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Bean Gene | Revolution Brewing Company

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BEER STATS
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76
Ratings:
636
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
28.54%
 
 
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Bean GeneBean Gene
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bean Gene is the first variation we did with our Mean Gene barrel-aged Eugene Porter.

After months socked away in bourbon barrels, we steeped it with Dark Matter coffee beans prior to bottling. Smooth and well-balanced, with hints of vanilla and an in-your-face coffee flavor, enjoy it at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

28 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 10-09-2012

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Reviews: 76 | Ratings: 636
Photo of Way2drunk
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Has a nice coffee finish. Don't understand the high ratings it got. Guess I'm just not that Big of a fan of the revolution porter. I have had then all and I stand by a average rating across the board. It's just ok!! I'm a stout fan.

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Photo of John-Robertson
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big coffee flavor. Great beer I believe it is a little hot and would be even better aged. Has a little strong whiskey flavor which should mellow a bit with age. Great beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap in a snifter at Firkin.

Following immediately on the heels of the Coffee Eugene comes basically the barrel-aged version. Let's do it. It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises deep roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of bourbon, and some mild sweet coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with some brighter coffee and a definite vein of vanilla spiking through in the distance. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, I think I prefer the non-barreled version, but this stuff is still pretty durn tasty.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horrendously expensive pours were available at the Emporium Arcade in Chicago. At first, I was like "no way, Joe-say," but then after 5 Yum Yums 12 bucks for 10 ounces somehow began to sound reasonable.

It was goddamn tasty.

Smells of big coffee, sweet chocolate, and just a little wisp of booze burn.

Tastes like it smells, like a glass of Autocrat chocolate milk with a tiny splash of bourbon in it. Starts off with roasted barely, moving quickly into coffee and dark chocolate along with some nodes of vanilla and coconut, ending with a touch of booze.

Very good. Significantly better than BCBS Coffee.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick viscous black in color with a thin tan head that retains nicely. Smell has rich decadent aromas of coffee chocolate vanilla. a light roasted aroma overlays hints of bourbon, oak, and more vanilla. Taste follows nose with a large amount of rich chocolate malt and coffee first to hit the palate before loads of sweet vanilla, roasted malt bitterness, bourbon, fig, oak and more vanilla tannins in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick in body with mild small bubble velvety carbonation and a nice balance eternal sticky sweet and bitter charred malt. Nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to MC51 for sending this my way via trade

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger dark tan head that settles around the edges

S- So enticing. Whiskey from the start, a vanilla bean, and delicate coffee notes. I am guessing the coffee is taking more of a backseat now that the bottle is nearly a year old. Some layers of chocolate step up. I am entranced by this aroma.

T/M- Terrific balance between the coffee, caramelized malts, chocolate, and barrel character. A little bit of a "meh" factor upon first taste, but then it finishes really strong. Bourbon is there, but in no way overpowering. Despite its somewhat thin body, it finds a way to coat the tongue well. I'd prefer it to be thicker, but a modest complaint

O- Man, 3rd brew I have had from Revolution (Straight Jacket and Unsessionable are the others), and all have been outstanding. The nose on this one is filthy. Flavor is maybe a step or 2 below, but really nice balance. Give this one time to warm up.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -12%

Bottle in trade. Thanks! Pours black into the glass with a one finger mocha head. Aroma of lots of spicy earthy coffee, bourbon, a bit of roast and fruits, more bourbon. Not much oak or vanilla coming from the barrel integration here, mainly just straight bourbon. Flavor is lots of coffee, some sweet chocolate, big bourbon punch, lingering oak and light vanilla roasted coffee. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not super hot but very bourbon forward flavor here. Gotta like the stuff to like this and it's a bit over the top. Beer really isn't carrying the barrel well.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle into my tulip. In trade from Kevinpitts! Thanks much!
A – Deep and dark on the pour. Half inch tan head that settles down and leaves a touch of lacing.
S – Nice bourbon aroma with a good bit of vanilla as well.
T – Light coffee flavor with a good bit of bourbon at first. The vanilla comes in and cuts some of the edge off the bourbon. Traces of chocolate with a touch of oak and some roasted malts.
M – Medium carbonation with a medium body. Creamy and slick on the palate. Leaves just a touch of sweetness and some breathy alcohol.
O – Great. This was a fantastic porter. The tastes are all very well balanced and flavorful. Even better as it warms up the flavors really blossom. Nice.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured thickly with a black color and a foamy head that laid thinly across the top.

The nose is earthy with a coffee bean and smoke but hints of marshmallow and chocolate are apparent.

The flavor has light coconut, a buttery cream, and marshmallow to open. Chocolatey sweetness follows with malted barley and oak wood.

The feel is dry but velvety smooth, easy but thick and full.

A thoroughly enjoyable beer with a good amount of sweetness to carry it as dessert.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, borderline black. There's a thin layer of sandy colored head that resolves to a persistent island of carbonation in the middle and scattered spots of lace on the side of the glass.

Huge coffee and vanilla aroma. Fudge brownie. Smells like an after dinner dessert.

