W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutW-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout
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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial StoutW-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Terrapin Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout and Wake-n-Bake Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

Added by rajendra82 on 02-15-2005

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Photo of Brewfan
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bonhoeffer for the bottle.
Monster 2006 Beer Tour on bottle.
Poured a dark, dark, dark chocolate brown Almost black, with chocolate highlights. Smallish tawny head gives way to a ring of tan lacing.
Aroma of strong dutch chocolate beans and espresso. More chocolate than coffee in the aroma, but mocha does come through nicely. Picking up some almond, praline butter and oatmeal. Very sweet smelling.
Quite chocolatey. Like deep, dark rich chocolate you eat off of the beaters when mom is making brownies. Like the aroma, the coffee takes a backseat to the chocolate, but more coffee makes it's bitter way to the front as the beer goes on.
A mouthfeel so heavy, I feel like I could almost chew this beer. Perfect for this style.
Finishes heavy and thick and tasty. Very nice stout indeed.

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Photo of bubrewer
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, with a very thin head; about what I would expect from a big-ish beer like this.

Label may have change recently - the example I have has no "best before" date printed in the box provided for such information on the label, but the "wake and bake" line is nowhere to be seen.

Coffee is delightfully understated and the alcohol level is just at the warming threshhold. This could be a sneaky beer if one is not careful. The high gravity level of this beer makes the oatmeal character a bit difficult to pick out, but it definitely falls between the acrid sharpness of a dry stout and the sweet smoothness of a milk stout.

A very pleasant glass; I'd be pleased to have another.

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Photo of Chadbrew
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is not what I expected. The appearance is a very, very dark beer with very little in the way of head, even though the carbonation seems to stick around. The smell is nice sweet brown sugar and roastiness. Maybe it's just the label but I swear I can smell fresh baked cinnamon buns. There is a rich coffee and mocha flavor that I get first followed by a fair amount of bitterness that lingers until the next swallow.
I like the mouthfeel alot, it is full and satisfying, it isn't slick or oily like I've seen in this style.
Overall I really like the beer, the alcohol % is perfect for me, and at 12 oz it won't be a chore trying to kill it so as not to waste.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gotta love the name of this brew. Arrives in a brown 12oz bottle. Monster 2006 Beer Tour. 8.1% abv per the label. Pours into my tulip glass a dense deep black with a half inch of dark tan foam. Completely opaque, very inticing! Aromas of dark chocolate covered oats entangled with a wonderful fresh roasted coffee. A touch creamy and quite roasty. Like opening a pack of chocolate covered espresso beans!

First sip brings a smooth, slighty creamy dark roasted maltiness. A blend of chocolate and coffee follows. There's a great balance between the roasted coffee flavors and the smooth burnt oats and barley. I get a touch of dark fruit on the finish with a touch of coffee that lingers on. This is a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and so lusciously smooth. Mellow carbonation works really well and this goes down almost too quickly! I would love to sit down to a few of these as I love a good coffee stout. Ranks up there with my favorites in the style. Cheers to Terrapin..there's nothing like a good wake-n-bake! Thanks to warriorsoul for passing this off to me.

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Photo of bultrey
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow -- I did not expect to like this beer... the name implies it will be a sickly sweet mess of a beer. But lo and behold, this was quite delicious. Thick viscous black pour, with cocoa powder-colored head that recedes to a thin rim around the surface of the beer. Very doughy, bready smell, with hints of coffee. This beer delivers in the taste just what it says it will: coffee and oatmeal. The nutty oatmeal notes are there, perhaps more than any other oatmeal stout I've ever had. The coffee, while not overpowering, is assertive, and provides a good deal of bitterness to combine with the roasted malt and keep this from being too sweet. It also comes through in a fresh roasted espresso dusty finish. The mouthfeel is as smooth as silk, and the drinkability is just amazing for such a dense beer. I could start the day with one of these on a regular basis.
Cheers to Jetsbeer for the sample!

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Photo of LittleWolf
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark coal black, little or no head at all.
A very inviting smell of roasted malt and coffee.
Wow, what a smooth flavor. Starts with a nice dark malt flavor and moves into a very tasty coffee. Finishes off with an even smoother chocolate flavor with a hint of hop balance. A nice mouthfeel as well, not creamy, but a solid hold in your mouth.

Not as good as what I've had on tap of course, but this is a very good beer. The coffe and stout balance eachother well. I'm really amazed at how smooth the finish is for an Imperial stout. Definately recommended.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.51/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ChainGangGuy.

