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Blasphemy - Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.5%


Brewed by:
Weyerbacher Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ego on 03-10-2007)
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dragonWhale

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 on tap at the Gate..dear sweet baby Jesus..

A bit lighter than I expected for a quad, amber with a miniscule head, the lightest trace of lacing on the glass. But before the beer can even be examined properly, the bourbon and booze pop out and punch me right in the f'in face. This thing is out of control, no settling down in the 4 years on it, a definite rolling stone. Shiit, well, bourbon and some fusels in the aroma, a little bit of pitted fruit aroma, mostly dates and plums, a bit of fig, very nice background, but the dominant aroma is too too much. In a very daunting Rihanna kind of sexy way. Like I don't know if I can even touch this thing.
And yet, I do..big punch of booze to start out with waves of dates, figs, and plums. Still bringing some heat after all these years, but it does manage to get down. The heat refuses to die the entire glass, a constant reminder of the likely damage being done inside my body. Hot mouthfeel that tingles and burns in a way that I feel a bit uncomfortable about. Like watching porn with your uncle. No, your uncle.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 15:22:41 | More by dragonWhale
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metter98

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is a copper-amber color with no head
S: The nose has a strong, intense aroma of bourbon mixed with hints of other flavors
T: There are lots of malty sweet flavors.
M: There's a smooth body with a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: I could definitely have more than one of these in a single sitting

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 17:11:13 | More by metter98
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle.

Poured a deper orangish color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of oak and bourbon with some fruitiness, and vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, woody, and caramel. Alcohol burn in the finish.

Notes from: Jul 12, 2008

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 00:57:13 | More by hopdog
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soccerman7

Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Smoke - never seen it in this form.

Appearance - Nice deep copper color bordering a brown.
Smell - Intense. Can smell the malts with a hint of hops and definitely the bourbon.
Taste - Started off really nice with the malts and whisps of oak, but then the bourbon and oak came on too much to really taste the beer. A touch of heat from the 11+ abv hit.
Mouth - Average honsetly. A bit dry and the oak lingered over everything.
Drinkability - interesting brew and nice, but the oak was a bit much for me even though i love oaked beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 15:41:17 | More by soccerman7
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blind Tier Ale Hse in NYC a few weeks ago and reviewed from notes. Pours cloudy darkish, smoky almond, minor light tan head and leaving a tiny bubble film and fine light lacing. The nose here is boldly of crisp spicing and alcohol. One sip and its obvious that this a strong, heady and complex brew. Notes of currents, rum, brandy, burnt grains, alot going on here, not for the faint of heart/palate, not for quaffing, and not for fans of pissy yellow beer. Fine night capper/late night sipper.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2007 14:14:05 | More by Billolick
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cichief

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

Pours a deep brown, somewhat hazy, with a big, light-brown head. Smells very spicy, yeasty, with hints of ripe fruit. Taste is very powerful, yeast, spice, raisins, and a lot of alcohol, too much alcohol. Very sweet. It is medium on the tongue, with a dryish finish. The alcohol burn makes this less drinkable than I would prefer, but all in all an occassional treat.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2007 03:21:42 | More by cichief
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap the other day at Mahaffey's.

The beer pours a very good looking darkish brown color. Very impressive looking beer with excellent head retention and good lacing. The nose is not huge, but one gets a sense of sweet spices and oak on the nose. On the palate this beer is quite sweet with candy, cherries, vanilla, chocolate, licorise and raisens. The alcohol is pretty noticeable in this one, making it not the most drinkable of beers. Definitely a sipper, but a good beer for all that. The beer finishes moderately well; sweet with a bit of crispness/dryness at the end. A very good beer from Weyerbacher, albeit not the easiest beer to drink given the high abv.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2007 12:42:41 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle. Reviewed on 6-24-12.
Weyerbacher always does magical things when they oak age any of their brews. The only thing I see any setbacks with this brew is the appearance. This is "too clean" to be a Quad. It might be from me grading it on the first half (Since this is the 750ml Corked and Caged.) I was looking forward to an ugly brew, yet I found a clean Quad. Other than the appearance, I found this to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 22:03:50 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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whiterabbit

