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Riptide | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MAB on 03-18-2008

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Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent Double Imperial Stout. Dark-brown/ruby to black with a thin, off-white cola like head. Coffee, chocolate, toffee and even brandy in the nose.

Vinous and coffee tastes dominate, with bits of chocolate and hops lurking in the depths.

Carbonation could be toned down, but other wise and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 7-23-09
Best before 9-9-09

Pours a very deep red color that becomes almost black in the glass. A thin head settles quickly, wispy rings of lacing.

Smell is big malt and big alcohol, in a good way. Lots of oak and vanilla is there if you look for it.

Taste is surprisingly light, malty and very peaty. The booze adds a decent complexity, but that's about all there is. Slightly oak of the finish, where the peat hits again.

Mouthfeel is thin, but rather pleasant. It goes well with the lighter flavors and almost scotch-like character.

Drinkability is very good, the flavors go well with the alcohol and could be dangerous.

Overall, better than I expected, and a little different.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter-like glass.

A - deep, dark, nearly opaque black with amber highlights; not much head at all, some lacing

S - dark roasted grain aroma with some raisin-like quality perhaps from mild oxidation (but not unpleasant)

T - rich roasted malt with a touch of smokiness; modestly aggressive bitterness on finish from the hops and grain

M - full body, moderate-to-low carbonation

D - This is a decent Imperial Stout with some interesting character. I like the fact it doesn't have the extreme sweet and bitter characters of others from the style I've tried. If anything, it's a bit more hop centered. This will age nicely I believe.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rolls out a dark brown, near black body with a smallish, bubbly, beige head.

Smell: Roasted malts with hints of unsweetened chocolate, licorice candies, coffee, and an all-around earthiness. Rich, vinous fruitiness present. Minor blip of higher alcohols. With some slight warming, the coffee notes deepen to give a touch of Kahlua.

Taste: Dark, roasty malts with flavors of baker's chocolate and espresso with a more restrained fruitiness. An earthy roastiness pairs with the lightly herbaceous hops to provide a moderate amount of bitterness. As with the nose, a bit of added warmth helps to bring out more of the chocolate and coffee tones. A bit chalky and a touch of alcohol warmth on the roasty, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Leans towards being relatively mild and easy-going as opposed to other stouts that are bold and brash.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a case of the tinny notes which didn't blow off until half through the bottle which is unfortunate. Once the beer started to come into its own I realized that in Scotland this beer would be a departure and an acheivement but here in the PNW it has to be compared with the great number of really good RIS's that line the shelves. It is a pretty good stout but the roughness on the finish and the mixed flavours don't put it in the same league as Brooklyn or Rasputin (which sell for a dollar less here). Ok beer but not worth the money.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a dark brown color with red highlights. It had a small to nonexistant tan head. The aroma was chocolate and coffee, with what I thought was a little licorice. The taste resembled the aroma. Hops are just barely noticeable. The beer was on the thin side, with none of the richness I would associate with an imperial stout. Not sure I'll try this again.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours an opaque black with a very small light tan head. Aroma of raisin, roasted malt, burnt malt, chocolate, roasted nuts. Flavor of sweet and roasted malt up front with a sweet finish. Aroma is nice and complex but the flavor/palate doesn't match up. Just kind of dull to me.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose is dark and stoutish, dry roast, dark chocolate, mild coffee. Smells good.

Pours a deep dark brown, almost opaque, almost no head. Looks okay.

Lots of coffee and chocolate laying on a bed of malt. Incredibly thin body... wonder if it is highly attenuated or was low in o.gravity; it was a turnoff at first, but now it's just highly drinkable. Mild-to-moderately sweet with a black molasses vibe. Mildest of hop. Mild bitterness. Hints of raisins and bread crust. Mild nuttiness. Finishes dark and dry. Tastes good. Feels okay. Good drinkability.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my imperial pint, pours solid black. An increasingly aggressive pour lent a aggravatingly small head, pretty bubbly, that vanished awful quick. Yet, it left lacing in bubbles and streaks all down the glass. The aroma isn't very assertive, but has many nice subtleties. Dark fruits and chocolate are evident first, some coffee and brown sugar.

The taste is quite more outgoing, yet not. It both lands a punch and invites you over for tea. I can't say I'm blown away by any part, through any part, and yet it has plenty of strength. In other words, perplexing. Its kind of a smorgasbord rolling across the tongue, no particular order. At any time, I might taste coffee, anise, dark fruits, roasted malt, leafy hops, and so on. The mouth is medium to heavy, well carbonated, and fairly smooth, hiding the alcohol pretty well. Again, its an interesting beer, don't know that I'd buy it again, certainly would drink it if offered... Enjoyed it more and more as I went on. Still a bit perplexed.

