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Undead Party CrasherUndead Party Crasher

Brewed by:
Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly: Vampire Slayer

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Photo of biegaman
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Vampires can only live in darkness; Vampire Slayer, correspondingly, doesn't allow even a sliver of light to pass through it. A creature of the night in its own right, this stout is too dark to cast a reflection. It's also too weak to sustain a head. Essentially it looks like a shadow of a beer.

Beer that can be smelled immediately upon opening - even before being poured, and then from several feet away once it's actually in the glass - is either because something's gone horribly wrong or the brewery's done something wonderfully right. In this case it's definitely the latter.

The aroma has rich, dark notes of espresso and fudge and faint port-like esters. These flavours are repeated on the palate; it tastes like dark chocolate-covered coffee beans. The use of hickory smoked malt lends a subtle hint of barbecue. The aftertaste coats the mouth like tar.

The beer surprisingly maintains its composure even as it reaches room temperature. Alcohol is a non-issue (at least for the palate, verdict is still out on what this 10% bomber will do to my head). It drinks like a bittersweet combination of Kahlua and Fudgee-o cookies; it'll likely pair favorably with dessert or could just as well sub-in as one.

I don't know that Vampire Slayer was actually brewed with holy water or malts smoked over stakes that were used to kill vampires, but whatever Clown Shoes did, it worked. The world may not need more vampires but it can never have too many roasty, chocolatey, high-gravity stouts so far as I'm concerned. This anniversary ale should have been made eternal.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Wow haven't had such a thick stout in some time! Pitch black for real no escapable light and so thick I only got a 1/4 inch of deep mocha head from a moderate pour.
S - Has a good balance of roast to dry cocoa smells. Black strap licorice, some chocolate notes, and maybe some brown sugar. Great smell.
T - An intense mixture of roast and hops right off the bat. No so overly bitter like say fresh Old Rasputin but still pretty piney. The roast has a sort of chalky hit in the finish like a smooth porter and its far from sweet just somewhere in the middle. Really good.
M - Not as thick as I expected drinks with a medium to heavy body. Easy to sip or take big swigs of.

Overall these guys really do make a good imperial that makes me wonder how much better the Bourbon aged version of this would be. On the other hand it's kind of an expensive so its defiantly not an everyday beer. I love imperial stouts and this ones a winner.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small foamy head that quickly fades to a ring. Aromas are burnt wood, citrus hops, brown sugar, dark roast malt, light smoke, and dark fruit. Taste has a very nice brown sugar sweetness up front with a strong bitter, hoppy finish. Burnt wood, roasted coffee, and dark fruit show up strong as well. Medium body, nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 26th April 2013, consumed 6 months -1 day later, 25th October 2013

A - Treacle-black, carrying a (too) thin but resilient head with a mound-covered and pockmarked surface.

S - Classic stout scents billow into the nostrils. Smiling with anticipation.

T - Not as much flavour a I'd hoped for. Generally expecting a 'bigger' beer; whether that be chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, hoppy finish, charcoal, whatever. Also had a pronounced vinous (red wine) finish. Weird. Despite this it's still highly drinkable at 10% (+.25) which I always appreciate.

M - A bit fluffy, by which I mean that as it first rolls into your mouth you expect a wholesome and filling experience but when you get your mouth around it just sort of disappears, a bit like candy floss.

O - Slightly disappointing and definitely not worth $10 (this is Maui though, so everything's pretty pricey). Maybe it wasn't stored appropriately for the 6 months before it met me. Who knows. Good not great, but I'd still be interested to try it fresh, if only for comparisons sake.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've really enjoyed this one, though not perfect, it has a lot going for it. Pitch black color, dark tan head, lots of nice lacing throughout. There's not much in the smell - liquorice, some chocolate, alcohol, currants; just OK, not one thing jumping out. I'll say that the feel is just about perfect for me and an imperial stout: creamy, not too much carbonation, no syrupy stickiness, just heavy enough. There's a bit too much booze in the flavor for me, right up front, and sugar. But more liquorice, anise, some charcoal and smoke, dark chocolate, some sour maltiness.

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Photo of BreakfastStout
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Found this tasty brew on tap at 7 Monks in Traverse City.

Appearance: Very dark brown, nearly black pour. Thin amber head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Smoky woodsy charred smell.

