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Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by webmanspidey on 12-28-2010

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Avg:
3.78
pDev:
17.72%
 
 
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Photo of madeofsteel
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, picked it up for New Year's and am eager to see how it's aged (slightly).

A - Pours a thick mahogany, almost purplish-brown, very minimal carbonation, spotty lacing.

S - Raisins, maybe dates? And fruity booze. Lots of spicy booze.

T - Syrupy sweet raisins, slight sour pucker, and the alcohol packs a little bit of heat. A little bit of bitterness that isn't entirely pleasant.

M - Certainly warming, thick and syrupy. Quite dry.

O - An overall pleasant brew, but it will whoop you if you're not careful. I can probably drink two reasonably in a sitting.

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Photo of DersOne
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A-Pours a muddy brown with a shallow toffee-colored head, small bubbles with very thin lacing that dissipates quickly.

S-Sugar sweetness, licorice and sweet raisin, dark fruits with a hint of maltiness.

T-Malt and booze up front with a bit of bitterness, carbonation tingle (almost champagne-like) and raisins, finishing sweet with some dry bitter dark chocolate notes.

M-Smooth, contrasting with effervescence, minimal dryness, very pleasant.

O-4.25/5, it was interesting to see an over-sweet variation of a barleywine.

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Photo of Naugros
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely brown color, like a raisin, but not the darker, icky ones that look like they've been steeped on. The head is light tan and rises higher than most barleywines, but doesn't last too long before it's just a ring and a slight haze.

So I'm thinking that so many strong, dark beers taste and smell like raisin anyway, why would anyone ADD them to a barleywine? Let's see if it paid off.

The smell is really malty and smells like bread pudding made with dark rum and, tada!, raisins. A little clove-like phenol to spice it up a bit.

A ton of mole asses in the flavor...sorry, that should read molasses...right up front. Cloves hit the roof of the mouth in the middle. It's really bitter in back, like burnt wood. As the molasses continues to assault the tip of the tongue, the burnt flavors trickle down the back of the throat. None of this really comes together as a cohesive whole, but it still remains tasty, if not a little over the top.

Not as viscous as some barleywines, but definitely full-bodied.

I'm really new to Short's Brew but I can tell they really like to deliver a ton of flavor. In so doing, they made a bit of a mess out of this one but I've definitely had worse barleywines. This one could use some time to settle down and let the flavors marry...in this case it would be common law...but I'd be afraid to do so as the bottle reads "Keep Refrigerated". That's usually a sign that the beer is unfermented and would not take well to cellaring. However, 11% ABV is 11% ABV and it would be hard for critters to get much of a foothold.

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Photo of jbuddle
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade -thanks! Poured out an opaque deep reddish brown with a small amount of head that slowly disappeared.

The aroma is amazing - dark sweet caramel and butter, dark fruit, sweet malt and raisins.

Wish the flavor followed the nose a bit better but I get a lot more bitterness than expected with some dark fruit, toffee and raisins. The bitterness really cuts in about halfway through and disrupts the good things going on; its more of a medicinal, aspirin type of bitterness than a hop bitterness so it's mildly unpleasant. finishes bitter and not very clean.

Good mouthfeel, slick and buttery with good carbonation. Overall a nice barleywine but something about that medicinal bitterness really messed things up for me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a big bastard... served in a tulip glass, it pours a deep ruddy chestnut color, with crimson glints in the light. A thin layer of yellowish ecru foam sits on the surface and slowly dissipates into clusters of bubbles around the edges.

Piney herbals, dates, specialty malts, and vinous alcohol in the aroma.

Rich and resiny taste, massively dry and bitter with a middle full of different flavors. Peanut butter, pine needles, aspirin, dried fruit. Burly body, creamy texture, low to medium carbonation levels. Bitterness is somewhat abrasive, more so than the alcohol which is surprisingly hidden. As i warms, the maltiness comes out a bit more, enhancing some raisin bread flavors. Intensely hoppy though, sort of a different riff on the Bigfoot school of barleywines.

Thanks to Amanda & Justin for sharing this one!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 03/09/12 notes. Thanks to Thorep429 for opening this one.

a - Pours a dark reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of raisins, dark fruits, figs, sugar, and fruity malts. Lots of sugar and fruit; a bit too sweet for me.

t - Tasted of dark fruits, raisins, sugar, molasses, alcohol, fruit malts. Same as the nose with a little bit of alcohol as well.

m - Medium body and moderaye carbonation. Little bit of alcohol to it.

o - Overall an okay beer, though a bit too sweet for me. Also a little too much alcohol in the taste, probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to Duvel tulip. Bottle date is partially rubbed out - appears to be 10(?)/19/11.

