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Moo Joos - Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC

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145 Reviews
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Reviews: 145
Hads: 453
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 28
Gots: 78 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 01-05-2011

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.15/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Holy mackerel, I still can't believe I'm this close to being finished with this project...Crikey....

Another extra from excellent trader GraniteSkunk, this time from uber-small Lucan, MN with a population of 220...fun!

The basics: no idea on price and 5.8% ABV...cheers!

A little bit thin in color on the pour...I expect my stouts to be opaque, and this one lets some color through. A decent enough head forms and quickly disappears...Very slight lacing...

Aromas are sweet, as might be expected from a milk stout, what with the unfermentable sugars and all...Get a decent enough malt component among the milky chocolaty stuff...A bit faint if you ask me (and you didn't)...

Flavor is way more thin than I'd expect or hope to see in a milk stout. It's almost like water was added afer the fermentation process!! Really disappointing, in fact. It's almost like a Milk Stout Italian Soda!!! Super thin, and the malt component is almost absent...Very poor in my opinion...I'm actually surprised this is an oatmeal stout the body is so thin. Almost a drainpour in my opinion. They really need to work out the recipie on this. It's not serviceable at all...Very unfortunate as I was seriously hoping for more. Even the finish is like "what the heck was that...where'd it go"...This is the Calista Flockhart of Milk Stouts (as opposed to the, say, Keira Knightly of Milk Stouts)...you are big boys, figure it out...

What I like most: The price...(again, figure it out)...

What I like least: everything else...

Verdict: Unless it has a crapload of money you can spend, don't waste your time and if you do, don't brag to your friends about it...

<edit> I must be a totally uneducated beer drinker...Somehow 25 other people have rated this an average of an A-...That can't be possible with stuff like Mackeson XXX and Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout out there in the World, but I'm just a novice, right???

<edit #2> I am aware Samuel Smith's ISN'T a milk stout...It is, however, an oatmeal stout...I'm re-reading some of the other reviews of this and I can't possibly believe this is the same beer they drank...It's not possible given what I'm reading, but I'm looking right at the label on the bottle and it's the same...This stuff is watered down swill, in my opinion, and I can't believe they had the same stuff I'm having...sorry...

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Photo of MNAle
2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

First bottle to a tulip glass. Even though the pour was moderately aggressive, no head at all, just a tan ring. No visible carbonation. Second bottle to a pilsener glass, very aggressive pour, to better cause a head and view any carbonation. 2nd time, a 1 inch tan head, bubbly, dissipates relatively quickly with lacing. Carbonation is virtually nonexistant; an occasional bubble is visible rising up, and I have to hold it to the light to see that. After a few minutes, no visible carbonation at all. Dark brown to black color. Very nice roasted aroma. Taste follows the aroma, dominated by roasted malts, transitioning to sweetness and a touch of bitterness. Aftertaste is sweet and only slightly bitter. Body is a bit thin and flat. Very flat. Overall, this is a very blah beer. Not very good at all. It is not drain-pour bad, but there is nothing special at all in this beer and the lack of mouth feel makes it really a struggle to try to enjoy. Given the reviews, I expected a lot more. I gave this beer 2 full bottles before writing this review. While the 2nd made perhaps a slightly better impression than the first, this does rank as the worst stout/porter I've had to date, admittedly not a huge sample population, but I definitely won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at Pat's Tap. The script with Brau is that everything is good with the beer until it hits the mouth. Then the trouble begins. Let's see how it goes this time. The Brothers should have a leg up - it's a style I love.

Pretty dark pour, not a lot of head. Good lacing though. Smell is more coffee than advertised. Roasts. Bittering. Not as many sweet smells as a fella might expect from a Milk Stout. Then again, a fella might not know what the F he is talking about. Still, an enjoyable smelling beer. So far so good...

...And right on cue, Moo Joos goes into the mouth and off a cliff. Bitter, malts, roast, and that damned, can't-escape-from-it dirty water Brau taste. Again with the dirty water? Are you kidding me?

Moving on to mouthfeel. You know, dirt doesn't just taste bad, it feels terrible in the mouth. Aggravating gritty feel. And this comes light years away from the thick, coagulating feel of a Milk Stout.

