Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Dominion Millennium - Oak AgedDominion Millennium - Oak Aged

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by garthwaite on 07-27-2004

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Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hoo Boy, an Oaked aged frosty – lucky me. Bottled on 11/20/06, I can’t wait any longer! And it starts with a gorgeous pour – a lazy, hazy amber orange with a mountainous ivory head. It just leaves a coating of sticky lacing all throughout my Corsendork (from Soloman420) tulip glass.

The scent of pure and sweet caramel, malts and touches of vanilla tickle the beak, but the quaff is where the action starts! Hi Oh! A sharp kick of oaken bourbon begins the journey, finishing with a malty sweet coat of vanilla coffee. This is reminiscent of Maker’s Mark bourbon, except for the rich and intense body.

Just an exquisite sippin’ bourbon…err, beer. But with the intense whisky flavor, good thing I’m also a scotch/bourbon luver.

Many thanks to zrbrrt for this excellent brew.

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Photo of mentor
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

July 22, 2004 offering (consumed about 2.5 years later). Purchased at the brewery shortly after release and stored carefully in my cool dark cellar. Pours a finger of tan head over a cloudy bright rust liquid. Smells oak sour sherry oxidation. Vanilla. Pineapple. Touch solventy and meady.

Tastes sherry and caramel. Touch of butter. Pears are one of the many light esters. Vanilla and creamy coconut. Oak is subdued and clean of char. Mouthfeel is md (at best), which I find surprisingly little for the style. Decent carbonation, which is surprising as the bottle was a twist-off.

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours what you would expect a barley wine too look like. Hot orange/mahagony, little head, with no retention or lacing probably due too the high alcohol.

Smell is a little hot also. Much oak in the aroma toasty with lots of burnt vanilla. Bourbon, raisin, hints of chardonnay as well, fig, and a slight nutty component. Would have scored higher if not for the "hot" presence to the aroma.

The taste is a whole different story. Sweet with brown sugar and rasins, with a burst of burnt vanilla, caramel, slight fig, some alcohol but not distracting. Again the chardonnay is also in the flavor. Very clean mouthfeel yet somewhat thin. I really like this beer. Can't wait to try one aged a couple of years.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a clear copper with medium carbonation. The head is 1 finger, light tan that leaves good lace.

The smell is big Bourbon Barrel Smoky Oak. It kind of suppresses all else.

The taste follows with some light vanilla notes but very light and quite pleasant. The Big Alcohol is done right also. Wow this beer is great. Should be nice after a few years in the Bier Keller.

The mouthfeel is quite good, medium body and light carbonation make this brew an excellent choice during or after a big holiday meal.

The drinkability is great. I could sip this all night.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.4.05 bottling, thanks hopsaplenty

crystal clear amber with a soapy, light-beige head. lacing looks like sticky burnt scrambled egg outskirts. one finger head comprised of an even balance.. airy spheres and creamy foam density.

smells like vanilla, bourbon, and hoppy amber ale nuances. the barrel essence is first and foremost, and there isn't much else to talk about aromawise.

lighter and more drinkable than i expected. flavor echoes the oaky barrel notes, and presents the slightest speck of bacterial sour funk. almost no hop bitterness except for a dull sting in the finish. vanilla is there in the flavor too, but it has more of that essential sourness of bottled vanilla extract in watery, brown form. the barrel aging provides alot of flavor, but i wonder about this before it hit wood. if you like the taste of barrel aging, this is for you. if you prefer to taste a beer mixed with barrel flavors, you will be underwhelmed. there is little to nothing here that represents the original brew.

overall, a decent elixir, but i wouldn't revisit unless this was a complimentary bottle.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a wood varnish-hued body with a small, khaki-colored head. Very exciting.

Smell: Grand! A luscious, toothsome aroma full of malty caramel sweetness and plenty of smooth vanilla and bourbon notes.

Taste: Ah, yes! Succulent sweet maltiness upfront with flavors of caramel and vanilla - much like a cream soda! Slight orange peel fruitiness. Lighter notes of bourbon and wood. Even lighter bitterness emerging in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very creamy.

Drinkability: It's delish! For a fan of barleywines, there is little not to like about this beer.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz black painted brown bottle, bottled on 11.04.05.

