Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Smoked
Milano, Italy


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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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°

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (239) - - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
makenzi (27) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6206) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, smoked wood, salty licorice and biscuit. Rich flavour of roasted malts, chocolate, smoked wood and floral notes. I really like the wooden notes here. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5629) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
33 cl bottle @ home. Batch #079: BBE 08.02.2015
Loaf bread aroma when pouring. Closer sniff: loaf bread, rye pudding, smoked ham and hints of licorice. Flavour has rye pudding, smoky tones, licorice and hints of peat. If a smoked rye pudding would exist, this could be the beer interpretation of it. Too sweet to be enjoyable in big amounts, but works as a slow sipper.

botttled and shared wioth veliemboys. joku väri jkpok iuj maku djoetu oiz gayt angastajg o jggjggjdfxcvjkgbsdflgjbsrd,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6138) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
33 cl bottle.
Pours dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of faint smoke, peat, some vanilla, dark malts, some grain and caramel notes. Flavor of caramel malts, wood, dried fruits, some ham and faint licorice. Nice and quite interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3723) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 26, 2014
330ml bottle from De Molen Beershop

Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of smoked malts, roastiness, hints of syrup and licorice. Taste is smooth, roasty and mildly smoked with some syrup, licorice, dark chocolate and coffee. Finish is sweetish, roasty and syrupy with hints of wood, dark chocolate and licorice. Quite balanced Baltic porter with hints of smoked malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkam (186) - POLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a tiny brown head. In aroma mainly notes of coffee and prunes, also little dark chocolate and hint of alcohol. In taste similar: coffee and prunes. Carbonation is low, full bodied, medium bitterness, oily, nice texture, leaves pleasant feeling on the tongue. Very small hint of alcohol. Very rich and good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (231) - Poznań, POLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. In aroma coffee, chocolate, licorice, prunes and unfortunately only hint of smokiness. The beer is black with brown not lasting long head. In taste there is coffee, chocolate, smokiness in slightly higher level than in aroma and some roasted malts. The beer has full body, is oily, medium carbonation. The finish is medium bitter. In overal very good beer but, it would be better with more smoke notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
Very dark brown. Thin bubbly head. Has a baltic nose, rich meaty and chocolatey, a big beer. Rich, smoky, intense...zywiec level richness...balanced with smoke, cigars, a bit of fudge, the rich sugary bitterness of Okinawan black sugar. This is high quality stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heikki (4) - - MAR 15, 2014 does not count
Tried it at brewhouse 137. Very dark with a distinct smokey taste. Great rating overall, an outstanding beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicke80 (117) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2014
33cl bottle at brewhouse 137. Pours black with little head. Smokey aroma and taste. Bitter, roasted with coffee and lots of smoke through out. Ok, but a bit smokey for me

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