Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout | Cape Ann Brewing Company

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Fisherman's Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Pumpkin Stout
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Fisherman's Pumpkin StoutFisherman's Pumpkin Stout

Brewed by:
Cape Ann Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Had been 6.75% ABV.

Added by WanderingFool on 10-13-2006

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Given as an extra by BigBalls -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours like moonless midnight; zero brown highlights. Two fingers of sudsy khaki head.

Smell -- Pumpkin pie. That's about it.

Taste -- Burnt malt bitterness, gourds, pie spices. Surprisingly dry.

Mouthfeel -- Body is pretty light with mild carbonation. A bit creamy.

Drinkability -- Truly a beer for the gourd freaks. Aside from the acrid roast taste there's not a whole lot of stout character. Could not get into this one, sadly.

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Photo of stakem
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a standard 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. This brew appears a very dark brown color with a ring of clear lighter brown around the edges. Less than a finger of tan head appears and receeds very fast to just a ring of bubbles around the inside of the glass.

Sweet aroma of dark roasty grains smelling like coffee and chocolate upfront satisfy the stout portion of this brew that is quite enjoyable. In the background though comes the scent of autumn almost like foliage mixed with a festive scent of spices like cinnamon. As it warms, the distinct smell of pumpkin is evident but not bold by any means.

The taste of this brew is similar to the nose. Upfront it tastes like a normal stout. Flavors of darkly roasted grains tasting like chocolate and coffee give way to the flavor of pumpkin and other spices similar to cinnamon. There is a lingering flavor of both malty sweetness and pumpkin flavoring left in the mouth along with the spices that does a good job of hiding the alcohol character.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, this is quite drinkable. While it isn't a tride and true pumpkin ale, it definitely ranks up there as one of the most enjoyable ones I have had. Mostly in part of the stout character and the lack of the long lasting spices that are not overdone in this brew. I like it and would drink it again.

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Photo of TommyW
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with a medium, off-white head made of large bubbles.

S- Mellow roasted aroma with a note of smoke, pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

T- Nice balance of sweet/roasted malts with notes of pumpkin and a touch of spice; finishing with a semi dry roasted flavor with some pumpkin taste still there.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Really nice porter with a pumpkin flavor this well-incorporated.

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Photo of dtivp
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a very small off white head that disappeared very quickly.
Aroma of cinnamon, malt and pumpkin.
Taste was flat, the pumpkin was there with some vanilla and a hint of roasted malt.
Mouth feel was thin with little carbonation.
I was disappointed with this beer, it was too thin for a stout, I also thought the pumpkin should have been a little more dominant. Pumpkin Stout was a great concept, hopefully further recipe development will take this concept to a higher level.

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Photo of Chaney
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a single on the advice of another beer geek friend who is also the beer buyer at my local Whole Foods store.

I poured this into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown, almost black, but with a little bit of little light passing around the edges. Absolutely no head.

S: Pumpkin galore - really nice! Like a pumpkin ale, but more malty in nature.

T: A bit on the thin side. The dark malts seem kind of watery to me. Also, the pumpkin loses its appeal after the 3rd or 4th sip.

M: Here is where the beer is hurt the most. The carbonation is almost non-existent and the beer itself needed more of a "creamy" quality.

D: I might have another one at some point, but I could go through the Harvest season without this one if I had to.

Overall: Okay, but I was kind of let down by this one. The idea of a pumpkin stout sounds good on paper, but this is definitely not the ideal realization of that attempt.

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Photo of mfunk9786
4.76/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks can be deceiving.

A: This beer pours a very average watery black that one has become accustomed to with a low-ish ABV stout. Nothing special. An off-white head that laces well, but doesn't get as sticky as some beers do. You wouldn't think this would be one of the best pumpkin beers ever conceived by looking at it.

S: A lovely combination of pumpkin, cinnamon, and allspice. Some roasty chocolate and brown sugar on the finish. What an aroma!

T: This beer tastes absolutely amazing. Some might be a little puzzled by the idea of a pumpkin stout, but it's such a great execution of this Frankenstein-ed style that you'll never question anything again. In your life. The best thing about the flavor is that it's not overspiced like a lot of pumpkin beers, there's a great balance of flavor between dark chocolate, pumpkin meat, and light pumpkin spices. There's a definite hint of whipped cream sweetness on the finish, like a liquid version of the best dessert you've never had. Gives Pumking a definite run for its money as the best pumpkin beer ever.

M: Smooth. The restrained spicing leaves this feeling very cool and pleasant on the tongue. Perfect for what it is.

