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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk StoutTerrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout

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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Georgiabeer on 09-11-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 199
Photo of pavpav12
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is pretty much black. Head fades down to a ring. Not to much lace.

Aroma: Cocoa with rich espresso.

Taste: Creamy with lactose flavors. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Rich espresso flavors.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy with some bitterness. Ends with roasted malts and coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, it is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer courtesy of kkipple. Thanks a ton, dood!

Depth Charge pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It's really close to opaque, but a few burgundy highlights at the outermost edges. The head is tan and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly, leaving light strands of lace in its wake.

The nose is good, but is just a little underpowered. Bittersweet dark chocolate and espresso/roasted coffee lead the charge. It's honestly a rather simply smelling brew, but it works. There's a little crushed vanilla bean at the secondary level. Perhaps even a sweet, creamy scent. But, it's mostly chocolate and coffee. Nonetheless, good smelling stuff.

The flavor is actually a notch above the nose and is very impressive. It's still relative simple, but is big on flavor. Bittersweet dark chocolate meshes with a strong espresso/roasted coffee flavor seamlessly. The coffee flavor, while unmistakable, isn't overbearing. The coffee averse shouldn't be scared away. Light crushed vanilla bean and light rush of sweetness cap it off. Alcohol is buried. I'm not getting any at all. Very simple, but very impressive.

Depth Charge has a lighter body. Carbonation is mid-range, but it feels relatively smooth. More body wouldn't be a bad thing, but it has a nice feel. Drinkability is very high. This stuff is very tasty and each sip invites another. I'm splitting this bomber, but could easily tackle a couple of these alone. It is that good.

Depth Charge is a really nice addition to Terrapin's lineup. I suspect it's a limited release, but they really should consider making it a regular release. I really like the simplicity of it. But, don't be mistaken, the flavor is downright explosive. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into darkness snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is pretty much black. Head fades down to a ring. Not to much lace.

Aroma: Cocoa with rich espresso. Roasted malts with a creamy nose to it. The aroma is nice, but it is fairly straight forward.

Taste: Creamy with lactose flavors. Milk chocolate and cocoa powder. Rich espresso flavors. A decent amount of roasted malts. As it warms I get some vanilla sweetness. Again, fairly straightforward, but good.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy with some bitterness. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with roasted malts and coffee flavors in the aftertaste.

Overall, it is a very good beer and at 7% it is pretty drinkable. I am definitely enjoying this one. Very creamy and lactose like, however.

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Photo of cooch69
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Depth Charge is so awesome, it should be illegal. Well come to think of it making it a limited release is almost that bad. The label is really neat with the mad cow and everything. The artwork was labeled Pinkerton. I'm guessing John.
Depth Charge was a very dark barely opaque to the light black. It has a small off white head but I'm not sure how long it stuck around because the beer was gone pretty quickly.
The nose on this beer was full of coffee, some sweetness, and chocolate over tones. It was pretty obvious that it would taste a lot like coffee but not as much as my actual sip.
This beer is spot on with the coffee. It is hands down the cleanest and best coffee taste I ever had in a beer. It is reminiscent of a medium bodied coffee with one sugar and a shot of milk. The coffee blends so efortlessly with the stout that you can't tell the defference between the two. There is hardly any hops present in the aroma or the taste. And I'm really glad they chose to brew it that way.
Creamy Creamy Creamy Velvet all over the tongue.
This beer is ultimately easy to drink at 7%abv. In fact it's easy to drink at 4%abv. Hands down one of the best stouts ever. The only thing that stopped me from getting a case was the 9.95 per bottle sticker.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

no date on the bottle, but I understand this was only released one time in Sept. 2009.

A - poured into pint glass, an opaque black, with tan colored head that disapates to a ring around the glass.
S - coffee with cream, very roasty. although maybe a little too strong
T - not as much coffee as in the smell, much more balanced. extremely smooth and creamy, with more of a subtle espresso in the taste
M - again, very smooth, lower carbonation as expected
D - due to mouthfeel and no overpowering flavors, very drinkable.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.9/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter.

This beer seemed like a promising idea/collaboration but I was let down by an unbalanced clash of artificial flavors and booze run amok. The flavor is best described as stale coffee grounds with a generous portion of cream, light sugar and a long boozy, warming finish. Maybe if I were more inclined to enjoy milk stouts heavy on lactose or coffee dominated stouts I wouldn't rate this near as harshly, however the lack of balance and cloying artificial nature of the flavors in this beer wouldn't change my overall negative perception of it.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Todes for the hook-up

A - It looks like a nice stout. Quite oily and robust, with a generous froth.

