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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial StoutOak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout aged on new French and American oak chips.

Added by Crosling on 08-09-2004

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Photo of AJDean
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- What you would expect from a imperial stout. Motor oil black. Great head retention that stays until the last half ounce. I have honestly never seen a beer cling longer to the side of a glass. The lacing cannot be beat.
Smell- Coffee, tobacco, smoke. This is what the beer promises, and the flavor lives up to the nose of the beer.
Taste- Beautifully bitter from the cocoa nibs. Oaky smoke from the get go. This is what you bought the beer for right? At first the burn in the back of your throat might confuse your palate. This is the heat from the cayenne, not the alcohol... which is masked perfectly. The front flavor definitely favors the oak presence. The back finish clearly exhibits the cocoa nibs and the cayenne.
Overall- This is an exceptional beer, that is worth the $10.50. This is a HUGE beer, definitely a sipper, a 22 ouncer best shared by two.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling a 22 oz bomber from prAna at room temp in a pint glass.

The beer pours pitch black with a large creamy head foaming up 4 cm easily. There is some cascade action as well. The head develops large craters as it recedes ever so slowly.

Aroma is roasted malt and dark chocolate with some wooden oak scents as well. As I sniff more I also get some brown sugar and molasses, also a faint grassy hop presence shows up.

First sip reveals a very creamy textured and smooth body with small gentle carbonation that rolls softly across my tongue.
Flavor is much more roasty malt and espresso than advertised on the nose. Very deep chocolate and espresso bitter through and through. A hint of sweet vanilla pokes up every once and a while and the finish is slightly dry and oaky, but the primary flavor is espresso bitterness. No hint of the alcohol anywhere which is suprising and well crafted for a 9.5% brew.
This beer would be rad with a bowl of vanilla ice cream!

A very nice beer that I would definately quest for again. Glad I have another bottle!

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Photo of Derek
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After tasting this, I'd really like to try some more big beers aged in oak. The 75 IBU's were incredibly smooth, producing a VERY well rounded beer.

A: Black with a tan head. Not a lot of head retention, but the syrupy fluid yeilded some nice lacing.

S: Slightly roasty; chocolate; sherry.

T: Exceptional. The hops and the roasted malt were unbelievably smooth. The oak has really reduced the bitterness, while adding some depth. Exceptional.

M: Full syrupy body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. You'd be hard-pressed to find a beer that's this big, but goes down so smooth.

Thanks Kevin!

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Photo of MrStark
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter glass.

Appearance is thick and black. like others I've had wear it pours out like motor oil with a lovely mocha brown one finger head that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

Smell is a nice inviting blend of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and sweet roasted malts which is followed by an almost citrus like hop scent on the back end.

Taste is quite nicely balanced. Much like the smell first there is sweetness from a blend of coffee, chocolate and malt followed by a nice hop bitterness to finish it off. Probably one of the more hoppy versions of this style I've had but still balanced and tasty. Also the oak, while not incredibly potent but it is there giving a nice touch.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and smooth, almost chewy with a mild amount of carbonation. Very nice feel on the tongue.

Drinkability is exceptional! Its goes down very easy for me and is quite tasty. The alcohol also seems to be quite well hidden. Certainly one of my top choices in this style! I look forward to having quite a few more of these!

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap in the Beer Temple, Amsterdam on 23rd October 2011.

Overall: this beer is a stand-out terrific brew from start to finish. Everything about it is pure class; appearence, aroma, complexity, combination of flavours, mouthfeel and balance. It is almost flawless (I certainly cannot find any flaws).

Served at a nice temperature; the first impression is of the tan (darker shade) fluffy head over a black body. Aromas of coffee and roasty malts start to rise. The taste is a beautiful balance of complex flavours, bitterness but not too bitter. The alcohol is well disguised and it makes for a perfect after dinner drink (which it was!).

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Little bit too aggressive of a pour deliver a huge dark brown head. This damn head will not go way, makes it hard to pour more or drink any. Aggressive pour not needed. Great lacing!

S- Grassy, citrusy hops make a big presence in this black beer. Chocolate, molasses, honey... This has some huge and awesome aromas to it.

T- Sweet chocolaty goodness bursts on the tongue as this beer enters your mouth. Then comes some sweet caramel and honey flavors that become overwhelmed by citrus hops and bitter roasted barley. Cinnamon, brown sugar, and cloves, vanilla and of course oak also make a presence in this beer.

M- Thick and chewy, this beer sticks to every taste bud and gives you the full experience. Very smooth and has a nice juiciness towards the end then a hop kick that lingers.

