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


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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1762) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rangi (670) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle-Lovely dark colour. Great coffee flavours and aromas. A very nice beer.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ALLOVATE (2911) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeliriumT (500) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2012
Pours a perfect velvety black with pale chocolate head. Aroma is sensational coffee and very robust. Flavour is a letdown. This should have been fermented with an ale yeast and made into a stout, but unfortunately it was lagered and lost a lot of the flavour that could have been. Still very enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jado (778) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2012
Pours a solid black with a large but diminishing ten head - hence the name I guess. Coffee and roasted malt are evident on the nose. Taste has more coffee, dark malt and a smoky note, followed by a metallic tang at the end. The body is rather lighter than I expected given the colour. Slightly unbalanced and a bit weird, but not too bad for all that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
foles (45) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2012
Black coffee lager. It works somehow. I would put this somewhere between an imperial stout and a dunkel/schwarzbier. Great depth of character and only 5% abv. Can't taste the coffee though. Lovely beer but $12 for 650ml is a bit rich ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
Great colour! Is easy to drink but lacks that punch. The coffee was far too subdued for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KeefOz (1561) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
Draught at Archive Beer Boutique, Brisbane. Poured an opaque black colour with a light brown foamy head that laced OK. Medium carbonation. Aroma and tase dominated by roasted coffee plus a trace of roasted grain. Moderately smooth finish, again dominated by roasted coffee flavour. Medium to full body.

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