Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jet-black in color, this monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

50 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown Malt, Briess Roast Malt , Rahr White Wheat , Rolled Oats
Hops: Saphir
Yeast: California Ale

Added by armock on 01-03-2009

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is so different a beer that I really liked it.

I really liked the mocha and coffee taste while subdude added a nice compliment.

If you are a stout or moca lover this is a must have brew.

Because it comes from a can for me adds a little as well a must try !!!

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Photo of angelmonster
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger cappuccino head. Body is extremely dark brown with some crimson highlights. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smell is of roasted malts similar to a brown ale. There is also sweet milk chocolate, slight coffee, and some bubblegum fruitiness that is ofter found in Belgian ales. Hops and alcohol are very faint

Taste is smoky burnt malts. Similar to a scotch ale but with the addition of chocolate and coffee flavors. Pretty sugary beer that helps to mask the alcohol which at almost 9 percent is apparent but not overwhelming. Hops are slightly in the background.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation for this medium bodied beer. Wish head contributed more to the overall consistency.

Drinkability was good. Sessionable for a strong stout. Not as good as the Left Hand Fade to Black I had acouple days ago but few beers are as good as that one. This beer has nice qualities of an Imperial stout, brown ale and scotch ale all packed into a can, would drink again.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. can into a snifter.

A- Dark brown, just a bit short of opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of light brown head, which rapidly dwindles to a smattering of bubbles.

S- Roasted, earthy coffee rules the day.

T- Moderately sweet blend of caramel maltiness and coffee....light roasted bitterness. Quite good.

M- Moderately high carbonation, with a fairly creamy feel.

D- Good. Almost no trace of the 8.5% ABV to slow you down...

Future outlook: Very nice....Nothing too flashy- just solid and pleasing. I might have to go snag another 4 pack.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, My first pack of canned craft beer. It being on sale, I couldn't pass it up. Not to mention, I'm glad to give any beer made in Texas a try. On a side note, I really love the artwork/picture from the can. A shirt would be awesome.

From a decent pour resulted one and a half fingers of nice, rich looking, tan, sandy colored head, lots of movement, that's simmering down and deflating at a moderate pace. Eventually, a nice even and consistent thin top. Deep reddish brown in color. Not a lot of lacing, but there's a little bit scattered.

The nose is huge on the coffee side. This is like a straight expresso, or along that line. Some chocolate is there, but not very dominate compared to the massive coffee front. There is also a nail polish remover astringent like alcohol presence. Its not horrible, I just couldn't stop noticing it with my first can. Thankfully, it isn't coming across too strong, or I just got used to it. Not too complex, but smells good.

The taste is hand in hand with the nose. The coffee rules, with a light chocolate finish and a bigger warming alcohol kick.

Smooth, silky, and creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. A little high on the carbonation side, but I think adds to the MF. A definate noticeable nail polish remover alcoholic kick in the finish. Really drinkable and I could Imagine finishing a 4 pack, gladly. I want to try some of their other offerings, as I was pretty impressed with this one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" dark tan head above the cloudy reddish brown brew. Not as dark as I would like/expect for the style. Thick frothy head falls slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is deeply of dark grains, with pervasive coffee character. Taste is sweet to start, a touch of bitterness in the middle, and then coffee to close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth but thin for the style, and drinkability is good and easy. Not wild about this one fitting the style, but as a beer, I'm enjoying it, and that's the most important thing.

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Photo of elniko
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Opaque coloring but not quite pitch black, a little bit of rich brown as well. Huge creamy head that almost went over glass, nice lacing apparent. Really good looking brew.

S: Quite a nose, huge roasty tones coming through.

T & M: Wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Really nicely balanced with just the right mix of dry hoppiness in the finish.

D: This is my new favorite stout, Southern Star continues to impress and this is definitely their best beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Poured with huge, foamy, frothy, root beer tan head and a little lace. Head mostly faded quick. Color is an almost opaque blackish brown. Aroma is very nice with malt, cocoa, and roastiness. Flavor's similar but sweetness dominates. Body is decent and mouthfilling and good carbonation, but I would have expected a little more substance than what's here. Finish is like flavor but with a short blast of booze and a longer "stout" end.

