Black Gi­raffe can hold its own

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE -

LIKE on old friend com­ing through the door, Burleigh Brew­ing’s Black Gi­raffe makes a wel­come re­turn to the mar­ket, this time in cans.

As a fan of dark beers, Black Gi­raffe’s ap­peal lies in the dis­tinct cof­fee flavour that comes through while not de­tract­ing from the lager al­lure.

You can de­tect the cof­fee beans used in the brew­ing process from the nose which also boasts a healthy de­gree of malt as well.

The rick black brew has a milk cof­fee coloured head (just to em­pha­sis the fact) and all of that trans­lates to the taste.

Don’t ex­pect a pro­nounced cof­fee flavoured hit ini­tially, this is far more sub­tle. It is smooth and rich, not too gassy and fills the mouth with flavour from the start.

The mix of malts presents ini­tially with a slightly caramel/tof­fee na­ture be­fore giv­ing way to cof­fee flavours end­ing with just enough bit­ter­ness in the af­ter­taste to have you smack­ing your lips for more.

Black Gi­raffe isn’t a beer you grab to quench a thirst, the com­bi­na­tion of flavours needs to be en­joyed at your leisure and not in a hurry.

While not a heavy beer, it is filling and does sit a lit­tle heav­ier in the gut than an old or some porters.

That said, it is a beer which you can en­joy a few of, es­pe­cially if you are look­ing to re­lax and un­wind at the end of the day or to have to close out the night.

The tast­ing notes say it would be good with smashed avo on toast but I would also sug­gest it is well suited to some dark choco­late and a de­cent port.

Now in cans, it’s good to see Black Gi­raffe back from the wilder­ness.

MY TIP

Serve cold but don’t be afraid to let this sit for a lit­tle while as well. I sug­gest a bal­loon or tulip shaped glass to fully ap­pre­ci­ate. At around $22 per 375ml four pack, it’s a qual­ity brew.

YET an­other Gage Roads brew has crossed my path, this time Lit­tle Dove which I think is like big brother to Sin­gle Fin.

I think Lit­tle Dove is a “toned down” pale which of­fers a great bal­ance be­tween hops and malt.

It has a rich am­ber colour with a thin, frothy head and while you will pick up fruity notes in the noses, these don’t tend to linger, giv­ing way to malt aro­mas.

There’s plenty of body in this brew, smooth, slightly creamy and very sat­is­fy­ing, es­pe­cially in the af­ter­taste which leaves the palate clean and ready for more.

It’s not too gassy and doesn’t make you feel bloated af­ter a few but that’s the catch - this is a strong beer at 6.2 per cent. For a strong beer, you don’t no­tice it but be­ing quite ses­sion­able, you will af­ter a few so don’t plan on do­ing too much.

Lit­tle Dove isn’t de­signed as a thirst quencher - some­thing you grab out of the fridge af­ter mow­ing the lawn - but rather one to sit down with friends and en­joy the day with.

I would liken it more to a golden ale than a pale and as such it might go well with pork dishes - es­pe­cially with a bit of crack­ling. This is one Lit­tle Dove I could make peace with.

MY TIP

Serve nice and cold and take your time to en­joy the smooth na­ture of this ale. At around $20 per 330ml four pack, it is in the pre­mium craft price range but is avail­able through Dans.

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