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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
Ranking:
#6,519
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
531
pDev:
9.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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17
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29
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA

Appearance: jet black with tan foamy, slightly creamy head, opaque

Aroma: dark roastiness with prevalent citrus aroma, slight earthy tones, some sugary sweetness as well

Taste: dark and roasty with citrus balancing notes, strong roasty finish with slight burnt/bitter notes from roasted barley and hop buttering together.

Mouthfeel: more IPA like than stout like mouthfeel, but some perceived fullness from roasted barley. Medium carbonation

Overall: Fantastic beer. I really enjoyed the polar opposite elements of citrus and roastiness coming together to balance each other and make for a thought provoking and beguiling beer.

4.5/5

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

The color of the broth is a deep brown where light shines through the edges. There's a modest, but lasting, beige head. Some initial ring lace--it's spotty lace toward the end.

Attractive blend of pale and mildly roasted malts. Excellent hop balance, enough to be present but not dominating. Good notes of chocolate and dry caramel.

The flavor mimics the positive aroma. The malt is dark in flavor, but without any burnt elements. I'm reminded of unsweetened cocoa (no milk). The bitterness is more pronounced in the swallow and lasts a while in the aftertaste, but it isn't overbearing. The body leans to the thin side, but the carbonation is appropriate. Overall, this is an extremely well-crafted, well-balanced beer. It would be very easy to keep drinking this one all afternoon.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.7.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a smaller dark tan, fine bubbled head with good retention.

S - Roasted dark malt, hoppy citrus and pine.

T - Roasted chocolate malt with a hint of hoppy orange and grass.

D - Silky smooth body with good carbonation.

O - Chocolate up front then a hop punch in the finish. Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one.

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Black Racer from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 531 ratings
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