Taste: Alcohol comes through right away but not overpowering. Followed by hops, chocolate, and coffee. Like most beers in this category, it gets tastier as it warms.

Mouhfeel: A bit thin, but not a significant amount.

Overall: I loved this beer. I would have had another but the bar had 46 different beers on tap, plus I promised my wife a color tour. I'll have to look for this baby in the bottle at the local brew store.

I just managed to pick up a 22 oz bottle from the local distributor. It's just as delicious out of the bottle. I also just heard that some Tool Bags out of California think they should litigate to to preserve the vampire name. F them...

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Photo of kaseydad
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clown Shoes is finally hiking out West. Bout time.

Pours a black on black ale with a nice beige head that slowly dissipates to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Smells a bunch like leather, wood and smoke. Pick your order. Chocolate.

We need Smokey the Bear. The taste is very smokey, black coffee, choco and leathery. Big charred wood. Dark maltiness as well. Bitter back end and a roasted finish. Light bitterness on the aftertaste. Stays awhile.

Needs a bigger mouthfeel for something with this much flavor. Thin.

Overall I dug the session, but was a tad let down. I had heard great things about this, but it is good....great? Hmmmm. Make it thicker and maybe we got a re-review coming.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

single finger thick tan head on a jet black body with no light getting through. Nice lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, some roasted malts, smoke and licorice. Flavor follows with a fairly sweet flavor with mostly chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, oak, and brown sugar. Thick full body and lightly carbonated. Very good and complete/complex imperial stout. Its a tough genre to be memorable in but this one is solid.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black body, dark tan head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and whiskey. Thick malt up front with dark milk chocolate and lots of coffee. Medium thick body, average cqrbonaatin, and a fairly sweet finish. Nicely done, very rich aroma and a flavor profile to match.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Small snifter filled from a large bottle.
Full body with light but OK carbonation. High ABV evident.

Flavor & Aroma: Some dark fruit, coffee and dark chocolate. Lasting, rich aftertaste. Alcohol evident but not objectionable.

Main gripe: a bit too sweet.

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Photo of jmaharaj
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do like this beer. I pours nice and dark dark brown with a thin tan head. Caramel and campfire come through on the nose. A little roast astringency intertwined with spicy hops create a little twang in the nostrils. A little hot on the tongue, but the caramel and hints of smoke come through nicely. Not overly long but pleasant and drinkable. Good mouthfeel, a little thick a little oily. I would have expected hoppier from an "American imperial stout", but perhaps the "American" is the smoky twist. Good stout.

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Photo of IronLover
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color. Poured with a thick, rich, cappucino-like, beige foam that left random sticky lacings on the glass. Dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and charred malt aromas up front. Earthy hop and brown sugar aromas at the back end followed by definitive booziness. Rich, smooth, slightly chewy feel. Dark chocolate and dark roasted malt flavors followed by charred malt. Dark fruit flavors into the middle as pine hop bitterness engulfs the malty, dark sugary sweetness. Finishes with lingering pine hop bitterness, charred malt, dark chocolate and boozy notes. A fabulous variety of bold flavors. The hoppiness sneaks up on you at first but does a great job reigning in the intense malt flavors.

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Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and dark enough color where a Vampire will feel at home. Not any of that sparkling vampire crap. Just over one finger of head forms and just settles a little bit at a thick cap. Nice lacing is left down the glass.

Intriguing aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, ash, and licorice. With the somewhat candy like aroma, I think this is going to be on the sweet side.

On the sweet side of the flavor spectrum, but not as sweet as I feared. Not as complex as the aroma led me to believe, I think partly because of the alcohol flavor that is strong and gives this stout a hot finish. I do taste chocolate, licorice, and smoke.

Nice creamy body. Not the fullest body especially with this ABV, but still robust and satisfying.

I enjoyed this Clown Shoes stout more than the others I have had. Wish it was not as hot. Maybe a good one to age and see if it mellows over time.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.69/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Kevin. Extremely dark. Densely sucking up all available light kind of dark. Nothing's shining through this dark bastard. Huge, pluming, creamy, long-lasting tan cap that froths up like a geyser and leaves copious sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. To hell with those big imperial stouts that can't leave behind any residual head - take notes on this one.

