Mocha Porter | Rogue Ales

very good
2,889 Ratings
Mocha PorterMocha Porter

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of DoktorZee
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Schooner glass. Didn't see a best before date on the bottle.

A - dark brown, but not black. Slightly lighter than other porters with a bit of light actually passing through! Nice fluffy half inch head that hangs around and adds some nice lacing as I drink this beauty.

S - very slightly grass with big chocolate malt and caramel, and just a hint of coffee.

T - initially a little bitter with a bite resolving into a nice complex malt and coffee with just a bit of booziness.

M - nicely balanced between lightness and satisfying "weight" of a darker beer. Just a hint of bitterness at the back of the throat.

D - exceptionally drinkable, surprisingly so. Was expecting something heavier, but this goes down very well.

This is a great beer; heard good things about it, came with expectations and wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown color with a finger thick, frothy, mocha colored head that slowly dissipates.

S: The nose is mainly that of roasted malts, which brings out a coffee scent in the beer. There is also hints of chocolate or cocoa.

T: The taste is just like the nose, major roasted malt/coffee bean taste throughout. There is also a subtle sweetness and a hint of hops. The finish is dry and the taste of the roasted malts is left in the palate,more of a smokey flavor.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, finish is dry and smooth.

D: Overall this is a good beer. The roasted characteristics mesh well with the slight bitterness and sweetness and it goes down nice and smooth.

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Photo of pocwolf
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at my local pub. Black in color with a great coffee/chocolate smell. I am usually not a fan of the burnt flavor in porters but this beer was a great mix of the smoky, chocolate and coffee flavor. While I enjoyed it as a treat it wouldnt be something I could drink all night.

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Photo of BB1313
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a thin black color with little head and not much lacing going on. Picking up chocolate, coffee, and vanilla notes. Those flavors really come to life one you start drinking. This one has bittersweet characteristics, slightly roasty. Mouthfeel is light, thin, but creamy.. really nice for a porter. Drinkability is really good, flavors would lead me to drink this one all night.

I've always been a fan of this one. Definitely one of the better porters I've tried. Rogue really does a good job w/ these kind of beers.. recommended.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first review via CrackBerry...

Pours with a short tan head over a deep brown body... Not much retention or lacing.

Aromas of roasted malts - reminiscent of coffee beans, along with some burnt biscuit. Fairly rich aroma for a porter.

Flavors bring some nice citrus hoppiness to the field to play with the roasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate in the middle. The bitterness is strong in the aftertaste, and there's a pretty strong film left on the palate.

Mouthfeel is great for the style - just enough carbonation, and decent bite that distinguishes the porter from the stout.

Drinkability is solid, and maybe just a touch less bitterness in the finish would take it further. Great overall example of the style.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown to black from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date on the label. Dark brown color when held against light.
Aroma is mostly roasted malts and coffee with hints of dark chocolate/cocoa.
Taste is a perfect blend of roasted malts and bitter coffee and chocolate. Very nice roasted/slightly burnt, bitter aftertaste that lingers for quite sometime. Chocolate flavor takes over slowly as the beer warms up.
Medium bodied, smooth porter with a very good mouthfeel. Not too much lacing along the glass.
Drinkability is very good, a smooth and solid porter that I would definitely have any time and would recommend to all porter lovers.

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Photo of jfrank85
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my stolen cigar city snifter from a 12oz bottle. Looks pretty good, blackish dark brown with tan head that settles leaving small ring of bubbles around the sides of the glass. No lacing to be seen but thats ok. From opening this bottle i cought whiffs of chocolate milk and toffee. Once poured the coffee and dark chocolate seem more apparent. Taste is good, malty and semi sweet with toffee and coffee notes. Doesnt sit on the palate too long which could be good or bad depending on personal style preference. Doesnt leave a bad after taste or linger on flavor, a decent trade off i suppose. Honestly i could kick back with in front of the fish tank reading a magazine and drink this all night, its easy on the drinkability side.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a slightly hazy walnut, with a nice two finger, coffe color, diminishing head. good lacing on the glass.

S. Roasted malt, leaves, bittersweet chocolate

T. Nothing sweet here, starts with bitter roasted malt, then black coffee, finish is dry and bitter. Good duration.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation.

D. A pretty good brew, coffe flavor is a little late to hit the palate but the duration is really good.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blind Beer #4! This seemed like such a good idea at just before 3 in the morning. I couldn't wait until tomorrow for another chance to taste something completely random from my favorite pint glass.

Well this is unusual. There was an explosion of head from the pour. Technique wasn't anything aggressive or destructive. It was a simple pour to create one and a half... no, two... wait... two and a half fingers! Uncanny... only problem is, it has low retention.