And with that, I throw my hands up in the air in dismay. I would love for another Minnesota brewery to step up and make like Surly and THB and be great, and I would love for it to be Brau. But they're not. Frankly I'm baffled by the ratings for this beer. In my book, if you can't get milk stout right, you can't really be redeemed. I can't tell you how many times I've seen a Brau beer and said "maybe this is the one they turn it around with". No more. This time,I mean it.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's an acrid, sour taste to this that is unappealing. The flavor isn't unpleasant, but not robust ... some cofee, some chocolate, almost sour chocolate milk. The mouthfeel is watery. I can drink it and it's not unpleasant ... but there are far better beers out there that are easily available.

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Photo of rab53
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Rather thin and flat. Aroma was a touch acidic (like coffee, not sour). I think the beer really suffered from mouth feel , especially for something touting itself as an oatmeal stout.

Another factor for the lower rating was probably the mental comparison to a solid barrel-aged stout earlier that evening. Not fair, but just accentuated the weaknesses.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown, plenty of light gets through around the edges, very small head on it, less than 1/8". Aroma, what the, where are the stout like qualities? Coffee, chocolate, 2 row, roasting,. . . .hello?

Taste, very bland, gritty lactose like character as if it didn't dissolve. Really reminded me of an even blander oatmeal stout with some creamer added to it, to give it that weird textured sweetness I'm pulling down. Middle of the road in almost every way, doesn't make me like or dislike it really (I guess dislike since I had my expectations up). Overall the bland and thinness of the experience were probably the greatest letdowns.

If it was any thinner, I'd think people were cutting this with like, water and nonfat milk.

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Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brownish black color with a small tan head. Head is gone in a flash and no lacing left at all.

S- Smell is hints of chocolate and coffee. A bit of sweetness too. Nothing really jumping out at me here.

T- Roasted coffee, a bit of oats, chocolate and a touch of cream.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation.

O- Not really digging this one too much.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Completely opaque black with a one finger soapy tan head.

Aroma: Exactly what you'd expect for the style. Dark roasted malts, some sweetness, milk chocolate, and a hint of light coffee.

Taste: Given its modest 5.8% ABV, Moo Joos has a decent amount of flavor. Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and bitter coffee. It's a little harsh on the palate because all the flavors seem very separate from each other like there are gaps in the taste. There is also an odd 'dust'-like flavor to it right before the finish (which ruins it for me). Some lingering coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Just above thin in body with moderate carbonation. Average to slightly below average drinkability. Missing some of the smoothness I was expecting given the description.

Final Thoughts: I'm can appreciate a good low ABV stout. However, I have trouble truly enjoying an unbalanced one. It's a valiant effort, and one that some may like, but I just can't say I'm pleased with this one. Would I drink it again? No, but I would try an imperial version.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into shaker.

A - Pours a dark brown with light brown edging. Very little, faint beige head that was only around for a second or two. No lacing

S - Sweet lactic sugars, roast coffee, caramel, chocolate

T - Much like the nose however the presence of the expected sweet milk was very faint. There was the grainy oatmeal flavour along with some bittersweet chocolate and a bit of pine

M - Very thin. You expect a milk stout to have a certain distinct creaminess to the mouth, but not to be found here.

O - I think this beer overextended itself. I didn't get the creaminess of the lactose or the distinct flavour of rolled oats. Nothing really stood out.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle marked 1424024142312 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coffee
Head none
Lacing none
Body black, opaque
Flavor very reminiscent of McDonald’s iced coffee – no alcohol, no hops,
Palate medium to full, watery, flat

This is supposed to be an oatmeal milk stout. All I can taste is the coffee aspect. It lacks the lactose sweetness and oatmeal silkiness which are usually present in them. As stated previously, this bears an uncanny resemblance to iced coffee.

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Photo of claspada
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep dark brown,with a small off-white head that leaves some nice lacing down the glass as the foam recedes.

Aromas are fairly roasted; dark cream, bitter baker's cocoa, dusty, dry and dark chocolate with a some light sweetness integrated.

The tastes are really roasted as well. Intense espresso and dark bitter chocolate. Fairly one-dimensional to be honest. Searching for the creaminess I usually associate with a Milk Stout but I am not finding it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. This should be toned down for this style as well. Finish is fairly crisp and dry thanks to the intense roasted maltiness. Should be smoother and creamier as I mentioned earlier.

Overall this was a miss for me. Lacks any real sweetness or creaminess that is necessary for the style. Unbalanced toward the roasted flavors. There are much better examples, specifically Lancaster just to name one. Pass...

