Adam | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

2,469 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick almost black body with a small tan head that fades quickly but regenerate easily with a swirl. This is limited carbonation, it sits fairly still in the glass. The aromas are huge, tons of roasted malts with notes of chocolate, and a touch of coffee, before some peaty, almost soily aromas. The taste is rich and just as big as the aroma suggests. Heavy roasted malts up from, with more chocolate, molasses, caramalised sugars, and a rich roasted coffee. Towards the end the bitterness begins to take over with the woody peat flavours entwined with a dry hoppiness. Truly remarkable beer. Hope I get chance to get my hands on this again.

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Photo of pwoody11
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up from the Foodery in Northern Liberties, Philly.

Poured a near black. No head whatsoever. Actually, pretty much no carbonation whatsoever. Looks like a glass of flat coke.

Aroma is a bittersweet chocolate and dark fruits. Heavier on the malt than hops.

Taste bears a heavy booze characteristic. Raisins and dark grape. A bit vinous. More hop presence in the flavors than the nose.

This is my first taste of a beer of this style. Not really my bag, but from what I understand of the style, this fits in nicely. I'd recommend, but wouldn't pick up again for myself.

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Photo of oceanman
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nose here is at first reminiscent of a barleywine (raisiny, sweet), then an imperial stout (chocolatey, roasty), and ultimately an outstanding cabernet (earthy and leathery notes on top of dark fruits and floral perfumes). I find this to be an ideal complexity - notable not for its blunt force but for the way it continues to surprise. Cigar box certainly comes to mind.

The palate drops off just a bit. Barleywine-type sweetness is much more prevalent in this dimension, although it interacts in interesting ways with a darker, roasted quality. At the same time a lighter, floral, hoppy quality lingers. The finish is warm in a pleasing way.

This beer is quite thick and lightly carbonated, in a manner that suits it well. Outstanding beer for slow sipping and contemplation. Demands careful attention.

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Photo of drumenigma
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinking from batch 59. I bought this one a while ago and didn't realize it was already old when I bought it.

This beer pours a very dark reddish brown with about a finger thick head to it.

As far as smell goes it's a little tart and alcohol filled and reminds me of some Belgium brews.

The taste is totally different from what the smell indicates. It's very earthy with a little bit of hops to it. Getting some oak and dark dried fruit flavors in there.

Overall it's an ok beer. I'd definitely buy it again if I could find it locally but from what I have found it seems like this stuff does not make it out here to Mass at all any more so I will just have to savor this bottle for now.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Portland, OR on 2010-01-31

A - Pours a dark brown with a short tan head

S - Plums and figs

T - Dark chocolate and figgy pudding with some sourness, leather and smoke.

M - Light body and carbonation

D - Obviously a well-made brew but the unique flavors were fine for a treat but not a session.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with a voluminous off-white head which sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S: The nose offers up notes of toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate for the sweetness. There is also a bit of tart, dark fruits such as cherries, grapes, and raisins.

T: The flavor chocolate is more pronounced than the nose with plenty of brown sugar for sweetness. There is a mild woody, tannic feel to the beer. The finish is mildly fruity with a bit of alcohol warmth.

M: The body is quite full and chewy with a moderate carbonation. The alcohol provides a bit of warmth and as with the flavor, there is a bit of a tannic feel.

D: Old Ales are quickly becoming a new favorite style of mine. I really enjoyed the complexity of this beer and I'm pleased to have ready access to this beer.

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Photo of Phelps
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hearty old world ale, batch 76. Not sure which year this is from, since the data on the web site only goes up to something like batch 60. I'll assume it's pretty recent.

Adam pours a deep purple-black, with only the faintest highlights of blood-orange, leaving a beastly amount of sediment left in the bottle and in the bottom of my glass -- gold flakes that a prospector would be psyched to find. A massive craggy head of light straw nearly billows over the sides of my glass. The sides burst before the foam in the center, leaving a mountainous nucleus and some crazy sheeted lacing.

Northwest hops lead the nose: piney, wooded and delicious. Sweet honey, dark chocolate, charcoal and mint all make appearances as well.

Rarely do I say "wow" aloud when tasting, It begins with a straightforward smoked malt character with notes of bitter dark chocolate. Pilsner malt imparts a bit of graininess and a slight rye character. The sweetness of a very subtle figgy character is deftly balanced by the faintest hint of bitter piney hops. The equilibrium this beer achieves is incredible. The crazy part hits at the finish: leather, like a lick of an old baseball mitt. Every sip reminds me of days on the field, with pine tar bats and oiled gloves.

Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, velvety. Light carbonation. The alcohol hints at its presence, but displays nothing of the burn you'd expect from a 10% beast like this.

Bought this guy during a December trip to Oregon in 2009. Wanting to age it a bit, I waited as long as I could to drink it, so...about three months. I feel like this one hadn't reached its peak yet, but it's already incredible. I'll definitely seek Adam out again, and this time, I'll buy in bulk.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.34/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 76 on a 12 oz bottle.

Poured dark brown with lots of head, looks promising. ALOT of yeast sediment in this, it took a while to settle to the bottom of my glass.

Smells of rich wood scents and peppermint, perhaps some sour notes.. hmm I want to like it but sort of off putting. Is this infected? i dunno

Taste is ok, not the infected taste i have gotten from similarly smelling beers. Decent dark roast and malt build for an old ale, a real different style of old ale for me. Its enjoyable to a degree but i think there is something off about this bottle or batch, maybe time will change this but it has a pepperminty, sort of sourish taste i cant match well to an old ale. I wish that flavor characteristic wasn't there but its still drinkable.
Difficult to sort out the flavors leading me to believe its early in its age. I will seek this out again, perhaps another batch # to see how it tastes, worth a try i think, considering other's reviews of this.

Mouth feel is rather good, decent thickness.

drinkablility suffers as this packs a punch.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter at Bailey's Taproom in Portland, OR

appearance - dark brown and thick, decent lacing

smell - unique wood and malty notes

taste - very complex and bold, woody, molasses, malt and raisins become dominant as the temperature increases

mouthfeel - fairly thick and somewhat creamy

drinkability - a very complex and enjoyable beer but quite heavy and not so easy to drink a lot of

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle is from batch 74.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a dark brown almost black color with a 1 ½" foamy tan head the recedes slowly leaving some patches of lacing on the side of the glass. Before long there is a ring of foam around the glass with an irregular patch of foam over part of the liquid. Sipping leaves moderately large irregular patches of lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: Upon opening the bottle, the initial aroma rushes out into the room carrying a hint of chocolate to season the air. Sniffing reveals a chocolaty malt character that has some alcohol clearly present in the background. Underneath the alcohol there are also some dark fruits here that are well blended and remind of a basket of dark fruits.

Taste: The flavors are a bit more complex than predicted by the nose. They are rich and sweet from the malt and alcohol and tinged with chocolate, dark fruit, dark bittersweet molasses and a hint of smoky character. While the alcohol sweetness is clearly present there is no burn

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied with a smooth creamy feel and light gentle carbonation. The finish is moderately long, begins in the chocolate and fruity sweetness that then gives way to the smoky character that then morphs into a gentle dry hop bitterness to wrap up the show.

Drinkability: This is a nicely drinkable Old Ale and I'm sipping slowly to make it last as long as possible since I won't be opening another for several months and already I'm tempted to put another to chill. This is certainly a one a night beer with this ABV, but I'm also convinced that being from last fall's brewing this bottle is way too young and I'm definitely looking forward to another.

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Photo of snpub540
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown hue with some lighter cola colors at the bottom. Very tall fluffy white head that seemed extra grabby on my glass.

Aromas are of grapes, raisins, and a hint of vanilla. Nice alcohol kick in the nose as well. At second whiff I maybe am getting an anise like aroma. Very wonderful smell.

Taste was a toasty, slightly chocolate maltiness with the sweetness of dark fruit. Some sweet alcohol taste in the finish but its not harsh.

Body is thick but not syrupy. Its actually very smooth in texture. Drinkability is ok. As this warms the booze character starts coming out a bit more and I'm sure because of it being 10% and thick, I'd only want to have one 12 oz bottle. But its an interesting style and I am glad I tried it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black, with about an inch of brown head and a little carbonation evident.

s - Smells mostly of dark fruits, but also hints of some malts, booze, and maybe even a little chocolate.

t - Tastes again of dark fruits, as well as some sweet malts, and a little booze. Raisins, prunes, and grapes seem to be the most evident. Pretty good.

m - Full bodied with little carbonation. Smooth and creamy and very thick feeling.

d - Overall I enjoyed this beer. It is a thick old ale that smells and taste strongly of dark fruits, with hints of booze that let you know that it is 10% ABV. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of Lunch
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle (Batch 74) purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Foothills Brewing signature glass at the appropriate temperature (03/03/10).

