TNT | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weizen Doppelbock
Hazy Black Walnut, 21 SRM
ABV 7.90%
IBU 20
Malted Wheat, Premium 2-row, Munich and Chocolate WheatWarrior and Perle

"Brewed with Lapsang Souchong tea, a noted 'smoky' tea."

Added by obireidkenobi on 03-16-2011

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Photo of stimulus
4.79/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 4/15, tasted side by side against SmokeJumper.
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky brown with a thin tan head.
S: Smoke, malty goodness, tea.
T: Heavy blast of smoke on the initial taste, followed by some sweet tea, then some citrus, and finally onto a balance between smoke and malt on the finish.
M: Medium carbonation, medium to heavy body, smooth finish.
O: This beer is probably getting knocked too much for what it is, a heavy smoke beer. I applaud Left Hand for trying something new in the way of smoke beers, and I will gladly buy this again because I personally like it. Also, this is certainly not deserving of the poor ratings it is getting similar to that of BA Wake Up Dead.

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Photo of obireidkenobi
4.57/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Draft at the launch party at The Fred.

Smoky nose! Would think smoke beer if you didn't tell me otherwise.

Flavor is more smoke, caramel, dark fruits, wheat. Little tea/ copper in finish.

Mouthfeel is soft. Not astringent, or harsh. Sweet at times.

Overall, love the complexity. A lot of flavor and taste to sort out.

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Photo of rrski198
4.44/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown/black with a good size off white head. Sticks around forever.

S: Smoked meat right up front. Earthy and dirty. VERY UNIQUE! I gaveit a 5 because it is unlike anything I've smelled before and it is quite pleseant.

T: So odd. Sweetness and the an odd smoked flavor. Almost like a smoked porter witout the body or roast. I am getting this wierd citrus dryness at the back end that I cannot quite nail down. Anyway you slice it, this is quite unique and damn good.

M: For the abv it is more watery than i would think. The carbonation is below average which accentuates the smoke.

O: Out of this world good. I cannot think of any beer in which I have had recently that has unique. I really dig this and would absolutely buy again. Awesome offering.

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Photo of cmannes
4.22/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Darkness Tulip

Appearance: Very dark, nearly black. Very thin offwhite head.

Aroma: Wow, even after reading the other reviews, the smell struck me as "different." Smokey, meaty, almost like a BBQ. But then there's the tea smell hiding in there as well.

Taste: The smoke hits first, but it balances out with a slightly sweet tea flavor. Then the smoke returns for a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but I think it works. The smell initially made me expect a thicker more syrupy mouthfeel, rather than the thin fairly clean feel.

Overall: I was a little worried reading the other reviews. Thankfully, I think they're a bit harsh. This is an interesting beer. Rich smokey flavors with a subtle sweet tea underside. I liked it.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.09/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber Date Stamped 02/16/11
First of all, I have noticed that many of the reviews for this brew are rating this brew lower for having a smoke flavor. This bothers me, because this beer is for all intents and purposes a RAUCHBIER with a weizenbock base. But instead of using a smoked malt, it is brewed with Lapsang Souchong tea leaves. Seriously. If you don't already know, Lapsang Souchong is the equivalent to the serious tea-drinker's world of what a smoked malt is for a beer nerd. They dry the tea leaves over a smokey pinewood fire until the tea is saturated with smoke flavor. So what we have here is an extremely mutant beer, a Weizen Doppelbock Rauchbier / Black Tea hybrid! It is supposed to taste smokey!
And also, you may notice I have aged my bomber a few months. This was intentional, I find that a few months in the basement smooths everything out into a better balance for my particular taste. On to the review:
A. Deep murky dark brown, faint fizzler of a head which needs work. I'm happy with the color, but not happy with the lackluster head.
S. Smoked ham gravy slathered on biscuits with a cup of English Breakfast Tea on the side. Some coca-cola and teriyaki sauce scents as well. A left behind cigar made of tea leaves rather than rolled tobacco smoldering fragrantly in the ashtray of a leather upholstered smoking room.
T. Plums, soy sauce, fragrant tea, smoke, black wheat malt, unsweetened coca-cola finish.
M. Medium to heavy-bodied, definitely a sipper, but well worth trying if you enjoy smoked beers.

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Photo of dmbsteve
4.03/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brick Store Pub.

Pours dark mahogany with a one finger tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and leaves good lacing down the glass. You can't see any light though this beer. This is the first weizenbock I've ever had and I'd have to say the color is a little weird kind of has grayish hues around the edges. But definitely unique looking which I found attractive.

