La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition) | Nørrebro Bryghus

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La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition)La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition)
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La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition)La Granja Stout (Ontario Maple Syrup Edition)

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This version of La Granja was brewed especially for and sold exclusively to Ontario. 160 liters of maple syrup from Combermere, Ontario was used in the production of this beer.

Added by Reinheitsgebot71 on 02-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of kjyost
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

600 mL bottle from the special LCBO release (brewed with Canadian Maple Syrup) courtesy of tbeckett, thanks! Poured between 8-12C into a tulip. Bottle dated 291010 (Edit - Drank and reviewed in Jan 2012, moved in July due to wrong listing)

A: Big tan head to start, then it drops and nothing. Future pours were disappointing in their head & lacing too. Brown to opaque and clear.
S: Enjoyable. Roasted notes, with hints of coffee and maple syrup. Some dried fruit.
T: Starts roasty, moves to fruity (raisins & figs) and sweet with a coffee bitterness that finishes. Hints of maple, but maybe it is psychosomatic suggestion...
M: Lower carbonation which fits this bee well. Sweet, with a finish that is bitter from the malts with a light building warming.
O: A solid beer that is worth having. Would like to know if the coffee was more assertive a year ago when it was bottled, as I like a coffee stout to have more than a passing hint of coffee.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this! I'm glad he mentioned it was a special Canadian edition...I'd have never noticed! lol

Pours black with ruby edges. Head was small, light brown. No lace and minimal retention. Light chocolaty roasted aroma, with a nice maple note backed by a little bit of coffee. The maple definitely seems to outshine the coffee. Milk chocolate taste, roasted malts, coffee and a big maple sweetness. Feels nice for a sweet stout; nice and creamy.

I haven't tried the strictly coffee version, but I may after trying this...quite enjoyable!

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has a bit less than a year under its belt. Was in London when it was released and girlfriend picked up it for me once I saw it was a maple syrup edition.

Pours a very dark red, nice ruby highlights in the lamp light. Lively mocha head settles too quickly to a thin ring and a few clusters of bubbles.

Lucious would be the word for the aroma me thinks. Combined coffee and maple gives it a real woody flavour, almost, but not quite, smoked.

Almost milk chocolate up front. Creamy sweetness is gradually overtaken by an almost harsh coffee bitterness that really defines this one. That really nice woodiness hangs around in the background though, and it really makes the brew for me. They've managed to make a barrel-aged beer without barrel-ageing a beer. Alcohol is well-concealed, just faintly warming

Beautiful mouthfeel. Super-smooth with a perfectly understated carbonation.

Really liked it, incorporating maple into a beer is tough, but this gets it just about right. Bit more pronounced flavour from the syrup, and a touch less coffee, and it would be a homerun.

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Photo of mmurphy525
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into a duvel tulip. The following info was stamped on the bottle.

Bottle on: 29/10/10
Best Before: 26/10/12

Pours a deep black with a light tan head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is very sweet (possibly a hint of maple but not sure) with some roasted malt and a little coffee grind in the mix. The sweetness in the smell is dominant in the taste but it is not over powering. Other notes include a hint of espresso, burnt malt and some vanilla. I personally could not taste any maple. Mouthful is a little thin for a stout and has moderate carbonation. Overall this is a very light well balanced stout. I think this would be a good entrance beer for people just beginning to get into stouts.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Black, very dark with just a bit of brown translucency. A short brown cap of fine bubbles sat on top of the beer after a hard pour. Decent head retention with some spotty lacing. Roast and coffee aroma, bittersweet, faint fruity and malty notes in the background. More sweetness in the flavour, roast and chocolate, herbal bitterness, with a little vanilla and lactose sweetness. Medium bodied with well integrated carbonation, fine bubbles on the palate, moderate astringency. I enjoyed it, but was surprised at the relatively light body and mild malt presence - it seemed more sugary than malty at times.

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Photo of Rutager
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle From northyorksammy. Oroginally reviewed on: 04-16-2011 under the wrong beer (regular version, not ontario maple version). Thanks to MasterSki for pointing this out.

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with a finger of bubbly tan head.

Smell. Light roasted coffee and a little sweet chocolate.

Taste. Lightly sweetened coffee, burnt sugar, bitter coffee finish with a little dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium-strong carbonation.

Drinkability. Another nice and easy drinking stout. Sweetness compliments the type of coffee used.

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Photo of korguy123
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark black pour, ruby red when held to light, two finger soapy light tan head. Quickly shrinks to thin cap. Lacing is minimal.

S- Roasted coffee, maple, brown sugar and chocolate sauce and vanilla.

