Young's Double Chocolate Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout
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Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-06-1999

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a plastic tumbler.

Somehow I've had this a few times and have never taken the time to review it. That ends here. It pours a clear dark sienna topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, chocolate powder, and a light air of coffee. The taste simplifies things even further (somehow), highlighting the roast and the (now dark) chocolate. It's tasty, but -- and I hate putting it like this, but I can't think of a better way -- still kinda boring too. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty dry finish. Overall, a pretty good stout, nothing amazing, but eminently drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color. Two finger light tan head shows great retention. Huge web style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big time chocolate and light roasted malts in the beer. This smells very rich in the chocolate. Light nutty tone to the middle of the beer itself. There seems to be a light citrus hop in the ending of the aroma too which doesn't seem to fit but isn't an annoyance.

T- Roasted malts come in first with the chocolate malts right behind. Before the middle of the beer though there is a big rich chocolate flavor with hitns of nutty flavors. The middle of the beer kind of washes away a small bit of the flavor but the chocolate comes right back with a nice crisp hop bite in the ending. This adds a little bit of bitterness to the overall sweetness of the beer.

M- Medium/Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the beer altogether. Chocolate flavors were mostly what was left on the palate. Aftertaste was a lot of light alcohol, watery nothingness (if that makes sense), chocolate and light roasted malts. Flavors were balanced actually quite nicely. No real off flavors to speak of but it had a off feel with watery tones at times. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This was a good drinking lighter stout. As far as chocolate flavor it does deliver but I was looking for a little more to it. A little one sided at times in the mouth. The ABV makes it a muti-beer drinker. The overall feel to it doesn't make you feel full so having a couple would be no problem.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - A nice, dark brown/black color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A light tan head with very nice size. Good retention and some nice lacing. The head was mostly creamy and smooth. It settled to a nice ring on top.

Smell - A nicely balanced aroma of a milk chocolate, roasted malt and dried oats. Some of the oats might be giving off a roasted grain type of aroma.

Taste - The taste revealed the chocolate of course, but it also provided the roasted malty oats that also had the flavor of some type of Belgian grain. Slight touches of a plum flavoring. All very well balanced and good. Only minor touches of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/full mouthfeel. Very, very smooth and easy drinking. A touch of chalkiness. Covered the palate ok, but I was expecting better. It was nicely dry and creamy.

Drinkability - I must say that this beer is very good and very enjoyable and very easy to drink. However, considering all the hype that surrounds this beer and all that I've read about it, I was expecting much more. Some reviews put this on par with the Rogue Chocolate Stout, but for my money, this doesn't even compare to the overall satisfaction of the Rogue. That being said, this beer is still very, very, very good and is worth a try.

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Photo of ajAGOFF
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

About 8oz poured from a 1pt.0.9oz bottle into a 12oz snifter.

A: Pours completely opaque with a dark, reddish brown ring at the edge of the glass and a good finger or more dark tan/light brown head that slowly fizzles into a still generously foamy layer that laces nicely upon sipping.

S: Deep, dark, round scent. Dense dark fruit and deep roasted dark chocolate that are finished off quite nicely by heavy, sweet pipe tobacco.

T: Deep, dark fruit back up front again - almost sour, but wonderful - then thick, rich, near burnt dark chocolate with a mildly bitter hop taste upon swallowing.

M: Coats the mouth slightly, but is not overly creamy, until swished around the mouth slightly, at which point the agitation releases a fresh burst of foam, flavor, and a very mildly alcoholic tongue bite.

D: A wonderful specimen of a stout with a flavor that demands to be tasted again and again. Not at all cloying, even for all its chocolatey goodness, and with a low 5.2% ABV, approachable enough to enjoy that flavor several times in one sitting.

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Photo of Satchboogie
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

1pt 0.9oz bottle (best by 22/7/11) poured into a Young's pint glass

A: Pours dark brown, 1.5 finger mocha colored foamy head that slowly dissipates, leaves decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, molasses, slight floral hops

T: Chocolate, more chocolate. Rich semi-dark chocolate, roasted malts aren't very robust or bitter, it's very mellow. A little bit of licorice, thought not as much as the nose suggested. Has a good deal of sweetness, both milk chocolate and molasses. Very slight earthy hop presence that is well hidden.

M: Medium carbonation, very light body, definitely too watery for my taste. Not creamy, not smooth or velvety, pretty disappointing body for a stout.

