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Lukcy Basartd Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Lukcy Basartd AleLukcy Basartd Ale

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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 94
Gots: 178 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Anniversary blend of Arrogant Bastard to celebrate the 13 Year Anniversary of Arrogant Bastard.

Blend of Arrogant Bastard Ale, Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale and Double Bastard Ale.

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Photo of BEERchitect


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just when you thought the arrogance and bastardization of ales has met its limits, Stone somehow finds new heights of intimidation and brashness in a beer.... and doing so with such beauty, elegance, and refinement. Not unlike an elegant balerina- turn porn star.

High aggression of pine resins, citrus piths, and sharp spruce lead the hoppy nose into a swirl of hops with malty notes of bread crust, lightly scorched caramel, and sun-kissed barley kernels. All of which scream brashness and assault.

Pouring a deep amber color, the beer carries a hazy glow with a dense and sturdy yellowish head. Very mousse-like and sticky with lace/legging. Maybe the beer should be served with a fork and knife.

An on slaught of dense malt flavor begin with deeply caramelized barley, toffee, and molasass. Not to be outdoane, the rebuttal of hops balance the mean spirited malts with sharp pine, resin, white grapefruit flesh, and a pithy/sappy taste unlike anything ever found in a beer.

Heavy, full, and creamy early, the beer takes ultimate fullness to malty dryness, arid hoppiness, and alcoholic warmth in a hurry. This makes the beer way too drinkable for such strength and power.

The insestual nature of these Basards give the right contributions from each while giving the beer a fresher dry-hopped aroma, fortified hop flavor, and intense bitterness. If not for the paint thinner-like alcohol taste and shear power in flavor, the beer could reach perfect- even if a bastard.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 06:41:23 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of roodie


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review

Poured from bomber into Bruery tulip at ~ 50 degrees

A: pours amber with a thin off white/straw colored head with low retention. fine bubbles. minimal lacing.

S: very fragrant, sweet and hoppy, hints of vanilla

T: hoppy with a hint of caramel, fruity aftertaste that I can't quite name

F: smooth sipping, medium carbonation, flavor lingers at the base of your tongue between sips

D: very drinkable, hides it's ABV very well, could drink several pints before realizing it's potency. A beer I'd seek out again!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:59:55 | More by roodie
Photo of mithrascruor


4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, hazy reddish-brown color. Fairly off-white head becomes a film with a fair amount of lacing.

Smell: Similar, but lighter than, the Arrogant Bastard aroma. Grapefruit, hops, and some underlying caramel.

Taste: Pretty mellow at first, but quite nice with the grapefruit and caramel. Gets stronger towards the finish, and there's some bitterness there too.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth, with hardly any carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, but it is quite strong - need to take it slow. The flavor can get a bit monotonous too.

A nice special offering from Stone - nothing essential, but for those who enjoy Arrogant Bastard, it is fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:42:06 | More by mithrascruor
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep amber with an off white head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S-Very floral, hoppy, with some notes of caramel, peach, and alcohol.

T-Hoppy with a slight malt backbone. The flavor is floral and fruity with a nice peach flavor. There are also some nice caramel and toffee flavors as well.

M-Thick and nearly syrupy.

D-Very drinkable given its abv.

Overall, I thought this was a solid beer. I think I even liked it better than the standard Bastard offerings. Lovers of those and Stone will enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 02:15:50 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of despainmakesbeer


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

Rich dark mahagony color with ruby highlights. Slight head at pour. Nice lacing on glass. Aroma had a darkness with an extreme hop burst, on the citrusy side, quite complex and oh so pleasant. Drink is just as complex. Great huge hope flavor from start to finish. Almost grassy finish with expected dryness but not overpowering. A slight toastiness in middle. Orange peel, but more grapefruit peel prevelant. Really hard to pick out all flavors, everything blends together extremely well. Very light on body to have so much flavor. Very very drinkable, could easily
sneak up on you. Wow oh wow, easily
a new top ten.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 01:54:37 | More by despainmakesbeer
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle at about cellar temp split with a friend poured into a nonik pint.

pours out a huge billowy off white head, had to wait for it to settle a few minutes before finishing the pour. amazing looking cap. dark ruby red body with a touch of sediment. lots of lace and great retention.

aroma is full of freshly picked whole flower hops. also some pellet hops, lots of pine, citrus, perfumey, tons of resin. malts take a back seat, but the hops smell amazing.

great tasting hops, much better balance than the aroma would suggest, still very hop forward though. fresh, piney, citrusy, perfumy hops balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone.

so smooth, great feeling carbonation, nothing overdone. hops are felt on the palate after each sip.

