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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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Photo of Ego
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bottle code:
48661550
04-03-13 (so fresher the hops probably would pop more but this was bought from a good store that has zero sunlight getting in)

eyes...
basically black, kind of really a super dark ruby tone if you hold it up to the light, quick one finger of head, I literally turned around to change the channel on TV and the head was gone except an O-ring clinging for dear life up the sides of the perimeter of the glass, oddly
lacing is quite good, a pretty good looking brew

nose...
licorice and molasses, muted pine notes, dry cocoa... reminds a bit of dark Caribbean rum

taste etc...
pretty full bodied, slightly prickling carbonation, kind of chalky cocoa and almost ashy (in a good way), the hops are muted but noticeable under the choco blanket, the flavor of chocolate/mild coffee lingers for some time, you also get some warming in the gullet from the
kicked up ABV

verdict?
I didn't love this beer. It was quite good enough to keep sipping but yet I never stopped and said "that pops" (you know, like buddy christ), so... I prefer this style to have a deeper flavor. This is not a bad beer by any stretch so I recommend trying it as it's take on the style might be more up your alley.

Ego, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of OneSundayMorning
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

OneSundayMorning, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of Dcunicelli
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Dcunicelli, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of VBWharfRat
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

VBWharfRat, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

BARFLYB, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of gferg10
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

gferg10, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

oglmcdgl, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of beagle75
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark brown color with one finger of light beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Restrained chocolate roast is balanced with equally mild piney hops. Weak overall, but showing potential. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with slightly scorched malt that otherwise lacks roasted qualities. Hops aromatics consist of a combination of floral herbs and grapefruit peel that are apparently muted and transformed by the proximate malts to end up as a flavor close to dark berry. Acidity is mild into the middle where malt is decidedly brown-cakey and slightly unctuous. Aromatic pine persists in the mildly bitter finish. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly creamy and astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: It is difficult now to avoid comparing new black IPA recipes to Firestone Walker's outstanding Wookey Jack--and in this case, the comparison is not a favorable one. Black Racer underwhelms the senses for such a strong beer at 8.1% abv. It is not a matter of errors, but rather a misbegotten role of easy-drinker being forced upon it. Racer 5 may be able to pull off such a role, but this beer seems caught in no-man's land.

beagle75, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Brad007
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Brad007, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ElSid
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California

#88

A: Black like the name with hues of deep brown in the light. Foamy coffee toned head with variable sized, persistent bubbles.

S: A vein of brown sugar and dark bread run through the nose with notes of flowers, citrus, and mint.

T: Shakable foundation of brown sugar and bread which attempts to support the dank nugget of floral, piney, and citrus hops. Strong bitter finish with a mineral-like edge in addition to moderate warming alcohol.

M: The usual medium feel and supporting carbonation. Hop oiliness gives the feel syrupy linger.

O: Obsessed with the IPA, the west coast continues to spew out variations to keep the public interested. This Black IPA lacks malt complexity and sports an average hop profile. Overall, a lackluster offering from Bear Republic.

ElSid, Jun 07, 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
Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a big creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts with some rye notes.

The flavor is some sweet chocolate malts with a lot of acidic roast bitterness with some pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a decent black IPA.

Beaver13, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

rob133, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

doremite, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

aengleman, Sep 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

acurtis, Oct 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

JasonFromLA, Apr 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bonbini26, Mar 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Drink_LocalSD, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

bambam2517, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Massbmx, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Mersh, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

pisano, Dec 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Lelampp, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.