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AleSmith Speedway Stout | AleSmith Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Jet Black, with an off-white head. Starts with a strong coffee and dark chocolate sensation, then fades to a multitude of toasty, roasty and caramel malt flavors. Clean and crisp, full- bodied. Warmth from the high alcohol content lightens up the feel. You won't fool your taste buds - this beer is HUGE!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2002

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Photo of armock
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a pitch black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of sweet chocolate malt goodness

T - Is a lot like the smell but even better with some coffee taste and a touch of alcohol

M - This beer is creamy smooth with light carbonation to it

D - I loved this beer I wish I was able to have here in Texas its definitely worth hunting down to have sometime

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a red solo cup on the golf links.

Appearance- Thick, viscous motor oil with a substantially bubbly head. Looks like a fresh poured double espresso with brown bubbles.

Smell- Roasty espresso malty notes, a hint of boozy kahlua vibes. Awakens the senses with its robust richness.

Taste- Big coffee attack, followed by a very strong dark chocolate swell. A dark fruity raisin and brown bread note precedes a slightly boozy finish. Roasty charred chocolate and coffee notes remain on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Thick and creamy, like a heavy cafe au lait. Thickens up your saliva and gives you brown spits.

Overall- Possibly the best "breakfast" beer out there. I drank this one at 9 AM, and found it quite enjoyable. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but I love coffee stouts, so it isn't uncommon for me to get into a stout like this in the morning on weekends. The perfect storm of coffee, chocolate, creamy texture, and well-hidden alcohol make this a great stout all around- no matter what time of day! This would be an excellent beer to pair with a creamy dessert.

Cheers.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL foiled wrapped bottle poured into a stemmed tulip style glass. Dark black color with a brownish head on the beer. The beer is incredible smooth for the abv, with all the subtleties and right balance of coffee, chocolate, and toffee flavors. I had been wanting to try this beer for years, and finally got my hands on a bottle when they started distributed more in Virginia. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of squaremile
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the AleSmith taproom in San Diego. Pours a smooth dark black with a brown head that stays for half of the pour. Smell is wonderful: coffee, cocoa, and hints of vanilla. Taste is more of the same and very well blended. The bottle can be a bit over coffeed, but this is not. Great smooth mouthfeel, no harshness at all. Beautiful.

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Photo of larryi86
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, dated 1/27/14, poured into a teku

A- Black with a three finger dense mocha head.

S- Roasted coffee, rich chocolate, caramel malts, some vanilla.

T- Coffee, rich milk chocolate, some dark fruits and vanilla, roasted malts, some caramel.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A great coffee stout, very well balanced and alcohol well hidden. If you like big coffee stout this is a must try. Definitely will pick this again when I get a chance.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - absolute black, with a chocolate milk colored head 1/4 of a finger thick and rocky, obviously too dark to see any carbonation

S - can't smell much else other than coffee, but its a rich, high quality coffee aroma, there is an alcohol kick to the aroma as well

T - wow, this really tastes like cold coffee, a very thick, rich coffee taste, it overpowers any other flavors, right through to the aftertaste, did i mention theres a coffee taste to this

M - smooth and thick from the coffee sweetness, balanced very well too

D - must like coffee, if so, high, very high, sweet and easy down, the higherish ABV and the easy sweetness could get one in trouble easily

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Photo of pkalix
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

definitely some dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee.... very easy to drink for a 12%er.... usually avoid coffee stouts and coffee beers, but this one is very good (and so was Modern Times' Sea of the Dead yesterday also!). definitely some alcohol burn in the background, but not up front and present. very smooth, very dark, very nice. the ratings are, more or less, justified.....

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Photo of SaucyA
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I believe it's a 2008, purchased from the Andersons in Toledo.

A - Pours an almost pitch black, with a slight, tight, tan head. Deep walnut highlights kiss the edges of the snifter. Carbonation isn't visible, and head retention isn't a strong suit, yet lacing is somehow present.

S - Poured slightly under cellar temperature, I was expecting more aromatics. A nice mixture of alcohol, baking chocolate, mocha, and a small hop profile in the background. It would've gotten a five if everything were a little more pronounced.

T - It's a giant brew, with milk chocolate and coffee playing huge roles in the taste. Also, a nice coffee and hop bitterness takes over the backend. Wonderfully warming on this 28 degree day, yet the alcohol is hardly noted in the mouth. Sweet at times, and bitter at others, it's just a stellar imperial stout.

M - Thick, big, and oily without being too syrupy and gloppy. A wonderfully even, small, ALMOST sparkly carbonation smoothes it out and makes it a real winner.

