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Evil Twin Brewing
New York, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Roman Empire had a certain "je ne sais quoi" - festive food culture, extravagant architecture, and spectacular live entertainment. Some might argue the Emperors were brutal, mad, and hungry for power, and the people vain when taking baths and working out all day. Listen - that's still all part of the secret Imperial ingredient - keep it cool, clean, confident, arrogant, and flamboyant. Forza Imperiale.

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber served in a Teku.

Overall, this beer is very heavy on the chocolate notes. I was expected a lot of coffee based on the label, but didn't really get any. There is a bit on the nose and a touch of espresso in the finish but you really have to look for it. It is dominated by sweet milk chocolate on the nose and in the taste. It really is dessert in a glass. It is a tasty beer, but just not as advertised in my opinion.

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Photo of s1ckboy
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black body, faint tan head that disappears quickly.

S - Chocolate, caramel, a lot of sweetness, a touch of vanilla.

T - Tons of vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, very sweet.

M - Very smooth, medium to full mouthfeel, not a lot of carbonation

Great stuff.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque black with 1/4 of brown head that quickly fades to absolutely nothing.

Smell is of the darkest, most decadent chocolate, black coffee with a hint of vanilla. Like a big, chewy, sticky, black, fudge brownie.

Taste is black coffee up front with dark chocolate and some vanilla on the back end. Just a hint of alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy bodied with almost no carbonation.

As advertised: a delicious chocolatey coffee break with some pop. Impressive.

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Photo of Roguer
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely dark black brew, topped by a dark brown head. Decent head size; bit of fizz; nice retention; some lacing.

Strong aroma, with cola, a touch of chocolate and coffee, and dark fruits and red grapes. Sweet, smooth chocolate really starts to come out as it warms.

Rich, flavorful, dark, hot, big, balanced; these all come to mind. There's no real masking the high ABV on this one; it's up front and proud. Insane amounts of smooth, sweet chocolate; lasting roasted bitterness on the back-end; coffee up front and throughout the first half (before being supplanted by chocolate); a touch of sour fruit quickly overwhelmed by the darker flavors.

Fairly thick feel; slightly hot; long finish. Not quite chewy.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky black with a small khaki head. Collar of khaki bubbles.

Smell - Vanilla bomb. Coffee. Dark roasted chocolate. Grassy hops in there too.

Taste - Strong vanilla again. Nutty flavor like almonds. Coffee and a strong roasted malt bitterness. Intense flavors. A little bit of acidity, maybe from the coffee.

Mouthfeel - Nowhere near as heavy as I'd expect. Not boozy. Bitter, but otherwise nice.

Overall - Quality beer. The adjuncts are very strong, but still the beer comes through. First time I had this, I wasn't all that impressed. Every time I have it I get more impressed.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, almost black. Very little off white head that fades almost immediately. Looks and pours exactly like an imperial stout should.

S - Smells like fresh brewed coffee and chocolate

T - The first taste I get is velvety chocolate, followed by a little bit of vanilla, and lots of tasty coffee flavors on the back end. A lot of big imperial coffee stouts have a bitter chocolate taste to them, but I like how this one has a sweet chocolate taste... almost like a milk chocolate flavor. There is almost no alcohol burn either.

M - The mouth feel was a little light for an imperial stout, as I tend to like my big stouts viscous and chewy, but it did have a nice creamy texture.

O - This is a very unique beer and I am glad to have tried it. In my opinion, not all Evil Twin beers are worth the admission price, but this one was.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a super thick black. Minimal red-tinged tan collar. What head manages to pull from the beer doesn't last. Still with a slight oily sheen.

Smell: A lot more pleasant than expected. Rich roasted malts. Some marshmallow and vanilla. Chocolate runs the full range, milk chocolate, dark, and cocoa. Big sweetness builds as it warms. Dark cherry. Toasted nuts. Legit cookie and marshmallow cream. Big backing alcohol. Caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Fresh roasted coffee. A true kitchen sink approach.

Taste: Sharp slightly burnt cookies. Marshmallow and deeply roasted malts. Screams of bitter cocoa and baker's chocolate. Some.malt sweetness, but not nearly as much as I would expect from the nose. Almond/marzipan. Burnt coffee. Caramel and toffee. Some cherry and straight up vanilla bean. Rich and roasty. Cake batter.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth. Roasted character adds some.dry elements. minimal carbonation. Not quite as full as I would have expected from the pour.

Overall: Give me a break, give me a break, break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.