D: Couldn't be more drinkable. I could drink a six-pack of this beer in about 20 minutes. It's just so cool and smooth and lovely - it's dangerously drinkable. No alcohol presence whatsoever.

This is a beer that needs to be getting a lot more attention. Bravo, Cape Ann! I've bought a case of it and might run out before summer's over. Do yourself a favor and try this right away.

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Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark opaque brown with a thin white head that disappeared pretty quickly
S-spices a funny vegetable smell cinnamon and light chocolate tones
T- a real step up from the smell, bold pumpkin spices with a light coffee thing going on in the back some light notes of vanilla , some light bitter hops at the finish very very tasty
M- just a tad watery for a stout but pretty decent
D- got a 6er easily can go through this
Very solid pumpkin ale

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new pumpkin beer for me this year. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a very thin white lacing barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma has a big canned pumpkin flavor to it. It's very light on the spices which are so typical in the style. It's very nice to see a pumpkin beer actually smell like pumpkin for a change. A little bit of roasted flavors round out the flavors in the nose.

The taste shows more of the roasty stout characteristics then the nose did. It has some coffee and burntness coming through in the finish. The canned pumpkin flavor is also present and compliments the stout characteristics with some sweetness. I really like that there isn't much of the typical cinnamon and nutmeg spices to it and the pumpkin can actually play a big role.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed it this evening. I really liked that it was different then all the other pumpkin beers on the shelf. You can actually taste the pumpkin for a change.

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Photo of diechipmunk
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a opaque black into an imperial pint. Only about 1 -finger head that faded quickly.

N: Smells of roasted malt, pumpkin, cinamon and a hint of chocolate.

T: Initial taste of dry, bitter stout quickly balanced by sweet earthy pumpkin pie. Great balanced finish like the crispy edges of a pumpkin pie - caramelized squash and toasted crust. Not as sweet or strong in pumpkin pie spice ans many pumpkin beers.

M: Medium body, creamy not too much carbonation.

D: smooth, creamy, very drinkable.

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Photo of silentjay
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a mahogany/black that has just a bit of translucency. a smallish, tan head rises and falls quickly, but leaves a nice film on the glass.

first to hit the nose is pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice typical of a pumpkin beer, but it is backed up by a bit of molasses, chocolate, and caramel typical in a stout. good but not terribly aromatic.

light sweet stout flavors are up first with some chocolate, roast, coffee, and molasses. pumpkin is there on the swallow as is some cinnamon. more spice as well as more chocolate flavors come through as the beer warms to significantly enhance the flavor profile. a delightful and different take on a pumpkin ale, though it may lack a bit in the stout category.

mouthfeel is relatively light for a stout. watery finish with very little aftertaste. carbonation is there in abundance.

Drinks well as the chocolate, roast and pumpkin flavors mesh very well together. would like a bit more "stout qualities" in the flavor and the mouthfeel, but this is still probably my favorite pumpkin beer and one of my favorite cool weather seasonals.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is rather dark. Some mahogany around the edges in direct light. Predominant off white head adorns. Laces well.

Smells mostly of spice, with hints of stout roast and malts. I wish I knew what sort of stout the pumpkin was brewed into...would make reviewing much easier...

Taste is more equally roasted malts, hints of sweetness, and pumpkin spice. I don't like pumpkin, but this is not bad. Different, but not bad.

This leans toward a medium feel, little carbonation and slight coating. A bit off balance,but fine enough.

It's not hard to put down, especially if you like pumpkin, but even though I don't, it was easily managed. But I don't see it being a multiple hitter in the same evening, more of a nice alternative kinda thang.

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Photo of Murchmac
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to allfranztel for sharing this beauty.

Black with brown highlights, 1 finger khaki head.

Beautiful smell, pumpkin spices, roasty.

Creamy, pumpkin tastes, delicious stout perfect use of pumpkin, chocolate in it too.

Excellent beer, perfect winter brew.

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Photo of mountdew1
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark opaque black with a thin slightly dirty white head. Aroma was brown sugar sweet with some vanilla undertones. Pumpkin was very prevalent in the flavor, not overly spicy like some, a nice mellow pumpkin pie flavor. Felt ok in the mouth, nice thickness and carbonation, but didn't coat as well as it could have. Pleasant to drink, a very solid stout.

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Photo of jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I somehow never put up a review for this beer. I love it, and I was on a pumpkin kick for a while. Found another 6-pack the other day, so I had to get more.

A: Pours creamy huge 2.5 finger head of darker milky rich thick creamy head. Almost pitch black color with no real light getting through. The head fades very slowly and leaves a lacing on the glass.

