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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter - Hangar 24 Brewery

Hangar 24 Chocolate PorterHangar 24 Chocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
83
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175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


Brewed by:
Hangar 24 Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DoubleJ on 11-24-2010)
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kojevergas

Texas

3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hangar 24 2010 Chocolate Porter. Served on nitro into a half pint glass at Hangar 24. Reviewed from notes taken in late 2012.

A: Pours a lovely bubble show lasting about 20 seconds. Head is one finger of beautiful beige cream, fantastic thickness, and fantastic retention. Body colour is a vibrant understated auburn.

Sm: Cream, mocha, amber malts, hints of chocolate. An average strength aroma.

T: Creamy chocolate, mocha, amber and dark malts, and an artificial cream finish. Simple but pleasant and enjoyable. The chocolate is restrained. Well balanced. The nitro doesn't mute the flavours.

Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Suits the flavours quite well. Good carbonation and thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable and enjoyable. I quite like it. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, though. One of the better offerings I've had from this brewery. Nitro was a good choice.

B-

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-06-2013 21:34:22 | More by kojevergas
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DarthKostrizer

California

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On nitro @ Hanger 24

Look: Black with red rings and a 1 inch head with exceptional retention and some circular lacing. Exactly what a beer on nitro should look like. Fantastic

Smell: Cocoa nibs and vanilla

Taste: Cocoa nibs upfront and very nice touch of coffee and vanilla on the back end

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body and mild carbonation and exceptionally creamy

Overall: Due to it being on nitro the look and feel of the beer are exceptional with the nose and taste being good. So I would say that drinking this beer on nitro is the way to go but still overall its a good beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-05-2012 18:44:03 | More by DarthKostrizer
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MrHirschybar

California

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Hangar 24
1/24/11
Last beer of the tasting / was a special offering at the brewery

A - Big frothy creamy tan head, medium dark brown in color altogether

S - Big nose of chocolate, sweet malts, very present roast scent, vanilla still present

T - Big chocolate, light coffee with a roasted finish.

M - Creamy, rich but not overwhelming, but with a nice clean finish

D - The Nitro-tap did a nice benefit to the taste and feel of this beer - it was a good offering regularly on tap, and the nitro kicked this one up a notch - definitely the best beer I had the entire visit to Hangar 24. It calmed the roasted nature down a little and enhanced the chocolate flavor, while giving a nice creamy mouth-feel and made this even easier to have a couple than it already was.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-14-2011 09:41:25 | More by MrHirschybar
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hopsputin

California

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: its a watery black color with not much light penetrating - 2 finger frothy tan head that marshmellows at the top

s: sweet baking chocolate and roasty toasty malts up front. there is a hint of sweet malt and figs and raisins in here as well. creamy with some oaky notes (might be from the roasted malts), and ends with some nice vanilla extract aromas at the end

t: this follows the nose quite well, however I'm a little surprised to be picking up as much alcohol in the flavor as i am. you're first hit with the roasted malts, which provide some initial bitterness, then its cut by that alcohol. there is definitely a hint of those sweet dark fruits in here as well. the chocolate, though, is not so present - only a hint of like powered chocolate. this ends with toasted malts, and a nice vanilla oaky flavor

m: medium - typical mouthfeel for a porter. quite a bit of carbonation though

o: disappointed that there is not more chocolate in here. its a nice robust beer, that does have some nice flavors - however, i would have like a little more chocolate, and a little less alcohol in the flavor. still enjoyable though

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:23:41 | More by hopsputin
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a nearly opaque black with a big creamy off-white head that has good retention and eventually leaves some sticky lace behind

S- chocolaty malt with some fruity esters, candied sugar and cocoa

T- lightly roasted chocolate malt, some fruity flavors and a dry finish. Not really getting as much chocolate as I expected, due to the name of the beer

M- Medium body and carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel with a smooth finish, ABV is hidden very well

O- A middle of the pack porter that seems to be lacking the chocolate that it's name entails. Wouldn't pick it again

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:48:15 | More by Treyliff
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busternuggz

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. No freshness or bottle date.

Nice brownish black color. Thick, foamy 1/2" head, coffee colored. Leaves thick clingy lacing.