D - I'm really looking forward to enjoying the rest of the bottle.

Notes: Hands-down the best coffee stout I've ever had, excluding anything in a barrel. A great brew that actually is worth its spot on the Top 100. Can't wait to get into the Barrel-Aged version in my cellar :)

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a taster glass.

A: Black as night with a one finger off-white head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, anise, molasses, some light coffee in the distance.

T: OMG! Roasty, toasty dark chocolate intermingled with anise, molasses and leather. I get a pop of coffee on the finish that's smooth with low bitterness. Even a hit of vanilla Then the 12% slides in for the kill. Smile and sip again.

M: Medium to high with medium, thick carbonation.

O: A superior stout that overwhelms the taste buds in the best way possible. Sexy, sultry, smooth and decadent. It only improves with some warmth. Sip and savor. Share with friends. Find!

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Photo of diomz88
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Coffee, right away smells good coffee, with chocolates, vanilla, toasty, roasty, smells great! Black, black and black. With minimal brownish head. Lacing is present too. So much going on with this beer. So smooth, compared to some other imperial stouts i've tasted before. Coffee, dark chocolate flavors, with some other flavors in it like hints of vanilla, and a little sweetness to it. I don't mind the bitterness because it is very appropriate for this kind of beer. Full bodied, very slick and smooth and clean, especially at the finish. This is a very enjoyable beer, great beer! Can't wait for the next one!

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Photo of NitroGen
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Have been saving this one for my 100th review.

P: 750 ml. Brown bottle

A: Pours a jet black with one finger of dark chocolate foam head that quickly settles

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee and grains with feint alcohol fumes.

T: Myriad of chocolate and roasted coffee with creamy sweetness and huge alcohol fumes.

M: Wow is this a big! Well balanced throughout the tasting, and the aftertaste keeps on going and going...

D: Since this is in a 750 ml. and nobody else will imbibe I will make the sacrifice and drink this lovely brew by myself!
Will be having another long before my 200th review!

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Photo of oakbluff
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled shared with fisherman34 on a bright and cold saturday morning. Pours out dark espresso with a nose of espresso and dark chocolate. Thick body on this but not cloying in the slightest. Someow seems dry and viscous at the same time. Little ash in the taste, but also nicely balanced with the chocolate malts. Drinkability is very high given the potency of this brew. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The black beer and two-inch, dark walnut, rocky-to-creamy head cascades within a Dogfish Head snifter before quickly dropping to a dense, quarter inch after leaving a thick coating of lace.

Mellow, dark roasted malt with dark chocolate forms a backbone to the aroma profile. Warmth brings out malted milk, coffee ice cream, and alcohol fumes.

The flavor profile follows the nose, however focuses on coffee ice cream. Mellow, roasted bitterness makes this an exquisite sipping beer that unfolds with warmth, adding hints of cigar smoke and leather. The long, pleasant finish returns light bitterness.

This is a full, almost dense, bodied beer with warm, yet controlled, alcohol, soft carbonation, and a velvety texture. The finish brings out a hint of astringency.

Speedway Stout is a superb compliment to reading on a warm Saturday afternoon in January.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown/black, non-transparent, thick dark brown head, and lots of lacing down the side of the glass. There is some sediment at the bottom but you can't see it when the glass is full.

S - Lots of heavy roasted malts, coffee, and a slight sweetness like molasses and malts.

T - Tons of roasted malts up front, pretty apparent coffee flavor, and lots of sweet dark sugars. It finishes with a mix of slight tartness and a modest alcohol burn/flavor.

M/D - Thick and heavy body, surprising amount of carbonation, but still creamy and velvety on the palate. High alcohol content so it's definitely a sipper.

One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had, although I don't mind the coffee flavors like some people do. Lots of flavors, not too sweet from the malts...definitely a special occasion beer!

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Photo of dank203
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

this thing pours black with some fluffy head. the aromas have a lot of stouty notes and some coffee. the flavor gives an abundance of dark chocolate, like chocolate milk, with coffee. its a really outstanding thing and its beyond comparison, like a chocolate coffee milkshake

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Photo of Jtburns777
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a tan foamy head. First Taste gives strong hints of dark French roast coffee and dark chocolate. Has a resinous hop bite under that, all the while unbelievably smooth. Mouthfeel is soft and velvety. This is one if the best dark beers I've ever had. My new favorite imperial stout. This is a luxurious winner.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I've had a really shitty day (my ceiling fell in because of a water leak) and my Astros have been sucking hardcore. So, I really need a BIG beer to pop the universe out of this slump. So, here is #BOTG 50! Alesmith Speedway Stout!

