Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A throwback historical ale brewed when English IPA's were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to Colonial troops in India, using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly on toasted oak for a 19th century taste.

78 IBU

Added by philberinghele on 03-21-2008

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Photo of do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours an opaque orange, with slight pinkish highlights near the edges. About 1 finger of off-white foam initially that settled into a dense lacing after a couple minutes. Not strong smelling, but has a nice aroma; I get citrus, pine, grapefruit, sassafras, and lemon. Lots of flavor all at once upon tasting. Very lemon/orange forward with tons of bitterness. Seems like more than 78 IBUs. Any notes of grapefruit take a back seat to the piney, hoppy goodness that makes its way through about middleways. Finishes smooth enough, and leaves a taste in your mouth that makes you wonder if you were just chewing on a pinecone.

Overall, very enjoyable. It's always interesting to see what kind of twist these guys put on traditional styles. More often than not, they hit their mark. This one's no exception.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Foamy amber orange. Off white head. Not too thick. Lacing is good. Bubbles are small.

Smell - Orange and citrus. Faintly dank. There is a caramel and toast aroma as well.

Taste - Toast. Caramel. Bitter. Faint dank hops. Bubblegum before the finish.

Feel - Creamy and not too much carbonation. Really nice.

Overall - I am glad I got to try this beer. It baffle me how each Floyds is distinctly different, but amazing.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a stemless wine glass. 8.5% ABV.
Look = 4.0 Pours a cloudy golden color with .5 fingers of off white head which fades to a ring. Lace is dense and sticky. No doubt would look better in a better glass.
Smell = 3.5 Aroma is a bit muted; not as strong as I’d expect from a three floyd’s IPA. It’s balanced with sweet malty smell and earthy hops. A hint of yeast and some alcohol come through.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet up front with more than a hint of alcohol. There is a building bitterness that finishes quite strong and lingers nicely in the aftertaste. The booziness hurts the overall taste a little.
Feel = 4.5 Medium bodied with high carbonation. A little syrupy but crisp at the same time.
Drinkability = 3.5 The strong bitterness and prominent alcohol flavor hurt the overall drinkability somewhat.
Overall = 3.9 A malt forward English IPA. Good mouthfeel and taste but it’s hurt by the lack of aroma and drinkability. Perhaps a better glass would improve the look and aroma scores somewhat.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into plastic cup. Hazy orange with a finger of white head that settles to a cap. Great lacing. Aroma is citrus (mostly orange), leafy hops, bread, and caramel maltiness. Taste starts with caramel sweetness then is cut by grassy/leafy hop bitterness before mellowing to a citrus hop bitter finish. Medium bodied, slick and creamy, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Big toasty, Oak taste real nice balance and very enjoyable. Very unique and fresh. Bitter, yet woody. Just a touch of smoke on the palette. Worth seeking out~

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Photo of jwhancher
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opened an old bottle from the spring brought back from my dad on his way through Indiana. Poured into a Stella glass. Pours a clear copper with nice white head and lacing that clings to the glass sides. Noticeable sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Decanted it out as carefully as possible.

No noticeable bottled on or enjoy by date. Smells of French oak chips predominantly along with faded English earthy hops. Some light sweet caramel notes also in the nose. Tastes very similar as the nose with strong French oak but a noticeable alcohol note hits you in the back of the throat. Would have liked to try this fresher. Feels about medium with tannins from the oak giving it a rather full impression.

An interesting beer. I wonder if the age threw this one out of whack. Glad to have tried. Would definitely give it another shot.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's English (in style), yes, but it's Three Floyds and it's an IPA. So, what do we expect? Pretty much this, with a few interesting notes.

It's a hazed medium gold, translucent leaning toward opacity, with a soft but densely bubbled, tight bone-white head staying still at about one finger's height. The lacing it drops down is thick and plentiful.
Hoppy it is in the nose and on the palate, though it's been appropriately hopped it up without hopping it up like they do their American-style versions. As it is, it takes an earthier approach but with a bit of citrus, orange particularly, with a more floral bouquet as well. Interestingly, there's something very much like juniper here, too, as well as a unique, earthy sort of spiciness. It's balanced by pale malts and a sweetness more like a honey graham cracker than anything, particularly in the taste and lingering in the finish especially. Unique, this beer truly is. Some resinous pine notes also show a little more strongly in the flavor, and some paler fruity esters show up in the alcoholic warmth.
The feel is fantastic; a firm medium body shows a few layers of depth, crispness is strong yet evens out a running smoothness that never fades. It starts off on the semi-sweet side and transitions easily toward dryness as it works such that you don't notice the transition. It remains very clean all the way through the finish, which lingers just as long as it should.