A big but ultimately balanced big ass beer. I dig the marshmallow almond thing. Solid.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dujayhawk for this particular bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Tampa Bay Brewing Company snifter.

A: Very dark brown, opaque, with a tan thin ring of foam and low visible carbonation.

S: Sweet roasted malts, coffee, lactose creaminess, pipe tobacco and cacao.

T: Follows the nose well - flavors of coffee and lactose, with dark roasted malts with less bitterness than expected, sweet leather, a touch of vanilla, some tobacco, and maybe some almond nuttiness (though that could be the power of suggestion). Hang is mostly residual sweetness from the malt bill.

M: Full-bodied but not really thick. Sticky mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation sensation, and the fairly hefty ABV is well-hidden.

O: I thought this was pretty good, and a surprisingly easy drinking beer for a big stout. Not perhaps a personal favorite, but still definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Resuin
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a teku glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep brown - near black and leaves a nice 2-fingered brown head. This is a good looking imperial stout.

Smell: Strong coffee, along with some solid vanilla as well as chocolate. The coffee aroma definitely is in the front though.

Taste: The taste begins the smell: strong, strong coffee along with some malts, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol which I don't mind at all.

Mouth-feel: Fairly creamy and medium to heavy bodied. Low level of carbonation. This one is surprisingly smooth though.

Overall: A very interesting beer. The coffee flavor, while pleasant, drowns out a lot of the other flavors, but some chocolate, malts, and vanilla manage to get through. Definitely a solid coffee-dominant imperial stout. It looks amazing and the mouth-feel is great. If you're into coffee dominant stouts, this one is a must try.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally giving this a proper review. I had a small pour of this on tap in Chicago, and while I thought it was sweet, it merited enough attention from me to purchase a bottle as soon as I could find one. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Consumed over the course of three days as I would a fortified dessert wine. Purchased 4 months ago.

Pours the equivalent of a store bought chocolate syrup or syrupy additive - although, on the bright side, there's still an intense, dark mahogany head about 2 fingers tall, with enormous bubbles, that crowns the top of the beer with a slightly aggressive pour at the finish. It does not last very long, however, and when all but a ring is left, the liquid itself is pitch black. Every swirl reveals enormous alcohol legs, and slightly stains the glass with a brownish color. The rim variation is intense on this, showcasing changes to a light ruby tinge at the top with each swirl. The final pours produced some intense sediment at the bottom, which was a bit surprising. A monstrous, intense, ridiculous looking imperial stout.

The aroma really is a beauty, nevertheless. Wonderful, warm notes of roasted coffee beans, as well as a dark chocolate flavor, all soaked in dark fruits resembling raisins, cherry pits, and molasses. No vanilla or almonds at first, but the more this warms up, the roasted, bittered coffee flavor takes a complete nosedive and is replaced by a caramelized sugar forward, nutty flavor that doesn't so much remind me of a biscotti, but rather some kind of intense brownie or fudge that's filled with toasted nuts and caramel. Smells very nice, although I have no clue why the beer radically changes over time in the aroma.

Luckily, my fears of this beer being far too sweet or syrupy for consumption were completely blown away upon the first sip. While it showcases a firm, well structured bitterness and roasted character from the coffee - as well as the chocolate flavor - at first, it soon dwells into an immensely sweeter yet never cloying dessert beer. Huge notes of milk chocolate, caramel, fudge, and sweet raisins come in, with the vanilla and almonds becoming more noticeable with each sip. This continuously loses its carbonation over time, and I'm not sure if this influences the process, but it definitely elevates it to a liqueur-like status towards the finish. I believe this is merely an excessively sensitive beer to room temperature - by the finish, there was a cocoa butter aftertaste that made this the equivalent of having a high quality made brownie. Gets a little syrupy at the finish, but this is thick enough and not too excessively sweet that it never becomes a problem. I really, absolutely enjoyed drinking this overall.

I'm fairly certain that this is my new favorite dessert beer, and even though it took a few days to finish, it was definitely a welcome rich offering to turn to after dinner, and pair with some dark chocolate to help cut some of the sweetness. Somehow, all of the factors come together without ever becoming too sweet. This makes this a very drinkable offering of its kind, and I'd definitely be happy to revisit this again when the time is right.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. The pour is quite black and viscous-looking with a nice tan short-lived head. On the nose I get some espresso notes, but not as much as I anticipated. What I get a lot of is molasses, chocolate, rum, and toffee.

