Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk StoutTerrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

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Photo of Bendurgin
1.87/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle thanks to grant. Poured into a tulip. The beer pours dark brown with a roughly to inch head that settles down to a rock foam with sticky lacing. This simply looks damn good.

The aroma has a lot of bitter coffee to it. Seems like it misses the mark a little bit but I'm wondering if I have a bad bottle here. Yep, this is a bad bottle. Damn, I'm just giving up then. Taste like soot. Damn

Overcarbonated. Feel, I'm pouring this. That sucks. I was really excited about this one. Would love to try it for real sometime. This one just progressively got worse and worse for me.

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Photo of harrymel
2.04/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Vintage Winter 2010

A: It was odd, I pried the top with vigor and a loud audible pop came. Then, I poured the beer, about halfway through, I realized this was a full glass...of foam. There were four full fingers in my NB globe (since there weren't room for five), then I had to start scooping spoonfuls of beer into the sink. This wasn't a speedy foaming, more like a Duvel, slow and continuous. Then I finally got to pour the remaining four ounces into the glass and had to repeat the same process. Ended up with about eight ounces of the total beer in the glass. The head remained a two solid fingers of mocha foam. Brown and dark. No visible clarity. Lacing is near cobweb.

S: Dark chocolate chips, oats, hints of copper, some roasted malts. A bit earthy smell. As this warms up, and the carb lets up a hair, the chocolate comes through a little better.

T: Quite a bit of copper flavor here. Not too impressed with the flavor on this one - sadly does not resemble the nose at all. Not sure what's off here, gonna assume the early onset of an infection based on the carbonation issue. I can't really pick anything out except maybe some faint tones of coffee grounds and soil. No cocoa.

EDIT: as this warms and I shake the shit out of this beer to kill some carb, the cocoa starts to come through, as well as a sweet, sucralose flavor. Not enough to save this one though.

M: The beer immediately turns to foam in the mouth, and barely returns to liquid in a couple minutes. Not much of a finish here either. Pretty disappointed here.

O: I'm pretty certain there is something off on this one. Too bad, I like this brewery.

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Photo of evanlarkin
2.35/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Black with a tan head which just doesn't seem to stick around. Nothing to be said for lacing, either. Through light, I still can't see through it.

Kind of like watery chocolate. Some toasted malts. What's really surprising is that it smells boozy, despite being far lower in alcohol than other stouts that mask the smell fairly well.

Semi-sweet and chocolatey, with some toastiness in the background. On the whole pretty nice. Not nearly as much booziness in the taste as the smell.

Watery and thin. Not at all what you'd expect from a beer this dark. It has very little body, and very little carbonation.

As far as stouts go, this doesn't impress me. The main application I see for it is as a 'starter stout' due to it's thinner body, which might make it easier for some people to drink. For the stout enthusiast, however, this beer falls short.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.63/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pour is a dark black with a deep caramel head. Nose has a heavy roast that really dominates and doesn't allow much chocolate, the hints I get are bitter and dry chocolate. Taste has much more chocolate, the body gets very thin towards the back with the roast lingering through a short and under carbonated finish. The roast doesn't really come through the flavor (just lingers after the finish). There is some rich milk chocolate but still a fair bit of dry and bitter chocolate. Not very well done.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance -- Pours a deep, dark brown, nearly black in the glass. A massive tuft of spongy tan head. Weird.

Smell -- Roast malt, Yoo-hoo, a hint of dark fruit, and faint woodsmoke. Initially there was a plastic note somewhere.

Taste -- Black malt, dark chocolate, woodsmoke. Lots of roast, to the point of tasting burnt and slightly ashy. Additionally, there is a plastic flavor that is very distracting, though this mellowed as it warmed.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with MASSIVE carbonation. Not good.

Overall -- Aside from the chocolate flavor, which is actally pretty good, this tastes like a first homebrew endeavor into a chocolate stout. Burnt, acrid malts and chocolate sweetness doesn't quite jive. The plastic/acetone note was what put this over the edge. Won't be trying again.

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Photo of teromous
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Short light-tan head under a black bodied beer. Not much lacing and the head dies quickly.

Aroma: Faint burnt roasted smell with a rubbing alcohol scent. Not the best aroma...

Taste: It has a light roasted grain flavor that is a bit watered down.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth mouthfeel. There's a slick feeling on the palate.

Overall: I don't get a whole lot of chocolate from this beer and it is a bit watered down in flavor, but it has enough roasted grain flavor and it is smooth enough to make it a nice drinking experience.

