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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) - Mikkeller ApS

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Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter)

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.38%
Wants: 30
Gots: 55 | FT: 4
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with Chipotle Chilli Peppers at De Proef, Belgium.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-16-2010)
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Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.05/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ahh Mikkeller, we meet again. Hopefully this experience will be better than the BA black hole series.

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and nice lacing. Color is black. Off to a good start.

Aroma: I think someone played a prank on me as this smells a lot like the BA black hole series. Sharpie markers, roasted malts, chocolate, tar, burnt rubber. Has some smoke, but no chipotles.

Taste: Smoked malts, roasted, flavors, chocolate, vanilla, creamy flavors, burnt rubber, tar, and black sharpie marker. The chipotles show in the finish and are great, but it is hard to get through to that part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and toxic. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends hot, spicy, and dry.

Overall, the best part of this beer was the chipotles in the finish, but everything else sucked. Tasted so much like the BA Black Hole beers. I feel like I was robbed on another one of their beers. Huge waste of money. Glad they only sent this one to TX so less people have to experience this tragedy.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 16:30:04 | More by mothman
Photo of gford217


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

750ml bottle.

Pours a nice deep chocolate brown that settles in black in the glass. The head is tan, thick and enormous, refusing to go anywhere and leaves sheets of lacing.

The aroma is massively roasted with almost a burnt malt character. Plenty of cocoa powder and only the faintest hint of chipotle pepper, though it does grow as it warms.

The taste is much like the aroma except for the finish. The start is all about the black malts, heavily roasted, with chocolate and hints of espresso. But the finish is where it gets interesting with the pepper flavors coming out and leaving a serious burn on the palate after each sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth and close to full bodied for a normal porter. This thing almost has the feel of a Baltic porter, which is impressive given the ABV.

There is certainly no doubt that Mikkel knows his way around stouts and porters and this is one of the more interesting ones I've had. It's a big, robust porter with a big dose of peppers in the taste. Certainly not the most drinkable porter, but very complex and tasty for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:17:27 | More by gford217
Photo of lackenhauser


4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black with a huge chocolate colored head-rarely do you see a beer this good looking. It is a shame to even drink it at this point! Great aroma of dark chocolate, peppery spiciness, espresso, some mild licorice. Big dark chocolate flavors abound. Almost has a wet tobacco flavor. The peppery spice really comes thru once you get into it. Nice, slight burn going on the tongue. Powdery cocoa flavor. Good creamy body-the lingering burn of the peppers may get to be a bit much but sure is a nice feeling. A killer brew all in. I wish I had read some of the reviews before opening this as I would have put it aside for another time, not 5 pm on a Sunday. Still, a great, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 22:22:31 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

another new one for me, i had been waiting for the right time to open this one and settled on last night. served chilled and split into a couple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 10/02/2010.

really the most perfect pour i could have imagined with a thick dark, abyss like black color an a huge three finger head of thick tan foamy lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass throughout the session, really quite impressive i have to admit.

aroma is deep chocolate and coffee, immensly complex but not overly spicy up front. this seemed to come more into play as it warms, bringing an earthy tone into play and a thick peppery spice that starts to tingle the nostrils. as i take the first sip a warm, thick, wave of chocolate and rich coffee washes over the tongue with the force of a thick wave. letting this shake off starts to give you some nice bitter coffee notes as well as touches of sweet molasses which try and wipe the palate clean, but then it hits. nice hot chili peppers that hit you with a twang. not overly done an to be honest very well placed it gives it just enough of an accent to be totally forceful and complex. smooth, decadent, nice dessert beer.

overall a really solid offering and one i am gla i got to try. now if i can get beer geek bacon i am set.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 19:37:10 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of wedgie9


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

Tasted from bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Pours opaque black with a massive mocha head that slowly recedes to massive lace. The first smell is coffee, but underlying is the smoky chipotle whose spice sticks with the nostrils for a few seconds after nosing. There are also some stewed fruit and wet tobacco aromas. The flavor is very similar, tasting like a complex coffee porter up front with some prune and tobacco and then moving on to the spicy and smoky combination of chipotle on the back. The body is huge and coating with heavy carbonation and a long spicy (literally) finish. This beer is very unique, and I cannot imagine this combination of flavors coming together any better.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 19:43:31 | More by wedgie9
Photo of kiltedtxn


3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour into a pint glass from a 750ml bottle at 46 degrees.

A- Appears black with a dark tan head. It hold the head very well.

S- Nice malt slightly smell the chipotle peppers. No hop aroma.

F- nice malt ballance with the chipolte peppers coming in at the end. As I drink the warmer it gets.

M- as a poter should feel.

