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Beer Geek BreakfastBeer Geek Breakfast

Brewed by:
Mikkeller ApS

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed at Nøgne Ø.

Ingredients : Water, malt (pils, oat, smoked, caramunich, brown, pale chocolate and chocolate), roasted barley, flaked oats, hops (centennial and cascade), ale yeast and gourmet coffee.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is easily one of the best stouts I've ever had... and I love stouts. I would put this up against Founders Breakfast Stout and The Abyss in a minute. More accolades later... onto the review!

Pours night with a tan/cocoa head. There is lacing but nothing out-of-the-ordinary.

It tastes like dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and oats. Currants and plum as well.

It's very slick and chewy with a good amount of residue at the bottom of the bottle. I can't drink more than one bottle of this, but that's all you need. This beer exceeds the massive amount of hype and just about lands into my top 5 stouts of all-time alongside Dark Lord, Speedway, Abyss, Darkness, and Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of bark
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is jet-black; the two finger head is airy and deep brown-orange. The lacing is massive.

The smell is intensive: Dry heavily roasted flavours with lots of espresso coffee, fire smoke, tart herbs, some peppermint and bitter metallic flavours.

The powerful taste is heavily roasted with distinct notes of espresso, some salty notes, sweet hints as well as somewhat metallic bitter flavours and barbeque meat. The generous bitterness is strong (without getting overwhelming). Burned and dry flavours, wholegrain bread in the background. Overall, there are lots of hops here.

The very long aftertaste is very bitter/hoppy. Dry strong notes of coffee, fried meats, cream. Roasted vegetables in the finish.

The carbonation is medium; the bubbles are medium sized. The liquid is smooth and very dry.

Although I have used lots of words in this review, I feel that I cannot make justice to this fascinating and intense brew.
World class!

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Photo of jmalex
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What better way to prepare for a huge sweltering heat wave than drink an imperial stout! I'm a genius!

22 oz. bottle (first batch?)

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a deep black with a 2-finger high creamy brown head. It appears creamy in texture as well with a tightly bubbled foam. It drops quickly to a filmy surface coating leaving some spotty lacing behind.

SMELL: It's a close race between roasty coffee and spicy, piny hops. And I think both are winning. Huge aromas of both waft out slightly masking a bit of dark chocolate in the background.

TASTE: Granted, there's a bit of age on this beer, but as it is, the hops mend PERFECTLY with the malt. Simply outstanding. The malt itself, however, seems a bit empty. The coffee shows up nicely before giving way to bitterness on the finish, but there's a definite lack of a flavorful base to form a foundation for this beer. It's still really good though.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied with a carbonation toward the lower end. Nothing wrong here.

DRINKABILITY: Maybe I'm just thirsty, but I'm downing this beer. 7.5% isn't terribly high especially for a big stout like this. The bomber is the right amount here. Too bad it's in 500mL bottles now.

Beer Geek Breakfast Stout is definitely a great beer and I'd drink it again for sure. The price tag is a bit excessive though, so I don't know how long it will be until I come back to it. Hopefully I time it more correctly with cold weather next time.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with ample carbonation. Jet-black root beer/motor oil body with huge pumpernickel head. Carbonation progresses slowly up through the lusciously viscous liquid.

Bittersweet chocolate malt, coffee and cinnamon sugar. Smells oily with some grassy/earthy hops. Nice stuff.

Slatey, dry stout feel-bitter coffee dominates at first when cold-a little more oiliness emerges with warmth.

Drinks silky-a little more shallow than expected, though. Charred bitter notes sustain through finish. Deeper and darker with warmth.

Pleasure to drink-a little lighter than expected. Solid, well-balanced and well-constructed.

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

Served in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Black. Huge dense tan head that slowly reduces to a solid half inch. Wavy sheets and loops of very fine lace. Plenty of brown sediment at the bottom of the bottle, and the last glass is cloudy blackish brown.

Rich smell of toasty oatmeal cookie, dark roasty malt, dark coffee, dark chocolate, plum, and some exotic notes like cedar and mint. complex, and quite inviting.

Tastes dark and roasty, even charred, with prominent roasted coffeelike bitterness, well integrated with some herbal hop flavor and bitterness, and some mild acidity. Dark coffee and dark chocolate. Toasty oats and some fruit help round out the flavor, softening the darker notes. Bold in its dry roastiness. Altogether quite tasty, and somehow well balanced. Lingering roasted malt/ coffee.

Grainy oaty texture. Good drinkability.

Bold characterful beer, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of kasper
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at OakTree. Paid a bunch for it, had great expectations but was pretty let down.

A: Pours awesome, as about as alluring as u can get for double/imperial stout. Straight up black with a a rich and creamy dark milk chocolate that you only see on the best of imperial stouts.

