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


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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeliriumT (358) - 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 (526) - 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 (41) - 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 (906) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured black, with just touches of ruby on the bottom and on the sides. One finger of mocha colored head. Good carbonation and head retention. Good lacing on the sides of the glass. S-- Lots of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Get a touch of lemon bitterness. T-- Pretty straight forward. Coffee and a good deal of it. Some chocolate sweetness and a little bit of lemon from the hops. M-- Higher than medium carbonation and a very dry finish. Coffee and chocolate feel stick around a while. Feels more like a stout more than a lager. Very robust feel to this. good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (35055) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, sharp, alcohol ! Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, coffee, hard to drink because of heavy carbonation ! Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is fizzy. [20120320]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2012
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty coffee aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor. High on co2. Roasted malty coffee finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (20714) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle at yespr. Black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Light roasted aroma of hay, cocoa powder and berries. Light roasted flavour of coffee and cocoa powder. Light roasted finish. Very carbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (3088) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Bottle, 650 ml. Pitch black with a massive foamy beige head. Aroma is bready, roasted malty with notes of coffee and preserved dark fruits. Flavor is sweet and quite bitter, nice roasted finish, coffee, licorice. Quite fizzy carbonation, creamy texture. A very well tasting lager, and a quite radical take on the schwartzbeer style.

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