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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theodopilos (68) - - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from dan murphys, into snifter glass, what a beautiful looking beer, flavours of coffee and chocolate, sitting on my back deck with a storm cracking over brisbane, what an amazing beer

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HandbagCurly (2) - AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014 does not count
Long lasting heady black beer. Love the coffee infused flavour. Great finishing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2010
Very dark, but not completely opaque, Nice tan head that fades leaving a lace. Aromas are all coffee, flavours again plenty of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Smooth and on the dry side this lager leaves you with a nice bitter finish. No mistake, this beer is all about the coffee but it really is an exceptionally good beer and it’s everything that the big competitor wanted it’s recent coffee specialty beer to be, in spades.

   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 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pyobon (1311) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1625) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bgb1991 (131) - 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.

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