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Old Ruffian Barley Wine - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,030 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 1,040
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 214
Gots: 294 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Old Ruffian is a hefty, hop-forward Barley Wine. Seemingly mellow at the start with subtle fruit aromas and complex caramel sweetness, it quickly becomes aggressive with its bold hop flavors and huge hop bitterness. Ultimately, the big body, succulent sweetness and massive hop character come together to work wonders on your palate.

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Photo of everetends
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle I picked up from Green's about 4 or 5 months ago. My lady has been getting into Barleywines lately, which is awesome. When we were looking around for some good BWs, I realized that I had never had an Old Ruffian. Wierd, huh? Well, today is the day. Served up in a snifter.

A: Once I pop the cap, interestingly enough a bit of foam builds up almost immediately in the bottle. I take this as a warning and pour slowly, little did I know this was not necessary. Had to get a little mre aggressive at about halfway through the pour to build the finger and a half of off white/cream colored head that builds. After a few minutes that fall to about a finger or so of very long lasting foamy goodness. Foam is pretty tight. Has some really nice coating and sheeting on the glass, but it does slowly slide back into the top cap. Now on to the body. The body is a very nice lighter caramel brow with a really nice orangish/red hue pouring through. Actually when held to the light, the color doesn't change much at all, which is very interesting and something I don't see too often. Actually can't see through to the other side, although light gets through. You can also see a slow carbonation activity in here. Very . . . very nice.

S: Smell is nice. Getting some honey and floral aromas coming out first and foremost. Those smells are soaked in an alcohol, almost bourbon like aroma. Getting more hops than I expected, but reading the bottle I should have been aware. Little bit of floral and a good amount of citrus. Nice meaty orange and touch of lemon zest. Behind that is a really nice infusion of what appears to be pine and caramel. That combination is very aromatic and quite beautiful.

T: From the nose, I was expecting more of a boozy flavor to come through but it is pretty tame (which is a good thing). First and foremost you get the hops. Citrus first off with some orange and lemon. Behind that, you get that pine. Nice and resiny. Caramel malts come through along with some nuttiness coming out, but this is more hop forward. Little bit of honey and spice on the backend. There is a touch of booziness but it isn't as high as in the nose, and it doesn't have that bourbon presence in the flavor (which may be a bad thing). Still, very tasty.

M: Full bodied and creamy. Yes, has a rich creaminess. Carbonation is light to medium, throwing in just a touch of fizz to lighten it a bit. ABV is medium. Just enough heat on the throat and belly to warm you, but not enough to burn you out. Shocking since it sits over 10%. Aftertaste is a bit of honey and pine.

D: Very good beer if you ask me. I don't know if it absolutely crushes other American Barleywines out there. Still it is up there and is quite enjoyable. As the drinking experience goes on, getting through the bomber (my lady wasn't into this one due to the hops presence) was a bit of a chore. This beer does tend to wiegh heavir and heavier as the experience goes on. Still its damn good in the other arenas.

everetends, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter glass. No freshness or bottling date to be found, so I can't be sure how old the bottle is. The label is the older style; still, this is a beer that should age well for quite some time, and the label change is rather recent. Most likely a 2008 bottling. The last bottle in-stock at Vineyard Wine and Beverage in Evans, GA for $5.99, the best price I could find locally.

Pours a deep reddish hue, leaning a bit into the brown territory though not quite making it. A bit hazy, middling between translucency and opacity. Shows off a full two fingers of rich, creamy light beige foam, receding slowly to a thin cap and leaving thick, nearly sheet-like rings of lace along the walls of the glass.

Aroma hints at a bit of age: rich, sweet caramel malts with notes of dark, dried fruits, mostly figs. Hop notes are apparent, but it is here that the age seems to show, with earthy hop notes and some mustiness evident of oxidation.

