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AleSmith Speedway Stout - AleSmith Brewing Company

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Reviews: 1,500
Hads: 5,744
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 4.59%
Wants: 841
Gots: 1,729 | FT: 155
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!
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Photo of HoustonTX
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Cracked this beer open about 15 minutes ago, after hanging onto it for roughly one year.

Lovely pour indeed with a magical frothy head that maintains seemingly, with a nice mocha color. Very engrossing deep roasted coffee smell velvety with hints of cream and sugar, and a solid foundation of alcohol. An overriding aura of aroma surrounding and tantalizing the senses. Velvety fresh brewed coffee with hints of cream and light sugar. Very aromatic piney sticky resiny hops lay underneath. All in all, probably the best smelling Stout to date.

The taste is godly as well. This is definitely a divine brew. A concoction straight from Heaven visually, and the only thing above that is actually engorging yourself into the beer itself. Heavy brown rich molasses infused coffee. Dark layers of bricked dark chocolate. Displays a very aggressive hop profile. Mighty piney and very dank, yet in line with the darker malt characteristics. Deep nearly syrupy mouthfeel, very nice.
It's almost serene how good this beer really is.

The experience that this beer provides is one of, you will remember exactly where and when you consumed this beverage was on.
It's just that good.
A surreal Stout experience and one of pure bliss and euphoria. A must for any Stout lover, and without a doubt one of Alesmith's finest creations

Cheers!!

Thanks a bunch to Intriqken for this incredible delicacy. (1,400 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reed415 and genog for this dark beauty.

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Shared this one with the roommate in celebration after he won the championship game in his softball league.

This one pours a complete opaque onyx black with a nice two finger fluffy brown head that sloooowly dies down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is probably the best I've seen for any beer, let alone the style. First whiff I take is alcohol actually, a bit surprised, but for 12% what do you expect. After that initial smell there seems to be sweet espresso mixed in with lucious milk and dark chocolate. Toasted nut seems to tingle in the nose as well. First sip is so creamy and thick, almost like a coffee milkshake. Boozey burn on the tounge and within the mouth, but I could care less. Sweet black coffee flavor mid-way with a sweet caramel aftertaste with some dryness. Powerfull, full-flavored Stout. I can't imagine drinking an entire bottle myself, but I'm sure others have. A benchmark for this style for sure. (1,020 characters)

Photo of BradBLR
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very Dark Brown bordering on black. Can not see through it even holding it up to the sun. Very brown head that lasted the entire beer with very thick lacing.

Smell: A chocolaty coffee smell with hints of sweetness and fruit. Possible faint licorice smell as well.

Taste: Very strong chocolate coffee smell balanced with toasted malt and hints of sweetness. Very smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and creamy. Very smooth, CO2 was perfect for an imperial stout.

Drinkability: Very goods beer that I would buy again and the best imperial stout I have every had. (589 characters)

Photo of macster
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage.Pours a fairly viscous ebony-brown color creating a thin tan head. A paisley pattern of foam maintains itself throughout the glass.

Assertive and complex aromas of espresso beans, dark chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, dark dried fruit and charred oak fill the nose.

Mouthfeel is slick, creamy and a bit oily but not as chewy as some other popular Impy Stouts.

Flavor is a huge hit of the hot alcohol component which was a bit surprising considering the bottle was 3 years old. Otherwise pleasant flavors of espresso coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, vanilla bean, roasted malts, charred wood and rye seeds are enjoyed.

A delicious, huge and complex brew but I’ll take a Bells Expedition push comes to shove. (729 characters)

Photo of garbercury
3.69/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Although I was told to hold out and wait until winter to drink this celebrated beer, I could not contain myself and cracked open the 750ml bottle. Thank you Vintage Wine and Beer for access to this relatively rare beer.

A--Black as tar, I mean really, really, black. You can see how thick this beer is. The head, though minimal has a deep orange hue that is pretty cool

S--To me this was excellent. You can really smell the roasted malt, coffee, and sweet tones of chocolate and even vanilla. The aroma was extremely appealling.

