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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.18%


Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Black Racer™ blends Bear Republic's love of hops with the Pacific Northwest's appreciation for dark ales. Our pit crew brews this award winning ale which boldly defines a new frontier of flavors and always maintains pole position. Race to the Dark Side™.

Bronze 2011 Great American Beer Festival American-Style Black Ale
Gold 2012 World Beer Cup American-Style Black Ale

(Beer added by: avaldivia on 07-27-2011)
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Philousa

California

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This pours an abysmal black with a red tinge against the light. I catch some flakes suspended in the drink, though I don't see sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Either I got to this too late or they didn't do a good job in the filtering department. The creamy, tan brown head dissipates from one finger to a thin, even layer on top with decent lacing. Tons of milk chocolate aroma starts things out while this is still cold. Undoubtedly some black patent and chocolate malt in there. Pine sticks out like a sore thumb as it warms, with grapefruit and some rye spice poking out with a swirl. Smooth chocolate, almost like chocolate malt ice cream, starts the flavor profile, moving to caramel and cream. The bitterness is pronounced, as it should be, spicy, earthy, and citrusy. The earthiness comes through in a barkish, almost harsh type of way. The feel is middling, though more on the viscous side of the scale, while the beer prickles the tongue in a way an overcarbonated drink might. The finish is dry.

This is a fine Black IPA on the top of my list if it weren't for Wookie Jack.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 05:11:44 | More by Philousa
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Auraan

Arizona

4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous deep black with a thin off-white head. It looks quite nice and true to its style. Scents of licorice, caramel malt, molasses, some smokey aromas, some faint muted pine and notes of citrus. A muted aroma compared to many hop forward beers but quite nice, very unique and enticing and quite different from other black IPAs I've tried. Flavor begins fairly sweet, with big hits of caramel and some chocolate. Moves into slight pine and citrusy hop flavors with a moderate level of bitterness, IPA level, alongside roasted malt and more chocolate. The hop presence is largest at this point. The finish is pine resin bitterness, with some chocolate, roast malt and black coffee. Aftertaste is pine resin, roast malt and black coffee bitterness mingling nicely. A good flavor profile, combining the roasted, chocolate and coffee flavors of porters/stouts with the caramel malt and intense hops of an IPA and doing so in fantastic fashion. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, resinous and sticky with a semi-drying feel and a moderate level of prickly carbonation. A very nice feel that aids the drinking experience nicely. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. It combines the best aspects of IPAs and the porter/stout family into a very flavorful, uniquely aromatic and drinkable experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 04:43:07 | More by Auraan
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JGLittle

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4/5  rDev +2%

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New Jersey

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New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

04-08-2014 02:58:09 | More by Mikexw
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California

4/5  rDev +2%

04-06-2014 03:43:38 | More by MrGone
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look pitch black minimal ruby highlights peaking through when held toward the light, mocha tan head forms thick and lasts quite awhile, fine even lacing strung around my chalice as it dwindles. Aroma has dark chocolate notes, herbal earthy hops, along with some anise notes. Flavor has a milk chocolate, dark herbal notes, bitter baker's chocolate mild coffee roasts in the dark malt notes. Very strange mix going on here bitter baker's chocolate again, roasted malts nearly burnt marshmallows, herbal tea like bitterness dank earthy character from the hops seeping through the dark malted IPA. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly resinous dry finish from the dark malts and bitter hops. Overall very easy to consume a great Black IPA compared to most versions out there I'm usually telling myself this just tastes like a hoppy porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 13:13:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-29-2014 04:39:11 | More by BDeibs
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vma

California

4/5  rDev +2%

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gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

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Oidmoe

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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DustinSWB

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.5%

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California

4/5  rDev +2%

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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan, black with a nice foamy, thick 1 inch head, tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Piney, grapefruit hops, orange, smokey malts. A little cocoa and molasses, but not as strong as previous black ipa's ive had.

Taste - Starts out with a nice smoked malt profile, mixed with some sweet citric hops and sugars. Cocoa and molasses are prominent throughout the drink. Coffee and a licorice flavor add some boldness that works well with the orange and tangerine.

Mouthfeel - At first the tongue gets loaded with malts, cocoa and coffee. After a few sips the citric fruits come out on the palate, along with more malts and cocoa. Aftertaste is smoked malts, cocoa and citric fruits.

Overall - Very tasty and easy to drink. Has a unique flavor that other black ipa's don't have. The smoked malts and cocoa are a dominate flavor with strong citric fruits at the backbone. A nice, pleasurable drink that im glad I got to try. Bear republic keeps its rolling...

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 02:46:17 | More by wvsabbath
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Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.