Char No. 4
Char No. 4

Char No. 4

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charno4.com/
  • Phone: 7186432106x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Friday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Southern, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Kyle Knall
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for bourbon. Let us host your celebration for 11 to 23 people. We offer items from our regular menu and house specialties like whole smoked game birds or rack of pork. Events include bottles of whiskey on every table to enjoy!
  • Private Party Contact: David Escovitz 7186432106x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Baltic St and Warren St
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Take the F or G trains to Bergen Street stop.
A word from Char No. 4
Char No. 4 is a whiskey bar & restaurant inspired by a passion for bourbon. The name refers to the practice of aging bourbon in charred new oak barrels, which gives bourbon its characteristic sweet, caramelized flavors and its beautiful amber hue. Char No. 4 features over 150 American whiskeys and serves a menu of American fare with a focus on smoked meat. The American whiskeys are augmented by an extensive list of whiskeys from Europe and beyond as well as a selection of all-bourbon cocktails.
Char No. 4 is located in a 19th century row house in Cobble Hill Brooklyn. The design environment takes inspiration from this tradition in its treatment of light, its use of color, and in its nod to the form and construction of whiskey barrels both within the water-jet cut pattern of the steel facade, and in custom designed light fixtures. A field of large cylindrical pendants suffuse the space with a tawny glow that sets a mood of sophisticated conviviality for both drinking and dining.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Char No. 4 reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (28)great for brunch (18)romantic (13)vibrant bar scene (13)good for groups (11)hot spot (9)special occasion (8)late-night find (6)great for lunch (5)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • What could be bad...lot's
    Larry
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    What could be bad...lot's of whiskeys and BBQ lamb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go, but don't order shrimp & grits!
    evp0528
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Came to Char No.4 for dinner on a Saturday evening. We were seated immediately and the hostess and all servers were very pleasant. We ordered two delicious bourbon drinks and two equally delectable appetizers- thick cut bacon and smoked chicken wings. Both were perfectly savory and well complimented with homemade sauces. For dinner we had the brisket, which was incredible, and the shrimp and grits, which left much to be desired. While the brisket was perfectly tender and flavorful, the shrimp was tough and the grits were bland. I do give Char No.4 my recommendation, but with a disclaimer to stick to the smoked meats that the menu focuses on rather than the southern inspired seafood.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cocktails yes, food no thanks
    AndyC
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great cocktails before dinner then it went down hill. We went with two waitress recommendations which somehow made it worse.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Char 4 dinner deal
    Emaily
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    The short ribs, crispy grits! And perfect collards were great. The braised rib was among the least fatty I've Been served and the whole combo was delicious. A great duel with the bourbon and beer. Seriously pleasantly surprised at the dinner.thank!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great for bourbon lovers
    Caity
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My boyfriend and I went on Saturday night and really enjoyed the ambiance. He's a big fan of bourbon and since we moved to Brooklyn, he's been missing Maysville in Manhattan, so this was a great find within walking distance of our apartment!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent whiskey bar with
    avc1
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    excellent whiskey bar with good cocktails. food is good, not as great.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • innatentive and rude server
    Porter
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We chose char no.4 because we'd had exceptional meals (and whiskey) there in the past and wanted to go one more time before we move across the country. Our server was clearly more concerned with turning the table over than he was with taking care of us. He forgot several drinks and side dishes and told us that if we jdidnt order entrees at the same time as our appetizers that the kitchen wouldn't be able to handle it and we might not eat for hours. This is some of the worst service I've ever had, and while I'm sure the restaurant is used to $300 tabs, I'm not and I'd expect better service for spending that kind of money. The rest of the staff was very helpful when covering for our server by dropping off our drinks and forgotten dishes.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Brunch
    ABrill
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I've only been for brunch but the front room, with a very large bar is the place to be. The dining room is long and narrow with no ambiance. I would like to try the back patio but it's tiny and doesn't look very inviting. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. We felt well taken care of.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious Food
    DNNN
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    The food was great, though we were not prepared for such a short menu. There are not a ton of options, but what is there is great. Also the decor is a little strange if you are used to over-the-top NYC restaurants out-doing each other with interior design. Personally, I am fine with less than amazing decor if the food is good, and it is.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easy skip
    BkGirl
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Went here with friends for an impromptu dinner. Was able to easily score reservations for 4 on a Friday night(same day), their service, in restaurant, was great. They have an extensive selection of wines, whiskeys, scotches, etc. That's were the goodies stop. The food was pretty bad all around. There were 4 of us so we were able to try most dishes on the menu and were all surprised at how bad, basically, all the food was. The ribs were completely dry (had to rip them off of the bone). The mac & cheese was completely tasteless, the pork nuggets were in desperate need of salt. I can go on and on.... Best thing there was the chicken special, which was disappointing since I was hoping to have something a little more interesting than chicken.
