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Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout - Kiuchi Brewery

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 25
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 07-20-2007)
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Photo of dzni


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into snifter.

A - Inky black appearance with a slightly amber head that is thin and lasts merely a few seconds.

S - Burnt caramel, chocolate, roasty, smokey, maybe some very slight dark fruit?

T - Coffee, chocolate

M - Slight carbonation, medium body

D - Medium body, but feels heavy to drink, maybe due to the alcohol content or the big coffee/chocolate flavor. I like this beer and appreciate all of the coffee flavor coming through, but it's a little heavy and intense for me to drink a lot of.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 02:44:55 | More by dzni
Photo of Parrotbeak


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

Picked a bottle up for $1.99--not a bad deal!
Pours jet black, with no light whatsoever passing though. Very thin, brown head that materializes shortly after the pour and then disappears almost as quickly.
Smells strongly of espresso- more so than I expected and I'm impressed. Lots of dark chocolate on the nose as well.
Lot of espresso in the taste too. Very dark chocolate, as well as some roasted malts. A little sweet on the finish. Quite a unique tasting stout, as far as my sampling goes.
Quite smooth, with just the right level of carbonation.
The smoothness and tastiness of this one makes it quite drinkable, but I could foresee the alcohol catching up with me, as it's well-hidden.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 00:45:26 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very rich and tasty coffee stout.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.5%) Served in a tall conic glass.

A - Black body pour with minimal dark brown edges. Good frothy head with average retention and nice lacing.

S - Rich roasted malt nose with a nicely predominant coffee range.

T - Rich coffee range, with a sturdy and pleasing roasted malt sense holding the bitter-sweet coffee flavors, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of fruit.

M - Full to medium-full body with medium carbonation and a smooth and creamy finish.

D - This is a great espresso stout with the right and assertive notes of coffee, malt and bitterness. Rather nicely done.

Notes: I keep on being surprised and so far never disappointed by this Hitachino brews, always great to have them around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 00:07:40 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of Aaron420

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very very very deep black, I am talking black as night. With a nice stack of about two fingers worth of dark tan head covering the top of this deep black stout on pouring. It has the smell of a fresh cup of coffee from your local coffee shop, I am not talking about Starbucks, but your local shop. But with a hint of alcohol. Now to the taste category, it is very smooth for such a dark beer. The espresso flavor sticks out but not to the point of becoming to bitter to be drinkable. It is very drinkable for being a coffee stout. Not to bitter but also not to sweet. Upon finishing this one I defiantly had the urge to head back to the beer store and get another.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:14:40 | More by Aaron420
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

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

Basic black in the glass, with two fingers of mocha coloured creamy head. Slow to recede and lots of lacing.

Smells most strongly of roasted coffee, but the roasted malt mixes in there. Overall aroma is fairly bitter, but nice.

Taste opens up quite sweet up front, with almost a caramel infused sweetened coffee right on the tip of the tongue. Right in the middle of the mouth it switches over to a roasted coffee and roasted malt that is just a little bitter. The overall taste impression stays pretty sweet though.

Thick and rich, almost creamy bodied, carbonation just barely cuts through. Very nice.

I really like this one, but the sweet side of it may become a bit much by the end of the bomber. I still see myself buying this one again though, it is a great coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 03:23:28 | More by elricorico
Photo of jeranbrews


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Born on date of 01-'10. This is the special Valentine's Day label. If your valentine gives you this. She's a keeper.

A - Finger of fluffy dark rusty-moca head. The color is only faintly brown as it is basically opaque the only thing I saw were a few brown yeasty clumps clinging onto the side. Good lacing. Dalmatian spots hang on the side of the glass.

S - Initially faint. A bit hard to find. Bits of coffee and roasted malts. A bit of chocolate. After warming there was some vanilla and more coffee bean.

T - Bitter. Strong toasty. Like mesquite charcoal. Roasted to the point of burnt. Coffee oddly enough was hard to find. Even though it's listed in the title and in the ingredients of the beer. Aftertaste is a bit sweet.

M - As smooth and creamy as you can ever expect to find in Japan. Way above the domestic average.

D - Drinkable. A nice imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 12:28:39 | More by jeranbrews
Photo of willjschmidt


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

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Hitachino Nest glass.

A: Pours ink black with a tan head.

S: Epsresso, coffee, and some roasted barley.

