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YouEnjoyMyStout - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.3%

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Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Truh on 01-05-2005)
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Photo of BostonHops


4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a snifter; on-tap at CBC.

color is the typical imperial stout used motor oil black; impenetrable. by the time the beer arrived at our table the had had receded into a collar around the glass. noses offers ample amounts of roastiness, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits, also an atypical tartness to it. not picking up much in the way of bourbon.

flavor imparts more of the same: big notes of roasted malt with chocolate and molasses not far behind, also some dark fruit characters to it and a very distinct and unusual tartness, which adds almost a distinctive flair. more bourbon than i picked up in the aroma but still a subtle presence on that front. medium-full on the palate with average carbonation.

overall a tasty and interesting beer. i like the unique element that the tartness bring; could use a bigger bourbon presence though. also priced very reasonably at $5.50 a glass.

(originally reviewed: 12-20-2011)

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2012 23:09:46 | More by BostonHops
Photo of jlindros


4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Keg @ EBF

Creamy head with a bit of lacing even in plastic cups, dark thick essentially pitch-black colored beer.

Nose brings light roast and choc, caramel, brown malts, hint of bourbon, bit of fruits, creamy and toasty

Taste creamy, dark and baker's choc, light booze, cocoa, light roast and plenty of coffee almost espresso, just a hint of briny over charred malt flavors, oats, bit of bourbon and hint of vanilla oak, light bitterness, smooth and rich. Finish is lush and more chocolate, coffee, roast, and slightly syrupy.

Mouth is fuller bodied, creamy, hint of warming booze, decent carb.

Overall pretty good, would like to get a full pour of this as well, nice malts, fruits, even hint of bourbon and barrel, just a touch of burnt flavors, and booze hidden fairly well.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2012 15:36:11 | More by jlindros
Photo of perrymarcus


4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a snifter; on-tap at CBC.

color is the typical imperial stout used motor oil black; impenetrable. by the time the beer arrived at our table the had had receded into a collar around the glass.

noses offers ample amounts of roastiness, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits, also an atypical tartness to it. not picking up much in the way of bourbon.

flavor imparts more of the same: big notes of roasted malt with chocolate and molasses not far behind, also some dark fruit characters to it and a very distinct and unusual tartness, which adds almost a distinctive flair. more bourbon than i picked up in the aroma but still a subtle presence on that front. medium-full on the palate with average carbonation.

overall a tasty and interesting beer. i like the unique element that the tartness bring; could use a bigger bourbon presence though. also priced very reasonably at $5.50 a glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2011 01:16:09 | More by perrymarcus
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the source a solid black color with no head at all even if coaxed. Smells heavy on the oak, vanilla, bourbon, tart almost lactic dark fruits, light amount of roasted grains, hints of caramel. This has got a really great nose, but it seems about this far away from a lactic sourness. Taste is much what I gathered it would be form the aroma. Vinous tart dark fruits bordering on lactic with a redeeming okay vanilla mixed with roast and brown sugar. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a vinous mouthfeel. I enjoyed this brew very much, but either the batch or the barrel is slowly turning sour. It's lost some of the big stout character, assuming it had some to begin with, but still a nice brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 03:55:04 | More by johnnnniee
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New York

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/09/11 notes. Had on tap at Night of the Funk, 2007 vintage. Was pretty excited for this one.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, roasted malts, and light chocolate. Smell isn't super strong in any aspect, but enjoyable.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, light dark chocolate, and light bourbon and oak. Again, taste is a little faded, but still good.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for 10% ABV.

o - Overall a good stout, but seemed a little bit faded. Would love to try this one fresh, as I imagine there is more bourbon and chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 18:06:22 | More by mdfb79
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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served via beer engine at the CBC 22nd anniversary celebration.

The head was a chocolaty brown that initially took up more than half of the glass but quickly reduced to a quarter.

The taste was a rich oakey flavor with a creamy smooth mouth feel. What surprised me was that not only did the flavor remain distinct but not overwhelming throughout the glass, so did the mouth feel.

Easily one of the most complex and beers I've had, with a depth and subtly that I have never seen in other beers.

Serving type: cask

05-08-2011 15:02:10 | More by SwartzCr
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New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(from notes) Served in a snifter. The beer is pitch black with a thin tan/brown head. The beer just looks like an imperial stout should, great presentation with sticky oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The nose on this beer is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of smelling. Vanilla, cherries, raisins, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted espresso, caramel, barrel and bourbon heat just roll over each other in perfect succession.

