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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Batch 1- 2009(April) GOLD cap
Batch 2- 2009(July) GOLD
Batch 3- 2009(Oct) GREEN
Batch 4- 2010 BLACK
Batch 5- 2011 RED
Batch 6- 2012 WHITE

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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4.26
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Photo of abuliarose
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, a deep opaque brown body with practically no head, and fast dissipating at that. Minimal lacing. Smells quite nice, with a little bourbon nose, some wet wood evoking chicory character, some sweet milk chocolate and a little vanilla. For want of pungency, I can't ask for more nose in a barrel-aged RIS.

Tastes pretty delicious. Smooth milky chocolaty vanillaey flavors hit the tongue first, followed by a great big bourbon oak presence. The oatmeal does a lot to the texture, making it rich and creamy without sludging up the body... more of a careful syrupiness. It tastes hotter than it feels, but there is a sure alcohol presence. Fairly sweet, but quite drinkable. A little roasted wood notes in the finish. Pretty well-balanced on the barrel-aged character compared to others of its kind.

Overall this is a fine offering. I would wish for more carbonation before anything else, otherwise this is one of the best barrel-aged RIS's around.

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Photo of timc100
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black cap

Really impressive pour - dirty motor oil black, minimal burnt mocha head. Really nice aroma of bourbon booze, caramel, some vanilla, syrupy chocolate, and some almost-sour oak tannins. Some dark roast and espresso as well. Taste is much of the same with more dark roasted coffee - big chocolate syrupy notes and vanilla/caramel whiskey. Drinks incredibly smooth - not much of a boozy burn from the alcohol I enjoy in bigger imperial stouts, though.

Very impressed. A little pricey but a great beer no doubt.

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Photo of BradC
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque jet black, looks like old motor oil. Thin tan head falls quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit

Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, not overly boozy

Full body am slight carbonation makes this easy drinking

Overall, one of the best barrel aged Imperial stouts I've had....will try to get another bottle of this tomorrow!

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Photo of mikecharley
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on Halloween night, while handing out candy to the neighborhood kids.

Pours a flatish coffee color. Little to no head. Obviously, due to the lack of head, this was in a barrel.

Smells of strong vanilla. Wood, toffee, chocolate, some boozy whiskey. Great nose.

The taste is really great. Strong vanilla, nice oatmealish smoothness. Great use of barrel aging. This is the best use of bourbon barreling that ive found thus far in a stout.

Recommended.

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

Thanks to Jcb890 for hooking this up in a trade.

A: Pours a viscous pitch black with a scant layer of mocha colored foam that quickly settles into a ring of lacing.

S: Very well integrated aroma for a barrel aged stout - moderate whiskey character with a little bit more charred oak than usual, along with vanilla, dark chocolate, strong dark fruit notes - dark cherries, plums, and figs - along with some caramel and a bit of bitter coffee.

T: Starts out fairly subdued with some dark malts and oat character, before whiskey notes pop up in the mid-palate with some light booze and vanilla. Semi-sweet chocolate and light coffee come in late, leading to a sweet, lightly oaked chocolate finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, feels a little too thin and slick.

D: Booze is kept in check well, and the aromas and flavors are well integrated - very drinkable for a barrel aged stout.

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Photo of youradhere
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green cap. Pours black with a small tan head, carbonation crackles and dissipates the head in a quick fashion. Smells of bourbon and toffee, a little bit of vinous notes. Taste is smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin which amplifies the bourbon flavors. High carbonation, lil bit of alcohol burn. Not a too smooth a sipper, but I'll drink it, I will!

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Photo of klikger
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz. pour served in a snifter

A - Brown/black, very little head, and brown lacing which doesn't last

S - Bourbon and vanilla

T - Whiskey is apparent from the moment it touches the tongue and is prevalent throughout the tasting. There are distinctive notes of toffee and molasses, and these elements, coupled with the lack of detectable hops, help to make this marginally sweeter than normal BORIS. At the same time, the bourbon aging works to mitigate the sugary side.

M - Very smooth; not as carbonated as the normal BORIS.

D - Despite having the same ABV %, the barrel-aged version was substantially hotter than the normal. This, along with the sweetness, make this beer slightly less drinkable than the non-aged version. It's good for a bourbon-aged stout, nonetheless.

Overall - a very good barrel-aged RIS, this is worth searching for. The nose and taste are more complex than the original BORIS, and if you like that beer, there's a good chance that you'll prefer this. I'm very glad that I had this and will look forward to drinking it again.

