Chocolate Stout | Rogue Ales

4,201 Ratings
Chocolate StoutChocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Great Western 2-Row, Crystal 135- 165, Chocolate & Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution & Rebel Hops, Rolled Oats, Roasted Barley, Natural Chocolate Flavoring, Free Range Coastal Waters & Pacman Yeast.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-30-2001

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Photo of atremains
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet on tap at the dirty truth in western mass. Modest head with less than modest lacing. Smell is very chocclatey. Almost like syrup. Similiar to choklat. Taste is chocolately malty and a bit of hops at the end. Mouth is a little heavy on the carb but this shouldn't be too much of a problem for most. Thanks to CButova for affording me ths beer since I am penniless.

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Photo of cbutova
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pitch black into a goblet with a one finger tan head with alright retention, medium lacing is left on the glass. Smells of pure chocolate with some malts, follows the name. Tastes of chocolate, chocolate some more, some toast malts and a hoppy aftertaste balance. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation for the style, no off flavors or alcohol badness. Drinkability is great for the taste, no off flavors, price is within reason, will buy again.

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Photo of aristeros
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber from Total Wine in Tucson. No freshness date.

Pours black. Opaque. Held it up to a fairly bright lamp about a foot away from me and I couldn't see reds or browns. A careful pour produces a robust, sandy colored, three-finger head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate--gasp!--and roasted malts, with a bit of hops. As it approaches cellar temperature, it acquires a milk chocolate/milk stout quality in the background, and a bit of mild rum or vanilla on the back end. Good alcohol masking.

Up front, there's bitter chocolate and roasted malt that gives way to sweet dark malts. There's a bit of bittering hops in the background as it fades to a strong, lingering espresso with an undercurrent of vanilla and caramel.

The beer is full-bodied and creamy, and the bitterness might interfere with more delicate foods, like lightly seasoned/sauced chicken or fish. Lower ABV and a complex, savorable flavor make for a great session brew. Very good drinkability for the style.

One of the top five stouts I have had the pleasure of drinking. I typically prefer the imperials, but this is a big beer with a whole lot going on. I'm eager to try it on tap.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber. Passed over this one countless times, now I' going back to the Rogue line to see what I've been missing This beer comes highly recomended.

A- A dark, dark, cocoa with a sandy head. This beer has a very thick, long-lasting head that isn't going anywhere. Took a few pours and about 10 minutes before I had a full glass. Looks fantastic. Decent lacing.

S- This smells like...chocolate. Surprise! I am surprised, however, at how dead-on the nose is. Like a dark chocolate bar melting in a saucepan. Really inviting, this is an amazing aroma.

T- A couple things going on here. There's a heavy malt, a bit smoky/toasted, with a moderate caramel sweetness that is quickly replaced with an exploding dark chocolate flavor. This stout is also pretty fairly hopped, but they also play second fiddle to the chocolate. The hops are there to remind you you're not drinking a hot cocoa. I really like bitter, dark chocolate, and this beer is that personified. Very good. Not great, but very good.

M- Thick, creamy, luscious, very full-bodied thanks to the heavy malt bill. This beer takes its time and lingers, with such a great flavor profile I wouldn't want it any other way. I wish there was more carbonation in this one, although the hops do a pretty good job of helping the mouthfeel stay afloat.

D- Moderate. This beer is a joy to drink but is not sessionable- for one, it's too heavy to drink a lot of, and the flavors are pretty intense despite the moderate ABV. Still, fantastic. If you like chocolate or stouts, you'll love this chocolate stout. A captivating brew and some of the better flavor-specific beer I've enjoyed.

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from a bomber bottle into a glass in two parts. The bottle says this is made with real, naturak chocolate flavoring.

Appearance is rich, opaque black with a really dark brown, one finger head. Smell hits hard with notes of chocolate from the malt and the flavoring. Sweet milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate present in equal measure. No noticable hop presence. Taste is bitter chocolate notes upfront, presented in strong measure. Some sweetness follows and offers a nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium, with a creamy finish. Drinkability in this stout is great. The chocolate flavor and the low ABV make this a highly drinkable beer. For a stout, I could have these all night. My only criticism is chocolate is the only flavor, although it provides enough complexity to stand alone.

Overall, a deliciously chocolate flavored stout. Waves of chocolate notes make this drinkable and flavorful. A nicely balanced stout.

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Photo of bamadog
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this sitting around for a few months now and finally got around to drinking it a couple nights ago. Review is from notes taken on 9/14/2009. Pour is from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours darkest brown/near black; viscous looking; comes with a big 3 finger head that is dark tan and leaves a foamy lacing down the sides of the glass and fades very slowly.

