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Evil Twin Ashtray HeartEvil Twin Ashtray Heart

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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at De Molen, the Netherlands..

Added by SilentSabre on 07-28-2011

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/19/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted and smoked malts, chocolate, licorice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a mild smokiness followed by flavors of licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good smoked beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ultra dark. Black as soot, with a toasted brown head, starting proud and slimming down.

Aroma: Char. Cocoa. Toffee. Smoke. Nice. Deep and complex.

Taste: Sweet at first, then come the maple, the licorice, molasses and more. Full-bodied. Rich and filling. Long-lasting flavors. Vast, malty finish. I can't really find a fault with it, yet…I can't fall in love with it. It's not exactly rough around the edges, but it lacks a certain charm. Eh.

hey, there's words on the label! "Amazingly rich, seductively dark and smoking good. Yes a real heartbreaker. We recommend only the truly skillful, heavyweight beer champions to battle this awfully irresistible smoked stout."

Wait, which is it, smoked porter or smoked stout? It's called two things on the label. Make up your minds!

This falls in the domain of "okay", but don't go out of the way for it.

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking a one month old 12 oz. bottle in a craft beer stout glass.
A: Pours brilliant ebony under a thick, finely bubbled, 1” light tan head that grips the side of the glass leaving ledges of lace marking each drink.
S: Roast, dark unsweetened chocolate and smoke.
T: Mild roast, grain, and dark chocolate at the beginning with caramel in the middle finishing with bitter chocolate, citrus rind hop bitterness, grain, smoke and a hint of bacon.
F: The texture is super creamy, silky smooth and full The carbonation is very fine and soft and uniform
O: Great flavors but the rich texture really makes this beer a delight to drink.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Little head that settles quickly to no bubbles. No lace naturally. Deep dark brown color where only a bit of light passes.

A bit antiseptic, like a band-aide. There's some smoke as well as mild coffee.

Despite the nasty sounding name, this is more a mocha styled porter than a smoked beer. This is a very dry beer with the smokiness sucking any sweetness away from the tongue. Long lasting aftertaste of dark, Baker's chocolate and bittering hop. Good body and carbonation.

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Photo of Sam-VW
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

When you pour this beer, it's very Dark and Black with an impressive Off White head which seems to carry on forever! In fact, pouring this one normally I couldn't fit it in my Duvel Tulip. It dissipates slowly leaving a little bit of lacing which eventually disappears completely. It's got great retention and eventually fades to a ring around the glass whilst you're enjoying this. On the nose, tonnes of peat smoke aromas, a little bit of Rye, Chocolate, Caramel and Toffee with a touch of Alcohol. I love Smoked Beers, so this made we want to put it straight down the hatch! On the palate, lots of Smoke to begin with, Rich Dark Chocolate, Toffee, Burnt Sugar and a little bit of a Citrusy finish. What an amazing, complex flavour. The Carbonation is pretty high for the style, but it was to be expected with this style and actually brings out the complexity in this brew. It's smooth and finishes Medium Dry. What a beer for Spring weather, although it's seriously smokey the other flavours in there are ridiculously balanced.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 5/5/14. Poured 3/4/15 into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. $4 for a single.

Appearance: Pitch black with about half a finger of a creamy dark brown head on it. Very little lacing. Looks great for the style.

Smell: So smokey it almost smells meaty. I had a beer before that smelled a lot like this in the past, but I'm having trouble remembering what it was. Under that smokey-and-almost-meaty aroma there's chocolate, roasted malt, coffee... the usual suspects. I'd tell people to beware of this beer if they don't like smokey beers, but the beer's even named Ashtray Heart, so.

