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Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Shrews629
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber, copper and burnt orange in color. Some dark yellow highlights around the bottom. Off white, creamy, nicely thick head. The head really stuck around and had very nice retention.

Smell - The aroma comes off with some fragrances of alcohol. Also, got some hints of a buttery note combined with some fruit in the nature of grapes and dried raisin and plums. Picking up some bread or biscuit malts also. A lot going on here.

Taste - The taste shows the dry breadiness with an alcohol punch. The fruit sweetens the dryness. Tastes a bit like a fruit cake. No bitterness to speak of. Seems pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Dry and smooth. Covers the palate decently with a bit of the alcohol warmth.

Drinkability - This beer is pretty good. Maybe just a bit more of the alcohol flavor than I typically like, but still enjoyable. Very solid and a good change for me. I wouldn't mind having this on occasion for sure.

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Photo of danieelol
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

large wine glass.

A: a very nice warming colour reminiscent of Christmas pudding- amber/copper. Nice head and lacing. 4.5

S: Definite rum and port notes (at times almost coconutty). Candied and sugared almonds. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and some definite roast coming through. Some oxidation notes. 4.5

T: Caramel/toffee and roast. Very full flavoured. Despite the dessert profile in the nose and taste there is little actual sweetness on the taste buds. Instead there is a substantial and lingering hop bitterness and the beer finishes surprisingly dry. This only makes it more drinkable, as you want another sip to further taste the complexities, rather than being overwhelmed by sweetness. 4.5

M: Thick, creamy and highly carbonated. 4.5

D: For me this beer has all the sophistication of a quad (and in many ways it reminds me of quads), but packs it into a lower alcohol, more drinkable beer. Incredibly subtle and sophisticated. Probably the finest English ale I have had yet. 5

My most recent bottle paired very well with Christmas cake.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle
Served in pint glass

A - The body is deep amber, bordering on copper, colored. There is plenty of thick, tan head.

S - The aroma is fruity with cherry being front and center. There are also some dried dark fruit nuances.

T - The taste is nothing like the smell. It is very rich toasted malt and finishes with some flowery hops that leave a lingering bitterness. The fruit aromas do not translate to the taste. It is hoppier than most English beers that I have had the priviledge of sampling.

M - The mouthfeel is very similar to that of a porter. Rich and creamy.

D - This is an interesting beer. The aromas and tastes don't really match up as expected. However, both are exceptional. I didn't think that I would like this as much as I do. But that's why you try them all.

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Photo of baseballrock
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a - This beer looks super complex i can't even imagine what the taste will hold in store for me. Its a deep reddish color and pours a frothy thick head.

s - The smell is of huge malts and some hops aromas. The yeasty aromas are very aparent. Fruity aromas also stick out.

t - Bold fruity flavor. It is very smooth for a beer this complex. As with the smell, the yeast flavor comes out in the taste. The hops finish off each drink with a sharp bite.

m - This beer has so much going on, I will have to come back to this one as my palate develops.

d - How can a beer this good not be drinkable?

I purchased this beer about 13 months ago and I have had it in the fridge ever since. The best by date is April 14, 2011.

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Photo of magine
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker glass.

Pours a cloudy caramel amber color. Has a thick off white head that settles to a thin patchy head that lays across the top of the glass. Some nice patchy lacing along the sides of the glass. Goos looking brew.

Brew smells of dark fruits, grains, caramel, roasted malts. Some sweet dark fruit hoppiness as well. Good smell.

Brew is medium bodied, nice caramel malts, dark fruits, good smoothness in the end. Nice grainy, malty goodness here. Almost a slight smokiness in the middle. Some fruity hops in there as well. Finishes very clean. Very good, very drinkable brew.

Brew is very good and very sessionable. A very good brew in every aspect.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an epic beer if I have ever come across one. The flavor profiles dance in perfect harmony with one another and range from prominent to extremely subtle. A wonder of a beer.

Presentation is 500 ml bottle with some really classy fonts.

Pours a stunning mahogany/maple brown with big flashy ruby highlights at the edges of my dimpled mug, along with a brilliant head that sticks around for the entire ride.

The flavor and aroma work together beautifully: dark, dried fruits, bready malts, subtle hoppy bitterness and a refreshingly dry finish. You have to watch out for the abv on this one as you'll be left wanting much more. Beautiful.

I wish more breweries in the USA brewed beers like this. The amazing subtly achieved is phenomenal.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: amber body, with two finger head, fair lacing in pint glass.