D- Ok as a porter I feel it needs a little more malt to balance ou the peppers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:07:09 | More by kiltedtxn
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color porter with a large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with roasted oat and some light spicy undertone. Taste is not as spicy as I would have expected but smoked malt is very prevalent with some black chocolate notes as well. Body is full with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Different with great execution and nice creamy texture with not too much peppers

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 19:03:14 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of STEG

New York

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured room temperature into duvel tulip.

Appearance - pours a pitch black color with a 3 finger dark brown sugar colored head with real nice retention.

Smell - Coffee, smoke, light pepper

Taste - its actually spicy, wtf, its like liquid coffee rubbed pulled pork smoke, meatiness, coffee slight chocolate its all here but its still a bit odd.

Mouthfeel - Relatively smooth, would have liked something slightly more thick, it would have really rounded this one out to something unique. But overall its still great, it has light carbonation and works well with the mouthfeel. I'd love to try this on tap.

Drinkability - I used to eat a ton of spicy food but the spiciness really impedes this brew for me. It has a kick.

I'd love to try this again paired with some BBQ it'd probably be phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 01:43:28 | More by STEG
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL pours black as night with a huge, stiff brown head. Retention is sick and lacing is great as well. Awesome looking beer.

Nose has a smoky, dark fruit nose with a chalky chocolate aspect that is pretty unique. Almost smells like a rusty nail, in a good way.

Taste is unsweetened chocolate with a definite hop bite and bitterness. Light chipotle heat comes through at the end and some of the peppery flavors at mid-palate if you look for it. Dry cocoa wants to be the main act, but dark fruits kind of get in the way of showcasing what could be a smooth, chocolaty porter. Mouthfeel is nice and rich, oily even. Hops and chipotle clash a little bit for me, but I can see why so many people love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 11:46:33 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Gobzilla


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

Poured a dark motor oil black with a brown half finger of head and left good lacing sticking to the glass. The nose was a good interpretation of a porter consisting of roasted malts, chocolate but also had a chipotle character that was not over done along some smokey and woody notes. I honestly thought the chipotle peppers would have more of a spicey bite but it still went well with the raosted malts, chocolate, woody, and earthy notes. The brew was full body to my surprise with a decent amount of carbonation which had a sweet, slight spicey, but creamy finish. It drank very good and will have to seek out another bottle for myself.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 20:59:45 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750ml into tumbler. From notes.

A- Motor oil black, oatmeal cookie head that has some serious volume.

S- Roasty smoky malts, a bit of an undefined spice.

T- Follows the nose, at first you're awash with the roasty malts and then the chipotle smoke comes in. Spicy? No. But it's nice. There is a robust chopotle flavor that comes out the more you drink. I've had a few pepper/chipotle beers and I must say this one dials in on the flavor. High marks for that.

M- HEAVY body. Cannot believe this beer is under 7%. Tasty, but thick.

D- Moderately low. I like it, but it has its time and its place and I predict there will be a long time before I crack my 2nd bottle. Still... a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 18:26:25 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of mattisloco


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

Had on tap at Flying Saucer Houston Texas... The wosrt Flying Saucer in Texas by the way.

A - Dark mocha brown. Lots of carbonation... a nice chocolate colored head that fizzles away a minute of two into drinking.

S - Smells of rich robust coffee and peppers. A slight chocolate smell is also present after you drink.

T - Not as thick as it looks but has every taste you smell. Love the gradual burn that builds as you drink, however this burn doesnt over power.

M - Carbonation is present, this beer changes for the better the more you drink it. Delicious!

D - Love this beer but I dont think I could drink more than one... Very filling and the spice is nice but warmer and warmer every drink.

I went and bought 6 750ml bottles for a campout Im going on in a month... This'll be a great campfire beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 15:40:39 | More by mattisloco
Photo of Onslow


4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My slogan was, when it comes to lemons, I'm your main squeeze! .. pours a asphalt black, light headring, only touches of lacing .. . light roast level, goes very well the slight heat from the peps .. . two on the aisle .. . a very nice beer, i enjoyed my small sample but happy i didn't buy a whole 750, i bet it would get a bit much.. . i didn't make a killing at little Al's lemonade stand by slashing prices..

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 15:44:21 | More by Onslow
Photo of mattster


4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a Bordeaux style glass at Grape Juice in Kerrville, Texas.

Brew has a chocolate froth colored head of about 1" over a dark, opaque brew. Smell is of coffee.... with light hints of mocha.

Taste follows coffee smell is well balanced flavors. Very smooth and chipotle flavor is subtle; just right in my opinion. I've had other chipotle brews which - to me - seemed far too "hot." Texas Ranger is perfect, IMHO.

Excellent mouthfeel and finish is quick and pleasant - especially considering this is a porter.

I hope to visit GJ again to try this wonderful brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2010 04:05:24 | More by mattster
Photo of crossovert


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

750ml capped brown bottle. Bottling code doesn't really make sense but this one is fairly new.

