Breakout Stout | Jailhouse Brewing Company

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Breakout StoutBreakout Stout

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Jailhouse Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of womencantsail
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours an almost black color with a finger of khaki head.

S: Woah, lots of butter on the nose. A bit of a graham cracker note, which is actually sort of nice. Roasted malt and dark chocolate are also there, but the butter keeps on creeping back in.

T: Lots of roasted malt character to the nose. A bit of ash and burnt coffee, which is sort of unpleasant. There is a hint of butter, some graham cracker, and a little bit of vanilla.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: Way too much diacetyl to this. Ruins the beer before it has a chance.

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Photo of n2185
2.56/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a creamy cap with good lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts with creamy chocolate notes and some lightly bitter aromas.

T: Lots of roasted malts here as well. Bitter, burnt coffee and char, mostly. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer has a somewhat watery finish.

O: Overally, not a very good stout. Too bitter tasting with a watery body. Not repulsive, but the second half of the bomber met my drain.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Grant, drank from a tulip... Pours a light black color, some dark brown and amber on the fringes. The head is a nice medium mocha, creamy, looks good if not for the soft black... The aroma is decent, lots of roasted coffee which is pretty nice, but not really balanced with anything else, so a touch boring. I want to like this, gotta me give more... The taste is borderline bad as that coffee comes out in full force, this is extremely bitter stale coffee. Some light alcohol and vanilla come through.... The mouthfeel is off, bitter and overcarbonated... The group quickly moved on from this, not very good. I was excited to try this, very disappointed.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle contributed by jrallen34 as we were watching Fedor get his clock cleaned.

A - A little bit lighter colored than I would like to see in a stout (although it is a single so not a big deal), but it does have a great tan colored head that had some fine bubbles to it.

S - This is really a bigtime coffee stout, as there is just tons of coffee on the nose. Some burnt cocoa flavor, but kind of a one-trick pony here.

T - Taste is not as good as the nose, which is not a good thing as the nose isn't great. Really just a bunch of coffee with some char and herbal notes that aren't really working for the style. Don't care much for it.

M - Probably the worst part about this, too much carbonation makes a coffee beer seem really cheap and bad.

D - A good looking, but average at best tasting, beer, that I will gladly pass on. The mouthfeel does a lot to kill this beer, unfortunately.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black, but a little transparent. Medium khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Roasted malt. A little vanilla. Some caramel sweetness.

Taste - Starts off with some coffee roasted malts. Caramel kicks in. Sweetness builds. Milk chocolate. Lightly roasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - MIddle of the road, but nothing wrong with it.

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Photo of Wisconsuds
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an oversized snifter. OG is 19, IBUs register at 45 according to the bottle. An 8% abv stout by Jailhouse Brewing out of Hampton, GA. Picked it up in ATL during a work trip in May of this year. Drinking on 8/22/11.

Pours with 1/4 inch of foam, reducing to lily pads of tan bubbles. Body is thick as night - can't see through this one at all.

Aroma of roasted toffee character. Chocolate is present and bready malts sneak through as well. No hop presence in the nose.

Tastes of chocolate in the forefront with a surprising hoppy hint in the finish. Not usually a fan of bitter ending stouts, but this is ok. Thin mouthfeel is a slight disappointment, and I think the sweet flavors are competing a bit too much with the roast characters and hop bitterness. There is a lot going on here; not necessarily a bad thing though. Quite complex.

With all of the Barrel-aged, spices-added, double chocolate, high abv % nutso stouts being thrown at us these days, it's hard to differentiate between what's average, what's good, and what's mind-blowing. Granted its all objective according to our palates, but this beer just does not stand out among the crowd. Many BA'ers bars have been set by the Zhukovs, the Dark Lords, the Abyss'...and so on and so on. It's unfair to compare, but that said - this stout simply doesn't shine for me. Hate to call it run-of-the-mill ... but I must.

Overall a solid offering but one that I won't reach for again.This would get higher marks from me if the viscosity been a bit thicker. Mouthfeel was just a bit too thin for my liking. A nice brew from Georgia though, and I hope they continue to create and flourish.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pitch black with a small dark brown head with lots of lacing. Nose is malty, chocolate, and a bit smoky.

Taste is fantastic a well. Smooth an rich, very creamy and lots of smokey. Mouthfeel is light and rich with a light bitterness fr the dark malts. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was yet another great southern beer that gdodd12 sent to me in the 2011 Secret Santa BIF. Thanks Greg.

