Smoglifter | Brash Brewing Company

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Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial chocolate milk stout brewed with real cocoa.

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Photo of Cavity_Crepes
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer had all the makings for a great beer, but it was far too heavy and by after a fourth of the beer, I was over it. If it wasn't too thick, this beer would of been amazing. Frankly, I was very disappointed by it. I still have faith in Brash, though.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer at some store or other in Grand Rapids. Not familiar with this brewery. Poured into North Coast tulip.

A - Jet black, with tan head which receded awfully quickly, leaving no lacing. Entirely opaque.

S - Smoky chocolate, cocoa nibs

T - Plenty of bitterness, with an initial richness brought on by the lactose which is very pleasant. However, the initial flavour writes cheques which the body can't cash - fades quickly, and leaves very little but nondescript bitterness on the finish.

M - This is the only thing really holding the beer up. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, with ideal carbonation. I suspect any impression of richness in the taste owes a lot to the mouthfeel of this brew.

O - Disappointing for the price. A study in viscosity, and not much else. I will not purchase this again.

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark as night black hue with a khaki two finger head that stays and slowly recedes to look like a cake gone wrong with dimples everywhere and lacing everywhere the head has been,the smell is Booze,dark chocolate,a touch of vanilla and tobacco,the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and the taste is definitely dominated by the dark chocolate it really is big but i still get some vanilla,hazelnut and oak and as it warms some booze and dark fruits aswell and overall it's definitely a choc sweet stout but I'd like to see this with less chocolate as it dominates abit too much for me cheers.

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Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at several places around Houston. Johnny's Gold Brick and the Brewery most recently.

A: Pours basically an opaque black color. A one finger white head forms with light lace. The opacity is really impressive here.
S: Big roast, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate. A touch metallic, and bitter roast lingers.
T: The requisite big roast, chocolate and coffee flavors you would expect for such a beer. I get a metallic flavor that continues to build as the warms. Though there is a big unsweetened chocolate flavor, and a strong lingering roasted bitterness as well.
M/O: A big full body with moderate carbonation. Viscous and oily, but still fairly smooth. If that makes sense. This is a really big stout, and the roasted bitterness along with a building metallic flavor take its toll. A slow sipper, and an offering to take one at at time.

This is obviously an Imperial Stout with chocolate. Unsweetened at that, this is not a milk stout in any regard (that I can tell anyway). Though, like everything Brash does it is big and over the top. While I have enjoyed this the few times I have had it, just not among my favorite Imperial Stouts. A bit to metallic and overwhelming roasted bitterness (they obviously love bitter, and I obviously can only take so much). No balance, and it is all up front and center. Typical Brash, which depending on your opinion, may or may not be a good thing.

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Photo of dowen17
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as ink. Gurgles into the bottom of my snifter. Produces a two finger milk chocolate head that recedes to a small ring around the glass.

On the nose is milk chocolate and booze. Some toasted malt comes in on the end but it's mostly booze.

Taste is boozy. Bittersweet chocolate hits first and there are some toasty notes. But the alcohol really takes over on the end.

This beer is retardedly thick.

The booze kills this beer for me. Doesn't hide the alcohol well AT ALL.

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Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Pour Farm, New Bedford

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, black in color, opaque

Smell: char and cream

Taste: dark chocolate, light char, cream, and a light smoky backbone

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet with char bitterness, low carbonation

Overall: A good not great sweet stout with just enough char to offset the sweetness. The alcohol sneaks up on you. I would get this again, but I would not rush out for it.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into small goblet, and again from growler into goblet. "Imperial chocolate milk stout brewed with real cocoa." Rather Johnny two-note, and pretty good for all that, but not "$34.80-per-growler-good." (What is?)

