Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

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182
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798
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
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Photo of glass_house
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My only complaint is that this comes in tiny cans. I actually like them, but for the price I feel I should be getting a full 12 oz. I love this beer. Wonderful dark malt flavors of carmael, toffee, brown sugar and some dark fruit. Noticeable hop presence, but not overly so, as with some American takes on the style. There is a little alcohol heat, but overall it's pretty damn smooth for the 11.5% abv.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a stemless wine glass.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt with a big shot of brown sugar and vanilla. Slightly boozy and a trace amount of hop aroma.

T- Comes on sweet and Bready but then there's the moderate hop bitterness and booze. Notes of caramel, honey and maple. Not necessarily complex but there's a lot going on. Layers of vanilla and sweet bread. Good hop burps.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not an awesome barleywine, but one that delivers what it's supposed to.

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Photo of Vonstein15
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 11/7/13,American Barleywine
A- copper color slightly cloudy
T- missing the hop presence but expected after 5 months.overall nice malt background and ABV is will hidden
M-just what you expect from a Barleywine,simple but complex at the same time
O- will buy more esp. At a low price of $5 a 4 pk

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Photo of samtrillo
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/07/13 and poured and drank on 3/27/14
A - Cream head on initial pour that all but disappears. Attractive translucent amber color.

S - Very intense sweet malt like you'd imagine.

T - Sweet caramel malt flavor with hop citrus. Lots of booze as well but it's expected and warranted. Looking for a little more hop bitterness but it's not there.

M - Little carbonation and a very smooth malt full bodied feel.

O - It's good. The more you drink it the more you like it. I'm actually more familiar with aged barleywines so this was hard to rate at first.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tiny little unassuming cans can sometimes kick your butt, and this is definitely one of those. unsuspecting all the way, its simple in nose, moderately hopped with a molasses undertone, but smelling not an eyelash above 7.5%, never letting on to its real magnitude. the head too, im not used to such big ones in barleywines, so im fooled by this. some lightness to the color, and enough bubbles to cut the viscosity, its just hard to identify as a super strong ale. flavor is balanced between thick and sweet barley somewhere in the middle of the roast spectrum, and hops, which have a citrusy flavor, but not enough acid or bitterness to rise above the grain. lovely stuff, one can is plenty and im glad its not bigger, but a really solid as well as interesting take on barleywine. constantly evolving arent they?

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the little 8 fl. oz. can. Sampled on March 22, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy medium amber color with a short-lived cream colored head. It fades to nothing after a moment but generally looks like it should.

The aroma is full of barley malts and caramel sweetness. Little to no booze but that aroma is very much like it should be for the style.

The body is medium but there is an astringency to it.

The booze is a bit more notable in the taste but overall it is still a bold barley and sweet character with little in the way of hop bitterness. These 8 oz cans seem to be pointless though.

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Photo of osant37
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 8.4 oz can. canned on 11/07/13 into a snifter.
A - pours a viscous, almost snapple iced tea like brownish amber.very quickly dissapating head. visible alcohol legs.

S - very sweet malts. toasted coconut hints, caramel candies, and booze & more sweet stingy booze. fruity west coast hops in there too. excellently balanced aroma.

T - sweet caramel up front. fruity hop bitterness in the middle of the mouth. delicious!!! booze warmth on the back.

M - viscous and full bodied as an american barleywine should be. could use just a bit more carbonation.

O - great take on a barleywine. this definatly stands out to me. i love the west coast hop take on a malt bomb style. the booze is definatly present. i wonder how it would age in the can? im gonna hang on to a few to see how that goes. will definatly buy again!!!...cheers!!!

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8.4 oz. can poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a honey golden brown into the glass. No head to speak of appears. There's a very, very fine sheen of lace on most of the surface, with a small island of fine bubbles in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a sunset orange-red and somewhat opaque.

S - Nicely toasted malts sit underneath an ABV-supported, somewhat astringent mix of grassy citrus floral notes, flinty metallic, light fruit juices (apple and pear), and sugary caramels and hard candy. As the beer warms in the glass, the sugars begin to better shape the nose. This may well be a beer that really needs to warm up to present properly.

T - While noticeably more focused on the toasted malts and caramels in the start of the quaff, big hops of equal parts citrus and resin push their way forward and take over. The finish is a dollop of honey, orange, and caramel in the center of the tongue surrounded by herbal bitters along the sides. The ABV is well-masked in the taste profile, but quickly shows up warming the tummy.