S - This has a strong smell of heavily roasted malt and burnt espresso. There is a certain harshness to the aromatic.

T - I taste old coffee and too much booze. Perhaps I just don't like Milk Stout, because they usually seem to underwhelm (or even disgust) me. This one is not that bad, but also not that good.

M - Stout. Robust.

D - Mehhh. Just mehhh.

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Photo of Phillyphilms
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Varga bar during 2010 Philyl Beer Week. Holy Sh1t! This was amazing.

pours a very dark brown with a great multi finger head of tan.. lacing all over the place and a nose full of coffee.. espresso and coffee. Did I mention coffee?

So easy drinking. Being a coffee and beer lover.. this was total nirvana in a beer glass. Literally one of the more enjoyable things I have ever put in my mouth. Dark on the eyes yet light on the mouth with creamy accents.

One of my favorite new beer experiences. I wish I had a case of this to push it on everyone I know. World Class Coffee Stout that is a must-try for any serious beer drinker. Just might be the best coffee stout I have ever had.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A thick, 2 finger, milk chocolate colored head formed quickly and slowly receded down to a thin layer, leaving webs of lace on the glass walls. The body is just about as dark as you can get...black and deep...no light can get through.

Wonderful nose! Lots of roasted malts, milk chocolate, heavy cream, freshly ground coffee and even a little vanilla extract.

The taste is right in line with the nose...Starts off with the sweeter malts and lactose, the center brings out more roasted characters and the finish is more on the bitter side (coffee, dark chocolate). This is more like a desert in a glass...yum!

The mouth feel is a medium (on the thicker side), very creamy with light to moderate carbonation.

Man...this is right up there with the big boys! Extremely drinkable, very tasty and well balanced. Wish I had a few more...

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12-18-09.

A - pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that slowly disappeared

S - roasted coffee dominates with some creamy milk

T - roasted coffee and cream, nicely blended and very flavorful

M - smooth and creamy, just the right amount of carbonation

D - very drinkable and enjoyable, will definitely try for another one

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Photo of dtivp
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with not much head and no lacing.

Strong Coffee smell and the taste was definitely coffee with a slight sweetness, I guess that was the cream.

Very nice medium body stout with light carbonation and very smooth.

This is a great beer that carries my morning coffee adiction into the night. Great beer and will look for it again.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another Terrapin-Left Hand collaboration. Pours a very nice, very dark brown color, with a half inch or so of light brown foam. Aromas of roasted malt, cream and chocolate covered espresso beans. On the palate, a whole lot of coffee flavor here, along with some creamy milk chocolate. Very enjoyable, glad I got the chance to try it. Another nice collaboration.

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Photo of jsh420
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to Thorpe429

pours dark dark brown almost black with a huge 3+ finger tan head that left spotted lacing all over the glass

smells of coffee and sweet cream

taste is great - just like have a my morning coffee with some milk and sugar

mouthfeel is very light and creamy

drinkability is out of this world - its just to bad that this was a limited brewed only once beer

this is the best coffee (light stout) i have ever had - gives peche a run for its money

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ontap into a snifter, motor oil black with a dark khaki head.

Smell: Pleasing aroma, chocolate malt, coffee, hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: Rich and oh so smooth. Vanilla, milk chocolate, coffee, and some light alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Glad I got to try this one, as it is quite good. If you're in the mood for a big beautiful dark beer, well here you have it.

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Photo of nickd717
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to PALMEJ1 on BeerAdvocate.

Pours darkest brown with a one finger tan head and decent retention.

Aroma is espresso with cream, roast, and chocolate. Coffee notes predominate.

Flavor is mild roast and loads of coffee with cream, along with some milk chocolate. This is a really, really coffee-loaded beer. Not recommended if you're planning to go to sleep right after. This will get you wired.

Medium body, not as quite creamy as I expected. A little coffee astringency, but not more than it should be.

Drinkability is pretty high. Overall I'm a big fan of this one. Well done. Tastes a little like a depth charge (I'd call it a "car bomb" but that got me kicked out of an Irish pub in Boston once).