A - Medium murky brown with a big ruby glow during the pour. One finger of light brown head formed from the pour.

S - The nose is very smooth and muted for the style. Brown sugar, dark caramel, raisins. Fairly prominent.

T - A big sweetness up front - toffee, dark caramel and brown sugar are the prominent flavours. The raisins show up in the middle, providing a nice compliment to the malt base. The finish is bitter with warming alcohol. The bitterness cuts through the sweetness nicely and becomes more and more evident as I continue to drink.

M - Medium to full body. Sludgy. Light carbonation.

O - A good and very interesting barleywine. The raisins add a nice unique flavour but something didn't quite come together to put this over the top.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite beers from Shorts Now

A - Cloudy dirty brown and about a 1/4 inch of mocha colored head atop with mild carbonation bubbles throughout. Lacing is good.

S - As expected mostly raisin in the smell with plums and figs but some sweet malts and chocolate also. Little to no hops

T - The hops are mild but do assert their way into the finish along with a brown sugar sweetness, natural raisin flavors and some bitter chocolates.

M - Insane how well this drinks for the ABV. Medium to heavy but my guess would be 9 or 10 at most.

Overall the only thing better would have been if I got a six pack and am now envious of Michigan folk being able to buy this right off the shelf. Smooth body, natural flavors, and little to no noticeable ABV. What a world class barleywine.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

premise number 1: this is from 2010
premise number 2: this is the first beer reviewed of my 38th birthday.
so if you hate this one, wait until you see the fourth.
poured from bottle into tulip
A - very dark, no head, a couple of bubbles, no lacing.
S - a lot of fruit (plum, prune, and blackberries) some sugar back tone
T - a lil bit of malty sweetness, lots of fruit sweetness, a lil bit of hop presence, but I believe the age took the hop presence out.
M - easy to drink, easy mouthfeel
O - easy beer to drink, especially with the age and me not being a fan of the style. I can tell this is a well crafted beer.

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Photo of cavedave
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for yet another stupidly fine beer.

Very cloudy and nice brown, red hints, not much head, spome spotty islands and a ring, but stupid legs on glass after a gentle swirl

Smell is full of prune and raisin, some candi, gentle alcohol which adds rather than detracts, hints of toffee and floral hop. Like perfume.

Taste starts caramel and toffee picking up some darker roast notes, nothing charry by any means, just a touch of darker sugars and toast, into lots of fruit that comes into the sip with herbal bitter, and the bitter stays with a lingering sweet and dark ripe fruit that taste a bit vinous as it warms. Nice.

Mouthfeel is light despite its look of light syrup, very low carb. alcohol very well hidden, lasting flavors, they stay pretty clean, could be a touch cleaner, nice finish, could be a bit better to play with the big boys in this style.

Overall a delicious beer that pushes the boundaries of flavor blasts, from a brewer who specializes in it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Demons worry when The Wizard is near." - Black Sabbath

@ Lord Hobo for the Shorts tap takeover

Triple mashed, boiled for 6 hours and 66 minutes (wouldn't that be 7 hours and 6 minutes? Hell, why not 426 minutes? Why spoil the novelty I guess) and fermented in raisins.

Black with eggplant highlights (I think, it's dark in there). Arrived on a nifty Shorts Soft Parade coaster which is now protecting my Gatorade bottle from leaving moisture rings on my computer desk. Thin head is quick to dissipate. Foamwise it's a lackluster beer but so were many of the beers sent out tonight. Not sure if it's, Short's ,the bartenders, or the setup.

Not a subtle nose: blackberry brandy, black cherry and cocoa nibs erupt from the glass. Tastes like brown sugar coated raisins, blackberry and chocolate. One of the most raisin-y beers I can remember (Smuttynose Gravitation being of comparable raisin saturation). Bold, sugary, and awesome.

A very different barleywine due to the extreme dark fruit but also one of the best, off the top of my head.

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Photo of Tod28
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A little different then the majority of the barley wines I've had.

Has a raisin/fig taste to it. With a slight citrus hint. Tasted better on palate after letting air hit your tongue. Had a much more complex taste.

Deep copper color, light brown. Had a nice amount of head(served extremely cold). Though it didn't last all to long. Has a nice rich look to it.

Would drink and will drink again. Recommend drinking two!

Cheers

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Photo of BeRanger
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a murky brown, has sort of a red/amberish hue. About a half finger of off-white head. No real lacing.

