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Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with 58% rye malt and caraway seed. "Rye Barleywine".

Added by beertooth on 03-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jegross2
2.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing the Hi-Fi Rye (Batch 1) from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery out of Flossmoor, Illinois. This is the base beer of the Batch 1 Barrel Aged Hi-Fi Rye.

Score: 60

Batch 1 bottle served in a plastic taster cup and enjoyed on 07/28/12. Review is from iPhone notes I jotted down at my birthday bottle share.

Appearance: Pours a much more “cloudy” caramel color than either of the barrel-aged vintages. A lot more ruby transparencies are apparent. Pours a thin bubble tan layer than settles to a ring around the glass. Below average lacing, average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Fruity sweet caramel malt and not much else. Faint brown sugar notes. It’s shocking how one-dimensional this beer is considering how complex the barrel-aged version of this vintage was. 3/5

Taste: Sweet and malty caramel water with some faint fruitiness. That’s it. No rye flavor, no dark fruit, no hoppiness. This beer has totally fallen off. Not undrinkable, but so is 312 – why bother? 2/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. Sweet and malty. 2.5/5

Overall: I cannot attest for the beer fresh, but the original non-barrel aged vintage has completely fallen off. I recommend skipping this one.

Cost: $10 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Schwaeh. Thanks Steve.

The first think I noticed, as others poured their samples and the bottle made its way around to me, is that this beer is very thick and syrupy. It moves very slowly. A very small head is formed as bubbles try to work their way through the viscous liquid.

This stuff is quite snappy. Lots of rye bread and toasted rye crust. Lots of caramel and grain. Hops are sturdy as well.

Quite spicy and full of rye and caraway. Like a rich, snappy toasted bread. Some alcohol and piney hops.

Very, very thick. The stuff feels as syrupy as it looks. Low carbonation with a tingly alcohol warmth.

I think I was the least impressed with this one. Its solid, but I just don't think its spectacular.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slips out a hazed, amber-gold body in color and capped with a full, foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Some heady alcoholic wafts out ahead of the caramel-glazed pale malts, scant dark fruits, subdued snippets of rye, and light citrus.

Taste: Establishes a sugary sweetness at the opening sip, with a slight spicy rye bread element (though, I don't find it ultimately plays a large role in the taste -- maybe a bit low-fi rye) and plenty of caramel sauce. Some dark fruitiness. Citrus and lightly resinous pine alongside a fair degree of bitterness. It's certainly boozy throughout, finishing dry and a bit hot with a lingering bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Some stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall: Quite frankly, I found this one to be simply OK.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks normyk

A-transparrnt maroon color that looks alot like tea
S-csnt really get anything off of the nose.
T-faint hops and a smooth body. Not as good as I was expecting
M-medium body and smooth
O-I think the hype took over a little on this one. Not that great. Above average at best

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Photo of JAXSON
3.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a very clear auburn red with some pink around the edges. Looks very thin. Nose is very straightforward malt, lots of sugars. Some honey, lightly earthy, a bit singular. Flavor is more expressive than the nose but sort of disappointing. Mostly some young malt and honey, a lot of hops in the finish which I didn't expect at all. Definitely some rye grain in there, which is a nice touch, but the malt expression on this is too simple and the hop bite makes it come across as a strong, malt-forward rye IPA or something. Palate is thin but pretty lush. Not a bad beer, but not especially great. I still have hopes for the barrel aged version but I won't expect anything in the same league as Wooden Hell.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1161st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Thanks to Gurudel for bringing this.

Shared with GuruDel, JazzPatel, MrHirschybar & BdubleEdubleRUN

App- A small golden orange with some yellows and a little bit of brown intermixed. No head formed or cling at all. Very syrupy looking in the glass.

Smell- Smells like a barleywine. Had some semi-good malts mixed in with a small bit of caramel and the rye. Didnt get much but it was there.

Taste- It was good but thought it could be better in terms of interlacing the Rye. Seemed a little bit more of a malt bomb with some soft citrus added. I really didnt get all that much Rye. Had a soft sweetness behind it as well.

Mouth- A light medium body with a creamy low-medium carbonation. Soft citrus and malts dominate the after flavors on this one.

