Cappuccino Stout | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by GClarkage on 10-20-2004

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good amount of roasted barley and coffee, with a touch of creamy cappaccino-like taste. Smooth, with some body. Black colour, good roast aroma, with some burnt part. A very good stout and a large enough bottle that it should be shared, and if I find other bottles I will share those.
Had it 2.5 years later and great coffee taste still.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-opaque dark brown with a 2 inch tan head that fades to a thin cap. Fat rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and espresso grounds. Taste is of rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans and roasted dark malts. A slight cocoa/espresso bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a bit of a thin body with a good level of carbonation that makes for a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good coffee/espresso infused stout from Lagunitas. I tried a bottle of this a while back and I didn't like it from what I remember but this bottle was very good. For the price this is a great beer and an easy decision to make when you want a tasty brew for little money.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 22 oz bottle at the stuffed sandwich in San Gabriel. Not much into coffee or stout but this one was pretty decent. Was a typical black color sitting on the table but once held up to a light a nice redness shown through. Smelled mostly of coffee but pretty mild over all, not a real strong smell especially once it warmed up.

Taste was mostly of roasted malts and coffee but there was a real mellow after taste that was enjoyable. As far as mouthfeel, I don't think I could desrcribe it any better than the last person. Its "chewey" but somehow light. Not sure exactly how to describe it. Overall a good beer and would drink it again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with little retention and not much lacing on a deep brown body with light passing through.

S: definitely has a nice cappuccino/espresso presence but the vanilla is the dominant aroma with roasted malt intermixed. Oddly enough, tomato as well which may be a weird combo of coffee and vanilla. Oak notes as well.

T: milk chocolate and vanilla up front with mild hops quickly fades to a burnt toast and bitter espresso finish.

M: moderate carbonation and lighter body than expected but still medium to full bodied.

Overall: I enjoy all coffee stouts so I tend to grade these higher. This one is nicely complex and captures a nice coffee flavor while reducing the coffee bitterness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a great stout, in some ways due to the method here i think, but a great beer in other contexts im sure. i had this as a pairing with a fresh strawberry and vanilla ice cream dessert, its like an affogato orgasm, no kidding. the dark malts and the chalky bitter coffee balance out the melting ice cream and sweet strawberries, a dessert of unrivaled complexity and satisfaction. the beer itself is also lovely, although maybe not quite so divine as a standalone. it has a dense brown glow and less than in inch of airy mocha lace. the coffee isn't as forward as it is in some of these, its sort of right in balance with the dark malts and bakers chocolate elements. light in feel for its size and strength, made possible largely by its lack of sweetness and dry feel, uncommon for the style. this is one of the better lagunitas beers, and i say that because its different than the rest of them. i don't taste that same old yeast strain, and its just a little less arrogant, a little more subtle. a sleeper with a caffeine hit, go figure!

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured very dark brown with a thin, creamy head.
S: There is a moderate aroma of dark, roasted malts.
T: The taste has lots of coffee flavors--which really stand out in the finish--along with flavors of dark, roasted malts and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate; there is some dryness in the finish.
D: It is relatively easy to drink this stout and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold and roasty, this American stout also shows a lot of restraint in both the design of the base beer and the execution of coffee additions to acheive balance and wonderment.

Dark brown in color, the beer builds a dainty, slightly tanned head that takes the shape of espresso creme. Low in retention or lace, the oils of the coffee supress the protiens of the stout that would normally allow for the froathiness to shine.

Coffee aromas strike the nose first, and with a nutty, moderate tone; much like well brewed Columbian styles. The more stout-like qualities support the coffee with elements of roasted grains, heavy toast, walnuts, and lightly charred woods.

Flavors are much better balanced, allowing the stout base to take hold with the roast, caramel maltiness, medium hop bitterness, and toast. Bold flavors throughout but fairly moderate compared to most American stouts. The coffee additions accentuate the roasty, nutty, caramel flavors but also add a lightly resiny bitterness that work in conjunction with the hop bitterness to round out the balance to roast and sweetness.

Full bodied early due to the expanding carbonation, but the beer relinquishes its creaminess early, allowing the beer to lay heavier on the mouth later in somewhat dull fashion. Finishes lighter and drier than expected for such boldness in flavor.

