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RATINGS: 281   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (2589) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bomber pours black with ruby edges and a tan head. Nose of pine, citrus. Taste starts with ample bitterness. pine, citrus, and hop resin take command only giving way to some moderate roast and chocolate on the finish. Yum, Yum.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
szinck1 (25) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2013
From the tap. Pours dark brown with a healthy dark fine head; lacing is good. Roasted, toasty and chocolate aroma with a sweet initial taste, converting quickly to a coffee / chocolate and rather bitter lingering finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of moderate roast, citrus, pine, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Flavors of citrus, pine, moderate roast, chocolate and caramel. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter with added notes of grass and a hint of fruits.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dinkle50 (1312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2013
Black pour with a singer finger head. Lots of lace. Grain aroma with just a little citrus. Taste is raisins and roast. I was really surprised that this wasn’t hopped more. Medium mouth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reynolds314 (3272) - Connecticut, USA - APR 28, 2013
On Tap at expensive hipster bar in Boston. Not great here. Watery and a bit of charcoal and lacking the hop bite I expect from Bear republic IPAs.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Appearance: Dark black/brown with a dense brown head. Aroma: pine resin with hints of mocha. Flavor: Malty with a moderate hop bitterness. Surprised that as dark as it is there is very little roasted malt character. The finish is appropriately bitter for the style. Palate: Medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. Overall: While I am not a fan of this ill-conceived style, it is interesting all the same.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2013
Aroma of grapefruit, slight grass, and chocolate malt. Pours black with a bright white bubbly head. Taste is kind of subdued but solid with citrus and chocolate. Sokay. Not my fav.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Rosted malts and resin nose. Light body. lots of hops. Basically a Racer 5 with roasted malts. Slightly oily resiny bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours a fairly dark black with thick cream lacing. Sweet brown sugar and lightly citrus aroma. Overall this is way overbalanced on the roasted side. More like a lightly hopped smoked porter. Not a great example of the style, but fairly enjoyable. Just not what I was expecting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5410) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2013
Pours mahogany tinged deep brown into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention turns soapy as it recedes leaving spider lacing. Chocolate and resin aromas. Thin with dark chocolate and toasted nuts upfront turning to bitter resin and espresso in the lasting finish.


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