As good as it smells you almost expect a letdown when you taste this beer, but it's awesome. The chocolate and espresso notes are bitter but balanced by all the sweet vanilla, dark fruit and caramel. The barrel and bourbon flavors are perfect, with a great amount of alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel is great. The beer is lightly carbonated and has a big chewy, slick feel. The alcohol is present, but adds to the flavors well.

Overall this beer is almost perfect. I think it's the best stout I had in all of 2010, and could be my favorite of all time. This is a beer that left me remembering it for weeks, and I made two return trips to CBC just for this beer after trying it. An absolutely awesome stout that I can't wait to drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 03:30:37 | More by rpstevens
Photo of MA08


4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter. Pours a deep black with a thick deep tan head that retains. Balanced aromas of bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malts. Good balanced flavor of dark chocolate, coffee,and bourbon. Thick mouthfeel. This imperial is dangerously drinkable, despite being over 10% abv. This is really an exceptional imperial stout that shoudn't be missed. Just wish it was bottled.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 21:41:04 | More by MA08
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4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a snifter glass. Pitch black pour with a tan fluffy head. Aroma is of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate and roasted malts. Big barrel flavors really come through in the flavor. Flavor follows the nose with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Slick, chewy mouthfeel with a warming alcohol finish. CBC really hit it out of the park with this beer. Phenomenal imperial stout.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2010 00:48:04 | More by muttyd
Photo of soze47


4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at CBC on 11/19/10. Poured into a tulip along with a piece of their chocolate porter cake for dessert.

Appearance: Black with a creamy milky chocolate head. This one really sticks to the glass on the swirl.

Aroma: Bourbon is first into the nose, but you also pick up a spicy dark chocolate scent. Roasted espresso and wood also become more pronounced as it warms.

Taste: Flavors in the nose meld well. Boozy heat also seems to aid in the flavors too. Raisins and licorice flavors develop as secondary flavors as well, but the chocolate and dark roasted coffee taste are primary.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very full and heavy in body, but not nearly as sticky as it looks. It finishes with a nice, almost dry spicy kick, which cuts the body up a bit. Kind of deceptive.

Overall: An excellent dessert beer and one I'd love to see on their tap list all the time. Too bad the cake was dry.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 01:32:22 | More by soze47
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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Cambridge Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA) on 11/6/10. Served in a snifter.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, topped with a light and frothy ring of dark mocha colored head. VERY rich flare-up here though, that gives this much more of creamy and robust looking retention than you initially would have guessed, as this showers the sides of the glass with a big cascade of spotty lace and brown gooey residues. The bourbon is fairly sharp in the nose, with a good bit of smoky burnt wood and vanilla texture being present from the wood. This is layered on top of notes of rich chocolate fudge, zippy smelling roasted espresso, dark fruit, and some molasses.

The taste has the bourbon flavor incorporated into it much better than the nose does. Thick chocolate and toffee sweetness spread out into some sticky dark fruit character then finally a roasted coffee finish. Vanilla sits with a creamy sweetness on the edges of the profile, while burnt tannins and dry roast linger on the tongue. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge creamy feel that blows up in the mouth upon first sip but then gathers itself into thick and slick slurry that carries all of that roast, sticky sweetness, and wood character down your throat. Alcohol is very nicely hid for 10%, with most of the flavor coming from the bourbon itself and not so much the ABV.

Despite the strength of the alcohol and strong bourbon presence, this was still a very tasty and satisfying BA RIS, thanks to that nicely hidden ABV and a well done balancing act between the barrel and Stout flavors. Rich, complex, and very drinkable for the size, I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 20:27:25 | More by Kegatron
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United Kingdom (England)

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

(Notes of 5 Aug. 2009) Tasted at the BSF bar, GBBF 2009, poured on gravity straight from the firkin into a 1/3 pint-sized tall sniffer. NOTE: the abv. for this cask-conditioned version is 10.5%.

