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Short's Uncle Steve's Irish Stout | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Uncle Steve's Irish StoutShort's Uncle Steve's Irish Stout

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 249
Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Uncle Steve's Irish Style Stout

Poured from a12oz bottle into a SA Perfrect Pint.

Pours a very dark brown that is nearly opaque. The brew settles solid black with 2 fingers of light mocha head that sticks around for a while. Spotty lacing.

The nose is very roasty and has hints of coffee as well. The roasted malt is dominant and very inviting.

The taste follows the nose and some! There is a massive roasty presance but underlying this is a flavorful dark chocolate taste. I bit of coffee creates a taste akin to cup o' mocha.

The mouthfeel is chewy and full-bodied. Creamy for the most part but a bit of bitterness is felt from the dark cocoa and coffee flavors.

Overall, this is my first from Short's due to where I live and I'm very impressed. This is a flavorful and drinkable treat.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. From a generous trade with semibaked. Thanks!

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown body that borders on black. A finger of mocha foam rises and recedes rather quickly into a thick collar and broken film on top of the beer. No lace.

S: Roasted grain up front, carrying notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and earth. This is pretty expressive on the nose, and even with some slight seasonal allergy stuffiness, I find myself enjoying the aroma.

T: Roasted malts carry this one, expressing flavors of grain, dark chocolate, and coffee. The roast is so pervasive that I'd even say I'm picking up flavors of *roasted* dark chocolate and *roasted* coffee, but there is very little bitterness that I typically associate with those flavors. The bitterness is instead found in the aftertaste, from earthy hops and even a touch of grass.

M: Medium-bodied. Carbonation is a little more lively than low; it's a little too sharp to be velvety, but it's not a glaring flaw. This is a remarkably balanced beer.

O: Quite good. I didn't have any expectations when I went in, but I was impressed by what a flavorful beer this turned out to be.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color...almost black but not quite there. One finger light brown head shows medium retention. Nice sticky streaks of lace on the sides of the glass. This is the first Short's beer that actually looks great after a pour.

S- Nice roasted malts in the front of the aroma. This imparts a nice coffee like hint to it as well. Chocolate malts come through toward the middle with the roasted malts muting a little bit. Molasses and light earthy hops bring up the backend with a ever so lightly hint of alcohol. This beer is robust but has a little sweet side to it.

T- Starts of with a hint of toffee which dies almost as soon as it hints the palate. Roasted malts take over all this and bring forth a coffee like flavor. Hints of darker chocolate come out toward the middle with a molasses like sweetness. The ending of the beer is mostly roasted malts paired off with a nice crisp earthy bitter hop bite. Hints of alcohol are in the ending but nothing really comes of it.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and light darker chocolate are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly earthy hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Flavors were very well blanaced which I found amazing for a Short's beer since they seem to be over the top at times on a single flavor. No off flavor (which I still haven't seen in a Short's beer). Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a fantastic surprise. I was expecting something with a little offness to it (in a good Short's kind of way) and found a well balanced beer. The ABV is a nice lower number so enjoying a sixer of this is very much in the cards. Another great beer from Short's.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: coffee, roast,

taste: coffee, roast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin to medium body,

overall: This beer had great flavor just wish it had a bit more body. Definitely drink again. Has a nice coffee kick to it for being an Irish Stout.

the CPJ

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Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 2/25/11, pored into snifter on 03/14/2011.
Pours black, very little fading in color. Topped with a thin, tan head- dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing. This beer smells of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. The taste follows quite nicely- more bitter chocolate, nice amount of roast, and a dab of coffee. Medium body, medium-low carbonation and a nice creamy mouth-feel. Slightly dry finish. This is a tasty stout and session-ably smooth.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a single of Uncle Steve's Irish Stout for $1.69 at the Lager Mill. I have been drinking a good amount of Irish Dry Stouts lately and when I saw that Short's has their own version I knew I had to give this baby a try and see what Short's can do with this style. As with all Short's no visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, the leprechaun riding a black cat looks pretty cool plus it's good to know that "Leprechaun Magic is back". This beer poured a really dark brown that is bordering on black. It had a finger and a half worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed the rest of the time and left some nice looking lacing.

S- More robust then most in it's style. The dark roasted malts impart lots of coffee aroma, some nice dark chocolate, and toffee as well. This beer smells moderately sweet and had a nice molasses like aroma to it. I pick up a some grassy hops also. This beer has a nice aroma.