S: Creamy first and foremost with some roasted coffee goodness and maybe some bitter dark chocolate.

T: Really let down here in combination of the mouthfeel. Kind of a dry but sweet coffee flavor that just falls flat for me halfway through the sip and never recovers.

M: Too thin for me to be called a double/imperial. Mild carbonation...feels watery...not impressed here at all.

D: This beer really fell flat for me, literally. Assuming I didn't get a bad bottle, I really wouldn't care if I never drank this again. It's a fine beer, just not anything I'd rank so high up on the double/imperial stout list.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown with a thick tan head. Strong sweet coffee aroma. Intitial taste of dark roast coffee, sliding smoothly into a huge, lastng bitter finish. The coffee really dominates here. Medium carbonation and silky mouthfeel. Excellent beer.

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Photo of smellsofstout
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter. Dark motor oil pour. Aroma is notes of oat with a coffee bean and milky creamer goodness. Crisp flavor with roasted malts and very slight hints of coffee. Full and rich palate with a medium lasting smooth finish. Expected more taste of coffee but still a Great brew.

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Photo of gford217
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a huge three-finger mocha head that nearly comes out of the snifter. Head retention is great and the lacing is exceptional. This is a fine looking stout.

S: Dominant smell is burnt coffee with some sweet roasted malts in the background. I also got a hint of oats and some hops.

T: More oats in the taste than the smell along with the roasted malts, licorice and dark chocolate. The finish is bitter with coffee and a bit of hops.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy, velvety and smooth with moderate carbonation. Great mouthfeel on this one.

D: The heavy coffee bitterness takes away from the drinkability slightly, though I still got through the bottle faster than I probably should have. Overall, not my favorite coffee stout, but a very good brew.

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Photo of Med
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle (second batch?)

A - Pours BLACK with a dark tan/cocoa head that never completely leaves. Lacing is very good.

S - Coffee is upfront here with dark roasted malt and actually a little hop aroma. Also some dark cooking chocolate. Very nice.

T - Bitter hops move quickly into dark chocolate through coffee (lots of coffee) back into bitterness at the finish. There's a little burnt taste somewhere in there at the finish preventing a higher score.

M - Nice slick medium mouthfeel with a healthy carbonation.

D - The burnt finish would make it tough to have more than one, but that's okay with the price in PA!

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.19/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed a bottle of this much sought after brew at Liquor World in Porter Square. Pours a pitch black color, with a rich looking tan heading, that soon fades in to a nice ring lace crown. Nose is closed off for the most part; mainly some ghost scents of coffee, smoke and char. Taste is reflective of what the cover of the bottle shows; bitter beans of coffee. Starts off tasting sort of cola like, but then settles in with lots of roasted coffee bean, earth and a bit of milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is surprisingly carbonated, which I suppose lends itself to the coffee aspect of the brew, but doesn't strike me as being characteristic of the style. Drinkability is ok, although one bottle is way more than I need. I was a bit let down by this one. Not a bad beer, but the price tag was too much for what they brewed.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

I was so excited to find this beer due to its great reviews and of course its name. I was able to get ahold of a bottle in a gas station in South Dakota, of all places. It was a new shipment, so I assume it was fresh.

This beer pours a pitch black color with a towering brownish-white head. It takes a while to settle down, but looks fabulous in my glass. I waited about 15 minutes so it could warm up a bit. The aromas were outstanding with a strong coffee note initially. This is followed by a solid chocolate aroma and some mild smokiness. Not a hop to be found, but this is a good thing in this brew. Unfortunately the taste did not follow the aroma entirely. All I could get initially was coffee. Don't get me wrong, this wasn't Sanka, but it was just too much. The coffee flavor was pleasurable, but it was just unbalanced to me. I only had a mild hint of the other malts with some slight smokiness and a mild aftertaste of chocolate. Otherwise the flavor was like drinking a cool glass of espresso. I even waited another 15 minutes to let it warm up more. Still no major flavor profiles other than the coffee. The flavor was a let down but the mouthfeel was nice and silkly smooth.

Overall this beer really disappointed me. It wasn't a drain pour by any means, but it wasn't a rock star like proclaimed. It was just too unbalanced, even for a coffee stout. I love coffee and I love beer. I've had other coffee stouts and porters that were excellent. Unfortunately this was not one of them. It may be good for breakfast, just due to the fact that it is like drinking a coffee. I'd rather have the warm cup of joe before I go to work. Plus the cost of the coffee is only a fraction of what I paid for this.

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Photo of malcontent
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Frothy, meringue-like head leaves lacing clinging to all quarters of the glass. Opaque black body caps a serious looking brew.

