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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12748) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Draft. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted malt & earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer007 (29) - California, USA - JUL 12, 2013
One of the better black IPA's, but I really have to be in the mood for it. Smells great, just too much of a bitter aftertaste for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9467) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 7, 2013
22oz bottle. Dark brown color. Thin khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Bigger body. Lighter, kind of crisp carbonation. Awesome aroma, pretty much exactly what I want from a black IPA. Good bitter dark chocolate, dark roast, nice coffee malt flavors, along with some big earthy, herbal, piney hop. Good moderate to stronger bitter taste, minimal sweet. Awesome black IPA... Good balance of citrus, nutty herbal hop, and roasty herbal chocolate... Def. my kind of black IPA. Assertively hoppy, satisfyingly hoppy. Love it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Dark mahogany pour with a small latte head. More like a hoppy porter than IPA. Loads of burnt caramel, oats, grain, roasted coffee, and chocolate. Mild citrus and pine punch. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kcorum10 (335) - Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Pours a black color with small, finger size off white head that just sits atop the beer and slowly disappears. Aromas of fresh earthy hops with a slight hint of roasted malt. The flavors are of the opposite. The roasted malt comes to the forefront followed by a slight bitterness that leaves the palate with a barely noticeable stickiness.

4.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
iggynelix (114) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Not usually an ipa drinker, but this is a deliciously caramelled black ipa. Slightly hoppy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7034) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. A pretty ordinary and uninspiring example, but ok. Very simple aroma with just the basics for the style. Decent enough balance, but a bit sour. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10740) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Nice dark brown pour with a cream colored head. Good intergration of roasted malts and the hops. Seamless to be exact. Very nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1022) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
220z bomber - Greatly enjoyed this rendition of Races # 5. This ale has some smokey qualities that I find delightful. ABV is dangerously kicked up from original as well. I approve of this experiment.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Black, with a light brown head, this beer tastes more sweet than your average black IPA, and with more alcohol than you’d expect as well. It seems to be lacking enough hop character in my opinion to be called an IPA, and although roasted malts are in the flavor they’re not overpowering. Normally it’s either one or the other... hoppy or roasted, and sometimes you’ll get something in-between. This seems to be in-between and off to the side. It has an earthy, musky nose with a similar mouth feel. It actually seems more like a thick, malty strong ale than a black IPA. Well-balanced in all respects. Me gusta!


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