S - Very sweet, lots of dark fruit - you can certainly smell the raisins. You can certainly smell the alcohol.

T - Slight hop taste, almost has a pepper flavor profile. The raisins and dark fruits are there, just not very bold. It has a dry finish, no real alcohol flavor however.

M - Medium body with a little carbonation. Finished very dry.

O - This wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. I'm fairly new to barleywines and I was worried this wasn't going to meet expectations. The flavors were pretty good and the alcohol was hidden well.

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Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark mahogany brown color. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head resting on top. The head has pretty good retention, and leaves a good amount of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a good amount of roasted malt to it. There are some nice aromas of dark fruit such as raisins, fig, plum, and cherry. There are also some scents of brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and booze.

T - The taste starts off with a good bit of roasted maltiness. The dark fruit aromas that were in the nose all come into the taste as well. There are some other good flavors of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, and a medium hop presence. There is a noticeable booze presence. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt, caramel, hops, and booziness behind on the palate.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium, and the carbonation is good. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is a good amount of sweetness, but the roasted malt balanced it nicely. There is some hop bitterness that comes through, as well as some boozy warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a sipper for sure, but the flavor is very nice. I could have a few of these in a night, even though I'm sure I'd be pretty tipsy. Overall, I think this is a good beer and a good representation of the style. I really liked the dark fruit flavors in this one. I definitely recommend trying it out. It is a nice interesting beer, and I don't think it will disappoint.

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Photo of vande
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - interestingly enough, pours looking like the bottle -- bottle brown with the slightest hint of a sandy colored lace...otherwise a nice mohagony looking brown..

s - smells like a stronger version of Kronic...hoppy, malty, coppery...

t - somewhat sweeter, with a bit of bite at the end...orange peel, kinda dirty taste..funky aftertaste...

m - sorta thinner then expected

o - i'm not sure if this one is sittin' how it was supposed to be...i've generally enjoy the beers shorts offers, but unfortunately have ran into a few bad bottles too...this maybe one of 'em

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I bought this bottle in summer of 2011, although there is no date anymore on the bottle.

Appearance: The Wizard is a murky burgundy brown color with a small tan cap that fades immediately to a small collar and leaves no lace.

Smell: Lots of raisins dominate the nose. Brown sugar, caramel, molasses, and some other dark fruits provide support.

Taste: The flavor starts sweet, with a very distinct brown sugar flavor. Caramel malt adds some further sweetness. The dark fruits are noticeable but kind of flat tasting; raisins are the most noticeable but plums are also there. There is a mild tartness at the back end. Some earthy notes are present on the back end.

Mouthfeel: This has a body on the fuller side of medium, but it drinks fairly light for the style. There is a residual stickiness that grows with each sip. The carbonation is more on the fizzy side than creamy, which brings the score down a tick.

Overall: It is not a good sign that at this point I am happy just to have a Short's bottle that has not refermented. By its own merit, this is is an average barleywine. At this point, I love Short's creative beers on tap, but I will most likely avoid bottles.

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Photo of BigB415
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red with no head. Light retention.

S: Heavy raisin smell.

T: Hops, more raisin, and alcohol. The raisin is the most dominant throughout.

MF: The raisin notes still lingers with some faint hops.

O: I really like barleywines but was hesitant about this one being that it was brewed with raisins but I'm really liking it. It is extremely well balanced with nothing overpowering.

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Photo of maximum12
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to FlandersNed for this, one of two surviving bottles from an epic springtime trade. Pop. And then there was one.

Pour is dark brown with a reddish stain, close to zero carbonation. Nose is overdose of sweet malting, with twinges of the raisins, caramel, brown sugar. Marvelous. Not a raisin fan as food (what a waste of grapes!) but it sets off & complements the malt here.

The Wizard doesn't get that ratio right in the mouth. The raisins aren't just an addition, I believe the entire beer might have been made with a mash of raisins - no malt or hops or water necessary. Yikes. All the gorgeous subtlety in the nose is obliterated in a tornadic blast of raisin. Can't even detect the malt base. The minimal carbonation vanishes quickly, leaving a big, heavy raisin puree. Not very appealing.

The smell on this brew is unique & lovely, but the taste corkscrews close to vile territory. Sadly, this beer actively repulses me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a garnet-purple with a thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing and a thin collar. The nose has raisin and a moderate amount of caramel. Heavy raisin actually. Some molasses throughout. Flavor is raisin and sweet malt, nothing complex. Persistent finish that is too dry and has some light booze. A bit of sherry later on. Decent.

