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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 356
Hads: 871
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 19.18%
Wants: 65
Gots: 177 | FT: 9
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Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007

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Reviews: 356 | Hads: 871
Photo of jordoo
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poored into a snifter.

Its a transparent amber/orange colored brew with a white fluffy head that almost completely disappears and left very minimul lacing. It smells strongly of rubing alcohol but also has a wiskey/oak smell, some malt, hint of fruity esters and a very nice vanilla smell. Overall the taste is dominated by an acidic chemical/solvent type of flavor. Its unfortunate because there are some nice flavores there that get pretty blown away like vanilla, oak and some slight apple cider. The mouth feel was very nice however I really struggled to drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of jackorain
2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance-It didn't look that good with a head that fell to almost nothing almost immediately.
Not even a vigorous swirl could bring much head back.

Smell-The smell is quite complex with a woody aroma, I also get vanilla and dried fruit, there is also a distinct Belgian yeast "funk" (not negative) as well, this would be otherwise joy to smell were it not for the solvent like assault by the alcohol esters that starts immediately and lingers in the sinuses long after the sniff.

Taste-The taste is very much like the nose, very complex, only more so. There is definitely a wood aged aspect here, raw toothpick, charcoal. Elements of both bourbon and scotch, not necessarily smooth ones. The dried fruits also make an appearance as well in caramelized rum raisin way. There is an underlying sweetness that is pushed back by the solvent like alcohol. The Belgian strong ale nature does make an appearance after, there is a characteristic yeasty-ness and a little wheat like grain. However, as with the nose, all of these qualities are overwhelmed by the big alcohol esters.

M-Medium body with a fairly thick syrupy consistency that coats the mouth in a pleasing way. Carbonation is a little prickly, unexpected given the lack of head.

D-Not very drinkable, the alcohol is overwhelming to me. I have had many brews in the 10-12% that did not overwhelm like this.

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Photo of bboven
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cross between deep bronze and garnet; clear body. Thin head with smatterings of lacing.

Initial sweet/sour cherry aroma, high alcohol. A small swirl brings some malt into the picture, but it mellows the cherry out to fruitcake. Not often can I point something out so exactly, but this smells like alcoholic fruitcake.

The cherry oxidation in this is rampant. There is a small amount of oak, but you have to strain to taste it.

Sticky and drying, pretty evenly carbonated.

Way too much cherry and hot alcohol here. I've had big beers like this that hide the alcohol much better.

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Photo of TheBCrew
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber poured into a couple of snifters. Has a light amber color and a white foamy head with good retention and some lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, maple and a hint of oak. Smell is quite pleasant. Tastes to match with a heavy booze flavor and finishes cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel is very heavy. Tough to drink this one, it might benefit from some aging.

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Photo of mental_orbit
3/5  rDev -23.3%

750 cork and cage bomber
Poured very pretty into a goblet two or three fingers of creamy head, chidingopper cloudy color. Smells strongly of hot alcohol with molasses and fruity.
Tastes very strong booze taste, caramel, lot of heat and very sweet. Describe as whisky candy.
Mouth feel is quite carbonated leaves lips sticky with a medium body.
Over all the price is cheap 8$ lot of alcohol not my cup of brew, the booziness is overpowering hiding the quality of the beer also felt there was too much residualsweetness.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big old 22oz bomber of this one pours into my glass a fiery red orange hue with good clarity and a small head that quickly fades away. Aromas start with sweet malts, toffee and fruits. Woody oak barrel accents and a boozy undertone. Mellow vanilla running underneath.

First sip brings sweet malts upfront with a syrupy undertone. Toffee and fruits wind their way in and out. Big bourbon and woody boozy accents seep through this brew. Flows down with a lingering boozy sweetness and oak tannins. Not really to my liking.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit slick and syrupy. Mellow carbonation. Overall it's a bit too hot and sweet for me personally, but there are good flavors running throughout. Glad I got to try it but I enjoy the other Weyerbacher barrel aged offerings much better.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weyerbacher- Blasphemy

Appearance- Dark reddish brown with a big thick foamy head.
Smell- Strong tropical fruit. Pinapple, coconut, banana. Light woodsy aroma. Wood chips.
Taste- Very mild with a strong alcohol bite in the end/ aftertaste. The body is comprised of a "malibu" type flavor- coconut, pinapple, cranberry, banana/ cloves. Slight oak wood chip flavor comes through at times.
Mouthfeel- very smooth and mild, almost bland. Finishes off boozey- strong with the alcohol. This is 11.8% but definitely doesn't seem so.

