5Beans | Sixpoint Brewery

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Sixpoint Brewery
New York, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Mad Scientists walked through an ancient bazaar, sniffing out ingredients for their next formulation. The stalls were buzzing with activity as exotic spice vendors promoted their fragrant wares. But what ingredient would make the fabled 5th bean? The enticing aroma of an oily, smoky pod – black cardamom – caught their attention. Now that would turn the Imperial to Bazaar...

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another fine Sixpoint Brew offering. Coffee and chocolate and vanilla and more: all combine to make this Porter more than pleasantly enjoyable and smooth to drink. Cannot wait to have another round. ABV 10.0%
note: Grant
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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a twelve ounce can black under a 1/4" thick tan head which lingers long before fading to the rim and leaves spotty lace. Aroma is roasted coffee, vanilla, and spices of cardamom. Flavor follows the nose with an exquisite sweetness of vanilla wafers. Full body with moderate carbonation. Finishes semi-bitter and mildly chocolate with that sweet draw which calls you back for another sip. Solid with dat cardamom addition.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the can it pours an opaque dark combination of brown mahogany and ruby. A relatively modest head soon disapates, but leaves a thin crown and splash of lacing.
In the nose there is, as the name suggests, a predominant aroma of freshly brewed coffee roast. It feels like there are espresso beans with a gentle soaking of alcohol that is strong but not overwhelming. Very pleasant to smell. Also, there are dark fruit such as plum and prune.
In the mouth it is smooth and creamy. The taste is of darkly roasted malts, bitterness from the espresso roast and alcohol in the finish. The plum adds a little tartness and perhaps there is also a hint of cherries. There is a lingering bitterness from the espresso roast. Full bodied but feels drinkable for such a high ABV.
I really liked this one. It had a wonderful coffee kick and nice alcohol warming without being too boozy. I love Sixpoint and am always happy to support a local brewery.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brownish black with a tan head.

Smell is coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate.

Taste is sweet chocolate dipped banana, with a tang of apple and lots of coffee. A slight bittering of cocoa finishes it off. The cardamom is not full on Indian spice, thankfully, and I actually think it lends a bit of the apple pie essence that creeps up between the chocolate malt and coffee. There is a touch of something a little metallic, or is it hops.

Full bodied, frothy, but wet.

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Photo of McStagger
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stamped on bottom of can: BB15OCT2018 Poured into wine glass.

A: Black on first appearance, but held up to light shows ruby red tinges on the edge. Finger of frothy light mocha colored head. Good retention. Decent lacing.

S: Roasty dark malts. Getting the vanilla, coffee and cardamom and cinnamon in the nose.

T: Non descript roastiness up front. Some spice notes pick up mid palate with hints of the vanilla and cardamom. Finish is light, with gentle notes of dark chocolate and lingering spice.

M: Light for the abv. Carbonation is minimal and the mouthfeel is dry and slightly oily

O: Overrated and very overpriced at 14 a 4 pack. Missing a robust aspect one would expect to find in a 9%+ porter. Spices aren't nearly well represented enough. Will not buy again.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Opaque dark brown-black body, red highlights, tan head and pillowy, some lacing.

S - Interesting spice elements, with the cardamom out front, roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa hints.

T - A lot to take in. The open is malt and coffee, dark chocolate and a strong vanilla hit, the middle goes toasty, with the chocolate note becoming stronger, and the close is more bitter, with a smoky element that I take is the cardamom.

M - Slick and coating, a bit of carbonation comes through, but it is the drying in the close that keeps this from getting quite overwhelming.

O - Not as integrated as 4Beans, this one has a touch too much going on. The result is less refined than the prior iteration, as elements start to step on each other. Still, at its core this is a highly successful, if a bit messy, porter with great character.

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Photo of CHickman
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can states "BB15OCT2018" on bottom and pours pitch black color with a massive 2-3 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles of all sizes that popped as the head went down very slowly, making cracking sounds and leaving very good spotty foamy lacing and a layer on top.

Smells of burnt coffee, brown sugar, cocoa powder, allspice, charred wood, earthy notes, roasted grains and light syrup. It's a cross between smoked grains, a malty sweetness and burnt coffee with a dash of peppery spices or piney hops. There's a spice in here which I'm not digging, perhaps the cardamon listed on the can.

