Very Angry Beast | Clown Shoes

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Clown Shoes
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Neorebel on 08-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of PerfecTool
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was an outstanding beer! Bought in a bottle shop not expecting a whole lot. About three years old. Nose was very boozy but well hidden in the taste. Taste dark choclate, vanilla and nutmeg. Definitely pick this one up if you come across it.

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Photo of angelmonster
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review is of an almost three year old botte. Date of bottling was 7/18/13

Pours a pitch black body, head is 1/5th of an inch and sand colored. Head retention was decent and lacing was above average.

Aromas are of spicy rye, molasses, light anise, fudge, and alcohol. Barley and a chocolate syrup sweetness comes through as beer warms. Hops arent present, alcohol is definitely there but wouldnt say that its bourbon driven.

First taste is mix of peppery alcohol and spices: allspice, anise, even a little cinnamon. Dont know where that is coming from, maybe vampire slayer or the barrel aging. Hints of chocolate appear as beer warms, it tames the 11.5% abv. That being said, whisky is still very apparent after 3 years of aging.

Mouthfeel was lush, carbonation levels are good. Head didnt create the ideal mouthfeel but I got some froth out of it. Alcohol stung the palate slightly and warmed the throat.

Overall this beer was good but I think my expectations were too high. Blaecorn unidragon is one of my favorite stouts and I was hoping this would be a barrel aged version of that but blending it with another beer and throwing it into a barrel morphed it into something completely unto itself.

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Photo of Tele
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (7.8.13)
Consumed: 11.20.15

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a small tan head.

S: 4.5 Roasted malt, maple syrup, and molasses come through most with moderate bourbon and vanilla coming behind. Some chocolate, coffee, and charred oak show up as the beer warms.

T: 4.25 Starts off with a bit of sweetness moving quickly into roasty, darker flavors. There’s molasses, licorice, coffee, and dark chocolate. Like the nose, bourbon and vanilla are present, but a bit mild compared to the other flavors. Finish is smooth and a little boozy in a nice way.

M: 4.25 Body is a little thin for the style. Carbaonation, on the other hand, is on point.

O: 4.25 This is a really strong BA stout from Clown Shoes. While not up to the level of BCBS or Parabola, it’s really tasty, has great roasty character, and is pretty easy drinking for the style.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer was black with a slight mocha head.

Smell - The nose is lightly boozy chocolate.

Taste - At the beginning, I get the booze with light chocolate and some sweet malts. There is a metallic taste here that ruins it for me. Did I cellar this too long? The thickness combines with licorice for the finish.

Mouthfeel - The thickness is pleasantly coating with low carbonation.

Overall - I wanted to like this, but the metallic taste killed it for me.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a thin, light brown head that stays as a persistent film, leaving light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa, vanilla and light bourbon. Flavor is wonderfully integrated dark toasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, oaky vanilla and light bourbon, smooth and mellow, finishing with nice bourbon and toasted malt; only a hint of char. Excellent, quite creamy body with moderate carbonation. Well, I accidentally had this in the basement for longer than I intended, but it is none the worse for the cellaring. I have not tried this fresh, so the the nice creaminess and balance may be partially due to short aging. In any case, this is a wonderfully balanced and mellow barreled stout, hiding the ABV until the very end where it is noticeable only as a pleasant bourbon kick in the finish. Very nicely done and flavorful. Wish I had picked up two of these. I buy Clown Shoes when I'm in California, but wish I would see it more often. Excellent.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not sure why my beer review got deleted but all I had to say is I got it cheap (11.75 with 20 percent discount total 9.50) and pre aged (at least a year on it)

It was a very balanced Imperial stout smooth for the ABV and I would get it again if brewed.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 7/18/13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head. Lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet chocolate and bourbon.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Upfront there is a strong mix of dark chocolate, coffee, and bourbon. The finish has more bourbon notes and a lingering booziness.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth a sticky finish.

O - This is a very nice bourbon barrel stout. The flavors are very full and rich. Even with 18 months on it the finish was still on the hot side.

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Photo of MistahBeah
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Pours completely black with a quarter inch of tan head. Decent retention. Spots of sudsy lacing on the glass. No visible carbonation

Aromas of semisweet dark chocolate, bourbon, oak and vanilla. A hint of smoke. Heavy roasty notes. Toffee and sweetened coffee. More wood notes. Great balance of sweet and earthy.

