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Porter - Mikkeller ApS

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 139
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 11
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ADZA on 11-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed at Amager Bryghus.
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Photo of jellikit
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: dark black. Deep ruby when held to light. Thick, foamy, tan head.
Smell: fig. Tobacco. Sweetness.
Taste: tobacco, raisin, chocolate. Light roasted barley. A light hint of smoke.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: very good. Unlike any porter I have had. Complex and tasty.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

this porter is the bomb, enormous body, palate coating inky dark brown viscous brew that has an almost belgian yeast character to it, albeit subtly and more up front than in the finish, but a cool twist to a brilliantly made beer. so much body, muddy in look and feel, with an inch or so of mocha colored head with wonderful retention. dry bitter roasty vibe to the grain base, a touch of rye in here too perhaps, it has that big round almost spicy element. the alcohol is hidden real well tell, this drinks a lot quicker than an 8% beer usually does. there is also this lightly toasted marshmallow thing going on towards the finish that i like a lot. i have read people that called this hoppy, i didnt think so, it seems balanced well to me, but my bottle may have some age on it and allowed the hop element to simmer some. overall though one of the better straight ahead porters i have had in recent memory.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Served from tap in a tumbler at Firkin.

Finishing off my Firkin night with a porter I'd had my eye on for a while back in the day (read: a year or so ago). It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger or so of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild treacle, light anise, light cocoa powder, a touch of nuttiness, and a vague sense of tobacco. The taste hits my tongue with alternation blasts of dark greens and pine resin at one moment and darkly-roasted malts, coffee, and treacle the next. Each wave overlaps with the other, precluding me from properly preparing for what might come next. Gotta say, the hops component here comes across too powerful for my tastes. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is just too hoppy for its own good (in my eyes, anyway). Seeing beyond the hops, though, and straining to do just that, the base porter seems pretty solid. Just sayin'.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black/very dark brown pour, two finger light brown head. Really great retention, lots of tracing.
Rich porter smell: nice rich roasted malts, dark chocolate, macchiato coffee, with hints of smoke, licorice, dark fruit esters and a touch of green leafy hops.
Lots of juiciness in the initial sip, zesty and quite sour, mix of oranges, figs and plums, getting covered by heavily roasted malts, very dark cooking chocolate and strong grounded coffee beans. Licorice and anise. A short burst of citrusy hops in the finish bring a nice crisp feel, but it's rapidly pushed away by ashy, charcoal roast, with a hint of smoke too. Leafy and earthy hops in the aftertaste, with the lingering burnt malts and a touch of the dark fruitiness.
Creamy body with a low carbonation, nicely hidden alcohol, great balance of roasted malts and bitter hops from start to finish (and after).
Very drinkable and tasty porter, though some people would find the sourness off-putting. It worked for me though.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful looking porter. Deep cola pour into a solid black body. Creamy, light khaki cap of foam. Nice retention and ok lace.

S - Rye bread, dark bitter chocolate, molasses, almond, Nutella, touch of cold booze.

T - Smooth and roasty. Dark toast, dark chocolate truffles, bitter herbs, pumpernickel bread, toasted hazelnuts.

M - Medium body, spot on for the style. Smooth, creamy finish.

O - A great porter, one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tauroe for sending this one down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Very dark brown and opaque. Forms a thin tan creamy head and almost no visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malts, coffee, cacao, a bit creamy, and some sweet maltiness. There's elements here that remind me of amaretto as well.

T: Coffee, lactose creaminess, cacao, and a nutty (almonds? Or almost peanut butter?) flavor at the swallow. Creamy sweet with mild roasted bitterness in the hang.

M: Creamy, heavy body for style. Low carbonation sensation, and alcohol very well-hidden.

O: Wow - this was really pretty damn pleasant. Mikkeller beers are often hit or miss; but this was a hit for sure. Tasty.

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Photo of tmzl
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: dark brown/black chocolate. A thumb high, very solid and consistent foam, brown/caramel color. Low carbonation; good lacing.

Smell: huge roasty, smokey, coffee malt notes. Hint of fresh hop fragrance, a fruity character. Subtle but charming.