Taste has more sweetness than the nose with a lactose sugar addition and what seems like toffee or maple syrup starting things off before the burnt coffee, cocoa powder, brown sugar, charred wood, earthy notes and roasted grains come through again. The spices are also back but tamer with allspice, coriander, pepper and piney hops adding to the mix. This has a creamy sweetness like a milk stout with roasty notes like fresh ground vanilla beans or espresso beans, a whipped cream sweetness, chocolate and a latte essence thankfully overtake the spices. An odd but complex porter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very smooth but on the thin and watery side as it flows down easy and covers up the 10% ABV with a nice coffee bitterness and the spices which seem to make it fade on the dry side. Smoky notes let the malty sweetness dominate and allow the coffee to once again be the star of the show. If you like 3Beans and 4Beans then you'll like 5Beans, but 5Beans had too many spices IMO which took away from the great coffee flavor I expected.

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Photo of mothman
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tan head. Dark brown, black in color.

Lots of roast here. A bit too much roast for my liking. Coffee and vanilla with chocolate. Malty and sweet. Cocoa powder.

Medium bodied and ends with more roast and bitter coffee.

This one just wasn't for me. If the roast wasn't there, it would be much better.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, with a tan head. Streak lacing. Aroma is coffee with hints of chocolate and cardamom. Smokey and deep is the flavor. Coffee and spice with cocoa and cardamom. Hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste, a bit of pine. Dry finish. A beer with character & quite enjoyable.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the baron of buzzing, and the czar of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is smokey, black coffee. Taste is black coffee, some vanilla and smoke, alcohol is very well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, best before 15 October 2018. Served in a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Stout level black, but when held up to the light there is some cola brown and ruby red that I can just see at the edges. Thin tan head, with lots of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: A very nice blend of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and vanilla. With a deep inhale I can detect more coffee and just a hint of the cardamom.

Taste: Very similar to the smell (coffee, chocolate, vanilla) but with some malt sweetness and a lingering bitterness at the finish which is part herbal, part smoky.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, with good carbonation like a porter should have. A bit dry at the finish, but with some stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A sipping and savoring beer. While the chocolate/coffee/vanilla/malt sweetness combo is fairly common now that you would see in a stout or other amped-up porter like this one, this beer is more balanced, is a massive dessert beer, and the cardamom brings some interesting bitterness and flavors along to the beer. Alcohol very well hidden (dangerously so) and I would not mind having another can of this which would be trouble. A well done beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours pitch blach with a nice tan/brown head. Aroma is a subtle blend of coffee, hops and chocolate in a mix. Nothing overpowering. Taste is a really nice complex mix of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some cinamon-like spice and touched up with a balancing hop crispness. Creamy and rich at 10% ABV. If you like stouts, this one is sure to please.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can

Pours black with a creamy frothy light tan foam head. Smells like floral black cardamom, smoky woody spice, dark roast coffee, chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruits, toasted bready malt, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like spicy floral cardamom, smoked woody pepper, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruits, toasted bready malt, with bitter earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice and unique Baltic porter.

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Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a beer that changes quite a bit when it's poured. I find it mellows a bit and has less of a tang to it. Dark with nice edging, almost a cola color. Coffee is on the forefront of the smell, but it's not overpowering. The coffee taste seems more mixed in with the rest of the beer, again, not overly powerful.
Mildly smooth tang near the back end, and the alcohol is hidden very well.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can

Pours a little over a finger of light brown head into my can style glass. Very fluffy and pillowy, now quite creamy looking. Body is totally black, no visibility. Retention is decent, after a few minutes I still have a little bit of head left. Lacing looks like it will be good, but we’ll see about that. Overall a very nice looking beer so far.

The smell on this is incredible. Dry, roasty, bitter coffee grounds, mix with spice - cardamom is listed, which definitely here, I feel a touch of cinnamon too, but I might be making that up. It smells like a glass of Mexican coffee. Earing Slightly on the sweet side, though I don’t get too much of the cocoa listed; this beer still stays well balanced on the nose, and is definitely very dry as well. A fantastic smelling beer.

Man, the flavor on this is loaded. Spice and cocoa/sweetness take center stage, hitting simultaneously throughout the majority of the palate. Coffee is there the entire time, but lingers in the back, wonderful complexity all at once. Finishes with the spice, dry coffee, and the sweetness of the beer almost coating my mouth. This beer is hard to break down because all of the flavors really hit me the entire time, and even linger, but I think I got the gist of it. This is one of the best beers I’ve had in quite a while.