It quickly puffs, fizzles, and poofs its way down to a cotton ball appearance. It is as if three separate cotton balls of foam were plopped into my beer. Tan, almost toasted bread coloring to the froth. The lacing is sporadic, and when it exists it is...irregular and poofy much like the head, too many giant bubbles to look appealing in my book.

The body on this one is deep, but more on the level of soy sauce with apple juice somewhere in its family tree. Tons of carbonation beds apparent from the top down view to give hope for something delightful.

Caramel sweetness, slight, almost hidden chocolate love here. Definite presence of a chocolate smoke. I imagine this is what a chocolate cigarette might toss off from it's lit end, minus all the nasty polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Some roasted grain smokey flavors as well.

Flavor Profile
Opens sweet, very interesting. Caramels come through here, some chocolate... yes there is something chocolaty about this one. The middle is a weird generic flavor. Almost like a plasticizer leached into it, but that could be my imagination. Last dying breaths reveal a burnt flavor, like burnt toast, that is snuffed out by the finish. That finish would be a strong hop presence. Bitter with pine thoughts. I would have imagined it to be unusual for a beer this dark to have a strong hop finish.

Oral Sensations
Definitely crisp and bubbly. Loads of carbonation sizzle and splash across my orifice. Mild body with a thin presence. Lingers well enough with strong bitter notes. Same flavor exists as a residue around the inside of my cheeks and upon my teeth.

Chocolate hopped up porter? I have no clue... Who makes a hopped up porter in a twelve ounce anyway? It is not bad. Seems alright for the most part. Very happy to tick something unusual in this way. Wish it was a bit more clear in its bouquet and flavors, but I'm happy with how this one ended. I might try it again in the future.

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Photo of JAZwara
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber bottle

A: excellent, very deep brown, nearly black; pours with a wonderful tan head that slowly dissipates; very nice lacing

S: mostly malty and chocolate, something slightly off about the chocolate notes

T: very quality porter, but difficult to pick up on the mocha; mocha is very residual, doesn't come out until slightly after a sip

M: good, nicely carbonated which brings out a little bite to balance against the malts

D: complexity of the mocha flavor requires a slow drink to really enjoy, makes for a nice nightcap

I'm usually partial to Bell's and Southern Tier porters and stouts, and this was the first Rogue porter I sat down to review while I drank; a pretty good beer, but not quite at the top of my rotation

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

A: Dark brown color with a little tan/brownish head. Light penetrates the beer only sightly on the edges.

S: Roasted malts with a very balanced characteristic. A little sweet with chocolate and with a small bit of hops at the end.

T: This beer is completely off the charts with the taste. Immediately your palette gets the roasted malt flavor with hints of chocolate and a little coffee. Smooth finish with slight bitter notes at the end.

This is an exceptional beer. The taste is what wow's me the most. Every aspect of it seem to be like a puzzle that's perfect in design and completion. One of the smoothest porters I've had the privilege of reviewing. GREAT BEER ROGUE BREWERY!!!

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Photo of esv
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into the glass @ 38 F ... better as it warms up to upper 40's

A) Stiff pour, thin head, light tan, sticking to the sides. Dark, black beer.

S) Nice, light chocolate/coffee nose. A hint of vanilla. Great nose, very inviting. A definite graininess that beckons softly.

T) A bold, burnt chocolate. A slight, acrid bitterness. I can't detect any hops.

M) Medium mouthfeel.

I want every sip. Very good, very drinkable.

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Photo of diamondc
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Fairly opaque, not much head, just a thin wisp of bubbles and foam.

S: Coffee and hints of vanilla and nutmeg. Graham crackers, too.

T: Coffee and dark chocolate overshadow everything. A bit of a dry, spicy bitterness at the end.

M/D: Kind of disappointing, too much acidity from the roastedness. I've had better coffee porters/stouts.

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Photo of catrone
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light don't easily pass through the glass as the beer is a very dark brown one.
After pouring, a small brownish head appears, leaving laces on the glass.

The smell is that of strong roasted malt, covering almost any other smell.

At the taste is very bitter, with aromas of malt and coffee, while the aftertaste has a lot of liquorice. Carbonation is mild but still noticeable while drinking.

Though not an easy beer, it's still quite drinkable and a good example of what porters should be.

Small notice about the (nice) bottle design: mine had a white background instead of the black one displayed on the picture.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep darker brown almost black in color. One finger beige head shows medium retention that caps the beer. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts in the front of this beer. Some hints of coffee and light vanilla notes come and go as well. The ending has some hints of bitter hops to it as well.