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to beertruth for a can of this Texan treat! I really dig Pine Belt Pale so let's see how Southern Star does with a stout.

A-Dark, yet clear, reddish brown with garnet highlights. A medium tan head reduces to a thin cap and hangs on strong. Leaves decent lace.

S-I could smell dark roasted coffee notes when I was pouring it into the glass! Dark roasted malts, a touch of molasses, and dark bitter chocolate.

T-Rich, deep, dark roasted malt up front. Bitterness comes through from dark, bitter chocolate, a healthy dose of coffee and some earthy hop bitters. A touch of caramel sweetness on the backside. Ends with a building dryness.

M- Medium body and fairly smooth. Does develop a woody dryness upon warming...but this does not detract.

D-Wow...really? This is even better than Pine Belt! I never would have guessed it is 8.5% either. Amazing roasted malt and coffee flavour with a lovely dryness. This is seriously good stuff. To have this locally available would be stellar! They make this with a coffee added version? Whoa....must have! ISO--Coffee Buried Hatchet!

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Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebony with russet highlights and a creamy, tan foam head that leaves plenty of filmy lace on the glass. Roasted coffee and cocoa with a bit of a dark fruity smell. The flavor is also rich and roasty with plenty of coffee, anise and brown sugar flavors with a bitter tea like finish. Is this brew really 8.5% ABV? If so, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A good stout.

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Photo of jampics2
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a snifter.

Cola brown and translucent, not as cloudy as other stouts. Red and brown highlights with a head that quickly subsided. Looks decent, could be thicker looking.

Smell is nice. Roasted malt gives impressions of coffee, bitter chocolate, and an earthy burned component. Quite nice, especially considering I have a touch of a cold.

Taste is impressive. Not as burned as the nose because the caramelized malt gives some nice residual sweetness. There is a great coffee note along with some chocolate and toffee. Enjoyable, but I notice some alcohol burn that should have been masked .

Mouthfeel is a toss-up between a heavy carb and a nice thick mouthfeel. I'm leaning in favor of the latter, as I think the nice round feel overshadows the flawed level of carb. Still a bit short of the mark here.

Drinkability is anothe toss-up. This should be a sipping beer, so I'm OK with that, but there is a bit too much burn considering the amount of flavor and the ABV. Still something I'm thrilled to have come across - this would be PERFECT for a cold night at a music festival that doesn't allow glass bottles.


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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a light brown liquid that allows some light through. The head is a light chocolaty brown, thin and bubbly, it dissipates pretty quickly and leaves no lace

S-the nose is big and burnt. Roasted, burnt coffee, charcoal, and light bitter unsweetened chocolate.

T-the taste is much better than the nose, it brings a fair amount of roasted coffee, slightly burnt edges, dark unsweetened chocolate is quite present in the mild and just a touch of sweetness towards the back.

M-very smooth and highly carbonated, slightly prickly, medium to full body. Pretty solid body

D-this has big bold flavors and is quite tasty. The nose was too burnt; but the stout itself was quite good. Very solid body.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a creamy finger of head. Aroma is lightly toasted malts, a ton of nuttiness, some burnt popcorn, and a bit of floral hoppiness.

The flavor is mostly roasted malts and nuttiness. Not brash or bold, yet definitely flavorful. I'm not a huge fan of this style of stout because I often find it a bit watery and not worth the ABV, but this one is decent I suppose. I would be more impressed if it was in the 6% range instead of the lofty 8.5%

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad watery. Drinkability is OK for the style, but like I said it doesn't have the flavor to match the high ABV which puts in in the dark void between a session beer and a monster one-and-done type beer, so some points are deducted for that.

Overall, definitely a solid representation of the style but it doesn't stand out on its own.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from the can into a snifter, where it was a nearly black color with off-white head. Some lacing left down the glass, although not as much as one might expect for such a creamy head.

The aromas are very inviting; I note a lot of roasted malt and chocolate/coffee. There is also a nice fruity character that suits this style.

The taste is burnt to begin with, followed by chocolate and coffee notes. There is also a fruity quality that carried over from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and a bit high on carbonation. It does not stick around after swallowing, but invites for another sip.

