B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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2,757
pDev:
9.22%
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Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thin but dense head the color of brown sugar. Nearly 100% opaque with just a tinge of light escaping along the edge of the glass.

S - Wonderful chocolate aroma similar to melted milk chocolate or a chocolate milkshake. Some subtle vanilla bean as, too. Not an outstanding nose, but pretty good.

T - More of the aroma, but with the tastes of cherries and some burnt character as well. Perhaps a very tiny amount of smoke.

M/D - Very thick oily mouthfeel that is a bit juicy, in the sense of the way a berry sort of explodes in your mouth after taking a bight. Great beer altogether!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to one of my trade partners. They sent me this as an extra and I can't remember who it was.

Poured into my pint glass the beer looks like used motor oil out of the bottle. Thick black sludge with about a half a finger of dark mocha head. The head dissapates almost instantly leaving soapy lace.

The aroma is pure rich fudge cake. Some mild coffee along with roasted malt some through as well. It has a great sweetness about it that just makes it smell so delicious. A light hint of booze is noticeable as it warms.

The flavor is heavy on roast malt with mild chocolate and black coffee hints. The booze is rather strong in the flavor for sure.

Full thick and chewy body. Light carbonation.

Overall a real nice RIS. A touch hot in the flavor but not too off putting. Rather drinkable.

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Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx milwaukeeclassic!) cellared for about 9 months, poured into my Delirium snifter, B.O.R.I.S is dark black garnet with a light brown head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is roasted malt, toffee like, some coffee, a hint of butterscotch, a nice acidic bite to the dark malts, which sweetens as it warms from cellar temp, picking up some prune notes, perhaps a hint of lactose as well.

Taste is very nice, rich and flavorful, yet smooth. Nice roast, well tempered by the sweetness of the malts. I've had this once before, on draught, and this age version might be preferable, in spite of how enjoyable that first glass was. It's picked up some nice dark fruit notes with age, which is why I love cellared RIS.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. The oatmeal really shines here, silky smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome RIS that has developed well with some light cellar time, very smooth and satisfying. Great beer.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kmurray8621 for sending me this bottle! Thanks Kevin.

Pours a deep black color with a brown sugar colored head. It looks like someone squeezed brown mousse on top of my beer. Thick and sticky, it leaves awesome lacing and has great retention.

The nose is nice and roasted, with a solid chocolate aroma to it. Can definitely tell this is an Imperial Oatmeal stout, as it has that distinct smell. Smells good.

Taste is smooth and creamy, with chocolate and lightly roasted malts, vanilla and molasses. I get a little bit of tart cherries in the background, which I'm not used to in an oatmeal stout, but it seems to work here. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation and a nice drinkability.

Overall, a solid Imperial Oatmeal stout. Glad I got a chance to try this one...now I have an excuse to crack one of my multiple Barrel Aged BORIS!

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a snifter. I aged this one for several months before sampling.

A - A deep, dark black with a moderate brown head that dissipates quickly.

S - Rich notes of chocolate, toffee, brown sugar and roasted marshmallows.

T - Flavorful but very balanced and well behaved. The roasted malts are there but they aren't dominant. They're joined by notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee. There's a hint of sweetness and a lingering bitterness.

M - Velvety and smooth. Thick yet soft and delicate. The carbonation is very mild and doesn't interfere at all.

D - This is a big, flavorful beer yet it's still quite easy to drink.

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Photo of FurdTerguson
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this 22 ounce bomber in Manhattan, KS today. Was hoping to try the oak-aged version, but the price tag got the best of me. But hell, 7 bucks for this bomber was well worth it.

Appearance: As dark as a struck match. Only the most aggressive pour will reward you with a 1/2 finger head. The color of the head resembles the foam you get after quickly stirring up a glass of ovaltine.

Smell: You can go so many ways with this one. Besides the dark baker's chocolate, I'm getting brown banana, cherry, molasses, and a little bit of alcohol. Very nice interaction between the malt and hops.

Taste: I notice the malt sweetness as soon as it hits the front of my tounge. It stays sweet all the way through, picking up bitterness gradually. It's probably the hops, but I'd like to think I'm getting some bitterness from the dark cocoa that I'm smelling and tasting. I notice some cherry/dark fruit flavors when I breathe in slightly with the beer still on the back of my tounge. Also possibly a note of anise all the way through. The alcohol doesn't jump out until it's down your throat, as it begins to warm you up. Leaves you with a nice dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth from start to finish. As expected, not much carbonation. Bordering on syrupy and aqueous, I wouldnt quite call this chewy; it's at a perfect mid-point.

