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Founders Dirty Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,236 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,236
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 167
Gots: 551 | FT: 22
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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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johnd513

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this today and realized I had neglected to review it. This beer pours a cloudy mahogany with a small offwhite head that quickly disappears. Smells of malt, sweet caramel and honey. Tastes follows the smell with huge malt and biscuit flavors. This one is not as sweet as other scotch ales I have tried which I like. The mouthfeel has mediium body, is nicely carbinated and creamy. Drinkability is good and is limited only by this beers high abv. Hands down my favorite scotch ale to date.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 00:06:29 | More by johnd513
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ToasterChef

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle acquired through a trade with dwennis. The Dirty Bastard has a ruby color with a hint of gold, much like a glass of port. It is a very pretty beer. There is a small head of tan bubbles that quickly settles to a light skim. The most prominent smell is of malt; I could smell it while I was pouring the beer. Once I brought my nose close to the glass, I could detect a hint of floral hops. Up front the taste is of sweet caramel malts. This is followed by an oakiness and finishes with a vanilla flavor. There is some alcohol that lingers after I swallow. I served the beer just above cellar temperature, I think it would taste better at a slightly cooler temperate. This beer has a very robust mouthfeel. It feels thick and smooth and there is very little carbonation. This isn't my favorite example of a Scotch Ale, but it is enjoyable.

I'm now half-way done with this bottle, and I'm liking the beer a bit more. The mouthfeel doesn't seem as robust as before; perhaps it is mellowing out as the beer warms? I like more this way, and have increased the mouthfeel rating from 3.5 to 4.0.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 23:42:32 | More by ToasterChef
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Pencible

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy mahogany with tan head. It smelled like rich roasted barley and cocoa beans, with some orange and oak and molasses. It tasted like caramel and molasses and roasted cocoa beans, with some orange and oak and vanilla. It was somewhat thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a wonderful malty flavor with great silky body. It was nicely clean and hid the alcohol pretty well, so it was very easy to drink. Not quite my favorite for this style, but certainly in the top half. Nice brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 17:23:50 | More by Pencible
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass

Pours a 3/4 finger yellow/tan head. Very nice retention with great lace. The lace was the reason for such a high score. Color is a dark brown/ruby red.

Aroma: Caramel, honey, toffee. A lot of roasted malts. Slight earthy hops after a deep inhale. After another deep inhale I notice some dark dried cherries.

Taste: Very malt, but the earthy hops are present. Booze makes its way past the malts. Caramel. Honey.

Mouthfeel:Crisp, a little bitter, but very bulky. Full bodied. High carbonation. Leaves a very dry malty aftertaste.

Overall, not to bad of a scotch. I really enjoyed it for the most part. I am looking forward to my next bottle, but probably not tonight.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:02:23 | More by mothman
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angelmonster

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger off white head. Body is dark brown in color. Head retention is average and lacing is above average.

Smell is of tons of malt. Sweet caramel malts dominate, there is also some toffee or chocolate in there. Hops and alcohol are very faint.

Taste is very similar to smell. Very sweet malt, slightly roasted and smoky. Hops are barely present and alcohol is hidden well.

Mouth feel is slightly on the lighter side. Carbonation is also a bit on the lively side. There is no creaminess to the head which is somewhat disappointing.

Drink ability is good. Flavorful beer, very malty, just the way i like em. Would buy, if available in my part of country

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 07:01:31 | More by angelmonster
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= pours a dark amber color fading to brownish lack in the middle. A small thin head rises from it that's almost a yellow color. Not much lacing but some is on the glass.
S= a sweet maltyness with some smoke backing it up. Quite a bit of coffee actually comes through.
T= very nice bittery kinda sweetness to it. The smoke is very minimal but comes through on the back of my tongue. Some sweet maltyness and maybe some coffee but not much.
M= low carbonation and quite coating. Impressive.
D= nice. Pretty good beer. Ill buy it again next time I got a scottish craving. Not too fantastical though.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 01:50:13 | More by jjanega08
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

A - Deep brown with garnet and a khaki head that looks nice but fades to a thin stack with almost no lacing.

S - Roasted malt (malt bomb?) and some modest floral hops; maybe some burnt caramel, too.

T - Delicious! Nice malt sweetness up front with some wet leather and peat accents.

