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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Smoke On The PorterUnplugged Smoke On The Porter

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169 Reviews

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Reviews: 169
Hads: 196
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: abents on 11-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about smoked, not about porter. There are some porter tastes, but all I get is beautiful smoke and woodiness, that carry you. Very lovely drinkability, backed by an understated sweetness and a little chocolate. Another great unplugged, another great WI state beer. Thanks Phys21ca.

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a rocky tan head that persists to the end a drizzles the sides of the glass with lace

Smell: That's one damn fine smokey aroma, with elements of campfire and subtle hints of smoking meat as well as some dark chocolate

Taste: Opens with a chocolate flavor that branches out by mid-palate as the smoked malt shed their influence; after the swallow, the smokey flavors persist strongly but are held in check by the chocolate malt balance

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; creamy

Drinkability: Just a really fine smoked porter; I like the way the smoke is held in check so that you can detect its subtleties as well as to taste the underlying porter flavors

Thanks, Atron67, for the experience

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big thanks to CaptainCougar for this beer. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a dark brown color with a good head. The nose has a moderate amount of smoke alongside some roast and a very light fruit component. Flavor is smokey and roasty. Nice and integrated. Medium body with good carbonation and a lingering smokiness. Not surprisingly, a German take on a beer that was done well by New Glarus.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear black color porter with a nice foamy head with good retention and great lacing. Aroma consists of light smoke with some notes of light coffee. Taste is a nice mix between some creamy roasted coffee notes with a lingering smoke final. Body is a bit light for the style with some good carbonation. Some additional smoke and a fuller body would have improved this beer in my mind but still is a great achievement as is.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a thick, tan, foamy head. It left some sticky lace.

S - It smelled fairly smoky. Bacon and smoked meats with a slight malty nose.

T - The smoky flavor was not over the top powerful. It had a nice burnt toast maltiness underneath the smoky flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied porter.

D - This is a nice smoked porter. The smoke flavor is not overpowering and you can drink it without food as an accompaniment.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Roasted chestnut brown with reddish orange accents. Only bright sunshine behind the glass reveals the beer's lack of opacity. The peanut shell colored crown is all kinds of attractive. It has a rumpled upper surface, persists admirably, and is beginning to decorate the glass with plenty of delicate lace.

It seems incredibly obvious, but a good smoked porter should smell like smoke and porter. Too many of them don't hold up both ends of the bargain. This NGBC Unplugged offering doesn't smell like a good smoked porter... it smells like a *great* smoked porter. This beer is a perfect marriage of chocolate malt and smoke. Hopefully, even better things are but a sip away.

This is great beer, especially if you love rauchbiers. An exquisite balance is the key. SOTP doesn't taste like a campfire, it tastes like a well-crafted porter that has been infused with sweet and savory woodsmoke. I'm sure the base beer would be wonderful on its own. Dark chocolate and coffee with cream are easily appreciated.

Although the mouthfeel is good, but it doesn't quite keep pace with the magnificence of the flavor. As always, a fraction more heft and a little chewiness would be even better. As a big beer lover, it's hard not to imagine what an 8.0% robust version of this beauty would taste and feel like.

I love the idea of the Unplugged series of beers. The only trouble is, most of them are tasty as hell and I find myself wishing they were regular releases. Since these guys don't brew a porter, making Smoke On The Porter year-round is an idea whose time has come. It's now second on my New Glarus wish list. First is distribution to Iowa.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served at 50 degrees and poured into a fluted pilsner glass

A - Poured a very nice and thick dark brown with a very large tan colored head rising up above it almost immediately. Reaching a height of nearly three inches high before settling down, you could say this started out looking like a little bit more then just your standard porter. Nice retention, eventually letting it fade, but not before depositing a good amount of side glass lace that dripped down the sides of the glass until the very end of the session. Some small amounts of sediment located on the bottom of the glass, but not too much at all. Slight bit of hazelnut color around the bottom of glass, but otherwise, this one was essentially opaque.

