Black Racer | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

Black RacerBlack Racer
BA SCORE
81.9%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 531 ratings
Black RacerBlack Racer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by avaldivia on 07-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,189
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
531
Liked:
435
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
9.69%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 531 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of JohnParadee
1.06/5  rDev -73%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of RickS95
2.16/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It's dark brown, almost black and the head sort of resembles an IPA. A tan, meringue-like head that looks like a cross between a bad IPA and a creamy stout. I assume that's the idea.

Almost completely devoid of smell. I stuck my nose into the drink and only then did I pick up anything. Mostly pine, literally nothing else is there.

I've tried and tried black IPAs and I just don't get it. Not sure if it's an acquired taste, but similar to a kriek, it totally misses the boat for me. It's like two competing flavors that work well individually, but are complete disasters when put together. Some pine and some malt. They just don't work.

Some resiny pine and some char. They provide a bitterness, but not in a good way.

I give up on the style. I can't get used to it. It just doesn't work.

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bear Republic Black Racer

Reviewed April 3, 2013

A- pour produces a 2 finger frothy mocha head with good retention. Beer is brown with chestnut hues. Good lacing. 4

S- toasty, chocolate, sweet, a little boozy, hops are very subdued. 3

T- too sweet, chocolate and molasses, biting bitterness that didn't play that well off of the heavy malts. Boozy. Would have liked more citrus and pine from the hops rather than just bitterness. 3

M- syrupy. Medium body. 2.5

O- I love Bear Republic, and until now hasn't had a beer from them that I felt was a "miss". This definitely missed the mark. I love Racer 5 and Racer X, but won't revisit this one. 2.5

C-

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep brown with a nice white cap, good head retention with some spotty lacing and a nice ring around the glass

S: Light toast, chocolate, musty grains, Earthiness and pine needles

T: An initial moderate roast with chocolate, a noted musty grains with ablend of citrus and pine hop presence. The taste of this beer in no way reminded of a black IPA or CDA. I was expecting a more hop forward punch.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: I love Racer 5 and I really enjoy a wellmade CDA. This is not one of them. The hops seem to have been muted, the roast was moderate but this beer seemed to be sloppy in a way and there was a weird, musty graininess that really had no pop or freshness.

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81.9% out of 100 with 531 ratings
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