T--Very intense. I have heard that this beer really masks the alcohol and that is just not true. I found it to be overbearing. Deep roasted malt flavor and you can definitely get the hints of coffee and chocolate.

M--You can practically chew this one. The mouthfeel is very distinct and heavy.

D--Now maybe it was drinking it at the wrong time but can you say way overrated? I expected to have an epiphany drinking this stout and was quite frankly, disappointed. I wonder a bit if people are simply rating this beer on expectation more than what it really is. I would take a Guinness Stout or Shakespeare Stout over this any day. Certainly worth a try and not bad, but you must be crazy if you are going to tell me this is one of the top 10 beers in the world. It being ahead of some of the beers on top 100 only makes you understand how George Bush got to be President, people are crazy! (1,436 characters)

Photo of sessycuban
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased this beer from Lone Hill. Thanks Stan!

A - The beer pours completely opaque. Even when held up to the light, the beer remains a dark black. There is a one inch tan head with a slightly orange tinge to it that retains well. This beer is fun to look at.

S - The aroma is complex and rich. I'm getting tons of coffee, cocoa powder, cherries, and oats. The aroma really changers (for the better) as the beer roams.

T - Chocolate and coffee dominate this beer through and through. Furthermore, the chocolate notes really run the gamut, from bitter to sweet. As the beer warms, the potent alcohol undertone takes hold. Since this is a stout, I'm not particularly turned off by this. I think the beer really changes as it warms, so you get a different experience as the session transpires. Wonderful!

M - The beer is medium bodied, and is very creamy, even for a stout. My only complaint is that it does come across a bit boozy after it warms a lot.

D - If you are into stouts, you can easily enjoy this beer at any time of the year. It's obviously not one that's easy to come across (unless you're in SoCal) but this one still ranks near the top at drinkability. If you can get your hands on this beer, enjoy! (1,230 characters)

Photo of yodaseo
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the unfortunately over the top appearance of the bottle does not do justice to the rich and pleasing brew within. hardly a pitstop quickfix by any means. poured a thick black as night syrup but disappointingly small and dissipating head (which is expected with a whopping 12% abv but still...). smell was intoxicating coffee aroma but little malt to accompany it. the taste brought out the incredible maltiness that combined perfectly with the roasted coffee, and it warmed up to an even more cohesive ensemble of taste. hard to imagine that this is indeed 12% abv, and served at near room temperature, still a heavenly explosion of taste in my mouth. (651 characters)

Photo of jakon
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased for $10.70 on 6-1-7 at John's Marketplace in Portland.

This is probably my favorite double stout right now, and is definitely on the short list of my favorite overall beers. Pours a viscous opaque black, with a controllable dark tan head. I pour mine so that it stands slightly above the brim of my glass. As the foam makes a hasty exit, it leaves substantial lacing draped around the inside of the snifter. The aroma is of toasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The taste is very rich. Big time roasted coffee character accompanied by a wide range of chocolate notes and a faint hop bitterness. The alcohol seems to have been defeated by these stronger flavors, but reminds you of its own strength once it sets up shop in your stomach. This is the perfect beer for a cold/rainy fall/winter night. (820 characters)

Photo of Grundle20
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer is completely opaque black, even when held up to light nothing comes through. There's a sizable tan head with an orangish tinge to it that displays some rather impressive retention, easily the best I've seen in a stout. There's thick patchy lacing from beginning to finish.

Smell:
The scent is rich and complex. There's a multitude of scents at play here ranging from cocoa powder to cherries and all points in between which includes brown bread, rye, lactose, and many others. The smell is a little weak but if you bury your nose in the beer it's quite a treat.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There's a rich chocolately tone throughout the whole beer and it really covers the whole spectrum of chocolate tones from the bitter to the sweet. Up front there's a lot of cherry fruit character which crests over the underlying chocolate bitterness. As the beer warms a potent and astringent alcohol undertone takes root. Had it not been for the apparent booziness I would have easily given this beer a 5. From the pour it is implied that this beer is going to be thick and foody and it delivers. It drinks incredibly smooth. The finish is surprisingly clean, most likely from the alcohol but there is a touch of roast in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
Again this would have scored higher here had it not been for the unveiling of the booze. Aside from the alcohol presence though this is a pretty tasty and agreeable stout.