Drinkability: This 22 ounce bottle is the perfect amount for me...I think. I could probably drink a couple if I had the time, and money, but I would rather not judge imperial stouts on drinkability. In my opinion, if you can drink a bottle (whatever size) of this style of beer without getting alcohol poisoning, it's drinkable.

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Photo of xanok
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Palm tulip, reviewed from my phone.

A-Jet black with very little head. The head that was there was off-white that leaves little lacing.

S-Chocolate and oats dominate the aroma. Much sweeter than other imperial oatmeal stouts I've had. Hints of fudge, caramel, and coffee as well. Barely noticing some dark fruit hints. Very balanced.

T-Follows the nose mostly here, but maybe not as balanced. Malt, caramel, and dark fruit take a far back seat to the oat and chocolate.

M-Thick and full bodied. Medium carb. Nice warming feeling on the way down. Leaves a nice oatmeal aftertaste.

D-High abv obviously makes it a sipper. Fairly smooth though, and could probably do two of these bombers on a Saturday night.

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Photo of imaguitargod
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a 1 finger, bone white head. Color of the beer is black as night with very little carbonation. This is one THICK beer, I love it! Nice, dark fruit taste comes right out front with a beautiful malt sweetness. Great oatmeal smoothness with a slight caramel backend. I like how this took the sweeter route than the bitter route that some RIS' take. Definitely my favorite for the style.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog
B.o.r.i.s. the crusher
Imperial-Oatmeal stout
ABV 9.4%
IBU's 60

L= 5.0 Thin white dispersing head. This brew pours a beautiful oily dark brown black body with little carbonation to be seen

S= 4.0 Lots of dark ester, dark cherry, fig and it has a certain roasted sweetness as well. A light alcohol presence 

T= 4.0 Dark cherry! Mmm lots of dark fruit and sweetness upfront the flows so smoothly to creamy chewy finish. Medium finishing bitters that seems to coat your mouth for a good while. Very nice beer

F= 4.5 really creamy feel. Very chewy beer.

D= 4.5 this is one of those really rare beers that you could drink everyday for your entire life and not get tired of it. Great beer and it holds a flame against some of the greats, but is shadowed by its big brother the bourbon barrel Boris which is a life beer.

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Photo of tommy78
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out of a bomber, the beer had a pitch black colour with little head on top.

S: Nice combo of burned malts and sweet oatmeal.

T: Very sweet cacao taste to the beer. I also detected some malts and roasted coffee flavor.

M: Extremely smooth for an imperial stout. Usually, with imperial stouts, there's some sort of aftertaste kick, but with this one, there isn't one.

D: Right now, it is about 30 degrees F outside and the beer has warmed me up very nicely. Great beer overall!

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: Dark, opaque, thick pour. Minimal 1/2inch dark brown head. No light's getting through on this one.

S: Roasted malts, burnt oatmeal, and a hint of sweetness - cinnamon or nutmeg maybe? Nothing too overpowering in the nose.

T: Coffee, creamy chocolate & vanilla, roasted or burnt malts. Not as much oatmeal here as I would have expected. Almost like a latte.

M: Smooth and creamy. Goes down wonderfully.

D: Warming and smooth. Very nice beer on a cold winter night.

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Photo of ricknelson
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog's Boris the Crusher beer was all that it was said to be. But it was very expensive and very hard to find. I got lucky and found a store on Addison St. in the Wrigleyville Chicago area that carried it. The hunt was worth the time and the effort. Great Beer!

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Photo of fastsrt
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber in to a snifter
A: opaque black, thin tight brown head.

S: Chocolate, oat, alcohol, inviting, rich when you get deep in the glass it is not as aromatic as others,

T: lots of chocolate, coffee and rostyness, a hint of smoky goodness, there is a boozy taste that leads to a good warming finish, there it tastes of a higher abv beer.

M: great thick body, low carbonation, rich this one has amazing mouthfeel it does not get much better than this.

D: it is not as high as others i have had but is still up there.