Breakout Stout has a dark brown body with ruby highlights. The head is about a finger tall and made up of tightly packed, small bubbles. Retention is solid, and lacing is quite nice.

The aroma has a bunch of roasted malts, as well as a hop bite to it. Some baker's chocolate makes its way through as well.

Baker's chocolate and some black patent malt come through first, followed by a bit of sweetness. Roasted malt comes next, and it is a pretty big dose of it; definitely more powerful than the other malt flavors, and probably the dominant flavor in the beer itself. The finish is prodigiously hoppy for a stout. The roasted flavors mix with a ton of bitterness and some citrus and pine.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are about right for a stout, but the bitterness really lingers.

Breakout stout is just too hoppy for me, especially when a large amount of bitterness mixes with the bitter flavors from the roasted malt. If you're a hoppy stout fan, give this one a try.

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Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in an American Pint glass. Poured a thick dark brown with a nutmeg coloured head of about a finger. Smelled sweet and oily. Tasted very rich and sweet, with hints of coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Finished very bitterly. The sweetness dissipated as the beer warmed up.

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Photo of lewzer99
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours dark coffee brown with a thin light brown head.
Smell: Roasted malts, coffee, and a slight sourness on the end
Taste: a lot of chocolate and coffee, a malty sweetness, some cinnamon, a slight hoppy bitterness, ended with a pleasingly warming boozieness
Mouthfeel: creamy and smooth
Overall: good, especially for the price point

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a snifter a dark brown almost black color with a 1" thick tan head. great lacing that seems elastic when swirling around.

S - Loads of cocoa and dark chocolate with some coffee, earthy notes. Very nice cocoa scents.

T - Cocoa and coffee with some leather taste and tiny hints of tobacco as well.

M - Good carbonation with a dry slightly bitter finish.

O - Not a bad stout. Very good smells but fell short on the taste for me.

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Photo of mbrandonsmith
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the brewery itself and was definitely surprised.

I really liked the character of the beer.

Mouthfeel was typical of a stout.

A decent amount of head for the pour.

Lots of coffee notes and not as much roasted notes as I would have liked. I assumed that they used more chocolate malt.

Overall a well balanced beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

856th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22 oz

No bottle date

Thanks to @Thehughbachi (via twitter) Had a bet my Bears would beat his Falcons.

App- Fresh brewed coffee brown with a big tight bubbled head. A little khaki in color with a good bit of dotted cling.

Smell- A bit astringent on 1st whiff. Followed by the grain bill. A bit of roast rounds in out with some bitter notes.

Taste- A bit prickly on the taste. I was hoping for a bit smoother taste. The malts and grains come in first with a bit of bread and black ipa or thick brown ale notes. A little like a very dark choclate bar with the taste.

Mouth- Fairly medium bodied with some edges of the taste being a bit thin and watery. The carbonation is pretty spot on with that bubbbly prickly style.

Drink- I thought it was tasty but away from the normal stout range I prefer with a smooth, thicker feel and more vanilla or more rich chocolate without the bitter notes. This was a good extra. I am glad I got to try a lot the state of Georgia is brewing these days.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah. Thanks Matt-

Review from notes:

Pours very nearly black, w/ a one finger cocoa head. Impossible to see through, and decent lacing. The nose I get is mainly roasted malt, coffee, and hops. Chocolate sneaks in with the taste in addition to the coffee/malt/hops. Hops are definitely in the background on this beer. Feel is medium w/ good carbonation and hops bitterness. Fairly dry finish as well. Overall, this is a good beer- but a little lacking in a couple areas. Glad I got to try it though. Cheers.

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Photo of bbeane
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a chalice... Starts with a decent off white head that disappears relatively quickly leaving some light spotted lacing. Beer is black in color with no light shining through when held up to the ceiling

S- Light notes of chocolate and hops

T- Starts with an upfront chocolatey taste accompanied by some notes of toasted malts before being overtaken by a hoppy bitterness

M- Not chewy, but has a nice thick body with light carbonation

O- I'd have to start out by saying that I don't particularly care for hoppier stouts... which this was in my opinion. It wasn't bad by any means, and definitely wasn't out of the style guidelines... just wasn't my thing


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Photo of Pellinore1
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to both SlickMcCricket and donManguno for sending bottles of this beer.

Pours deep, opaque brown, producing two fingers of light tan head. This fades to a thin cap of foam.

Nice roastiness in the nose, with light coffee notes.