N: Some dark malts, some roast, hints of chocolate, and some pumpkin. A nice pumpkin aroma, with hints of little spice, Cinnamon, pumpkin pie, toasty pumpkin seeds, and lots of nice deliciousness.

T: Starts like a stout. A little bitter earthy stoutness, with some dark malt flavors, some roasted and chocolate but little, a nice dark rich stout flavor. Creamy chocolate and a little baker's chocolate. Rich dark fruit flavors even. Then comes a little hint of a nice pumpkin flavor, it's not over the top at all, its very subtle and nice. A hint of spices comes with it, adding a little cinnamon, and making it taste also a little like pumpkin pie.

M: Semi thick and very rich and creamy, a decent carbonation.

F: Finishes semi bitter, probably both the stouty roastedness and some hints of hops. Finishes a little drier which is nice. Lingering roasted and dark malt flavors, and hints of lingering pumpkin. Not really any late spices, just nice rich stout, almost as if the spices disappeared and this just became a nice creamy dry stout. Again I remember how much I like this beer.

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Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark, copper kissed, brown , with a large light brown head that reduced slowly and left thick, ringing lace.

S-Deep roasted malt, pumpkin spice, dark chocolate and a light touch of spicy hops. All of this combines nicely but is rather subtle.

T-Pumpkin spices, dark chocolate and a touch of espresso up front. Roasted malt support and a hit of spicy hops in the finish.

M-Medium body, somewhat thick and chewy with a mellow smoothness and nice lingering flavours.

D-This one is damn good. Well constructed---enough pumpkin characteristics injected into a quality stout makes for an impressive brew. Tasty and quaffable, a very nice cold season beer.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip glass. Small, thin, white head sits on top of a very dark brown, almost black body.

Roasted chocolate malts and some earthiness rise up from the glass. Nutmeg appears to be present as well, but not too much spice or any pumpkin aroma. However, this bottle was picked up earlier this Fall, so I'm not expecting the aroma to be quite as strong as it might have been a few months ago.

The flavor consists of well roasted malts, chocolate notes, a faint hint of nutmeg and possibly cinnamon, and a bit of wood-like character. Traces of pumpkin flavor come out a bit as the beer warms up, but you really have to be looking for it.

The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with a bit of prickly carbonation. Good body for an average stout.

Drinkability is easy. Not a lot of complexity to the beer, but it is easy to put down and seems quite sessionable for a beer over 6.75% ABV.

Overall, this is a nicely crafted stout. However, in terms of being a pumpkin stout, this offering is on the weak side. I'm not really getting any pumpkin flavor and the spices are minimal. Maybe those flavors are only present in the first few weeks off the bottling line.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass with clear but impenetrable black body and some tanned head that fades but is fed constantly at the base by rising carbonation. Smells weak, but what's there has some roasted notes, some wood notes and a little stewed squash.

Tastes nice and roasted, a little sweet and with a bit of noticeable pumpkin flavor. I'd have thought the pumpkin character would get masked by the bold flavors of the stout, but it's still there. Malts aren't too caramel or too roasted, leaving room for a slight spicy tang which is not at all overpowering compared to say, Shipyards' more popular offering. Medium-bodied with tingly mouth-filling carbonation, just enough to be creamy without being thick. Fairly smooth. A little chewy. With the lighter profile, it drinks like water or a porter.

For a pumpkin ale, I prefer it to some lighter versions. Cape Ann Brewing has my attention.

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Photo of jera1350
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to krisanajt for this offering. This bottle got slightly frozen in transit BTW. Not sure if that will effect flavor or not.

Deep and dark brown, almost black. Just a minute trace of a head which results in zero lacing.

Very pumpkin pie like on the nose. Pumpkin, spices, creme brulee. Sweet smelling.

Starts out with some toasted malt and quite a bit of coffee, both of which overpower any trace of pumpkin and spice. A little of the spice comes through in the aftertaste.

For the stronger flavor and ABV, the body is pretty thin. Pretty smooth with plenty of carbonation.

Easy to drink. Interesting take, but I really wish more of the pumpkin and spice would come through.

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Photo of Amalak
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this out of a bottle.
A- Almost completely black, with a big foamy tan head and very good lacing.
S- No real scent...slight nut?
T- Tastes like a stout, no real discernible pumpkin taste. Smokey. Heavy. Maybe in the aftertaste there's a spicy pumpkin taste, but it's slight. It's a solid beer, but kind of seems like false advertising with the pumpkin.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep chestnut brown with pumpkin highlights right from the bottle. In the glass was a flat black with a 1 finger almond colored head that was short lived with a weak lacing, perhaps its only minor flaw.