Overall- this might sound like Blasphemy but this beer was a letdown. Just bland and boring. I guess an aged bottle's flavor would kick it up a level or 2. Buy this and age it- thats my take!

sidenote- I "aged", if you can call it that, this beer for 1 whole month!!

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. $7.99. I think I got it at Whole Foods in Raleigh. I've had it for at least a year, but there's no date, so I don't know how old it really is.

Appearance: Cloudy, rusty color. Little head, almost no lacing-- maybe two little spots. A lot of the cloudiness is chill haze, and it mostly clears up on warming. Meh.

Smell: Smells very sweet and very fruity. Raisins and some lighter stuff like apricots. Yeast is bready and a little spicy. Ethanol is pretty noticable. Nice vanilla notes.

Taste: Tastes good up front-- sweet fruit and raisins, overripe bananas, little clove, and some nice oaky notes. As it gets to the back of the tongue though, its all ethanol and solventy heat. The aftertaste is pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Soft and sticky, then sharp and thin as you swallow what tastes and feels like bad moonshine.

Overall: All in all, I don't really care for it. I do quite like some aspects of it though-- the raisiny and yeasty smells/flavors are good, and the barrel aging seems to have done the beer well. However, like the regular QUAD, this thing is a hot, boozy, mess.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle from inlimbo77; thanks man! Bottled on 04/15/2011 (and best by 04/15/2015), and opened almost one later. Split into a chalice and a goblet, reviewed from the former (girlfriend requested the Chimay goblet...).

Pours a light brown/caramel color with some amber and deep copper hues. Virtually no head develops, save for a very thin ring of off-white bubbles barely surrounding the surface of the liquid; no retention or lacing, and the ABV is the only reason this one didn’t get scored lower here (I mean, at ~12% I can’t be too picky, can I?).

The aroma is lighter than anticipated for a quad as well, with date, raisin, plum, some black cherry, cane sugar, light caramel, and toasted malt coming off first. A bit of ethanol pulls through as well, but it’s quite subtle and seems to lend a faint “buttered popcorn” aroma as well (theater-only style).

Taste is, again, lighter than expected for the style. Perhaps this blends a bit with the mouthfeel, but it just seems thin and lacking in the usual unfermented sugar and flavor goodness that more traditional quads boast. Flavor-wise, elements of caramel, toffee, roasted almond, date, plum, raisin, cane sugar, wood (oak and cedar, primarily), and prominent EtOH are the mark of this brew. Much more alcohol on the tongue than in the nose, unfortunately.

Mouthfeel, as alluded, is thin and almost worthy of the descriptor “watery.” The sugary flavors are felt as an almost gritty but certainly dry finish, the alcohol and it’s accompanying burn contributing to the latter.

Overall, this was a “meh” beer for me, seemingly average for the style; I've had worse and better. With almost a year on it, I had hoped the EtOH would have died down a bit more as there seems to be a solid flavor profile lurking in the background. I just wished it had thickened up a bit and brought the intended flavors to the forefront more. Still, another new brew to me that I'm happy to have tried!

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Photo of ryanonline
3.07/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

very clear dark brown that has a lot of ruby highlights with a rather thick yet consistent off white foamy head, that dissipates in less than a minute. big ol' sheets of lacing on the side.

very heavy hit of booze off the bat, not a very subtle presence of bourbon, more scotch like than anything. I want to think there is more, but I cant get past the bourbon. Maybe shouldn't have used my chalice.

The taste has a similarly overpowering characteristic, yet it is a bit easier to detect other flavors than in the aroma. I also get some spearmint and sweet malt, not quite toffee like, with some light fruity esters.

Mouthfeel is super dry, and a bit on the thin side for a quad. almost no trace of carbonation, somewhat creamy though. Dry.

I don't particularly care for this, so I can't really comment on the drinkability.

this beer is not all that great, it disappoints in the noise, but redeems itself slightly in the flavor, though not enough.

afterthought: it kind of tastes like a whiskey and coke with crappy whiskey, so still not bad.

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Photo of corby112
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a dark, golden chestnut/honey brown color with ruby edges and a half dinger white foam head that quickly fades. Minimal spots of lace.

Boozy aroma with hints of dark fruit, oak, vanilla and sweet alcohol. Hints of dark cherry, plum and raisin but it's dominated by the alcohol and barrel presence.

Very sweet with again, a lot of boozy heat as well as a lot of dark fruit, oak and vanilla. I'm picking up hints of raisin, plum and dark cherries and more boozy heat in the warm finish.