Aromas of mild roasted malt, semisweet chocolate chips, buttery shortbread. Smells kind of creamy. Nice but pretty faint.

Creamy and roasty taste with rich chocolate notes. Milk chocolate, bittersweet baking chocolate, with sweet vanilla on the end. Something like Cookie Crisp cereal. A little touch of molasses. The sweet chocolate and vanilla is balanced well with the bitterness of the roasted malt. Decadent but not heavy.

Medium bodied, smooth, a little syrupy. Kind of like chocolate milk. Compliments the taste well. Ends fairly clean.

I like it. A full, rich desserty beer without being too sweet or over the top.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:18:53 | More by busternuggz
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Khourey's (Las Vegas, NV). 7.99. No bottling information apparent. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours dark brown with a finger and a half of thick tan head. A thin cap remains and leaves just a little lace.

Smells of bakers cocoa, chocolate malt, faint vanilla and a little sugar.

Plenty of chocolate flavor. Cocoa powder, dark chocolate and chocolate malts are most prevalent with hints of vanilla, powdered sugar, chalk, coffee, earthy and mildly metallic. Not a whole lot of depth but it delivers the chocolate for sure.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, bittersweet, earthy cocoa and vanilla finish.

A one trick pony but overall a decent brew. Less roasty and a tad thinner than I'd prefer in a porter. I'm not disappointed that I grabbed the bottle but I won't be hunting for another.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 04:59:14 | More by ThickNStout
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 24 on draft at KnB Wine Cellar in San Diego, CA. March, 2013.

Pitch black and opaque with a 1.5 finger beige head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

 Slightly chalky aroma with cocoa powder, roasted malt and sweet dessert-like notes.  Lots of chocolate in the nose along with cocoa nib, coffee bean and caramel sweetness.  

On the fuller end of medium body with a nice balance of roasted malt, coffee bean, bittersweet dark chocolate and toffee.   Strong chocolate presence, dark and sweet, with robust coffee bean flavor but it never becomes overly roasted or dry.  Very nicely balanced and easy to drink with no noticeable alcohol/heat.  

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2013 22:26:27 | More by corby112
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donovanneb

California

2.33/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Haven't written a review in a while, but this beer made me almost rush to my computer.

Hangar 24 has been disappointing me lately with their "specialty" beers. There's a consistent fake taste to whatever flavor they are adding. This is no exception. The chocolate flavor has a powdery, weird commercial milk chocolate flavor, taste and mouthfeel. Doesn't have that rich cocoa nib type flavor I'm looking for, but more of a cheap chocolate taste. Had to dump out the bottom third became too annoying for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 15:42:57 | More by donovanneb
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Reappropriated

California

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bottle.

Overall, this is a perfectly average porter, but did not have much that is going to get me to come back and have this beer again.

The beer pours medium to dark brown, with a tanish head, visually appealing and a good start.

The smell is overall earthy, with hints of chocolate, with malt and a bit of copper, so pretty much an earthy porter.

The taste is what you would expect from a smokey porter, with hits of chocolate, and something creamy in the mix. It is simple but I enjoyed the experience. It also had a nice feel to it, but that was not enough to make me want to come back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 23:38:49 | More by Reappropriated
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Libationguy

Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color with tawny hues. 1-finger tan head with very short retention.

Hot chocolate, vanilla, roasted barley, Hershey's chocolate syrup and a light coffee note. Some sense of sweetness in the aromas, but not excessive.

On the palate, cappacino, vanilla, mocha and a mild asprin bitterness on the back of the palate.

Medium bodied and fairly dry in style for the flavors. Pretty good attenuation in the beer. Finish is fairly short and and carries bitterness and astringency that remind of cold coffee.

Like the idea, but the beer lacks synergy.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 05:43:22 | More by Libationguy
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Slap_and_Pickle

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I entered into my local craft beer haven with the intents of buying a porter and I walked out with this hidden gem. I was enticed essentially by the fact that it included vanilla -- I know people tell me don't grab onto certain ingredients but I figured whatever, I'll give it a shot.

Appearance: pours a dark brown, with medium head that fades into beautiful lacing around the glass.