Economics - in my opinion, the incremental improvement in taste vs. the normal BORIS is only worth two or three dollars - while the bourbon and additional complexities improved that component, the balance and drinkability suffer a bit. If these beers were both on the shelf, I'd opt for the original if the difference in price was >= $3.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip which briefly yielded a 1 finger head. Minimal lacing with light penetrating the corners of the glass.
Dark fruit dominates the aroma with lots of berry specifically blueberry and black berry. Alcohol but not necessarily whiskey.
Taste is composed of dark berries, coffee, some alcohol and a subtle molasses finish.
A good mouthfeel with a full body.
This is a good beer I was happy to have but will not be dishing out 20 dollars for it again.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 2 (green cap) poured into my Southampton RIS Snifter.

A: Black with a two finger dark tan head that receded to a thin ring of film around the glass.

S: The nose is full of bourbon like qualities from the barrel aging; tons of vanilla, oak, and spicy bourbon. Faint notes of bakers chocolate are also noticeable.

T: The front of the mouth is filled with oats, caramel, faint toffee notes and bitter dark chocolate; these flavors push forward toward the middle of the mouth and are rounded out with notes of vanilla and oak out the back.

M: Lightly carbonation and a full body. Quite smooth, as expected from the oatmeal.

O: This is a fine example of a barrel aged Imperial Stout. The taste is on point. The only flaw (if you even want to call it a flaw) is the overwhelming barrel quality that dominates the nose. Definitely worth the price tag. I may even want to snag a few more of these to age.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Rich and complex mix of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel. Bourbon is there just enough but not as prominent as other BBA beers I've head. Rounds out with some vanilla notes. Think they hit it just right. Silky smooth and mouth coating. Really liked this one and hope to be able to find somewhere this season.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle served in 2 pint glasses (shared with my dad)

Pours a jet-black color with 1 finger tan head.

Smells great... dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate... and of course bourbon.

Taste awesome! Really love this beer. Really hate the $15/bottle price! Otherwise I'd buy many more.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bombers of this at Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a completely black used motor oil color with less than a finger of beautiful dark mocha colored head that recedes quickly to just a rim of small bubbles around the edge.

S: Smells like mostly dark chocolate, with roasted malts, black coffee...surprisingly not much of a "barrel aged" scent as I don't pick up much vanilla, oak, or even whiskey...when it warms up you can smell more whiskey/boozy scents

T: Lots of the scents are present in the flavors, with a little of the barrel aging coming out more - super dark chocolatey, roasted malts, some dark coffee then a little whiskey comes out at the halfway point until the finish along with subtle vanilla and oak

M: Mouthfeel is amazing on this beer, super creamy and thick, almost syrupy and oily, some tingling from the carbonation

D: Surprisingly drinkable for the style, I keep looking at the glass and it's going down quick. There's some great intense flavor here without being "too much". There is a slight tinge of alcohol, but I really think it's a great aspect of the beer.

Overall, the smell left a little to be desired and the appearance to a smaller extent. However, the flavor of this beer is just awesome. I think a lot of other breweries are barrel aging the heck out of their beers, but I think the fact that Hoppin' Frog only put this in barrels for a few months really made this beer what it is. It's a great RIS base with just a bit of barrel aging that really gives this beer that little bit extra and makes it special.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to HFS sniffer

A: black as night total opaque heavy Mocha head that fades quick super dark chocolate

S: a little boozy upfront I can smell the oats and the malt in there too but is slightly off putting

T:follows the nose with a little bit of alc upfront but it does fade quickly into a creamy oatmeal like flavor that goes to a bitter malt finish and you can taste the alc again a little but not horrible

M: thick but oily texture that has a creamy consistency were the carbonation is mixed in perfectly

O: really solid oatmeal imperial stout but the alc and bitterness of the hops kinda ruined it for me especially when paired with a weak smell but I liked the look and mouthfeel so though its not my favorite I still recommend it curious as to taste after some aging.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle in a snifter. with a sliver cap.

A: black, creamy head, nice lace,

S: whisky, coffee,

T: wow, this is regular boris with a improved complexity, well done the whisky is spot on.

M: creamy, with amazing body.

D: went down smooth, liked it more than the regular one.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had the latest release of Barrel Aged BORIS Oatmeal Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels, from Hoppin Frog, and it was delicious, top notch. Might be the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. Akron seems to have a great brewery in Hoppin Frog. A friend mailed the beer to me.