Poured black like the abyss. Creamy brown-tinged head and it is bloody stubborn. Never quite went away. Sheet-like lacing all along the inside of the glass. Nose was all muted tones of coffee and roasted malts.

Very creamy flavors. Not as much coffee as I thought. Actually made me think of coffee milk. Some slight bitterness from the hops and roasted barley. Nice oat flavors provide a sweet backdrop to it all. Full mouthfeel and very creamy smooth. Rather silky. Nice 2XStout but not living up to its billing.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label indicates that this is the "Wake n bake" with the 2006 beer tour coffee. 8.1% ABV. Nice label.

Appearance is 99% light vacuum only allowing a dim violet glow thru the bottom. This is buh-lack! Top is a spotty layer of star patterned dark tan thin coating.

Aroma of toasted malt and coffee beans.

First swigs: Thick toasted malt and black coffee. Sweetness of a vanilla ice cream and cocoa. Rich and creamy with a predominance of toasted malt meets coffee.

Full bodied and thick with a tongue coating. Light carbonation. Could stand to be a little more carbonated.

Last swigs: Kudos to being one of the most coffee stouts I've had. Good, but a bit of a one trick pony. I did not get more than a narrow coffee and vanilla flavor. 39/3.99

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thin, frothy, rich brown colored head that quickly fades to a ring and a light dusting of froth. The beer is a simple, pitch black color. The aroma is rich and malty, with notes of dark chocolate and sweet coffee liquor up front, followed by roasted coffee bean notes, ample toasted grain notes, hints of port. The aroma is a sort of mix between espresso and a rich chocolate milk shake, it is quite appealing, though perhaps not as complex as I could wish for, but this is a weak complaint as the aroma is quite nice. There is something here that reminds me a bit of flour, or perhaps it is the oats, though I would not expect this raw grain aspect, it is actually quite nice and adds to the breakfast theme.

Ah yes, this beer has a thick and creamy mouthfeel to it. It is quite hearty, and filling, the perfect carb-filled meal to start the day. Sweet with dark chocolate notes and malted shake contributions. These notes are slowly overtaken by a changing roast character that starts out like a coffee milk shake, moves to a unsweetened mocha, and finally finishes with a lingeringly roast bitterness and acidity that is purely roasted espresso beans (though this flavor, I am sure, is a mix of the coffee and the roasted malt/ barley).

As the beer warms up it becomes a bit richer, and a bit softer in the finish. The finish is not nearly as dominated by the bitter/ acidic roast character, and actually becomes lingeringly malty like a lightly sweetened creamy, espresso loaded cafe mocha. What a deeply satisfying brew, I am quite impressed, more so because this was exactly what I was wanting right now.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a opaque black no light showing thru this bad boy with a thinner mocha colored head,wow the aromas damn where to begin heavy on the dark roast coffee,bitter chocolate a hint of almond extract as well just awesome.Flavors are heavy in the coffee department for some it maybe to much dark roast coffee and chocolate malt flavors with a malted milk type flavor,nice creamy,silky mouthfeel glides down pretty easily.If you like strong coffee and bitter chocolate you'll love this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Brick Store Pub with the Atlanta B.A.'s. this brewery is making an impact and this was my first. Very creamy and coffee and smooth easy drink, though not too complex. Brown, lots of head and cream and cookies. Mocha and coffee, a spiked latte. About as good in bottle form had 2.3 years later. Had 3 years later on tap at Coasters.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*This review is of the 2008 release.
Absolutely spectacular in my opinion! I can also say, with quite a bit of confidence, that this is easily the single best year so far for this beer. It poured absolutely black with a medium brown coloured head. Looks as a stout should. Smell is a lovely mix of cold coffee and any number of well build stouts with the coffee easily overpowering the other. The flavour of the coffee is very assertive in the batch, and honestly, almost the only flavour profile I can easily detect. Mouthfeel is absolutely delightful in that it is rather creamy and actually coats your mouth. This is truly a treat to those who enjoy a good stout, and if it's a coffee beer you seek, this will make you very happy indeed. I'd love to see how this one performs with about 18 months on it.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours opaque black with a late forming frothy off white head that hold for a good amount of time but eventually dissipated down to a ring without much lace. The smell is roasted coffee that integrate perfectly with the roasted malts. The taste is up front with sweet dark malts that give a nice roasted and chocolate flavor. This is followed with a lingering coffee flavor complemented by some roasted and hop bitterness along with some frutiness. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, but not quite perfect. Overall a great stout produced locally.