Drink- It's good but could've been a lot better IMO. It was a bit too sweet without a backing Rye note even though bottle says Rye.

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Photo of seeswo
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1 bottle opened next to a bunch of heavy hitters.
Pours a brownish golden color with a bit of off-white head. Looks the part. The nose is rye, caramel and something else. Maybe a touch of tropical citrus. The taste is caramel-rye bread in the kind of odd, harsh way that that sounds like it might taste like. The hops are largely gone, leaving this beer a touch sweet. As a straight up rye beer, this is more enjoyable than as a barleywine, where it is merely ok. Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Overall, this beer is fine, but not great.

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Photo of stakem
3.66/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewmasterNate for the trade on this one. I decided to open this up at a recent tasting and share with friends. Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a polished, clear color of copper with a white cap that holds strong around the edge of the glass. Spotty lacework sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is fruity with a fresh grainy backing, rye and a spicy inclusion of caraway. The fruity, almost apple skin character and sweetness throws me off a bit in the nose of this brew. As the brew warms, there is a bit of a young green yeastiness left in the nose.

The taste is like apple skin fruit character that is spiced with caraway and a bit of toasty rye malt that is faintly bready. The fruity apple sweetness clashes a bit with herbal hops and the lasting spiced flavor of caraway leading to a taste that is caught between toasty and smoked.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light, enjoyable level of carbonation. It was easy drinking but left me wanting/expecting more of a complex and bold flavor profile. All in all this is a clean finishing brew with a well hidden 11% abv. This brew left me whole heartily underwhelmed. I plan on drinking this again on a fresh palate and will update my review then.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured I'd have this while the memory is still fresh. I'm not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.

4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess that's how this one is a bit different.

3.5 T: Maybe it's because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isn't nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isn't slapping my taste buds silly. There's also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. It's still tasty, but isn't as impressive as the one I had yesterday.

3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesn't have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isn't particularly creamy.

3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a small foamy head with light retention and no lacing. Aroma of spicy rye notes with some caramelized notes and some residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by some spicy rye notes with some heavy caramelized malt with light toffee notes and quite a bit of residual sugars. Body is quite full with medium to low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed with lots of extreme flavours and just enough balance for the residual sugars not too take over the whole mix. I still think that additional attenuation would be beneficial for this beer and most other Flossmoor beers.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hi-Fi Rye, vintage 2010

Served in DFH signature glass. 

A: Pours clear, deep amber with dense, white head that would look at home atop a nitro beer. Great retention and foamy sheets attached to glass. 

S: Sharp spicy rye, caramel, black pepper and caraway seeds. Additional aromas include caramelized brown sugar, honey, and faded citrus hops. 

T: Malty sweetness and spicy rye vie for dominance. Caramelized brown sugar, honey, black pepper and caraway seeds make up secondary layer. Medium to medium-high bitterness attempts to offset sweetness. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium-light carbonation. Incredibly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol makes itself known in this category, albeit relatively subtly. 

O: I enjoy the rye twist on an American Barleywine. Plus, Hi-Fi Rye looks and feels superb. 

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Photo of andrewinski1
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kyle for sending this my way! Poured into a tulip. Nice amber color with an off white head. There is a small quarter inch off white head.

The aroma is full of grapefruity hops and toffee malt. This is very aromatic.

The taste has a very hop-forward balance. The sweetness from the malt is just enough for a barleywine yielding a nice caramel note.

The body is medium to full, with soft fluffy carbonation.

I like this one. It isn't super special or mindblowing, but I like the hoppyness to go with the malt sweetness.

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Photo of nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tumbler. Reddish brown with burnt orange at the edges and an off white head good retention. Lots of rye in the smell, some sweet barley, caramel, toffee, strange smell of rice, some spicy hops. Taste is very sweet caramel, some spicy rye, raisins, figs, and dark fruit. Caraway pops out at the end and lends an interesting flavor. Mouthfeel has a heavy body and very light carbonation, finishes with a bit of alcohol. Not an amazing beer, but solid.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Side by side with the barrel aged version. Review is from notes from Easter.

Clear dark amber body with a finger of off white head. Good lacing and retention.

