Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Dark Brewed PorterYuengling Dark Brewed Porter

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter is an original specialty beer that has been brewed expressly for tavern owners and family trade since 1829. We are proud to be recognized as one of the largest porter producers in the US. An authentic craft-style beer, our Porter calls for a generous portion of caramel and dark roasted malts, which deliver a rich full-bodied flavor and creamy taste with slight tones of chocolate evident in every sip. It pours dark, topped with a thick foamy head, and imparts a faint malty aroma. This smooth and robust Porter has a unique character that complements any meal from steak or seafood to chocolate desserts. Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter is enjoyed by even the most discerning consumer for its flawless taste and unwavering quality.

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Photo of dougbassett
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- #12 of the ones I've reviewed here.

A disappointment -- it's been awhile since I had this and I remembered this being tastier than it in fact is. It pours very nice indeed, a very dark brown with a fluffly brown-tinged head that nonetheless is quite resilient. It looks as though it's going to be something special. Unfortunately the nose is light -- malt syrup over cooked grain -- and the taste is even lighter, maybe very light sweet malt but even that's stretching it a little, maybe it's closer to a light sweet "beer" taste. Body is quite watery and the finish is non-existant, so what little it manages to cook up in your mouth disappears quick.

A prime example of how a beer can look "strong-tasting" but not in fact taste like much of anything. The fact that a very popular beer here in Philadelphia is Yuengling's Black and Tan, which cuts this with their (IMHO overpraised) Lager, is endlessly amusing to me.

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Photo of GregBlatz
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - extremely dark and clear. I had to put a flashlight behind the glass to see how clear it is. Head is tan and settles quickly.

S - Metallic and dark fruit. Burnt caramel. No noticeable esters or diacytl.

T - Thin. Light chocolate notes. Very clean.

M - Thin and overly carbonated.

A nice casual porter. No bold flavors are present. No real English character. A porter for those who want something simple rather than complex.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Porter

LOOK: Clear dark brown colored brew with a light tan topping that retains well.

SMELL: Faint cocoa like malty ness and a bit of grain.

TASTE: Grains, roasted malts, vague herbal hopping and a bit watery. Mild cocoa and coffee. Also has a little twang to it from the house Yuengling yeast.

FEEL: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated , but thin and kind of watery.

OVERALL: Not a bad brew from Yuengling, a bit roasty but also lacking a solid body. About average porter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some dark fruit aromas. There is also a vanilla and molasses aroma that comes out as the beer warms. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness and a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a nice 1-2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of raisin, roasted grain, chocolate, light coffee, and light herbal. Ok aromas with decent balance and weak strength. Taste of chocolate, roasted grain, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, light fruits, and light herbal spiciness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, roasted malt, toast, caramel, and light herbal on the finish for a short bit. Solid flavor balance, but does not feel very robust as a porter should be; no cloying flavors at all after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy mouthfeel that is ok. This was quite thin feeling. Alcohol is well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent porter. This was not as robust as I would expect from the style; but the flavor profile is good, though a bit weak; and is still quite enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of tiltedglass
1.98/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There's nothing wrong with a common darker brew, but I think this barely counts as a porter. It has no depth of character and no sour mash hangover, which are the two main qualities of a true porter to me. No sense even talking hops or body here. Why not pan this completely? Because if you think of it as a dark beer, a dark lager that is, you have a quite solid, drinkable brew. And affordable.

But stack this against a good mass market porter like the superb Smuttynose Porter or even the widely available very good Sierra Nevada Porter and this tastes wimpy and dull. The overtones are pleasant but really subtle. The body is (for a supposed "porter") watery and the bubble spikey, smelling of forced carbonation. Even the standard and fairly cheap darkish beer in Upstate New York, Saranac Black and Tan, is superior for taste and complexity.

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Photo of Markscape
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice dark color with a lager like texture. Gives a decent head at first pour that quickly disappears.

S - Pleasant coffee and chocolate aroma, but hard to find. Not very noticeable nor long lived.

T - Crisp, clean, a lot lighter than one would expect. Decent malt flavors with hint of coffee and chocolate.

M - Again, rather light for a dark brewed beer, was expecting a thicker feel.

O - A good dark beer for the price, but was expecting something more.

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Photo of davecavemaster
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Porter pours with a nice creamy beige head, but it goes away fairly rapidly. As the foam dissipates, there is moderate lacing on the sides of the glass. The color is a dark chocolate brown, the brew is opaque.