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Barcade in Philly although it was listed as Clown Shoes Smoglifter and not sure if same beer but Clown Shoes has no Smoglifter (and since the breweries are in same town I am tending to think honest mistake).
Poured a blackish body with decent head that died quick with no lace. Again, a decent but not spectacular aspect of the beer is the aroma, as I pick up hints of roasted malts but not much else in the malts or anything really in the hops department. Beer is smooth, slightly creamy, but unfortunately offbalance for a sweet stout (or any stout, really) in my opinion. I don't know whether it is the alcohol or the strong presence of roasted, even possibly some toasted or coffee malt, maybe toffee, but the bitter chocolate and caramel sugary sweetness is overpowered by a dry, harsh malt tasting sensation and there really isn't much hoppiness to balance or give off that rare fruit flavor. The beer is balanced enough to avoid being sticky, cloying or in this brew's case just too dry and a taste bud killer so I can't say it's that bad and I did enjoy it as a sipper. Just wish they could mellow out the beer a little to let the sweetness come through and then it would be a great beer.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Inky black with not light penetration. Has a bubbly brown head that dissipates quickly.

Cocoa nib, milk chocolate and booze.

Cocoa nib, milk chocolate and charcoal. A bit boozey. Roasted barley and cocoa powder. Peppery alcohol.

Medium plus bodied, smooth and warming.

Not as much lactose character that I'd expect from an "Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout." Tastes rather average for what it is. Save yourself some money and buy some Old Rasputin.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Black as hell. Mocha-colored head with fine lacing.

S: Sour lactose, sweet chocolate, and caramel. A hint of roasted notes lie beneath it all. Very sweet.

T: The lactose is upfront and a bit souring. Never liked milk stouts for that reason. The chocolate comes through with thick roast. The alcohol isn't too abrasive for being 10%.

M: Creamy, just how a milk stout should be. No real noticable carbonation.

O: Milk stouts have never been my favorite due to the souring lactose. This one is quite sweet, but it's not too bad. One of the better milk stouts I've tried. Check it out.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, alcohol, hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, hint of yeast, chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, a complex beer, a little too much hops for my taste, but good chocolate flavors though.

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Photo of pmaka
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: The beer pours a pure black, as if smog blocked out the sun. A thick cappuccino head forms and dissipates quickly with a beautiful lacing that moves quickly down the glass.

SMELL: Milk chocolate, and roasted malts enters the nose. A hint of lactose is evident. Caramel coffee hides in the smog and can be smelt in the background.

TASTE / MOUTHFEEL: Sweet lactose and bitter chocolate touch the palate. Dark fruits almost like cranberries and blueberries add to the sweetness and high alcohol content. There is a thick mouthfeel like a heavy layer of smog, and little carbonation can be felt.

OVERALL: Not the most complex or layered stout I've ever had, but enjoyable nonetheless. Sweet and warming beer. This beer can lift the smog on kind of day you may be experiencing. An enjoyable stout from start to finish. See if you find one through the smog of your local liquor store selection.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Practically black. Light brown head forms a solid ring.

Creamy milk chocolate, dark cocoa, light smokiness, and tree bark earthiness. A lot of roast, but creamed by lactose. Char never gets a foothold.

Chocolate, with a darker lean, roast bitterness, faint smoke, bright booziness, milk, and stovetop oatmeal. Really good flavors. Some espresso notes come into play, also. Good stuff.

Boozy and kind of huge. Body has imperial milk stout written all over it. Perhaps, a tad lighter. Works pretty well, minus what feels like a very high ABV.

I got a single pour, not an entire bomber... so, I'm happy with my portion.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/10/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance between sweet and roasty characteristics.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured poured a rich syrupy black color with a thin brown head on top. The retention fades quickly and there is no lacing. The smell of the beer had deep roasted aroma with a good amount of molasses on the nose. The taste is chocolatey, it's rich with dark malts and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick with a light carbonation. It's creamy and oily. Overall this beer is pretty good, it's not the prettiest looking beer but all and all it's a tasty brew.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass at Roy's bad movie night. Feature video: Battlefield Earth.

A: Tar black. A thick, one finger mocha head that takes its time whittling down to a bubble ring 'round the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee dominate with an oak-y presence.

