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EKU 28 - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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very good

581 Ratings

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 15.82%

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A super-strong Bock, but not an Eisbock.

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Photo of thecheapies


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$3.50 for the bottle, and the determiner for splitting a case with a buddy. Bottle most likely from 2011. Dating code reads '1961271'.

Properly using my tiny EKU 28 snifter.

Pours a cinnamon orange color with some decent clarity. Maybe the slightest bit of haze. Bright-colored for a doppelbock. A little foam capper donned this one, and has since fallen to a scum layer with a tight ring. 4.0

First thing that hits is musty cereal grains, almost like whole grain cereal and milk in a bowl. Glaze of caramel and a sprig of herbs rounds it out. Some esters like dried stone fruits. A tiny dose of peanut butter fudge in the mix. 4.0

First sip and I know where the ABV is. Decent layer of fusel alcohol that grows a bit going down. More toasted grains with doses of caramel, other burnt sugars, and dates. A little apricot in the background. There's a sweetness that carries all the way through. Hops are pretty muted, but I can find some herbal/medicinal notes that could be their doing. Semi-spicy finish. 4.0

Definitely more carb than, let's say, Samichlaus. These could be considered two similar beers. Both uber-strong doppelbocks that tend to age well. This one's more similar to the standard. EKU 28 has a more medium-than-full body without much stickiness. Heady as the bottle depletes, and that's where the strength shows up. How subtle! 3.5

EKU 28 has won its case as a quality German doppelbock, but I don't think I'll be picking up an entire case of this sucker. A few bottles to lay down would be fine, but I don't think I'd want to mess around with 24, or even 12, of these bad boys to determine peaking age. A very sturdy brew, but nothing to go all-in on. Still very deserving of my overall score. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:53:25 | More by thecheapies
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EKU 28 has a thin, beige head and a clear, amber appearance, with some lacing and tiny streaming bubbles. The aroma is rich: heavy, sweet, caramel malt, toffee, sugar, and grain. Taste is alcohol forward, with a background of sugar, caramel candy, black bread, and syrup. There is also a little bit of bitterness, but not much. Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and heavy, and EKU 28 finishes mostly dry and boozy. Overall, this is a great beer.


Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 20:50:31 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of soju6


4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice off-white head that fades rather quickly with no real lacing.

S: Fragrant aroma of dark fruit, malt sweetness, some caramel and a hint of alcohol.

T: Flavor of dark fruit and some caramel sweetness. there is just a hint of bitterness and a slightly sweet sticky finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and velvety. Very little trace of the alcohol. As it warms the aroma and flavor become more enhanced and gently warms from within.

O: This comes across as a well crafted beer and the perfect winter warmer. A great sipper to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 00:34:49 | More by soju6
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow amber in color, this one is very clear. It's topped with a barely off-white head which disappears rather quickly leaving only a thin white film around the top. Lacing is ok.

S: The aroma gives me the impression this may have succomb to oxidation, perhaps light pollution given the clear bottle. Wet cardboard and nutty (almond like) aromas come forth. Some toffee and hints of banana show as well now that it's warmed.

note: Interestingly as this has warmed up it has become much better smelling. Still there is something sort of odd about it however It sort of reminds me of a nice highland scotch, complex and malt driven (not peaty). It has a hemp rope sort of quality now which is growing on me.

T: Wow, surprisingly good this is maybe just an odd smelling beer... Sweet flavors of angels food cake and iced cookie come to mind. Some nutty flavors come through as well in a toasted almond sort of way. Warming alcohol shows up as well in a really pleasant way and makes me wish I had a fireplace. Despite the sweet flavor profile this is really not cloying whatsoever. It would appear this specialty bock has very little residual sugar which makes sense as it has been brewed with yeast efficiency in mind and spends 9 months fermenting.

M: Very good feel, crisp but velvety on the tongue as well.

O: This is a pretty awesome beer I must say. I've no way of knowing if the off flavors in the aroma are usual or if It's an effect of travel but the flavor more than makes up for them. Rich and crisp all at once, sweet flavors but not overtly so.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 07:43:50 | More by flannelman808
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 10/11/12

An old fav, this will always be 'The Terminator' to me.

Popping the cap this began with a surprising light fruity smell before the beautiful buffed banana nose began to hammer through. Really pretty appetizing as well as the smell become thicker and boozier in the glass.