Smells of leather and dark fruits such as figs and plums. Just a hint of smoke in the nose.

Tastes smokier than it smells. I like the taste a lot...I pick up the dark fruits again. Not much hop bitterness or flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish. Quite a bit different on the palate than any other wheat beer I've had.

I am new to this style but if this beer is anything like others in this genre than I would definitely like to try more of them. I could drink a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark, mahogany brown color and a thick, murky consistency. There was a big, off white, long-lasting, foamy head. Pretty good, but not great, lacing.

S: A definitive smokiness pervaded the aroma, along with malt and some wheat.

T: Tasted of malt, wheat, a sugary component (caramel?), and that smoky quality. The advertised tea was also present, but it was very mild. Almost more like a rauchbier than a weizenbock, but a pretty good flavor nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An interesting beer that isn't quite of its style, but is still drinkable.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark black-brown color with a finger and a half of off-white head. The head fades down to a thin layer leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass in the process.

S - Aroma is full of smoked meats. There is also some tea aroma and some feint dark fruit and spices.

T - Starts off with a lot of smoke and cured meat flavor and some sweet tea flavor. There is a touch of dark fruit in the background. Through the middle, some dark wheat flavor and some light sweet fruits come out. The finish is a mix of smokiness and some light sweet elements that lingers. The smoke dominates here.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The smokiness really fills the mouth. Lots of flavor and feel linger long after the beer finishes.

D - Pretty drinkable. The smokiness is rather heavy handed, but at the same time kinda works. The other flavors could have been a bot more robust to compensate. That being said, it is a nice twist for a dark-weizen.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Assertive and intriguing take on a doppelbock, smoked and sweet in quite an unusual way.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with an elaborate retro/playful illustration of steaming teapots and formal characters splashing the brew up as the cup reaches their lips. Side narrative with a playful take on the AC/DC song explaining the intent of the brew. Served in a weiss glass.

A - Murky brown pour with a rich frothy head, settling very nicely, good retention and lacing.

S - Smoked nose, sweet sense with a touch of wheathy banana.

T - Hefty smoked tea malt, the Lapsang tea works assertively with a sweet caramel sense with touches of faint banana. Quite explosive? That would explain the name there… Notes of chocolate, very malty, assertive smoked sense throughout with herbal touches. This is far complex than what one would sense at first.

M - Medium body and carbonation, with a nice smooth flow punctuated by a light dry finish.

O - Sure enough it is a challenging brew, but if one is keen on a smoked/sweet tea brew this is rather well done and stimulating.

Notes: Not to style and liking it quite a bit for that. Provocative use of the Lapsang Souchong tea, providing and assertive smoked edge and a very sweet range, which sure is not going to be for any palate. I would not mind keeping one of this around for the right occasion.

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Photo of beermaker1
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - dark tree bark brown, minor head from tap pour. Fine bubbles and lacey.

smell - slightly smoked bbq, reminded me of texas grilling, bitter end coming from black tea. I love a good black tea.

Aroma- Wow, smell the black tea and sweet licorice, leather BBQ.

taste - A whole lot of bbq and very sweet, black tea just makes it even better, I had this on tap at the Breweery in Colorado during GABF. Loved it.

mouthfeel - lighter body then you would expect for a dark rich beer. Very drinkable.

Overall- I really liked this on tap. I would like to try it on a nitro tap. This was a fresh batch just on tap, so it was crisp and clean. I bought 2 bottles to bring home and cellar. 1 in 6 months and 1 in a year.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left hand TNT

Poured from a bomber into an Aventinus glass. An aggressive pour yields a 1.5 finger beige head atop a very deep chocolatey body.

Smells like chocolate and smoke (specifically lapsang souchong).

Wos, this taste is odd. It's full-bodied, tart, and savory-smoky. How something could be both smoky and sour is mysterious, but considering it's made with lapsang souchong (a very, very smoky tea), it makes sense. Plenty of rich chocolatey malt as well, supported by the wheat. There's also some pruney pleum; I think that's where the tartness is coming from.

Mouthfeel is thick and not very carbonated; it could actually stand a bit more to lighten it up.

Overall this is quite an interesting brew; and coincidentally very similar to one I planned on trying to homebrew one day.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer tastes like bacon

if bacon = good
and beer = good
and this beer = bacon
then for you, the beer = good
if you don't like bacon, do not get this beer.
very interesting; very different... worth tasting once, not sure i would get it again; very spicy, smoked flavor is dominant

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Photo of Mario61Aler
3.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Deep murky dark brown, faint head with very little lacing.