Full body and a wonderfully silky, creamy feel. After hearing how sweet this beer is, I was delighted to discover that I didn't find it all that sweet. When chilled, this beer is loaded with flavors of almonds and espresso up front. At mid-palate a little sweet vanilla flavor does kick in, complementing the roasted notes and accentuating the mouthfeel. As it warms, intense flavors of molasses, charred fruit, and roasted malt develop. The charred fruit flavors linger nicely in the mouth along with a nice warm booziness, leaving the impression of rum-soaked fruit cake with rich unsweetened chocolate sauce.

I was led to believe that this was an extremely sweet, coffee-flavored double stout. I found it to be a nicely balanced, very intensely-flavored roasty beverage full of charred fruit notes that I would be hard-pressed to distinguish from a Russian Imperial Stout when consumed at room temperature. Highly recommended, but I would not recommend this beer to a newbie or to those unfamiliar with Imperial Stouts.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a motor oil black body. Thick, dark khaki colored head builds up and settles quickly. Thin layer of velvety froth remains on top of brew. Medium lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted java beans strong upfront on the nose. Dark Hershey chocolate. Some sweet vanilla. A bit roasted glazed pecans. Smells like a creme brûlée dessert.

T: More vanilla upfront on the palate than the waft leads on. Hazelnut. Chocolate that tastes like a dark chocolate hershey kiss. Strong black coffee on the finish. Bitterness from the coffee lingers.

M: full body. Creamy. Moderately high carbonation. Booze is unbelievably hidden.

O: my favorite Evil Twin to date. Coffee bitterness balances wonderfully with the dessert-like sweetness. This is a perfect after-dinner drink.

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Photo of zshaft
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

what a pour on this beauty coming out of the can. full finger head you could float a coin on. nice black look. nose is some roasty malts with strong coffee and alcohol. mouthfeel to me is a little light on the front but changes into a more creamy feel by the end. flavor follows the nose nicely with up front roasty character followed by gentle vanilla and coffee rounding out the end palate. alcohol is present after the sip. this is pretty good and as the beer warms the almond flavor comes through a little more. thicker body and more coffee would make this better at least to me. well done but would prefer victory at sea or doub shot. little pricey as well.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/8/2012

Thanks to Matt for sharing. 

A: Black with a finger of light brown foam.

S: Nutty toffee and chocolate. Strong earthy coffee aroma with some brown sugar. Lots of roast and a touch of molasses. There's a little coconut but I'm not sure where that's coming from.

T: Roasted and nutty with caramel and chocolate. Brown sugar with a little molasses and vanilla. Pervasive earthy coffee presence. Lower moderate bitterness. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Full body with creamy moderate carbonation. Smooth and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: A really nice beer. Recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: At 11.5% one wouldn't expect to much of a head and this does not surprise on that front; the liquid itself is pitch black and the viscosity leaves some legs

Smell: As the name would suggest, it smells like a biscotti dipped into a cup of black coffee: cookie dough, almond and a hint of chocolate

Taste: Rather sweet from the outset, with cookie dough, sweetened chocolate, vanilla and almond, with coffee flavors building in the middle; much the same, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation

Overall: I wonder how much the name of the beer influences the taste I perceive, but this is an interesting beer, albeit the sweetness makes it something I would not want to drink frequently

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Photo of jbertsch
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Jet black in appearance with a dark khaki head that receded quickly.

Great aroma of cinnamon, mocha, caramel, and a little butterscotch.

Its flavor starts out with chocolate and charcoal, but is then followed by sweet butterscotch, cinnamon, and some noticeable heat that has a trace of cherry.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dense and oily at first but as it warms it taste thinner. I wish it was a little chewier but only a minor detail.

Very enjoyable dessert stout. Its aroma is its best asset. I wish it had a bit more resemblance to the flavor of a biscotti cookie, but I'm not positive that was the intended goal by the brewer. If you like big sweet stouts, definitely check this out.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black and opaque with a small tan head that quickly moves to the edge of the glass. Poured pretty nice; fits the profile of what it's supposed to be.

Smell: Hazelnut coffee, chocolate, coconut, vanilla, graham cracker, dark fruit.

Taste: Dark chocolate gives way to some malty sweetness. The coffee then creeps in and makes for a bitter ending. There's a little bit of a booze burn at the end, but that's no surprise given the abv; it's hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied for the style. Velvety and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Definitely a balanced beer. It's not too sweet, though I wouldn't mind it being a bit sweeter(hey, I like Dark Lord...). I think this would benefit from a year or two to let the bitterness die down, but it's still drinking good now. This actually reminds me of pt5, though not as sweet. Not bad at all.