This beer is like DIPA meets RIS. Great hop character balanced perfectly buy huge maltiness! It is like a crazy experiment that actually went right!

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Photo of oelergud
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a huge rocky brown head. Amazing retention and lace. Medium bubbled.
The smell is strong roasted cocoa and coffee. THe alcoholic scents are very apparent. Vanilla faint nut and wood.
Grain and wood in the taste with vanilla and roasted coffee beans and mild toffee. The oak aging comes through very clearly. Smooth and intense hoppy aftertaste.
Full body though not as dense as the regular Yeti. Good coating.
Complex and pure and a highly drinkable imperial. Warm, filling and satisfying.

-Oelergud

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Photo of e11a627
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with hu5om and newk340.

A: Beautiful dark brown, almost black. Gorgeous tan foam - almost rust-colored.

S: Chocolate, cocoa, whipped cream/icecream with a hint of grape and aged fruit.

T: Bitter chocolate, cocoa, with a smoky flavor. Also kind of tasted like steak on the grill - could be the smokiness/charcoalness.

M: Hits you hard in the beginning but it was enjoyable. Also, noticable spice/bite with swallow.

D: Delish! Flavor came mostly post-swallow with me, especially with the exhale, and the aftertaste was delightful.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Big dark head, excellent lacing, and dark, dark, dark. Aroma is of chocolate, oak, and vanilla. There is some hops bitterness, but not too much to overpower the oakiness. This one feels real warm going down. I've had the non-oak Yeti and it's very much different than the oak aged. Drinkability is good if you want to linger over a nice bottle for a looong while. I don't think I could drink more than one of these in a seating.

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Photo of iSip
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, 22 oz. bomber: I have had a few outstanding stouts lately, which sets the bar pretty high, but the Oak Aged Yeti cleared the bar easily to join the outstanding club. The Yeti pours like a moonless night, with a dark tan head on top, and offers a big aroma for those inclined to get a nose into the glass. A huge flavor coat the palate and sticks. Chocolate, mocha, espresso all swirl about. The flavor lasts and keeps changing long after the sip. The Yeti has one of the most enduring and nuanced aftertastes I have experienced. Very much in the running for top Imperial Stout. And when I think of the competition: Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Northwest Brewing Old Rasputin, my mouth is watering at the memory of them! High praise for the Yeti to join these ranks.

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Photo of jhall00
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Deep mocha brown/black with subtle tan head.

S- Malty chocolate nose. No real vanilla present in smell.

T- Chocolate mocha maltiness with a hint of vanilla

M- Full bodied with light carbonization. Good coating mouthfeel. A good sipping beer.

D- Definitely a sipping beer with noticeable alcohol.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Darkest brown head I have seen on a beer. Deep, black body with dark brown edges.

S- Everything is in perfect harmony. Mix of vanilla, honey, chocolate, mocha coffee, and a hint of molasses

T- Sweet honey/vanilla at first, followed by a roasted, semi-sweet/bitter flavor and ends with a faint hint of alcohol

M- Thick body and low carbonation. A bit too syrupy for me

D- Enjoyable to drink but I could not finish a 22oz. bomber for dessert. I had to recap the bottle.

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Photo of ZAP
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GREAT looking brew....balck with ruby highlights....tanish creamy head with crimson notes....

AWESOME nose....vanilla...brown sugar...a legit woody/oak aroma...great stuff..

.Body is firm....fulll...big brew here...a sipper...creamy, smooth mouthfeel

Nice taste to this....begins creamy and sweet with vanilla and oak...roasted malts too....finishes with a hit of piney bitterness but it is very soft and fits perfectly..only minor complaint is it does not contain an in your face flavor rush...it is more subtle and delicate for an Imperial stout....great taste though...

I am impressed...i did not expect to like this as much as I did...this ia a legit heavy hitter and one I will gladly seek out again...Big time brew here....Big Beer lovers should find this one..

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Photo of Chaney
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If only I had a dime for every time I've converted a semi-craft beer drinker into a full-fledged nut but using this beer, I'd be a millionaire!

Bottled on November 23, 2011. Thank you Great Divide for that info!

A: This scares me. No light passed through this, the head was only a shade or so lighter than the liquid below it, and it poured out like oil. Should I be worried?

S: I smelled this even before the cap was fully popped. Lots of wood, chocolate, and roasted malt in there. Sure, there was some candy sure in there, but doesn't EVERYONE love dark chocolate candy bars?