D: This does go down insanely easy, tons of milk chocolate, almost no bitterness, and a light body. A perfect session beer by definition, but I'd rather a stout with more body.

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Photo of scelesti
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pour from 11.2 oz bottle into goblet.

A - Deep rich opaque black. The thin head dissipates quickly, leaving lacing at the top of my glass.

S - Smells like cocoa and coffee. Hmm... that's about it.

T - Rich, sweet chocolate taste, followed by light caramel and coffee notes. Just enough of a hop presence to keep things balanced. Some licorice in the background on the finish. Super balanced. Can this get any better?

M - Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with relatively light body. Not necessarily watery, but a bit lighter than I typically like my stouts. Probably the only drawback (if there is one) about this brew.

D - Wow, does this ever go down easy. Super easy, in fact. Yup. Uber-drinkable. Thank you sir, may I have another?

Mmmm, stout, with your stouty stoutness. Nice chocolate flavor without being overwhelming. Would pair well with chocolate anything, and stands up well on its own. I'd be interested to see how beer is out of the nitro can. Definitely will be revisiting this one in the future.

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Photo of mjhorn
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pour on this one. Head quickly settles to about a half an inch of creamy off white toffee color. Body was nearly black and basically opaque. Looked delicious and I couldn't wait to try some. Aroma was somewhat disappointing. Slight chocolate milk odor, but very faint overall. Taste proved much better than the smell. Started off nice and sweet with nice chocolate and maltiness. Finished dry with a more roasted flavor and hints of coffee. The finish was nice and kept the sweetness up front from becoming too much. Mouthfeel was excellent, smooth and creamy. For as rich as this beer could be, the drinkability was good as it did not feel super heavy, and the flavor was balanced enough to keep the sweetness from catching up. Overall, I don't have a ton of experience with stouts, but I really enjoyed this one and I feel like it sets the bar fairly high.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a imperial pint.

A: Pours a perfect black with creamy nitro head.

S: Milk chocolate and malted milk balls.

T: Tastes like a chocolate bar. Soft and sweet; nice but can become boring after a while.

D: Great drinkability with velvety smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great starting point for stouts. Guinness fans and sweet beer fans will both enjoy this, as well as anyone who has an affection for chocolate milkshakes.

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Photo of windypete
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a pint glass.

poured nice & easy, not as thick as other stouts but still as dark & black.

smell was light & clean with coffee & chocolate coming through .

taste was very nice with those chocolate & coffee notes coming through.

on the whole this is a solid stout & one you can have a few of in an evening, slips down very nicely indeed.

thumbs up on this one!

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Photo of DaveHS
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours dark chocolate brown with sherry highlights and a thin ring of milk chocolate colored bubbles. Leaves minimal soapy lacing.

S-Soft milk chocolate aroma, some light grainy malts. Not much else going on here.

T/M-Better than the nose would suggest. The depth of chocolate flavor is beyond many other chocolate beers, in that it's not one note. It starts sweet and milky, then becomes rich and roasty, approaching a mocha flavor, then fades off on a wave of lovely English mild ale goodness. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-Like the Wells Banana Bread, I can appreciate it for its success within the style.

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Photo of SebD
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: : It has a nice fully black colour to it. It has a nice bubbly beige mocha coloured head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a very nice roasted malt character to it with a good chocolate sweetness and hints of coffee. It ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth, incredibly rich and creamy beer accompanied with great flavours and aromas. It's an overall great Stout.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, best before 24/11/10. From the label: "Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young's award winning rich, full flavored dark ale..." I love that they're taking the stout's chocolate attributes to a literal conclusion. This Luxury Double Chocolate Stout was poured into an oversized wine glass. An aggressive pour yields a finger-tall mocha head that dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing touches the glass. In describing the color of this stout, one must ask himself, "How much more black could this be?" The answer is none more black.

Unsurprisingly, the nose is full of chocolate. Subtle roasted malt aromas are quickly overtaken by the strong scent of Hershey's syrup. Coffee liqueur comes to mind next. In fact, it smells much more alcoholic than 5.2% ABV should suggest. Simply put, this smells exactly like you would imagine stout with chocolate would smell. It's a pretty simple combo, but despite the lack of complexity in the nose, it is quite pleasant, if a bit literal.