Rich, full-bodied and chewy, with a very light carbonation. Malts play heavily on the palate, with a hefty caramel sweetness up front, sliding easily into fruity esters of dark fruits, with notes of fig and prune. The middle fills in with a bold balancing of hops, bitter and earthy, with just a hint of resin, and drying things out to lead into a dry, bittersweet finish with a lingering maltiness with some smoky notes and earthy hop notes.

Wonderfully complex and delicious, this makes a perfect dessert and nightcap, or just a nicely balanced, big beer for any lover of malt or hops. Could easily age for at least a few years; I'd love to sample a fresher version as well as one cellared a while longer. Quite easy-drinking, though heavy on the head at such a hefty 10.2% ABV. As I poured more into my snifter after the initial half-glass, I thought I had consumed half the bottle already; I was quite mistaken, and as I poured the final two-thirds I realized my error. A bomber goes down quite easily, though my full stomach and heavy head are now regretting that ease. It's a pleasant regret, though. No worries.

superdedooperboy, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with an inch head that faded quickly. Citrus was the only aroma that I could get. Taste was like sugared grapefruit initially with a molasses sweetness going down, but a bitter hops aftertaste showing up at the back of the throat. It feels creamy to the mouth, much fuller than it looks, though not oily. Drinkability was good, I had no problem with a bomber. Old Ruffian warms up well.

kegger22, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this may have been old since it had the old label...I'm pretty sure it's a beer that can do well with age so I wasn't worried

A: pours amber with a ruby red hue with a slight gloopy quality, it ranges from a light copper to a dark red depending on the light...pretty neat...tan head that recedes to a lacing

S: grapefruit hops that are initially more sweet than bitter, pine, molasses-y dark bread

T: tingly sweetness at first that finishes with bitter hops, fulfills the expectations given by the smell but it's a bit more potent

M: the carbonation provides that initial tingle, finishes thick and stains the mouth

D: the sweetness is a little high, but the amount of carbonation makes it easier to drink for a barley wine

sjccmd, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed amber with glorious white foamy head that retains well and laces well. Nose is the traditional caramel with piney hops, without a flaw to mention. Palate is big and sweet, with the hops carrying through almost like a citrus cough drop that you'd enjoy for the taste alone, even if not suffering from any symptoms. Finishes chewy caramel sweet.

yemenmocha, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Shango42
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type-on tap poured into snifter.

A-Dark amber color with off white head. Good retention with some lacing.

S-Caramel sweet, floral hops, smells like a DIPA.

T-At the beginning this has a lot of qualities that remind me of a DIPA. Wonderfull sharp hops but good sweet caramel. The malt and the hops duke it out but in the end the hops wins. Nevertheless,this is a great balance. As I drink the beer it becomes more barleywine and less DIPA with great depth. Perhaps it started too cold. The alcohol creeps in at the end, but the semi-bitter hops still stays.

M-Thick, good body that brings out the malt. Alcohol is there but not overpowering.

D-One of the best and most drinkable barleywines I've had. So balanced. What a fantastic beer!

Shango42, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of cbros
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter.

A- Pours a beautiful amber color. It has a nice 2 finger white head that has stayed around there is some very good cling present as well.

S- Strong presence of caramel and malt.

T- The taste is similar to the smell, with a nice malty taste that finishes smooth.

I picked this up and decided to give it a try. I have had numerous Great Divide offerings and this is on par with the other beers that I have tried from them. A good example of an American Barleywine. I would definatley have this again. A smooth sipping beer that could prove to be dangerous due to its combination of strength and ease of drinking.

cbros, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of greg202stewart
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark coppery red the reveals a big head upon pouring. The smell is of roasted malts, caramel and really has a fantastic aroma that is out of this world and hard for me to pinpoint. The taste is strong and has an exceptional roasted flavor with a bite that is tempered by the caramel and sugar sweetness. Although this beer is strong it is very drinkable any time of the year. I just wish next time it makes a little longer than a week in my beer cellar to let it age.

greg202stewart, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of markaberrant
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - carmel amber colour, brilliant clarity, puffy light tan head, good retention, small bits of lacing left behind.

