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Ragnarok - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 237
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 106
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AleWatcher on 04-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A robust Aesir porter brewed with our friends, the band Amon Amarth. Deep-roasted malts and honey give this beer its dark color and rich mouth feel. When Heimdal sounds the Gailar Horn for the last battle, this is the beer the gods will drink.

40 IBU
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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 237
Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the brewer in August, consumed 9/24.

A - Black or very dark brown, with 1 finger of tan head thats more of a carbonated looking head then foamy.

S - Roasted Chocolate, some hops, and an espresso of coffee smell.

T - Porter like at first, chocolate, some smokiness, some hops in there but a strange finish. Possibly the honey?

M - Silky, swishes around the mouth nicely.

O - Solid porter but not sure if I like the strange finish.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Treebs for this much wanted beer and an extremely smooth trade.

A- pours dark brown and transparent. Gigantic 2-3 finger off white head has pretty insane retention and great lacing. Good looking darker porter

S- im getting mostly hops with some chocolate malt in the backgroud. Smells almost like an ABA.

T- nice bold dark malt upfront thats complimented nicely by bittering hops. Nice combo of sweetness and hops in the middle that settles nicely in the finish. Citrusy grapefruit hops come through as it warms. Nice, different porter.

M- medium mouthfeel with some nice medium carbation that makes for an enjoyable brew

O-really nice hoppy porter.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Ragnarok takes on a chocolate black color with a nice thick coffee-colored head. The cap is full and creamy, displaying exemplary retention and leaving a ton of lace. Three Floyds knows how to make their beers look appealing.

Smell: Earthy and pine hops control the aroma, which was a little bit different than I was expecting. Chocolate and roasted malt take the back seat but are full in depth and character. There is a spicy yeast character in the aroma that kind of throws me off.

Taste: Up front Ragnarok masquerades as a typical robust porter, with a nice molasses sweetness, chocolate and roasted malt, and some creamy espresso. Rather abruptly, however, the flavor turns bitter in a way I am not used to in a porter. Spicy pine and earthy hops impart a much different character than coffee bitterness, giving this an interesting flavor. The finish cleans up rather well, with just a little bit of the hop bitterness hanging around.

Mouthfeel: The most distinguishing characteristic of this beer is how dry it feels for a porter over 8% alcohol. The hops really cut through the flavor to create a dryness and lighten the body a little bit. The finish is bitter but still fairly clean. The carbonation is creamy, but there is prickly roughness overall. Medium bodied.

Overall: Hoppy stouts and porters usually get slammed because the flavors usually do not mesh well together for me. Compared to some other Three Floyds beers, this may not stack up, but they certainly have done a better job with the execution than other attempts to hop up a stout or porter.

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Photo of mattboyer182
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours an awesome dark, almost black color and a thick two finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

S - smells of pine and beautiful hops. Such a great hop smell.

T - this beer is amazing in the fact that it smells almost nothing like how it tastes. It's so sweet when it's all so hoppy in the approach. You can taste the piney hops but it's so brief the malt takes over instantly. The alcohol isn't very detectable.

M - medium bodied with light carbonation.

O - pretty stinking good and just surprisingly so complex. Very much enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber into a glass. Thanks, Frank.

A: Pours a black body with a small, short-lived mocha-colored head that leaves a mild collar and thin film on the beer.

S: When cold, this is dominantly resiny, green, pine-needle-like. As it warms, it becomes 'merely' prominent in those aspects. Roasted grain and coffee emerge, with a mild dark chocolate nose. I don't feel that pine hops work well with this malt profile, and I find it off-putting.

T: On the bitter side, with a clashing green / pine resin-y hop flavor that fails to meld with the roasted grain. It gets drier in the finish, which is nice, but it leaves the bitterness naked in the aftertaste. I just don't care for the slick, oily feel it leaves.

M: Medium-plus bodied with low-medium carbonation. More oily in the finish than I enjoy.

O: Not my favorite expression of the style, but it's pretty good.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber shared with brewslut on 8/24/11. Thanks to brewslut for acquiring this for me at the FFF brewpub.

A - Poured damn near close to black with a deep nutty coloration reminisecent of charred wood and a dense nougat-toned frothy cap that stood about a finger and a half high, then reduced to a creamy retention and thick swatches of lacing all around the glass.