The flavor is indeed sweet, though not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest. It's not nearly as chocolaty as the nose would suggest either. If this had been a blind taste test I would have thought that I was drinking a great roasty porter. Roasted malts take center stage and fade into a mild coffee-like bitterness that slowly takes on the essence of dark dark chocolate. It's rich but not the least bit overpowering. The alcohol remains hidden beneath the roastiness. It finishes with an aftertaste of more roasted/chocolate malts. It's simple but effective.

The mouthfeel is fairly standard for a non-imperial stout. The body is fairly light. Carbonation is not very heavy but does add a nice prickly effect in the mouth. Drinkability is also high as Young's Double Chocolate Stout drinks like a porter. It's a smooth, full flavored stout that debunks the myth that big flavor comes only with high alcohol. American brewers take note.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout. It is quite tasty but it is also pricey. If I could buy it without the import price I could see myself drinking this regularly.

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Photo of JMad
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this into my glass mug...

The beer was opaque, black with a thick, lofty coffee colored head that had medium sized bubbles.

I could smell dark and milk chocolate, smoked malt and coffee.

It tastes of bitter dark chocolate, it's creamy and sweet at first followed by an earthy bitterness.

This was so smooth, it's rich, robust and full bodied, leaves a dry feeling in the mouth.

I really enjoyed this stout, it is one of the best I have ever had.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (no date) into an english pint glass. Pours a dark black opaque color with a huge tan head. Very sticky lacing that coats and hardens in the inside of the glass. Very chocolatey of course- aroma is slightly nutty- with a taste of milk, chocolate and almonds. Very mild carbonation, otherwise a nice drinkable beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown; almost opaque. Poured a 2 finger cascading brown head that dissipated slowly to a thick skim. Broken lacing.

S: Chocolate and toasted malts. Hop citrus in the background.

T: Toasted malts and chocolate up front; not quite as robust as in the smell. An even bitter balances the beer nicely.

M: Medium to full body. Low to medium carbonation. Smooth and silky.

D: Very flavorful and really easy to drink. Balance sets me up for drink after drink.

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Photo of bworley
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a tulip and was surprised by the head. A full 3 fingers that gradually reduced to about a cm about 1/2 way through with several rings on the glass.
I think the smell is a little tinny. Not alot going on there.
On the other hand, the taste is great. You can definately pick up on the mocha aftertaste.
This stout also feels nice like creamy cocoa with bubbles.
with the 5.2 abv, i could see drinking this one for an evening, or at least have one with anything called death by chocolate.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a 22oz stein because my wife couldn't reach a pint glass. Also, I didn't get the full 16.9oz because my wife took four tablespoons for some crazy chocolate truffles she's making for the super bowl.

Pours generally very stoutly, but with a surprisingly large and fluffy beige head. Head fades at a medium pace, leaves clumps of lacing stuck to the side of the glass. Beer is almost opaque, but noticeably translucent around the edges.

Smell is powerful, easily detectable at arm's length. When I concentrate on it, I get a lot of coffee in the aroma. Chocolate is there, but to me it's hidden behind some roasty malts.

Chocolate really comes out in the taste, but there's still some coffee hint, sweet and thick and chewy. Very pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel as mentioned above -- thick and chewy, but amazingly light and fluffy at the same time. Very good, very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pub can pours a very dark brown with a gorgeous quarter-inch thick and rich, light tan head that settles in to an eigth inch which stays in tact throughout.

Nutty and sweet, chocolately aromas. I notice a little spicy accent to it as well.

The nutty characteristic reigns in this brew, but definitely chocolate takes hold at the same time. Nothing overpowering in this great stout.

Low carbonation and an smooth velvety feel.

I can't see an occasion when you couldn't break one of these stouts out. A great brew by itself, but it can also compliment many dinners and desserts (or be a dessert by itself).
I didn't think anything held a candle to Youngs Oatmeal Stout, but this brother is definitely on the same page. It's extremely drinkable and is one which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty much as advertised -- bitter chocolate, not too sweet, opaque, black, delicious.

It's not an "oil can" stout, in that the mouthfeel is a little lighter than some, but it's absolutely satisfying, and super drinkable.

It contains actual chocolate, and sugar, so the taste isn't a surprise, but it isn't excessively sweet.

