Bear Republic Black Racer is an American Black Ale from Bear Republic Brewing Company in California. A rather big beer, with 8.10% ABV, Bear Republic Black Racer is available on a limited schedule in bottles, growlers, and on-tap. Bear Republic Black Racer took home the gold medal for American-Style Black Ale at the 2012 World Beer Cup. Black Racer pours out a deep brown with a tall tan head that retains well and laces on the way down. Its nose is sweet, with toffee, roasted malts, citrus fruits and hints of coffee. The taste follows the nose, with orange and pear notes, toffee and other malts, and a dry, crisp roasted coffee sort of finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and light on the tongue-this is a sessionable black ale. Available in bottles, Black Racer sips nicely from a pint glass, mug, or stein at 40-45°F.