Smell: Rich and chocolatey like a hostess cupcake and is reminiscent of Southern Tier's Mokah (IMO); prersence of a slight vanilla aspect and alcohol is present in the nose as well.

Taste: Doesn't necessarily match up with the smell; does not come across nearly as rich, but more like a semi- or unsweetened chocolate and like roast espresso beans; sweetens slightly as it warms, but also a bit of an acidic, bitter hoppiness as well.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit strong, I feel the body would be a bit better if it was a little weaker as the body would be a tad smoother; body is moderately thick and levaes a thick coating on the roof of the mouth.

drinkability: Moderate. Decent flavors, wish it was a tad sweeter; a bit heavy in body so it's very filling (as a stout should be), but the ABV is pretty moderate and doable, so that helps a bit.

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Photo of Docer
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bomber of this last night....

- Dark rich chocolate color... mild head which quickly vanished... can't see through.

- Great scent, much like the shakespear but with an excellent added light chocolate scent and hop bitterness.

- Fantastic chocolate taste, light.. crisp and especially hoppy really... bitter, and floral on the belch. Surprised actually at how hoppy it is.

- Not sticky at all, very light on the palate.

- Great brew, great taste, and wonderful drinkablility.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from BevMo in Mountain View.

A - Pours jet black with a substantial creamy brown head. Looks great.

S - Lots of chocolate with some roasted malt.

T - Major chocolate taste, good but probably could have been incorporated a little more seamlessly. A little bit like Hershey's syrup was poured into a stout. Also roasted malt, earth, and some mild hops. Bitter and sweet.

M - Smooth and creamy with some rough edges and medium body for a stout.

D - Pretty high for the style.

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Photo of patjrooney
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They have this on tap at Taco Mac in Roswell, GA. It 's a great stand alone beer but I usually have one at the end of the night after I have a good IPA or porter. The aroma is is the first to hit you and then the taste is very smooth. They also have it in a large bottle but the draft is better.

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Photo of taxguyjase
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Rogue Chocolate Stout is probably one of the best beers I've ever had. From first glance, the beer has a dark, rich color and the head is a frothy, creamy light chocolate brown (see the picture). The head sticks around for a while too, so you don't have to worry about blinking and it's gone. The cocoa, coffee and malt smell is really appetizing and nothing overpowers any of the scents. The best part is the taste, which has a rich dark chocolate (not really sweet) and truffle flavor. The strongest taste hits in the middle of the tongue, but it's smooth and robust at the same time. The entire beer is extremely well balanced and versitile, as a number of different types of beer drinkers would enjoy this beer. The Chocolate Stout has 69 IBUs, which surprised me as the beer wasn't all that bitter.

Oh and this beer was only $4.99 for the bomber. I ended up seeing it at Whole Paycheck Market for $5.99 and Kelly's Liquors for $6.99 (yikes!). So, if you want this beer, check it out at Quarters and save yourself a few bucks.

Appearance - 5.0/5.0 - Rich, dark color with a tasty, frothy, creamy chocolate tan head.
Smell - 5.0/5.0 - Scents of cocoa, coffee, malt - rich aroma, with a little hint of alcohol
Taste - 5.0/5.0 - Wow! Rich, roasted chocolate, truffle flavor; Smooth but robust flavor; Aftertaste a little bitter, almost dark chocolate tasting, everything extremely well blended
Feel - 5.0/5.0 - smooth, hangs out with a nice mellow aftertaste
Drinkability 5.0/5.0 - Would drink this anytime and a number of different types of beer drinkers would enjoy it too.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Pitch black color. Two fingers of brown head, which starts out really foamy and dies down to frothy. Good retention and lots of lacing.

4.5 S: Nose is full of bittersweet chocolate. Real chocolate, not artificial. I feel like I'm in Hershey, PA. Pretty one dimensional, but it's a good dimension.

3.0 T: Taste is a huge letdown. The burst of chocolate in the nose is nowhere as strong as I expected or would have liked. I would liken it to drinking a Coke with ice and letting all the ice melt. The diluted coke is worse than either coke or water. Thus, this beer would be better if the chocolate were ramped up or completely removed. Suprisingly bitter and much less malty than I would have expected.

2.5 M: Light body, which is the exact opposite of what I would want in a chocolate beer. A bit overly carbonated too. Not creamy at all.

2.5 D: Based on the appearance and smell I was expecting something akin to ST Choklat. The taste and mouthfeel eliminated that thought on the first sip. This is a bad beer, which could easily be salvaged by ramping up the chocolate flavors and thickening the mouthfeel.

