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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 Racerô blends Bear Republicís love of hops with the Pacific Northwestís 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
birdmachine (201) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
On tap at the Public House in San Francisco , poured into a goblet style glass. Pour is dark (obviously) with a nice thick brown head that sticks around for a bit. Smells just like Racer 5! Aroma is nice and hoppy, with piny resins, some spicy hops and a every so slightly touch of roast at the end to set this beer apart from its brother. Nice thick mouthfeel, but the flavor is rather unexciting, Big roast, musty berry, cardboard, slight bitter chocolate, and a chalky dry finish. Itís kinda weird to taste that chocolate and resiny hops together. Itís a cool style... but itís definitely no Wookey Jack

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1394) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 24, 2013
On tap. Black pour with thin tan head. Aroma has some light roast and pine bitterness but is on the whole understated. Taste has light roast and perhaps some chocolate with hop bitterness and even some malt sweetness into the finish. Okay but I was expecting a better beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewDad (5005) - Olympia, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Dark black, clear with a thin tan head. Awesome hops and malt flavor. Great chocolate and deep rich hops flavor. Awesome BEER

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badhack (340) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 22, 2013
Out of the bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown. Aroma similar to Racer 5. Taste is dark roasted, bread crust, some burnt. Bitter finish with plenty of the roast and bread crust left. Mouthfeel thinner than I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1708) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
Draft at Monks. Very dark brown with a slight frothy tan head. Thicker body than I expected. Feels more like a chocolate stout. Hop bite balances the sweetness. Good, but does not read as a Black IPA. Balanced but not that complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11371) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Big pine and grapefruit aromas. Roasted malt, chocolate, and sweet caramel and molasses. Pretty simplistic aroma. The flavor is moderately bitter. Lots of roast, pine, and grapefruit notes. Some hints of chocolate, molasses, caramel, and a touch of coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (973) - Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2013
I donít know why, but I had this on tap at Lord Hobo. It was during the same time as my Boulevard Hibiscus Gose review. Pours a dark brown resembling black: trim khaki head. Smells and tastes of roast, blackberry preserves, juniper berries, grass trimmings, traditional yeast, and ginger. Smooth. alcohol well hidden. Another exciting beer from Bear Republic.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 20, 2013
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a nearly pitch black color with auburn highlights at the edges that indicate some clarity in the beer. Large frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of vegetal, herbal hops with roasted malts and a bit of a nutty note. The taste is herbal, citrus, resin hops with roasted malts and a faint sweetness. Medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2013
a black ipa that is more on the ipa side. Pretty solid dark black color. Aroma is slightly astringent zest but also some light chocolate and cigar wrapper. Maybe even a light wild berry tea quality to the smell. The taste is pretty steady bitter with jut a hinted chocolate note. A good style example.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6700) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
Bottle from City Beer. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a citrus and treacle aroma. There is a smooth dark molasses and pine flavor with a dry finish. Sweeter than many other black IPAs.


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