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Red Racer Stout - Central City Brewing

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Central City Brewing 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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Red Racer Stout from Central City Brewing
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