Taste/feel: Basically identical to the aroma, here -- smoke that's so heavy it comes off a bit meat-like, then roasted malt, coffee, and some chocolate. No dark fruit flavors to speak of. Aftertaste is a lingering ashiness with roast. Surprisingly not all that bitter... I was expecting a bitter bomb for some reason, but this beer actually has some pretty good balance. I was really going to trash it because BA says it's a stout, but the bottle says it's a porter (although the picture on this site says otherwise), and that makes more sense. This is merely about a medium bodied beer with a pretty high carbonation. For the style, it's pretty much right on, so from a 3.25 rating back to a 4 it goes.

Quite a tasty beer if you know what you're getting yourself into... and you should, if you read the label. Hard to say this is a "steal" at $4, but it's a good beer I'd definitely have again if I were in the mood for it.

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Photo of snoopy5023
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

While the picture shows it as a smoked stout, my bottle, bottled on 03/07/2014 states a smoked porter. Smokey slap to the face. Hints of dark chocolate, black pepper, and strong black coffee. Smells just like an ashtray as stated in the name with hints of a bitter cocoa. Good though, never knew something smelling of an ashtray could taste so good.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter (bottled on 1/3/14, so a little over a year ago)

A: Pitch black with a nice little dark roasted mocha head that sticks around for a bit. No lacing and just a bit of a collar.
S: Very mild overall. Just a light roast and fog of smoke.
T: I was expecting this to be a huge smoke bomb, but it is more of a smoke time bomb that just mildly lingers on the palate. This is just a pretty good porter with a tinge of smoke.
M: Light carbonation that is just a bit foamy.
O: It is possible that the smoke died over the past year. But smoke doesn't seem like something that would fade with time.

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Photo of far333
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, nearly black and opaque with ruby highlights where the light gets through. Tightly bubbled head of brown foam settles out slowly, leaving frothy bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Aroma of cocoa and licorice, smoke and leather. Rich and bold flavor immediately hits the taste buds, smoke and espresso, cocoa, root beer, and a hint of cherry. Lots of flavors, lots of character, very complex. Malts are darkly toasted, no bitter roast flavor, hops are understated, but there's a good balance of sweet and bitter. Slightly ashen dark roasted malt flavor lingers, perhaps hence the name. Full mouth feel, moderate carbonation. Alcohol strength is masked by the flavors. Very good beer.

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Photo of mconner666
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Apparently smoked porters aren't really my thing, I love Stone, but I didn't like their smoked porter with vanilla bean, and it is highly rated. With this the pour, color, and mouth feel were fine, but I got smoked fish, and band aid in the nose, and the flavor came off like burnt band aid. I have liked almost all Evil Twin brews I have had, but this was a major disappointment, at least for me. Again, it is probably just not my style, but I think it would of went well with BBQ'ed pork as a pairing.

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Photo of beerfishkitedog
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Meadhall in Cambridge few weeks ago, served in a snifter. Interesting stout-meets-smoke beer combination. Good taste but probably couldn't have more than one in a sitting. Fairly light mouthfeel for a stout. Slightly oily. Ashtray is a good comparison. Needs food pairings like cheese or meat, neither of which I had when I drank it.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am most definitely an Eviltwin fan. I had some a while back and now recently I've had a few huge winners. That's what this is. A huge winner.

First off, the current labeling as a smoked porter is what I would call this, and as such, it works. Its the expected oil can black with a beautiful head and lace. The aroma is smoked, roast malts. The taste is a rich creamy roastyheavily smoked flavor. Like the best Rauch bier. I've had smoked porters before, but this one is American style-over the top. I'm going to seek out more evil twins. Theyhave been spectacular.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Deep dark pour, though the consistency appears a little thin. Massive brown head, but not particularly smoothe.

Smells like smokey burnt malts and metal.