T- Bitter coffee, maple syrup, vanilla and slight chocolate sauce again. Bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, chewy and sticky on the lips. Carbonation is faint and helps cleanse the palette.

O- Good stout, could use more body, definitely needs more maple.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to korguy123 for this bottle!

A: Pours a deep black with a small tan foam head that dissipates very quickly leaving behind a few bubbles on top and very little lacing.

S: Smells like coffee grounds, very fresh coffee/espresso and a little bit of chocolate. The maple comes out a little bit as the beer warms, though it is not as strong as expected.

T: Coffee/espresso forward for sure, but not over the top. The maple is more prominent in the flavor profile and provides a nice sweetness. The maple/sweetness grows as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation, maybe a little much, but I didn't have a real problem with it, just prevented it from being a little smoother/creamier.

O: Pretty good, even though I typically avoid coffee beers, this one is better than most, probably from the added sweetness of the maple syrup.

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Photo of crusian
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle from awesome girlfriend from LCBO in toronto.

pours a thin looking dark brown with about a finger of head that grows slowly and dissipates quickly with large bubbles. the head doesnt stick around, and there is almost no lacing.. seems almost soda like carbonation.
nose is all coffee. reminds me of a coffee "stout" I brewed in college... tasted like carbonated coffee and smelled like coffee... nothing else in it.
taste is actually pretty similar to what I made, lol... taste is all coffee... there is a sweet nuttiness as well. not sure where this Maple syrup edition thing comes from, i dont see it anywhere on the label, nor do I taste it.
Pretty basic here. thin with a strong coffee bitterness aftertaste.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

600ml bottle into tulip May,17,0211

A reddish cola when held to the light not very dark for a big stout, light tan head falls very fast almost like a pops fizz and leaves no lace

S smells like chocolate syrup, with some coffee, dates, and just a hint of smokey maple

T just a little toned down compared to the nose, the coffees cold and burnt now and it tastes even sweeter

M fairly thin and a little flat, not a high point for this brew

O it smells and tastes pretty good and that's the most important thing I suppose

I could drink this again and perhaps would let it age to see what happens, thanks liamt07 for sending this one my way

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Photo of mintjellie
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights. Thin, wispy tan head is dissipates as fast as it forms. No lacing. Milk chocolate aroma with hints of espresso and maple syrup. Tastes like rich chocolate sweetened by maple syrup with a balancing coffee bitterness. Bitterness lingers in the long finish, along with a black coffee acidity. ABV completely hidden. Remarkably balanced for a strong beer. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Well crafted with sweet, bitter, and tangy flavours mingling together in a harmonious and balanced whole. It wins me over on flavour and texture, but a stronger aroma and better head formation and retention would go a long way towards making this a better beer.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle, maple syrup version using Ontario maple syrup. Pours a dark brown, thin and fading to tan on the edges. Finger of head on the pour which quickly fizzes out, leaving nothing - no retention.

Nose is light coffee, roast, dark fruits, hint of molasses. Smooth flavor, espresso is well integrated and balanced, really dry, light dark fruit and lacto twang in the finish, maple syrup doesn't really add much noticeable. Roast, light smoke, dark fruits, coffee, molasses - little thin, carb is a little too zippy, hides the ABV well. Easy drinking but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of fostachild
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a near pitch dark color. good tan head – but fades quickly.

smells of chocolate, coffee beans/mocha.

heavy coffee in the taste. also very sweet - maybe a bit too sweet.
good carbonation and drinkability.. overall was decent but kind of a letdown given the high cost.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to northyorksammy for the chance to try this one. Poured from a 600mL bottle into my Bruery tulip.

Light-sucking bistre liquid is crowned by a light tan event-horizon of foam, forming a lasting collar and arcipelago of velvety cream. Sandy lacing, fast running, viscous tears.

Roasted barley, coffee, chicory, and faint maple in the nose. It does not smell sweet at all. Some phenolics.

Handmade corn tortillas, fresh off the clean malt, porcini mushrooms, and delicate fruit on the palate. Coffee, burnt maple sugar, and hints of toffee and toast in the long finish. Vague chocolate malt flavors as well...very well balanced.

Smooth, not-quite-medium-bodied mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Simple, but very well crafted stout - I'd definitely pick this up again if it were regularly available...

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black with just a glint of ruby red-brown at the edges under a bright light. Head was foamy and sticky two finger but soon reduced to reveal some tar blackness at one-quarter of the glass. A solid ring remained and gave rise to spotty lace, the appearance suggestive of a creamy milk stout.

