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Moor Porter | Cisco Brewers Inc.

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Moor PorterMoor Porter

Brewed by:
Cisco Brewers Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 04-18-2002

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2" light mocha colored head. Body is a warm burnt umber brown in color. Smell is very much a chocolate malt with little or no hoppiness or even coffee hints to it. Taste is even more like chocolate malt, but on the dark chocolate side, and does have some bitterness I presume from hops. Really this is a delightful porter, one of the more chocolatey examples out there without actually adding chocolate to it. A quality product at an affordable price.

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Photo of robhunta
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown almost black, thin head which dissipates a bit.

S - coffee, roast malt, caramel

T - I get coffee, and thick roasted malt with a bit of a caramel at the end.

M - a nice thin beer, tingles a bit at the finish with hops and carbonation. full flavored without getting sticky.

Overall I like this beer a lot, its nothing groundbreaking but a great porter, very nice.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.54/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a viscous black with brown tints and a dark khaki firm head.

Nose smells like the black seaweed wrap on sushi. Not bad, just very different; an almost "toasty" sesame seed character.

Mouth is thin and watery. Flavors are thin and watery.

Flavor profile is a very light roasted coffee. Front flavors of toasy seaweed wrapper and a light biscuit character. Flavor profile is unlike any porter I've tried.

Simple with a finish that is a light bitter seaweed, coffee, roasted grain. Unique but more like a light coffee and likely would not try again or drink. Too simple and too one dimensional and thin.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Received in the birthday BIF from ShogoKawada; thanks Phil.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass and an inch of head throughout drinking it.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa, and light dark fruit. Lots of chocolate and roastiness up front; smells great. The chocolate and fruit are sweet which I like.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and dark fruits. The chocolate and coffee and both a bit bitter, compared to the sweetness that was in the smell.

m - Medium to full body, more on the full side. Moderate carbonation, thick and chewy. Could have used a little less carbonation, but still a good mouthfeel.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good porter from Cisco. I liked the smell better than the taste, as the smell was sweeter and the taste was more bitter. Didn't have a problem finishing the bomber myself, and would have this one again.

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Photo of Rayek
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Bomber into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: The deep garnet color is just a few shades West of black. A small and soapy nougat head quickly falls to a patchy island of foam. Leaves intermittent spots of lace.

S: Molasses sticks out as the predominant aroma. Licorice and smoke are behind it. As the beer warms, a hint of grass comes through. A light coffee acidity rounds things out.

T: The molasses, licorice and smoke from the nose are front and center. A balancing burnt bitterness borders on acidic. Charcoal flavors come on late. Alcohol adds just a touch of warmth.

M: The medium body could stand having the carbonation turned down by a lot.

D: The carbonation got in the way of what should be a nice bevy of flavors. I'm glad I picked this one up, but it really needs less fizz.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was in the mood for something porterish today, so I swung by Jaspers. No Smuttynose Baltic Porter... bah! Spotted this from Cisco, and their description took me in. Snagged a 22oz bottle for $4.99. Hope it's worth it; here goes...

Came out of the bottle into my nonic pint looking opaque and dense, a murky brown sliding into the glass like oil into an engine. Head a a rich tan hue, creamy and fine, lasting well with decent lacing. The aroma is lovely! Chocolate and cocoa waft forth, as if I were taking in a brownie dipped in hot fudge sauce. Body is a sliver above medium, though I was hoping it would be nice and chewy. It has an airyness about it which keeps things light on the tongue, though without getting prickly.

Taste follows the aromas lead, hitting you up with milk chocolate notes, some cocoa powder, a smidge of bitter, dark choco, a little mocha, and even a hint of smokiness. Dry from start to finish, the choco malts are ever-present and quite enjoyable. An ever-so-subtle suggestion of floral hops can be detected near the conclusion of things as well. Though nothing that the tickerati would beat the doors down for, this one is solid, fairly-priced, and satisfying. Prosit!!

look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eyed a thick pad of crumpy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. No bottling/best-by date. Approached with caution. Left at least a good inch of lees in the package.

Hit with the scent of olive and mocha immediately. No roast, no bitter. Not unappealing. Warming tipped the balance in favor of mocha.

