Red Racer Stout - Central City Brewers + Distillers

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Central City Brewers + Distillers visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BDTyre on 09-10-2006

This dark Irish stout is deep, dark, smooth, and creamy. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds a silkiness to the texture and body of this ale.
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Photo of biboergosum
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, with one of the (physically) slickest, smoothest, and sexiest (not a new thing for this brewery) labels that I've ever encountered. Hard not to let it slip through your fingers when holding it.

This beer pours a clear, I think, very dark mahogany-tinged brown colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky beige head, which leaves some decently consistent Arabic script lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of gritty, lightly roasted bready caramel malt, wet ash, dark chalky cocoa, more than a hint of sour yeast, ethereal black coffee, and earthy, musty, and faintly leafy hops. The taste is a bit more upbeat - bittersweet chocolate, subtly roasted pale malt, toasted whole grain bread, more sodden ash, a niggling dry sour yeasty essence, persistent coffee bean essences, and singed leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained in their bearing, as hardly a tame frothiness arises out of them, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally pretty smooth, though not really as creamy as one might expect from all this talk of oatmeal and mashtuns. It finishes mostly dry, the lingering smoke and ashy (13 Engines, represent!) character still prominent, as the malt and any hops gear down, and put 'er on the back burner.

Much more of an Irish Dry Stout, than anything oatmeal-related, at least in this most recent big-bottle iteration. Very roasty, from a few different angles, and not anywhere near as silky as proclaimed in the marketing blurb - which is no bad thing, just callin' a well-wrought spade a well-wrought spade, is all. And isn't is just like something Irish, to start off mild, ramp it up, and then end on a dry pithy note?

Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nitro ruins another beer. On nitro tap at St. Augustine's. Looks great, with dark brown and creaminess. And the creaminess in the mouthfeel, but the taste is sacrificed at the alter of looks and it is more milky, with the roast faded into the distance.

Photo of BigBry
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to find a 6 pack of cans on my last trip to Vancouver - another can for the collection plus a couple to pass along in trades.
Very typical looking stout. Very dark color, but not fully black, thick tan colored head. Foam lasts nicely, leaving some sticky lace. Slight aromas of chocolate and coffee. Smell and taste are both light and understated, I don't want to say watery, but it is much thinner than expected. Body still smooth and creamy. Overall, still a very good stout, but not the same kick for the style as some othe Central City beers.

Photo of LampertLand
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Central City Brewing 'Red Racer Stout' @ 4.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $4

A-pour has a hint of red from the bottle to settle into almost black in the glass with a big tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-some roasted barley , no oatmeal

T-slight smokyness

MF-ok/pop like carbonation

Ov-weak irish dry stout , even weaker oatmeal stout

prost LampertLand

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This neat new-ish beer from Bear Republic... oh right that's a different brewery... really guys, they had to change their name because of you!!! Bear Republic, it's breweries like you that make me sick.

A nice beer to drink during a blizzard, unfortunately no date on the bottle, but should be pretty fresh.

Pours a nice thick creamy 1+ finger off-white almost tan head that fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, the glass is just covered in lacing, over a very dark black beer with a little mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose is pretty nice,but a bit on the lighter side, plenty of nice oats, creamy oats, a nice toasty nutty brown malt, with a bit of toasty caramel and nutty toffee, a nice candy bar like note with a mild milk chocolate in the background as well, the caramel really ramps and it starts to get a big caramel nutty brown ale milky way candy bar like.

Taste brings more malts and oats, creamy and toasty oats with a little fudgey cocoa and milk chocolate, mixing with the mild roasty like malt note. PLenty of caramel again, nutty brown malts with a touch of biscuit and plenty of toasted flavors, a little fluffy nougat, and big candy bar caramel and caramelized toasted roasted malts. Hops kick in late, some grassy and mildly spicy hop notes, turning a little spicy on the finish, a little sticky and creamy on the finish, bit more dark chocolate and creamy oats, and more caramel lingering with the bitter spicy grassy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice creamy oats but a bit thin for what I was expecting, decent carb.

Overall nice, good oats, lots of caramel a bit morethan I expected, nice creamy feel, good candy bar notes without being too sweet, I like the bitter kick on the back end, pretty enjoyable to sip through the afternoon of the storm.

Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A fellow CANQuester (TM), acyBigBry, sent me a box of CANadian CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! I love CANadian CANs and especially my sweetheart, Red Racy.

In this iteration, her feet, shod in red Mary Janes, are kicked out, off of the pedals to the middle of the front tire, her red skirt is flying up to reveal white cotton panties, garters and white silk stockings. Her brilliant red hair is pulled back in a ponytail. A shadow on her right breast reveals either a black brassiere or her pulchritude. Her right hand is upraised in a poor salute while her left hand steadies the handlebar of her CANveyance. Let's go for a ride together sometime, doll!