T: The wood-malt ration was absolutely astounding! There was nothing fake or "wood additive-like" about this one. This was the real deal! I got lots of dark, raw cacao, oak, charcoal, and maybe a tinge of dark fruit (prunes) in there as well. Remarkable!

M: The oak was what stained the teeth and not the cocoa or charred malt. There was a good bit of lacing left on the glass, and the sweetness was kept in check by the charred oak.

O: This is ABSOLUTELY the best off-the-shelf IS that one can buy in our area. Sure, I've tried some of the other permutations of this one, but this version takes the cake!

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter from a 22 oz bomber, bottled in Nov-10, with ABV on the label.
Thick and syrupy as it pours, the glass feels so much more heavier as compared to other stouts when full.
Pitch black with absolutely no penetration of light whatsoever.
Nice, thick mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly to a persistent thin layer. Good, solid carbonation at the surface.
The aroma up front was full of hops. Slowly with time the other aromas make their presence felt. Woody with hints of chocolate/milk chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts and fruity esters.
Ah, the taste is exceptional. Hops are evident first-up, with a bitter, roasted finish (some hints of smoked flavor). Coats the palate beautifully, nice smooth silky feel. Taste gets complex as it slowly warms up. It's an all out attack on the taste buds.
Beautiful mocha lacing coats the inside of the glass with every sip. As the label rightly says, this is one MASSIVE stout. It's a monster.
Kudos to Great Divide for making one of the most intense stouts I have had till date. This is definitely a sipper, perfect on a cold, winter night. Highly recommended. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle, if and when I see it next in my beer store.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant reward after a difficult week!

This brew pours dark as midnight with only the slightest hint of blood red at the very fringes of the beer. Anything thicker than a droplet and no light passes through. The head is a thin cocoa color, breaking down pretty quickly to leave a good ring around the top of the brew. Minimal lacing.

Wow what a nose! Strong notes of coffee, bourbon, prunes and molasses. Strong echoes of warm, nutty fudge cooling on the countertop. One whiff and you know you're in for quite an experience.

One taste and you're deep into that experience... Up front are bitter notes of roasted grain bordering on espresso. Following closely are fruit notes of raisins, apple and plum. Next is a very convincing note of bourbon whiskey or well aged cognac. Last is a pleasant bitter hop finish full of PNW goodness.

Now - take all of those wonderful flavors and add a layer above and below. Above is a light alcohol sweetness mixed with a sweet vanilla taste. Below is a caramel and treacle backbone that carries throughout the drink and ends in a wonderful duet with the hops. Overall it's an incredible harmony of well choreographed flavors.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich like drinking a carbonated hot cocoa. Amazingly there's enough hopping here to overcome all the sticky sweetness and leave a nice dry finish.

Very very tasty, incredibly drinkable. Not something I'd be drinking every day (or even month) but I'd love to have a bottle around to bring out when company is over. While the complex sweet flavors is absolutely incredible, what's more amazing is the hopping required to finish this off so dry. This is like one of my favorite Irish Dry stouts but more, more, more!

[big thanks to LuckySevens82 for shipping a bottle of this out west]

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Photo of beereality
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

vigorous pour, beautiful reverse cascading
head.incredible lacing. I wished I didn't have
to sip the almost over flowing head. but I did, and tasted it prematurly. incredible compexity, I've had the yeti imperial before, but not the oak aged. this is most definatly a notch up the ladder. definate vanilla and some alcohol up front with smooth rich malty finish. love this one. got to get more.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last bottle in the store... 22 oz. with silver foil around the cap. It pours a viscous inky black with an orangey/brown head that leaves a collar and thin island of bubbles. It tries to lace but I keep swirling it away. Beautiful. It smells roasty/chocolatey, with green/flowery hops, hop oils, vanilla, coffee, and buttery/nutty flavors. It is soft on the nose but quite aromatic, and it smells good enough to be a milkshake flavor. The body is very thick and smooth but could coat the mouth better. It tastes of roasted/black malts, a lot of IBUs (75), coffee, green/piney hops, and hop oils. Overall malty up front and hoppy behind. A quality brew - top-notch. Now to try the original Yeti.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2012 on tap at Brouwer's Café in Seattle. Served snifter-style.

Like the common Yeti, this one is quite black. It has a one finger layer of creamy brown mocha froth on top.

As with the base beer, I get an aroma of very dark, rich chocolate, coffee, and earth. However, there is also an awesome oaky, smoky smell in this version.

