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Ten FIDY - Oskar Blues Grill & Brew

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2,437 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,437
Hads: 9,089
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 17.78%
Wants: 667
Gots: 2,397 | FT: 121
Brewed by:
Oskar Blues Grill & Brew visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Georgiabeer on 12-29-2006

This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hide a hefty 98 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. It is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops.
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Photo of coldmeat23
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
THANKS TO wolffman17 for hooking me up with this!

This is what an Imperial Stout should look like! So dark that it's black liquid with a massive head of chocolate colored foam, produced from a medium pour. Amazing retention and great lacing.

Big chocolate and coffee notes mixing with sweet maltiness make this one truly inviting nose. Mild woody notes and a slight hoppiness. Hints of leather and caramel.

Lots of dark chocolate flavor combines with dark roasted coffee beans. Bite of liquorice. Taste/smoothness of oatmeal. Leather shows up in the taste, also. Hint of vanilla and some charred oak. Slight hoppy bite at the end.

Big, thick and oily in the mouth. As an Imperial Stout should be. Excellent.

This is an excellent brew. I'm slowly getting turned around to the idea of canned beers being okay, not an abomination.
If more breweries would produce canned beers on the quality level that Oscar Blues does, I'd have no problem with cans.
Man, I could drink these all night long! Damn, I love a good stout.

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Photo of lefchr051
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazing RIS Thick as oil, With little head
tastes of rosted malts, Chocolate, coffee, slight alcohol. Little hop bitterness tasted. Feels thick and syrupy in the mouth. A nicer sipper beer would be hard to drink fast considering the thickness of it, but i Could drink these all night if the alcohol wasnt so strong.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is on of my favorite Imperial Stouts.
This lusceous black liquid malty goodness pours an almost syrupy black liquid that gives a waffer thin tan head/

The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, flaked oats, a wee hint of hops. And of coarse licerice, which is almost always present in an imperial stout.

The taste is of lots of roasty and toasty malts. A litte hop bitterness to balnce this out. At 98 ibu's it has incredibaly smooth bitterness, not harsh or up in your face.

Since it has 10% abv you can't have more than a couple of these so although it is smooth, it is potent! So GO EASY on this one. It is deceptive.

Too drinkable! But a great ale.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A) Impenetrable blackness that only shows a razor thin edge of clarity when the glass is tilted 45 degrees. My imperial British pint glass seems to suck light into an inky void. A thin but persistent ropey head leaves spots of lace.

S) A hoppy vanilla milkshake.

T) First contact isn't pleasant. Harsh charcoal and ash with burnt sweet coffee spilled on it. It's too much. As I start to acclimate to the Rummy sweetness, the dark roasted coffee and refreshing citric hops start to shine. Before too long, I'm hooked, taking deep satisfying pulls from the glass.

M) Heavy cream, only the slightest carbonation in tiny bubbles. I think I swallow each sip 3 times, it clings to the palate with a long lasting oily lip smacking finish.

D) Like a tub that's too hot, getting in feels harsh and punishing, but once you're in: oh momma it's good. Dark heavy handed professional brings the skills; clean, bright hop profile that's unique without being charring, This beer doesn't just scratch that spot, it hammers it. Bravo, and thank God you've made it to Texas.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at between fridge and cellar temperature in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- First thing I notice upon popping the tab, this beer is filled to capacity. The deep brown liquid spewed forth and stained my carpet, provoking me to cuss and say some things I shouldn't have said. I grab the Spot Shot and take care of business before the wife gets home.

Now the pour...

Holy GOD! This beer pours blacker than any liquid I've ever seen come from a bottle or can. It's literally *jet* black, supporting a two finger crown the color of cocoa powder. It settles over time, and laces mildly.

Smell- If hops came in a chocolate scent, I mean really fresh, wet West Coast hops, then this would be the benchmark beer. It's loaded with aromas of coffeebeans, chocolate, hops, and what seems like spearmint. Outrageous.

Taste- A big, roasted malt profile plays along with the terrific hop character that begins right at the outset and last well after the swallow. The concentrated presentation is supremely balanced, a meal in itself.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Chewy and active, just enough to engage the palate and demonstrate the effectivenes of this beer's overall bigness. Slick and mouthfilling, this will literally stain your teeth brown. Alcohol is completely hidden beneath the hops, a real winner for the style.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/18/08. Can. Poured oily black with hardly any head. The aroma was not very strong, but I got some chocolate, roast, and alcohol. Flavor strong in roast and citrusy hops. At some points, it tasted like I was having a stronger/thicker Gordon. This was a thick and hearty beer, definitely a slow sipper. I liked it, but it had a little too much roast/bitterness than I cared for. Also a very strong alcohol presence.

