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Baller Stout - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 728
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 371
Gots: 432 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  13.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AleWatcher on 11-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Three Floyds’ 15th Anniversary beer. A blend of Dark Lord, Surly Darkness, De Struise Black Albert, and Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch.
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Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Altogether well put together RIS, thanks Tom. Smoke, thick head, creamy, hoppy, good barrel ageing. Looks, the smell, the mouthfeel, masterful blend of these four masters, without a flaw. Great beer exceeding expectations in a great style. Minor in chocolate, the smoke was so well integrated, and the hook for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ehammond1 for sharing this one at MrVonzipper's tasting!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, dark fruits, slight cocoa, and alcohol. Taste is of dark malt, dark fruits, and cocoa powder. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good stout but nothing all that great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to jale for this bottle. Served in a FFF Anniversary pint glass.

Pours nearly black with a nice tan head. Good retention and lacing. The nose is fairly sweet with plenty of dark fruits. Some chocolate and roast behind. Not as complex or integrated as I would expect. Flavor is pretty similar. Quite sweet. Medium body and chewy. Some booze. Not terribly impressed -- from breweries of this caliber, I expected a lot more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An insane amount of complexity results from the blend of four world class Imperial Stouts. Dark Lord, Darkness, Beer Geek Brunch, and Black Albert are all represented with varying flavors that span every inch of the Stout spectrum.

Thick and lush, the ink-black ale layers in the glass with slow separation of low-lying carbonation from the oily textured beer beneath. A dense, moussey and short-statured head builds upon the beer like barley-stained whipped cream before reducing to a delicate espresso-like creme that sheets the surface evenly and allowing for spotted and intricate patterns of lace behind. It certainly looks like a Stout.

Savory aromas of chocolate, dark roasted coffee, caramel, vanilla, heavy whipping cream, licorice, and charred fruits all share the stage in a very inviting aroma profile that screams succulence. Assertive grassy aromas almost give off a slim chlorophenol (grassy) aroma that serves as much as a distraction as it does complexity. Delicate vinous notes of sherry and port also present themselves in varying returns to the glass.

Delicious malt flavors swirl about with the very first sip- espresso, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and starchy malt taste are all well represented with even the very first sip. A follow of charred berries, grapes, currants rise at mid palate and usher in the anise and alcohol flavors that remind me of Jagermeister. Further into the complex fruit flavor emit the characteristics of brandy, sherry, and port wines as the alcohol envelope develops the beer's grassy bitterness, wood-like tannin, and slight vinous tartness.

Absolute fullness exudes as the beer's low carbonation allows for an even and velvety coat of rich ale to flow over the mouth surfaces. But as the robust beer develops over the tongue and palate, the beers velvety texture allows for a somewhat milky feel to soothe the mouth, just before turning aggressively alcoholic with high levels of warmth and mild fusal burn in finish. A long linger of booze, coffeeish bitterness, and wine reach well into the next sip.

Three Floyd's 15th Anniversary ale is one helluva sipper- not only from the strength of its alcohol, nor it's heavy body but because of its sheer complexity that both challenge and encourage the palate at every turn. A true delight of a beer!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate and quite a bit of residuals sugar notes is quite pleasant. Taste is a nice mix between some roasted malt with lots of black chocolates notes and some residual sugar notes and subtle coffee notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with surprisingly no alcohol that is easily apparent. Way too easy to drink with just the right level of complexity.

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Photo of largadeer
3.09/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black in the glass topped by a tall mocha head. Viscous, sticky appearance with great head retention.

Sweet, heavily roasted nose; lots of char and sweetness, reminds me of tar and molasses. Surprisingly coffee forward, mildly fruity from the Black Albert component.

Extremely sweet palate, but also sharply bitter. Acrid, acidic malt, bitter earthy coffee, tart blackberry, molasses, tar. Full bodied, bordering on syrupy, but the bitterness builds a lot more than the sweetness. The hoppiness of Darkness comes through slightly, leaving a lingering resiny bite.