S - First whiff gave off a very deep smoked aroma. Not the traditional large quantities of smoked meat almost that you see on some of these, this was almost like a light fruity smokiness, more than likely due to the wood that was used in the process. Very nice smoky aromas mixing in with a light coffee smell and even a touch of grassy and earthy hops that served to brighten it up just a tad. There were definitely some underlying sweet notes in here as well. Very complex smell and not as strong a some of the other smoked beers that I have seen; this one was rather nice and complex though with some underlying fruit notes really making it have a very full profile. Could not wait to take a taste of it to be honest.

T - The flavor was spot on. This was not so much a smoked porter in the traditional sense of it though. Rather it was more along the lines of a really good porter that had some smoke added to it. The original porter underlying it was still clearly evident with very deep notes of roasted malts, earthy grains, and a nice touch of chocolate. Layered on top was this nice light smoke flavor, not very heavy on it, just enough to accent it very nicely and allow some of the other flavors to still find their way through. There were some notes of caramel and vanilla as well that started to come up to the top as it warmed up. The finish was nice and smooth with a long drawn out hoppiness that really left you looking for another taste. The lingering flavor was a nice mix of bitter hops and a touch of smoke that really set this one apart from some others. Again this was not your Alaskan Smoked porter by any means; this was a different animal, and a very smooth mellow one at that.

M - Very smooth, this medium-bodied ale came off perfectly smooth. Big enough that you knew it was a porter, but at the same time, the carbonation kept it light enough that it still had a bit of a refreshing note to it and did not come of too terribly filling. Rich creamy in the beginning and finishes nice and crisp, not bad at all.

D - An absolutely sessionable smoked porter, this is the one you want to be able to throw down a couple of. There was a great carbonation profile, which kept it feeling light and alive throughout, and the flavors were excellent, not overwhelming you with the smoked flavor, but rather letting it breathe a little and letting some of the other flavors really start to stand out. Really quite excellent. No hint of alcohol at all, this was easily something you could knock back more then one of.

Overall I thought this was excellent. My first offering from New Glarus that did not come off with the fruit overkill. This showed me what they could do with a different kind of style and I was completely impressed to say the least. An excellent offering and something I look forward to being able to try again one day. I would definitely recommend this one if you can find it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very smoky along with complimentary notes of coffee, chocolate, dark malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise smoky and malty as you would expect, but the smoky flavor is done very well unlike some other smoked beers. The smokiness is backed up by normal porter flavors of coffee and chocolate. There's a very mild hops presence but enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is maintains the smoked flavor.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style with excellent emphasis its targeted segment of the style. It's a very good beer to drink for a long time if you're craving the smokiness. This is the third of three beers that I traded for in the Unplugged series and I thought that it would be the one I would like the least. I was very pleasantly surprised to find I liked this beer better than the Imperial Weizen & Berliner Weiss, especially given the fact that I usually don't like smoked beers.

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Photo of russpowell
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from czoch75, cheers Clint!

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Mesquite notes & hints of vanilla

T: A bit of smoked ham, vanilla beans, roasted malt, & dryness up front. Some faint herbalhops surface as this warms, along with mocha, fainter smokeyness, plus nioe vanilla presence. Finishes with roasty grain, a touch of peppery rye?? & chococlate

MF: Smooth, medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks super, easily on the best porters I've had in a long time!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to sleazo on this one!

Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is smoked and tar-like. Flavor is smoked and tar-ry as well. Nice robust tones. Nice smoky edges. Feel is nice on all aspects. Pretty easy to drink. A nice porter that carries the right level of robust and deep tones to make it a nice one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 7/11/10 notes.

a - Pours a brown color with a little bit of tan head.

s - Smells of smoke, roasted malts, toasted malts, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. Some nice smokiness to it.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A nice smoked porter and another great beer from the unplugged series. Would try again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single I picked up in WI. Shared with the wife in matching FOBAB mini-pint glasses.

A - One finger of light tan foam, with excellent retention and some spotty lacing. Dark brown, but a little lighter at the edges.

S - Smoke, hickory, sweet caramel, roast malt, hint of coffee & cream. It's not very big smelling, it gets a little more intense as it warms up, but I almost got my nose wet with this one.

