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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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Ratings: 5,081
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 157
Gots: 500 | FT: 19
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Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with 7 varieties of malt (varies over the years).
50 IBU

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-03-2003)
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/28/10. 3/xx/11: after nearly 11 months of age, clearly superior to the fresh bottles i've had. having doubts that the newer batch (which i was not impressed with at all fresh) will mellow this gracefully, but we'll see.

dirty bastard

a 4-4.5 creamy milk chocolate with coppery tan edges. the compact head leaves a ring and hit or miss lace.

s 4 peat, scorched caramel, a few leafy hops, no alcohol noted despite the abv.

t 3.5-4 tangy, a touch of the peat, some roastyness. tang and sweetness vie for position through midpalate. very warming on the back end. some bittering hoppyness lingers with the slightly burnt tang.

m 4 medium to medium full, lots of dissolved starches, carbonation not quite as well integrated as looked like it would be.

d 3.5-4 after trying a couple fresh bottles a few weeks apart, i'll be laying down the rest to see what father time can do to this one. right now solid but not my favorite.
update: a few months has seemed to help bring out the malts a bit more, very welcome.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 19:45:29 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of ballz50401


3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled 4/21/10) into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark brown with a sticky tan head. In the nose I get a strong aroma of some burnt caramel, dark fruits, and chocolate with a touch of peat smoke. Taste's much of the same as smell; heavy caramel malts and dark fruit sweetness with a touch of fusel alcohol and smokiness. Very creamy and chewy mouthfeel that hugs the palate. Very yummy brew but only one per sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 02:02:43 | More by ballz50401
Photo of dpasotti


3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet/mahogany in appearance. The thick, sticky foam cap is tan with a little yellowish hue that makes me wonder if this beer is barrel-aged. A decent amount of yeast floaties are suspended for a while.

Dense caramel aroma with a dark fruity/spicy quality that reminds me of some homemade baked dessert that I just cannot place. Dirty Bastard is loaded with sweetness, but leave it to Founders to dump a shitload of hop bitterness and flavor into any style. Lots of mid-range maltiness and a little diacetyl, with a slight woody/smokey presence underneath. Alcohol is hidden well, but it is present.

The mouthfeel is far and away the best aspect of this brew. Outstanding. Low carbonation combined with no shortage of residual sugars renders an unbelievably thick and creamy body. Feels like the finest imperial stout on the way down. Overall, it is not really to my liking, although it's easy to appreciate the fact that this is a well-made beer. I prefer less hop bitterness and more darker malts in a Scotch ale. Backwoods Bastard...now that's another story.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 01:19:51 | More by dpasotti
Photo of GregBlatz


3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours deep dark amber in color. Somewhat transparent considering the dark color. head has thick bubbles that cover the top and quickly dissipate to non existent. Absolutely no lacing of the glass. A perfect way to describe this is to imagine draft A&W rootbeer in a glass. Exact same color and the head behaves the same.

S - Dark pitted fruits dominate the nose. Deep caramel malts. No hop aroma. The smell doesn't reveal much about this beer. I think I am ready for the next step.

T - Dark fruits and heavy heavy caramel malt flavor. The finish is clean and then the roasty flavor hits you. Although the carbonation is light in this beer it really bites your tongue in the front. Hops offer a bitter balance to the caramel malt sweetness, but he malts win the battle. Alcohol heat is apparent after a few sips.

M - Thick, maple like with a cabonation bite. This is a pretty chewy beer.

Drinkability - Well I don't know who would knock more than one of these back in a session. It is a pretty big beer and heavy on the boom boom. I really like it but I tend to favor small beers rather than the high gravity.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:27:29 | More by GregBlatz
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -It pours a dark toffee-brown hue, with a bubbly khaki head that looks like pancake batter. It is translucent, but the hue is dark enough that it prevents much light from permeating.

S - Malty and somewhat roasted aromatics are all I am getting, initially. I am surprised that it does not smell sweeter, peat-y, or spiced. There is a bit of alcohol that begins to show in the nose as it airs out, but generally it stays (r/t)oasty, and doesn't develop very much from there.

T - My initial impression is that it tastes quite good. Not a standout in any way, but quite nice regardless. I am a bit surprised that I am not getting a lot of smoky peat, molasses, toffee or caramelized sugars, which are the traits I generally associate with the style. I do get some leafy and herbal hops in the taste, and they are fairly well-balanced with the roasted-toasty malt; at this point, it is quite tasty and delicious, if not a great example of the style. As it opens up I am starting to get some understated vanilla up front, some molasses in the middle and some dark chocolate lingering on the finish. A nice brew, but not nearly as good as its big brother...

