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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3352) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2014
From a large bottle shared in Cairns, Australia. Pours a clear dark cola with a tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of coffee, tobacco and leather. Smooth, smoky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1228) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8509) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
22oz. Pour is deep brune to ruby with a large, tan to yellow head leaving okay to little lace. Decent retention. Aroma is mocha, dark chocolate, Starbucks macchiato, sharp caramel, burnt caramel, anise, licorice. Taste is slight black olives but thankfully moves away to bitter coffee, creamy coffee, cedar, oak chips, unsweetened chocolate. Dry palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle. Dark garnet-black body with a small brown head. Aroma-taste: coffee, burnt wood, bitter chocolate, bitter roasted lasting finish. Medium to light bodied. Somewhat acid, acrid, astringent in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours very dark, almost black, with cola coloured highlights and a fluffy tan head that doesn’t last long. Aroma has at least as much roasted malt as coffee plus hints of dark chocolate and liquorice. Coffee certainly dominates the flavour though, however there are still hints of chocolate, liquorice and malt. Creamy but light mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long roasty finish. Although this is a little like carbonated coffee, it’s a very nice coffee beer, slightly one-note but nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BarossaLuke (540) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29477) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2012
Bottled - shaken by Papsoe. A small black beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee, and bread. The flavor is sweet with notes of coffee, bread, and roasted malt, leading to a dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeliriumT (361) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Niksko (354) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
650ml bottle.
Pours black with a finger of tan, large bubbled head.
Nose is really lovely, roasted coffee, and not much else. Maybe a hint of sweet malt.
Flavour is very coffee forward. Coffee throughout the palate, but a little bit of floral hops in the mid palate. Finish is slightly sweet with a great combination of fruity hop bitterness and coffee bitterness.
Medium bodied, with a sort of dry, tannic mouthfeel from the coffee. It also left some really zany lacing in my glass, sort of cloudy and murky with little spots of head.
Pretty enjoyable. The actual beer flavour is very clean, and it lets the coffee shine through. However I can’t help but wonder whether this would have been better with a slightly more complex base beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShaneJ (540) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 25, 2014
Bottle from (don’t remember). Shiny black, small brown head, lots of coffee and roast malt in the aroma, tastes more of the same, some vanilla, dry roasty bitterness, light body, dry grainy texture, long dry bitter finish. Quite good.

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