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Photo of gmfessen
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Moo Joos is black in the glass with just the faintest crimson red border to it when held to the light. The head is mocha in color, very big and looks like you could bounce a quarter off of it. The nose is rather subdued, bits of burnt chocolate are all that is discernable. The taste has a bit more to it, although the burnt chocolate does take center stage; not as sweet as some oatmeal milk stouts I've had before nor as creamy. Mouthfeel is medium in body and pretty flat for a oatmeal milk stout. Overall, not a bad tasting beer but not impressive either.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been meaning to try this for a while, finally getting around to drinking it. Enjoyed 5 Feb 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown, essentially black. A hint of light through the edges, but this beer looks thick. Medium brownish tan head, one finger, okay retention and a bit of lacing.

The smell is really interesting. I've never had an oatmeal milk stout before, but this smells like what I'd expect from one. A pleasant full milky-oaty sweetness. It's a blend that works really well together. I don't get much of the stout, just a bit of roast in the background.

Taste is a little bland, IMO. That same oaty milky sweetness, but it's muted. And again, I don't know where the malts went, as they just don't present much flavor here. A mildly bitter back end rolls through. I want more flavor out of it.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Silky, slick, and full, all in one big mouth-filling combo. Carbonation is right where it should be - medium-low.

An interesting combo, and a pleasant, easy-drinking stout. My main complaint is that I want more flavor. For a beer with this much involved, the taste should have more potency or more variety or both.

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Photo of peoplewithhands
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured dark brown with a half inch tan head that cuts in half and half again, then stays lacing the glass as it goes down.

Smell: Spice first, then chocolate. Pleasant and semi complex.

Taste: Yeasty, malty and sweet. not as much spice in taste as in smell. Has more of a malt flavor. just barely a touch of bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Tingly with medium carbonation. Tease of creaminess.

Overall: Its not a bad milk stout. Beautiful appearance. Its a little on the sweet side, but I would buy it again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Powerful tastes of chocolate, coffee grounds, and sugary milk. Hard to quibble with most of the other reviews. Interesting stuff and not quite like anything I've encountered with the word "beer" on the label. Still, the elements sort themselves out eventually. Dark rich caramel, burnt malt, scorched milk. Hops are a slow burn. The smell of doctored up milk is a little off-putting. Color is black with mahogany highlights. Decent head.

For the student of stouts in all their variations, this is a must-try. I would think it's a matter of chance whether any normal person would like this or not. I'm not so crazy about it. Bought with a bunch of other random stuff at International Beverage Selections in Grand Rapids.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a tulip was an oily pitch black with a nice looking thin creamy caramel head that dissipated quickly leaving a scarce amount of lacing - after awhile only a small tan ring remains around the surface of the beer. Smells of light coffee grounds, licorice, milk/cream. The taste is mainly of roasty malts and subtle milk chocolate but nothing is really standing out assertively. The mouthfeel is smooth with a skim milk like feeling - not super thick but not super thin - little to no carbonation. This beer doesn't really stand out to me, it was not bad by any means, but I have a couple of sixers and hope to find something different when I come to revisit it in the future.


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Photo of TheSSG
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big, frothy, tan head. Rich, toasted coffee aroma. Black color. Starts with a tart, bright, acidic flavor that has notes of deeply roasted malt. Medium bitterness gives way for even more deep, toasted malt in the finish. As it lingers, roasted coffee beans sit on the palate.

Overall, not bad. I really like the toasted flavors, thought the acidity is a bit too high for my tastes. It's smooth, but not as thick as I'd like.

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pours pitch black with no head, just a thin tan ring, and no lacing.

s: smells more like a weak coffee stout than a sweet oatmeal stout.

t: burnt malts, chocolate, coffee some oats and lactic sugar.

m: rather thin and water, expected a thicker, chewier body.

o: disappointed. the pour was rather flat. the taste is more coffee than oatmeal.

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Photo of OmahaKF
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rating is for S'mores Moo Joos (32 oz crowler from N St. Drive In) - will revise and replace rating the next time I have regular Moo Joos.

Smell is graham cracker extract, chocolate milk, hazelnut, and marshmallow cream. Taste is chocolate, graham cracker, lactose, with a nutty finish. Smells much better than it tastes, but a really easy drinking dessert beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This poured out as a deep black color with a thin yellowish head on top. It faded really quickly, leaving hardly any retention and definitely no lacing. The smell of the beer is a little on the strange side... not really appealing to me, there are some subtle chocolate and roasted aromas but there is something else in there I'm not really caring for. The taste of the beer is a little harsh and burnt right away but as the beer warms up it becomes a little more chocolaty and creamy. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, decent carbonation also. Overall this beer was ok, but not something I need to have again. Glad I got to have it though.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
String of numbers printed towards bottom of bottle. No other info. (5.8% ABV)

A - An aggressive pour glugs into the pint with force, filling it with a pitch black beer that rests, viscous-looking, after some short-lived cascading. The tall mocha head drops slowly, caking the pint in dense Swiss cheese-like lacing.