Unsurprisingly there's a fair amount of ashy smoke to the front. After that we get into some molasses and alcohol. Not much nuance, and doesn't feel well put together. Way overcarbonated. Finish wants to be ashy bitter, but comes across more like leftover alcohol. Honestly kind of reminds me of a homebrew I did a while back that I messed up on and didn't come out right. In general Evil Twin seems to be money when it comes to the big and dark, but this one feels like a miss.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass
A- Black with a dark nutty brown head, about a finger-sized head. Small bubbles with not much lacing at all
S- Smoky malt dominates the nose with a woody scent coming through that I can't pick up on. Maybe cedar?
T- Heavy smokiness on the sip. Almost has an ashtray quality to it. Roasted malt comes next with a slight bitter chocolate
M- Medium-bodied, medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy.
O- About what I expected. The smoke wasn't overpowering but definitely the lead character in this show.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Evil Twin's Ashtray Heart a couple weeks ago for $3.59 at Holiday Market. I like smoked beers, especially smoked Porters and Stouts and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. Bottled 2/5/14. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks ok, but I think it's a little plain looking and not the most eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had two fingers worth of creamy light mocha colored head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the smoke being the first up and it shows up a good amount while imparting a nice bonfire like smoke aroma. Up next comes a nice and bright dark fruit aroma with some nice dark cherry aromas coming through and it's followed by the malts which impart a nice dark roasted malt, chocolate and light coffee like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, there was nice balance and it seemed to have just a little complexity to it.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the smoke still being the first to show up and it imparts those same smokey aspects that it did in the aroma. Up next comes that same dark fruit aspect that I got in the aroma, with the cherry's still sticking out the most and it's followed by the malts which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with the roasted malts and chocolate sticking out the most. On the finish it gets slightly watery with pretty much not bitterness and a slightly alcohol flavors and there's some nice smokey and roasted malt flavors showing up in the background. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the smoke and roasted malts showed up more with the dark fruits showing up in the background.

M- Smooth, a little creamy. a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, giving Evil Twin's reputation and what they wrote on the label i was expecting the smokey aspect to be more intense than it was and that could be because of the age, but I have noticed age effect the smoke that much in my experience, so I'm not sure about that. This beer had a nice drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I think one is the perfect amount for me, anymore than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the complexity, the cherry flavors added a nice layer of complexity to it. What I liked the least about this beer was that the roasted malts and smoke weren't just a little stronger, I found myself wishing those aspects were more intense. I would buy this beer again, but it isn't something I'm going to stock up on and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of smoked beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it wasn't quite what I was expecting, but in the end I enjoyed it and i think it was a little unique for the style. This isn't my favorite Evil Twin beer or my favorite Smoked Beer, it falls above the middle in both categories. Nice job guys, this was a nice Smoked Porter, keep up the solid work.

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Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Dark pour with very high carbonation, producing a thick lacing that lasts throughout the tasting. Smells like burnt wood, bacon and oranges (??). Medium body, made a bit rough by the high carbonation; fruit bitterness, chocolate and dark cherries, and a moderate amount of alcohol.

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Photo of ttroha
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Bottle from Hop City. Pours dark black with tan head. Aroma of light smoke, chocolate, spices, and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, molasses, and smoke, with a strong booze aftertaste. Heavy bodied. It’s like drinking a boozy camp fire. Very good.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The aroma is rich and appetizing with mesquite-like smokiness and intense molasses and bread crust. The body is black and opaque with a creamy, dark tan head. The flavor is also very smoky at first with rich roasted malt and bread crust-like malt flavor. There is also some apple-like fruitiness and a bit of alcohol. The smokiness quickly fades as the flavor becomes predominantly fruity and malty. It is very full bodied, smooth, and creamy with just a little carbonation and bite that keeps the texture from becoming viscous.

Very rich and intense with a savory aroma and a delicious, complex flavor. The texture as well is well balanced and satisfying.

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Photo of stephens101
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks like dessert, but hopefully doesn't taste like an ashtray. I'm betting it doesn't.

A mountain of dark tan head crowns this black brew.

You can almost taste the milk chocolate, pervasive smoked wood and peat in the nose. Absolutely delicious...wait, I haven't even taken a sip yet. And don't let me forget the plum and and black cherry notes.

