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Brown Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
legendbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our most popular beer, Legend's is a full bodied version of a British Brown Ale. Expect a rich, malt-forward brew with a beautiful mahogany tone. Generous amounts of specialty malts bring flavors of sweet caramel, toasted nuts, coffee, and molasses, all perfectly balanced by a steady but cautious hop dryness. Fruity undertones provided by our house yeast strain bring the final flavor element to round out this world class ale.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-04-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
471
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
21.93%
 
 
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Photo of garuda
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mostly clear ruby with a beige thin head that has some retention and little lacing. Medium to light in body, smooth, finishes with lasting pine bitterness. Taste and smell rounded out by sweet bready, cookie dough with a little roast to it. Nice brown ale, but nothing too memorable. Paired well with the Q at Buz & Ned's.

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Photo of Phatz
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pour an amber brown color with some deep reddish hues. It has mostly translucent to the point of almost clear copper (that is for a brown ale). The big ivory head had great retention in the one glass I have here on vacation in VA. I didn't bring a pint glass, but the glasses the resort supplies are like a Stange glass. The head pushed right up in the glass proud 3-4 fingers and lasted for quite some time and the body showcased large carbonation bubbles that rise slowly through the brew. The lacing is nice as well.

Smell: A very malty nose with toffee a hint of coco and some toasty caramel, splash of vanilla and nuts fill the nose with a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: On the front end toasty malts and burnt caramel lead into a toffee flavor. Swirls of cocoa and Karyo syrup in there before the nuts take over and dominate for a bit. the finish has a bit of gentle earthy bitter that leads into the aftertaste which is a solid hazelnut flavor left cling to your palate long after the beer is gone.

Mouthfeel: Crisp land lively around the edges with a hint of hop and spice tingle aiding the carbonation. It is lighter in body than many Browns but it is not filling and remarkably easy to drink.

Drinkability: This is my kind of beer. The beer seems to have a laid back attitude. I have to put my feet up and simply enjoy the heck out it. I downed this bomber too fast and with I had another. I am a fan of the Brown Ale style and this is certainly an easy drinking Brown.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Legend Brown Ale is brewed in the style of an English Brown Ale, available in 12 oz. bottled 6 packs and on year-round draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a buttery tan color over a medium brown body with garnet highlights, varied fleck sediment in tow and moderate carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4.25

(Smell) Notes of light toasted bread malts, toffee and a lightly fruit hop profile with a high cleanliness. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Much like the aroma, with a nicely balanced bread malt body and a touch of earthy toffee character, gentle caramel with a mild sweetness and clean body. Hop notes on the finish with a light fruit hop flavor and mild bitterness. Finishes clean and nicely balanced. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is clean, light, silky, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, short of medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to specialty malt and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.25

(Overall) A nicely balanced and highly drinkable brown ale with a reasonable amount of malt flavor, retaining a traditional approach to the brown ale. It's not a particularly groundbreaking style of beer, but one I would recommend sampling from this brewery as it's built quite well. 3.75

Legend Brewing Co.'s
Legend Brown Ale
3.73/5.00

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Photo of robwestcott
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to hopeinhop for this one.

poured from a bomber a dark amber to light mahogany into a dogfish head signature glass. 1/2 finger off white head that held up for just a couple minutes leaving little noticeable lacing.

strong buttery brown sugar nose up front leaning into a sweet hazelnut after a few minutes, and a few swirls bring the head right back.

one of the sweetest browns I've yet to taste. easy to drink - I'd love to have another...

thumbs up.

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Photo of gopens44
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark almond color and mostly clear with a thin foamy head.

S - The most slight presence of bitterness in the nose was nearly exhausted by the malty sweetness that climbed aboard the nose relatively quick.

T - Very similar to the nose. Slightly bitter at first that gives way to a very clean and sweet molasses-y malt flavor. Refreshing yet decent depth.

M - Well carbonated and fairly thin with a rather heavy bitter and a touch sour aftertaste.

O - For being a local beer, this one stands up with most any Brown that I've had.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the locals, so I feel obliged to give it a try... I went with this one based on a Richmond native saying "He's a big fan" of the brewery, and the fact that I like a brown ale.