A delicious beer that's a real joy to drink. Much of what this coffee stout offers is in superb balance with bold flavors that don't intimidate. Only slight elements of inconsistency keep it from higher scores.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a full-on head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Brown bread with a dusting of roasted chocolate and coffee elements

Taste: Brown bread, charcoal and yesterday's coffee, up front, with building pithy flavors; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee flavors make a brief appearance, followed by a strong pithy citrus character; surprising amount of sweetness and a touch of vanilla, on the finish, however

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: What a confusing beer! Here I am expecting a coffee stout and I have something more akin to a black and tan blending a coffee stout with an IPA; not sure it works very well for me, however, as I was really looking for more coffee flavors

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 batch.

Appearance: Black with a head of dark brown and some amber highlights around the edges. Head retention is fairly good.

Smell: A huge aroma of coffee is most immediate, with subtle alcohol and burnt toast. The coffee is dominating but nicely done - it has the character of freshly roasted coffee beans rather than the stale coffee aroma that I find in many coffee-infused beers.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sharp, dark roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate and toast. Hops, roasted malts and coffee create a long, bitter finish with a creamy mouthfeel.

Notes - Quite good and better than last year's batch from what I remember. The coffee character is strong but I'm impressed with the fresh, aromatic quality of it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a medium black color ale with a medium dark brown foamy head with good retention. Aroma of coffee is dominating (what a surprise!!!) with some subtle bitter roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by the coffee with some roasted malt. Body is a bit light IMO with some adequate carbonation.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Funny as hell side label, as per usual - brag about what you can, I suppose.

This beer pours a clear (I think), deep, dark cola hue, with bright orange brick highlights, and two fingers of puffy, foamy, bubbly, and eventually creamy beige head, which leaves some bushy, craggy lace around the glass as it genially fades away.

It smells of rather bitter, earthy coffee (espresso, I guess), caramel malt, medium baker's chocolate, milky vanilla, and soft leafy, grassy hops. The taste is big on the milk chocolate sweetness up front, followed by some tangy cafe-au-lait, musty caramel, boozy vanilla, and bitter citrus, leafy, and earthy hops coming 'round for yet another palate thrashing.

The carbonation is moderate, just a softly trilling frothiness throughout, the body medium-full in weight, and smooth as a zippy cocoa and milk saturated cup of java can be, which is variable, yes, but I'm speaking from third-person generalities. It finishes still fairly sweet, the chocolate malt retaining the most vigor, with some relatively understated coffee, and a new-found, swirling alcohol warmth rounding things out.

My trepidation level was in the orange, at least, for this offering, when I considered this brewer's predilection for amping any and all shit up. Turns out, the coffee is just a nice side player, for a big, chocolaty, tempered booze beast of an American stout. An ironically good, stiff swig, before I go watch the Canadians put the Yanks out of their self-inflicted misery at the WJHC here in Edmonton, and then on to the Headstones' NYE 2012 show. Boo to the fuckin' ya!

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.99/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served in a tulip.

Pours a fairly-dark brown though not as dark as I would expect for the style. Single-finger tan head falls down slowly and leaves a bit of spotty lacing. Good collar as it fades. The nose brings coffee and cream, though it is pretty tame on both. A bit of a metallic note hits behind the roast. The taste is strong, bitter coffee with some scalded cream. Not particularly pleasant. Really, really metallic in the finish. Dry with an off bitterness. Not sire why I got this, as I haven't had too much success with any non-hoppy offerings from Lagunitas. I would not drink this again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of frothy head threaten to spill over the edge...
A fine lace is left on the sides of the glass, cresting the deep crimson-brown liquid. It's not completely opaque, and pours reddish into a broad mouth glass.

Smells faintly of coffee, spicy hops, and malt.
Tastes like coffee, roasted malt, and a mild bitter hop note at the end.
Earthy note in the aftertaste, not sure of it's origin. No lactic or milk presence as the cappucino name might imply. The light carbonation adds a somewhat creamy element to the mouthfeel though.

Overall mouthfeel is pretty smooth, seems milder as it warms. Not a huge, chewy type stout. One 22 oz. bomber at a time sounds about right.

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly, thick foam. It had nice retention and left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of potent cappuccino. Good roasty notes!

