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Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes

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Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

Added by Gushue3 on 12-31-2011

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A – Black as black can be with a nice two-finger light brown head of sea foam consistency. Lacing coats every inch of the glass.

S – Moderately strong aroma of chocolate, burnt coffee, and a bit of wood. Smells inviting.

T – Chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Also strong overtones of graham cracker, smoke, and marsh mellow. Very rich. Kind of like drinking a campfire S’more. Sweet, but nicely balanced with some bitter esters from the charred grains. Hint of anise, but JUST a hint. Sweet milk chocolate aftertaste lingers. 10% abv CRAZY hidden. Delicious. Dangerous.

M – It is here where this beer truly is a marvel, as it is full bodied, but has a very creamy, smooth feel which keeps it from being overbearing or syrupy. All this is managed with very low carbonation (although maybe a little more than other 10% abv Imperial Stouts) Too bad this category doesn’t go to “six”.

O – If you like Imperial Stouts on the sweet side with a lot of chocolate character, pick this up immediately! I can’t get over how much this actually tastes like a S’more. Obviously couldn’t drink more than one, but that’s like saying you couldn’t eat more than one chocolate cake; it’s that rich. Overall, an exceptional effort. This will now be my dessert beer of choice. Kudos to Clown Shoes.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I loved Blaecorn Unidragon and I had heard good things about this beer too.

A - Settles into a deep black with a brown colored head with moderate lacing.

S - Layered and rich aroma with soft smoked malt, roast, dark chocolate and sweet coffee tones. Some sweet malt, caramel, and alcohol is also present. The smoked character is there but only on top of a huge imperial stout base.

T - The roastiness from the smell is first but closely accompanied by the soft smoke, richer cocoa, malt, and pleasant coffee tones. This beer doesn't have the hops or the base of Blaecorn but has a delicious imperial stout that is slightly sweeter. Not nearly as smoke (hickory/bacon) flavored as many of the smoked beers I've had before. I definitely like that they go for a more complimentary smoke flavor instead of a full on bacon tasting beer.

M - Big mouth-feel. low to moderate carbonation. Overall balanced but slightly sticky.

Overall, this is a very delicious imperial stout. It reminds me of Ten Fidy if you backed off the roastiness and increased the smokiness. I really liked this but I probably wouldn't pay $15 a bomber for this again. I would recommend this if you haven't had a smoked beer and would like to try a more balanced example before jumping into a full Rauchbier.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bible black heavy libation cascaded into the glass.
Slight let-down short lived head-- laced the glass, collapsed leaving a ring at the perimeter and that's about it.
Nose is of toasted malt, a hale of hops, with what I might call sweetness.

But the flavor-- ah the flavor! But it's not just the flavor it's how this beer behaves on the palate.. Perhaps one of the finest RIS's I've sampled. Everything in perfect proportion-- hops, malt, alcohol, density, effervescence, finish.

Mouthfeel- is an alive blanket of licorice, raisins, hops, malt, toasted malt and a finish that glides and soars. Ok I'm under the influence of the 10% ABV!

Overall-- I rarely or never award a 5.0!

If you're ready for an RIS, this is one to try-- walk a mile for it!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, Bottled on 10/18/12 printed on shoulder.

A - Despite the higher level of alcohol within this beer, a tall mocha head rises up and remains coating the sinister-looking black beer for quite some time. Dots of lace remain clutching the glass while legs of alcohol dribble around them.

S - Lush and dark, the aroma of Vampire Slayer starts with smooth milk chocolate and gooey melted caramel before opening up to light smoke notes which waft out ever so slowly. Sticky molasses and dark chocolate-covered espresso bean follow through creating a deep and intense aroma within Vampire Slayer.

T - Thick and rich like the aroma foreshadowed, this beer's ash-y smoke notes which underscore the bold roasted malt flavor elevate the smoothness of the milk chocolate presence and lingering flavor of a good old cup 'o joe.

M - Vampire Slayer's silky and seductive entry leads to a deep, dense feel that's thick and viscous in presence while not too sweet, nor bitter on the finish. It's balanced wonderfully, lingering with a trail of faint smokiness.