Very smooth. The bourbon barrels impart vanilla and oak flavors without dominating and being boozy. The coffee and chocolate are allowed to shine with the bourbon notes as accents.

Mouthfeel is (relatively) light and soft. Moderate carbonation.

Well executed. I like that it's 8.5% and not a boozy 10+. The coffee and fudge is the backdrop and the bourbon adds layers to it.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Holland, thanks a lot for the trade. Pretty cool box that this comes in, the cardboard is sort of raised/ridged so that it is like wood. Color is black or possibly super dark brown, good head too. Aroma is bourbon barrel, booze, sweet vanilla, not bad but no coffee that I could detect. Flavor is a nice bourbon vanilla, wood, hints of chocolate but again no coffee that my palate can pick up. My only complaint is that this is a little thin, I like bourbon barrel beers to be thicker. Still, nice flavor and aroma on this one and it does go down quite easily.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a nice off-white head. Thick collar. Nice surface foam.

Smell - Slightly acidic coffee. Some whiskey. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Acidic coffee. Too sharp, really. Some milk chocolate. Whiskey comes after the coffee and lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Tingly booze.

Overall - Not so impressed, but drinkable.

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Photo of AmishLightning
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Even at the pout this beer comes out super dark. There is little to no head even with added seperation from the bottle to the glass. This is typical for barrel aged stouts, but I would like to see one with some foam to speak of.

Smell: The coffee and the bourbon tie together very well. I can't really distinguish any of the bourbon subilties (mostly becuase I don;t know much about bourbon). Anyway, the aroma was very fine and very strong.

Taste: Initally the bourbon seems to overpower the flavor, but after more and more sips I could get the other flavors coming through. I noticed a tingling of coffee throughout the taste-start to finish. Also, the sweet malts added a good fullness to the beer. I feel like Revolution wasn't going for super-complexity they just wanted sweet, bourbon, with a bit a coffee: and they got it. No bittering flavors to mention.

Mouthfeel: Smoothness was fantastic. I havn't had a smoother non-oatmeal stout. The alcohol added a nice warming finsih that was really enjoyable.

Overall: Definitely worth the time and effort to find it. I wish it wasn;t limited release, but we can also hope for another batch to be brewed. I am not even a coffee drinker and I loved it.

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Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/1/13. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a small amount of light getting through; fluffy khaki head that eventually fades and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. Lots of milk chocolate in the nose followed by some sweet bourbon. Hints of vanilla and coconut are present as well. Very subtle amount of coffee aromas. The flavors are smooth and balanced. Nothing seems to be overwhelming. The bourbon presence is there, but it doesn't takeover. Lots of malts and grains. More chocolate. It's not really bitter. Some coffee flavor, but not over the top. Subtle hints of oak/wood. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix. Mouthfeel is full-bodied; creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a nice sipper.

This is a nice porter. I like this more than than Eugene (base beer), but I enjoyed Mean Gene more. Mean Gene is basically the same thing as this, minus the coffee. I was hoping for more coffee flavors, but this is still a nice treat.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, toast, light clove, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, light char, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent BA coffee porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Dec. 2013

A: Pours a dark, dark, dark, brown - but not quite black body. Produces a thin, fizzy, half-finger khaki colored head that slides right down the glass quickly.

S: Waft is mainly bourbon, but there is definitely some chocolate, a faint java aroma, and some vanilla.

T: From first sip, my first thought is like I'm drinking a dark cup o' joe with some bourbon sloshed in it - it's really nice. There is some sweet almond, toffee, vanilla notes to finish out.

M: Thin. It's nice that to get a break from the barrel-aged, mega imperial stout that leaves you chewing at the end. This is medium body, moderately high carbonation for the style. Creamy.

O: Once again, revolution delivers. I have yet to have anything disappointing from them, and anything in the "boxed" series is top notch. This has a bit of a chocolate milk feel with some bourbon, which is fantastic. Grab if you find this one, it's worth the nearly $20 price tag.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some milk chocolate and caramel noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew. Nice and tasty, and it's also easy to drink. $16.99 a bomber and worth every penny. Might have to grab another one soon!

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Photo of schwemjw
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a slick black with zero light coming through. a tan one finger head that springs up with a swirl.

S: Rye and bourbon hit you hard. Sweet vanilla and roast come through as well. Alcohol burns the nostrils while roasted coffee beans tease the senses. Chocolate comes through in waves as espresso hits you. sweet kahlua. fantastic.

T: Coffee and espresso is what first comes up. A very dark roast. Then comes a hint of caramel, burnt bread and dark chocolate. bourbon brings up the end and is oh so sweet. very buttery, velvety and rich. a little black licorace.

M: Very slick but surprising light. A long bitter espresso finish.

O: Fantastic! a great porter. warming and complex. sweet without feeling like a desert. i need more! /93

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Photo of Jeffo
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Masterski. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
5 March 2013
Drank after Mean Gene

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, loose and slightly fizzy, dark tan head with lousy retention. Head recedes to a splotchy wisp and ring. A clear bistre brown body with hints of carbonation. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Better head and not as fizzy as the original.