S: sniff of raisin, mild floral, biscuity, grain.

T: sweet bread, with mild grain flavor, solid bitter but balanced in the finish.

M: medium body with good amount of carbonation.

D: Went down very smoothly and could be quite sessionable. Fullers has always been an English favorite of mine and this beer didn't disappoint.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whoa, this is a very nice looking beer - a deep red mahogany colour with a fully and robust head of ochre coloured, crunchy foam. Lacing is sudsy, but thick as expected of an English ale, carbonation is very visible through the clear body, but it only forms in tiny bubbles, and has a ways to work through the thick body. Looks pretty damn fantastic.

Nose is blasted with rich raisin and dried fruit sweetness, muted by a slightly buttery and dry yeast character. Very sweet and full though, and fragrant with spicy characters like Christmas cake. All put together it smells like a thick-cut piece of raisin toast, smothered in fresh butter. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is full and lightly roasted, with enough of the residual sweetness to smooth over the other characters. Slight twang of metallic bitterness on the back, giving a coppery clean finish, with a touch of boozy phenols and a crisply roast bite. The bite on the back is sharp, and cleans it out nicely, but I could also see this going the route of overwhelming and impressive sweetness, giving big soaked fruit characters to the brew. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

Feel is smooth on the front, but gets stunted by the sharpness on the back, which really cuts it back.

A lovely beer, and a great example of the English putting a more robust and flavourful beer together. Lovely characters, and a good package all up. Something I could drink with abandon (and some amount of boozy haze) throughout the night.

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Photo of phishgator
2.23/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well SWFL got on the ball, sort of this year. I found a bottle of this at Total Wine in Ft. Myers. The best by date was 10/26/2010, so a litte past it's prime. The appearance is solid white head and a lot of lacing. The color is a deep copper and completely hazed. The hops are definitely of the European varities. The taste was metallic and liken to prunes. The body was full and too much. I have had this brew in the past, but I don't remember it like this.

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Photo of kylers
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper brown maybe you could call it ruby. A beautiful hue I don't often see in a beer. Very enticing just to look at. Thick white head that laced very nicely.

S: Hard to pinpoint, but definitely not a strong hop presence. Malts, toasted bread, a bit of alcohol and a slight tinge of bananas. Dried fruit maybe.

T/M: Strong alcohol presence, biscuits dancing on the tip of your tongue, crisp yet chewy, I guess that means the carbonation was well done. When cold initially it was smooth as velvet.

D: Best when cold as the alcohol somehow rears its head when warm, started chugging it immediately and then realized I needed to let it breath a bit. Easy to drink as it wasn't very assertive in any one category. Well balanced.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. Exactly one month beyond its "Best By" date. A glorious pour with a finger of orange-ish-brown, creamy head that left a fair amount of lacing. The ale is a deep copper color and as alluring as a beautiful young woman, well almost anyway.

The aroma is hard for me to describe. There's a nicely roasted malt and hop aroma. Not American hops, but something gentler and inoffensive to almost anyone. I am a hop head and I'm loving the flavor of this ale. Much more than the aroma suggests. Big flavors with a bitter finish which surprised me. However not too bitter to drive anyone away I wouldn't think.

I'm crazy about this beer. I was looking for something different and I adore Fuller's ESB, but I was in the mood for something a tad stronger in flavor and maybe even a little more warming to my belly. I asked this very nice young man working at Hop City in Atlanta for a suggestion. He never hesitated and showed me the Fuller's 1845 not 5 feet from the Fuller's ESB and their Pale Ale. I never knew it existed till then. At $3.99 for a little over a pint at a pretty expensive store I couldn't be happier. I see a lot of these in my future.

The mouthfeel is medium, never watery with ample carbonation. A very drinkable ale that I think almost any BA would enjoy at some level. There's just no fault to find in this excellent ale.

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Photo of robnews
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stella chalice.

Great dark red orange color with nice initial foam head quickly receding to thin lace.

Amazing fruity molasses smell.

Taste is very rich malt and good carbonation. Caramel flavor throughout. Bittery aftertaste but quite drinkable. Higher alcohol is barely noticable.

Definitely one of my favorite Fullers.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.07/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight haze, very light brown in color, good lace and retention. Doesn't exactly look appetizing, looks like someone let a turd float in the bowl for a day. You know, that color. Didn't pick up aroma.

Can't figure out from the taste what makes this a strong ale. Tastes like a brown ale (and looks). All malt forward, smooth, bitterness subdued, tea, wood and caramel flavors, lacking hop mouthfeel or alcohol. I don't taste the fruit aspect that some mention.