S - Grassy and earthy hops combine with a tinge of smokey malt as well as a hint of peat and bitter chocolate notes. Digging deeper, I am surprised to unearth a hint of citrus rind lurking in the background amidst a backdrop of roasted coffee beans.

T - Given that this is a FFF beer, the flavor is obviously packed with copious amounts of hops - earthy, grassy, very green and leafy hops. No surprise there. The hop bitterness eventually gives way to a base of chocolate and coffee as well as a moderate smoked quality. Finishes with bitter chocolate notes, dry, leafy hop bitterness and light alcohol warmth on the palate.

M - Medium to full-bodied and robust with a smooth, silky texture and a hint of oily residue, giving the mouthfeel a slight sticky, clingy quality. Finishes with moderate bitterness on the palate.

D - Ragnarok is yet another reminder why FFF may very well be my favorite American craft brewery. This beer is as metal as it gets!

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Photo of ahq514
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Pours a huge head, although I didn't pour it vigorously. Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head. Head stays about one finger throughout. Awesome lacing.

Aroma is heavy on the roasted malt, some chocolate mixed in there. A decent dose of hops mixed in as well, both citrus and floral. A tad bit of smoke in the background.

Taste is very similar to the aroma. A little bit of a bitter floral hop bite at the beginning that nicely transitions into a drier roasty flavor, including chocolate and coffee. Expected more honey flavor given that they told me at the brewery it was a honey porter. Barely detectable in my opinion, but there. A little bit of smoke mixed in there too.

Mouthfeel is great. Moderate carbonation, fairly full body.

Overall, this is a really good porter. Would have liked the malt, honey, and smoke to be better showcased here. The hops are a nice complement, but in my opinion theres too much. Would have expected nothing less from FFF though.

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Photo of TCgoalie
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black brew appears in my glass with an off white head. Some lacing and some head, but not enough to be exciting for the style.

Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and some smoke appear in the smell. There is a touch of honey sweetness balancing out the roastiness.

As in the smell, roasted coffee and dark chocolate appear in the beginning of the taste. Soon after, a good deal of bright tasting hops appear and blend into a sweet honey flavor.

This is full in the mouth and as the honey lingers in the aftertaste, my tongue loses all of its moisture.

This is a bright, hoppy, and bitter porter which is unique for the style. I enjoy this and feel it is worth a try and is on par with the current rating right around 4.

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Photo of DCon
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle of this from Three Floyds BrewPub in Munster, IN for $12. Poured into a pint glass from the killer bottle displaying a war scene and of course doesn't have a freshness date. Let 3 people from the Wolf sample some of this with me and they gave it an A+ as well.

Aroma- A brown ale is coming to mind while I'm starting to hunt for characteristics like this. Chocolate and strong coffee smells are present and a strong roastiness.

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that is dark brown and stays for a good amount of time. Is a pitch brown color body and leaves thick rings of lace.

Flavor- Strong grapefruit taste from the start. Robust again and has strong coffee tastes. Light bitter finish then. Could probably have a Cafe Americano or Espresso shot and have the same aftertaste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Rich, Medium Carbonation, and leaves coffee around. Very different from the first glass @ FFF.

Overall Impression- While I enjoyed this on-tap @ FFF, this was one of my favorites and was easy to take a bomber of this home. The bottle had more coffee and chocolate tastes throughout which was cool to see a difference in the on-tap version than the bottle. Excited to come back to FFF to hit more of their limited brews!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark brown pour and a huge, billowing light tan head that just hung on the rail of the glass. Rich, dark aroma of wood and peat, hints of chocolate, vanilla and smoke all swirling around at once, just what I needed for lunch, lol. Warming only brings out more of the rich vanilla and toffee like notes, with touches of light pine, and then I take a sip, its over. Huge woody, oak like aroma just dominates the flavor here. Enormous showing of vanilla, hints of caramelized sugar, and a touch of smoke, just wonderful melded together and an al out assault on the senses. Rich, filling and extremely complex

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Brewery only release from June that Umagum picked up for me - many thanks! It was a pitch black color with some evidence of surface carb streams. It had a good sized, brown head that slowly settled into a thick collar and covering film. Good, quick sliding lace with lots sticking.

The aroma was really great with a good mix of classic porter with chocolate malt and some smoke blended with a good pine resin hop aroma. The taste was also excellent and again was a great blend of traditional porter with good pine hops. It starts out a little sweet from the fruit and then a little smoke comes in to cut that and then the bitter from the chocolate and the resiny hops finish it off. Really good. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a slight watery edge to it. Great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I'm very glad to have gotten a chance to try. Another solid winner from 3F's. Highly recommend. Not avail here in TX. Brewery only release. Rotation - if avail near me this would be in the porter/stout rotation for sure [R;Y]

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle from Masterski, thanks!