T: Charred chocolate with a heavy load of coffee. Reminds me a lot of Good People Coffee Oatmeal Stout, which is a good thing. Semi sweet, rich, very robust. A slightly bitter, charred finish.

M: Medium to heavy feel with pretty strong carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: Definitely lifts the smog with a coffee alertness that kept me awake during the really bad Travolta scenes in Battlefield Earth. At least the beer was good.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried on draft. Looks great, nice deep, thick black body with creamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell was chocolate and malts, good, but not great. Taste was slightly disappointing... The cocoa is great, but overpowers the rest. Not much complexity for me.

Feel is good be thick, but lacks bitterness. Overall, it's pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as the night with a quickly fading dark tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, alcohol and earthy coffee notes. Tempting!
Very decadent flavours. A fair bit of chocolate is noticeable alongside bready roasted malt. Quite and aggressive finish of roasty bitterness and alcohol.
Needs a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of fishdog
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours as black as night with a small layer of quickly vanishing foam.

S: Has a weird smell. I smell rasins, malts, and what reminds me of roast chicken.

T: Outstanding, a malty surprise that is easily drinkable. Roasted malts, carmel, and some dates.

M: The taste does not linger which sends me back for another taste. Slippery with no acid and no alcohol burn.

O: Excellent, a very solid brew. This is my first sweet stout and I am impressed. The only quandary is that smell that reminds me of roast chicken.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, very Clown Shoes-esque, and even with the same (former) contract brewer. I'm sure further investigation could be done, but why should I really fucking care?

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of basal cola edges (only when held to the direct sunlight currently pouring into the room), and one pudgy finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly light brown head, which leaves some melting ice cream cone lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of roasted, slightly bready caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of gamey meat, cafe-au-lait, a laid-back sour black orchard fruitiness, stale anise, and some middling and musty earthy, woody, and leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet milk chocolate, toasted caramel malt, a further biscuity graininess, cold black coffee, Scandinavian licorice, a weak earthy and oily nuttiness, and plain leafy, weedy, and woodsy hops - no real sign of the 20-proof alcohol as of yet.

The bubbles are nice and restrained in their genteel frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and quite smooth, with a hard to deny creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, with cocoa, caramel, and coffee that has been sugared and milked to the nuts presiding.

A simple, and mostly one-sided version of the style, which isn't really a problem, per se, especially as the big ABV minds its manners to the nth degree. Overall, this one is sweet, chocolaty, and very dessert-adjacent, in the sense that one might want to heavily consider having some sort of food to go with such a (possibly post-nuke) monster of a brew.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, almost black coloring with chestnut highlights around the edges and a frothy, dense, half inch chocolate tan head that quickly settles into a filmy coating. Tasty looking brew that pours rich and smooth. Aromas of coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate, with some hints of booze and earthy highlights. Flavors are rich, roasted, and super smooth. Wow. Bittersweet chocolate, with a creamy backbone, balancing both rich sweetness and bitter notes. Very tasty and very drinkable, doing a good job to blend robust flavors with a kick of booze. The beer is smooth, creamy, and rich in mouth, with a hint of bitterness at the end of the palate, drying slightly. The finish is rich, sweet, and roasty, but avoids cloying with the subtle bitter dryness. Very tasty, very quaffable brew.

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Photo of Dope
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can find. Quite fresh given that this wasn't even entered into BA yet. Maybe two weeks old.

A: Pours pitch black with a big frothy medium brown head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving zero lacing behind. Almost zero head retention too, can't stir up anything.

S: Big time milk chocolate, cream and cocoa powder. Surprisingly decent coffee bean too. Kinda smells like chocolate covered coffee beans if I'm honest.

T: Loaded with chocolate. It's an interesting mix. There is bitter cocoa powder and there's a sweeter milk chocolate component as well. No real sign of coffee here as mentioned in the aroma, maybe I was mistaking the bitter chocolate element as coffee. Earthy bitter cocoa in the finish. Lingering chocolate (duh) in the aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly not as heavy as you'd expect for a 10% ABV brew. Low carbonation too. Fairly creamy.