The body on the mouthfeel is a tad thin for a beer this high ABV, but it makes up a large part of that with the awesome sparkly, tingly feelings I get from the spice hitting my cheeks.

The drinkability is hilarious. This beer drinks like it’s 5% and it’s 10%

The appearance turned out pretty darn nice. The head eventually dissipated to just some film, but I got good lacing from top to bottom. A nice head to start off the pour also.

Overall this beer was pretty strait forward with the flavors it brought, but the way they attacked my palate was very impressive. Really an amazing beer.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz can to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware). This has a canning date of October 15, 2016, if I’m not mistaken (“BB15OCT2018 02 12”), which would make this can just over six weeks old at the time of consumption. Should be fine for the style.

Appearance (4.75): Two and a half fingers of khaki-colored foam rise off of the pour, with a frothy, pock-marked surface capping a black body with translucent, cola-colored highlights at the edges. It leaves scattered bits of tan, fat splotches of lace all around the glass, and chunky foam creeps up the sides of the glass at the edges of the head. This is gorgeous, especially considering the beer’s size.

Smell (4.25): Coffee and chocolate notes blend for an espresso-like, fruity, slightly metallic type of roastiness. Baker’s chocolate, cold-brewed espresso roast coffee, and definitely some cardamom jump right out at you, with the smooth, sweet vanilla note coming out as it warms. Fortunately, that vanilla isn’t overpowering. Swirl it and aerate it just a little bit, though, and that cardamom comes out quite a bit more—but still restrained enough to retain a sense of integration. It’s a really interesting note.

Taste (4.0): Whoa, okay, the cacao/cardamom/vanilla combo is coming out a lot more on the palate. Smooth cocoa has its sweeter, fruitier side emphasized by a creamy vanilla note, while the spicy, earthy quality of cardamom is given some serious depth by the coffee underneath it all. And “underneath” doesn’t quite capture it, because it is fairly prominent—it just has a way of accentuating other parts of the beer, as well. That coffee has the same kind of weirdly floral-metallic quality that espresso often does, without the acrid quality it often has. It doesn’t feel like an overtly natural set of pairings, but it works well. It works through a progression of citrusy/fruity, floral/metallic, woody/spicy, and coffee/roasty notes, switching to smooth vanilla and then finishing with a moderately bitter, roasty quality. And, shockingly, basically no booze detected until it’s had a chance to wash out and the aftertaste crops up with just a bit of vaporous alcohol feel. Really, though, the cardamom is definitely what jumps out at you the most. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Unbelievably smooth. This comes in with a slightly boozy, acidic, roasty bitters, making it feel somewhat light at first, that gives way to a medium-full body. It feels smooth and creamy, but not syrupy, before giving way to a slightly boozy, carbonated tingle. That carbonation, meanwhile, is evenly distributed across the palate, offering a velvet-smooth coating that gradually turns tingly, peaking just before the wash out. Fantastic stuff.

Overall (4.25): Something Sixpoint generally does well is experimentation without sacrificing fundamentals. Whatever gripes you might have with Sixpoint as a brewery or with some of their beers, you can’t deny how well constructed and balanced this beer is from a technical standpoint. You see that in its appearance and feel, mostly. But they also took a fairly well-trodden idea (coffee imperial porter or stout), tweak it just a bit (cacao, vanilla, sure, but the cardamom is what you take away from it), and manage not to overdo it (in my opinion). The cardamom may be a little too forward for some, but I dig their adherence to concept: Turkish coffee in big beer form. And, if you ask me, it works quite well. Good work, Sixpoint! Definitely recommended to those looking for a dark sipper that isn’t too sweet or too bitter, and sits slightly (but comfortably) outside the box.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a near pitch black/brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Lots of coffee, vanilla, and cardamom up front with good hits of cacao in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the coffee and cardamom and slowly picks up the vanilla and cacao. Light roastiness in there as well. Finishes with lingering coffee and cardamom

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Could be a little smoother

O: Another solid iteration of their #beans. The cardamom might be a little overpowering, but not overpowering enough where it consumes the beer and other flavors that are present. A good sipper regardless

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Photo of THSdrummer
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is black with a finger of hearty, khaki-colored head. Head retention is moderate, with very little lacing left behind. A constant khaki foam ring lingers for a long while. Aroma is certainly malt forward, with notes of toasted and nutty malts. A slight tinge of coffee is hidden among the malts. Flavor profile opens as malts - toasted and nutty - before swinging towards coffee. Coffee and chocolate stick around from the height of the flavor profile to the final decay. Mouth feel is grainy, and somewhat filling, all while having a medium-thin consistency and texture. It certainly strays away from the watery pitfall most porters seem to fall into, while remaining smoother and less filling then a stout. A solid balance has been struck here. Overall, 5Beans is a very pleasant sipping coffee porter. While the notes of coffee aren't huge and robust, they do come through in the aroma and flavor profile. The solid porter qualities are accentuated with a good drink-ability, and feel. Nice combo here.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from the can.