T - Good coffee flavor with nice notes of chocolate and roasted malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good coffee stout. Actually one of the best coffee beers I've ever had.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the style. ABV is 9.0% per the label.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a solid black. Generally appealing.

Sm: Cappuccino, coffee, cream, and chocolate. Maybe a bit of mocha. A mild strength aroma. I think I get nuts but it could be me broken nose.

T: Cappuccino is actually distinct here. It mixes with the cream quite well (which itself is present throughout, but primarily on the open and finish). No chocolate or nuts come through; perhaps I mis-identified. All apologies. It's delightfully subtle. I don't know that it's complex, but the subtlety is enough. The cream is delicious. Unlike many coffee beers, it isn't overly bitter or anything. I like how it's handled. Very well balanced and built. I really like it.

It isn't as bold a use of coffee as you'd see in say, Mikkeller, but it's just as well executed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Also, creamy without adding too much smoothness. It's thick but needs to be. All around, it's quite complementary of the flavours. It coarsens slightly on the climax, but comes out a bit lumpy as a result - which isn't ideal. It's forgivable.

Dr: Quite drinkable for the ABV. The alcohol itself is well hidden. I don't think it would age well. I'd definitely get it again, preferably on-draught. I don't know that it'd be better on nitro-draught, as the cream balance is already so delicate.

Would pair well with simple unobtrusive bread (rye would be ideal), or understated nuts.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Love Lagunitas, finally got around to trying this one. Pours a brownish red color. Aroma is of faint coffee. Taste is medium to heavy bodied, great mouthfeel to it. Nice hop taste on the tough, roasted coffee comes through strong, lots of roasted malts come through as well. Delicious beer, tons of taste and hides the ABV well. Glad I gave it a go, try it out for a good beer,

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its great to see more and more Lagunitas brews showing up here in wny,poured a deep but not pitch black there was ruby highlights shown thru out when held up to the light a well formed one finger mocha colored head atop.Big espresso roast coffee aromas and dry unsweetened chocolate lingers,roasted to the hilt flavors somewhat earthy in the finish but the coffee flavors really steal the show.A light earthiness in the finish rounds out the beer nicely,if you like big roasted uncompremising stouts this is for you and with the alcohol very well hidden it goes down easily.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark cherry with light visible on the opposite side of the glass. I'm always a little leery of such non-black, non-opaque stouts, but I'll try to keep an open mind. The attractive, reasonably persistent, golden sandstone cap is beginning to form a thick collar of lace as it deflates.

There's nothing wrong with the aroma, either in terms of power or character. Aggressively roasted malt is at least equal to black coffee, with bittersweet chocolate bringing up the rear. I've certainly smelled coffee beers that were more java-centric than this one. That's more than fine with me; I like it just the way it is.

Even though I'm not an aficionado of 'the bean', this stout tastes a good deal like coffee and I still think it's da bomb. Kudos to the brewers for that. The key is that it's recognizably a stout that is flavored with coffee rather than a barely beer flavored iced coffee. In other words, it contains a perfect stout-coffee balance that should please all comers.

The flavor profile is interesting in that it changes so drastically from beer entry to beer exit. Initially, it tastes like a good, solid, roasty, chocolate stout. At the midway point, the roasted beans stick a tentative foot in the door... and then proceed to rip the door off its hinges and barge in like they own the place. The finish is 'all coffee, all the time', but again, the stout center holds firm.

Knowing Lagunitas like I do, I'm not surprised that they've added citric hops to a style that doesn't usually feature them on the palate (at least not to this extent). The sweetened grapefruit and lemon isn't enough to turn off the malt lovers. The more I drink, the more noticeable the hops and the less noticeable the coffee.

I've always thought that there was some relationship between color/opacity and flavor/body, but this beer puts the lie to that notion. Rarely have I had a stout with this degree of lucency that was this flavorful and this full in the mouth. It isn't full-bodied in comparison to the really full-bodied versions of the style, but it is supremely smooth and pleasingly silky.

Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout is very good beer. It's odd how the coffee portion of its personality fades with time and drinking. I would have been fine if it had stuck around, but I'm equally fine with the beer that I experienced in the second half of the bomber. Outside of the outstanding Brown Shugga', this is Lagunitas's best beer. I really wish they would re-think that 'limited release' thing.

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Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark brown color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Lots of roasty coffee. Slightly earthy with a peat note. I'm also getting some alcohol and dark fruit.