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Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy orange body with a solid cap of off white foam. Two fingers of froth seems to last forever, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

I get quite a bit of malt on the forefront with oaked complexity. Honey, toast, molasses and smoky caramel. Hops are a orange citrus and pine that meld with the sweetness of the malt. Alcohol is noticeable as is the wood and earthy oak.

Caramel and honey sweetness that nestles into a fruity mix of red, pitted and vinous fruit. Dipping into barleywine territory with more wood and earth from the oak in the finish. Malt rises in the end leaving a cereal grain sweetness. Hops are a muddled orange citrus and oak but provide substantial bitterness to clean up the layered malt.

The thick malt leads to a medium-heavy body and muted carbonation. Some might like the smoothness of it but I feel the hops could've used more bubbles. Alcohol is very present while there is enough drying to keep the beer rather clean and dry.

Borderline English Barelywine with high bitterness and moderate complexity, just not enough to push it to the upper echelon of IPA or maltier styles.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden amber orange color. Pored with slight white foam head. Slight bubble. Looks thick.
Smell - smells like fermenting hops. I've got a scent of citrus and pines with a heavy malt backbone.
Taste - has a taste orange peel behind a thick malty texture with a bitter piney aftertaste.
Feel - fairly thick with medium carbonation which is surprising since I don't see that many bubbles. Goes down smooth.
Overall - great beer. Not usually to much of a fan of English style beers but I think this us great. Maybe because most 3 Floyd's beers are different and fantastic.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems to come available in May.
Poured from 22 into pint glass

A- Clear golden-amber with light yellow head that leaves lacing as it retreats.

S - I get very ripe oranges and grapefruit.

T - Wow, like chewing on the rind of an orange. Earthy, juicy, citrus.

M - Smooth and solid mouth feel.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really like this beer. I've had several IPAs that claim to be citrusy and this one blows them away. It seriously reminds me of chewing on an orange rind. Don't expect any piney hops... this is all citrus! I'm going to grab another few bottles tomorrow.

Had another bottle 6/18 - Still love it. A 3 Floyds favorite for me.

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Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very creamy white pour, golden liquid with little carbonation. looks awesome! must be good... there is a small gnat sitting on the edge! I don't imagine he'll take much away from this 22oz bottle, though.
funky honey aroma, not much else. honey, but decent brew aroma....
taste is funky too! bitter hops up front to accompany the funky smell. then some biscuit-y malt and lots of malt sweetness... funky pale bitterness... british? maybe. a little different? for sure. would I buy again? no. but is it worth a try? definitely!

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Todd. Purchased at a store in Fort Wayne, Indiana in late August. Stored in my fridge until today. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Let's pray that it's held up well at this point.

Pours a lightened amber pale color - exactly the kind you expect from this brewery after having so many of their offerings. Contains a modest but good off-white creamy, one inch tall head that coats the top, yet doesn't leave too much lacing in its wake. No residue sticks to the glass, and it overall looks pretty unimposing. On the other hand, what struck me the most about it at this point was the enormous presence of sediment in the glass. Lots of floaties at first, but a secondary pour closer to the dregs produced some massive globs of malty or yeasty sediment at the bottom. Pretty gnarly, especially for a brewery that usually wins in terms of presenting clean, well atoned beers.

If this was ever an IPA prior to opening, I fail to see how it ever tasted like fresh. This is a premier English IPA in style, but the aroma indicates some aspects otherwise. Notes of pine, citrus, and pineapple meld with honey. Tons of honey, in fact. I realize that is a sign of an older beer, but it's not like it's bad for what it is - only slightly one-dimensional. There's many signs that there was any oak churned through this beer, but the slightly vanilla, butterscotch forward notes might indicate its presence. There's not much else going on here - only sweetness, faded citrus, and a honey, tropical yeast stew in its wake.

The aroma seemed to promise a honey bomb, and, by golly, did I get a honey bomb. Tons of caramelized honey notes immediately reach the palate, followed by toffee, butterscotch, and (finally) a bit of orange peel, pine, and pineapple to ease out the flavor a little bit. As this is an English IPA, it's on the maltier side, but if I've learned anything about FFF beers thus far, they're not the best at producing malt-forward beers (in spite of their usually incredible work in producing solid malt backbones for their hop experiments). This falls into the pit of their decent yet failed experiments this late in the game, and I'd imagine this would be much better fresh on tap. Nevertheless, despite its faded hop qualities, it's quite thick and juicy to drink, and has the same qualities as a decent Chardonnay that's gone through some malolactic fermentation. FFF have never produced a bad feeling beer, to be honest (except for, maybe, DL).