M - Nice feel... quite velvety and yet medium-bodied, bright, and not at all sticky.

D - Though I do enjoy this beer, it really only makes me think... DAMN!! What a difference barrel aging makes. When Founders turns this brew into Backwoods Bastard, the transformation is astounding.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 21:19:40 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a transparent reddish-bronze with little carbonation, one finger of tan, and modest lacing. Smelled of caramel apple, toffee, raisins, and overall sweetness. The taste was more robust...raisins, molasses, syrup, and toffee in copious amounts, with a sweet'ish finish and molasses/rum-raisin afterwards. The flavor profile would make you think that this is a thick beer, but it was actually a nicely smooth medium feel. Great session Scotch-style ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 20:58:47 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of Sneers

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber that looks almost ruby when help up to the light. A big fluffy tan head sits atop and sticks around quite well, while leaving a good bit of lacing on my glass.

Smells like dark malts with a hint of alcohol.

I'm really liking the flavor here. Strong dark malts are well mixed with a sweetness that I think I would deem too much in other beers, but works great here. There's a slight fruitiness, that I can best liken to overripe (very) dark cherries. It's a tad boozy tasting, but it provides a welcomed edge to an otherwise dense, heavy flavor. There's a definite bitterness, but not so much hoppy, that lingers in the mouth; it reminds me a bit of a tannin-y bitterness.

Nice, smooth, full mouthfeel with little carbonation; I'm finding this quite drinkable, if not a little filling.

This is so far my favorite Founders offering. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 04:58:21 | More by Sneers
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Gordon Highlands thistle goblet.

I relish any opportunity to employ my thistle goblet. *sigh* Anyway, this guy pours a slightly hazy garnet brown topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises maple syrup, walnuts, caramel, brown sugar, earth, and a small garland of flowers. The taste follows, focusing on the maple syrup and brown sugar, adding some molasses, vanilla extract, and a touch of cocoa powder. A distinctly sharp sweet bitterness (yeah, you read that right) comes in at the end. (Okay, maybe bitterness was the wrong word...just a bittery sharp twang o' sweet.) The body is a firm medium, with a light carbonation and a dryish, grainy feel. A nice, solid wee heav', as expected from the people up at Founders.

Serving type: growler

07-19-2010 15:45:46 | More by TMoney2591
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Second time having this beer, and much much better this time. Bottled in March.

Pours a brown color, like a dark honey with minimal head that leaves almost no lacing.

Smells malty with piny hops. Caramel and slight chocolate in there too.

Tastes follows smell, nicely balanced. I detect a scotch flavor in the beer, as to be expected, no alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is decent, a nice prickly carbonation. A medium body nothing sticky or chewy.

Drinkability is alright. Not overly inviting, and i would not want more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 03:33:16 | More by bs870621345
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard pint glass; appears a rich, amber color, with a nice red tint as well. Has a thick tan head, good retention and some decent lacing.

Smells strongly of caramel, and roasted malts. The taste is full of rich malts and caramel as well as some smokey flavors. The alcohol flavors fit in well, and the hops become noticeable at the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with below average carbonation. This is not overly easy to drink, partially because of the high levels of carbonation, but also because of how complex it is. Something about it makes it difficult to go down at times, but it is definitely a great beer, and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 16:14:52 | More by zimm421
Photo of JackieTH


4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a inviting ruby red. Dirty, of course, with a light orange foam head that dissipates quickly.

Dried fruits, subtle caramel, roasted malts and a warning shot of alcohol waft from the pint glass to greet the nose, inviting you to challenge the Dirty Bastard.

Palate is quite complex, but not at all angry [see: Backwoods Bastard]. Here I'm getting definite quantities of malt, roasted caramelized sweetness, subtle peat, smoke, dried figs and other dark fruit, american oak, all nicely balanced with bitter hop integrated in a satin smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation and a subtle warming reminder through and through of the 8.5% ABV.

It's outstanding. Right now this is my go to Scotch Ale. I'd like to say it's by go to beer, but let's not forget it's 8.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 17:41:43 | More by JackieTH
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4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I feel with more experience with this it's marks will rise in my book. Had it again for the first time last week and all I was tasting was straight-up barley malt concentrate and alcohol.

Tonight, poured one into a snifter and let the thing sit for a good 10-12 minutes. Shows a deep, murky, ruby red with an average-looking finger-width head that don't last long. With sticky condensation on the outside of the glass, I took a sip after eating a quick small meal of egg and toast and, heeeyyyy, this IS pretty choice. Let it warm up.

