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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
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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3/5  rDev -23.5%

mmulebarn, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

beetstreet, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -23.5%

jenray, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kelp, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Trish
4/5  rDev +2%

Trish, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Kirk, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DrJay, Dec 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Lobina, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

TonyY, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of mxchap
5/5  rDev +27.6%

mxchap, Dec 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Ajlvt, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of ryannosaurus
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

ryannosaurus, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

leprakhan, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Moses_Malone, Dec 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

pisano, Dec 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

mikefuski17, Dec 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Srecko, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Nov 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

maltlikker, Nov 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

likesbeer, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

DefenCorps, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

ZachKelly, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

bigfnjoe, Nov 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MPSTARR, Nov 17, 2013
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.