T- The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Lots of nice roasted malts in this brew that have all those nice coffee, dark chocolate, and toffee flavors that aroma hinted at. There is some slightly bitter grassy hops on the finish that gives this beer its classic finish. This beer had far more roast then the traditional Irish Dry Stouts but I never expect a traditional brew from Short's so this works.

M- Smooth and creamy with a nice dry finish. Medium light bodied with average carbonation.

Overall This was one damn good Irish Dry Stout. The more I drink this style the more I get into it. This has much more roast and has more flavor then the traditional Irish Dry Stouts. Shorts always puts their on twist on whatever style they brew and this beer was no different. Purists may not like this brew, but I think it's great, it shows that this style can be dry like it should be while still holding on to flavors from american stouts, its like the perfect hybrid of the two. I would buy this again in a heart beat, in fact I'm going to get some more tomorrow before it is all gone. If you like Guinness but think it could use more flavor, then this is the beer for you. Great job Short's, you guys can turn almost any style into a work of art.

Update- I have been drinking a lot of the 2012 release, it's one awesome beer and without a doubt my favorite Irish Dry Stout, I am going to have to stockpile some before they are all gone.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to erikkoppin for this one - the 5th of a mixed six sent my way.

poured cold and deep dark brown leaning toward black to a portsmouth brewing balloon glass with a very short lasting, small bubbled, mocha head leaving spotty lace after a tip or a sip.

pleasant aroma of maple syrup over pakcakes with coffee sitting on the other side of the table just out of reach.

creamy sweet coffee with cream, smoke and ash. perhaps a bit of oak and dark fruits in the wayback.

higher carbonation than i expected form the lack of head, fairly creamy smooth, subtle to medium coffee bitter.

drinkable - yep.

overall - good, not great. smoke a bit too forward for my taste.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in an awesome Michigan brew monster box from lewis1rg. Thanks Ryan!

A: Dark, dark brown, with a bit of black and grey notes that were very reminiscent of charcoal. The slight beige head was cool...

S: Tight scent of dates, figs and chocolate... along with a bit of fresh chocolate cake batter that I tend to notice in a lot of Irish stouts.

T: Very nice dark fruit flavor on the beginning and middle. However, the finish was almost so dry that it came off as watery. Still, that's a minor quibble.

M: Once again, dry.... but heck, it's not called an Irish Dry Stout for nothing! The slightly prickly carbonation gave the brew a much needed peppery quality.

O: I have a soft spot for this style, and this was a very nice example of the style. Nothing earth-shattering here, but still a nice sessionable drinker.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours black with a dark brown head that had to be induced with some harsh pouring. There was evidence of it's existence, but the head was short-lived.

The aroma is dominated by coffee which smells wonderful, but there is a backing of cream and milk.

The flavor is decent. Coffee and cream stand out, but I'm not picking up much more. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

Pretty decent brew. Not anything that stands out as amazing, but was worth having.

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Photo of inilegna
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

A - Pours thick like molasses, beautiful dark rich, almost black color. Aside from a few bubble, relatively no head. Fully opaque.

S - Dark roasted coffee, rich molasses. I can smell Short's signature rye malt heavily.

T - Very light seeming at first, then dark coffee hits hard. A mild bitterness in the middle of the tongue and a smoky flavor in the palette.

M - Quite light. Leaves my mouth filled with saliva. Foams quite nicely with a swirl.

D - Very drinkable. Would be a great session stout; not too strong and for someone who loves stouts, would go down smoothly.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a blackish-brown body with little retention, hardly any lacing and some carbonation.
S. Smell a mix of chocolate and coffee malts.
T. The taste is some chocolate followed by some coffee with some hops in the back. Also taste some dark fruits and molasses when drinking this beer.
m. The mouthfeel is a dry feel that really doesn't do much.
I see that it has overall listed instead of drinkability. This is not a bad beer, but when it comes to an American brewery making an Irish Dry Stout I would recommend Avery Out of Bounds Stout over this.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-dark black with a wonderful tan head that sticks around.
S-don't really get much of a smell off of it...
T-little bit of coffee with a lot of malt. Very sweet finish
M-medium body and smooth. Sweet toward the end
O-OK overall. Slightly heavier than I was expecting.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to gnemesis for the giant short's hookup.

a - poured the 12oz into a unibroue tulip a deep rich thick black with a dark tan creamy head. very nice looking stout. if a beer could be a tuxedo, this would be the beer.

s - roasted burnt malts. somewhat subtle and brisk. charcoal.

t - pretty watery in the flavor dept. brisk roast. kind of porter-like.

m - medium bodied but the watery flavor gives the body a watery feel too. very dry as expected. left my mouth with a roasted toasted coating.

d - i'd take a guinness, but nice to try a different offering from the style.