After being aged for a year, coffee is still strong and this beer is super carbonated just as it was fresh. The coffee however has taken on a bit of a sour edge to it that certainly detracts from taste and drinkability. The mouthfeel is creamy but the carbonation is sharp. The smell is weak.

Overall, the 2008 is superior. We will see how both of them are in a year.

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Photo of jlh8643
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from alaskaiscold. Thanks much. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Poured without much caution resulting with a very thin chestnut film that disappeared fast. No lacing as I drink either. A very dark, opaque body. Strong aromas of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with no hint of hop aroma. Malty sweet. The chocolate, coffee and a slick hit of the oats are the main attraction. The finish is long on all the malts. The alcohol becomes more evident when you near the 3/4 finish line. If this beer would have done better up front it would have scored much higher. I love the taste and the finish. Still a very nice beer to drink.

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Photo of clvand0
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is all chocolate. Smells great. Not much else other than the chocolate maltiness. The flavor is very malty, with the chocolate being the dominant flavor. The finish is a little oily, but still nice. The body is full and the drinkability is very good. Nice brew here.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a minimum of head, just a ring of tan around the top. I'd like a bit larger head to result on the pour. Nose is deep fig, chocolate, and a puff of alcohol. I'm not getting a lot of coffee aroma in there. Flavor brings the coffee in, though nicely balanced. I'm getting dark fig, chocolate. It moves to sweet coffee on the finish. Very smooth and tasty, but nothing over the top and offensive. Vey well blended. Feel is thick, with a light carbonation. There is also a slight slickness to the feel as well. I think the components of this brew work well together. The flavor is really damn good, with a great blend of fruity, chocolate and coffee notes, with nothing dominating. The sweetness is there to back all the flavors as well. The alcohol is only present in small amounts in the aroma, keeping this one an easy drinker for a sizable stout. Good show!

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Photo of maccroz
3.18/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Literally pours like motor oil. This beer is extremely thick. Its viscosity prevents much turbulance as its settling and leaves a thin almost non existant head.

Has a chocolatey smell, but its somewhat faint. Difficult to predict its taste from the smell alone. For the alcohol content of the beer and the range of ingrediences it has an underwhelming smell.

Tastes sweet with very strong chocolate presence. Very malty with a slight hint of coffee taste to it. Any hops are overpowered by the chocolate notes. Tastes like drinking a liquified tube of chocolate cookie dough. This would make a good dessert beer.

The mouthfeel is chalky and thick. It leaves a sweet aftertaste, almost as if one had been pouring a bittersweet version of Hershey's chocolate syrup on your tongue.

Drinkability? One is more than enough. 8 oz of this would have been plenty for one sitting.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow is this good! Strong coffee, dark chocolate and roasted aromas. Dark brown head that's gone in 15 seconds.. Black, black, black. The taste matched the aroma perfectly. This is one of th ebest Imp Stouts I've ever had. Coudln't really taste the alcohol. As this warmed up, it got even better. I'd be interested to see how this ages.

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Photo of karst
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As a biology instructor, I was somewhat of an amateur herpetologist. The word "terrapin" is derived from the Algonquian Indian word "torope" and is used to refer to a variety of North American aquatic turtles of the family Emydiolae, especially the genus Malaclemys.

That said I am a sucker for wildlife on beer labels. This Monster 2006 Beer Tour 12 oz bottle has made it way to Mid Missouri via BigLove in West Monroe, La on his visit to St. Louis, Mo.

The diamondback terrapin is the state reptile of the state of Maryland and the official mascot of the University of Maryland.

The brewers (spike and John of Terrapin Beer Co Athens, Ga have contracted production to Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick, MD.

Handsome pour in my Samuel Smith's sniffer. Black as the brackish marshes of its namesake. The sienna head slides quickly neath the surface leaving an edge ring like ripples from a disturbed terrapin.

Diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin) are arguably one of the most beautiful of all turtle species when compared to other species native to the United States and worldwide.

Aroma is sweet dark roasted malt with some fruit and chocolate malt/coffee hints.

Flavor of dark chocolate basking in warmth of 8% abv alcohol. Near the end the bitter dark roast malt and bittering hops release their enduring bite. Having started at 56°F the beer is now in the 60's and less carbonated and much more enjoyable. Mouth feel is less creamy with the dimenished CO2 but the mouthfeel is still slick and dextrinous as you expect from Imperial stouts.