For aroma, there is not much there. You get the roasted malt that you would expect from a Porter, but it is very soft.

As for taste, this beer gives the bare essentials of a Porter. There are roasted malt flavors, and a slight hint of hops. Not really a complex brew at all. The biggest disappointment was that it felt watery, where I would have expected it to be more full bodied.

Overall, let's put this in perspective...We're talking about a beer that sells for $6.99 a six pack. This Porter is certainly head and shoulders above a Bud or Miller Lite, it's just not a great Porter. Whereas I found the Lager to be almost undrinkable, this one I can handle. I could see myself picking this one up again, if I was on a strict budget.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.2/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not to much aroma . good beer but could be better needs more character. It is smooth but more of a lager dark beer. The apparence was dark but very close to a lager. overall worth trying but not somethnig really that special. could not taste the alcohol but i have had way better porters. It had taste of alot of water and vey little coffe beans typical dark beer more of a weak porter
would not buy again

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Photo of Dshaw
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The appearance is a little more darker than the Black and Tan with more of a dark brown look to it.

S- The smell is that of an average Porter brewed beer close to the smell of Guinness actually.

T- The taste isn't as thick as I actually hoped it would be it's more watery than anything but thats what makes it smooth to drink. It has hints of coffee beans and either roasted almonds or nuts of somekind.

M- The mouthfeel is one of the better things about this beer even though most Porter's are thick this one really isn't so it makes it more easier to drink and you can drink more without feeling bloated or full.

O- Overall its just you're average American Porter brewed beer and its easy to drink. Enjoy..

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Photo of BanjinTsuki
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yuengling Porter is a solid good quality grocery store beer. It has definite porter qualities and I was surprised at the malty flavor and was pleased with the level hops (I was expecting less malt and more hops given the price). As Trombone69 well reminds us, putting this in the context of cheap beer, it is certainly one of the better ones.

Appearance: No lace or head to speak of. It has a good dark chocolate porter color.

Smell: Soft. But take a good deep inhale right at the mouth of the bottle and you'll take in a sweet malty aroma.

Taste: Interesting balance. Certainly the roasted malt flavor is prominent but there is a strong hop punch as well. The hops aftertaste lasted long (more than a minute) after the sip went down the gullet. This malty fade to hops gives the beer an interesting complex flavor.

Mouthfeel: As evidenced by the lack of lace, the brew felt a bit light, watery, and over-carbonated (probably due to the high malt content). The aftertaste also felt a little tinny.

Both taste and mouthfeel were consistent through the entire bottle (which I nursed while typing this over 30 minutes or so while watching some TV).

A friend of mine loves Yuengling and freely shares at picnics and cookouts. I will certainly not snub my at a Yuengling Porter any time it is offered for free, and it will occasionally find its way from the grocery store to my fridge too.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I started buying this beer around 1986, when I went to the Univerisity of Delaware. We used to drive over the Maryland state line and get it at State Line Liquors for $1.90 for a six pack of bottles. It was about the cheapest beer in the store. At that time, the only other "dark" beer you could get was Michelob dark, and Lowenbrau dark. We thought this porter was the greatest, far better than those "high priced" beers.

Since then there's been a microbrew revolution, and traditionally brewed European beers have become widely available. It's a brave new world.

Anyway, the (probably biased) review...

It pours dark, of course, since it's "dark brewed", without much head. It's slighty darker than maple syrup, but about the same color. Very little lacing. The big online encyclopedia says it's a bottom fermented porter, which apparently is unusual.

It's not a strong scented beer, though inviting enough.

The taste, which to me is what really matters in a beer, has burnt notes, chocolate and some mild coffee flavors. Alot more flavor than your average big brewery beer. (And Yuengling is one of the biggest US owned brewers out there.)

I find it to be well balanced, and highly drinkable. I could pound these babies all night when I was in college.

Mouthfeel is good, not too heavy, not too thin. Like baby bear's porridge.... it's just right.

I think when you drink this, you need to understand the context: It's a cheap beer with flavor. It's not trying to emulate Belgium's best or Britain's finest. It's not out to win "hoppiest beer of the week" awards. It isn't a classic example of the the porter style. (Although I do love a good strong stout or porter.)

