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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured black with a moderate khaki head. Smooth and balanced. Didn’t lean too far on the hops or the malt. Roast was in there and complimented the floralness of the hops nicely. Some coffee and cocoa too. Green, earthy hop tones and balancing sweetness so the bitterness was just right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4150) - Frisco, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle. The look is dark, brownish black in color, and has a cashew colored head. The smell is malt, burnt, hops, pine, and resin. The taste is hops, fruits, pine, burnt, and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4139) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2012
Dark black pour with dark copper edges and one finger of creamy tan head. Awesome nose, very floral and ephemeral with lots of citrus zest and perfume-y hops and light bitter chocolate notes. Flavor is very bitter and burnt with lots of bitter coffee and chocolate. Notes of peanut hulls.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4090) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2013
650ml bottle. Pitch black colour with average, creamy, fairly lasting, moerately lacing, beige head. Herbal hoppy aroma has a touch of pine peppermint, salmiac. Taste is earthy, herbal, hints of coniferes, Bärwurz, Kräuterschnaps, minimally roasty dark malty; smooth, soft, silky, mouth-filling palate, long lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (4077) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle. Black and pored with a small head. Hoppy with a medium body and a lingering hoppiness. Pretty standard for this style which means it is pretty good. Worth trying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (4012) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2013
650ml bottle from Ales by Mail

Pours pitch black with a bubbly white head. Aroma of roasty malts, grassy hops, juicy fruitness, licorice and citrus. Taste is smooth, roasty and hoppy with notes of grass, licorice, citrus. Finish is dry, bitter, roasty and fruity with loads of licorice. Quite roasty black IPA, almost feels like an hoppy IS instead. Still very tasty and balanced, though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2013
22oz bomber. Black with a large beige head. Aroma is of light pine, grapefruit, roasted malt. Taste is of juicy grapefruit, light roasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DanielBrown (3913) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Bottle from Gurd at Gurd’s bottle tasting evening. Sweet BIPA. Lots of raisin flavours, bundled in with some sweet hops. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3848) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Sampled at the Raleigh Rare and Vintage Festival. Good looking Dark brown pour with decent tan head. The nose was a very crisp hoppiness, with an almost ’burnt’ quality. Flavor was bitter and extremely roasty, overroasted in my opinion. Lingering bitterness on the tail. Pretty good, but I’ve had better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 9, 2013
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium goblet produces a three finger thick, lightly brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated brown, not quite black colored head. The aroma smells of vibrant, fruity hops and toasted / roasted malt character; lychee, guava, and candied tangelo zest, which is backed by whole grain, toasted brown crackers, coffee liquor, and bitter roasted character.

The beer has ample hop flavors with lots of lychee, floral concentrated peach notes, burnt tangerine character, Curacao orange peel, a touch of herbaceous pine character, as well as a firm bitterness that is accentuated by the smooth roast character. Lingering, though light, roast notes, some whole grain brown bread (amply toasted of course), and a wholesome, slightly burnt cracker character. The body is nice and light, thought it does have some heft to it, enough to carry the vibrant hop character at least.

This is quite a nice Black IPA; the hop character is quite vibrant, fruit laden, and just expansive, with just enough dark malt character to support the hops, but not get too intrusive. This is really just fresh and hoppy, and I am enjoying this quite a bit more than I expected.

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