S - Undertones of lactose sweetness and oats do their best to soften the hard, astringent aroma of Moo Joos. Gritty, biting roasted bitterness attacks the senses with force, passively suggesting coffee and chocolate as the full bodied aroma finishes with hints of dark fruit. It's got a basement-type of smell stemming from old, old wood and dirt, though.

T - Upon the first sip I find myself cautious to say it's less aggressive than the aroma and a little sweeter, and my caution pays off. Within moments, this beer turns harshly bitter, biting with astringent roast that could rival any Russian imperial stout. Sweet lactose and soft oats continue their perilous quest to soften and smooth the roasted malt bill, but there's pleasure found within the complex undertones of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. It doesn't seem to venture far enough into the dirty wood basement thing the aroma does though.

M - Moo Joos is gritty and full bodied; almost cloyingly aggressive with it's heavily roasted, astringent bitterness. The oats provide a slick, smooth texture while lactose sweetens the flavor and feel for a roundness that's nice; if it wasn't there, I'd almost call it undrinkable. While full, the beer never becomes syrupy or throat-coating which is also an attribute which keeps this on the somewhat enjoyable side.

O - I pegged Moo Joos to be a good breakfast beer, but even as a heavily roasted black coffee lover, I find this beer, at the risk of beating a dead horse, over the top on astringent roasted bitterness. There are some really nice things going on in this beer; the undertones of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit esters, and even the oats and lactose but, these things are all overshadowed too greatly to elevate the beer to something really enjoyable. I'd knock the roasted malt back a bit and get some more caramel notes in there, personally.

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Photo of harrymel
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

No bottle date

A: pours a dark brown with a small latte foam head with little resonance. Falls to a sheet of the same with spotty lacing. Looks good, but nothing impressive.

S: Cream, cocoa, hay, sheetgrass, cold pressed coffee. Nutty flavors. Malts are sweet and creamy. Very nice. Smallest hint of salted caramel.

T: Sweet and creamy yet again. Plenty of cocoa, latte flavors. Dry and roasted dark chocolate malts. The lactos is very evident here.

M: Medium body with moderate to spritely carbonation. Dry finish. I think the carb is a touch high for the style and the body a touch low.

O: Nice, easy drinker. The best milk stout, no, but good. Sweet in the right places.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date
Beer Scene open mouth snifter

A: Wholly carbonation! Big hiss and fully snifter full of fluffy medium tan colored head. Fizzy, marshmallow appearance. Pours a really deep brown color. Not completely thick and black.

S: Definitely getting that lactose sugar sweetness on the nose even through the head. Milk chocolate. Never used it before but anise is there. Minimal roast and/or coffee.

T: First thing I notice, prickly carbonation. Getting some light roast coffee. Some milk chocolate. Sweet lactose sugar. I thought I would get more smoothness from the oats. Finish is quite dry.

M: Medium bodied. Thin actually.

O: B- it's ok.

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Photo of papat444
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Down & dirty brown body, massive head the color of light milk chocolate that grips the sides. Nice large air bubbles around the sides.

Smell: Grainy oatmeal with layer of creamy chocolate then rounded out by flakes of oats.

Taste: Nice mix of oats & chocolate at first but not very strong. Room temp helps some but still not full in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Has a silky smoothness but a bit watery overall and not up to the body it should be.

Overall: Drink this warm for best results but the aroma was definitely better than the flavor.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle a dark brown/black watery liquid which was nearly opaque, with practice over the course of three bottles I was able to stir up a 1" head, however with a normal pour, just the faintest trace of foam appeared and didn't stick around long.

A pleasant aroma of roasted malt, oats, chocolate and sweet lactose, seems to be as advertised.

Taste was heavier on the roasted malt elements, definite chocolate presence, mildy sweet with a notable sweet/sour dark fruit element that I couldn't place maybe cherries or dark plums. Finishes slightly burnt/bitter. Mouthfeel is terribly thin, carbonation is light.

Overall the aroma hits the right notes, taste is 'okay', mouthfeel needs to be re-tooled but quite honestly I had no trouble finishing the six pack.

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Moo Joos from Brau Brothers Brewing Co. LLC
86 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.