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Brewed by Burleigh Brewing Company
Style: Schwarzbier
Burleigh Heads, Australia

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Black Giraffe is the result of a collaboration between Burleigh Brewing and Zarraffa Coffee that saw the brewer combine 100 kilos of 100 per cent rainforest alliance coffee beans to create a locally-produced rich and flavoursome black coffee lager.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgb1991 (112) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2014
Effervescent and dull black body. Tan head which dissipates leaving a healthy amount of lacing. The lager yeast leaves space for the bitter coffee to shine, which is phenomenal. Big roasted bill and a hint of dark choclate. Pretty thin malt character and a watered down finish. All in all a smooth, medium bodied black lager.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (571) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 I love it, I like my beers like I like my coffee; black and strong and this fits the bill. Pours thick and black with a tan head, very smooth with rich coffee and chocolate flavours.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niksko (322) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
650ml bottle.
Pours black with a finger of tan, large bubbled head.
Nose is really lovely, roasted coffee, and not much else. Maybe a hint of sweet malt.
Flavour is very coffee forward. Coffee throughout the palate, but a little bit of floral hops in the mid palate. Finish is slightly sweet with a great combination of fruity hop bitterness and coffee bitterness.
Medium bodied, with a sort of dry, tannic mouthfeel from the coffee. It also left some really zany lacing in my glass, sort of cloudy and murky with little spots of head.
Pretty enjoyable. The actual beer flavour is very clean, and it lets the coffee shine through. However I can’t help but wonder whether this would have been better with a slightly more complex base beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattyhennessy (287) - Highton, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2013
Coffee-black pour with a yellow-white head. Moderate carbonation. Very strong coffee flavours as expected, however there is no overpowering bitterness that is usually associated with beers that have added coffee. Very light bodied, as it uses lager yeast that makes this beer perfect for the months between summer and winter, as it has qualities suitable for both .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (7750) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Draught as part of a tasting paddle at Archive Beer Boutique and Bistro, Brisbane, on July 19, 2013.
Black color with red hues, brown head. Roasted, coffee, dry taste. Coffee, dry, roasted aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium high dry griany bitterness. Malty, grainy, coffee, roasted scent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1294) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is malt with plenty of coffee with light toastiness. Taste is light sweet toasty and coffee with a light to medium bitterness. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rangi (566) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 13, 2013
A surprisingly good beer. Pure pitch black poor with an interesting yellow head. Plenty of coffee aroma and slightly burnt grains and molasses. The sickly sweet molasses did begin to take over a little toward the end of the beverage but over all a beer full of tasty interesting flavours.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle-Lovely dark colour. Great coffee flavours and aromas. A very nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Busseltonbeer (2) - Busselton, AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2012 does not count
Aroma of burnt sugar, vegemite and espresso with hints of dark chocolate, different. Hop bitterness confused with espresso bitterness. Needed more hop than Choc. Solid dark colouring, chocolate coloured head looked good. Nice head but didn’t last. Tasted at first of short macc then vegemite, some date and raisins but very faint. Bitter coffee slight sweetness to finish. Body reasonably thin but thick mouthfeel looked creakier wanted creamier but no.vegemite finish put me off a little

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2381) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2012
A surprisingly good, deliciously meaty lager this one turned out to be. At just on cool a steady pour resulted in a black as black bodied beer lined with very fine carbonation. Tight, tidy and satin sheened tannish pad atop lasts the length. Aroma of Banksia, gum tree bark and smoked red wood, damp soil, oak, cocoa and freshly kilned coffee bean comes thick and fast. The persistent head adds a creaminess to the palate. Heavy smoky edge with a backbone of macchiato-like coffee flavours. At first simplistic but well presented. A touch of vanilla and bitter burnt berries linger long with the smoke. Assertively bitter but in complete balance. This is moorish stuff. Had the saliva glands just peaking; the olfactories working overtime. It is beautifully rounded, thick and full in body and silky smooth in feel. Lasting presence just tops it. I was confused as style but geez this is good. Lovely! (65cL, no date stamp, BWS Ellenbrook)


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