Nice golden copper colour to the eye. Thin head but amazingly there's some nice beading which never quite lets it go totally bald. The body is so heavy, enveloping like an anchor or a one tonne blanket and the body, while cloying and thickly sappy,, makes you just want to dive into the whole glass.

Nice to see its largely as I remember it. What can I say?
Phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 22:46:43 | More by Zimbo
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4.95/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bright reddish amber - almost exactly the same color as a bottle of amaretto to which I compared it. Virtually no head and what little there was goes quickly - not surprising given the 11% alcohol content but I'd still like to see a little more stick around.

The aroma is superb. Rich and sweet and caramelly but with a touch of brightness.

My new favorite tasting dopplebock. Not too sweet yet not overly roasty. The brightness from the aroma carries over to just a touch of bitterness which, coupled with the minimal alcohol flavor (at 11%??) cuts the sweetness without impinging.

The feel isn't as viscous as some dopplebocks but it has plenty of body. The carbonation is lightly prickly, doing its part to cut through the amazingly rich flavor while never intruding.

Move over Celebrator - you've just been replaced as my favorite dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:35:46 | More by mariposafan
Photo of Jimmys


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

A: bright reddish copper. head is off-white with reddish tints. retention is good, but not great. this high of an abv, im not too surprised. no lacing.

S: a smooth, creamy caramel. a very tiny bit of heat. some fruitiness as well. plums, figs, and a sweet grape jelly. virtually no hop aroma.

T: really malty brew. very bready. toasty too, but mostly sweet. really fruity as well. apples and grape jam. no heat on this malt/fruit bomb. similar to the nose, cant find any bitterness/hop flavor.

M: moderate carbonation on a full body. smooth.

D: this has to be the biggest doppel i have had thus far. love how smooth this is on such a big body. makes it very drinkable. reminds me of an english barleywine without as much complexity. good beer worth grabbing.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 03:14:20 | More by Jimmys
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West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden orange with a very thin white head that disappeared very quickly and very little lacing.

Aroma of sweet fruit, malt and a hint of spice.

Taste followed thew nose with sweet start of raisins, caramel malt and then slightly balanced with some spiciness and hops along with alcohol.

Mouth feel was medium body light carbonation, smooth, syrupy, very port like with a nice alcohol warming.

Over all this is a nice sipper to be enjoyed slowly. I had cellared this bottle for two years and I may save the last bottle I have for another year.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:02:23 | More by dtivp


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled 2/28/11. 11.2oz bottle to oversized snifter. Thanks to berpwillie for leaving this one behind.

A: Pours with average 1 finger foamy head, straddling off-white and light brown in color, and showing decent retention. A lasting film and collar hang out even longer. The body is amber-orange with medium intensity and 90% transparency.

S & T: This beer is a flat out malt bomb - and at 11%, it's no surprise. Neither the aroma or flavor worked for me right away, but a few extra degrees REALLY opened this one up. Wood, oak, vanilla, with an aged whiskey-like sweetness, light smoke, tea leaves and a touch of menthol. Layers and layers create complexity. A confident amount of alcohol refuses to hide. After the initial metallic aftertaste went away, this beer really grew on me.

M: Full, thick body. Very sticky and with a pronounced alcoholic texture. The right amount of carbonation keeps the relatively clean.

D: Pleasantly surprised what EKU 28 turned into after coming to cellar temp. Doppelbocks aren't my favorite style, but I'd like to have this one again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 11:19:06 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Trois Pistoles goblet. No stamped date.

Appearance - Medium amber clear body. One finger offwhite head with relatively low retention.

Smell - Banana. Malty. Sweet and peppery.

Taste - Alcoholic. Malty. Strong but not overpowering. The alcohol will get up in your sinuses though.

Mouthfeel - The creaminess of the body and the effervescence of a freshly poured head really go together well to give this a dynamic and highly enjoyable mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability - I recommend giving half a bottle a high pour, then intermittedly pouring the rest as needed for head.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 23:33:57 | More by ZenAgnostic
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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber, minimal head, zero lacing, very few bubbles. Smell is honey, malt, alcohol. Tastes like honey malt and alcohol as well. Being my first doppelbock, maybe EKU 28 was a little heavy to start with at 11%ABV. However it leaves behind a nice feeling in the throat of alcohol and honey after a sip. Call me crazy but this reminds me a little of Barenjager. Certainly interesting and out of the norm for me. Not a favorite, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 20:36:18 | More by dsprainman
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, honey orange color with thin, off-white head. Little retention or lace, pretty carbonation.

