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Batch OneBatch One

Brewed by:
Amager Bryghus

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Danish Barleywine" brewed with Simcoe hops.

Added by baggio on 12-31-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: Pours a copper-amber color with a solid finger of sticky, off-white head.

S: Toffee and caramel with a good dose of brown sugar. Maybe a bit of green apple to it. Some cardboard which makes the nose just of flat and boring. Just a touch of chocolate and very minimal hop notes.

T: Lots of green apple flavor. Quite a bit of cardboard, too. Boozy, despite being as old as it is. Some slight pine hop flavor and a fair amount of bitterness. Toffee and burnt sugar provide the sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Just way too many things wrong with this beer. Lots of off flavors and too harsh.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.61/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 5/11/11

Rustic, coppery color with amber hues at the base of the glass. One and a half finger head doesn't last long. Half skim and half bubbled retention. A decent bit of large-webbed lace.

Smells simple, boring and sub-par. Caramel, bread, dough and a faint earthiness. The Simcoe hops mentioned on the bottle don't shine. I'm not picking out any citrus and there seems to be only a smattering of pine.

The taste is as unflattering and one-dimensional as the aroma. Sure, there's an acceptable amount of hop bitterness, but the vibrancy that can come with Simcoe hops is entirely missing. Beyond that are notes of doughy bread and caramel. A bit toasty and thankfully not much for sweetness. A hint of butter toffee as it warms.

Medium-full feel accented by a fine grittiness. Moderate carbonation seems appropriate enough. One big drawback is the presence of alcohol heat which, in the absence of complexity, readily makes itself known.

I have no idea how old the bottle is (I've only recently seen it in Columbus) so either this isn't as hopped as the label suggests or the hops have faded. In any case this is a lackluster brew at best. I only finished half the bottle.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label. Slightly hazy brown body, with a good two-finger, dense, tan head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

The aroma it not very complex, as I'm getting only caramel malt and candy sugar. The bottle says Simcoe hops are used to dry hop. They must have faded as I am getting nothing in the aroma.

The taste is likewise very sweet. But, I get a very tiny note of an earthy hop flavor. Overall, the flavor is way too sweet for me to enjoy.

Medium mouthfeel and little carbonation. I expect this is old, but in my experience, barleywines age fairly well. Not so much with this one.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I acquired this in a recent trade with Exiled.

A: Dark brown and opaque, with about one finger of head with fair retention and nice lacing.

S: Floral, herby hops fallowed by syrupy malts, caramel and some slight booze.

T: Nutty malts with some toffee. Quite rich with a slight hop bitterness. Boozy, in fact a bit too boozy. The alcohol seems to help accentuate the sweetness of the malts to the point it's nearly cloying.

M: Full bodied and slightly syrupy, but it does start to dry out in the finish.

O: If they'd managed to cover the alcohol a little better, this would be one delightful sipper. However, I've had beers over 11% ABV that hid their alcohol better than this, and combined with the sweetness of the malts it becomes a little too much. It was easy enough to finish the bottle, but certainly not something I'd seek out in the future.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark pomegranate red with maraschino cherry highlights and a splendid looking crown of sandstone colored whipped creaminess that fills the upper third of the snifter. A good bit of lace is starting to stick and looks as though it will last... but doesn't.

The nose is akin to a primarily pale malted American barleywine. The label reads 'Barley Wine Ale', so that's how we'll think of it from here on out. Unfortunately, too much time has passed for the Simcoe hops to be jumping out of the glass. Nevertheless, it's still a pleasantly fruity big brew.

The passage of time has not been kind to Batch One. There's no way of knowing how old this bottle is (two years at most?), but it doesn't taste like it was an outstanding ale in its younger days. The malts are Oktoberfest-like toasted-earthy and the hops have faded too completely. And Simcoe was such an inspired choice.

Due in part to the abscence of strong flavors, alcohol is too hot and harsh, which should never be the case in aged beer if it was brewed properly. All that said, the all-important taste and drinkability scores don't deserve to drop below the average line.

The body/mouthfeel is on the light side for the style and the ABV, and is firm rather than creamy or sticky. Proper carbonation helps, but it can only do so much.

It's doubtful that Batch One Danish Barley Wine Ale was better when fresh, but anything is possible. Amager Bryghus has impressed me in the past with Hr. Frederiksen, Imperial Stout and Sundby Stout. Too bad this one doesn't measure up. Hmmm... that could be the reason why it's no longer being brewed.