A: A nice pour... a deep cinnamon brown, and a great 2 finger head. Moderately sticky, leaves a little latticing lace. (tongue twister not intented!)

S: A nice, mild aroma... a little nutty and a caramel scent in there.

T/M/D: A big malt front here... nice, round body, maybe even a touch heavy for its class - I personally like the attribute, so don't see it as being a negative thing. Not noticing a caramel flavour like I found in the aroma. Rather, an earthy, somewhat buttery flavour of malts. They seem to diminish a touch in the finish, but don't know if making it 'bigger' would change that or ruin it all. All around, it's a nice and straight forward brown, and something that could show further potential with tweaking over time.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice opaque dark brown with a good amount of a thick head.

Smells of malt and toffee.

Tastes of sweet malt up front, followed by toffee, and ends with a roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, not too much carbonation, but the body isn't too heavy as would be expected from this style. Has a fairly dry finish compared to other brown ales I have had.

Drinkability is very high.

Overall, I really like this beer. Some brown ales get too sweet, but this has a nice balance between the sweet and roasted malts.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was recently on a vacation with my wife and her family visiting some of her extended family in Virginia and there was a Wegman's located close to the hotel we were staying at so I went in there and grabbed some singles of beers from Virginia breweries that I have never seen in Cleveland before (or anywhere else that comes to mind for that matter). This is one of the ones I grabbed. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear, amber brown color with some deep ruby highlights when held up to the light with a nice fluffy looking white head that was initially about an inch thick when first poured before settling to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with a decent film layer of foam on the beer's surface. Pretty good lacing indeed too. Aromas of caramel malts and some roasty nuttiness along with hints of coffee and molasses. Has a good, sweet caramel malt flavor upfront followed by the roasted nuttiness and coffee hints followed by a bit of molasses and rounded out with a slight touch of hops. Has a slightly crisp, but mainly smooth, slightly creamy and sticky, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with mild to moderate carbonation. Has a dry, nutty after taste. A pretty solid brown ale here indeed!

Eric

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. It pours a reddish chestnut color with a dense 2 finger off-white head that looks very nice, reducing to a half inch and leaving some lacing on the glass. There is a lot of diacetyl on the nose, mainly butter and caramel, along with some perfumy hops and maybe some nuts. It has a medium body that is tingly and it tastes like leafy hops, diacetyl, some malt in the background, and a distict bitterness that is not quite controlled by the malts, though it tastes low in IBUs. Overall a pretty drinkable brown, but the body wasn't thick enough and it wasn't too complex. However it did pair well with some Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came a nice light brown colour with a small white head.

The smell was nice and malty with a bit of nuttiness. Not very strong though.

The taste was nice and malty, roasted malts, nut and a bit of caramel.

The mouthfeel was nice and smooth, a little bit thick with medium carbonation.

Overall a very nice brown ale would buy again.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light caramel and maple syrup nose up front. Wheat bread crust character asserts as it warms. Light earthy and cedar like hop notes. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep shoe leather brown with ruby edging. Low one finger off-white head that retains well. Beer appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Light caramel flavors up front with low honey notes. More wheat crust character with earthy hop bitterness to provide a counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry. Balance is nearly even but slightly leaning toward the malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high, prickly carbonation. No heat, astringency, or creaminess.

Overall impression: A solid American Brown Ale. It seemed to bitter to be an English Brown even though that's where it's slotted here. I'd try it again but in general, browns don't get me too excited.

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Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) foamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was light of roasted cereal malts and a lightly sweet leathery yeast with hints of milk chocolate, coffee and a touch of molasses.

The taste was mildly sweet with just a hint of chocolate and a pinch of molasses from the onset and finished with a slightly bitter chocolate-coffee flavor that lasted an average amount of time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and a bit watery in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a mild tasting and well balanced Brown Ale that possessed an excellent drinkability.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the last of the beers my little brother brought me when he came to visit a little while back (he's the best).

The pour is considerably lighter and more opaque than I expected. Looks almost more like and amber, with it's light toffee/mahogany shading. Decent sized suds on top, an off-white almond colour. Effervescent.

The smell is quite enticing. Nutty and sweet with a bready background, it's not something I look for in all of my beers, but for a brown, it seems to be about what I want.

