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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 14 | 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 DrJay


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Black, nearly opaque, but faintly clear with purple/ruby highlights. It had a thin skim and collar of tan foam that produced long lasting lace and showed good head retention. The aroma was full of roast, caramel, citrus, chocolate, and toffee -- very nice. Citrus bitterness cut through the malt, but notes of caramel and toffee, with a roasty finish, were still evident. Medium bodied with lowish carbonation and faint alcohol warmth, plus slight astringency/dryness from the dark malts. Very tasty. It had a bigger malt profile than I expected, but this matched well with the hops.

12-24-2013 00:59:41 | More by DrJay
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-21-2013 03:41:34 | More by Lobina
Photo of TonyY

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-20-2013 21:51:01 | More by TonyY
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

12-17-2013 17:50:23 | More by mxchap
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-16-2013 02:04:45 | More by Ajlvt
Photo of ryannosaurus


3.46/5  rDev -11.7%

Very dark, light tan head settles down quickly to a light lace. Intriguing aroma notes of caramel and hops, taste has a bold bitterness, caramel, burnt sugar, herbs and roasted grains. Mouthfeel is sharp and cleanly wet. Overall, a nice mix of hop bitterness with both highly roasted and some sweeter dark crystal notes. I'm good with the 70 IBU bitterness, the hop flavor is indistinctly herbal and not really engaging me. Aroma just keeps getting better as the beer warms. Not typically my favorite style, but well crafted enough I will certainly try it again.

12-12-2013 02:06:27 | More by ryannosaurus
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-11-2013 05:11:59 | More by leprakhan
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

12-06-2013 04:19:38 | More by Moses_Malone
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-02-2013 16:14:05 | More by pisano
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-01-2013 17:38:08 | More by mikefuski17
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

11-28-2013 01:09:09 | More by Srecko
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours from the growler into an imperial nonic a deep garnet color with a blooming lighter beige head atop,aromas are full on pine and citrus over top of roast and bitter chocolatet,the way it should be in my opinion.Sharp and pickly pine hops on the palate with some dryer earthy tone,some roast and bitter chocolate comes into play as well but he pine resin wins out.This is what I want and expect for the style and the left coast once again brings it,love this beer.

11-25-2013 23:19:51 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-25-2013 21:07:44 | More by maltlikker
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-23-2013 21:07:07 | More by likesbeer
Photo of DefenCorps


3.66/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle from Belmont Station. It's been a long long time since I've had a Bear Republic beer.

Essentially black with very dark brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose is solid. Moderate pine aromatics with some citrus (valencia oranges) are present, mildly resiny with a nice pine oil-like pungency. Behind that, there is a rather pronounced malt complexity - creamy, roasted malt characteristics, a touch of charred malt and some dark chocolate. The combination of the hops and the roasted grain is intriguing, but this really is closer to a hoppy stout.

The palate opens with a moderate sweetness, grainy, caramel-like and unmistakably so, with a mild bitterness and moderate hop flavor. The juiciness from the hops coupled with the chocolatey sweetness from the grain really does bring to mind a stout with citrus peel. Coffee and cream are prominent, especially on the mid-palate. A little bit of a cola-like sweetness is present on the finish. Mildly sweet and with a moderate pine bitterness on the finish, this medium-light bodied beer has a fantastic creamy carbonation. Unfortunately, though, the palate is just a hair watery. While the alcohol is higher than it needs to be, it is not particularly noticeable. A solid effort.

11-22-2013 04:44:55 | More by DefenCorps
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-18-2013 07:20:44 | More by ZachKelly
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-18-2013 02:28:21 | More by bigfnjoe
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-17-2013 19:37:07 | More by MPSTARR
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-16-2013 00:32:51 | More by methtlcai
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-12-2013 21:53:44 | More by Enriquehopnog
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-09-2013 11:17:08 | More by sloelco
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-07-2013 22:56:18 | More by BullBearHawk
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

11-05-2013 19:33:13 | More by Drink_LocalSD
Photo of jjboesen


4.19/5  rDev +6.9%

Enjoyed this over lunch during a recent visit to Baltimore Alewife. Upon receiving this beauty, I was impressed: the body is an impervious tar black crowned with a splotchy cap of vanilla. There is a wispy scent of a cinnamon bun. The palate is slathered with dark chocolate syrup with small motes of Nestle Quik; all to be supplemented with minor bits of malt and charcoal.

As one who has come to enjoy this style, I found this one to be exquisite, cripsy and light with some hoppy chalkiness on the mouthfeel. Great quaff from the West Coast to be sure. As a bear might agree" Grrrr...! Now Boo-Boo let's go get that Pik-a-nik basket.

11-04-2013 01:10:09 | More by jjboesen
Photo of Brad007


3.44/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a pitch black with a frothy brown head into my glass. Nice amount of lacing. So dark, that it compliments my glass.

There's just a touch of spicy hops in what otherwise resembles an imperial stout. Cocoa, cream and coffee. Hmm.

Flavors remind me of an odd snack that I enjoyed as a kid: potato chips and chocolate syrup. They tasted delicious together but they don't make much sense. Piney hops clash with stout characteristics.

Leaves an imprint of cocoa, coffee and cream at the back of the throat. Hops? They faded before long.

I may have some harsh words here but keep in mind, anything that's hoppy by nature should always be consumed as fresh as possible. I had a chance weeks ago to pick this up. That's my fault. It shouldn't deter you from enjoying this beer though.

11-03-2013 03:24:05 | More by Brad007
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.