Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Smoked
Milano, Italy


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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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°

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kosmokrator (849) - - SEP 22, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2015 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!

rafax (344) - POLAND - AUG 20, 2017
Bottle. Jest black with big, frothy and very solid tan head and good lacing. Not very strong but well balanced smoky and dark chocolate aromas. Chocolate notes become stronger while warming. Some roasted and cacao tones in the background. Taste is sour, heavily roasted, slightly ashy with solid sour and bitter finish. Medium body, pretty smooth mouthfeel with well hidden alcohol appearing just with light spicy feeling in the finish. Regular Ghisa was very good, imperial version is amazing!

ALIBALI (2201) - Kiel, GERMANY - JUL 18, 2017
8/4/8/4/18 The Smoke Devil 🍄💋!!! Stout Body ohne Firlefanz!! Phenolo Power mit Tiny Little Bubbles👌💋 Thanx Keeper 😘 ....Probierschluck for free im BIRRA Berlin...

Juks (757) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 14, 2017
Tap at Koht. Dark brown, beige head. Aroma is roasty, chocolatey, berries. Almost no smoke in aroma. Taste is roasty, some hops, dark bready, rye. Smokiness in afteryaste Full body, average carbo. Well covered alco. Roasty brew, good imp porter, not so smoky as expected.

CraftBeerNick (2613) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2017
Tap at the Brewpub, 2nd May 17. Pours black, slick. Aroma is dark chocolate, smoked bacon. Taste is rich intergrated smoke, dark chocolate, coffee. Very tasty stuff.

Kiezmar (684) - Kraków, POLAND - FEB 24, 2017
Tap at Brlirrofico Lambrate. Dark, but not jet black. Smoked, chocolated. Smooth, velvet, pleasant aftertaste. Good one.

jedrol (93) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - FEB 10, 2017
Bottle Appearance: completely dark, with a nice head Aroma: beckon crisps, juicy ham (while smelling one would like to eat it), dark malts, roasted notes, coffee like. All together make definitely pleasant aroma Taste: some sweetness, roasted, dry, dark bread finish, some milk like notes (diacetyl?) Smokiness is much more stronger in aroma then in taste. One would like to have it more in the taste. The beer resembles more stout then Baltic porter.

Copid (167) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2017
W aromacie przyjemne nuty szynkowe, troszkę kwaśności z ciemnych słodów, oraz mleczna czekolada (chyba diacetyl). W smaku ciało średnie, bardzo palone, wręcz kwaskowate od ciemnych słodów, nuty szynkowe, mleczna kawa. Generalnie fajne piwo, chociaż bliżej mu do stouta niż do portera

BeerandBlues2 (13594) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Draught at Open Baladin Torino. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy roast malt, smoked wood, prunes and moderate earthy hops. Flavor is smoked wood, heavy roast and chocolate malt, moderate earthy hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

GhostS (399) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - DEC 5, 2016
strong aroma - a lot of roasted malt, roasted coffee, moderate smoky, dark chocolate, a bit of sourness. medium, to strong, and dry taste - burnt malt, moderate smoky, roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, pleasant hop’s bitterness in the final, some ash. wonderful beer!

dnicolaescu (2611) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - NOV 29, 2016
BOTTLE 33 CL. Opaque black, creamy mocha head. Really smoky nose, dominating the malts, quite a bit of green peppery hops. Thick creamy mouthfeel with quite a bit of dark malt sweetness, that is however really well balanced by the smoke and the strong grassy/peppery pungent bitterness. Maybe too strong.

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