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Choklat - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,499 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,499
Hads: 4,902
Avg: 4.27
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 469
Gots: 944 | FT: 47
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 12-14-2007

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Reviews: 1,499 | Hads: 4,902
Photo of beerfairy
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark almost black color with a thin mocha head, some lacing lingers but not a lot.

S - Chocolate sweetness roasted malts, possibly hint of vanilla bean.

T - Almost hits you like milk chocolate but has a bitter, but not too bitter finish.

M - Slight carbination, silky chocolate mouthfeel with lingering bitterness

D - Very drinkable, almost like desert in a glass. Maybe next time I'll try it with some vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of LunaChick
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this both in bottle and on tap now.

Presented in a tulip glass. The beer is pitch black with a slight head that fizzed down and overall left a fairly nicely laced glass.
Smell? Literally like a dark chocolate milkshake. First heavy milk chocolate. Alcohol warmth passes through and hints roasted coffee are present.
Taste begins full-on dark chocolate ice cream. For anyone who's ever had goats milk ice cream--the zest and richness are very similar. This beer is thick. 11% alcohol? Oh yes. The warmth come through but is not so extreme that is detracts from the flavor. Some high abv brews take on a fruity flavor from the yeast. I get some subtle fruit notes. Nothing to make me stop drinking it.
The end has bitter hints. Overall the flavor is all chocolate. Syrupy as the beer warms, it does become very intense.
Full bodied and thick, thick, thick in the mouth. Lower carbonation than some and very smooth overall.
Drinkability? Very low. Between the intense sweetness and the high alcohol this is a sipper and an on occasion beer at best. I would not drink it regularly.
I prefer Rogue's Chocolate Stout as a good every day heavily chocolate flavored brew.

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Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.29/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not trying to slam this beer but it didn't do it for me. I had it last year and remember it being better than this.

A- Poured into snifter jet black with little to no head and had no lacing when glass was finished

S- Dark cherries, malted milk, smores over a campfire without the smoke flavor

T- Chocolate covered cherries, it hides the alcohol well. I know it's not at all cost effective to use high quality chocolate for such a widely distributed beer but Choklat is to real chocolate as instant coffee is to fair trade. I can taste the coco powder

M- Had some weight to it but still a touch dry

D- Because of the high ABV, not so much. Possible desert to share w/ friends, in small portions. It's as drinkable as eating 2lbs of chocolate is edible.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer truly replicates Belgian dark chocolate. Pours very dark with minimal carbonation and head. Nose is very aromatic, dark chocolate with strong vanilla overtones. Flavor is distinctly Belgian chocolate, smooth but with a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. The only shortfall is that it isn't as thick and creamy as one would expect for the fullness of flavor. The light-ish body, though, may contribute to how drinkable this is.

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Photo of markmiller
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Consumers Beverage in Buffalo, NY for growler fill.

A: Even with an agressive pour into a nonic pint, there is relatively little head that forms on top of a dark, dark body of beer. No light gets through this glass. (EDIT: Upon further investigation, if you pour like crazy, you get an excellent three finger creamy head with nice cascading action along the sides of the glass. Impressive growler.)

S: Chocolate, and lots of it. I mean, this is one of the best smelling beers ever. Smells like a freshly opened tub of Nesquik or a can of Hershey syurp like Grandma used to pour over ice cream. There is a faint vanilla scent, but this nose is just really chocolate milk. And its a sweet chocolate. Everyone's had a chocolate stout before and you smell dark, bitter chocolate. This one is literally sweet smelling, just like chocolate milk.

T: Again, its chocolate. It's sweet, smooth and delicious. The slight crisp finish keeps this beer from becoming cloyingly sweet. As you let it roll around in the mouth, its like letting a chocolate bar melt. So good and balanced. Definitely a dessert beer. Alcohol well hidden. Hell, have this beer FOR dessert.

M: Just a think sweetness that coats your mouth and leaves a great aftertaste.

D: It's quite scary how after a few sips you think you are drinking chocolate milk and then you get a tingle from 11% ABV after a while and then you realized. Whoa. Delicious.

O: A great, delicious beer to enjoy as a dessert or while relaxing with company.

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Photo of Sky2625
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a snifter (this review from notes taken 7/28/11).

A - Poured an onyx espresso color with moderatley thick body. 1/2-finger tan head, with fizzly small bubbles and an occasional large bubble. Good retention with bits of lace. Shines mahogany when held up to the light.

S - Strong cocoa and chocolate, with an underpinning of vanilla, and a whiff of molasses. Also hints of smokiness and dark malt. Finishes with a near toosie roll candy sweet scent.