T - Smokier tasting that it smells. Lots of campfire, wood, with more suppressed sweet caramel and creaminess. The taste is much more lively and a significant improvement.

M - Moderate carbonation - tingles as it hits my upper lip. Gets smoother and creamier as it moves through the mouth. Good medium viscosity that is appropriate for a porter. The mouthfeel is the best thing about this brew. It's complex, dynamic and complements the flavors well.

D - Not too boozy, but like most smoked beers it gets tiring pretty quick. One bottle is plenty - glad they had singles.

This is definitely the weakest Unplugged brew I've had, but it's still quite solid. If you like smoked porters then give it a shot!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank Mike.

Beer is relatively dark, a little hazy / brown at the corners of the snifter, decent head but ow retention, some lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is smoke, roast, a little oak, perhaps some anise.

Beer is medium to light in body, quite smoky, interesting but not great. Other flavors, oak, malt, sweetness, a mildly dry finish, not a repeat for me.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Bells snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head that fades to a thin layer. Good retention from there on. Leaves some lace. Color is dark brown, nearing black.

Aroma: A lot of smoke and roast up front. Reminds me of pork and bacon. Has some chocolate notes with hints of apples and oak. A pretty nice aroma.

Taste: Very much like the nose, but I get some creaminess out of it. It also has a milk chocolate flavor in the finish. Not as smokey here, but it still shows a decent amount. The milk chocolate really takes over this beer more than I expected. Has a bacon flavor as well with a light amount of oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Light roastedness to the feel. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with milk chocolate and smoke.

Overall, a smoked beer that I really enjoy. I didn't expect to be this creamy, but it works really well with this beer. It has a good drinkability as well. Nice.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrypirate06 for sharing this beer.

The beer pours black with a tan head. The aroma is strong smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is a meaty BBQ smoke with some roasted malt. The smoke is the predominant flavor but it doesn't overpower. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass nets me a two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, with a burnt, concentrated brown color. When held up to the light the beer shows an almost opaque darkness, but does show some flashes of murky, concentrated amber around the edges. The aroma has the hearty aroma of smoked malt, it smells quite similar to beech-wood smoked malt, though perhaps a touch softer ad less meaty. Underneath the chewy smoked malt character are notes of roasted grain; a touch of char, a rich toasted whole grain character and as the beer warms a bit, rich notes of dark chocolate and city roast coffee beans. I really like that the smoke is distinct, dominant even, but doesn't drown out the beautiful dark malt aromatics here.

Fairly light bodied, almost thin in some ways. The beer is also quite dry tasting up front, with even a touch of roast grain derived acidity to it. The smoke adds some richness to the flavor, but isn't quite as prominent as it was in the aroma. The dark, roasted malt notes play a significant, almost leading role here; roasted cocoa, well toasted whole grain bread crust, blackened toffee and, in the finish, a bitter, burnt grain note and some charred acidity lingers on in the palate. The smoke seems to accentuate, or perhaps even contribute to a certain sweetness here in the finish. As the beer warms up it starts to gain in richness and texture; the body has more viscousness to it and it feels fuller as it rolls across the tongue. The malt sweetness also is magnified as the beer warms up, this works really well with the smokiness and even adds a touch of dark fruit character up front.

This is quite a nice beer. I really like the mix of flavors from the smoked and the roasted malt mix. My biggest complaint is that a 12oz bottle is not nearly enough of this for one sitting. This is one of those beers that started out a bit slow, but finished up great.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

Dark, clear cola brown with a thin cream head. Sweet and smokey aroma, caramel and chocolate. Tastes like a nice cocoa porter, sweet caramel malt with a subtle meaty, smoke finish. Medium thick, syrupy body, with very light carbonation. Very enjoyable still.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a dense black body with a thick yellowish-tan head with a big bubble carbonation.

S- This beer has a black roasted malt aroma with a coffee roasted malt note followed by a light salty smoke smell and a faint damp peat quality.