O - Congratulations on the excellent Second Anniversary, Clown Shoes. This beer is a dark and voluptuous treat with deep malt character and chocolatey nuances for a thoughtful, involved drinking experience that will pair well with most any dessert.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours black with no highlighting. Awesome dense head and lacing is excellent. Damn near perfect looking brew.

Nose is dark, un-sweetened chocolate with a pretty hefty load of citrusy hops. Not generic smelling per say, but certainly not unique.

Ooooh...wow. For a 10%'er, this is freaking fantastic! Very smooth and chocolaty with very little bite or astringency. Very nice Clown Shoes. I liked the Unidragon well enough to buy a couple for the cellar, and was skeptical of this one at first trying to separate itself...but hot damn! This one is tasty and smooth, the ABV is absolutely nowhere to be seen (though I am sure I will feel it soon). Hops still play a factor on the flavor and finish, which adds a nice dimension to it. Yeast is clean and the sweetness is just about perfect. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just enough carbonation. It reminds of a fresh (and good batch) of Buried Hatchet with a little bump in alcohol. Just so smooth and tasty. I have not been this surprised by a beer in quite some time. Dont think this would age well though, it is not overly complex. I'll be buying a few more of these for sure, although I would buy alot more if these bastards would put it in six or four-packs at a decent price.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes. Appearance: Dark brown to black under a 2” pillowy tan head, lacy. Smell: Malt and smoke on the nose. Taste: Very creamy, chocolate, some roast, spice, some alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel: Chewy, fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark reddish brown to black with a fb of tan foam which resolves to a fine lacing with scant carbonation. Smells of cocoa, coffee, leather, a bit smoky, roasted malts. Tastes sweet malts forward, mid not of unsweetened cocoa, expresso, smoky/leathery and nice piney twang as the final note with a bit of alcohol tingle and fairly clean finish with just a bit of sweet malty tackiness that lingers pleasantly (like a sweet port or sherry). Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to keep it from becoming syrupy and just the right amount of alcohol to add a tingle and warmth.
Overall, easily one of the best American Imperial Stouts, complex flavor profile without all the complicated barrel aging, additional (nontraditional ingredients – cocoa nibs, expresso beans, panther blood).
Another great beer from Clown Shoes – between this beer and chocolate sombrero – easily two of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this beer's head is one finger thick and tan, with solid sheen lacing, and an extremely dark brown body.

Smells like blackberries and raspberries blended with a very well-done blend of roasted malts, semisweet and milk chocolates, and some of that smoked hickory mentioned on the labeling.

I taste pretty much the same as the aroma, with the accompaniment of caramel and toffee notes as you exhale post-swig. Not much "booziness" going on with this higher ABV, which is always a plus in my book. Now the fruit flavors I speak are nothing too sweet or sugary; JUST the tastes are what declare their place in this complex brew's profile.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is medium-heavy with mild carbonation. Smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll rate Undead Party Crasher | Clown Shoes with a 4.5. A very well-executed imperial stout with a unique blend of sensory treats.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle was purchased sometime last year

A: poured into a snifter to a deep black with a one finger tan head that is slow to fade and leaves good lacing
S: smells of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a little smoke
T: taste is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and just a hint of smoke. swallow is roasted malt, chocolate and more smoke with a little coffee
M: this beer is on the heavy side with a smooth and silky mouthfeel. carbonation is there but is very subdued while the finish is just slightly on the drying side
O: This is a fantastic beer with great flavors and a killer mouthfeel. This one nails it in the American Imperial Stout category.

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Photo of tzieser
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bomber into a st. feuillien goblet.

a: pitch black in color (completely opaque) with a fluffy coca power colored head that quickly subsides into a thin lacing around the glass.

s: lots of roasted malt and smoke. notes of burnt biscuit and hickory. interesting.

t: lots of sweet chocolate syrup-like malt flavor quickly followed by wave after way of smokey roasted malt goodness. nice and complex. this tends to lean towards the sweet and smokey side. low bitterness and the alcohol is very well hidden. i love it.

s: great mouthfeel.

i did not expect to enjoy this beer as much as i did. one of the most unique and memorable stouts i've had in a while. recommended.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really creamy and terrific mouthfeel. Flavor is great. You can taste the oak chips but its so subtle that it works great and balances the sweetness. As a year-round offering, this puts Clown Shoes on the map for a lot of folks.

