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Red Racer Stout - Central City Brewing

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BDTyre on 09-10-2006)
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

04-16-2014 15:18:25 | More by rogerdandy
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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-05-2012 09:29:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-08-2012 20:20:48 | More by fizzyted
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-29-2014 11:44:59 | More by jrempel
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 23:04:26 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%

09-16-2013 22:15:30 | More by kjyost
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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 02:32:01 | More by flagmantho
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3.89/5  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.

Serving type: can

07-21-2013 18:48:25 | More by woodychandler
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 14:17:58 | More by BDTyre
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Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2014 01:40:42 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-27-2014 02:54:32 | More by FadetoBock
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-05-2014 00:28:41 | More by Mack
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-15-2014 16:08:06 | More by Niceroad77
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-21-2013 02:09:33 | More by KStark
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-23-2012 00:50:16 | More by rodrigueZflyingf0x
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 03:03:49 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev 0%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 05:42:55 | More by LampertLand
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 01:26:07 | More by Derek
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-20-2011 03:29:35 | More by IllNate
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

01-08-2014 04:32:57 | More by chickenm
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-16-2013 18:35:14 | More by VonDooom
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

04-06-2014 04:27:36 | More by schnarr84
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Alberta (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

03-06-2013 05:41:40 | More by BigBry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 17:28:57 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-31-2011 04:03:48 | More by Sammy
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Red Racer Stout from Central City Brewing
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.