S - rich caramel and fruitiness, citrus grapefruit hops are present, but integrated into the overall aroma

T - rich carmel and grapefruit pith dominate, very well rounded, tons of depth, solid bitterness in the finish, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit and alcohol

M - thick, but not syrupy, body really accentuates the malt, but the bitterness and alcohol in the finish really dry things up, lip smacking, alcohol is noticable, but very smooth

D - about as fine an example of the style I've ever come across

This bottle is from winter 08/09, so about 7-8 months old. The flavours are relatively simple, yet powerfully complex. I like that in a beer, I don't need 12 different malts and 12 different hops. This is everything a barleywine should be. Fantastic.

markaberrant, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter.

A. From a vigourous pour got a 2 finger fluffy brown head. Nice lingering head. Thick lacing. Burgundy/brown color.

S. Caramel malt, citrus floral hops, alcohol, dark fruit, complex smell.

T. Big wave of the sweet caramel malt, followed by a blast from the hops. Grapefruit taste from the hops.

M. Full bodied, but not thick or syrupy. Low carbonation.

D. Very easy drinking for such a big beer. A big hop kick from this Barley Wine. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. A very good beer.

siradmiralnelson, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery red color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, floral hops, brown sugar, citrus and other fruits, plus a whiff of alcohol.

T: The taste is starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness despite this bottle having around two years on it. There's a hearty malt character that follows along with sweet flavors of caramel, fruit and brown sugar. There's little bit of an alcohol sting but that is expected from a barleywine and any beer with a 10.20% ABV. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, strong kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good stronger beer that worth either sipping on for a while or trying to pound down for as long as you can handle it.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of toffee brown head on a clear, reddish brown body. Good retention and lace.

S - Peppery, citrus hops with significant malt in the background. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, tobacco, and black pepper.

T - Thick, sugary malt with lots of spicy hop flavor up front. Bitterness peaks in the middle with emerging pine flavors. The pine lingers in the finish and becomes more resinous as the hop flavors combine with caramel and molasses malt character to create notes of tobacco and roasted red peppers.

M - Thick, chewy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A thick, heavy, complex barleywine. The flavors come together to create a beer fits the style profile perfectly. The hops work very well with the malt and create a lot of complexity in the finish.

nickfl, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice opaque maroon-brown with small sandy head. Laces nicely and sticks around. Great dark color on this, would be a higher rating if it didn't foam over when I opened the bottle.

S- Some bready, caramel malt. Nice citrusy hops in there too.

T- Sweet malt that's almost syrupy but not too sweet. Moves into a big hop punch with bitterness that balances out the sweetness in the malt. Hops are more herbal or leafy, but there a citrus touch to it (lemon zest?). Finishes with roasted malts on the end--toasted bread, hint of coffee. Definitely a little alcohol in there. A little dry on the finish. Good stuff.

M- A little over-carbonated for me. Prickly with an almost astringent finish.

D- The carbonation helps out here, actually--keeps it moving. Very tasty with many robust flavors. Worth seeking out.

LordAdmNelson, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a rich cascade action, a very sizable tan head floats above a clear, dark amber/brown body. Lace sticks all over the glass. Loads of malt on top of bitter hops in the nose. Very big flavor, loads of sweet malt trailed by a sharp bitter hop bite. The spicy alcohol can be detected, but it is well blended. Fairly wet mouth, but full bodied. At 10.2% this beer has some bite. Very nice barley, would like to see one of these aged for a couple years.

Tballz420, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dense nearly opaque dark black cherry coloring... A tad bit of light leaks in through the top... Just the slightest amount of carbonation rises along the sides of the glass... Rich fingers worth of tan head displays moderate retention... Head ultimately fades to leave a full splotchy lacing which is exceedingly thicker around the edges of the glass... Some slight stickiness on the glass throughout the session...

