Yuengling Black & Tan | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Thin tan head with a little lacing on a jet black body

S: caramel malt comes through the most and other wise not much else there.

T: caramel malt up front fading to roasted malt. A touch of chocolate and licorice notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. 

Overall: easy to drink but not a fan of the genre

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, char, and slight cocoa powder aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted malt, grain, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing very memorable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

for the price there isnt a better black and tan going. the 16oz cans are nice too. the pours a really dark, just like the porter, a little less thick, but equally dark, hersheys brown with a small off white head lastign just seconds. smells chocolatey, i think much more porter in this blend than 50/50, at least thats what the nose tells me, with all that dark roasty malt. the flavor is also favoring porter, but its lighter in feel, and there is a paler malt profile the the look or the smell give away. a little dark cocoa, a little burnt toast, there is a slightly bitter finish on it. smooth feel, maybe a touch heavy on the carbonation, but the body is medium as it should be, and its easy to put a few of these away, especially in the fall. far far superior to the regular yuengling lager.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I hated the Black & Tan the first time I had it. I thought it was horrible on every level. I'm not sure what made me try it again but it was surprisingly much better the second time around. The pour of this beer is a deep brown, nearly black with a tan head. The aromas are a mix of hops and burnt charcoal. The taste is very toasted. Toasted heavily to say the least. The mouthfeel is bitey and carbonated. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear, very dark amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that slowly faded away, leaving a thick ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has notes of chocolate, nutty and toasted malts in the flavors. There are some hints of sweetness in the initial taste.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth yet thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down very smoothly and is easy to drink because of its light body and low alcohol content.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like the flagship from this brewery, now time to try a rare style from them. Beer pours a very dark red color. Not much head to it. Faint aroma. Taste is medium bodied, kind of a subdued flavor to it and nothing really 'stands out'. Very smooth and drinkable none the less, but just a bit bland to me. Definitely a beer that's smooth and easy to finish, but I feel it could use a better hop kick to it or at least some more maltiness flavorwise, kind of stuck in the middle. Meh,

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smoother and lighter in flavor than the appearance indicates. A solid brown with ruby highlights brew that shows low levels of lossely knit carbonation--looks a lot like cola. Aromas improve. There is a light toasted malt flavor with a mild caramel hint. Tastes moderately malty, caramelly, toasty, nutty, and a bit buttery. All flavors are a bit on the bland side, but provides smoothness. The finish holds a good bit of graininess, then waters into the aftertaste. Not bad, just a bit weak and grainy.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE courtesy of Violetta - thanks! 6 pack was purchased for $7.99 at a Bravo Supermarket in Brooklyn, NY.

Dark ruby body with a pale khaki colour head. Head retention is pretty good - ~4-5 minutes.

AROMA: Amber malts. A hint of cherry. Dark malt sweetness, but seemingly not so much as to make it cloying. Chocolate malts.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Simplistic but balanced, with an effective dark malt & chocolate malt backbone in addition to notes of cream, a blip of cherry, and pomegranate.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, somewhat creamy, and a little on the soft side.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable in spite of its simplicity, with a fair enough balance and no off-notes. I can't say I'm a fan of pre-bottling beer blending or the marketing gimmickry this is blatantly espousing, but it's not a bad brew by any stretch and I wouldn't mind having it again. Pricewise, it's about as fair as they come by New York standards.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a huge foamy head with average retention. Aroma of roasted malt is mildly entertaining. Taste is bitter from the roasted malt with some sweetness. Not much hops were discernable and body was a bit too light for my own taste.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown color with a small tan head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled faintly on roasted coffee and a little of malt.

T - It had a malty taste with a little bitter flavor. It seemed a little watery, but not too much.

M - Very soft and thin. Little carbonation.

D - It's drinkable, but if I'm going to have a Black & Tan it will be a traditional one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked at Total Wine in Alexandria. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours near black with a fairly thick tan head. Head is quite bubbly and leaves some pretty good lacing. The nose is not terribly good. A slight bit of roast and maybe mild chocolate. The flavor is a bit worse than that. Tastes like someone threw a bit of black malt into a regular Yuengling. Feel is light and prickly. Not a terribly good beer and I will say that I was expecting more.

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Photo of superspak
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/22/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal/dark fruit, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors with minimal yeast notes in the taste. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice black and tan style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - One finger of medium brown head on a nearly opaque, dark brown body with good clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Malty with lots of caramel and some roasted aromas. There is a mild hop aroma in the background that just barely peeks out from behind the malt.

T - Light, clean malt with the watery, roast flavor of weak coffee. A bit of caramel comes by during the otherwise clean finish.

M - Medium-light body, with moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nothing special, but easy to drink and pretty good for a dark macro beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with a light head,the aroma is a little fruity and roasted.The taste is lightly malty and a little chocolaty not much complexity but straight forward.A little thin for the style but for a cheaper beer its a pretty good buy when you dont have much cash but want something darker.

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Photo of jlindros
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ewwww.... screw cap!!! Minus points instantly.

