Burton Baton | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Burton BatonBurton Baton

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This oak-aged gentle giant has been gaining popularity over the past few years and is now available year-round.

For Burton Baton, we brew two "threads," or batches, of beer: an English-style old ale and an imperial IPA.

After fementating the beers separately in our stainless tanks, they're transferred and blended together in one of our large oak tanks. Burton Baton sits on the wood for about a month.

When enjoying the Burton Baton, you'll find an awesome blend of the citrus notes from Northwestern hops melding with woody, vanilla notes from the oak. The wood also tends to mellow the 10% ABV of Burton, so tread cautiously!

70 IBU

Added by Todd on 12-08-2004

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden orange with a fluffy head.

Beautiful smelling beer. Orange zest and sweet caramel with wood undertones. Solid hop aroma.

Loads of flavor in this one. Caramel, oak, pine, citrus orange, herbs cinnamon, brown sugar, honey and breads. Hints of raisins and tart fruits. Strong citrus hops and a very refreshing aftertaste.

Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Perfect compliment to the array of flavors.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This ale was amber in color with a minimum amount of foam, but what little there was, left that lace on the side of the glass. The smell of fresh hops, along with a fruity aroma and a hint of oak filled the nose with a soft pleasant aroma. The flavor of hops, citrus and a hint of oak filled the palate with a pleasant, well balanced flavor. I really like this brew. Not overpowering hoppy flavor, but hoppy enough to be my kind of IPA. What a pleasant surprise that I shall enjoy from first sip to last gulp!

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip, moderately aggressively, resulting in an orangey-red body when held up to backlighting -- back down on the table, it appeared more ambery-orange. Just a slight bit of murkiness kept this from being crystal clear. A cream-colored head quickly settled down from about an inch high from the pour to about a half-inch, where it sat for awhile. No rings of lace at all, though some splotches clung to the glass momentarily as I drank it.

S: Not particularly strong at first, but more so as it warmed. Caramel malt, maple syrup, and whiskey-like alcohol. You can tell from the nose that this is a potent beer, but it's not a harsh, burning cheap-vodka alcohol smell at all, but rather a warm, inviting waft of booze, like a good whiskey or cognac, perhaps. Nice.

T: Sweeter than expected given the alleged style (DIPA): caramel malt, butterscotch and candied tropical fruit flavors give it the sweetness. Vanilla shows up too as it warms. There's an oaky dry finish that's followed by the alcohol in the back of the throat and down the hatch. That dryness lingers, presenting a nice balance to the dominant sweetness in the front of the mouth.

M: Medium- to full-bodied and on the lower end of carbonation -- which feels proper given the taste and heft. Real smooth in overall feel.

D: Very good to excellent, especially for a beer of this strength. It's a sipper, but it's not hard to go through the 12 oz bottle real fast.

Notes: I believe this bottle's been in my cellar for about 14 months. I drank one when it was fresh and it's my recollection (I didn't review it at the time) that it was more harsh all around. It seems to have mellowed quite nicely in the year or so in the cellar. . . . A note on the style: it's misleading to call this a DIPA. I believe it's a 50/50 blend, with their 90 Minute DIPA making up just one half of the equation. In taste, it's lacking the hop assault most of us expect from a DIPA. In many ways it seems to be more like a barleywine. Whatever you call it, I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it as a night-time sipper, especially on a cold night.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Dogfish head pub in Gaithersburg, MD. Beer is red, darkish, clear, tight head, white, two fingers, hops in aroma along with alcohol. Interesting flavor, high malt, lots of alcohol, bitterness not as much as I expected. Drinkability high, Low carbonation and lacing left on the glass. This was a pleasantly surprising beer. It smelled like and IPA and tasted like a strong ale. It was incredible. Find it.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 10/14/2010, served on 12/03/2011. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Looks like a thousand bucks...well ok maybe not it's a slight cloudy amber head settled to a 1/2" but quickly settled within a minute.

Smell: Mmm...smells of a roasted caramel. Slight citrussy leaning more towards the grapefruit skin side.

Taste: Beer is incredibly put together, slightly sweet. No it's not that sweet, I say that because of it's IPA caregory it falls in. I am feeling pine, citrus skin and doses of caramel.

Mouth: Medium caronation, goes down easy for the "real beer" drinkers, others who don't favor IPA's...take your time this definitely isn't your dad's Bud Light.