Smells of caramel and toffee malts then some spicy rye gets in there. Then I even get some butter popcorn flavor Jellie Bellies. Rad.

Tastes of caramel up front, then burnt toffee, rye bread as well. The finish is spicy rye and caramel/toffee. It's also fairly hoppy with a rye/carroway seed bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full without being too heavy. Low carbonation. Pretty bitter too.

A solidly hoppy and bitter American Barleywine. Rye is an interesting dimension, but oerall not wowed.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle!

After success with another ryewine (Ruggoop, to be specific), I'm excited for this guy. It pours a slightly murky ruby-amber topped by a minor amount of tan foam. The nose comprises buttery toffee, ruby red grapefruit, and a light bit of onion. The taste holds notes of sharp citrus rind, firm caramel, cedar, grapefruit, and a few red grape skins tossed in for good measure. The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, a very enjoyable ryewine, though the rye really doesn't factor in all that much to me. Pretty good times regardless, though.

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Photo of Spider889
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had several samples of Hi Fi this year, thanks to both normyk and schwaeh for that.

Dark copper color, not much head but left good lacing.

The aroma felt a little weak. Some spicy pine bitterness and bready malt.

There's lots of really good rye notes in the flavor. Spicy with lingering bitterness. Caramel and roasted malt.

Very dry mouthfeel. Overall not too shabby. I'd really like to try the BA version sometime.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Poured from a waxed and capped bomber into a Cigar City snifter.

Thin light caramel head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy caramel color. Lacing is spotty and spare with little stick. Thick legs. Average given the style.

Caramel, brown sugar, golden raisins and toffee. Some astringent hoppiness hiding in the background. Moderately aromatic and sweet. Nice subtlety.

Opens caramel and brown sugar. Some toffee with raisin stem bitterness towards the middle. More brown sugar and caramel sweetness in the middle with a boozy end. Finishes brown sugar graininess with a bit of a boozy aftertaste. Solid.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and super silky in the mouth and goes down with a bit of booziness. Finish is accented with a warm, softer, lingering aftertaste. Superb.

A really solid surprise here. Could use a little more sweetness in the taste but the feel is amazing and even with a little over a year on it, this still has tons of aging potential. Can't wait to try the BA version.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Cheers to Tony for generously sharing this and its BA brother!

A: Clear, glinting copper body with a thin off-white head. Spotty lace. Beautiful beer.

S: Smooth, understated nose of rye spice, bready malt, and earthy hops. Quite nice, but surprisingly far from exciting.

T: Sweet + spicy rye malt starts things off, with caramel + vanilla backing it up. Dry spice on the finish. Moderate hops bitterness. Piquant and enjoyable.

M: Rich full body with ample, soft carbonation. Very nice.

D: The rye and alcohol get a little overbearing as I get deeper in. I don't think I'd enjoy a whole bomber...

Notes: Unique and enjoyable, but far from transcendent. I'd gladly drink it again, but I won't be seeking it out; it really pales in comparison to its stunning BA counterpart.


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Photo of jwinship83
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle i picked up at the release in feb of 2010. drank from a stone IRS snifter.

A- the pour is a darker than average brown colored body with some ruby red highlights. there is a pretty large beige colored head on top that lasts for a while and leaves behind plenty of lacing.

S- sweet smelling caramel and toffee malts are the first things that i notice. after that comes a distinctly rye scent. some of the typical dark fruits one would expect in a barleywine are in here too. there is a pretty heavy alcohol presence.

T- the rye comes through in a big way. pretty spicy. sweet caramel and toffee malts also. the fruit i could smell (cherries, plums, raisins, and dates) are detectable but not very strong at all. plenty of spicy and earthy hops left after 6-7 months. a little bit of alcohol burn.

M- medium to full bodied. palate coating. moderate to strong warming from the alcohol.

D- im surprised at how much rye comes through in this one. pretty unusual for a barleywine. something i hope they brew again, but im not desperate to crack another bottle right away.

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Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks go out to miketd who shipped a bottle of this brew to the great state of Minnesota. My wife & I visited Flossmoor last summer & loved it, & rye is our favorite additive, so when I saw this one come out...in small numbers...I figured I'd likely never get a shot at it. But here we are! Split with my wife.

