Delusion | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sexy looking ba stout. Pours viscous and sits still in the glass. Creamy caramel 1 finger head. Aromas of whiskey, baker's chocolate, or wait...dark chocolate. Flavor comes through as straight up roasted malts and rye whiskey. Barrel presence is strong. Not overly complex, but fairly smooth. Booze isn't all that hidden as a fair amount of warmth comes at you, but the feel is nice and creamy.
Overall, pleased to try it. I wouldn't actively seek it out though. Barrel overpowers the base imo

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Delusion last week at The Lager Mill. I've been interested in trying this one since I heard a little bit of it would be distributed and it looks like I got the Templeton Whiskey version, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown `12oz bottle into a Teku.

A- The label looks good, it's got a good look to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very dark brown color that was on the border of being black and it took on just a slight crimson hue around the edges when held to the light with almost a half a fingers worth of brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the whiskey barrels being the first to show up and they impart a straight up whiskey aroma that's fairly boozy and there's a good amount of woody aromas with just a little bit of vanilla. Up next comes the stout base which is a little on the lighter side and it imparts some dark roasted malt, sweet malt, and chocolate like aromas that leads into some dark fruits with raisins seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, but it was a little unbalanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off withe a lower amount of high sweetness with the whiskey barrel still being the first to show up and they impart those same aspects that they did in the aroma with the whiskey seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes the malts which only impart a generic malty flavor with not much roasted or chocolate aspects coming through and it's followed by the dark fruits which show up more than they did in the aroma with the raisins still sticking out the most. On the finish there's pretty much no bitterness with some sweetness and alcohol taking it's place and it had a whiskey barrel and raisin like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but it's still lacking balance and it's not that recognizable as a Stout.

M- Fairly smooth, a little boozy, slightly cloying, not too crisp, a little sticky, on the lighter side of being full bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer, but I didn't think it was the best example of a barrel aged sweet stout simply because the stout base was very covered up and hardly any of those nice roasted and chocolate like aspects came through. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little boozy, slightly cloying, not too crisp, a little filling and the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention, I think one is enough for me, anymore than that and the lack of balance would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, this was a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer was the balance, it just wasn't that great and I felt like the barrels covered up most of the stout aspects. I don't think i would buy this one again, it's not bad, but I don't think it's worth the high price. I can't say I would really recommend it, but if your really into Whiskey barrel aged beers it might be worth a shot. All in all this beer wasn't bad, but to me it's the balance that made this beer pretty rough around the edges and I think it could use a little work. It's not a favorite Greenbush beer and it's not a favorite of the style. I appreciate the effort it took to make this beer, but in the end it just isn't for me, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of mr-jj
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Split between small snifters.

Poured black with almost no head. Smell is roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, some oak, some coffee. Body is full with a smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of M_chav
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful pour, really nice frothy foamy head stays and keeps the dark abyss looking cream stout beneath. One of my favorite stout pours for sure, its attractive. Not a big nose, really mellow and malty, muted bourbon barrel notes. nothing to brag about, it's too hidden and won't open up much. Taste is boozy/hot. Big bourbon notes come out now, the mouthfeel is nice - milk stouts tend to favor a soft/silky mouthfeel and this is nice. Not chewy but not thin, just right. Overall a pretty good barrel aged stout but the alcohol takes over too much for my liking.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pair of samplers from Georgetown. 4208 71C0811 is the code printed on the bottom of the bottle. MFG 11.20.14 is printed on the label.

Pours black with a good sized brownish head that fades surprisingly slowly. Head ends up as a creamy, softly rolling surface. Smell is bourbony, smokey, and woody. Alcohol and vanilla.

Taste is surprisingly strong coffee and chocolate. A little stab of vanilla; more of a whiskey taste than vanilla taste than the aroma indicated. Strong bitterness, and very noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth, warm, fluffy. Overall, pretty nice beer. I like it.

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Photo of rudzud
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a super dark brown almost black hue with a thin off white head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of wood, vanilla, light smoke, light char, faint chocolate. Loads of whiskey.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of whiskey and chocolate. Vanilla, barrels, char, and smoke. Really no cream ale notes though.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden very nicely well.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, however, really not a cream ale....