The aroma is a concoction of a chocolate malt mountain, light roasted malt rain, a hint of sweet smoke (almost like that liquid barbecue smoke) and a good bit of dark fruit sweetness. There's a shrill, sharp anise sweetness in the tail end, too, that cuts through everything else with ease. Can;t tell if this is going to be roasty or sweet, but it seems like it's leaning towards the sweet side.

Yep, it's pretty sweet. Not quite Dark Lord sweet, but still darn sweet. Heavy plum-y or grape-like fruitiness at first, that attacks that "dark fruit" sense, only not quite as dark as your typical imperial stout would imply. Milk chocolates beam through and heap on some more sweetness, as does a touch of that sweet, almost mesquite smokiness.

Roasty wood and a staunch, ashy and nearly-citric hoppiness in the middle do all they can to balance the sweetness. And while their efforts are valiant, they are indeed futile. Black licorice abound in the finish with more milky sweet maltiness. Needs more balance between the elements, I'm not all the way on board with this one yet.

The mouth feel is a bit too thin for such a heavy stout, and the booze becomes noticeable with a little bit of warmth, hindering the drinkability just a little bit more. Kind of a shocking meld of flavors; not at all bad or anything, just... well, not the best execution in my mind. The sweetness, while not necessary *over*done, just isn't piquing my interest of particular flavors.

I think this'll be a pass from me from now on, not only because of the price, but because I enjoy some of Clown Shoes' other available offerings much more than this one. The sweetness was more on the anise, dark fruit kind of side (though chocolate was still a big factor), but I really was yearning for more brown sugar, vanilla, etc... Not bad, just not exactly my thing.

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint bottle
no date
oversized wine glass

A- Pours a nice burnt chocolate / black, very dark not much opacity in this one. Had a thin head that was a coco color that faded within 2min. Poured with a fair amount of carbonation, that also fades fast. Good looking beer.

S- Roasted Malt, burnt brown sugar, some slight chocolate,possibly some dark fruit but the booze is covering it up for me.

T- Lot more chocolate than the nose, burnt malt, kind of a smoked nut flavor, lots of alcohol, like a BA. boozy and slightly bitter. It has a finish that I cant quite place yet. Gonna have to say heavy smoke, not sure if I care for it, different.

M- Full body, lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Alcohol is defiantly present

O- First I think its a good looking beer that has a really nice nose. Was surprised by how much alcohol was present in the smell and taste, its actually stronger than some BAs ive had.
Clown Shoes always seem to have a peculiar flavor in them to me, and this one is no different, it took me a bit to warm up to this one but after I did it was pretty good. Worth trying but I wont be getting more.
I downgraded my taste and overall, on the more I drank, the harder it was for me to finish.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pretty nice stout here. I have not been blown away by clown shoes prevoiusly. This is better than I expected.

Pours fairly black. Not the blackest stout but nice.

Smells sweet and sticky. Piney hops, toffee, coffee, rich fruits.

Taste follows the nose. Pine and sweet malts are most prevelent. Not too much in the way of roast. A little coffee taste and bitterness at the end.

Big sticky, bitter and sweet. I can see myself revisting this. Especially for the sub$10 price.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Jet black with very little head, maybe a quarter inch but brownish and a bit of spotty lace
S: roasted chocolate upfront, some burnt espresso, dates and a hint of citrus
T: surprisingly good with a sweet bitter chocolate and fruity upfront and not much heat booziness in the back end. very smooth and decent complexity layers
M: Creamy, medium/heavy thickness, medium carb

Overall this is probably my favorite clown shoes brew so far, nice complexity with a very smooth finish. Would buy again for sure

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Photo of stephens101
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right down the middle with two full fingers of resilient, dark tan head. Color is black, and that's that.

An assault of milk chocolate and burnt wood, followed by slightly soured dark fruits and earth to the nose. Fine as can be so far.

Tastes creamy with more prominent milk chocolate, a drop of dark chocolate and burnt wood. A good hop bite moves toward the front after a few sips. Dark fruit, graham cracker and syrup mingle.

Somewhat airy with a deceptively hidden alcohol and goes down lighter than expected.

A brilliant Imperial Stout for the ages right here.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. Bottled November 30th 2012.

A real nice even poured head. Creamy and razor thin bubbles all around, with a light tan and mocha color. Body color is classic walnut black, and hardly anything to see through. A real impressive looking stout.

