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

2,466 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A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany.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 buschbeer
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch 92

This beer pours black in color and is topped with several inches of tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

I smell milk chocolate with a hint of smoke.

The taste begins with milk chocolate. Through the middle I get some earthy flavors and some more familiar old ale flavors in the finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel

This is different from all the other old ales that I have tried. This one is more like a stout with the color, flavor, and aroma. It is pretty good.

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Photo of devilben02
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bottle (batch 76) in Indianapolis while I was in town for the 2010 Final Four (Go Duke!), and it sat in the fridge-space within my kegerator for nearly three years before I finally broke down and drank the damn thing. I don't know if I should be glad I waited and let this bottle age gracefully or if I should be angry that I let so much time pass before appreciating the beauty of what was contained in that bottle.

The first impression is fine enough, with the beer pouring a near opaque cola brown, with a thin but present beige head. The aroma entices me from the second I open the bottle, though, with a subtly complex and alluring assortment of characteristics ranging from dried figs to old leather, light wood smoke, and a light but noticeable sweetness. The flavor is likewise wonderfully varied, with notes of molasses, raisins, a little licorice, some earthy, almost peppery hops, some alcohol, a pinch of orange peel, pine mulch, dark brown sugar... I should stop since I might be making things up at this point. The texture is dense and mouth-filling, but it doesn't become syrupy and overwhelming.

Overall, this rich, exceptionally complex beer lived up to the expectations that became greater every year I didn't drink it, and I was supremely content to take a long time savoring and contemplating its nuances.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. No fresh on date.

A: This beer pours a dark brown chocolate almost porterlike, huge three finger head billows up and is very slow to dissipate leaving excellent lacing as it falls. The head is extremely creamy and pillowy in appearance.

S: Sweet caramel malt, dark chocolate, figs, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, and a little tobacco as well. Pretty big aroma and very well rounded with sweetness and tartness.

T: Wow, huge flavor, dark chocolate, caramel malt, and dark fruits come through first. The alcohol really comes through in the mid palate with a sweet boozy warming and lingers for a long time. A smoky tobacco and bready chocolate flavor round out the finish.

M: Medium body, fairly smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. The booziness gives it a very warm mouthfeel as well.

D: This beer is as drinkable as one would expect it to be. It is a 10% Old Ale that is pretty complex and meant to be sipped so for that purpose this beer is pretty much perfect. I think after 6 months to a year the booziness might balance a little more and make this more complex and a little more drinkable, but overall this is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Phatz
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown almost black color with a creamy tan head and moderate lacing.

Smell: The aroma is loaded with dark malts, molasses, chocolate, and deep berry flavors. The big cherry and grape flavors carry a hint of smokiness and come across like a sherry with some coffee in there as well.

Taste: It leads off with dark malts that lend to the chocolate and cream flavor followed by toffee, berries, licorice and coffee. There is a bit of a wood flavor and a hint of smokiness and hops in the finish, and all wrapped up in a magnificent balanced package.

Mouthfeel: This is a super creamy medium body beer that is a joy to drink.

Drinkability: If this beer were readily available in my area I would buy cases. Fantastic!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of xoqx
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch number 60

Appearance: This pours deep red, with an almost cola like appearance and a viscous presence. A three finger head with great retention leaves lacing up and down the glass.

Smell: strong grainy, caramelly.

Taste: Intense malt with very balanced hops to follow. You can tell there a heft of alcohol in this, but it never detracts. Some chocolate overtones. I'm drinking this at 59° on the digital thermometer (read, beer nerd at home) and I think this is the right temperature for this beer. This knocks on the doorstep of being a barley wine.

Mouthfeel: creamy, full, very fat on the tongue. Weighty.

Drinkability: The alcohol content of this one means that you'd likely not being drinking too many in a row. That said, it's a real pleasure to drink and I think it deserved above average scores for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #85

A: Pours an opaque extremely dark amber in color, almost jet black, with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that very slowly reduces to a thick film that covers the entire surface of the beer evenly. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of dark malts with significant amounts of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (figs), and just a hint of smokiness.

T: Wow there is a lot of complexity to the flavors of this beer - it starts out with a strong flavor of smoked dark malts with just a hint of iodine. That is followed by some strong notes of bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit (figs and raisins). Light notes of alcohol and bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate to significant amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall, this is a big beer that is quite filling and one that definitely needs to be sipped due to the complexity. Additionally, the alcohol in this beer is not quite as well hidden as I would have enjoyed and that makes it one that you can only have a single beer during a session. This one will really warm you from the inside, so I'm glad I chose to have it on this below freezing winter evening.

