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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
varanid99 (1006) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
Black pour, thin pale tan head. Very strong coffee aroma, a little cocoa, citrus, roasty malt. Taste is coffee, roasty, floral, little bit of bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6194) - McLean/Jackson Hole, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lbruce (2) - Robina, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2015 does not count
I felt this beautiful coffee flavor would be better with a lighter flavored beer as the dark Guinness type of beer isn’t something i would normally favor.. but i can taste the coffee though, so it was so unique and different!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (2113) - 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
GT (9982) - Oceanside, 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 (552) - 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 (34334) - 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 (491) - 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

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