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Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Smoked
Milano, Italy

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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Lager in the Smoked Baltic Porter style. Impenetrable. Black in colour. On the nose, this extreme version of the Ghisa features toasting, coffee grounds, smoking, bitter cocoa and toffee notes, and a winy alcoholic component which accompanies the fragrance of alcohol soaked redberries.
In the mouth, it’s full bodied and corresponds to the sensations felt in the nose.
Meditative warming beer, the alcoholic impact is not as violent as expected.

Curiosity
Having a high alcohol content of 8.5% Vol. and the intense smoke aroma, this beer, from legendary Ghisa family, has brought fame to our Brewery. Today in Milan "El Ghisa" is a friendly way the citizens still call traffic officers; most probably because of old black uniforms worn by the officers that reminded of the colour of cast iron fountains. Besides, their top hats popular around the year 1860 looked like cast iron tubes of some German stoves traded in Milan at that time. 20°


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (424) - ITALY - SEP 22, 2012
Impenetrabile color nero oleoso pressochè privo di schiuma, giusto un tenue velo color panna poco persistente. Aroma ricco e robusto con sentori di cacao, mou e frutti di bosco, e una più lieve parvenza fumosa. Gusto dolciastro e maltoso con note persistenti di caffè e zucchero caramellato ben bilanciate con l’affumicatura abbondante, finale "pulito" con morbide note debolmente nocciolate. Oleosa al palato, di corpo medio-abbondante e con effervescenza quasi nulla: una fantastica ed intensa birra da meditazione!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heavy (2075) - Split, CROATIA - AUG 16, 2012
21/07 RBESG Grand Tasting, 0.33 l bottle I believe. It poured very dark brown, almost black body with medium sized brown head. Complex aroma, peaty, dusty, full roasted malty with nice citrus hops that were not too prominent. Flavor was sweet, slightly bitter, coffee, chocolate, roaster sugar, herbal hoppy and spicy licorice. Smoked character was weak, I added something here but can’t decipher my notes. Full in body with long finish. A robust beer that was a pleasure to have.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (4402) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2012
RBESG ’12, Bratislava. Grand Tasting at Richtar Jakub. 33cl Bottle. Black colour, thin brown head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, tar, some green chili, chocolate. Flavour follows, with quite some hard roasted and tarry notes. Almost fullbodied. Really nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting 2012. Black appearance with a very small brown head. Anise, raisin, richly roasty, dark chocolate, charred aroma. Burnt/charred, lightly smoky, dark chocolate malty, black licorice, burnt flavor. Good stuff

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (3766) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 24, 2012
RBESG GT 2012. Poured a brown body with an off white head. Sweet and dusty, malty aroma with notes of orange. Nice roasty notes, herbal aroma hops, coffee, caramel, damn good overall. Strong and that’s all I can decypher. Nice!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (1245) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 22, 2012
RBESG 2012 Grand tasting. Dark brown colour, almost black. Aroma peat, smoke, wood. Taste very smooth medium to heavy bitter, medium tart, roasted, . Extremely drinkable, finish medium bitter, medium sweet. Another highlight of the evening, I will surely come back to this one.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (3791) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 22, 2012
RBESG Grand Tasting. Black color with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dried black fruit, smoke. Taste, roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, alcohol. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2012
RBESG Grand Tasting. Black with a small tan head. Aroma of licorice, dark dried fruit, malt and a touch of ink. Sweet malty flavour with lots of roasted notes and a touch of smoke. A bit one-dimensional....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TrefwoordPunk (732) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Pours pitch black with a medium tan head and an aroma of ripe cherries, smoked eel and some malts. The taste is sweet and mainly dominated by the smoke, but also his notes of strong black coffee and dark bitter chocolate and there’s a lingering bitterness in the end. A really nice beer, would drink this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (8564) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 20, 2012
330ml bottle - shared by Mirjukka and Janne - thanks!
Jet black, large tight chocolatey head, very sticky. Rich bacony roast aroma, sweet and hammy. Lovely rich roast taste, just a bit of an ashy edge. Otherwise a smooth palate, and with gentle carbonation. Bitter espresso later taste. Finish has just a hint of the ham from earlier, and a slightly metallic burnt ashy bite. Covers the 8.5% well, it just feels big, not boozy. Slightly oily palate and finish. A stormer - many thanks Mirjukka and Janne.


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