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Photo of gskitt
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice, deep amber with thick, frothy head that recedes over time.
S- Smells like a beer from Fullers should smell and that is a good thing.
T- well-balanced deep and robust malt invigorates the palate and ever so gently fades.
M- smooth, really nice.
D- um, yes. one could enjoy more than a few of these bottle- conditioned beauties.

I have liked all that I have tasted from Fullers.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours copper in color with a large orange-tinted head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells strongly of caramel malt and hints of plum, with an alcoholic backbone. Similar in aroma to a doppelbock.

Taste: Caramel and molasses flavors throughout, finishing with bittersweet alcohol and a mild hop flavor. Again, much like a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Heavier in body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A sipper in that it definitely drinks as though the ABV is much higher. A good beer, and, as I said, much like a doppelbock. Since I like doppelbocks, I like this beer.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-Pours a rich reddish amber with an excellent and very long-lasting, rocky white head. Ruby highlights and very tight lacing. This beer is a beaut.

Aroma-Deep and roasty, biscuity malts and a pronounced yeasty aroma, a touch of fruit, plenty of raw grain in there too. A pronounced hoppiness on the back end.

Taste-A dark, roasty maltiness reminiscent of toasted grain and whole wheat bread-crust comes forward first with a sharp hoppiness complementing it with a woody/herbal kind of character. Finishes with plenty of thick yeastyness and some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel-Medium-low carbonation with a plush body.

Drinkability-I could be gulping this beer, but it begs to be savored and sipped; that said it's as drinkable as any of Fuller's offerings, so above average at least.

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Photo of Jeriba
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt .09 oz bottle poured into a pub-style imperial pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep brown with red highlights, topped with a frothy yellow-cream head of tiny bubbles.

S: Lots of licorice, with raisin, dates, and other dried fruits, and a touch of dark molasses.

T: Molasses and sweet licorice hit me first. There is a brilliant malt presence that is complex and not overly sweet. Bits of raisin and bitter dark chocolate thrown in.

M: Mouthfeel is mild and pleasant, with soft carbonation. It is not thick or oily--in fact, it is a bit thin, which I liked because it lets the complex flavors stand out even more. I detected very little alcohol heat.

D: Easy to drink, smooth, and tasty. The alcohol level and sweetness make this a great after-dinner beer for when I want something flavorful without the heaviness and boozy kick of an imperial stout.

I've had real ales like this before, but this may be the one that tips me over into becoming a fan of the style.

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Photo of farrago
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gives you a solid two finger head of deep tan color, mostly tighter foam with a few islands of bigger bubbles here and there, good retention and the lacing, while not that sticky, does slide slowly in sheets down the glass. Bronzed orange to brown color, good clarity without sacrificing depth of hue, only a few tiny bubble beads which come and go. Boozy nose, vanillin whiskey notes, butterscotch and freshly whipped butter, stronger hoppy grain and hay notes, date, dried pineapple and apricot fruit, the maltiness has more edge than you might expect, lots of push, even if in the face of a lack of scent diversity. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is tightly woven and contributes to a firmer mouth feel. Still has that whiskey barrel touch, just without any vanillin creaminess. Fig, date, raisin flavors, simply without deep sweetness, the same for the candied red cherry and more basic apricot fruit. The orange citrus joined by tarter white grapefruit and a little lemon. Smoky, burnt kindling ash accents. The general bitterness more in place here, pushes the molasses and maple syrup off to the side but not off the map. Kind of an "intellectual challenge" sort of brew, not so much immediate, visceral pleasure but each sip keeps you focused on it.

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Photo of bmwats
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a one and half finger, frothy, brown white head. Head collapses slowly leaving little craters and thick sticky residue as it does. Eventually leaves a little blanket of foam on the surface. Plenty of dry sticky lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, raisin, molasses, butterscotch, and a little licorice.

T: Very woody with a light malted flavor. Slightly bitter, with just a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

M: Seems a little diluted. The woody start lingers throughout the experience.

D: Good sipping beer.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Dark rich appearance with a nice head, and a lot of lacing. Nose has a nice combination of bitter, sweet, and grain components. Flavor is nothing transcendental, and it's woody nature kind of rules the day. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic, leave me alone. Beer is light brown and mostly clear with a thin head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. The head is off white and monolayered, microscopic bubbles.

Aroma is malty and mildly caramely. Its quite good smelling but I wish it were stronger.