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Photo of justinp444
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a snifter it has a clear amber black body with a quickly dissipating 1 inch slight beige head (no lacing). Smell is of buttered toast, dried fruit, vanilla, bourbon, cherry, caramel, toffee, plum, and prune. Taste is the same with even more buttered toast, a okay amount of bourbon, vanilla, cherry, burnt sugar, caramel, and brown sugar. Full oily mouth feel and body with a good amount of alcohol bite. Really a bad quad, maybe I just picked up a bad bottle with a ton of butter but I this is totally disappointing.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Amber with cream-colored head that stays as a single layer.

S- Alcohol at first. The most alcoholic smelling beer I've had. Some banana, a tinge of sour fruit, overridden by tons of sweet malt. A bit of oak, but just a tinge.

T- Initially sweet, cloyingly so. Some oak coming in, and then TONS of alcohol that overrides everything else. Some golden raisins, banana, oak, and honey. Finish is alcohol and sickly sweet malt.

M- Smooth, full-bodied at first, medium-low carbonation, a very warming finish with the sweetness leaving a slick, unpleasant feeling on the tongue.

D- Not really drinkable. Far too strong. The alcohol makes it simply too intense, even for an intense beer lover... overall, i think it'd be good if you lay it down for a couple years... everything's too intense right now.

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Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single in a mixed case form the brewery.

Whoa, put this one back, it ain't ready yet. I'm not saying it's a bad beer, but it feels like it needs some time. The nose has some great vanilla and oak notes, but they're overwhelmed by alcohol there and in the flavor. There's a background sweetness in the taste, but again the booze prevails. I recommend this beer because it seems like there's some great stuff going on, but let it sit for at least 6 months before consuming.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle, appears to have been bottled 04/06/11. Allowed to warm some before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Weyerbacher Blasphemy pours hazy, and is somewhere between brown and maroon. There are very nice light red highlights shining through. The bone colored head is barely there, fades quickly, and doesn't leave a stitch of lacing. A disappointment all around, although I do have to cut the beer just a little slack on this count due to the prodigious alcohol level. The barrel aging is readily apparent in he aroma. Notes of caramel and vanilla immediately jump out, before fading in with some dark berry and fruit smells. The nose is balanced in equal measure by a spicy phenolic character and a warming bourbon and boozy note, which could stand to be a little more subdued. The flavor works off that blueprint, but dials up the alcoholic heat and bourbon even a bit more The plum and raisin flavors up front don't seem as dark and intense as they normally are. The peppery phenols are there, but largely drowned out by the hot alcohol aspect of the beer. The body is somewhat full (though also somewhat dried out for a 12% beer) and nicely creamy. It's aided by an expansive, yet subdued carbonation. I had high expectations for Blasphemy, as I think Belgian style beers do better in bourbon barrels than a lot of brewers realize, and I think Weyerbacher does some great barrel aging (Heresy, and especially Insanity). This one though, was definitely a bit underwhelming. I chalk it up more to the base beer than the barrel aging.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with very little head and virtually no lacing.

Smell is predominately malty with undertones of vanilla and some other kind of fruity aroma, little hop presence.

Taste is malty, diacetyl being present so it's quite buttery, vanilla is intrusive, a very warming beer as the alcohol is pretty evident as the oaked aspects mellows the sweetness.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Copped a 22oz bomber from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa... Really nice logo sticker with a monk covering his mouth with his hand... Blasphemy... According to the label, this beer is the result of aging Weyerbacher's Quad in Oak Barrels - the final product is an excessively sweet, slightly overbearing oak-aged taste with vanilla and strong caramel aftertones... pours a very nice dark-copper color with minimal head and impressive carbonation... Smell is replete with a malty, sweet, sugar-laden aroma... taste is ultra-flavorul, very rich and thick with a strong syrup taste pouring through...Strong alcoholic presence is noticeable in the tongue and nose, but is not entirely dominating, although the ABV is certainly up there at 11.8% ABV... as with many Weyerbacher brews, this one wasn't bad, but was slightly over-the-top, powerful, and should be sipped slowly... Overall, a flavorful, interesting brew... Worth a try...

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Photo of Brew_42
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown with a thin white head.

Smells-Vanilla, caramel,bourbon.

Tastes- The bourbon flavor was a bit over powering. But once the alcohol flavor faded a bit there is some brown sugar/vanilla sweetness that saves the beer from being to boozy.

MF-Very boozy beer with little to no carbonation.