Smell is all expresso and black licorice. Taste is very agreeable, alcohol well controlled, maple syrup sweetness makes this highly palatable. Some coffee liqueur accents and a lingering, toasty finish. Medium body yet very drinkable. If you like stouts - and I do - this is easily a sessional.

Overall, an excellent example of international good will and co-operation, I hope the LCBO in Ontario keeps stocking this one - no fooling, this is a real treat!!

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Photo of uno99
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My quiet St.Patricks evening is being spent with this Ontario Edition of la Granja

Served at 55 Degrees into a nonic.

A: Quite dark, but sort of a porter appearance in the outer edges of the liquid. head dissipates fast and leaves no hint of lace.

S:Trying hard to get the maple on this. smell is quite sweet and malty. Not much else going on here however.

T: Just not feelin this beer too much, and I was looking forward to it. Maybe its just too sweet for me.

M: Carbonation feels really overdone and mouthfeel is sort of thin.

O: Kind of a let down for me. Seems like most other reviewers like this however, so maybe my palate is off tonight.

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Photo of biegaman
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

True to its "classic stout" origins, this beer looks like it comes from industrial, eighteenth century England: it is black as coal and has a complexion so sooty you'd think it was dragged through a dirty chimney. It's as flat and polluted as any river unfortunate enough to flow next to a factory. It looks like it would fail modern standards of sanitation.

The bouquet is much more milk-chocolaty than dark chocolaty; the espresso is restrained enough so that a lot of maple syrup is able to seep through. The sweetness had my senses puzzled for a moment, until I remembered what exactly it was I was drinking. The syrup is rich and succulent, with a sharp hit of maple, a contrast to the roasty malts.

The flavour of authentic, luscious, rich Ontario maple syrup is found in the taste as well, which conjures to mind memories of school field trips and family vacations. (Anyone who's traveled across Ontario or Quebec can attest that every gift shop sells maple syrup, and in most you'll also find homemade maple fudge, maple cookies, etc.)

This clearly isn't the crap Aunt Jemima be sellin' ya! The flavour of maple fudge sticks out of the beer just as a giant beaver or hockey stick would, an obvious and familiar demarcation of true red-and-white gastronomy. Along with it, interestingly enough, is a particularly sooty and stale espresso taste as well as some roasty, bittersweet malts.

The 7.5% alcohol does nothing to make this seem like anything other than a standard, sessionable stout; it is easily (and best) consumed in big gulps. The gloppy sweetness of the syrup is a perfect adversary for all the bitter coffee and roast malt flavours. A shot of lactose sweetness fits in perfectly. The beer has an overall low-key temperament.

It's quite a sensation to taste authentic, home-grown Canadian maple syrup in a Danish beer that was brewed with Mexican coffee. If that's not a paper on globalization I don't know what is. Any gimmicks aside, I was very impressed with the outcome of this project. I found it simply a wonderful, immensely drinkable stout through and through.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle poured into my Rodenbach tulip, big thanks to Alex for this tick... A dark brown body, would be black if not for the deep blood red that shows off clearly in the middle when held up to the light. A light tan head rises about a finger, falls quickly to leave a half finger solid cap, light lacing... The aroma is burnt coffee with oak, smoke, caramel and big amount of maple syrup shows through. The syrup is sweet but woody, has a hint of herbs to it too. I really love the maple notes but the coffee on the front, not so much... The taste is really disappointing as I was expecting so much more out of the maple syrup. Overall, its way too weak, mostly I get stale coffee, the syrup almost disappears. Weird grass coffee finish. The mouthfeel is way to light, hurts the taste too much, as it reminds me of watered down coffee. The biggest problem with this is that it tastes way too much like bad coffee, where as a lot of beers taste like a beer with coffee in it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled October 29, 2010.

Pours a light black, almost dark brown, with a thin tan head, which dissipates quickly.

Smell is all coffee and maple syrup, particularly the former. I am not a coffee lover or connoisseur, but it does not strike me as the best smelling coffee in the world.

The coffee that was present in the nose is multiplied in the taste, to the extent that it strikes me as more a 'beer-flavoured coffee' than a 'coffee-flavoured beer.' There is some sweetness supplied by the maple syrup, but the finish is fairly bitter. Perhaps a coffee lover would enjoy this beer, but it is not for me. I do, however, think Peche Mortel is excellent, so this is not simply a bias against the style on my part.

Mouthfeel is quite good. Medium bodies, and a good level of carbonation. From the appearance, I had feared that it would be overly carbonated, but it appears not.

Drinkability is dinged for me due to the overpowering coffee taste. The alcohol, for what it's worth, is quite hidden.