Taste is complex with bold notes of burnt wood, overripened dark fruits, some grain husk, milk chocolate, licorice and herbal hops.

Medium with a lighter body, comparatively speaking of course. The alcohol pricks at the very end, but only slightly.

What a uniquely flavorful way to kick off stout season.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottled 2/7/14.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoke, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke, char, and slight soy sauce flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a dominant smoke quality over all other aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Big thick creamy dark head fades slowly, great lacing, pretty much pitch black. 4.25

Big smoke campfire, smoldering log, dark roasty malts, acrid roast, candy toffee sweetness. 4

Taste sweet candy, smooth toffee caramel candy, with tons of smoke, campfire smoldering long, little roasty and black malt, chewy fudgey, mild bitterness, light feeling though. Finish bitter dark cocoa, dust, fair smoke that doesn't longer long, mild char. 4

Mouth is med bod, little thin feeling but booze hidden well, lighter but decent carb. 3.5

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a really decadent smoked beer here, called a porter but definitely an imperial, maybe even a stout. thought it was normal abv when opened and was shocked to read the bottle at nearly 9%. one of the better evil twin brews going, a definitely the best smoked dark beer i can remember of late. chalky finished dark brown beer, silky smooth and alluring, enticing, and all dolled up with a full inch of rich dark mocha head. the nose is a mixture of sweet and bakers chocolates with a ton of smoke on it, not the lighter cherrywood type, but proper heavy german rauch stuff, fireside smelling and balanced well with lots of special dark malts. rich caramel middle in the taste is the real surprise, never expected such a robust desserty vibe to this, i dont know why i underestimated it, but i did. love the intense chocolate without the sweetness, and the way the smoke makes everything pop without crowding out the clever malt bill in any way at all. full bodied almost syrupy texture, but i find myself drinking it too quickly. its just so smooth and flavorful and im curious for more than the one bottle i have. strong but well hidden alcohol, it drinks like dessert honestly. what makes it special is the grain, one of the best smoke beers ive had, and one i need to snag more of. really worth trying.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weirdly, a huge (more than three fingers) tan head forms up, popping away slowly, leaving a small creamy cappuccino cap and a few traces on the side of the glass. Black in colour.
Smells awesome: bacon, chocolate and clear oranges, quite a weird combo, but works great. Smoke, dark malts, faint coffee bean, green hops.
Quite a complex taste, maybe a bit too much really. Roasted malts, almost burnt, citrus juice and a big phenolic feel in the front. There's also some dark fruit, dark cooking chocolate, cream, cinnamon and faint vanilla, fainter licorice, followed by more and more roasted notes, getting to ash, charcoal, burnt wood, touch of peat and with a small smokey hint right at the finish. American hops stand tall in this one, almost close to a Black IPA, closing the beer with a nice leafy bitterness, alongside the obvious burnt dark bread crust and quite a bit of warm alcohol.
Medium body, creamy, smooth (if not for a bit of surplus fizz).
Really enjoyed this one, forgiving with the smokiness, but generous with the hops and the nice roasty chocolate. Might seem a bit rough, but nothing too hard to stomach.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. One inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong smoke, roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, smoke, alcohol, hint of hop, hint of chocolate, and yeast. Overall, a great RIS, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity. The hops are very minimal which allows many other characteristics to shine. Particularly, the smoke, yeast, and sweet malt. The earthiness of this brew is amazing. Best taste of an ashtray I've ever had ;)

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/5/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, roasted malt, wood smoke, toast, dark bread, light char, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Nice aromas with solid complexity and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, molasses, coffee, wood smoke, leather, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, molasses, wood smoke, herbal, and roast/smoke earthiness on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; with solid robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice smoked imperial stout. Good complexity and balance of dark/roasted/smoked malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. Flavors did not feel as bold as I was expecting for a 9% stout, but is a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Evil Twin Ashtray Heart from Evil Twin Brewing
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