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Photo of northaustin
2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured into pint glass. a thick black with almost no head.

alchohol is not very well hidden, but subtle roasted malts can still be found after some searching

aroma is minimal and most of wht comes through is harsh alchohol

mouthfeel was a bit sticky and flat with almost no taste lingering. im going to try another bottle to make sure i didnt get a bad one

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

A nice Stout that seems to fall somewhere between and Extra Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout. Dark brown and nearly opaque, the beer holds light carbonation, leading to a simple head formation, and later laced fairly well.

Faint aromas of roasted grains (actually more toasted than roasted) and sweetness that seems to come from caramel malts, fruity esters, and milk sugars. No hops or any other complexities.

Sweet with caramel, maltose, and lactose; the beer might pass as a Sweet Stout if these sweet attributes were pushed a bit further. Nutty and estery throughout. Grapes and licorice leading the way with the esters. Not as aggressive with the chocolates or coffee as many bolder Stouts, but these characteristics are evident nonetheless.

Quite a bit of lingering sweetness on the tongue and palate, but still malty and nicely attenuated as well. Bittered by hops but struggles to compete with the sweetness. Quite light in body for most Stout styles. Not as dry as I'd hope for an Imperial, but not as sweet as I'd like in a Milk or Sweet Stout.

Although the beer is tasty and easy to drink, it's somewhat forgetable as it doesn't define itself realy well. This is a well brewed beer but the recipe doesn't hit a home run for me.

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Photo of klewis
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 004, best before 9/9/09

A: Pours black with a thin, bubbly head that quickly bubbles away. Specks of lacing.

S: A light, fruity smell with mild aromas of blackberries and a hint of cocoa. Unusual for a stout.

T: Balanced with a mild earthiness. Quite thin inn the flavor department. Somewhat fruity with a taste of stale coffee.

M: Super thin in body for the style and ABV - almost like drinking water. Very light and fine carbonation.

D: No aspect of this beer was expected, and it is quite unlike any other "stout" that I've had. Decent, but far from transcendent.

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Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in June shipment of my beer of the month club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Opaque dark brown with minimal head but has nice lacing lines down the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, licorice, alcohol, roasted malts. The smell becomes a little subdued after a couple minutes.

Taste: Dark chocolate and licorice backbone, with some fruitiness (BrewDog says cherry, I'll go with that). More bitter and smoky than sweet. Especially bitter at end, likely due to both burnt malts and hops.

Feel: Very low carbonation, full body, very smooth, and very dry for an Imperial Stout. Not syrupy or oily as some big malty beers are, but way too flat.

Drinkability: Very nice, late evening sipper. Overall, much more bitter than typical for the style, but that is part of the appeal.

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Photo of specksnreds
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one was a bit odd for me. A rough pour yielded near zero head into my pint glass. The beer looked flat, and visually left me low expectations for the brew.

I smelled brown sugar and molasses, and that's about all. Not bad, but a bit one dimensional.

Taste was similar to the nose, but with a nice lingering bitter finish. Unexpected,since the beer was nearly flat. Almost no carbonation. Weird, but oddly the beer was still pretty good.

Mouthfeel was a little oily, but enough body to warrant an IS style.

With out the bubbles, I won't buy it again.

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Photo of endovelico
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: two thinger creamy tan head that fades into one thinger cap, holding thoroughout. Deep dark brown opaque brew with ruby highlights. Leaves little patches of lacing. No noticeable effervescence.

Aroma: Condition OK. Upfront graininess, black chocolate and coffee. Caramel aroma on the back. Slight hoppy freshness. Can't seem to get the dark fruits complexity.

Taste: Grainy, Black malt like smokiness, coffee, bitter chocolate. Fusely. No hop presence.

Palate: Full Bodied. Medium low carbonation. Medium to medium high bitterness. High black malt astringency. Lasting smoky aftertaste.

Drinkability: High alcohol and full bodied yet somewhat easy to drink since its still a bit dried up. The smokiness kills a bit of the complexity. The price is reasonable although its definitely not the best example of a AIRS/IRS.

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Photo of wl0307
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a slim 330ml brown bottle, BB 22/11/2008, served cool in Gulden Draak's branded tulip-shaped bowl sniffer. NOTE: the label says this ale is the overall winner of the Grampian Food Forum Innovation Awards 2007.