The appearance is absolutely the best I have ever seen. It is a stunning looking beer. As it pours it TRULY looks like motor oil. It is pitch, pitch black with a HUGE awesome looking head that is a gradient of sparkling tan. It is large, billowing, pillowy, but shiny. It sticks for a good while before receding to globs of lacing.

The smell is very interesting. Lots of smoke, some chili pepper, not spicy though. There is some chocolate as well. Yes, maybe even bacon, but mainly because of the smokiness.

Teh first noticeable part of the flavor is the thick mouthfeel, this beer is only 6.6 but it has the richness of a 12 percenter, but without an overbearing alcoholic tinge. The flavor is primarily a smoky american porter which is very nice. The peppers are there but aren't spicy at all. It is like the chocolates you get with cayenne in them. This one lacks any sort of spiciness despite its use of peppers. It is a smooth, exotic american porter done extremely well.

It cost me 14$ but I would say it was worth it, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 23:45:58 | More by crossovert
Photo of womencantsail


4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is viscous and black with a big mocha colored head that has great staying power.

S: A very subtle chili spice that lies underneath a nice smokey and roasty nose. There is a bit of a woody note too, along with a bit of earth and salt.

T: The chipotles give this beer a real interesting flavor. Smoke, spice, salt, and earth all come to mind immediately. The beer is quite rich and chocolatey with lots of roasted character as well.

M: I was surprised when I checked the label to see this beer is only 6.6% because the mouthfeel is very impressive. Very full bodied with a nice creamy carbonation.

D: This is (surprisingly) one of the best Mikkeller beers that I've come across. A really nice porter with a well done chili addition.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 22:03:37 | More by womencantsail
Photo of busternuggz


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

I kind of rated this like halfway between porter and chili beer.
Had on tap at Flying Saucer in Kansas City. 8 oz pour in a small snifter.
Looks great, opaque black with a frothy light brown head, leaves thick lacing on the glass.
The nose was mainly rich chocolate and roasty malts with a hint of pepper. There was some smoke and a hint of dark fruit as it warmed up.
Awesome roasty & bitter chocolate with a slow pepper burn. The heat is never overbearing. The chocolate and pepper mingle together well in the aftertaste with a touch of coffee grounds.
The texture was nice. It came on medium bodied and creamy and ended light & dry, it worked very well with what was going on in the taste.
Pretty smooth, but it is a pepper beer. You don't really need to drink more than one. Having it with food made it more drinkable, it went well with some pepper & cheese tater tots.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 15:13:41 | More by busternuggz
Photo of Bendurgin


3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I buy beer. I trade for beer. But yet again, thanks for sharing this one Andy. Apparently these days I only drink yours. Poured this one into a pint glass. Big black pour with a creamy looking tan head sitting at a big two fingers tall! Lookin' good! Sticky lacing crawling up the sides and really nice head retention. Smells like coffee and cocoa. The interesting thing is I can smell the heat. It reminds me of my hot cocoa that I make at home, in which a key ingredient is cayenne pepper. The seems to be balanced in the smell, only coming into play after other aromas have exited. Very interesting to smell.

It's official. This is spicy. Porter characteristics with a kick! Roasted coffee with a kick of heat to finish. It's done nicely though; it's really just an after burn that completes a nice bitter finish.

So call me names all you want but this is making my lips burn a little bit. It's not overpowering and I'm not scrambling for some milk, but I can feel a little heat on my lips and the back of my tongue. It lingers for quite a bit. Overall this beer has a nice body and the carbonation brings the flavors alive nicely, Good drinkability but there is some heat. A great sipper for a cool summer night.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:20:53 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Daniel for sending this my way. Poured into a pint glass. The mocha colored head is huge on this one. Even after settling down there is a quarter-inch of foam. The body is of course pitch black. The smell indicates roasted coffee; not much chipotle to be detected in the nose. This is a spicy beer! The taste is deliciously smooth and feels silky in the mouth. The heat is strong with this one and hits aggressively, but doesn't overshadow the nice coffeeish flavors of this porter. Would love this one again!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:08:21 | More by andrewinski1
Photo of wagenvolks


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

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A big, brimming cinnamon-brown head forms from a healthy pour. Bubbles look like Swiss cheese as they settle slowly to a fat cap of foam. Great lacing. Beneath is a beautiful beer--coffee black body and completely opaque. Righteous nose, Mikkeller. Dark fruity figs and plum balance with a dose of roasted chocolate malts and a hint of Chipotle pepper heat. Bready, earthy, nutty, and all-around enticing.

Flavor packs pepper heat and charred chocolate in equal quantities, with a bitter balance of musty, earthy hops and coffee for good measure. A little liquid smoke in the finish with a lingering note of Chipotle. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium-full body and tightly-wound carbonation. Bottom line: Mikkeller hit it out of the park with this one. Not quite a grand-slam, but at the very least a walk-off homerun. One of the best foreign-brewed beers to hit the Texas market in quite some time...