A: Pours a deep and thick brown that is basically black capped with two fingers of creamy light tan head that has some great staying power. Some patchy lace is left on the inside of the glass.

S: Pungent bouquet of dark fruit dominated by raisins and figs. Smoke, cocoa, chocolate, coffee, nuts and leather. A slight bourbon note is detected.

T: Dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, smoke and leather hit the palate first. Incredibly complex with layers of cocoa, roasted and sweet malt, figs, raisins, prunes, nits, molasses and bourbon.

M: Full-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. Nice fullness and pretty thick. Really can't get better than this.

D: Really easy to to drink as the 105 abv. is hidden quite well, but it will catch up to you.

Overall this is my favorite Hair of the Dog beer to date. So complex and flavorful, while remaining to be very drinkable. A well-crafted Old Ale. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch #74. Thanks to my partner in beer crime BeerFMAndy for sharing this with me.

The beer pours a cola brown with little to no head. Some soapy lace is clinging for it's life around the glass.

The aroma is heavy on the leather and smoke. Dark fruits with a hint of spice.

The flavor is malty with plenty of smoke and leather like the nose. Dark fruit with light spice. Very dry.

Medium to full body with light carbonation.

Overall not a real winner in my book. A nice beer but I probably would pass on if given another chance.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split with Beerwolf77 and poured into a Meantime tulip. 10% ABV, Batch #74.

Thanks to NeroFiddled for this bottle!

A - A tall pour created a low off-white tan head with low retention and almost no lace. The color is a dark brown that's almost black.

S - A bit of liquid smoke floats around the really malty, rye bread aroma with a leather strop scent. A hot boozy alcohol isn't huge but rather mellow and persistent enough to cause a little tingle in the nostril.

T - The flavor is near right on part with the aroma. Lots of toasted malts giving off a leathery, light smoke flavor and low level of alcohol. A light hoppy finish with some pine in there. Really earthy flavored.

M - Rich and roasty with a full body and dry roasted finish. Medium level of carbonation with no distraction.

D - A sipping beer that's totally earthy with some good nuances. The alcohol is a bit much I think. With some more age all the flavors will blend pretty well.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Adam is a fantastic showcase of rustic brews with large emphasis on brown malts in a backdrop of lighly smoked grains.

Deep brown hues and showing high viscocity, the beer pours with a volumptuous creaminess. A solid tan head rises quickly and expansive before settling into a thick blanket across the glass. Light on lacing, I expected more but tha alcohols prefer legging to lacing.

Rich Barleyine aromas of dense English malts, stone fruits, and bold rum-like alcohols. Brown malts give light chocolate, coffee, nuttiness, and a modest campfire note. All make for an exquisite experience to the nose.

Heavy malts continue throughout the flavor. Syrup sweetness and sweet breads set the matly tone while fruits of prunes, raisons, red grapes, figs, nuts, cherries, and berries share the stage with sherry or rum alcohols, making an impression of fruitcake. Chocolates, coffee, and smoke rise going into the finish and leads to something Porter-ish.

Very full and rich to the mouth with high bitterness (which interferes with the succulent sweetness a bit too much and nearly causes a bitey or grassy finish). Alcohols are high and reaches fusal territory on various sips. At times I think I admire the power but at others, I think is too aggressive.

The beer shares a lot of what's best about English Barleyines and American Porters. While I would back off of the hops a bit and I think that the beer is too hot for a 10%er, I also think that the innovation and attention to history makes this beer a most admirable treat.

Thanks slayer3406!

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle into a wine glass. Batch 70

The pour produced a big creamy head that is worth of any old ale. Body was the darkest brown, bordering on being black. Foam was a beautiful tan with big retention and big lacing.

The nose is bursting with aromas dark chocolate, coffee, with subtleties of molasses, and bourbon to round off the bitter earthy notes.

The aroma was just a small preview of the flavor. Bourbon and molasses are the biggest components of Adam, with a nice touch of roasted coffee, and bitter sweet chocolate to really hold off the sweetness of the molasses. Finish was butter smooth, to the point of being absurd! Adam makes a great sipping beer on a cold night. If you want to stray from RIS's, Adam will give you a nice peek into what the Old Ale style has to offer.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth and viscous. Chewy, to say the least.

Awesome drinkability. So smooth

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz from augustgarage, thanks! Poured into Chouffe tulip. Batch 70.

A- Mild, large-bubbled head that settles to a single layer of boulder-like bubbles. Beer is dark roasted marshmallow brown, kind of like coffee with the slightest dash of cream.