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Photo of popery
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmm... The last review of this beer was four months ago. Hopefully, the beer hasn't suffered for the extra few months of age. That seems unlikely, but the other reviews don't really jibe with my experience. At any rate, here are my notes. This beer pours a dark, translucent mahogany red tone with a creamy head and good lacing. The aroma is strong with sharp bitter hop notes and the smoldering presence of alcohol esters. There's some good caramel malt underneath these odors, but it's not nearly as strong or sweet as I'd prefer. The bitter hop notes really come out on the palate. There's also a pepperiness to it, and the alcohol also is clearly evident. I'm not entirely sure what the style on this beer is supposed to be. The bottle says "Danish Barley Wine Ale" and the website says American Strong Ale like it does here. I was expecting a barleywine, but it lacks sweetness and probably makes more sense as an ASA. There is a strong caramel malt presence, but it's not nearly as sweet as I'd prefer. Maybe, there's something wrong with my tastebuds, but it feels like this beer is stripping a layer of skin off in my mouth. I keep coming back to the word "sharp" (it's odd that I'm finding it hot/sharp after an extra few months while most people who reviewed it fresher found it smooth and sweet. apologies if I'm off on this one). Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasantly viscous. Drinkability is low for me for the above-stated reasons. At any rate, it's a well-made beer that isn't to my liking.

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Photo of maximum12
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ML bottle lifted off of a clearance rack; expectations are tempered. Was this really only brewed once in 2007?

The pour is sheer clay; I think I saw this beer starring in a scene from “Ghost”. Nose brings an herbal tint, oranges, light sweetness, an earthiness bespeaken of hops past their due date. Very odd.

Batch One is great if it’s a nine-yaer old barleywine; if not, not so much. The hops greet my palate with a shaken tree worth of old hops leaves, & leave a faintly metallic aftertaste…which isn’t as bad as it should be. Spritz of alcohol, latent sweetness, green apple, grapefruit. Caramel? Thick, coating. Half of this midget bottle will be enough, thanks.

Interesting take on the style; if it weren’t for that persistent metallic sliver in the back of my throat, this would be a winner. As is, pretty good.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky apple cider brown with a very large off white to cream head that recedes slowly with some decent lacing. Aroma is some good hoppiness, grapefruit is quite strong, some orange and a cotton candy sweetness as well. Taste follows with some good citrus hoppiness and berry sweetness, some strong peppery hoppiness, quite bitter on the palate, a decent amount of alcohol in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, fairly peppery, some alcohol warmth. Decent beer, quite bitter which is nice, but the alcohol is a bit in the face for my likes, at least with the body feeling slightly thin. Still a good dipa, no problem finishing the 500ml.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey brown with a 2 inch foamy light beige head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Thin foamy streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, citrus zest, and some very fruity aromas. Taste is of malt, citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some Fruity Pebbles/Flintstones vitamin type flavors. There is an assertive and astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue after each sip. This beer has a nice crisp mouthfeel with a medium body. Overall, this is a pretty good barleywine but the aromas and flavors seem a bit muddled together and unbalanced.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Looking at a dark amber body with golden red highlights. This beer had two fingers of head when set down on the table. After a few minutes it has depressed to a slight film with copious amounts of lace.

Smell: The nose is full of ester notes, and also some floral ones while we are at it. Mingling in there is some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: This barley wine is certainly fruity. The fruit seems to be orange and strawberry in nature. It has a very bitter finish with a wheat malt backbone. There is also a slightly unpleasant cough syrup taste in the finish, almost like it is coming from the esters. Probably one of the most...interesting tasting beers I have had.

Mouth feel: The feel is actually quite full with no carbonation to lift it up off the tongue. The bitter finish diminishes how smooth it could be. It feels like a well crafted beer.

Overall: Barley wine? Lager? Who can say? I certainly can not. This beer is very different, and not all that enjoyable. Was it worth trying on tap? I suppose.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

April 2008 Best By Date; Sampled April 2008
A slightly vigorous pour produces an almost four-finger thick, light tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a ruddy, red-amber color, but shows a lightly hazy, red-stained, honey color when held up to the light. Aromas of medicinal hops, green herbal hop character, hints of pine, some menthol, perhaps a hint of tobacco, and some sweet candied citrus zest aromas are the most noticeable part of the nose. In fact the hop character is really all that I can pull from this beer's nose, the malt is clearly here, but plays such a supporting role that it does not seem noticeable in and of itself.