Overall: I do try my beers before looking them up I already have in my head what they should be rated before rating them. I am extremely impressed and incredibly overwhelmed by the job done by this beer. If you love 90 Minute IPA you will f'n indulge and lust over over "Burton Baton". Impressively put together and one of the finest beers I have had. To all...CHEERS with love!

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.

A- Orange / amber, and a bit hazy. 1+ fingers of white head, which fades very slowly to a thin cap.

S- Full of grapefruit/citrus hopiness. Hints of malty sweetness....oaken notes.

T- Fairly assertive, citrus hops notes. Solid oak presence, but does not overpower or detract. Solid caramel malt keeps the sturdy bitterness in check. Really excellent.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a smooth, medium-full feel. Again, quite good.

D- Excellent. All around winner....and easy to drink in spite of it's hefty 10% ABV.

Future outlook: Gonna' have to suck it up on the price and grab some more of these...

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Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a hazy orangish color. There was a bit of an off-white head that drops off quickly and leaves no lacing. This has an interesting aroma. It is much more like a Belgian than an Imperial IPA. Caramel, fruitiness and some alcohol to the nose. Perhaps a hint of the oak also. The taste has some caramel sweetness to it, as well a slight citric hop taste, but no real bite like you would expect from an Imperial IPA. I am really enamored by this beer. Hard to really classify, but excellent.

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Photo of joeack
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt orange color with little to no head. Smell is citrusy with some wood coming through. Taste of grapefruit, pine and vanilla. The hops are not overpowering at all and the alcohol is well hidden. This is a well crafted beer and goes down quite easy for a beer of 10%.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is slightly more ruddy than a typical double, but I suspect that is from the wooding.

The smell is very balanced, a light nuttiness mixed with mature floral hops. Just beautiful.

The taste is a fruity hops with a little pineapple, some light pine, and a good amount of wood sense, but not at all overpowering.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with ultra chewy lacing.

If you can find it, get it, this beer is awesome.

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Photo of MURF0320
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Stubbie's Gainesville, FL. Served in Chimay glass.
Pours a slightly hazy dark copper, one finger of fluffy head and moderate lacing throughout.
Rich smell of piney/citrus hops, sweet malt, caramel, and oak.
Tastes of bitter citrus, sweet caramel malt, and oak. The oak flavor is prevalent and mixes well with a noticeable alcohol burn.
I love the mouthfeel of this beer. It coats the mouth with a heavy hop bitterness, the hops begin to yield to the sweet malt and oak flavors, and finishes dry with a warm alcohol burn.
Drinkability is great. If you like the style of beer you will be happy until the end. Drink it slowly, complexity changes as the beer warms. Overly drinkable for such a potent beer.
A great beer by a great brewer, highly recommended.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber honey with a textbook two inches of sturdy, creamy beige head that holds like stone after rockily settling to one inch. Great retention; a little stringy lacing. Awesome.

Strong hop aromas with a little astringency. Lemon rind, leather, caramel malts, earthy woody background.

Wow. Really interesting taste/feel with a lot going on. Wet grass, weed, dryness (if that is a possible taste), maple syrup, bitter orange potpurri and an underlying oak flavor that changes as you taste but lingers warmingly after you swallow. Very whole and complex.

Lovely. Nicely carbonated (both subtle and prickly) with a creamy and coating feel in general. Medium body and a warming tingle from the hops, alcohol, and barrel (at least I assume so). Very nice.

A very fine beer.
I am not a huge fan of barrel aging in many instances, but this is a fine tasting beer that is in your face and bold without being needlessly 'fancy' (for lack of a better term) with it.
The beer pours beautifully and has a very pleasant aroma that hints at the beer's complexity but doesn't give it away. The first taste made me audibly say 'Wow!' if that means anything to anyone. A very long and multi-faceted flavor experience hits you and the beer has a near-perfect tingly, creamy, rich and bone dry palate. All-in-all: Delicious.
Would have again; worth getting ahold of.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool label. I think I may have overpaid for this. $6.45 a bottle at Downtown Liquors in Somerville. But hey, I had to buy it, because I knew it wouldn't be coming to Utah--ever.
Bright golden orange to copper body with a small, but prevalent, off-white/sand head. Decent lacing. Aromas of candied fruit (pineapple, mango, pear, etc.), cedar, alcohol, some caramel even, along with a healthy dose of resiny, pitchy hops. Very nice.
Tangy sweet fruit flavors up front. Malt develops some sweetish caramel roll flavors too, but the tangy, slightly acidic fruitiness stays there. Right before the hops come in, the palate turns oaky with some tannins. Interesting. Hops are resinous and spicy and provide an ample bitter burn. Alcohol is there, but isn't out of whack, it just adds to the complexity. Medium-full bodied; starts with a frothy, creamy-yet-bubbly mouthfeel, and then gets thicker in the finish. Worth $6.45, but sadly, this was my only bottle.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. No obvious best before date (though just purchased and already sold out!)