S: The nose had a nice roasty coffee aroma combined with dry bakers chocolate that was well received. Soft hints of charred wood and roasted pumpkin scents also intermingle. What I liked most about this was the absence of the overplayed and sometimes artificial pumpkin spices that is commonly used in most beers. This one focuses on a deep roasted porter like body with warm toasted pumpkin hints medium in strength that was nicely balanced giving you just enough flair to appreciate.

T: The flavor was fresh roasty coffee starting things off with light hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves adding subtle spicy hints. The malting is incredibly smooth and roasty with a fresh coffee feel with a bitter-sweetness of chocolate interweaving about along with fresh vanilla bean. Sweet and toasted pumpkin hints rounds things out. Overall a drinkable stout with a good blend of pumpkin attributes that was well balanced providing a nice twist on style.

M: luscious with a medium body, oily texture with just enough carbonation to give this some life. Light creamer and rich chocolate line the tongue on the fade and swallow.

D: Good drinkability. A perfect blend of a stout and pumpkin flavor combine to deliver a smooth drinking experience. 2 or 3 should fill you up. 6 pack worthy and solid recommend. My new go to pumpkin beer for that chilly October night around the campfire.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cape Ann- Pumpkin Stout

A- Dark cola brown with a good frothy tan head. Good messy lacing on the glass.
S- Light hints of chocolate malt, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and molasses.
T- Sweet brown sugar, molasses, and chocolate malts with a nice touch of pmpkin spices and nutmeg. Very sweet with a thick malty finish.
M- Thick and sweet. Light dry spicy feel in the middle with a thick sweet malty finish.

Overall- The amount of pumpkin is just right.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.61/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Cola brown pour with a quickly receding head. Smell is lightly roasted coffee beans, caramel maltiness, and faint floral hops. Not picking up much pumpkin.

Taste follows the same path. A watery coffee bean flavor, lightly roasted malt, and not really any pumpkin to be found. Medium/light in body. This is really just an unimpressive beer overall.

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Photo of cilldalua
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tap pour came out looking dark and viscous but as it settled it developed a lighter hue.

It is a pumpkin stout so obviously a lot of that but not overpowering. This is the same for the taste, the pumpkin and some nutmeg come through on the back of the tongue but it is not too much.

There is a nice feel to this beer in the mouth, there is sufficient effervescence to avoid the oily feel that some of the imperial stouts can have.

As a pumpkin stout it would probably be best consumed in relativly small numbers but it is good for the category.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to krisandajt for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The stout has a cola brown color with red highlights around the edges. A finger and a half of off-white head leave sporadic lacing behind.

S: The stout is amply spiced, with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice along a mild roasted stout body. The spices stand out much more than the stout.

T: The stout's roasted grains stand out much more in the body, adding chocolate and burnt toast to the sweet spices. As in the nose, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice throw walls of dry sweetness at you. The interaction of the spice and stout is better than I expected, although flavors do fall off rather quickly.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on the spice profile, at least until each sip is gone. After that, the flavors don't linger as long as I'd like.

D: Decent, although the depth of spices, as in most pumpkins, is just too much to really enjoy. An interesting bottle.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a good while searching, I finally tracked down a sixer of this stuff at New Beer. The last time I had it, T.J. from Cape Ann Brewing had served it out of an actual pumpkin. Let's see if this interesting concoction can hold up to that memory (I was too drunk to write a review that first time).

After Thanksgiving dinner, poured from the bottle into my Cape Ann pint glass (incidentally, since the Cape Ann is the only brewery glass I currently own, it's the first time I've matched beer with brewery glassware. Yeah!)

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark brown, with a weak light tan head that decides not to stick around for the party. Not the most beautiful stout in the world, but not the worst.

Smell: Cinnamon, spice and everything nice. Well, actually, mostly just the cinnamon and spice.

Taste: A nice hit of cinnamon and nutmeg, with a faint but definite chocolate character. I'm not a pumpkin beer fan at all, since I find most of them to be overwhelming and sickly sweet, but this brew is a stout first and a pumpkin beer second. A very interesting style that I found quite appealing. A very nice post-Thanksgiving choice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with mild carbonation. Stout-y.

Drinkability: While it doesn't have the excitement of being served out of a pumpkin this time, it's still a unique and delicious stout. Only pumpkin beer I'll drink other than the Smuttynose.

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Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout from Cape Ann Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 557 ratings
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