M - Splendid mouthfeel with perfect carbonation and creamy silk.

D - Despite the high ABV, one scarecly notices it until the ale is half way finished.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 15:35:08 | More by pinotboy007
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timbro81

Oklahoma

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep red copper color with nice amounts of carbonation and a little bit of sediment. A nice 3/4 inch head sits on top and leaves good lacing. Smells of sweet malts, boozey, candied figs, glorious. Light to medium bodied. Hops perfectly balanced with the sweet malt. Finish is great alternating from sweet to hoppy. A touch of smoked and/or roasted malts is noted as it warms. Such a complex simple beer. Keep up the good work!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 03:32:08 | More by timbro81
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moosiz

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out of a 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

deep amber/scarlett with minimal head. agressive pour will induce a 1/2 inch creamy head. nice lacing, with the tip or turn of the glass you can see where this brew has been.

sweet caramel and malts with a bit of alcohol. if you hold the glass to your ear you can hear destiny calling.

well balanced with the sweet up front and a bitter bite followed by a "i want another sip" dry finish.

slick but solid mouthfeel with a lingering effect on the bitter, its not to much though, it is well balanced.

if you gravitate towards this style you will drink the stuff out of this, if your trying something new it might take a minute, but if you like. it will grow on you fast and it will go down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 04:48:29 | More by moosiz
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Dark copper colored liquid with light highlights of dark ruby. Almost one-fingers worth of tan foam forms the head. It recedes to a very thin surface covering, rather quickly. Lacing is spotty, but rather sticky.

Huge maltiness, which is expected, what with the purported 10 different kinds of malt used to brew this one. Big yeasty breadiness, also.
The nose is kind of minimal, actually, although it smells very delicious.

Big, bready, biscuity flavors dominate. Large presence of toasted and roasted malts. A nice amount of smoke/char flavor comes through also. Very light hints of caramel and brown sugar.
This is a much drier scotch ale than I expected. Not nearly the amount of swetness that I generally associate with the style. It's deliciously different.

Solid medium bodied brew. Low to medium levels of carbonation. Very smooth, but could use some more creaminess.

A very nice and drinkable bottle, here. The ABV may keep it out of session range, but it's still delicious and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 16:20:51 | More by coldmeat23
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aubuc1

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

pours a clear soda like brown with a thin tan head.

sweet malty biscuit smell is very full.

taste is slightly sharp from hops then fades in to rich bread. some pine and then woody on the finish.

the hoppiness keeps this beer crisp yet light. not as syrupy sweet as other scotch ales. a very good beer but different than the norm for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 00:10:26 | More by aubuc1
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single purchased as part of a 6 pack from Green's in Greenville, SC. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with a lot of ruby highlights when held up to the light. There isn't much in the way of head at all. What is there disappears into a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There is very little lacing since there isn't much of anything there to leave any.

S: This one smells like it is going to be a malt bomb like so many in the style. Big roasted malt aroma.

T: A nice caramel malt sweetness dominates the initial flavor. There is some nice sweetness from what tastes like figs. The flavor isn't over the top sweet and actually seems balanced although I do not really pick up any hop notes at all.

M: The body is on the fuller side of medium. The carbonation that is there makes it feel smooth and creamy in the mouth.

D: The alcohol is well hidden in this one. I would have never guessed it was as high as it is. Its sweet but not overly sweet so it goes down pretty fast.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 02:49:34 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany with a small tan head.

The aroma is bready and yeasty, reminiscent of the pretzels I used to bake as a child. Somewhat sweet.

Bready and yeasty on the palate as well. Dark malts and roasty-toasty flavors come through on the back end with a handful of pleasant bitterness. Some smokiness works its way through. I'm kind of worn out on fruit flavors in beer, and thankfully there's none to speak of here. Damn, this stuff is good. The mouthfeel is juicy, creamy, rich, and just about perfect.

Mmm, yum. Founders makes some good beers. I am impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 04:49:45 | More by IMincedTheKing
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz stub bottle with a twist off top to pint glass.

Pours a deep mahogany with amber highlights. Produces a tan head, almost toffee colored. Head is small, and doesn't last long. Produces some interesting lacing patterns.

Smell is roasted malts and grains. There is a slight bitter chocolate here too. Mostly roasted malts though.

