Hi-Fi Rye | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Hi-Fi RyeHi-Fi Rye

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 mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 04/30/11 notes. Poured into my SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, rye, vanilla, bready malts, and light citrus hops.

t - Tastes of rye, bready malts, caramel malts, vanilla, and fruity malts.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice barleywine. Lots of caramel and vanilla to it, and a great smooth and creamy body. Would like to have again and would love to try the bourbon version of it.
EDIT: Had this again on 11/27/11 side by side with the Bourbon BA version. The BBA version was great, but this was still very very good. I raised the Overall from a 4 to 4.5.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing this bottle.

A: deep clear gold, nice white head, good retention, decent lacing

S: rich malty rye intertwined with caramel and piney hops, toasted bread and a suggestion of vanilla show up at the end

T: awesome balance, starts with a bit of sweetness, hints of vanilla, and follwed by rich waves of spicey rye. No heat at all, slight bitterness on the finish

MF: medium carbonation, nice big body

O: awesome balance, nice feature of rye, overall delicious.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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 Reagan1984
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Alex (Masterski) for providing this in a recent trade.

Glad to see that Flossmoor back in the fold. BTW, why am I getting into a barley wine mood as Spring is breaking? Makes no sense, but I am enjoying them lately.

This beer is a thick looking beer with a deep amber color with some orange sunset notes. A thin head forms and settles quickly to a cap of foam. A touch of lacing surprises me at 11% ABV.

Aroma is of caramel and barleywine.. (is that an aroma?) Some brown sugar and maybe even a hint of maple. Lots of sweet fruit as well. Peach jelly? Or grilled peaches?

Interesting with the rye. It’s almost like it cuts into the sweetness and creates a bit of a crispness here. Not sure that’s the right word, but as soon as you think it’s going to get sweeter, the dry spicy nature of the rye takes the flavor in a different direction. I sense the caraway in the late flavor and aftertaste. As the lingering bitterness kicks in there is a dry sense from the rye and a touch of bread. Alex sent me the Bourbon barrel aged version as well and I’m getting excited to try that one… If the barrel aging adds what I think it could, this could be fantastic.

Bold body, thick in your mouth, wonderful to sip all evening long.

Flossmoor, back in the game!! Well done.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

And thus begins the epic barleywine adventure...

Served in a snifter

Thanks to hannydawg for sharing his bottle

The first offering of the day pours a really nice orange body with an expected lack of head on the surface. The aromatics from this beer are undoubtedly rye but with hints of orange, cinnamon, apple butter and almond, almost a fall seasonal collection which I honestly find both delicious and odd. The taste however is a completely different world from the nose. The rye isn't evident on the tongue. The hops which weren't available for the nose were plenty there on the palate. The most detected flavors would be an almost grassy orange blossom with that sweet caramel malt finish that you expect from most of the style. This is epicly smooth and goes down so easy. I really think this is a fantastic beer, and I wish more things from FS were as good as this beer is.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
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 nkersten
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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 stakem
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
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 mikeyv35
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 04/11/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010 Original Batch w/ Paper Label
Glass: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a deep copper in color w/ a 1/2 finger beige/tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of raisins, figs, brown sugar, dates, spices, and typical basement mustiness. Tasted of brown sugar, raisins, figs, dates, w/ a close of mild hop bite and spices. Medium bodied, but pretty full feeling due to being very lush. Polished off the 22oz. bomber myself as the 11% ABV was not a bit noticeable. However, I was pretty much in the bag by the completion of the bottle, recommend sharing.

Overall, really enjoyed this brew, as it is English Barleywine all the way. Will only get better w/ more age. Looking forward to sampling it's BA counterpart.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me bottles from both the original and re-release of this, and to Richard for a bottle of the re-release as well. Very much appreciated, guys!

This rating is from the 2011 batch.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with high carbonation and an off-white head.

S: Smells barleywine-esque to begin with. Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar aromas. The rye and caraway really provide a lot to the beer and are definitely noticeable. Mild hop aroma of citrus peel and floral notes.

T: A mild to moderate bitterness with plenty of toffee, bread, and brown sugar. Spicy rye notes with plenty of caraway providing a really distinctive flavor to this beer. The hop flavor is there, but not the main attraction.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Maybe a bit high for a barleywine.