This offering from Terrapin Beer Co. is worthy of your support as are those wonderful creatures that inspired the name and labels.

The Mission of the World Chelonian Trust (WCT) is to promote the conservation and assure the survival of all tortoises and freshwater turtles.


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Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle without freshness date other than "Winter 2006 Tour."

Poured hard into an imperial nonic pint. Pitch solid black with no hint of color at the edges. A single finger of foam that quickly recedes to a sheen despite the forceful pour. Nice sticky brown lacing however. Smells of syrupy sweet toasted and coffee malts, dark fruit such as raisin and prune, tingly alcohol and hops. Sweet but fairly neutral at first blush, builds strong mouth-coating and alcohol-tinged toasted coffee malts and prunes before finishing with a leafy and astringent hop dryness plus powdery coffee notes. Rich and creamy in the mouth, with an oily and syrupy body that is surprisingly prickly with carbonation.

A nicely balanced, very rich and satisfying stout for a cold winter's day.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coal black color with a sturdy head that leaves dots of lacing

Smell: Roasty, with dark fruit prune accents that dominate the aroma along with a coffee bitterness

Taste: Starts out with chocolate and coffee notes, along with an oat aspect; after the swallow, the juicy hops kick in, providing a bitterness that marries the sweet flavors through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation; slight warming from the alcohol

Drinkability: Extremely tasty and complex; highly recommended

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Photo of OldSock
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle received in a trade from Northerntimber. Pitch black with a one finger creamy brown head. The head falls to nothing within a few minutes leaving just little bits of lace. I imagine the light handed carbonation contributes to the poor head retention.

Smell – Dark chocolate, lots of sweetness. There is some coffee complexity, but it certainly isn't dominant like in so many coffee stouts. No hop or alcohol aroma.

Taste – Such a smooth flavor, chocolate and coffee without a hint of bitter grain. Just enough hops to balance the sweetness, but basically no hop flavor. Great balance of stout flavors and coffee, tastes like a much lighter roast than is often used in beer.

Mouthfeel – Great creamy thick milkshake like mouthfeel with medium-light carbonation. Perfecto.

Drinkability & Notes – One of the better coffee stouts out there, what it lacks in complexity and hoppiness compared to a Speedway or Breakfast it makes up for with smooth easy drinkability. Let no one say there is no good beer made in Georgia.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as part of a trade with Bonhoeffer. I must say that I am quite happy with the trade. This beer is great. Luckily, I still have 3 more to ration out for the next few days. Thanks Bonhoeffer for hooking me up.

This beer pours a very dark brown. Almost black. The head is dark brown. It fades fast leaving a decent lacing.

This beer has a mild coffee aroma. I can detect the oatmeal. Chocolate aroma is ever so slightly present. It has a caramel malty aroma.

This beer has a good coffee flavor. Some coffee stouts are a little overbearing, but not this one. It is mild. I can taste some chocolate. It is malty sweet.

This beer is very smooth. It leaves a coffee taste on the palate. It is thick, feeling like most other oatmeal stouts. It is carbonated well for the style.

I think I could drink this beer all night. The alcohol is just a little high, so I would have to take that into count. Other than that, this beer would be a great session beer.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ink black in color with less than 1/4 finger of tan head...disappears almost instantly with very little lacing on a hand washed glass.
Aroma is fantastic...buttery toffee, espresso, vanilla bean and sweet chocolate.
The taste is nice...more chocolate than coffee, but pretty well balanced for the style. Sweeter than I was expecting, but the finish is very clean.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and the carbonation is perfect to consume this one with no effort.
A nice offering from Terrapin...not too extreme, just simply putting out a solid offering time after time with every brew I try from these guys.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming in a good way.
This beer poured slow, and was pitch black in color. The head was medium sized, but brown, with small bubbles. Looked beautiful!
Smell was strong milk chocolate, melted, as you might find it in a candy store, with a touch of earthiness.
Flavor had some harshness to it at first, but it was really too cold. After warmning, it was nice. Coffee, strong and black, with a sugar sweetness/chocolate underlying that. The back of the mouth was a sharp hop flavor, a bit too strong, but also a burnt flavor that nearly makes up for it. Almost smoky, but not exactly. A few moments later, a chocolate/cocoa aftertaste shows up, lovely.
Mouthfeel is medium to thick. Little to no carbonation but smooth all the way down.
Drinkability is a mixed bag. I would definitely buy more of this beer, but I would not have more than 2 in a row, maybe not even a second one. It's a strong one!


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W-n-B Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
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