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Photo of KingHefey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a can of semi-flat cola. Dark and rich in colour with a tan head.

A great nose, roasted malts, dark chocolate with coffee in the background. The maple syrup is an obvious and fantastic addition.

Coffee is much more predominent in the taste opposed to the smell. Dark chocolate and the maple syrup balance the bitter coffee. A bit of a medicinal taste on the tongue at the end.

A syrupy mouthfeel, slightly creamy with good carbonation.

A very satisfying stout but the dent in the wallet makes it one (well, two) and done.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark opaque brown topped by a greyish head of loose bubbles that dies down to a light, swirly slick of foam before quickly dying down to nothing. Ultimately lifeless.

The aroma is faint cold coffee and chocolate and earthiness. Infinitesimally sweet. I've been sipping away at this for almost an hour waiting for something more to open up, but it doesn't seem to want to happen.

I find the taste, while satisfying, rather unremarkable. A simple syrup like sweetness is balanced against dry cold coffee with a mild hint of bitterness in the finish. More mocha than espresso or maple with a mild roastiness in the finish.

I find the body of this lacking, it's quite light, undercarbonated, and could use some serious beefing up.

This not to say this is a bad beer, but considering the expectations set about in the name, the coffee in the taste and aroma is fairly low, and considering the gimmick that this was brewed with maple syrup, I don't pick up even so much as a hint of maple. (Not that I didn't really, really try. And not that I don't appreciate the effort or shipping all that maple syrup to Denmark only to have it brewed into oblivion and shipped back to Ontario.)

Anyway, overall it's an okay beer but I can't help but factor in value when I review a beer and at $10.15 I think there's better value to be had elsewhere. By which I mean Péché Mortel.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last of my Nørrebro Bryghus roundup, saved for a slightly warm February day - perfect maple syrup production weather!

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Inky black, only the faintest chestnut hues around the edges. Leaves a thin head that quickly recedes into nothingness, leaving neither a ring nor more than a few flecks of lacing.

Huge roasted coffee aroma, just like my espresso machine smells in the morning when I get my daily caffeine jolt. And yes, I do detect the sweetness of maple syrup lingering in the back, along with caramel and cream. A great nose indeed.

The first few sips were abrasive, but once my tastebuds acclimatized, I was hooked. This is a rich, luxurious coffee stout - packed with coffee flavor and lightly accompanied by maple syrup sweetness.

Thick mouthfeel, zippy carbonation that lasts throughout the bottle.

Great stuff from Nørrebro, and certainly worth the investment. The collaboration with Ontario maple syrup folks has been worthwhile, providing a nice sweet counterbalance to the bold coffee flavors. Glad I picked up a bottle, might snag one more to hold onto for later!

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Photo of peensteen
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, nearly black, mahogany tints in the light, medium tan head, some lace kicking around. Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, faint coffee, maple comes out towards the mid to end of the brew and faint alcohol notes. Tastes roasty with chocolate, coffee shows up in a big way, touches of maple here and there and then more maple sweetness and coffee in the finish. Medium mouthfeel, fair bit of carbonation and slightly creamy. Drinks well, I certainly enjoyed it, perfect ABV to make it nice and full but not impossible to finish a bottle on your own.

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Photo of heebes
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle.
Part of the brewery feature.

Pours black with a thin tan foamy head. Nose is espresso coffee, bourbon, dark roasted malts. Taste is sweet, very faint maple flavour. Lots of toasted malt flavour. Lighter watery mouthfeel as with most of the Norrebros beer I've tried. Pretty wonderful drinkability, well hidden ABV. Not hot at all. Best from the brewery feature I got to try.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black but dark brown on the edges with two fingers of tan head and no visible carbonation.

S - Tons of coffee. Coffee can be picked up from far away. Impressive since neither espresso or any other sort of coffee are included in our trusty LCBO ingredients list. Roasted malty goodness is there too but in a complimentary role. Inviting and sort of warming aroma when looking at the snow falling.

T - Tons of coffee in the flavour but in a smoother, less harsh way than in the aroma. Coffee balanced nice with a hint of sweetness not leaving a bitter finish. Great balance between that potentially chalky sort of coffee ground flavour and the sweetness I'm assuming comes from the syrup. Quite a delicious beer when broken down. Having trouble detecting a maple syrup component though.

M - Appropriate carbonation, around low on the scale. Medium body is really good. Really smooth and almost silky.

D - Huge drinkability here. Too bad it's so limited. I'm excited to try the original at the brewpub soon. I could have a few more and would seek the stuff out, especially in the cold.

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