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Photo of Men_of_the_Beer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber, liked the label picture.

Looks pretty consistent with other Stouts, nice dark caramel color head, that hangs around at the edges. I will admit, that type of head on a stout gets me jowls ringing.

Great nose on this one. Coffee, booze, and vanilla in a well balanced way. If you are a fan of Imperial Stouts, then this nose should tingle your spider senses.

Typically I am not a fan at all of carbonation in Stouts, but the carbo in Undead is money. You get lots of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, toffee, smoke, and the booze. The carbonation acts like a sandblaster, almost abrasively grinding the flavors down into your taste buds. And I love it. I let it warm up, flavors even out, almost a creamy mouthfeel.

This was a pleasant surprise. I am now a fan.

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Photo of do_ob
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a snifter (dated 10/16/14). Pours pitch black with about 1 finger of mocha colored foam. Very strong aroma - I could smell it across the room. Chocolate, coffee, roasty malt, hickory, molasses, maple syrup..the list could go on, but you get it. Infinitely dense on my palate, at least first thing in the morning. Very creamy and easy to drink. This beer just wants to slide past your lips straight into your stomach. Bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, malt, and coffee on the taste. Slightly watery finish, and leaves a sticky, bitter goodness to occupy your taste buds until the next sip.

This beer kicks ass. Undead ass, but ass none the less. Looks good in the glass, smells amazing, tastes great, and I'm going to be sad when it's gone.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/2012. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Black with half a finger of medium brown head that reduced to a ring around the glass.

S - Big roasted malt aroma up front. Smoke, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee round out a really inviting nose.

T - Big roasted malt profile up front that is complimented by big sweet molasses, chocolate, brown sugar and a touch of coffee. Smoke is present but doesn't dominate ... the perfect proportion. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Bomber bottle picked up last week and enjoyed extremely fresh. Poured from the bottle into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip and enjoyed at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pitch black in color with a one finger, creamy light brown head. Recedes into a nice thin lacing on top.

Aroma: Lots of smokey ash notes, hints of milk chocolate, and coffee beans upfront. The smoke notes are definitely big, but the underlying sweetness balance it out well.

Taste: The smoke notes again dominate. Milk chocolate and roasted coffee notes balance out everything nicely. Nice slightly roasted finish. Balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with lower than average carbonation, but not flat at all.

Overall, a nicely balanced stout with a great smoke character and great balance. The idea behind the holy water might be a bit gimmicky, but the beer delivers. The ABV is really hidden well. I will definitely seek this out again. Probably best fresh based on how smooth it is.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Bottled: 2/2012

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice little fizzy/creamy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is very nice, malty, with some very nice chocolate/toffee notes, nice vanilla scent, roasty, nutty. The taste is exceptional, malty, very nice vanilla note, chocolaty, toffy, with some coffee notes. Medium body, kinda chewy, ABV hidden very well. Love these Clown Shoes brews, thanks Ben.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.
A: pours a dark reddish brown, mocha color +1 finger foam head, some stringy lacing
S: roasted malt, chocolate, smoked notes, hickory, toffee
M: medium thick body, carbonation
T: absolute delight! Roasted malt, chocolate, some tobacco, smooth malt, slight booziness, pepper
O: fantastic brew and one of the best I've had from clown shoes, great aroma, the roasted malt has a slight bite to it or sharpness.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - black with a tan head that left a nice bit of lacing.

S - roasted coffee beans and chocolate.

T - rich and roasty all the way through with tastes of licorice, chocolate and bitter espresso coffee.

F - medium/full bodied, smooth and creamy.

O - very nice!

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Photo of Chaney
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

2nd Anniversary Ale!

A: Black as night and with a 1/8 finger head. It looked totally dangerous!

S: Fresh coffee grounds for sure, along with bittersweet chocolate. It has a bit of an ash-like quality that I personally thought was awesome.

T: A bit sweet and dark fruit, tempered by bittersweet cocoa. The balance was astounding here: Malt, bitter elements, and a tinge of hops totally made this one great for me!

M: A tinge of bitterness at the end, but overall the chocolate compound was fresh, intense, and quite good! The lacing was mild overall.

O: I actually dug this one more that their RIS and I think it will be much more acceptable to people.

