Wookey Jack | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barleywinefiend on 03-11-2012

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4.23
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 1.5 finger off white head on a very dark body with some light getting through.

S: very hoppy with pine and grass predominantly with some tart citrus character as well. The roasted malts are very mild.

T: very nice roasted malt base which isn't too bitter or overwhelming for the hops. The hops are mostly pine and grassy, some floral which is different from the more earthy or citrus hopped black IPAs I am used too.

M: medium to full body and lighter side of medium carbonation. a touch dry late in the finish.

Overall: I like the hop character in combination with the malts. Neither dominate, both contribute nicely.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a FW pint glass because apparently that's the en vogue thing to do these days. The beer is opaque and black, displaying a mountainous beige head that completely coats the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma offers roast, pine, and rye. Nicely done. The flavor brings piney hops with a slightly roasted malt bill. Alcohol presence is non-obtrusive. Beautiful chocolate notes linger in the finish. Without question one of the best examples of the style I have had. Recommended.

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

Pours a solid black color with a huge creamy tan head that persists forever before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Smells of hops, no really, piney citrus and resin with a hint of green onion. There's a faint roasty bready malt aroma that attempts to provide some balance but is really only there for show. The flavor hits with a hint of malt first. Caramel, bread, and chocolate are quickly pushed aside by a solid hit of citrus and resinous hop flavor. The chocolate comes back and lingers a bit in a sweet resinous finish. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Very nice India dark ale ale or hoppy porter, very tasty with great aroma I really enjoyed this!

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 7/19/12

A: When poured aggresively, dark with a creamy coffee-like head that minimally stays
around through the duration of the drink. Nice

S: Wofts a roasty, coffee aroma with definite hints of pine.

T: Not too much rye, but a definite hint. Finishes with a citrusy, piney, hop taste. This tastes a lot lighter than it appears.

M: A little creamy, medium bodied feel. Would've liked it to be a little more full bodied.

O: It's a safe bet that anything Firestone Walker is going to be very good. This one doesn't deviate from that thought. Typically not a fan of Rye beers, but this one has a really good balance of Rye, hops, and everything else.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this one.

A: Black with brown highlights and a finger of dense, fine tan head. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Coffee and hops, with lots of pine and some raw herbalness. Very brash, very nice.

T: Purely hoppy up front, with pine being dominant. Some grapefruit as well, followed by a touch of coffee roastiness. The finish is long, bitter, and ashy. Good stuff.

M: Creamy medium body. Solid.

O: I really liked this one, despite not being a huge fan of the style. Well worth a shot.

Cheers!

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Photo of mychalg9
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle (can't interpret date ".../09/12 14:27") into a DFH globe.

Immediate hop whiff after popping the top is very appetizing. Pours a dark cola brown/red settling to a very dark brown with a sizzling one-finger head....love the energy of this head. Initial smell is citrus hops with a bit of pine and a good dose of rye malt. Taste is more of the same, with a sharp carbonation attacking the front of the tongue while the hops, a bit of coffee, and caramel sweetness caress and soothe the rest of the mouth. Some chocolatey goodness coupled with rye on the back end. Carbonation is nicely done on this one, with a medium body rounding out a really nice mouthfeel. Overall, very well done, I will be trying this again in the future very soon.

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Photo of bum732
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Mix of coffee and citrus hops, great nose. Some pine and it warms.

L: Very dark brown, bordering on black. Off-white creamy head that dissipates. Solid lacing.

T: Bold citrus hoppiness with a slight coffee roasty body. Medium high bitterness leading to a good balance of coffee-ness and roastiness. Bold malt but not too sweet throughout. Finishes hoppy and slightly roasty, dry.

M: Medium full body, medium carbonation.

Really solid black IPA, quite hoppy with some roast. Really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep deep brown in color with auburn highlights. Thin light tan head. Smells wonderful. Piney resinous hops. Roasted malt, touches of anise.

Great Black IPA. Piney and citric hops on the tip of the tongue roll into subdued yet balancing roasted chocolate and coffee malt. Touches of caramel on the very back end of the tongue. Spicy rye compliments the hop profile on the back end of the tongue but isn't overpowering. the rye plays a big part in clearing the palate the palate providing a very rare moment in the world of rye beer, amazing balance. While the rye is critical to the spicy taste of the beer, it still allows other flavors to come through. Very amazing.

big full mouth feel.

