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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°


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (425) - - 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!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkam (46) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (65) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (11819) - 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.

4.1
   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!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nicke80 (53) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gnoff (7466) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2014
33 cl bottle, thanks Alex! Marked L008 12, dated (BB) 05 04 15. Sampled on March 12, 2014.
Black color, medium sized dark brown head with lots of bubbles. Sweet, rich, smoked, chocolate, rasin, figs scent, also wet pipe tobacco, very nice. Sweet, roasted, chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, vinous, tobacco taste. Roasted, malty, coffee, some dark chocolate aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness that is to the dry side and feels a bit higher I think due to a roasted dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (1529) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAR 7, 2014
At a tasting, thanks Ariel, opaque black colour, small bubbly brown head, aroma of dark sourdough bread, chocolate, dark dried fruits, hints of barnyard and smoke, dominant flavour of flavour of raisins and prunes, a bit to much,with chocolate, charred notes and some dirt, quite sour which throws the beer a little of balance. Pretty nice but not great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
Bottle at Bishops Arms Järntorget, Göteborg. Pitch black beer with a small brownish/dark beige head. Malty vanilla aroma, hazelnuts, caramel, roasted, milk chocolate, smoked notes, ash, roasted coffee flavor, tar, ash, raisins, figs, smoked notes, alcohol is well hidden. Maybe a bit thin bodied, but a really good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Choos (564) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2014
aroma smoke and coffee App black tan head Flavour extreme smoke with malt and coffee ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abemorsten (2492) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at Cardinal. Pours a black body with a brown head. Good lqcing. Liquorice and coffee on the nose. Full bodied and smooth. Pungent burnt raisins, liquorice and smoke in the mouth. Sweet and roasted with a long pleasant finish that reveals the bitterness. Pretty good stuff.


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