T- Roasted and coffee like malts in the front. A hint of vanilla gives off a light creamy feel in the front. The middle of this beer has most of the roasted malts fade into some caramel backbone middle. The ending of this has a sharp bitter hop bite with a light spicing to it it seems.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts with a hint of roasted coffee left on the palate. Aftertaste is coffee and warming alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from alcohol. Flavors were a little muted but blended well to give a good overall flavor. Clean tasting with no off flavors.

D- This beer is there but it's not. The flavor was muted a bit and could have been more. The ABV is light enough to make this a easy sixer although I would want more flavor from my beer.

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Photo of gregshead
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/21/10, from notes:

A: Pours a nice brownish black w/ a half finger of head.

S: Mocha coffee/chocolate smell w/ the roasted grain.

T: Lots of bitter dark chocolate. Coffee taste is there but more faint than I would expect for a mocha porter. Finish is hard to describe, almost a dry/spicy finish and after taste.

M: Lots of carbonation with a strange feel to the carbonation, can't put my finger on it.

D: An enjoyable porter. Go Rogue. Would pick up a sixer of this.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour an active beer of the darkest brown, with red highlights. From a relatively standard pour, a three finger beige colored head of massive bubbles, erupts. Foamy patterned lacing clings to the glass as the head slowly recedes. The aroma is bright with hops that borderline soapiness, but is otherwise wrought with roasted malts and a purposeful helping of raw coffee beans. There is the tiniest hint of dark chocolate, piggybacking somewhere towards the front of the nose. The taste kicks off with the marriage of heavy roasted malt and a subtle, creamy sweetness. Through the middle there is a crescendo of sweetness, which hides grainy notes of bittersweet chocolate. In the end these flavors fall away, as there is a dominance of earthy spice tones, and strongly bitter, grassy hops. The aftertaste is of these components, with a distinction of black coffee. The brew is smooth and crisp. The body is medium to full, the carbonation is low to medium, and there is a nice warming effect, despite the average abv. The mouth is moderately dry, but the beer, as you drink, is fairly creamy and coating. The drinkability is good, with the rate limiter being the bitter coffee bite.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the explosive look. When poured, the beer gave off an "active" vibe, but the aromas were a bit subdued. This was not the case, as much, with the flavors, and a strong mocha-coffee flavoring is palpable to the end. While there is much to love about this beer, where we are torn is with the bright earthy and grassy hop flavoring which, while appropriately balancing, certainly gives the drinker something to think about.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours nicely with a generous yellow tan head and black body, brown not red at the sides. Carbonation moderate, lacing plentiful.

First strong smell I get is chalky. Not sure why, but it's strong. Malty roast aroma, a hint of berry sweetness. Not overly complex, but pleasing.

Smooth in the mouth with a chaffy flavour and coffee aftertaste. A little sweet but nicely balanced. Not bad but doesn't stand out as a "mocha porter" - tastes like a decent homebrew stout. Mouthfeel is good though, not too heavy or slimy but not dry and quaffable either. I wouldn't have another of these though, because it's a bit boring - nice for a change but there isn't anything there that shocks you or really entices you to crack a second one. I'd follow this up with something zesty and tastebud-tickling, maybe a Hefeweizen or Wit.

Overall, decent, but could have been better.

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Photo of rsgcwhite
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large head upon pour, medium thickness that degrades to a uniquely bubbly froth before fading. Deep chocolate brown color with amber highlights.

Aroma is dark roasted malts intermixed with coffee and vanilla cream. I don't capture anything close to an intense hoppy aroma, but it's there. Like someone brought a cup full of fresh hops into a coffee shop, set it down on the counter next to you, and stared you in the eyes. Creepy, to be sure, but surprising.

The initial sip was pure brewed bliss; coffee and mocha cream melting into a sweet (but not to sweet) malted sea. Further into the drink, you notice the distinct carbonation and hoppiness; the hoppiness seeps in, lingers on your tongue and enters just as the other flavors depart. The ending hop oil taste on top of this sweet malt monster is pleasant - it makes each sip gloriously fresh, like finishing your drink in a pine forest.

Mouthfeel is initially sweet, but the carbonation and hoppiness don't dry out this beer too much.

The coffee taste is present, but more subtle than many interpretations of this style; but the signature feature of this beer is the balance between the roasted coffee malts and the pine-like hop freshness. Whereas Berkshire Brewing Company's Coffeehouse Porter had that 'comfortable, Northeast coffee shop feel', this feels like a western pine forest beer - it's the kind of thing lumberjacks drink for breakfast.