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Photo of themedievalist
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber of this with my gentleman friend (is that the appropriate masculine version), CharlatanSin. While I normally seek out stouts which emphasize chocolate or coffee flavors, I was happy to give this oatmeal imperial stout a try.

This beer is attractive enough, but not anything special - very dark color; slight tan head which quickly dissipated; no lacing.

The smell had a nice roasted malt element, combined with coffee and chocolate. I was happy that those coffee and chocolate flavors definitely came out in the taste; I found the coffee to be a bit stronger, but the chocolate was definitely there. This is very smooth, luxurious-feeling beer, somewhere between silk and velvet.

I quite enjoyed this, and would definitely have it again; I found it to be a particularly good example of an imperial stout which has those rich coffee and chocolate flavors and scents, but presents them more subtly than would a specifically coffee or chocolate stout. It is an ideal dessert beer, rich and delicious.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's finally time to treat myself with this beer. Split the bomber with the lady friend, themedievalist. The beer poured a deep space black into the glass. Unfortunately, there's no more than a tiny, faint hint of a tan head, and no lacing to speak of. Not an unattractive beer, but there are better looking RIS out there.

The smell is familiar RIS territory, not that there's anything wrong with that. It's a little more roasted than most. Roasted coffee-esque malt dominates, with sweet chocolate. The taste is outstanding. It's got a nice crisp hopiness that you don't often find in the style. Coffee and chocolate duke it out on the malt side. A little vanilla. A good alcohol presence, as well. A lovely dry, warming, bitter finish.

The beer goes down smooth, as one would expect from an Oatmeal imperial (though it's not as smooth as the Stone version that I had the previous day). Mouthfeel is medium for the style, with carbonation a bit high. A very nice RIS overall that I'd be happy to have again, though it might not be my first choice if I could choose any stout in the world.

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Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: I've claimed other beers' colors as black before, but none can hold a candle to the midnight black color this beer pours. Almost zero (brownish) head though, and no lacing whatsoever.

S: everything is pretty faint, so it's hard to pick out most of the ingredients. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, oats.

T: lots of roasted malt up front with bittersweet chocolate & coffee not far behind. Hops show themselves towards the end and help finish the drink smooth and, again, bittersweet. Alcoholic warmth is there but not overpowering.

M: about as heavy & viscous as beer comes. More carbonation than I expected, but pleasant nonetheless.

D: not as easy to drink as, say, Oat from Southern Tier, but a bit above average on the whole. A thoroughly enjoyable drink!

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Photo of biglite351
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - color was very nice, but I could not get a good foam going, at all.

S - very deep and inviting. One of the best scents that I have come across.

T - the taste id complex. There is a Lo going on. A bit too much alcohol after taste, but not enough to negate the rest of the flavor.

M - tingle in the top back of the mouth during the after taste.

D - I would order this regularly, but only one a night.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours like a can of 5w-40 with a creamy mocha color head that retains pretty well and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S: Very strong notes of coffee, chocolate, chocolate malts, espresso, licorice, toffee, molasses, caramel, and a hop profile that is pretty unique

T: Very similar to the nose...fudge, chocolate, espresso, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, citrus!, and some delicious hop flavors that help balance this crusher.

MF/D: Very viscous (one of the thickest I've come across), slightly bittering finish that lingers with coffee and hops

Pretty damn expensive, but worth the price tag, especially on tap

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Photo of jt31914
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Was dark black with no head, poured like motor oil.

S: Phenomenal smell of strong oatmeal and chocolate scents - this is one of the best smelling brews I've had.

T: Strong oatmeal and chocolate; very creamy and thick. The flavors are perfectly complementary and every is blended just right.

M: Fantastic, I love the creaminess of the brew and it is super smooth.

D: It's too strong to be super drinkable, but I love the taste.

A+ beer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my snifter- my first hoppin' frog review-despite its wide availability in the burgh.

A-Body is an opaque, thick black hue. Pours with no head at all-then an elusive dark mocha colored foamy head bubbles up quickly to about 1/2 finger then fades away just as quickly as it enters but leaves a thin collar. No lacing in the glass.

S- Smell is great and very typical of an IRS. Anise, molasses, roasted malt, oatmeal, and just a hint of phenols make up an excellent balance.