Poured from 750ml bottle (presumably 2011?) into my CBS snifter. Pours a wicked black oil like thickness and color, a dark tan/brown bubbly foam gurgles off the top of the head. This looks like a mean bastard of an Imp Stout. Smell- dark chocolate, dark fruit (reminds me in some ways of Black Metal with the yeast?) Booze definitely present. What I can't get out of this is the presence of coffee. Really nice aroma. Taste- whoa. Sweet dark chocolate bitterness blasts the back of my mouth. The roast coffee is the lighter note, its there on the end as well, and just melds perfectly with the aggressive bitter chocolate notes. Warming alcohol warms my chest- this is pretty assertive, a quality I like in my big stouts. The carbonation is appropriate here too. Overall, I'm real pleased with this one, will be sipping it and rooting on my Astros tonight!

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Photo of yodaseo
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the unfortunately over the top appearance of the bottle does not do justice to the rich and pleasing brew within. hardly a pitstop quickfix by any means. poured a thick black as night syrup but disappointingly small and dissipating head (which is expected with a whopping 12% abv but still...). smell was intoxicating coffee aroma but little malt to accompany it. the taste brought out the incredible maltiness that combined perfectly with the roasted coffee, and it warmed up to an even more cohesive ensemble of taste. hard to imagine that this is indeed 12% abv, and served at near room temperature, still a heavenly explosion of taste in my mouth.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Pizza Port in Ocean Beach. I have had this beer a few times before but it has been a long while and I have never reviewed it. Pours a jet black with a decent tan head. As others have said, decent amount of carbonation for an Imperial Stout. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, molasses and raisins. This beer is huge on the palate, the coffee comes through but so does a serious amount of sweetness and a bit of booze as well. However, the alcohol level, while present (as it should be in a 12% abv beer) is kept in check by the sweetness and intensity of the other flavors present. Overall this is as well balanced as a huge over the top Imperial Stout can be. One of the first "extreme" beers I had when I was really starting to get into craft beer 5 or 6 years ago and it still holds up well.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with the color and viscosity of motor oil. Darker in fact. Coaxing a head out of this baby was next to impossible but once I stopped pouring, a tiny swirl of mocha bubbles came forth from the depths of the jet-black elixir. Smell was intense to say the least. Deep, dark, chocolate, sweet, overripe cherries, scorched toffee, chocolate-covered peanuts, dark-roast coffee, and a kiss of anise. Sublime. Taste... holy crap, it's as good as I imagined. Hella chocolatey up front, intermixed with the darkest, sweetest, ripest of fruits. Brandy-like at times as a result. Nicely peppery in the middle. Finishes of over-sugared, bitter, dark-roast coffee that hangs in the back of your throat until you're ready for your next sip. Shit, this stuff tastes like morning and night. Immediately warms the insides yet the ABV is masked as well as anyone could mask in such a monstrosity of a beer. Carbonation is practically non-existent. Mouth is full and silky. Am I dreaming? A godlike offering.

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Photo of dln646
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown with a brown beige creamy head, about two fingers high. Once swirling the glass there's no doubt about this beer's viscosity. It's positively thick.

Right of the bat the beer is a great deal more nuanced than I had anticipated, very meditative. At one fell swoop the beer is clearly high in its intensity. There's almost this mineral aroma of wet asphalt that brings a certain freshness to the nose. Vastly pronounced and complex malt aromas of chocolate malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Very roasted and attractive. Adding to the scent stratum is a slightly smoked hints of charketurie and a subtle green component.

On the palate the beer is tremendously well composed. There's a tickly syrupiness on the top of my tongue, and like with music, Speedway Stout has a substantial mid-range feel that joins together high nuanced elegance with deep roasted malt characteristics. The mid-palate is justly rounded and thick. The best is yet to come, the aftertaste. Like something heavy, the aftertaste is bound to sit on my palate while I fully enjoy every bit of it. Structurally this stout ends in a massive complex form of bitter, fine sweetness and long flavors. First there's coffee-like bitterness supplemented by a sort of not at all unpleasant flower-like bitterness.