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Photo of moosiz
4.66/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass this brew is not letting any light through. Just a slight scarlet hue around the edges when held to the sunlight. Creamy khaki head fades quick. Nice and steady moderate carbonation.

Smells great. Roasted black malt with a hint of semi-sweet chocolate rounded out with burnt caramel. Strong sweet dark coffee comes to mind.

Bitter and forward bakers chocolate flavor along with acidic and dry aftertaste. Toasty black malt flavor lasts for a while.

This version of the style really works for me. Nice body, flavor, and overall a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
2.18/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Pours an opaque brown body. The head on this one is massive. No joke, went to open this one and the cap pratically blew off, tons of foam, 5+ fingers. It was very pillowy and leaves a sticky head.

S: A simple nose of toasted malts, coffee, cocoa, & earthy hops. Hint of sour in the nose.

T: It was really hard to focus on the flavor because the carbonation was way too high. Flavor of roasted malts, grains, coffee, and finishes a bit dry and sour.

M: Way too much carbonation & medium body. I felt like I was drinking seltzer water which strongly effects the taste.

D: I think I got an infected bottle, but this one just tasted bad. I feel like every other bottle I get from Short's is infected. I would never drink this again.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Kevin (kzoobrew) for this beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with dark, almost black color. About a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that dissipates relatively fast.

Smell - Heavy roasted malts that fade quickly to grassy floral hops. Coffee, chocolate, and slight toffee.

Taste - Pretty spot on to the nose. Actually, I am not well versed in this "style" but I'll be damned if I'm not enjoying this. The coffee is noticeable but tastes "fresh" and when mixed in with the roasted malts it has a nice flavor. The nice slight hop bitterness checks the malty flavor of the beer in order, and ends a hint chocolaty.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied, plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability - Because it is lighter bodied, it is damn easy to quaff. I was not expecting much going into this beer but I rather enjoyed it though it isn't my favorite stout it is definitely worth a drink.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a nice 1 1/2-finger tan head, that left good lacing on the glass. Looks good.

S - It smells of roasted malts and chocolate. There are also some coffee and earthy hops notes.

T - This starts off with bitter roasted malts, but there is also a richness to it. I am also getting coffee, chocolate, and cocoa powder. The coffee notes are present mostly in the finish.

M - It has a medium-light body with moderate carbonation. It goes down pretty easy, and has a creaminess to it. Would have liked the body to be a bit heavier.

D - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and the taste is good. I am always excited to try a beer from shorts that I've never had. overall, I'm glad I got to try this one, and I would try it again.

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Photo of flexabull
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

First Thanksgiving day beer.

Pours a flat black color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of roasted dark malts, chocolate, nuts, and coffee.

Taste is thin, light and a bit watered down. Some roasted malts, light coffee, nuts, light sourness, and hints of cream. Flavors are mild, not bad, but not much going on here.

Mouthfeel is not very good, really thin and watered down feeling.

Drinkability is ok. Not a terrible beer, but not very good either. Too thin and weak. I think my review is actually being kind, because I don't really like this one...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown color, definitely bordering in on black. Light and thin tan head that recedes pretty quickly with only a bit of lace to show for it. The nose brings a lot of roasted malt along with a bit of roasted coffee. The taste is really highly roasted malt, coffee, and a small dose of coffee. Nice, dry mouthfeel with good carbonation.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A careful pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, nicely browned head. The beer is quite black in color, though it does show some brilliantly clear, ruby highlights when held up directly to the light. Up front the aroma smells of toasted grain husks, smoothly roasted malt and even a touch of coffee like roast character. If you really dig around the nose yields notes of dark chocolate and the sense of blackened malt sugars.

