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Black Racer | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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

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

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Ratings: 531 |  Reviews: 107
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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bp123
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmbeer
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nugganooch
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Notes from 01/16/2015

A: Dark chocolate brown edges concentrate into more of an inky black as you gravitate towards the body center. Not terribly viscous on the pour but opaque enough. Some lively dark tan suds froth over top and eventually settle out to a crown around the glass walls. Nice ribbons and chunky globs of lace get left in its wake.

S: Smells like I may have picked up an older bottle. More malt forward here with a bit of burnt caramel action. Lightly smoky on the roast with that scorched caramel presence and a touch of sweetened breads. Hops are coming off a bit stale to me. Laced with pine and herbals mostly. An old sample or really just not that great. Kind of disappointed either way.

T: Mostly sweet and roasty malts here. I get dark toffee with burnt toast and grains. Lightly charred and having a bit of spent coffee note to it. The beer brings through an astringent bitterness midway with some aged hop flavors of pine and dank herbal spice. Some moments of orange peel hidden in there as well. Alcohol is well balanced. Not a favorite in the style at all. A bit of a letdown for me really.

M: The body seems big for the style and heavier on the palate. Light cream texture to it with and even amount of carb to help spritz things up. Sort of astringent with the bitterness. Lightly drying in the finish with not much lingering action.

D: This was not the black version of Racer 5 I was hoping for. Hops were quite understated leaving mostly roasty malt and charred caramel. Chalking it up to being an older bottle. Will require a revisit if I happen upon this one again.

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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BcOneSeven
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaemeno3
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bomber into a large cognac glass. date on the bottle reads 4/30/2013
pitch black body, with no real head but some white bubbles that stick to the sides of the glass.
a great and well balanced aroma of dark roasted malts and coffee and citrus notes. the hoppy citrus notes however are not as prevalent as i imagined, perhaps because of the length of time I waited to drink it.
The taste also agrees that the hop flavors have faded a great deal. coffee notes, almost burnt roast.
mouthfeel is good, well carbonated.

Overall, I'm not sure what to think. Racer 5 IPA is one of my favorite IPAs out there, and had high expectations for this beer. I was planning on doing a taste test between this and Sublimely Self-Righteous, but think i'm gonna save that one for tomorrow. Maybe this beer had a different, and maybe better profile a year ago. I will have to try a fresher bottle and maybe re-review at a later date.

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

Enjoyed form the bomber in a pint glass, this interesting black ipa pours a thick dark blackish brown with a nice tan head that dissipates to a thin foam with light lacing. Nose of heavy citrus, thick molasses, chocolate, bittering hops, and syrupy sweet malts. Flavors are up front with bitterness and sweetness as chocolate malts and hops make a play for the front. Rich citrus hop flavors of grapefruit and bitter orange mingle with molasses and heavy sweet malts that comes off extremely well balanced for such a heavy handed profile of hops. Smooth yet bitter aftertaste is lightened by crisp carbonation that lightens the mouth feel with sweet dark malts.
Intense and bracing.

A hop heads delight who looks for some balance to their brew with a malt backbone.

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Photo of DrBier
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ExtraStout
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, 75 IBU, 8.1 ABV. This brew is NOT retired!!

Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, floral, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, toast, floral, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, cocoa, roasted malt, light char, floral, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, sticky, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA! All around great balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.76/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.08/5  rDev -21.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.08/5  rDev -21.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.92/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a bottle into a large mug.

A: It pours a murky, dark brown (almost black color) with a short tan head that lasts for a few minutes before evaporating to a thin tan layer, leaving small patches of lace.

S: Has quite an aroma too it, I can smell it without having to bring my nose down. Floral tones predominate, as I would expect from the style.

T/M: Initially, it comes off to me as sweet, like mollasses and brown sugar. It's full bodied, rich and fairly carbonated. It finishes sweet, somewhat syrupy, but has a good follow through bitterness kick from the hops, although it's mild.

O: Quite a unique beer to me. I don't think I've had a black ale that was also an IPA, though I'm not really a fan of the latter. Nonetheless, this was quite an enjoyable beer, it was well balanced and robust. I'd have it again and I'd recommend.

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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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