T: A very good espresso stout. It's very smooth, very little bitterness and a good does of espresso.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

D: Easy to drink, quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 03:03:39 | More by willjschmidt
Photo of CRichardsMN


1.08/5  rDev -72.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours our a nearly black body with red highlights and a huge dark tan head that leaves only minimal spotting on the glass. There is so much fizz in this beer that it literally leapt from the bottle all over the counter (about 1/4 of the bottle escaped though I'm not disappointed - see below).

This is one funky brew. Obviously, there is coffee packed in here but it's like they left it on the burner for hours and hours leaving behind a burnt sludge (and I only drink espresso --not coffee-- so it's not just a weak palate here...). Also, there is a weird sour sweetness, like a rotting green apple.

Much like the smell, there is a huge pop of bitter, burnt coffee and overly sour funky. Nothing else, just yuck. Hello Drain.

For such a deeply colored, pungently flavored brew, it has at best a medium body. There is so much fizz, it almost hurts to drink.

No and No.

That is 2 for 2 from Hitachino (Kiuchi Brewery) that have been utterly disgusting and hugely overpriced ($5.49 / 11.2oz) crap. Royally peeved and will not purchase anything from them again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:35:28 | More by CRichardsMN
Photo of Halcyondays


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

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a thick tan head, good retention, some thick lace, looks great.

S: Coffee for days.

T: Big espresso, bitter coffee notes immediately. The more typical stout flavours of roasted malt come out later with a great dark chocolate note at the end with a hint of dark dried fruit. Great robust, strong flavours, not for the weak of heart.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, strong coffee aftertaste, gives a pick-me-up. Prickly carbonation in the finish.

D: Man, I've been on a roll lately with great beer. This brew is delicious and flawlessly mixes the coffee and stout flavours, a great buy. But be careful, it'll stain your clothes.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 05:58:11 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of KYbrewgal


4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown almost black with a tan head with small bubbles. Strong coffee aroma with dark chocolate, toffee, some roast. Medium mouthfeel with flavors of espresso coffee but without the edgy bitterness such as from better coffee beans. Chocolate and toasted sugar compliment the coffee and last long into the finish. A new favorite for anyone who likes their coffee strong and enjoys a well-made stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 16:50:56 | More by KYbrewgal
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 720ml bottle, coming in at 5.5% ABV here.

This beer pours a solid black, with ever so slight brown tints at the edges, and two fingers of weakly puffy, and densely foamy beige head, which leaves a stellar active storm cloud vista of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells quite strongly of bitter, dry roast coffee, dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, a bit of indistinct black fruit, wet ash, and an earthy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same, but much more laid-back - relatively sweeter chocolate, lightly bitter roasted coffee, grainy and bready caramel malt, and very mild grassy, earthy hop notes.

The carbonation is rather soft and trilling, the body a decently hefty medium weight, silken, duly smooth, and more than a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the chocolate and caramel malt persisting more or less unscathed, while the smoky coffee essence starts a long, dark wane.

A velvety, enticing, and overall tasty stout, that fits nicely into the realm of dessert, in the manner of panna cotta or Tiramisu. Well-made, and thankfully lacking (or perhaps merely obscuring) that Hitachino house yeast flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 07:57:44 | More by biboergosum
Photo of bluejacket74


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

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee/espresso, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and some dark fruit aroma also shows up as the beer warms. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but with the coffee/espresso flavors being the strongest. Has a nice bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy but also on the thin side for a stout. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's enjoyable and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew. If you like coffee and/or espresso, then you would probably like this beer too.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 22:56:44 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Chico1985


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a small tan head that disappears completely, leaves absolutely no lacing. For shame! Smell is great, alot of chocolate with coffee floating in the background. Taste is good, although I was hoping for more espresso. Coffee is just about even with chocolate here. Mouthfeel is pretty thin for a stout, alcohol is well-hidden and it's easy to drink. Definitely a bit pricey at $5.50/bottle but I suppose since it's imported from Japan it's somewhat understandable. Good overall, nothing that blew me away but I'm always interested in trying a Japanese espresso stout, I picked it up on a whim.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 05:19:00 | More by Chico1985
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a brown 720 ml bottle. Opaque pitch black in appearance, practically impermeable to light. Tall creamy mocha head that eventually settles to a very sticky cap with gashes of lacing.

Rounded char and espresso notes on the nose, treacle, some licorice, slight alcohol.

Intense robust flavours, roasted and char malt, sweetens a bit in the middle like cappuccino, clean smoky and earthy finish and aftertaste, rounded coffee grounds.

Full-bodied but not thick, smooth and rounded.