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Photo of mdquigley
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.
Sight: Black hole-like darkness. Tan head with large bubbles that made a full three inches on a calm pour. Excellent lacing that stuck and measured my progress better than I could.

Smell: Roasted malt with chocolate overtones. It wasn't just bitter chocolate, but truly sweet chocolate as well. This is the downright sweetest (in classic terms) beer I've ever smelled.

Taste: Dry at first, like a good stout, then the flavor swirls in your mouth and the chocolate comes rushing out. The flavor was sweet without going too far. The finish was bitter with coffee and traditional chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Velvety, not overly carbonated and very nice going down.

Drinkability: I drank 650 ml. and could have had more. However, such good desert beers usually follow a nice meal, and this one was no exception. But I had three glasses, so I'd rate this high as stouts go.

Overall: Very pleased with this one. As I see it, the gold standard for chocolate stouts is Young's brew. Without having a bottle of Young's Double here with me, I can't make specific comparisons, but I'd rank Rogue's concoction right up there.

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Photo of PvtVile
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Rogue Chocolate Stout was presented in a brown bomber and poured into a Guinness beer mug.

Appearance: It pours extremely dark and forms a great big coffee colored head that takes a while to settle, and leaves lacing.

Smell: Lots of chocolate w/ hints of cream and hops.

Taste: The first taste is some nice bitter hops, and then it settles with a hint of chocolate that stays around for a while.

Feel: Coats the mouth with a buttery sensation and ends crisp and carbonated.

Notes: This is a tasty stout that I wouldn't mind enjoying after a good meal.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, dark brown

Smell: chocolate, cream, and burnt malt

Taste: Chocolate all over...Sweet chocolate takes the lead..this gradually becomes more bitter...There are also touches of burnt malt and hops

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium heavy body, semi-sweet start that becomes more bitter

Drinkability:This one is a bit more bitter for a chocolate stout than I would like. It has a small sweet taste in the beginning and in the middle that is very good. I would have another bomber at some point, but one per session is enough. This is decent, but not spectacular.

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Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured an exceedingly dark brown color with a light brown head about an inch tall. Definitely has chocolate in the aroma along with a malty ginger bread scent. Taste was also of ginger bread, with chocolate lasting through the finish. Chocolate was somewhat bitter (semi-sweet chocolate as someone else described.) This is a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of r0nyn
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a mug.

As is typical of most stouts, the look of the Chocolate Stout in the clear mug is something else as it is impossible to see through the inky blackness. Good sized initial head that dissipates into about a half inch sized frothing. Lacing really sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is a little bit malty with the titular dark chocolate aroma mixed in.

The taste surprised me a little bit at first, as I could definitely identify the bitterness first. I guess I was expecting chocolate straight away, so it took me by surprise. Once I let it swirl around a bit, however, the chocolate character made itself known. Mingled with the hoppiness and maltiness, it results in a complex flavor that finishes off like it started, with a bitter, yet smooth feel. There is a tiny lingering bitterness after the swallow that fades away after a few moments. For a stout, it's about middle-of-the-road in terms of body and the carbonation is just right, meaning it goes down pretty easily.

This is a fine beer, no doubt about that. I would have rated it higher on the drinkability scale if it were just a tad less bitter, but it's still a drink that is very easily and enjoyably imbibed.

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Photo of scootny
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep black brown that is impervious to light. A huge head of ridiculous staying power billows from the pour. Lace is abundant and sticky. The glass is just gorgeous.

Smell is firmly chocolated with a deep dark breaded malt base. Whatever the natural chocolate flavor is it is very aromatic and complimentary. It enhances the chocolate of the malt. Roasted notes of dark grains. A faint of hop bitterness cuts through every now and then.

Taste is the firm chocolate from the nose at first but develops into an artfully balanced dry Irish chocolate stout. Dark molasses gives a hint of sweetness. Coffee comes after the chocolate and flows into a clean Cascade hops finish. In between, the oats and barley add body and depth while stretching the malt and dark grainy core of the backbone. An earthy complexity shows itself as the coffee and hops linger. It really shows itself at cellar temperature, do not make the mistake of drinking this too cold.

Feel is silky and smooth. Carbonation is mellow but enough to keep it from turning to syrup.

Drinkability is so good. You want to session this one until you realize it is 6 percent abv. Then you think about slowing down.
Then you pour another one promising yourself to go slowly.

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Photo of DannyS
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 24 oz beer mug.