The flavor differs from the original Yeti in a similar way. Lots of pretty bitter coffee and chocolate, but mingled beautifully with smoke, oak, and leather. Impressive.

Oak aging hasn't made it any less thick or viscous.

A sensational twist on what was already a superb specimen of an imperial stout.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours like crude oil straight from the hull of the Exxon Valdez. Thick, viscous, impenetratable by light. Unlike a goblet full of oil, this beer produces a thick and lasting head the color of espresso crema. Staying power is surprising due to the strength of this beer. Lacing is equally thick and impressive.

Aroma is everything you love about Yeti; dark chocolate, overripe dark fruits, espresso, scorched sugars, and licorice. It's enhanced by sweet vanilla, toasty coconut, and creamy Bourbon notes. Great nose, but it doesn't leap from the goblet the was a Stone RIS does.

Flavor more that makes up for the subtleties of the nose. It emphasises dark semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, burnt brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries, and titamisu. The oak adds a lucious toasty vanilla, coconut, and Bourbon note that is just perfect. The Bourbon is definately there, but not overpowering like a fresh Heresy or Thumbsucker. It melds perfectly with the deep stout flavors. It still has a great, sticky pine sap hop finish. But this is a year old bottle and has rounded out fantastically.

Body is huge, thick, and chewy. Texture is that of liquified silk; creamy, slippery, and smooth as polished glass. Drinkability is great, especially when paired with a slice of Mudslide cheesecake. Oh yeah!

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Photo of bobsy
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Obsidian black, a moonless night in the middle of nowhere. Light disappears into its body. A huge smooth mocha head crowns it and refuses to die, valiantly laying down sheets of lace as it clings to life. Aromas of oak, chocolate and coffee tease the senses. The initial taste is full of wow. Lots of vanilla, milk chocolate and oak chips. Its almost overwhelmingly flavourful. As the drink warms and the palate aclimatises the sweetness subsides, and a delightful bitterness asserts itself alongside a barrage of coffee. Heavy and smooth mouthfeel.

Huge thanks to Bryan (BigBry) for picking this up at the brewery! I get the feeling that the Hercules will be a winner too!

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Photo of hayalex6
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 vintage 22oz bottle purchased at Whip In.

Appearance: Jet black with just a tiny amount of foam.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of oak. Smells a bit like dried cherries with a little booziness.

Taste: The oak is very powerful and sits in the middle of my tongue after swallowing. There is a nice caramel malt flavor as well. No hint at the alcohol, and it's not overwhelming in any aspect, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Feels thick and chewy, with tiny bubbles. The oak makes the tongue feel a bit dry after drinking.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. The only hint of the alcohol comes from a bit of the smell, but none in the taste.

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Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice Massive Imperial Stout!

A - Nioe and dark for this time of year, right down my alley. The pour was thick and with a nice light & semi dark foam, top to bottom, some foam had leftovers hanging(legs) on the glass as the beer was enjoyed. Awesome!

S - Slight scent of malt and more of coffee, and some alcohol, and bit of hop.

T - Nice and rich with a thick with the malts, touch of hop, and coffee plus a blast of alcohol finish.

M - Awesome! Full through the taste. Nice finish on the taste all the way through.

O - I need to get more of this beer! Yeti Oak Aged Massive Imperial Stout!

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Photo of Suds
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every so often, you’ll have a beer that has a certain “Wow!” factor. For me, this was one of those beers. I expected it to be good, but it truly bowled me over. The brew pours a very thick, solidly black color. The head is a richly deep brown color, with a lot of intricacy, producing attractive lace. The smell is amazing…smoky and very roasty. There’s a very intense alcohol aroma, mingled with dark-roast coffee, burnt grain, and licorice. There’s also a notable oak quality in the aroma, along with some chocolate and vanilla. What I most enjoyed about the aroma, aside from the complexity, is the powerful intensity of the smell. It really jumps out of the glass and seeks out your nose. The taste is equally as pushy…intensely bitter…both a roasted/burnt bitterness and a solid-dosing of hops bitterness. It’s also layered with a tremendous alcohol flavor and warming, roast barley, choloclate, and espresso. Wow. Very nice. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy, and quite creamy. This is simply an amazingly satisfying beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a mini snifter glass.

A - Pitch black with a thick & creamy head of tan foam. Stick lacing throughout.

S - Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, dark ripe fruit, smokey charred wood.

T - More of the same, with hints of alcohol and vanilla in the finish.

MF&D - Thick, creamy and full bodied. A wonderful Imperial Stout. A Must have beer.

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Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company
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