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Great Lakes Nosferatu - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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1,799 Ratings
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Ratings: 1799
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%


Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

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Jmamay22

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber. Slightly hazy with pumpkin colored highlights at the edge of the glass. The head is a orange tinted off white that leaves thick gobs of lacing on my glass. The smell is slightly sweet with notes of caramel and a hint of chocolate that comes and goes. Mild notes of range and grapefruit.

The taste begins with a strong caramel presence and moves towards a well balanced hop note. Nice notes of orange and grapefruit peaking through again. Finishes generally bitter, but does leave a lingering sweetness. Alcohol level is not noticeable. Medium bodied mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Well balanced and enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 19:14:55 | More by Jmamay22
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dank203

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

did like this, but it reminded me of tomato juice and/or blood. still it was clean, sweetly malty, had some bready/cakey notes, dark cherries, etc. just had some strange notes to it. can't award the A for my own taste, but being put together its respectable. cant say i would buy it again

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 20:54:00 | More by dank203
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craftbeerbyob

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful red, amber color. Beer is dark enough not to be able to see through. Nice head on pour.

Smell: I honestly could not smell much of anything that distinguishes it's characteristics. I do pick up a little fruit smell along with hops!

Taste: Great bitterness!

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking for an 8% alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:50:11 | More by craftbeerbyob
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down, consistently leaving lots of lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste starts out with flavors of caramel malts and transitions to notes of orange citrus and a light amount of bitterness, both of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a rich mouthfeel and seems heavier and fuller in flavor compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 19:53:14 | More by metter98
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dtivp

West Virginia

4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a clear reddish copper with a one finger beige head that faded quickly into a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops, bready malt and some spice.

Taste of bready malts up front, sweet caramel and spice with a slight hint of hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp , smooth with a slightly dry after taste.

Over all a very good balanced yet complex Imperial red that I would recommend you try.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 00:51:21 | More by dtivp
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mikeg67

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours dark read with short lived, creamy, off-white head. Aroma is of citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe cherries and apples. Body is medium and crisp. Citrusy, herbal hops, caramel malt and ripe fruit fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Delicious, brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 15:55:39 | More by mikeg67
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Label is in the traditional GLBC fashion with phenomenal eye-catching graphics. In my opinion, Nosferatu is probably the coolest of the GLBC beers as far as graphics are concerned. Front label gives a great back story and description of the beer, ABV info, serving temperature recommendation, a bit of brewery info, web info, and an Enjoy By Date(11/21/13). Neck label give a nice back story and description of the beer.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 20oz imperial pint led to a 3 ¼ golden tan head that is of a medium density atop a deep amber/orange bordering on red beer that is crystal clear. Head retention was a great 6min before fading to a thick cap and ring with phenomenal lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smell is heavy on the caramel malts and hops with citrus and bit of pine resin coming through as well.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes is of heavy caramel malts on the front end along with a nice sweet citrus hop bite. A bit of bready maltiness comes through mid point with the hops turning slightly resinous before a toasty caramel sweet maltiness hits on the back end. Finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: On the full side of medium bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Very very drinkable.

Overall/Comments: On of my favorite GLBC beers and for good reason because Nosferatu is just a tremendously well done beer that is perfect for the fall season. It has a great flavor profile!! Try it if you get the chance!!

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 05:44:00 | More by thegodfather1076
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beagle75

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium amber color with less than one finger of diminishing parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Aggressively toasted and grainy, this beer's smell is similar to undiluted malt extract. Some dark fruits--raisin and cherry--are also detectable, though they remain subordinate to the more overt malt qualities. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark estery fruit and husky crystal malt. Acidity is restrained into the middle where notable cherry fruit and vinous tannic qualities combine to make a very rich sensory profile for a pale ale. The finish reveals some late piney hops flavors and unexpected wood smoke, while bitterness is fairly mild for the overall size of this beer. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, creamy and slightly syrupy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This is a malt-forward red ale that appears even bigger than its 8% ABV would suggest. It retains just enough American hops influence to keep it from being mistaken for an old ale. This beer promises to pair with food in versatile fashion, all while remaining assertive in the face of other strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 20:55:35 | More by beagle75
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malty caramel aroma with a mild hop aroma.

T: Similar to the smell there is a nice caramel malt flavor and slight hop background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Excellent brew – worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2013 01:22:30 | More by ckollias
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In all of my years living in the Michigan area, I failed to come up with this whale until I recently acquired in a trade

White stamp in the bottom right corner says best by 11/14/13 (I'm still gonna do this, at 8%), I'm not too worried:

Into a snifter (only reason since the ABV level made me think this is closer to an Imperial Red):

A: a decent transparent red/amber colored body, thin white film of a white head, no lacing

S: mostly caramel malts, but a slight floral yet toasted sort of hoppiness comes through

T: malty sweet, and really not much else goin' on for the most part, malty dry aftertaste and finish

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation isn't really there (making me wonder I need to try this fresh again)

O: as much as I wanted this for years, I would say I would still want this again, too bad I got an old bottle, still I thank wvsabbath for a whale I've been looking for in a long time, I still will be looking for a fresh one some day

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:49:48 | More by BeerKangaroo
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ac22rush

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep amber, minimal head even after a few swirls only a thin light khaki head appears.

