Storm King Stout | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

5,914 Ratings
Storm King StoutStorm King Stout

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Emerging from the deepest shades of darkness, a rolling crescendo of flavors burst forth from this robust stout. The thundering, hoppy appeal of Storm King subsides into the mellow subtleties of roasted malt, exhibiting an espresso-like depth of character in its finish. An exquisite blend of imported malts and whole flower American hops merge harmoniously in this complex ale. Discover the dark intrigue of Storm King, as it reveals the rich, substantial flavors that it holds within.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, practically opaque brown, with tan head and some pretty good lacing.

S: Strong roasted malts, burnt coffee.

T: I've had this before and liked it a lot, the taste isn't as sweet as I remember. It's bitter with a hint of chocolate and strong coffee flavor. Tastes very burnt, though. Strong booze taste as well.

M: Medium body, with higher than expected carbonation. A lil too boozy that doesn't match up with the flavor.

D: Once again, I've had this before, and remember it being better, but that was a long time ago.

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Photo of vintajuess
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The dude who compared it to motor oil is dead on... Head is huge, creamy, milky-tan

S - Chocolate, raspberry, leather, hops

T - The chocolate and fruitiness hit first as it crosses the lips, turning to a bitter, slightly smoky flavor as you swish it around; finishes on a bitter note. The alcohol is never very prominent.

M - Excellent texture--slightly viscous, average carbonation, finishes dry, and leaves a nice residue behind.

D - As drinkable as a stout with this ABV can get. Of course, you'll want to take the time to savor this one.

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Photo of rawthar
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, slightly chilled, into a Brooklyn goblet.

A- I like my beer to look like used motor oil. No light makes it through the blackness, yet the head and the collar it leaves behind are surprisingly milky light.

S- Nothing too intense, but a faint coffee roast floats in on top of a subtle undertow of fruity hops. You really have to search to find a hint of the alcohol that tells you that this stout is imperial.

T- The floral side of the hops hit you up front, not at all unpleasantly, and the bitters get you in the end. In between, the coffee roasts and malts take you for nice little spin. Again, the 9.1% abv does a clever job of hiding behind the flavors. Overall, one of the hoppier stouts I've had, which is the farthest thing from a complaint that I could lodge.

M- Not as thick or heavy as some of its contemporaries, the refreshing lightness of texture mixes with a pleasant fizz.

D- This is a beer you can really have a nice night with. You can put a few of these down before you switch to something lighter. I get the feeling that this is one imperial stout that you could actually spend some time with during the hotter months.

Overall, if you aren't a stout guy, this won't change your mind, but if you are, this is a hoppy change of pace.

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Photo of MVotter
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black. With an thin, tan head.

S - Yeast, alcohol, coffee.

T - Dark roasted malts, tending toward mild-bitter, yet, also has what appears to be a hop presence which lends balance and tempers the bitter part of the profile, and is still able to give you a "bite!" Nice depth.

M - Plenty of effervescence. Medium/heavy. Oils. Substantial texture.

D - Expertly crafted brew. This beer is a stout drinker's stout. Some offerings in this style miss the mark, in my opinion, by making the presentation way too sweet. The Victory Storm King stays true to the spirit of the style.

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Photo of aristeros
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my first Victory beer; served in a pint glass. Pours nearly black, almost opaque. Has about two fingers of tan head. Looks pretty darn good. Smells of roasted malts--espresso prominent--with some biscuit and a surprising hop presence.

Bitter dark chocolate and coffee up front, with some caramel. Hops come on pretty strong on the back end, with a bitter black coffee effect on the aftertaste. Chewy texture, lighter carbonation appropriate to the style.

Alcohol is pretty noticeable, but pretty good drinkability for the style. I think that if I hit the entire six pack I'd be pretty well hammered.

Did not go very will with a pizza with a slightly sweet sauce. I'd pair it with mole and mildly spicy food or grilled meat with a spice rub.

My favorite in this category is Old Rasputin, but this is pretty damn close.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Maredsous chalice.

A - Poured a watery black with a bubbly tan head with somewhat slippery lacing. When held to the light, this beer is pitch black.

S - Malts dominate the smell with hints of vanilla and caramel with some bready undertones.

T - Malty blend with a hoppy undertone

M - Nice subtle bittery afterfeel with a somewhat complex moutfeel. The alcohol gives this brew a bit of a tingle in my mouth.

D - Pretty drinkable RIS. I tend to prefer a less hoppy Russian Imperial Stout, but this one is pretty nice.