abv is not noticable at all, drinks so easy. IMO this is one of the better ones from the bastard series, highly recommended. i definatly be picking up some more real soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 15:42:30 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Gmann

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a murky brown color with a fairly dense khaki colored head that left some webby lacing on the glass.
S- The aroma is dominated by tropical fruit and piney hops. Some fresh and buddy notes to go with a lemony twang.
T- Big pine and resin like hop bitterness; tastes like you are drinking some bitter pine sap. The hops are supported by a bready malt that has some lemony tea like characteristics. Some honey and chocolate notes are detected.
F- The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, finishes bitter, which is a bit lingering.
D- The "Arogant" line is good but not sure if it is my cup of tea. The hop profile is more bitter centric than I prefer and a touch harsh. It is tasty but not sure something I would continously buy more of.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 07:20:13 | More by Gmann
Photo of DogFood11


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its a beaut to look at. sturdy, frothy head sits above a brown body.

The unmistakable taste of the its cousin the arrogant bastard is the backbone of this brew. Smells hotter than it ends up. While still on the hot side its in the wheelhouse. Tag a darkened fruit backside to an AB and you've got your lucky bastard. Tastes as though maybe a year of aging would be worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 06:09:21 | More by DogFood11
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour looked like a fresh bottle of double bastard. Deep ruby color with a finger and a half of white head. Some nice lacing as well.

S: The nose is pure dank hops. Really pungent. The best part of this beer. You got a touch of the oak but not much. It was a nice subtle touch. Little bit of booze and some malt creeping through.

T: The taste was nice and complex. Oaked bastard IMO is not that great and way to expensive but in this blend it really worked out nicely. It was hoppy and boozy and everything you would expect from this beer. It also had a nice dept of flavor.

M: Carbonation was sharp but not overwhelming. The body was slightly on the thick side of medium.

D: I really enjoyed this beer quite a bit. I love DB but could leave the others and this was a nice compromise between the best of all three. Not to be cellared this needs to be consumed ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 03:11:35 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a mohogany color with very little light passing through, vicious 2 + inch head, and tons of lacing that fell back into the glass nicely.

S: Citrus bomb for sure, piney, oaky, but with a huge malt presence that wafted through the air even from about three feet away. Dang!

T: This was very much in line with their "Arrogant Bastard" series, only this one had more of a dark cake icing aftertaste. Pineapple, grapefruit, plums, and licorice.

M: I detected quite a bit of booze at first, but after my palate adjusted, that went away and the thick fruit explosion hit my taste buds after every sip. Very well carbonated.

D: I'm not the biggest Stone fan in the world because I'm sick of the same old thing over and over again. However, I occasionally like to indulge. If you're an extreme hophead, this will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 08:57:38 | More by Chaney
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into my Guiness Porter pint glass.

Pours a deep amber to almost mahogany, depending on the badkground. More orangish or ruby highlights when held up to the light. 1 1/2 finger thick, creamy, voluptious, light tan head leaving copious lacing. Harder 2nd pour gave a three finger head that soon became cratered or dimpled. Thick foam clinging up one side and thick sticky lacing. One of the best heads ever. I knocked it up from a 4 to a 5.

Aroma of huge, sweet and fruity, over the top hops. Like over-ripe oranges or grapefruit. Bitter citrus peel and damp woody aromas as well.

Tastes of sweet caramely malts, then piney, citrusy hops, but in the end, the woody bitterness will try to overwhelm everything else.

Medium mouthfeel, quite pleasant. Nice burning alcohol warming deeply into the throat.

Very drinkable. Plenty of flavor and aroma to keep it interesting. The 8.5% ABV slows you down and perhaps, the bitterness as well, but as the beer warms, the bitterness lessens and it becomes easier to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 05:23:56 | More by obywan59
Photo of soze47


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

Just picked up a bomber of this and poured it into an oversized wine glass for a night cap. I think the Bastard line is just so-so, with Oaked being by far my favorite, but I'm hoping to get the best of all three.

Appearance: Deep rich, slightly translucent, which gives it tiger wood coloring. Very thick, yet foamy head that leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Hoppy off the bat, but more caramelly malts keep coming out as it warms. The oak is there too, which is great. Nothing to complex or intriguing, but it smells like a bastard.

Taste: Piney hops come out first, but there is a nice balance of the oaked and caramel/roasted malt that come out. There is a warming alcohol bite, especially while drinking the second glass. This profile it sharp and biting, but never overwhelms.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Easy drinking, but the robust flavor gets to be a bit much. A bomber is a perfect sized outing for this one. The mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied.

