Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout)

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Blackwater Imperial Stout Series is full of delicious dessert beers, with one exception: Oat, our Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Pouring black as night, with a mocha colored head, big dark flavors of molasses and bitter malts conspire to hide the high alcohol content.

Brewed with 2-row pale malt, oats, caramel malt, barley flakes, chocolate malt, black malt, Columbus and Willamette hops, this beer is chock-full of what a real imperial stout should be brewed with. We’re brewing it expressly for the turning seasons. It’s a great beer to kick back with on a cool fall evening, or cellar some away for when the snow starts to fly.

Added by John on 12-17-2004

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Photo of TheMistler
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wowza, this beer has a dark head. Creamy and displaying good retention with decent lacing, it is tan to the point that i might as well just call it brown. The brew itself is black. Not as thick as some stouts, I would say it looks medium bodied.

Oats and cream on the nose, commingling with grains and chocolate.

Tastes of milk chocolate as well as oats and other grains. Hops make themselves known with a hint of pine and then bittering. Coffee, and the chocolate notes go from "milk-" to "dark-" with it.

I found that the alcohol sharpness built from initially noticeable to fairly biting and spicy by the time the sweetness of the beer has gone down the gullet.

While I said earlier that it looks medium bodied, it certainly drinks heavily, with a creamy feel. The creamy sensation didn't quite jibe with the ultimately sharp sensation. A nicely complex (I did at least like the progression from sweet to sharp) and tasty brew, to my mind it could've used a lower ABV. That would probably boost the drinkability.

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Photo of Benjigoose
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smell: Very flavorful and welcoming that carries warm potent notes of the flavors in the beer: chocolate, coffee, mocha, and hops.

Appearance: Very, very dark with basically no head. Thickness looks like a cross between coffee and chocolate syrup.

Taste: Soft flavors at first but becomes bitter quickly.

Interesting buy, possibly purchase again, though probably will look for a different brew in the same style.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid, impenetrable black, perfect roasty tan head.

Aroma is right on the money, too. Roasted black malt, flaked oats, grainy a little. Some chocolate coming through, but still essentially dry.

Hefty mouthfeel, a big, solid jump on the mouth, then it's silky smooth. Cocoa meets oats, yum...and then the booze creeps in...

Dark fruit pops up, and bumps into the cocoa/coffee/oat feel. Mighty complex malt character here, and terrifically tasty.
And here comes the booze...

I still don't think oatmeal stouts need to be "imperialized", but they didn't ask me what they should do, did they? On the other hand, maybe it's an Imperial Stout with oatmeal. Oat tastes almost exactly like an RIS and an oatmeal stout blended. With over the top booze.
And it's damn good!

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Photo of bpelowski
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: pours a dark black with a thick, frothy tan head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, taste is very smooth, some chocolate, malts, coffee and a mellow bitterness in the finish, medium mouthfeel. Glad I finally got to try this one. (by the way, I really hate the stupid word count on this site...why do I have to have a minimum of 250 characters if I don't have that much to say about a beer?)

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Photo of daythree16
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Jet black with just a thin ring of foam.

Don't really know what to expect from this "Imperial Oatmeal Stout." Aromas of dark chocolate and sweetness from some fruity esters. There may be just a touch of molasses or maple in there as well.

Taste is a burst of dark chocolate up front. Subdued sweetness takes point on this one. The high ABV provides some warmth to go with the smoky, bitter finish. This is one big beer.

Mouthfeel has that smooth, silky, thick oatmeal finish I was looking for. Drinkability is decent for the style, but I would definitely only have one in a sitting.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Clean powdery cocoa notes. Low esters and low spicy hop aroma. Almost boring on the nose.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a thick creamy tan head. Minimal effervescence noted.

Flavor: Layers of rich coffee notes. Roasted malts, cocoa powder, background carmel sweetness to balance it all. A definite resiny hop bitterness to balance all the roasted and sweeter malt notes. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly oily and slick.

Overall impression: A big, roasty, American stout. Not one of my favorite ST beers but a good one to sample. Worth a try once.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured thin and displayed a dark hue; not much lacing.

S: A very dark and roasted coffee aroma. Similar to some porters I have had recently.

T: I love the taste!! Very burnt and roasted dark malts with a nice hint of chocolate at the end.

M: Medium-body with gentle carbonation.

D: Even though the alchohol was apparent...this oatmeal stout is one I could easily sip on all night.