S - Terrific aroma... Loads of fruit - cherries, plums, raisins... Sweet caramel... Some piney hop notes... Well balanced and quite inviting...

T - Similar to the nose, the palette is seduced by a wonderfully delicate mix of fruit and caramel... The hops come fully to life on the back end and remain dominant as part of the after taste... A slight booziness joins as part of the after taste that lingers for a while...

M - Terrifically mellow and well balanced... I want to say "delicate," but that seems unimaginable at 10.2% ABV... Perfect carbonation on the front end of the sip... Fills mouth fully... Slightly warming...

D - There aren't enough accolades to describe this epic offering from Great Divide... I'm continually impressed by Great Divide, and this is their best...

philbe311, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of david18
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A good barleywine but not the best. Great Divide is usually very aggressive with hops but not with this. American Barleywine is distinguished by its bitterness combine with malty strength and, although this has the latter it certainly lacks in the former. It's worth trying but Great Divide makes a number of better ales including its Hercules and Hybernation Ales.

david18, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of argock
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear stemmed glass goblet. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $6.19.

A: Orange-amber hue with 1-2 finger, beige head with very good retention and tons of lacing.

S: Hefty citrus and floral hops aromas mingle with lush, varied light and caramel malt aromas to produce a very well-rounded brew

T: A hops greater than malt barleywine, but a great example of the American Barleywine style for just that reason. Thick, rich light malt flavors set the scene for the complex orange, pine, and spicy hops flavors. One of the top American Barleywines.

M: Thick without feeling syrupy, medium-full body with a pleasant hoppy aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable, high ABV, American-styled Barleywine with strong hops and smooth but full mouthfeel. An exceptional version of the style. RIght on par with the brewery's other offerings -- formidable to say the least.

argock, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea how old this bottle is which I am having my first taste of Old Ruffian from.. It may very well be years old as I have seen it on my main store's shelf for some time (and its the old design).. So I have no idea how fresh this was..
Pours a really nice amber-ruby color. Very red with an off-white head Smell is very sweet with a noticeable hop presence but its not super strong. Very hoppy taste with some sweetness underneath it. A candy-like, caramel sweetness, not malty. Reminiscent of SN Bigfoot, somewhat, with less sweetness. Very floral hops with maybe some grapefruit. Fairly tart. Mouth has a bit of acridity to it but has a nice body. Full but not heavy. Drink is definitely good, but not great. Acridity to the gflavor takes it down a bit, but I'm curious to see if this was a fresher bottle or not. Very American barleywine, walking the line of a sweet DIPA.

BirdFlu, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

WooHoo.. grabbed a bottle at beaumont market in NE Portland... bottled in Jan. of '09.

- Nice very slightly cloudy browny brown of an ale... slightly heavy pour left a great tan creamy head that lasts... mega lacing.. looks good!

- Sweet caramel malt scent... bittering hop... candy and ester.. and alcohol.

- Super sweet caramel candy wine with a bit of a bitter tongue and bite... but compliments it well and balances the whole lot.. tad strong in alcohol.. but it too is masked quite a bit by the bitter/sour balance. Quite nice and unique.

- Bit tart and dry.. chewy.. overall decent feel.

- Drinkable, but not as much as some other American Barleywines... but its OK. Slightly warming and sour.

Docer, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of kmeves
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/copper with a small beige head that lasts and also leaves nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet with caramel, toffee, grapefruit, pine, raisin and bread. Flavor is caramel, grapefruit, pine, pineapple and light chocolate. Full bodied, very creamy texture. Light alcohol burn in the finish. This beer would improve with age no doubt.

kmeves, May 31, 2009
Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber into Duvel tulip.

A - Rusty dark copper in color, tan head, a good amount of lacing left behind.

S - Sweet citrus, sugars, honey, and malt mixed with some alcohol.