Braised orange skin, Short, dense light sand head of tiny bubbles that settles steadily to a skim coat and a short collar. No carbonation streams, and no lacing, but none were expected. Bountiful aromas of bourbon, candied orange skin, honey, and light vanilla waft from the glass. The alcohol is noticeable, but integrates well with the other aromas. Luscious creamy smooth bourbon flavors cross the tongue and are instantly warming. There is ample sweetness to compliment the bourbon derived alcohol, and the vanilla and orange is clean. The finish is bourbon warm and also sweet, but the alcohol lingers well into the next drink. Full bodied and smooth as silk, this has just a touch of carbonation, but it is fine, fine, fine. A creamy, slick mouthfeel, ideally suited to a barleywine. The barleywine and oak barrel compliment one another A slow sipper, to be savored and enjoyed. You could slip into the smoking jacket, settle into a leather wingback chair and enjoy a snifterful without a problem and come back for a second round.

The bottle is brown glass but painted black, which I found strange for some reason. Perhaps OD was concerned that people would not buy the package if it was not deep and dark? Or maybe it was just that black is trés chic?

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Body is an unfiltered reddish apple cider with a very minimal head. Only small traces of bubbles across the top with a little ring around the sides.

S: Smells great. Loads of vanilla, caramel, oak, white peach, butterscotch and toffee. Yum.

T: Over the top butterscotch/vanilla flavor...but not in the fake way. Toffee that begins subtle then shoots up in significance. Fruity essences of aprictots, peach, figs and strawberries. Sharp bitterness quickly bucks to the forefront and creates a sharp spike. Alcohol is warm in the belly and wafting in the nose.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a syrupy but smooth mouthfeel.

D: This beer is very good and the real deal.

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Photo of maniac
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was a hazy dark amber color with a thin fully diminishing off-white head.
Aroma was heavily oaked with some light molassas and caramel hints.
Notably oaked flavor with sweet caramel and vanilla flavors.
A good beer to slowly drink with some nice warming effects.

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

2005 sample. Beer pours a dark copper to red. Nice rich pruny aroma with hints of vanilla. The vanilla comes through stronger in the taste, but is not overpowering or overly sweet like some barrel aged beers. There is also some smoky oak flavor with a nice punch of bourbony and bitter alcohol that hits the back of the tongue. More like an english barley wine in many ways, probably due to this samplings age as well as the barrel aging.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 110405.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin head that fades rather quickly to very thin wisps and ring leaving behind minimal lacing. Not much of a looker here.

Smell; very nice oak and vanilla aromas right out of the gate. After letting it warm a bit some caramel, honey and cherries come out, along with just a hint of some hop bitterness.

Taste; the vanilla really comes to the fore on the first few sips as well as the woody flavors from the oak barrels. The sweet honey and caramel mix nicely with some cherries and raisins, and just some touhes of bittering hops. There's a definite alcohol burn present, but not as strong as I was expecting with the abv being %11.4. Very port like with the barrel aging, the dark fruits and the alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is full bodied, with pretty low carbonation, but still very good. Even though this is a sipper, it goes down surprisingly easy.

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Photo of sweethome
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color - little wispy head - but about on line for the high alcohol content and barrel aging. Beautiful color.

Nose of sweet candy and vanilla. A little disappointing - all bourbon/vanilla.

Fairly full mouthfeel. Rich with woody feel.

Alcohol fire upfront and a nice burn. The vanilla flovors build to the finish. Some flavors of port, plenty of hops prevent from cloying.

Nice effort - enjoyable - just a bit disjointed.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is really is a work of art, thanks to Newbie BIF '05 for getting me the sample.

Pours a deep chestnut in my goblet with ruby tones and very little head. Smell is deeply alcoholic, though not harsh, just quite strong, like some sort of liquor in a way. Taste is quite pleasing, very well balanced and even. The bourbon/oak tones shine through very well. A very good balance between tartness/sweetness/bitterness. A fine barleywine, I could drink a good amount of this quite easily.


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Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light chestnut. The oak is clearly evident in the aroma, and the bourbon barrel aging, which I am usually not very fond of, actually works very well in the aroma giving hint of cocunut, vanilla, wood, honey, whiskey and malty goodness (caramel). Well hidden alcohol with a distinctive oaky dryness and well developed oak flavor giving hints of vanilla, cocunut, whiskey and bourbon, along with with the malt which tastes fruity and full. Nice feel on the palate. A very good beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hzy copper body with a small beige head; like many barleywines, there was little lacing

Smell: Vanilla, oak and rum-soaked raisins waft through the air, but there is something else, too...after racking my brain, I realized it was coconut

Taste: Vanilla caramel flavors on the front end, with the coconut developing mid-palate; much, much later, the bitter flavors kick in with an oaky, piney hue

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick bodied with reasonable carbonation for the style

Drinkability: Stunningly different, a real achievement

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Photo of tavernjef
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smeared dark orangey rusted color with a slim, unlasting cap that uncovers quickly to keep a thin collar. Lacing is in some broken spotting with a clear varnish surrounding them.

