the complexity of this beer hit me. Its a well balanced and with personality, with taste. Before I knew it i finished and i wanted a bit more so I could unpack all the flavors in here. Overall a very good, strong beer. I can smell the chocolate now and i have a few more sips left.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought this one out with the start of NHL playoffs for the Washington Capitals.

Pours an intense pitch perfect black with an incredible chocolate head that is a sight on the initial pour, though is less and less for future pours. Lacing is prevalent, if not significant. Struggled with the nose - it was heavily toasted, but nothing really else was there - maybe chocolate.

Taste was incredibly roasted, with heavy coffee and a little bit of toffee. Finish shows more significant hop notes than I like to see in an imperial stout - just a little bit bitter on the finish that negatively affects the drinkability and the flavor. Heavy full body, that is perfect for the style.

I really like this beer, just is a step or two away from being "great".

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Photo of shbobdb
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks ColoradoBob!

This is a mighty impressive ADS. It pours black-on-black with a thick coffee-and-creme head. The smell is burnt chocolate.

The taste follows smell, the rich sugary malt mixing with lucious dark chocolate, nice roasted accents, with some dark candied plums thrown in. Truly a decadent brew. It reminded me of a very well-made mocha.

I can see why people recommend drinking this bomber over an entire day. Wow. It takes a while to drink, but I savoured every sip.

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Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.22 out of 5 based on 5,390 ratings.
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