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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6004) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Ruby black color with lasting light tan head. Dry chocolate, dusty blackened malt aromas with floral, pine hops. medium body, average carbonation. Dry black malt, semi-sweet chocolate flavors with some pine, floral hoppage, and light roast---good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
umich03jm (2167) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bomber. Pours pitch black with a nice small foamy head that lingers nicely, leaves some webbing too. Aroma is mostly piney hops with some light roasted coffee, light chocolate, and grapefruit too. Taste has a surprisingly juicy hop taste up front with lots of pine and citrus. Finish is moderately bitter with light coffee and chocolate to complement the hops. Medium body, mouthfeel has a nice oiliness. Overall, this is a really good Black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (1958) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
Draught at Cole’s in Buffalo. Black, with a small, sticky brown head. Not much going on in the nose, but that may be a draught thing. The flavour is earthy, gritty, with some herbal hops and a touch of chocolate from the malt. Body is a tad thin, but that may be a draught thing as well. Okay, but I’d like to try it from a bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Concealer (837) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Tap. Dark brown with a tan head. Smells of toasted malt, caramel, and dark fruit. Flavor is the same with a sweet finish and light bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valgreen (715) - DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ The Rake, London. Pitch black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma, a really nice mix of roasted malts and hops, . Taste, roasted malts, piney hops, . Ends with a long dry roasted aftertaste. Great black ipa.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (2707) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2013
22oz bottle. Pours clear dark ruby black with a medium creamy brown head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is hoppy - grapefruit, touch of pine and some underlying coffee. Flavor is definitely IPA - citrus hoppy with underlying roasted malts, perhaps molasses. Lightly sweet and medium bitter. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours jet black with a dense tan head. The nose has big, piney hops and a strong roasted malt note. Those piney hops blast you on the tongue along with a slight earthiness, but give way to slight burnt and dark, roasted malt notes. A slight black coffee note emerges as it warms. Dry and lasting finish. Very well done and recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (823) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2013
On tap at Falling Rock in June. Pours black with small amber head and some lace. Aroma of floral hops, burnt malts, rich malts. Moderate mouthfeel and carbonation. Flavors of dark roasted malts, coffee, carob, dark chocolate. Overall very tasty, full bodied, rich with some bitter notes. Lovely overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rougeau13 (2024) - Richmond, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Really dark brown with basically zero head. Aroma of roast, molasses, pine, and toffee. The taste is very slightly sweet, substantially roasty, and moderately bitter. Medium bodied, below average carbonation. Decent, but well below expectation for this brewery.


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