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Uncle Jacob's StoutUncle Jacob's Stout

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 17.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In the quest to create a collection of barrel-aged beers to be reproduced annually, Avery Brewing Company is releasing Uncle Jacob’s Stout, the second member of its Annual Barrel Series. The collection began with Rumpkin rum barrel-aged pumpkin ale in the fall of 2011, and now continues with this 17.4% ABV stout that was aged in first-use Bourbon barrels for 6 months. While the Avery Barrel-Aged Series features one-time-only batches, such as the recent Muscat d’Amour and Récolte Sauvage, the Annual Barrel Series features a selection of cellarable barrel-aged beers that fans can return to and get to know every year.

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Photo of mattsander
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Impenetrable black, viscous, syrupy. Impressively tenacious chestnut colored head. Very appealing looking beer.

S: Oozing dark chocolate toffee bomb, slightly nutty, smooth oak throughout, vanilla marshmallow. More dark fruit than BCBS or Eclipse. Hardly any booze on the nose, very impressive. I can't take my nose out the glass. I might just smell it all night.

T: Sweet bourbon-soaked malts, cocoa powder, echoes of the aroma. Not a lot of booze flavor, but rest assured this is one extremely warming beer. Happy belly. Finishes with long lingering barrel character.

M: Very syrupy and sticky - what do you expect? A slow sipper, the small bottle is a 3hr event.

Fantastic stout, I wish I had more of these to lay down.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a very dark brown in color with a thin brown head that left a little frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots o sweetness going on in the aroma consisting of molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, but with lots of chocolate. It had bourbon barrel wood qualities, hints of booze and slight maple notes.

T: the bourbon barrel character was more pronounced on the plalate alongside chocolatey, molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar notes but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, chocolatey, bourbon boozy, and silky finish.

O: definitely was a solid brew and was glad to try it. Good lookin out on the bottle beezler.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head. Super bourbony aroma with some vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. Very, very sweet with lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and vanilla. The sweetness is very pronounced, and despite the alcohol content and barrel aging, not as boozy as I thought.

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Photo of harrymel
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 27MAR12

Beautiful beer, dark mahogany with cherry hues and a persistent etched surface sheet of dark mocha foam. It's funny, people consistently concede the absence of carbonation in higher ABV beers, I don't buy it and this is another confirmation of my hypothesis. The smells of prunes, dates and figs with liquor infused vanilla and fine chocolate truffles alongside leather and rich caramels. Hints of smoky molasses up in the nose as well. Very pretty. Flavor backs up the nose with molasses, bourbon, oak, cocoa, rich sweet vanilla and toasted sugars. A good boozy character warms the throat and leather character brings it all together. Full and silky body with nice, fine carb and a good solid - long lasting finish that runs the duration of five minutes (this is a long time for those actually looking at the clock). Really fine beer that I plan to buy the rest from the store I found this at. Really outstanding.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Bottled 3/27/12.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, coconut, wood, and bourbon. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, vanilla, wood, and lots of bourbon flavor. There is an alcohol kick and woody aftertaste on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some awesome aromas and flavors that make for a dangerously drinkable beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: lots of bourbon whiskey flavors with sweet vanilla. Chocolate, caramel, and a lot of malts. Some oak too.

Taste: same as nose but more whiskey with some heat. Also shows some roast and more oak.

Mf: fairly hot. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. Ends with some booze.

O: good beer but a little young. Other than that it was solid.

Edit: June 2015 consumed batch 4. Still too hot. Very viscous and rough.

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Photo of Bobheed
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very viscous, dark black, can't see through it at all. Very small dark red/copper head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice copper colored lace. Has huge alcohol legs

S: Super sweet. Lots of candy sugar/toffee/caramel as well as a small amount of a burnt espresso. Slightly like soy sauce and bourbon also.

T: Lots of bourbon and sweetness. Also, for it being 17.42%, it's surprisingly balanced. Get the alcohol a bit at the end, as well as some molasses.

M: Very smooth, velvety, with some intense heat on the way down.

Overall this is quite nice. One of the really great bourbon Imp stouts out there right now. I'm going to have to try to get ahold of another bottle so I can age this beast.

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Photo of spdyfire83
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

244th Review
12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass
Didn't catch the vintage/bottling date on this

Thanks joshclauss for bring this to Dublin and sharing! From notes.

