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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
southerntierbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John on 12-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
679
Ratings:
1,364
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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Photo of cvfish
4.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a deep black that produced a brown head that retained well and laced the glass nicely

S - Smells like oatmeal, but since I eat it every morning (literally), it might be dominating my sense

T - Like sitting down for breakfast for coffee and oatmeal, but then pouring the coffee in the oatmeal, stirring, and then eating. If that really clears it up, but what can I say, I enjoy both

M - Thick, in the way it sticks to your throat on the way down, with little carbonation

D - Possibly my favorite oatmeal stout, which is why it gets the 5 for taste

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Photo of JordanChabot
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is absolutely black with a thin caramel head. The smell is of rich dark chocolate, hickory, and a small hint of dark fruit at the end.
Now to taste. Rich, dry chocolate covers the palate, followed by smoky burnt malt, with a similar bite to scotch ales. If you can stay with me, the mouth feel is very ashy, and has some pleasant bitterness. The alcohol sticks around, but isn't anything too powerful. Sum it up with dried fruit and an unbelievable light clean finish and you have yourself one of the best new imperial stouts I've had the pleasure of consuming. Seems the southern tier is getting raised higher and higher.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle lists 11.0% abv, I'll try and make an update.
Pours a completely opaque black beer with a quarter inch of head that quickly sinks to a slim covering of cappucino colored tracing. Aromas are carried by a strong alcohol presence. Lots of earthy, rich and deep notes come through, mostly chocolate, cream soda, vanilla, a little light oak, and a bunch of milled oatmeal. It's really nothing like any RIS I've had as I would compare it to; not as roasty or chocolaty, but still with some slight port like notes. On the palate, this beer explodes! Minimal carbonation fills your mouth with a heavy slickness of chocolate, oatmeal, some slight lactose like notes. It is incredible smooth as the high percentage of oats would do and the finish is very long, very smooth with some slight roasty bitterness. A little bit of an herbal touch is felt from the hops, columbus bringing citrus and willamette a little floral. Overall, this is an overwhelmingly good beer and I'm scared to rate it so high. My first from this brewery and hopefully the rest will live up to this one.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with no head, looks like heavily used lightweight motor oil. Aroma is smooth and sweet, tons of malt with notes of chocolate and molasses. Taste is dominated by malt, oatmeal and chocolate malts are prominent. The taste is not even remotely bitter, it is a refined sludge of several malts that highlights chocolate and molasses. Great mouthfeel, very full and smooth while being extra thick - also extremely drinkable due to the near lack of bitterness.

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Photo of silverking
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This truly is an outstanding stout. It Poured almost pitch black with a white head. It had beautiful lacing, I mean truly beautiful. aromas of coffee, chocolate, oats, and hops were all present. heavy in the mouth with light carbonation. alcohol is detectable in the palate, but only after flavors of chocolate, caramel and chocolate are enjoyed. the finish kept me wanting more and I was saddened by the last sip. This is my first experience with southern tier and I enjoyed it very much. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of msolar
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - this beer was amazing. I'm a huge fan of stouts, and this is certainly one of my favorites. It might even replace Sam Smith's as my favorite Oatmeal Stout.

The >11% ABV is dangerously well hidden.

I'm hoping to get this on tap at home at some point. In the meantime, I'm certainly picking up another bottle or two.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is strong and smoky with an overtone of molasses and a hint of quality coffee. It pours a rich opaque sable, like any good stout, with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some substantial, if not persistent, lacing. Flavor is fabulous - fine roast coffee, sweet chocolate, molasses, and a hint of hops. The sweetness is not cloying or overpowering, and the touch of hop bitterness balances this nicely. Lively texture is quite fizzy and leaves behind a good tingle, along with molasses sweetness and a little hop bitterness.

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Photo of RickS95
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black...an 8-ball in the glass. I'd give it a 5 but the head was pretty lame. Medium brown, but fleeting. No retention.

It actually smells sweet. You can almost smell the creamy oats. Very malty and rich.

Tastes fantastic. Malts galore, very roasty. Slight bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Extremely creamy. Very rich. Medium bodied. Sweet, but not overly so. Bitter, but not overly so.

The best Southern Tier offering I've had. One of the best beers I've had. Tastes more like a porter, but a great stout.