UPDATE: Had on tap at Plan B (suspect it was on nitro). It had a much larger and creamier head than from the can. Much smoother and easier to drink and there was less roastiness/bitterness than I had detected previously. Definitely prefered the on tap version, so sample on tap if you can! 7/4/8/4/16 (3.9/5)

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Photo of CoolJosh
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Premium beer at of a can, who'd a thought?

A Magic 8 ball black, no light coming through. Pours unbelievably thick. Ring of caramel brown head which was slightly disappointing, but not enough to complain.

S Tons of Oats come through to produce a Whole Milk scent. Light scents of coffee, chocolate, and a slight bit of alcohol come through.

T Incredible oats from start to finish, With beautiful matured dark fruits. Bitter coffee and chocolate to finish. As my tasting buddy pointed out, it has a leather smokey feel and taste to it. A little bit hot.

Didn't think it was all it was cracked up to be. Have another one but I don't know how well a can will age...

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

Had a sample of this beer.

Pours a dark dark black color with nice head and lacing.

Smell is of lots of chocolate malts with a moderate roasted characteristic.

Taste is bitter with hops to balance the intense sweetness. The chocolate malt and roasted characteristic are balanced with a minty hop aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

The 10 % abv is not overwhelming. This is a nice RIS that I could easily drink again.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This is one seriously dark, sludgy thick beer. Just pouring it I am already worried about surviving putting this into my system. Tall and frothy dark tan head that hangs around for awhile. Pure black and highly viscous. Looks like something meant to be in machines not humans.

S - Surprisingly, hops are the first thing that come to mind. Chocolate, roasted malts and a slight metallic aroma.

T - Inversely to the smell, hops are no where in sight until the aftertaste and they are minimal at that. Still a very smooth and well balanced flavor. This is about as sweet as I can take with a slight alcohol presence. Roastiness, chocolate and coffee are all mild. Not an overpowering flavor but dense.

M - Very smooth and milky. It does leave a sticky sweet film and I would like a little more carbonation, but I'm coming to the realization that this is supposed to be how a highly ranked stout should feel.

D - A calorie dense beverage that feels sweeter than it is. I like this one a lot but it is a bit too much after a couple. Increasing the abv and the bitterness and I would stick with this one all night.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really dark with a chocolate off white head

Smells really chocolatey, with dark malt and a little bit of bourbon or alcohol in the background

Tasted like a good porter, smokey, chocolate, and then you get a hit as if you've just chased it with some shot of bourbon

Feels fine, smooth like guiness

Couldn't have much more than the pint I had!

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured in a pint glass.

Wow, this beer is intense. Pours very thick dark brown/block with chocolate brown head. It tastes almost like a cafe mocha at first, getting more bitter as the beer warms. The alcohol is differently hidden well in the taste (although i definately felt it), and i don't get as strong a roasted malt taste as i do with other stouts.

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Photo of corby112
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Bridgids in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia during Philadelphia Beer Week 2007.

Pours pitch black with huge foamy beige head. Malty aroma of roasted coffee, chcolate and toffee. Excellent easy drinking stout. ABV very well masked. Very complex with lots of roasted coffee and chocolate maltiness, oatmeal, toffee, caramel and a nice bitter hop finish.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To quote my mother-in-law, this beer is very "beery". I guess that means it'll grow hair on your chest... or that other place, huh huh. Very thick malty presence, hardly any hops, but a warming feel of alcohol as it goes down your throat. You could say it's like pure dark chocolate in a bottle. Very nice on these cold nights in the VA mountains.

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Photo of Strix
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, small chocolate-colored head.

Smells of roasted malt.

Tastes of roasted malt with a hint of burned wood and aftertaste of dark chocolate. A big beer, yet the bitterness doesn't run away with the show. Alcohol is well masked.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, coats the mouth nicely.

Easily the best beer I've had from a can. Right up there with other great imperial stouts.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this deep dark oilish looking beer into a pint glass the brown head given is quite appeasing. When it reduces to a great amount of lingerence of lacing. The aroma of cooking chocolate, smokeyness and licorice great the nose and tantilize it. While this beer has a bold and flavorful taste of cooking chocolate, toffees, and smoke. The aftertaste of alcohol stays on the tongue and roasted malts.

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Photo of vacax
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can purchased from Ken's Pacific Park market in Aliso Viejo.