I normally dont like rye beer but this one uses other flavors to compliment the spicy notes of the rye rather than just let the rye be the only star of the show.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with ruby red highlights and a coffee colored head - very good lacing and great retention.

Big citrus notes in the nose - grapefruit & orange, backed by a nice floral bouquet and some cranberry.

Sweet orange and ruby red grapefruit up front balanced by bitter herb & grapefruit in the back. It all hangs on a heavy malt backbone with barley wine notes. As it warms dark fruit notes can be detected - currants.

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Photo of iwantsomerocks
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottled on 7/19/12. Poured into my Orval chalice. 1/2 finger head that lingers for a little.

Appearance is dark caramel. Nice.

In the nose I get hints of caramel and lots of piney hops. Maybe some kind of roasted nuts. This seems interesting.

Taste is amazing. Sweet caramel up front, leads to slightly bitter aromatic hops, which linger until the back, at which point they vanish. Leaves a slight caramel taste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not overly carbonated like some ABAs tend to be.

Overall, this is exceptional. Definitely better than Sublimely in my opinion. Must try if you haven't.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours like a lovely French roast coffee with a white sand head with big rocky bubbles. This beer is opaque and has velvet midnight black in the glass with an ever so slight hint of brown to suggest very dark chocolate, though there are some light carbonation bubbles working their ways up the sides. Lacing is thin but sticky and gorgeous like a complicated root system splaying out beneath a lovely fat ring of soil that surrounds the glass. The beer smells dank and tremendously fruity with fat mango, orange, pineapple and even some slight pine. This is the best fruity smell I can remember getting from any beer in a long time; it’s like a fruit salad in the hops aroma and I am absolutely digging it. Further whiffs suggest the tantalizing roasted coffee malts and dark chocolate below the hops. All the smells come together to overall remind me of a fruit salad lathered in dark chocolate and coffee. The smell alone has me salivating for this beer and upping my expectations tremendously. The beer’s taste loses a lot of that fruit and coffee, but that is not an entirely bad thing. Mango hops are still the dominant flavor for me with some nice side character fruit hops. The dark malts are very sideshow in the flavor, appearing mainly in the middle to provide some lovely creamy roasted flavoring before being flushed away by bitter, less-ripe fruit in the back and aftertaste. A ghost of the roasted chocolate flavor does dance on the fringes, in between the undulations of the fruit hops, but it is quite light. The rye spice is also a ghost in this taste, only slightly suggesting itself as the beer moves over the tongue and lingering a little to meld a spicy burn with the bitter burn. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and almost a touch watery. I kind of want a thicker beer too help bring more of the roasted malt flavor. The mouth is left with a good glaze of saliva and a fizzy, bitter-bitten tongue that is ready for more, if only in moderation. This beer is in between a sipper and a chugger, but I would suggest a more leisurely sip personally. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully for its 8%, with only the suggestion of a bite and burn hidden beneath the bitters. Overall this is a very nice example of the black ale style. Personally, I would love to see a little more malt action in a black ale, but this is very nice more IPA-based black. I also would have loved to see more rye action in this beer, but again the beer worked very well for what the brewer was going for. The smell of this beer is one of the best I have ever smelled, and has me dreaming of big hops and malts. This beer is definitely worthy of a sip and is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a teardrop shaped glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern.

Wookey jack pours almost a solid black, with.just faint mahogany highlights shining through. Almost two fingers of bone colored head crown the beer. Retention is good and there's a fair bit og lacing left in its wake. The nose has a bit of dry coffee to it, and that's joined by a juicy pine and citrus aroma. The rye, which was undetectable in the nose, shows up in the flavor profile. It lends a spicy edge to the upfront coffee taste. The mid palate bitterness is fairly noticeable, and provides a nice transition into the finish. That close features a similar pine heavy/citrus light balance to the nose. It's just a little muted though. The body isn't quite bone dry, but it's definitely on the light side. The carbonation though could stand to be just a little more energetic. I've been conditioned to expect great beer from Firestone Walker, and Wookey Jack is no exception.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at less than 6 bucks for a bomber and at over 8% abv, this is by far the best deal in the store, nevermind that its a fantastic beer! pours beautiful silky black color with a tall and lasting off white head. it lets zero light through and is shining like obsidian. the smell is a whole lot of west coast hops and some burnt malt. there is no chocolate or coffee in the smell or the taste, which i can usually find in a beer this black. just a nice smokey black ipa here, with the alcohol only becoming present when it warms up a little. it is smooth and warming in the mouth, full bodied, with average carbonation. it has a great bitter finish that plays counterpoint to the rich malt profile. this is a great beer and a great price, will definitely do this one again.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Reserve Series snifter/short-stemmed tulip

