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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) | Long Trail Brewing Co.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series)

Brewed by:
Long Trail Brewing Co.
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Long Trail Coffee Stout is made in cooperation with the Vermont Coffee Company using 100% certified fair trade, organic coffee. Brewed with their freshest, Dark Roast coffee, Long Trail Coffee Stout offers a rich coffee flavor complemented by a beautifully full head.

48 IBU

Added by Brad007 on 01-23-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with thin mahogany edges. The carbonation seemed a little dead during the pour - only a thin cap of brown bubbles formed after really agitating the beer. This settled to a collar, which did it's best to leave some spotty lace on the glass, but there just wasn't too much to work with. Aromas of roast, coffee, caramel, toffee, and that's about it. Maybe a hint of hops in the background, but this is all about roast and malt. Solid bitterness with a rich malty backbone, lots of caramel and toffee, slight chocolate, plenty of roast. Coffee flavour kicked in towards the end and was a little more restrained than in the aroma. Mild alcohol flavour and warmth in the finish. Full bodied, nearly heavy, with low, creamy carbonation. Light astringency from the dark malts. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle.

Pours a typical dark, dark jet black as is characteristic of most imperial stouts. Completely opaque, with little to no head at all thanks to a slow pour, as recommended on the label. Leaves thin, wispy trails of lacing. Smell is a bit alcoholic, which is interesting, given the relatively tame 8% ABV. There's also some of the coffee aroma that comes through once you let the beer warm up a bit. It's quite subtle, however, so you need to give it a good sniff.

Bitter bite up front that permeates the tongue, transitions from boozy bitterness to coffee bitterness rather easily. Ends off with the same coffee tang that lingers into the aftertaste. Alcohol is just slightly noticeable. Mouthfeel has some heft, but not as much as can be expected from a stout. Not very much carbonation at all. Drinkability is rather good, thanks to a relatively low ABV and easy mouthfeel.

You've really got to let this beer warm up a bit before indulging in it, I found out. The aroma comes out better and the flavor asserts itself. A nice, very drinkable coffee stout that's easy on the wallet.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle

A - Pours dark and black with a one finger tan head. No lacing

S - Dominant coffee and cocoa notes, slightly earthy smelling; I'm finding this a little light in the smell category

T&M - Roasted coffee with a slight bitterness. Roasted malt, a light breadiness and some light alcohol warmth. Carbonation feels like slightly more then I'm used to for the style, and this is full bodied and creamy.

D - I'm used to thicker and bolder examples of this style, but this "lighter" version does make it very drinkable. ABV is well within bounds.

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

This is an alcoholic latte. Thick head brown head of sizable proportions and impressive texture. Retention is excellent and lacing is good. Smell is so good you just water at the mouth. Rich coffee and faint chocolate with a bit of molasses and yeast based fruitiness. A dark breadiness as well. Taste is what I said at the top. Smooth and rich with coffee and milk. Light chocolate. A full coffee front with a roasted malt core. Followed by an English style fruitiness . A lactic sourness toward the end with a gentle hop bitterness that flows into an reprise of the sourness. Finish is clean and somewhat dry. Coffee lingers and flavors as well leaving just enough room for the earthy and subtle hops to bloom in your mouth. Feel is more like a porter. A degree of crispness and clean Not light by any means but delightfully fluid over the tongue. Quite drinkable as it does not weigh too much and the while higher in abv it is tasteful. Indeed this is a tasteful rendition of an imperial coffee stout

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Photo of Lazerlobe
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Long Trail tasting at the Inn Complete on 4/15

A: A rich dark brown in the glass, permeable to light on the periphery of the glass. The head was thin, almost non-existent but that's how the bartenders pour it.

S: Smells mostly of coffee, but it reminded me of stale coffee breath more than fresh brewed joe. The rep told me that it's made with coffee extract and contained no caffeine. Some smells of cocoa powder.

T: Starts out with thin coffee and a tangy flavor that I encounter often in fresh stouts. (If you know what this flavor is or why it happens, beer mail me!) There is some bittersweet chocolate and ashy black malt flavors as well.

M: Slightly viscous but with higher carbonation that I would have liked for the perceived density.

D: Good for what it is. I much preferred this one out of the bottle.

The aftertaste was mostly coffee and chocolate Charleston Chew. Decent brew.