Overall: Very roasty and burnt quality...more so then any other beer I've had in awhile. Very rich in flavor with a lot of character. I must try in my book.

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Photo of Neilio
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very deep black color with very little head

S: Faint roasted coffee smell underneath soy sauce

T: Lots of outmeal with a bitter chocolate fiinish

M: Very smooth, almost creamy

D: very easy to drink considering its abv. Not hot at all. great for cold weather

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Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer was lightly chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a black body with just vague suggestions of ruby opaqueness to light. The head was a short lasting burnt tan coloration. Thick lacing on my glass marks the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: The beers aroma consist of layers of roasted, toasted and charred malts. The resulting chocolate, dark espresso aromas combine well with the boozey aromas.

Taste: The beer has all the range of toasted, roasted, dark roasted and burnt maltyness I crave in a big stout. The beer is abit boozey but it works for me. The flavors seem to last forever.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: For me the mouthfeel of the beer was a bit disappointing. I want my big stouts to be viscous. I like em round and big. This is by no means a sessionable stout. It provides around 85% of what I want in a big stout. As the beer warms up it definately improves. The next bottle of this I drink will be at room temperature.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22-ounce bomber bottle helpfully labeled with all the pertinent brewing minutiae, wrangled from my amigo Lum, poured into a large tulip glass yields a viscous black body capped with a finger of mocha foam. The bubbles really seem to struggle to break through the inky thickness and assemble themselves into a proper head, but don't last long and the brew leaves more syrupy legs on the glass than it does any lacing.

Oats and alcohol greet the nose, the grain musky and sweet, the alcohol chocolate-laced and infused with charred wood and licorice. Dark, dark chocolate and burnt malt fill in the gaps.

The drink is chocolatey with gritty powdered cocoa and plenty of aromatic licorice. Silky caramel and bittersweet chocolate proliferate the latter stages of the drink, even as a rich grainy twang reminds me that the horse on the label was, after all, getting his Oats on.

Smooth, silky, and full-bodied, Southern Tier's Oat is lightly-carbonated, oily in texture, and a little on the hefty side to drink a lot of. Certainly a delicious Imperial Oatmeal Stout! Thanks again, Lum!

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark color, black as engine oil, but not as thick. Shows a great thick tan head that sticks around until the end. Smells of sweet and roasted malts. The taste is awesome, I didn't pick up any bitterness. A great spiced bread flavors bring the oatmeal through at the tail but not too overpowering, the stout stands upfront on my tongue. It's incredibly smooth too, the texture just rolls past your tongue for a very easy drink.

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Photo of Goregazm
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Pours a dark black color with an almost purplish tint. Heavy looking and impossible to see through. Has a one-finger foamy black head which lasts for almost a minute and leaves some bubbly lacing behind.

Smell: Smells of chocolate and grain, like a sweet dark bread. Malts are there along with some molasses, toffee, a faint coffee scent, and some toastiness. Very dark and rich smelling.

Taste: Tastes like a bitter oatmeal-chocolate cookie. Starts with a bitter kick, then gets a little sweeter but the bitterness remains the whole time. Has some unsweetened chocolate and coffee in there, along with some oats and malt. Has a little bit of a milky taste in the back somewhere.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and thick. Has a very good carbonation which keeps it from being acidic on the tongue. Aftertaste is bitter and still feels thick, but has a slight sweetness underneath it all.

Drinkability: This beer is very similar to the Stone 12th Anniversary Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout. Both beers are great Stouts, and I honestly couldn't pick which one I like better. I would suggest you try them both, because if your a fan of this kind of beer you won't be disappointed. This beer might be a little heavy, but it so good you won't even care.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in the glass, but pours with a bit of very dark ruby to it. Small fluffy capping of tanned foam reaches about a pinky high before residing to a grouping of large bubbles along the edge. Lacing of long inky glob and a bunch of spots is placed well across the glass.

Aroma is mostly blackened things and tenderly crisp with a small oaty sweetness hidden underneath. Burnt grains, coffee, bread crusts, molasses, and oats are all singed to make a close cousin nose to cooked brown sigar and charcoal.

Flavors are quite nice with lots of girthy length and smoothness in a well established stout style of oaty sweetness, slight molasses, burntish hints of grains, grasses, and coffee. There's a smallish hint to some milk chocolate as it warms that renders even more smoothness to its body which is quite welcoming and pleasing to the overall character. It grabs some favorable flecks of burnt wood notes as it finishes and the easy going warth the creep in after each sip is quite nice.