Pours a light fizzy off white colored almost 1 fingered head that fades semi slowly, touch of lacing, semi clear for how dark it is, cola brown colored.

Nose is not so great, smells like a poor fermented corn stalk sugar, like a corn stalk or cane sugar that was fermented poorly, cola syrup, earthy like corn I think, touch of molasses like too, and a bit of unhappy lagering.

Taste is just as lame, a bit of a biscuity malt before going into that earthy root flavor, fermented corn stalk again with a bit of a corn like taste perhaps but more like the sugar poorly fermented again, and even that syrup tastes burnt somehow. Syrupy molasses flavors, a bit of a bad root beer syrup, etc. There is a touch of an unhappy lager but not really sulfur or skunk, just poorly lagered. it also brings some of the hops I really don't like, earthy herbal Hedgerow like U.K. style bitter hops, chewy leafy with mild to moderate bitterness. All that and it's still a bit watery. Finish is somewhat clean, and more watery, bit of molasses and fermented corn stalk sugar, more semi bitter U.K. earthy herbal hops, bit sticky.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, pretty lame for a black and tan, decent carb though.

Overall unimpressed, pretty lame beer all around, this didn't really have anything going for it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh, Black & Tan, the beer that really built Dick's house. They're advertising now that it was the Traditional Lager that started it all (with Norbie's recipe in '87), but the fact of the matter is that the immense popularity of the Black & Tan came first (1986 - a blend of their dark brewed porter and premium lager). It was so popular in fact, that it had to be contract brewed because they couldn't produce enough of it at the little brewery on the hill. And let's be honest about it all, that was driven, at least in part, by the lack of anything else in the market at the time. The revival of their Porter in Philadelphia, greatly due in part to the bartenders at the Khyber Pass, spurred it, and soon the Yungling name was known. How it spread from there, similar to Coors popularity on the east coast, I'm not sure.

It's a clear deep-mahogany brown with almost ruby highlights beneath a short head of frothy tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves some spots and streaks of lace behind.

The aroma is fairly generic. There's a subtle touch of yeasty fruitiness, and it suggests some dark malt, but none really stands out. Nor do any hops, although there is a hint of grassy and floral character in the background.

The flavor is not much different, which may explain why it was so widely accepted. There's a bit of gently toasted malt that has a dark caramel edge to it, but it's not chocolately at all. There's a kind of burnt sugar edge to it as well. Keep in mind that the Porer isn't really that rich either, and this is just half of that. Some minor grassy hops and floral hops round it out, and stiff bitterness balances it, leading to a dry, short-lingering finish that's dusted with floral notes.

Overall, it's fairly drinkable in that there's nothing objectionable to it. It offers a little bit of flavor, and a fairly nice appearance. Not bad.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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

S: The aroma is malty but weak and contains faint smells coffee and hops.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is a little weak as well. There’s a little coffee, smoke, caramelized malt & hops flavors.

M: Smooth but watery, medium carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

D: Not very filling, easy to drink but mostly because of the lack of flavor. It wasn’t bad, but it would necessarily be my first choice, even if I’m trying to be frugal.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a semi-opaque (due to the dark color) dark brown in color with lots of amber and reddish highlights when held up to the light. The beer poured with a two finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin patch in the center and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: Some malty sweetness with some light hints of caramel and some hints of adjunct malts - graininess.

T: Flavor really follows the smell on this beer, caramel and grainy malt sweetness dominate the flavor. Very little hop presence and almost no bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy. Slightly watery as the beer warms.

O: Not a bad beer but nothing special either... Easy of enough to drink and light enough to be sessionable but I'm not certain I would choose as a session beer. The flavor and the aroma of the beer are slightly muddled.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. single for $0.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a foamy, light beige head. Bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Very dialed down scent smelling of roast and unsweetened chocolate with a noticeable grainy note present.

Taste: Roasty, grainy malt character with touches of chocolate, stale caramel squares, and coffee. Light sweetness. Very minor dark fruitiness. Light hop bitterness. A bit of roast and cocoa (but only a bit, mind you) on the fleeting finish. Slight metallic twang perks up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Comes across as a bit watery.

Drinkability: Lacking and thin as a black & tan or porter or even just a beer. In all honesty, I would rather just reach for their Traditional Lager.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black with a tan head. Nah, that's way too easy. Actually, when backlit with pallid morning sunshine, the beer is dark cherry in color. Okay, so the head is still tan. It's a fairly decent looking lid and does a passable job when it comes to glass coverage.

The nose is modestly dark malty (steely caramel primarily) and earthily, mustily hoppy. In fact, it reminds me of a Euro dark lager; that slightly more appealing variation on the Euro pale lager blueprint. I'm neither repulsed nor impressed, so... average it is.

Black & Tan is an unequal mixture of Porter (60%) and Premium (40%), two beers that didn't exactly rock my world. What are the chances, then, that this one will? Not good, as it turns out. Still, it isn't bad beer; it's just humdrum, generic, 'dark' beer that struggles to find an identity. Think of it as a watered-down porter and you won't be too far off the mark.