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Photo of nataku00
2.72/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle of 2010 release poured into a tulip. Beer pours a dark brown, bordering on black, with three plus fingers of mocha colored frothy and bubbly head despite a very gentle pour. Head retention is insane on this beer, sticking around forever and clings heartily to the inside of the glass. A ton of carbonation streaming off from the bottom of the glass helps maintain the head, but it just seems like excessive carbonation for a stout...

A lactic acid tang dominates the nose, some roasted malt, chocolate.

The lactic acid tang is still there at the front of the tongue, but it's not as strong as the nose, as more roasted malt and milk chocolate show up to try to mask some of the acidity. Like other Terrapin beers, there's this metallic aftertaste to the beer that's really off putting.

Light to medium body but with a very aggressive and sharp carbonation that really stings the tongue. A forgettable beer, unfortunately.

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Photo of biga7346
2.74/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Flat oily chocolate dark hue w/ little brownish head that clears out immediately.

N - Nice roasty toasty chocolate malts, dark roasted coffee beans, a little sherry to brandy-like sweetness in there; boozy.

T - The roasty breadiness is nowhere in the texture of this beer, it's more like clean chocolate malts in the finish, but what is bothersome is the cloying sweetness, it's a little much. I probably don't like sweet stouts so I guess I should not review them, lol. Cloying table sugar, powdered sugar or even powdered Hersheys cocoa dominates throughout this beer and it's just off-putting really. The sugariness reminds me of baklavah or other pastries.

D - I would probably never drink this again.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.74/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/11/11
*From notes

A: Rich leathery brown to black, with a nice 1.25 finger head. Minimal lacing remains throughout my tasting.

S: Hints of LBV ruby port and (strangely) feta cheese over gyro meat. As you'd expect it's an awkward pairing, though slight hints of baking chocolate do make an appearance as it warms.

T: It's like an MTV Mash-Up album in beer form. 1% milk over nutra-sweet chocolate. I don't detect any hop oil, though there is a slight trace of toasty malt. In the end it simply doesn't sit well, as the processed sweetner aftertaste doesn't do it for me.

M: The weight is there, but it's overcarbonated. A sweet stout like this should feel creamy, silky and smooth. Instead, it felt like taking two Alka-Seltzers and calling you in the morning.

O: I can't say I was thrilled with this offering from Terrapin. I had been looking forward to this brew for some time, and found myself disspointed in almost every category. I really hope they go back and put some TLC into this one, as the bones are there.

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Photo of brewmasterrr
2.85/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Was very excited to try this beer and was slightly disappointed. This stout is a milk stout, but also a chocolate milk stout. nice dark color, but the smell tells the truth. it is extremely chocolatey! If you like chocolat youll love this. Dont be scared of the name stout, its not very stout.

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Photo of alaimoa
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Overall subpar after what seems to be a lot of hype and a cool name. Pours black with some brownish fizz that isn't anything special. Sweet mocha almost fake smell of overly sugary drink mix. Taste is very one dimensional sweet sugars with a hint of chocolate but no real roastiness and tastes like overly fake version of a chocolate milk. Feel is a bit think with lackluster carb. This was a 2013 bottle so maybe it's better fresh.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint.

A two finger head is made off a full bottle pour of a light coffee brown pour. Head actually falls at a simple nice pace, the body however is practicaly black.

On the nose. Next to nothing, really closed. Trying real hard is a clean sensation and faint faint chocolate.

Taste is initially wet, but also real small. Everything is here but just feels muted, muted cola finish, muted malt backbone as well.

Overall for this style it's okay but really tiny. It seems like it has everything going for it but just doesn't deliver. I'd grab something else.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.01/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown near black, with some light showing through. 1 finger dark tan head that doesn't hang around long.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of lactose. Not nearly as big on the nose as I expected. Pretty weak chocolate aroma to b honest.

T- Sweet, milky cocoa initially, then abundant amount of roasted and charred malts. Maybe too much of the adjunct ingredients gives this one more of an artificial flavor to me.

M- Mid body, a little thin for my taste. Very low carbonation.

O- Meh...there are a number of others of the style that I would try before this one. Pretty average in my opinion.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

big thanks to DosBeerigos for tossing this one in on my first ever traade! was a want, now a got...

A-Poured a watery black with a thin off-white head into my oversized snifter. the head was definitely a lot lighter than your typical stout which quickly made me think of chocolate milk. head was gone quick

S-Sweet chocolate milk beer...but not the kind you would make with chocolate syrup, but the kind you'd make with cocoa powder. milky malt.

T-Interesting and different for sure. Not really my thing. A little bland with an odd roasted undertone that doesn't really work for me. Perhaps it is because I despise the flavor of milk and this kind of is like milk beer?

