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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock - High Point Brewing Company

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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 36
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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High Point Brewing Company visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dantes on 01-22-2004)
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-19-2011 20:32:37 | More by Photekut
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richbrew

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 18:33:09 | More by richbrew
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cowboy83

New York

5/5  rDev +14.9%

02-01-2012 14:34:48 | More by cowboy83
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slvrmon82

Delaware

5/5  rDev +14.9%

11-15-2011 07:10:11 | More by slvrmon82
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewery filled growler.

Black hole body, topped by hefty cascading brown waves, which settle into three fingers of tight tan foam. Strong aroma dominated by bananas and plums. Wonderfully enticing even at arm's length. Mouthfeel is astonishing: full and lush and smooth, with a thickness bordering on solid. Taste is dark fruit, especially plum, a hint of bananas, and bits of chocolate. Drinkability is staggering: no sensation of alcohol, this may be the ultimate example of "dangerously drinkable".

Greg has taken an already outstaning beer, and kicked it up a notch. If you are anywhere in the vicinity, call the brewery and see if you can lay your hands and tastebuds on this gem, a true high point of brewing art and science.

Thanks again to yen157 and vidaloca.

Serving type: growler

02-14-2004 07:49:42 | More by RonfromJersey
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is insane. I grew up about 10 minutes from here, but it has been a long time since I have been up there. A huge thanks to Mike for sending this one my way. I dont know how I could live without getting to try it. Growler served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/09/2009.

Very dark brown on the pour, nearly opaque as I try to look through the haze. No head at all at first but slowly but surely a thin tan cloud rises up and over the top and settles down giving a touch of light foam along the sides and the bottom of the glass.

Tons of rich toffee and caramel initially on the nose, once it warms up though it becomes one of the most complex aromas I have ever encountered. Light alcohol notes, hints of dark cherries and fruit, light chocolate and almost a root beer like touch as it really comes up near room temperature. To say the aroma was inviting would be an understatement, this was intense. Smooth, full, thick body on this one really let the flavor just coat your tongue, and again this was an expierence all its own. A malt monster, caramel and light molasses notes led the charge until a soothing, candy like chocolate and toffee notes come in. But it was the fruit like cherry notes and rich cola flavor that set it apart. Unlike any eisbock I have ever had before, it was rediculously smooth and drinkable.

unreal how good this one really is. I am simply floored. I knew it was going to be a stunner, but wow. I would want this one on tap every day of the week, it is just that damn good. Big thanks to mIke for getting me this, soo worth it.

Serving type: growler

05-10-2009 15:21:44 | More by mikesgroove
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, since I am lazy, I'll just direct you to please read my (glowing) review of Ramstein Winter Wheat...then multiply that times ten. Despite pouring with very little head, modest retention, and decent lace, if you close your eyes, the aroma of dark chocolate mixed with modest alcohol essence will have you thinking that you're smelling a Russian Imp Stout. The taste also revealed hints of dark fruit and caramel, but the chocolate and roastiness dominates, and the finish on this beer I found to be slightly dryer than the Winter Wheat. Again, the alcohol is definitely more noticeable in this offering (and expectedly so), but it blends well with the dark fruit/chocolate/malty balance. Thick and smooth on the palate. Once again, another dangerously drinkable offering by this brewery. Give someone your car keys when drinking this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2010 01:18:45 | More by donniecuffs
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 2 liter growler from draught and several 6 oz. samples. 11.5% ABV

Presentation: Fluted tasting glass

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with ruby highlights. Resembles Coca-Cola, but opaque. Started off with a wet head with several strata. Large-gauge bubbles resting atop a dense cocoa bed of finer beads. Resolves very slowly down to a lasting collar.

Smell: Unlike the “standard” Winter Wheat, this eisbock seems to showcase the earthier chocolate, caramel and other roasted malt smells. Remarkably little or no whiff of alcohol. Like it’s sibling, the bouquet is relatively subdued.

Taste: Wow! Even though my first sample of this was too cold, the flavor impact is immediate and intense. Again, the roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors dominate. As I warm it in my mouth, the fruitier elements speak up: tart apple, banana, and some stone fruit flavors. However, this is a touch drier than I expected, consistent with this year's drier, slightly more austere Winter Wheat. There is virtually no hint of the alcohol wallop sure to come from too much indulgence. The finish is long and rich.

Mouthfeel: Greg informed me that the kegs had been heavily carbonated and kept extra cold in order to facilitate growler fills (and the Copperfield’s event). Therefore, the beer was more carbonated than WW typically is, and too cold. However, the unctuousness definitely comes through. Served properly, this is likely to be even richer and more flavorful, with a potential “5” rating.