A: Black with a fizzy tan head.

S: Big pine and earth notes meld with light beechwood smoke and honey. Upper moderate roasted malt presence. Dark chocolate is pronounced.

T: Upper moderate bitterness with notes of pine. Malt is moderately roasted with a faint smoke note (subtle). Dark chocolate blends with molasses. The finish has lingering smoke and is very dry.

M: Lower full body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice aggressively hopped robust porter. Good stuff.

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Photo of iadler
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, served in a chalice glass.

A- Black with a one finger tan head that dissipates into a thin cap and leaves some thin sheets of lacing along the side of glass.

S- Roasted malt, a bit of smoke, dark chocolate, coffee beans with some bold citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and orange zest.

T- Chocolate, coffee and roasted malt upfront, followed by some smoke and a bit of honey and finishes with some grapefruit and orange zest.

M- Medium carbonation and creamy body that finishes slightly bitter. The alcohol is well hidden, which makes this dangerously drinkable.

O- Never had a porter with this much hop presence, but another great offering from FFF. Very drinkable and a unique take on a porter.

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

Purchased at the Three Floyds Brewpub back in June of 2011. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 22oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours black with a minimal tan head which leaves minimal lacing.

S - Definite hops aroma overpowers a roasted malt smell with hints of smoke.

T - Well integrated piney hops flavor on a roasted malt backbone. A bit sweet in the middle, with a bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

I am glad I picked this one up. Not my favorite beer from them, but I could certainly have another.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Alex. Thanks, broezowski. Consumed while listening to flamenco music.

Pours black as pitch with a thin brown crust, minimal lacing.

Quite hoppy on the nose, moreso than I was expecting. Resinous, roasty, mildly smoky - smells quite good, albeit different than what I was expecting. There isn't much sweetness here, and the smoke isn't terribly pronounced.

Like the aroma, the palate is rather dry and roasty, hoppy and bitter. The pine-like hop flavors meld pretty nicely with the charred malt and faint smoke. Honey doesn't come through much at all, though it seems to have dried the beer out a bit and lightened the body. Nice sticky bitterness in the finish, both from dark malt and hops. Surprisingly nice stuff, it would be easy to kill a pint or two of this on tap.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amon Amarth Ragnarok, bottle bought at Three Floyds for $12 and tasted in Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Classic brown ale, super black, a good-sized head of a chocolate color. No lacing or retention.

Smell: Acrid coffee, roastiness, some lactose. Spice and clover, like smelling a flower garden in bloom in the spring. Floral hops? Faint honey at the very end.

Taste: More honey and bitter coffee. Some smoke and ham.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and low-to-medium flavor and carbonation. Unpleasant spicy-dry-scratchy feel at the end, lingers in the throat.

Overall: A chore to drink and an average brown ale with no oomph whatsoever. Definitely not worth the price.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was bale to get a stinger(22oz) of Amon Amarth during a recent visit to Three Floyds. The AA is a dark rich amber almost black/opaque with tan head that laced throughout the drink. The scent was a wonderful hop (pine/citrus). The taste starts as an IPA, but finishes with a taste that I have trouble describing. Not really roasty or bitter...just different. The beer reminds me more of a black IPA than a porter. It is a very good beer and glad I rolled teh dice to try it....cuz I didnt know what it was when I bought it.

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Photo of Duff27
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Full two inches of mocha head atop a dark brown.black beer. Great drink-by-drink step lacing and head retention.

S- Initial smell is hops- an English variety would be my guess- East Kent Goldings? Smoke malts come into play as the beer warms.

T- Definitely hoppy for a porter. label says a touch of honey and smoked malts and I'm getting just that...you really have to look(?) for it though. Shows it's 8.5%abv.

M- Really stays with the palate. less creamy than most porters. good carbonation

D/O- I enjoy this one a lot. If you're not a fan of hop(!) in your porters/stouts then definitely stay away. Another unique brew from the masters at FFF.

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Photo of fdkayti
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Might as well be used motor oil as far as color goes. Pretty huge tan head that seems to be holding up very well, lots of little nooks and crannies. Good (strike that, great) lacing. I have a foamy moustache. !!!