Smell: Dark Chocolate, smells like roasted cocoa/coffee and delicious vanilla

Initial Taste: Sweet, vanilla, though it smells like dark chocolate its not as bitter as you would expect; smooth and malty. Full bodied.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoyed this porter, most definitely on the sweeter side which is a pleasant surprise. Enjoyed the vanilla which is just as apparent as the chocolate. All in all, this chocolate porter is an easy drink -- there is no real complexity to this -- which is fine because sometimes you just want a brew that tastes exactly what it states on the label.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 05:57:27 | More by Slap_and_Pickle
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scottfrie

California

3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a brown coffee color with a thick, foamy, light tan head that quickly faded into a thick film leaving wispy lace down the glass.
S: Rootbeer, cola, and vanilla nose. Sweet and soda-like with a touch of vanilla.
T: Vanilla, roast, caramel malt, brown sugar and soda flavors. I'm getting a lot of flavors of weak black coffee and bitter used coffee grounds as well. Chocolate isn't as strong as expected but adds a nice light flavor in the finish. Very bitter aftertaste.
M: Very foamy frothy carbonation, medium- full body, bitter and foamy but drinkable mouthfeel.
O: Not really a fan. Not especially bad just the flavors didn't really work for me. Needs work in my opinion. Too much carbonation as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 00:39:18 | More by scottfrie
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TheSixthRing

California

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark near black auburn brown with a light, brownish off-white 2 finger head. Great retention, leaving a strong layer of microbubbles floating on the surface. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Smell - Not strongly aromatic; touches on chocolatey roasted malt and a buttery character.

Taste - Not what was expected. More off-flavored butter flavor than chocolate. Chocolate is present, but moderate at best. Acidic bite. Moderate roast near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with low to moderate carbonation. Acidic. Fair smoothness.

Overall - When drinking this, the first thing that comes to mind is neither chocolate, nor porter; not good when the name of your brew is 'Chocolate Porter'. I'm one and done with this beer. There are dozens upon dozens of chocolate forward brews I'd much rather have.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 19:23:00 | More by TheSixthRing
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gkatsoris


4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Crazy drak brown, not quite black. Thin whispy white head. Slight lacing.

S: Smells pretty lagery; malts. Coppery. Doughy. Applesauce.

T: Smokey portery goodness. Malty goodness. Slight floral hops. Slight metallic, but in a good way.

M: Thick and chewy. Full bodied. Nice coat on the tongue.

O: I didn't get much of the chocolate, but I did get the porter.

thanks rtaps!!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:29:29 | More by gkatsoris
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber/brown pour with 2 fingers of off-white fluffy head, causing some great lacing (never seen this much on a porter honestly). smells of chocolate, toffee, nutty overtones. the flavor is of rich and sweet chocolate, almost getting a powdered cocoa flavor. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation, creamy with a slightly chalky feeling on the finish.

this is a pretty damn good porter but a little on the sweet side rather than what i was expecting (a dark roasty chocolate flavor). i'd like to try some more things from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 00:38:24 | More by facundoCNB
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BrewerB

Florida

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked a bomber of this up at City Beer Store for $4.99.

Pours a medium brown with good clarity and a thin topping of light tan foam. Sticky lacing clinging to the glass as the head retreats. Inviting aromas of hot cocoa and roasted malt greet the nose first with a layer of vanilla tucked beneath. Some caramel notes arise later. Chocolate/cocoa-focused on the palette up front with a toasted malty/caramel in the middle and a finish of vanilla/cream soda. Medium-full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nice warming sensation from the 8% ABV.

Aptly named, this is one chocolatey porter with a great mouthfeel and flavor while avoiding being overly sweet. That said, I could definitely see this pairing well with a dessert…speaking of, I'll go grab some ice cream now.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 06:05:29 | More by BrewerB
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to millerbuffoon for pouring this one. The beer poured out as a nice looking chocolate brown color with a white head that comes and goes rather quickly. There isn't any retention or lacing to this beer. The smell of the beer gives off aromas of roasted malt and a heafty amount of cocoa. The taste of the beer is chocolatey, not a whole lot of anything else going on in this one. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth, it's drinkable, not overly sweet or gross from the chocolate. Overall I think it's a decent beer, would go well with a dessert.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 16:14:51 | More by Knapp85
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harrymel

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: unk

brown, excellent clarity and a surface etched with light dirty cream foam. Nose is almost spicy with malts and some hops (noble) with a bit of cocoa, but no vanilla. Taste has roasted malts with a bit of sweet rye and some cheap base malt oxidation - a truly uneventful mouthful. Thin with sharp, yet fleeting carb and an off dry finish. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:44:58 | More by harrymel
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argock

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz brown bottle into a Shaker pint. No freshness date. Purchased at Olive Tree Marketplace (San DIego, CA) for $4.99.