Taste: big dark roasted, smokey malt middle then comes a hint of freshness from hops. There's a nice balance of roasted malt and hop flavour. This especially comes to life in the nice bitter coffee/hops aftertaste. The roasted character is not overblown. There are some hints of tart.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth/creamy, medium body. Alcohol well hidden. A nice coating, easy sipper.

Overall: Good representative of a american porter, the hop character with roasted malt make a nice balance, will pick it up again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a rocky mocha head; not much lacing left behind

Smell: Mocha dominant, with hints of anise, chocolate and vanilla

Taste: Mocha from the get-go, bringing chocolate, coffee, sugar and cream flavors to the fore; by mid-palate, the beer gets a bit roasty, with some anise adding another dimension in the finish; sugary sweetness lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Although this beer has some age on it and the hops are no longer a factor, the flavors have developed very nicely, thought the sweetness makes finishing the bottle a bit of a challenge

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Photo of dakotaben
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with faint head that dissapated quickly.

S- Coffee, nutty

T- Strong, coffee, slight alcohol taste

B- Heavy, low carbonation

Overall, nice beer and I think the best from Mikkeler that I have had. It tastes good and given the strength, the alcohol is hidden nicely.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml (1 pint 0.9 fl oz.) bottle, with no apparent bottled on or freshness date present. Found this at a local beer store, and having never tried it before, naturally I decided to get it. My second porter brewed by Mikkeller, the other being Mikkeller Fra Til Via (From To Via).

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours two big creamy fingers of dark mocha colored froth on top of an opaque black body. Head thins to a tan ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Smell is of old ice brewed coffee, dark chocolate, and toasted malts. A floral hop aroma in there as well, but subtle. Smells like your typical nice American porter. Maybe a hint of chocolate covered cherries as it warms. Trace amount of booze. A fairly tame, unexciting aroma.

T - Remarkably smooth and creamy, and more full-bodied than a lot of American porters, which I enjoy. Creamy iced coffee roast isn't bitter, toasted malts aren't overdone. Milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, lactose. I could see this being a great breakfast beer. But my god this beer is so creamy and chocolatey and roasty, it's a thing of beauty.

M - Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy & smooth; goes down way easy for being an 8.00% abv beer. Alcohol is very well hidden, and the carbonation is perfect.

Overall, an outstanding American porter from Mikkeller, in my humble opinion. I would definitely buy more of this if it was more readily available and not as expensive. Definitely a beer I would drink again.

Mikkeller Porter ---4.5/5

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Photo of icehawk
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Appearance: Opaque black with off white head

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee

Palate: Medium body with slight carbonation. Very little bitterness, with a smooth finish.

Overall: Very drinkable, yet complex porter.

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Photo of mick303
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with no noticeable freshness date, even on the usual cap. Poured pitch black and opaque, head was quite slight, and was a rich dark caramel brown in colour. One of the darker heads I've seen. But there was really good lacing and some whispy film. 4.25

Smell: huge notes of dark roasted malts, full bodied coffee, dark chocolate, some definite spice along with dark cherries. Hops provide some of strong bitter espresso notes, nuttiness, a trace of alcohol. Really rich, but still very balanced. 4.5

Taste: A big roasted malt profile before some of the herbal astringent hops kick in. Really roasty, bbq meat, dry bitter coffee, leather with a subdued fruitiness, a hint of molasses sweetness. The hops come through nicely on the end with tart lychees, dry wood on finish with a drying bitterness. Really tasty, a nice balance of the roasty dark malts and the hops and between both, some really interesting complexity. 4.5

Mouthfeel: Obviously quite big and very rich, but with a nice silkiness to it, a little alcohol spice at times but really well contained and balanced. A big malty mouthfeel, coating and luscious. The balance is excellent, leaving a residual lingering hop bitterness. Warming and surprisingly drinkable and tasty. 4.25

Really great. An exceptional interpretation with a lot of countering hop bitterness leaving a satisfying coffee and dark molasses aftertaste. Really well done to let the various ingredients all come through yet keep the balance throughout. Not overly boozey with enough big malt to pack some serious complexity, still really pleasant and satisfying to too drink. As a beer verging on Imperial territory it combines some of the Imperial Stout malty complexity with good drinkability and some acidic hoppiness. Excellent, seek this one out.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a heavy, dense, seemingly oppressive pitch black shade, nearly ominous for what it's worth. For a Porter it looks like one hell of a Stout! No dark brown here, this is light impermeable black. Quick splash of loose tan head that retreats to a ring around the top of the beer.

