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

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with just a hint of dark mahogany around the sides of the glass. Creamy decent tan coloured head falls away very quickly leaving just a thin layer. Some lacing, Good looking beer. Aromas are pretty much as expected with dark roasted grains, both espresso coffee and milk chocolate and some dark toffee. Nice. Flavour wise lots of bitterness thanks to the roasted grain. Creamy mouthfeel but and acrid and astringent aftertaste. An OK attempt. My daughter loved the bottle though. Thought the giraffe with thongs was very cute.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (916) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2010
From a 650ml bottle on 28/12/2010. Pours a dark mahogany. Has a strong aroma of coffee with some chocolate and raisins. The flavours are dark roast coffee, burnt malt, toast, dark chocolate and a bit of caramel. This one has a very nice sweet bitter balance, and the carbonation is spot on. A very nice, quite meaty dark drop.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle at a tasting 15th of January 2011. Pours dark, thin light brown head. Aroma is of (surprise) coffee, flavour is of coffee but very thin in the mouth. As others have said, its good to see a brewer trying to do something different, but misses the mark a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1663) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2010
Good stab at a coffee beer but not great. Very intense and clean nose of milk chocolate and coffee, and hints if roast. Palate is lean by comparison, perhaps the lager base being a bit restrictive, although the chocolate and coffee does hang around, albeit in a mild fashion.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3042) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 24, 2010
Real dark body, looks black, short lasting light tan head. Aroma has roasted malt and coffee plus hints of dark chocolate and liquorice. Taste has lots of coffee but somehow it doesn’t seem over the top, some ash, dark chocolate and a medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2259) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle. Brown tinged black with a large tan head that fades to 1 cm. Singed caramel and coffee aroma. Taste has roasted malt, coffee, slightly salted licorice. Roasted bitterness and grass in the finish. Solid enough beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BarossaLuke (537) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2010
Deep brown to black in colour this beer lives up to its name with a good hit of espresso coffee straight off the bat. the coffee tends to dominate the aroma but the flavour has some more malt character to it. Lighter in body than it looks which i guess is as it should be as this is not a stout but a dark lager. Good to see an Aussie craft brewer daring to be different.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dabre4 (6) - , AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2011 does not count
Pours with a thick tan head. Amazing aroma, rich coffee is dominant with soft caramel. The taste delivers, full body, covers the entire palet with smooth coffe, toffee, and roast. Very smooth, silky texture, and a wonderful dry finish that makes you want to take another sip. Bravo Burleigh Brewing.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmeup (499) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2011
Not a coffee drinker though really enjoyed this black coffee lager. Very strong aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt. Lots of bitterness as expected. Would probably even buy this again.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle 650ml. Great beer. Aromas of caramel, toffee, coffee, and cola. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and very long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy off-white head.


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