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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: avaldivia on 07-27-2011

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: Ratings & Reviews
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3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black in appearance with a fair tan head that breaks up to a firm ring leaving a solid trail of lace. The aroma brings out intense brown bread charcoal malt and vegetable pine hops with a minty grass edge. Nutty and leafy malt and hops jump out on the flavor. These a sharp pine idea here so the hops definitely come forward. It seems a touch astringent in a sort of chemical sense after a while but generally it holds up well. The body is medium or better and the feel is fairly chalky dry with tiny bubble providing an effective carbonation. This was enjoyable although it faded on me a bit with the hop recipe here.

Photo of ckollias
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this bottle in a Belgian Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark blackish hue with some ruby highlights and an tan head frothy head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a great trail and solid lace.

S: Hoppy bitter aroma with a raisin malt backbone

T: Tart and bitter hoppy flavor up front that mellows out a little and ends on the hoppy side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent brew – complex flavors and aromas and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: Dark chestnut brown; pours with a sticky, medium sized off-white head.

s: A nice combination of roasty cocoa and piny, pithy grapefruit.

t: Tastes as the smell suggests it would only more so. A surprisingly strong roasty char for some reason plays extremely well off the earthy, pithy citrus from the hops. There is a lingering charred pine tingle that I really enjoyed.

m: Heavy for an IPA I guess and just about right for a stout this size. Worked fine for me.

o: A style I tend to avoid, but I really took to this one. I think this drinks more like a hoppy syout than other Cascadian Black whatever whatevers I've tried. Regardless of why I liked it so much, the point is that I did.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, $7.99 at DeCicco's in Mohegan lake, NY.

I see no bottled on or best before dating, although one reviewer did refer to this type of info...

Pours near black, under a large and lasting cafe au lait head. Gets frothy, and then leaves thick bands of stick, some sheeting and continued froth.

Milk chocolate, burnt toast and dark grains on the nose.

Tasty dark ale, they call it an IPA on the label, and the hops are clearly present but not really bursting onto the palate. More dark grains, smooth chocolate and again some char on the palate. Smooth, creamy and satisfying on the tongue.

Quality and highly enjoyable offering.

Glad to spot it and give it a try. Well worth seeking out.

Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.