A - Pours absolutely pitch black with a dark brown head that dissipates into the familiar foam collar, leaving tendrils of tan lacing as it's consumed.

S - Mmmm...chocolate. A thick, sweet aroma of cocoa liquor wafts up through my nostrils, accompanied by some coffee and toffee notes. But make no mistake; chocolate is king in this brew.

T - Chocolate, chocolate...and more chocolate. Once again, coffee and a bit of sweet milky toffee does show up, but chocolate is the star.

M - Velvety smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. The bitterness is also subdued and adds to the depth of flavor.

D - That 6% ABV and a slight bitter aftertaste prevent absolute perfection in terms of sessioning, but if you're looking for something to relax and get buzzed on after a long day, this will hit the spot.

Overall - If you're an alcoholic and a chocoholic, beware this beer, as you will get hopelessly addicted. For the rest of us who just love our beer and our chocolate, buy some of this right now; you'll be glad you did as you're sitting there in a chocolate/alcohol haze.

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Photo of y2j2280
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick and oil looking. Pitch black - can not see any light through the glass. Beautiful appetizing looking head. Lacing is very nice.
S - First thing that hits you is the chocalate notes. There is def some cocoa and raisins as well.
T - Chocolate and coffee notes pop out and stand on your tongue. Alcohol is evident but nicely hidden. Very tasty.
M - is thick but not overwhelming. Feels nice for an american stout. Could be a touch more chewy.
D - is very nice. Goes down well. Nice and thick - not extremel overwhelming. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

Overall a very tasty and solid stout. Would def buy again.

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

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass

Pour was basically black, I didn't notice any light coming through. A nice two inch tan head formed on top and left some decent lacing down the glass.

Aroma was pretty much just of chocolate, and quite sweet at that. Nothing too impressive, it just reminded me of the Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Quite one dimensional, and while good, just not extraordinary.

The taste followed the aroma with chocolate naturally being in the lead. Again it's a bit too sweet for my tastes, more like milk chocolate, and me being a big fan of really dark chocolate. Again, no complexity kind of makes it a bit boring. It was pretty tasty though.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, pretty creamy. Easy to drink considering the sweetness and richness.

I haven't liked many Rogue beers but this was probably one of the better ones. Mainly because the yeast strain character is more muted.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of brown head. It is dark brown/black in color. I have been looking forward to this libation for some time. It was hard looking at it in the fridge everyday.

It smells like chocolate with some roasted malts. It tastes like semi sweet chocolate. There is some bitterness and some sweetness. It is balanced nicely. This is an excellent beer. It makes a nice dessert beer or is just fine by itself. I am glad that I tried this. It was worth the wait.

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Photo of qchic
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest brown. Couldn't convince myself it was black, though I saw no light get through. The generous frothy head started out light brown and faded to tan (hadn't really noticed this happening with other beers). Aroma is amazing, which is stating the obvious to anyone who has had this beer. Tons of creamy chocolate, rich malts, some tang from the hops, nuts, and smoke. The hops definitely come through more in the flavor, which is dominated by bittersweet chocolate. I do crave a bigger body in this beer, but as is, I find it too easy to drink the bomber. A rather good value, so don't hesitate to grab this one.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a nice looking beer! Rogue Chocolate Stout pours jet black and completely opaque with a big billowing tan head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere soon - looks like I'll have to drink through the foam!

The smell is very pleasant. Big, rich chocolate aromas come through as well as some earthy notes and roasted malt.

The taste is a bit different than what I expected from the smell, the bitterness of the chocolate caught me off guard. The chocolate flavor is pretty rich and bitter with a noticeable hop presence. The finish is dry and bitter and lingers on the palate.

The body is pretty light, making this a very drinkable beer that won't fill you up too fast.

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Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep coffee/chocolate brown color with massive dark tan head that has great retention. Great amount of lace.

Smells like chocolate milk. Huge chocolatey and sweet.

Big rich chocolate taste without the sweetness. Bitter hop character, deep toasted malt, hint of coffee.

Rather thin for the style and moderately carbonated. Crisp and fresh. Slight dry finish.

Never had a more drinkable stout. The ABV and lighter body of this make it go down so easy. The crispness really quenches the pallate. Nicely done.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: Tons of chocolate, a nice nuttiness, chocolate, some coffee, oh and chocolate.

T: As you would hope and expect, chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. A nice blend of bitter and sweeter chocolate tastes.

M: Great body, very smooth.

D: Incredible for a stout, such incredible chocolate flavor. Truly one of the best stouts I've had.

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Chocolate Stout from Rogue Ales
4.19 out of 5 based on 4,201 ratings.
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