Overall: I think Lukcy does a good job of bringing out the best qualities of all the other three Bastard lines. It is hoppy and bitter like the flagship. The caramel malt brings a good, somewhat complex richness like Double. And the oaked qualities do a good job of tying it all together. Usually, I think Double is too rich, regular is not balanced, and oaked is only good for its oaky goodness. This one brings all their strengths together and helps hide all of their collective weaknesses.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 03:27:19 | More by soze47
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 11-26-10.

A: Poured from the bomber into a pint glass. Body is dark mahogany-tinted amber, covered by a dense, 1-finger tan head. Leaves behind some splotches of lace.

S: First thought is "juicy hops." Think citrusy grapefruit and pine. Also a touch of caramel malt there for balance. I swear I'm getting a bit of the oak too, though that might be the power of suggestion.

T: Caramel malt and brown sugar up front, with a punch of resiny, juicy hops thereafter - grapefruit and pine flavors (which become more pronounced - like pine needles - as it warms) are there in strength, with a touch of brown sugar remaining for balance. Finishes with bitter oaky tannins lingering on the aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium in heft with moderate, but fairly soft carbonation. Resiny flavor affects the perceived feel, detracting from it a tiny bit.

D: Good, but not great. I'm not a huge fan of Oaked AB (or oaked non-Stouts, I'm finding), and the lingering oak on the finish takes away from this beer -- for me at least. I think it's well done and nicely crafted, but IMO doesn't match the AB or the Double Bastard.

Notes: PSA from 14>4.5 this week=Lucky Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:14:25 | More by Kendo
Photo of Overlord


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany-ish ruddy brown. Two inches or so of tan head. Foamy.

Smells like biting pine and bittering bitterness, plus a heaping load of oaked caramel. Yipes. I kind of thought we'd be seeing the oak toned down. Guess not.

Beer tastes oak-y, with caramel, a huge pine blast of bitterness on the aftertaste. Needs moar citrus. Maybe some dry grapefruit rind, and that's about it. Even the caramel is blasted away by the oak and bitterness, leaving just the barest sweet tinge.

Not a bad beer. Not that great, either.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 04:09:24 | More by Overlord
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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a orangish copper color with good carbonation and a nice dirty white head

S: Citrus hops and booze

T: Starts out with caramel, goes to big citrus hops and booze, finish is a great amount of bitter hops

M: Medium body, bitter, booze

D: Alright

Serving type: growler

11-26-2010 02:47:43 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark amber brown in color with reddish highlights with a thin khaki bubbly head and left some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a nice bouquet of hop variety is noticeable on the first whiff with slight booze, piney, grassy, and citrus notes. It also has a little caramel malt presence.

T: the hops are pretty potent on the palate too with citrus grapefruit notes that help strenghten the bitterness with piney grassy accents and a touch of booze. There was good caramel malts to hold it down on the balance.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a citrusy, piney, grassy, and slight bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: it drank good and is a real treat that does justice to the 13 annivesary of the bastards. I would definitely drink more of this if it becomes greatly available.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 00:02:01 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of bierguru


4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A -
deep deep amder color pours w a little tan head that laces headlaces out and stays through out beer

S -
smells like the arrogant bastard only bolder hops some nuts spice and a hint of citrus and maybe cherry

T -
malt sweetness big hop citrus flavor finishes with a plum cherry flaovr
when it warms up to just above room temp you get some vanilla and oakiness

M -
smooth with a bite at the end doesnt linger

D -
very drinkable its awesome clear and simple

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 19:26:45 | More by bierguru
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active review...
Pours a dark, rich amber brown with nice carbonation and a tan head that disappears fairly quickly; but sticks to the glass nicely. The smell is very citrus just like the Arrogant Bastard but there is a chocolaty smell and obvious booze. Nice angry first bite lots of flavors and depth, very citrusy and hoppy off the first sip with obvious grapefruit flavors in the end. There is nice dark fruit flavors, but I can't distinguish them... it's cherry or plum. Some more flavors I pick out are vanilla and oak flavors, a hint of lemon essence. This is a nice thick beer with decent chewiness. Definitely a beer to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:57:47 | More by beersensei305
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9.20% abv?Mine says 8.5%,anyways it dont matter.Poured into an imperial nonic a deep rich dark bronze with tight formed one finger slight off white head that left one solid ring of lace behind as it settled.A great mix of juicy fruit malt,brown sugar,and a heavy dose of resiny hop,just how I like a good strong ale to be.Flavors are cakey,and fruity at the onset with big resiny hops in the finish,I love the hop profile goin on here.This is my favorite style of beer so I may be a bit bias here,love the hops!

Come on Lions,make me proud for once in the last ten years!Restore the Roar!

