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Black Racer - Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 494 | Reviews: 101 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +2%

EatonHops, Jan 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

nealbert, Jan 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Lehighace06, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2%

Ernest78, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BierJager89
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a creamy light brown head.

S: Citrus, some lemon, but mostly orange in the nose and a bit of grass and pine.

T: Roasted malt, orange, some other citric and floral notes as well. A touch of vanilla.

M: Medium bodied and smooth enough, especially for the style.

O: The Black IPA/Black ale, whatever you want to call it, is my favorite style of hoppy beer. An excellent example of the style. I've never had a hoppy beer I like more than this one. That said, I had this on tap at the brewery, from the batches they were going to send to the great american beer festival.

BierJager89, Jan 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

TorinBreckd, Jan 12, 2014
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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
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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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

Kelp, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2%

Trish, Dec 25, 2013
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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
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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
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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
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.