Pours a very dark brown with a two finger fluffy beige head. Significant splotchy lacing as the head recedes. Some roastiness and chocolate on the nose in addition to orange peel and some grapefruit notes. Dark chocolate covered orange, citrus and mild roasty notes, finishes dry with some white pepper spice and mild alcohol. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation, and a slick and creamy mouthfeel. The addition of rye adds a bit of spice that adds to Wookey Jack's complexity. Certainly one of the better Black IPA's/American Black Ales available.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: black. off-white frothy head. small bubbles lifting to the surface

s: rye, slight piney & citrusy hops

t: piney and citrusy hops at first, rye follows. some chocolate there too.

m: med to high carbonation (good). medium body. creamy

o: excellent beer. Rye is nuanced very well. Highly enjoyable black ipa. Well balanced. Glad to hear this will be a year round offering from FW.

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Photo of beerpadawan
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Which one is Wookey Jack: the contentious lion or the pugilist bear? Perhaps Wookey Jack is someone or something else entirely, which owes them money.

The brownish head of this dark liquid forms large bubbles which pop like they came from sparkling wine. Nonetheless, a decent finger of head formed upon the pour and remained for a minute until resolving itself into a map of the Caribbean islands.

The first whiff is a blast of the citra and amarillo hops. Quite pleasant. By now, not particularly novel coming from a black abyss.

The malt character plays well with the bright hops. There is an earthy spiciness, which on the occasional sip veers toward the astringent.

It would be odd for these steady brewers to release a sloppy or thoughtless beer, and they have not done so here. It bears the Firestone mark of quality well.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with an aggressive tan head. There's a ton of lacing throughout.

Loads of pine hops in the aroma with a roasty back drop. There's even a splash of brownie. Heavily aromatic.

It's a fantastic balance of the roast and hop bitterness, tipping the scale to the side of hops. Pine and citrus, to be exact.

Mouthfeel is a little prickly with a dry finish. Medium bodied.

It's a damn fine black ipa.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a rich, deep brown with a wonderful two finger khaki head that slumps down to leave lots of sticky, thick side lacing as it remains a finger thick.

S - Aromas of roasted malts and light pine pop on this one. I'd like it a bit roastier.

T - Taste is nice, a fair amount roastier than the nose. That said, I'd like more roasted malts on this. There are faint chocolate notes, as well as a decent pine flavour throughout and a finish that isnt too bitter. The rye comes into play, fleating in and out with nice subtle spice.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Slightly creamy, no ABV at all. Smooth and delicious.

O - Overall this was a rather enjoyable Black ale. great appearance and mouthfeel really is what makes this go from a "not bad" to a "would buy again".

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Doopie pimped this beer all summer, so I had to pick one up when I saw it a Premiere Gourmet in NY.

From a bomber into a snifter
Black Rye IPA

APPEARANCE: Comes out like a porter. A brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Bistre brown in color with higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full, bubbly wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains leacing some lacing the whole way down. Looks very nice.

SMELL: Dark malts, caramel notes, and piles of citrus and piney hops. Lots of grapefruit, lemon and orange, with some notes of pineapple. Very bold and enticing.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Dark malts and caramel up front, then lots of bitter, piney hops at the swallow. Bolder finish of caramel, melon sweetness, citrus, grapefruit, and piney hop bitterness lingers nicely. This is very much a DIPA with a touch of dark malts. Really tasty stuff, but if could be more "black" for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Not quite as creamy as hoped, slightly prickly going down and finishes a touch dry on the palate. A bit of heat lingers as well. Decent enough, but a creamier, smoother feel would help quite a bit.

OVERALL: This was really, really nice. Lots of hop flavor, though the "black" part of the Black Ale, namely the dark malts and light roasted flavors, didn't quite come through. A better feel would have helped showcase what was there a little better as well. Nevertheless, I"m very glad I had a chance to try this enjoyable beer, or Doopie would have held it over my head for months. Cheers!

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Photo of Duff27
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a khaki head a half inch tall. Dark brown/black body. Great head retention and lacing.