M - Creamy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Medium body. Components are nicely integrated. Finish is rather dry and short.

O - Quite hop-forward and somewhat unbalanced for a barleywine. The components of the nose don't really compliment each other, but instead present a hodge-podge that begs to be sorted out. I like to enjoy the nose of a big beer apart from its taste, but I really couldn't do that with this beer - too much conflict. This isn't a barley wine I could recommend unless someone is specifically looking for a pretty bitter IIPA / barleywine mash-up.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a ring of lace throughout. the body was a dark amber color.
s - big caramel malty aromas with a hint of hoppiness.
t - sweet then citrusy with a spicy finish.
m - medium and coating.
o - solid american barleywine with a good hop profile. i enjoyed it and i liked the slim can for a beer with an ABV this big.

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Photo of greg33027
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, because why not at this point. Just want to say that 21st Amendment has some of the best can designs out there.

Deep, deep amber almost brown color, with an almost nonexistent head. (Probably too cold when poured.)

Have to write this, smells like Juicy Juice fruit drink. Strong but pleasant candied or dried fruit, almost brown sugar/caramel smell. Not as strong as a quad but similar scents.

Sweet, orangey, malty right away gives way to a nice bitter hop finish. A bit of alcohol but the toasty malt backbone and balanced hop flavor all work really well.

Nice pleasant body, a little thinner than the smell would lead you to believe. Then the light carbonation hits and it just dries up from there. Really nice finish and definitely way more drinkable than I thought.

Big thanks to Beer Geeks at CBC Braintree for the recommendation. I have only had one or two barley wines before this so I not too familiar with the style. This beer is great. I don't know if this is a true rep of the style but this is great beer. Good balance between malts and hops and really drinkable.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark mahogany, almost see through when held up to the light. Minimal tan head.
S: a bit stuffed up, couldn't smell much of anything.
T/M: Very hop forward and super smooth. Herbal and woody hops. Some grainy malts. Certainly hoppier than malty. Lots of fruit flavors (mango, pineapple); sweeter than bitter and finishes with nice, mellow alcohol. Lowly carbonated and light body.

Could have warmed a bit. As I drank it some of the grainy flavors were more present and the hop flavors were also more accentuated.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours an intense amber in color with light foaming.

There’s a strong aroma of caramel and candied orange.

I get a malty sweetness balanced by a slight bitterness and some orange notes. Candied sweet, with a long finish. Solid, if not spectacular.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 11/7/13.

Appearance: Poured very clear initially but some sediment at the bottom the the can resulted in a murky crimson brown color with a very thin cap of off-white foam despite an aggressive pour.

Aroma: Big drunken caramel malt with blood orange and dried fruits. This aroma screams American barleywine in every way.

Taste: Starts with bittersweet earth and citrus. The malt is much less present than I was expecting and the aroma actually eclipses the flavor a bit. However, there is a nice sweet caramel that balances out the hops decently. The finish is quite smooth with barely any lasting bitterness in the aftertaste apart from a little pine. Really can't taste any of the 11.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with nearly tepid carbonation. The mixture of those two elements makes this quite a drinkable beer, which is a little uncommon for the style. It almost drinks more like a whiskey and the smaller portion size reinforces the feeling that this is meant to be enjoyed slowly.

Final Thoughts: So not quite the big beer that I was expecting due to the less-than-robust taste and tepid feel but still a good beer. Would I drink it again? If I'm in the mood for a barleywine.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: nice and amber, with a little cloudiness, which is how I view barleywines. Head is eggshell white and burns off pretty quick. 3.5

S: citrusy and a little oak. Not bad. 3.25

T: comparing the taste to other 21st amendment beers, it is pretty comparable. That being said, it isn't superior. Compared to other barleywines, it lacks. A strange aftertaste and far too sweet, with no real hop to it. 2.75

M: leaves a sour taste in my mouth that isn't really desirable. I feel like it should be sipped cooler, but that is contrary to other barleywines. 3.25

O: it isn't too bad, but at about 11 bucks for 4 8oz cans, you are way better suited with something else for your money. 3.0

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Photo of ksimons
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark amber with a very thin layer of white head that disappears quickly

S-caramel malt, rum soaked raisins, and a light bitter finish

T-caramel malt backbone with brown sugar, raisins, and a bitter citrus finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium to full body, crisp carbonation

Overall a very enjoyable barleywine, a good balance of malt sweetness and bitter hops

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave for sharing.