A: Very light brown for the style, opaque but some light creeps through at the narrower bottom. The head is 1-2 fingers, beige and fairly thick but leaves minimal lacing.

S: Delicious sweet milk chocolate aroma but not much for traditional porter aromas of roasted black malt or other more complex components.

T: I enjoyed the flavor, which is very chocolatey and went well with my carnitas burrito, but it is one-dimensional and, while having a little more base porter in the flavor, still predominantly tastes like chocolate and not a whole lot else.

M: Very light and somewhat thin with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer for what it is, but ratcheting up the base malt by about 25% to provide more body and adding more black malt and maybe an additional medium crystal malt would help prevent this from tasting more like a chocolate soda than beer. It needs more body and complexity and more malt is a good start I think to boost body, ABV, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 04:14:14 | More by argock
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mactrail

California

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chestnut brown in the tall Stella glass, topped with a suitable head. Average carbonation.

Tastes like a Hershey milk chocolate bar. Milky, sweet, and simple. Not so much cocoa in the nose, but a whiff, along with caramel. Fairly sharp on the tongue. Dark malt flavors with a touch of burnt barley. Sugar seems to intensify. Almost tastes like the spiced-up Mexican chocolate. Not much beeriness to report on, except that it's a carbonated beverage with some bitterness towards the end. I think "cloying" is the word I'm looking for. Maybe it would be better hot.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. Hangar does have nice labels.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 05:42:24 | More by mactrail
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travolta

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, frothy head, minimal retention, nice spotted lacing.

Nose: Carmel, chocolate, vanilla, fig, crispy fresh herb.

Taste: Vanilla and malty smoothness up front. Carbonation comes in after and brings in carmel, coffee, toffee, and fig.

Notes: This beer gets better as it warms up. A nice and approachable example of a chocolate porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 01:47:10 | More by travolta
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beerpadawan

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks clear and medium brown as it cascades into the glass. As it sits, it is not nearly opaque; held to light it has a deep, reddish hue and some clarity to it. Tan head falls to a light lacing over the beer after a couple minutes.

On the nose, it does not smell very roasted; there is mostly a grain/malt nose with light bitterness. Not a deep or sweet chocolate aroma; light and mingled with toasted toffee and vanilla.

The flavor somewhat unexpectedly features a thin, almost tangy, bitterness and mouthfeel. This flavor becomes more harmonious as the beer warms, revealing more clearly that the bitterness is from the raw nibs and is akin to roasted coffee bean.

The finish rolls in with some light chocolate sweetness and pleasing vanilla. As it warms, roasted malts emerge and add nice balance. Subtle alcohol warmth joins the lingering finish but the beer seems like it would be less than 8% without knowing beforehand.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 07:15:49 | More by beerpadawan
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Zorro

California

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown colored beer with a small tan colored head. Very light it is red if you hold it up to the light.

Smell is toasted grain sweet malt and chocolate. There is a little caramel in this. Little bit of coconut and a slight trace of smoke.

Starts out sweet and a little smokey with a chocolate flavor. Tastes a lot like it smells. Well hidden alcohol, tastes a little like a mounds candy bar.

Mouthfeel is good.

Over all a competent but light porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:19:30 | More by Zorro
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lillieja


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with a slight reddish hue. Thick head with plenty of lace hanging around.

Smells good. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate up front. A little vanilla too.

Tastes mostly like it smells. Nothing surprising. Sweet chocolate flavors and roasted malts with a little lingering booze taste.

The mouthfeel was too thin for me and by far the weakest aspect of this beer. I prefer a little more body to a chocolate porter.

Overall a slightly above average beer. I would drink again but won't search this beer out.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:36:52 | More by lillieja
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Hangar 24 Chocolate Porter from Hangar 24 Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.