O: Well, the label describes this as an imperial chocolate milk stout. That's exactly what it is. Pretty one-note, lots of chocolate flavors from start to finish. That doesn't make it bad, in fact it's quite enjoyable. It reminds me a lot of Southern Tier Choklat. Pure chocolate with lots of sweetness. This isn't QUITE so sweet, it actually has a little bitter cocoa aspect but it's close. At the same time, it just doesn't hold up quite the same. Maybe not quite as rich? Mouthfeel seems a little thin compared too. I didn't mean for this to be a comparison element, but if you've ever had Choklat you will understand what I mean.

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

Pitch black body with a cream tan head, 10% heavy hitting imperial chocolate milk stout. Off the bat the head doesn't stick around very long speckled lacing follows suit. Aromatics, deep dark chocolate, notes of soy sauce, creamy lactose notes, and again big dark chocolate additions the gangs all here folks. As it warms up I'm getting dark fruit notes within the chocolate/milk chocolate notes. Flavor coats the palate with dark chocolate syrup, cream textures of lactic yogurt notes, earthy nutty notes from the cocoa additions...a really great beer as a whole. It gets a bit cloying sweet be sure to share with fellow beergeeks four to eight ounces is enough for me, 22 ounces is unbearable. Mouthfeel mellows out a bit just a touch of booze notes going on, with full bodied malts. Even flowing carbonation going on down through each sip. Overall, it's a nice beer big chocolate malts enough sweetness to induce diabetes disperse this amongst friends.

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

I got a bottle of Brash Brewing Company's Smoglifter that my friend brought over to share. I've never had any beers from Brash before and I'm interested to see what they can do with an Imperial Milk Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label art look pretty nice, I really like and I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and a half worth of lighter brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart a roasted, slightly charred, with a slight bit caramel and Vanilla like aromas with some nice chocolate aromas seeming to stick out the most and dominate the aroma of this beer. Up next comes some sweet and creamy aromas that works pretty well with this beer and it's just sweet and creamy enough and there's also a light alcohol aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has that creamy milk sugar like flavor to it and it shows up just enough. Up next comes loads of roasted malts that impart a nice roasted, charred, slight vanilla, and slight caramel flavors with some good chocolate flavors coming through and the chocolate and roasted/charred malts seem to stick out the most. On the finish comes a light alcohol flavor that's hidden fairly well for 10% and it had a medium amount of bitterness with a roasted malt, chocolate, and creamy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, I thought it had good balance and was very true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little rich, slightly sticky, creamy, on the somewhat lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a very good example of an Imperial Milk Stout which is what Brash claims it is on the label, it's very similar to a well done Milk Stout, but all the expects are bigger then they would normally be and I think they did a good job of showing what an Imperial Milk Stout is all about. This beer had nice drinkability it was fairly smooth, creamy, a little rich, a little filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, a full bomber might be a little too much for me, so I think half the bottle is the perfect amount and it made for a good beer to enjoy on a cold winter night. What I liked the most about this beer was how all the aspects of this beer were kicked up to make it pretty fitting as an Imperial Milk Stout. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I disliked or would change, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer again when looking for an Imperial Milk Stout, my buddy said it was a little pricey, so I don't think I would get it often. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Milk Stouts or big stouts in general, it seems to fit pretty well in those categories and I think the alcohol is hidden well. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer and it made for a pretty good first impression for Brash Brewing Company, it was just what I wanted and would expect out of a good Imperial Milk Stout and I thought it delivered in all aspects with no weak points. This may be the best Imperial Milk Stout I have had. Great job guys, you can be sure that I will keep an eye out for more of your beers.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black with a brown head that faded quick with some lacing
S-chocolate with some smoked oak with hints of hops
T-smoked chocolate and coffee with a strong hop aftertaste that has a heavy alcohol warming that last til the end
M-full body and and low carbonation
O-this beer has a an outstanding taste and aroma

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Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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