Ipswich Oatmeal Stout | Ipswich Ale Brewery

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Ipswich Oatmeal StoutIpswich Oatmeal Stout

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Ipswich Ale Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deep, rich and malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. It's what espresso would be if it had the gumption to be beer. We use two different hop additions, specially selected crystal malts, roasted barley and oatmeal to give it a soft and silky mouth feel. Makes a great dessert or meal.

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Photo of Sammy
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great melange of coffee, some chocolate. Incredibly smooth and well malted for drinkability. Ice cream mouthfeel. Some vanilla,chocolate in finish full mouthfeel. Superior stout and oatmeal stout. Dark coloured body and some mocha soapy head. Great nose of roast.Only critique is a mid-sip temporary dryness.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a trade with Norica. The beer pours pure black. Even in front of a light this beer is pure black. The head was a dark brown. I've only come across 2 beers now that are darker than this in my 986 beers sampled.

The smell was nutty and roasted. There was a very slight oatmeal quality once I started looking for it. Smells like its going to be a strong beer.

The taste confirms that. Its very agressive in every aspect. Its pretty bitter and very thick, due to the oatmeal no doubt. There was plenty of roasted flavors and a medium coffee presence. I found it odd though that there was hop flavor in this beer. Overall its a nice flavor but its a real kick in the ass.

The beer is a little more bitter than I would like for a beer of this style. It is drinkable but its heavy in my stomach.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that slowly died down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and chicory are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of chocolate malts and chicory along with notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and only slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as smooth compared to other beers in the style, but is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer for sure.. on a nice chilly weekend like this past one this was the perfect beer to be sipping on. Pours jet black with a nice tan head to it.. tons of lacing. Smell is of some dark fruits. Taste is super, super creamy and just full of flavor. Some nice roasted malt flavor, some dark fruit flavor, and even some smokiness flavor all mixed together. Superior drinkability for its 7% ABV.. just all around a great beer and the whole Ipswich mixed 12 pack (for only $14.99) has to be one of the best 12 packs out there, give it a try!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant Stout that brings a creamy and volumptuous pour. Dark, dark brown with heavy transluscent nature. Very well headed with a froathy tan foamstance boldly laces and retains the entire session.

Basic and soft aromas of heavy toast, light nutty coffees, milky caramelly malts, and modest chocolates. No real esters and only an herbal hop scent.

Flavors are well balanced with the roasted malts, caramel sweetness, and oat-heavy creams. The coffee and chocolate notes carry with them nuttiness, toffee, and sweet cocoa. Simple and pure Oatmeal Stout taste- predictable and enjoyable taste. No off flavors at all.

Very creamy, full, and rich mothfeel without inviting chewiness, heaviness, or viscousness. This beer is moderate through and through. A linger of roasted grains endure deep in the finish are return in the aftertaste without astringency or unnecessary bite. Hopped for balance and that's all. This is a great example of the style.

Thanks Steve.

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Photo of brentk56
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a nice tan head that drops quickly and leaves a few strips of lacing

Smell: Wafts of semisweet chocolate, oats and undertones of coffee; rich roasted aromatics

Taste: Starts out with a rich semisweet chocolate flavor that yields to some roasty bitterness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee and bitter flavors reappear and join the sweeter chocolate to the finish; slightly minty at the very end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to low carbonation; smooth mouthfeel from the oatmeal

Drinkability: An excellent example of the style that is a joy to consume

Thanks, ClockworkOrange and donkeyrunner, for the awesome treat

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Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bumping up scores as this is a pretty substantial and flavorful oatmeal stout. Chocolate sweetness and hints of char and smoke, espresso too.

Sample courtesy of Jay23, thanks!

Spotty lacing left by the thin layer of tan foam sitting on top of the opaque black body. Roasted barley and chocolate malt in the nose, robust feeling.

Flavors of charred malt, plum, slightly sweet and a little boozy. Aftertaste is somewhat earthy, chalky and dries out the palate. After having several other big beers, my impression was that this was a good stout, but more dry and boozy than what I would normally look for in an Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Big thanks to Ineedabeerhere for this bottle.

