Brother Adam's Bragget Ale | Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ

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Brother Adam's Bragget AleBrother Adam's Bragget Ale

Brewed by:
Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
Maine, United States

Style: Braggot

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Akin to a barley wine, we suggest this ale as an after dinner drink.

It has a truly unique & sophisticated flavor due to the use of wildflower honey as the catalyst for the production of alcohol. We simply use pale malt and a very small amount of Target hops in this Belgian style ale. The bulk of the body, color and sweetness come from the 2,000 lbs. of honey we add to the boil.

The Brother is cellared for up to a year before it is bottled, which helps to marry the flavors and create the complex palate in this Bragget.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, fruit, alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a boozy alcohol sting followed by sweet flavors of honey, caramel and fruit. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the hops presence is mild but complementary creating a decent balance. The after-taste is sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid stronger beer to sip on for a while but there are other high-ABV beers that I would pick first.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with a surprising white head that reduces to a ring. No true lacing, some alcohol tears.

Toasted malt, some maple-y aromas, some brown sugar.

Nice complexity hat plays tricks with you. First sip is sweet from the honey, then bitter from a brown breadcrust element, then it dries out, with a punch of alcohol. Some vanilla, some woody notes. A long lingering alcoholic bitter toasted malt finish. No herb nor spice notes like you get in some versions of the style. Clean and enjoyable, like a honeyed, dried out barleywine.

Fuller bodied, but not over-thick. Light carbonation. A better sipper when this warms up a touch.

I really liked this one, and the best of the style (from my limited experience).

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Photo of Urbancaver
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown, lots of nice white head.
Pretty enjoyable beer. High alcohol, very sweet lote of honey but overall a ll balanced beer. This one will get you drunk. Overall this is a really enjoyable beer and one i would have again for sure. Thanks!

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Photo of Thads324
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"aged since 2006"
A : pours a slightly hazy ruby color with just a tiny hint of white bubbles that disappears quickly to nothing.
S: very intense sweetness like a brandy. Dark dried fruit and a heart aroma. The alcohol is reminiscent of vodka.
T : starts sweet like the smell. A hefty flavor full of honey, grapes, other dried fruits and and underlying breadiness. A bit of clove in the middle. Very sweet. Very much like a red wine. As it warms it almost gets a woody oak flavor. Finishes with some heat and caramel flavor.
M : full flavored and low effervescence. Sharp flavors, good linger like a red wine

A really well aged beer. Not at all like when it's fresh. Very intense and complex, but ultimately similar to a red wine in flavor and drinkability. A really really good bragget. Need more now

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Photo of skibumma70
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of sweet malt and light honey. Appearance is of a dark honey color, almost reddish. The taste is of sweet honey, almost sugary bread, light butterscotch, spicy mix. As it sits on your palate after a sip, it warms, probably from the higher alcohol content. Overall, this was very good. I had this with a good cigar, and it was the perfect compliment. It was pricey at $11 for a little over a pint, but it was delicious. I would buy a few of these if I come across them again, and put them away for a good drink with a stogie. I bought this after a tour of the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor last weekend.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A chilled bottle of the most recently released batch (so probably brewed last year) is poured into a pint glass.

The beer is translucent and an orange/brown color. The head is also brown, and foamy. It settled quickly to a skim of foam. Swirling the beer lives a slick coating behind.

The aroma has notes of honey and apple cider, as well as a few sugars. Spices like cinnamon and clove are present.

This is a tasty beverage that does not drink like one that is nearly 12% ABV. It begins sweet and spicy with some honey flavors. As I swallow, the alcohol becomes apparent. Slightly warm alcohol and mild bitterness lingers.

This is a full bodied beer with low carbonation. This coating is thick, flavorful and slightly boozy. My lips are tad sticky after a few sips.

This is an interesting and fairly rare style of beer, so it is hard to judge. It is similar to barleywine, which I prefer more. And if I wanted something strong that tastes like honey, I'd pour myself some mead. Despite this, I would recommend this beer to anyone visiting the area, as you can often find it on the shelves around here.

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Photo of foogerd
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Definitely looks like dark honey and some ddish ambers.

S- Sweet malts, some light booze, seems a bit subdued for all its flavor.

T- Sweet sugary breads drizzled with honey, rich butter pound cake with raisins.

M- Full smooth with moderate carbonation.