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Photo of ATSJer
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours smooth, a very nice chocolate, head builds to one and a half fingers with a medium density tan which slowly fades. At first carbonation bubbles quickly built on the sides of the glass, but then released upon sitting. Completely opaque except on the edges. The carbonation is present and maintains the thin head while continually releasing the very nice aroma, it also results in some fairly heavy lacing that clings throughout the brew.

Smell: Deep rich mocha with strong under tones of dark malts, with high points of hops. On swirling the brew clings to the glass and rolls thickly. Some deep and rich sweetness like plums.

Taste: mostly dark malts, and a bit of hoppy spice, but nothing offensive. The malts are by far and away the dominant flavor along side with the pretty strong black coffee flavor. I didn't taste much of the mocha that I smelled after first pouring. There is a nice spicy flavor on the sides of the tongue, but there really isn't a lot doing on with the flavor. Fairly simple deep rich malts and floral hops for the spice, with a hint of the mocha on the finish. Although, there isn't a real bitter finish that I've gotten used to with porters and stouts.

Mouthfeel: thick almost like a very light maple syrup and leaves a slick feel in your mouth. The carbonation is present at the beginning but does not presist and doesn't distract.

Drinkability: an enjoyable brew, but on the BBQ meter (i.e. how many would you drink at an afternoon BBQ) it gets maybe a 2, but as far as a conosur meter is does much better in that it is a crafted beer that fits very nicely within the porter style, and doesn't not at all disappoint and it drinks very well.

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Photo of jaycount
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, a very opaque black. Very little dark milk chocolate head. Not a very strong smell but I can sense out some hops and coffee. Taste is typical of a stout, alot of hops. Alot of coffee taste. The aftertaste is where the "mocha" part of this brew kicks in. Really good. Mouthfeel is thin, silky, not alot of carbonation.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with about a half inch of tan head.

S: Smells of chocolate with a bit of nuttiness and some mocha.

T: Starts out with a bit of nuttiness, then goes into a dark chocolate/coffee flavor. Has hints of caramel with a slight bitterness.

M: Medium mouth feel with a bit of carbonation.

D: Medium.

This is a solid beer. It is not as sweet as I'd expected, but still a good brew.

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Photo of glid02
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cask at Deckard's American Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of moderately roasted malts with good amounts of lightly tart dark fruits. Also present are slight amounts of dark chocolate aromas however no coffee is discernable.

Tastes worse than it smells. Chalky roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by large amounts of dark fruit flavors that have turned, lightly tart raisins and pears. Midway through the sip hints of dark chocolate flavors attempt to salvage everything but fade out without being able to, finishing with a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not good. I had a tough time finishing my glass and would not go after another.

Overall this was a big disappointment, especially considering how many of Rogue's beers have been close to home runs. I'd certainly try this again if I could get a taster to see if the problems were a one-time deal but I would hesitate immensely before spending money on another glass.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A/D: Dark brown with just a little ruby when held to the light, shitty head with weak lacing. The nose is dominated by strong, dark roasted malts. There is also a strong chocolate presence. A little coffee and some bitterness as well.

T: Dark coffee and chocolate tones through the sip. The bitter herbal hops which appear at the end are what make this porter different from the others. They give the impression of bitter chocolate. Kind of nice to have a different flavour every once in a while.

M/D: Feels wet and mid bodied in the mouth. Something feels a little funky about the carbonation... can't put my finger on it. The beer is decently drinkable; however, there are better examples out there for the price this one costs.

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Photo of WildTurkey
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into pint glass.

A: It pours reddish brown from bottle and then settles very dark in the glass with some reddish/amber hue near the edges. Thick and frothy head; Tan in color (I like) with mix of small and medium size bubbles. Looks pillowy, with but also a little creamy. Recedes in a about a minute.

S: Primary smell is coffee; and roasted malt. I didn't really pick up on mocha or chocolate till later; it seemed much more subdued.

T: Bitterness upfront - dryness. Hoppiness. And smokey, roasted malt flavor. With more coffee flavor than chocolate, in my opinion. The balance feels a bit more Hop-forward (for the style) than I was expecting -- which is good for me.

M: Medium body; dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is noticeable. Beer lingers a little after taking it down. Feels thinner than I would prefer.

D: It goes down well. You should be able to knock this back pretty easily. Nice flavors. Nice aroma. Not too challenging.

Not bad overall. I like the bitterness. I picked up the coffee notes but not really much in the chocolate department like it says on the bottle. There there, but subtle.

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Mocha Porter from Rogue Ales
3.88 out of 5 based on 2,889 ratings.
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