T- The black roasted malt is big and followed by a soft cola note and a soft smoked meat flavor. There is a lighter caramel malt taste that increases as the beer warms. There is a soft bitter black malt and smoke tartness at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creamy texture.

D- This beer is a good solid porter first and that is supported by a nice salty smoke undertone. The smoke is a great flavor and doesn't have the band-aid peat flavors that many smoke beers do.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYW for this foil-wrapped 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is dark, the color of Hershey's chocolate syrup. Lighter coffee colors only emerge at the sides of the glass. A thick tan-colored head blankets the mouth of the glass.

S: The nose combined dark chocolaty malts with a smokehouse aroma. The two aspects share the stage, one of the few smoked ales that allows the underlying beer to emerge.

T: I don't think that I've ever had a shoddy unplugged beer. This one brings together the full-bodied porter, chocolate and burnt graints, with lush smoky rauchbier. The porter, up front and at the end, sparkles with a full roasted flavor. The finish, especially, is loaded with porter malts. The middle of the ale shows off the smoke, delicious with a curehouse flavor that fits naturally with the porter. A real winner.

M: Mmmm bacon. The smoked malts are a great match with the porter, bringing out both flavors with greater intensity.

D: I would spend a weekend sipping on this heavenly brew. This is a meal in a glass.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of smoke, roasted malt, slight alcohol, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a low carbonation level. Tastes of smoke, slight alcohol, and roasted malt. Good blend, not overpowering smoke flavor, easy-drinking, but a little lacking in body.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" dark tan head over the barely translucent root-beer-brown brew. Head recedes sedately, with good lasting lace. Aroma is sweet dark malt coupled with moderate smoke character. Taste follows along, equal time for rich dark sweetness and smoke character, which is nicely not lost in the mix. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good. Good stuff.

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Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bamberg Rauchmalt in this American Porter is a marriage made in heaven!

A: Black licorice colour with a light tan head, not much retention, but some nice lace.

S: Smokey, dark bread, sausage-like spicing, woody, chocolate.

T: Pleasant spicy-smokiness, dark rye bread, wood, nuts, slight licorice & fruitiness, good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body is smooth, with a hint of chalkiness.

D: Very drinkable for a Rauchbier, very good for a porter.

An all-around great beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

EliteDigger was kind enough to include this as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks!
Very dark with faint brown edges. Fine, light tan bubbles formed a thin cap and produced a thin layer of lace. Pronounced smokey aroma with a bit of charcoal - dark malts and chocolate lurk beneath. Sweet chocolatey flavour with moderate bitterness, mostly towards the end. Smoke is prominent, but better balanced than in the aroma. Some caramel up front with milk chocolate in the finish. Nice texture, lively carbonation with a bit of creaminess, medium bodied. Pretty good and I enjoyed it, but the smoke character seemed just a little out of balance.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with incutrav. Thanks Travis!

This pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues and a 2 finger head of tannish foam.

The smell is of roasted malt and lots of smoke. Very nice.

The taste has a lot of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a very nicely infused smoke character. Not as smokie as this year's Alaskan Smoked Porter but it's certainly up there. I'm impressed with how much chocolate I can taste...it sure adds some delightful sweetness to the brew.

The mouthfeel is firmly in the medium territory, the carbonation is fairly lightly done, and it finishes with a mix of smoke and chocolate. Yummy.

Drinkability? It sure does go down easy enough and the flavours keep me interested for the entire session. And...as usual, head retention and lacing are excellent. A very tasty and satisfying brew!

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Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for cracking open this one.

Pours an opaque muddy dark brown, thin tan head forms, drops to a medium sized ring rather quick, lots of lace. Smell is neat, chocolate, smoke, wood, toffee, some roast, nice rich aroma, smoke is well done. Taste kind of drops off, a bit weak, chocolate, light roast, some herbal hopping, sugary, bit of toffee, light smoke, some floral with a metallic finish, flavour is too light and doesn't live up to the aroma. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty smooth. Taste leaves a lot to be desired. Thanks Russ!

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Unplugged Smoke On The Porter from New Glarus Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.