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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.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1753) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lunkie (1459) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2014
Herbal spice bitter coffee aroma. Dark brown colour poor head and lacing . Malt stale coffee bitter flavour. Flat palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sevenlee (1403) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1270) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2010
640mL bottle, Archive Bar, Brisbane Black body, not a great deal of clarity, tan head, reminisant of an espresso. Good intensity of aroma with sweet toffee malts, roast coffee and burnt nutty malt. Medium-to-lean body, carbonation reasonably high, drying texture. Plenty of rich earthy coffee influence apparent on the body, but there’s still some underlying cola, nutty Schwarzbier character underneath which is something that I feel brings the beer together and makes it more complex and interesting. Dry bitter finish, without being overly astringent. Enjoyed this one; well made, good base beer with good coffee flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1133) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
floydian1 (1057) - FNQ, Australia, - NOV 26, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2011 650ml bottle (nicely designed). Pour is near opaque dark red-black with a medium-sized beige head of good duration. The nose is dominated by the roasted coffee beans with a slight background nuttiness. Nice smooth palate with those coffee flavours prominent and a nice bitter dry finish. It has a leaner body than a coffee-infused stout so I think the term "black coffee lager" (or schwarzbier) is accurate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (1020) - 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 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2014
(Bottle) Fantastic looking beer - Clear very dark, essentially black, with deep ruby red hints, and a dark thick head. Great aroma - black coffee, tobacco and hints of vanilla. Light body with gentle prickly carbonation. Great taste, but nothing like a lager. The taste is dominated by dark roast flavours which are present from the foretaste but steadily grow until they give a rich dark roast coffee bitter finish. There’s smoky notes throughout, and some gentle tangy fruitiness at the start. Overall a very unusual beer and one that works very well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KeefOz (966) - 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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