(L) The color is dark brown almost black with a two inch thick light brown head

(A) The aroma is roasty malts, coffee, and bourbon.

(T) The taste is chocolate, coffee, oats, bourbon, sweetness, pine, all together in a really nice flavor.

(F) Velvety, creamy, thick, easy drinking, and barely a hint of the alcohol.

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Photo of 303beer
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a heavy thick blackness with a strong barrel nose to it. Has a small coffee colored head. Well this beer is exactly what it says it is. Imperial oatmeal stout in a barrel. Can taste all of that at separate times.

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Photo of ridglens
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery snifter, thanks to my fiance Pam for the tasy gift! I've had this several times, but never to review. Drank from chilled to room temp.

A- Pours a dark black, and a thin dark brown head which quickly dies to a tiny ring around the edge of the glass. No light gets through the beer once it's in the glass. Pours decent but not super thick. Some lacing, pretty but not earth shattering.

S- I can smell the whiskey from two feet away. The typical oak and vanilla sweet bourbon are faded, this smells like more straight whiskey. as it warms, some muted bourbon tones do come out (mmmm, much better). There is some great smelling coffee behind the whiskey. Some sweetness comes out, some brown sugar and some really good malts. the initial whiskey isn't great (to me), but the undertones are!

T- Big whiskey profile flavor, but a little more muted than the smell might suggest. Good dark coffee comes second, really tasty. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. the brown sugar and roast malts come through, but after the smooth whiskey spiked-and-oaked coffee fades. Flavors stay in the corner of my mouth for a while.

M- Little Carbonation, but it does have a little tingle on the tip of my tongue. Not thick enough for my taste, but not really thin either. solid stout, but i wish it were a bigger feel. There is a building warmness from alcohol, but less than you would think from the booze smell.

O- Great flavor (actually much better than i remember). the smell is slightly overbearing, but improves a lot as it warms. I really do like it, i just wish this beer was a little "bigger". I would love it thicker, more malt and oats, and maybe even a little more alcohol (c'mon OH, change the law!)

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was all the hype a couple months ago. With another release in the close future, I decided to crack open my last bottle. Lets see if it lives up to the hype:

A: Just like the regular BORIS. Pitch black and thick. Head is very dark brown, but dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is very minimal.

S: Again, very similar to regular BORIS. Lots of oatmeal. Semi-sweet with hints of coffee and chocolate. The oak aged smell is present, but not overpowering.

T: It actually tastes a lot different than the regular BORIS. The oatmeal is very present, but the coffee and chocolate notes seem much more subdued. They are still present, but overpowered by the oaky notes. Very strong wood character with hints of whiskey. Alcohol seems much more pronounced. I think I prefer the original. This one is much more oaky and has less of the signiture Stout flavors. Actually reminds me a lot of Weyerbacher Heresy.

M: Super creamy and thick. Alcohol does rear its head in there though. Overall, very good.

D: This beer is a sipper. Very thick and rich in flavor. One bomber is more than enough for the night. I don't know why, but BORIS always puts me out. Its 9.4%, which is pretty moderate for an Imperial Stout...

Overall, this beer is very good, but not worthy of the hype. The comparison to Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout is way off. This is more in the league of Weyerbacher Heresy, but this has a much thicker body. I have had better Stouts, and I have had better from Hoppin Frog, but this is still worth seeking out and buying.

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Photo of joefuzz
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gold cap poured into snifter.

Pours like used motor oil no real head or retention. Smells of warm vanilla and oak. Taste is a really nice balance between bourbon and imperial stout that nice roasty maltyness meets an amazing bourbon barrel. Mouthfeel is so creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall amazing beer espically for the 9.99 price tag I don't think this can be beat.

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Photo of hops202
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Snifter

A - thick black pour. Looks yummy

S - lots of bourbon and vanilla present. Some roast as well.

T - tons of bourbon. Very yummy and then some roast in the middle with more bourbon on the back end with a hint of black coffee.

M - fairly heavy but not overpowering. Quite delicious

O - ordered offline for a high price ($18), but it was great to try. If I ever saw in store I would certainly buy.