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  • Official Fan!
    peelNeat
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    What started as a special occasion find has now resulted in a third enjoyable visit within 6 weeks. The first trip was an intimate birthday celebration. The second was inspired by a whiskey sampling. The third was a Christmas Eve special that we couldn't pass up. Even though they had run out of the acclaimed porchetta by the time our reservation rolled around, their other delicious entrees, friendly staff, and comfortable atmosphere delivered (as they usually do). Tip: sign up for their email list. They are always offering tastings and specials that make me want to rearrange my schedule to swing by!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service so so
    KevinS
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We've been here a few times as the food is good and the atmosphere is great, but on two different occasions we've had issues with service. This time we waited an hour from appetizer to entree and it wasn't until we pointed it out that they apologized and bought us a round of drinks. After the meals came - no apologies even when we left. Also, they seem to "run out" of menu items, which leads me to think that both of these issues are a management issue. I'm sure we will give them another chance, but 3 strikes....
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can do better
    bklndnr
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Went on Christmas eve. Service was awful but willing to forgive that because they had a big crowd on Christmas eve. However food was boring and uninspiring. Can't forgivethat! Good bourbon made the night enjoyable despite these flaws
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Going down
    sofiaVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    I had been to Char No 4 a few times a couple years back and loved it! The food was well-seasoned and unique. This time around, I felt everything was a bit plain Jane for my tastes and was lacking in salt and pepper. Hm.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wildly inconsistent
    UnderwhelmedVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Second time eating there and could not be more different than my first experience--- quality of food, presentation, and service were all significantly worse compared to my first time dining with them.
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  • Bourbon galore
    Hori01
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    An entire book of bourbon and southern cooking. Every wed they do a special course that is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Whiskey Choices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Char #4 has very good food, but what really sets it apart is its outstanding choice of whiskeys served by the ounce.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Comfort Food
    Josh
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    What I liked the best about this place was the southern comfort food direction they're going with the food--we had smoked chicken, potatoes, mac 'n' cheese, collards, etc. I think they should be even more obvious about trying to be a southern comfort food place and take a step away from trying to seem like a foodie place. I really liked my food, but initially I was a bit disappointed that the menu was as simple as it was, not that being simple is at all bad!
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  • Great lukewarm food
    trebor
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Every time I go to Char, I love the food; however, everything is served lukewarm - the entrees, the appetizers, the coffee.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whiskey & more
    VeggieMomVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Great cocktails, long & expensive whiskey list. Limited food, especially for vegetarians, but what they have is excellent
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing whiskey selection.
    John
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Amazing whiskey selection. They should just say they don't carry beer instead of the perpetual "our taps are broken" (they have been for over a year...). Food is definitely good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently Great!
    Mike
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    It does not matter if it is the two of us, if we are out with a few friends, or if we bring our two 9 year old sons – Char is always great! We have been going for years and I always forget to write a review. The drink selection is hard to beat, the food is sensational, and the service has been consistently perfect – very hard to find even on a street as good as Smith –
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELISH!
    jaynueve
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This restaurant is a MUST-GO! I met a girlfriend for dinner before we headed out Saturday night and had an AWESOME time! We started with the beets salad and both ate the shrimp and grits - HOLY GOODNESS! The shrimp are grilled "just right" and the taste of the greens truly makes the meal! The offerings of the wine by glass and by the bottle are pretty expansive which is nice for all wine lovers! We weren't rushed AT ALL and even had a friend unexpectedly join us and they gladly moved us to a larger table. Excited to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    UberFrontiersman2
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This place was excellent. The food is delicious. The service is friendly and comfortable. I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food/ great night
    peelNeat
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    I have walked by a million times and thought, "I should check this place out." When a special occasion came around, I did just that. It was a fantastic evening. From the casual, inviting ambience to the whiskey selection and food menu, the night was perfect. I'd recommend ordering the large snack to start—we inhaled the flavorful deviled eggs in no time. Then we moved on to our entrees. I had the sweet tea marinated chicken from the smoker. The dish smelled amazing; the first bite caused a double take and a smile. I couldn't keep the fork out of my mouth until my plate was clean. My date had the grilled skirt steak, which inspired audible confirmation that his dish was equally tasty. The perfect amount of food to leave you satisfied.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply Delicious
    NomNomNom
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    Have been here before for dinner, but brunch totally stole the show. The pulled pork with poached eggs and cheddar grits were out of this world. Though notorious for slow serving times with drinks, you don't really notice it because it's always worth the wait.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - poor service!