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from caged cork bomber

A - Dark copper Brown, like a well aged penny Brown. Cloudy, with little to no head

S - whiskey a go go. Love it dark fruit and sweet boozy Bourbon

T - smooth vanilla and whiskey. Mild yet very satisfying. Medium mouth feel. Ni

M - smooth, rich, slightly boozy. Different from any quad I have tried, but I love it.

O - next spring, I will buy a dozen of these. Really outstanding, a great experience, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 02:36:16 | More by whiterabbit
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottled 5/6/2013. Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark, rusty orange/brown color with almost no head to speak of save for a thin light collar. Body is nearly opaque.

Smell: Booze soaked dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, red grape skins.

Taste: Big malt sweetness with flavors mirroring those in the aroma. Bourbon soaked raisin and fig, brown sugar, hint of red grape and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Low levels of prickly carbonation. Booze is there, but masked well.

Overall: Another solid beer from Weyerbacher. Strays away from a traditional quad, but still a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:03:23 | More by Jonada
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cork and caged bottle picked up in 2012. Poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip.

Pours a reddish brown with a white sand head. Left a little cap and ring. Pretty good for a barleywine. On the nose vanilla, butterscotch, prunes, brown sugar and caramel. Smooth oak, vanilla, brown sugar and candi sugar. While there is plenty of spicy, bourbon bite it's quite mellow. Mouthfeel is very warming with low carbonation. Body is just a bit thinner than expected. Overall, solid bourbon barrel quad. A good deal for the price.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:25:36 | More by CowsandBeer
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 05.06.13. poured into tulip.

A: a very cloudy pour. a bit too cloudy considering the upright condition this bottle was held in. caramel hued. head is slightly off-white. good retention. limited lacing.

S: great bourbon character right off the bat. oak, vanilla, heat. a lot of those characteristics with a rich caramel malt backbone highlights the nose.

T: definitely get a lot booze. a lot of caramel too. really rich but not sticky. really present vanilla bean flavor. soft and smooth. finish is filled with sweet unfermentables and more booze. wish I got a bit more Belgian quad flavors out of this. that or fermentation flavors. I suppose the majority was overtaken by the bourbon barrels. not the worst thing to overtake a flavor...

M: a really gentle fizz. subtle bottle conditioning. I think it works well. huge body.

D: really impressed with this brew from weyerbacher. this and their Insanity are two top notch bourbon barrel aged brews imo. got another one in the cellar, should be really good in about a year after some of the heat has perhaps dissipated. ill report back.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:45:14 | More by Jimmys
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Corked & caged 750mL bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 9.00. Bottled 05/03/13. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours an opaque ruddy chestnut hue with about a quarter finger of sand toned head. The froth subsides rather quickly to a thin ring that leaves no lace.

Smells malty sweet with oak, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel and candy sugar with whiskey dancing in and out of notice.

Nice layers of flavor: candied dates, whiskey, caramel, plum, fig, treacle, subtle vanilla, oak, sugar cane, apple, cherry, yeasty bannana, faint marmalade and an undercurrent of alcohol. The barrel character plays nicely into the standard sweet American quad flavors. The whiskey never overpowers but compliments well.

Medium heavy, creamy feel with fairly light carbonation. It goes down dangerously easily for the near 12% abv. Whiskey soaked plum and funky sweet yeasty finish.