I have to admit it's a little bit of a let down as it goes down the hatch. Primary notes of are crisp and refreshing, a light caramel, which is backed up by a caramel creaminess. A bit of deeez nuts, before tapering into a bitter finish. There's a doughy character somewhere in there that is kind of disappointing, tastes like raw gingerbread dough: brown sugar and yeast that feel unfinished, like they were supposed to get together and make something, but just decided to sit by themselves on the sideline instead.
There's a lot of really enjoyable components here, and the makings of a very good brown, but it just didn't all come together as I had hoped. Glad I tried it, much love to my brother for bringing it through, but ultimately not one I'll probably ever have again.

edit: As I have a bomber and a tiny glass, it has taken several refills, and each refill has caused it to try to overflow with head, while the beer part stays in the bottom inch or so of the glass. This coupled with some other things that came out as I drink make me wonder if there's something up with this bottle (I admittedly don't know much about what can affect a beer/what effect it can have). Is this a possibility?

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Photo of vandemonian
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Legend Brown Ale looks great in the glass. It has a red-brown colour and an excellent 1cm head that is maintaned by high carbonation. This beer has a big malty smell. The flavour is similarly malty with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is noticeable too. This beer feels great in the mouth: very thick and carbonated.

Malterrific!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the beer engine at the Innsbrook Capital Ale House.

Having had the St. George IPA on the cask, it was time to try the Legend offering. Per the (massive) beer menu, it's "dark golden in color and dry hopped to perfection."

It arrived in a 20oz. English Imperial Pint glass with an amazingly thick and creamy white head that really reminded me of a nitr-tap brew. Distinct and impressive rings of lace on the glass as this one was drained. Color was indeed dark golden. Aromas were very different from what I'd expected. I was thinking I'd be able to pick up something resembling a hoppy note but all I got was a very pronounced "applesauce" aroma. I'd be curious to see what hops they used in dry-hopping this. Flavor, too, was not very influenced by the hops, IMHO. Pretty mild, and toned down by the conditioning in the cask. Quite malty-caramel sweet up front, tempered nicely by the hops. Finishes with a sweet, tangy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice...creamy smoothness coates the palate. I really like cask-conditioned beers and this one was easy to drink. One that I would certainly order again.

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Photo of Jredner
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is very fruity with apple dominating and notes of a more sugary sweetness. Red/brown body holds a world champion fader of a head that leaves tiny white slick. Lots of caramel malt, fruity apple and pear along with peantu skins and meatier nut notes. The flavor is spot on for the most part, but the alcohol is a touch more noticeable than expected for the style. Still a decent Brown.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 330ml Corsendonk tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark (almost black) brownish/amber color with a huge tanned head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind both large and small spots of lace.

Smell: White grapes and caramel malt with a slight biscuity character and just a touch of grassiness.

Taste:Begins with caramel flavor that stays throughout with a sweet and sour grape-like taste in the background toward the end. Also has hints of biscuit and a touch of citrus in the finish. Superbly balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: A very good beer for its style and an excellent session brew. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark brown color, with a slight head of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the beer in wispy clouds.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, with some good nuttiness there too. I get some slight chocolate notes too as well as some molasses. Very pleasant.

Taste: Like the aroma, the beer is very malty and nutty with some pleasing sweetness of toffee and/or molasses. The beer finishes with some nicely balanced hops bitterness to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a slight chewiness. There is some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds, and with an ABV of 6.4%, there’s just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate, but not much

Overall: I was very impressed with this brown ale. Nicely balanced, very tasty and very drinkable. I’ll certainly pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oh brown man. Your crystal maltiness, your faint sweet roastiness. Your hazelnut appearance and sometimes light diacetyl aroma and finish. Your low hop profile and lush mouthfeel. How I miss you at times, but when you are fresh in my mouth on a good November evening, I am happy. I recomend you to others. Those that like classic brown ales, but yearn for a colonial twist in the plot.

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Photo of Enola
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as a bonus in a trade with nriech.