A - dark amber, mild carbonation, small head which resolves relatively quickly with little lacing

S - nice hoppy nose with a bit of pine, but also some toasty malt and a bit of cedar

T - ultra complex, easily one of the most impressive beers I've had in a while. Hoppy bitterness resolving surprisingly quickly into a toasty malt with a bit of vanilla and an enduring bitterness and a warming booziness

M - buttery smooth balanced with a bit of carbonation, very warming

D - evil drinkability, goes down really smooth with some delightful warming

Spectacular beer; really need to find some more.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 09/08/10. Poured from 12oz bottle to oversized wine glass.

A- Deep copper/burnt, 1cm tan head, thick, cloudy

S- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, hops, alcohol

T/M- Roasted hops, toffee, alcohol, caramel, smooth and sticky, resiny and mildly chewy.

D- Potent glory. I have trouble finding this, but I want to buy a case to keep around and play with different age levels.

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Photo of HugePlume
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, packaged 10/2010 poured into a pint.

A- Tight 1 finger doughy head atop a cherrywood red body with just hints of amber around the edges. Excellent head retention. Exceptional lacing, there is just a wall of foam down the side of my pint. Best lacing I have ever seen. Slight chill haze.

S- Whoa! Booz hits you right away. At 10% I wouldnt expect any less. Lighter notes of hops and vanilla-esque oak scents drift upwards.

T- Very strong! Initially booz and hop bitterness dominate. As it warms, you get the alcohol punch right away, but then a rapid succession of wood, malt, fruity hops and bitter hops lap at your tongue like waves on a lake. A strong breath of alcohol tops it off as a finale.

M- Very good. Carbonation is extremely light which lets the bitterness counteract the alcohol on the finish.

O- Great intense brew. If you can find it get it! It will not disappoint!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A friend of mine introduced me to this beer as "like the 90, but less bitter". In a nutshell, he was right.

Look: Amber in color. Cloudy, not clear. Decent head.

Smell: Sweet, hops, slight vanilla and citrus

Taste: Less hop bitterness than the 90 Minute. Spicy, slight citrus flavor. Hoppy aftertaste. Dogfish head has the IPA game down. A very good one.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, full bodied. Refreshing and high on carbonation.

Overall: I prefer this over the 90 minute, but barely. I keep comparing it to the 90 Minute, because to me, it's so very similar, but slightly different. The main difference is it's just less bitter, and less strong hop flavor. Maybe it's a bit sweeter, but I give this the edge over the 90 Minute. One of my favorites from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this imperial IPA from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The IIPA poured a orange amber color, produced an average white head, left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. above average retention. The aroma consisted of toasted malt and floral citrus fruit. Full bodied, smooth and creamy mouthfeel-There is a foundation of malted grain, herbal hop flavor, fresh fruit, citrus grapefruit and oak. Outstanding Imperial IPA another great offering from Dogfish Head

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass a viscous dark golden amber with a slight haze and a frothy and tall off-white head which fell back slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was strong with grassy hop aromas and plenty of oak character. Behind the floral, grassy, oak presence was a caramel maltiness hiding somewhere in the back waiting for a chance to emerge.

The flavor was less powerful that expected. The hop presence was citrusy and grassy, but muted by time and aging. The malts were merged with bittering to form a complexity not generally found in a freshly brewed beer. The fruitiness was well done and worked with the malt and bittering. The alcohol, while present, was not over the top and was well presented. The oak character from the aroma was present in the flavor, but well done and never overpowering.

The finish was just almost dry with lingering muted hop presence and deep maltiness that lasts plesantly long into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and only lessened by slight carbonation and the distinct alcohol presence. The alcohol mainly manifested itself in the warming after consumption.

12 ounce bottle. Kudos to Sam, great job!

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Photo of blackc5
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark amber with massive foaming head that stays forever. Above average lacing as well.