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Photo of mempath
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wanted to have this during Blizzard #2, but figured that would simply, the day after and alot of shoveling, settling in to this monstrosity.

pours nearly black, monstrous head that rises way too fast and curdles over...a slight red tinge refracting from the bottom of the glass. splotchy lacing. really nice.

smell isn't being too forward, but something here smells unique. can't figure it out. it's like an oddly herbal/mint sense. strange. another swirl and the nose deep down, i get some toasty/roastiness. interesting. might have to try it again on another day and see if it comes out the same.

taste: ok, maybe that smell is indicating some grassy, oily hoppiness in an imperial stout. not what i expected, but if that's what it is, i like it. creamy chewy but not 'thick' or cloying. rather clean for all that's going on, yet not dry. quite drinkable for palates that can handle it. quite recommended and another victory for Victory. nearly exceptional on all counts.

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Photo of Chico1985
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, Storm King. My first stout ever, led me down the path of my love for Russian Imperial Stouts. Pours as black as..well..a storm, great fluffy tan head. The smell is so great - strong espresso, chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is amazing, incredible coffee taste, dark chocolate, dark cherry, generous amount of hops. Seems to have a big roasty coffee profile. Mouthfeel is good but I prefer a little more thickness. One of the most drinkable RIS's, maybe even sessionable. Alcohol shows through a bit in the finish but other than that it's very hidden. Maybe nostalgia is playing a role here, but I love this beer. Underrated in the tough competition of this style.

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Photo of oceanman
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date is completely illegible, but this beer tastes fairly young - one year or less.

Hop aromas really dominate atop more typical chocolatey notes. The beer gives off a spicy sense of heat, which merges nicely into an espresso-type aroma.

There is a big hop-bitterness here, without detracting from the smoothness of the beer at all. Some of the fruitier hop characteristics also interact with the bold stout flavors in interesting ways. Starts like chocolate, then the fruit comes in, and finishes bitterly like espresso.

This tastes kind of like someone poured a dash of Arrogant Bastard in my Expedition Stout. Works for me.

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Photo of ocbears
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review so here it goes...

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an Ommegang chalice (it's what I have handy)

A: jet black with a creamy/tan head about one-finger, thick lacing as the foam recedes

S: roasted coffee with a strong fruit presence a little like cherry

T: definitely coffee but not overpowering. fairly well balanced with a bit of chocolate and fruit

M: quite smooth and creamy with a slight prickle from the carbonation

D: fairly high because the alcohol is well masked. of course with any imperial stout like this you want to be careful.

Notes: Bit of a lingering coffee-like aftertaste but a great brew to enjoy on a snowy day.

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Photo of bobv
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black. tan head dissipates quickly, swirl, and it comes back.

S: coffee, chocolate, hops, a slight barnyard smell, (very slight.)

T: hops, chocalate, and coffee.

M: nice, fulll, carbonation is high.

D: very drinkable,
abv is noticeable,
but not overpowering.
hops are very apparent in the dry finish.

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Photo of DawnL
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black - no light could penetrate this brew. The head was tan with great lacing.

There was definitely a lot of coffee and piney hops on the nose.

The flavor was of deep coffee. There was a resinous quality to the brew. A little pine came through on the finish.

This was definitely viscous. It was a pleasure to drink this beer. It was almost chewy. There was substance here that came through with every sip.

I was surprised that the beer was as drinkable as I found it. It went pretty well with the cheese plate I was having. The cheddar paired really nicely - the blue cheese not so well, and the Delice de Bourgogne got lost in the hops.

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Photo of cbutova
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know I like aged Storm King more than fresh stuff. Got this bottle in July so the bottle is somewhere between 5-7 months old I'm assuming. The last bottle I had at 6 months was great. Beer starts out great with a very nice pitch black pour and a nice tan head between two and three fingers. The retention is very good and the beer leaves behind a very thick coat of lacing as the head dies down. The head was creamy and a nice cloud is left on top of the opaque beer. This is the looks any stout should be aiming for. Smell has a ton of roasted malts right up front. Cocoa is also picked up from the malts along with some earthy hops. The nose has good strength and a decent balance. The taste is different from the nose. The hugely roasty malt backbone is still in tact and is almost smoky. There are some cocoa notes from the malt. The hops are much bigger in the taste than the nose. A good amount of flavor and bitterness comes from the hops. They are mostly earthy but a tiny bit of pine seems to be present. Even after around half a year the hops are still a bit harsh for me, the bitterness lingers and is strong after the beer is swallowed. The best thing that comes with age in this beer is the loss of the harsh alcohol. Any fresh Storm King I have had has been very aggressive in hops and alcohol. I would say this would be perfect after about a year. Right now it is an excellent roast malt flavor with a bit too much hops (they feel unbalanced). Mouthfeel is nice. The beer has a thick body, nice creaminess and goes down very smoothly. It leaves behind a roasty cocoa and hoppy aftertaste on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate and suits the thickness and flavors well. A bit less bitterness would be nice and is the only thing keeping this from a perfect MF. Drinkability is nice for an imperial stout. The 9%ABV is hidden dangerously well. The price is very, very good. The taste and quality is great and is worth the money. The only thing keeping this from being highly sessionable is the harsh hops. I would still consider this one of the only sessionable imperial stouts. Hooray for cheap imperial stouts and hooray for a beer that ages very well. Very nice roast malt backbone also.