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Photo of claireoakhammer
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

awesome brew! love southern tier, they make some of the best beers around as far as I'm concerned

a - thick black, little or no head

s - alcohol, chocolate, sweet raisin

t - gorgeously chocolatey, alcoholy with a sweetness that rises to the top of the palate in a smokey finish. balanced bitterness that clings a bit to the tongue

m - smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. full bodied

d - not something I would drink two in a row of, but definitely a great beer for a cold night

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Photo of Duhast500
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a complete black with no light getting through with a nice foamy brown head with some nice lacing.

The smell is pretty strong with oat presence and a pretty nice malty sweetness. Some hop flavor does come through on the second go around.

The taste is a sweet with a biscuit feel. There is some nice mixing of a bitter hop and a bit of a sweet maltyness that really comes across quite well.

The feel of this beer pretty easy drinking and has a medium body to it. This does have a bit of a kick but it an Imperial Oatmeal Stout. A really great beer.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown to black in Yeti snifter. Tan head that lingers longer than usual for this style.

Smell is toasted malt, chocolate, molasses, ripe fruit and a little coffee. Very inviting.

Taste follows the smell well. Lots of chocolate and sweet malt. Gets even sweeter as it warms. Molasses present and just a slight hint of bitterness in the finish. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Very smooth.

Overall this was absolutely superb! Wish I had bought a case of these.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black, black oh so black with a mocha tan head that left some thick lacing. The smell is a little sweet fruit over dark chocolate and double shot of espresso. The taste is very intense and there is a lot going on. The dark choco and espresso is right up front with some dark fruits and a little boozy barrel aged aftertaste. The alcohol wasn't overpowering but this did taste a little like bourbon. It makes it even more amazing. The mouthfeel was very thick and chewy which made it more of a sipper but was still drinkable and I could definitely do another bottle.

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Photo of karmaghost
4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Under "serving type" I chose "cask" because there's no option for "fermentor." Served by one of the southern tier brewing staff straight from the fermentor before bottling had begun for the year (Oct 2010).

Creamy smooth, roasted, chocolately taste with just enough of a presence of alcohol to know it's there. Sweet sugary/caramel scent that also hinted at the ABV. Not much more to say except it was an excellent, uncarbonated experience to have with an Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- This head seems to start late but it is a bit vigorous when it does. Lots of initial fizziness but doesn't create too much head. It is dissipating quickly and is leaving no lacing. It's a tan, mocha colored head with a dark chocolate black body. It's quite a pretty beer.

Nose- This jumps out at you with initial sweetness of cherries and chocolate that moves into coconut. This is vanilla, this is toffee, this is caramel, this is everything that makes up my favorite beers. There is a slight alcohol burn but it is 11%- and who am I to complain? Even some honey too. This has lots of candy and sugar in it. I could sniff it all day long.

Taste- All that was in the nose is pretty much reflected with the addition of the bitter woodiness of the hops. This is coconut, this is cherry, chocolate, and a fair amount of alcohol. This baby has some burn. It tastes like a macaroon. Very well balanced and the alcohol is necessary. It would be a weaker beer without it.

Mouthfeel- Heavy but not syrupy. Very creamy and not too much carbonation. This is a delight on the tongue.

Drinkability- This is an incredibly dangerous beer. Its flavor profile is inviting, its alcohol burn is inviting. It begs to be abused. It should be a sipper but I don't think it will last as long as it should.

Overall- Definite A/A+. I really like this beer. It does everything an imperial stout should and more. The oat balances this perfectly and draws all of its complexity in together. It also provides the slight grittiness to give a unique mouthfeel which informs a solid beer. Great beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of ZAP
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Blackish brown...tan/amber head...

S-Quite impressive....rich and sweet....chocolate...roasted malts...very appealing vanilla...a little caramel....some dark fruits and rum....tremendously complex....AWESOME aroma

T-Milk chocolate....roasted malts...."tia maria" liquor...maple...nougat...dark fruits...plums, black cherries...figs....boozy to a point...finish with a spicy gain alcohol kick.

M-Like fucking velvet...smooth and as creamy a beer as I've ever had....full bodied...definitely a sipper.

D-Right up there with the best of the best....a slight grainy alcoholic feel is the only minor complaint...now listed at 11.0% rather than 12.5% Maybe they are working on that...might be even better at 10%...nevertheless this is a hell of a beer. I'm not sure where the scores will place it but it feels like a top 25-50 beer of all-time for me. (Note: I just checked it is tied for # 72 out of 1302 on my list....about right)

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend from Jungle Jim's. Poured into a 22oz Terrapin snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a late forming light brown head that disappeared relatively quickly into a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the surface. The ring does try to leave some lacing but it slides down the glass instead of sticking.