Coffee is unmistakable but not as in-your-face as expected. Slightly musty with a hint of ash. Actually not nearly as enticing as I'd hoped.

Recovers in a big way on taste. Strong brewed coffee with intensly bitter dark chocolate and a healthy dose of charcoal on the finish.

No complaints on the mouthfeel with an excellent marriage of creamy and crisp. Bitterness is aggressive with a different slant than that imparted by hops so drinkability isn't through the roof. Still, this is an excellent beer from Mikkeller.

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Photo of IdleAaron
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black - looks like a perfectly pulled shot of espresso with a nice head of crème.

Smell: Definite coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Very well balanced.

Taste: This is great! The coffee and chocolate malt work together flawlessly. A perfect match.

Mouth Feel: Rich and full bodied, it feels as substantial as it looks. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Just like a good cup of coffee this is definitely a sipper. The perfect way to start my day!

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was black in color with a one finger, creamy, espresso colored head. Moderate lacing and very soft carbonation.

Aroma was coffee, oats, grains, molasses, brown sugar and dark fruits.

Taste was full and heavy on coffee. There's also some bitter chocolate flavors present and heavily roasted, almost burnt grains.

This is a pretty tasty brew. Thick, full mouthfeel with a lightly bitter finish.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: black, big brown head that dissipates pretty quickly

smell: fairly sweet, a bit of molasses, some cocoa, vanilla a hint of raisins or currants

taste: coffee, raisins, acidic hint of dark fruit that pulls through burnt grain all the way to the finish

mouthfeel: heavy body, light carbonation and heavy astringence and a bit of alcohol warming

drinkability: finishs a bit dirty and is a bit heavy, and is like black coffee in that respect. I actually paired this up with a plate of French toast, and crispy hash browns with mushrooms, vidalia onions, and cheddar cheese. This was delicious and from the label I must say this fulfills it's intended purpose admirably.

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Photo of cjohnson
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet, motor oil black with a finger-width of dark brown head that didn't last too long, but leaves a nice lacing.

Coffee and chocolate are the main smells.

Coffee and chocolate are also the main tastes, but there's a bit more complexity going on behind those. Toffee and caramel are certainly present, and maybe some molasses.

Mouthfeel was a bit thick, and not very carbonated. Overall a pretty drinkable stout, but not quite as drinkable as some others.

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Photo of peabody
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a really dark black with a foamy brown/tan head that is composed of many small bubbles. Very nice lacing.
Smell is malt and toffee and coffee and chocolate and almost a vanilla aroma. Not a lot of hops can be detected through the nose but the combination of smells here make up for any shortcomings.
Taste is sweet dark malts and coffee. This is such a great tasting beer. Don't know why it's not in the top 100. That coffee taste really stays with the aftertaste for quite some time.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Not a lot of oil here which I like and the coffee that stays with you for a while is really mild and more sweet than bitter.
I could drink this stuff for breakfast/lunch and dinner if it were more redily available.

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Photo of abankovich
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Special thanks to zapata for passing this beer along to me so I could have a chance to try it.

Poured a very, very dark brown/black with a great tan head that was a little more than a finger thick. The bubbles throughout the head actually built up on the side of the glass that the force of the pour was being sent to, making the head not completely level. A really cool effect that left the lacing higher on one side of the glass than the other after the head diminished.

Very surprised by my first whiff in which the hops were actually the first thing I noticed, something that I was not expecting. Bitter chocolates, coffee (of course) and oats all came through in the next smell. Some caramel aroma later on. Toasted grains and sweet malty sugars are definitely present as well. I'm anticipating a full bready taste upon my first sip.

Well the coffee in this beer isn't joking around. It is by far the most dominant taste. Toasted grain is lying underneath the coffee flavors throughout. About 1/3 way through the glass I notice some caramel as well after I'm adjusting to the toasted flavors and the beer is warming a bit more. The roasted flavors are not overpowering, not burnt tasting, but still very toasty. Smooth chocolate is the final taste in the mouth with a delicious coffee bitterness and aftertaste warming my throat as it passes down.

Mouthfeel is fantastic on this beer. Full, thick and so so smooth.

Drinkability on this one is good, but I don't know if I could handle a few of these bombers considering how intense this beer is. That said, it is delicious and I encourage everyone to try this beer if given the opportunity. Also, don't expect to be tasting other beers after this one, your tastebuds will need a rest.

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Photo of brdc
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a pitch black brew with a really big head that holds well and leaves a lot of lacing.
Aroma and taste are pleasant, but rather unidimensional; some roasted malts, but it is coffee after layer of coffee, and I could barely, if at all, notice anything else.
It has a very smooth mouthfeel, but the excessive coffee did nothing to improve its drinkability; perhaps it is just me but I cannot finish this one.

