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Red Racer Stout - Central City Brewing

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.94%
Wants: 5
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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Photo of DoubleJ
2.28/5  rDev -37%
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.

DoubleJ, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of McBastard
3/5  rDev -17.1%

McBastard, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Sammy, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of Aggro
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Aggro, May 18, 2014
Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of zduerr
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

zduerr, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Viggo, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

BigBry, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

chickenm, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of VonDooom
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

VonDooom, May 16, 2013
Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Exeter, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of KalanM
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

KalanM, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

schopenhauerale, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

schnarr84, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of IllNate
3.53/5  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.

IllNate, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.58/5  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.

Derek, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of LampertLand
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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

LampertLand, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +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?

biboergosum, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

FadetoBock, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

LDuke, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Mack, Jul 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

IanSpindler, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Niceroad77, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

KStark, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rodrigueZflyingf0x, Dec 23, 2012
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Red Racer Stout from Central City Brewing
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