Despite what the bottle's label touted, I didn't get nuff head. In fact, almost none. Aggressive enough pour. Just lame. Super black til you hold to the light to reveal deep purple-red.

But it tasted quite good. Cocoa (like they said) and coffee, but no licorice sorry. Barely bitter. Moderate malt concentration/body. Pinch of that olive in the finish. Bordering on watery smooth due to that absence of the bubbles. Good enough to drink real quick though.

I really like their Whale's Tale Pale. This was alright too. Rather do it on tap on location.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very nice dark brown, almost black. Not much head on it.

S - Not very prominent smell, but notes of coffee, chocolate malt, licorice.

T - Chocolate, coffee, chicory, and sweet toasted malt.

M - full-bodied, low carbonation, taste lingers on the tongue.

D - Not overwhelming or unforgettable, but a very nice, very drinkable Porter of considerable flavor.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this on the shelf since I've barely heard of Cisco. Dark black with a fluffy head, looks like a rootbeer float. Smells roasty, delcious. The flavor had chocolate, roast, malts, pretty good. I was surprised how much I liked this but I'm a sucker for a good porter.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a 2 finger mocha brown foamy/bubbly head that dissipates over the course of a couple minutes. Has some red tones around the edges when held to the light. Leaves a little lacing.

S: lot of slightly charred and smokey malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice/molasses, a little prune/dark fruit.

T: As with the nose, smoke and a little char seem to dominate the flavor profile. Milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee, there's a little bit of licorice and molasses sweetness, especially towards the finish. Smokiness lends almost to a peat like flavor. Floral hops are barely noticeable in the background. Alcohol is nearly invisible, has a fairly lengthy finish of sweet, smokey, lightly charred malt.

M: Medium to low carbonation. The body seems about an average gravity, just a little bit of viscosity. Fairly smooth and creamy. It's maybe a little on the light side, but other than that it's got a good mouthfeel.

D: While 7%ABV certainly makes this one of the higher gravity porters, the alcohol is nearly invisible to the nose/palate and this goes down fairly easily and smooth, thought the smoke/peat flavors can be a bit too much.

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Photo of cooch69
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This 22 ounce bomber did exactly what it stated on the label. As soon as I cracked the cap foam spewed out and I had to pour quickly. I almost overfilled the glass and began to suck the suds of the top.

Appearance is wonderful. Dark brown/black colored with an amazingly lush and bountiful foamy tan head. Almost three fingers high.

Nose on this is Like warm pumpernickel bread. Also a nice bit of cocoa in it. It is however distracted by a mineraly and mettalic overtone.

Taste is as stated above pretty metallic. Brown bread, cocoa, and roasted dark malts. Biterness is played through all along, but is not strong. Enough to be noticed without showing off. It seems like more of a grain biterness than a hop presence however they are definetly in there as well.

This beer turned out O.K. for me. I've had better Porter's but this is a well crafted ale.

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Photo of gillis
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Dark, dark, dark. Absolutely opaque. No head to speak of, just a few wispy bubbles around the edges and in the center of the top.

The smell is malty, and very chocolatey. Sweet, and there's a little bit of a coffee aroma in there too.

The taste is a roasted and malty, with some chocolate. The bitterness creeps in a few seconds after each sip is taken, but it's more of a roasted coffee bitterness than a hops taste.

Not much carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, just short of what i'd call creamy.

This is a nice, drinkable beer for a cold winter night (which is what it is outside...yuck!) It probably isn't my favorite porter, but it is really quite good, and local!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap 1/2/2011 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin dense beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee, lactose and dark fruit. Then a hearty roasted malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but is on-target for this type of beer and provides a decent balance.

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

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, not the best porter out there but still a decent beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-tap at Prime 16 into a shaker pint.

A: Looks like Guinness, but maybe a bit darker both in the body and head. Classic nitro retention and lacing - i.e., ridiculous. I love it.

S: Pure, smooth mixture of roasted and chocolate malt. Maybe a hint of coffee. Simultaneously mellow and rich. Very nice, but a little lacking in complexity - just pure dark maltiness.

T: Follows the nose precisely - lots of sweet milk chocolate backed up with mildly bitter roast + coffee notes. Solid.