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This is my second visit to Char 4 and the food continues to be good, however the service on this was not. We waited 30+ minutes before having to asking the manager to follow-up on our drink order. The waiter should have been more proactive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    RachelRoseBrownVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    I am a big fan of Char No 4 and I am continuously impressed! The Manhattan's are perfect and the wings are delicious... their Wednesday night specials are not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cant ask for anything more..
    mrdawrenceVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2013
    As the title states, I cannot ask for anything more. I go to this place because they are consistent, they are good and they know how to make the patron happy to keep coming back. Any place that does that consistently for me is okay by me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Exree
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Loved the food, service, and of course the bourbon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whiskey
    Samir
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Great selection of whiskies and knowledgeable barman. Food was good and pleasing menu. Nice spot
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    drayford
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed the smoked chicken wings. Will be going back again soon to give the brisket a whirl. Burger was tasty, but the bun wasn't my favorite. All around great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First negative experience at Char..
    RachelRoseBrownVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    I frequent CNo4 quite often and have left a handful of outstanding reviews..However, last night I had a very negative experience. We had to wait for about 15-20 minutes after we arrived despite the fact that we had a reservation. This would not usually bother me but there were at least 2 open tables that our party of 3 could have sat at. Once seated, the waiter did not come over for another 10 minutes and once we placed our drink order it was yet ANOTHER 10 minutes to receive 2 glasses of wine. We ordered the burger special, which has consistently knocked my socks off since is just oozes with deliciousness. However, last nights burger tasted like a frozen patti from Costco that never had a chance of tasting good. Overall, disappointing!
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  • Dinner at Char
    CanadaFoodies
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    My wife suggested this restaurant as a date night. As someone who is beginning to truly love and appreciate whisky (I opt to use the Scottish/Canadian spelling because I'm Canadian) I was really looking forward to trying various whiskies from all over the world. Needless to say I was not disappointed! The manager was also very kind and knowledgable about the bar stock. I do have to admit that the food tasted very salty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good experience
    RestaurantGoer
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    We ordered a few different apps and all 4 people enjoyed them along with their entrees. That said, the menu is limited and the dessert selection was poor, there were only 2 pies to choose from. Expansive drink menu and all were well made. We did ask the bartender what the best whiskey was and he refused to answer... while there are dozens of whiskey's available and it is tough to choose just one, he wouldn't even recommend one or tell us his favorite which was just annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong with char no.4
    JairoVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    You can't go wrong with this place. Great selection of bourbons, great food, and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    JonSVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    My wife and I were decided we wanted to go to brunch on Sunday. I saw that Char No.4 has great the reviews and decided to check out the menu online. The brunch menu looked great so we decided to try it out. When we got to the restaurant it was almost empty. I looked over the menu and was disappointed to see that the menu I was holding in the restaurant was very different from the one I had viewed online. The online menu had interesting, and unique takes on Brunch food, the actual menu had fewer options, and they were also less exciting. When the food came out it was mediocre at best. My poached egg was under cooked and my wife's pork sandwich underwhelming. I haven't been for dinner, but I suggest avoiding brunch here.
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  • Good food and vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Nice to find this neighborhood gem in Brooklyn. Good lighting and vibe. Loved the deviled eggs and cornflakes-crusted crab cake. Yum! Potatoes as a side were uniquely good. Our waiter was a bit lower-key than we're used to, but certainly effective. Will return next time we're in the area!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Date Spot
    SydneysiderINbrooklyn
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I took my girlfriend here to Char No 4 for her birthday and we both were impressed. The food was great, the setting was comfortable, and the service was well above par. I have been told that this restaurant is known for its whiskey selection, but I went more for the dining experience as I am not really a liquor connoisseur. For our appetizer, we had the thick cut bacon with candied almonds, pickled rhubarb and apricots (which was probably my favorite). For mains, I had the Shrimp and Grits, and my girlfriend had the hanger steak. I can confidently say I will be going back for more, and would recommend to anyone who likes comfort style food with a bit more class - Brooklyn Style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food, but.....
    AnnetteRS
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    This was our fifth or sixth time at Char 4. The food continues to be exceptional. Everything is wonderful, and the wine list and bar menu are excellent. Also very good service. I'm happy to say that for the first time we had been there, the place was absolutely packed, with people even eating at the bar. This restaurant deserves to be packed every night. Having said that, however, the noise level was so deafening that we couldn't wait to get out of there. We had guests visiting from out of town, and we had taken them to Char 4 last year. They requested that we go there again because they loved the phone, but we could barely carry on a conversation. We went elsewhere for coffee and dessert so we could actually talk!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.