Chewy and somewhat sweet tasting, this beer is definitely meant for sipping. My first sip yields a finish reminiscent of cooked cabbage / broccoli that lightly intrudes. Ample caramel malt character contributes a richness to this brew that helps to carry the dominant hop character. Speaking of which, that cooked vegetal note seems to be some hop by-product rather than DMS. The hop character contributes a mix of more dominant flavors reminiscent of menthol, pine-needles, a light infusion of bergamot, and a pronounced herbal character. The finish has a nicely sharp, green, slight menthol, astringent bitterness to it as well as a warming alcohol note that at times can be ever-so-lightly hot. The malt, while definitely a supporting cast member, is a nice contributor here; flavors of toffee, deeply caramelized malt sugars, biscuit-like grain, fresh whole-grain bread crust provide a nice, albeit soft, counterbalance to the hop character. The sweeter malt notes accentuate soft citrus hop notes, but these notes are secondary to the more herbal hop components.

An interesting beer, but this must have been quite hoppy upon first release, as it is still quite hoppy now at one year of age. As the beer warms up a bit it becomes more integrated, a bit softer and loses some of the harsher hop notes, though these still play a prominent role. Even though I am a hop head, this is just a bit too hoppy; I think it might have something to do with the particular hop varieties used as they are a bit harsher than I typically prefer. Still this is a tasty brew that is easy to spend an evening with.

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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It was a while back when I tried this beer and made basic notes on my phone. I remember it being pretty good but over hopped. Bitter earth, higher alcohol burn than I'd have liked.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my 22oz Dogfish Head snifter.

Dense, nearly opaque Falu red body with a web of cream colored foam which recedes to a thin surface layer and a large collar that that brings to mind a bee-hive (not a beer I would suggest for those suffering from trypophobia). Lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle leaving chocolate colored drops on top of the foam with the last pour.

Overripe plums, prunes, dates, figs, light brown sugar, mild sherry, and apricot aromatics. Very bready smell makes this almost like a fruit-cake. Hops are absorbed by the esters and malt.

Rich malty palate entry with caramel and lots of esters (as in the nose). Hops contribute a hint of orange zest and good amount of bitterness. Vinuous and fairly boozey finish with just a touch of pine.

Medium-heavy bodied with notable heat and moderate astringency; a bit sticky, and surprisingly effervescent.

Described as a barleywine on the label - this in some ways reminds me more of an old ale. I don't think the experimentation with Simcoe really panned out, as the hop flavors are not particularly distinguished. The alcohol gets in the way a bit as well. Overall, a pretty decent effort though.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I normally don't buy Danish beers because they are too expensive but i got this at 20% discount so it was only $7 for 500ml. The appearance is a fat tan head that laces the glass well and a ruby red barleywine color to the beer. If I didn't know better I'd think i was looking at Old Guardian. The smell is hoppy, sticky, sweet, syrupy, smells like barleywine but nothing overly impressive. The flavor is dead on for the style, very hoppy, bitter, syrupy, grainy, candy, easily passes for an American barleywine, well done since that is what they are shooting for. Given the price I'll stick to American barleywines made in America.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep mahogany color, incredible, rich, creamy head that was dense
S: mild to medium nose, nice roasted malts with caramel hints, Simcoe hops not overly noticeable
T: nice, well-rounded, not too over the top with hops, this would be a very good beer to age
M: good, a slight bitter finish but that would mellow with age
D: as young it's got a hot alcohol taste but still very drinkable for a barleywine

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Photo of claspada
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper-amber color with a solid finger of sticky, off-white head.

Aromas begin with copious amounts of toffee and caramel with a good dose of brown sugar. Just a touch of chocolate and very minimal faded earthy hop notes.

The tastes follow the nose but are slightly less interesting. Toffee and burnt sugar provide the sweetness with minimal hop presence, light earth and citrus but nothing substantial. Flavors are all well integreated but nothing pops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Finish is lightly sweet and boozy; alcohol helps it from being overly dry.

Overall this is definitely a solid beer, though I'm not sure it's the sort of thing I could drink a lot of. Glad I had the chance to try this one, on draft no less, but nothing that needs to be sought out or one I need to have again anytime soon.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma features a solid malt profile with a good dose of hops and alcohol as well. Very nice!