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Photo of ShrLSU
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle today as I saw it was new to the area. Poured a big dark tan head. It looked more like a coke than a beer with all the head on it. The nose was very coffee/espresso laden. First taste is quite creamy and smooth. It gives way to some bitterness and coffee flavor, with a bit of hop kick at the end. Pretty good beer overall. Probably not worth what I paid for it, but still a good beer.

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Photo of ryrust5301
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of 12oz. bottle. Literally one of the prettiest brews after the pour I have ever seen. A 5 finger head shot up the glass as bubbles cascaded down the sides like a waterfall. Left a massive three finger head after it settled. Thick and clumpy kinda like a coke float on top of a brownish black beer. Smells has kind of a spicy hop behind the malt. Burnt espresso floats around as well. Smooth espresso right up front on the taste. Very faint sweet smoothness before getting smack around by the coffee taste the rest of the way. Not as layered as I had hoped. Just a smooth burnt coffee taste with a sweetness around the sides. Hops sneak through the back door in the end. An enjoyable brew, certainly pleasing to the eye. I had hoped for a bit more after what I had heard.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber and poured into my crystal Brandy snifter. Also thanks to tayner for trading this one with me and giving the chance to try it.

A - Very deep chocolate brown. Reflective body as no light gets through it at all. Looks a bit thinner than I'd like. Had a one finger mocha colored head that poured out before moving to the sides. Did leaves a nice amount of lacing though.

S - Has a huge nose that wafts up full of vanilla and coffee. The coffee notes are huge and dominating. Get a nice smell of fresh ground espresso beans. Get a bit hit of dark chocolate roasted flavors as well. Also a big caramel note that comes through. Has a bit of a spice in the nose that I would almost think was from barrel aging if I did not know better. Actually reminds me a bit of the nose of the Oak Age Yeti except a lot bigger than that one.

T - At first, there is a sweet note of vanilla but that does not last long before the coffee notes come in and just dominate this brew. Get some dark chocolate bitterness in there as well that compliments the roasted coffee flavors. Even has a hint of anise in these as well which may be the cause of the spice I smell in the nose. Unfortunately, the taste does not live up to this beer's amazing nose.

MF - There is a light carbonation in there that seems to make the beer appear to have some of its spicy notes. This tingly and prickly feeling on the tongue really seems to stick around as the beer sits in the mouth. The one thing is that I just wish the beer was a bit thicker in the mouth. It seemed a bit thin to me.

D - Overall this is a good coffee beer. It is not the top coffee beer that I ever had but it has a lot of flavor and packs a punch. I would pick it up again and have to say that it would probably go very well with chocolate cake. Also think that the bitter and roasted flavors would makes this a good candidate from a beer float. I just wish it packed a little more complexity in the flavor and had a bit thicker mouthfeel as well.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first experience with this beer was serving it as a volunteer at the 2007 Portland International Beerfest - oh, how the beer geeks did swarm to the Beer Geek! I had a taster later that weekend and recall liking it. Bought one once it hit the shelves - and have been sitting on this bottle ever since. The time felt right to finally drink it; poured (22.3 oz) to a 'Widmer' pint glass.

A: Absolutely pitch black; I really don't see any light cutting through this one. Head (from a fairly vigorous pour) built to about 3-fingers of mocha-tan froth, reducing and thickening to a slim creamy topping and leaving several wide rings of sticky lace.

S: Dark malt, cocoa powder and toasted grain (this is an oatmeal stout). A little syrupy sweetness, some toffee and brown sugar-like aromas. Coffee smells are refined and unobtrusive.

T: Fudgy bittersweetness and creamy coffee, I'm reminded of gooey brownies or warm chocolate cake. Grainy huskiness is nicely toasted. Dark pit fruit tang and some citrus zest in the bittering finish.

M: Remarkably smooth. Not a 'big' body, but is a little thick. Coating malty/sweet film covers the mouth, sticks on the back of the tongue.

D: Not the greatest stout I've ever had, but certainly a tasty one that deserves its praise. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The name of the person that traded this to me escapes me. My apologies. This beer pours a very nice, dark black, with a tan head. I am a big fan of beers with tan, almost brown, heads.

The smells of this beer instantly make there way to the nose. It has notes of coffee, chocolate, and a oat-ness.

The taste is so rich and well balanced that I cant help but want to quickly consume this beer. Coffee and chocolate dominate this beer. It's a great piece of work.

The mouth is rich and creamy. I really like this beer

Overall, I would love to get my hands on more of these. If you can get them BM me and lets trade.

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Beer Geek Breakfast from Mikkeller ApS
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,514 ratings.
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