Toasty, roasty, nutty malt on the nose, prevalent coffee and some mild cocoa.

Toasty, roasty malt up front, molasses, soft milk chocolate, cafe au lait, with a healthy kick of herbal, citrusy hops on the finish. Toasty, nutty character lingers on into the aftertaste along with grapefruit rinds. Once it warms the alcohol warmth really starts to blossom.

Mouthfeel is on the fuller end of the spectrum, not quite as heavy or dense as the appearance hints at. Texture is somewhat sticky yet also a bit thin, while carbonation is minimal.

It works, whatever it is, this American Porter was incredibly enjoyable to drink, and was pleasantly balanced for a Mikkeller offering--everything in its place and no particular aspect trying to steal the show or overwhelm. A total winner, I hope to snap up some more.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, very dark brown with an inch of tan creamy head that sets at medium pace, without being prone to create much of a lacing on the sides.

Nose is roasty and toffee-ish sweet with dominant chocolate and some coffee in the background. A faint, virtually non-existent dark fruit esters round the aroma profile.

The initially sweet flavor of rich deep chocolate and some dark fruit esters segues to the coffeeish roasty dry finish featuring moderate hop bitterness enhanced by the roasted malts.

Medium-full body with fine carbonation lays soft on the tongue.

Overall, a simplistic but by no means void of anything robust porter (500 ml lacking BB indication, into tulip).

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a finger of frothy khaki colored head.Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, vanilla, coffee, some earthy hops.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, roasted coffee, cofffee bitterness, vanilla, some earthy hops and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a roasted, dry, and sweet finish.

D - Nice strong porter. Great overall balance.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, with a simple, for Mikkeller, label, the only niggling detail being the mention of sugar in the expectedly basic ingredients list.

This beer pours a dark, shadowy abyss, broken only by a sliver of cherry cola basal highlights, with two beefy fingers of puffy, bubbly, thick chocolate milk head, which leaves a solid array of honeycomb lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. Seeexxxy!

It smells of bittersweet chalky baker's chocolate, waxy black licorice strands, lightly breaded caramel malt, a touch of more weighty toffee, coffee liqueur, ash, black musty fruit, some brighter citrus notes, and peppy leafy, herbal hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel/toffee malt, dry mocha latte, a more muddled dark, fleshy fruitiness, laid-back herbal anise, soft orange vodka notes, and softly bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, if a bit on the low side, the body medium-full in weight, and mostly smooth, a herbal liqueur edginess taking a small nip as its pound of flesh. It finishes on the sweet side, the chocolate, demure cafe au lait, and lingering bashed-up fruit running the table, until a final oneupmanship from the lingering bitter pine and citric hops.

A nicely boozy, in a restrained, say what? manner, chocolate and coffee on open display, and the hops, well the hops are everything you would expect for something with the 'American' prefix tacked on to the name - interfering, sure, but quite pleasingly so. The booze, on a final note, is not exactly low-key, but does its best to keep the damage to a minimum. Big, brash, and warm - a hug for when you didn't know you needed one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip New Years Day 2013

A shes a dark one even the foam, not much of an edge just a thumbnail, the foam lasts a few sips and leaves a single ring of lace

S chocolate liqueur and syrup with some licorice and fudge, there's a faint hint of hard nutty toffee and a little dark fruit both fresh and dried, some of those hard coffee candies I can never remember the name of and a little molasses

T not as rich as the nose but still very nice, some char I wasn't picking up on the nose, a little more fruit and less of the many forms of chocolate the nose was pumping out

M leaning towards full with enough bubbles to give it some life, quite sticky on the lips and slick and oily in the mouth, very faint heat but considering its 8% the booze is well hidden

O very well rounded brew with no flaws I just had to bump it up a notch in the overall department, I could drink another for sure, grab one of these if you can

solid Imperial Porter from Mikkeller, worth the 8$ and almost made me feel human after a crappy day

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at engine 15... very solid big porter.nice thick dark black body with lots of chocolate coffee aroma... tastes like it smells... like the big body on this standard porter... on the big side nearing imperial. This went very well with some chili on a cold day

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Sturdy black pour, nice layer of cream colored head. Sinks into the brew a bit to give that nice layered look. Laces just a bit.