S- Citrusy hops right up front, and lots of 'em. Almost musty at first. Can I say that I smell book pages? Because I do.

T- Hoppy (alot), a good earthy undertone. A pretty bold flavor, and a mix of all of my favorite things! Bitter and sweet at once, clean finish.

MF- A little thinner than I thought it would be, and a little more carbonated. Still a good feel each sip, my whistle is whet.

O/D- Lovin' it. Mid-July Mini PorterFests make sense to me, for some reason. I really liked this one, it's clean and bold and hits the spot.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My thanks to funkyaudio for this excellent porter. Poured from bomber into tulip glass. Pours an almost opaque black with a small, rough beige head. Very fresh citrusy nose which complements well with the hard roast malt. Medium-bodied with a lightly roasted character, sweetish, again completely dominated by the fresh aroma hops leaving a dry bitterness. The roastiness comes somewhat late. Very drinkable - but really a Black IPA rather than an Imperial Porter. And an excellent one!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

630th Review on BA
Bottle to small snifter

Thanks to Teamizm for this want of mine.

App- A very dark brown with a nice one finger head because split four ways. The beer slides nicely and leaves a nice leg and some cling as it slides.

Smell- It starts to go wrong with the scent. Its a bit musky and damp with not a lot of balance.

Taste- Jesus H, what the hell happened to this porter. Its a whole hell of a lot like a piece of meat and beef jerky and a bit of smoke thrown in for fun. For a big want of mine this was a let down.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. The meat flavors just kill this for me.

Drink- Damn, such a let down. Some will like this for it being malty, meaty and heavy. I dont however.

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Photo of drewba
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Near opaque brown with a fantastic two finger, fluffy mocha head. The head sits for a few minutes, before dropping to a film on top of the beer. The lacing is thin and irregular but overall looks solid.

S - muted smoke, leather, a fair amount of char. The hops are floral, piney and muted as well. Overall low aroma.

T - deep roast, charred smokiness, lots of leather with a tiniest hint of honey sweetness. The hops are mild, but showcase pine and lemon nicely. You could mistake this for a black ipa, in my super duper humble opinion.

M - silky smooth, low carbonation.

O - I'm calling this a black ipa instead of an american porter, but that's me. I enjoyed this, and will consume my other bottle fresh; I don't want those hops to fade into obscurity.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Darkness tulip on 4/26/11

Thanks to MbpBugeye for sharing

The appearance is a dull brown that settles a dull black. Big old two finger cap of foam, tan in color. Dissipates slowly at first then collapses halfway through. Lots of lace with some holes.

The aroma is a 50/50 split of overly hoppy and roasted dark malt. Potent citric and piney hops. Thin, earthy mid-section leads into notes of smoke and roasted malts. Hints of coffee and mild dark chocolate. Really hoppy.

Though the hops are prominent in the aroma, the roasted malts are the most appreciable on the palate. Earthy, mild, dry bitterness throughout. Subtle sweetness; apparently honey is in this - ha! Over time it takes on a characteristic that is more tangy than roasted, though said roastiness creeps back in as it warms up more. Grainy. Hints of coffee and cocoa. Seems a bit disjointed.

Reasonably full body. One downside is that carbonation is effervescent and fizzy. Grainy, earthy, musty finish. Coating.

It's a decent beer that doesn't seem to fit comfortably in any particular style. Enjoyable, but kind of over-the-top.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a thick black with a nice 1 finger dark khaki head. Leaves quickly leaving behind a nice little lace.

S: Very malty this one is. There is some subtle sweetness in the back along with a nice dry roast.

T: Great dry roast from the malts. Nice bitter coffee and bakers chocolates and the honey adds a nice sweetness that gives it a vanilla-like quality.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium to light bodied with a decent carbonation.

O: I really liked this one glad I tryed it kind of different from what I normally drink.

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Photo of aasher
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied black in color with a one finger beige colored head that dissipates within a few minutes. It has an interesting mix of aromas. It features dark roasted malts, salt, bacon, sweet chocolate, and light coffee. The salt and sweetness work in a really interesting way. It tastes of chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, honey, light bacon and coffee. It finishes dry and the flavor finishes a little too quickly. It doesn't let you savor the flavors. It drinks in between light and medium in body but is very flavorful. The flavor enough is worth a good grade but this beer isn't sharp enough all around. This is a beer I like but doesn't grade as well as it should.

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Ragnarok from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.