Once brought to the nose a lovely aroma of peach, currant, orange liqueur, some floral notes from the hops and toasted grain. I love the nose the first thing that comes to mind for me when I see an Imperial red is tons of hops but this has a lot of great sweet aromas.

Getting into the beer first sip is all sweetness with lots of fruit, some carmel and toasted grain then come the hops not to be left behind good amount of bitterness but not overpowering. Towards the end the hop profile comes to fruition with/grassy/ floral notes maybe a twang of ruby fruit.

Carbonation is consistent and is appealing could definitely enjoy one over the course of a meal.

Great winter beer as the 8% warms the soul. Nothing really stands out to me specifically I think overall this is a well balanced offering from Bells definitely lives up to their reputation of making really good beers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 03:55:54 | More by ac22rush
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kojevergas

Texas

3.04/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with great freaky label art and branded silver pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN and served into a stem-tulip. Expectations are high given the brewery as well as this beer's current ratings (92/91). Reviewed live. "A handcrafted stock ale." 8.0% ABV confirmed. Enjoy by: 11/29/13. Reviewed as a stock ale.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour and nice even consistency. Okay thickness, but subpar for a stock ale. Not much creaminess or frothiness. Retention is average - about 2 minutes. Even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a rich clear translucent amber-red. Has an attractive understated glow. Refined. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance and I'm eager to try it, but it's not unique or special. No egregious flaws.

Sm: Faint caramel and toffee. Bready/crusty malts. Amber malts. Any hop character is barely coming through here. Clean, refined, and inviting, but not alive. Fruity.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of average strength.

T: Caramel, toffee, amber malts, bready malts, bread crust. Hop character is quite faint and shallow: floral notes and generic fruity tones are all I find. It's a shockingly reticent flavour profile all around. Just not that accessible.

Balanced, sure, but there's surprisingly little going on here. It's painfully simple for a stock ale. Cohesive and enjoyable, but not gestalt, complex, subtle, or intricate. I will say it has nuance.

There's some faint alcohol presence. Clean, without any real yeast character.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Below average intensity of flavour.

What I like about it is it doesn't feel like a half-assed English barleywine. But it just lacks the mastery of the best beers in the style.

Mf: Smooth, wet, well-carbonated, nicely thick, and full-bodied. Suits the flavour profile well. Nice unobtrusive presence on the palate.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Drinkable, but honestly I expected better. It isn't much of a stock ale. I'm really disappointed giving this is coming from Great Lakes. I wouldn't buy it again, and I can't see it cellaring well. I wouldn't recommend this to friends, but I'll enjoy finishing it. I wouldn't want more than one in a night.

I'm not sure what I'm missing that other reviewers are finding, but I found this lacking.

Low C+

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 06:18:13 | More by kojevergas
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade from MWolverines66

Poured into a DFH tulip , Best by date 11-30-13

A - Ruby red in color with a frothy lacing sticking to the side of the glass. Starts with a 1/2" head, but recedes to a white ring. Great clarity with light carbonation is visible throughout the glass.

S - Hints of caramel, touches of booze, hops, some medicinal notes, grass, but very pleasant nonetheless.

T - Taste of wet hops (think Celebration), bread on the back end, hints of toffee, a good complexity.

M - Clean with a lingering finish of bread and caramel. Lightly carbonated on the palate. Light notes of spice and fruit.

O - This is one of the best red ales I've ever had! For me, it's more complex and balanced that G'Knight and would pick this every time. I'm glad I have another!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 01:44:49 | More by Cubatobaco
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear reddish copper with a finger of fluffy head. Most of the head dissipated quickly, but some nice lacing was left behind on the glass. The nose was definitively hoppy. The malt profile could stand to be more pronounced, but the hop finish is outstanding.

The alcohol is hidden well in this one. That combined with the relatively light body makes for one dangerous and easy drinking imperial red.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 05:35:09 | More by 57md
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keithmurray

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - bright ruby red/crimson color with beige head

Smell - toffee, grapefruit, orange peel

Taste - caramel, toffee, butterscotch, orange peel, grapefruit, pine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet upfront, hop bitterness in the back , slightly sticky, hearty beverage

Overall - very nice imperial amber ale. This beer screams "autumn"

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:24:01 | More by keithmurray
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BMMillsy

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from jbwimer. Dated 12/1/13, poured 11/20/13. Pours a deep red to amber color with a small cream colored ring of head. Aroma of sweet fruits, dirt, grass, caramel malts. Flavor follows with a grassy fruit flavor, massive malt bill, just a tinge of earthy hops, with a lingering bready malt on the palate. Slick mouthfeel, lowish carbonation. Very crisp pleasant finish, very easy drinking. Cannot believe this is 8%. Nothing especially complex in the flavors here, just a nicely crafted brew. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 23:38:33 | More by BMMillsy
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark orange with a one-finger off white head. Nice amount of thin lacing.