Overall an excellent beer. While this is obviously not a session beer, the abv will still allow for a couple, and the aromas and tastes will keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me by my friend Steve in Georgia, thanks! This is only the 2nd craft beer from Texas I've ever had (Live Oak Hefe the other). I had never even heard of this brewery before I received the can.

A nice just barely off-white frothy head builds up on the body on the pour. It fades pretty fast though. The initial smell is of roast and cocoa. Throughout the entire glass I get coffee, whoppers malt balls, licorice, and some alcohol heat (only for a small portion). The mouthfeel is VERY slick, they really used a good portion of rolled oats in here. This thing went down fast and hit me FAST. It knocked me out (I was already tired from a long day of work). So if you run out of Ambien, just crack a Buried Hatchet.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this can from Mikesgroove. Thanks Mike, I'm a fan of craft brews in cans.

Buried Hatchet Stout is a dark mahogany that isn't quite opaque even at its core. The head is huge and fluffy, although my questionable pouring probably inflated it a bit. Either way, it is a nice tan color and has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with a ton of roasted malts and is rather bitter.

A ton of butterscotch and toffee malts come first, adding a good bit of sweetness. Next comes a moderate amount of bitter chocolate and maybe just a bit of coffee. The strongest flavor in buried Hatchet is the roasted malt; this beer is just bursting with it, and it adds some dryness and bitterness. This thing is definitely a malt bomb. It's rich, complex and satisfying. It's a very good beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

I had not heard anything about this beer until it showed up in the mail from Mike, which in retrospect I don't believe, because Buried Hatchet is excellent. I was in the mood for a malty beer and this one was perfect. Also, I was shocked when I saw that the ABV was 8.5, I guessed that it would be a good bit lower than that. If you can get this beer, I suggest it.

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Photo of caresville
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE THANKS TO TWIGGAMORTIS420 for this one!! i may have found my new favorite stout... that i dont have access to =/

a- jet black with a huge fluffy mocha head in my tulip, awesome lacing and perfect amount of carbonation!! cannot ask for anything more!!

s- lots of black coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and cookies n cream ice cream!! this stuff smells like heaven, period.

t&m- very silky and smooth, not too thin but not motor oil in a glass. black coffee comes to mind first, chocolate teddy grahams, brown twizzlers, hints of fig and cinnamon. strong coffee on the swallow also.

d- smooth as butter, my mouth enjoys this very much. just short of perfection... but damn near close!!

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Photo of brundo4
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a mustachioed pint. 3/2/10.

A- Pours a dark, molasses brown. Almost black but not quite. A nice single finger tan head forms, dissipates by half, and then sticks around. Medium sticky lacing.

S- Subtle. Coffee, roasted malts, a light carmel/molasses, and dark chocolate.

T- Much fuller than I was expecting. Nice roasted mocha flavor. Bittersweet. A good amount of coffee and some mellow carmel. I like this a lot. Alcohol is not present.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Silky smooth. About right for an export stout.

D- The ABV is misleading. It's much higher than you'd ever guess but, old I four packs, I could easily drink all four and be very, very happy that I did so.

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Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown beer with a small light brown head.

Smells of coffee and chocolate with lots of roasted malt. Lots of patent malt and toasted grain smell.

Starts out mildly sweet and quite heavy on roasted grain. Chocolate is stronger than coffee in this one. Not a lot of fruity flavor here, mostly it is like Kahlúa. Not hyper complex but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is full.

Nice beer, only thing that could be better is the complexity.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout in a can! Always good to see! Pours into my glass a deep dark brown bordering on black with a two finger khaki head that's nice and creamy. Aromas start off with a lovely nutty, roasted charred malt with notes of chocolate, coffee and even a touch of smoke. Subtle creaminess as well. Quite inviting and malty.

First sip brings a wash of smooth roasted dark malts that are a bit charred as well. Lots of nutty notes along with a mix of chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee. Somewhat spicy as it flows down with a creamy aspect throughout as well. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good steady carbonation. A really drinkable stout that has a great flavor profile overall and I love the fact that this is in cans. Glad I gave this one a try, little expensive for a four pack though!