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Photo of charlzm
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 03/26/09. Bottle labeled batch 72.

Pours into a tulip glass dark clear brown. When held to bright light, beer is a striking deep ruby color. A two finger light tan head forms and subsides to a very sticky foam layer.

Aromas of gingerbread, molasses, raisins/dates and a little booze.

The palate is sweetly woody and, seemingly contradictorily, somewhat bitter. Pitted fruit. Marked astringency and a little alcohol burn on the tongue. If there is hoppiness (and maybe I'm just not picking it out well), it's a spicy, peppery character. Slight soy sauce note on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is a little thick, but not remarkably so.

For a ten percenter, this is dangerously drinkable. Some age would almost certainly mellow the burn and make this even better.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, batch 82, bottled on 3/17/11, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark brown color, nearly black, produces a finger of creamy tan head, nice retention, leaves some good lacing.

S- Sweet, decadent aroma of figs, raisins, and brown sugar. Also some notes of leather and booze in the background.

T- Big notes of leather, tobacco and figs up front. The booze and sweetness is more tempered than in the aroma but contains some nice flavors of fruit, molasses, and a bit of sweet alcohol. Has an earthy, tobacco flavor with some subtle hop sting towards the finish.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy, alcohol is present but not overpowering.

O- A really nice sipping beer, flavors are complex, the fig and leather flavors are done very well.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Lucky that my 'hood beer hole got a keg of this in.Thank you Sunswick

A-Dark Brown body with a 1 finger head that goes away pretty quick.

S-Malted note with prune chocolate and a bit of oak.

T-earthy pine note until I get whacked by raisin, cocoa, and the roasted malt.

M-good body, not too carbonated. Lingers in you mouth the way a good bourbon does, very nice finish.

O-glad this came around. I have been intimidated by the price tag, but might pick some up for a special occasion. Look out other Oregon breweries, here I come!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep dark brown. Almost black. Touches of dark red when held to light. Head is the color of coffee with too much cream. Nice and thick. Creamy. Minimal lacing. Looks decadent.

Smell: Plums, cherries, figs, and booze. Big malty presence. Caramel, toffee, and a tiny hint of citrus. Tons of stuff going on here. As it warms, the booze comes out, but never becomes too aggressive. Almost treads on a barleywine, but holds off on the hops. Nicely balanced with a great depth of aroma.

Taste: Malty, chewy, and boozy. Caramel and toffee round out the middle of the taste. Super hot, even with a year+ on it. Biscuity malts. Sweet in good measure. Tobacco and a good amount of it. Malts struggle to keep the malts in check, but it seems to work. Warming melds the flavors, but also gives the tobacco a big kick up.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy and smooth. Drinks like a champ. Carbonation is higher than I expected, but it's a nice compliment to the maltiness. Very nicely done.


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Photo of Jwale73
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hoppymcgee for the extra. 12oz. bottle served at 49 degrees in my Old Stock snifter. Batch #73 indicated on the label. Poured the color and clarity of cola with a dense, 2.5 inch creamy, khaki-colored head. Head exhibits excellent retention, barely allowing for the glass to be refreshed, before condensing into a solid quarter inch head with a band of lacing that coats the bowl of the glass down to the cap. Nose reveals dark fruit (plums and prunes), cocoa and perhaps a slightly metallic character. Taste follows nose; however some acidity hits early on and there is also a slightly roast/smokey quality in the mix that lingers between quaffs. A bit of alcohol also professes itself towards the middle and nicely muddles with the sugary sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a lively effervescence and a slightly viscous, although not heavy across the tongue. Really tasty, complex and enjoyable. This one might be a little young, but has great potential for cellaring. Now if I can only score myself a few more bottles.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance - Reddish brown head fizzled down fast but has stayed throughout the drink.

Smell - Smells like dried figs.

Taste - Tastes similar to me. Like fig newtons. Can taste the alcohol on the tail end.

Mouthfeel - Kind of fizzy, but pretty good.

Drinkability -More of a sipper for me, has big flavor. Wouldn't want to drink it too fast or have too many.

Notes: Over all I enjoyed it. I didn't really know what it was when I grabbed it. Just saw hair of the dog and knew I should try it.

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Photo of cradke
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark with a huge fine head.

Smell: Yeast and bread. Some interesting brown sugar, coffee and molasses as well. Even some black tea. Seriously complex

Taste: Lots of coffee up front. Again some bread and brown sugar. A good amount of malt with a limited hop profile. With some oxygen an awesome tobacco flavor comes out.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Good carbonation

Overall: One of the most complex beers I've ever had. Fantastic.