Drinkability: Finesse! An incredibly integrated beer, with deep flavor, nice texture, and extremely well-integrated alcohol. I can’t speak for the consequences, but it drinks like one could finish the growler in one sitting. Really should be 5+.

Backwash: After a few false starts, I was very happy to get my hands on some of this. It was worth the effort. As I mentioned, this just became available, and the kegs were heavily carbonated and extra-cold in preparation to fill growlers, so more impressions are likely. All I can say is that rarely have I enjoyed a liquid lunch so much! This beer is the essence of craftsmanship. If you get a chance, visit the brewery and you’ll see the attention lavished on all of their products.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2004 20:56:43 | More by Dantes
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LBS15

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This could be one of my favorite beers period, very easily on my top three. I obtained a six pack through some very shady means, but the reward was well worth it...

Color: Dark dark brown. Beautiful light brown lace that carries all the way to the end

Smell: Chocolate, coco, coffee, and a touch of banana.

Taste: Malty fruitiness with chocolate/coffee bitterness on the back end. This beer is 12% and there is very little alcohol taste at all, which can be very dangerous.

Mouthfeel: Silk! Very tight carbonation, almost felt like it came out of a cask.

Drinkability: Even though the 12% didn't come through in the flavor, it came through on the buzz after one.


Overall, I'm a fan. Just wish we could get more of it!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 01:43:49 | More by LBS15
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yen157

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Made the trek out to the brewery for a growler of this beauty. It wasn’t cheap, but definitely worth it.

It poured like old, black motor oil topped by a dense, creamy head. Please read Dantes’ review for background on the carbonation. Beer’s got a great nose, but very mild. I expected the aromatics to be more concentrated in this version of the brew. Regardless of intensity, it consisted of delicately layered notes of clove, overripe banana, and semi-sweet chocolate. As it warms these become more apparent and some dark fruit emerges.

Taste-wise, IMO the biggest difference between the original and this incarnation is the concentration of charcoal and bread crust flavors. The rest of the flavors are amplified a bit, and the alcohol is non-existent except for some appropriate spiciness. This meshes well making this beer the most drinkable 11.5% beer ever.

Great viscosity, carbonation, everything. Damn near perfect. This is a beer perfectly suited for a nightcap, not for it’s strength, but because of its finesse and elegance.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2004 14:14:26 | More by yen157
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aerozeppl

New York

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Finally knocked this off my wants. 32oz Magic Hat mini growler.

A: Dark ruby color. Minimal brown head with no lacing.

S: Nice bananna and clove nose. It really did just smell like a slightly stronger version of their weizenbock. No smell of the alcohol at all.

T: Wow. Amazing. Not hint of the ABV at all. You get all the good things about a weizenbock (wheat, esters) without the usual downfall to the style which is the fusel alcohols.

M: Medium bodied. Little syrupy. Very smooth.

D: Wow. Amazing. No hint of the ABV at all. Probably the best eisbock I have ever had. Would love to try the rasberry one side by side with this one since it has been a while since I have had it.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2010 16:36:22 | More by aerozeppl
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, if you are a fan of Ramstein Winter Wheat, you will have to try his big ol' cousin Eisbock.

A black pour out of the growler topped in a huge pillow of tan foam. Lace is left all over the glass at the end. The aroma is very nice. It has a lot of toasty wheat malt and yeast scents. There are big whiffs of dark fruits to sweeten things a little bit. Roasty coffee hints are in there as well. A pure delite for your nose.

The body is full with mild carbonation and a very rich and smooth mouthfeel. It is nice and hearty; I guess you could say chewy. Roasty flavors are huge in this one, more so than in the Winter Wheat. The toasted wheat flavors are also in tall order. Bits of chocolate are in there as well, although they are hidden a bit in the mass of complexity. Dark fruits meet with currants and hints of clove in the finish before it gets nice and dry for the aftertaste. The aftertaste is toasted and lingers for a bit (longer than you want to wait for your next sip). The alcohol is nearly invisible, but you can find it here and there. This is a work of art.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2004 21:41:42 | More by ElGuapo
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this tap filled bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan.

Ah, another adventure in tap brews sent in convenient sized bottles. You're the man!

Anice hiss when I popped the cap, it pours a very dark brown, actually more like pitch black as no light shines through and I'm not seeing even a hint of any other colour. The foam started off huge and grew a bit more as my glass settled.

The smell has a lovely mix of sweet malt and fruit with a light tartness coming from the fruit...cherries. I like.

The taste brings on notes of wheat, sweet malt, semi sweet/tart taste of cherries, and a bunch of toffee goodness. Yum! Some alcohol here but given the abv, I don't find it intrusive at all. A great tasting brew indeed.

