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RATINGS: 257   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   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


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (5366) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2013
650 ml bottle, thanks to me, myself and I. Pours a black colour with a creamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, salty licorice, resin, caramel and pine. Flavour is very rich with strong floral hoppiness, roastiness, pine needles, spruce, salty licorice, dark chocolate, some coffee and mild herbal notes. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel and very soft carbonation. Long lingering bitter finish with floral bitterness, roastiness and some salt. Excellent balance. Oh my, this is good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (4479) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. A big tan head that has large bubbles that does not seem to fall. The beer is almost black with some red highlights. Very stout looking. Some very nice fruit in the aroma along with earth. I wish it were a little bigger. All kinds of hops are tasted. Complex fruit. Pineapple, with citrus. Some spiciness. A hint of chocolate and roasted notes. This beer is beautifully balanced and is a delight to drink. Cocoa comes in late as does some lactic. The feel is nice and smooth and has some richness to it. This is akin to a stout IPA. Good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cory (239) - , California, USA - APR 12, 2014
Draft. Strong orange citrus aroma with some great juicy mandarin flavors with smoke and ash undertones across the palate. The ash lingers in a way thatvit compliments the bitter oils left on your tongue. This is one of the best black IPAs I’ve had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oRos (1005) - sacramento, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Growler taste from Kenny at capitol beer. Color is dark brown/black. Taste is roasted malts and hopped up. Great black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
G_Wlikrs (2) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 9, 2013 does not count
I really like the blend of hops and malt and the mild taste of cocoa. There is no terrible after taste and holds flavor whether it is cold or at room temperature. I could drink this all year around. It is a shame its a seasonal beer but sometimes you have to wait for a good thing.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thicksuds (387) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2013
Great pour, smells fruity, taste is awesome, really hoppy, you get that IPA taste, but just the touch of dark flavor that makes it an awesome beer. I am really impressed, one of the better black IPAs I have had.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Appearance: Pours near black with a beige frothy cap of head.

Aroma: Light roasted dark malt and a bit of citrusy dry hops.

Taste: Candied orange followed by piny hop bitterness. A little bit of roast on the back end. Finishes with medium duration.

Mouthfeel: Unusalky silky. Black patent malt or oats maybe? Active, almost creamy carbonation.

Overall: Typically, my benchmark for Black IPAs is Stone SSR or Deschutes Hop in The Dark. This beer is nothing like either, but more importantly it’s better than the other 97% of the Black IPAs on the market. Great flavor profile with minimal roast, and a remarkable mouthfeel. Could be more dank in the nose, but still a great balanced hoppy black ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (739) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours almost pitch black with some brown hues on the edges, with a two finger tan head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of cirus, pine, sweet malts, coco, and some coffee. Taste citrus, pine up front, with nice coco, coffee, and roasted malts in the back end. Has a medium full body with a creamy mouth and a slighty dry, moderately bitter, roasty finish. Overall, a tasty, pretty drinkable black IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1493) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Dark black pour, light tan head. Roasty and citrus & resiny bitterness on the nose, taste is roast and chocolate forward with a nice hop balance with some pine in the finish. Nice black IPA.


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