Pours a very dark brown that borders on black with a good tan head. Head lasts for quite some time and leaves behind really nice lacing. The nose is really quite nice with roasted malt, toasted oats, coffee, and a good dose of chocolate. The taste carries the same components, but they don't meld and pop as much as in the flavor. Really nice body; creamy and delicious. I love getting extras like this--a brewery I had never heard of before this that brings a really solid offering to my glass.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a near opque black but for a glimmer of ruby showing through,a thinner but well retained tannish colored head atop.A mix of roasted coffee and mollases stick out the most in the nose.A great mix of heavy roast and softer sweet flavors,dark roast coffee, along with a little wood, meld into molasses and chocolate flavors,there is a softness to the beer wich is nice.A very nice oatmeal stout,you would never know the alcohol content.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Poured from bottle into goblet.

A: Good thick creamy darker colored head that fades slowly, nice layered lacing, pitch black color.

N: Nose brings roasted malts out front, roasted barley is the big part of this, maybe overpowering a bit with a touch of campfire smoke, then some then some dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, and tons of chewy oats, oatmeal, toasted oats, etc.

T: Taste brings more roasty flavors, roasted malts, bitterness, a little acrid and astringent almost. Then more chocolaty, dark chocolate, powdered, little chalky, toasted cocoa pebbles almost, light toasted grain. Then lots of oats, oatmeal, creamy, toasted oats especially. nice cocoa laden oatmeal. Finish is a bit more earthy bittering hops, acrid over roasted malts lingering, little creamy oats, chocolate, and spicy hop finish, fairly dry but sticky.

M: Creamy and rich with good carbonation.

Overall not bad, but not the best. The bitterness gets a bit astringent and over bitter with both spicy earthy hops, and the acrid roasted malt going overboard a bit. Chewy, lots of oats, nice chocolate cocoa but a bit powdered, little too roasty overall.

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Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle.

Pours nearly black with a large and durable tan head. Nice lacing.

The aroma carries more hops [English hops?] than expected. Some off-notes in the aroma and, more so, the flavor. Mildly bitter.

O: disappointing, especially given the high ratings on BA. The discrepancy along with an overly aggressive, frothy head and off-notes make me suspect I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: Very rich chocolaty aroma, with compliments of roasted malt & coffee.

T: The taste is extremely creamy with flavors of dark chocolate, caramelized malt, coffee, some smokiness and a faint touch of hops. The dark chocolate bitterness increases a bit as the beer warms. After-taste maintains the chocolate & coffee malt flavors.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation but a little fizzy for a stout, finish is a little sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, kind of filling, but this beer is an excellent sipper.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick jet black in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a two finger tall creamy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium to large sized patches of thick film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of darkly roasted malts with a hint of charred malts. There is a light to moderate amount of molasses/brown sugar sweetness and a moderate aroma of dark bitter chocolate. Hints of roasted coffee beans.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a light hint of charred malts and a moderate amount of molasses/brown sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark bitter chocolate (baker's chocolate) and a light flavor of freshly roasted coffee. Hints of anise in the finish. Moderate amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

O: One of the easiest drinking full flavored oatmeal stouts. Very enjoyable. Just enough complexity and a wonderful aroma with a smooth + creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a foamy, tan-hued head.

Smell: Heavily toasted, charred bread crumbs with chocolate chips, slight espresso, oven-toasted oats, and a vague fruitiness.

Taste: Toast and roast and plenty of oats with bittersweet chocolate morsels. Medium-light sweetness. Faint dark fruitiness. Pinch of average-priced espresso powder. Underlying hops providing ample bitterness along with the roast tones of the malts. Roasty, lightly chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. It's smooth enough.

Overall: It's fine. Would've preferred a skosh less in the IBU department and just a bit more silkiness in the mouthfeel. Still, it's fine. Fine, fine.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark side of the moon black with the slimmest slice of lightening along the bottom edge of the pint glass. The mochachino colored crown is thick and rich, having already started to lay down an impressive array of intricate lace.