Taste: Quite a bit of coffee here, but not much sweetness to back it up. There is a dark fruit note along with some peat here too. The finish is quite roasty, and could use some more balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I really think this could have used some more sweetness. Not bad, but there are much better coffee stouts.

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Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured with one finger of off white foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves moderate lace on the glass.

S - Some chocolate and nutty caramel with a hint of mocha.

T - Thick malt with notes of bittersweet chocolate and espresso up front. Some nutty caramel character in the middle with a roasted note. Finishes with sweet, dark chocolate and more coffee character that combine for a distinctly sweet, mocha aftertaste that reminds me of good truffles.

M - A fairly thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Very nicely done, this beer combines coffee with the rich sugary potential of a sweet stout in a very effective way. It finishes sweet, to the point that I would call it out as a flaw if it didn't somehow work so damn well. One of the best from a brewery that makes quite a few excellent brews.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Fluffy 2 finger head that fades slowly over a very dark brown colored beer.

N: Some sweet dark malts, a little coffee and roast, some fruit, a slight booze, and a weird aroma that reminds me of glue... weird.

T: Dark malts all over it, with some sweet malts, a little porter-esque roasted malt flavor. Some dark dried fruits, a little metallic flavor, some coffee with heavy over charred espresso beans.

M: Decent body with good carbonation.

F: Semi bitter with a little sweetness, a little spicy, lots of roast and coffee flavors lingering. Some syrupy sweet malts and bitter taste that is a little bleh. This was actually a little disappointing to me for all the amazing beers Lagunitas puts out. Perhaps it was just a bad time for me to review it, and it seems to have some off flavors. Anyways, for what it is it's still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark brown,almost black witha huge Tan three inch high head. The retention rate was huge and when it finally relented it left a ton of lace down the sides of the glass. Smell was suprisngly hoppy, with lots of hints of sweet coffe, sugar and milk. Very nice. The taste was very smooth and refreshing, very nice indeed. Extremely hoppy for a stour\t, with lots of hints of citrus flavors, orange, pineapple, mixed in with the very robust flavors of coffee and sugar, awesome balance and texture. Such a dry, almost IPA like finish that lasted literally forever. The was an extremely unique stout. I found this to be one of the most enjoyable brews I have tasted and would definatly want to try it again,great job \!!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a translucent, dark brown body with a dense, wispy beige-colored head.

Smell: The aroma is primarily milk chocolate and caramel. Soft notes of coffee that are so light it's nearly nonexistent.

Taste: Overall, the flavor is moved by sweet, chocolaty malts. Hints of coffee and vanilla. A dry, roasted astringent bitterness rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lackluster medium-thin body, with a fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: This is all wrong. This beer does little to deserve the label "cappucino." The pained lack of richness and coffee flavor was a real letdown.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, black, bitter, acidic, coffeeish.

Beautiful appearance. Good head retention. Slightly better than average lacing.

Average stout-like nose. Nah, sorry, kind of like day-old coffee with a stout and some mild citrusy hops.

Medium-bodied; smooth and lightly crisp.

Bitter and acidic in the flavor with tons of roastiness. Some citrus, grassy, and leafy hops come through as well. Bold!... to say the least. This is definitely a wake-up call !!!! Finishes bitter and acidic with roastiness and an underlying fruitiness from the yeast that doesn't really make it's way through in the mouth.

The alcohol is well-heeled (or overshadowed by the heavy roastiness). Impressive. I'm not sure that drinkability follows with that though. This is more of a "power" pint... and, of course, I refer to an Imperial pint. I don't think I could go beyond that. It's just such an overload; but I'd consider it, so....

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Photo of womencantsail
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is dark brown brown in color with a surprisingly large tan head.

S: I get more coffee grounds than cappuccino, but there is a nice roastiness. Some dark chocolate which seems to be slightly bitter and there is a touch of acidity. Mild sweetness of toffee in the background.

T: Dark and slightly bitter chocolate with a strange spiciness. Fairly bitter with coffee grounds and roasted malts that are a little bit astringent. Fairly minimal sweetness to the beer.

M: Medium in body with the carbonation on the low end of medium.

O: Not really the best coffee flavor and not a terribly good base beer either.

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Cappuccino Stout from Lagunitas Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.