Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Smoked
Milano, Italy


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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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.

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°

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kerenmk (3414) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks DSG.Black. Wood, sausage and chocolate aroma that actually go together quite well, a little wooden taste that’s smoky, inky and rich. Syrupy and sticky texture, no carbonation, smoky and a little ashen aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle shared at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Black with a brown head, Great aroma full of smoked sausages, roastiness, chocolate and some saltiness. Sweetish and smoky flavor with sausages, chocolate, a bit of roastiness and a dry finish. Medium to full-bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (4073) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2013
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke and caramel. Bitter flavour, ash, smoke, chocolate and liquorice. Bitter finish, roasted malts.
Nice brew!
(From 33cL bottle @ ZZT VI. 8.5% ABV. Courtesy of IluvatarMilan. Thanks for sharing, Milan!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5505) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle @ Kiss The Kitchen Floor or better known as ZZT VI (2013): kindly shared by IluvatarMilan: Medium to smaller sized brown head which disappears completely and leaves nothing on top of a black colored beer. The aroma is deep dark roast with liquorice, oatmeal and roasted rice. The flavour is bitter with oatmeal, roast, dark chocolate, liquorice and the bitterness keeps gentle growing. Aftertaste is bitter with roast and bay leaf. Low carbo, soft close to silky mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture. Balanced, deep and smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IluvatarMilan (281) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Zzt bottle. Pitch black body with red hue. Intense aroma of roasted malts, a hint of smoke. Taste is very concentrated but balanced. Also some dark chocolate and liquorice wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (11048) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Sampled from bottle @ ZZT VI. Opaque pitch black color, no head. Smell malts, lightly coffee, a hint of chocolate. Taste malts, coffee, bitterness, roastyness. Very nice! Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DutchDrebus (4950) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle @ ZZT VI thx to illuvatarmilan. Pitch black oily with no head. Smells sweet, roasty, dark chocolate, slightly smokey, some bacon. Tastes roasty, coffee, dark chocolate, slightly bacon, slightly smokey. Better than the regular Ghisa. Full body, silky, soft carbo, lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JefVerstraete (2224) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2013
Black, brown/white foam. Sweet nose, very complex. This beer reminds me a bit of coke: sour and sweet. Bitter finish: burnt malts, dark chocolat and coffee. Almost no smoke. The aftertaste isn’t very long.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (270) - ITALY - JAN 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2013 aroma:bread, chocolate, coffee, toast, roasty, alcohol, apparenza: black, hazy, minimal head, gusto: light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, palato: light body, sticky, lively, long finish, per celebrare la mia CENTESIMA birra su ratebeer mi sono concesso questa spettacolare smoked baltic porter,bevuta al pub lambrate a milano col magico ciccio! questa birra ha vinto molti premi e capisco perchè..aroma clamoroso,misto di malti affumicati,caffè,aroma da porter del quale non mi intendo molto ma riconosco la complessità..gusto da birra complessa,in stile stout ma con un misto affumicato-amaro veramente speciale..dal nome e dallo stile ci si aspetterebbe una birra corposa da meditazione,invece il corpo snello e la secchezza la fanno scendere giù che è un piacere,quindi un pregio/difetto se vogliamo!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielecamo (845) - ITALY - JAN 24, 2013
Aspetto nero impenetrabile con schiuma marrone piuttosto persistente...aroma di caffè tostato, cioccolato amaro e terra bruciata...sensazione che ritroviamo in bocca, con un corpo importante e un alcolico presente ma non invadente. Finale amaro ben bilanciato e medio-lungo. Davvero ottima!

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