T - More bitter then sweet. A good amount of hops in this one, that's for sure. A clean finish, I can feel some of the alcohol burn in my chest.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation. As refreshing as an IPA, but still a sipper.

D - A good American Barleywine, but Behemoth is a better choice, in my opinion. Not a huge fan, so this will probably be my only experience with this beer.

Sean9689, May 29, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an ample tan head that continues to build well after you've stopped pouring. Creamy, displaying pretty nice retention and nice spider-web lacing. That tops a nicely orange-amber caramel colored brew, a wee bit hazy.

Caramel and brown sugar to nose, sweet citrus. Biscuit. Cream. ABV evidences itself with a slight spice, which has a smokey hint to it.

Hoppier taste than nose. Maple, caramel sweetness up front quickly finds itself competing with hops. Tangy, roasted quality. Finishes sticky, mouth-smackingly dry. Herbal bitter aftertaste. Quite nice, well balanced.

Starts somewhat prickly, becoming very creamy. Not light bodied, of course, but lighter than one might expect. Medium. Goes down smooth, as a sipper.

TheMistler, May 23, 2009
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at an epic tasting hosted by EinWeizenbitte. Thanks a ton Todd!

Roughly six-month-old bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Huge, fluffy, tan-peach head surges up from a hazy, autumn red-brown body. Top-notch retention and tons of sticky lace. Consistent streams of carbonation feed the head throughout the session. Looks fantastic!

Smell: Tons of caramel and honey, with a solid dosage of hop resin to boot. Smells sweet and syrupy with a touch of pine in the back. Not too complex, but smooth and spot-on.

Taste: Maple syrup, wood, some butter and bready doughy malt, and, oh yeah, TONS of piney hops. I can't imagine what this would taste like fresh. Conversely, I'd love to taste one that's got a few years on it. A very, very, hop-forward barleywine. Yum. EDIT (06-07-09): drinking it fresh right now, and damn it is awesome!

Mouthfeel: Resinous, syrupy, and very warm. Medium carbonation. Pretty thick body. I think this one needs a little time to cool off. EDIT (06-07-09): Fuck that - totally hittin' the spot right now.

Drinkability: Again, a little time would do this one good. This was very bitter and very hot; very delicious, but very bitter and very hot. Can't wait to get my hands on a bottle or two of my own! EDIT (06-07-09): Just depends on the mood you're in. This is disappearing quick tonight!

ThreeWiseMen, May 18, 2009
Photo of evantwomey
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a deep amber, solid layer of foam on the pour which leaves spidery lacing all around the glass. A gentle swirl brings the head back with ease. So far so good. The aroma is a beautiful thing...a mix of earthy hops and candy-like malt. I'm picking up some other 'earthy' aromas- sort of reminds me of the way a damp cellar smells. Deep, smoky aromas in the background.

Taste up-front is sweet malt but instantly the hops rush into your mouth. These guys did a fantastic job getting tons of hop flavor into this beer, and just the right amount of bitterness to balance the malt. The finish is not overly bitter, rather, it's a clean, lingering bitterness that is darn refreshing.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth, velvety, but lively with carbonation too.

For a Barleywine of >10% abv, this is a very drinkable beer. Neither the hops nor barley are cloying, perfectly balanced. Overall a righteous example of an American barleywine and this is instantly my new favorite of this style. Will definitely seek this out again.

evantwomey, May 15, 2009
Photo of yeastsipper
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice copper color with big fluffy head. A very good looking beer.

Smell is of sweet malt which is overshadowed by a bitter and citrus - some lemon, lime and grapefruit aromas.

Taste is much the same. Great balance, yet big, bold flavors. The beer is alternately sweet and bitter. Hops play a huge role, but there is always a malt backbone. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes very evident.

This is a great beer. Tons of bold flavor. A huge alcohol kick as well. Seek this out....

yeastsipper, May 13, 2009
Old Ruffian Barley Wine from Great Divide Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 2,030 ratings.