S: I am having a flashback to drinking Wake and Bake when I smell it. Sweet aroma of coffee, chocolate, and what I assume is oats since that same aroma was in Wake and Bake and FBS.

T: I really like this one. I expected more of a coffee or chocolate bomb like Wake and Bake or FBS. This one is much more balanced with the flavors with a hint of an oatmeal flavor seeming to come to the front. The alcohol is present, but just enough to warm you up a bit which is remarkable for a 12.5% brew. Worldwide Stout now has some competition for my favorite stout. Too bad that I keep liking the ones that I can't get in GA.

M: Thick almost doesn't do this one justice. One of those beers that seems almost like you could chew it. Very enjoyable to just roll around on the tongue.

D: Amazingly drinkable for the ABV and the style.

Another brewer that I wish was distributed here in GA. What a great beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with no light penetrating even the edges of the glass. The smallish coffee colored head recedes to a ring quickly, leaving huge swathes of tan lace behind. An explosive charge of chocolate milk syrup, dark roast coffee, toffee and hop bitterness fills my nostrils. Alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing for the ABV. Thick, rich chocolate flavors fill the first sip. Espresso beans, maple syrup, kahlua cream and some lemon notes abound. Alcohol adds a pleasant heat, truly understated. the mouthfeel is very thick and silky smooth with light carbonation. The finish is high in hop bitterness as well as milk chocolate flavors, and lasts forever.

This is an astoundingly delicious stout. Very rich and robust, yet it belies its high ABV. Try this beer.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Perfect black beer with a small tan head but no real lacing. Head goes away fairly quickly to nothing.

s: Nose is sweet caramel malt and spicy dried fruit, a touch of alcohol, and light roasted malt.

t: Explosion of flavor - smooth caramel malt up front, very sweet and candy-like. Moves nicely into roasted chocolate malt, then bitters nicely into a mild hop finish. Very light alcohol presence that shows up towards the back, but its hidden well in some nice dried fruit (maybe prunes). A nice underlying chocolate sweetness that really warms and provides a perfect base for the flavor. A truly excellent flavor that mellows nicely into smooth oatmeal and coffee towards the end.

m: A perfect creamy body and excellent carbonation. Perfect for a stout.

d: Overall, this is really a fantastic beer. I prefer it to the slightly overwhelming Choklat which was also delicious but maybe a little tougher to drink.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have eagerly looked foward to sampling the third of Blackwater Series from Southern Tier. The talent these guys exibit in their brews have quickly made them one of my favorites.
Appearance is a glass devoid of any light! Pitch, utter black. As expected from the mind-blowing 248 Lovibond on the side. Suprisingly foamy tan head from a beer this big. Goregeous tan oat colored head.
Smell is creamy chocolate, coffeea, lactose-like sweetness, hops in there provide a ever-so-light yet perfect amount of citric balance. A wonderful oaty mustiness backs in the complexity. It isn't a coffeeish as Jahva, not as chocolaty as Choklat, a seemingly perfect blend of the two, all with that great "oatiness". As with it's Blackwater brothers, aromatically Im debating a near-perfect score.
The flavor I am experiencing now is one of those to laugh over...because it's so damn good. This tastes like a oatmeal blender mix of coffee, chocolate, espresso, cream, all with a suprisingly delicious lightness on the finish, with a long lingering espresso-cocoa-oatmeal taste. It's a perfect blend of Jahva and Choklat-Choklava if you will-I think the giddiness is going to my head. Raisins, vanilla, bitter maltiness, earthy grains all mesh with a extremly light yet appropriate amount of hops.
Mouthfeel is everything I could ask for-rich, full, creamy, yet finishes cleanly, lingers around for a while.
As with Jahva and Choklat, Oat is the perfect liquid embodiment of it's name. It's oats, cocoa, malt, coffee in perfcet balance. I really can't get over the great actual musty oat flavor in the beer. Same as the other two in the series, I couldn't ask for a more perfect beer based on the one-word name. Southern Tier has astounded me time and time again, and I am scoring based not only on the pure enjoyment I experienced form this beer, but my admiration for the talent of these guys as hopeful future brewer myself. Prost!