Feel is quite smooth and just over a medium body and holds a nice length in its overall tone and holds that tone well the whole way thru. Becomes quite chocolatey as it warms and has lots of depth in its flavor profile with burntish stuff.

One very solid stout and nothing short of what Southern Tier cranks out!

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Photo of Rainintheface
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brownish/black with a minimal coffee colored head which disappears quickly

S: coffee, a little chocolate, faint maple and even a little vanilla

T: coffee, milk chocolate, bourbon

M: full body, thick, creamy and viscous. a bit boozy

D: a nice sipper on a cold night

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very viscous brown almost black color. The very minuscule head appears very sticky and leaves a film on the side of the glass even after the majority of the lacing diapers.
S- A very dark roasted malt aroma with a prune and fig undertone. A very high ABV is apparent.

T- Although this is a very good beer, I'm a little disappointed after all the hype and attention my friends have given this brew. A sweet dark malt flavor with some syrupy chocolate aftertaste. After several "tastes" the sweet taste backs away leading to a tobacco/dip type flavor.

MF- Very smooth considering the ABV. Not a chewy as I would have expected with an almost silky feel. The beer is a lot smoother after it warms up and settles in the glass.

D-Although this beer is very drinkable for a 12%ABV and I would drink more of this, it is not as exciting as Choklat or Crème Brulee. This is an obvious sipping beer and would prefer to share this with others on a cool Autumn evening.

I really want to like this beer, but something is missing. I can't quite put my finger on it. Southern Tier is still in my top three as far as breweries, but this beer is just not as good as I expected. Yes, it is great, just not outstanding.

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

Bomber purchased at Evanston First Liquors. Bottle lists abv at 11%.

Pours out black with a thin tan cap that retains pretty well. Standard for the style. I didn't get any lacing.

Roasted malt, with caramel pulling ahead of coffee and chocolate. Sweet. Surprising fruitiness develops with prune and plum. I can't understand why an 11% beer is not more potently aromatic.

Really bursts with stouty flavor. Rich and malty, with lots of day-old coffee and a little smoke from burnt malt in the back end. Molasses. Plenty of milky sweetness, reminds me of the burnt caramel in Creme Brulee, but not that extreme. Sweetness persists as the beer warms, with caramel and chocolate malts blending. Hops are subdued. Complexity shows up in fruit flavors later on, such as blackberry, prune and dark plum. Alcohol shows up from time to time, most often going down the throat, but it's not too bad for how strong the beer is. Warming.

Huge, thick and full. Smooth. Perfect carbonation. As great as it is, I've got to take it down a notch for being too hot.

I'm glad my alcohol tolerance is so high. Southern Tier speaks to me as a beer consumer. I only have to drink half as much when I choose their products. But with how good they taste, I'm tempted to drink the same amount as usual. I'd have to rank this third in the Blackwater Series behind Jahva (technically this scores better due to mouthfeel) and Choklat, but it's no slouch. If you liked any of the others, this will be sure to please. Like most of their offerings, it continues to reveal new things up to the end of the bomber. Drinkability suffers a bit due to the pure strength of this. It says something good about this brewery that a beer this good isn't in their top five offerings, and maybe not even the top ten.

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Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured jet black with a tiny 1/4" tark tan head. The head quickly dropped to zero. No lace appeared on my glass.

S= The smell was dominated by extremely strong fusel alcohol. This nose-hair burning smell dropped a bit as the beer warmed, but it never dropped completely away. I also found some sweet maltiness as well as roasted coffee beans, molasses, and burnt sugar notes.

T= With much better taste than smell, this beer redeemed itself with complex flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and molasses up front. A quick flash of hops dried the beer a bit before a short sweet rum raisin finish.

MF= Heavy bodied, chewy mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation coupled with a nice oat creaminess.

D= A serious oatmeal stout with an ABV and alcohol presence that is not for the weak hearted. Definitely a sipper and a beer that shoould never be served above cellar temps.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black , small mocha head some lacing.

Aroma of hops , citrus , some coco/coffee sweetness.

Bitter hoppy upfront.The hops overpowers most of the sweet dark malts , the Oatmeal probably helps in this regard.

Mouthfeel is medium with some residual sweetness hidden but present through sticky lips.

Overall a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of number1bum
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage.

Pours a rich, pitch black color with a finger of darkish tan head. Head settles pretty quickly, not leaving much lace or stick, and overall is a bit of a disappointment.