M: Silk. Maybe a nitro pour is cheating, but this is just luxurious.

D: Goes down very easily, but not as easily as it would if there were a slightly more noticeable hop presence to balance the malt sweetness. The 7% never makes itself felt at all, though, which is nice.

Notes: What a treat to get a truly flavorful beer out of a nitro tap. Cheers to Prime for giving us a break from Guinness.


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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is chocolate with some roasted malt. Pretty basic porter.

The flavor is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Nothing fancy, but very well done and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of biglite351
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - darker than most porters with just a half inch of red arould the edges. Quick falling medium tan head.

S - rich deep scent. Malts, chocolate, undertone of coffee. BUT, it seems to get bitter after just a minute of breathing.

T - smokey lite licorice, malts, chocolate. Shot of bitterness in the after taste; but more like from dark chocolate or coffee. The bitterness actually lingers too long.

M - okay coating, but no real tingle.

D - I could have one, but would want to switch to something a bit less bitter in scent and taste.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown chestnut colored body with reddish light coming through. Capped by a mediocre tan colored head.

Aroma is well hidden it seems, but hints of cocoa and coffee come through. Really subtle on the nose.

Flavor is a little bit of everything you'd expect in a porter. A slight bitterness is offset by a chocolaty sweetness and a slight hint of burnt coffee. Not much of a roasted barley note so its hard to tell whether or not it was included.

Mouthfeel has a medium-light body with a rather smooth feel. Overall a drinkable porter but there are better options at this price point.

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Photo of Viggo
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing!

Pours a hazy and opaque dark reddish brown, a bit muddy, thin tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, leaves some lace spots on its way down.

Smell is nice, very sweet and malty, caramel, molasses, some brown sugar, light chocolate, oats, a touch of wood and some vanilla, dark fruit, grapes and raisins, light roast, not bad.

Taste is similar, very toasty up front, raisins, biscuit, caramel, lots of malty sweetness. grapes, lightly woody, some nuttiness, fruity, kind of jammy, nice finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty neat porter, hides ABV well. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Found at the Brotherhood of Thieves in Nantucket, this porter shows a thick black brown color with an equally thick creamy tan head that does not fade, Guiness-like at least. Lacing is reasonable. The aroma is a sour charcoal blend with a kiss of sweet malt and cream and mild licorice. Very nice. The flavor is dominantly sour cherry with a malt charcoal mix that mellows as you go. I'm not sure that it's suppose to be quite this sour but it's likable enough. There's a biscuit rhubarb idea here with maple-brown sugar notes, not your typical porter. It's medium bodied with modest carbonation. The nitro surely makes for a creamy smooth feel. The tartness minimizes the drinkability in my book. Generally good stuff, just a bit unusual. Judging by the other review, I think we might have a poor tap here, but the bartender insists not.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. of 'new beer' goodness, my first from this brewery. Poured to a pint glass, sent by my East Coast beermonger-ing bud, Metalmonk, a few weeks back.

Simple and attractive label, a somewhat Colonial/Native American woodcut-styling. 'Good fresh beer' - Bottle-Conditioned

A: The requisite ebony/charcoal darkness every porter should aspire to. Topped with a surprisingly fizzy light tan head (cola-like), crests at less than a finger then dwindles rather quickly; the label describes 'a thick and creamy head [that] floats above a black brew', but I don't see a head as advertised. Oh well... What does remain holds as a rim-hugging ring with a spindly film. Scant lacing.

S: Out of the bottle, good chocolate/cocoa powder notes and a deeper woodiness. Dark grain husks and simpler sweet notes later; a good aroma although not too strong nor lasting.

T: OK so good but barely brow-raising in the first scores, but a game-changer here. Taste is as complex as I've found in a porter in a long, long time: burly dark chocolate, an infused coffee roast, ample spices and a trace of smoked wood. Volleys back and forth between gentle sweetness and savory roast, with the measliest hint of sharp tang. Each sip is worth looking forward to: what subtleties will lie within?

M: Crisp and rippling carbonation up front (a little of the 'cola' presence that showed early on), then mellowing to something shy of 'creamy' but certainly mouth-filling. It blankets without a heaviness, a lively prickle renewed at each sip. Mouth-watering, medium body.