T - Strong semi-sweet chocolate eases into a powdered cocoa flavor. Sweet, but with a sour and bitter chocolate bite as well. This sourness continues as a hint of oakenness and dark malt becomes apparent. Light to moderate bitterness takes from the sourness, and finishes with a bit of heat in the throat.

M - Medium body, with a mild burning sharpness at the front of the tongue, transitions to heat in the back of the throat. Mild carbonation throughout.

D - Very strong chocolatey sweetness makes for a great dessert beer, but I found myself distracted by the sour bitter chocolate notes and the heat.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle poured in a 16oz glass

Appearance: Pours syrupy; looks dark black with a thick brownish head. I cannot see through the glass.

Smell: an explosion of Chocolate blended with dark roasted malt. It is very sweet to the nose.

Taste: sugary chocolate, sweet dark roasted malt, with a hint of alcohol. Tastes reminds me of an alcohol chocolate milk type beer.

Mouthfeel: syrupy, thick bodied with little carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall, This is a great RIS. Probably one of my favorite stouts right behind Stone's RIS. The name of this stout truly describes the taste. It is a sweet chocolate explosion in my palate and it is very well balanced with the alcohol and the malt flavors.

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Photo of reds2harleys
4.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine brew from Southern Tier. Pours black w nice foamy head. Tastes just like it should, strong chocolate flavor throughout. Had a bomber last night and enjoyed every sip. Will pick up again for sure.

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Photo of miketd
2.03/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours black with virtually no head. Just a small ring of brown on the rim. Very heavy Hershey like chocolate. Almost too much...actually it is too much. Sorry, this doesn't smell like beer, but some drink that should be in a martini glass. Flavor is hersheys with some alcohol burn. Has a slightly bitter finish. How did they get a flavor like this? Almost like the base was liquid chocolate and a few hops were added. Seems fake and artificial. Medium palate and oily. Not very good in my opinion. Way too much chocolate milk for me.

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Photo of EGledhill
4.92/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at D's in Regent Square.

get it while you can, they bought up the last 6 barrels of this sweet gift from the beer gods left in Pittsburgh

A. black with a tan head

S. an unbelievable chocolate aroma...couldn't wait to suck it down

T. not as potent as the smell, but nevertheless, fantastic. chocolate the whole way through. the only beer I've had with a better chocolate taste so far has been Young's Double Chocolate Stout.

M. a little thin, maybe making them a little too easy to drink.

D. supremely good. Stopped at D's to grab a mixed 6 and Probably should've eaten something. they're not kidding when they say 11.0% ABV. Overall one of the best. Simply put, amazing

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One dimensional? Yes but let it be known this is the king of chocolate stouts. Southern Tier knows big stouts and this is a gem in their lineup. Minimal head lacing non existent the smell is chocolate lovers bliss and the taste definitely follows. The alcohol is so well hidden when it's cold you'll be checking the bottle again. The finish and aftertaste is chocolate punch in the taste buds.. You like chocolate and sweet stouts? You better buy it if you see it because it won't be there long...

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Photo of JonMich13
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jamie2dope for the trade.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Flying Saucer 2009 Beerknurd glass.

A= Very dark black with some hints of light coming through on the edges. Very little head on the 1st pour. Hard poured the 2nd half and got a 3+ head of light brown. Light lacing.

S = Basically chocoate/ tootsie roll with a bit of earthy hop presence.

T = INTENSELY sweet chocolate dominates. Very syrupy to the point of overbearing. No coffee. Hop bitterness slightly in the finish. HOT alcohol on the finish as well. Burns a bit from the intense sweetness as well. Wanted to give a 4 because I love chocolate, but this is a bit heavy handed.

M = Not overly thick. This could use a bit of softening. I like my RIS creamy and smooth.

D = Definitely a sipper. The harsh alcohol burn and syrupy sweetness make this one a one hour affair. I made it through the bomber, but it took a bit of effort.

Overall, has some very redeeming qualities. The chocolate is very overt (big surprise, huh?) and quite tasty, but in whole, this one could use some work to soften some of its more harsh qualities.

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Photo of hossua34
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Thick, black and syrupy. Not a tremendous amount of head, but what is there is brown in color. Tiny, thin wisps of lacing remain.

S - Straight chocolate syrup. Like unscrewing the cap of a bottle of Hershey's and taking a whiff.

T - Very, very chocolately. I was expecting at least SOME other flavor, but I really can't detect any. However, the alcohol is nicely hidden.

M - Very thick and little carbonation. "Syrupy" is a good descriptor once again.