S - Lots of fruity grapefruit and lemon, as well as some floral hops, and wonderful toasted oakey malts.

T - Wonderfully complex - definitely can taste the 90 minute in it, and the oak adds a nice layer to the flavor profile. Very nice balance of the oak, very citrusy hops, some floral elements to the hops, and that expected DFH malt base.

M - Thick, chewy and yet creamy. Outstanding, and one to let linger on the tongue.

D - No alcohol noticeable despite the 10%, and this goes down as easy as any standard IPA, but offers so much more. Outstanding.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

The beer pours a cloudy dark copper color with a dense, long-lasting head that leaves lacing down the glass.

The aroma is rich with oak as well as pineapple, lemongrass, a little toffee from the malt and a hint of vanilla.

The beer tastes great. Loads of flavor: Piney resin, pineapple, lemon, oak, vanilla, caramel. It's mouthpuckering goodness that makes you want to go back for more.

The mouthfeel is outstanding -- so smooth, almost creamy and a wee bit sticky.

Overall, simply an outstanding brew that i wish I could get on a regular basis. Great stuff.

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Photo of utfiero
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color- cloudy apricot amber. Medium but thick head.

Aroma- apricot marmalade and grapefruit zest.

Taste- Starts hoppy but quickly mellows with malty buttery smoothness with a hint of burnt toast and vanilla finishing with a long and strong grapefruit with subtle evergreen notes. A suburb imperial IPA.

Poured from 355 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted on 1-3-14.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite DFH brews! A pretty looking copper and slightly orange pour, head quickly dissipates, yet, a thin ring like and frothy lace retains throughout. Initially I detect a malty and caramel sweetness in the nose; then, a strong scent of piney hops followed by a biscuity aroma as the drink warms. A wonderfully complex taste; caramel sweetness as well as fruits that is balanced by tons of hops. Also there is a strong woody and oaky presence. Smoky, spicy, creamy and soapy mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied. High ABV which definitely hits you hard, yet, all the wonderful flavors mask it. I truly love this beer!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 27 Dec 16
12 oz. Bottle
Bottled On: 06/22/16

Been A Long Time Coming!

Poured into a DFH glass a hazy dark golden orange/amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a small creamy off-white head, which also leaves some small islands and sticky lacing behind. The nose is very nice, malty, sweet, some hops, some citrus, slight oak. The taste is malty, sweet, some hops, citrus, oaky. Full Body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, still a very tasty brew, quite different take on the style, no chewyness/thickness at all for such a higher ABV DIPA. Glad to see it around here, it's been maybe 10 years since I've last had this brew. Would be nice to see the last/original date of the review on this page, and not have to go looking it up, from day one of the first review ever posted on the brew.

A - Pours a clear reddish/brown golden in color, some carbonation, basically no head or lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slight hops, sweet malts, citrus, grapes, and some spices.

T - The taste is sweet and slightly bitter, can taste the grapes. The alcohol content is hidden very well.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. This is a totally different DIPA than any that I have ever had in the past, kinda tastes like a Beligian Strong Dark Ale. I've never had a oaked aged DIPA, that could be the difference. Not hoppy at all, but very tasty, highly recommended.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottled on 04/22/16

Pours slightly hazy burnt amber orange with a dense creamy off-white foam head. Smells like toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, molasses, roasted malt, orange citrus, candied grapefruit, dried fruits, cherry, with mild herby grass and earthy pine. Tastes like sweet toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, roasty malts, some chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, orange citrus, candied grapefruit, dried fruits, cherry, with herby grass and dry earthy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice oak-aged imperial IPA.

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Photo of stewart124
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Orange in color with some reddish hues. Pretty awesome head. Off white and rocky that leaves a beautiful lacing.

Plenty of citrusy hops in the nose to go along with the pine. Just a hint of oak and vanilla.

Bold and yet very easy to drink. I can really pick up some old ale characters and then I get a hit of hops in the finish. I can see why this goes over so well. Pear and apple esters that blend well with some orange notes. There is a deep warming sensation from the oak and old ale. Loads of resin and background bitterness. NIce touch of caramel and vanilla as this warms. Some of the hops mellow and the body seems to pick up.

Very nice beer. Some warming alcohol but nothing to take away from this Imperial IPA.

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Burton Baton from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
4.18 out of 5 based on 6,530 ratings.
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