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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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9155) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2013
22oz bottle. Poured a deep brown color with a small sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, floral hops, and some citrus. Tastes of chocolate, citrus, caramel, and pine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (8981) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8936) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room. A story of Cascade, emphasizing the hop as opposed to roast. A sipper, as alcohol warming. Piney aroma. Some toothpaste taste, also apple cidery in the finish. 75 IBU Black with lace and some head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
651mL Pours deep cola to black with massive, tight bubbled lighter tan head. Awesome retention, huge lacing. Nose holds cocoa powder, grilled mango, dark chocolate cake. Taste is denser, nicely bitter, lactic dark chocolate, mild pine. Slight soap and tanginess in the finish. Thicker mouthfeel as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours hazy dark brown toward black with 2-finger well-retained khaki head and a lot of floaties. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao,resiny hops. Tastes roasty dark malty, with notes of cacao, resiny hops, an overall high IBU level, and a crisp hoppy finish with more notes of roasty malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7870) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 6, 2011
On tap at the Brewery. Pours with a near black body (plenty of brown notes though) with a small but lasting tan head. Aromas of roast, bitter chocolate, pine and grapefruit. Minimal esters, pretty clean. Flavors of roast, chocolate, tobacco and leather. Some citrus, tangerine, pine and herbal hop flavors as well. Roast seems to dominate the hops a bit, but thankfully it is not astringent or very aggressive in its character. Medium bubbles and dry. Pretty tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2013
22oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque black with a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet dark malty nose with lots of fresh resiny hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and clean dark malty sweetness with good piny hop bitterness and flavor before a drier bittersweet finish. True to style and enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7091) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2013
22oz bomber. As soon as the top was cracked I could smell yummy hops. It pours nice and dark with a full dark tan head of foam. The aroma offers up pine hops and some citrus hops as well as lighter notes of dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. The taste is right there! Yum. I get a pleasing fairly rich grapefruit like citrus hop flavor and bitterness that rolls into a mix of chocolate malts, dark roasted malts and then just the right amount of burnt malts. It only grows in citrus hop bitterness to midway as resiny pine hops join in and then into the finish the hops sweeten up just a tad to add little bit fuller mouth feel. Darn tasty stuff from one of my favorite breweries.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 26, 2013
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark brown / near-black with a small beige head. Aroma of lightly roasted malts and moderate piney hops - not the most aromatic of black IPAs. Flavour brings out a nice balance of piney hops and roasted malt, though the flavours are rather weak and almost muted. The flavours come out more as the beer warms up, but the whole thing is rather underwhelming. Good black IPA, but leaves something to be desired.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (6964) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Tap at the brewpub. Dark cola pour with a small white head. Pine hop, earthy malt. Picking up a touch of yeast. Touch of roasty malt as well.


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