The beer is amber orange with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers malt, alcohol,
sweet fruit, furniture cleaner, caramels, butterscotch candies. The flavor is ok. Some metallic notes. Noticeable alcohol throughout. A bold beer. A bit aggressive and slightly harsh on the palate. Not as bad as I made it sound. Middle of the road.

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Photo of jhawth
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from can into snifter. Pours a brownish orange with a thin cap of off-white foam; even an aggressive pour failed to yield a large amount of head.

Aroma: Big malt flavors match up with big hop notes--vanilla, boozy fruits, sharp hoppy bitterness. Slight mustiness, slight isopropyl-like twinge.

Taste: Slight hop bitterness up front, then rich malt notes of vanilla and candied fruits, then citrusy hop notes with alcoholic bite. Relatively 'hot', alcohol-wise.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Nice American barleywine. Big citrus notes, pretty big alcohol presence. I'm interested to see how both will mellow as it ages.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may give you an indication of the depth of the backlog of The CANQuest (TM): the bottom of the CAN is dtd 05 Feb 2013! It almost made it to its birthday, Wow!

From the (Slimline) CAN: "Ameri[CAN]-Style Barleywine Ale Packed With Citrusy Hops"; "92 IBUs".

I am guessing that, given its age, there may be some lees in the bottom of the CAN, thus requiring a gentle Glug. The Crack! was magnifique and it reeked of booze. How hot was this mo fo originally? I managed to produce a server's head - a finger of light-tan head produced by swirling the glass. The server's trick is to swirl a straw in the beer just before serving it to the customer. Color was a button-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) and once more, I was CANtemplating selling it to Full Circle Recycling as liquid copper. Nose was like a CANtact drunk. If you know of a CANtact high, in which you CAN get high without smoking just by being in a room pungent with weed, this was the same CANcept. I inhaled a LOT of booze on this bad boy! Along with the heat was a caramel/nutty maltiness, leather and dried dark fruits. Mouthfeel was big, not quite thick, but on the approach and it sat on my tongue like a dollop of whipped cream. I kid you not about the heat! Initially, all I could taste was booze until it subsided, then I got the dry mustiness of old leather. Whew! Man, this is a big beer, not to be tackled by amateurs. Finish was extremely dry, to the point that I was actually craving some water by the end of the mere 11.2 fluid ounces.

#HappyHulaintheCoolaDay

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Photo of KFBR392
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Color is a ruby/amber red color. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Light head on the pour and present on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Citrus hop jump out right away. Solid piney bitter base. Sweet/juicy barley body really peaks this aroma. Little bit of a boozy bite which just adds some depth more then anything else.

Taste: Rounded barley mixes well with the citrusy hop tones on the front. A richer barley presence warms up on the body. Bitter hops pop up on the back end. Tad boozy on the finish but it's well kept. Nice transitions between flavors in this brew.

Mouthfeel: The barley provides some nice layers on the palate but could stick around for a while longer. Carbonation is pretty low on the mouthfeel.

Overall: This is how American barleywine should be. Big, lots of barley, bitter hops, and some boozy tingle. Reminds me a lot of Old Guardian from Stone which is a personal favorite of mine. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, though not reallly hazy, plum color with a short, creamy, tan head.

S: Orange, tangerine, mango, tropical fruit in the nose.

T: Orange, grapefruit peel, tangerine, then sweeter fruits like mango, pineapple, tropical fruit, then it gets a bit tart with lemon, some malt, some grass, some floral notes, pine and papaya.

M: Full bodied, pretty smooth, some alcohol sharpness and a tiny bit of alcohol astringency.

