Red Racer Stout | Central City Brewers + Distillers

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Central City Brewers + Distillers
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This dark Irish stout is deep, dark, smooth, and creamy. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds a silkiness to the texture and body of this ale.

Added by BDTyre on 09-10-2006

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, with one of the (physically) slickest, smoothest, and sexiest (not a new thing for this brewery) labels that I've ever encountered. Hard not to let it slip through your fingers when holding it.

This beer pours a clear, I think, very dark mahogany-tinged brown colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and rocky beige head, which leaves some decently consistent Arabic script lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of gritty, lightly roasted bready caramel malt, wet ash, dark chalky cocoa, more than a hint of sour yeast, ethereal black coffee, and earthy, musty, and faintly leafy hops. The taste is a bit more upbeat - bittersweet chocolate, subtly roasted pale malt, toasted whole grain bread, more sodden ash, a niggling dry sour yeasty essence, persistent coffee bean essences, and singed leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained in their bearing, as hardly a tame frothiness arises out of them, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally pretty smooth, though not really as creamy as one might expect from all this talk of oatmeal and mashtuns. It finishes mostly dry, the lingering smoke and ashy (13 Engines, represent!) character still prominent, as the malt and any hops gear down, and put 'er on the back burner.

Much more of an Irish Dry Stout, than anything oatmeal-related, at least in this most recent big-bottle iteration. Very roasty, from a few different angles, and not anywhere near as silky as proclaimed in the marketing blurb - which is no bad thing, just callin' a well-wrought spade a well-wrought spade, is all. And isn't is just like something Irish, to start off mild, ramp it up, and then end on a dry pithy note?

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3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nitro ruins another beer. On nitro tap at St. Augustine's. Looks great, with dark brown and creaminess. And the creaminess in the mouthfeel, but the taste is sacrificed at the alter of looks and it is more milky, with the roast faded into the distance.

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3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was lucky enough to find a 6 pack of cans on my last trip to Vancouver - another can for the collection plus a couple to pass along in trades.
Very typical looking stout. Very dark color, but not fully black, thick tan colored head. Foam lasts nicely, leaving some sticky lace. Slight aromas of chocolate and coffee. Smell and taste are both light and understated, I don't want to say watery, but it is much thinner than expected. Body still smooth and creamy. Overall, still a very good stout, but not the same kick for the style as some othe Central City beers.

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3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Central City Brewing 'Red Racer Stout' @ 4.2% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $4

A-pour has a hint of red from the bottle to settle into almost black in the glass with a big tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-some roasted barley , no oatmeal

T-slight smokyness

MF-ok/pop like carbonation

Ov-weak irish dry stout , even weaker oatmeal stout

prost LampertLand

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This neat new-ish beer from Bear Republic... oh right that's a different brewery... really guys, they had to change their name because of you!!! Bear Republic, it's breweries like you that make me sick.

A nice beer to drink during a blizzard, unfortunately no date on the bottle, but should be pretty fresh.

Pours a nice thick creamy 1+ finger off-white almost tan head that fades semi slowly with tons of lacing, the glass is just covered in lacing, over a very dark black beer with a little mahogany light sneaking through.

Nose is pretty nice,but a bit on the lighter side, plenty of nice oats, creamy oats, a nice toasty nutty brown malt, with a bit of toasty caramel and nutty toffee, a nice candy bar like note with a mild milk chocolate in the background as well, the caramel really ramps and it starts to get a big caramel nutty brown ale milky way candy bar like.

Taste brings more malts and oats, creamy and toasty oats with a little fudgey cocoa and milk chocolate, mixing with the mild roasty like malt note. PLenty of caramel again, nutty brown malts with a touch of biscuit and plenty of toasted flavors, a little fluffy nougat, and big candy bar caramel and caramelized toasted roasted malts. Hops kick in late, some grassy and mildly spicy hop notes, turning a little spicy on the finish, a little sticky and creamy on the finish, bit more dark chocolate and creamy oats, and more caramel lingering with the bitter spicy grassy hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice creamy oats but a bit thin for what I was expecting, decent carb.

Overall nice, good oats, lots of caramel a bit morethan I expected, nice creamy feel, good candy bar notes without being too sweet, I like the bitter kick on the back end, pretty enjoyable to sip through the afternoon of the storm.

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3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A fellow CANQuester (TM), acyBigBry, sent me a box of CANadian CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! I love CANadian CANs and especially my sweetheart, Red Racy.

In this iteration, her feet, shod in red Mary Janes, are kicked out, off of the pedals to the middle of the front tire, her red skirt is flying up to reveal white cotton panties, garters and white silk stockings. Her brilliant red hair is pulled back in a ponytail. A shadow on her right breast reveals either a black brassiere or her pulchritude. Her right hand is upraised in a poor salute while her left hand steadies the handlebar of her CANveyance. Let's go for a ride together sometime, doll!

From the CAN: "This smooth Irish-style Stout is deep, dark and full bodied. The use of oatmeal in the mashtun adds silkiness to the texture and body in this ale. Roasted barley, as well as pale, black,chocolate and crystal malts round off one of our richest creations to date. Cheers!"; "Craft Brewed".

My initial pour produced a LOT of head, so I backed off and away to allow it to settle. Dense, rocky medium-tan head was the watchphrase for this one, apparently. I say that because a second attempt at a pour also resulted in a mountain of head. Color was a seep, dark-brown allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was rich, dark chocolate with a smoky scent underlying it. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was mint-chocolate, not as intense as CANdy, but along the lines of ice cream. Finish really evinced the mintiness and I was won by Red Racy yet again.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sept 25, 2010 - I stopped by the brewery and gave this another go.

This is a VERY mild stout. The oats neutralize the roasted acidity and give it a really smooth body with the nitro pour.

I'm partial to bigger, more flavourful stouts, but this is a seriously drinkable lightweight!

Much nicer... I wonder if the keg might've been getting a little stale last year?

Original review 7/29/2009:

On-tap at the brewpub.

This was thin, watery and had a light grainy astringency. Not at all in line with their other brews. This one needs revamped.

Brown/black, light tan head, thin ring of retention, no lacing. Very little aroma, with hints of roasted grain & fruity esters.

Flavours of light roasted grain, cocoa & hints of nuts.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Is this an oatmeal stout?

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Photo of flagmantho
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650mL bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with enough haze so that no light passes through. Head is two fingers of frothy dark-tan foam. This is quite the attractive stout!

Smell: sweet malt with a bit of nice chocolatey character and some unfortunate vegetal hop contribution -- common for the style, really, but not much of a plus. Still, though, it's got an overall nice character that I like.

Taste: quite chocolatey with a bit of ashy roastiness. Amid this is a sweetness to the malt which reminds me more of a milk stout, really. The vegetal element from the aroma is gone here, and I find this brew quite delightful!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and OK creaminess. Not too bad, although I would expect a little more from the style.

Overall: I find myself quite liking this beer; I'm not sure why its general rating is comparatively low. Sure, it's a bit more like a milk stout than an oatmeal stout, and sure, there's some vegetation in the aroma; but really, it's a tasty brew of which I know I could quaff plenty.

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3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear dark reddish brown, a little light for a stout, medium sized tan head forms, settles down to a thin ring, few lace spots. Smell is okay, grainy, some chocolate and roast, caramel, biscuit, touch of fruit, but pretty light on the nose. Taste is similar, biscuit/graininess, some chocolate and roast, caramel, raisin, oats, lightly bitter finish. Motuthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not bad, not good, just too light in all aspects.

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