A: pours a nearly black hue with dim brown-ish hues when seen against light, otherwise very, very dark; the tan beer head comes frothy and thick, lasting very well, while the carbonation level is unknown.
S: dense and rich in the malt department, laced with underlying hints of oily caramelised sugar, dark chocolates (with a light vanilla edge), black plum preserve, honey, and a whiff of flowery hop aroma. Alc. is somehow easy to spot, but not too much. A swirl somehow wakes up the really thick roast malt middle, with lots of malt aroma to render some kind of a body, like a truly heavy stout. Overall, very pleasant.
T: upfront comes an oily-smooth swallow of semi-sweet jammy dark malts, a faintly sour yet refreshing edge of roast malts, smoked longan-fruits and raisin-ish berry fruits; then, the dry-ish elements of hops catch up, rendering an aromatically herbal and lightly flowery aftertaste underlined by a fine stream of alc. The long finish turns rather chewy and even slightly powdery in terms of the malt-hop impact, with a lengthy tobacco-ish burned malt undertone, while the sour hints of fruity black prunes linger equally well. Slightly rough is the overall comment on the aftertaste, but I suppose one can't easily balance between a high level of bitterness and finesse on the palate?
M&D: the mouthfeel is next to "heavenly", with the softest carbonation supporting a full but not overbearing body. Last night, I just had another bottle of Harvey's classic Le Coq Double Imperial Stout, and this evening it's this rather modern take on the RIS. I like both, and this Brewdog is especially charming to me partly due to the hoppiness deeply immersed in the overall flavour, and partly due to the really well-executed structure of the overall flavour. Neither the most balanced RIS, nor the hoppiest, but an immensely likeable and drinkable one all the same.

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Photo of claytri
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a smooth black with a thin tan head. The aroma is of toasted malt and coffee. The taste is malty up front, and finishes with a coffeeish bitterness. The feel is medium and wet. After I read Brew Dog was getting beat up by the thought police in the UK for daring to describe their brew as a twisted merciless stout I had to try it. A decent stout.

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Photo of scottoale
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

660ml. brown bottle with a basic one color (purple, printed on white)label and a best before: 07/07/09. The blurb on the label makes the beer sound alot more exciting than it actually is.

Poured aggressively into a Duvel tulip a dark mahogany brown with a very small 1/4" of bubbly foam that dissipates as quickly as it rises, leaving no lasting lace or head. I had three bottles of this in the last week and all were the same in this aspect...very low carbonation.

The nose is comprised of earthy wood, chocolate, coffee grounds and a toffee like caramel that's fairly sweet. Can't really detect the alcohol in the aroma which is a bit strange for an eight percenter. The taste is very much the same with some sweet malt upfront, lots of chocolate and a rich earthiness. Even a faint smokiness comes through just before the sweetness turns bitter and blunt. Woody and roasty with initial sweetness pretty much sums it up. The mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery for this style, medium body at best. The balance was ok with a good astringency in the bittery finish, the alcohol was hardly noticable in every aspect of this brew. It's average at best for this style and for $8.99 for a 22oz. on sale, there is a lot to be desired here.

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Photo of colts9016
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer from Mandy, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark brown color. There was a quarter inch light tan head that only last a few seconds. There are couple of bubbles on the bottom of the beer. The clarity of beer is like the black hole.

Nose: A roasted malt with espresso, chocolate, the burnt character, molasses, phenols and a solvent like aroma. There are some floral, caramel, alcohol, and woody notes.

Taste: Roasted malt, light chocolate, phenols, molasses, woody, and solvent. The background flavors are coffee, caramel and floral.

Overall: The mouth feel is slick and slightly flat. The body of the beer is medium and finish is light. This beer presents an odd flavor to it. It is not like a imperial double beer but more like a porter. I really didn't care for it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Almost black, faint mahogany highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Woody coffee nose. Flavor is roasted to burnt coffee, hints of alcohol. Drying finish. Best by Sep 9, 09. $6.99 for a 22.4oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of bcdees47
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've enjoyed BrewDog's imperial stout from the bottle many a time, but had the opportunity to have it on tap at a beer festival in Edinburgh. The appearance is quite dark, and even looks thick in the glass. It's got quite a kick, you can definitely taste the 8% ABV as well as the roasted malt notes one would expect from a stout. Something in the taste almost reminded me of tobacco, like smoking a nice cigar. Overall, a drinkable beer, though probably not a session beer.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a very small tan / beige head that vanishes immediately. Color is black with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Only some film stays around the edges and leaves no lacing at all. Average at best.