O: Definitely an America-style barelywine (in my experience akin to a double IPA, but with a higher ABV). It's hoppy, tropical in taste and smell, has a pretty good mouthfeel, and it's delicious.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a murky amber color with a hint of red within. Upon pouring there is almost no head on the brew, just some traces of white foam that fade to leave no lace at all. Upon swirling the brew it looks rather thick with some sticky bits of lace left on the side of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of a bready and biscuit malt smell mixed with lots of fruity aromas. The fruity aromas are of a big mix with aromas of orange, apple, pear, cherry and grape. Along with these smells is a bit of a woody and grassy smell as well as a moderately strong boozy smell, overall producing a rather thick and warming aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with some sweeter fruit flavors of a cherry and apple nature with a decently strong bready and biscuit malt flavor. The fruit flavors dwindle as the flavor advances with the taste drying out a bit. At the same time some herbal hop flavors come to the tongue. Along with the herbal flavors, so too come some flavors of grass and earth as well as some more astringent tastes. Toward the middle and the end a decent amount of a boozy and woody alcohol tastes join the flavor profile giving a rather “hot boozed” taste to the beer. A little bit of a tannin wine like tastes come to the flavor more toward the end of the taste, and when combined with the rest, leaves a slightly off and rather hot and astringent, boozy, and malted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite thin for a barley wine of 11.5 % with a carbonation level that is on the higher side for a barleywine. The combination of the higher carbonation and thinner body help hide some of the more astringent flavors of the brew, but are not quite appropriate for the style, so overall I would have to say it is just average.

Overall – Not really a big fan of this barleywine. The feel was a bit off and while a barleywine is expected to be on the boozey side, this one had a bit too much of a astringent and hot boozy flavors to be very enjoyable. Not one I will go to again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a murky dark brown with a small fizzy white head that reduces quickly leaving nothing behind

S- spicy and peppery nose, notes of sweet dark fruit and grape skin, earthy and herbal hops, faint caramel malt and lots of booze

T- 9 months of age has let some of the malty characteristics to kick in, lots of sweet dark fruit with some caramel, Forrest floor, herbal hop, peppery, sweet and boozy finish

M- viscous body with a sudsy mouthfeel from medium carbonation , foamy finish with lots of warming alcohol

O- some nice sweet malty notes have begin to kick in but other than that, this ones pretty average. The booze is not hidden at all and actually burns going down at times

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - amber iced tea color, thin head with little lacing.

Aroma - mostly pine, a bit of mango. Some estery notes as well.

Taste - nice chewy malts. Some sweet but kind of indistinguishable fruitiness along with licorice notes. The bitterness is in check at 92 IBUs but still with a slight element of harshness. It has the bite but not the scrape. A nice balance. I'm not altogether on board with the dry, almost medicinal finish. A slight more edge to the malty side would be preferable. Ends dry and with a bite.

Mouthfeel - weighty, good for the style. Plenty of carbonation. Has some of the slickness I like in a barleywine but could use more.

Overall - I'll have to salt away a can or two for an aged sampling, but these are pretty decent as is. That said, the abv is not hidden at all and belies a potent little kicker of a can.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy amber colored brew with a head that is thing in strength, maybe 1/10" initially off the pour dropping to nada after a few seconds of waiting.

Smell: Bland scotch scent, Lightt caramel notes but not much to how with.

Taste: Not as complex as I thought it was going to be and just to let you know I paired this well with food. strong alcohol taste with a hit of a woody rum feel. Heavy barley but it's bland just like the scent.

Mouth: Light to medium body, smooth for a barleywine but I would take the roughness over how light the after taste is.

Overall: It's good considering of what it is, I personally after spending a chunk of money here can think of better choices. It's still worth your time...split the four pack with a friend. Salud!

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Photo of Phelps
2.72/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into my little Three Floyds tasting snifter. Canned on date of 2/5/13.

A menacing-looking ale. Dark, murky burgundy pours thick from the can's lip, with nearly no head created upon its entry. A hold to the light gives up some burnt orange hues, but it's still like looking at the sun when at the bottom of a swamp.

Malt has made the aroma very sweet, with caramel and toffee taking the lead over some herbal hops. Maybe a little mint, cilantro.

Eek. Something's amiss here. the tangy, sugared sweetness of the malt isn't balanced by a beefy hop bitterness, but rather does battle with it. Burnt biscuits, caramel, grass, orange peel. All of them are in there and none of them seem to be getting along.

A bit of redemption is found in the body, to which the sugary malt has lent a nice full viscosity. The carbonation, absent from the head, is on full display in here, prickling the tongue with tiny bubbles.

Not a great barleywine, but not undrinkable.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 798 ratings.
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