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