O- Tasty brew. It was my first Braggot so I was expecting something very different it didnt satisfy in terms of that.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish orange amber color with a decent fluffy white head that has moderate retention. Smells of honey, sweet bready malt, caramel, butterscotch, slightly spicy with a hint of oxidation. It really screams English ale to me if that makes any kind of sense. Taste is malty and sweet. Lots of ripe fruit mixed with a honey bready thing. Slightly spicy most of the way through, but finishes with a twinge of alcohol and a lingering earthy bitterness. Medium to thick body, light carbonation, sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. I found this quite complex, but I feel the flavors are still competing, maybe this needs some time. Its good now, but I suspect it might be great with some age.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a hazy brownish-orange color with a small white head. The aroma is full of honey, but I also get some light floral notes. The flavor is more complex than the aroma. The honey and floral notes are present once again, but I also get a ton of sugary sweetness and some dark fruit notes. The alcohol is very noticeable. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz. bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a completely translucent dark copper color with a thin cream colored head that dissipates after a few seconds. This one looks like it's got some heat to it.

S: Smells sweet like honey with some prevalent malty notes in the background. A little bit of booziness comes through right away, and becomes more and more prevalent as it warms.

T: Honey notes up front with a nice amount of malt to balance. As expected, there's quite a bit of booziness to that becomes more noticeable the more you drink.

M: Thick mouthfeel with boozy dryness.

D: Pleasant overall, but quite strong. It would probably take me a couple hours to down a bottle of this by myself.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a large bomber bottle into a snifter. My first Braggot!

A simple foamy slow forming head that rests and disappears at a good clip. Wonderful looking red and orange amber clear body with some small opaque quality. A whispy cloud rests on top with a minor collar of off white.

Bouquet is an obvious small honeyblossom. Mild spiciness and a hint of brown sugar. Got that honeycomb feeling going on, feels nice. Not a lot of noticeable heat for the high abv listed, feels clean and light.

Chase is a light bodied ale even a little watery. Prickly carbonation and beeswax like honey tastes. Sense of possible hop bitterness on the swallow with arefreshing almost brut champagne like crispness.

This is interesting overall. I was expecting this to be a bit heavy but it was anything but. I think the nose is better then the taste but it's a neat drink I must say. I would have to be in the right mood though to have this on occasion.

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Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I let the bottle warm up a bit out of the fridge before opening. Very interesting brew. Poured with decent foamy, thick, slightly creamy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is a clear, dark orange copper amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is honey, malt, and a bit of funk. Flavor is the most interesting part - truly a cross between ale and mead. Malt, a hint of bitter hop and honey - minus the heavy honey flavors retaining only the smooth, mellow qualities. Body is full and lush with perfect carbonation to cut through the sweetness. Finish is like flavor and is quite long. Excellent after dinner beer; maybe one of the best I’ve ever had.

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Photo of Snamnoum
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark amber/copper color. Very little head, an aggressive pour produced under one finger. Low retention also.

Smell - smells of raw honey and wild flowers possible from what the bees were collecting. Not much fruit or hops in the mix.

Taste - this beer is extremely rich and just as sweet to someone unfamiliar with the style which will probably be most including myself up until this review I would describe it as the bastard son of an English barleywine and an unspiced mead. Honey is the star while the malt contributes some toasted grain and caramelized sugar notes. Next to no hop aroma with only some gentle bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - this beer is heavy bodied and drinks like a sauterne (desert wine). Low carbonation gives it a creamy feel.

Overall - an interesting beer and an interesting style. Not one of my favorite styles even though I am an avid fan of barleywines. I would have liked a little more spice. However, I'm happy to now be acquainted with a truly ancient style of brewing. Big thanks to the folks at Atlantic Brewing for taking a few risks.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gold foil-wrapped 22 oz. bottle, delivered to Portland in Fall '10 by BA good guy, BanditBrewingCo. Opened and poured to a snifter late April 2011. No markings on the label to indicate year/vintage.

'Barley Wine Style Brewed with Maine Honey'

Why the label spells it 'Bragget'? unknown...interchangeable with 'braggot'? The information on the side does tell us that this beer is named for Brother Adam (1898-1996), a Benedictine monk who devoted his life to the study and breeding of honeybees ('his work led to the development of the Buckfast bee, which is famous for its many fine qualities, among them gentleness and excellent honey production').

A: Rubies and chestnuts glow warmly within a mostly clear pour, resplendent with bubbliness. Wow, this gives a new definition to 'carbonation' - but what's funny is that as much as there is showing through the glass, the head is quite modest. What begins as a scant quarter-finger of light khaki cream barely holds on as a hugging ring and spotty swirl. Cloudy towards the end, with lots of silty fallout.

