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Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Smoked
Milano, Italy

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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°


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xlts (76) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 27, 2015
Bottle @ Warsaw Beer Festival. Pours black, off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit, some hints of smokiness. In taste it’s nicely balanced, with evident porter-ish sweetness. Very drinkable, but could be a bit more smoky.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PiwnyMarek (768) - Lomza, POLAND - APR 26, 2015
Bardzo dobre piwo. Aromat jest ok, choć tej wędzonki nie czuć zbyt intensywnie. Tak samo w smaku - wędzonka nie dominuje. Pochwalić za to trzeba wygląd i pianę (piana jak śmietana). Jedno z lepszych piw jakie piłem na Warszawskim Festiwalu Piwa.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sissio (1168) - Orsenigo, ITALY - APR 25, 2015
Clear black, almost no chocolate head. Complex aroma. Roasted notes, milk chocolate, cream, toffee, riped fruit, nuts, blueberries. Rich dry taste with burnt wiod, smoky notes, cocoa bean, passito.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lele (370) - Padova, ITALY - FEB 23, 2015
Baltic Porter che sinceramente non mi č sembrata un gran che. Presenta pochi sapori (tra i quali sentori di vernice), e tende decisamente all’amaro, ma un amaro che stride. Interessante, ma sicuramente sopravvalutata.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (652) - ITALY - NOV 27, 2014
33cl bottle. Pours black with a beautiful creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and a milky sweetness. Taste is roasted malts, light coffee, some smoke, earthy notes, faint alcoholic warmness. Very good final bitterness with ground coffee and bitter chocolate notes. Full body, light carbonation. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silvan7 (1042) - Samarate, ITALY - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle @ La compagnia del Luppolo. Birra marrone, opalescente, con schiuma beige fine e persistente. Aroma intenso, tostato, affumicato, alcolico di frutti rossi sotto spirito, cacao amaro. Complesso ed intrigante. Gusto dapprima abboccato, alcolico, poi emergono le note tostate, mai eccessive durante la bevuta. Quando la temperatura della birra sale , la si puň apprezzare nella sua completa dolcezza alcolica, e l’amaro viene mitigato. Perfettamente equilibrata, dal gusto complicato, ma remunerativo. Piena, rotonda corposa.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (721) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
Coal black with bubbly brown head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee (good coffee) and a little bit of smoke. taste, is great, loads of malt, chocolate. Not much smoke. Slick at first and then drying. Fantastic beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ragnampiza (751) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - SEP 3, 2014
330 ml bottle from Les Vignerons. Pitch black, no light passing through, with a tiny, bubbly, non persistent light beige head. Mainly chocolate and smoked malts on the nose, coffee beans, slightly meaty and a hint of vanilla as well. Little alchool edge, but not too much. Pretty high bitterness, slick and oily but not too heavy, the aftertaste really linger forever. Dark chocolate, light smoke, some darker type of fruits and a hint of alchool. Crazy drinkability. Soft to average carbonation, medium to full body, oily texture. Fantastic.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2014
A great brew. Really nice cocoa smokiness, and the toffee sets up the mellowing. Then the alcohol comes through and slight bourbon oakiness. A great brew form Italy.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
makenzi (39) - SLOVENIA - JUL 21, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Draught @ Ma che Sieta Venuti A Fa, Rome; pours deep brown to black with danse, dark beige head. Nose is complex, rich of chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malts aromas, with smoky, tobacco and alcohol hints. Taste is similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruits. Nice bitter finish. I’m not such a big fan of a smoked beer, but I like this, well balanced beer a lot. Smoky taste notes are coming out just in aftertaste, along with a hop bitternes and they are not to much noticable. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Nice brew!


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