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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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/27/13

Appearance: Despite the name of the beer, this is really more of a dark brown than black - pours with a creamy, tan head - fades to an interesting web of wisps, leaves a few spots of lacing but nothing exceptional

Smell: Roasty, lightly burnt, and some West Coast hops - roasted grains - some burnt, borderline charred notes, lightly vegetal, kind of smells like burnt popcorn - grapefruit and pine shine through the dark malts, hoppy, with a potency that actually seems to increase as it warms up

Taste: Hoppy chocolate and burnt coffee, basically - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa, and burnt, dry chocolate malts - hints of burnt coffee - fleshy grapefruit and orange, with some rind - some vaguely tropical, hoppy notes too - some caramel malts, cooked bread, and burnt caramel - kind of balanced, in a weird way

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, with some chewiness

Overall: Did you know? Black Racer is made by harvesting the engine sludge that results from attempting to use Racer 5 IPA instead of gasoline.

This is an above average black IPA. It's not the best in its category, but it's interesting. I would have expected a more intense hoppy presence from Bear Republic. But the hops here are pretty good. My only complaint with this beer is the weird, vegetal, burnt popcorn-like aroma (which slightly impacts the taste). Regardless, this is definitely worth a try. I'd be surprised if this is a limited, brewed-once beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH signature glass. About six weeks old?

A: Moderately creamy/sparse head atop a black beer that is immune to light.

S: Hops! And nutty, smoky scents.

T: Beautifully balanced and well-made. Roasted malts are hugely dominant, especially on the lingeringly bitter aftertaste, but aside from the charred, roasty flavours, there is a subversive American hop element injecting a disconcerting citrus into the mix. Overall, it's really great.

M: Creamy and robust. I'm a big fan.

O: A wonderful beer that comes highly recommended. Interesting, drinkable, and -- most importantly -- tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Black. Tan head that drops to a foam ring.

A- Sweet citrus hops, orange, mango. Some weird smell I can't place smokey sortof. When it was cooler I got some roasty malt smells, but the hops have taken hold as it warmed.

T- Initial bitterness on the draw, piney citrus hop flavors. Some roast malt flavors. The bitterness sticks around into the aftertaste with some slight chocolate. Some light grassy vegetable hop flavor with a spicy hit in the aftertaste. Slight alcohol warmth.

M- Medium full and super smooth. Not crisp, chalky, but smooth. Medium carbonation that you know is there.

D- Super enjoyable brew, maybe not the best hot weather beer, but enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black, but with some opacity when held up to light. Full finger of head and some lacing on the glass.

S: Hoppy, yet malty.

T: Crisp hops up front give way to a full malt flavor towards the back. Mocha flavoring comes through nicely. Well balanced and very enjoyable.

M: Generous hopping keep it somewhat lighter but this is still a very full bodied beer.

O: Really nice and hope to see this one more.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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