Like the smell, the taste is straightforward and pleasant, presenting roasted malt and a bit of coffee.

Nice carbonation here, but the mouthfeel is thinner than I would like.

Drinkability, on the other hand, is quite good, with pleasant flavors and no detectable alcohol.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown with a soapy, beige head. Decent retention and lacing on the snifter. Lots of roast in the aroma,along with hints of chocolate and coffee beans. A bit heavy on the roast. The beer is solid, but not great. Bold taste, predominantly roast. Burnt cocoa and chocolate. Tasty. S'mores over the fire, perhaps a few minutes overdone. Medium bodied, good feel. Overall, a decent brew that could stand some minor improvements.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack the top and pour into our Hop City pint glasses. The beer shows the deepest cola hues when held to light, letting up hints of ruby towards the bottom of the glass. It holds a generous three finger head of chocolate milk colored fluff that is comprised predominantly of big soapy bubbles. This shows great retention into wet and oily clouds of lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma gives rich chocolate malts and darkly roasted and burnt barley, syrupy toffee sweetness, ash, tinny metallics, powdered doughnut sweetness, light soapy hops, dark chocolate syrup, manila envelopes, and bitter licorice bite. More of a molasses depth begins to seep out with warmth. Our first impression is that the malts show a deep and hearty bitterness, but with enough sweetness to pull you on back and keep you drinking. The taste begins with bitterly roasted chocolate, black, and barley grain, lightly grassy resinous hops, sweaty metallics, light cloven phenols, granular white sugar sweetness, hazelnut coffee bite, and dryness of cardboard. The middle comes to a peak with bile acidity, copper, rich cacao, melty cane sugars, soft buttery diacetyls, rum raisin ice cream, chalk, gravel, and continued charred chocolate and coffee malt burn. The end comes through with warming milk chocolate sweetness, raw chocolate bitterness, coffee and burnt brown maltiness, lactic creaminess and sourness, buttercream icing, sweet twangs of ethanol, licorice and red Twizzler candied sweetness, and crayon waxiness. The aftertaste breathes of bitter and burnt malts of coffee, black, lightly caramel, and chocolate varieties, white sugar, molasses, toffee, burn of booze, pencil lead, gravel, sawdust, and general muskiness. The body is surprisingly light to medium, and carbonation is medium, but with decent prickle towards the front of the tongue. Each sip gives decent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with puckering bitterness left around the mouth and sent through the skin, deeper to the jaw. The abv is appropriate, and the beer exhibits great drinkability.

Overall, the most exciting thing about this beer is its taste. This is a very, very rich-in-flavor brew for a standard stout, with surprisingly bitter bite to the back of the malts. This ends up getting evened out on the sip but the gentle creaminess of feel and the sugary side of the taste, which actually cloys a touch in the end. The lightness of feel also helps to ease drinkability, making it flow more quickly, again, for something so bitter. This is a nice local find/suggestion from the gentleman at the beer store, and we are happy and better off to have tried it.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a trade from some pals in Atlanta in August of last year. This beer has 14 months of age on it.

There's not a significant head resulting from the pour, just a thin layer of dark khaki-colored foam that quickly dissipates, leaving a layer of lace sprawled atop the liquid. There's plenty of carbonation visible, moving slowly through the viscous, pitch-black beer.

Dark roasted malt and oatmeal offer a pungent aroma at a first whiff. There's a hop presence there, but it's very reminiscent of the hops you'd find in a well-aged barleywine, having lost their potency and now just smelling earthy. Hints of chocolate and aroma mingle on the nose, but they mostly go undetected.

I'm quite surprised by how much more flavorful this is then the nose let on. There's a potent mix of dark, chocolatey malts and dark roasted malt, leaving an alternately sweet and roasty flavor. Some vanilla and caramel are present as the beer's middle reveals some silky creaminess and a light, effervescent mouthfeel not typical of a stout. Lingering earthy hops give the beer a dry, slightly bitter finish. Most nicely, I don't get a hint of alcohol on this beer.

I like this beer, especially the strong chocolate presence and the easy-drinking body. I only feel like the IBUs on this and the hop presence don't allow it to age as well as it would if they were more subdued. That's why I'm rating it a good beer instead of a great one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from Rbald42, cheers Ryan!