Smelling and tasting a crafty mix of an almost-barleywine malt foundation and dark cherry. Throw in a touch of bitter in the finish and an actually stealth presence of alcohol and it's quite enjoyable. Solid body, goes down clean, not much left behind.

I'm not sure what the deal was previously. I f'n love me a wee heavy but the one I had last week was cloying on the burn. So, I guess be warned - it could happen to you. Let it adjust to the room a good spell and it's a treat.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 04:37:05 | More by Bouleboubier
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours an amber brown with a half inch foam head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-the smell is really nice, malty, sweet, raisins, and a bit of alcohol warming all mixed together

T-similar to the smell, very malty, the sweetness comes out in the middle but is not overbearing, and there is a bit of a hop finish in the end to add to the complexities of this beer

M-full body, medium carbonation, very rich

D-excellent beer, I could drink this again and again

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 01:54:29 | More by ksimons
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3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i love scottish ale but this is just too high in alcohol . the taste lingers in thoart too long , even after you stop drinking it if want to wake up in the morning , not remembering the night before drink this beer, but it not a plasant time , if you love a good beer and great taste , then skip this beer ,

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 01:38:42 | More by wac9
Photo of UncleanBastard


4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark ruby amber

S: Some Hops coming up but mostly Quintessence and Ether. This is a spiritual brew, dammit.

T: I can't describe how much i love this beer. I created an account here just to review this beast. This beer evolves as you drink it in my opinion, not just a little but a lot. Sometimes it is almost overbearing in its strange hoppiness and the residual flavors coming off the scotch barrel's are quite complex. It seems to mellow out and allow its real flavor out the longer it sits in the glass. I always savor the last drink, as it reminds me of a quad or dark Belgian. Flavors for me range from vanilla, oaky, slight peetiness, delicious brownies and pure heavenly sugar. This beer is a beast and should be locked in a cage.

M: The mouthfeel can be slightly drying. There are just so many flavors that it's hard to put my finger on them on all there effects. Sometimes this beer refreshes me, and sometimes it feels like it could kill me at any second. Be sweet to this beer or beware.

D: I could drink this everyday but i want to watch my kids grow up. I really like this beer and would recommend it to anyone. In fact I do. A good kick back beer, really not a slammer but most the beers on this site are not chuggers. BEST SCOTCH STYLE ALE I'VE HAD !! Thanks Founders !!!
First review so maybe I have nothing to bring to the table. I just wanted documentation that I LOVE this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 23:10:49 | More by UncleanBastard
Photo of decadance


4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brownish with more ruby accents. Half inch head at first pour with some retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramelized and toasted Malts are the dominant smell, along with some nuttiness.

T - Very good. Reminds me of Bell's Batch 9000 but without being overly sweet. Starts off sweet, but finishes more subtle. If there is 8.5abv in there, I can't find it.

M - Very light and enjoyable. The carbonation is spot on.

D - While it says 8.5 now, I don't where it is. Certainly not sessionable, but could easily enjoy a couple of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 20:21:43 | More by decadance
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - ruby amber color, slight haze from bottle conditioning thick head with good retention

S - rich caramel malt with a touch of yeast esters, minor oxidation noticed

T - rich malt from start to finish with caramel the primary flavor, hops aren't noticeable until the very finish: beer is definitely malty sweet but not cloying;; spicy alcoholic flavors and warming is noticed

M - medium-to-full body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent American interpretation of the style, but just doesn't match up to the authentic versions in my opinion. The alcohol flavors aren't as smooth and the hops are more prominent on the finish/aftertaste. That said, it's a good beer and I would drink it again (and also, this is not my first tasting of this beer).

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 22:48:07 | More by scoobybrew
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4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first beers I ever fell in love with. I've had the honor of having it on tap at Founders and also in the bottle. I prefer the bottle, but that's just me. Better during winter months for its warming features.

A- A beautiful beer to look at. Pours a deep amber with a fairly thick head that likes to linger.

S- Nice and malty like any Scotch Ale, with somewhat of a coffee and chocolate smell as well

T- Like a party in your mouth. A tasty blend of nutty coffee and some chocolate with some cinnamon too. The alcohol is apparent but not over-powering-- you would never guess it was over 8% ABV. Very well-balanced and warming

M- Surprisingly light and smooth for how much alcohol is in it.

D- The beauty and taste of this beer make it highly drinkable-- which means you just have to be careful because it's high in alcohol

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 21:32:37 | More by DuffManOhYeah
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Extra from gogriz trade. Thanks, Cody!

A: Orange/amber color. Excellent head retention.

S: Light, malty. Virtually no hoppyness or alcohol.