A solid offering, but really not worth the $13 price tag, as far as I'm concerned. This does not hold up well and I can't really see where the oak plays a part in adding on to the beer, to be honest. I realize that it's a "historical" experiment but these guys already make great enough beers to convince us that a lot of their experiments are as unique as they perhaps truly are. (However, I ALWAYS welcome experimentation in brewing.) Nevertheless, I would gladly revisit this in a fresher condition - it's comforting to drink and has a unique malt profile that shines above the hops. Worth trying if you want a FFF fix for something new.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick off white single finger head with nice lacing on a hazy golden copper body. Aroma is malt heavy with breads, tart citrus, candied orange and pine resin. The flavor is basically the same and follows very well with the exact same experience. Although good I don't really understand what makes this one English. It may use English hops but it basically came out as a malt forward AIPA from my experience. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite Three Floyds brew. I love big hoppy beers, but I think the hops in this one are overdone because of the types of hops used. Here the English hops come off harsh and too bitter in muddy sort of way, and the malt tastes a bit too thick and chewy as well. The malt and hops don't balance each other but compound the assault on the palate with no contrast in sight. Oh well, not to my taste.

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Photo of SleepyDrunk
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- rusty orange, off-white head.

Aroma- Very earthy - malt comes out first followed by the hop characteristics one would expect from an English style beer. Toasted oak certainly comes out.

Flavor- What one would expect from an English style IPA with a little extra kick. The hop flavor is much more 'reserved' compared to many of Three Floyd's other beers, but still very hoppy given the style of beer. Oaky and earthy.

Mouthfeel- An initial bite up front that mellows out towards the end. I've never had a bad mouthfeel experience with a Three Floyds brew.

Overall- This is a solid beer, but I am a bit biased because I much prefer American style IPA's to English style. Well done for the type of beer it is, but nothing really excites me about it.

PS. Bonus points for a cool bottle design.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into nonic pint glass; translucent orange-yellow with a moderate tight fluffy white head that fades very slowly, leaving fine delicate lacing when it does.
Smell is earthy herbal hops, some spicy rye-like notes, clean malt.
Taste is big, but fairly one-dimensional; big wallop of crisp pale malt with some rye kick behind it, moving into hellishly bitter herbal hops with a hint of pine. Hints of oak and citrus, subdued beneath it all. Hops seem to differ from sip to sip; first they're barely present, and then suddenly they have me looking incredulously at that 78 IBU listed in the notes. Alcohol is a noticeable heat sometimes, other times it's invisible.
Mouthfeel is clean, dry and perfectly carbonated.
Overall, this is quite bitter for an English IPA in my opinion. Not that that's a bad thing...

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Photo of ubenumber2
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a tulip , pours a hazy golden color with a nice three finger head and tons of lacing that clings to the glass all the way through the drink

Picking up on a lot of malt in the nose with some earthy hop smells , not too bad at all

Love the way this beer feels and goes down , just about perfect for the style

A very dry tasting beer to me from the start and finish , the malt is there but not sweet at all and the hops taste very earthy , a pretty good combonation

Overall this is a pretty good beer , not sure I would go to the trouble to trade for it because I can't get three floyds here but if I could pick one up off the shelf I would

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Photo of BB1313
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a very hazy burnt orange; fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are full of caramel and chocolate malts. There are also hints of orange zest, lemon zest, pine needles. The flavors seem to matchup with the nose. This beer is very malt forward and the hops take a backseat, although they are obviously there. There are hints of wood/oak. I will say that the flavors are very crisp and refreshing, despite the malts. More cocoa in the mix. Finishes pretty dry. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's very creamy and thick; full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Since everything seems lack depth, everything becomes redundant. It makes a solid sipper.

Not bad, but nothing impressive. The aromas and flavors are forgettable, in my opinion. Three Floyds nailed the appearance and mouthfeel, as usual. It's clear that the craftsmanship is there, but it just doesn't pop like most of their beers.

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

A: Hazy Golden copper with a large off white head.