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Photo of cdpike
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours jet black with modest, dissipating off-white foam and a bit of lace. Nose is slight ale fruitiness with a good amount of espresso backed by alcohol. Fairly full-bodied and ultra smooth, there is a TON of flavor that leaps out immediately with this brew. Plenty of espresso is backed by very dark chocolate with a very faint fruity complexity. Again, quite smooth and a bit slick, there's an astringency and lingering bitterness that balances all the big malts. This is definitely one of my favorite beers regardless of style. Excellent!

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.39/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark solid black with a strong brown head. Lots of lacing and head retention.

S - Smell is a bit faint. Some citrusy hops and faint roasted malts.

T - Taste is a bit rough. Burnt roasted coffee and some bitter citrus hops. Seems like it could be better balanced. Strong, but almost harsh.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Smooth, full-bodied, and creamy.

D - High abv paired with some unbalanced flavors probably means I won't be having too many more of these.

Notes - A decent beer for a cold winter's night, but there's probably better ones out there. Just seems a bit off.

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Photo of Naugled
2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a nice dark brown thick head and an opaque black body. Chunks of sediment came from the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is a bit vegetal up front sweet and hoppy second.

Flavor is very bitter and harsh, way too much, either a bad bottle or it needs to age and mellow, there was no date on the bottle to know for sure.
It's hard to get a good malt profile because the hop bitterness is so dominating.

Mouthfeel isn't bad but long aftertaste.

Not a very drinkable beer at this point. I may buy another and let it age. I'll update the review afterwards. But as is, not a good example of an imperial stout IMO.

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Photo of afausser
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark leathery brown with about a finger of head into a 22 oz snifter. The head looks like it belongs to a latte both in color and consistency, and has very nice retention. There is little to no motion evident unless the brew is held up to the light, revealing some tiny carbonation bubbles moving towards the foamy, creamy head. A very fine sheet of lacing almost instantly turns into a much spottier pattern.

S: Smells very metallic, with coffee and dark chocolate notes, as well as dominant earth and smoke. There's also some subtle fruit notes that aren't completely swallowed by the heavier flavors--they come across as strawberries while the beer is still cold, and sweet raisins as it warms (though this is quite different from the dark raisiny scent in many beers). A couple sweet, syrupy notes and anise as it warms. Additionally, the metallic taste becomes more minty as it warms, which is nice.

T: The taste, again, is very heavy in metal, oak, leather, and earth notes, as well as some hoppy pine. There is a bit of coffee present, but even more than that I'm tasting a bit of molasses and caramel, which provides a nice counterpoint to the more abrasive tastes. Malty, but definitely burnt malts. The aftertaste is quite metallic and bitter, and hoppy as it warms. Fresh and minty. As it warms, there are raspberry notes. The more it warms, the more extreme the hops become, and the aftertaste becomes more and more like a broiled grapefruit with brown sugar. Very nice.

M: Quite warm in the mouth, though not abrasively so. It's really, in fact, quite warming and pleasant and goes down more like a 6 or 7 percent than a 9.1%. Smooth and creamy, if a little metallic in the aftertaste. The very fine carbonation bubbles are done, well, perfectly, and lift the flavors up to your mouth while at the same time not popping too much and ruining the feel for the style. The only thing I can complain about, aside from the aftertaste (which I find to be a little much, personally) is that it's a bit foamy. But other than that, it's just so smooth and velvety that it's easy to give it a high rating.

D: quite drinkable for the abv, and exceeded my expectations and first impressions as it warmed. It's one to sip and drink slowly, but the drinkability is certainly impressive for the style and ABV.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by: Dec 18 2014

Bubble 1 finger quickly fizziling quickly away molasses/tan head. A menacing almost completly black darkness-only a small dark brown/reddish rim is visible when held to light. The head died fairly fast to a modest ring. Maybe not much head and lacing but I like the looks of this beast.

Lots of coffee and burnt maltiness. Not so much on the usual chocolate as coffee in this one. Smells rich and has a hard alcohol kick that comes through. Warming me as I drink.

Mostly a coffee/expresso domination, with lots of roasted maltiness and a lively hop taste and bite. This is a rich, flavorful and certainly enjoyable. Not the best RIS but its a keeper.

