Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock | Kuhnhenn Brewing Company

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Kuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple BockKuhnhenn Dark Heathen Triple Bock

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Triple Bock is dark brown with ruby highlights. It is extremely rich and complex, with flavors of raisin, plum. There is a slight heat from alcohol and has low carbonation. It is full bodied, malty and sweet– you big beer lovers should try this beer.

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Photo of mikebogs33
2.33/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Lackluster in all realms that should be satisfying when associated with a Bock style beer. Poured it correctly but left no head. Fowl in appearance and in taste. Abv content on label is debatable, definitely a falsely advertised "big" beer. A great abundance of sediment at the bottom that's more than acceptable. Would not recommend it.

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Photo of bozebus17
2.45/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a deep ruby with a small tan head. It doesn't last long and there isn't much lacing.

Smells of rich caramel and toffee with some alcohol. There are also hints of grape or raisin.

Taste is all sweet malt at first. There is caramel, molasses, burnt sugar and some of the raisin from the aroma. This is probably the sweetest beer I have ever tasted. It is rich and creamy on the palate.

I've been excited to try this beer for a while and I was pretty disappointed with it. It was way too sweet for my liking. I struggled to finish the glass. Maybe the yeast tired out during the fermentation process and didn't complete their job. Overall this doppelbock is unbalanced. This isn't what I've come to expect from Kuhnhenn's. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

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Photo of Floydster
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 ounce bottle courtesy of hoppymeal, thanks again for sending this Derek, 2006 vintage, last beer I split with Bill yesterday, color is a deep dark mahogany, close to two inches of light tan head that was pretty foamy leaves a small cloud later on, not much lacing though, aroma consists of port wine, caramel, toffee, booze, raisins, dates, sweetness, and rich sugars, flavor starts off quite sweet with various malts, sugar and dark fruits in the middle, finish is harshly hot with a big sweet aftertaste that lingers, wish it mellowed out a little as it warmed but that was not the case, too strong for my palate, sweet, hot, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, good amount of carbonation, taste lingered a very long time, had a hard time getting though five or six ounces myself, very strong and heavy, sweetness makes drinkability even worse, for being three years old already this beer still needs to age a lot longer it seems, brew is still quite hot with alcohol warmth, I will be the first to say this is much better than the only other triple bock I have tasted which is Sam Adams, would like to try this another three years down the road to see how it evolves and mellows, worth trying

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Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Previous review was a 4, didn't note which year. Just had a 2011, which was pretty unpleasant once it warmed up a touch from being in the fridge -- 2.0. Averaging the two for a 3 rating.

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Photo of n2185
3.17/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with a finger of tan head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Loads of syrupy caramel and vanilla on the nose with some bubblegum and bready notes in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma, syrupy vanilla and caramel dominate with dark fruits and a bready finish. Only a slight alcohol presence for such a big beer.

M: Medium-thick body with low carbonation, this beer is thick and syrupy feeling, coating my mouth with a layer of sugar.

O: An interesting, though not terribly successful beer. It's a bit too simple and overly sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, whartontallboy!

Cloudy, very dark brown with nearly no head and basically zero visible carbonation. This looks and pours a lot like prune juice. Unattractive and daunting.

The aroma is a big, sweet combination of caramel, toffee, banana, raisin, and fig. Interesting and pleasant. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, and I wouldn't have guessed it's as potent as it is.

The flavor is exceptionally sweet, though not overly simple. There's lots of raisin, fig, rum, and leather flavors, along with a bit of banana, and chewy pizza crusts.

The body is lacking much to any carbonation. The beer is heavy, flat, and a bit oily.

A big, sweet, and interesting beer that lacks appropriate body.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

White foil capped 12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). 2015 Vintage. Served in a goblet.

Pours an opaque, turbid mahogany with red highlights. What begins as a full finger of khaki foam is quickly reduced to a broken halo that fails to leave any lacing.

Sweet aromas of figs, caramel, brown sugar, dates, raisins, toffee and bread. Smells like the Dark Heathen has never even heard of a hop.

This is a big, sweet, bready, dark fruit infused and mildly boozey beast. Raisin bread, molasses, dates/figs, burnt caramel, brown sugar, grainy malts and a healthy dose of alcohol. It is plenty sweet, which I enjoy but lacks any real depth or substance to make it a flavor I want more of. Not at all off putting, just not something I desire more of.

Syrupy medium body with almost no carbonation whatsoever. While I generally prefer less carbonated beers this one is just dead flat. Aftertaste is driven by malty notes of raisin bread, sweet wort and kilned malts.