Quite foamy as it first hits my tongue, aggressively so even as there was so much carbonation it was hard to get a sense of the flavor. As the beer rolls across the tongue though a lactic tartness becomes noticeable, and in fact is the most noticeable part of the middle. As the finish comes round a toasted, smoothly roasted malt character becomes the dominant note. The lactic note is definitely a sure sign of infection here, in fact I thought I had smelled a hint of it in the nose, but when I went looking for it I couldn't capture it again. Strangely the lactic character sort of works in this beer, the roast character doesn't get overly burnt, bitter or astringent and because of this the dark malt is able to blend pretty harmoniously with the lactic acidity. The acidity brings out a green apple fruitiness in the flavor. The body has the lightness of Guinness, though I suspect this is quite a bit lighter than the brewer intended.

Given that I have come to expect beers from Short's to be so, I was unsurprised by the infection in this bottle; it actually sort of works here as well. Not bad and if you want to taste a dark sour beer that sort of works then give this one a go. If you want a nice Irish Stout then I can only recommend that you avoid this beer at all costs. At least it is interesting.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle picked up in Grand Rapids 1.5 months ago, gently aged in my beer refrigerator.

It pours a dark dark brown/black color with a finger and a half of light tan foam. So it looks stouty. It smells stouty too, lots of roasted malts, a tiny bit of cocoa, and even tinier bit of coffee. Very nice rich aroma for an Irish dry stout.

This beer tastes extremely good for the style, more like an imperial dry stout. Lots of roasted malts and cocoa, a little bit sweet in the front and a long aftertaste of roast and cafe. Thicker than normal body (but not as thick as, say, your average RIS). I liked this overall, more than many of the Short's beers I've tried lately.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

so i decided last night to break out 10+, thats right 10+ new shorts beers for a nice sampling with the family. turns out my and my brother in law were the only ones willing to go down this road, so long afternoon for sure. serve cold and consumed on 10/02/2010.

another new one, i had high hopes for this one, but was slightly let own in the end. pours out a very nice dark brown, nearly black with a nice tight head of tan that sits on top with all of its glory. rich looking with a nice and even settling.

aroma is sweet at first with hints of cocoa and a nice light lactose aroma that comes up from it, but it fades quickly and is replaced by a light, semi muted roasted malt. the flavor is just a touch off as the overall profile lacks the punch i would hope for. ark roasted chocolate, hints of light sugary notes and just a light overall feel given the style lead to something that is not bad per se just not all that i had hoped it would be.

overall a solid stout but needed a little more punch to make it last in my mind.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a huge 3 finger fluffy tan head that is very slow to settle. Aroma that I get out of this is a little bit of coffee but also leather and roast matls. Medium/light mouthfeel. The taste is Slightly sweet up front with a big leather and slightly bitter ending. Ends rather crisply and dry but the flavors linger on a bit. Good lace left on the glass. Has a slight touch of alcohol taste. Hmm, not a huge fan but not terrible either. Pretty carbonated.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger or so of creamy mocha colored head. This retains with a thin but frothy look, leaving back a thick foamy cascade that slowly creeps down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of dry roast and coffee, with some chocolate and caramel adding some sweetness. Earthy character mixes in as well, giving this a hoppy tang in the nose.

The taste is cocoa and caramel, with some tart feeling fruity and citric character that leaves an earthy twang in the mouth. A light pithy bitterness is present here, while roasted malts finally show up in the finish with a dry and toasted feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, being mellow yet still crisp on the palate. Some chewy slickness underneath adds a bit of a smooth heft to the presence of this.

Definitely a different take on an Irish Stout here, with the tart fruity tang of this really standing out. It wasn't necessarily unpleasant but just different, as the other aspects of this were mostly well done. I'm curious as to just how different this one ended up being in the bottle.

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Photo of claminat420
2.81/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- poured the typical stout color. tan colored head. i have to say this beer is a foam machine. a foamy foamster! foam leaves little to hardly any lacing.

S- roasted and chocolate malt. what a good stout should be.

T- very grainy and dry. has the same as the smell qualities. has a dark fruit/ sourness when it's colder.

M- medium to light bodied. decent carbonation.

D- get a single.

Overall- drink this beer semi cold. i through my first one in the freezer for 10 minutes when it was already somewhat cold and it had a funky fruity/ sour taste. when it warms up this beer has potential it just walks a thin line. really dry. will never buy this again. i'll give irish dry stouts another try but if they're all like this then i'm good.

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Short's Uncle Steve's Irish Stout from Short's Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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