The mouthfeel is on the light side but the carbonation is brisk and that combination works for me very well.

Drinkability? Danger, Danger, Will Robinson! The drinkability is off the charts for me. Big ole 22oz bottle and I fear it will not last long as I'm already 3/4 done. If I lived where I could get this on tap, I'd be in *BIG* trouble. ;^)What a brew!

Hey Alan....wonderful choice!! Thanks a bunch!!

Oh and head retention and lacing are superb!

Serving type: growler

05-15-2009 23:19:00 | More by Bitterbill
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vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery....
I have had the Aventinus recently, and this is WAY different. Aroma is nearly the same as the regular Winter Wheat. Clovey/chocolately and no real hint of alcohol. There is a slight and lasting head that is nice and brown. The color is pitch black. Now the fun begins. Flavor is smooth and creamy, almost to the point of being light and fluffy. Chocolate nmalt flavors dominate over the alcohol to the point of making this beer deadly. Where the Aventinus removes enamel, this satisfys one's thirst for beer. Wonderfully balanced and drinkable, perhaps the best Eisbock that I have ever tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 15:19:58 | More by vladtheimpaler
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got the rare opportunity to try this beer on tap. This is one of those beers which doesn't hold any sort of street cred, but can stand against some of the great beers of the world. Before tonight, I had never heard of this beer. I hope that some day I get to try it again, preferably during winter.

A: The color is black with ruby red highlights one the bottom of the glass. It could be seen, in better light I suppose, as a deep brown. The brown head does not stay very well at all and eventually dissolves to nothing.

S: The nose on this beer is absolutely delicious. The predominant smell is an almost overwhelming strawberry-banana aroma. Seriously. This is the same smell as all those strawberry-banana treats out there. Other noticeable smells include figs and peat. No hop aroma, which is appropriate for the style.

T: The taste is very good. Very similar to some Belgium beers that I have had. I get this nice balance of banana flavor, which sits right on the tongue and up front, and a smokey tobacco flavor which accompanies the drinker to the finish. I think it is a wonderful combination. I have never had a "tobacco" flavor be so pronounced in a beer before and now I really understand that characteristic. It is not "smokey" but more like that cigarette smell. It's good, shut up.

M: The mouthfeel is full-bodied and incredibly smooth. No alcohol present. This makes this beer very palatable. Honestly couldn't be better.

D: This beer rates "exceptional" for this category because the aroma and taste are both so interesting and the alcohol, though 11.5%, is almost absent. SO drinkable. Couldn't be better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 04:56:07 | More by MusicaleMike
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PEBKAC

New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starting the night off in the completely wrong direction... (I'll save those pale ales to rinse after brushing my teeth). Half growler from New Beer, poured into my favorite Ommegang anniversary glass. Stiff pop off the cap, this one is about a month old.

Beautiful brown sugar rise off an eight ounce pour. Nice staying power over a black coffee body, lined with deep amber highlights.

Smells of licorice & earthy blackberries upfront giving a brief acidity, building on cola & anise. The expected banana is disappointingly, a little Runt-y. It trails back on soft honey wheat.

Taste first off is bitter/tart cherries, definitely. I almost have that numbing sensation I always get from the heavy pesticides. The beer is acidic & sharp constantly through, or maybe it's just the alcohol being that well hidden. Cola & milk chocolate that's just too sweet & velvety to be dark. The body is so milky, yet so carbonated. Black grape skins reminiscent on the texture. A little insertion of coffee that I'm not sure of, whether oxidation or roast, it's the only thing here I think isn't in it's right spot. Insignificant anyways. Finish is a Fig Newton kind of combo of fruit & caked malt.

Expectations were high, & I stuffed my bag with growlers(of course), but fuck me if I just pass up their great Winter Wheat from now on with a snobbish "meh" & just pester for this throughout the year.

Serving type: growler

05-29-2009 03:05:08 | More by PEBKAC
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'll call this a "growler." Filled by Bierkraft and put into a 22oz. bottle. Thanks to mikeyv35 for getting me this one.

A: Poured a dirty mahogany with a large darker tan head. Not too much retention or lacing, but it still looks pretty nice.

S: Superb. Lots of black licorice, sweet malt, dark fruit, cherries, hints of smoke, some alcohol, and bits of chocolate.

T: Very, very intense all around. The black licorice, sweet malt, and dark fruits (plus cherries) stand out as being the most dominant, but this one has a lot going on and only gets better as it warms.

M: Good amounts of alcohol, but nothing distracting too much from the taste.

D: Excellent drinkability. High alcohol and insane complexity make this one a slow sipper.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2010 15:09:10 | More by Thorpe429
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwcwattsrugger for sharing...