A: Simply black. Half (dark tan) fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Loads of bourbon coming off the nose. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar. Faint coffee as well, but mostly bourbon here.

T: Follows nose, but this beer is very robust and bold. Bourbon is up-front straight away. Roastiness is nice while chocolate, caramel, and coffee balance is well executed. Dark fruit with more bourbon overtones round this one out.

M: Full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

O: The booze on this beer is well balanced with a nice back-bone of flavor, but I think it could stand to mellow a bit. Very nice that these were bottled in 12 oz. bottles though as to drink a bomber might be a bit rough.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Gomer's Northland today...

Pours jet black with a pinly of caramel colored head. Average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity..

S: Bourbon & dark fruit, doesn't quite deliver as it warms

T: Rich dark fruit, boozey, chocolate & cherries, some woody hops up front, some oaky notes as well. Raisins, charred grain,booze soaked chocolate covered raisins/cherries & oaky dryness as this warms, along with vanilla & nice vanilla flavor. Finishes dry, boozey, woth much figgyness, cherries, dates, plus Bourbon with some rough edges

MF: Thick & lucious, some carbonation cuts through the chewyness, thins out as it arms

Drinks great for the style & the over the top ABV. Almost on a par with the Abyss in many aspects, but even pricier. I would pick up another bottle to age given the chance, but drinking great right now, just a bit of rough boozey edge...

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Photo of zeff80
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, brown head. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of strong bourbon notes with oak and vanilla.

T - Great balance of bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt and a boozy presence.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A full bodied ale with somewhat dry finish.

O - This is a really good bourbon barrel aged stout. Another good limited release brew from Avery.

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Photo of Holland
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black with a thin brown head with great retention. Thick looking.

S: bourbon, sweetness, dark fruit, huge smell

T: sweetness is huge with a slight bitterness, big bourbon and alcohol flavor along with huge roasted malt stout flavors and some old ale like dark fruit (fig, date) flavors. Only part that brings it down is the noticeable alcohol.

M: huge body with impressive carbonation for the body.

O: great beer, but the sweetness can be overwhelming, and the bitterness and bourbon does not quite cover it. $10 to $16 per bottle and still worth it.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark as all, nice mocha .5 inch head, slowly leaves. Nice lace. Kudos on the carb and head retention on such a big beer.

S - OMG. Boozy, woody, vanilla, bourbon, boozy, boozy, malty, sweet, round and full.

T - Beautiful. Still a little hot, but nice.

M - Medium to full, good carb ok balance. A little too hot.

D - Not a session beer, nasty things could happen. Nice as a shared sipper.

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Photo of r0nburgundy69
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an adelberts snifter

a - pours the blackest of black with a cappuccino head that sticks around for a bit.

s - bourbon, booze, roasted coffee, a lot of booze

t - wow. i'm floored, no booze what so ever. its very sweet, but not sickeningly so. sweet malty chocolate and bourbon, compared to the rest of averys boozy line up this is a dream.

m - super thick and syrupy, very nice.

o - this is a world class stout, and not as limited as some, i would suggest seeking it out if bourbon barrel stouts are your thing.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a vicous, used motor oil black - completely opaque - while yielding a thin, foamy tan head; modest retention and lacing. robust nose offers roasted malt and dark chocolate in spades with secondary notes of bourbon, coffee, alcohol, and molasses. very appealing.

flavor follows the nose with bold elements of roasted malt, chocolate, bourbon, molasses... to a lesser degree coffee and caramel, and a touch of vanilla. very flavorful and tasty. though it does bear that near trademark big sweetness of some of these avery big beers that come close to the cloying, under-attenuated realm. it's also quite boozy (no great shocker given the whopping 17+% ABV)... full, chewy mouthfeel with about average carbonation.

overall this is a monster of a stout. big, bold flavors and a nice bourbon kick which i love. on the downside it was a bit sweet for me, which became more and more evident as the beer warmed, making it borderline cloying by the time i was nearing the last of my glass. in the final analyis, for me it's a very good / borderline great beer with the caveat that it's an occasional treat - and at that i'd be good with 6oz worth.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Boulevard tulip.

Quite the hefty beer, Uncle Jacob's pours with a near-unrivaled viscosity. Body is that of deep-brown pitch with a slim, yet stubborn head of taupe foam. Its nose brings forth big notes of cocoa nibs, vanilla, leather, dark fruit, and nuttiness. Bourbon is a bit subdued, as is the aroma itself, but the overall bouquet is still very much enticing.