Perhaps the most enjoyable brew I've had from Weyerbacher. A marked improvement on the base quad and a good value for a barrel aged beer. This will certainly be a repeat purchase for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:49:20 | More by ThickNStout
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 5/9/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, fig, apple, pear, plum, clove, pepper, oak, caramel, candi sugar, toffee, bourbon, molasses, light vanilla, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, barrel, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, plum, raisin, prune, caramel, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, molasses, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark/light fruits, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, pepper, candi sugar, brown bread, herbal and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark malt, and bourbon barrel flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent barrel aged Quadrupel style. All around great complexity and balance of malt, yeast ester, and barrel flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:09:56 | More by superspak
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THFCBeerBQ

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 25 oz bottle at a local bottle shop, no date on bottle.

Poured carefully into a Trappist glass.

A- caramel, brown in color…maybe a bit darker. Almost looks like I am drinking an apple cider – very similar in color and appearance. Good amount of carbonation but little to no head. Poured a quarter inch head initially but it dissipated quickly.

S- boozy! Oak and vanilla jump out at me predominantly. Hints of caramel apple and some other sweet smells. (Maybe grapes or plums…it’s hard to pin down)

T- malty, oak flavor hits your palette first. Followed by some alcohol and fruity hop bitterness. Fruits like grapes cherry and plums dance on the palette. The swallow releases notes of vanilla and more whisky barrel flavor. Nothing too complex here but what it does, it does well.

M- Heavier than I expected, (in a good way) medium-to-heavy with a smooth mouthfeel. Surprisingly drinkable for an 11.8% ABV beer. Should be a slow sipper but if you’re not paying attention it could go down quicker than you expect.

O- Overall this is a quality offering from Weyerbacher. I would say my biggest complaint is that it’s not exactly on style for my taste. Reminds me a bit more like a barleywine or something else…not a Quad. Taste is simple and straightforward but the smooth mouthfeel and drinkability help to make this high-level ABV a force to be reckoned with.

87/100

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:21:56 | More by THFCBeerBQ
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mlhyatt

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I was really excited for this beer when I bought it. A barrel aged quad mmmm. It pours a beautiful redish gold color with about a half inch head. Smell is strong bourbon with notes of fruit like plums, figs, orange and maybe a little banana. Mouthfeel is good. Not overly carbonated with a smooth finish. Taste is sweet. Just sweet. I couldn't get past the sweetness to really taste anything else. There a strong bourbon aftertaste but it's just way too sweet. Had trouble finishing it honestly. I was disappointed with the taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 06:30:18 | More by mlhyatt
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Heynow007

New Jersey

4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great taste and mouth feel. Has a fruity /alcohol taste. You can taste the whiskey. I picked this up at the local Joe CAnals. Cost wasn't too bad am
Nod was in a bomber bottle. There's not much head, but you can expect that from a 11.8% beer.
I generally like the stouts, but also like these whiskey barrel beers. This one tastes a lot like Dogfish Heads Olde School, but with a little less ABV. (15% vs 11.8).

Deep red color

I love the smell. It has a fruity smell and makes me want to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 01:39:37 | More by Heynow007
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mverity

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Pours a hazy brown with a tinge of red. Cream colored head that lasted pretty well. Collar persistedthroughout the entire bomber. Aroma is mostly fig, and red grape with lots of molasses and whiskey booziness to it. Taste is almost the exact same but with some vanilla and cherry as well. Mouthfeel is enjoyably boozy. The booziness that detracts from the taste and smell is airy and pungent on the tongue. I'm glad I've got a few more of these for this winter and next winter. I'm hoping the booze subsides and morphs into something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:36:14 | More by mverity
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richj1970

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml caged and corked bottle into goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy brown with golden orange tones. Small white head that disappears quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Figs, dates, raisin, bourbon mixed with sweet caramel.

T: Sweetness and whiskey dominate the palette. Some fruits including dates and plum. A bit of spices in the back maybe a bit of clove.

M: Full bodied with little carbonation. Sweet alcohol on the tongue.

O: Very nice brew especially if you like a stronger ABV with some sweetness. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I wished it was in 12 oz bottle to make smaller portions easier.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 19:19:57 | More by richj1970
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tviz33

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz. cork top bottle, served in a tulip.