A: the colour is jet black, poured with no head (normal for a gravity pour) and low carbonation, while a swirl gives a hint at the semi-thick body of this ale, with tears left on the walls of the glass...
S: the nose is really dense and rich, featuring lots of ruby port notes and American white oak's woodiness, plus banana esters, thick date & prune jam, fine smokiness from Lowland Scottish whisky casks, allowing only a narrow passage way for aromatic hops to sneak through. Interestingly, the whisky oakiness is potent while maltiness is understated as far as the beer style is concerned.
T: sweetness of malts and banana-ish esters precede a fine, smoked black-prune-ish fruity body, before the bitter chocolates, dry hops, dried hawthorn fruits and bitter nuts kick in. Oakiness dominates the aroma and finish, along with a really thirst-quenching, dry-ish/tannic touch as of wooden (oak) casks, a bit like a dry sherry, plus more traces of black prunes, understated hoppiness and a fine warming touch of alc. in the very end.
M&D: mellow mouthfeel, soft carbonation, good balance, 100%-bodied but never aggressively alcoholic... Although this cask-conditioned oak-aged RIS does not come extremely complex, it is ever so... drinkable and delicious all the same.

Serving type: cask

07-11-2010 16:52:44 | More by wl0307
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nightcap for me at night one of CBC's 21st anniversary weekend party. Served in a snifter, no real head formation to speak of. YEMS pours a thick, opaque black and has a wonderful nose of dark chocolate and dark fruits. The beer delivers on those promises, but unfortunately there's also a prominent taste of black licorice which I don't care for. The taste score gets a small boost though because a wonderfully understated bourbon/oak influence shows up at the end.Typical low carbonation for the style, and it's fairly rich (not quite to the level of last night's Night Stalker, but then again few beers are). The alcohol is very well hidden, and I could see myself sipping on this all night if not for that pesky licorice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2010 01:16:37 | More by axeman9182
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at cbc oct 16/09.

pours thick and opaque black with a thin layer of very fine brown head that quickly retreats to a ring around the glass. a few spots of lace.

aroma is great. bourbon and oak. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. light alcohol. big biscuit and multi-grain bread. earthy.

taste is great. anise and vanilla. bourbon and oak. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. caramel and toffee. candy-like sweetness, but it manages not to be too overbearing. touch of citrus. bit of earthy character too. roasty.

mouthfeel is excellent. nice big chewy body. medium-low silky smooth very fine carbonation.

drinkability is good. a touch sweet, but otherwise quite balanced. rich and decadent. i'd love to sip on this one all night, but fear that i wouldn't make it home afterward. great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2009 16:36:23 | More by grub
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Was happy to see they still had this one.

Pours a deep and opaque black, some brown highlights in the corners, very thick brown head forms, drops to a solid ring, lace spots stick, looks good.

Smell is very intense, really sweet, tons of licorice, toffee, chocolate, very roasty, oak, vanilla, dark fruit, bourbon and whiskey, brown sugar, molasses, a bit rough but very rich, alcohol.

Taste is even more intense, very sweet, brown sugar and molasses, toffee/butterscotch, vanilla, very oaky, chocolate, roast, sherry, licorice, really nice and sweet creme brulee finish, alcohol comes through but is pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, almost syrupy, lightly tickling carbonation, some warmth going down but its hard to argue with this one. Great RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 16:42:16 | More by Viggo
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4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Almost opaque black, moderate expresso-colored head

S: Strong oak and bourbon aromas on top of coffee

T: Upfront malt, thoroughly enjoyable caramel, vanilla, coffee flavors. Very long finish. Impressive complexity.

M: Lively and surprisingly medium-bodied for the 10.5%.

D: This was my first beer of the visit. And my third. There was no chance of me leaving without having a second go. A world-class RIS and without a doubt my favorite from CBC.

Huge applause for this offering. A lot of RIS's get huge hype, and I can't believe this one has slipped under the radar. For my money this destroys a lot of the more revered RIS's and thoroughly deserves recognition.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 21:49:32 | More by steeltown71
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub. Chocolate,stouty roast and barrel aroma. Dark colour with off-white head, lacing. A bitterness, chocolate coffee. A little tartness, bit you must care something for coffee. Above average creamy mouthfeel. Woodiness, lots of complexity. Right up there as a RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 01:49:47 | More by Sammy
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3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) Opaque. Thin, tan-brown head. Great lacing on the glass.
S) Smoky. Roasted barley with some earthy tones. Just a bit of coffee as well.
T) Smoky, coffee taste. The ABV isn't as noticeable. Slight sour bite in the aftertaste.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Full body. Some chewiness to it.
D) A nice stout. Smooth drinking. A sit and be causal brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 11:21:51 | More by u2carew
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 version served on-tap at the brewpub, consumed May, 2009.