T: Very nice. Just what I expected from the color and smell. Malty, slightly sweet. Nothing unexpected for the style. Can't even begin to taste the 8.3%.

M: Very smooth, medium carbonation fits in great.

D: The lightness of the body of this beer, coupled with the great taste, make this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 19:33:10 | More by Spica66
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an amber color. Orangish when held up to the light. The only thing I didn't like was during the pour, a large foam head formed and it took a few minutes to lessen. Overall, above average.

S- Malts, some sweetness present. A pleasant smell. Can't really sense the alcohol by smelling this one, which is a good thing.

T- Malts, fruits, sweets. Not strong and not too alcoholy. Great taste here. Just a touch of wateryness prevents it from being a 5.

M- Small carbonation and a little bitterness. Nothing really deterring.

D- Nice drinkability. Could have a few, but not a pound it down type of beer.

This was my first Scottish Ale style beer and I overly enjoyed it. Definitely a different style than I've had. This one sort of reminds me of Yuengling, but not as watery, and it has a better taste.

Being a craft beer fan, I had to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 16:30:56 | More by sluggermatt15
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at restaurant from generic founders tap puller and listed on board as Founders Scotch.

This one is malt lovers delight. I expected more viscosity from the head and color but was not too heavy, just perfect actually. The head on this beer lingered for the full twenty minutes it took me to finish it.

Taste was all malt, caramel, toffee but nothing too burnt or coffee like. Not quite as good as FFF Robert the Bruce, but darn close. Really enjoyed this, even sitting outside on hot night.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2010 18:05:56 | More by DAllspaw
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass

A- Once poured this beer exploded. A GIANT head filled the top fifth of the glass and after a minute still was a two finger head. Its color is a dark brown becoming lighter in color and more translucent as it lowers down the glass. Lacing was really nice as it sunk.

S- Not an incredibly strong nose but a light malt with some fruit and almond or toffee.

T- Lots of upfront malt with a silky finish that shows off its 8.5 abv yet has enough hops to balance that abv down to smooth. Still slides down nicely and leaves little behind. Some dark fruit and malt dominates this but the creaminess of the caramel or toffee.. whatever I can't peg lends this an even easier drinking brew.

F- medium to heavy mouthfeel. Thickens as it drinks yet fades just as quick after the swallow. The alcohol, although not overwhelming, is surely an open participant in the discussion but I think the higher IBU's makes this a nice marriage.

D- I typically like if not love most things that come from Founders and this is no exception. A great example of a well balanced and interesting Scotch Style Ale that may not be an all night drinker but sliding one in when you can is a good idea.


Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 04:15:54 | More by Phillyphilms
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this from Timers. Shared it with my main drinking partner Andy.

Poured into my duvel tulip the beer is a cloudy chestnut brown. Four fingers of light khaki head burst to the top of my glass. No carb issue with the day old growler. Thick chunks of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma has a robust roast caramel malt backbone. Dark fruits, chocolate, toasted bread, and light spices make for a fantastic nose.

The flavor is more of the same. Rich roast caramel malt with sugar drizzled dark fruit. Cinnamon toast and hints of chocolate. Maybe just atouch of nuts in the finish.

Medium to full bodied. Very creamy with modest carbonation.

Overall a another awesome beer from Founders. This growler shouldn't last long

Serving type: growler

06-17-2010 01:59:46 | More by beerwolf77
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-brown colour with a small white head. Smells very sweet of cherry, caramel and raisons. Tastes incredibly sweet, with some mild bitterness to it. Lots of fruit in the flavour, which works very well for this. Very nice carbonation, very smooth. I had no idea how strong this was when I ordered it, but didn't realize it was over 8% abv. I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 01:25:29 | More by kwjd
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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into Chimay glass. I need to say that Founders cannot do anything wrong. I have not had a single bad brew from Founders. I've had a few before and though the body would be good for my Chimay goblet. It works better than a snifter in my opinion.

A - Poured a deep crimson red/maroon/reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head that dissipates to a patchy cover that leaves an amazing lacing down the goblet.

S - Sweet dried fruit (plums, prunes and dates mostly). Molasses sweetness with heavy malt presence. Definite alcohol esters.

T - Sweetness and a bit tart with some hop presence that is taken over with malt. A bit hot upfront and all the way through and after and down into the throat and stomach. Earthy and woody in there at the end as well. It's scotch you know.

M - Slight carbonation, hot, light body for the deepness in color, more of an alcohol body resemblance. Very nice.

D - 1 or 2 is good but you can't drink all 6 in 1 sitting. Nice for a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 01:24:48 | More by HopNuggets
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,081 ratings.