Appearance: Glop glop glop, it pours out like motor oil. Black as night The head rises rapidly toward the end of my pour in a gorgeously rich shade of milk chocolatey brown. Around half a centimeter of residual head remains clinging to the top of the beer, with dashes of lacing strewn about my glass. A beautiful beer.

Smell: Bitter chocolate, licorice, traces of alcohol, and a hint of smoke. Subdued compared to the rest of this beer.

Taste: Bold yet balanced. Chocolate and coffee are present but mild. Mildly bready and smokey. Hints of dark fruit. Lingering warming effect. Bitterness dances between hops and roastiness. Big flavors, but little stands out beyond a large roasty presence.

Mouthfeel: Chewing on silk. The epitome of lusciousness.

Drinkability: Many flavors, but none dominates. Surprisingly mild aftertaste for such a big beer makes drinking easy. This is an extreme beer, but still is quite drinkable. Works better with food though. Highly drinkable, though I wish it had something in it that made me want to savor it just a bit more.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super dark, oily black color. Head includes large brown bubbles over a chocolate-milk colored foam. This is as dark as they come. Looks great, and the head has wonderful stick to boot.

Heavily oily, pungent, roasted nose. Definitely some chocolate, but I'm going with coffee roast for the winner here. Some piney hop resins to round it out.

As the FIDY warms, this damn thing gets to be a hell of a brew. Boom goes the chocolate; boom go the hops. All over the tongue, back and front, to the sides, stuck in the throat, backing up my nose. Tons of hop bitterness keeps the similarly large malt bill in check.

Characteristics of the flavor: chocolate-fudge, anise, tobacco, espresso, pine sap, grapefruit peel.

Solid, smooth, and hefty mouthfeel is the perfect way to impart all these delectable flavors on the palate.

It's a keeper.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer came in a 12oz can with a clearly marked canning date on the bottom. (10-28-08.)

I have been to Oskar's Blues in Lyons, CO. I don't remember having this beer there. This was years ago, before they started putting their beer in cans. It's an awesome town close to Boulder and the bar is comfortable and has great live music. A good place to cool down in the middle of summer.

Anyways, the beer pours heavy and thick. (For all I know Ten Fidy is the final gravity of the beer.) It hit my glass with a plop sound. No head formed at first so I gave it a strong pour. Then, when the beer was all in the glass, the head began to overtake the beer from the top down. Very interesting behavior. The beer is dark as an overcast new-moon night and has thick, fluffy caramel colored head. Head retention is awesome and lace coats every centimeter of the glass with seemingly permanent brown fuzz. It is hard to imagine a better looking beer in this style.

The aroma is not as strong as I expected. There is no trace of alcohol and definitely no hops. There is a sweet chocolate smell, but that is about it. I'm a little disappointed in this aspect of the beer.

The taste is of lots of roasted barley. There is a pronounced burnt flavor here that leads into hop bitterness. A little more sweetness would have been nice to balance the flavor a bit. As it is, the burnt notes overpower the rest of the flavors. There is no alcohol flavor, with leaves me a little disappointed. I like for RISs to have a discernible alcohol warmth to them.

With such a heavy beer you expect that it will lay across your tongue thickly and coat your mouth with a long-lasting flavor. In this case, Ten Fidy lives up to expectations and more. There's no need to take a drink more than every few minutes because you will still be tasting it from your last drink.

There's not much need to have more than one of these. In fact, halfway through I'm already looking forward to something lighter. This beer is perfect for the winter season.

Overall, Ten Fidy is a great beer, but it is surpassed in its style by others.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looked forward to trying this from a can, after unexpectedly having it on tap a couple years ago at the Brick Store. I poured the can into a chalice.

This stuff defines used motor oil. I mean it comes out thick and black. The tan head looks nice and creamy but alas does not last very long. There is a thin tan ring where beer meets glass, but no lacing at all.

There is a huge chocolate aroma to this RIS. A fair dose of alcohol warmth accompanies the chocolate. Dark roasted malt with some residual sweetness and rich dark coffee. This is all very interesting out of a can. The taste is rich with darkness, dark fruits, dark malt, dark coffee, dark bitter chocolate. Not much alcohol, and what is there blends nicely with all the other flavors. There is a wicked dryness in the finish, with bitter hops taking over along with the roasty flavors. Really I have eaten some gourmet dark chocolate that dries the mouth out in a similar fashion.

Big bodied, thick smooth and creamy. A great sipper on a cold not-yet-winter night.