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kevanb
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, aged in Templeton Rye Barrels, poured into a Greenbush snifter glass.

The beer pours a jet black color, thick and viscous with a firm, foamy, khaki head, about a finger high with good retention and nice striped lace. The aroma is pleasant, lots of barrel, plenty of charred oak, roasted grain, light rye whiskey, cocoa and vanilla with lots of lingering roast and char. The flavors are nice, creamy chocolate, vanilla, loads of chewy oak, rye whiskey, charred wood, roasted grain and some smokiness. The mouthfeel is great, coating, creamy, full bodied, super smooth with a bit of a dry finish that is lightly warming.

Verdict: A nice barrel aged stout from Greenbush, nice roasty and creamy qualities of the base beer. There is a TON of roast and charred barrel going on in this beer, which isn't quite for me, but it's also not totally detracting from the beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cheers, Liam!!

A. Pours a very deep dark brown, looks black and opaque in the glass with a finger of light brown head that fades to a skim.

S. Whiskey and a touch of chocolate syrup and oak, a little bit of licorice too.

T. Dark chocolate and whiskey, some dark coffee and well roasted malts. Dry cocoa in the finish.

M. Medium+ body, medium (maybe+ ?) carbonation.

O. A bit to thin and a bit too much carbonation ...small complaints. Good stuff overall.

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Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy dark head, long legs, very dark almost black.

Nose big dark malt, roasty, little char, super dark choc, bakers choc fudge, some buttery toasted oak, little whisky, little roasted coffee and caramel, touch fluffy nougat.

Taste brings chewy nougat, fluffy dark cocoa, bakers choc, little caramel and roasty coffee, little roasted malt, char, bitter roast, dark roasty porter, into mild cookie baking spices, vanilla oak notes, faint whisky. Finish mild bitter roast, dark choc cocoa and baking spices, touch of whisky.

Mouth is med bod, not very creamy, decent lighter carb, almost no booze.

Overall it was a great beer but not close to a cream stout.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle as an extra from Tim. Big time thanks! Pours black with a big fluffy dark brown head that pops out of my Teku glass. Some roast and sweet lactose aroma, a little chocolate, a bit of bourbon booze. Plenty of rye whiskey here on top of a big roasty stout. Some dark chocolate notes, a bit of dark fruit, and some more mellow whiskey. Lingering roast and like oak left on the palate. Rich mouthfeel supported by what I assume is lactose that sweetens things up a bit. Low to medium carbonation. A really nice beer with good balance between roast, sweet, and spicy rye whiskey notes.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The first beer from Greenbush's 2014 Advent Calendar. Bottled 11.20.14 and enjoyed from a snifter

A: Very dark, with a lot of khaki foam (but not much head) swirling around the glass.

S: My first impression was of a beer that was bitter, roasty, and hot/boozy. But as I spent more time with the beer I picked up spicy rye whiskey; sweet, milky chocolate; lots of roast; and some faint, pleasant wood notes. Nice nose.

T: Great stuff. Delusion delivers a rich blast of sweet chocolate that's cut by strong, spicy rye whiskey. Maybe some very faint vanilla or marshmallow sweetness. Finishes nicely with a roasty bitterness, like a bite of good dark chocolate

M: Silky smooth and pretty much the definition of medium-bodied.

O: A really nice rye-barrel stout that manages to display a lot of wood and alcohol and use those components effectively to cut and complement the sweeter aspects of this beer.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Creamy and lush like a first grade crush - why, hello there. Don't get Raul wrong, he's not tripping on this one like that one time Anabel Eliza gave him some her Candy Hearts on valentines day - no no no. But it's a nice lil brew to sip on when you are sippin' it.


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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - no date:
Not a very enticing brew. Brown side of black, oily pour, but the head is erased early and doesn't reappear. The feel backs this up as there is only the lightest carbonation on the tongue.

The nose, however, almost carries the price of admission. Rich chocolatey base that is a platform for the rye/alcohol, vanilla, wood, and even a little cherry.

Taste is sort of a flat root beer, with just a bit of the chocolate from the nose. The taste seems influenced decently by the whiskey and barrels, which are perceptible throughout. Wood strengthens into the end, tart/tang from it growing first then woody dryness long term. The chocolate makes a little appearance mid-late taste on some sips.