S. Smelled of a smoked beef roast over an oak fire and encrusted with an English breakfast tea that was toasted first complex aroma.

T. darkm fruits fragrant tea, smoke, dark malt, unsweetened coca-cola finish.

M. Medium to heavy-bodied, definitely a sipper, an excellent example of a smoked beer.

O. I really liked this one as an end of the day sipping beer, watching TV and relaxing with the wife.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense walnut brown body wit no light passing through. There is a boiling light tan head that is creamy and bubbly.

S- This beer has a smoked tea and juniper needle quality with a clean soft smoke note in the finish. There is a nice black tea note that comes through as the beer opens.

T- The tangy pine needle smoke flavor is earthy with a light burning leaves note and some soft bubblegum ester notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens there are some dark toffee notes and malt notes that come through.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a nice smoke flavor that is unique and very pleasant just very little malt or hop character to support it. The smoke and esters from the hefe yeast are a bit odd together. Lapsang souchong bubblegum

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Photo of AmbsterSchrier
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/16/2011 Bottle Date
(aged for about 6 months in our basement refrigerator at 40 deg)

I was really intrigued by the "out of the box" use of Lapsang Souchong tea leaves in a Weizen Dopplebock/Rachbier style. It's unconventionality appealed so we picked it up.

A--Murky deep brown, about zero clarity (probably the wheat I'd imagine), slight milky brown, fizzy head that dissipates quickly.
S--The tea gives it a smokey woody smell, a bit of tart fruit and then sweetness from the grain. Definitely detect some malty notes in the nose.
T--Sweeter and maltier on the front, finishes like a dark, bitter tea followed by a slightly fermented briny flavor that is reminiscent of the after-taste of miso soup followed by a sip of black tea. Smooth, drinkable and intriguing.
M--Medium body, slightly dry feel (again, I attribute this to the tea) more of one to sip on. Worthwhile if you enjoy novelty, appreciate a smokey beer or good strong cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle poured into pint glass

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky and yeasty with a malty undertone and a firm hint of caramel. It pours a dark opaque brown with a respectable, if not persistent, light tan head. Flavor is yeasty, smoky and malty with a caramel undertone and a fruity hint - could there be a bit of raspberry in there? Texture is smooth and nicely fizzy, leaving a fruity tingle behind.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: single finger off white thick head. Very murky brow with gray hues.

S: mesquite aroma. Smells like pulled pork honestly.

T: more bbq in the taste with caramel. Some apple and apricot notes as well.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: I liked this one more than I thought I would as I watched it fill my glass and begin to fill the air with the aroma of a backyard bbq. Not an everyday beer obviously but a must try.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a nearly opaque black with a little light tan head, very much like a stout.
S: It smelled like strong banana and smoked ham and coffee, with some clove and honey wheat. Wow, what a combo of scents!
T: It tasted like sweet banana first, then smoky ham and clove, then bitter roasted coffee with a bit of bready yeast. It had a smooth and mellow bittersweet aftertaste with some lingering smoke.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. A bit too light for the taste.
D: This was a very unique and interesting fusion of flavors in a combination I never would have imagined. Not sure I loved it, but it was fun to try. The alcohol was very well hidden, so it was reasonably easy to drink. Definitely recommended to try once just for the experience, but probably not more than that.

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Photo of langm12
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A - Dark almost black brown. 1 1/2 finger tan head. Fairly good retention. Very good lacing.

S - Smoke, BBQ, peat, leather

T - If you could drink smoke it would take like this. Malty sweetness comes in once the smoke flavor subsides. A bit of fruit (apricot maybe?) and a good scotchy peat flavor. The tea comes through at the very end.

M - Medium mouth feel with more carbonation than I was expecting.

This is a wild beer. Definitely worth trying once. don't know if I would go back for another round.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a murky dark, brown color with a small, short-lived head of foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled very smoky with some bacon-like aromas.

T - It tasted smoky and malty with some caramel and toffee. Almost like a rauchbier.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A little light bodied for a big beer.

O - This is interesting. It helps knowing that this tea is smoked. Do not drink this thinking you are getting a traditional weizenbock.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.74/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a muddy brownish-black with a 1-finger off tan head. Solid layer of retention throughout most of the brew. Lacing is mild.