Aroma is heavy and wonderfully full in the nose. The oak aging holds king with big cognac/portwine-like vapors over a small barleywine throne of piney citrus, muted maple, vanilla, and a heap of caramel. Nice!

Taste is solid with a big malt presense with some paled dark and tropical fruityness, lots of caramel, a honey maple center, shy piney hop resins pop off the surface of the lightly placed alcoholic heat which is substantially held in check into the finish where it cinders with a bit of that oaky/portwine-like warmth.

Buttery warm feel with a solid medium body and firm carbonation that has just enough little rough edges in the finish to give it some really nice pep.

A very nice drinker to boot. A sipper for sure, yes, perhaps a little too easy to sip; and many in a row followed by many more again. Wow! A very nice Barleywine here by Old Dominion.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass cloudy medium amber golden with a very low white head which just barely formed and the left the building.

The aroma was malty and strong with a sizeable oak character. The oak had vanilla and tannins with a bit of spice from the alcohol. The aroma was nicely fruity with muted hop aromas coupled with oak.

The flavor was malty with a nice oak punch. The flavors of the oak and the caramel maltiness coupled and left me with a chocolate impression. The hop bittering was well balanced with the malt, but the balance was toward oak and malt for sure. Some vanilla and fruit was certainly present in the flavor and a nice hop flavor was present.

The finish was just barely dry with lasting malt and hop impression coupled with oak long into the aftertaste. The body was full and the carbonation was low. The alcohol was present in the aroma and in the warming after consumption which was quite high. A nice oak aged barleywine, but the appearance was not very good at all, murky, cloudy and zero head.

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 22July2004. Thanks mentor!

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Photo of gbarron
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states that it was bottled on 11/4/05, so this beer was probably made back in May of '05.

A - golden amber, lightly orange. Clear but not brilliantly so. Very little head, but what there is is tight and white. Little ring of head remains after it settles down.

S - vanilla, malt, sweetness, bourbon. Little or no hop aroma.

T - wow. Almost tastes like a fine sherry or port. Vanilla flavors, "woodiness." Malt dominates the palate, but there is some bitterness there. Hops are not distinguishable. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Sweetness at first, then bitterness, then some more sweetness.

M - very 'thick' beer. Sticks to your tongue, inside your mouth. Carbonation is low to medium-low. Chewy.

D - a highly drinkable beer, but not something you would really drink more than one (or two) of in a sitting. And drinking two would take you a couple of hours, probably. Unless you want to get really wasted.

Overall - an absolutely fabulous beer, get your hands on some if possible. I love the regular Millenium, and this just takes it up a ridiculous notch.

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Photo of RealityDeviant
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle given by my girlfriend as an early Christmas present (purchased from OUAV). Bottling date states 11/04/05, but back label notes that they “age already finished Dominion Millennium in oak whiskey barrels for more than 6 months.” I’m presuming, in this case, that this is the batch from early ’05.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep amber and if it weren’t for the brown undertone I’d say it’s ruby. There’s a very slight haze to it and only a faint head appears upon being poured. A little off-white lacing remains.

Smell: Up front, the aroma is a well-balanced mixture of oak, bourbon, and candied fruit. This gives way to hints of vanilla and caramel with a spicy alcohol kick to top it off. Very nice.

Taste: The alcohol is much more noticeable in the taste than in the smell, but it seems to mask itself easily in the bourbon/oak flavor. The vanilla comes in almost as an undertone to the bourbon, which I think further smoothens the alcohol. Welcome to toffee country. The bourbon seems to overpower the fruit and honey flavors more noticeable in the standard Millennium, but they can still be discerned. This big boy is a malt-lover’s dream and has a semi-sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy, medium-bodied but verging on full-bodied. A certain syrupy stickiness that’s nice in a barleywine like this.

Drinkability: Well, you probably won’t want to go chugging a beer like this; in fact, I wouldn’t think drinking it with any great speed would be enjoyable at all. Like a nice whiskey, this is a sipping brew, with the risks and rewards thereof. Then again, there ought not to be much of a problem taking your time with this one.

Notes: The strong bourbon/oak notes in this beer likely makes its appeal high to whiskey drinkers, so I might very well be a bit biased. Then again, I’ve had other oak aged beers that haven’t I haven’t liked nearly as much, so maybe I’m not all wrong. Regardless, I’d recommend trying this at least once, maybe twice, maybe thrice, and…well, not all in one sitting!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why this bier says "retired"? I have a 12oz sample bottled on 11-04-05. Dominion Millenium Ale - Ale Aged in Oak Barrels. Gift from Bro Artied2 on a recent DC visit.