This beer comes in an 8 oz snifter, and I was surprised to see that it had a good thick finger of tan head that had some pretty good retention and left little spots of lacing on the glass. Really dark, opaque body.

Bourbon. Lots of this. This stuff smells like bourbon.

The first sip also tastes like bourbon. Did I just order bourbon neat? Also coming through is a big oak flavor and a bit of sweet chocolately malts.

I would have liked a little more body for a beer with this much punch.

Considering the ABV and the huge bourbon flavor, this one is pretty drinkable. Well done CBC.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2009 14:30:29 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of mshallah

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in spring 2007 and aged in bourbon barrels resulting in a 10.5%abv Imperial Stout. Arrives with a creamy foam of a head and smelling of bourbon. Second and third whiffs bring out the dark roast coffee and vanilla. Mild dark chocolate and liquorice add to the above and round out the flavors. The aging is apparent in how smooth this beer is. Intense with flavor to sip and savor. Thanks Will.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 03:21:01 | More by mshallah
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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is another winner from the CBC, although maybe a little tougher to drink in the middle of the summer, although the 9 oz tulip that it came in went down pretty quickly.

was dead black, this still had a cm or so thick milk-chocolate brown head on top. stayed dead black all around the edges, and was really smooth. apparently this batch was made in 2007 (from the menu) and aged in a barrel till relatively recently, and i didnt try the fresh, but this came out really smooth. there is a big chocolate malt profile, only lightly roasted relativly. big oak and vanilla undertones. a tart cherry flavor comes in probably from either the aging, a sherry like quality comes out near the end, and it finishes pretty smoothly. the hops are subdued, as would be expected from an over year old beer, however it keeps smooth, and clean finish. lingering chocolate flavors on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 12:27:23 | More by Atron67
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3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the brewpub, served in a snifter, YouEnjoyMyStout is pitch black, with a thick, tan skim that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is huge oak, vanilla, and red wine (so much so I'd guess it was aged in wet wine barrels, not bourbon), like a merlot. I like it, but the wine seems to dominate all else.

Taste is also very oaky and vinous, but cut with a nice roastiness, making it a very enjoyable RIS.

Mouthfeel is slick and heavy, very smooth but with a ton of tannins.

Drinkability is good, if you like big oaky red's, you'll love this. The ABV at first seemed well hidden, but as I adjusted to the vinousness, the alcohol become more overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2008 22:51:56 | More by ccrida
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had the opportunity to try this stout which was aged for 1 year in bourbon barrels. It was on tap at Sunset on Sat 8/09/08. Came served in a 8 oz snifter, which turned out to be more than enough. Color was darker than night. No head to speak of. Smelled like bourbon and oak. The first sip was a knock out. It was like drinking straight bourbon. Wow, was it strong. My wife and I were both simultaneously amazed at how strong the flavor was and how good it tasted. The bourbon flavors outshined the stout flavors a bit, but we didn't mind. Hands down the best beer that I have ever had from CBC. A small glass is all you need as it's a whopper and sipping is called for. World class in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2008 23:32:01 | More by morebeergood
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4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the CBC 7/3/2008.

As with all of the high alcohol beers at the CBC, this one came in a sub-pint serving, specifically a snifter-style glass. The beer is deep, almost opaque black, and is topped by a thick, dark-brown head, which fades to a quarter-inch film, leaving patchy lace. The aroma is very malty: chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (prunes and raisins), and cherries. There's also a bourbon, booziness on swirling along with a woody aroma.

Malty upfront, caramel, chocolate and dark fruit, much like the aroma. A bourbon barrel booziness appears in the center and carries through to the finish, which is roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate. Smooth and thick on the palate, moderately carbonated. The woody, tannic finish lends a dry feeling to the finish.

Very tasty and well done, but it's definitely a sipping beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2008 20:40:57 | More by EPICAC
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a sniftah - wicked nice!

Deep, dark motor oil-FIDY-esque with no head

Clean for style-mildly sweet vanilla with oak character and soft malt

Wow-powerful imperialism-malt wallops the finish with deep bitter hop character. Up front is more of a stewy malt and yeasty character - less of a stout front - bourbon mash tone dominates

Almost tangy on the mouth with toasty finish - bourbon barrels representin'

Not sure how long this has been around - the bourbon tempers its drinkability a bit. Very decent but a sippah

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 22:53:29 | More by IBUnit63
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YouEnjoyMyStout from Cambridge Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.