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Photo of jmunsters
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle tucked away and pointed out by Rishi at International Beverage in Grand Rapids, MI.

A: Deep brown with a redish hue to it. Very nice head and lacing from the pour.

S: Molasses, brown sugar, raisins, caramel, booze. My girlfriend described it perfectly as, "It smells like the holidays." The smell coming from this is amazing.

T: Oddly bitter. I didn't find it thin, and actually found it a bit boozey and syrupy. It takes like a very roasty barley wine to me. The raisins are abundant along with a very warm, roasted malt character.

A - A nice dark brown/red body with a small khaki head. Some lacing and retention. I knocked it down a peg due to the large yeast chunks. It otherwise looks like a solid barley wine.

S - Tons of raisins. Brown sugar, caramel, light alcohol, and sweet malts. The dominant aroma here is the raisins though. Very nice. Really quite boozy up front that fades away to a nice, warm, comfortable taste.

O: I love it. A hot August night is not the time for this, but if you happen to find yourself in need of a beer in front of a nice warm fireplace late November, I would strongly suggest this.

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Photo of davey101
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Received as an extra from a trade I did back in the winter. The bottom of the bottle had a small yeast ring and some chunks. The pour was clear for the most part but there is some solid grey chunks that made their way into the glass.

A - A nice dark brown/red body with a small khaki head. Some lacing and retention. I knocked it down a peg due to the large yeast chunks. It otherwise looks like a solid barley wine.

S - Tons of raisins. Brown sugar, caramel, light alcohol, and sweet malts. The dominant aroma here is the raisins though. Very nice.

T - Does not live up to the nose. Its actually rather thin and watery. Carbonation is nice though. Kind of a weirdly bitter raisin flavor and not much else. A slightly sweet malty backbone and very little hops. Alcohol does come out when it starts to warm up. Pretty one dimensional and simple.

O - I'm a huge fan of raisins flavors in beers. I fiend for those huge dogfish head beers because of their raisin rich malty backbone. This was actually a bit of a let down. I'm not sure if age would help this out, or if drinking it fresher would have either. It has a very nice aroma, but the flavor is just so lackluster and boring.

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

Thanks to Lewis1rg for sending this in a Great Lake State monster box. I totally dug the box Ryan!

A: Dark, murky brown, with a slight reddish hue. The light brown head stuck to the glass like a rat bastard from hell.

S: Melted Astro Pop with added dark fruit.... raisons maybe? That's what the brewery said, so hell, I'll but it! Intense sugar scent.

T: Sort of a mild pepper quality infused. It's about as smooth as an English Barleywine, and I'm surprised that it's not categorized as that. I mean, it has the disciplined hop profile of an English, and well as the malt backbone.

M: Raison lingering for sure, but with Short's mildly sour and bone=suckingly dry taste profile. The lacing was moderate to high.

O: I liked this one. Even though this is categorized as an American BW, I'm going to call bullshit on that an say it's an English. I'm a fan of that style and well as this brew.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

695th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
12 oz

Thanks to Kzoobrew for this one

App-  A nice darker brown with a one finger head and slides with no cling to leave a ring of bubbles

Smell-  That is a shit ton of raisins!  Big malts and fruits with a tinge of malts.  Quite nice

Taste-  A much more deep Barleywine vs the hoppy ones of late.  A blend of deep dried fruits and some pleasant malts.  The balance lies 60/40 raisin and malt

Mouth-  Medium bodied with a matched thick medium carbonation.  Leaves a nice dried fruit flavor on the finish.

Drink-  Spoke too soon.  Favorite shorts brew as of now.  Nice little barleywine out of the third coast.  Tasty beer with nice residual flavors.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No bottle date but this one has a little bit of age on it. Purchased in February.

A-Dark drown, almost black with a tan head that quickly disapates.

S-getting a very boozy scent on the nose. can't quite make out anything else.

T-Booze, faded hops and a little bit of dark fruit

M-medium body. kind of sweet.

O-Decent, worth a try but not the buy. Poured out after a few sips...

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Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby hued brown with virtually no head with the exception of a small ring around the perimeter. Smells of plum and fruit cake

Tastes of dark candied fruit, burnt cocoa with a warming alcoholic finish. Good, solid sipper.

Sliky, smooth mouthfeel that slides over the tongue with very little carbonation.

I'm enjoying it even though it's a hot July night. I put a few bottles away that I'll revisit over the next few winters. I suspect it will mellow some with age and be even better.

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Short's The Wizard from Short's Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.
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