SMELL: Roasted barley malt and some licorice. A bit of cool soapiness as well, which is interesting. Some earthy qualities in the back round it off. A mild nose; average again.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt and a smoky bit as well. A strong bitter hop aftertaste and it ends with some coffee, chocolate, and a slight soapy quality as well. Long lasting aftertaste with a touch of alcohol at the finish. Definitely more impressive than the nose. Nice.

PALATE: Medium body and lower end carbonation. The carbo is a bit too low actually, and it comes off somewhat watery. Goes down with a bit of a scratch and finishes slightly mouth coating. It's a little too watery and it could go down a bit smoother as well.

OVERALL: Everything about this beer was average at best, but the taste was quite enjoyable, oddly enough. As such, it certainly drank away pretty decently. It's hard to rate it overall, but given that there are other imperial stouts that taste just as good and at the same time do better in the other categories, I don't think I'll bother picking this one up again. A decent beer, but unfortunately not memorable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Finished up my yard work today, and it was time for a bier! Grabbed this 750ml bottle from the fridge, which I had bought 2 weeks ago while up near Burlington, VT. Not the fridge, the bottle. Couldn't quite make out the batch (looked like 004?), but the best by date was 09/09/09.

Headed out to the 'Zebo and poured Rip into an imperial pint glass while listening to some classic rock. The bier was cola-like in color, a clear, deep, dark brown. Quite dense and opaque. The head was light beige and very thin, mostly an edge clinger, with little lace to speak of. Aroma was a touch roasty, with dark chocolate and hints of sweetness. The bier felt fairly smooth on the tongue, and the body, while being medium, fell short of what I expect from an Imperial Stout.

Taste? Lightly sweet at the outset, with chocolate and roasty coffee lending ample bitterness. I want to say I found some nice dark fruit notes, but, alas, I cannot tell a lie. Nuttin' honey. Just the choco/coffee roasties. There was some subtle floral hopping at the finish, but this one was lacking complexity big time. Oddly, after buying this and BrewDog's Hardcore DIPA, I checked BA to see how they were received. Most reviewers liked this one better than the Hardcore. I found the latter much better than this rather pedestrian offering... Oh well...


look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3


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Photo of coldmeat23
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH 002 BEST BEFORE 07/07/09 (22oz Bomber)

Pours black with a light touch of dark brown vivible at the edges. Medium pour produces a big, frothy, light brown head of foam. Retention is surprisingly good for the large size of the bubbles. Lacing is in little spots, but nicely sticky.

The nose is full of big malt notes. A slight touch of roastiness. Light hints of dark fruits. Mild caramel notes and hints of vanilla. A light touch of semi-sweet chocolate.
The aroma, while inviting, is pretty subdued for what I was expecting from these guys.

A mild malty presence. Some notes of charred woods. Very light hints of chocolate and burnt brown sugar. Mostly just bitter coffee notes. Large astringent presnce provides for a very drying finish.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation level. Smooth, but not creamy. Could definitely be done better.

I really did want this one to be better. Sadly, it will be a while before I try it again. This one is a letdown. (At least it's NOT a drainpour, though.)

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Photo of nlmartin
2.15/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer was served in an imperial pint glass lightly chilled.

Appearance: This is kind of a personal prejudice on my part. I like my stout so that there is no or little ruby opaqueness to light. I like my stouts blacker than black. The beer pours the color of coke with ruby opaqueness to light. I can almost see through the beers glass to light. The head was a light tan color and quickly resolved to a ring of foam.

Smell: The beers aroma is musty dark fruit and lightly roasted coffee. The beers aroma doesnt announce itself with the authority I have come to crave in my Double Stouts. In short I am not wowed.

Taste: Again I am underwhelmed. Very light roasted flavors. The suggestion of cocoa is there but not how I want it to be. Honestly if you are going to brew an Imperial Stout go big or stay home. This is a total let down.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers mouthfeel is light. The carbonation is low. Honestly it doesnt matter this beer is out of whack as far as I am concerned. Alcohol is present in the mouth and is not really welcome. I wanted to like this beer. I love the style of Double Stout. I dont love this beer. The bottle states this is a twisted merciless stout. This is most definately not the Ming the merciless of stouts. Go big or go home. Brew Dog should have stayed home with this offering. Frankly this beer bored the piss out of me.

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Riptide from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 338 ratings
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