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Photo of Frosty80
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours a dark brown. sits black with medium dark brown rim. hoping for a slightly higher Lovibond. creamy light brown head - while it lasts

Smell: fragrant debittered dark malt with obvious alcohol, some chocolate and just a hint of hops and molasses

Taste: very well balanced notes of chocolate, dark malt, and hops with a slight bitterness. alcohol and molasses in supporting roles. finish is well balanced but tilted slightly to the dry side and with a light hop presence

Mouthfeel: full body with medium carbonation. very creamy and smooth

Notes: full bodied and full flavored. very well done. i like how there isnt a really strong bitter roast flavor like with Dark Horse One (though that is an excellent OS). spectacular!

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Photo of jaxon53
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a while for this monster and now it's finally here. Served at cellar temperature in a snifter, from a twenty two ounce bottle. Poured a magnificent midnight black. About as black as black can be. About two and a half fingers of dense, coffee brown head formed with a somewhat vigorous pour. Head hung around for quite a while leaving plenty of lace all the way down the glass. Awesome nose on this one! Plenty of chocolate, and coffee like aromas up front, smokey roasted malt, oats, and maybe a bit of vanilla. A little bit of booze was noticeable in the nose as well. This beer was also an explosion of flavor. Tons of chocolate, coffee, roasted toasted malt, and a bit of hops in the background. Had a little bit of smoke and molasses in the finish. The eleven percent ABV was quite boozey and left a quick burn in the throat, but does fit in nicely in the beer. Mouthfeel was oily, thick and almost chewey. Pretty much how any big stout should be. Awesome drinkability despite the high ABV, but it will sneak up on you if you aren't careful. Probably ranks near the top of my list as far as stouts go.

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Photo of dmfrench
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A near flawless, syrupy sweet, fruity American Double.
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A: Black with the faintest ruby brown highlights topped with a half finger somewhat persistent medium khaki head.

S: Candied prunes, burnt malt, cinnamon, cocoa, no alcohol. Beautiful.

T: Syrupy sweet spiced cocoa, over-ripe prunes, molasses, espresso, no real alcohol to speak of, and a touch of hops to round things out. A huge, mouth-filling flavor experience.

M: Superb. Heavy and light at the same time.

D: Oh so easy, but it was so big, it took me an hour and a half.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle (2007 batch)
11% ABV

A- A deep, dark oily black liquid with no light penetrating the edges. The dark brown head is creamy and thin, but only takes a bit of swirling to bring it back to life. Menacing.

S- Pungent anise, black cherries, smoke, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and just the slightest hints of alcohol and soy sauce.

T- Anise, black cherries, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and oats. Extremely strong flavors that blend together outstandingly well.

M- Oily slick with just enough carbonation to keep it almost creamy. The flavors coat the mouth and linger for quite some time.

D- Outlandishly rich and delicious. It has really calmed down over the years. Highly recommended, but be prepared for a meal in a bottle.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oat in a snifter at cellar temperature. The bottle reads 10.8% ABV rather than 11%.

A beautiful black body this beer has, and a one-finger, chocolaty brown head which quickly reduces to a mellow ring of foam and some froth partially covering the surface.

Smells a bit of espresso, vanilla, and some lusciously sweet milk chocolate, And, unlike most oatmeal stouts I've tried up till now, it actually smells like oats! Like, it's amazingly a LOT like oatmeal. A pleasant little touch of booze lets me know what I'm in for...

I'll be damned! It even TASTES like oatmeal! A bit of molasses, chocolate milk, and earthy dark chocolate in the finish round out a very memorable flavor impression.

The feel is thick, but also so very silky smooth. And creamy. They pretty much nailed it.

This is one of those distinctively delicious brews that I never forget. It's about time someone imperialized the traditional oatmeal stout. I've always found the oats in standard ones to generally be much too subtle, if present at all. This is not the case with this. THIS delivers the oats... assertive oats. The oats in this stout will NOT be ignored. This stout will bash you over the head with a big sack of oats... and then you'll ask for more. Or at least I did.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle marked 11%ABV.
Poured into a 16 ounce snifter glass

A - Hard pour causes a big cascade effect. Finishes with a completely black liquid topped with two fingers of tan head. Head shrinks but remains present and leaves some lace rings to remember it by.

S - Some chocolate and coffee aromas have a grainy smell leading them.

T - Very smooth, very nice bitter stout with some sweetness coming through. A bit of coffee flavor in there. Alcohol is masked well behind a sweet flavor. Oatmeal contributes perhaps more to the aftertaste, when you get a bit of a grainy flavor left behind.

M - A nice thick, coating feel for this one.

D - Can't stop sipping this one. Really kind of dig that oatmeally flavor that seems to come around only in the finish and aftertaste.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,364 ratings.
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