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 00:25:02 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of jlindros


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

Had this on tap at Armsby Abbey. It's new American imported name is Texas Ranger, which I'm trying to change this listing.

A: Thick dark 1 finger head fades slowly with crazy lacing all over the glass, with no light escaping the darkness of the black beer.

N: Roast galore. Lots of roasted barley, coffee, dark malts, a little bakers chocolate, some creamy oatmeal, a little caramel, lots of earthy charred malt bitterness, is that hops? Creamy nougat too. Just a hint of a spicy pepper.

T: Start thick, rich and creamy, some oatmeal and a little chocolate milk, loaded with roasted barley and coffee, spicy strong bitter earthy charred malts with a little minerality, hints of spicy cayenne pepper especially on the back of the throat. Some sweetness and little syrupy with no real booze taste. Very light fluffy marshmellow and nougat candy bar.

M: Thick and rich, creamy, heavy body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes slightly dry with a little lingering sticky sweetness. Some lingering cayenne pepper as well. Also lots of bitterness stemming from the earthy charred malts. Touch of minerality with lots more roast and a little coffee lingering as well as other dark malts. Coats the mouth quite a bit too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 12:21:56 | More by jlindros
Photo of GbVDave


4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a capped 750ml bottle into a Mikkeller tulip.

Back label dated 25/02/13 (above the bar code)

A: Whew! What a pour. Nearly pitch black with a touch of mahogany at the edges. Sitting atop the blackness is about 3 1/2 fingers of sticky/creamy head the color of rye bread. Retention was fantastic and a surplus of dark brown webs stuck themselves to the glass. The second pour (with all of the swirled sediment) netted me a spectacular layer of dark brown meringue that took a full 2-3 minutes to drop below the rim of the glass!

S: Amazing nose with a lot of different elements. Big in the beginning is molassas and maple syrup. Coming on strong after that is some bitter bakers chocolate, dark fruit, dark roast coffee, blackened malt, smoky freshly chopped Chipotle peppers, dark chocolate, and finally a hint of dirty/earthy yeast.

T: See above. As it warms the flavors start to shift to the smoky pepper side of things. Some tangy berries and cherry dart in and out along with some green hops.

M: Pretty thick and coating with a wonderful layer of peppery heat that underlines the sweet and savory qualities of this. Long finish with a perfect pepper burn!

D: This is what it's all about! This just proves you don't have to make a barrel aged, mega abv beer to be amazing. Very rich and flavorful with the perfect amount of smoky pepper heat. I was a little let down after the Yeast series beers and this is exactly what I was looking for from Mikkeller. I think their next "series" should be the same porter base brewed with different peppers.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:48:52 | More by GbVDave
Photo of champ103


3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an opaque, pitch black color. A rocky, two finger brown head forms with excellent retention. Lace crawls along the side of the glass.
S: Smoke, peppery spice and a roasted malt base. Chocolate and toffee with some light coffee lingering. Really good.
T: Kind of falls apart here. Smoke and pepper up front which is interesting. Huge roasted malt, burnt charred ash and leather. Very astringent. Strong and bitter coffee. Hot peppery spice lingers on. Just an odd mesh of flavors that do not add up right for me.
M/D: A medium to full body that is slightly syrupy. Very rough around the edges. Pretty hard to drink. The odd mesh of flavors are making me struggle through the bottle.

Mikkeller is very hit and miss with me. While I applaud the effort here, all the parts just don't add up to anything. Just a big mess. Very unique though, and I would say it is worth a try. Just not a repeat buy for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 21:51:58 | More by champ103
Photo of rtepiak


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

quite a rudimentary beer but a spit shine in form. a great porter with the proper look and a head that says volume and great mouth feel but not excessive carbonation. nice and thick but smooth. with a good retention. nose is molasses and coffee grounds predominately. some smoke. no chipotle though. nice dark and roasty. palate is wonderful broad of molasses mild sweet, coffee, earth... a lovely tickle in the back that become something quite warm chipotle... not to be noticed at first but then becomes some what of a well balanced property to the malt and roasty earth sweet.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 05:30:57 | More by rtepiak
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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

PIB 7.17.2010, bottled version.

Very minimal head, thin ring around edge of glass. Ultra dark brown body, no visible carbonation. I pick up a bit of smokiness in the nose, some roasted malt, with floral and grassy hops. Taste is pretty complex, some chocolate up front, a small bit of coffee, leading to a warm peppery finish, not too hot, fairly subtle but certainly noticeable. Mouthfeel is fairly full, medium effervescence. Drinkability is pretty high, the chilis don't overwhelm your palate. An exceptionally tasty beer, one of the most interesting beers I tried to PIB. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 18:04:35 | More by jdense
Texas Ranger (Chipotle Porter) from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.