O: A good barleywine all around. Good aromas and flavors and not harsh or overly boozy.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
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 wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to azaaron for the trade! Split with bgthang, my share poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Hi-Fi Rye sports a brilliant ruby-amber body that shines in the light. Above, a well-retained tuft of manila head retains well and drapes sticky lacing. The aroma is rife with vanilla bean and a fresh, sharp rye spiciness. Caramel sugar daddies and liquefied raisinettes make for a sweet touch that plays well off the rye bill.

Flavor comes heavy with rye spice and gooey caramel-drenched apples. Hi-Fi is a little hot with booze on the finish, but dark fruit notes of golden raisin and piny hops keep the alcohol in check. A medium-heavy body supports a creamy carbonation level and a slight dryness on the finish from the rye. Overall, this is delicious stuff. It could stand to be aged for a few more months, but this beer is still great now.

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Photo of 2BDChicago
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light Yellow Wax, bought at brewery March 2010.

A: Clear, golden brown or deep mahogany. Small tan foam quickly dispates.

S: Raisins or prunes or figs in caramel malt. Sweet and full, I'm not picking up the rye but fellow travelers did.

T: Dry and not sweet were my first impression. Full mouthfeel, not in a cloying way, and low carbonation. There's kind of a spiciness, then some light vanilla. You know the alcohol is there

D: This reminds me of a very high end scotch, from a small unknown distillery. No questions that it is a well crafted brew made with fine ingredients. The rye likely brings down the sweetness levels into a dry, clean, and crisp taste. No gimmicks here, just a straight forward adult beverage.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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 sisuspeed
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to paulv for the bottle!

2010 Vintage

Pours a beautiful maroon-brown with a thin off-white head. Light lacing.

Sweet caramel rye malts and light pine-laden hops rise up from the glass. Red apples, pear and white grapes with a touch of honey dance in the background. I'm really enjoying the aroma on this one.

Super smooth rye washes over the tongue, followed by bready caramel malts with just a touch of hop. Hint of fig. Not overly complex, but quite tasty.

The mouthfeel is so smooth, borderline creamy, with perfect carbonation and a well balanced level of warming alcohol. I love the feel of this. Perfect.

For an 11% rye barleywine this is quite drinkable. The nose is great and the body is excellent. Drinks more like an English barleywine, which I prefer anyways. I would love to have another bottle of this for the cellar. Can't wait to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into oversized wine glass.

Appearance: dark amber to light brownish colored body.

Smell: Hops; citris... mainly grapefuit and herbal. Hints of rye and caraway.

Taste: Brown sugar sweetness and malty. Some biterness from the hops blend into the malty flavors and rye breadiness and hints of caraway seeds that are faint. Not boozey at all.

Mouthfeel: Full boded beer. Low carbonation; almost syrup.

Drinkability: No boozey burn here easy to drink but still sip it and savor this barleywine! Another great beer from Flossmoor.

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Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz waxed bomber received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a deep deep opaque mahogany with a beautiful 2 finger khaki crown composed of fine bubbles that display lots of retention and leave loads of lace.

Smell: Spicy herbal and floral hops jump out the most, closely followed by rye, and rounded out by some sweet malt. The spice of the hops and the spice of the rye really compliment each other. The malt isn't overly caramel like but it does display sweetness.

Taste: Same as the nose but more subtle flavors are found like brown sugar, bready malts, a toasty grains!

Mouthfeel: Very thick and heavy but with a lush creamy crown that adds to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good for such a big brew.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drgonzo3705 shared this at a tasting (thanks Paul!). I've previously tried the barrel aged version with the brewer, wish I could try them side-by-side. But VERY happy to have the chance to try this now!

The beer is dark amber with a nice but thin tan head. Sort of murky looking at first, but actually I think it's just very dark. When held up to a light it's somewhere between clear and translucent.

It smells pretty complex, initially I think American barleywine with large sweet malt notes, caramel and such. But the rye adds some spice that works well, and I think the use of more rye and less hops led to the malts taking more of a central role in aroma.

Same in the taste, rye and sweet malts, beers like this could convert me to barleywines. Sweet and spicy, lots of caramel and maybe molasses (not really syrupy so maybe brown sugar is a more appropriate descriptor), tasty with a mild alcohol burn.

Sticky mouthfeel, if there were more hops I'd probably describe it as resinous. But no, it's sticky feeling which matches the flavors pretty well. A sipper to me, and one I'd love to get again.