Even though the rye whiskey shines, it's not overpowering. It seems to be the star, with a chocolatey stout accenting or supporting it. Nice scent and flavor, wish it were paired with just a little more carbonation.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Thanks JR. Poured into a O'so snifter today, 4/22/2014.

A- Dark black body, two finger mocha head that's particularly large for a BA stout like this. Great retention and some lacing left over. Quite different than all the other BA stouts I've seen, actually.

S- Very sweet lactose, roast and charred malts that is cut by a nice bitter spicy rye nose. Solid, nothing super special or pungent, but this combination shows up much better on the nose.

F- Very good and very balanced. Simultaneously sweet lactose, sweet whiskey notes and dark malts mixed in with the rye bitterness that balances everything out. Very flavourful and very interesting.

M- Medium bodied but on the thicker side, very substantial and surprisingly low carbonation despite the large head in the appearance.

O- Very good imperial stout, it's certainly not BCBS but it's a very good and somewhat unique beer in its own right.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm reviewing a 2016 version. The beer pours thick and black with only a small deep tan ring of head. From a couple feet away I can smell wonderful whiskey and chocolate. The taste is incredibly whiskey forward with some deep malt and chocolate as well. The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and thick. Overall an excellent beer I would regularly seek out.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle of this from cpferris. Had never heard of this beer, let alone this brewery, so thanks for introducing me to something new man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Imperial cream stout on rye whiskey.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour, almost black, yields a one finger, looser, mocha colored head with good retention. Black body with medium carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and ring, though only a ring remains leaving a few falling dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Whiskey barrel for sure, with oak and some sweet vanilla cream on the nose. Milk chocolate and some dark, roasted chocolate aromas as well. Bold and enticing, with plenty of depth. Really wonderful.

TASTE: Whisky and oak up front for sure, with some sweet cream and milk chocolate as well. Finish is whisky barrel with boozy flavors, sweet vanilla cream, bitter pure chocolate and some roasted flavors. Lots of boozy barrel, caramel and vanilla cream sweetness, with some roasted and bitter dark chocolate from the base beer lingering on the palate. Really interesting and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a bit of a burn at the swallow and finishes mouth-coating. Creamy and enough weight for sure. Solid.

OVERALL: This was really good, with lots of great aromas and flavors in exceptional balance, on top of a solid mouth feel to support it all. Well done. A little less booze in the flavor and a darker, thicker head would help the cause, but these are minor complaints. A complex, well balanced, bold and flavorful stout with lots going on. Really enjoyed this one. Thanks again cpferris. Recommended.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured hard into a snifter for at leat the last half of this non dated bottle.

Outstanding. A oily viscous black with a huge khaki colored head that is milkshake frothy, and leaves almost a 1/4" film on top after it receeds.

The aroma is outstanding, even if fairly one dimensional. There is some chocolate there, but make no mistake. It is owned by whisky like the Wolverines are by the Buckeyes.

I think the flavor is a bit more balanced. Some whisky and spicey rye up front that is a little boozy, that offers some vanilla like sweetness. Instead of getting a heavy dose of chocolate or charred malt next, it continues to stay fairly sweet. Dark fruits are noticeable. To me there is decent amount of cherry. Then in the finish, the chocolate finally shows up (barely) along with some wood and definite bitterness and a little reminder kick that there was rye in case you forgot. I really cant tell if the bitterness is hop or coffee bean related because it just remains on the sweet side without any ashy/charred/roasted notes.

I love the feel. Fluffly and silky.

This was a hard one to be objective with. 1: I love whisky. 2: I love cream stouts. Obviously I was excited to see a barel aged cream stout. The body of any stout, even good ones, typically gets thinned out during aging. This is one of the reasons that Black Note stands out for me, and I would like to see more. All of that being said, I would not disagree with anyone who thought this is a little rough around the edges. I think the biggest reason is the lack of the malt presence other than feel. If you likethe idea of a rye whisky and a Bell's Double Cream stout you will want to check this one out.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/20/14 Poured into a snifter.

A- Pretty black, some light coming through on the edges, one finger light brown head, decent alcohol legs.