This isn't bad per se, but it has too many clashing elements. The mix of intense sweetness, bitterness, coffee and esters doesn't really work.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So thrilled to crack this one open, After a crappy start to the week, god knows I needed it.

deep and dark as always. Black as night without a drop of light coming through at all. Big, thick, like oil with a huge head of chocolate that reached up an inch and a half before settling back down to earth but not without leaving a ton of lacing up and down the sides of the glass. Aroma is huge, chocolate, coffee and rich roasted malts all become evident right from the start. Incredibly deep and complex it is almost beyond description. Warming brings out light touches of vanilla and hints of dark smoked notes. Thick, viscous feel, one of the bigger stouts you will find as it coats the inside of the mouth completely and at times you feel you can chew it. Rich chocolate and a boozy flavor are the first to hit the tongue, allowing it to mellow brings out the coffee and vanilla flavors that dominate the profile for the next few minutes. Letting it come up brings licorice root and a touch of hops in the finish that provide just the slightest bit of balance to the roasted malts and molasses flavor. Incredible sipper

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Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sending me this bottle, Richard. Was interested to try this one.

Pours almost black with a thin layer of tan head. Smells very, very, ashy. Must be the Beer Geek Brunch. There’s some metal and a bit of dark fruit character to it. Very roasty, too. The flavor isn’t much better. Very ashy and roasty. There is some dark fruit and maybe a little bit of licorice and molasses. A hint of vanilla to go along with the char and ash. Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Unfortunately, the beer wasn't near as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal.

Big thanks to Florida9 for sharing this bottle!

I feel a heavy bit o' bass and a constant display of basketball pantomime is necessary whilst drinking this. I don't know why... Anyway, this stuff pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises green-y hops (I'm thinking Simcoe here), light roasted malts, coffee, and light leek. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, chocolate syrup, light molasses, pine resin, very light leek, and light bitter coffee. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, I can't help but say that I was disappointed with this brew. I enjoy the constituent elements separately (though I'm not the biggest Black Albert fan in the world), but together they don't seem to work. There's too much in the way of hops and the coffee just comes through bitterly. Glad I got to try it, though...

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Photo of Rifugium
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got this bottle as a birthday present from MsRif last year, and I decided to share it at Stone Soup.

Dark brown-black pour, with a thick tan collar for a head; some retention and lacing. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, slightly roasty...probably closer to Dark Lord than anything. The taste was surprisingly nice and unique, lacking the heat and sweetness of DL and lacking the roasty bitterness of BGB and BA. I think the blend really hit a good balance here. Dark malts, dark chocolate, some dark fruit essence, roasty coffee notes. This was the only time I've had this beer, but if this wasn't the sweet spot, then I don't want to know what was (or will be). Smooth mouthfeel, full body, lower carbonation, and extremely well-hidden alcohol. It's a shame I won't ever have this again, but it was nice while it lasted. Thanks, biddy!

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike!

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bourbon, oak, chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol. A tiny bit sweet, but pretty nice.

t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, sweeter dark fruits, raisins, bourbon, light toasted malts. Again, a little sweet, and some fruit that the nose did not have.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Some alcohol heat but considering the ABV not bad.

o - Overall a pretty nice RIS, though slightly disappointing. Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, and alcohol to it; actually felt more alcohol from this than the Chocolate Rain. A good beer I'd like to have again, but not something I'd seek out due to the demand/rarity.

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

Not sure who shared this at ChrisPro's, but thanks! Served in a tulip, side-by-side with Dark Lord 2012.

A - A tan foam settles to a thin collar and wispy partial cap, leaving tiny specks of lace behind. The body is a very dark brown color.

S - The smells is far more evocative of a European beer than of Dark Lord (or Darkness). I get mostly Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, with plenty of milk chocolate, dark roast, coffee, red fruits, Whoppers, and a nebulous fruity yeast character that might be from the Black Albert portion of the beer. I don't think anyone would guess that there was Dark Lord in this, even with a A/B comparison available.

T - Again, it's quite heavy on Beer Geek Brunch flavors, with dark fruits, smoke, coffee, and roasted malts, but this gives way to the intense cherry cordial sweetness of Darkness circa 2008 in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden - surprised this is 13.8%, as that suggest a heavy dose of Dark Lord in the blend.