This is exactly how a stout (oatmeal or otherwise) should smell. IOS is wonderfully roasted malty, with plenty of dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans. Given the three hop additions and the 60 IBUs, I'm surprised that hops aren't more prominent. Perhaps they will be on the palate.

This is great beer! Forget subtlety. Stouts need to be big and bold and... stout, dammit! With such a massive explosion of flavor that shocks the taste buds and then seeps in like melted chocolate, what's not to like? And I thought Ipswich IPA was delicious (it is, by the way).

Highly hopped stouts are often amazing (see St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout). The bitterness and hop flavor seem to highlight the dark maltiness even more and make the beer POP! on the palate. This Mercury Brewing brew is full-to-bursting with intense chocolate and iced espresso. Whatever hops were used (at least one of the C-hops, no doubt) provide a relentless undercurrent of bitter citrus peel that is fandamntastic.

The mouthfeel is good, not great. In the end, it needs just a touch more creamy fullness and a little less carbonation.

The hop barrage and the ABV probably disqualify Ipswich Oatmeal Stout as a session beer. That's okay, I rarely session anyway. This expertly crafted ale is a tribute to its brewers and is a beer that I would love to have access to. If you do, consider yourself fortunate.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 4/22/11.

A: The pour was a deep brown/black, hard to tell really. A 1.5 finger tan, foamy head formed on top, which reduced to a small layer of bubbles on top. Nice lacing.

S: The aromas I would hope and expect out a beer in this style. Some roasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and a little bit of oatmeal.

T: Nicely balanced flavor profile between the roasted malts, caramel, and oats. The chocolate comes through as more of a bakers chocolate as opposed to the dark on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

O: Really like this beer, a solid example of the style and one of the best I have had. Extremely affordable in Massachusetts as well. Will have to grab some more next time I am up there.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a deep beige head. Excellent lace that sticks nicely to the glass.

Burnt leaves or charcoaled meat are the first impressions for the aroma. There is a mild malt and hop as well, but the black patent malt is the predominant note here.

Harsher than the Irish stouts; burnt toastiness with a bitter coffee flavor. Very rich and full bodied. Moderate carbonation. The aftertaste is largely black patent malts with a touch of bitter hop.

This is a stout that is not for the faint of heart. Largely bitter from heavily toasted malts, but the hop flower is not ignored. You'll see it in the aftertaste.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of being able to try this one for the first time last night. I received a bunch of these several weeks ago and this was the last one that I needed to go through. Served chilled, at a comfortable temperature, this one was poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 11/10/2008.

The pour was rather nice I have to say, a thick and very deep, dark brown color, essentially black with a nice sized head of tan foam that leached out over the top and settled down to a comfortable level after a few moments. Nice side glass lacing was apparent here as it dripped effortlessly over the top.

The aroma was rich with roasted malts and touches of caramel and molasses. Nice burnt and peat like aroma to it as well and the sweetness really started to come through nicely as it began to warm. Up next though was the show stopper, just a wonderful rush of roasted malt, sweet notes of caramel and a wonderful full bodied stout here. Nice touches of a campfire like roastedness really just out the slightly bitter edge to it that I really needed. Smooth and incredibly drinkable, this was a wonderful stout.

Overall this is what I am talking about. A nice stout that isn't too heavy on the alcohol but delivers full bore on the flavor. Rich and creamy, subtle and distinct. I would not shy away from this one anytime.

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Photo of Jason
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: ½ gallon growler with no freshness date, some in for about the beer on the back.

Appearance: Ample lace in a swirly wispy tan clump. Nearly ink black in colour.

Smell: Sweet and soft with hints of a charcoal like smokiness, espresso like roasted grain and a dash of yeast and hop are the make up of this complex aroma.

Taste: So damn creamy and smooth with a light carbonation and full body. Big mouthful of roasted character that comes in waves. First it is a dark chocolate flavour then leads more towards espresso and faintly smoky charcoal like flavours. Some sweetness on top is soft and melds well with the roasted character. Light punch of hop bitterness and tobacco-like flavour hit in the middle and lingers with the roasted grain far into the after taste. Finishes semi sweet with hints of yeast as well.