Bottom Line:
I enjoyed this beer immensely more when it was cold. A lot of undesirable qualities surface as the beer warms. It's still pretty bangin' but I think I'll be drinking them cold from now on. (1,651 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing's first, this beer lives up to all of its hype. Yes, I'm typing on a new keyboard because of it, but damn it was worth it. Poured into a snifter as well as a standard pint glass, the former spilling onto my keyboard and everything around it. Though I only consumed half or so, I can grasp the fact that this was amazing.

The bottle itself is worthy of a good appearance score. It poured a pitch black with hardly any light to show through. Thick, creamy tan head that sits upon the dark stillness. Close to a 5, though not quite.

Smell is heavily of roasted dark coffee. Slight bit of alcohol in the nose which plays well. Also some chocolate malts and dark, roasted malts.

Taste is perfection. Again, heavy on the coffee, roasted malts. Alcohol again is noticeable, though barely so and in a way that compliments the rest of the beer. Nothing overwhelming, just pure balance and excellent flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, and a little chewy. I had it lingering for hours, along with the smell on the floor and keyboard.

Drinkability also near exceptional. While I would enjoy this one for the duration of drinking it, there is definitely a limit.

This is about as close as I've been to giving perfect 5's all the way through, though the overall might not indicate it. I think this is in my top 5 favorites with ease and a contender for the top spot. I know for a fact that I will be seeking much more of this out in the future.

Big thanks to Phawk for the trade, it was well worth it! (1,513 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm lucky enough to have this beer readily available at the Irvine Bevmo, and have sampled it on four or five occasions. My impressions:

Incredible aroma of rich malt, a whiff of chocolate, and a huge coffee base. The flavor is explosive and leaps out at you upon the first sip. It is loaded with coffee, with undertones of chocolate...but mostly coffee. The beer is pitch black, and feels like you can chew it.

The only caveat: this is not a beer I would want for every occasion, or even most. A single bomber is more than enough (although it is quite drinkable for its 13% alcohol content). Truly an epic beer. (615 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in tulip glass)

A- This beer pours an inky jet black opaque body that floats a thick creamy head of deep tan. The head last and last sticking to the sides with each sip and slowly sliding down the glass. This beer is to dense for any signs of carbonation even at the base of the glass.

S- This beer has strong aromas of roasted coffee beans and dark roasted black malt that is rich and fresh. There are nice chocolate malt and black roasted malt notes in the background with a note of cream and cola.

T- This beer has a dark black earthy malt flavor with a deep roasted coffee flavor that has a hint of chalk taste to it. The coffee has some good depth like a Sumatra blend or Cafe Verona roast. There are notes of chocolate malt and chocolate hints in the coffee that have notes or lighter roasted malt flavors. There are some notes of prunes and white raisins along with some lighter fruit notes. The finish is a nice iced coffee bitterness and flavor. At the beginning of the bottle there are some fusel alcohol notes but they taste more like bourbon notes as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a warm alcohol finish that cleans the thick complex malt flavors from the palate.

D- This is a serious stout,and a seriously exceptional stout. The malt and coffee flavors are fresh and well balanced with many layers of flavor that I couldn't capture in my review. The alcohol content was nice and played an important part of the finish. I didn't taste any oxidized coffee notes like old coffee grounds or stale coffee which is a big turn off in coffee beers. After a sip the beer just begged me to take another sip. (1,667 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin brown head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma of coffee and dark roasted malts.

Taste is of coffee and sweet roasted malts. Very nicely balanced. More going on in here but will have to expand with my next bottle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and a dry aftertaste.

Overall, a very good beer. It is amazing that I didn't detect any of the alcohol....amazing at 12%. Glad I bought several of these...I'm really looking forward to the next one. (486 characters)

Photo of beersarang
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours blacker than night, with a dark tan head that is rocky and leaves syrup and lace on the glass. Dissapates quickly due to the alcohol and likely the coffee acids.

