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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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494 Ratings
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Photo of JohnBender
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

JohnBender, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hopkrid, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of beagle75
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

beagle75, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

goldenM13, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bambam2517, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +2%

InspectorBob, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

metalgdog, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Sark, Jul 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

wiltznucs, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jbarletto, Jul 01, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

WOLFGANG, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of Gww1864
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Gww1864, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque black body beneath the foamy, mocha colored head, which is slow to, dissolves leaving a thin, yet consistent lacing grabbing the glass.

If you close your eyes you would swear you are drinking an American IPA with just a hint of roasted malt based on the aroma. This changes as the beer warms; the woody and herbal hop notes then take a back seat to the roasted, smoky malt and hints of milk chocolate. There are some sweet grass and pine notes as well.

The flavor is immediately roasted with a touch of char to accompany the roasted malt. There is a touch of milk chocolate but also a healthy portion of herbal and woody hops.

Medium to fuller in body, yet with the refreshing and crisp qualities of an American IPA with medium carbonation.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. A lot to offer the senses and up there with the best of its counterparts.

CHADMC3, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of codynevels
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

codynevels, Jun 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

TKEbeerman, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

st9647v3, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of GilGarp
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

Black Racer lives up to its name in appearance. Black in color and with a creamy white head. It has good retention and nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is nice and hoppy, fresh, and citrusy with a hint of the underlying dark malts. Very much similar to Racer 5 except for that last part.

Flavor is bold and bitter with a pleasant hop flavor and dark roasty malt base. It has good balance and doesn't get too bitter from the combination of hops and malt. A nice level of sweetness evens things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. It has good balance and depth of flavor to keep things interesting.

Overall a really enjoyable dark IPA. I figured if it was based on Racer 5 it had to be good.

GilGarp, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours a cola brownish black. A nice finger of mocha on top, sticky and full-bodied. A hint of mahogany/red through the body.

Aroma - fairly roasty, an early light pithiness that fades into roasted grain. Sets up all dark and toasty.

Taste - dark roasty opening, almost ashy grain. A brief but tasty glint of piny bitterness. The burnt graininess returns, a nice blend of the two flavors. The aftertaste goes dry and moderately bitter, nice balance for a big flavored brew.

Mouthfeel - a touch of smoothness, plenty crisp, nice sturdy body.

Overall - excellent black ipa, glad to have picked this up.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of t420o
2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bear Republic Black Racer

Reviewed April 3, 2013

A- pour produces a 2 finger frothy mocha head with good retention. Beer is brown with chestnut hues. Good lacing. 4

S- toasty, chocolate, sweet, a little boozy, hops are very subdued. 3

T- too sweet, chocolate and molasses, biting bitterness that didn't play that well off of the heavy malts. Boozy. Would have liked more citrus and pine from the hops rather than just bitterness. 3

M- syrupy. Medium body. 2.5

O- I love Bear Republic, and until now hasn't had a beer from them that I felt was a "miss". This definitely missed the mark. I love Racer 5 and Racer X, but won't revisit this one. 2.5


t420o, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Avenue in Allston.

Appearance: This beer poured a small mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass. Super nice mocha lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted notes, chocolate, smoke, citrus, and resiny piney hops.

Taste: Same as above with burnt flavors, ash, and bitterness in the end. Pretty characteristic of black ales.

Mouthfeel: light camp fire notes, a little chewy, full bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice black ale. Another one to add to the lineup.

Flounder57, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

corysmith01, Jun 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

reverbking, Jun 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Bonsai, Jun 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

craft_shannie, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.