Flavors burst with dark chocolate, toffee, vanilla. Boozy bourbon with plenty of oak character. Dark roasted coffee, toasted coconut. Finish is dryer with earthy and oak notes shining.

Feels incredibly smooth. Full bodied. A touch of heat from the alcohol which is otherwise covered very well. My favorite aspect of this beer.

Overall another fantastic stout in an awesome lineup of stouts from Clown Shoes. I am beyond impressed. This is better than BCBS in my opinion. I wish I had more...even just another sip. Well done Clown Shoes. Lifetime fan here!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/18/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and roast/oaky earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, brown sugar, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, fudge, toast, vanilla, coconut, toffee, bourbon, oak, and roast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged imperial stout. All around fantastic complexity and balance of big dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Pahn
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Huge thanks to BA ClownShoesDreams for sending me this bottle.

Appearance: Careful pour yields a tight, frothy tan head with great retention. Pours black and leaves sweeping lacing.

Smell: Piercing cocoa and coffee aroma--very very nice. Sweet but complex, like the flavor of a good coffee liqueur. Some boozy alcohol aroma cutting through cake just out of the oven and various coffee and almond aromas. Definitely some oak and bourbon. Changes with time, but like the best big stouts, every time you bring the glass to your nose you get something you want.

Taste: Follows the nose, with a great mouthfeel to back it up. Sweet and creamy up front with vanilla oak, hot estery alcohol and cake, drying out with some roasted malt and a long oaky and malty aftertaste. Hard to put the glass down.

This is a fantastic beer. I've hated Blaecorn Unidragon in all its forms (e.g. Porcine)--tastes like ashtray to me... but apparently when you add some Angry Beast and bourbon barrel age it it becomes sublime. The smoke really works here... usually the "ashtray" impression I get is just too much smoke/roasted malt, but here the softer, cake-like and American oak flavors provide the perfect balance (and the smoke/heavy roasted malt keeps the sweet, dessert notes from going too far as well).

Just excellent, I'm literally saying shit outloud like "Mmmm!" and "Damn!" after every sip, and I haven't drank enough to be drunk yet. This beer is absurdly good. Reminds me of a souped up version of the better bottles of Firestone Walker Parabola I've had.

Mouthfeel: Better than the usual Clown Shoes BA beer: thick and creamy, with perfect (read: high) dryness cutting through the thickness. Moderate carbonation. I'm shocked that for once the feel is even better than the flavor (and the flavor is world class).

Overall: When you buy a bourbon barrel aged stout (and you know what you're doing), you're hoping to get something like this. Big complexity, every note working together, lots of oak, lots of the great nuances that make 2oz of good bourbon worth sipping on for an hour, intoxicating aroma--just great. For some reason it reminds me of being in the Bahamas and having really good rum cake; the alcohol heat is there, but it's not just punching you in the face, it's taking the sweet pastry flavors and elevating them, exposing everything they have to offer and delivering it to you.

World class beer. Compares favorably with the big shots, ie Parabola, BCBS, the better Eclipse variants, etc.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2013 into a snifter at fridge temp, allowed to warm.

Look: dark brown—light seeps through around the edges, but fades to near black in the center. Essentially no head, fairly light carbonation.

Smell: indistinct bourbon, milk chocolate, brown sugar, a hint of toasted coconut.

Taste: raisins, brown sugar/molasses, some savory smoked meat. A bit on the sweet side, but not overly so, and balanced by the savory (and some mild bitter) flavors. Very very little in the way of alcohol heat or (specific) flavor.

Feel: slick, medium bodied, fairly dry. Not very heavily carbonated, but pretty much ideal for the style.

Overall: a nice offering from Clown Shoes. Fits in the middle ground between something (widely available and passable) like Dragon's Milk and (limited and awesome) like Parabola. Totally respectable.

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Photo of tmm313
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Mostly black. Mahogany around the edges. Poured very little head with aggressive pour, but that's what its supposed to do. Good lacing, trailing, and legs.

