Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Smoked
Milano, Italy


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (517) - - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrisko82 (85) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Intensywna beżowa piana oblepia szkło. W aromacie wędzonka, palona kawa. W smaku kawa i wyczuwana lukrecja. Piwo pełne, niskowysycone. Dość pijalne. Goryczka zalegająca.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xlts (68) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PiwnyMarek (316) - Łomża, 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sissio (824) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lele (218) - Padova, ITALY - FEB 23, 2015
Baltic Porter che sinceramente non mi è 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
oliodnb (462) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silvan7 (807) - 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 può apprezzare nella sua completa dolcezza alcolica, e l’amaro viene mitigato. Perfettamente equilibrata, dal gusto complicato, ma remunerativo. Piena, rotonda corposa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
shorlin (719) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ragnampiza (624) - 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.

   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.

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