M - Smooth, chocolate syrup texture, medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and a surprisingly roasty and dry finish. Minimal alcohol heat after roughly 8 months.

D - I liked this significantly more than Dark Lord 2012, but it seems to be less than the sum of its parts. I'd rather skip the $30 price tag and buy some Beer Geek Brunch Weasel (or Black Albert) off the shelf, as those seem to be the dominant flavors here anyway. Still, I enjoyed it more than I did on the release day, so perhaps this will continue to improve.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had three out of the four components of this beer individually and they were all better than this blend.

Beer shared by Thorpe the other day served in a Three Floyds XV anniversary glass. Thanks very awesome way to drink this beer.

Beer is dark brown almost black with a nice head of small bubbles some lacing some carbonation looks good.

Aroma is sweet chocolate and dark fruits.

Beer is sweet but light in body. Lots of plums and some chocolate bitterness and roast at the back end. a nice stout but all of these breweries make a better stout than this. Therein lies my disappointment.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beige tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: Roast and Belgian yeast. Chocolate and cocoa. Lots of vanilla and caramel. Dark fruits and molasses to round things out.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, cocoa nibs, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits. Pretty much mimics the nose, but some of the hops show here.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, smooth, and creamy. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Ends roasty.

Overall, I got a bit out of each beer. Coffee from BGBW. Belgian yeast from BA. Hops for Darkness. Sweetness from DL. Maybe a bit too much of a combination.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Served in my new FFF XV Anniversary glass, also gifted by Mike.

The beer is near black with a thick, beige head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing o the glass. The aroma brings roast, dark fruit, malt. An interesting stout for sure. A blend of dark fruit, chocolate covered berries, minimal alcohol presence. Not getting a lot of coffee presence from the Weasel, or the hop character I associate with Darkness. The blend is smooth and flavorful, but I can't distinguish the beers that comprise the blend individually. Smooth on the palate and easy drinking, especially considering the high abv. A bit sweet, but balanced in the finish by a light hop and chocolate bitterness. Overall, very glad for the opportunity to sample this. That said, I prefer all of the components that went into this individually as opposed to this blend.

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Photo of billab914
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rhettroactive for sharing this one. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, bubbly, tan colored head clinging to the edges of the glass. Decent lacing to it, but it was a little light in color compared to the base beers.

In the aroma I get a little bit of smoke mixing with dark chocolate at first. The roasty coffee of Beer Geek starts to come out in it along with a little of the sweeter, dark fruit, cherry like notes that remind me of Darkness. Nice mix of flavors to it and things came together pretty well.

The taste has a lot of flavors going on. The roasty coffee is a little more apparent to me in the taste than it was in the aroma. Dark chocolate mixes with some sweeter molasses and brown sugar notes. I'm getting a little more of the chocolate covered cherry flavors in the taste and I get a moderate hoppiness to it as well. A little hot in the finish but a nice range of flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is thick and somewhat creamy with carbonation being low. The mouthfeel is where I thought Dark Lord contributed the most, I love the thick, heavy mouthfeel of Dark Lord and it seemed to carry over to Baller well.

Overall I thought it was a very good beer. I really liked how you could pick out some of the distinct flavors of component beers. It was very flavorful and came together surprisingly well for all that went into it. I'm not sure it's better than the base beers on their own, but for a few of them it might be close.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a taster glass. No bottle date. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Nice black body. Good off white head. Nice retention.

Smell - Roasty chocolate. Big hop presence. Smells like an RIS.

Taste - Chocolate. Roasty malts. Hoppy, but mostly milk chocolate. Hoppy in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Nice and creamy. Thick and chewy.

Overall - No better than the individual beers that went into it, but it's decent. I was expecting a mess. Instead it's just a quality RIS.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared by Thorpe.