D: A pleasure to drink and a beer I'd be happy to serve again and again. A 7% strength (not listed on the label) barely limits drinkability; the bottle was dispatched without incident. Reminds me of a local favorite of mine, Deschutes' Black Butte Porter...kinda think I prefer the Moor just a little over BBP, taste-wise at least. Nice job, Cisco, and thanks again, Jeff!

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. sampled aug 2/2010.

pours dark brown, not quite black, and with good clarity. a small dense light brown head forms, dropping slowly with a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. bit of alcohol. dark and milk chocolate. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. big caramel. bit of molasses. touch of coffee.

taste is nice. light alcohol. bittersweet and dark chocolate. caramel. bit of toffee. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. bit of molasses. anise. light roast. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. slightly below medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. good depth. it leans far more toward a stout than a porter, but still a pretty nice brew.

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Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $5.49.

A: Classic dark brown with substantial 3-finger beige big-bubbled, creamy head with good retention and a thin but respectable crust of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Great aroma of chocolate, strong coffee, licorice, and equal parts roasted and toasted malts with a slight bite of char. Hops are earthy and herbal with a bit of a tobacco leaf in there.

T: Great classic aggressive porter flavor with chocolate most prominent but backed by toasted malt, coffee, obvious licorice, and a sharp herbal hops snap. A well-rounded, unassuming porter that really acquits itself nicely in comparison to the best of the bunch.

M: Good porter mouthfeel with active carbonation, medium body, and a very malty, licorice aftertaste.

D: A very good all-around porter. I wish it were priced more competitively to battle Smuttynose's and Founders' porters, but I'll still pick it up occasionally because it's really good classic porter with no one feature out of proportion but all of them done well.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from the Lebanon Co-op grocery. Pored cold into a chilled pint glass.

A: Nearly black brew yields 1" of dirty brown head. Settles to a creamy thick layer that leaves thick lacing.

S: Nice fresh round smoke note up front, some bitter dark chocolate and robust dark roast coffee, maybe a little skunky yeast.

T: Smoke and minerals. Then some chocolate/ coffee notes, a pinch of green grassy hops.

M/D: Medium-heavy body, creamy and a bit carbonated. Good example of the style, though the minerals are an interesting twist.

Reminds me a lot of Harpoon's 100-barrel oyster stout, though a bit less skuny and minerally. I could drink this stuff all night. Well-rounded, solid 4s.

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Photo of beertunes
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade (I don't remember from who, probably GoGriz, but maybe Vermonthiker), thanks to whoever sent this to me.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured very lively, a tall lively head that had long lasting retention and no lacing. The beer was black, no translucence.

The aroma was very smoky and peaty, with a nice malt base. On the tongue, the beer was very effervescent, bubbly all the way across the tongue. There were strong peat and smoke flavors.

As far as body, the beer was a bit thin for the style, but that didn't hurt this beer at all. Drinkability was very good, for a peaty beer, this is an easy drinker.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I want more. This is a must try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good-looking two-finger light tan head, creamy and fluffy. Lasts a long while before leaving some lace as it minimizes. Color is as black as a porter can get, totally opaque and just a hint of dark red highlights when held to light.

Aroma is a very forward thing of smoke, cocoa and mineral. Dry, earthy and to-the-point.

Smokiness and bitter burnt chocolate dominate on the tongue, with some flaked cocoa and nutty coffee roast coming in. I don't detect the licorice character noted on the label. Mineral stoniness to the flavor as well, right into the finish (what little finish there is -- the smoke flavor hangs around long after the rest of the finish fades). A ghost of tartness/sourness lingers way in the background, wanting to be like those ancient traditional porters, but not quite getting there. A minuscule hint of milk sweetness flashes by, but I wonder if that's just wishful thinking, because this could use a little sweetness or juiciness or something.

Pretty dry stuff, with good balance of carbonation and a fuller, milkier feel. Glides down easily with a decent degree of slickness. No stickiness.

Fairly one-dimensional, but certainly well made, delivering all the heartier aspects of the porter style. I could live without it, but would never turn it away. Worth a shot if you're a porter fan.

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Moor Porter from Cisco Brewers Inc.
3.77 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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