Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Kendo:
3.88/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Poured from the bomber into a tumbler-style pint glass. Body is black with a half-finger tannish head. Leaves some splotchy lace behind.
S: Chocolate malt and juicy citrusy hops with a touch of pine. Not terribly strong, but a good nose for this style.
T: Big on roastiness up front - roasted malt, chocolate malt, a touch of charcoal. Finishes with a tannic, woody bitterness. Earthy with some pine needles thrown in. Very bitter in the aftertaste (think pine resin and, if you can imagine aging a beer in pine barrels, I think it might taste like this somewhat). Alcohol was noted early, but after a few sips I got used to it and kind of forgot about it. In a lot of ways, that sums up this beer: I wasn't enamored with it at first, but after a few palate adjustments, it turns out OK.
M: A bit thin/watery. I wonder if a bigger malt foundation would soften that strong bitterness at the finish. Carbonation is light, making this one feel a bit creamy - though its lack of heft keeps it from getting there. Call it medium in heft, but be prepared for an argument, as in many ways it feels lighter.
O: Decent. I've had plenty that are better in this style - which I'm quite fond of - which makes this a bit of a disappointment from a brewery that usually impresses.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2013 01:40:52 | More by Kendo
More User Reviews:
4.21/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I'm definitely a fan of the Bear Republic beers, particularly their IPA's.
I really do like the concept of a dark, roasty, IPA-like beer, where one can really taste the hops.
Had it at the Grill Next Door (Haverhill MA) as part of a flight.
Would definitely order again.
Serving type: on-tap
05-27-2014 23:18:51 | More by KarlosT
2.14/5 rDev -45.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
It's dark brown, almost black and the head sort of resembles an IPA. A tan, meringue-like head that looks like a cross between a bad IPA and a creamy stout. I assume that's the idea.
Almost completely devoid of smell. I stuck my nose into the drink and only then did I pick up anything. Mostly pine, literally nothing else is there.
I've tried and tried black IPAs and I just don't get it. Not sure if it's an acquired taste, but similar to a kriek, it totally misses the boat for me. It's like two competing flavors that work well individually, but are complete disasters when put together. Some pine and some malt. They just don't work.
Some resiny pine and some char. They provide a bitterness, but not in a good way.
I give up on the style. I can't get used to it. It just doesn't work.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2014 02:02:53 | More by RickS95
4.01/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 1pt. 6oz. bomber into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.
The color is dark black with slight dark highlights. The head is two fingers of foamy brownish/tan head with some webby lacing left on the glass.
The smell is hoppy at first then has a dark malty aroma that pushes out. There seems to be a fight between which will be first, hops or malt. The aroma seems to be leaning toward the dark malts and gives off a biscuit aroma.
The taste is malty again with that same bready flavor. There is touches of fig and raisin in there as well. Toward the end the malt fades back to give off a citrus hop flavor that was a pleasant surprise. The end comes back with some dark malt but also some bitterness that gives an earthy spin to the flavor.
The feel of this beer is medium bodied with a nice easy drinking feel which is a slight surprise since it is an 8.1% ABV beer. It’s smooth with a nice aftertaste that hangs but does not linger. This beer has been better than I expected.
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 01:32:09 | More by Duhast500
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.