For my tastes Dark Heathenis a rare miss from Kuhnhenn. I enjoy thick sweet beers but this lacked the depth necessary for the sweetness to work. Still not a bad beer and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.34/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

2011 batch. pint glass

a - pours a nearly opaque, murky chestnut brown with faint red highlights. no head or lacing on this one, just a thin film.

s - fruitcake, honey, candied cherries, prunes. just a ton of dark sweet boozy fruit.

t - sugary carmel malt with tons of sweet fruits. booze soaked maraschino cherries, prunes, fig, port. finishes dry with a faint earthy bitterness. alcohol taste is well hidden.

m - syrupy with barely there carbonation.

o - kind of hard to drink due to the massive sweetness, almost cloying at times. this is definitely a dessert beer or one to share with a friend. given the $6/bottle price i probably won't be returning to this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottling

Appearance: Pours a clear cola color with ruby highlights; not surprisingly, the head fades to a ringlet pretty quickly; dotty lacing

Smell: Molasses, tobacco and fig; rather boozy

Taste: A boozy blend of fig and date verging into molasses and tobacco tones; harshness builds, after the swallow, along with a boozy burn

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation and a lot of heat

Overall: A tough beer to drink and a tough beer to really enjoy; surprised by the high ratings from others who have essentially said the same thing; I have had some great beers from Kuhnhenn but I cannot sing the praises of this one

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter. 2011 bottle.

Appearance - Ruby caramel. No head. Just a few stray bubbles.

Smell - Deep rich caramel. Very fruity. Boozy as hell, no surprise. Lots of raisins.

Taste - Less sweet than the nose implies. Sweet up front, but it drops off to a much deeper raisin and earthy malt flavor. Some bitterness. Boozy.

Mouthfeel - Well it's boozy as hell. Hot and low carbonation. Sipper for sure.

Overall - I know it's supposed to be boozy, but this is pretty harsh. I hesitate to say I wish it were sweeter.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an odd one to be sure and in the end a bit of a disappointment. The price was a bit steep for a 12oz bottle (I believe it was about 8 bucks) and the name “triple bock” led me to believe I be drinking a malt monster of epic proportions. Strangely lacking in malt character however. An ugly pour, very still, murky brown color; no head or lacing at all. The body was medium-full; thinner than I’d expected, and carbonation was very low. That might have worked better on a big chewy beer but this one wasn’t that.

Interesting taste and aroma; boozy, some sweetness, slightly sour and tart yeastiness, lacking the profound malt flavor I was seeking. A bit of breadiness but not nearly enough for my tastes. Some dark fruit, raisin and figs soaked in rum; fruitcake spiciness, caramel and brown sugar. An interesting beer that was entirely successful for me; I’d try it again but not at the asking price in NYC.

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Photo of farrago
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very modest dusting across the surface of a yellowish tan hue, gone swiftly, the lacing is wispy and scattered. The liquid is a murky dark brown with an orange tint around the edges, fully opaque with a greater quantity of visible bubbles than expected, albeit moving lazily. The nose is rife with raisins, dates and milk chocolate, has a breadiness which verges on pastry, starts to develop a burnt smokiness as it warms. Full-bodied if hollow in the mid-palate, the sweetness seems to have receded which provides more space for the tart cidery, vinous notes. The chocolate, butterscotch going strong, black licorice, cola bean and candied ginger abound. The cherry, green apple, yellow raisin, fig fruit flavors steady enough but lack intensity. The carbonation does an okay job of showing up given the thickness of the liquid. Boozy but without burn. Doughy, bready through the attack, gone by the finish. Biggest flaw may be that it does not build to a meaningful crescendo, starts off well then meanders. Maybe was more powerful in its youth. (2011 bottling)

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a brown toffee like color with tiny tan bubbles coating the oatside of the glass. Still and lifeless after the initial pour and settling.

S: Smell of toffee, roasted caramel, extra sweet malt presence

T: Extremely sweet and slick buttery tastes coming off the bat. Very light bittering present, mostly fruity raisin, yellow plum flavors and caramelized sugars all over. Butterscotch and english barleywine-esque in a lot of ways, but dryer and less bitter. Definitely some booze present.

M: Thick body with a light carbonation.

O: This is good, but not $8.99 good for a 12 oz bottle. Always a pleasure to try all things Kuhnhenn but they do better on just about every other release comparatively.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cherry brown color with no head and a miniscule uber thin lacing ring. This looks like a glass full of the dead sea.

S - Molasses, oak, raisins, brown sugar, figs, prunes, and bourbon.

T - Raisins, figs, prunes, oak, brown sugar, molasses, plumbs, and bourbon. (Directly follows the nose, no doubt.) Some alcohol warming on the way down and leaves a thick coating in the mouth of brown sugar, molasses, and plumbs.

