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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

475 Ratings
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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
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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Mikexw

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +2%

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

West Virginia

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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BDeibs

Colorado

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%

03-24-2014 22:38:24 | More by vma
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gtermi

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

03-24-2014 03:58:40 | More by gtermi
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Oidmoe

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-23-2014 15:20:34 | More by Oidmoe
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DustinSWB

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-20-2014 15:55:52 | More by DustinSWB
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-16-2014 01:38:21 | More by Fettpopps
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raulstotle12

California

4/5  rDev +2%

03-04-2014 21:31:28 | More by raulstotle12
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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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runlikeakenyan

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

03-02-2014 01:37:40 | More by runlikeakenyan
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Leinie

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-01-2014 20:15:32 | More by Leinie
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Tayloraphilips

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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sansho

California

4/5  rDev +2%

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OneSundayMorning

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

02-13-2014 04:45:49 | More by OneSundayMorning
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2%

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DOCRW

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

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bumchilly25

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

02-09-2014 22:17:20 | More by bumchilly25
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dsm45

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

02-09-2014 21:26:19 | More by dsm45
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CoryR

Oregon

4/5  rDev +2%

02-08-2014 00:55:29 | More by CoryR
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GBallHead

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade, prefer reviewing most extras (that I havent had) rather then drinking and forgetting like most beer.

From Bear Republic [Independent since 1995(I think)]
Black Racer IPA

Amazing beer, its a black ipa but seems to drink almost like a session or pale ale.

The hops are definitely there (my favorite styles of beer are stouts and ipas so this was an excellent beer to try and review) I mighttt have been a little intoxicated before drinking this beer but this bomber went down much quicker then any 12oz would.

Was not expecting this taste at all, thoroughly enjoyed this beer and its definitely worth a try, no matter what styles are your go tos.

I know this isnt the usual review everyone is looking for, but I didnt have the oppurtunity to pour it into a glass I left it in the bottle so most of the categories would be tainted depending on when/how it was tasted etc.

Points I awarded.
appearance 4.0
smell 4.0
taste 4.0
mouthfeel 5.0
overall 4.0

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 21:53:33 | More by GBallHead
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Ego

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle code:
48661550
04-03-13 (so fresher the hops probably would pop more but this was bought from a good store that has zero sunlight getting in)

eyes...
basically black, kind of really a super dark ruby tone if you hold it up to the light, quick one finger of head, I literally turned around to change the channel on TV and the head was gone except an O-ring clinging for dear life up the sides of the perimeter of the glass, oddly
lacing is quite good, a pretty good looking brew

nose...
licorice and molasses, muted pine notes, dry cocoa... reminds a bit of dark Caribbean rum

taste etc...
pretty full bodied, slightly prickling carbonation, kind of chalky cocoa and almost ashy (in a good way), the hops are muted but noticeable under the choco blanket, the flavor of chocolate/mild coffee lingers for some time, you also get some warming in the gullet from the
kicked up ABV

verdict?
I didn't love this beer. It was quite good enough to keep sipping but yet I never stopped and said "that pops" (you know, like buddy christ), so... I prefer this style to have a deeper flavor. This is not a bad beer by any stretch so I recommend trying it as it's take on the style might be more up your alley.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 05:36:58 | More by Ego
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jbhollis1180

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

02-03-2014 17:49:28 | More by jbhollis1180
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Monstro

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

02-02-2014 03:41:54 | More by Monstro
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.