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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

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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3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours very dark. Moderate light penetration. Slighter tanned head leaves plenty of lacing.

S-Surprisingly modest. Lacking the intense hoppiness I was expecting. Lots of roast and even some char. But its decidedly lacking in the hop category.

T-Shockingly similar here. Lacking the power I want from my greens. Bear Republic always brings the boom with the hops...except here. Strong roast instead.

M-Drinks easy, no booze. Pleasant carbonation. Semi-soft bitterness.

O/D-Sort of a disappointment. Anything else with the word 'Racer' has been an absolute stud. This one is the runt unfortunately.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep brown with a nice white cap, good head retention with some spotty lacing and a nice ring around the glass

S: Light toast, chocolate, musty grains, Earthiness and pine needles

T: An initial moderate roast with chocolate, a noted musty grains with ablend of citrus and pine hop presence. The taste of this beer in no way reminded of a black IPA or CDA. I was expecting a more hop forward punch.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: I love Racer 5 and I really enjoy a wellmade CDA. This is not one of them. The hops seem to have been muted, the roast was moderate but this beer seemed to be sloppy in a way and there was a weird, musty graininess that really had no pop or freshness.

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3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room. A story of Cascade, emphasizing the hop as opposed to roast. A sipper, as alcohol warming. Piney aroma. Some toothpaste taste, also apple cidery in the finish. 75 IBU Black with lace and some head. Not bad, worth a try, however not the best of the style.

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Pours dark brown with a fading, light-tan head.
Nose shows piny and grapefruit hops. Also some roasted malt.
Flavours are more aggressive with roasty bitterness, sharp pine and grapefruit. Some alcohol shows too.
Too highly carbonated for this kind of beer.

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.