The taste is actually kind of like a stout. It has toasty malts and bitter chocolate, even some nuttyness and tobacco in there. Lots of caramel and sweet malts. I like this one. Not too much, not too little. The flavors work together nicely to create an overall symphony of taste.

Mouthfeel is very light and creamy. Drinkability is high.

I'm not very familiar with the style, or the brewery. But as I get more accustomed to both, I will come back and give this one another look. But as it stands, this is a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 01:05:48 | More by Mistofminn
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into my surly tulip. A semi-rigerous pour produces about an inch of tan head. It sits there for several minutes, before receeding to a quarter inch retention cap. Its foamy in appearance (the head). Plenty of bubble isalnds amidst the head, . Leaving behind some very attractive lace.
The color is a darker borwn with redish copper hues. Becoming a transparent dark red/ merlot like when held to light.
The appearance on this is very good.

Aroma of sweet malt, some mild chocolate grains, fermented red grapes, a touch of roastyness and toasted bread.

Taste is sweet and super malty up front. Some peat smoked roasty grain flavors, bittering from a grassy hop taste and plenty of bitter roasted grains. It reminds me a little of a vienna style malt bomb. Burnt caramel, and a touch of Earl grey herbal flavors.
Its definatly robust and represents the style extremely well. Its not hot, but slightly warm on the swallow. This would be great on a cold winter's night.

Mouthfeel is slick and full bodied. Carbonation present, but beat out by the thicker full bodied feel.

Textbook example of the style with very bold flavors here. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 22:01:30 | More by Buebie
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supercolter

Wisconsin

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

I am really impressed with Founders to date.
Appearance is decent- copper colored, some head and almost no lacing.
Smell is good as well- nice maltly burst with a bit of alcohol and bourbon on the back end.
Taste- not as much bourbony flavor as expected but heavy malt that complements the alcohol and hops very well.
Mouthfeel- heavy, mild carbonation and oily.
Drinkability- this is a big boy's sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2009 04:01:12 | More by supercolter
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Genghis22

California

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

No Bottle Date

An extra from the very generous stoutfiend27. Thanks!

A - Pours a nice brown, like a good glass of iced tea. A smooth creamy, off white head formed, with nice lacing all the way through.

S - Sweet sweet malts! A little toffee. There is a touch of alcohol on the nose. Hints of roses, and wood, and the faintest bit of hops.

T - Wow! There is a lot of complexity to this one. The sweetness of the roasted malts comes out at first. It is quickly balanced by the hops, and then a brief dryness from the alcohol. The underlying flavors come out in the after-taste. Lots of sweetness, and woody flavors, toffee, and oak. Yummy.

M - Medium bodied and a bit chewy. Low to moderate carbonation.

D - This is a treat of a beer, and while very tasty, only one at a time is plenty. The alcohol is subdued, but not completely hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 06:15:04 | More by Genghis22
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Gish

South Carolina

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

Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a quickly dissipating head.

S - Smells of booze, raisins, and caramel. Inviting but still a little daunting.

T - A good dose of sweet malt that is counteracted with smokey bitterness. I'm picking up some whiskey and honey as well.

M - Well carbonated and fairly heavy. No complaints here.

D - The alcohol is submerged in all the sweetness and smokiness. I could definitely have more than one of these.

As usual, another great Founder's brew. Salute!

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 02:05:53 | More by Gish
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becktone

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 4-7-09

Done horizontally with Alesmith Wee Heavy

Eye: Hazy dark red in color and clarity. Head retention and formation really aren't there at all, could be the glass though (this ballon has held good head on only a few brews. Head could use work, otherwise this one looks pretty average. 3.5

Nose: Big malt aroma comes to the nose. Sweet caramel is foreground, dark fruits and some alcohol are present as well. Chocolate aroma accompained by roasted and a bit burnt aromas with hints of smokiness...all behind the malt aroma. Hints of bubblegum too, but not enough to make me dislike this one.

Tongue: First some great malt character and sweetness hits the palate. This is quickly overtaken by roasted, slightly burnt/black, and a light smokey charcter. Smokiness and black/burnt character lingers in the aftertaste. This is a pretty balanced brew. Sweet malts, caramel and dark fruits are balanced by the acrid character of black malt and smokiness.