The nose offers a first wiff of that intensely smoky Lapsang Souchong tea. It's starting to approach a Rauch in character but just not quite. It smells mostly to me like a big dose of hickory BBQ smoke. Underneath that lies the malty-sweet character of the Doppelbock- more aromas of fresh apples, sorghum, sweet prune, dark bread and maybe even a little currant. There's a odd sort of banana note, like you took a black-spotted overripe banana and then tried to caramelize the mush on the stovetop. I know you use bananas that ripe for making banana bread but here it's just a little strange. Not sure if it's from the brew itself or if that is the beer showing its first age spot. But overall, freshness is not in question here.

The palate is medium bodied and malty sweet, with a moderate carbonation and a bit of mid-tongue tannin from the tea no doubt- flavors of rich pear fruit, smoky cinnamon, raisin, dark bread, chocolate and again with that off banana note. The finish is a tad thin, but dry and very mouthwatering with tea-influenced herbal flavors.

I can very easily see how some people here could hate this. On one hand, it's kinda like an inbred cousin of a Rauchbier. But personally, although the flavor combination is weird, I kinda dig it. But I have a great appreciation for out-of-the-box thinking. This probably isn't something I'll buy again, but I'm also not a huge fan of malty lager styles to begin with. But if this sounds intriguing to you, I'd recommend trying it once for sure.

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Photo of jefferz5000
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a bottle of this unique beer. Although many seem to have a negative opinion of it, I just had to try it. I love smoky brews.

TNT pours a dark, nutty brown hue that is not quite opaque. Head is a light beige formed from many tiny bubbles. A nice ring around the glass hangs out after most of the rest disappears.

Aroma is pretty intense. Very smoky, like a bold Rauchbier. That's the first thing that hits you, smoke. Then you get some other almost odd qualities. Some tea qualities come through and perhaps some anise. Hard to pickup much else through the smoke.

The taste follows the nose with it's huge smokiness. The finish is a bit weird. You really get the tea toward the end. The aftertaste, aside from the smokiness, is a tad unpleasant. I'm not sure what people hate about this flavor, though. Of course, like I said, I love smoky beer.

Mouthfeels is rather disappointing, it's quite thin. My brother, who is not a beer nerd, even mentioned that. Carbonation is moderate and fitting. But this is a thin beer, no doubt.

Overall, I'm glad I picked this up. I think the classification in which this beer is placed might throw people off. It definitely is more reminiscent of a Rauchbier, with some added strange qualities. This is still enjoyable to me.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Brilliant Blind Pig.

One fat finger of tan froth tops a murky amber-ruby body, nice duration and some lacing on the mug. Some chocolate, berry, and caramel peek through what is on the whole what can best be described as a perfume-y aroma. My hunch is that this stems from whatever yeast strain Left hand is using for TNT, but whatever it is, the pungent aroma is nearly out of control and, despite some appeal, tamps down on what effervescence the other flavors can offer.

The taste, however, atones for the exceedingly floral offerings that assail the nose. Plenty of fruit--most notably berry and orange--along with ample chocolate malt make TNT a tasty beverage. Good mouthfeel, effervescent with a crisp creamy smooth texture.

This is not the bets Weizenbock I have had, in good part because the smell borders on off-putting. Yet overall, this is delicious and accessible despite its flaws. Strong and smooth, Left Hand--which is historically very hit-and-miss with me--has hit close to the mark with TNT, a solid, flavorful beer well worth trying.

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Photo of tjmodica
3.59/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nailed the color. Small amount of lace and a very thin beige head present with an aggressive pour. Smell is where this shines for me, Smoke smoke smoke, this is a rauchbier. Their is also a black tea and soy sauce smell integrated nicely with the strong smokiness. Taste is soy sauce, moderate smoke, mild sweetness, and light black tea flavors, nice. This was a unique yet well executed project by lefthand and the age has helped this beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.57/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Cypress St. Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours an opaque light brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smoked malts with very light amounts of bruised banana aromas. Also present are moderate amounts of herbal tea and lighter amounts of wheat.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though the smoked malts are more overpowering. Smoked malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by even more smoked malts. Joining in shortly thereafter are mild amounts of herbal tea flavors. Midway through the sip slightly sweet toasted malt flavors make a brief appearance, as do hints of overripe bananas, before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without any problems however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I wasn’t a big fan of this beer and wish I’d gone with the house beer for half the price, not to mention it’s Sweetwater IPA. Interesting but not worth seeking out.

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TNT from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.29 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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