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Photo of ccg
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an inch of creamy brown froth. Swirling it, it leaves thick legs on the glass. It looks rich.
The smell is just bourbon, and even that is fairly subtle. As it warms up, I also smell brown sugar and rich malt. It reminds me a bit of Evil Twin's "Lil B."
It tastes like an awful lot like Lil' B too, except a bit more bitter and maybe even a little burnt. Normally, I enjoy toasted malt flavors, but here it's a little over the top, and, at the same time, there's also too much sugar, but they don't really balance each other. That said, some chocolate flavors come through, and the toasted flavor malt combines with the bitterness to give it a bit of a coffee flavor.
The mouthfeel is quite good: full and round.
Overall: unfortunately, it was a mild disappointment. Looking at all the other, much higher ratings, I'm thinking that maybe my bottle or my palate was off somehow.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber split with my best friend while he was home for christmas..batch two

a-pitch black...no light penetration and no head...little khaki lacing on top of the beer....small tight clollar on the edge..no bubbles in my glass but his had them stuck to the sides

s-sweet whisky and chocolate..roasted coffee and slight toffee...

t-roasty malt up front..some bitter coffee rushes in before the whisky really takes hold...whisky dominates in the middles and pulls out just as the bitter coffee comes back in and a bit tannic...finishes dry

m-creamy smooth from the oats...a little boozy...warms the mouth and the tummy when it goes down....almost chewy but not quite...carb is good for a barrel aged brew...

d-could split a couple bombers of this in a night and not feel bad...the booziness is a little distracting but overall this is quite a brew

nicely done and not over the top...the oatmeal aspect i find interesting with the barrel aging...a true winner imo

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Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter

Pours a dark black with a slight brownish head that disappears quickly.

Smell is slightly sweet with some hints of bourbon.

Taste is dominated by the bourbon. Slight hints of vanilla with some sweetness.

Good bourbon flavor that mellows out a bit as the beer warms up. Nice to have another bourbon barrel as it is almost impossible to get BCS in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of degerbah
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge props to mwa423 for the FREE pour. Pours motor oil black and extremely thick with almsot no head at all. What head there is comes out a light brown. The aroma is a lot of malt and a lot of coffee. Not as sweet as I'd expected. The taste is way more coffee than I expected. For being barrel-aged it doesn't have near the whiskey aroma or taste that I expected. The mouthfeel is very thick, even for a 9.4% beer. all in all I'd say I'm dissapointed. For something this higly rated I'm dissapointed.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle had a gold cap. I'm assuming that's from a later batch than what's listed here in the info section.

Appearance - Poured into my Stone IRS balloon/snifter glass. The head on this one is miniscule, not even half a finger high, and mocha brown in color. Low head is to be expected from the alcohol and barrel aging. Lacing is also very little. Color of the brew is black as the night sky when the moon and stars are hidden from sight behind dark clouds.

Smell - Up front, I'm getting mostly wonderful Bourbon aromas. Straight Bourbon smell that's quite noticeable and enjoyable (to me) but not overpowering, smooth vanilla, oak/wood, subtle Bourbon spice/alcohol, brown sugar, and sweetness. Behind that I get some rich chocolate syrup and dark chocolate, plenty of roasted malts, coffee notes, bittersweet overtones, and pleasant notes of dark fruit. Aroma is pretty complex overall, but I would say it's dominated by the Bourbon barrel aging. I find it wonderful, others might not.

Taste - This is a great tasting beer in my opinion! Plenty of the Bourbon flavor (but not too much), vanilla and what I can only describe as the taste of marshmallows, sweetness, brown sugar, a bit of spice from the Bourbon and from the alcohol, oakiness, chocolate syrup taste (in a good way) like in the nose, coffee, rich roasted malts, a bittersweet quality (that's towards the finish), and notes of dark fruits. Bourbon barrel aging is still the star here (and I like it).

Mouthfeel - Creamy and luscious consistency. Carbonation is pretty light. Body is closer to full. The finish is actually pretty smooth and medium length. Nicely done mouthfeel as well.

Overall - If you're a fan of subtler Bourbon barrel aging in beers, this one might turn you off a bit. I think it's pretty darn amazing. And it's not too overpowering, but it is nice and prominent. I don't know what it is about those Bourbon barrels, but I love my stouts to be aged in them. I'm honestly not even much of a Bourbon drinker, but I love the aroma of straight Bourbon and what the barrels can do to some good beer. I've heard or seen a few people compare this to BCBS, so I'm quietly looking forward to trying that as I've gotten some recently from some very generous people. And speaking of one of those generous persons, thanks SO much Tom/trxxpaxxs for this bottle of Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. (among other things) in the NOOB BIF Round 5! REALLY appreciate it Tom!

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 611 ratings.
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