This is supposedly the quintessential English strong ale, it being the #1 beer for the style on beeradvocate. First thing, its a heavy, big bodied beer and it leads off with sweetness, some alcohol, mild overall, and some caramel. Its a lot of malt. There is a mild bitterness, probably about 30 IBUs that lingers at the back of the mouth. The finish is nice, not too dry, just dry enough for this kind of beer. There is no aftertaste. Its a decent beer overall but its kind of like a weak barleywine. I'm going to try the Yorkshire Sligo next to compare the two.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (best by 9-22-2010, drank on 9-6-2010) into Samuel Adams sensory pint glass. 2 finger off-white small bubbled head reduces to 1/2 cm head that sticks around with spotty lacing left behind as the beer is drunk. Slightly hazy dark amber color with a ruby tinge.

Aroma of brown sugar/molasses, lightly medicinal lemon, frosted cinammon raisin roll; the aromas are a little on the weak side and disappointing. Taste is lightly tart lemon honey, very bready malt, light orange rind bitterness that comes up towards the finish with a orange and molasses sweetness too. Hints of raisin, dates, and banana are in there too. Lasting threads of light roasty bitterness, big breadiness, and sweet orange through the long finish. Medium low carbonation and medium body.

Appearance and aroma were disappointing but misleading versus the taste which was pleasantly good. A little on the sweet side but very easy to drink. Almost like a liquid beer version of fruit bread w/molasses. I dunno if it was because of the age, but it wasn't for the tired aroma, this would've rated a bit higher. This is quite good and I'd definitely drink it again. Would be interested to try it in London at the source!

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Photo of droomyster
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with a beautifully frumpy tan head. Interesting nose. Aromas are highly malty, with biscuity and toasty notes leading the way, along with a lot of earthiness and faint brown sugar notes. Each of these elements come through on the taste, except that the brown sugar is more accentuated and the bitterness is sharper and woodier and more herbacious than the nose would suggest. The body is too light and overcarbonated for my liking in a beer of this complexity. A pity, because it is otherwise nearly perfect.

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Photo of CHickman
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper brown color with a huge 1 finger creamy tan head that dissipated slowly and looked almost foamy; decent lacing that slid down quickly after each sip.

Smells of sweet malt, caramel, biscuit, toasted grains and dark fruit in the nose; seem to be hints of yeast in the aroma, but the malts overpower it. It's a nice and sweet overall.

Tastes of sweet malt, dark fruits, caramel, a little grapefruit like faint hops, floral hops, biscuit, light toasted grains, syrup and toast or wheat bread. It's sweet and malty, yet has a nice variety of flavors like the fruits all managing to come through for a nice complex taste; bread and wheat kind of trail off at the end in a good way.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a medium to full body and semi-dry finish that is slightly tart. The carbonation was near perfect, with a little bubble to keep it like an ale and bordering on a stout's creaminess. This beer goes down very easy and even though it gave a heavy feel at times it was light to drink and seemed to glide down.

High drinkability if you like complex malty ales; this beer was different and quite enjoyable, so I recommend trying it.

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Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber color with redish hues in the light. There is a large three finger light tan head that forms on the pour and lingers with excellent retention. There is a slight lacing as it receeds.

The aroma is pretty nice. It's a rich and enticing aroma carrying notes of dried fruit, caramel, raw grain, and biscuit.

The taste is quite nice. It's malty, lightly dry on the finish as well as lightly bitter. There are some great malty characteristics including caramel and raw grain. Again, fruit plays a nice roll.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and lightly carbonated with a very gentle bubble.

Drinkability is fairly high. The ABV is moderate in this case but still easily managed. The flavor profile is simple, slightly complex, and easily enjoyable. I always find myself passing by the English beers on my trip to the liquor store, but everytime I pick one up I wonder why I am always so hesitant to pick one up. This is really a great beer.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep orange/red that's very murky in the glass with about one finger worth of head. The smell is of caramel malt, the very same malt/yeast smells as the other Fullers. Definitely my favorite British ale yeast and a good thing indeed. The smell is of earthy hops and caramel, with some dried fruits and a dark crystal maltiness.
Taste is a robust malt with dried fruits and English bitter hops melding harmoniously with the clean yet sweet body; some fruity hops are also present. The mouth feel perfect, can't say how perfect it tastes. Definitely the best English strong ale I have ever had in my entire life. If you dig the style, seek it out. While most English beers are watery and have off flavors from shipping/being exported, this one holds strong and is a jolly good showing indeed.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,127 ratings
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