M/D-This beer feels weird. It is kind of watery but has a bit of a sour bite to it. Too much like milk for me to really love it. It wasn't difficult to drink and the chocolate and malt flavors keep it going, but probably not one I'd reach for again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1136th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Seasonal 2011
Thanks to CPAbeer and Stormking47 for this one

App- A liquid chocolate pour with some garnet edges. It had a very quick forming and quick receding 1 finger head and some spotty cling.

Smell- CPAbeer said this might be infected and it was. Stringent, small notes of vanilla and chocolate syrup.

Taste- Much like the nose. It was average to say the list. It was a small bit of oxidation and astringent rubbing alcohol mixed with the chocolate and that was about.

Mouth- A light bodied beer with a low carbonation. Left a stringy prickly booze note.

Drink- Infected and I will have to come back and review again if I ever get another bottle.

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Photo of corby112
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color that is completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter color when held to a light source. One finger fizzy mocha colored head that very quickly fades into a thin ring. Nothing in the way of lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with lots of silky milk and dark chocolate notes as well as hints of lactic cream, burnt toast, oatmeal, coffee bean and oatmeal.

Medium bodied and very roasty with a bit of overly acrid bitterness up front that lingers throughout into a long, dry finish. Although this is very bitter and roasty with severe notes of burnt toast/malt, overly roasted coffee/espresso bean, toffee and oatmeal and ash, there is some slightly silky chocolate flavor along with hints of lactic cream. A bit one dimensional for my taste with nowhere near the chocolate milk presence described on the label. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of beagle75
3.07/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black color with over two fingers of beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Roasty, with dark vinous fruit, cardboard, and faint dark chocolate.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark fruit that harbors a trace of tartness. Airy carbonic acid is also present early, creating a relative vacancy of flavors. The middle is soft, with mild and slightly unctuous roasted malt. Bitter cocoa emerges in the finish, lingering dryly on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly creamy and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This stout drinks fairly easily, but would be more compelling if the chocolate advertised was more boldly featured. Although the palate must endure a host of less appealing flavors, it does finally arrive at authentic chocolate in the final act. There is simply too much fruit in the smell and flavor concealing it.

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Photo of charlzm
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed March 7th, 2012.

Beer pours a thick, dark brown. Virtually black with deep mahogany highlights. What head there is presents as a thin tan ring around the edges. Minimal sheeting.

Aroma is slightly sour. Malted milk balls.

Flavor: light. Dark malts up front, though not as bold as a standard stout. Roasted, not burnt. A little sour and lactic on the finish. Low to moderate bitterness. Fairly tame and not terribly interesting for a whole bottle.

Mouthfeel is slightly smooth and a little thick. Decent carbonation.

Don't think I'll be having this one again.

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Photo of Treebs
3.12/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a CBS snifter. 2011 seasonal. Big thanks to Holland(Eric) for the extra!

A: Pours a solid black with a very thin tan colored head forming on the pour. It dissipates quickly leaving a very thin collar.

S: The smell is mostly consistent of milk chocolate, some brown sugar, and a light toasted malt. Fairly straight forward for the style.

T: The taste is mainly a grainy dark malt and milk chocolate up front, very sugary. There is a milk dud like quality to it, but overall it is very sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is thin to medium and just has a sugary sweetness that stays with the palate for a little while.

O: Milk stouts of all kinds just aren't for me. They are too thin and sweet for the stout style IMO and I just really do not like the characteristics they bring to the table. The beer wasn't bad, but it's just not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Franz4
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass , Seasonal 2010 on label

A- poured straight down the center and got about 1 cm of tan head, which disappeared quickly. Looked very oil-like as it was pouring, dark and slick.

S- Smells like chocolate milk, but I also noted a metallic scent to it from both the bottle and the glass. After the chocolateliness there is a roasted malt presence, but it is subdued.

T- tastes roastier than it smells, dark chocolate is there, aftertaste is very much like an unsweetened dark cocoa powder, not unpleasant but I was hoping for more here.

M- Really unexpected here, I was expecting more body here, especially after watching it pour. Feels very dry. Carbonation is good.

D- I'm not overly impressed with this, it seems like a good start to developing a beer, but I feel like it needs something more. Maybe I'm just used to a "bigger" stout. I could drink several of these, but I wouldn't be that excited to.