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Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Second Anniversary Ale

A - Black with a light brown head. Not as viscous as I expected. Bubbly head that builds and hangs around at first with some good lace but also builds and fades quickly with no head retention as the beer breathes and warms toward room temperature.

S - Tons of roasted malt and some coffee. Earthy, smoky, sweet.

T - Fantastic stout flavors. Dark, roasted, sweet, malt. Fresg-roasted coffee, dark fruits, caramelized sugar, currants, sweetened condensed milk.. A bit of alcohol in the finish but it's very complementary to all the flavors hitting your palate.

M - No carbonation. Smooth, roasted, malty, delicious beer. Huge fan of this Imperial American Stout. At room temperature it really shines. There's a white/tan sediment layer at the bottom of the glass of which I've never seen in a stout but it's no bother.

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Photo of ksimons
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black with no visible highlights and a medium tan head that sticks around and coats the glass

S-rich roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a nice oaky finish

T-the taste is also very good, rich roasted malts, a light bitter coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some smoked malts, and again an oaky woodsy flavor. Very nice

M-medium to full body, dry finish, light carbonation, smooth and creamy

Overall I really like this beer. A little more roasted and smokey than other imperial stouts. I will have this again.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer overall. Tastes like dark fruit (plums and cherries) with chocolate and light espresso. Decent amount of smoked char, but has plenty of sweetness behind it. Contrasting hop brightness; spruce, pomegranate.
Not cloying or an excessively heavy body. I could actually drink this in the summer. Color approaches black, but more of a burnt walnut and dark mocha head with plus lacing.

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Photo of Los13
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dark and smooth. Love the hickory taste that comes in. One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Strong like bull. Already drank 1 and I'm buzzing lol. Review over! Haha go buy one!

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Photo of jondeelee
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a thick, dark black, Vampire Slayer opens with a nose that perfectly fits the style and the brew's color, being heavy with coffee grounds, tobacco, and ash, balanced beautifully with heavy cream, and light finishing touches of caramel, vanilla, and anise. The heavy cream aromas are more present here than in many Imperial Stouts, and when combined with the coffees and alcoholic vapors, make this beer reminiscent of a Bailey's/Kahlua combo shot. There are a few hops in the nose, adding some pine textures, and it says much of the quantity of hops added that they're even detectable over the malt onslaught. As a whole, the nose is beautiful and enticing, suffering only slightly from an excess of cream and sweetness.

On the tongue, the beer opens dark, black, and ashy, rushing over the tastebuds in waves of black coffee, tobacco, and ash, enhanced with a black pepper and anise spice that emphasizes the burnt and bitter qualities. The sugars are somewhat less present here than in the nose, but there are still good rivers of cream and toffee running through the black meadows, giving the beer in some ways the same flavor profile as a shot of extra-strong espresso with whipping-grade heavy cream. Some flavors are lost in subsequent sips, the tastebuds perhaps simply overwhelmed and unable to keep up with the onslaught. Still, in subsequent sips the hops do make a larger appearance, bringing pine sap and bitterness. The ashy notes get stronger as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off, and the aftertaste is heavily ash-based, lingering for a very long time. Mouthfeel is medium (though based on the flavors it feels like it should have more viscosity, which is somewhat surprising), and carbonation is medium-light to medium.

Overall, this is excellent Imperial Stout fare, though anyone not already a fan of big, black, ash-laden stouts will likely gag at the flavors. The beer really is like a cup of strong black coffee and a cigarette, as well as a small caramel candy held under the tongue. Personally, the combination is a huge success, and while I admit that the beer does perhaps suffer from what is perhaps an overabundance of ash (especially in the aftertaste, which becomes overwhelming at times), it still earns Clown Shoes a place of respect in my books.

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Photo of StroppyMare
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle at Total Wine, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Nice, dark rich color. Slight tan head which left behind a nice bit of lacing.

S: Dark fruit dominated for me. Some malt and a bit of caramel. Not powerful, but promising.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet and sticky like prunes, raisins, currants. Malt, just the slightest coffee, a nice warming finish.

M: Probably this beer's lowest quality, though that doesn't mean bad. The carbonation started prickly but mellowed with warming. Not as oily as Stone's IRS, which might be my standard for these Imperial Stouts.

O: Very nice take on the style. A warm, happy sip.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
92 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.
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