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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
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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Ratings: 491 | Reviews: 101 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of kwa357
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

kwa357, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
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.

VelvetExtract, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

waddellc2, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Jason1337
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Jason1337, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +2%

NickThePyro, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

jwat, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

hollywood_15063, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

IPAchris, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

sneaks2210, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of grittybrews
4/5  rDev +2%

grittybrews, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of Pinche_Oso
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pinche_Oso, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.94/5  rDev -25%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ste5venla
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

ste5venla, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of CanisMajor
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

CanisMajor, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of jackrodgers77
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

jackrodgers77, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
4/5  rDev +2%

tbone1384, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev +2%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of BradMacMullin
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

BradMacMullin, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of fox227
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

fox227, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of expansive
4/5  rDev +2%

expansive, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Lancepetersen
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Lancepetersen, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of hanlonrn
4/5  rDev +2%

hanlonrn, Jul 11, 2012
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.