This beer is a nice clear brown with a fair head that leaves little lacing. The smell is of brown sugar and cappachino. The taste is caramel and molasses. The mouthfeel is smooth and this is a very drinkable beer. If I visited this brewpub, this would be a beer I would order each visit for sure.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Nice mahogany color and a beige head and lots of lace on this. Real nice looking beer.

smell - Malt, caramel, and some nuts here.

mouthfeel - medium body.

taste - Lots going on here, nut flavor with a bitterness from the hops and some nut taste here too, finished out with a bit of a burnt aftertaste.

drinkability - Always a good brew. Enjoyed this one. Easy drinking.

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Photo of mralphabet
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber poured into a clear Pilsner glass.

A: Great-looking brown with huge 3 fingers off-white head, very little lacing, but a little bit of head always lingers.

S: Caramel and malts with a little more hops than expected.

T: Caramel, toasted malts with a flash of chocolate melded with a earthy hops finish... There is a little bitterness in the aftertast... not at all harsh.

M: Pretty thick and full-bodied with a little syrupy feel. Low carbonation fits the style.

D: Very nice English brown ale with a superb balance of toasted and caramel malts combined with a edgy but smooth hoppiness. Very good brew from Legend's.... Right up there with Chocolate Porter.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Lovely dark chestnut color. Medium carbonation. Sticky very viscous foam. Not sure if this is normal, but my bottle had a good amount of chunky sediment at the bottom. Maybe it was mistreated before I got it or just plain pushing the 'best by' date. I don't get many Virginian brews out here in Brewvana Oregon. Loses points for the sediment whether its Legend's fault it not.

S: Rich deep nuttiness of hazelnut. Sweetness of caramel and molasses. Slight applewood smokiness. Supple leather. A little mineral smell: carbon, steel, iron and copper.

T: Starts off nutty and rich and leathery like the smell. A little bit of cedar and oak builds in also. Sweetness builds a bit in the back of the tongue shortly after. Also there's a little cinnamon spice that starts to come through. Slight bit of tangy dry hops comes through at the end which mostly finishes clean. The hops finishes dry and slightly floral. Crisp and fairly clean. A little bit of grass and a fair amount of straw towards the end. Mild sweetness persist in a weak aftertaste.

M: Medium body, not too thin. Finishes crisp and bright; I really like that and could go for a touch more. Finishes clean; only mild sweetness lingers but not for long.

O: Quite nice brown ale. Very balanced; great rich flavors and the crisp finish really plays off the richness well.

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Photo of Naugros
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yep, looks like a classic brown ale. They nailed that. Brown, but allows light to pass through, but not really clear. A nice egg white colored head, not very thick but has excellent retention.

Hmm, not used to getting hops right off the bat from a brown ale. Obviously, this is an American brown ale. A little pine, a little grapefruit and the malts are pretty much missing in the nose. Well, not entirely. Cleared my palate and took another whiff and there's a nice balance here. The aforementioned hops, but also a bit of toast.

A nicely balanced beer. Just enough bite from the hops to balance out the bready sweetness of the malt. Neither really take center stage, but the hops do get the final scene. Not exceptionally complex, but nice nonetheless. It's like a really good two-man show of malts and hops.

This has very little aftertaste and is real easy to drink. The hops have a presence but don't add bitterness to the point that you can only handle one or two. Well, if you're a hophead this is a bad thing, but it makes for nicely balanced beer.

Nothing exceptionally or noteworthy about this beer, it's just a good beer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a pint glass. Deep, dark brown with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Only a few wisps of foam were able to cling to the glass. The color was impressive, the head and lacing left something to be desired.

SMELL: The Legend Brown Ale had a brown sugary, malty smell, but it was not overpowering, a rather pleasant nose.

TASTE: A nice example standard and straight forward brown ale. Nutty, malty and sugary, but as with the nose, the taste was not overwhelmingly sweet. In fact, it was dryer than most browns I have had. The sweetness does slowly creep in as the beer goes down, but it gives way to a subtle smoky finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly oily and the little carbonation that there is lightly tickles the tongue on the way down.

OVERALL: My only issue with Legend's Brown Ale is the carbonation (or lack there of). It made for a weak head and gave it an oily feel. In terms of flavor, however, this is one of the better brown ales I have had. So, if you are not as sensitive to texture as I am, pick one of these up next time you find yourself in Richmond, VA.

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Brown Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 471 ratings.
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