Edit: In terms of the taste of the beer itself, Alesmith is much darker and heavier, more complexity in terms of flavor and darker flavors. Much less esters/phenols. The Alesmith is crafted much better than the Founders. After drinking the Alesmith and then going back to the Founders I find quite alot of bubblegum phenols with a much weaker overall flavor profile and much less complex as well. The Founders can stand on its own, sure enough, but the Alesmith can stand up to others. That is all the difference. All in all the flavor is much more subdued in Dirty Bastard than in the Founders. The Founders pales in comparison. Compared to the Alesmith the Founders is more watery and much less flavorful.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is medium bodied, however the carbonation almost makes it feel a bit lighter. In my opinion the carbonation levels are too high. While they don't interfere with the taste of the brew I think that they get in the way of the feel, too harsh, too prickly. This beer is an easy drinker and is quite a good Scotch Ale. This is one that I'll be buying again. The price is great on it too, $9.99 for a sixer of 8.5%abv and an easy drinking beer at that!

Edit: I feel I'm being generous with the "points" here. Compared to Alesmith its got nothing, but in comparison to others it is as rated, but is definitely second class to the Alesmith.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:31:23 | More by becktone
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I haven't tried many Scotch ales, so am going out of my way to collect a few & try them in the next month or so. It sounds so promising.

The Dirty Bastard is a deep red, with a smell of strong malts & some dark fruits.

Taste cuts along the same vein. A deep caramel sweetness is the overarching theme, with some more of the dark fruit kicking underneath, a niggling breath of scotch, & a gentle alcohol nibble bringing up the behind.

Nicely complex, with a full, almost creamy mouthfeel that's very satisfying. Easy to sip.

Very good brew. I mean, I'd expect no less from Founder's - welcome to Minnesota by the way! - but this is a solid brew that sets the bar nicely for the Scotch Ales that will follow it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 01:35:49 | More by maximum12
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BZero007

Virginia

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

Pours a clear amber color with swirls of carbonation and tones of the beer. Head was pretty hard to form but for the type and Alc percentage I would saw it was better than usual. Smell was not strong mostly due to the fact that the head was hard to form. Flavors of this beer are great and do not over welm the brain at all.
Flavor upfront was of a sweet dark fruit flavor of malt that balances with the background of spices, caramel, and toffee. Carbonation was not allot but brew did not need the help to push the flavors out. Drinkability for me on this brew is high has the brew has low carbonation and mellow flavor that does not destroy my taste buds. Will become a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 21:35:02 | More by BZero007
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paco1029384756

Illinois

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

Pours a cloudy burgundy color with a small tan head and good ring of lacing.

Scent of caramel, oats, sugars, and tobacco. A heavy and sweet scent, but well rounded with barely noticeable alcohol.

Taste of caramel, brown sugar, tobacco, earth, spices, and tea. Good flavor, strong, complex and balanced, alcohol is masked very well.

Mouthfeel is is medium heavy bodied and smooth with light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 01:27:46 | More by paco1029384756
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Lothore

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a opaque mahogany hue with a nice, frothy, off white head which fades fairly quickly.

S- Lots of deep caramel notes, sweet toffee and brown sugar.

T- Caramel, toffee, coffee, hints of chocolate, lingering sweetness.

M- Thick with low carbonation (but this has been sitting in the cellar for about a year).

D- This was a delicious beer. I was crazy for sitting on it this long but it was great.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 05:49:22 | More by Lothore
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mwa423

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Solid white head that dies down to lacing, notes of red in the beer

S - Awfully hoppy for the style, almost has the smell of weak dishwashing detergent (I didn't just wash the glass)

T - Lots of hops for the style, very bitter, with an aftertaste of honey-like sweetness. Not so good for the style

M - Ok, but nothing special.

Oddly enough nothing like the style, it's certainly an interesting take on the style, but not particularly one I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:30:36 | More by mwa423
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown with a red hue through the middle. Beige head barely rims the glass.
Smells a little of malt. Sweet smell.
Sweet malt taste through the front, with coffee and bitter hop on the end.
Muddy finish with some coffee/bitter flavor that sticks.
Very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 01:04:27 | More by ThaBobfather
Founders Dirty Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 5,236 ratings.