S: Big, perfumed noseful - a wafting floral and cut clover sweetness, with little hints at mint and (oddly) toasted pine nut. Some sugary berry and dessert-y jam. Good and strong, not quite as eccentric as I couple braggots I've sniffed.

T: A malty caramel sweetness, that showcases nuttiness, then loads of grassy sweetness (honey!)... and an ample booziness. White grapes and sweet apples collide with herbs, non-descript spices and a glimmer of citric tartness. Such an intriguing style... just can't tell whether this attempt really pulls it off to its fullest.

M: A lively effervescence, but then a disappointingly thin mouthfeel. It's kinda grainy but also slippery; for all the visible carbonation, it's milder and smoother in the mouth than anticipated.

O: A potent and highly warming mouthful - this makes no bones about being a nearly 12% braggot (unlike a couple others I've really enjoyed). No real problems with this fact, especially when imbibed slowly and cautiously. Glad I got a chance to try this (thanks to Alan) and a braggot I'd have again, sharing next time.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Just don't get to drink enough Braggot's these days, although appears to be a Bragget...

A - Dark orangish-brown beer with a small white head. Not much going on, but it doesn't look ugly or anything.

S - A nice bit of honey and some lighter fruits, mostly oranges and grapeskins, fairly pleasant.

T - It is sweet, but manages not to be too sweet. Honey is the most prominent note, but the fruit holds up nicely as well.

M - Medium with lower end carbonation.

D - Not a horrible beer, considering how much this style can turn into a honey-bomb. Fairly easy to drink with some nice balancing fruit tastes.

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Photo of Jayli
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle
Poured into my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a ruddy reddish, brown color. No real head but a khaki thin film formed on top. Minor spots of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet - tons of honey, caramel, a bit toasty and alcohol.

T: Taste (while the beer is a bit cooler) is like eating a spoonful of honey. As the beer warms, caramel maltiness comes through, some toasty notes, and a spiciness. Finish is still honey trying to veil the alcohol.

M: Medium body, lighter carbonation, slightly oily feel with a dry but chewy finish.

D: Goes down easily, pretty tasty, somewhat filliing, pretty strong kick though not overpowering. This is a sipper, albeit one that goes down very easy.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Rochefort10nh for knocking this one of my wants!

A - Deep bronzed amber color with a loose, tall bone head that lowered slowly with no lace. The color and clarity are beautiful.

S - Clove honey really comes out in the aroma with sweet pale malt and a mild earthy hop finish. A touch of Willamet hops in there adding rustic earthiness. Definitely barleywine backing to the added mead.

T - Very odd, unique barleywine/mead mix, Brother Adam's is heavy on clove honey with a big malty sweetness and earthy Willamet hop blend with caramel and toasted amber malts.

M - Medium-full bodied with a big sweetness and lingering hoppy bitterness/earthiness. A nice balance but a little cloying.

D - Cloying towards the end, it's most definitely better split. A very good beer though. I love mead and I love barleywine. The combo here is well-done.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle shared by Huhzubendah. May be the only time I try this style! Thanks Matt.

It pours a brownish-reddish semiclear color with nice lacing and a good ring of head on there. The smells immediately indicate the massive amounts of what seems to be fresh, real honey used in this beer, and this honey thing dominates the beer to me. Cerealish malts come through in the nose along with some nice cookie like sugary spicey notes.

The taste follows the smell, lots of honey comb and a little alcohol sweetness as well. Some wine like notes, like a really dry white. Never tried this style, and it's interesting.

I wasn't a fan of the mouthfeel it's medium light not much carbonation. The drinkability depends on your sweetness tolerance, etc. For me, I do like sweeter stuff but my 6oz pour was plenty.

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Photo of Chaney
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my main man Huhzubendah for bringing this beer to a tasting. It's not everyday I get to sample this style. Thanks Matt!

A: Poured a mildly cloudy, red-gold color, about the color of raw honey, and with no head to speak of.... just a few bubbles to let us drinkers know that it was alive and kicking.

S: Honey, honey, and more honey. Did I mention there was honey in this? I also got a trace of booze that really wasn't offensive. I just interpreted it's presence as an integral part of the style.