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Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep brown-black color w/ a thick lt. brown cap which settles down slowly into a ring of lace that barely clings to my snifter

S- smell is mild at first with obvious notes of coffee and dark roasted malts popping out, as it warms, however, "the burnt toast & black coffee" breakfast-like aroma strengthens and is joined by vinous wood, toffee and dark fruit, no alcohol detected

T- taste follows suit, strong, bitter coffee and dark kilned malts on the forefront, a slightly sweet caramel/ burnt toffee and dark fruit with a woody vannilin fill in the cracks, finish is kinda smokey with a touch of mineral

M- a rich full bodied beer, feels slick on the tongue, a good amount of co2 as well

D- quite a drinkable brew for sure, def. suited for the colder weather tho

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Photo of alleykatking
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a watery looking dark brown almost black color. Two finger sandy colored head stays only for a quick second before dying away. No real lacing on this beer. Everything slides back into the beer itself.

S- Big roasted malts in the front end of this beer with coffee notes. The coffee picks up as the second aroma with light chocolate notes sprinkled in. Also, I picked up some light nutty undertones with this as well.

T- Big coffee like bite right off the get go. The roasted malts gets cut a little with a cream light presence that adds to the balance of this beer. I think the chocolate does this and adds a light semi-sweetness that blends the rest of the beer together. Nothing really going on besides these two flavors.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little watery feeling in the mouth while drinking. Roasted coffee flavor is left on the palate with each sip and this fades into the aftertaste. Big bold flavors that blend together overall.

D- This was a very drinkable stout that I enjoyed altogether. I haven't had much from Long Trail but this seems to be the best I have had from them. Looking forward to trying more from their Brewmaster Series.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 1/2 of a bomber into a Perfect Pint Glass. Quickly formed a two finger, sandy colored head. The bubbles receded quickly leaving behind very little lace. Solid looking body...deep blackish-brown that only allows light through if you force it.

Tons of coffee aromas up front...some molasses and licorice in the background. Roasted malt backbone supports everything nicely.

Wow...this tastes a lot like a cup of coffee with a ton of half-and-half! Starts off toasty and slowly turns into a sweeter, mocha milkshake-esque flavor.

The mouth feel is on the thicker side...creamy as all hell with very little carbonation.

Awesomely drinkable stout with one of the best mouth feels ever!! Glad I have a few of these stocked up!!

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Photo of biglite351
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - nice and dark. Nice sized foam that lasted, but it looked a bit root beer like.

S - great strong scent. Coffee was forefront and stronger than any other coffee stout I have had to date.

T - probably the most coffee taste I have run across. No bitterness to mention and no after taste. Unfortunately there isn't much past the coffee flavor. A little more depth and this could have bumped to my #1.

M - mild coating and no major tingled. A little bit of tingle would have been nice.

D - very nice. This could be an all night brew.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes from the other day...

A - Pours a silky yet watery black with a thin mocha head that vanished pretty quickly. Not the most impressive looking of stouts.

S - Nutmeg, coffee, roasted-burnt-nutty smell.

T - YOWZA! Thick rich coffee malts dominate the flavor.

M - Lively carbonation. Not too thick, and not too watery...but pretty rich.

D - Enjoyable brew. It was a little too heavy to have a few of. Very filling, by no means a session beer.

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Photo of Casey10
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice coffee stout that I pick up at the local store. It drinks nice and easy and while does not have a overwhelming coffee flavor or smell they are present and this is a nice beer and it is a excellent value for the style.

I would recommend and definately have again.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass:

Appearance; Dark oily like texture from the bottle. Opaque but not super thick. Dark brown 3 finger head with great retention. No lacing.

Smell: Burnt coffee, chocolate, cream and roasted nuts come to mind.

Taste: tastes very espresso like with a touch of sweetness. Good chocolate backbone followed by crisp acidity to meld the sweetness. A touch thin and lacking complexity beyond that.

Mouthfeel: Solid coating of the palate. Good aftertaste and midpalate. Creamy texture but a touch thin on the finish.

Drinkability: Very good mid range Imperial Stout. Nothing to go running after besides the fact that its a great value. I paid $3.49 for a bomber and would gladly buy again. Better stuff out there but at this price point its tough to find a competitor.

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Photo of m1ked
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked p a 22 oz from WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a pitch black with an espresso like creamy 1/2" head that fades ta a thin sparse skimming, mild lacing noted. When held up to the light I get a barely noticeable ring of used motor oil crossed with cola coloring.

S- No surprise here, fresh roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate, toasted nuttiness, subtle smokey campfire. At the very end a little alcohol. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate clearly the star of the show here.

T- I get the bittersweet chocalte first, surprisingly. Followed by almost a creamy milk chocolate, then the rich coffee bitterness that has a touch of caramel or dulce de leche to it. Ends with the coffee bitterness which I find delicious.