S - Sweet - toffee and caramel - with some pine and grapefruit hops.

T - Just like the nose with big sweet toffee and caramel. Good amount of pine and citrus creates a nice balance.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - Very fun and complex beer. Very smooth and easy drinking. Alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 07:10:06 | More by TreyIsWilson
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; enjoy by 12/10/13
A - nice red ale, frothy beige head holds excellent retention, lacing coats the glass well
S - malty aroma with toasted grain, caramel, and sweet fruity hops
T - superb balance of malt and hops with notes of caramel, toasted grain, brown sugar, bread, fruity, juicy hops provide bitterness with grapefruit, pine, and some tropical overtones
M - creamy medium body, semi-dry with a fairly bitter finish
O - definitely a fall must-have. This beer is phenomenal and a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:38:22 | More by barnzy78
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep red amber body, orange highlights, topped by an oatmeal colored two finger head.

Deep malty aroma. Big bakery. Hint of candy. Tropical fruits.

Deep, deep semi-sweet malt. Massive foundation. Juicy tropical fruit. Big bitter bite. Bigness all around.

Full mouthfeel with hoppy bumpiness.

A big, big imperial red. Heartily recommended. Bloody good.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 04:21:46 | More by RonfromJersey
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TheStig

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear reddish amber with a fast-dissolving head. Ok, it's not BLOOD RED, but it's close enough!

Smells of yeast, toasted bread, a few bitter herbal notes floating around.

Tastes most prominent: juniper, oak, bitters and a healthy base of a dark fruit sweetness. Cherry perhaps.

Gentle carbonation, smooth finish. Crisp.

This should be the level to which other Halloween-themed beers aspire to-- there's no hokey pumpkin fetishism to be found, the flavors come from the beer and not from syrup or flavorants added later and it's as near to blood red as one can get.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 16:46:07 | More by TheStig
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, orangish-red with brown running throughout. Solid 1"+ high light tan head. Retention is decent and even, settling at a chunky, thick film. Good lace.
Smell is malt, hops, wood/straw, a hint of caramel. Balance is good.
Taste is better than the nose with notes of malt, floral hops, caramel, some pine as well. Balance is very good, complexity much better than others of the style.
Warming from the first swallow, drying starts before that. Hops are noticeable but not overpowering. Others can reach IPA levels, fortunately this one doesn't.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:35:16 | More by PorterLambic
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks very good, ruby clear with good head, retention, lacing. The smell is mild and a little fruitier than expected. Grainy notes also detected.

Taste is also grain-forward, a little more fruit than expected, grapefruit/pomegranate in nature. Reminded me a little of Pretty in Pink (Lost Rhino/Mad Fox), but not nearly as citrusy. The bad side of it, for me, was an acidic bite that crept in later, and lingered as a coating on the tongue.

I think I'd rate it decently higher without that last taste. It had a little more bitterness than an amber, which I liked and enjoyed until the end.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 00:42:42 | More by cjgiant
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BEEER

Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark translucent amber color with medium, light cream colored head that diminishes after a few minutes into just a ring and messy lacing. Aroma is faint, but has nice amber malts and light fruity hop. Tons of flavor, but not too strong or overkill on anything. It's so balanced, the hops and malts work perfectly together. There's no alcohol flavor, medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. For an amber, it's got to be one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:23:33 | More by BEEER
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby amber. Quickly dissipating head.
Smell: Malt, biscuits.
Taste: Pine, alcohol, hop.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, and nicely carbonated.

This is so good. The color is beautiful. The biscuity, sweet smell is complemented with the bitter, piney taste. I will get this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 02:52:41 | More by TeamMathis
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saw this at Joe Canal's recently and was thrilled that this was available here for the Halloween season. Love the name but thankfully, the beer inside was just as good. Balanced, strong, and flavorful, this was a great example of the Red Ale and the best one I've had this side of the Troegs Nugget Nectar, which is great given that that's not available all year-round either!

Enjoyed the pour to this, with a hue that straddled the line between garnet and almond beautifully with a good head and lacing was visible but not strong enough to last for that long. An awful lot going in the taste here, which was certainly a good thing! Lots of blood orange, baker's chocolate, booze, mildly earthy hops, and herbal tea to be found here. All of them blended wonderfully together with a light mouthfeel and hardly any carbonation to be seen and not much to be felt. Just a hint of tropical fruit and wetness in the back combined with the chocolate malt and mild bitterness in the back, leading me to even wonder if there was even a hint of chili powder in this.

This didn't feel like a beer that was 8.00% ABV and only a hint of the alcohol could be felt in the initial taste of this. It's not often that a beer can be this complex and incredibly smooth at the same time but this fit the bill and on its own, paired with spicy foods, or as a dessert, this would be a great choice. It never warmed me but it never felt weak either and it's not often I find an offering that combines chocolate and fruit flavors so well, without being dark and powerful. Well worth enjoying even though Halloween has passed by for the year!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 18:02:54 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,799 ratings.