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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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very good

491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

InfernoBoss, May 05, 2013
Photo of Mike099
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Mike099, May 05, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA. I take it this is either new, or is seasonal in a season I've never been in California before, because I can't believe I've not had it otherwise.

Pours a deep dark nondescript colour somewhere between brown and black, with tinges of ruby at the edges. Head is wonderful: fine, mild and creamy in colour, pocked with bubbles that give it a liveliness. Body looks pretty tame for 8.1% ABV: quite light and very fast moving. We'll see how it holds up.

Nose is lively at first, with a strong, pungent citrus aroma permeating everything. This settles down once it's been swirled a bit, with the volatiles dematerialising quickly. There's still a dusky orange character, backed up with some faint nutty grain characters, and perhaps a little spiciness, although it may just be that zesty orange rind character. It was powerful when first opened, after it settles, it's decent, but it's not wowing me.

Taste is again, decent enough, but a little by the book. Mild entry with some hop presence running from front to back: but it's generic hoppiness, some bitterness, some citric bite and it doesn't develop as it goes along. In the end the hops just drop out, leaving an empty graininess standing awkwardly by itself. I think it's a little embarrassed.

Feel is fine. Light, but with some support.

Overall, it's a decent beer, really. But I was expecting something so much better from Bear Republic. Really, this should be setting the standard for a West Coast IBA, but it really feels like this is a phoned-in effort, and much more of a follower than a leader.

lacqueredmouse, May 05, 2013
Photo of Stumpy29er
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Stumpy29er, May 04, 2013
Photo of SHODriver
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a nonic pint to a deep black with a finger of dense light tan head that retains well with good lacing
S: smells of citrus, pine and earthy hops with the faintest hint of roasted malt
T: citrusy hops with grapefruit and orange flavor with a bit of roasted malt profile. slight pineyness and a touch earthy. swallow brings a blast of oily and resinous hop flavor with a bit more roasted malt and a slight coffee/chocolate
M: lighter side of medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation. a bit dry on the finish but the oily hops coat the palate as well. interesting
O: looks good, tastes good and smells good. this beer is a real winner with a lot of hop flavor but the dark malts could have stood to bring more flavor into the mix than just performing a color shift.

SHODriver, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Mersh, May 04, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Daniellobo, May 03, 2013
Photo of draheim
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep coffee brown/black w/ a big tan head, good uniform lacing.

Aroma is lots of pine and citrus with just a hint of roasty and chocolatey malt. Relatively subdued.

Taste is more pronounced, but not much better defined. Orange, grapefruit and piney hops serve as a counterweight to a fairly neutral dark malt base. There's just a touch of chocolate and roast, but it doesn't stand out as it does with some other ABAs. If I close my eyes it almost tastes like a regular IPA.

Mouthfeel is balanced and medium-bodied.

Overall a good enough beer but not in the same league with some of the better American black ales out there.

draheim, May 02, 2013
Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev +2%

Rick778, May 02, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: black, tan colored head, plenty lace.

S: some pine, citrus, roast and chocolate.

T: pine and bitterness, mild citrus, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and flowers.

M: medium body, low carbonation.

O: nice ABA with pleasurable pine notes. Original racer definitely better, but this is good.

Thanks Alex!

EgadBananas, May 01, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

PEIhop, May 01, 2013
Photo of ChumleyX
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ChumleyX, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz, bomber poured into a large wine glass, the Black Racer pours dark and with ruby highlights. Offers a decent cap of foam and some muddled piney notes on the nose along with some light chocolate notes.

Taste and body are a bit thin given the expectations of the pour. Touch of light chocolate, slightly coarse in nature though not overpowering. Feel is a bit chalky but balanced with a touch of sweetness.

Offers a nice deep hop aroma but is profundly lacking in bitterness in my view. A hoppy black ale indeed nonetheless. Quite solid and worth a visit,

HalfFull, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Completely dark brown, some might say black. The head an easy tan color rose to maybe 1/2" off the body. Settles real quick after just the first sip. Sticky lacing on the wall of the glass.

Smell:You smell and you would definitely like the light sugar-caramel scent. Comes off a little piney.

Taste: Definitely has IPA qualities, floral and gently bitter. malty and has a smoothness to it that is just awesome. Has a sweetness to it feels of light molasses and little bit of citrus.

Mouth: What lingers really is a roasted maltiness, the glass down and only thing that can tame the taste is a slice of cheddar.

Overall: I bought this on chance and definitely money well spent. Thank you Mike at Superstar Beers, until next time. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber into SAVOR snifter. cant find a bottled on date.

A: very dark brown body. head is off-white and frothy. good retention. great lacing.

S: fantastically fresh American hop aroma works with a rich malt presence. dark malt.

T: roasty. a little astringent. tobacco and a bit of smoke in the middle of the drink. much more malt here than indicated in the aroma.

M: mild carb on a medium/full body.

D: very tasty Black IPA. get it fresh.

Jimmys, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Lurkerson, Apr 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

daysinthewake, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

deanhead, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GFish, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Bnoise11, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

whiterapid, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

johnnyboy76, Apr 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

LSx, Apr 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sbanacho, Apr 25, 2013
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.