M- Low carbonation, but noticeable, which I always appreciate with a higher ABV beer, especially cooffee stouts- no as not to make it feel "hotter" or take away from the main flavor component.

D- Clearly not a sessionable beer- unless you;re that kind of drinker- but for the most of us.... I really enjoy this for a deep dark coffee & bittersweet sipper. I will sound like a broken record, but the LT brewmasters have yet to let me down. I would highly recommend this if you like coffee stouts,beer, coffee, or tasty treats.

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Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid companion...full of character & will not let you down. A black oily pour into a nonic glass settle into opaque darkness with a thin tan head that does not stick around, leaving only trace lace. An aroma of black coffee beans, like when you first open the package and can smell the oil on the beans. A hint of hops to the smell rounds out the aroma, but does not linger in the nose. The taste is likewise, with roasted malt and a hint of sweet cocoa, the good kind, not Swiss Miss, that cleans up the flavor nicely. Not too sweet, nor too bitter, a good coffee stout, not extreme, but solid and quite drinkable!

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip glass. Pours an almost perfect black. Just a very thin light shining through on the pour. Absolutely no light passing through once glass is filled. Absolutely black as night with very small creamy light brown head. Head slowely dissapates leaving a very thin ring around the outside of the glass. Thin, yet somewhat sticky lacing...

Aroma is strong of coffee...no surprise there! Very enjoyable though! A little on the roasted side. Smells of thick maltiness, and a very faint vanilla. Even though it's a very pleasant aroma, it's pretty close to most coffee stouts...just very clean!

This is a pretty good stout. I had low expectations for it. I've never heard of it when I picked it up, infact now that I think about it...it was a straight up bargain. I only paid $4.69 for the bomber. Loads of wonderful coffee flavor. Malty, toasted barley...mild carbonation...just right! Not boozy at all. Medium body, and very drinkable. As this beer warms, the coffee flavor increases even more. What a great find...very good stout!

EDIT: After finishing the first glass(half of the bomber)...a more aggressive pour provided a lot nicer looking HUGE creamy head with EXCELENT sticky and thick lacing. Flavor also is proving to be a great coffee bean flavor as it settles around 50 degrees now.

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Photo of MVotter
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Long Trail Coffee Stout pours into a chalice and has the appearance of black coffee, with a 1/2 inch layer of tan colored foam.

S - coffee, burnt-roasted malts, alcohol, maple, brown sugar, yeast, musty

T - This brew delivers a complex profile of tastes. Initially, it's rich coffee malts. Almost simultaneously, there is a sweetish hop-tang ... very unexpected, but enjoyable sensation ... WOW! The finish is a return to a robust coffee flavor.

M - Pour to desired effervescence. Down the middle it's as smooth as silk. Down the side preserves a prickly carbonation. The body is medium-heavy, with some slickness.

D - This beer is, in my opinion, what extreme-craft brewing is all about. It combines the ingredients/properties of conventional malts and hops with actual coffee. And, the result is a unique and delicious adult beverage.

BRAVO, Long Trail!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.88/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a black motor oil. Head forms and dissappears leaving a sticky black resin of a substance in the glass, damn, You'ze thick.

Smell: Aroma of chocolate malts and very faint coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts coupled with a pretty big alcohol bite. Some bitter cocoa. Coffee? Where? A little coffee flavor on the back end, which saves on the overall score. This one is more or less a hot mess.

Mouthfeel: Like beer syrup?? Thick, oily, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Initially I thought the beer was served too cold, but as it warms astringent alcohol comes out to the point of being overbearing. Got a bottle? Age it.

Notes: Also recently tried this on tap. A bit more pronounced coffee character, but a rather dull and unimpressive outing.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for hookin it up!
Poured into a 10 oz. sampler goblet (sharing with a friend)

A: Pretty darn black. Some touches of reddish brown around the edges, but that's it. Nice mocha head receds kinda quickly leaving tons of sticky lacing on the glass and a thin layer left on top.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruit. Plenty of roasted goodness as well. Could benefit from a little more punch.

T: Chocolate, then...coffee! But not overwhelmingly so. Finishes pretty roasty. Dark fruits are present, but extremely subtle.

M: Wow! Just so damn smooth. Perfect carbonation! Perfect bitterness! Perfect residue! Perfect everything!