Smell is sweet and malty, with milk chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and lots of roasted malt, too. Some fruity hops burst through every now and again, as well, and I also pick up some raisins.

Taste starts of with some bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. There is some sweetness, too, chocolate and molasses I'll call it. Roasted malt is the dominant flavor, it's deep and close to charred. There is some fruity hop flavor here and there, too, like there was in the smell. Oats provide some creaminess, as they should, but it's not as smooth and creamy as I would have guessed it to be. It's chewy and full bodied, but it seems to me it could be much smoother.

This is a good beer, but I don't love it. Definitely one that has to be allowed to warm and sipped slowly. I must say that I'm starting to cool on Southern Tier's creations. They just seem to be a bit much more often than not.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a thick used motor oil black. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and hints of coffee. The taste is like the aroma, but with everything a little more pronounced. There is also a lingering, moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is perfect for an imperial stout, or any other stout for that matter. It is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice beer. It doesn't wow me the way Creme Brulee Stout did, but it is good on its own merits.

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Photo of erikm25
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 22oz bomber aggressively poured into a snifter. As the bottle states pours "dark as a moonless night." Sits in the glass like molasses. A blackened blood red tint when held up to light. Head is minimal with small caramel colored bubbles that cling tightly to the glass.

S: Nose is toasted caramel, sugar, and dark fruit. Burnt cherries and fire roasted cocoa. Slight blistered vanilla and scorched citrus. Complex aromas yet the alcohol does sneak in for appearance.

T: Fire singed and charcoal roasted chocolate fudge taste. Sweet fruity hop tang coupled with coffee, oats, and caramel breads. Rich in thick sugared expresso and ripe grapes with spiced hops undertones. The alcohol is non existent which makes this desert of a beer dangerously drinkable.

M: Full bodied, rich, and creamy.

D: I loved the chocolate and hops coupling. Glad I have been able to try Southern Tier. This beer just reiterates my desire to try as many offerings from this brewery as possible.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce brown bomber poured into a tulip at 50 degrees. This is the 2008 vintage.

A: Despite an aggressive pour I get minimal suds or lacing. The color is an opaque brownish/black with small dark tan colored suds 'eddies' lingering around. Looks yummy despite the lack of head.

S: Sweet, heavily roasted oats galore mixed with a definite chocolate (baker's chocolate?) presence and coffee. As it warms the hops come to the forefront a bit more. Impressive nose overall.

T: The taste is less sweet then picked up on the nose. A nice roasted coffee mixed with mild caramel and a touch of vanilla in the front, similar in the middle with a touch of honey or molasses (?) and all together, finishing with a nice hop bitterness.

M: Thick, creamy at times and chewy with just the right about of carbonation to get it down gracefully - a real treat.

Overall, this is a great beer for this time of season. This is perfect after spending a cool day at the pumpkin patch with the kids. In fact, that sounds like a stellar idea, I have two bottles remaining, maybe I'll just do that! Definitely recommended...

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Photo of srandycarter
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black. Little to no head. Ring left. Thin sticky lacing.

S - Dark roasted malt, chocolate, hint of booze.

T - Very bitter dark chocolate, booze, something a little astringent.

M - Heavy, viscous, oily, coating, almost no carb.

D - A delicious beer, but couldn't possibly do it all night, both for tiring of the big flavors and dealing with the high abv.

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Photo of Douglas14
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Oat pours a deep, viscous black color with possibly brown edges if held up to a bright light. It has a thick brown head that leaves great lace and a thin later above the beer. The smell is of brown sugar and roasted malt, sugar, and molasses. The taste follows the smell but a great bitter aftertaste from the burnt characteristics. Dark brown sugar is heavily apparent. The beer has a full body and is very silky. Like a pumkin beer really tastes nothing like a pumpkin but reminds you of it, the Oat does the same for oatmeal. This beer is done in typical Southern Tier fashion.

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Photo of far333
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inky black with no light getting through. Barely see bubbles rising up. Vigorous pour is required to kick up some oatmeal colored bubbly foam that recedes quickly.

Light aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Flavor is initially sharp roasted malt, some burnt espresso, cocoa, charred oaky bark wood, molasses and whiskey, some piney hoppy biters rise up through. Lots of body from the oats, but this tates more like an imperial than an oatmeal. Powerful ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is big and rich and creamy, very full and satisfying. Pretty drinkable for a big beer, enjoy with a maduro cigar and a rich chocolate dessert.

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Oat (Imperial Oatmeal Stout) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,364 ratings.
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