S: Sweet fruit and port, pretty promising.

T: Like the aroma, sweet fruits, port, a little floral bitterness. Complexity is low but flavors are true. Alcohol lends a touch of spiciness and heat on the finish. A bit underwhelming at first, but grows on you quickly.

M: Medium body, a little oil and syrup.

O: A tasty doppelbock. Flavors are true, though the color is a bit light. A persuasive beer. Will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:27:52 | More by AmericanGothic
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4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a dark amber color with a smallish light tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, caramel, raisins and toffee. On the palate, this one was thick and full bodied, with tons of malt, caramel and booze.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 21:05:48 | More by emmasdad
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: dark fruits, raisons, caramel, malts,

taste: raisons, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: this beer is probably really good it's just not my style. it has all the characteristics that you would be looking for in a Dopplebock.


Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 23:49:36 | More by THECPJ
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4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasently surprised with this one. It poured a clear honey tone with a thin white head that faded fast and left small rings of lace.

The aroma was amazing with a mead like smell, bourbon barrel notes, and sweet honey. Lots of fruity notes; candied apples, pineapple and pears. Fumes of alcohol blanketed in some spicy notes, oak and vanilla. Some floral notes balance things out.

Sweet honey and bourbon with oak, vanilla, ripe fruits. Apples, pears and pineapple with candied dry fruit. A touch of spice, floral notes, some tea like herbal qualities and fruity orange notes balance out the sweetness.

Creamy, sikly and slick. A bit sticky but not overly cloying. Complex and enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 23:49:53 | More by JayS2629
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, almost copperish, with an off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit including raisins, pears, and prunes. Fairly sweet and rich beer with a lot of alcohol, although it is not overwhelming. Very tasty overall, make sure to enjoy.

For the price you pay, this has got to be one of the best values around for a beer of this quality and style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 16:19:58 | More by lakersfan16
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3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired at Kulminator in Antwerp. Cost was 5.50 euro. Served into an EKU 28 mini-goblet at Kulminator. We later *borrowed* the mini-goblet. It was just so damn cute. Reviewed from last night's notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, nice thickness, and terrible twenty second retention. Semitransparent copper colour.

Sm: Light strength scent of pleasant berry esters, brewer's sugar, and pleasant amber hops. Very fresh and appealing.

T: The notes from the nose are present alongside an overload of partially unfermented brewer's sugar and various indistinct subtle hops. Very complex for the style. Excellent. Caramelized malt comes through. A moderately full barley foundation gives the beer background. Balanced and built pretty well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate coarseness on the climax to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Good quality, easy drinking, and a very high price. Worth a go if you love the style, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 13:50:55 | More by kojevergas
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ever since not that long ago I have been on a quest to find beers that showcase "port" flavors, and this was suggested to me. Sure enough, there is port flavor in there, but also so much more! My bottle was printed with a cryptic date code I have been unable to decipher: 2054134

Pours a crystal clear medium light copper color with an instantly evaporating head and very minimal carbonation. I am surprised, I was expecting something darker colored. And certainly I was expecting more carbonation than I got, but that may well be a function of the high ABV or an old bottle. The first sniff has me reeling from the booziness, the second sniff finds toffee and that elusive port / sherry character I was looking for. There are some vague bourbon-ish wafts if you look really hard for them. But mostly there is sweet malt and liquor booziness.

The taste is also overbearing at first with booziness until one becomes accustomed to it. Than it becomes that sweet sherry sipper I was looking for. Except there is also a hell of a lot of rum raisin cake in there as well. Emphasis on the rum. The alcohol content is used to smear the malt flavor all over the inside of your cheeks, and you'll be tasting the aftertaste of this one for a while every time you exhale, in the fumes of your breath! If there were any hops at all, I can't detect them in my bottle, despite trying hard to find them. Mouth feel is sticky, syrupy, and can get overbearing quickly if you try to be stupid and swig it. Treat this one like a KBS or a bourbon county, and take your time, and you'll be fine. Very heavy and dense body.

If you like heavy thick sweet and sugary dense beer with some pronounced vinous characteristics and loads of alcohol hotness that spreads around your belly, you'll like this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:52:24 | More by WastingFreetime
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4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2.5" golden head and has a beautiful clear orangy gold color to the beer. Smell has malt and sourdough. Tasty is very malty, a touch sweet and sour, and strengthened as the beer warmed. Moderate malty finish. Despite the high alcohol it's very well hidden and sneaks up on you. Really a top knotch treat and I'm becoming quite a fan of Kulmbacher's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 08:58:16 | More by MoreThanWine
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was one of the first strong beers I ever had back in April of 2008. I had this on tap at a small bar in Doylestown Pa called Stephanie's Pub. I wanted to try this because I was amazed at how strong the abv was at the time. I ordered a glass and it was something much more than I expected.