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 18:39:27 | More by oberon
Photo of Reagan1984


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delighted to try this version of one of my favorite beers. From what I was told at the store, this is a blend of Double, Standard and Oaked AB mixed with approx a 1/3 of each.

Sure looks like Arrogant Bastard. Creamy tan head with a burgundy tint. The beer is the AB classic maroon/amber color. Excellent retention and lumpy lacing remains.

Smells like Arrogant Bastard... Kind of a cherry coke/Dr. Pepper sweetness to the aroma tucked behind a thick wave of juicy resinous hops.

I think in the end, it mostly reminds me of the Oaked version. A wonderful balance of thick cherry coke flavored sweet malts along with the big pine hop punch. Provides a touch more depth vs. the standard version. Oak depth without the over the top heat from Double Bastard.

Fairly bold body with an oily feel. Slight carbonation.. Wonderful.

Wish I had another bottle, so I assume that means I think it's drinkable. Very nice.

I have a feeling this one will be back from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 15:17:37 | More by Reagan1984
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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Good beer, but the idea is stronger than the execution. I'm a big fan of blending and hope that more brewers explore the process, but every blended beer isn't a masterpiece. This beer has a bit too much of the raw and rough flavors of fresh DB for my tastes. There's a relatively strong booze-acetone note in the aroma that drowns out some of the complexity. There are also some very nice notes of caramel and aggressive pine/grapefruit rind hops. Taste-wise, it's quite successful. There's a wonderfully bitter pine resin/citrus pith tone on top of layers of caramel malt sweetness. The finish is a bit astringent at first, but that's more of a palate issue. Some very nice flavors coat the mouth and linger. Also, the beer is quite pretty - darkened reddish amber with a thick ecru head. Lucky Bastard is a wonderful expression of Stone's influential viewpoint in American craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 05:57:14 | More by popery
Photo of Eriktheipaman


4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One inch head and some lacing.

The color is a brown/amber almost purple.

Smell of plums, chocolate, and alcohol.

The taste is very burnt and what tastes like high alcohol with slight oak on the back. As with normal Arrogant Bastard I am not thoroughly impressed. It is a good beer just not one of my personal favorites. I would prefer to just drink the OAKED straight up but to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 03:47:03 | More by Eriktheipaman
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3.3/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Stone in a plaintive 8oz glass.

A: Appears deep crimson amber with a one finger beige head.

S: Grapefruit, pine, earth, subtle notes of dark fruits redolent of prune and date. A lot or booze. Some oak. Hops are big and aromatic.

T: Grapefruit rind, earth, pine, a little oak. Lots of booze and a lower moderate sweetness that can't overcome the bitterness. Dark fruits reminds me of prune and dried date. Malt imparts some caramel. Finish is a bit harsh with the combination of hops, drying oak, and alcohol. Somewhat astringent.  

M: Upper medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Sticky, dry, and somewhat astringent mouthfeel.

Overall: A strong hoppy alcoholic beer with a little oak and some caramel malt. I wouldn't revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2010 00:40:05 | More by HopHead84
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3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Amyliz4 for picking up a bottle of this. Poured into a snifter.

Color is a deep mahogany with a single-finger tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing along with a few bubbles around the edges. Nose is nice and hoppy with good notes of resinous pine and citrus. There's a bit of oak in the background.

The taste falls off in a big way from the nose and it cannot be discussed without mentioning the mouthfeel, which is quite dry and tannic. The oak has just really taken this one over and while there is some faint pine and caramel in the background, I get mostly oak along with a bit of heat. I expected a lot from this beer, but only the aroma really delivered.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:40:57 | More by Thorpe429
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4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I often drink beers straight from the bottle (yes I was bottle fed as an infant), so I can't accurately portray the appearance, aroma, and true flavor of the beer. With that disclaimer out of the way and since I drank this beer straight from the bottle, this beer is ridiculously good.

If you like double IPAs, then you'll enjoy this one. It has that West coast taste: mega-hopped with a savory, lingering hop goodness. As the "lalbe" indicates, this ale contains some percentage of Oaked Arrogant Bastard. You can definitely taste those woodsy undertones.

I rate beer on drinkability, not on anything else. If I don't have the inclination to have it again, then the rating will be average to above average at best. I definately won't actively seek it out. If the beer is exceptional, I'll buy it again. That being said, this beer is exceptional. Probably the most drinkable of the Stone IPA styles.

On a Pliny the Younger scale (I'm lucky enough to live in NCAL), I give this beer a 3 1/2 Plinys out of 5. Pliny the Elder get's a 4 1/2 and the Younger gets 5.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:06:47 | More by Baltika46
Lukcy Basartd Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 1,375 ratings.