Clear, bright mahogany hued liquid, with a creamy, fine, yet thin, tan head. Some wispy lace. Strong aroma of malty sweetness along with distinct bourbon notes. Distinct!! Medium bodied, with a smooth, silky feel on the tongue.

A touch of caramel malt hits the palate. Some light sweetness arises, with floral hops being quite dominant. Strong...winey...porty.... Even more dominant are the oak/whiskey notes. Quite evident, though in no way unwelcome. Not a trait I desire in all my biers, but nice every now and then.


overall: 4.3
appearance: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a clear, almost glowing orange in color with a clingy white head.

Smell – The big, huge, raunchy yeast mated with the wine to produce an almost toxic combination . . . which I absolutely loved. The alcohol wasn’t in your face but made itself known. The malt base is really big here. This is truly a bouquet to savor.

Taste – The winey barley flavors come out swinging at the taste. There is no mistaking this beer style. The oak, which I barely noticed at the smell, is in high gear here on the tongue. The rest of the characteristics from the nose make it nicely to the taste, making this one a complex yet easily-readable mix of classic ABW flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is almost full-bodied with a lot of chewy sweetness to keep your cheeks busy.

Drinkability – There was a light vanilla flavor imparted from the oak aging that made this just melt in your mouth. It is one of the smoothest 10+ ABV beers that I’ve had.

Comments – Thanks for skyhand for breaking out this baby at her First Annual Slap-Yur-Mama Big Beer Bonanza.

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Photo of Todd
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Pours a thick hazed copper colored beer, with a thin white lace. Not much retention, but what's there is tight and wispy.

Dark candied fruits, spicy and fume-y alcohol, and oak aromas.

Thick, viscous, chewy mouthfeel with a syrupy-like consistency. Lifting carbonation, with an upfront strike of a very subdued bitterness. Malty as hell, loads of rich caramel and toffee notes. Spicy alcohol and immediate warmth, and slight burn. Distinct vanilla and pronounced oak flavors. Wonderful flavors of all in the lingering and sweet-ish finish.

A damn tasty and fine twist on a Barleywine.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from PintofAle, thanks Mark !
Pours a dark amber/mahogany color with some orange and red tints pulsating through. Virtually no head to speak of except for a pencil line of lace on the side of the glass.
Aroma starts with a definite sweet alcoholic pop, not the peaty whiskey notes but the sweet malts. Some dark bread tones and caramel along with just a hint of some dates and figs.
Flavor had a really earthy and woodsy quality coupled with caramel and a distinct orange rind note. Heavy liquor warms the palate as it goes down but the finish is marked by a distinct spicy bittering.
Mouthfeel is hugely lush and full-bodied. Aforementioned wood and alcohol hints give the tastebuds a kick and let you know they here but the malts don't play 2nd fiddle by much.
Drinkability is excellent. Really well done barrel-aged brew now that it's a year old. Word of advice let this breathe a bucnh before drinking. I took a swig right away and was almost knocked over by the wood powered fuel hit.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amber with some ruby/orange high lights. Not much head to speak of, but I usually dont look for much head on a beer this high in ABV. Aroma is a knock out. Wood, Molasses, burnt sugar, Peach pits, Vanilla, Bourbon.. all are present. The flavour is much the same. This is quite bourbon flavoured, but in a good way. The sweetness lends a kind of bourbon ball charactaristic that I like. The alcohol is definately there and is a little rough at this time. Other than it being a bit hot, It drinks smoothly. Drinkability is great. No I would not drink more than one at a sitting, but I would want more and savour every sip I had. The other 5 out of the 6 are headed straight to the cellar to see how they do.

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

Caramel colored. Light white cover. Overwhelming minty bourbon barrel smell. Toothpaste and clover smell, smooth alcohol, soothing earthiness. It smells precisely what I expect from WELL made bourbon aged barleywine. This might be the standard. Its palate is oily, medium bodied and displaying low carbonation. That’s a big plus, the barrel didn’t thin it like I’ve often encountered. Pleasant caramel and orange flavors. Light bitterness comes out leafy and earthy. Amusing vinous grapes make an appearance right before the finish and add a dimension. Good stuff! Props to Hopscotch for bringing this one up!

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Dominion Millennium - Oak Aged from Old Dominion Brewing Company
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