M - Thick and full bodied, sticky, somewhat syrupy, velvety.

O - Complex and a smooth sipper that will creep up on you very quickly. The extreme nature pushes the envelope way beyond the style and I'd much prefer a more traditional Doppelbock.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Rattle & Hum for a Kuhnhenn event. Technically this version is not aged and is still fermenting at the brewery, but they tapped some for this event.

Being that this beer is still super young, the beer looks like dirty mud water coming out of the tap, looks like it was taken from a swamp. A nice amount of swamp water head floats on top like a milkshake, some stickies. It looks terrible, but thats not the beers fault. it's intriging to say the least. Smell is alot of sweetners including brown sugar, some caramel, raisin and bread, it smells weird, but I cant stop sniffing it. Taste is on the sweet side with caramel/toffee influence and some English backbone. I get brown suga, whoppers, yeast, a splash of alcohol(estimated at 12-14%). Feel is kinda flat, the body has not came together yet, goes down like milk. I enjoyed this and am interested what an aged bottle of this would turn into. Much better than that Sam Adams creation by leaps and bounds, even at this infant stage.

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Photo of travMI13
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage, released at the Winter Solstice party 12/2011. 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Deep, ruby red color with barely any head at all. Looks fairly thin. I do have limited lager experience, but the thin body is generally what I've seen from doppelbocks I have had.

S: Is that bourbon mixed with grape? This isn't barrel-aged, to my knowledge, but that hits me first. I get some vanilla and maybe a touch of cherry on the end. Interesting smell, indeed. I am intrigued. Caveat: my nose is still a bit stuffy, so I may not getting all the best of this.

T: Wow, are you sure this is a 13.5% beer? I don't get the booze at all. I am getting a little bourbon and a lot of grape on the finish. Maybe a little plum. This is going down very easily, but it is definitely warming. Booze is hidden well, and only seems to start to show itself as it warms up.

M: It's thin, just as it looks, but it really is full flavor. The taste lingers on the tongue. I just can't decide how much I really like it.

O: This is another solid beer by Kuhnhenn. Honestly, do they make a bad one? I don't have much experience with lagers, but this was an interesting try. I think I should probably check out some of their other, less intense lagers and then revisit this.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Floral aroma. Scotch colour dark brown and malty scotch aroma. Blind tasting of the baleywine say it was an old ale. Sweetish spice in middle. A real style bender. Full mouthfeel, a meal in itself. Bottles were available and I kick myself now. Alcohol not detectable.

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Photo of Dope
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 batch.

A: Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Good sized and fizzy tan head. Head fizzes out fairly quickly with zero lacing. Good retention.

S: Big, boozy and sweet. Stinging fruity alcohol with huge caramel and molasses notes. Candied raisins too. A little toffee in there too.

T: Much like the aroma. Heavy sweet malts from the get-go. Stinging, sharp alcohol everywhere. Lots of caramel and raisin and prunes up front, fading into a hefty toffee backbone in the middle and finish. Heavy, heavy toffee notes once it warms. A light cocoa presence over everything, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Heavy, viscous, mouth-coatingly syrupy.

O: One hell of a heavy dopplebock (triplebock?). Drinks like slightly watered down syrup. Lots of sharp booze which actually cuts the thickness a bit. Quite harsh once it's fully warm, alcohol isn't even remotely hidden. Complex with lots of malt character. I enjoyed this but drinkability suffers from the thickness and extreme booziness. A nice unique brew to try once but nothing I'd get again. Still tasty, regardless.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought as part of the Winter Solstice mixed four-pack, which was $35 ... so really, this beer cost about $8.75. Haven't had this one before.

Appearance: Hard pour didn't do much. No head, no lacing. Looks flat in the glass. The color of the beer is ruby brown. Sits in the glass basically looking like prune juice. Doesn't look interesting at all.

Smell: Boozy and sweet. The malts come together to give quad qualities -- plums and raisins, but also a mild blueberry aroma as well.

Taste/feel: Aw, man... I don't know... pains me to say that I don't love this beer. Like I was afraid of just looking at the beer, the feel is very flat. There is the subtlest mid-palate carbonation, but other than that, there's nothing. Also, the beer isn't super thick. It's got a syrupy texture to it, but its body is moderate at best. Strangely, I like it not being too thick because if it were any thicker, it'd probably be undrinkably syrupy because of the lack of carbonation. In terms of flavor, it's pretty good. Every dark fruit you can imagine can be tasted in this beer, but there's not a ton of malt character. The finish has a slight breadiness, but it's surprisingly and disappointingly subtle. This is mostly drinking like a heavily sweetened fruit juice more than anything, due to the almost complete lack of carbonation and malt qualities.