Pours black with a thin tan head that has a decent retention for abv.

The smell is of dark malts and toffee. Banana and pear add a nice fruity character. Clove and a subtle anise add a nice spiciness. Very complex and extremely inviting.

The taste is of dark malt, toffee and chocolate notes. A wheat tang and banana/clove, pear, some licorice blend together very well. Roasty, peppery notes weave in and out. Alcohol is warming, but fits in nicely without being too upfront or sharp. Sweetish finish.

Medium-to-full bodied. Velvety texture. Not overly syrupy.

An outstanding eisbock. Complex and potent, yet smooth and drinkable. A wonderful winter wheat ale. Thanks again John!

Serving type: growler

02-03-2008 15:31:40 | More by jwc215
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BACTAdam

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow is the best word I can use to describe this finely crafted and rare brew from High Point! I was lucky enough to get one of the very last growler fills from the first batch of 2008 as it's brewed in extremely limited quantities. Greg, owner/brewmaster, said he hopes to have another small batch tapped in late February so call or e-mail the brewery before you go to make sure it's available.

Any way, the review. This one pours a very dark black color with a nice tan head that retains itself nicely. The smell is pretty sweet with hints of cocoa and coffee. Definitely has an imperial stout quality in smell, appearance and taste. And taste? Superb! Has the winter wheat qualities mixed with complex notes of semi-sweet chocolate, malts, black coffee and I even sensed slight vanilla and banana notes. Incredible! The mouthfeel is insanely smooth almost like it came from a hand pump or was on nitro (and this after it sat in my growler for 3 days). Finally, this beer is very drinkable. It hides its alcohol very well although I sensed a slight alcohol burn in the first few sips. A truly exceptional beer worth waiting for!!

By the way, the official name of this beer is Ramstein Ice Storm Eisbock. Not sure if it was changed recently or not.

Serving type: growler

02-04-2008 02:50:05 | More by BACTAdam
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whitehouse50

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was fortunate to get a growler of this from the brewery. Poured it into my Duvel glass and the color was very dark almost black. Has the aromas sweet malty notes, hints of chocolate maybe caramel. The taste is incredible because there is so much going on. Once again hints of chocolate and caramel with a distinctive malty sweetness, possibly hints of licorice and it leaves you wanting more after the lingering flavors leave your palate. The mouthfeel is like a beefed up winter wheat. I'm not sure how much I could drink this in one night, thankfully I split the growler with my buddies as this one filled me up rather quickly.

Serving type: growler

03-11-2009 17:50:41 | More by whitehouse50
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mikey711

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Caramel brown with a minimal amount of head, but some nice lacing that coats the glass. Some transparency at the bottom.

S: Some nice estery notes to start with dark fruit notes like plum and dark cherries. Also a bit of sweetness is present fromt he wheat with some bubblegum and banana notes.

T: Very much like the smell. Nice dark fruit notes. Some nice caramel butterscotch and wheat notes to a bits of sweetness. Also some very nice toasted notes in the end

M: The lack of carbonation adds to the overall feel by adding a nice layer of creaminess. A slight hint of booze is present but inviting and there is nothing harsh or invasive to note.

D: Scary drinkable. You know the booze is there you know it is a high abv beer but your cant help yourself with this great beer.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2010 01:05:07 | More by mikey711
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this from PEBCAK, cheers Adam!

Tap filled bottle pours a ruddy mahogany with 3+ fingers of mocha head. Head drops sharply,makes violent hissing noises as it off-gasses & throws tracle colored strands up, as the head dies.

S: Smokeyness & some dark fruit, cherries & plums dominate

T: Follows the nose, along some boozey warmth & molasess & a bit of wheat twang up front. Dryness, rum raisin & a bit of leafy hops smeak through as this warms, plus a bit of candi sugar& wheat tartness. Finishes dry fruitty, boozey & warming with cherries, figs & molasess dominating the scene, plus some brown bread soaked in vodka & pralines

MF: Chewy with lively carbonation, plus a touch of silkyness

Drinks easy for the style & abv, but I'm sure this one would reward you with a stellar hangover if you stayed on it past a liter of it, beware! To me this is easily the most eclectic eisbock I've had & the star of the trade (so far)! I bet this would drink so great by a fire in ski country, went down a treat on a fairly warm night in the NC piedmont!

Serving type: growler

06-21-2009 03:55:32 | More by russpowell
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

01-31-2012 19:40:49 | More by Soonami
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

11-29-2011 20:26:30 | More by brandoman63
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Keyes88

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

03-06-2012 03:54:09 | More by Keyes88
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Ramstein Winter Wheat Eisbock from High Point Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.