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Photo of basica
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Jet black pour into a La Guillotine snifter with a one half finger thick foamy, bubbly, tan head; good retention (4)

S - Roasted malts and chocolates on the nose (4)

T - Roasted malts upfront with flavors of cocoa and chocolate in the middle; taste is generally a tad watery (3.5)

M - Light to medium bodied thickness with a slightly above average carbonation and a watery texture (3)

D - Pleasant chocolate flavors and easy drinking but the watered down nature in the flavors was quite a negative (3.5)

I had a high expectation of this beer but it's quite disappointing as per the above review to be honest. I hope this is a bad bottle.

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes:

I have 4 of these left and I'm glad. I enjoyed this stout thoroughly. Not for the taste directly or the mouthfeel but rather the appearance, smell, and extreme drinkability make this a must-have.

I love stouts. This particular stout is a little light and more thin than I prefer. It has little complexity and is highly chocolaty (double chocolate well of course). But what I love about this beer is in it's drinkability. And you won't find a better looking glass full of beer - pitch black, creamy head (nitro-can but the bottles and on tap have a beautiful top as well), nice lacing... what else can you want? Reminds me of that line in Spinal Tap: "How much more black can this album be? The answer is 'None. None more black.'"

A very delicious, fun stout, that will be enjoyed by novice stout lovers and as a novelty by serious stout lovers. Stout lovers will probably crave something with more depth, power, and complexity but you can always enjoy this as a sort of "stout light". Pretty yummy really.

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Photo of nickthetick
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into an american shaker (at the bar) opaque black with a dirty khaki head that hangs around for the entire beer. The head leaves a beautiful lacing, one of the best I've ever seen.

S: not a lot on the nose except for smooth sweet dark malts and milk chocolate.

T: heavy up front with the espresso and a light chocolate malt follow up. There is a little bitterness that tries to take the form of dark cocoa but the sweet malt really won't let it.

MF: thick creamy and chewy. Slightly effervescent.

D: good example of a milk stout that I stumbled across at my local brewpub/beer bar but I have not heard of it before. I'll keep my eyes open for it but wouldn't pass up another new one if I had the chance.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint+ bottle - no best by date visible.

Poured into Duvel tulip , poured dark black with one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin creamy tan lacing,decent carbonation.

Smell - Light chocolate hints with roasted malts.

Taste - Bitter chocolates with some toasty malts,coffee and maybe a slight hint of vanilla cream.

Drinkability - creamy chocolates with enough balance of toasted malts make this a very drinakable beer - as it warmed the chocolate flavors really showed through- nice aftertaste in the finish.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black! That's all you can say about this beer. With a slightly aggressive pour nice 2 finger very tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Decent lacing down the glass.

S: Chocolate is the dominate smell, which is not surprising at all. Nice malty smell as well.

T: One of the most amazing beers I have had to date. Smooth and creamy with an amazing finish. Some roasted coffee towards the back.

This is an amazing brew. Chocolate smell and taste. The appearance was nothing spectacular but everything else measured up. ( I have decided now that a beer REALLY look bad to receive low marks in the appearance category.) Will be buying this soon again!!! GREAT BEER WELLS & YOUNG"S LTD!!!!

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Photo of Bonis
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Black... Not the darkest I've seen, but it looks like a decent stout nonetheless. Nice pillowy off white head.

S - Smells kinda like a Guinness Foreign Extra with generic chocolate added. Mostly malt forward with a touch of chalky bitter hops that I don't care for at all. This is being consumed well before the best by date, but something about the aroma just doesn't seem right to me, or I just don't like it.

T - When I think of a "double chocolate stout" this is not what I expect. Ok, so I guess I'm really not a fan of european stouts, and I've already tried some American imperial stouts like Choklat and Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (which doesn't even add real chocolate to their beer, yet they achieve a better chocolate flavor compared to this beer), but this beer just doesn't do a whole lot for me. It's nice. It's better than many I've had. It has a decent roasty character. It is full of flavor like a stout should be, but I come away fairly unimpressed. It's been over a year since I've had this beer, and it just isn't as good as I recall.

M - Pretty full bodied, perfect carbonation. Could be the nicest aspect of this beer.

D - A pretty easy drink, but I expect that at it's abv. Again, this wasn't quite as good as I expected it to be, but it's a relatively good beer and one I'll enjoy again. I think I prefer it from the nitro can.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
Beer rating: 80.1% out of 100 with 5,777 ratings
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