S- Dark fruits, alcohol, chocolate, coffee, coconut, vanilla, all the aromas of a great BA stout, the alcohol is a bit harsh but that's the only real complaint.

T- Lots of chocolate, coffee, some dried cherry, bit of vanilla and coconut, the alcohol is there but much smoother than expected given the nose. Finishes with a nice coffee and dark chocolate note with a bit of lactose sweetness.

M- A bit on the lighter side of a big barrel aged stout but not to where I would call it thin. One thing is it seems to perhaps be on the higher end of the carbonation range for a stout.

O- I haven't really had anything from Greenbush that has wowed me but this one definitely does. It has all the flavors and aromas you expect from a great bourbon barrel aged stout like that of Black Note or BCBS. This is definitely something worth tracking down and even trading for and I will definitely be seeking this out in years to come.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a one-finger creamy tan head. Tons of heavy lacing.

S - Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is bourbon, dark chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The is a light smokiness in the finish.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and
creamy. No alcohol burn whatsoever.

O - Greenbush hit this one out of the park. The flavors are extremely well balanced with a near perfect mouthfeel. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap during Hop Cat Detroit's "Wood & Wild" a few weeks back.

Have wanted to try this for awhile, so ... alas!

Truly delicious stuff. Not sure what else to say about this beer that'll be of any substance -- it's a BBA'd (well, whiskey, evidently) stout. It has the same characteristics of those sorts of beers. Excellently brewed with a fairly significant barrel quality, with a very nice, thick mouth feel. There's some char as well, but it's never over-bearing or necessarily bitter... this is a well-rounded brew.

If you like a strong whiskey/bourbon presence in your barrel aged stouts, this is the one for you. I can only sit here and wonder why this beer might have "only" a 92 rating...

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Ivan for the chance to try this one. Had no idea what I was walking into on this.

A: Black body capped by a huge tan head that foams up in the glass like crazy, nearly spilling over. Retention is ridiculous, and after about ten minutes, the beer finally settles at about a half finger. Leaves big spots of lace after each sip.

S: Some subdued whiskey notes right away with a lot of sweetness behind it. Milk chocolate, rich cream, coffee with sugar and cream, char, roasted malt and some light oak. Very well balanced.

T: Roasted malt mingling with milk chocolate right away. Some caramel, tootsie roll, vanilla, cream and toffee in the middle. Finish shows a touch of smoke, anise and charred oak. Mouthfeel is rich and super creamy. The thick head makes the beer almost milkshake-like. A really unique and really incredible barrel aged stout.

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Photo of buzze40
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber from the 2012 release at the brewery. Pours nearly black. One of the thickest stouts Ive drank. A lot of malt went into this one.

Flavor is rich and complex. Cream stout with a rye bite on it is unique. will be grabbing another one of these if they are still around or next time its bottled. A real jewel by Greenbush.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was generally black with little evident carbonation.

Smell - The aroma was booze, but not overly boozy. I would not describe it as hot.

Taste - Sweet chocolate begins the taste followed by marshmallows, cinnamon, ginger, and of course the booze. Rye shines through nicely in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - For a barrel aged beer, this is remarkably smooth without any burn.

Overall - This is expensive, but it is definitely a winner from Greenbush.

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Photo of LancetherealLeader
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got this one recently in a trade. 2016 vintage (11/2/16) poured from a bottle into a tulip glass (2, actually). Appearance is the typical black, with some nice lacing. I didn't get much smell, but that was because it was really cold and didn't give it a chance to warm up first. The velvety mouthfeel blew me away with the first sip! It was not what I expected since most BA stouts can be a bit harsh or at least rough around the edges. Overall, the wife and I enjoyed this bottle a lot and I'm glad to have another in the 'cellar' for later. This is one that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark cola head. Small bubbles and clumps of lacing cling to the glass.

S- chocolate, marshmallow, whiskey, vanilla.

T- dark chocolate, some roast, whiskey, some spice, vanilla and slight bitter coffee.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Very smooth, thick and creamy beer. Hides the abv very well.

O- amazing beer! Greenbush nailed it with this beer. I will be trying to get more of this for sure.

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Delusion from Greenbush Brewing Company
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