S- Sweet. Raisins, prunes, dark chocolate, bourbon, cherry, orange, earthy hop, and oats.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits, earthy hops, coffee, bourbon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, oak and oats. Spicy finish. Pine and Espresso aftertaste. Got better as it warmed.

M- Medium thick body. Viscous, smooth, and drying.

O- I enjoyed this beer. The more it warmed, the better it got. Flavors everywhere, the way a good Imperial is supposed to be. Paired the second half of my bomber with some smoked brisket. Heaven.

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Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I feel like I should like this more; maybe I'm getting sick. Don't get me wrong I like it quite a but, I just feel weird about my rating. Anyway. Smells like dark fruit, roasty, alcohol, wood, little smoke, maybe anise. Definitely has some dark fruit flavors going on, just can't figure out exactly which ones. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I do get that sort of fumes through the nose feel on swallowing, and it kind of numbs my tongue temporarily. Dark chocolate, vanilla, definitely wood mostly towards the end.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours a pitch black color with a 1/4 inch of brown head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is booze, dark chocolate, brownie batter, and hints of roasted malts. The taste is bourbon upfront followed nicely by chocolate syrup and fugdey brownies. Earthy notes. Finishes nicely with more bourbon and more sweet chocolate syrup and brownies. Tastes rich, but not cloyingly sweet. Pretty big alcohol presence as expected. Heavy mouthfeel. Clown Shoes is great at making big beers and this is no exception. Overall, a bit pricey but worth grabbing.

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Photo of cbutova
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured to four pint glasses from the 22oz bottle with an oily thick, pitch black body. Dark tan head forms atop the brew with a frothy, foamy consistency. Decent head retention leads to a thick, foamy ring. Lacing at the top has some nice webs and spotty below that.

S- Fudgey cocoa really jumps out to me here atop a beastly roast malt base and some good barrel feel. Authentic oaky, bourbon whiskey feel with some vanilla hints. Caramel sweets, burnt grains, smoke and slight alcohol.

T- Similar to the nose but the barrel feel really seems to jump out as well as some Scotchy, smoky seaweed whiskey feel. Bourbon barrels are probably second to only the roast base but it is close as they lay down a large portion of vanilla, oak and whiskey notes. Roast grains provide a base of dark fudge chocolate truffles, burnt grains, caramel sweetness and the sugar to make a slight alcohol flavor appear. Dark fruits appear from the yeast.

MF- Thick body with a creamy, somewhat oily overall texture. Carbonation is moderate and maybe even closer to lower end but this allows those decadent stout and whiskey flavors to sit on the palate. Alcohol warming lingers for quite a while but not hot.

Definitely a fan of the nice Bourbon feel combined with some Peat Scotch malt feel and smoke. It brings some huge flavors but not over the top at all for me. Fudgey, cocoa truffle sweetness works very well with the other things present.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 7/18/13

A - Pitch black

S - Bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate

T - Sweet bourbon and oak. Pretty damn smooth for 11.5%. Maybe a slight, tiny, microscopic alcohol burn, but by no means overpowering. A warming sensation in your chest.

M - Not as thick as I would like and some decent carbonation.

O - I feared this was going to be a boozy mess, but it is really good. Great bourbon and oak smell/taste and it goes down smooth. Really solid stuff. Would buy again if I could.

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Photo of hardy008
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a 1/2 finger creamy tan head, which quickly fades to a small disc of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. Nice aroma with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, and dark roasted malt.

Tastes sweet with chocolate, cocoa, bourbon, dark roasted malt, smoke, and vanilla. The dark roasted malt provides some bitterness for balance. The alcohol is well disguised for 11.50 % abv. This is a nice sipper.

Full bodied with modest carbonation. Has a chocolate syrup aftertaste with a hint of Bourbon. Nothing wrong with this beer at all. Very nicely made.

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Photo of Damian
3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Bottled on 07/18/13
Served in a snifter

Thick and oily, near pitch black appearance. The liquid was topped by a tight, creamy, bubbly, one-finger crown of tan colored foam. Spotty, drippy lacing coated the glass and lasted long after the beer was finished. The head eventually faded to a lasting cap of froth.

The aroma was rich and robust. Quite sweet with chocolate fudge notes coming through strong. Lots of bourbon and brown sugar. Oaky. Intense dark fruit notes appeared as well. Raisins and plums were most noticeable.

