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RATINGS: 282   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Black Racer blends Bear Republics love of hops with the Pacific Northwests 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
raphael (1193) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2014
roast malt, dark chocolate, fresh lumber, molasses. frothy tan head over impenetrable black. Im not a big CDA fan but this ones well balanced--avoid the clash of roast & malt, . while the roast is there the molasses, cherry & smoke flavors round it out without muting. Smooth int he mouth with the slightest burnt edge. sharp alcohol finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5032) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
This was shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. It pours black, with a fine bubbled tan head. Light lacing. Nose of citrus, pine, and floral hops. Medium body. Smooth mouth feel. Flavor is burnt malts, and the three hops flavors....citrus, pine and floral. Moderately bitter finish. This goes down really smooth and is easy drinking. Good balance. Excellent Black IPA. Like this one a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle thanks to wyzzywyz22, cheers mate. Poured almost black with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma has a big lick of coffee, grapefruit, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Flavour is lovely and hoppy, roasted malt, chocolate, pine. Well balanced. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (8424) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle from Half Time webshop. Pours almost pitch black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice and orange. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Taste of dark malts, weak roasty and some good piney hops towards the lingering dry bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
22oz bottle, courtesy of Bear Republic. Thanks, folks! Pours a deep, dark cola-brown color; creamy, sizable light-cocoa head: tiny bubbles along with solid retention and lacing; really nice pour on this. Aroma offers up cocoa powder and a bit of chocolate-covered caramel (nothing heavy) that quietly serves as the backdrop to a modest grapefruity and slightly pithy hoppiness; solid, lean, hop-forward composition. Medium body with moderate CO2, tiny bubbles; compared to something like New Glarus Black Top (wherein the hop bitterness takes over and makes one quickly forget the darker malt additions) this is a bit more charismatic when it comes to the darker malts, with distinct notes of cocoa and lightly rounded chocolate, and a bit more restrained in the overall bitterness; still, this is one of the better new releases to come out of Bear Republic as of late, and that hop bitterness slowly does begin to build and make one forget the darker hue; definitely doesnt descend into the toasted marshmallow, milk chocolate sweetness of others; firmly bitter, and a really enjoyable, repeatable pint. Medium-length finish of grapefruit rind and a bit of lingering cocoa and chocolate; still on the dry side.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - APR 12, 2013
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 Awesome black racer five, yes love bear republic, good smooth, medium slightly creamy body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2770) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2013
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, floral/pine hops, & citrus; Flavor of slight roasted sweet malt, caramel, pine hops, some chocolate, and citrus; Finish is fairly bitter; Very nicely balanced; Somewhat underrated - I enjoyed this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1166) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2013
I dont know why, but I had this on tap at Lord Hobo. It was during the same time as my Boulevard Hibiscus Gose review. Pours a dark brown resembling black: trim khaki head. Smells and tastes of roast, blackberry preserves, juniper berries, grass trimmings, traditional yeast, and ginger. Smooth. alcohol well hidden. Another exciting beer from Bear Republic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5684) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2013
Pours mahogany tinged deep brown into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention turns soapy as it recedes leaving spider lacing. Chocolate and resin aromas. Thin with dark chocolate and toasted nuts upfront turning to bitter resin and espresso in the lasting finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Rosted malts and resin nose. Light body. lots of hops. Basically a Racer 5 with roasted malts. Slightly oily resiny bitter finish.


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