S: Fresh linen and fresh pine. almost like cleaning product. very floral. pepper and fresh leaves. an underlying rye bread and yeast. Intriguing.

T: Right away you get that bready base. clove and spice flavors begin to evolve while a banana ester and sweet orange marmalade sweeten things up. That funky rye bread is still present along with a very floral earthy component. Citrus and grass round this beer out before a bitter dry finish.

M: Nice bitter finish is a perfect ending to a great carbonated medium bodied beer.

O: Different than the American IPAs that i'm used to but great none the less. A very floral earthy beer that is quite refreshing. This beer gets better every time i drink it so you better know i'm going to revisit it soon! /90

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Typical Three Floyds. A beer by them that I have yet to try, snagged the last bottle from the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of off-white doughy foam for a head. Body is a light orange bronze color with some carbonation bubbles going crazy, and some fine sediment. Thin, uneven sheets of lace.

S - Smell is quite tame, compared to what I was expecting. Light pine and grapefruit hops, citrus, some warm peppery rye presence, and lots of bready biscuit malts. Bubblegum and cloves become more apparent after a while.

T - Dirty herbal bitter earthy hop presence at first, and then the English malts take over. Slight metallic / mineral tasting. Bready malts. Perhaps some cloves and other spices in there as well. Slight bubblegum taste also, perhaps from the malts.

M - Feel is bitter and resinous, and dry in the finish. A tad over carbonated, like a lot of Three Floyds beers.

Overall, a nice beer from Three Floyds, but not likely a beer I would buy again. More of a malt forward IPA than hop forward, which is sometimes a good thing, but not always. Reminds me a bit of the Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey only not quite as good. Not nearly as bitter or hoppy as I wish it was, but it is a highly drinkable, almost thirst-quenching beverage, especially at 8.50% abv. Not great, but worth a try.

Three Floyds Blackheart ---4/5.

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A pretty bitter beer here. I really enjoy the Blackheart. It is kind of one of the bastards from Floyd's. There is not a huge demand for it. I don't know why? I think it is a amazing beer. Great hop notes on the nose and a strong hopped taste as I mentioned the bitter. I wouldn't pass this one up as it is very consistent every year as well.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade. Stored at 34F. Poured into snifter.

A: Clear, golden amber appearance, with an inch of white head that quickly dissipated into a lacing that lasted throughout the session.

S: Grassy, lemony, light.

T: Upfront with the hops, but with a strong malty, sweet caramel backbone.

M: Thin going in, but it creates a thick after feel coating from the response to the hoppiness.

O: Great beer. Different than the typical DIPA, with a lighter, crisper more flora and lemony bite.

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Photo of SouthSideSox24
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours light, with an orange hue.

Smell: Not an overly distinctive smell, a light aroma of malt with small hints of floral hops. Smells sweet and nutty.

Taste: First touch of the tongue yields a charred caramel flavor, with notes of pine coming through as you let the beer travel. Good balance.

Mouthfeel: Similar to champagne, with an overly carbonated feel. However, this combined with the lightness of the body make each drink refreshing.

Overall: A very solid English style IPA. Worth purchasing again.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Golden, clear orangish hue. Half inch head on the pour that fades quickly. Terrific lacing

S: Biscuity malts with a lot of caramel sweetness. Then, the hops come through, smells great. After it warms those hops sink into the background and the grain/malt powers up.

T: Sweet malt bomb on the front followed by a noticeable amount of hop bitterness. Warming alcohol notes mediciny caramel/ dark fruits. as you continue. The toasted oak is there but it's light. Just a great example of this style.

M: lighter bodied and verydrinkable. It lingers on the palate with strong flavors and warm biscuit notes.
Ample carbonation

O: Enjoyable 3 Floyd's take on a classic. I thought the hops would be the big feature but I was surprised by the maltiness. This is a great beer to cap off a hard week. The warming effect is pleasant and helps make each sip of the brew more enjoyable.

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Photo of bound4er
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber.

A. Amber to golden orange appearance with a slight haze. White head of two fingers.

S. Lots of malt with an odd orange marmalade smell.

T. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Some intriguing malt flavors I am not used to tasting - almost has a slight Sherry flavor - very nice nonetheless. Closes with some weedy hop bitterness but not in the usual slap-in-the-face fashion that American IPA's provide.

M. Creamy with good body. Light but adequate carbonation.

O. Unique and enjoyable take on an uncommon IPA style. For the money though I prefer FFF's standard DIPA offerings to this.

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,346 ratings.
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