D - The chocolate flavor is rather overpowering. It's very hard NOT to drink a bottle of this very slowly. Hearty and filling. Maybe it says something about me, but I have never been able to taste or sense a whole lot of difference between the chocolate beers.

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Photo of WertMaker
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what the label says...Chocolate (Choklat)!!

Like a liquid chocolate bar, it pours syrup like into the glass with the color of rich brown coco. Nothing but chocolate in the nose with no hint of hops nor the alcohol promised by the labeling. The head is beige, resembling the crema on a nice Italian espresso with the color like that of frothed milk chocolate.

The first sip explodes on the tongue with notes of caramel, chocolate (of course), and the subtle richness of roast malts. Bitter dark chocolate hints in the finish which lingers almost indefinitely.

Although ABV is listed at 11%, the alcohol is barely noticeable save for the warmth it provides those lucky enough to enjoy a snifter of this marvelous elixir.

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

I poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass. There was minimal biege head and slight lacing. Dark black in appearance with a slightly red hue when held up to the light. The aroma has some alcohol on it, also coffee, dark chocolate. This beer punches you in the mouth with flavor coffee and chocolate, a bit of dried fruit. There is a great hop/ malt balance. The mouthfeel is viscous, like motor oil. This could be an very dangerous beer considering it's alcohol content. I would highly recommend this beer. One of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Rich nose of melted dark chocolate. The aroma chocolate gives off when you heat it up, that's what this beer brings to mind. There is very little else in the aroma profile, perhaps some dusty grain but likely this is the background of robust use of chocolate

Appearance: Deep black, opaque. With a moderate pour this beer forms a thin head of small tan carbonation bubbles that fades to but a ring around the outside of the glass.

Flavor: Initially the tongue starts out confused between a roasted bitterness and huge chocolate sweetness. As the flavor settles in you are hit with an unmistakably rich milk chocolate candy bar, liquified. There is a hop bitterness in the middle that pushes through the chocolate with some earthy bittering flavor. This quickly gives way to a sweet but dry finish. The flavor finally fades from sweet chocolate in the end to the only hint at this beer's 11% ABV with a drying and slightly hot alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium and effervescent carbonation. There is a slight stickiness in the finish but it is still quite dry on the tongue.

Overall: An unbelievably rich and sweet stout. This is such a chocolaty beer that there were honest-to-goodness chocolate shavings in my glass and the bottle at the end. My experience with dessert beers at this point is admittedly limited, but this beer has got to be near the top of the list. Rich in the nose, rich chocolate sweetness with effervescent carbonation and a drying finish. At 11% ABV this sweet warmer is not to be taken lightly.

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Photo of deford
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bomber into an Alesmith Goblet.

L- Scary dark. Minimal head that fades quickly leaving no trace of it's existence.

S- Ummmm, chocolate.

T- Well.....chocolate. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, bitter baking chocolate and maybe some fudge. Starts off sweet and finishes bitter.

F- Nothing at all.

O- A bit one-dimensional...but hey, that dimension is chocolate!! Would probably be great over vanilla ice cream.

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Photo of edmedina
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

aroma: Chocolate nothing else. It's like smelling a hot chocolate drink.
Appearance: Low head, dark, opaque. No light is getting through at all.
Taste: Think Hot chocolate with alcohol, an imperial hot chocolate if you will. I also get hints of roasted malts almost very coffee like.
Overall Impression: This being called a Choklate stout you can pretty much guess what you are getting. This is an 11% beer but it is very well hidden. It's a nice sipper very enjoyable.

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Photo of BobbyBeerman
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours heavy. It's deep dark brown to black with light only getting through at the extreme edges. The tan color head dissipates to a ring that doesn't leave any lacing.

S: You have to let this one warm up otherwise you will miss it. Well, you will miss the fullness. Chocolate. The aroma is a double barrel shotgun of chocolate that fires off both barrels. I keep searching for something else but it is just chocolate. And one would think that the flavor would be way too sweet and over the top. Well...

T: Initially the smell made me thing I was going to be drinking a chocolate bar dipped in Hershey's sauce. Not really. Somehow the sweetness is balanced. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is strong and in your face but it isn't over the top and sickeningly sweet.

M: Medium to heavy body, light carbonation, a little oily, a warming alcohol feel (not surprising, this being an imperial).

D: Well, I would call this one a "one per session" but maybe it is a "one session per" instead. Weighing in at 11% ABV (according to the bottle) this is one that I would want to share amongst friends instead of drinking the whole thing myself (which is what I did tonight). A very enjoyable beer but maybe one that I would save for after dinner.