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Sheets & sheets of lacing & average head retention

S: Chocolate & coffee

T: Coffee & charred grain, herbal hops, dryness&, & a touch of Baker's chocolate up front. Coffee, dryness, & herbal hops dominate as this warms, plus just a whisper of vanilla, plus some boozey notes. Finishes with wet charred grains, a touch of coffee & dryness

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, slight boozeyness once warm

Drinks easy, an assertive American stout that warmed me on a cool February evening. If you like your stouts leaning towards coffee, you'll like this one

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ATLCarl for this bottle, which arrived as an extra with a bunch of good southeastern beer. Had some Jailhouse when in Atlanta this summer & looking forward to trying more. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife. Bottle says 8% ABV, for what that's worth.

Pour is dead black, more than average carbonation. Nose is vast epoch of roast, cut only barely by a dying ember of smoke. Straightforward.

Breakout Stout packs roast like it's a concealed weapon. Huge roast flares up & down the palate on the first sip, almost to the point of char: it's all I can sense the first few sips. Once my tasters begin to adjust to the onslaught, the underneath beer has a milk stout feel to it. Mild chocolate, lactose lurk underneath. Very smooth, almost creamy. Finish is bitten off into a sudden dryness, which is interesting. Lovely sipping stout that could be downed in pint glasses.

This brew reminds me of a thinner, less viscous Marshall Zhukov's...of course, everything, including black dirt, is thinner that Zhukov's. If you're looking for an example of a roasty beer, look no further. Simple, direct, tasty, a very good beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A dark, black color. Small head, and tiny lace retention

S - Black licorice and dark roasted malts. Sweet

T - Sweet malts, burnt roasted up front, bitter finish.

M - Very smooth. Medium bodied.

O - A very good Stout. Happy to have Jailhouse locally. Drink good beer!

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer a couple weeks ago at the guy at Hop City's recommendation in Atlanta. Let's give it a try:

Appearance: Pours black as anything with a standing 3/4" head of creamy tan foam. The head has nice staying power as it doesn't really look any differently a minute after the pour. There is lots of thick lacing left on the glass after the pour.

Aroma: I initially got lots of chocolate with some sweet dark caramel, clean American hops and a very reserved acidic roasty component. The hops are getting a lot more prevalent as the beer warms as is the toffee component of the dark caramel.

Taste: The roast is a lot bigger player in the flavor than in the aroma, and the chocolate is less apparent. The alcohol is noticeable as an evident warming that hits the back of the throat rather hard after the dark malts get through with it. The body is medium full with ample to a bit high carbonation for the style, but this is OK with me. The finish is malty for the most part. There are some hops to balance, but they let the malt lead the show. The alcohol is also obvious in the finish adding spice and warming.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. It is a little on the acidic/roasty side for my taste, but it is still a good mix overall. I like the hop blend for this style and it goes well with the bold roast and almost makes it come across like a candy in a way. This is a pretty good beer overall, and if you like roasty stouts that are well made, give this a shot. I doubt that I will have to revisit this one.

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Photo of semipimpedauto
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma- Very roasted with some malty support but not exactly sweetness. Some muted hop aroma that was defiantly put in place by the coffee and robust character of the malt profile

Appearance- Black-brown (around 35 SRM) with a gorgeous creamy tan head that persisted to the last drop. Couldn't have looked better.

Flavor- Big Munich roast that presented itself as a DARK black coffee, cocoa, and possibly some toffee. Lots of roasted grain flavor that assisted in the drying affect that was accentuated by the American hop varieties. Hops waited until the end to give an unexpected but pleasant drying that kept you drinking. Only complaint is that the coffee character had some burnt characteristics.

Mouthfeel- Creamy medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Carbonation and dark roast came together with the hops to give a drying finish. Carbonation was just right. Body could be a little bigger but might over do it for a premiere beer for a brewery.

Overall Impression- A great premiere beer for any brewery. This is an odd time for a stout but it fits in their lineup very well and separates them from the other GA breweries. Very well done and obviously displays the home brewing background of the brewer. Reign in the coffee flavors to exemplify a rich European coffee rather than starbucks burnt and you've got what it takes to run with the big boys.

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Photo of shivtim
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Brick Store. Served in a pint.

Deep brown/black in color. Like thick coffee. Nice large creamy tan head. Looks very nice.

Nose is coffee and oats. Roasty but mild.

Taste is toasty malts, some subtle coffee, hints of sweetness (molasses?). Great mixing of flavors. Distinct but not overpowering.

Great in the mouthfeel and drinkability departments.

A great offering from Jailhouse. Can't wait to try more of their beer.

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Breakout Stout from Jailhouse Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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