The taste is expectantly sweet, but not without balance. Huge notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, bourbon barrels, and dark berry fruits offset the intensity of the residual sugars and make for an entirely complex, yet enjoyable flavor profile. The alcohol is extraordinarily well-hidden within the creamy, chewy body. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and heavy on the tongue, but velvety smooth and decadent--think along the lines of a melted fudge-sicle. All in all, an excellent beer. Shows that Avery has both the drive to craft an 'Extreme' beer in this day & age, and yet the restraint and artistry to make it absolutely delicious.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG 80. Honestly its getting fucking hard to do this. The Astros suck nuts and I keep trudging along with the challenge. Oh well, here we go. And, a fucking huge one for tonight. Uncle Jacob, weighing in at 18%. I am a masochist for even doing this, but a new beer must be drunk, and a new beer to me this is.

So, out of the bottle and into the glass this goes. Pours an absolutely pitch black color, thick like raw oil coming up out of the ground. A nice tan head forms around the top, it basically bubbles up out of the dark thick mud. Smell- Charred molasses, caramel, toffee, bourbon, milk chocolate, dark chocolate. This beer bitch slapped me already. Taste- just a super thick velvet of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, charred molasses, and crazy amounts of booze wraps itself around my tongue and sides of my mouth. Jesus. This is an evil dark motherfucker of a beer. A little but of liquorice at the end of the booze, this reminds me of BCS in some ways, but its bigger and has a super thick mouthfeel. Wow. for 18%, and a beer thats basically fresh, the ABV is not too abrasive. It is there as you would expect it to be, but this is more drinkable than I expected. Seek this out, buy several, let them cellar.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at Firkin and poured into snifter. Black an inky on the pour with minimal head and lacing. Nose is heavy bourbon and vanilla with a considerable amount of char from the barrel. Waves of chocolate and roast emanate strongly with mild boozy character which I find surprising considering the massive gravity of this brew. The taste is very sweet up front with molasses and licorice. This is followed by by intense roast, dark chocolate, an highlights of vanilla. The mouthfeel is heavy but not syrupy. Very mild in the carbonation department. Overall, I am very impressed with the balance considering the high abv. This is damn good and I recommend those looking for an intense stout to seek this one out!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I know it may be a bit too hot for a 18% ABV Imperial Stout that's barrel aged, but I have been dying for one as of late.

A-Pours a sludgy, viscous ink. Zero light penetration. Head is beautiful. Dark, dark tan than fluffs up quickly but dies down to a thinner shirt atop the beer. You can actually hear the head fizzle and pop away over time. The body leaves legs like wine. Excellent looking.

S-Huge wallop of boozy bourbon. The alcohol is obviously very prevalent here but the oaky bourbon whiskey really makes the alcohol tantalizing. Incredibly rich milk chocolate note. The chocolate is just unbelievably concentrated. Super charred french vanilla coffee. Great nose with humongous girth!

T-Wow, this is impressive. The bourbon really sets in on the back end but the alcohol is more submissive than I was expecting. The coffee flavor literally ceases to leave my palate. The burnt caramel and BRILLIANT chocolate flavors are impeccable. Like a Kahlua mixed cocktail with chocolate covered caramel candy sitting at the bottom of the glass. There are some great extra notes of vanilla extract, leather and tobacco. Also some whiskey-dipped plums.

M-One of the fullest bodies I have ever come across. Carbonation is almost nonexistent and this allows your mouth to truly appreciate how incredibly viscous this beer actually is.

O/D-At $11 a 12 oz. it is a piggy bank breaker, but this beer is pretty phenomenal. Just ridiculously full bodied and rich. Would maybe like a bit more bourbon in the flavor but the other aspects of the beer's taste more than make up for it. I think its worth the price tag.

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Photo of edproctor
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- pretty much jet black. nice half finger coffee colored head lingers for a while.
s- dark roasted espresso, bourbon, booze, dark chocolate, these are just some of the deep flavors you can find. has a very full aroma. cant wait to try this...
t- WOWEE!!! this is a huge beer!!! same as aromas, huge flavor. thick syrupy body. definitely a sipper. lots of dried fruit too, black berries, raspberrys, dark dark cherrys.
m- thick and slow running.
o- a Great Beer!!! A+ on this one. would like to open a bottle in 2015 or something.