Aroma, pretty earthy, some herbal/piney hops. Lesser roast and dark chocolate. Just a little hop forward for me.

Taste, earthy roast and hops. A little pine, roast, anise and chocolates mesh very well. A little tart red fruit in there. Finishes with a nice dark chocolate. The slight piney hop belch is produced from this.

Solid medium body. Carbonation is a tick higher than creamy, but it is close. Abv plenty well hidden. Normally I don't care for the hillier porters, though this is only slightly so, but this is pretty nice. Worth trying depending on the price point of Mikkeler in your area. It's a bit high here so probably a one and done for me.

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Photo of Loot
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- jet black with Ruby near edges....nice mocha head...

S- roasted and toasted malts...cocoa and a malt sweetness...hint of hops towards the end...

T - Smokey, to chocolatety, espresso notes, ends figgy, fruity. Slightly sweet and Smokey.chalky. barely shows Abv .

M- creamy.

O- GREAT. sessionable. Surprisingly light bodied. Great body smooth taste. Can't go wrong. Nothing totally insanely new with beer just a well made Porter.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some reddish brown highlights near the edges of the glass when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall dense creamy dark tan to mocha head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring around the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some lighter hints of anise and espresso.

T: Moderate flavors of smokey roasted malts with some light hints of iodine (or band-aid flavors). Light to moderate amounts of bitterness that linger. As the beer warms, the flavor of anise becomes more noticeable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol of this beer is well hidden and the complexity and intensity of the flavors and aromas really comes out as the beer warms. A very enjoyable beer to sip over a bit of time

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color. Just a slight trace of red is visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a half finger high beige head.
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose. Notes of licorice also become evident as the beer warms up and eventually dominate the smell.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of roasted malt flavors along with notes of licorice.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy to drink and quite tasty porter, especially if you like the flavors of roasted malts but what a beer that is lighter in body than a stout.

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Photo of drpimento
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bit too cold with a smallish, thick, tan head that soon settled and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is an aromatic malt, roast, dark ripe fruit, cocoa. Flavor’s much like nose, bittersweet up front followed by mild carbonic tang. Body is good, but carbonation seems a tad flat. Finish is very long and boozy. All taken together it leaves me without much desire for another .5 liter bottle.

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Photo of Brad007
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8%? That's reassuring as this beer has been sitting in a fridge for a while.

Dark, dark brown with a thin brown head into my glass. Sweet. Love the colors.

Creamy, boozy with chocolatey overtones in the nose. Wow, this is certainly something special.

Again, boozy with cream, cocoa and licorice upfront. Somewhat thin though.

Woo boy, this one will warm your esophagus. Works better in winter but who cares?

An interesting take on the style that is more about the booze and less about actual porter character. It's just too thin to take seriously.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-litre bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Fluffy, tan head tops a black, menacingly opaque beer.

S: Oh dear gods, this is absolutely positively stunning. My jaw hit the floor. This smells like everything I've ever wanted an imperial stout to smell like, and the closest comparison that comes to mind is Bell's Expedition Stout. More anise than fruit however, though sticky blackberry jam scent rises to the fore. Also bitterer flavours -- light coffee and deep, dry malts. Exotic chocolates and a powerful aroma make this an unbeatable nose. Calling this a porter is a bit like calling a tour bus a 'car'.

T: Hélas! Thin and sour after the exceptional flavour. I can see the porter designation more clearly here. Not weak, as much as light, with a chalky nuttiness mingling with a tart -- almost berry-like -- alcoholic sweetness. Lightly carbonated. A very interesting roasted flavour, sort of acidic. Smackworthy and worthwhile, with a bittering endtaste that lingers before melting into a distant acrid sourness (like coffee).

M: Too thin for the smell. I find myself puckering from the tartness. Not ideal.

O: An interesting, worthwhile porter. Buy one just to sniff it. Seriously. Would smell again.

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Porter from Mikkeller ApS
90 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.