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Photo of YOOJ
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adam pours reddish but nearly black, huge head

Smell is smokey sweet but primarily vegetable-y fruit (the label mentions 'fig' ).

Taste is dominantly smoke, with subtle fruit. However, the first thing that came to mind was eel. While sweet up front, Adam finishes with a nice bitterness, but no noticeable hop flavor.

Was not expecting the nice bitterness. All around very interesting and complex beer. The strong fruity notes are not my style, but it was an intriguing beer all around.

Worth a try.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from Adam (Nanoslug) - it looked like it leaked a little in transit so I popped it right away. Batch #55, so it was bottled in August 2002! Served in a snifter only slightly chilled.

A - 1.5 fingers of dark tan/cappuccino foam with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing - it eventually dissipates to a solid cap. The brew is a dark, dark, brown with no light peaking through at the edges - almost black here. For a 7-year old 10% Old Ale this is really quite terrific looking.

S - There's some serious booze here, but it surrounded by dark fruits, raisins, molasses, leather, and maybe a hint of licorice. It's very rummy, with huge sugar and booze components, and is slightly unbalanced towards the alcohol content (even after 7 years!). I can see the batches from the late 90s drinking quite well right now.

T - The taste has a huge tobacco flavor that is only hinted at in the aroma, and it is accompanied by leather, smoked meat, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits. The alcohol is thankfully less present in the taste. The aftertaste is heavy in smoked flavors, with almost a peaty note that lingers for quite a while.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. I'm thankful I didn't get flat or overcarbonated brews that my buddy Dave perpetually gets stuck with. There's a slight warming, but otherwise this element of the brew is pretty standard.

D - Delicious, but hurt by the overt booziness. I shared a 12oz bottle with a buddy and probably would have been OK with drinking the entire bottle myself - however I think any more would be too much of this treat. Definitely a sipper, and a good one to share with dessert.

I'd love to get my hands on some of the earliest batches to see if/how it has mellowed.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of batch 81 (the HotD website's batch log is a bit outdated, but I'm guessing this one has a bit of age on it). It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Adam pours a murky, deep mahogany. It's absolutely solid and imposing, even direct backlighting results in nary a shimmer of highlight at the edge of the glass. There's a solid three fingers of khaki colored foam sitting atop the beer. Staying power is off the charts, and a thick solid ring of lacing is left marking the apex of the head, with more spotty lacing trailing down the glass below. The only thing keeping the beer from perfection here is the unpleasant white floaties that remain suspended for a second before pooling at the bottom of the glass. The nose doesn't really jump out of the glass, but there's some caramel/toffee and the aroma of figs soaked in alcohol (with a surprisingly sharp emphasis on the alcohol), as well as a definite whiff of oxidation. It all works pretty well together though, as the booziness stops short of overwhelming. The flavor encompasses just about everything from the nose, and adds a light touch of milk chocolate to make things interesting. No one flavor really acts as the centerpiece of the beer, though I wish the oxidation was a little less prominent. The body isn't as full as I might have expected from a 10%, malt forward beer. That ends up working fine though, as the flavor profile isn't particularly rich/decadent, so a lush mouthfeel isn't really needed. Adam was my first Hair of the Dog beer, and I dug it. My best guess is that this one is maybe 3+ years old, I'd very much like to try one that's a bit more fresh.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with little first. The head finally rises late...similar to some stouts. Tanish colored head, very creamy consistency.
Aroma is interesting. Bitters, chocolates...smokey...leathery. Very strong smell. I like it!
Taste: very sweet. A little bitter on the back end...similar to an ESB. Taste chocolate and some kind of fruit. I can't quite put my finger on the type of fruit though. Taste candy too. Carbonation is somewhat on the lower side, and the 10% alcohol contect is very well hidden.
Overall...a pretty great brew!

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Photo of everetends
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this glorious bottle of beer from Wetpaperbag. It is Batch #70. Served up in an over sized wine glass.

A: Pours a really nice, dark brown color. It deceptively looks black. Held to light gives you all you need to know. Nice red hues pour through with the light. A really slow pour yeilded a huge damn head. I mean really big. Over 3 fingers. It is big and a beautiful mocha color. Head is really thick and creamy. The lacing on the glass goes from top to bottom, sticky as it gets. Beer appears to be thick and coats the glass. Very nice. Would have gotten a 5 if the head would not have been so ridiculous.