You can smell it when you open it, pour it, and may be overwhelmed if you bring it to your nose. Wow. Coffee, chocolate, burnt grains, sweet alcohol.

A sip brings to the palate an assault of sweet malt with dark roasted barley. Creamy thick with tons and tons of coffee and chocolate intermingling in the finish with a sweet alcohol and slight lingering astringency on the tongue. An exhale brings more sweet alcohol and coffee.

This beer is a masterpiece. When I see it, I buy a case. It is worth every penny.

Alesmith, thank you. (711 characters)

Photo of SwillBilly
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ML Champaigne style bottle.

Appearance: Pours pitch black into my pint glass with a thick and merangue like chocolate covered head that lasts forever.

Smell: Big and malty with hints of milk chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, molasses, and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Starts with an immediate hint of alcohol in the nose as you drink. The 1st taste brings a sweet, chocolatey cafe mocha like flavor followed by a dark fruity sweetness. Loads of malt with a really nice roasty finish with just a hint of bitterness from hops or the coffee. Alcohol is present but not obtrusive. You know its there but the other flavors dominate.

Mouthfeel: Nice and thick and creamy, perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: I've been waiting to try Speedway Stout for a long time and I'm not disappointed. A big Double Stout with a coffee infusion. Plenty of big malty fruity sweetness and chocolate with just the right amount of roasted coffee and barley to give it a touch of bitterness. Alcohol definitely plays a roll especially at 12% but its not over the top. A beer to savor and let warm as you drink. Probably better to drink in the winter as opposed to the 95 degree day we had in DC today but I just brewed a coffee stout and wanted to see what I was up against. I think I lost big time !! A great offering from the folks at Alesmith. Definitely seek out and enjoy. Highly recommended. (1,402 characters)

Photo of kenito799
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice.

Many thanks to Tizzod for sharing this special brew with me.

Black black black with tan foamy head.

Aroma is really rich, molasses, caramel, dark roasted coffee, sweet malt.

Flavor carries through with loads of roasted black richness, molasses, caramel, chocolate, coffee...a bit too rich for my taste, it is over the top, too syrupy and alcoholic to have much drinkability. Fun to try once and maybe best beside a fire in the winter, but I would probably go for a Belgian quadrupel in that case. (543 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a rich blackstrap molasses color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet and archipelago but leaves splotches of lace around the chalice

Smell: Coffee, molasses, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of citrus hops

Taste: Starts out with a mouthful or rich, sweetened espresso that builds in molasses and chocolate flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the hoppy bitterness kicks in and is accompanied by some fruity character

Moutheel: Medium to full body with relatively low carbonation

Drinkability: One of the most wonderful tastes in beerdom (571 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light tan head that is merely moderate. Lacing is mostly absent. The smell has deep roated malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate aromas as well as atouch of vanilla at the finish along with a deep bitterness. The taste exhibits that same deep bitterness, particularly on the finish. Dark fruit and bitter chocolate are prevalant along with a nice creaminess in the flavor and mouthfeel. A tiny bit of vanilla sweetness rides along with the other flavors, but it is definitely a subtext. Surprisingly drinkable given the high abv. Very, very good, but not the best RIS. I haven't had Dark Lord, but besides that my vote goes to Oskar Blues Ten Fidy. Regardless, Alesmith's version is wonderfull, as are so many of their beers. (742 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I want to start off by saying that this may be the greatest beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Any, even mildly, negative comment or questionable word uttered about or even in the general vicinity of this beer should result in immediate blacklisting and exile; and that's for a first offense. Repeat offenses are punishable by death.

This American Double Stout from the fine people at AleSmith pours a deep, thick, near-black with light brown/red highlights and a dense brown head that diminishes into a great lace.

Its aroma is deep and complex with an appetizingly strong black coffee aroma and strong notes of dark malt and a slight bitterness at the tail end. The aroma is amazing, but surprisingly does not do the flavor justice.