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks as always for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights and a tightly bubbled tan head that dissipates quickly to form a ring.
Smells of creamy milk chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, slightly earthy, with a hint of dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, creamy, and heavy on the milk chocolate. Chocolate up front with a hint of roast and dark fruit midway with a lingering roast and herbal hop bitterness.
Creamy syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation and medium body.
This could be a dangerous beer if I could get it more easily. Drinks so creamy and smooth with no hint that it contains 8.5% abv. Great brew!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack at Binny's a few days ago. My wife seems to be drinking these when I'm not looking - there are already two missing! Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant sandy foam that slowly dissipates to a thick cap and leaves spotty lacing. The body is a transparent dark cherry/mahogany wood color, without any visible bubbles.

S - Tons of milky cocoa, a touch of light roast coffee & cream, maybe a sprinkle of powdered vanilla. There's a touch of earthiness and floral notes that may be hop-derived. It's pretty explosive and jumps out of the glass.

T - Very roasty & bitter - not nearly as much sweetness as the nose suggests - there's a hint of cocoa and vanilla in the back end before disintegrating into a dark roast coffee finish.

M - Even though the body is definitively medium, there's something watery about the texture. There's a little bit of carbonation zip, but somehow this is a little underwhelming for an 8.5% stout. On the flip side, the alcohol is very well hidden.

D - My first beer of the night, and I put it down in near record time. I love a good stout in a can, and this if far more session-worthy than Ten FIDY. Heck, you might even be able to shotgun this one, with it's low carbonation, well-hidden booze, and soft creamy texture.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000!

Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy light brown head that slowly descends to a lasting, espresso-like cover. Dotted lacing sticks, with broken rings as it progresses down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate with light roasted coffee. It has an earthy, anise-like undertone.

The taste is of sweet chocolate balanced with roasted coffee and an earthy (hint of anise) tone. Finishes with a mildly roasty dryness.

It has a smooth medium-to-full body.

A well-balanced stout - Alcohol well-covered. Nice!

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Photo of BeanBone
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep brown, nearly black body capped by over two fingers of craggy tan-tinged head that leaves patchy lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Loads of robust bitter chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malt along with medium alcohol character. This is going to be big.

Flavor: Just as the aroma promised, there's a big malt body that features plenty of bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. There's just a hint of citrusy hops from time to time, but they're not strong enough to take the spotlight away from the malt--they just take the edge off a little. Booze makes a much bigger splash here than in nose, but is never out of place. The aftertaste endures well, leaving the roasty malt, mild hops, and spicy booze lingering for minutes.

Mouthfeel: A velvety-smooth medium-full body with medium carbonation. Decent warmth from the alcohol in the cheeks and on the tongue.

Drinkability: Goes down faster than the stats would suggest, making it something to watch out for.

Verdict: Buried Hatchet was as good as I remember fresh from the tap and well worth the wait. I love big and robust chocolate-driven Stouts, and Dave and the gang have crafted a great one here. Knowing this is brewed just a stone's throw from my house is just a cherry on the top.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is the same as the aroma, and it has a good roasty and bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy to drink and the 8.25% ABV isn't very noticable at all. Overall I think this is a good brew. This is easily one of the best canned beers I've tried. $9.99 a 4-pack is a good deal for this brew. I'll definitely buy this again in the future for sure!

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Photo of nlmartin
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served lightly chilled and poured from the can into a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is dark brown with some ruby opaqueness to light. I like my stouts a bit darker but thats just a preferance. The beers cannot all be black holes of darkness. The head of the beer is light tan and resolves to a thin film. Very nice webs of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is nicely roasted cocoa and coffee. A sweet vanilla creeps into the smell whiffs of smoke, and herbal aromas flow in and out of my perception.

Taste: The beer delivers a caramel sweetened dark roasted almost charred malty dry powdery cocoa, then I am hit by a pleasing herbal earthy sensation on my palate. In short this is a malt driven beer treat. Well done!...

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a very creamy introduction to my mouth. The body of the beer is medium plus. Not a hint of alcohol in the mouth. This is a very soothing malty treat. The drinkability is very high. I drank a can faster than I could finish this review. Hell I was almost done with a second can in the time it took me to write this review. This beer will make its way into my routine beer drinking.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,193 ratings.
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