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Photo of blackenmn
4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a nice thick dark chocolate color. With a very minimal head which disappeared quickly. You'd think it was chocolate syrup sitting in a glass if you didn't give it a swirl. Smelled of rich choclate syrup with a small hint of the abv warmth on the nose, a little beyond inviting. There was a bit of caramel malt presence but primarily just sweet chocolate syrup aroma dominates.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tastes of thick extremely rich and delicious genuine chocolate. Not just a hint of chocolate but a stout with a few chocolate bars crammed into the brew. There was a definite caramel malt presence in the taste and feel of this. It helped keep it from being to simple of a brew and kept it delicious all the way through. This was a pretty full bodied brew as expected, and lacking bitterness or much carbonation which fit the brew nicely.

Drinkability:Far too drinkable. I'll definitely be picking this up again for such an occasion as Valentine's day. Quite the treat.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No date on bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black like any other imperial stout. Looks good.

Smell: Insane chocolate smell as I open the bottle before I even pour it into the pint glass. Smells like straight up Hershey's chocolate syrup with a touch of alcohol.

Taste - Like chocolate milk with a touch of alcohol. Super chocolate, slight hop bitterness to balance. The only thing I don't like is the slight alcohol taste (but I'm picky with this in any beer) but it's barely there.

Mouthfeel: Creamy

Overall: One of my favorite imperial stouts and in my top 10 beers.

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Photo of RunawayJim
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a thick black with a very small brownish-tan head. Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, hot fudge, and a hint of roasted coffee. Upon the first sip, I knew I was in for a real treat. The beer tastes of smooth chocolate. Not necessarily dark chocolate, but not milk chocolate. This is a chocolate flavor I have rarely tasted. The beer was brewed with fine Belgian chocolate. That's the taste. It's a great chocolate flavor. The roasted flavors are there, but just as an afterthought and balancing act. This is one very drinkable beer for the 11% ABV. I didn't even notice it at all.

I had this as dessert. It would pair well with ice cream.

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Photo of ThreeLions
4.61/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Motor oil. Held this beer up to the light and could not see even a whisper of light. Dark as the inside of a cave. Jet black. Little to almost no head.

Smell: Chocolate. All chocolate. No hop aroma whatsoever. This nose is all chocolate.

Taste: Holy chocolate batman. Wouldn't change a thing about this taste. For the style, there isn't a single thing I would change about this. The darkest of dark beer thrusts upon the taste buds intense dark chocolate, no noticeable hops or yeast but excellent chocolate. This is a true dessert beer. Hell, give me this any day as a dessert and you can keep your cake. Although there is no lactose this comes across as a milk stout. The bittersweet Belgian chocolate used is the perfect compliment to the carefully chosen malts.

Mouthfeel: Very silky smooth mouthfeel. Nice heavy body complimented by a silkiness is the mark of a true artist. This is heavy, but it should be heavy. I don't think I could drink more than one of these but believe me one is enough, and in a good way.

Overall: What more is there to say? This is quite the beer. Although it is almost too sweet it is intense and complete. This reminds me of Mary Poppins: Practically perfect in every way.

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Photo of bainard
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into an orval glass.

A - not quite "black hole" black, but pretty dark. as spinal tap might say, a "pastel black".

S - chocolate. dark dutched chocolate. really, just any permutation of chocolate you can imagine is here. cake, fudge, bar, even powder are all here. mouthwatering, this is.

T - a carbonated chocolate shake. not some foolish mcdonald's shake, either. no way, this is a double-chocolate ice cream with a ton of hershey's syrup sort of shake, with shavings on top. apparently this is 11% abv? i don't believe it, but i feel it a few minutes later...

M - a carbonated chocolate shake, like i said. it's amazing.

D - 11% abv be damned, this is amazing. it's a dream come true for stout and chocolate lovers. my favorite new brew of 2007, with a bullet.

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Photo of noel2977
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black, opaque... almost cola like, with a small head that dissipates quickly

S - Cocoa nibs and Chocolate - go figgur. Vanilla.

T - Chocolate, malty, then hints of vanilla, finishing with hints of coffee. The finish sails on with this beer after you've tasted it - its crazy and reminiscent of how a fine red wine lasts. No hint of the booze in this beer... it will be interesting to see how this evolves as it warms up. This is a sipper you can enjoy for dessert.

M - Not oily at all... decent carbonation - somewhat delicate, which aligns with the flavor profile.

O - Wow. All I can say. Find this beer and taste. Double quick if you are into chocolate beers.

Tasted from a 22oz bomber into a Chimay snifter.

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Choklat from Southern Tier Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 1,499 ratings.