Appearance: Thin black body which creates a tan head maybe a quarter of a finger's length. Settles quick without to any little bit of lacing.

Smell: bland coffee scent. Light malts, nothing the nostrils will actually crave.

Taste: Crisp espresso, more coffee taste than most brews I've had. A little heavy on the bitter side but smooth.

Mouth: Sharply bitter with slight dry feel but the bitter espresso feels is lusting.

Overall: Other than it's average scent, the brew is a must get. If you crave coffee like myself, indulge and always in a glass. Salud!

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Photo of leantom
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think Sixpoint finally found a winner for its stout selection. I wasn't very partial to 4beans or Beast Mode, but this one's a definite keeper. Here goes:

A: Perfect. Deep, piercing black. Pours a massive, chocolatey head that leaves a complete covering of lace. Couldn't hope for better.

S: Much richer than 4beans. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee beans, vanilla, and some cardamom spice. Still a little light, at least for me, but what does come through is excellent.

T: Very rich. Lots of dark chocolate - way more powerful in the taste than in the smell. Also a nice aftertaste of coffee. No dark fruit - just pure sugary, chocolate goodness. Cardamom is also more apparent in the taste.

Edit: Dark fruit is much more noticeable as the beer warms.

F: Thick and creamy. Good.

O: First stout offering from Sixpoint that I like.

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Photo of donspublic
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip, 1 finger tight tan head, last a while, nice lacing. Dark black in the glass. Smells of roasted malt and coffee. Taste initially of roasted malt chocolate. And then the coffee kicks in, not as intense as I hoped, but it is still there. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Jones the 10℅ well, not hot at all.

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Photo of atr2605
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours black wot a tan head with good retention and some lacing
S-vanilla, chocolate, roasted coffee
T-more roasted coffee, unsweetened cocoa, spicy peppery flavor, unsweetened cocoa
M-medium-full bodied with average carbonation
O-pretty solid porter, with deep rich roasted flavor

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice and creamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice foam ring around the inside of the glass while there is nothing on the surface that isn't touching the glass itself.

The smell is indulgent and delicious. It's a lot sweeter than anyone would expect with the dark chocolate and xpices that clash well with a light Turkish coffee. The vanilla is also fairly present and encompasses the beer fairly well.

The taste is also indulgent and delicious but different than the smell. The taste has a stronger coffee note and is more bitter than the smell. The vanilla is very subtle and gets lost in the spices and the dark chocolate note, which mixes very well with the coffee notes.

The feel is pretty good but unusual for the style. It has a heavy body but a really thin feel that detracts from the fact that it's a porter and feels a bit weird. However, it doesn't detract much though.

Overall, a pretty good beer worth getting your hands on and one you'll regret not getting.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown with a light brown head on top. Could smell coffee, chocolate, and sweetness probably the vanilla. Tastes exactly like how it smelled.

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

Poured from a can into a Bruery snifter. Very dark, not too viscous, and an impressive 2 fingers of fine tan foam with average retention. On the nose I get bitter roasty notes, coffee beans, bakers chocolate, wood, a little vanilla, and darkened toast.

Full body, creamy feel, and a well-balanced, complex flavor. Sweet toast and bitter malt notes balance out up front, then coffee, vanilla, and cardamom unfold one by one. Nice tasty finish with balanced notes of sweet and roast. No booziness or alcohol burn at all, but warming and pleasant on a chilly day.

I didn't think I'd like the addition of cardamom to this beer, but it's very subtle and adds a nice spicy component on the back of the palate that complements the roast and plays off well against the sweetness. This is a really, really good beer that Sixpoint just keeps tweaking and making better. Unfortunately, they're going to run out of beans soon. What then? 5 Beans and 1 Nut??

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5Beans from Sixpoint Brewery
4.09 out of 5 based on 360 ratings.
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