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Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle split into two glasses, thanks Megan for sharing (though I reluctantly ended up drinking 2/3 of it). Inky black body with burnt brown edges. It pours slightly viscous and sticky around the edges, with a thin wispy layer of foam that quickly vanishes with minimal lacing.

Aromas of sticky molasses, mellow roast and chocolate. Seems a bit subdued at first, some barrel hints surface as it warms, but still very mellow with a noticeable alcohol presence.

Dominant flavors of tobacco and molasses, faint coffee roast and chocolate in the middle, with some alcohol heat at the tail end. Low carbonation with a chewy, sticky, viscous feel. The malt character has some slight oxidation, tastes like old leather. Not much distinctive bourbon here... some wet wood maybe, but little in the way of actual bourbon. Overall the flavors aren't all that cohesive, instead somewhat messy and it falls a bit flat. Drinkability is reduced by the high abv and sticky feel. Honestly a bit disappointed in this, had high hopes after sampling the fantastic 2012 Samael's recently.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Malt and Vine (Redmond, WA), poured into a snifter

A: Half finger mocha foam, opague black

S: Huge huge smell. You can smell this beer from 3-4 feet away from the snifter. Huge bourbon, vanilla, oak, slight smoke, brown sugar, some dark fruits

T: Wow... huge huge bourbon, oak, vanila, chocolate, molasses... this is some crazy shit. Boozy for sure, but the sweetness masks it fairly well. Edit: alright, so I let the last quarter of the bottle warm up to room temp and had it again. Everything else is the same, but I can taste artificial cherry flavour.

M: Syrupy, thick, good amount of carbonation.

O: This is perhaps the biggest beer I have ever had. Very well crafted for such a big beer. Full of flavor, smell. And thank you Avery for bottling this into a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, pitch black like motor oil. Medium dark tan/brownish head that goes down at a steady pace. Scent is sweet bourbon up front. A ton of it in fact. Some intense booziness as well. Smells like a booze chocolate cake. A ton of toffee and nuttiness. Taste is boozy chocolate cake and sweet brown sugar with some burnt sugar malt flavors. Intense bourbon flavor with a great amount of toffee and vanilla. Subtle coffee flavors with mocha and more vanilla. Boozy warming sensation. Mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy. Drinkability is fairly high for how big it is. Overall, this is a very tasty beer that is somewhat comparable to Black Tuesday. Not really as well-balanced though.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer the day it was released, and had it again today. Simply flawless. The bourbon is there, but not over-powering. It's a super fine stout with just the right amount of bourbon barrel. The thing that stands out to me is a sweetness in the taste that especially emerges over time. Reminiscent of Rumpkin (another fine beer from Avery) with that sweetness, though not as sweet as Rumpkin. Creamy and full mouthfeel.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep black color with good carbonation, nice brown cap and medium amount of lacing

S: Licorice, leather, wood, bourbon, booze, and chocolate. Hints of coffee and vanilla are present. The nose is extremely big and complex.

T: Upfront is big chocolate and heat with coffee and roasted malt. Midway vanilla, leather, wood, dark fruits licorice really pickup as does the sweetness. The finish is a bit syrupy, sticky, sweet with more relentless heat.

M: Cloyingly sweet with heat but the body was not to thin and right on the money as was carbonation

O: Drinkability is down, cellar ability is up. I did not finish my bottle but I will say it had much more body than BT or CR. Worth the price.

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Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a medium sized dense brown head. Leaves a solid wall of lacing as it slowly fades away.

S: I can smell the bourbon from across the room after I pour it. Strong toffee, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. There is roasted malt hiding behind it with some char and chocolate mainly.

T: Up front is stinging bourbon with again, toffee, brown sugar and caramel. Light vanilla is present throughout the beer. Smooths out surprisingly quickly after the initial bourbon hit. Big chocolate and caramel in the middle. Fades into a vanilla oakiness with hints of chocolate and a little char. Vanilla lingers nicely in the aftertaste.

M: Thick, heavy, and syrupy. Surprisingly smooth.

O: My first impression is that this reminds me a lot of Black Tuesday. This has a bit stronger bourbon hit up front, but with less molasses than BT. This is a delicious exercise in extreme barrel aged stouts.

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Uncle Jacob's Stout from Avery Brewing Company
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