T-Flavor is good but not as complex and balanced as the nose. Upfront is a mostly roasted malt flavor with overtones of licorice and vanilla sweetness. The finish is similar to the initial flavor with the whole profile intensifying a bit. Roasted malt/ coffee tones are definitely the main character of the brew though other characteristics can be detected in the background. What lingers on the palate is a moderate roasted malt bitterness.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a mouthfeel that is thick and viscous.

D- This brew is packed with a lot of BIG flavor and this hybrid seems to line up better with the coffee imperial stouts than the IRS's- though this brew does contain some distinctive IRS character. The ABV is pretty well hidden under the big flavor of this brew. It is a good imperial stout overall and I like the idea of an IRS/oatmeal hybrid. Optimally, for me this brew would have a little bit less roasted malt character and more balance. The ABV is pretty well hidden under the big flavor of this brew.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick single finger head, the color of creamy coffee. Quick dissipation leaving behind no lace. Black, Black body...like a glass full of melted asphalt. You cannot force light through this...

The nose is a combination of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Roasted malts and caramel in the background.

The taste starts out with a sweet creamy caramel flavor that fades into a bitter coffee finish. The roasted malts are in the background throughout, keeping everything in perfect balance. Black coffee aftertaste lingers, making you want more!

The mouth feel is on the thicker side, very creamy with little carbonation...almost perfect!

A very drinkable beer. The ABV is well hidden in the complex flavors. Super example of the style!

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have passed this beer up on so many occasions,not today.Poured into a snifter a jet black,I mean black as an oil slick,a deep mocha colored head atop.A mix of druit and bitter chocolate in the nose,sweet alcohol comes thru as it warms,even a hint of roasted nut,very nice.Flavors are big and sweeter with molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit taking center stage,a nice bitter chocolate and raw earthiness comes in late making it just well rounded.A beer worth the hype,its everything that I was was hoping for.

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Photo of srlama1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a slight head, small bubbles, slight lacing, espresso in color.
S: One of this beer's finer qualities. Great deep molasses with hints of coffee and toasted barley.
T: Molasses initially followed by coffee and chocolate. The alcohol creeps in and is followed by slight, but not sharp bitterness. My wife compared it to Great Lakes Black Out Stout.
M: Initially a bit thin, then develops a soft bloom with the alcohol leaving a slight tingle.
D: Enjoying right now. Wondering how it compares The Dark Lord in the basement

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Photo of onthefarside
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Continuing the night of stouts, and hopefully ending it now, heh. Got this one also from my pal in Ohio and I hope he's enjoying the Middle ages i sent him.

Poured out from a bomber into my DFH snifter, very harshly, it produced an almost non-existant head with a very nice dark black body.

Smell is quite typical for an oatmeal stout, but reveals a slight but of alcohol spice for the journey ahead.

Taste is quite a pleasant experience. Very smooth toasted oat flavor starts out the sip, followed by a slight bit of alcohol spice and fruit flavor. It's quite hard to detect the flavors in this brew, it's a nice challence to pick them out. I can feel some dark fruit and some milky chocolate, it makes me quite happy.

mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. It's quite silky and smooth and the carbonation doesn't assault your tounge. It's almost as drinking chocolate milk. Very impressed with this aspect of this beer.

Drinkablity is also impressive. for a beer that is 9.5% it hides it exceptionally well. I could drink quite a bit of this and wouldn't know it until I was on the floor.

Over all I was very impressed with this brew and would you should definately crack it now. i would love to see what happens in a year or two as well. A very decent example of an imperial oatmeal stout, actually it might be one of the only ones I've had.

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Photo of MPLS
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was cracked while watching WWE's Royal Rumble..wtf? Thanks to Rich for this one.

A: Black beer with some impressive soap. I am burnt out on describing the RIS.

S: This beer isn't gigantic, but has a good nose on it. Roasted malts dominate it's stout stench, but there is bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, and alcohol.

T: This beer has a good mix of chocolate + molasses sweetness with the heavy amount of roast that is going on. Definitely enjoyable, but there are so many beers in this heavyweight category. This offering needs to mask the alcohol just a bit more and increase it's depth of flavor before it's perfect. I can't wait to crack the barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. next.

M: There is a nice silky texture that lingers. Just the fact that they used the word oatmeal in this beer leads me to crave more creaminess.

D: Good stout offering from Hoppin' Frog. BA'd is next.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,757 ratings
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