There are a lot of flavors working here, it's complex and interesting and warrants some attention while drinking. I will save the remainders for special occasions, and get some more as well.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can is like 99% full - there's almost no air space. Crazy. Poured into a sniffer. This is scary-looking stuff coming out of a can. If I didn't know this was a beer there's no way I'd drink it; it looks like black motor oil... with a small light-brown head.

Nose is highly malty and full of dark fruit. Smells like a good, strong Stout.

Thick and daunting. Nice roasted notes take center stage with espresso, chocolate, bread crust, and something that tastes savory like a pot roast or some heavily-cooked beef, especially near the finish. Not very sweet, but a definite fruity/sugary sweetness is present. Nice warming smoky and woody tones linger near the finish. Very thick, very full bodied. Mild carbonation. Smoothness stops just short of velvety. Finishes slightly dry and woody.

Good, solid Imperial Stout. Delicate yet strong sweetness. Heavy emphasis on roasted malt without detrimental over-roasted sideflavors. Lighter fruit and floral notes than I typically find in strong stouts, which is a nice change of pace. No alcohol noticable; I would like to see a little more heat to dry it up and pin down the finish. Overall, Ten Fidy is an exceptional experience. I will definitely buy the next 4-pack I see.

I am so glad Oskar Blues moved into my beer-turf. Ten Fidy is amazing. I bought this can in Boston at the BBF and flew it home to find that a month later Ten Fidy was available locally. I wish more beers came in cans. The airplane-loader guys would have to outdo themselves to detriment a can.

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Photo of jkendrick
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Absolutely black. It ours from the can looking like it came up from the ground a bubblin' crude. This is so black that not even light escapes. The head is tight and creamy and very dark brown. There is plenty of lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate and and coffee predominate, but there is some smokiness and a bit of licorice.

Mouthfeel: Extremely thick and creamy with light to moderate carbonation.

Taste: There is a bitter chocolate taste right up front. The bitterness builds as you savor the coffee, chocolate and licorice flavors. As the primary tastes fade, the bitterness persists with a light smokiness. The alcohol warms without being overpowering.

Overall impression: This is a very bitter stout, but in a good way. The bitterness never overshadows the complexity of flavors. I want my stouts thick and this is one of the thickest, creamiest stouts I've had. Of course the 10% abv contributes to this being a sipping stout. Oskar Blues continues to impress me.

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Photo of philbe311
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thin fluffy dark tan head was quite delayed in developing after the pour, something I've never experienced before... Thick syrupy appearance during the pour... Deep tar black color that is completely opaque... Coats the glass exceptionally well leaving stellar rings during the session...

S - Rich and sweet... A plethora or malt... Chocolate... Nougat... Toffee... Raisins... An all around great aroma...

T - Roasted and smoky characteristics are potent at the start... Those dissipate to lead in a brief sweetness that is following by the arrival of alcohol and hoppy bitterness... Quick to develop and complex...

M - Thick and syrupy... Chewy... The slightest of carbonation on the tongue... An aggressive stout that isn't afraid to show it's 10% ABV... Bitterness lingers...

D - A sipper... This is a very nice RIS... The look and smell are near perfection... There is a slight drop off in taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability, though all are solid... Best stout from a can I've ever been privileged to sample... Another solid offering from Oskar Blues...

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/6/2008 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX): Pours an inky black hole color body. Big tan head, good lacing, somewhat diminishing. Coffee alcoholy aroma, dark fruitiness, some dustiness. Coffee taste, watery, hot. Dusty. Warming up...Still a little hot, dusty. Malty, dark chocolately taste. Eh, not a fan.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just arrived in Dallas. I popped the can and poured it into a New Belgium chalice. The beer is so dark one could easily mistake it for motor oil--old oil at that, coming from the can. The nose is rich with dark, roasty chocolate notes. Now this is a beer to be savored on a cold night! A wonderful combination of malts, a good amount of chocolate, nutty toffee, a light roasty acridness. Bitterness is high but hops don't make a substantial flavor component. It's all about the malt here.

This is definitely my Christmas night beer this year, when I save something special to enjoy (hopefully in front of the gas fire, if it's cold).

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Photo of fostwal
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty strong beer. Now doubt about it. This is a pitch black brew. Evan the foam is bark. It has a heavy roasted chocolate and caramel odor to it. The taste is very harsh at first. Though it really mellowed out while drinking it. Not sure if it needed to breath or just warm up. Similar to a red wine. In the end, it was a heavily malted, coffee tasting beer. The mouthfeel is ok.

Overall, this is a goodbeer. Definitely better after it breathed some.

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Ten FIDY from Oskar Blues Grill & Brew
96 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.