T- The taste like the aroma has a nice malt backbone with a generous amount of hops in the warming finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid barleywine that is definitely worth a try. Recommended!

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Photo of meatmallet
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. The head settles quickly.

Smell: Very sweet and strong. I can detect rich caramel, raisins, grapefruit, and alcohol.

Taste: It starts off sweet and creamy and changes as you swallow. At first I get some of the caramel malts, chocolate and the dark fruit flavors of raisins and plums. It quickly changes into bitter hops and grapefruit. It has a good alcohol burn to it with hints of pepper and spices.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Full bodied and very creamy with medium carbonation.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a murky, hazy-reddish amber color with a decent sized creamy, tan head that settles into a thin film clinging to the sides of the glass.

S. A sweet malt backbone is the heart of this beer but there is also a sherry-like aroma to go along with medium strength aroma hops.

T. The taste starts with caramel, toffee, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors then fades into caramel malt before finishing with a solid hop bitterness.

M. Medium to full bodied with extremely good carbonation for the style. It is not watery or heavy but is still satisfying.

Overall a very good beer, but not great. This is my favorite style so I has high expectations. This beer had more hops than I expected from a "Danish Barley Wine Ale" but less than I expected from an "American Style Ale" but the alcohol bite helps to accentuate the hops that are present.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

500ml bottle. sampled july 1/09.

pours deep red-brown, crystal clear except for the few chunks that come through at the end of the bottle. the beer changes to nice ruby and garnet hues when held to the light. the small dense dark tan head drops slowly and leaves nearly a solid sheet of lace behind.

aroma is good. nice rich caramel and toffee. lightly toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. light alcohol.

taste is good. caramel and toffee again. nice citrus combo - orange, tangerine, grapefruit. bit of orange peel. hint of pine. touch of alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding its alcohol well. pretty good malt depth. just feels like it needs a little something more.

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Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slightly brown amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is intriguing, showing brown sugar, fresh honey and vanilla. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly sweet beer, except I'm impressed by the complex, melange of flavor I get. In addition to the obvious honey and brown sugar, there's some cherry, more vanilla, and some decent hoppy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty full, and there's a hint of alcoholic heat on the finish.

Definitely a solid beer, though I'm not sure it's the sort of thing I could drink a lot of. Glad I had the chance to try this one....

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Photo of DaveHS
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

A-Pours ruby red with maple highlights. A thin ring of bubbles and minimal eggshell white head.

S-A little boozy, candi sugar,candied fruits, plum, peach, caramel.

T/M-Not as much depth of character as the nose indicated. Fruity, but not overly sweet, which is refreshing. At 9.2%ABV the alcohol is hidden very well. The candied fruit in the nose does not come through. This is actually fairly hoppy, even at almost 3 years old! Full bodied and lush, with moderate to low carbonation.

D-It's a decent barleywine, but considering the stiff competition, I probably wouldn't spend $11 for it again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light khaki head that stays leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Dark fruit nose and flavor is sweet dark fruit and some alcohol. Light bitter aftertaste. $8.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of claytong
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is really a one time brew?
dont know much about this brewery, can anyone feel me in?

appearance - first thing i noticed was the beautiful head. very controlled pour lands a 2 inch head that after 5 minutes has become an half inch and is stick to the side of the glass. burnt orange with some copper hints.

smell - fruit and sugar come first then the alcohol. definitely not as pretty as the appearance. not sure the date of the bottle but no hop presence. as it warms caramel comes in

taste - precisely like the nose. with caramel and alcohol being more dominating than the fruit here. not sure the age, so cant say if this is normally more hop loaded.

mouthfeel - as for the head, it isnt as strongly carbonated as you might think. pretty drinkable for being a barleywine. also on the lighter end so perhaps thats why. creamy with a bit too thick of a body (thick from sugar)

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Photo of magictrokini
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dsnish take on an American Strong Ale. Not bad. Pours copper-red, oily, with a formidable off-white head. Sticky lacing. Good start. Dense sweet caramel malt aroma punctuated with candied citrus fruits. Some pine, but mostly malt. Thick (for the style) mouthfeel that is syrupy and sticky. Could use more carbonation. Very nice taste. Heavilty malted, but still allows the bitterness of the hops to shine through. Good resin quality with a lesser amount of citrus. Well done.

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3.82 out of 5 based on 73 ratings.
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