Black Coffee Lager? Black Coffee Lager? ……. (think “garlic bread!?”)
Yeah, that’s what I thought when I read the label ……. “What, lager with black coffee?! Oh well, what’s to lose,? It can’t be any worse than larger without black coffee.
Now, I have tried a dark lager before but I can’t say that I fully understood it. Burleigh Brewing Co’s ‘Black Giraffe’ is a different animal altogether. Sold in a beautifully decorated long neck (get it?), it pours like a stout, black and silky with a nice nicotine head. There’s definitely coffee on the nose, with a hint of dark chocolate and bitumen. The taste is complex and satisfying and if I had done a blind tasting I would have sworn this was a stout, which is no bad thing. There’s a rich malty bitterness with Arabica acetone undertones. Black Giraffe is head and shoulders above the rest. Drink it after dinner, with a cognac.
Before we tune-up here my favourite giraffe joke: What’s the difference between a giraffe and tractor?
Ones got hydraulics, ………………..
Now here’s the incomparable Otis Redding with “Cigarettes and Coffee” ………..