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Photo of Philousa
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours inky and dark as the night with a half finger of brown head with a hard pour. The foam fades to thinly cover the beer. Reminds me of a double stout in appearance. Dark, roasty, high percentage cacao chocolate, and a hint of caramel in the nose. Carbonation comes off metallicy, not unlike my early homebrewed porters. Very dark chocolate hits the tongue first, rich with roasty characteristics. Countered with lightness, similar to a porter in feel, that lightens the body. Aftertaste is very fleeting, hardly there. Hardly bitter at all. Low in viscosity, it's hard to call this a stout. Easily drinkable with a dry finish.

I never would have been able to place that feel if I didn't know it was a Milk Stout. There is a lightness that must come from the lactic acids similar to what I get in milk (always 1% for those keeping track). My first Milk Stout. Interesting. I'll have to try another so I can compare this one against something.

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Photo of SittingOnAMtnTop
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This would be a good Terrapin beer to do year round. Yeah, it's probably "best" in winter but the sweetness, drinkability, and low alcohol level makes it a good year round choice. Picked up a four pack and got the bottles to fridge temperature. I wanted to let my first pour warm up since I like my stouts between room and fridge temperature but I decided to pour anyway.

Their was some pretty good lacing and the foam had a nice brownish tint to it. And yes, "the foam kept getting thicker". Solid carbonation for a stout. The color is near jet black and I am starting to get excited.

The smell contains loads of belgium/dark chocolate mixed with Hersey's syrup. Not that it's a bad thing, but you can smell the sweetness. There is a little burnt malt in there that gives it the roast smell. Even though I don't smell alcohol it seems like is more than 6%.

The taste is not as sweet as the smell but still sweet. The surprise is how well the burnt malt and the chocolate go together. They nailed this part of the beer. The alcohol level of 6% is fitting but I'd rather it been at 7% (hey, it is a winter seasonal). There is not that much depth due to the sweetness that balances all other favors but the taste still lingers well into the palate. I like it but overall the taste is about one frog's leg away from my style.

The mouth feel is really great. Not many 6% beers create this amount of body. It is creamy, like a good milk stout should be. Nobody will be disappointed in this part of the beer.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. $9.99 for a 4 pack is reasonable. I enjoy the body and mouth feel the most but I can say one thing; even though the beer lingers and creates a great creamy feel it tends to stay one dimensional due to the sweetness.

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Photo of aglose45
3.17/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage - Stout night from the cellar...

A: Pours pitch black with a mocha colored head that receded after about a monite or so.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, milk chocolate and vanilla..in that order, The nose is very sweet, as the hops have faded over the course of the year. There is also a note of maple syrup as the beer warmed a bit. What a fantastic smell.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose, chocolate and cocoa. However, there is a lingering milkiness and sweetness on the back end that is a bit cloying.

M: Medium bodied and a bit under-carbonated.

O: As I move through this beer it becomes more one dimentional, leaning too heavily to the sweet side. I much prefer this beer green when there are earthy hops balancing out the cloying sweetness. Fresh this beer is a B+/A-.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The pour is beautiful. Two fingers of caramel/crema head over a black ale. The head fades leaving ample, sticky lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts and slightly burnt popcorn with traces of sweet caramel. Not bad, and causes my saliva to flow. I know I'm supposed to smell chocolate, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em, or in this case smells 'em. The taste is a rich malt flavor with some chocolate that's not too sweet. As the beer warms the milky chocolate becomes the dominant taste. I'm not crazy about the taste. It's not bad by any means, just not what I'm looking for. This is probably more of a style preference than a complaint about this individual beer.

The mouth feel is not to my liking either. While it's not too watery, it feels a little bit too fizzy on my tongue. I'd call the mouth feel a little bit of a turn off for me.

I couldn't say very much about the drinkability as I'm not a big fan of the style or specific characteristics of this beers.

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Photo of tchaos
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6-pack of Moo-hoo recently from
Whole Foods in Tampa (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/18617)

A - Pours a deep brown with a 2-finger creamy tan head that dissipates into a sea of microbubbles.

S - More mocha than pure chocolate. Lactose sweetness comes through on the nose to provide that "creamy" impression.

T - Some mild hop bitters to start, followed by the lactose sweetness. Finishes with a roasted chocolate the provides a cocoa powder sensation in taste and smoothness. Only a very brief moment where I get the "Chocolate Milk" aspect. To me, the sweetness almost completely dissipates before the cocoa finish. Overall, it has a flavor profile closer to a 60ish% chocolate, such as Cluizel's Noir de Cacao.

M - This is where I felt it missed the mark for a sweet stout. Moo-Hoo felt thin to me, as well as too carbonated. I was certainly expecting a fuller, creamier body.

D - Probably would not turn one down, but unlikely something I would keep in rotation. I am a fan of Terrapin stretching with side projects and seasonals; however, Moo-Hoo is more of a miss than a hit with me.

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