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has a wonderful roasted malt and coffee scent that compliments the semi-sweet chocolate malt and lactose sugar aroma. The taste is amazing. It has a kick ass coffee flavor that enhances a very nice malt bill that includes roasted and black malts. It has a light sweetness, mainly from the chocolate malts and lactose. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good beer. It has a mild sweetness along with a killer coffee component.

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Photo of vacax
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black with around a centimeter of mocha colored foam, good retention and appropriate amounts of lacing. The aroma is like sniffing a bag of dry coffee beans... gobs of coffee beans and smells dry for the style. The taste, however, is spot on. Unmistakably, this is a coffee bomb with a long roasty finish, without astringency or bitterness derived from the coffee. The lactose or sweet stout element balances it out quite well, and this one is just smooth without excess roast or sweetness despite all the coffee and intense flavor. Beyond the coffee there is a bit of sweet raisins and geranium floral flavors far in the background. The feel is medium-thick with a very smooth and creamy feel from the carbonation. This one just drinks so easily and has so much flavor for a stout that is "only" 7%.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inky dark color with auburn highlights and a pancake batter head that leaves a range of dots and curtains

Smell: Smells like a latte, with plenty of coffee and lactose

Taste: Milk chocolate, up front, with a developing lactose sour character that arrives by mid-palate, along with the coffee; after the swallow, the latte flavors re-emerge and the finish is actually rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really a rather nice milk stout, with a hint toward the Imperial side, though not quite

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Photo of thegreatbeerer
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i appologize for the lazy review but i'm tired.

tired of coffee stout tasting like this mornings drip mixed with last nite's budweiser hang over.
sour, lingering, wish i had pancakes with syrup, but i'm not in perkins bull s.

this beer, on the other hand is phenomenally well balanced. like espresso and milk.

everyone else is drinking drip coffee with a little plastic creamer. but we( i hope) are (thanx to terrapin and left hand) drinking espresso and milk.

god thats beautiful

the idiot savant of coffee stouts

simple but genious

if they dont start making this beer everyday i'll kill myself

just kidding. settle down.

but really if they don't i'll never drink this beer again.

uh yeah that was a lie. i would drink this beer any time i can get my hands on it.

thank you and @#$% you terrapin and left hand

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Photo of afausser
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with the slightest coca-cola head, which quickly disappears. What's left behind is a slight ring of extremely tiny, shining and glittering crème bubbles around the edge of the glass and a swirly pattern of these across the top of the glass as well. Looks very still and pretty, almost like dessert, and has some nice lacing around the edge of the glass as it's drunk.

Smell: Smells like very very dark coffee mixed with cocoa. Slight strawberry, cherry, vanilla, and raspberry syrups mix in with these. Smells not only like coffee, but like pure coffee grounds. Slightly bitter hops and some smoke and earth notes.

Taste: Tastes a lot fruitier than it smells, with strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, sweet and tart cherry, pineapple, and apple notes immediately at the forefront. There's a definite sour note. Immediately below these in the mix are caramel, chocolate, and vanilla sweet notes (as well as a slightly creamy milk note), and still deeper in the brew are semisweet chocolate and coffee grounds. Very well blended. Finishes somewhat bitter.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is very nicely done, with a medium level of extremely small sized carbonation bubbles (though I think slightly more might have served it well). Goes down smooth and creamy, with a very little bit of a hop and cocoa powder aftertaste.

Drinkability: extremely drinkable and well brewed. Nicely done, terrapin.

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Photo of spointon
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Received in a trade with BA everetends (Gilly is the man).

A= This stout poured a very dark, opaque brown/black color with a thin 1/4" tan head. The head disappeared down to nothingness rather quickly. A few spots of lace clinging to my glass was the only evidence there ever was a head.

S= Huge wonderful coffee/espresso notes all over the aroma. Roasted grain, caramel sweetness, and a very faint ester note made up the rest of the aroma profile.

T= Wow! Its hard for me to keep this review from turning into a love fest, but this was a really exceptional beer. The coffee flavor was the most dominant but it never became too much. Underneath the richness and roasty bitterness of that coffee were roasted grains adding their own bitterness. I also tasted rich/sweet chocolatey malts, slight hints of caramel, and faint estery fruit. Not too fruity though, just enough to add some complexity. Finish was creamy and rich with a long coffee aftertaste.