Nose has real nice variety of classic stout qualities. Ripping toasty grain, wonderful roast notes of dark bitter chocolate, and a nice raspberry like fruit quality to match. All nicely balanced and very enjoyable.

Silky palate on first sip, with the flavors from the nose all coming forward. Silky dark chocolate with a moderate sweetness. Roast character and mild warmth to match come later with surprisingly no smokey qualities that I can discern. Still very light with the silky feel, and the finish is very fruit red berry in taste, hinting at cherries and raspberries.

All the flavors blend really nicely, in a rich stout that has some easy drinking lightness without any boozy character either. This is very well made and put together, very impressive.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this as a tribute to Vampire Slayer since now apparently legal America is ruining everything. Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a stout/porter glass.

Appearance - 4.5 - Usual dark as night appearance of an imperial stout. Light tan one finger head of thick bubbles. Lacing the glass nicely, big lumpy clumps. The bottle is cool: purple label with a picture of a guy spearing a vampire. Awesome, way better than Vampire Pale Ale (the guys that sued Clown Shoes over this).

Smell - 4.25 - Coffee, espresso, little bit of chocolate, roasted malts, burnt marshmallow, dark fruits. Little bit of a campfire type smell.

Taste - 4.25 - Coffee, espresso, burnt flavors, roasted malt, dark fruits, marshmallow. Caramel. Tastes pretty damn awesome.

Mouthfeel - 4.25 - Medium-Heavy body. Can definitely taste some of the alc (understandable @ 10% ABV). A little bit of a nice creaminess, but less like oil than other imperial stouts. Aftertaste is roasty chocolate coffee.

Overall - 4.25 - It's a good beer to enjoy slowly. Doesn't taste like any other imperial stout, which I like about it. I like the bottle. It's a shame that some asshole had to ruin this awesome beer's name by suing over something stupid. Check out the article, some dumbass actually though this could be confused with Vampire Pale Ale - a belgian pale ale. F*** that, this is an awesome beer, and I love it's name just the way it is.

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Photo of kell50
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Total Wine and split with fellow BA, QCBrewer. No freshness date listed.

A- Vampire Slayer pours jet black, with creamy tan bubbles slowly rising to the top of the glass. Beer appears to be quite murky and mysterious.

S- Huge roasted malts, touch of vanilla, smoke, espresso and semi sweet chocolate bitterness.

T- Roasted malts, light smoke, vanilla, chocolate, holy water, and mild alcohol burn. Let this beer warm up to room temperature and the flavors are even more pronounced. I also picked up on a touch of brown sugar and slight woodiness.

M- Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. I was expecting a hefty, big double stout and Clown Shoes nailed it.

O- Vampire Slayer is a "killer" brew. Be prepared for a great conversation because you and others imbibing will be most certainly sipping on this one. The $8 price tag is a steal for this massive, flavorful double stout.

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Photo of Casey3236
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled dated 12/27/12

A: pours black with 1 finger off white head which settles quickly leaving nice lacing.

S: some chocolate, malty, smells like a lot of barrel-aged stouts I've had, although it's not BA.

T: wow, tastes like a barrel aged stout! Lots of malt anf chocolate, but some oak and brown liquor as well. Very nice.

M: a little thin for such a big tasting stout, but it didn't detract from the overall experience for me.

O: So glad I bought 3 of these. This was nice with 7 months on it, hopefully it will continue to improve.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with Cyde. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled 12/2011. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, toffee, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and roasted malt notes with moderate smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, wood, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, light char, smoke, coffee, vanilla, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors; with moderate smoke balance and zero cloying flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice smoked imperial stout. All around nice balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into goblet.

A: Pours pitch black with one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Milk chocolate with slight coffee undertones. Some roasted malts in the background.

T: Creamy chocolates mixed with some slight coffee flavors.

M: Very full bodied. Creamy and very carbonated. Coats the tongue nicely.

O: Nice stout. A bit creamy and milky for my taste, but nicely done...

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – A slightly translucent black color with a decent chocolate head. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell – Malt, smoke, sweet licorice, and vanilla.

Taste – Tastes very much like it smells, but slightly more bitter than sweet.

Mouthfeel – Creamy and lightly carbonated. Finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden. In fact, this could use a touch more booziness.

Drinkability – This goes down easy for 10% abv. Well done.

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Undead Party Crasher from Clown Shoes
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