Black Racer | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
531
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
9.69%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
29
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 531 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Brad007
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jayhunter357
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's (from notes).

A: Black with no lacing.

S: Sweet malts and roasty pine. Tiny bit of citrus. Smells like a barleywine.

T: Mainly pine and malt. A bit roasty. Kinda like an old IPA or bad barleywine. Nice flavor though. Malty with a sweet finish.

M: Slightly crispy.

O: Good, but not one of the better Racers.

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Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Jeeb
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger tan head
S: Lots of pine hops, a bit of molasses and citrus
T: Matches the nose. Distinct pine initialy, then a fair amount of citrus, a touch floral and roasted malt to round it out
M: Medium-bodied with a nice crispness
O: Very distinct, especially with the pine. If I didn't see the color I would almost peg this as a full-bodied DIPA. I like it

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Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of sprague808
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of t8dd
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CA_brewster
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very very dark brew basically black with a very thin tan head. Light carbonation. The aroma is deliciously hoppy, picking up on a lot of molasses and alcohol. The taste is nice. It's an intense beer but the flavors are good. Lots of hop and alcohol bitterness. Malty molasses flavors are prominent but they are nicely balanced by some good hoppy characteristics.

Overall another great beer from Bear Republic. It reminds me a lot of Big Bear Black Stout though, they are already very hop forward with their beers. They really should have hopped the shit out of this one so it could be on it's own level. A good beer worth drinking though!

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Photo of Patches826
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mquartuccio87
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at Monde, enjoyed chilled from a goblet chilled from the 22oz bottle shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is black with opaque appearance with 2 fingers tight bead and streamers of lace with good retention. The smell is very good with floral, citrus and tropical aroma of hops dominant with a nice malt aroma and a hint of alcohol but no real roasted odor. The feel is very good with moderately bitter feel and moderate carbonation, low sweetness and resinous hop texture with a semi-dry finish.

The flavor has a mild pine tinge with slight hint of char in the background with moderatly citrus flavored hops with a slight yeast fruitiness and light raisiny element but pine and grapefruit outweighs the malt strongly with some pithy flavor which makes the finish seem bitter toward the end with mild alcohol warmth. Overall I like this a lot, pretty great example of the style and I was pleased it met my expectations considering I think highly of the original Racer 5 IPA. I recommend this to those who like hop forward black IPA's

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Photo of s35keith
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of arizcards
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in mid-July from Total Wine for $5.99. Bottled on .4.30.2013.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of roasted malts and citrus.

Taste is very well balanced between the roasted chocolate malts and the citrus hops. I suspect there was some hop fade over time.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a delicious beer. I will need to try this earlier next year to see how the hops truly are. Delicious beer nonetheless...rates up there with Odell, Stone, Uinta, and Firestone Walker's versions. Recommend.

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Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Boozecamel
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of StoutSeth
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
3.92 out of 5 based on 531 ratings.
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