It is complex, concentrated and yet elegant for a 12% ABV Imperial Stout. The length is perfected in terms of structure. The alcohol mainly contributes to the rounded body and contributes and integrates to a fantastic balance. This beer is as well thought-out as most beers I've tasted from AleSmith. Hopefully sometime in the future, I'll be able to drink one of the special Speedway Stouts on tap, seeing as this is one of my best stouts to date. http://quaffable.org/?p=300

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint glass. Pours pitch black with a one finger medium brown, persistant head with lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste follows with dark fruit, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and a pleasant coffee and light hop finish. Creamy and medium bodied. Very nicely integrated and pleasant to drink. Complex and well made. The high ABV sneaks up on you because the taste is so mellow.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml foil wrapped capped bottle aged for approx. 6 months and served at cellar temperature in a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very deep dark black oil like liquid with a large two finger head of tannish brown foam on top. Very nice thick poured on this one as it seemed to just ooze out of the bottle and plop down into the glass. There was no way to vigorously pour this one; rather you just kind of had to let it slide down. Nice retention initially as it took a good few minutes before the head settled down to just a thin film of brown across the top. After five or more minutes even this was gone as the only thing remaining were some small amounts of tan suds clinging to the side and a thick black oil looking liquid taking up residence in the glass.

S – The aroma was very rich and full of roasted malts and hints of coffee. It was rather strong and pungent with hints of dark baker’s chocolate also easily apparent as you took in whiff or two. Some strong hints of the alcohol were also easily found even in the aroma, giving you a hint at what lies beneath this 12%abv monster. As it warmed you were able to start picking out some aromas of sugary lactose and even a hint of caramel or vanilla adding some great depth and profile to the smell.

T – The flavor was very full and rich and really made me very pleased to be able to try it. With all the hype surrounding it, it was nice to not be let down and to see this one hold up to the loft goals I had set for it. The rich flavor awaiting me was touched off by a storm of dark baker’s chocolate laced in between rich Smokey roasted malts a touch of alcohol creating almost a wave of just dark delights that rolled over you and warmed you from the inside out. The deep flavor gave way to a subtle sweetness mingled in were the nice lactose flavor and the hints of vanilla which only served to deep its profile and increase its grip on me. The finish was strong with a long lasting hint of chocolate and a boozy like quality that dragged it out.

M – A very full bodied ale this one came across as thick as molasses with a rich oil like coating across the entire inside of your mouth. A very big rich creamy feel this one simply would not let go. It was truly the dessert beer, not really reach out and grasping that feeling of shake like consistency, but more relying on the just full bodied assault of the sense. Very nice.

D – Well for 12%abv you could barely tell I will give it that. It was very filling, really putting a hurt on you and filling you up pretty quickly. Now I took my time with this one to be honest, really enjoying it and taking almost 3 hours to drink the bottle. I just thought it was better this way as it really let me take in the flavors and see the changes occur as it went from the 50 degrees of my cellar to almost room temperature.

Overall I thought this was great. Really a very fine and high quality ale here. I would have no issues getting this one again as it really embodies a strong stout in every sense of the word. Very full big flavors with a long dry finish. What more could you ask for. Completely deserving of its spot on the list, a really fine ale indeed.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: jet black. Thick mocha head that sticks around despite the 12%.
smell: I gotta borrow ChainGangGuy's line, "chocolate cake (topped with a cherry)". That nails it. Coffee to be sure and chocolate with dark fruit. What a nose. Classic Imperial Stout with a unique twist (topped with a cherry).
taste: And the taste delivers. All the coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. A bit of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 5/31/12: Twas the night before ACBF 2012...

Appearance: Borderline jet black - very dark brown, even around the edges - starts off with a creamy, tan head, leaves a sheet of spotty lacing

Smell: Moderately intense, with a lot going on - dark, rich espresso, and tons of chocolate - Like, dark chocolate cookie dough splashed with coffee - dark chocolate, along with some cocoa - roasted and burnt malts - some dark fruits

Taste: Rich and robust - despite the fact that coffee is added to this, the coffee flavor isn't remarkably pronounced - there is definitely a lot of dark, roasted coffee, but the other flavors are so powerful that it doesn't take center stage - heavily roasted, rich, and slightly burnt malts - chewy - tons of chocolate - dark chocolate, with some hints of milk chocolate (still bitter) - moderately bitter overall - some dark fruit, dark caramel, and molasses -did I mention complex?

Mouthfeel: Heavy, silky smooth, nicely carbonated, nearly a perfect sipper (the alcohol could mellow a bit)

Overall: Masterful

This is such an interesting beer. Intensely flavorful, but not intense. There's a lot going on, and it works very well. I will be buying this whenever I can. This bottle was fresh. I bet it's even better aged.

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AleSmith Speedway Stout from AleSmith Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,626 ratings.
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