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RATINGS: 280   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

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3.9
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

3.6
JStax (7130) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22 ounce bottle. Poured a dark brown to black with a lighter beige head of dense foam. Good retention. Aroma is piney, herbal, and catty. Taste has a burnt roast note to it on top of an herbal, leafy bitterness that rounds out the finish. For the abv of the beer, the alcohol is hidden very well.

4
mike_77 (7026) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2012
Hoppy aroma. Light caramel flavours with a good balance of hops. Has a thick feel and a warming finish.

3.5
ajnepple (6981) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
22 oz bottle from Wilburs. Almost black with a tan head and lacing. The aroma is roasted malts and citric hops. Similar flavor, pretty straightforward with medium bitterness and a piney finish. Medium body with a soft creamy feel. Good but slightly disappointing.

3.5
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Ruby black color with lasting light tan head. Dry chocolate, dusty blackened malt aromas with floral, pine hops. medium body, average carbonation. Dry black malt, semi-sweet chocolate flavors with some pine, floral hoppage, and light roast---good.

3.8
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep cola, moderate frothy tannish head, nice lacing.   Pale roast, slight lactose, with some pasture like bitterness on the nose.   Smooth sweet and roasty hoppiness on the tongue.   Thankfully the pasture doesn’t come across on the tongue, only pale roast and some sweet citrusy hops.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Nice balance, a sweeter example which is great with the roasted malts.   Enjoyable!


3.3
Braudog (6804) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Bottle. Definitely black, but IMHO not anywhere in the same league as the other Racer brands. Full disclosure, I’m not a big fan of the "black IPA" rage that’s going on. This is yet another example. Rich with some rich, bitter chocolate malt, the assertive hoppiness doesn’t exactly go a long way to blend in, at least as far as I’m concerned. Drinkable enough, I guess, but I rather have had a porter or an IPA, not a blend. (#5172, 7/23/2013)

3.5
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown body under a one finger tight bubbled light brown head. The nose is fairly hoppy, but in balance with the roasty and chocolate malt base. A pretty nice mixture of citrus and coffee. The flavor is more tilted toward the hops, citrusy and piney up front, moderate bitterness level. Finishes more toward the Porter side, with nice coffee and dark chocolate notes. Some lingering roastiness. Medium bodied with a fairly sturdy malt backbone and soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice beer, but wouldn’t trade it for a regular racer IPA.

3.8
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
On draft at Tap 25. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has lots of coffee and citrus. The flavor is heavy on the citrus and lighter notes of roasted coffee beans. A bit of fruitiness comes in before a big roasted finish. A very good black IPA.

3.8
sonnycheeba (6264) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with frothy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, milk chocolate, toffee, dates, figs, and light earthy hops. Flavor is balanced roast malts and rich, earthy hops with some faint cocoa dryness and faint dark fruit esters; dry finish with some bitterness. Medium body and carbonation.


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