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Photo of unklemike
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very subtle vanilla and creamy sort of chocolate finish. Not much of a head and also disappears fast.a little thin bodied to me with Mild smooth finish for 11.5% abv. Overall not bad

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As someone who bakes their own biscotti using the recipe of a fresh-off-the-boat Sicilia, this beer is pretty spot on. Pouring the color of espresso with a rich malted mocha head I immediately register an aroma of spent almond coffee grounds. It's intoxicating. There is a rich and pleasant fruitiness about it. Unmistakable anise. Body is boozy, on the thinner side, and acrid. Something I'd want to dip a bruleed biscotti into. Taste a little toward licorice for my liking, but I appreciate the burnt grain aspect that you only get on the ends of a hand-pounded biscotti log. Coffee is omnipresent alongside bittersweet chocolate. Really great almond flavor throughout. This beer features a lot of strong flavors that really sweeten things up as the beer warms...gets cloying quick.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black. Good creamy dark tan head, good retention and lacing.

When I was pouring there was a little soy sauce, which I'm not the hugest fan of, but that fades into a really appealing creamy dark chocolate, with some dark roast, and a touch of rich espresso. Some dark fruit peeks in from the edges as well.

The first hit is very sweet, but this mellows into just a pervading creaminess which works really well. The initial undifferentiated sweet quickly transitions to a rich creamy dark chocolate element, eventually giving way to a bitter black coffee.

Rich and smoothe, this is a beer that is really enjoyable to drink. It doesn't differentiate itself enormously from other high quality Imperial Stouts, but that's not ultimately a terrible thing. It doesn't break new ground, but the ground it treads it treads very well. Certainly recommended.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, 1/2 inch head, no lace.

The smell is banana bread, coffee and earth.

The taste really outdoes the smell. Chocolate, coffee, bready sweetness and a hint of bitterness from the hops. Goes down very smooth.

Not overly sweet, but very well balanced and worth a try.

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Photo of seedyone
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From can at home. Very active pour. had to intervene twice to avoid overflow. Settled to a very dark body with a deepish tan head of small bubbles with light lacing as it settled. Aroma was elusive as it was very chilled. Nice taste but no particular taste pervades.

As it warms the vanilla & almond wake up & the texture tightens & it gets real. The 11.5% never tells...at least in the taste.

All in all this is tremendous bargain, unless the local take-away had the 12oz price on the 16oz can. Worth it either way.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with slight creamy chestnut head that passes no light. Patches of creamy lace and a viscous film cling to the snifter glass.

Lots of chocolate syrup, and some sweet black coffee not much else, but simplicity is a good thing here.

Sweet with a little bit of bitterness, while the alcohol is quite present long into the lingering finish. Chocolate and some background of roasted coffee. Chocolate returns in the finish. Warmth is a good friend of this beer.

Very high alcohol, yet smooth texture and little heat. There is little to know carbonation in this dense almost syrupy beer.

Truly one of those savored experiences. Biscotti is a surprisingly and dangerously easy drinking dessert beer good for watching people and sipping slowly.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from Noble Grains NYC on the UES
Pitch black with a dark tan head and thick lacing, smells like almond cookies, bitter chocolate, and burnt biscuits, taste is sweet dark malts, almonds, vanilla, biscuits, and finishes with some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness, this beer is full bodied and sticky. A tasty almond cookie dunked in coffee of a beer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2016 vintage
~ 1 month since canning, no can date but i know these are new

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque, viscous body. Finger thick, medium tan colored head, very creamy and thick. Some spotty head lacing and alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Coffee, cold brewed bitterness, rich and very forward. Roasted malt, astringent grains, dark chocolates. Lots of creamy sweetness, vanilla, caramel, sugary cookie dough.

Taste- Earthy, rich coffee, bitter espresso bean. Roasted malt, molasses, chocolate cake, mocha sweetness. Lots of vanilla on the finish, sweet nuttiness, almonds, cookie dough, dark fruits, sugary milk sweetness.

Feel- Medium body, not overly thick, but very creamy and smooth, velvety feel. Lower to moderate carbonation.

Overall- Enjoyable dessert type stout. Lots of coffee up front which transitions into a real dessert like sweetness. Nice balance, richness, and layers upon layers of flavor. Its like a piece of chocolate cake drizzled with vanilla frosting and a cup of coffee on the side.

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