Rye spice on the nose, roasty. Diggin it.

Roasted malts a first, big time rye from the middle on. Good hop prescence plays well with the rye aspect.

Thicker mouthfeel for the style I feel. Smooth. Adequate carbonation.

What a great beer. Very very hard to find any faults in Wookey Jack. From the appearance to the mouthfeel, near perfection. Best FW I've had yet.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
8/23/12
22oz, no date.

Pours very dark, almost black. Some floaties. Great head, epic lacing. (4)

Nose is hoppy but not overpowering. Citra character is apparent with its half pungent/funky and half tropical/citrus. Not much roast in the nose. (3.5)

Flavor is excellent. Supremely balanced between the dark malts and bright American hops. I've had a lot of beers in this style, and they're either shredders with the hops or too roasty and malty to be considered American Black Ale. Wookey Jack might be the standard bearer for the style. Spicy rye flavor is a great addition, and lightens the body considerably, I feel. The 8%ABV is hardly noticeable, until you've finished your first glass. Dry, with a resinous medium mouthfeel. (4.5, 4)

I'm very impressed with this beer. Highly drinkable and balanced. The rye malts are a key component. (4.5)

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 8/23/12

Appearance: Dark brown with some nice clarity around the edges, creamy beige head - fades to a little cap, leaves some lacing

Smell: Very intriguing - nicely hoppy with citrus, pine, and some great floral notes - tangerine and ruby red grapefruit flesh, on the sweet side of citrus with some light tropical notes, like pineapple, and some pine - nicely balanced with the malts - roasty and slightly burnt - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate - some rye aroma in the background, works very well with the sweetness

Taste: Nicely balanced, particularly for the style - malts are roasty with some unexpected depth - some caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate - rye bread with some slight rye spiciness - lightly sweet, works with the roasted character - average level of bitterness with some fruity hops - grapefruit, orange, and tangerine flesh - juicier than the usual offerings from Firestone Walker

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, creamy, nicely carbonated, oddly drinkable

Overall: One of the best of the style, at least thus far

This greatly exceeded expectations. As much as I love Firestone Walker, I am not particularly enamored with some of their hoppy beers; I usually find them too herbal/spicy/earthy. Yet somehow, despite the fact that this involves rye, the hop profile is juicy, which nicely balances with the roasty malts. This is one of the best black IPAs I have encountered.

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Photo of pschul4
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ariech for this bottle!
Poured from the 22oz bottle into my Great Lakes snifter

A- Pours a nice dark cola with a 1 finger head that sticks around nicely

S- Definitely some dark malts here (chocolate/coffee) beside the awesome fruity hops that makes this the best smelling BPA I've ever came across

T- Excellent. Unlike other black ales that hit you with hops in the front and malts in the back (mullet style) Wookey Jack blends both in a flavor you have to taste to believe. Tons of fruity and piney hops working together with the dark malts from the nose to make a very balanced Black Ale

M- Like the taste it's incredibly balanced with smoothness that leads into a finishing prickly feeling from the carbonation

O- What is there to say? Phenomenal black ale and a treat at any time

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Photo of barnzy78
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, super excited to try this one! Poured the entire bottle into my 25oz snifter, and the aroma is out of this world already and I didn't even attempt to smell it yet! Pours a deep, deep chestnut color - near black. Foamy beige head fades, leaving some lace. Aromas are huge with dank, sweet, floral hops filling the nose with pine, anise and ripened fruit in there as well. Tastes are complex and spot on for balance with notes of roasted malt, anise, grapefruit zest, pine, spicy rye, nice juicy hop flavors. Body is medium and resiny, finishes bitter and semi-dry. Overall, this was just awesome. One of the best beers I've ever tried. Pick one up if you can get it.

Edit: make sure it's as fresh as possible. I bought a 5mo old bomber at a very discounted price of $2.29 and it wasn't as good.

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

Bottled July 6.

Beer is black with a medium-sized tan head. Moderate retention. Good lacing.

Citrus in the nose (orange, mango). Rye, roasted malt. All of the elements advertised are there.

Roasted mat in the nose, cocoa. Citrus fruit, mainly orange. Spicy rye. Moderately bitter. A good blend of the Black and the IPA, with the rye adding a nice twist.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, a very good black IPA. Quite enjoyable.

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Wookey Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 4,598 ratings.
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