From the CAN: "This smooth Irish-style Stout is deep, dark and full bodied. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body in this ale. Roasted barley, as well as pale, black,chocolate and crystal malts round off one of our richest creations to date. Cheers!"; "Craft Brewed".

My initial pour produced a LOT of head, so I backed off and away to allow it to settle. Dense, rocky medium-tan head was the watchphrase for this one, apparently. I say that because a second attempt at a pour also resulted in a mountain of head. Color was a seep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was rich, dark chocolate with a smoky scent underlying it. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was mint-chocolate, not as intense as CANdy, but along the lines of ice cream. Finish really evinced the mintiness and I was won by Red Racy yet again.

Photo of Derek
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sept 25, 2010 - I stopped by the brewery and gave this another go.

This is a VERY mild stout. The oats neutralize the roasted acidity and give it a really smooth body with the nitro pour.

I'm partial to bigger, more flavourful stouts, but this is a seriously drinkable lightweight!

Much nicer... I wonder if the keg might've been getting a little stale last year?

Original review 7/29/2009:

On-tap at the brewpub.

This was thin, watery and had a light grainy astringency. Not at all in line with their other brews. This one needs revamped.

Brown/black, light tan head, thin ring of retention, no lacing. Very little aroma, with hints of roasted grain & fruity esters.

Flavours of light roasted grain, cocoa & hints of nuts.

Photo of stomioka
1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

Is this an oatmeal stout?

Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650mL bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with enough haze so that no light passes through. Head is two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam. This is quite the attractive stout!

Smell: sweet malt with a bit of nice chocolatey character and some unfortunate vegetal hop contribution -- common for the style, really, but not much of a plus. Still, though, it's got an overall nice character that I like.

Taste: quite chocolatey with a bit of ashy roastiness. Amid this is a sweetness to the malt which reminds me more of a milk stout, really. The vegetal element from the aroma is gone here, and I find this brew quite delightful!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and OK creaminess. Not too bad, although I would expect a little more from the style.

Overall: I find myself quite liking this beer; I'm not sure why its general rating is comparatively low. Sure, it's a bit more like a milk stout than an oatmeal stout, and sure, there's some vegetation in the aroma; but really, it's a tasty brew of which I know I could quaff plenty.

Photo of Viggo
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, a little light for a stout, medium sized tan head forms, settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots. Smell is okay, grainy, some chocolate and roast, caramel, biscuit, touch of fruit, but pretty light on the nose. Taste is similar, biscuit/graininess, some chocolate and roast, caramel, raisin, oats, lightly bitter finish. Motuthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not bad, not good, just too light in all aspects.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Branded "Red Betty Oatmeal Stout" here in the States.

A: Black on the pour with garnet hues. Large-bubbled tan head retains at a half inch. Thin, broken rings of lacing.

S: Deep roast and hints of brownie batter. Charcoal. Mocha. Roasty grain. Oaty earthiness. Floral hops. Touch of vague berry fruit.

T: Deeply roasty. Char, soot. Acrid. French roast coffee. Fudge and brownie batter underneath. Earthy and oaty. Some yeast. Slight acidic twang with some vague fruitiness. Steely. Brief oily and floral hop interjection. Roasty and smokey finish.

M: Medium body. Creamy and smooth texture. Sharp carbonation. Some roasted malt astringency.

O: The heavy layers of roasted malts get challenging at times, but it stays far within the realm of drinkability. It's even quaffable if you're in the right mood.

Photo of IllNate
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Usual nitro tap. Creamy tan head, black body. A fine looking beer.

S - Something a bit off in the nose. I get roasty, but something a bit sour as well.

T - Not overly roasty. Good balance, but I like my stouts nice and roasty.

M - Mouthfeel's is a fine example of a dry irish stout, so fairly thin, but also good balance on bitterness. Bit of oatmeal adds some body, but I still think it's a Dry Irish Stout.

O - My favorite Canadian brewery and overall a decent stout, but I prefer their IPA, Pale and ESB.