Overall-Better than most beer with such a high ABV. The sweetness manages to prevent it from being too overwhelming but I will probably stick to Tripels and Dubbels in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark copper body with a small, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Oaky, alcohol-drenched aroma. Lesser notes of raisins, vanilla, toasted coconut, and malts, but you can easily foresee the punishment coming up in the flavor.

Taste: Strongly oaken and boozey all wrapped up with a harshness. No surprises there. Unfortunately, it squashes the delicate vanilla, coconut, and malt flavors. Mild spiciness. Hint of nut shells. Golden raisins marinated in ethanol. Boozey, astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Maybe a few years in the cellar would help Blasphemy come together better, but as it stands, I'd rather just stick with the QUAD. Even the dude on the label is struggling to keep it down.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a snifter.

Nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head, but it laces pretty well down the glass
Aroma is sweet alchohol, not much hops to be found.
Taste is alchohol, probably a little too much. raisen sweetness and the sweet over powers any hops I might be looking for.
smooth feel on the tounge and easy going down, with just a touch of a burn.
I might be able to have one of these at a time, but there are many better options in my opinion for that type of usage. Average beer that I am not sure the oak really helps at all.

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Photo of teromous
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark murky brown body with a slight red tint. No head.

Aroma: There is a very faint oak aroma backed by a pervasive alcohol aroma which is obviously forgivable given the 11.8% ABV.

Taste: I get a light banana and sweet caramel flavor with some light sweet alcohol flavor at the end. It has a nice mellow taste and it is easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice smooth mouthfeel. There's no alcohol bite or punchy flavors.

Overall: It's a pretty good quad but it didn't have much complexity. While it is still an enjoyable beer I feel that it's kind of like driving a Lamborghini that has a "moderate ride." I would recommend looking elsewhere for a quad.

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Photo of DrJay
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy caramel orange colour with a thin layer of fine beige bubbles. Solid collar with a bit of spotty lacing. Fruity aroma, some banana, coconut flesh, oak, mild vanilla, and a bit of caramel. Same in the flavour, but with additional oak and sweetness, it's also got an earthy and bready character, plus alcohol towards the end and a lot of heat in the finish. The sweetness really seems to be reigning in the alcohol here, and it's needed. The body is definitely on the full side with plenty of carbonation and a fair bit of dryness. Lots of warmth that stuns the tongue too. This one really seems like a car wreck, but somehow it hangs together. I'm not sure how Weyerbacher pulls that off in some of these big beers, but the result is pretty good here.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An amber colored brew with some reddish tints. Small head and thin lace.

The aroma was of alcohol solvents,fruits/cherries along with caramel & oak hints.

The taste started off with alcohol then some subtle malts with the a light bourbon taste. Some oak and fig taste was in there too.

The feel was smooth yet hot. Boozy is the word. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Hot in the finish.

Notes: Not well balanced in my opinion. Too boozy for it's own good so drinkability is not bad ,but a slow sipper. I felt it was still a decent brew with a good subtle bourbon taste and a very warming effect. The alcohol just needs to be a bit masked in this beer and then I think it will garner a higher grade from me.

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Photo of bgjohnston
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was curious to try this beer (their oak-aged Quad) along with a bottle of their straight (non wood aged) Quad. The result of this comparison surprised me, as I expected this one to be the more drinkable of the two.

I poured each into goblets, and let them warm a little from cellar temperature. This one poured a somewhat cloudy dark amber, with a white head. There was a nice fruity smell, with a hint of oak and alcohol.

The flavor was very big, with a lot more going on than I can really describe, but there was fruit, cinnamon, and bourbon present. Unfortunately, I found it to be a bit harsh. It was a little better at room temperature, but even then it still reminded me of cheap whiskey that hasn't been aged enough.

In the end, I found the bottle of Quad that I picked up right next to this one on the shelf to be a much more harmonious combination of flavors, and significantly more drinkable.

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Photo of stakem
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml corked and caged bottle which I believe is from a fresh release. The brew appears a clouded mahogany color with lighter orange clarity seen around the edges. A tan khaki head rests atop with decent retention.

The aroma comes across very sweet like candy or beet sugar moreso than malt. As I smell the beer more, I pick up a little hint of caramel, toffee and vanilla with fruity alcohol. Some herbal and cheesy aspect evolves as it opens up.

The taste is sweet like candy then notes of toffee, caramel and vanilla come out from the barrel aging along with a little herbal note mixing with whiskey. There is a raw woody aspect and mild oxidation noticed as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is boozy yet some of that is hidden by the excessive amount of residual sugar. After drinking some of this I could not tell if I was drunk or on a sugar high...

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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.