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RATINGS: 281   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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4.1
olio (10547) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2013
65 cl bottle.
Pours jet black color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma is very roasty and savory hoppy, some resin and pine needle notes appear also, caramel malts, salmiac and some faint hints of peppermint round things up nicely.
Flavor of roasted malts, lots of citric fruits, resinous hops, licorice notes, some wood and even some coffee on the background. Medium carbonation, burnt malty palate with a bitter hoppy kick. The hoppy bitterness turns eventually to almost creamy lingering licorice finish. Excellent.
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4.1
tiong (7620) - 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.

4.1
Travlr (26070) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Pretty much black color, thick brown head. Aroma of pine, spruce, burnt licorice. Taste is bog and roasty burnt espresso with anisette in it, dark unsweetened chocolate. Delicious.

4.1
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle - black with a large tan coloured head. Appealing aroma of light roasted hops, sweet malt, caramel. Flavour doesn’t disappoint, same elements, plus some balancing hoppy bitterness, citrus and pine, that dominates the finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth - a delight to drink.

4.1
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Great dark color and beautiful tan head. This beer looked delicious. The beer was a bit sweet and bitter, maybe a bit too bitter in the finish for me.

4.1
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
"Pretty much exactly what I expected/hoped for from this brew. Like all the other "Racer" IPAs. pungent hops, both pine and citrus, ample bitterness...and a light but distinct roasted malt, coffee abd coca character. At no point do you realize you are drinking an imperial strength brew. I don’t think this will have a long shelf life, but very good fresh. Finishes bitter and dry."

4.1
kevinsenn (2289) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle from North Station Liquors, Boston. Great aroma of cherry candy, With ever so slight roasty notes. Full body, a little flat. Cherry and other fruits, roasty and licorice notes, bitter finish. Nice black ipa.

4
mike_77 (7089) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2012
Hoppy aroma. Light caramel flavours with a good balance of hops. Has a thick feel and a warming finish.

4
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - APR 2, 2013
Tap at Blind Tiger. Poured a deep dark mahogany with a thin white head. Malts hit first in the nose followed by sweet hops. The malt starts strong like the nose but the hops finish this with some sweet notes I get a hint of licorice but the malt lifngers long and deep through the finish. Full bodied and complex yet super drinkable.

4
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Thought this was a damn good CDA. Pours right black with off white foam head. Soem pine in the nose, but a lot of roast. Really good blend between the malt and hops makes for a ton of flavors (chocolate, hazelnut, pine, resin, roasted nuts) that blend well and are very easy drinking. Another winner from Bear Republic.


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