A- Pours a murky brown body with some orange hues and one finger of off-white head that goes away pretty quickly.

S- Sweet and sour fruitiness. Figs and raisins. Boozy bourbon; maybe just a little too much

T- If you think the nose is boozy, the taste is even more so. The sweetness helps it out, but it doesn't appear to be overly complex or anything out of the ordinary.

M- Full bodied brew and lightly carbonated.

O- I know this beer is almost 12% ABV, but the alcohol isn't hidden too well. This is the only thing preventing this beer from being really good.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 05:38:08 | More by tviz33
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this out of a cork caged bottle: the brew pours a dark brown/orange color with a thin, creamy looking head. No real lacing to speak of; low carbonation.

The smell is strong with whiskey, oak, fruit, nuts, vanilla and some caramel. I took a few points off on the smell because the alcohol dominated, just a little too much.

Whew, if you like a boozy, sweet beer then this is for you. Whiskey caramel, brown sugar, nuts, a woody flavor and vanilla. Again the whiskey dominates too much for my tastes but I know there are some who like this quality, if so go for it.

The feel is creamy but intense in the sense that the whiskey leaves a warm tingling in the mouth and throat after swallowing. This brew definitely has a "warming" effect.

Overall this is a strong, boozy and sweet beer. A little to sweet and boozy for my tastes but if you like a beer ages in whiskey barrels this is a good one to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 15:43:37 | More by microbrewlover
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cork and cage bomber. Appearance is dark toffee brown with a thin, quick-receding head. Little to no lace.

Smells like sweet, sweet dark fruit, toffee, raisins and intense red wine. A hint of banana and Belgian spices. There's not really any whiskey on the nose, just a slight whiff of booze that is more reminiscent of strong red wine.

Taste is rich and sweet, and includes vanilla, caramel, fig, prunes, brown sugar, green raisins, apple. There's not much whiskey here either, but there is definitely some nice oak character. There is also nice Belgian yeast character with only the slightest tinge of banana flavor. The yeast is smoothed out by tons of sweet malts, giving it a velvety profile.

Overall this is a very nice beer that's definitely on the sweet side (a lot of quads are too sweet for my taste -- this one is borderline). It could use a stronger whiskey and/or hop presence, but it's still a complex, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:56:11 | More by Mongrel
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ksimons

New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a hazy ruby amber with a thin layer of light tan head

S-rum soaked dark fruits, backbone of malts, subtle chocolate, and a nice bourbon booziness

T-similar to the smell with lots of boozey dark fruits, vanilla, lots of bourbon

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, lot of alcohol warming

Overall this is a really big Quad, really boozey. I'd be curious what a little time could do to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 21:56:00 | More by ksimons
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Theheroguy

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

First thing that comes to mind is WOW!
This is great it's kind of like a low abv bourbon boilermaker. The bourbon flavors and aromas are extremely prevalent. They mingle well with the Belgian yeasty flavors ones would expect from a quadruple. This is perfect harmony, the hops keep the sweet bourbon flavors in check while the malt is all smooth and graceful. Alcohol is a little strong on the nose but it's well hidden on the tongue. This was only 9$! For a something that is aged 2 years they could easily charge more but they don't! You have to try this if you like beer and you like bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 20:52:11 | More by Theheroguy
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml with the new labeling into a tulip.

A: Pours a murky prunish brown with a small beige head. Not a pretty beer by any means.

S: Nose brings sharp raisiny sweetness, buttery whiskey, brown bread, some notes of yeasty clove and nutmeg, a bit of oak.

T: Spike of booze, sherry, fig, moderate tannic whiskey, slight banana, grapes. Some vanilla and cooked sugar notes come out as it warms.

M: Thick-bodied with the appropriate coarse carbonation. Dry tannic feel on the tongue.

O: This beer is boozy as all hell, predictably. Not bad though. Let it warm up.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:39:20 | More by Etan
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Blasphemy from Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.