It is however, a good solid, drinkable beer, with a strong dose of good flavor.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now this looks like a porter, except the head is a bit lacking. Light mahogany hues under very little head.

hm the smell. Very odd. Theres a bit of dark fruit going on, but its mostly an acetic alcohol (nail polish remover).

The taste is very sweet, but theres not much going on. I get the sweet Yuengling Base, and exactly where it gits in the Black & Tan they make. Sweet toasted and roasted corn with a hint, just a tiny hint of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

I mean it finishes clean and smooth, and feels almost creamy.

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Photo of charlzm
2.27/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Consumed March 5th, 2012. Poured into a pint glass.

Beer is a clear dark brown, a few shades lighter than any other porter I've seen, and sports a one finger tan head. Minimal sheeting/lacing.

Aroma is restrained. It's actually a lot like a Newcastle: slightly nutty with a vague caramel maltiness.

Flavor is weak, sporting only a vague porter character. More a brown ale due to the malt character (which can be charitably described as caramel and toffee). Sort of adjuncty aftertatse as well, like rice or corn. Weird and totally lacking in smoke, chocolate or coffee flavors. No bitterness.

Slightly thick in the mouth and slightly dry on the finish.

As a porter, this is uninspiring at best.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly opaque very dark brown to black with a one and a half finger head of fizzy foam that quickly subsides to a thin sand colored cap. Light aroma, but not nominal, mostly light caramel notes with a background of pale two-row and roast with a hint of cereal adjunct. Roasted notes and deep caramel on the tongue, with a background pale malt backbone and mild roasty bitterness. Aftertaste has a lingering roast note that is quite nice, and a moderate caramel flavor than hangs on through a mildly drying finish. Very mild earthy hops, maybe English or just light on the late additions and heavy on a solid balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation that leaves the palate slightly dry but allows a good malt presence to be established. High drinkability due to lighter body and a mouthfeel with a cleansing aftertaste that is not overly dry or devoid of residual sweetness from the malt. Great Porter for the price; and best interpreted a mixture of the English and American styles.

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Photo of freystout17
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six of this at Walmart, out of curiosity (in Ohio). I was very disappointed, having adopted Great Lakes Edmund Fitz as my "go to" porter. This porter had very little complexity, and tasted simply very watered down. I find it difficult to believe that it can be justified as a true "porter", in the traditional sense. I suppose that many Bud Light drinkers would find it a challenge to drink it, but those used to top rated porters will likely be disappointed. It appears that the motivation for the brewer to place this brew along side their lager is more for marketing (in the larger retail sense) and less a decision based up the promotion of real quality. Perhaps it will fill a need for the masses who are just starting to experiment with..."dark". I will not buy it again, in spite of its relatively inexpensive price (about 7 dollars per six). I will spend the extra 2 bucks and get much better quality. I was able to down 3 of 6, and discarded the rest down the drain.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Dark Brewed", eh? What does that even mean? 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off cap acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California, and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I don't recall the cost. I believe this is me first beer from Yuengling.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight tan colour, slight cream, okay thickness, and bad (~40 second) retention. Colour is a solid black littered with an abundance of carbonation bubbles. No yeast particles are visible, though it's nontransparent. No bubble show.

Sm: Dark malts, caramel, chocolate malt, and a light hint of roasted barley. A mild strength aroma. Rather predictable for a porter.

T: Light roast and caramelized malts comprise the weak foundation, which feels empty rather than full-bodied. Dark malts fill it out somewhat, but not much. Sparse chocolate malt is there when I really search for it. Otherwise, there's no complexity or subtlety. One of the most simple flavor profiles I've experienced in a porter. That said, it's not a bad taste. Boring and bland, certainly. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: A touch dry and coarse for the style actually, a feature I quite fancy. No cream. Slight overcarbonation. A touch too thick and heavy on the palate for its lack of flavour.

Dr: A generic porter from Yuengling with little to offer craft beer fans. Almost tastes like more of a schwarzbier to be fair. I certainly wouldn't get this again, but I support Yuengling as a better brewery than Budweiser or Millercoors. This is better than most American macrolagers. It's drinkable but low quality.


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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.45/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled April 2012 from bottles in pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with light-tan head that lasted for a minute.

Smell: Some coffee aromas, with hints of toasted/burnt aromas. Smell is not over-powering.

Taste: Medium-bodied porter with great balance of malt and hops. Dominated by toasted coffee, but with some chocolate flavors as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied for a porter, but very smooth.