T: This wasn't DFH "Midas Touch" sort of honey (or any of their archeological re-creations). This had a "straight off the comb" and organic kind of taste. Very port-like, and infinitely interesting.

M: Very thick and somewhat syrupy (appropriate for the style), boozy but not jarring, and the carbonation was nill (as it should have been).

D: Of course the drinkability was not high, nor do I believe it was designed to be pounded in large quantities. On that note, this was pretty drinkable stuff!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I shared this bottle at a tasting earlier tonight.

2009 Vintage

A: This beer pours slightly hazy and appears burnt orange in color.

S: Honey. Honey. Honey. This beer could attract bears, bees, people with bread and butter knives, etc.

T: Imagine drinking a beer from a bee's nest, in a good way. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. I must say, this brew is well done. I'm not well versed or experienced when it comes to braggot brews, but this ale seems to be right in line with the style. The honey does outshine the malt character, but it tastes great so I can overlook this imbalance.

M: The feel is of a thin body with a present sweetness. The sweetness is almost entirely derived from the honey, and not cloying.

D: I thought this was very enjoyable. I wouldn't want a huge quantity of this, or probably any braggot for that matter, but I could certainly see myself sipping on a mug of this ancient beverage while strolling around Renn Fest.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed blind for blind beers round 3. Thanks to Prufrock for this one.

A- This is a muddy brown beer. Pretty dark, with shades of purple. Very little head and no retention. It has a fizzy sort of carbonation.

S- Weak on the nose but I am getting mostly dark fruit, tobacco, and Belgian style yeast. I'm thinking its a dark Belgian.

T- The first sip was big on pipe tobacco. While the tobacco fades with warmth it is still there in the finish. I'm getting candied fruits and fruit cake.

M- The feel is pretty fizzy, especially for a beer of this weight and strength.

D- Eh, about average on the drinkablility. Its getting pretty sweet after a while. It starts to become a little bit too much.
I think this is an American quad with something added. In keeping with the Massachusetts Pretty Things theme I want to guess its Baby Tree perhaps.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a warm, honey and pale malt scent. It's a little sweet in the nose, but definately bold with lots of alcohol warmth. The taste is much the same. It's sweet up front with a good honey character; lots of alcohol warmth and a solid pale malt base. This is a young beer that needs some aging to mellow out. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty beer. I wish I had a few to stash away to try in a few years.

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Photo of kbanks13
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage poured into a Delirium snifter

Pours a hazy body with a color similar to medium or dark honey, which is fitting since its brewed with honey. Less than a finger of khaki head that quickly fades to leave little lacing on the glass. Smells of honey, plums, figs, rock candy and lots of toasted malts, faint hint of booze. Tastes of, you guessed it, honey mostly, sweet bready grains, dark fruits and currants, caramel, slightly vinous, and a little bitter citrus. No hint of the nearly 12% ABV contained within, and not overly bitter or sweet, very well balanced. Velvety smooth, low carbonation, viscous and coating but not syrupy or filmy. Dangerously easy to drink! Not at all hot, very tasty and aromatic, great body and feel. An all around superb beer!

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby brown with a 1 finger, slightly off-white head that sinks into a frothy ring. Leaves thin horizontal lines of lace.

S - Sugary dark fruit dipped into fragrant wild flower honey. Cherries, red apples, and cinnamon spice.

T - Sweet malt blended with a heavy dose of honey. Concentrated cherries. Subtle citrus hops add some bite to round out the sweet malt. It has an woody-oak alcohol flavor. The honey is more pronounced in the nose than in the flavor.

The honey is not shy and works beautifully with the malt. The hops are mellow. The carbonation and spice help with balance.
This seems to be more along the lines of an English Barlywine. A nice slow sipper.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for sending me this. Another style ticked.

A: The pour is a dark orange color with a minimal white head forming, but mostly it's just sporadic bubbles.

S: A fair amount of fruitiness to the nose which I was not expecting: grapes and oranges, for the most part. Some nice pale malt aroma and a floral note.

T: Not as overwhelmingly sweet as I had anticipated. A soft malt flavor along with some floral, honey type of flavor. Hints of oranges, pears, and white grapes, too.

M: The body is medium with a low-to-medium carbonation.

D: Actually pretty good. I had minimal expectations of this beer since I've never had a braggot before and just a handful of meads. Pretty easy to drink, although the alcohol does begin to "wear" on you.

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Brother Adam's Bragget Ale from Atlantic Brewing Company / Mainely Meat BBQ
3.88 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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