The initial earthy coffee and cocoa flavors are robust and all encompassing. Its flavor dominates the palate. There are heavy hints of raw milk and malt in the finish; creamy. Thick and decadent: caramel, chocolate, molasses. A more than formidable albeit delicious challenge in a glass.

The mouthfeel is expectedly thick and silky but with a nice natural carbonation that attempts to keep everything in check, but again this beer can not be suppressed. Judging from many of Speedway's qualities, you may not guess that has a 12% abv.

Simply put, this creation should be regarded as one of the very top beers in the world. I have yet to try Darklord (and I hope to very soon), but I can't imagine it can get much better than this. Seamlessly crafted. (1,514 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Talisker for the trade! Poured a completely opaque black with a very frothy tan head that was lasting and left great lacing. The aroma was dominated by coffee and roasted malts. The taste was a great roasty blend of coffee, malts, and a touch of very bitter dark chocolate. The beer was certainly heavy and the alcohol was mostly present, but not overbearing. This is a very special beer that should be sipped and enjoyed for everything that it is. (458 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Imstillthegman for the trade.

Pours completely, absolutely, utterly opaque with a teeny weeny brown head.

Smells of coffee, brown sugar, and BURNT malt. Offsweet. A little burny, a little bit like red wine. Much more like a Russian Imperial than a double stout.

Tastes, once again, like an RIS. Very big, burnt, and syrupy malt giving way to a middle of solid coffee and dark licorice and and a slightly sweet ending with big nodes of black chocolate. Its hard to throw so much complexity out there and not have one flavor overwhelm the others--this one succeeds.

A wonderful beer, to say the least. (623 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted to try this for ages. Gorgeous black color-huge tan/cocoa head on top that seems to last in some way shape or form forever. Big, deep burnt rainey aroma to it. Huge roasted mouthfeel backed with a definate alcohol bite. Quite grainy. Huge hop bitterness though the roasted bitterness can be found in the backround. Bold body though the alcohol adds a slight harshness that knocks it down for me. Very, very drinkable and extremely enjoyable. (455 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours like used motor oil with very little head despite some effort on my part. black as hell, no light gets through.
it's got a rich chocolate and coffee aroma, with a certain creamy quality that is brings coffee ice cream to mind. beneath that is a somewhat grainy malt richness, with just a bit of anise, and a booziness that has a slightly gin-like character. with warmth it develops a burnt smokiness.
the flavor is much like the aroma with the rich coffee and chocolate. There are hops in this that weren't evident in the aroma... there is a nice earthy dose of hops towards the end. this has got caramel, and soft nutty flavors accompanying the coffee flavors. the flavors meld into a cohesive unit well.
full bodied with a fine, but relatively active carbonation.
good drinkabilty, it goes down alarmingly fast, but it'll knock you on your ass. a finely crafted stout. (877 characters)

Photo of mjgardner
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours pitch black with a tan head that dissapates somewhat quickly.

Aroma - A big coffee and toffee aroma. I also picked up a bit of the alcohol in the aroma.

Taste - A bit smokey malt taste. Almost a sweet expresso coffee finish with some heat from the alcohol.

Mouth - Quite full bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a big beer and I would recomment drinking with a friend. Definitely a good brew. (442 characters)

Photo of beveritt
3.85/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml green bottle into a small tulip. The label is painted on and gives a description of the beer and brewing process.

Appearance: Pours with a huge head, probably about 2 inches. The head is dark brown and takes awhile to settle. Finally settles into a thin coating of foam. The beer itself is a nearly opaque brown.

Smell: Thick and sweet smelling, like rum raisins and molasses. Tangy bitterness of coffee is also very present.

Taste: Alcohol bite upfront, followed by oily coffee and chocolate flavors and a long, lingering bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: I split this some friends, to celebrate a special occasion. The beer is strong and very flavorful, but more suited to sipping on a cool winters night than a warm April afternoon. Overall, I like it. (848 characters)

AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,500 ratings.