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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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88
very good

487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 16 | 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:
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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Sark

Montana

4/5  rDev +2%

07-02-2013 03:15:43 | More by Sark
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wiltznucs

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

07-01-2013 22:50:14 | More by wiltznucs
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jbarletto

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-01-2013 22:09:45 | More by jbarletto
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-01-2013 02:11:42 | More by WOLFGANG
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Gww1864

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-30-2013 23:44:27 | More by Gww1864
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

06-30-2013 22:22:43 | More by CHADMC3
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codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-30-2013 17:55:52 | More by codynevels
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TKEbeerman

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

06-29-2013 20:00:41 | More by TKEbeerman
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

06-28-2013 19:11:59 | More by st9647v3
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

06-27-2013 03:21:27 | More by GilGarp
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

06-26-2013 04:20:01 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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t420o

California

2.9/5  rDev -26%

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

C-

06-26-2013 00:22:02 | More by t420o
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

06-25-2013 23:57:07 | More by Flounder57
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corysmith01

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-25-2013 19:38:42 | More by corysmith01
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reverbking

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-25-2013 03:22:15 | More by reverbking
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Bonsai

Ohio

3/5  rDev -23.5%

06-25-2013 01:30:53 | More by Bonsai
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craft_shannie

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-24-2013 22:38:41 | More by craft_shannie
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-24-2013 20:45:10 | More by BostonPhilly
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Bonis

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-24-2013 07:18:31 | More by Bonis
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shand

Florida

4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

Black Racer has a beautiful pour - it pours a very deep crown with a massive mocha head that retains very well. The aroma is strong on the grapefruit hops, and the taste delivers on that strong at first, but also provides a nice chocolate and roasted malt finish. Very well balanced and composed. The mouthfeel is great, it's big and smooth, and the drinkability is fantastic. Yet another winner from Bear Republic. Their hoppy beers are truly some of the best on the planet. This beer is maybe a little more malt-forward than expected, but when the flavors work so well, I can't complain.

06-24-2013 03:52:20 | More by shand
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Lelampp

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-24-2013 01:50:39 | More by Lelampp
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kbrown

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-23-2013 21:57:43 | More by kbrown
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

06-23-2013 20:42:37 | More by kew
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cdwil

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-23-2013 15:37:38 | More by cdwil
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babaracas

Florida

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a very dark brown, opaque in the glass, with two finger thick tan head, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: not much going on... rye-ish graininess, chocolate and grapefruit note. Taste: pine, lemon peel, milk chocolate note. Lighter medium bodied, creamy, lower carbonation, but nice. Nothing special going on, but was enjoyable.

06-23-2013 02:52:05 | More by babaracas
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.