Nice bottle graphics, reminds me of John Cusack's "High Fidelity", a great movie, especially if you're of that generation. Splashed into a sliver of glass, this brew is a dark, brooding red, looks a bit like it needs a Band-Aid. Nose opens with that nice shot of rye spiciness...and that's it. Hmmm.

Hi-Fi opens & closes with a rush of malt rye. Wow. This beer has more rye shot to it than anything I've come across, up to & including Boulevard's Rye-on-Rye. Rye shotguns across the palate, leaving little room for anything else. The rye is all-spice spicy, warm, drying, seedy (that might be the caraway highlighted on the label), a bottom of very slight malt sweetness, & a bit of hops that announce their presence by mingling with the rye in the aftertaste.

There's a bare hint of oxidation creeping into the taste already, so I'm glad I had this one young, I'm not a big fan. This is a big, thick, sludgy brew, & though the bomber is split with my wife, it's going to take me a good 3-4 innings of Twins baseball to put this one down.

Ultimately? This is a really, really good beer. It's a one-dimensional monster to me, but if you like rye, as I do, it's a dimension that I'm thoroughly enjoying. Mike, when the barrel-aged version arrives, expect a knock on your beer mail...

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Photo of BlackWednesday
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a small tan had. Aroma is of rye, malt, dark fruit, sugar, and caramel. Taste is actually pretty big on the rye. There is also lots of dark fruit, sugar, spice, and caramel. Very dry malt base evens the beer out. As it warms, more raisin starts to come through. Lingering taste of rye and dark fruit. Very light, creamy mouthfeel. It’s boozy, but not in a bad way

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside the bourbon-barrel version.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of spicy rye and caraway notes, as well as some biscuit malt and some toffee. The alcohol is well hidden in the aroma.

The flavor is full of rye, along with some sweet brown sugar notes. I also get some toffee malt as well as some alcohol. Easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to kermis. Vintage 2011. Dark caramel pour with a thin tan head. Notes of caramel, cherries, spice, dried fruit, sweet coffee, chocolate. Medium bodied, light carbonation and a sticky sweet finish.

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Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I received this via trade with crushedvol, thanks pal. 22 ounce waxed top bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: A deep amber orange color with hints of dark brown. A one finger off white head sits atop. Some glass lacing.

S: Dark fruits, spicyness, caramel sweetness and some earthy hops.

T: Classic barleywine flavors of dark fruits jump with raisin, plum, dark cherry and hefty spicy bready notes. I'm not getting the seed thing, but the rye keeps the beer danker than a normal American Barleywine. Nice hops keep the thick caramel sweetness and toffee in check until the finish when the sweetness just becomes to much and overcome the earthy floral hops. Finish is a bit prickly from the rye and hops but the sweetness wins out to linger.

M: Full, very full that turns prickly then sweet on finish. Some warming alcohol, but well hidden for the 11%. Nice carbonation

Overall a real nice barleywine that is a bit danker than your average. Hops keep thing balanced but sweetness does win out. Nice beer.

Glad I got to try this one as I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the great trade crushedvol.

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Photo of ChadQuest
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is from last release, the weather started chilling down so i am starting to pop more barleywines then normal, and the aprx year on this bottle puts it about where i like them most usually. BTW, this bottle says 9.5%, not the amount listed on this page.

The pour is a rather effervescent hue of amber, touching the lighter side of that description. Only a real minimal head but there is some lacing from the collar.
The aroma is really clean and smooth, with a sweet edge prominant. There is not much noticable hops, but some rye spice comes through, some brown sugar and whatnot is there and adds aromal textures.
The flavors shown right now really make me think this one doesn't need any or much aging from the start, i almost think the hops have faded out just a bit too far at this point as only a very very slight mention of west coast cascade style hops are perceptable. This bottle hasn't even aged that much really, but i guess your opinion will vary. The profile here is really strong in the rye spices, brown sugar and maple, and caramel style malts, has a sweet finish, and some whispers of citrus.
The mouthfeel is pretty lazy at this point, but its also rather coating which helps a barleywine go a long way under any conditions. I feel they could have attenuated this a bit further and bumped it up a notch, but it is still great.

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