Poured as a copper color with a thin white head on top. The head didn't last very long and didn't leave much lacing. The smell of the beer had a boozey aroma and some heavy malts in the background. The taste was mostly malts along with a nice alcohol heat in the throat. The mouthfeel was smooth though and very drinkable. I'd like to try this one again someday just to see what I think of it now after having beers that are stronger than that one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 23:56:10 | More by Knapp85
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dense, lively almost-white head. Crystal clear, beautiful. The color of fresh, bright copper. Some noble and piney hops in the beggining quickly fading, leaving aromas of dried fruit, grapes, and wine. Lightly floral like chamomile tea. A bit sweet with lightly fruity and floral flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 07:06:25 | More by jyuhas
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New York

2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear copper color with a thin slightly off-white head that lasted quite awhile but did not have any lace

S: Mostly caramel malts and some brown sugar. Some dark fruits.

T: Taste was sweet although it was not one dimensional it was still sweet. Some oak and vanilla notes in the after taste.

M: I was disappointed in the mouth feel. It seemed pretty light, not watery but it seemed to have no weight to it.

O: I was impressed that the alcohol was well hidden. It was sweet but the oak and vanilla balanced it out just enough from it becoming overly sweet or cloying. The light mouth feel really hurt for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 04:04:22 | More by BeerFan95
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New Jersey

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

A - Dark honey amber brew with faint lacing and rising carbonation just up the inside edges of the glass.

S - Nice aroma of sweet toffee and syrup sugar. Light malt sweetness notes and a crisp brown alcohol present. Oak barrel kick, much akin to the smell of a bourbon whiskey. Faint ammonia cleaner touch.

T - Light malt and spiced, warming alcohol up front. The alcohol bite here reminds me of a warm, sweet mead alcohol. Lightly toasted malts, and some honey and toffee sweetness. Some faintly bitter grape skin, and a mellowed wine dryness. The bourbon barrel notes hit the back of the tongue and the alcohol warms the throat, and evaporates in the mouth.

M - Smooth and mellowed mouth. Mild carbonation balances the richness of this beer. Slight dryness in the finish.

O - A very complex and well crafted beer. This is a sipper, or a warmer. A high abv, warming, spiced malt brew this beer is high quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 22:49:01 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce ( or so) bottle from Beer of the Month Club, poured into a snifter glass.

A: golden copper color, very clear, with a medium size head that recedes immediately.

S: Malty, bready and caramel in the aroma with a bit of alcohol reminding me of rum.

T: Caramel malty sweetness with lots of noticeable alcohol and rum notes. Dark fruits like raisins and dates, then a pleasant alcohol and caramel finish that lingers long after the beer is gone.

M: Full bodied, thick and syrupy with the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is a big sipping beer, that stands up like a big barleywine. Something I likely never would have tried. -- another example of why I return each year to the BOMC.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 03:23:47 | More by chaz01
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Rhode Island

2.13/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a Reidel O Burgundy tumbler.

A: Clear, tea colored, with an attractive, parchment-colored head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S: Very sweet malt overwhelms most everything else. I do get a couple of strong but fleeting whiffs of Band-Aid and of a baby girl who has been sitting in a wet diaper for too long. Alcohol comes through more clearly as the beer warms.

T: Cloyingly sweet malt. The sweetness is monolithic. Sometimes I think I'm picking up caramel or dried fruit or honey, but really it's just sweet. The high ABV is obvious. As the beer warms (and it has plenty of opportunity to do so), I get a touch of aspirin bitterness at the end.

M: Quite a nice, slightly viscous mouthfeel. The carbonation is just about right and keeps the beer from feeling too thick.

O: I really can't get past the overwhelming sweetness of this beer. I had this beer once before, and my impressions were largely the same. I couldn't finish that one either. If there were hummingbirds around, I would put this out for them.

Revisiting this beer in early 2013, I almost feel like I had a bad batch last time. I don't expect that is actually the case, but I don't get any of the obnoxious flavors I remember from last time I had this beer. In fact, I rather liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 15:53:16 | More by greybeardloon
EKU 28 from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
88 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.