S: Smell isa little strange. The first thing I get is some really clean, semi-sweet spring water. I mean really clean water smell is really coming out. Then some nice rich malts come forth. Lots of dark fruits. Booze, maybe bourbon. FIG. Lots of figs. Little bit of smoke and chocolate round out the nose.

T: This beer is interesting to say the least. It tastes different on every damned sip. I can't pin it down as one thing. Just so much going on. One sip yeilds a very malty sweetness. The next brings some serious bourbon booziness. Then it comes as seriously rich dark chocolate. Then next is all fruit with dates and fig dominating. Then randomly you get a really earthy flavor of grass and leather. This beer is all over the place. It is really interesting. I can't tell if it is genius or chaos. I know I want more.

M: This is a full bodied brew that has some serious creaminess going down. Carbonation is just enough to help it down but is not in your face. ABV is slight on the tongue and throat. Aftertaste is ever changing with many flavors lingering at different times. Very nice.

D: This beer is absolutely drinkable for the ABV. I find it to go down incredibly easy. The diversity of the flavor profile which is ever changing just makes you want to drink more and further explore this brew. This beer is quite good and I very happy I had the chance to drink it. THANKS MATHEW!

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Photo of cd34
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

update, mid-may 2009.

ended up trying another bottle of this.

wanted to note that this time the aroma also gave english hop character, a metallic whiff, and even a slight reminiscence of cocoa.

taste has slightly less perception of booze and phenols too. faint hints of roast and a coffee note as well.

feel is much smoother too.

at least deserves a bump in the taste score. +half point

12oz bottle. batch #73. tasted in late april 2009. poured into tulip.

dark brown, almost opaque. ruby red tints under the light. no sediment if decanted properly. enormous beige head, foamy and almost creamy, slowly recedes to thin but constant layer. great lacing.

aroma: malty caramel, figs and apple juice concentrate, with restrained american hopping (grapefruit, orange and pine notes). touch of rum and brandy, plus possible hint of wood aging.

taste: rum and brandy come out a bit more out front, with very slightly boozy character. dark caramel, dates, apple juice concentrate, with mildly citrusy and piney hop giving moderate to bold bitterness that really lingers and is very resinous. some phenols with the booze, but never too overbearing. coffee hint in the finish.

medium body, starts smooth, though booziness and hop resins give some astringency from the middle onwards. moderate carbonation is fluffy.

still pretty nice, but may benefit from age.

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Photo of daledeee
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was cautious when I started this beer. The last one I had was flat, totally flat.

I poured this and got a really black body with nice tiny bubbles. Lace was nice as well.

The nose is quite strong and difficult to put into words. The best I can do is roasted malts with caramelized sugar with spice.

Taste. Now this is how a barley wine should taste. Very flavorful with sweetness, licorice, dates, figs and hop bitterness in the finish. Truly a complex and fine taste.

Mouth feel is good with carbonation and a heavy sweet finish.

Drinkability is great but I can see others who would find this beer overwhelming because of the BIG flavors. It is right down my alley.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adam is a truly unique beer. Interestingly enough, the worst review on the site does accurately reflect some of the flavor aspects of this beer: chocolate, tobacco, slight tartness. However, these are done in subtle and tasteful proportions to the other flavors: smooth rough leather, spicy noble hops, licorice.

From the outset, this beer looks fantastic: makes me think of an organic 3 Musketeers bar in the pour, settling down to a small, yet lasting head atop an opaque, black beer with garnet highlights.

Other than flavors listed above, the aroma also hints at some sweet dried figs.

As it is a big beer, this one can wear on the palate, but is rated as highly because it is a joy to take every sip.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I review this beer, like I do all others, without checking the classifications or other reviews, and am subsequently bewildered by what the heck this is supposed to be! It's utterly unique, and in a class of it's own.
Color is a dark mahogany, with a full, thick, sturdy, creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy, and sweet. Palate? Unparalleled!!! Marvelous, magnificent, with layers upon layers of malt. Hops give a cameo, not much screen time at all. So strong, so full of flavors, it's hard to know where to begin! Where, oh, where to start, where, oh, where to stop? A toffeeish flavor comes through on the palate, but before long everything is overtaken by smoke! Loads and loads of malt, rich and warming, earthy, chocolatey flavors peek through, but the notes of smoke and tobacco become dominant. Profound. Rich,and thick, and continually smokey, though the main flavor is a suggestion of being encased inside a nut. This is a true American classic.

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Photo of N1Nkasi
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,466 ratings.
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