MF= Certainly on the heavy side of medium bodied, and creamy from the lactose. Not syrupy in any way. Carbonation was surprisingly persistent despite it not being terribly evident to the eye.

D= Crazy drinkable and totally delicious. I would go crazy if this became a regular year-round production beer. Terrapin has done us all a favor with this one.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this a while ago, but traded it off without trying it. As luck would have it, while shopping at Capone's last month I came across a bottle sitting all by its lonesome.

Appearance: Poured into my Duvel glass, the beer is a very dark brown with a small amount of coffee colored head that fades quickly to a finely bubbled ring barely clinging to the glass. That small ring of head, however, does leave behind some nice sticky rings where the beer comes to rest.

Smell: Big time whiff of coffee that smells clean and fresh, not overly roasted or burnt. The remaining smell is sweet, with just the right amount of roasted maltiness to accompany the coffee.

Taste: The coffee in this beer is outstanding! It's not overdone, and has no negative qualities to it that I've found in other coffee stouts. The coffee tastes fresh, and when combined with the sweetness inherent to a milk stout it almost has a creamer-like effect to it.

Mouthfeel: A nice creamy texture, but a little thin for my tastes. Not necessarily thin for the style, but I would prefer a beer as robust as this to be a little chewier.

Drinkability: A very drinkable stout. If you are a fan of coffee beer, then I highly recommend you try this. If you aren't a coffee fan, I'd gladly take the beer off your hands. I'll be keeping an eye out for this the next time I make a beer run, and I'll definitely buy more than one bottle if I see it.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 1/22/10.

Pours black in color with a darkly tanned head. Aroma is a strong blend of coffee and chocolate with some lactose sweetness as well. Very nice retension and a ton of lace along the glassware. Taste is coffee, chocolate and lactose. It literally is making me think about what black coffee would taste like if you added chocolate syrup instead of creamer and then used artifical sweetner in it as well. It's a weird thought/description but the flavors actually work together in this beer. Light feel and light carbonation. Mild lingering bitterness of burnt grain is left in the mouth. Smell is just like freshly brewed espresso in the front with chcocolate and lactose filling out the rest of the nose. Really drinkable, would be easy to toss a few of these back.

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Photo of bbeane
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... very black, with a nice off white head on top of it. No light escapes when held to the ceiling

S- Pretty overpowering with coffee and cream along with a nice sweetness

T- Very good...Starts sweet and ends sweet with a very strong coffee flavor coming in mid mouthful

M- Very smooth. Full body with light carbonation

D- Might get a little too rich after a lot, but a few are awesome... well worth every $$


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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. gold foiled bottle courtesy of a friend. Poured in to a balloon snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep obsidian, opaque by virtue of its hue save for a few flashes of light that get in around the edges. A bubbly, frothy, coffee-esque head - about one finger high - sits atop this black brew for a fair amount of time, leaving some nice streaks and blobs of lacing and a tall uniform collar once it fades. Fast carbonation makes an occasional appearance around the edges of the glass.

Aroma: Bright, bold espresso slams you in the face, intensely upon opening the bottle. My initial impression is of a fair amount of milky lactose sugars over a deep earthy and fruity espresso backbone, though agitation releases a fair number of other notes: toast, milk chocolate, cherries, faint char, and a few other flourishes of dark fruit. It's not radically complex and is pretty malt heavy, but it's very enjoyable.

Taste: Very similar to the nose. A fairly complex and enjoyable array of malt notes - the espresso from above, bold and lightly fruity and slightly grassy; a moderate amount of lactose sugar; tons of milk chocolate notes that aren't terribly sweet but run that nice line between sugary and bitter; and a few darker but more nondescript toasted and roasted malt varieties, caramel-like at one turn and toast-esque at the next. A few grassy notes, sour cherries, and a mild hop bitterness round out a solid flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: What was initially a moderate body, thinned out considerably by the coffee addition (not to mention rendered a little oily), with an above average amount of carbonation. It's a little eruptive at first, but once it calms down it somehow works together fairly well, smooth, creamy, milky, and even, with a slight amount of lift.

Drinkability: An above average milk stout. A little on the sweet side, but on the whole, it's fairly complex, well-rounded, and only 7% abv. I suppose that may be stylistically high, but it's not noticeable at all of offputting. If you like coffee beers or milk stouts, check it out, before it's all gone.

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Terrapin Midnight Project Depth Charge Espresso Milk Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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