Overall: Very good porter, especially for the price. Probably my favorite porter for drinking everyday. This is the only American porter that reminds me of my favorite porter: Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter, and that is a huge compliment.

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Photo of Veillantif
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, ~10 degrees C, poured into chilled stange glass.

A: very pretty, with a brown head; bears a likeness to a lot of really good (I'll go ahead and say it: better) porters.

S: rich and earthy, but still fairly mild for a porter.

T: pleasant enough; there's a faint stale aftertaste that's a bit off -putting, but let's face it: I'm not drinking La Vieille Bon Secours.

M: thin as a much lighter brew would be; carbonation just right.

D: I think it's silly to rate this beer average, when a 50th-percentile beer at most drinking establishments or markets is far worse. in fact, I dare say this is the best beer you can get in my town at this price point. that's not saying much—but it's saying something.

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Photo of Rantingfury
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured from a bottle into my favorite beer glass and got about a finger thick tan head of foam. This faded somewhat quick to nice lacing on the sides. The color was black in the glass, but when held up to the light showed a dark ruby red hue. The aroma was light on the nose, starting off with sweet caramel and fading to roasted malt. The taste was a paradox to the smell... It started off with roasted malt then faded to a light sweetness with noticeable hop flavor . The mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation and a medium bready quality. I like this beer overall. It is a solid, but not outstanding drinkable porter with it's nitch being a good after dinner brew. I'll definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew was served a very dark brown color which when held up to the lights show hints of red. The head that is present upon serving is tan and quite light in nature. The head fades fast leaving a thin film on the brew with some light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is exceedingly light. There is however the slightest amount of roasted coffee and chocolate combined with a tiny bit of sweetness.

Taste – The taste is rather roasted malt in nature with hints of coffee, cocoa, and some nuttiness. There is a very subtle sweeter chocolate that is present in the beginning but fades as the taste advances to leave a rather dry finishing porter.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the moderate side with a lower level of carbonation. It is actually much creamier then I would have originally expected for the abv. and fits the porter style quite nicely.

Overall- While not the most flavorful and robust porter out there, for the price you pay this is one fantastic brew. It’s easy to drink and has some rather nice characteristics. A very good session beer.

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Photo of gerite
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you like the Yuengling Lager, you will probably like this beer. I refer to it as Yuengling Heavy. As a macro-brew Porter, it it not too bad. A lot more flavor and mouthfeel than the Lager. This Porter pours a very dark almost black with a solid tan head and leaves plenty of lacing. The taste and smell is somewhat malty, smokey and a hint of hops. Overall it is a pretty good Porter at a reasonable price for the budget conusious drinker. I prefer this over the Lager.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, allowed to warm a little before being poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Yuengling Porter pours almost solidly black. Just a hint of cherry highlight peaks through when the beer is backlit. About three fingers of light caramel foam forms the head of the beer. Retention and lacing are both solid, if unspectacular. The nose has some characteristics of a porter, but it's definitely a bit dull/muted. Specifically, there's some roast, and a little bit of a mild chocolate aroma. My comments would basically be the same for the flavor, some roasty grains and chocolate, but a whole lot of blandness to go with them. The body is on the light side, which makes the beer quaffable, but it toes the line of being watery at times. The carbonation comes off as a tiny bit too active, but everything in the mouthfeel is close to being really dialed in. Yuengling Porter feels like a halfhearted attempt at a craft porter, but it's a harmless enough glass of beer to drink.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Pours a dark brown color with a good quarter inch of head into dimpled mug. Mild smell of malt and a slight smokiness. The flavor and mouthfeel is very good in the front being tasty with malt and a mild smokiness, good flavor with a clean finish. A very good porter for the price and a lower abv that makes for a good sessionable dark beer. Here's hoping they bring it to the buckeye state, I prefer it to their Black & Tan.

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Photo of chetripley
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my shaker pint glass, it was dark yet lighter textured than other porters, and it was smooth and tasty.
But there is something to be said for its lightness and yet rather good taste, that it can be judged on the flavor and smoothness in spite of the fact that it is produced by a macro-brewer.
Plus, I think thanks to its dark color and actually limited availability it has remained constant all the times I have had it, unlike many other beers, including the Yuengling lager, which has taken on so many different tastes depending whether it was a bottle or can or tap.
I would recommend this as one worth repeating.

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Yuengling Dark Brewed Porter from Yuengling Brewery
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