Pours a dark brown, near black with a small head of tan bubbles. Sweet roasty aroma of dark chocolate and mild fruit. Flavor is more roasty and burnt than the nose and not quite as sweet. Disappointing lack of coffee or dark fruit in the flavor. Medium thick body, slightly thinner than expected. Sufficient booze presence throughout. Nice, but disappointing given the background of the beers involved.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thank you so much for the opportunity!
Pours a solid black color with a huge tan head that persists forever. Aromas of dark fruit with a hint of lactic, roast, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, and earth. The flavor is big and sweet with lots of brown sugar and caramel. Bits of dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruits, and earth. Thick viscous body with a low level of carbonation and a thick syrupy creamy mouthfeel. This is one big thick sweet and sticky stout. I enjoyed sipping on this for most of the night.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Stawn, thanks! Snifter.

A: Dark brown with an inch of light brown foam. Retention is good and lacing is scarce.

S: Aggressively piney and earthy with light smoke notes. Toffee and caramel blend with booze and alcohol. Brown sugar is light. As the beer warms up I get some chocolate and grapefruit.

T: Green piney bitterness with notes of bread. The hops are pretty aggressive. I get a decent amount of toffee and caramel. The finish is sweet with alcohol and some astringency.

M: Upper medium in body with upper moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is pretty good. It tastes like an American Barleywine and not like a Stout, which is strange. Darkness seems to be dominating at this point in the beer's life.

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

Bottle to FFF Teku glass.

A - Black with one finger of light brown head that reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass. Spotty lacing.

S - Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts, sweet molasses and some coffee.

T - Sweet chocolate up front that immediately gives way to a bitter hop profile and a touch of coffee. A big sweetness returns and lingers along with some molasses and a very light hint of dark fruit in the background. Fairly sweet overall.

M - Medium body with a fairly big chew. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big two inch mocha head on a dark brown/black body. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Muted coffee scent, not a whole lot going on.

More coffee with a hint of hops upfront. Chocolate aftertaste. Well hidden alcohol.

Soo smooth! Creamy mouthfeel, low to mid level carbonation.

Overall a solid beer but not worth the full $30. I found the appearance and mouthfeel to be wonderful...I wish the nose and taste followed suit.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From 22oz yellow wax dipped bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

A: Dark and brooding. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head that's like chocolate whipping cream. Decent retention, collar and mild lacing.

S: The nose features hints of grassy chocolate. There's also a pretty hefty amount of floral hops which mingle quite well with the earth tone that arrives as it warms.

T: For a non-barrel aged stout, this thing is ballin' (pardon the pun). Dark and charry up front. The mid is aggressively hoppy, with a juicy bite to it not often found in an RIS like this. The finish is packed with flourless chocolate cake and freshly brewed coffee. As it lingers in my mouth, there's a touch of residual sweetness that I credit to the DL. Lovely integration - the blending here is top notch.

M: Unreal. This is one of the creamiest beers I've had in a while. It's extremely thick, almost milshake-like. Wonderful stuff.

O: I went in expecting to be dissapointed by the hype train that is Baller Stout. So you can imagine my delight when this drank like a million bucks. All four of the beers are represented here, and it makes for an interesting and memorable drinking experience. I'm glad I've got another in the cellar. Big thumbs up.

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

This one arrived a jet black in color with a one finger beige head. The nose is roasted malts, a lot of coffee bitterness, sweet chocolates, milk chocolate, and more malt. The flavor is very coffee forward, very. It's medium in body and features a lot of roasted malt, as it should, a good amount of coffee, hoppy bitterness, and more roast. It's not overly complex bit it's complex enough. The Mikkeller shines through. The Weasel is all over this one. It's very drinkable because the coffee is so prevalent, and I love coffee. You'd never guess that this beer is 13.8%. Overall this is a nice beer and very drinkable, but rating it above an A- is tough.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark as night black with a very thin dark brown head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: lots of the mikkeller black character was present on the aroma such as booze, roastiness, some chocolate, hints of dark fruits, and a slight char notes.

T: the booze character was not as bad on the taste alongside roastiness, brown sugar, chocolate sweetness, dark fruit accents and a little char flavor but with a touch of vanilla. The mikkeller black character was really coming through the most to me.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with sweet, mild boozy, chocolatey, slight dark fruit and silky finish.

O: beer was a decent considering all the monsters that went into the blend. Very creative and was glad to have a taste of it.

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90 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.