Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +13.5%
Transcribed from notes dtd Su, 14 July 2013
I had problems with my wireless internet, really with my home land line which I use for wireless internet and so the day became old-school pen-and-ink time as I really did not want to try and write my review through my phone. Needless to say, when my carrier tells me that they only have a skeleton staff on weekends and the problem will be fixed by 1900 h. on Monday, they are getting 86'd!
This was a gift from Ms. Vaccaro on my latest visit to Mari's 6-Pac 'n' Mor in Reading and I promised her that I would not drink nor review it right away. I guess that I have waited long enough.
From the bottle: "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."; "Brew Master Notes Keep cold, respect life, real ale is alive, yeast is good, serve at 45 - 50 [deg.] F."; "Sonoma County Ales Come visit us at our pub & brewery".
My pour netted a dense finger of light-brown head with good retention as the light faded in the gloaming. Color was cola-brown with light penetration only at the edges. Nose was roasty and smoky with an underlying mintiness from the hops. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was liquid Andes chocolate-mint candy! Finish was liquid York Peppermint Patty. Taste the sensation while it is still available in limited release. This was probably one of the best of this style, IMHO.
07-16-2013 20:55:33 | More by woodychandler
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
On-tap served in a pint glass
A - Black with a slight ruby tint, with a 1.5 finger ecru head with excellent lacing and good head retention.
S - Big hoppy citrus notes of grapefruit and orange with a lot of pine and some malts and toasted oats. Very nice.
T - Follows the nose, excellent flavor with chocolate and roasted coffee but a lot of hops. I really like this.
M - Full body, moderate carbonation.
T - One of the best at this brewery!!!!
Had it again at the first ABS meeting (second season) bottled, man this beer is awesome. I can tell my palate continues to evolve, I love this one even more the second time around.
07-15-2013 15:39:40 | More by williamjbauer
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a CCB pint glass.
A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a one-finger tan silky head and almost no carbonation bubbles visible.
S: Chocolate and roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and some citrus hops - but there isn't much hoppy aroma.
T: Chocolate and roasted malt-forward, but with significantly more grapefruit and citrus rind hoppiness than the nose. Really ends up a nice interplay of hops and bitterness and malts. Good amount of bitterness in the hang.
M: Medium to heavy body, low alcohol presence, and average carbonation sensation.
O: This is another good offering from Bear Republic. It falls short of the best Black IPAs around, but I'm glad to see it on the shelves here.
07-08-2013 18:30:38 | More by macrosmatic
3.86/5 rDev -1.5%
Bomber from the Potsdam NY IGA for 6.99+tax
Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, chocolate, grains, hops, grapefruit
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and roasted/burnt nuts. There are also some grapefruit and hops, but not as much as I would have hoped. It ends with a roasted malty slightly hoppy aftertaste.
Overall - I was really excited for this one.. but I expected more juiciness/hops/west coast flavour. These flavours are there, just not all that pungent. It seems more balanced towards the malty/roasted side flavour wise. Still good, just no Wookey Jack.
07-07-2013 00:47:20 | More by spinrsx
3.28/5 rDev -16.3%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.
A: Slightly hazy, dark brown color with one finger of light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Restrained chocolate roast is balanced with equally mild piney hops. Weak overall, but showing potential. No alcohol is detected.
T: Begins barely off-dry, with slightly scorched malt that otherwise lacks roasted qualities. Hops aromatics consist of a combination of floral herbs and grapefruit peel that are apparently muted and transformed by the proximate malts to end up as a flavor close to dark berry. Acidity is mild into the middle where malt is decidedly brown-cakey and slightly unctuous. Aromatic pine persists in the mildly bitter finish. No alcohol is detected.
M: Medium viscosity, slightly creamy and astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D/O: It is difficult now to avoid comparing new black IPA recipes to Firestone Walker's outstanding Wookey Jack--and in this case, the comparison is not a favorable one. Black Racer underwhelms the senses for such a strong beer at 8.1% abv. It is not a matter of errors, but rather a misbegotten role of easy-drinker being forced upon it. Racer 5 may be able to pull off such a role, but this beer seems caught in no-man's land.
07-04-2013 17:54:13 | More by beagle75
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.