The flavor profile consists of powdered chocolate, dark caramel (that has an extract vibe) and, surprisingly, a dab of melted butter. Metallic doesn't fit, but mineral-like does. The only way this beer is ever going to be good is if the base beers are improved. And I'm not holding my breath for that to happen since I'm sure the brewery and all of its faithful followers love the status quo.

At the risk of repeating myself, the mouthfeel is what happens when two beers with less than stellar mouthfeels are combined. It's borderline thin on the front end and full-on thin by the finish. What, you were expecting Storm King?

Yuengling Black & Tan is nothing if not predictable beer. Having had the lager and the ale that create it, I pretty much knew what to expect. The most enjoyable, drinkable versions of this style combine the best attributes of their base beers. This one, unfortunately, had no chance from the word 'Go'.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a brownish color with a very small, off-white head on top. Not much retention and very little lacing left behind.

S: Not much going on here to be honest. A little bit of roast malt and some faint grassy/floral notes.

T: Much more of what I expected. There is a some lightly roasted malt and a bit of caramel. The grassy hops are a bit more forward. Slight hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks rather smooth and crisp.

O: Nothing wrong with this beer, aside from the closed aroma. AN easy drinking black and tan. While not my favorite style, this is one that I could drink easy enough, especially from the can at some sort of BBQ or tailgate.

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Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured mahogany with a 3 fingers tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Some fruittyness

T: Fruitty & some grainyness up front. Finishes fruitty with a slight choclate note

MF: Light to medium body with good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, not bad. Went well with sushi

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to my Father-in-Law for opening me up to another new, but common brew that I may have overlooked....

Well we ran out so I had to hit the father in laws fridge again. This is
never a bad thing per se, depends on the day I guess. Today I find the
Yuengling black and tan. Now believe it or not I had not had one before.
I am usually not one for anything Yuengling, except if I am dying of
thirst, but what the hell I will give it a try....Ice cold bottle coming out of the fridge, poured a very nice dark brown with a foamy off white head that slowly receded leaving behind a nice lacey fringe around the top. Some visible carbonation was noted, looked decent, sorta like a mixed up black and tan, but I didnt expect them to be seperated in the bottle still.

First indications of smell were sweet, caramel was picked up almost immediatly and sort of a burnt smell, roasted malts, and a touch of an english hop perhaps. Not overly strong in the smell category, but noticeable none the less. First impression of the taste was very smooth, almost effortless delivery. Great carbonation gave it the silky feel as you were drinking it. Not too watered down, but not overly think either. Had the sessionable consistency one looks for in a low ABV beer. Flavor was intresting, albeit somewhat muted. Sweet character was the most noticeable, along with some lighter hoppy flavors and a touch of a grain or yeast. Not overly strong or distinct flavor profile, again not the bad either, I would say pretty standard for a dark macro.

Overall, let me get it out of the way by saying I would not really consider this a black and tan. To me this is more of a light porter in both feel and flavor. It was though fairly decent for a Yuengling lager, which I normally really cannot tolerate at all. This was the very least a pleasant suprise. Quite refreshing later in the evening and really just not that bad at all. I would definalty be very open to giving this another try. Seems to be very enjoyable and a good suprise at the end of the night, but again not a true black and tan, I would call it Yuengling Porter.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was the recipient of 5 of these that a friend didn't want, I poured from the 12oz brown bottle into a Bass ale glass.

A - dark translucent mahogany w/ a 1/2 inch tawny rocky cap. Lace clings well and there a slowly rising bubbles visible

S - Pistachio and mild cocoa w/ hints of caramel sweetness in the aroma w/ dry toast nose and subtle fruity yeast esters. The aroma has a slightly brown biscuit scent

M - Mild carbonation w/ slight yeast tanginess and mild sweetness in the finish w/ roasted texture and medium body

T - The flavor is caramel upfront followed by a toasted gentle bready taste w/ mild roasted bean notes. The subtle hop spicing accents the mild coffee-like taste. The hops seem to emerge gradually as the beer warms w/ light ale flavor after the mild dark malt taste subsides. The taste is unique since It incorporates two lagers - the porter uses a lager yeast and the premium is a lager w/ pils as the basis. the flavor is full and is a nice blend of the two beers.

A - a standard/basic black and tan w/ too much sweetness for my taste. but is a choice that is good for a beer that is sort of a tweener. I like the fact it has some hop flavor from the Premium, but wish it had mor porter character

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Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent light tan, three-figner head. A touch of lace on glass is apparent as I consume. Deep brown in color, this beer does not have the touch of ruby that is common in this sort of beer.

Chocolate notes with a slight yeast bite are present in the aroma. The hop is soft. There's also a small amount of soapiness.

Predominately chocolate malt in the flavor. The hop is muted. Overall, the flavor is weak. It's a little watery--a very thin beer. The aftertaste is short-lived. In some ways, this is a very "drinkable" beer, but I find it one-dimensional and uncomplicated.

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
3.22 out of 5 based on 2,348 ratings.
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