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Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour into a snifter from a bottle generously shared by Paul AKA Dr. Gonzo - thanks! I had this beer at Dark Lord Day 2010 but didn't take any notes, so it was nice to finally get a chance to try and rate it!

The beer looks very nice in the glass. It's a brown color with red and caramel highlights. There's an off-white head that quickly subsides and doesn't leave much in terms of lace.

The rye really adds some depth to the nose. The typical caramel, toffee, and lightly toasted malt notes are present, but the rye adds some pizzaz on top of those flavors. This is very malt dominated and just a peek of earthy hops and dark raisins show through. There's a bit of booze as well.

The taste is equally impressive. I'm amazed how much depth the rye added to this beer. The spicy notes are reminiscent of rye beer, and the sweet caramel and toffee notes make this more of a dessert spin on traditional rye. The touches of dark fruit and brown sugar add proper depth. I could certainly enjoy this beer just about anytime - a successful spin on the traditional approach to a barleywine.

The mouthfeel is a touch sticky, otherwise the medium to heavy body and small kiss of carb work to make this a pleasant drinking experience. I dug this and will be ISO the new batch, especially interested to see what the bourbon barrel treatment does to this.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this, thanks Alex. Review # 1600. Bottle poured into a perfect pint glass...Pours a lighter transparent brown with tons of red accents. An off white head rises about a finger, falls quickly leaving only a ring and a little lacing...The aroma is sweet, almost too sweet for a barleywine, hops aren't present to cut that. Rye, alcohol, spices, caramel. Good, not great...The taste is better, certainly more balanced and closer to a barleywine. Great quad notes of dark fruits, and brown sugar balanced with some roast and hops. Rye backbone throughout this.

This is pretty decent, needs some work, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from madorb. Thanks man! Served in a Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

A - Pours with a dime of white foam that settles to a thin ring, and leaves behind spotty lace. Mostly transparent ruby body with a slight brown tinge to it.

S - Rye bread, sweet caramel, milk chocolate, hint of caraway and booze. Very sweet, but quite pleasant and enjoyable.

T - Taste has a lot of rye bread, brown sugar, dark fruits, and so forth. The flavor has better balance between toasted grains and sweet things. Booze is better hidden too.

M - Viscous, low carbonation, somewhat syrupy. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - This is quite nice, and very easy to drink. Not as good as the barrel-aged version though.

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Photo of brentk56
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Barely a thin film of a cap sits atop the mahogany colored liquid and it fades rather quickly; there is not much lacing but there is a tremendous amount of viscous liquid on the side of the chalice

Smell: Rye bread and caramel with a hint of pith

Taste: The caramel stakes a claim at the outset but the rye and caraway spiciness adds its character very quickly and dominates through mid-palate, with just a hint of pithy hops adding a bitter dimension; after the swallow, the rye, caraway, caramel and hops converge to provide an incredibly well-balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation; although it is close to syrupy, I rather like the feel

Drinkability: A really nice barleywine with a noticeable difference both in the rye and caraway flavors as well as the mouthfeel

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Photo of juhl31
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

-very dark crimson brown that you have to work to get some light through. khaki colored head that lasts for a good bit and a nice medium head to start

-wow. right off the bat i know this is gonna be good. that rich barley smell with some complements of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, fig, custard, a light leather and a hint of spice

-all the flavors of the smell, but even more rye spice shows up. you can really let it sit in your mouth and melt like a chewy caramel

-this may be my highest of ratings for mouthfeel. i love those rich chewy strong beers and this is that incarnate. super full and sticky. love it

-a monster of a beer that i could easily drink to myself, yet it is so good i have to share it. easily moves into one of my top beers

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Photo of jwinship83
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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 mothman
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter

Pours a light brown head. Color is a caramel dark brown.

Aroma: Rye with the spice flavors that come along with it show right away. Roasted malts, floral hops, and some toffee. Very malty.

Taste: Big spice and rye notes again. Malty with flavors of toffee and caramel showing. Also has some roasted flavors to it with dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with some spice to it. Amazing feel to it. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with rye in the aftertaste.

Overall, the with a solid bwine. Lots of great flavors and the rye addition was really great. Very happy to have had this one. Decent drinkability.

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Hi-Fi Rye from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 131 ratings.
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