SMELL: Coffee first, with lots of roasted espresso beans. Light notes of bourbon and oak underneath, with vanilla and dark chocolate playing a roll as well. Relatively coffee forward, but the other elements are to be found as well.

TASTE: Coffee and roasted flavors up front, then some sweet bourbon and espresso at the swallow. Milder yet lingering finish of roasted coffee bitterness, bourbon, sweet cream and vanilla, as well as some milk chocolate. Decently flavors.

PALATE: Lighter body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Fuller than above and smoother as well, which makes it more enjoyable.

OVERALL: This one is better executed than Mean Gene, but the flavor profile isn't quite as complex. While Mean Gene is still present here, the coffee is a little too forward for my palate. That said, the improved mouth feel makes it easier to drink, helping the beer realize its potential. In the end, this pair is alright, but nothing worth writing home about. Thanks again for the trade Masterski. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of Bung
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz picked up in Ohio on the way back from Michigan for Christams.
Very dark brown, near black pour. Plenty thick. About a finger of frothy light tan head.

Aroma, Coffee and barrel heavy up front. Some roast malt, vanilla, toffee actually a bit of those as well. Lesser chocolates.

Taste, Quite a bit of that barrel again up front. Roast malt and coffee. Vanilla, toffee, cocoa. Finishes with some milk chocolate like notes, dark chocolate and kahlua like coffee.

Just past the middle body wise. A near creamy carbonation. Coats well enough. Just minimal alcohol presence with a mild warming down the throat.

Very nice. Probably needs to be drank now before anything fades.

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Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty thick porter but a porter nonetheless, dark brown with some light coming in at the fringes. The light brown head maintains a solid finger's height for most of the session, never diminishing much. Lacing is quite plentiful, forming some thin rings with a bit of legging, some with some thin webbing between, and good patching beneath the rings.
The bourbon is evident on the nose without overwhelming, letting milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes to come through. The heat's not as strong as it is from many bourbon barrel-aged beers, though the smell of bourbon with its sweet, very slightly smoky and gently woody notes prevail. I could use just a little more from the coffee, as it smells rich and fresh, but it's there.
While bourbon is similarly up front in the taste, immediately and the entire way through is a taste of rich freshly ground coffee. Sweetness of milk chocolate, vanilla and caramel complement. Alcoholic warmth is certainly there, but kept well in check.
There seem to be some woody tannins, which add a bit of dryness to the rich, full-ish body and the sweetness. The thickness is tamed by the alcohol, so it's not cloying. It has a little crispness up front with the focus appropriately turned to smoothness.

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that gradually died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of bourbon. The coffee seems to become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has strong flavors of coffee beans along with subtle notes of bourbon from the barrel aging. There is a light amount of bitterness, but this is mostly from the coffee beans.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this beer because you could still taste the underlying porter and the coffee flavors were not overdone and the bourbon was subdued and complementary. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of vic21234
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a dark brown with a small amount of khaki colored head which quickly fades to the side of the glass. Some lacing can be seen along the sides also.

S- Very nice smelling beer. Huge bourbon aromas, along with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla tones.

T- Starts off with notes of coffee and chocolate before the bourbon settles in. Nice warming from the bourbon with some oak notes as well.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, big bourbon notes for just 8.5% ABV.

A nice BA porter, and one worth picking up and trying. This would do great with some age on it as well.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$17.99
Beer Temple - Chicago

Bean Gene is black as he Ace of Spades. The only thing you can see in the body is tiny, coffee colored carbonation bubbles rising to the surface along the curvature of the glass. A standard pour produces a finger of creamy mocha head. The settling is slow but eventually the head recedes to a chunky cap that leave near sheet lacing down the glass.

Ah, yes. Big notes of moderately roasted coffee are first and foremost. Soft, well integrated bourbon along with all the barrel characteristics are close behind. Vanilla, oak, and caramel all have their part. The great porter that is Eugene lays a base of roast barley, chocolate, and a lactic sweetness that wraps itself around pecan nuttiness. Excellent!

Not often do you run across a beer that's either barrel aged, coffee aged, or both that is this well balanced. The barrel is noticeable; caramel forward bourbon, soft vanilla, and oak all play well with the semi-sweet coffee. All these flavors compliment the outstanding base of Eugene. The same characteristics I mentioned above along with a little tannic oak and pecan pith.

Peppery alcohol picks up on the semi-dry finish. A touch of roasty bitterness lingers after each drink. The body sits squarely between moderate and full while a nice creamy feel is apparent throughout. While the alcohol leaves behind a little heat this beer is still highly sippable.

Eugene is one of the better porters on the planet and to add coffee before tossing it into barrels only enhances that fact. The coffee and barrel notes are done with precision in mind instead of the usual "beat you over the head" tactics most places seem to use. Bean Gene is another great job by the fellows at RevBrew.

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Photo of jscheuf
4.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

. Excellent mix overall, being only 8.5% compared to some of these massive double stouts out thses days it had a excellent balance of bourbon to choclate and coffee. The vanilla however was quite sublte and i got hints of it just under the coffee.

Great job Revolution Keep this Deep wood series going!!

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Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.