S- Caramel, bourbon, a bit of oak, bitter coffee, and semisweet chocolate/candied plums round it out.

T- Rich caramel, bourbon, a bit of brown sugar, molasses... everything that's sweet and dark. Really smooth. Coffee acidity is very subtle, followed by a bit of baking chocolate. Really a smooth malt, sweet, but nowhere near as potent as many old ales I've had (and for the better).

M- Smooth, creamy, delicious. Where's the ABV? Amazing.

D- High. This is the smoothest, tastiest, and best old ale I've ever had. A true masterpiece. Not sure how old the bottle is, but I can just imagine what this beer is like with some more time on it. Sublime as is, though.

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Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #71.

A-Pours a murky ruby cedar with virtually no head or lacing.

S-Wood and leather with a sweet brown sugar and raisin undertone. Very appealing.

T-Burnt wood and rich leather in the front, a hint of dark fruit quickly overtaken by bitter hops and a warming alcohol finish. the charred oak and plum sweetness linger long after the finish.

M-Rich and coating with a nice oiliness.

D-I think one is the right number here but a quite tasty one at that.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a very deep, dark maple, with a bit of light tan head that laces fairly nicely. The smell has a good deal of sweetness, made up of brown sugar, molasses, powdered sugar, figs; on top of that is a general booziness and a decided undercurrent of oily leather, almost a WD-40 scent. Though that may sound at least a bit off-putting, they all combine to create an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is ostensibly bitter, in terms of hops, herbs (something akin to wormwood), and leather. There are also hints of anise and raisins. The body sits a bit heavily on the tongue, and the alcohol is not exactly subtle, making this brew more ripe for sipping than straight drinking.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the dog
Old world ale
10% abv

A=5 Pours a huge ever lasting head with incredible lacing. Dark tawny in color with off white head

S= 3.5 It sounds bad but it smelled of leather cleaner. You just got done playing baseball and your cleaning your mitt.

T= 4.0 Sure enough the nose carries to the palate of smoky leather, sweet malt, and smooth well layered flavors. It took a couple sips to adjust my palate. It's a very well brewed beer.

F=4.5 Very smooth, creamy, and velvety texture. Very nice

D=3.5 Lots of alcohol and heavy bodied. I couldn't handle too much of the smoky flavors. A 12 oz bottle is perfect. Wouldn't want much more

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Photo of Trueant1
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New batch #75

Pours dark brown and sits in the glass almost black.
I poured this carefully on the side of the glass and got an incredible 9/10 worth of the most creamy head i have ever seen. wow. lacing is chunky and thick on the sides of the glass.

Smell is molassis sweet. Raisons, figs, and ahhh yes....had to look for it...leather. smells well blended, creamy and smooth.

Taste is bitter alcohol up front with notes of raisons, chocolate, and peppers. Smoke, and bitter hops present too. This is a very young batch.

Exceptional mouthfeel, Thick sticky and full of flavors that coat the pallet! Wonderfull blending of sweet malts, alcohol, and hops. Perfect sipper!
Love this one, special, i ill buy it again and again as it becomes available.

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Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chocolate brown with small visible bubbling. Barely any head when poured, bubbly film sits atop the beer; sparse but lingering lacing
S: Brown sugar, rum raisin, chocolate. The bottle says leather... I'm getting it.
T: Dark fig, chocolate, coffee and nutmeg. Cola aftertaste. Strong alcoholic sting on the end.
M: Smooth, surprisingly very little carbonation. The alcohol sting follows in the taste a bit.
D: Tasty but too heavy and sweet to have more than one in a sitting.

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4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Batch #75.

A: Slow rising light brown head with good retention. The body is extremely dark brown and completely opaque. The creamy head becomes a thin film. Good lacing.

S: Heavy and complex malt character. Caramel, grain, chocolate, molasses and nutty. No hops presence detectable. Leathery yeast quality. Sublime.

T: Figs and other fermented dark fruit flavors. Smoke, chocolate milk, cardboard, anise & warming alcohol (dark rum).

M: Medium to full mouthcoating body. Soft carbonation and chewy. Sweet finish.

D: High. Fantastic flavor. Put one away and forget about it. You'll be happy when you find it.

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Photo of manahansf
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and dark brown color with an instant huge creamy head. Not really attractive until after all the foam finally settles. The smell is also interesting and complex with strong vinous, leather, and prune esters. The flavor is similar with fig/prune flavors, warming vinous flavors, and a pleasant campfire smokiness. The smokiness continues through the finish which is gradual and slow.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,469 ratings.
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