Relatively low carbonation, but has a nice low bubbliness to it. Full bodied and rich. super smooth and a little too drinkable. The alcohol isnt a take away as it doesnt come through as much as the nose.

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Photo of goldbot
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with thick, dark brown head which is foamy for an RIS. Good head retention and pretty good lacing.

There is a lot of hop aroma of pine, which follows with nice, roasted malts - mostly chocolate and coffee. The flavor is hop dominant as well, again mostly pine notes. The malts take a back seat, but comprise dark chocolate notes and some bitter coffee. The hops fade in the finish, leaving nice dark chocolate flavor with a slight bitterness.

The strong hop profile, roasted malt, and high ABV create a very full bodied beer. A lot hoppier than I woud have preferred, but that makes me anxious to see what this does with a year or more of aging.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with I huge amount of head for a stout, but it was a rather aggressive pour. Head retention was about average and ther ewas a light amount of lacing at the top but not all the way down.

Smell is chocolate and heavily roasted malt. There is a heavy hoppy kick to it as well, making it fruity with a scent of currant.

This is one hoppy stout. Dark roast up front. My favorite is the finish, which is juicy raspberries and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is good, but just a tad thin to me. Finish is bitter and sweet.

The abv is mitigated well and this has very rich flavor. For a big stout, this drinks pretty light.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black coffee in color with a two finger cappuccino head that maintains head retention fairly well leaving little lacing

S: Strong coffee notes with definite piny hop character and some alcohol notes

T: Coffee and light cocoa with a strong earthy hop character, finishes and lingers somewhat smoky

M: Medium body lingers as consistent with the style

D: Generally enjoy Victory beers, but this one definitely puts me on the fence. Definitely doesn't feel well-balanced as far as the traditional style; however, I recognize the intent behind the hoppier notes in the beer.

All-in-all a great beer that, hopefully, will do well with aging.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: deep dark brown with a tan capuccino thwo finger head which lingers for quite some time but not much lacing.

S: cocoa, coffee, roasted malts, some alcohol on the nose

T: bready malts, very strong on the chocolate flavor

M: full bodied, medium carbonation

D: slight dry alcohol finish, little bit of bitter bite at the end

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing this beer nice and fresh.

A: When poured, the beer had a booming tan head that wouldn't spill over the side of my glass no matter how hard I jiggled it. Nice head retention. There's no light getting through here, pitch black. Deep and malty looking.

S: Huge roasty, bitter chocolate smell. Coffee is huge, so much going on here. The hops are super present for an RIS, nice touch. Sweet vanilla and oak are also present here. This is one RIS where I can smell the hops and expect the hops on the palate.

T: Hops don't necessarily hit first, but boy do they hit hard for an RIS. Nice luscious chocolate taste precedes, but the bitterness soon follows. Very well balanced hop/malt profile, although I wasn't expecting so much hops on the tongue. Still stays very robust and roasty, with a Victory hop ideal. Absolutely delicious, and I'm sure this will fare well in the cellar.

M: Smooth, thick and velvety. Carbonation is well muted, yet still very present. Great stout mouthfeel.

D: I've heard some say this is undrinkable fresh, some beg to differ. I believe it is fantastic fresh and aged, two completely different beers. Huge and boozy, not a beer to keep grabbing another of. Drinkable as it is though.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a Belgian style beer glass (skinny at the bottom and belled at the top).

The brew is dark, dark brown. The light does not penetrate it. Head is a nice burnt umber and a fat one finger, admirable for an imperial stout. Lacing is noticeable but not heavy.

Smells of piny hops, malt, dark chocolate, coffee, citrusy hops and a note of the high ABV.

Flavors are sweet, tangy, piny hops, bitter chocolate, and coffee. Afteratstes include anise and leather.

Full body, chewy even with ample carbonation and a dry, though lingering finish.

Drinkability is quite good.

I liked this beer. It is the first dark beer I have had in a while and it was a great reminder of how good an imperial stout can be. I think a Sammy Smith's is in order.

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Photo of pharmer
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA pint glass. Pours like syrup and creates a 2-finger light brown creamy head..The head diminishes into a thinner one..however it is enough to cover the beer throughout the drink..Lacing is evident on the walls of the glass

Smells of citrusy hops, coffee and roasted malt..with a very light alcohol smell in the back.

Feels silky smooth in the mouth with a nice tight carbonation.

Tastes intially of coffee and roasted grain...some nice bright citrusy hops in the middle...and finishing with a bitterness that remains on seemingly forever.

Simply put, the finest stout I've enjoyed to date(I look forward to trying to find a better one). What's scary is that it has over 9% ABV and I could drink a sixer of these very easily. This is a must try for any true beer lover.

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Storm King Stout from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.1 out of 5 based on 5,914 ratings.
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