Very enjoyable, an amazingly approachable Imperial Coffee Stout, they get points for both approaches and pulling them off. A stout that everyone should seek out, I know I'm gonna get my fill while it's still available.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:32:33 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

720ml bottle poured into pint glass dec23 2009

A black with a giant mocha head that just hangs around to the bottom of the glass. just a few loose rings of lace but great retention, nice looking stout

S very heavy on the dark roasted coffee with some mild chocolate

T a little more chocolate and a little less coffee then on the nose, but it's pretty close to the smell and I enjoyed it a fair bit

M not as thick as expected but not watery by any means

D I can't complain with any aspects of this beer other then the price

pretty pleased with this brewer and can't wait to try their other beers

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 07:14:28 | More by wordemupg
Photo of elgiacomo


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

330ml bottle. Pours very dark brown, black in the glass, with a huge three-finger brown head. Head eventually settles down to a light cap. Rings of sticky spotty lacing. Rather attractive.

Aroma big on coffee, with a slight funkiness, roasted malts, and some dark fruits.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, dark cherries, and other dark fruits with a light sour tang. Delicious.

Wonderful smooth creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation.

An excellent brew! Only thing holding this back is the price @ $4.99/bottle. Still worth it and I'm glad I finally got around to trying this wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 19:25:01 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of steve8robin


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one in the fridge for a while. Time to crack this baby open.

A: Dark as night. No transparency or translucency at all. Very nice mocha colored head that quickly disappears.

S: Smells of coffee, not overwhelming though, and hops.

T: This one is definitely a pleasant surprise. I was not expecting much, so this one exceeded those expectations. Has an awesome dark coffee taste that really hits you in the aftertaste quickly followed by bitter hops. The cabonation is the only thing I don't really like about the taste. The more I drink, the more the bitter hop flavor overtakes it.

M: A little too much carbonation for my taste.

D: This one goes down fairly easy. I love the initial taste, it's just the high level of carbonation that throws me off.

All in all, this beer will not disappoint you. It will be a pleasant surprise for a nice evening beverage for anyone who enjoys coffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 04:05:52 | More by steve8robin
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My fourth Hitachino beer, and a great one at that. I finally found the hidden gem of their lineup. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark black. Head was quite large on the pour, but it shrunk quite a bit. Lacing is excellent. Just a very creamy and delightful looking stout.

S/T: Upon the first smell, I am reminded of their Lacto Sweet Stout, which isn't a bad thing. Somewhat sweet with a smokey character. The taste on the other hand, is much more complex and rewarding. This is a very balanced beer. Lots of different flavors, but nothing really stands above the rest. Coffee is the initial flavor, but its not a super rich or strong coffee. Its more of a mellow, less acidic coffee flavor. Chocolate is right there as well. More of a dark chocolate and a little sweet. Also a nice roasted malt and smoke character in there as well. The flavors just mingle well on the palate to create a balanced and enjoyable stout.

M/D: Very creamy and tasty in the mouth. Would be excellent as a breakfast or dessert beer. Drinks pretty typical for a stout. Not over the top, so it could be sessioned if desired. Nothing offputting about the beer at all.

I was more than impressed with this one. Such a complex and balanced flavor profile, its hard not to enjoy this one. I rarely buy import brews, and this is going to make the short list of ones I will revisit often. Not up there with Brunch Weasel or Founders Breakfast, but still an excellent choice. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 17:43:17 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of Freethyhops


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours pitch black. a vigorous pour produced a huge head. 3 fingers atleast, it was hard to tell as a little bit spilled over the top of the glass...oops. the head dissipated to a thin film but left heavy lacing.

S- espresso indeed. a ton of coffee and chocolate on the nose. not a whole lot going on besides that. but right on for a nice coffee stout.

T- a load of bitter chocolate is up front followed by some relatively faint coffee and a surprising breadiness. finishes a bit dry. maybe some of the foreign influence coming in. a nice smooth drinking imperial stout, but it could be a good bit more robust.

M/D- this is an interesting beer in the mouthfeel dept. it starts out quite creamy but finishes quite dry and reminds me a little bit of a Guinness extra stout. dryness isn't exactly what I'm looking for in a double stout. the carbonation level is quite pleasing. this is a very drinkable impy stout. not the strongest but it goes down smooth even considering the lower ABV(7.5%)

a nice beer but I don't think I'll be purchasing again at the $5 a bottle price tag. worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:29:46 | More by Freethyhops
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/13/09 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

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

S: The aroma is of strong coffee and dark chocolate, roasted malts and some dark fruit.