D: Goes down smooth and easy. Sublime.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Long Trail Coffee Stout is a black beer with a huge, frothy, brown head that leaves a solid coat on the glass. It looks supreme. It has a strong coffee aroma. It's roasty and almost sweet. It smells great! In the mouth, it's full bodied, fluffy and very smooth. The finish is clean and dry. It has a nice, roasty coffee flavor. It's well balanced and not really sweet or dry. It's really tasty. It's a simple beer that's well done. I should probably go get more of this.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on Feb 12, 2010.
Review completely rewritten on Dec 24, 2010.

Chilled 22oz bomber poured into a chilled tulip. Code 022410 0443 (i.e. Feb 24, 2010?). Paid $3.99 at Amity in New Haven CT.

A: Moderate pour gives a nice 2" of dark brown head that lightens to a mocha color as it settles. Brew is pitch black and doesn't reveal anything more when held to a light. Moderate spotty lace. The head disappears completely after a few minutes but can be revived somewhat by swirling of the glass.

S: Loads of dark roast coffee and roasted barley. Raw grain starchiness, silage, a little vanilla and faint citrus hop around the edges. Maybe a hint of mint? Becomes a little leathery as it warms/ breathes. Smell has minimal sweetness.

T: Like the smell. Primarily a big dry bite of smoky roasted barley with dark roast coffee. It has a grain and silage thickness to it with a bit of tannic molasses bite. Also just a hint of vanilla, some dark chocolate, and definitely something cool like mint or menthol.

M: Fairly thick and completely dry, almost dusty. Carbonation is a tad mild. Finishes dry with lingering roasted malt, coffee, mint, and starchy raw grain feel. Perhaps there's a handful of oats in there. The long finish, out past a minute or so, has a green fruitiness to it like green grape skins.

D: I downed this pretty quickly, but it would also make a great sipper. Certainly worthwhile.

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Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours jet black with a thin dark brown head which is nearly as dark as the body.

S- Sweet dark chocolate malts, caramel, rich sweet coffee.

T- Leads with creamy caramel notes. Midpalate carries flavors of creamy chocolate and coffee. Finishes sweet but not cloyingly so.

M- Medium high viscosity with moderate carbonation.

D- This is an excellent and easy drinking imperial coffee stout. I have to say that I am extremely impressed with the brewmaster series from Long Trail so far. The coffee notes in this beer while not overwhelming is very well done it has a touch of mocha or cafe au lait feel to it. Definitely a great deal.

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Photo of pecokid
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle Jan. 30, 2010 into a shaker "pint" glass. Dark brown to black in appearance. Low but certainly present carbonation. A trace of head that quickly dissipated. Smell was malty, caramel, coffee all nicely subtle. Taste, as the name suggest, is firmly coffee but not overly so, with malty sweetness but a dry finish. The mouth feel was thinner than I expected but that is good. To drinkability, one 22 oz bottle is enough for me but this is a nicely balanced brew. I just can't handle a lot of coffee regardless of whether it is piping hot from the French press, in beer, or tiramisu. Overall I like this beer and would say it is one of the bset coffee stouts in recent memory.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 1/28/10

A - Pours a pitch black with an inch of tan foam that slowly disappeared leaving some decent lacing

S - lost of roasted malts and coffee

T - Alot smoother than I was expecting, roasted malts and coffee with hints of chocolate as well. Nothing harsh about this at all.

M - very smooth and creamy, light carbonation, medium bodied

D - very drinkable, the flavor is very nice, nothing too harsh or overpowering, just a very nice coffee stout

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black colour with a foamy espresso coloured head that disappeared rather quickly. No visible carbonation.

S - Rich, malty coffee with sweet caramel. Some chocolate too.

T - Roasted malts with pretty close to the perfect amount of coffee flavour. Normal amounts of carbonation.

M - Medium body with visible carbonation.

D - A very drinkable stout. Coffee flavour is just perfect - not overwhelming but can still clearly taste it. Doesn't taste like an 8% ABV at all.

This has just become one of my go-to stouts. Amazing!

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Photo of mountdew1
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark brown with a slight reddish tint and was opaque. Head was a reddish purpley brown 1 finger foam. Aroma was akin to a strong coffee, with a small amount of flavor that I couldn't place. Taste reminded me of coffee at times, but also seemed to have a lactose aftertaste and a touch of acidity. Felt both good and bad in the mouth. Coated extremely well, with a good amount of carbonation, and a pleasant smoothness that accompanied the lactose. However, also had a acidic tingle at times which was distracting. Definitely a solid sipper, but the acidity was the major detractor to an otherwise solid beer.

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Coffee Stout (Brewmaster Series) from Long Trail Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 542 ratings
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