Notes: This is one stout I can’t get enough of, one of the most drinkable full bodied ales I have run into in a long time. A treat for any die hard stout fan especially if you enjoy oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Michelle for sending me a bottle of this as an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a deep black color with a fairly sturdy tan head on top.

S: The nose is quite intense. It's full of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and oatmeal.

T: I was let down by the flavor, unfortunately. The roasted malt and coffee were there but were perhaps a touch acidic. The chocolate was overly bitter in this instance.

M: The body is medium with a very lively level of carbonation. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

D: I wasn't as impressed with this beer as I hoped to be. A nice looking and smelling beer, but the flavor fell a bit short.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received this one in the Secret Santa BIF from joepais; thanks Joe. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. One inch of head lasts throughout drinking it and very light lacing is left on the glass. Looks like a great stout.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cream, and toasted malts. Pretty nice and roasty, and a good amount of chocolate

t - Tastes of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla, cream, toasted malts, and oatmeal. Very nice again, and a tiny step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink. Great body for an oatmeal stout....just perfect.

o - Overall a very nice oatmeal stout. The taste is very nice and the body is almost perfect; a very nice option if you're in the mood for an oatmeal stout. One of the better ones in the style I've had in a while.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Been walking past this guy too many times at the store. Time to take him home. He pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of sienna foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, roasted malts, dark chocolate powder, molasses, and a touch of vanilla bean. The taste holds notes of darkly-roasted malts, very bitter dark chocolate (the kind you'd bake with, rather than eat straight-up), vinyl, anise, rubbing alcohol, charcoal, and molasses. Yowza, this stuff is acridly bitter! The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a nearly chewy feel, and a pretty dry finish. Overall, what would have been a pretty decent oatmeal stout suffers from an excess of bitterness and plastic-ness in the taste. My advice: keep walkin' on by this guy...

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a creamy tan head the dissipates quickly to form a cap. Smells of chocolate, some roasted malts, a bit of licorice some subdued hops. Taste is roasty, chocolaty, bit of acridic bitterness finishing with a nice lingering roast and hop aftertaste. Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium body. ample carbonation. Great little oatmeal stout. Lots of flavor and easy to drink.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil with a dark tan head that does not really stick around all that long. Nose is nice rich chocolate malts. Flavor is extremely robust with a strong roasted quality to it. Coffee tones are there as well. Leaves a long lasting aftertaste. Feel is extremely thick on the liquid and low on the bubble. Very drinkable. A bit thick which might turn some off, but I have to say this one took me by surprise as I had no expectation. Worth trying. There's a reason why this is one of the top oatmeal stouts.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Thick dark walnut brown with an almost purple reddish edge to it held up the light. Yup dark beer… you can do all those variants of dark brown to dark black bu yup in a big glass like that she is quite opaque and solid. Head is only just above 2 fingers, but with a creamy and almost nitrous top, very dark too with espresso brown color and nearly dark mocha. Very nice looker.

What a nice aroma. Wonderful fruit notes of cherry, and warm milk chocolate. Thick husky ripping roasted grain coming off of this and excellent senses of nuts like hazelnut and walnuts. Very inviting bouquet.

Palate goes for simplicity and giving the bouquet it's correct due. Light but also just enough creamy body to give some classic oatmeal depth. Roasting coffee like grain flavors wash everywhere, and thick malted cookie body. An almost mild like hop bitterness comes though just to give the palate a nice pop in the mid palate as well. It lingers also long after the final swallow with a bit of tea herbal like bitterness ever so slightly. Much of the nutty flavor comes out but much more in aroma than taste, as hazelnut and walnuts seem to give some tannic dryness just a bit, instead of a thick peanut butter action. Milked cream, nutty, roasty, delicious.

Overall just a real solid oatmeal stout, manages to keep the basics in control, and also be memorable. Sometimes you just don't have to get ultra big or fancy, but just do something really well and it's good enough.

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