T: The taste starts with bitter-sweet flavors of black coffee and dark chocolate, followed by a very hearty roasted malt character. There's a mild but complementary hops presence and a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and very dry.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not one of the better stouts that I've had but it's still a decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 19:31:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of TheEremite


2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Second Kiuchi beer of the night, pours dark, black, lots of carbonation that leaves a decent ring of dark tan head that lasts to the end of the glass. Looks nice. Smells like fruit punch and coffee. Tastes a little like a homebrew. Not my cup of tea, but I guess it's ok. I don't think I'm a fan of this beer or this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 04:51:10 | More by TheEremite
Photo of glid02


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of creamy roasted coffee with good amounts of lightly roasted malts and smooth dark chocolate. Everything's present in good amounts.

Tastes good. Smooth roasted malt flavors up front are joined simultaneously by dark chocolate and coffee flavors midway through the sip. These flavors carry through to a solidly bitter ending leaving hints of coffee flavors on the palate. As with the smell everything's present in good amounts however the flavors don't have quite the oomph the aroma has.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this beer. A very good offering for a beer a bit lower on the ABV scale than most others in the category. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 03:26:10 | More by glid02
Photo of dpnelson1978


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. (330ml) bottle into Duvel tulip.

$4.99 / ea.

S: Coffee and a bit of chocolate. Tough to pick out anything else, but there is already plenty to digest.

A: Opaque black body with a large loose dark tan head. Head lingers and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

T: Coffee and chocolate. Not much hop bitterness but it might be hidden by the coffee. -OH is well hidden.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Not something to have more than one at a sitting, but is interesting to say the least.

O: Great beer to experience.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 04:27:12 | More by dpnelson1978
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3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours deep black, no light gets through this beast of an Imperial Stout. Huge billowy dark tan head with both large and fine bubbles that stays in glass leaving behind a nice thick lace

S- Initially a raisin, fig smell mingles with chocolate, then the coffee notes appear. A nice Deep espresso aroma, bit of vanilla.

T- Contrary to the aroma, coffee is the primary thing that hits the palate, followed by the dark fruit. This is a very good balance of those two main tastes that dominate this style. Some overplay the coffee which, I like, and some that have too much fig/raisin taste, which I don't really enjoy. It has a really nice creamy finish with a hint of vanilla.

M- This has a surprisingly light body for an Imperial stout. Everything about this beer screams stout, from the dark syrupy pour and robust malty flavor, but it is pretty medium bodied. It has a creamy coffee then bitter finish. Leaves some stickiness in the mouth.

D- For an Imperial Stout, it's pretty drinkable. That being said, one must enjoy the flavor of coffee and the extreme of an Imperial stout. Definitely not a session beer, but nice to enjoy. It is by no means on the top of the list of Imperial Stouts but I think it is a little more versatile than others as a result of its lighter body

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 03:01:24 | More by Lldeegan
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South Carolina

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

Picked up a few 11.2oz bottles at Green's on Buford Highway in ATL, while there on a business trip.

Appearance - Deep brown in color, pours dense with a huge head forming as the glass fills. Poured into a pilsner glass and I'd say 2/5ths retained as headspace. The head and lacing was amazing. Like the head of a whipped chocolate milkshake. Slick and sliding down the sides as I rotate the glass. Topped it off after the head dropped a bit. Still, after a few minutes, I'm looking at a one-finger head. Very inviting.

Smell - The chocolate is the first to grab your nose and hold on. Followed by a coffee and bitter/tart aroma as well. Wonderful nose that draws you in.

Taste - Rich coffee, bitter chocolate and a bit of vanilla all come to the surface in just the first sip. Unlike many of the other Hitachio offerings, there is no site (or taste) of the cedar. Well-balanced malt and a mild finish. I had to check the ABV on this one, as I didn't detect the slightest alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - My only down-tick. A bit thin on the mouthfeel. Expected more from both the style and also the impressive aroma and taste. Moderate carbonation appears to help out. Perhaps the thin feel adds to the drinkability, along with the masking of the alcohol.

Drinkability - For the company it keeps in the style (i.e. Founders, Peche Mortel, etc) it would be a tall order to try to measure up. It's no DFH WWS, but then again few, if any, are at that level. I'm happy to say this is a fine example of a very drinkable American Double/Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 00:26:26 | More by Nesued
Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout from Kiuchi Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 708 ratings.