Black Giraffe can hold its own
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.
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.
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.