Photo of wordemupg
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 29/11/14

A the darkest cola with a faint maroon glow when held to the light, two fingers of mocha foam has decent retention slowly falling to a thick film coating the side of my glass with spider web lace

S coco powder, earthy notes, char, leafy hops, chocolate milk, and a hint of sweetened coffee

T the roast is a little burnt but it doesn't hinder, some hops shining through all the dark malt, lots of earthy notes, decent flavor for a 4.2% stout

M light bodied but has enough bubbles to fluff it up a bit, just the right amount of bitter, even a little citrus on the finish with some burnt malt

O not a bad little session stout, a fair amount of flavor and well rounded stuff

I thought I already reviewed this one and didn't care for it, I wonder about my memory I'll say that much, worth a try for sure still lots of hops in this fresh bottle

Photo of DoubleJ
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, Central City Brewery. This is the first beer I tasted there, so on to it:

This stout is nowhere to being black. It's closer to being dark brown, though that nitro-head stays on top for awhile. But this stout isn't close to black! Things don;t get better in the aroma, as the nitrogen masks whatever is there. A very faint roastines mixed with nitrogen. Not a good sign.

This is a very muted stout, even by nitro-stout standards. This makes Guinness look flavorful in comparison. Here, there a little amount of sweetness, and a teeny tiny pinch of roasted malt. It's very thin in the mouth, not very creamy, but it is drinkable; just not exciting to drink.

Despite using oatmeal and being a lower ABV style I like, Steelhead Stout is boring, and my least prefered of the beers I tried around Vancouver. Don't bother with this one.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC.

Deep reddish black with some clarity. Very fine off-white head and great lace sheeting. Solid body which forms some static carbonation when tilted. Nice.

Nose is sharp and roasty, but with a softness that suggests high cacao chocolate more than charred grain. It's a little one dimensional (that's about all you get), but it's nice enough.

Taste has a smooth entry, but is backed up by an impressively unexpected roast character, sharp and direct, with a slight ashy bite to it. This develops throughout the back, with solid nuances until the smoothness closes over it on the finish, leaving it very clean. Nice stuff.

Nice stuff. It's subtle, even with its big roasted hit, but this really has a lot to offer. Really good on nitro.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-dark and with a light brown head looks promising,
-smell is of roasted barely and oats light coco scent
- way to watered down for a oatmeal stout, the flavors are there but much to mild
- feel is to thin and not chewy enough for this style
-overall a little disappointing with this beer...

Photo of BDTyre
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice black appearance with a cream coloured head. Malty smell with evidence of chocolate, toffee and coffee. A bit sour on the nose though, and almost one dimensional. Nothing exciting about the scent.

The flavour presents a different story. Rich blend of coffee and chocolate, with enough malt tones and hop hints to keep this from getting to sweet.

Very smooth, but felt a bit thin. Could use a bit of work, but I can see this being a session ale.

Photo of MattXT
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apparently this is now called Red Betty Oatmeal Stout

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at St. Augustines in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" tan colored head over cola colored liquid.

S: Roasted malt, yeast and hops.

T: Roasted malt, yeast and hops. Quite bitter and somewhat reminiscent of Guinness.

M: Silky smooth, medium viscosity and medium to low level of fine carbonation.

O: Drinkable, but more caramel and chocolate malts would make this tastier.

Photo of Bunman3
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Mmmm...roasted (burnt) malt flavors dominate the scene in this Central City offering. Makes me think of dark roast Java Jive when I was an undergrad at the U of A in Edmonton - it's a bit harsh, but the harshness helps make it attractive. As far as 650 mL bombers go, this is a steal of a deal - picked it up for $5 at my favorite local bottle shop. This is a stout with Irish tendencies - charred like a car bombing and not afraid to kick yer teeth in.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650 ml bottle decanted into an English pub glass. Pours up a very dark walnut wood brown with a few reddish highlights and a huge creamy rich tan head that breaks down into a nice lattice pattern on the sides of the glass. Aroma is decidedly that of dry milk chocolate, rather like instant chocolate drink mix (e.g., Quik), with hints of dry cereal grains, caramel, and perhaps fresh cut grass, something green and likely of the hoppy persuasion. Palate is indeed quite dry and Irish as per the description, less sweet than the aroma and even veering a little into astringent husky territory at times. The dry chocolate notes are joined by some dark roast coffee, with things staying firmly anchored in roasted coffee substitute territory but with a co-occurring green grass and fresh earth hop note that is rather unusual for the style. I dig it but this may not be to everyone's taste. The characteristic oatmeal smoothness is present but not as pronounced as in some other examples and the carbonation level is quite high. Some sweetness does evolve out of the murk over time but by and large things stay dry and roasted. Minimally fruity. Thin to moderate body much like Guinness but more smooth. The malt bill is deep and sure, one can identify some signatures. All told, though, I remain mysteriously underwhelmed. Could use more layers and the oats (or some other component) come off a tad harsh and tannic. As fucking good as Central City are, ya can't slam dunk everything.

Red Racer Stout from Central City Brewers + Distillers
82 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.