A guy at the brewery genuinely claimed this was his favorite beer from the Winter Solstice pack -- I'm not sure why. This would be a decent buy at maybe $5-$6 per 12oz bottle, but about $9 per bottle is definitely too much to pay for this beer. A little more carbonation would go a long way. I can understand this being super sweet, because it's a doppelbock, but the least they could have done was get it not feeling so flat.

This is definitely a disappointing beer. Certainly not bad, but most definitely not worth the price.

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Photo of mcallister
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep burgundy color with a pillowy tan head that fades rather quickly leaving no lace.

Boat loads of sugary toffee and candied date in the aroma. Hints of earth and brown sugar, an off putting aroma wafts in the background that is somewhat hard to place. May be hints of diacetyl?

Not sure if it's diecetyl or not. Still shows in the mouth but isn't offending at all. Malty sweet with hints of chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, date, caramel, and whiskey. A nice sipper showing creamy accents and very little bitterness on the moderate finish.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the brewery on our Christmas trip home. 12oz. Very dark brown pour, a ring and whisps of off white bubbles on top.

Aroma, not what I would call potent. A mellow prune and raisin. Also bready malt, light toffee. More mellow than others I've had from them.

Taste, a little stronger than the nose. Bready German malt goodness. Caramel covered raisin. Some fruitiness, pear, grape. Kind of an unsweetened fruitcake. Not as sweet as other Khunhen brews either.

Good medium body, coats pretty well. Low carbonation, not much sweetness to cut through though. A mold warming from 12.5.

Very German in style. Honestly my least fav from them do far. It is good, they've just set the bar high.

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Photo of Gmann
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby brown color with little to no head that settles into nothingness, looks flat. Pretty color but lifeless.

The aroma is of rich caramel and toffee. Scorched brown sugar and honey. Raisins and prunes add a fruity note to the beer. A tad of earthiness to the aroma, perhaps a hint of chocolate, wet bark, or tobacco.

The taste is of a thick pumpernickle bready malt. This is sweetened by caramel and toffee. The dark fruits are actually kind of tame in this one. A bit of raisin/prune and boozy cherry fruit note. Slight earthiness in the end, again it seems to be wet bark or tobacco. Tasty but slightly one dimensional.

The feel is thick with soft carbonation. Sweet and smooth on the palate but actually finishes a tad dry which helps prevent a syrupy feel. Slightly sticky. ABV kept in check.

Nice strong lager, don't really get much "bock" flavor from it. Perhaps a touch of doughy sweetness from the munich malt. Over all a huge malty brew, flavorful.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
2015 vintage

A- pours a viscous deep brown color with no head, looks a bit syrupy

S- aroma up front is a nice mix of toffee and dark fruits; raisin, fig & date. Undertones of tobacco, leather, molasses, caramelized brown sugar and alcohol

T- big sweet notes up front with flavors of caramel & toffee, mid-palate brings dark fruit notes of raisin & fig, followed by some earthy tobacco and leather, more sweetness on the finish with flavors of molasses and alcohol

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a thick and viscous mouthfeel that continues into a syrupy warming finish

O- a big malt bomb that is loaded with dark fruit and toffee notes throughout. Kind of wishing I'd let this one age a bit to tone down, nonetheless still a good choice for the malty sweet beer fan

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottling year = 2011

A: deep copper color, ever-so-slight haze, poured with head but dissipated (not surprising for 12.5% ABV)
S: medium nose, deep treacle, sweet, port-like
T:extremely rich, deep caramelized malt, high ABV but smooth and mellow with just a touch of heat, reminded me of aged EKU28
M: deep body, rich, full, slightly cloying

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz 2011 extra received from Lymph a while back in a pretty awesome trade!! Big props to Robert... Very generous guy. Pours a hazy mahogany... very little head and no real cap or lacing... Pours thick like a watered down Aunt Jemima... Should be much clearer and have some sort of head on it.

Wow... This smells like a doppelbock on steroids. Boozy dark malt with rum soaked fruit.. plum and raisin... Incredibly rich.

Flavor is very rich, but not on the same playing field as the nose.. a bit fruity like an English Old Ale.. dark sorta cherry/orange essence (odd, I know) along with a slight chocolate element not present in the aroma... EtOH and brown sugar on the finish... a little oxidation reminds me of tawny port.

Flavor is thick and mildly syrupy... actually close to tawny port :-) but with some very minor carbonation.

Pretty proper... HUGE, but proper. I truly appreciate it Robert... Thanks buddy.


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