The flavor profile was tasty but rather harsh. Roasted malts came through strong on the front end. Hefty dose of char. Good amount of brown sugar-like sweetness. Fruity with notes of raisins and prunes. Hints of espresso and smoke appeared in the center. The finish was really hot and bitter. Between the boozy, whiskey-like notes and the copious amounts of piney hops, finishing my glass was a bit of a chore.

The mouthfeel was much thinner than I anticipated for a beer of this magnitude, but nevertheless creamy and smooth. Frothy and supple on the palate.

I love supporting local breweries, but I am consistently disappointed by Clown Shoes's "big beer" releases. Most are overly boozy, astringently roasty and far too thin in body. Why they continue to get such solid reviews is baffling.

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Photo of appetiteforparis
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured directly from the bottle into a "Dora the Explorer" sippy cup. This beer is readily available right now, but I would advise everyone to not take this for granted. It pours jet black...smells strongly of oaky-bourbon and chocolate. It tastes much the same. It is a phenomenal brew! It is in its own right, up there with Parabola and BCBS. Just go out and get you some!!

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Photo of Buannaich
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bomber.
Pours axle grease dark.
Bourbon, chocolate whatever this is like a thermonuclear explosion of taste.
Silky smooth for an imperial.
Mouth-feel is rich I dare you not to smile.
I’ve seen reviews asking for more bourbon, and that would be interesting. As it stands I think the complex flavors work just fine. Beer of this nature can be hit or miss with Clown Shoes hitting a grand slam on this beast.

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

22oz bomber, split with my brother into Deschutes tulips. Man I have good trading partners...

A: A very dark brown pour yields an opaque black body with a small tan head and some lacing left on the glass.

S: Chocolate and bourbon upfront, sweeter caramel and vanilla, brown sugar, dark barley, and some ghostly coconut.

T: More of the same, pretty mellow with a slight bit of burn on the finish. Bourbon and spirit are prominent, as expected, with plenty of chocolate notes and vanilla extract, caramel and brown sugar.

MF: Full bodied, with a sticky, viscous mouthfeel.

O: Good, really good. But I think I was expecting more. A really tasty, balanced, not-too-hot BA stout, and a really good beer. I'm just not sure its a great one. Well worth seeking out, I've LOVED all of Clown Shoe's stouts and this one is really no exception.

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Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a motor oil black with thin tan head.

The aroma explodes of sweet chocolate, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon.

The flavor follows with dark chocolate, a figgy fruit note, lots of roasty malt, coffee, and a fudgey brownie note along with vanilla, oaky bourbon notes.

There's a creamy silky body along with this beer.

A truly amazing beer.

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Photo of aquazr1
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Imbibe. Pours a jet black with a really short head and minimal lacing. The nose is that of chocolates and oak. I get some coffee notes in the taste on top of the chocolate notes. A really well done IS. I would order this all the time if it was available.

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Photo of Thads324
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours a jet black brew with thin dark tan head. The head doesn't hold long but there is decent lacing.
Aroma is intense. You can smell it across the room. It's mostly all wood, vanilla, oak and straight bourbon aromas.
Flavor starts heavy. Big bold sweetness, oaky bark. Slightly tannic, hints of roasted and caramel flavor behind a finish of bourbon. Really tasty finish like a fine whiskey on the rocks. Lingering flavor on the edges of the tongue of mildly tart smokey wood. Bits of tobacco and very little chocolate. Deep, bold, delicious brew. The only hop bitterness seems to dance between the middle and end. Earthy and subdued.
Mouthfeel is heavy and there's a bit of dryness that breaks up a bit of sweetness. Finish is sharp, dry, and not oily like many.

While the aroma is heavy on the barrel, the beer and barrel meld well in the flavor. A very very nice beer. As it warms the alcohol becomes more apparent and the barrel tartness stronger. Damn fine!

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Photo of Samuel906
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My second beer from Clown Shoes and both have been killer! This is a heavy duty brew and there is a lot going on. Smell I got chocolate, peanut butter, fudge, salt, tobacco, and hay. Taste is similar, with tons of coffee but is not overly sweet. I really love the faint tobacco notes, like the molasses and rasins of Red Man. Really good beer!

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